A Place to Set Aside Your Cares


Sitting in Church today, basking in the warm, energetic feelings of our opening song, “I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go”, it occurred to me that I was feeling much better than I have most of this week.

It has been an incredibly busy week, but even more so, an extremely emotionally challenging week.  Not much of that was personal, but my mind and heart were bombarded by the sufferings, worries, and challenges of those around me.  I had fallen into a state of discouragement and found myself wondering how to feel better – what could I do to raise my spirits?

And now, here was the answer.  By simply doing what I have done ‘most every Sunday since the day I was born – attending church at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – my wounds were being cleansed and bound up without my even paying much attention to the process.  I was being made whole again just because I was keeping the Lord’s commandments, living my life as I should, and participating in the great blessings that He has provided for us.

Ahhh, now I feel so much better, and ready to face the world and its concerns again.

I love the Church!  🙂

This is Why I Go To Church


Today at church the leaders of our Ward Council spoke.  It was a wonderful and inspiring meeting (as they usually are).

The thought that stayed with me the most is that God is always there to help us with the answers.  He knows when we are struggling with something.  We may have put a lot of time, effort, thought, even money or counseling into it, but it persists in being an issue.

If we keep trying, and include Heavenly Father, He will guide us to the answer, or might guide the answer to us.

The speaker gave an example of a leader in the church who was sent to speak at a Stake Conference.  When he arrived, the Stake President asked him if he had a few minutes to talk with a brother in the Stake who was really struggling to overcome his smoking addiction, but had not been successful no matter what, or how hard, he had tried.

So the leader spoke with this brother.  The leader was able to witness to this brother that God knows and loves him, that God is aware of the struggles the brother has, and that God will help him and be with him through this process as he continues to try.  He was able to give this man hope.

Father in Heaven knows us.  He loves us and wants us to succeed in returning to Him and in bringing our families and loved ones with us as well.  He loves you individually – no matter who you are, where you are, what you have done, or who your family is.  Ask for His help and you will find a way.  🙂

Cleaning The Church


I went over to help clean the church this morning.  It was by assignment, and at first it felt like a duty.

I was asked to go through the chapel and look for programs and other items that might have been left behind in the Hymnal holders.  Another sister volunteered to vacuum the padding on the benches and underneath them.

As we walked into the Chapel, I remembered going to the church to help clean as a child.  Back then the Church hired custodians to do the cleaning, and my parents cleaned first our local ward building and then the brand new Stake Center when it was built.

They kept those buildings immaculate!  They had that strong German work ethic and pride in their “craft”.  Each weekend they would have one of us children go along to help dust off the benches (non-cushioned, of course), and then dust the folding metal chairs in all the classrooms.

They had a schedule of all the cleaning jobs that needed to be done and when.  And so everything was cleaned regularly.  It felt great to have a clean building, and to know it was because of my parents that it fairly gleamed.

Back to the present.  I didn’t mind doing such mundane work, in fact I enjoy simple, detailed tasks that don’t require a lot of concentration.

Soon one of my favorite hymns was running through my mind, “There is Sunshine in My Soul Today”.  And then I was thinking about what I was really doing.

I was working to care for Jesus Christ’s building.  I was serving my God.  I love Heavenly Father.  And it felt wonderful to be at Church and sprucing up the building, finding the little things that may often get overlooked, and taking loving care of them.

I even found a child’s tithing envelope that had been prepared, set down, and forgotten in his hurry to leave after the meeting.  As I picked it up, I could feel a few coins clinking in the envelope.  We put it in the Clerk’s office to be passed on to the Bishop first thing tomorrow morning.

My soul was singing as I moved on to the kitchen and started washing a couple pans that were left on the stove but felt a little greasy, then moved on to cleaning off all the counters, stoves, and sinks.

The building is ready for tomorrow’s Sabbath day.  I feel renewed and refreshed for having served the Lord in my own, small way, and building relationships with the others who also came this day to serve in this way.

Not such a little thing after all!  🙂

It Isn’t Hard to Be Patient With People


Do you think it is hard to be patient with people?  I believe it isn’t that hard – you just have to change the way you think about it.

We usually feel impatient when we are thinking about ourselves – You are wasting my time, my money, my whatever.

But what happens when we change our thinking?  Suddenly we realize that an interruption, a detour, a need, or even a change of plans is not the end of the world.  And don’t we want courtesy if we’re the ones who suddenly need to interrupt, detour, take care of a need, or change the plans?

Then we can stay in our good place and be patient with people with whatever is going on.  And life is much happier, calmer, peaceful, joyful, and usually moves right on along – much quicker than if we had gotten ourselves all worked up about it.  🙂

When have you been patient with someone and how did you feel?

It’s Time to Protect The Children


It is high time that we thought about protecting the children again.  Especially in The United States of America things have degenerated to the point of spending incredible amounts of time, energy, and money on which bathrooms they should use, criminalizing those who are trying to catch child predators, and de-criminalizing child predatory acts!

President Obama, the United States Senate and House of Representatives, Governors such as Jerry Brown, State Senates and Houses of Representatives, local governments, and even the citizens themselves have not only allowed, but actually orchestrated these evil and immoral acts to be protected and to thrive in our country.

They are ignoring the many ways the children are molested, injured, exploited, and manipulated rather than setting up laws, and expectations, that will protect, guard, care for, and defend them.

This environment must be changed.  Children are our Nation’s greatest treasure.  They are our most vulnerable assets.  And they are Heavenly Father’s greatest blessings – to our families and to our future.

What person is there who, looking into the small, innocent, delicate face of a newborn, is not moved by a tender warm thought or feeling from deep within?  It may seem inexplicable, yet it is there.

It is time to think on that feeling, which God, Himself, planted into the soul of every person throughout time, and let it guide us in making right the things we must change so that children will have the opportunity to grow up happy, healthy, and free of oppression.

The really great thing is – once you create a safe environment for the children, the entire level of society will be raised up as well.  We will all have a better life!  🙂

What is one thing you can do today to move forward that process?

Where To Turn For Peace


The more I hear about what is going on in the world, all over our country, and locally, the more concerned I become about the state of things.  Now granted, most of this comes from the sources that I’m getting my information from as those tend to show the darker and more despairing side of life.  I realize that they do not tell the full story!

I know there is also much good going on in the world, all over our country, and locally.  You have to turn to other sources to get that information.  So, where to turn for peace?

The environment and outcomes that are the consequence of society’s and government’s choices over the last few decades has burdened people everywhere and created dire conditions for many, especially the poor, the vulnerable, the innocent, etc.

Peace is found first, within ourselves.  As we do the things that lead to peace, such as turn our hearts to God, the Great Creator of All Things, Who knows how to bring peace to the world, we begin to feel His comforting and caring Spirit within ourselves.  And then we can begin to share that with our families, friends, and communities, and watch as it begins to spread forth bringing more and more blessings to those in need.

And we can look around for the good that is happening and bring those things into our lives and share them with others.

And we can work to hold those accountable who should be standing up for the children and the innocent.  Society has become too selfish for too long.  No wonder it is what it is today.  Can one really wonder why our laws are so convoluted and full of loopholes?  Why death and destruction are increasing exponentially?  Why people have lost their sense of right and wrong, of chivalry, generosity, sacrificing for others, doing our part to make the world a better place?

Let’s find the good things in life, then help spread their influence, and bring about true peace, starting with ourselves.  🙂

What have you seen or experienced that will help you in this quest?