Thank You, God, For Mothers!


I talked with my mother on the phone this morning.  We had a good visit.  I love talking to her.

I try to stay in touch fairly regularly.  We catch up with what is going on in each other’s lives, sharing the good as well as the bad that is happening to us.

You know, our mothers help keep us in line all our lives.  They were the first ones to love and teach and guide us when we were young.  They sacrificed so much for us so we could have it better than they did.  Usually that meant giving up what they wanted, or even needed, so we could have the things that we need.

Mothers are warm and tender and caring…and hard!

They actually make you

  • do your homework,
  • clean your room,
  • finish your chores,
  • eat your vegetables,
  • practice your instrument,
  • and/or your athletics,
  • apologize to people you hurt (even when they don’t know about it),
  • be nice to your family,
  • and go to church! 

I am eternally grateful for that one!  Well, really for all of them.  :)

Yes, thank you, Father in Heaven, for mothers. 

Just think what we would be without them!

Dealing With Stress In Whatever Form


Yesterday I mentioned being reminded that fasting and prayer are excellent sources of strength when you are feeling stressed out.  This brings additional help and guidance from Heavenly Father, additional spiritual power and blessings!

There was also a powerful scripture that was used in Primary on Sunday.

Alma 7:11-12, “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

“And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.”
 
When you think about it, this covers a lot of areas!  Jesus suffered all things, so He knows what we are going through.  He suffered not only for the sins of all mankind (and womankind :) ) but also for all our pain and sorrows.  He does know how we feel.  And He knows how to comfort and help us.
 
For Him to do that all we have to do is turn to Him.  Ask Heavenly Father for help.  Explain what is going on, how we feel, and ask for His help.  He will send His Spirit to comfort us and to enlighten us to see the path we should follow.  He sorrows when we are sorrowful.  He longs to bless and lift us.  He has given us so many blessings.  Thinking of them, counting our blessings, will also ease our burden and help us through life.
 
If we have done something wrong (sinned) we repent.  Confess them and forsake them.  Try to do better.  Treat others as we should.  Believe in God and Jesus Christ.  Do what is right.
 
Pray for guidance to handle whatever is stressing us at the moment.  There is light at the end of the tunnel. 
 
And, as the scriptures say, “It came to pass”, not “it came to stay”.  This too shall pass.  We can be happy again!  :)

Stress Makes You Forget Things


I had quite the stressful week last week.  I got caught up in world events, and had an incredibly difficult family emergency come up.

As I was dealing with the thoughts and feelings that these things brought on, the world started to look darker and darker.  I had difficulty sleeping.  My days were filled with worries and prayer.

Little bits of help came through here and there.  Reaching out to the family in need, talking things over with Beloved hubby, running across a couple good quotes or messages, such as: “If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying.  It’s the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.” – Dale Carnegie (from the daily Franklin Planner).

But I continued to feel worried and stressed.  I tried contacting people I thought could help, but the miracle answer wasn’t forthcoming.

Finally, yesterday morning, the thing I had forgotten was sent to me as a text: fast and pray.

I was dumbfounded.

Usually I am the first to think of fasting when great problems arise.  But this particular week it had not even crossed my mind. 

I started to relax a little already.

Fasting has helped me through some tough problems in my life.  And it is helping me now.

Additionally, when I went to church yesterday, almost everything seemed specially ordered to help me:

  • Another friend to share my concerns with was there.
  • A missionary who is leaving our area today spoke about how he has learned that the Atonement of Jesus Christ will help us through our sorrows and difficulties in life.
  • One speaker talked about having a sure foundation in our lives, that we need to check our foundations and make sure they aren’t cracked or crumbling, and if they are, we should quickly repair or replace it correctly through repentance or whatever is needed rather than trying to ignore or cover up the problem, and to accept and build our lives around the foundation that is always there for us – faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ.  It was very inspirational!
  • In Primary the lesson was about how the Atonement of Jesus Christ has helped several different people, including Saul in the New Testament and Alma the Younger in the Book of Mormon who both had fought against the church of Christ but then repented and became great missionaries, and even Enos in the Book of Mormon who was a good man and remembered the teachings of his father so asked God for forgiveness and received forgiveness for his sins because of the Atonement of Christ.

All these things have helped bouy me up, and though the concerns of last week are not resolved, I am happier and have a greater hope in Christ and the difference His Atonement makes in our lives.  :)

Happy Valentine’s Day


Today is Valentine’s Day, a day to show others that you appreciate having them in your life.

How wonderful it is that we have friends in this life.  Friends are there for you when you are sad or going through something difficult, they enjoy being around you just because of who you are, they love and support you through both your ups and your downs.

The world would be a sad place without friends.  It is so nice to share things with others.  You enjoy them more that way!  A friend can help you see something from a different perspective, put new light on something, open new worlds to explore or create.

And how wonderful it is when you find that special friend, someone who will love you forever, go through thick and thin with you, cheer you on when you have something hard to do, comfort you when you go through trials, stick with you even when you have a bad day, be understanding of you so your bad day doesn’t have to stay bad, appreciate your little idiosyncrasies, tell you (kindly) when you have done something you shouldn’t have, and forgive you readily.

Of course, you do the same for them.  That makes for a wonderful relationship.

And you keep that person foremost in your life.  You don’t let anything or anyone else become more important to you than they are.  You are the first to say you are sorry, the first to forgive them, the first to overlook their ingratitude or thoughtlessness because you realize that you have also been guilty of those things.  Mostly you look for the good and positive in that person and in your relationship with them.  There is enough sorrow in the world without always dwelling on past hurts or mistakes.  Besides, you hate to be reminded of your past shortcomings so why do that to someone else?

I am so very blessed to have a very special man in my life.  Beloved hubby and I have had many adventures, many ups and downs.  But we have tried to be there for each other, especially during the rough spots.  We have grown in love over the years and feel closer than we ever dreamed we could.  We have laughed together, cried together, prayed together.  Our love of God has helped us see life from a higher plane and not get endlessly stuck in the mire of a single problem.

Our faith in God has brought us to heights otherwise unattainable, for Father in Heaven blesses those who love and honor Him.  We are better people for following His commandments and striving to follow Christ.

I wish you as much success and happiness.  Happy Valentine’s Day!  :)

The Church in Nigeria


Tonight I was looking for some more information about Nigeria.  I decided to see what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has about it.  The Church does an incredible amount of humanitarian aide around the world, so I figured if nothing else I would see information about that.

One of the things we found was a wonderful performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir of a Nigerian song, Betelehemu.  “Watch the Choir Perform ‘Betelehemu’ — A Nigerian Carol Complete with Drums, Choreography, and Surprises” the website says.  It is an impressive number.  Watch it at http://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/articles/betelehemu-the-history-lyrics-and-translation?lang=eng.  You will be glad you did!  :)

 

A PLEA FOR HUMANITARIAN AND MILITARY AID FOR THE PEOPLE OF NIGERIA


Today I have a guest blog by Lloyd Pearson who has been studying the horrendous events going on in Nigeria.  Media sources have chosen to ignore these tragic happenings, which are rapidly increasing in brutality and sheer numbers.  I am attempting to increase awareness and encourage action to help Nigeria in its fight against the infestation of this invasive cancer seeking to destroy their country.  

An example of the US media’s lack of coverage is shown by looking at the week that Paris was attacked, killing 17.  That same week Baga in Nigeria was attacked and 2,000 people died.  The top 25 newspapers in the US ran 1125 sentences about Paris that Saturday.  In contrast, a grand total of 20 sentences were run by that same group of 25 “top” newspapers that same day, which means many of them didn’t bother to even mention Baga!

I know that when most of you hear the word Nigeria, you start to think about the famous scam trying to tap into your pockets.  Guess what.  I am also trying to tap into something – your heart.  The fact is that one of the most brutal organizations in modern history, Boko Haram, is ruthlessly attacking the people of Nigeria and the countries that surround it.  They are a blight on modern humanity.  Please take the time to read the rest of this post.  The items you are going to read about have all happened in the last 10 days, with several hundred murdered and thousands wounded.  Unfortunately, it appears that the mainstream media here in the US cannot take the time or effort to talk about the immense suffering going on over there.  10 DAYS – ONLY 3 OF THEM PARTIALLY COVERED BY THE DENVER POST.  WHY!!

Repeated calls to the Denver Post elicit the response that they get their international news off the wire. Guess what? I do not have the Post’s resources, yet managed to glean this information off the Internet.  For too long this lack of coverage has been an error of great omission.  Please read, think about, and digest the information below.  I have provided Web Links that were all active as of 2/12/2015.  After you think about it, call the Post and other media outlets and demand they start covering this barbarity to our brothers and sisters in the family of man.  Ask yourself how long you would be willing to suffer through these last 10 days, especially without the world even taking notice of your pain.  Get involved and demand the United States help to eliminate this scourge from the face of the earth.

2/12/2015 Niger (Not Nigeria — separate country) asked its citizens to go out into the streets in a nation-wide protest against Boko Haram. Niger has been attacked 6 times in cross border raids since the 2/6/2015 Security Council approval of cross national African Union action against Boko Haram.
http://news.yahoo.com/niger-calls-national-protest-against-boko-haram-192433460.html.

2/10/2015 Time magazine reports problems that are being experienced by Nigerian military. Three very important facts are pointed out in this article. 1.) The Nigerian Army has been hurt by corruption in its procurement procedures and its training, and does not have the greatest human rights record. 2.) Nigerian Army troops are being sent into battles where they are outgunned. Boko Haram has RPGs etc, and the soldiers are given only a few dozen bullets to use during a battle. This can easily be addressed by the West. 3.) Nigerian Army troops are not trained in counter insurgency warfare, and therefore do not have effective tactics for the type of battle they are now being asked to fight. Once again, the US in particular can address this issue.
http://time.com/3702849/nigerias-army-boko-haram/.

2/10/2015 Boko Haram leader releases tape on YouTube where he condemns the 6-nation force being sent to fight them, and states that the 7,000 or even 7,000,000 would be small for Allah to crush. He specifically says that his troops could defeat the US if they came into the battle. Finally, he states his goal is not Africa but the entire world where people will have one of three choices 1.) Become Islamic and follow laws of Koran 2.) Become Slaves 3.) Die. Perhaps the world should listen a little more carefully to what he is saying.
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/vivianhughbanks/2015/02/10/boko-haram-vows-to-defeat-au-forces-new-video-includes-images-of-isis-leader-n1955549.

2/10/2015 The Bangladesh National Post (English Language Edition) reports that the Nigerian Army has been given 6 weeks, and only 6 weeks, to contain Boko Haran so that the national elections originally scheduled for 2/14 can be effectively conducted on their rescheduled date of 3/28.
http://www.bdnationalpost.com/world/africa/nigerian-military-aims-to-contain-boko-haram-before-election/.

2/9/2015 Whoops! Bangladesh, as you may suspect, did not break the story about the delay in elections. THIS ONE WAS ACTUALLY COVERED BY THE DENVER POST!
http://www.denverpost.com/News/National/ci_27482496/Nigeria-postpones-election-amid-Boko-Haram-violence.

2/9/15 Sorry. The Post only covered a very small slice of the story. The rest of the story can be reviewed here. The single most important part to bring out is the blatant interference in the elections by Secretary of State John Kerry, who actually managed to find Nigeria and deliver a message that Obama and he were opposed to Nigeria slipping the elections back. John Kerry stated: “Political interference with the Independent National Electoral Commission is unacceptable. It is critical that the government not use security concerns as a pretext for impeding the democratic process.” Well, Nigeria has 68.8 million voters, and as pointed out in the article, security had hampered the effects in distributing the voting cards, with 20 million still needing to be distributed. In this case, that would have been a fatal flaw to the election, even if Obama and Kerry are too blind to see it.
http://news.yahoo.com/nigeria-election-delay-raises-red-flags-home-abroad-150155667.html.

2/6/2015 UN Security Council approves 6 nations in the African Union: Benin, Cameron, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Niger, and Nigeria for military actions and cross border pursuit of Boko Haram.
https://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/26211839/u-n-urges-more-regional-military-coordination-against-boko-haram/.

2/6/2015 The Christian Science Monitor reports Nigerian troops recover military weapons stolen by Boko Haram when they overran a multi-national military base in January. This recovery denied Boko Haram the recovery of numerous armored vehicles and some tanks. This was an important win in the attack on that terrorist group.
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Security-Watch/terrorism-security/2015/0206/Nigerian-military-recovers-weapons-stolen-by-Boko-Haram.

2/6/2015 Yeah! THE DENVER POST ACTUALLY COVERS THIS STORY — Boko Haram attacks Cameron in revenge for their agreeing to join the 6-nation force that is fighting against the terrorists. At least 91 villagers were killed, with 500 wounded in this merciless attack. Both Mosques and Churches were razed in their wanton desire to destroy the town. France’s President (yep France) says the world is not doing enough to combat Boko Haram.
http://www.denverpost.com/News/National/ci_27470151/Boko-Haram-kills-scores-in-rampage-in-Cameroon-village?source=infinite.

2/3/2015 Nigerian Forces are starting to deploy advanced drones in the fight against Boko Haram. The surprise to many readers will be the source of these drones: Russia and China. That is right, our fearless President’s refusal to supply Nigeria with any arms is forcing that country to go to nations whose interests vastly differ from our own. The full cost of this refusal may well be the loss of Central/Western Africa due to the actions of President Obama in turning down an ally during their time of need. Think what would have happened with Britain had Roosevelt turned down Churchill.
http://thenationonlineng.net/new/military-deploys-drones-battle-boko-haram/.

2/3/2014 The Denver Post reports that Boko Haram has helped devastate agriculture in Nigeria. This is important when you realize that the crops not being planted, the fields not being tended, and the food that will not be available spell misery for the downstream survival for very many in that country. This misery will result in the loss of still more lives, and the permanent impacts on developing minds that will not have enough food.
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27510503/colorado-school-based-vaccine-records-provide-incomplete-picture?source=infinite.

Folks I could keep on going, but the point is, Boko Haram is repulsive here and now.  All of these events have occurred in the last 10 days, and the Post has only mentioned 3 of them, with very incomplete coverage on those stories.  Popular opinion needs to be developed against Boko Haram, demanding that our country help put an end to these monsters.  The only way that will occur is if news sources such as The Denver Post start doing their jobs, and at least provide links, as I have done above, to these major news stories.
Finally, on 1/11/2015 Nigeria asked for international assistance to help in in its conflicts with Boko Haram.  I hope our country wakes up, and listens to this humanitarian need.
http://www.nation.co.ke/news/africa/Nigeria-Government-Army-Boko-Haram-Attack/-/1066/2585418/-/w7p8ld/-/index.html.

Friends!


My Friend, I want you to know how glad I am that we are both here at the same time and can share this moment together.

I want you to know that you are never alone.  Yes, I know you may sometimes feel as though you are all alone.  I have had those feelings myself too.

Times when a decision has to be made, but the choice is too difficult to be clear, or worse yet, when you know exactly the choice you should make, but it is just too hard to do can leave you feeling very alone and vulnerable!

Perhaps something caught you by surprise and you did not know where to turn for help.  Or the help offered really was not helpful at all.  Others just do not understand.  What is a person to do?

I want you to know that even when there is no one else there with you, you are not alone.  It was never part of the plan to give you nowhere to turn, nothing to choose.

So the next time that you feel alone and have no idea where to turn,

Look up.

Look to heaven and say a prayer, talk to your Heavenly Father as though He were your best friend and was right there next to you.  Explain what is going on, how you feel, what you have done, what you are wrestling with, what you would like to feel, the type of person you would like to become, and anything else you would share with a friend.

Then listen.

The Psalmist wrote, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:10).

After you have gotten everything out and you stop to be still, watch for the feeling that comes.  Although your world may seem to be in great chaos and turmoil, and there certainly can be no peace, see what feeling comes into your heart.

“Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.” (Doctrine and Covenants 8:2).  Look for the calm and peace that God bestows upon His children when they turn to Him and ask for His help.

So, although it may not make any logical sense to feel differently because of all that is going on around you at this moment, realize and enjoy the Spirit of God as you ask for His help.  You can feel peace in the midst of all that is going on.  Beautiful, quiet, calming peace.

It is a gift from your loving Father in Heaven.  He is always there, waiting for you to turn to Him.  Take the first step towards Him, and you will be amazed at what He will do for you.

You are never alone!