Wonderful Experience – Ft. Collins Temple Open House


I was privileged not only to go tour the new Ft. Collins Temple open house, but to be a tour guide there as well.  What a wonderful experience!

The Temple is the Lord’s house.  And even before I set foot on the Temple grounds I could feel the Lord’s presence – a calm and peaceful feeling.  My worries disappeared as I contemplated the beauties and the feelings of being in the House of God.

Walking in to this sacred and holy place gave me a feeling of profound love and reverence for our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ.  Temples are among the most sacred places on earth.

We learn about our relationship with our Father there, and His plan for our happiness.  We learn more about the way to live so that we may one day return to live with Him again.  We learn why families are so important, and we learn to serve God more fully.

What do we gain by this?

  • We feel true happiness and joy.
  • We learn how to recognize truth and the difference between it and the counterfeit ways and ideas of the opposition who would lead us astray and keep us from true happiness.
  • We learn about the eternal nature of things and our place within them.
  • We are better able to make wise choices in our lives.
  • We understand others better.
  • We receive guidance to bless our lives.
  • We understand how to make course corrections in our lives.
  • We desire to bless others more.
  • We leave the cares and troubles of the world behind.
  • We are blessed to see life from a higher plane and realize that things are not always as they seem.
  • We receive hope for a brighter future.
  • We gain answers to our sincere prayers and desires.

It was wonderful to see all the different people who came to the open house to see the Temple.  Families, the frail, individuals, children, couples, groups, all different, all with their own problems, and seeking their own answers.

The tour ended walking out the front doors of the temple which open to the beautiful fountain and displays of flowers.

There were so many people who lingered there, to see family or friends, enjoy the beauty that surrounded them, gaze up at the majesty of the Temple with the golden Angel Moroni blowing his horn to all nations standing at its pinnacle, and to savor the sweet feelings they had just been immersed in during this beautiful experience.  It brought me great joy just to see all the people enjoying this moment in their lives.

Oh, how I love the Temple!

Come to the Ft. Collins Temple Open House!!


Fort Collins Colorado Temple  The Fort Collins Colorado temple is now having an open house, from August 19, 2016 through September 10, 2016!

The invitation is open to everyone!  Reserve your free tickets today at https://templeopenhouse.lds.org.

These open houses are done so that anyone who would like to may enter the House of the Lord of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Be aware of the things you feel, not only when you tour an open house, or even as you enter the temple grounds of any of the over 150 temples that dot the land throughout the entire world, but also as you view pictures or contemplate messages of and about these wondrous and sacred edifices.

Come and enjoy the presence of the Lord.  Find answers to your prayers.  Let joy and comfort bless your very soul. 🙂

Influenced By the Holy Scriptures


A young couple talked in Sacrament Meeting at church today about the 8th Article of Faith:

“We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.”

She talked about the Bible, how we got it, and why it is important.  She mentioned a quote by one of the General Authorities saying that the Bible is a miracle, and is a great blessing not only to us but that many people have learned from it and improved their lives.  They have led very good lives as they did their best to follow the teachings found in it.  She also pointed out that though we learn about Jesus from all our scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price), it is from the Bible that we learn about Jesus’ mortal life here on the earth, the things He taught, the things He did, etc.

He first brought up the Eskimos.  He said they have many words for “snow”.  There’s snow you use for water, snow you use for building igloos, snow you don’t walk on, and so forth.  Then he said that he thinks of the phrase “search the scriptures” in a similar fashion.  There are many ways to search the scriptures:

  • Memorize – he doesn’t always have time to ponder the scriptures as he is reading them, but has found that when he memorizes a scripture it can pop into his mind later and he has time to dwell on it and think about it.
  • Read – as he reads the scriptures through he sees the storylines unfold.  He read in the Book of Mormon about Alma, and the sons of Mosiah, etc.  He reached Alma 31 where all these great men decided to serve a mission together to teach the gospel to the Lamanites, their enemies.  He was very excited and wanted to continue reading to see what they would teach, etc.  He said it is the ultimate dream!  I totally agreed with him.  I, too, love to share this greatest gift of the gospel whenever I can.  I loved serving a mission when I was a young adult!
  • Study by topic – when he studied about the sacrament, he read in the Bible about where Jesus introduced the sacrament to His disciples, the Last Supper.  Jesus told His disciples to remember, every time that they partook of the sacrament, that He is always with them.
  • Chapter Headings – He said you can read just the chapter headings as they give a pretty good overview of the chapter.  Then you can delve further into the chapter if you find one of particular interest.
  • Watch for parables – he loves to find the parables, or stories, in what he is studying.  Then later he might find another scripture that helps explain a parable even more.  He read in the Bible the story of the judge and the woman who wanted something from him and kept asking and asking until she finally received it.  He didn’t think too much about it, but later when he read where Jesus asked, “What man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, wilt he give him a stone?…If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matt. 7:9, 11) and thought about how great God is and what great gifts He gives to those who ask.
  • Write the stories – writing down the stories and things you learn from the scriptures helps them stick with you better and can help you understand them more.  You can pick up similarities in them, and inspiration can come.
  • Inspiration – sometimes a scripture really hits you when you read it.  It can come to your mind often to help you in your life.  Proverbs 3:5-6 did this for him.  “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
  • Use the dictionary – you find additional insights and meaning as you look up words in the dictionary.  For instance, redeem also means take something bad and make it good again.  This is a great example of what Jesus does for us as The Redeemer.

It was a very inspirational meeting, and an excellent example of why I go to church every Sunday.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings so much additional light into my life.  I love the scriptures and learning more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  Many of the examples given today are things I have felt in my own life.  Hearing about them again reminds me of my own testimony-building experiences and helps me draw closer to God, and to others.

Is it any wonder that Mormons go to church every week?

Thank You Law Enforcement Everywhere


Beloved hubby sent a very nice thank you to our local police commander.  I reprint it here to thank law enforcement everywhere for their dedicated and unending efforts and the much good they do that often goes seemingly unnoticed.  My heartfelt thanks for helping to keep us safe and preserving our hard-won freedoms. 🙂

“Dear Commander,

“My wife and I are making this opportunity to thank the Police who serve in our area.  I have 6 generations of military service running through my son who have served during times of war, so I can truly appreciate the service that our veterans have provided this nation.

“In another way, you and the Police Officers who serve this nation provide service every time you go to work.  As the events of the last couple of weeks have shown, this service carries with it a risk to both life and limb.

  • Thank you to all of those Police Officers who have given up all of their tomorrows so that we may have our todays occur largely without any fear of domestic violence occurring in our day to day lives.
  • Thank you to the families of all of those Police Officers who will not have them as part of their lives going forward so that we do not need to fear the loss of our dear ones when they temporarily take their leaves from us for work, play, and social interactions.
  • Thank you to those Police Officers who will live all of their tomorrows with bodies that have been violently attacked by various means not limited to being shot, stabbed, hit with an object, hurt in an accident, or injured in a fight while serving the public at large.  Their forfeiture of the lives we all dream about is not in vain when it is both appreciated and used to keep society functioning.
  • Thank you to the families of those Police Officers who have been disabled by an attacker or even hurt giving the families cause for concern while they recover.  No amount of Thanks will ever make it up to a child who cannot play with their parents such as a son who cannot play catch with either a missing or disabled Dad.  But heartfelt Thanks and true Appreciation for their sacrifices will make them a little more bearable.
  • Thank you to all of the Police Officers who interact with Evil on a daily basis.  Yes, Evil is alive and well, and our Police Forces form the Thin Blue Line that we depend upon for keeping them at bay.  Thankfully they have helped us progress to the point where Right Makes Might as opposed to the centuries long burden of Might Makes Right that far too many people still need to suffer under today.

“In short THANK YOU.  Those two words seem so puny and may not convey the depth of thanks that our family, and the vast majority of our nation’s citizens, feel towards the Police, but they are the best that the English Language offers in that regard.  Please pass our abiding THANKS to the Officers and Staff of the Able Sector for the Police Force, as well as the rest of your compatriots in the rest of the Department.”

Amen! 🙂

Moving Away From Grouchy


I noticed that I’m becoming more negative and grouchy.  I think a large part of that may be too much media exposure!  TV, radio, social media, newspapers, internet, etc., etc., etc. 😦

Almost constant bombardment from every direction to all the terror, problems, and negative side of life adds up to really drain a body.  It becomes easy to form opinions, jump on or off the bandwagon, start discussing with everyone you meet what the latest gut-wrenching and horrifying news-breaking issue is, and get caught up in the downward spiral of negativity, hopelessness, anger, fear, and even apathy as you reach overload and must disengage somehow.

I started losing sight of what I love to advocate for most – that there are innumerable good and positive things all around us!  We just have to take a moment to pause, look around with a new set of eyes, and see the many ways people reach out to help others, the great innovations and ideas that improve life, the inspiring and uplifting moments in life that help us to become grounded and fill our depleting spiritual, mental, and emotional reservoirs.

So I am moving away from grouchy by changing my focus.  And by remembering that which is of most worth to me in my life: that God lives and, as we are reminded by that beautiful carol every Christmas season, “God is not dead nor doth He sleep!”  We have someone we can turn to for help and guidance and who will never leave us alone. 🙂

Memories of My Father


I received the most wondrous gift recently – a beautiful quilt made from my father’s shirts!

My wonderful sister-in-law collected came up with this thoughtful and creative idea.  She collected his shirts from my mother, along with some of her old dresses.

Then she went to work, putting together a patchwork quilt for my mother, as well as lap quilts for each of us kids.  It is truly remarkable!

As I look at it, I see my father’s work shirts, set together in patches of flannel here and scraps of broadcloth there.  She even found some material that had school buses on it and included 2 large sections of that.  He had driven a school bus for many, many years and everyone knows him as the bus driver.

And between the sections, she put little squares of my mother’s dresses.  I remember some of them.  Her special occasion and Sunday dresses, nice going places dresses, and workable house dresses – each played a role in her active and busy life.

Here are my father’s work shirts, his warmer shirts, his cooler shirts.  So many different colors, patterns, and textures.

And there, in beautiful plain white, are his best shirts – the ones he wore to church on Sundays, as he went off to complete a Priesthood assignment or give a blessing, or to go to the temple – The House of the Lord.  The sacred feelings that were stirred, seeing the white swatches were truly meaningful and reverent.

The Real Meaning of The Pledge of Allegiance


Today is the 4th of July, Independence Day, the 240th birthday of The United States of America!

We had a wonderful day, filled with family, work, fun, and fireworks.  Watching the fireworks, especially the Grand Finale’, was very moving as I thought about why we are celebrating, and what happened to give us cause to celebrate.

When we returned home, beloved hubby found this beautiful rendition by Fred Skelton about the meaning of our Pledge of Allegiance.  So here it is, for your enjoyment and edification.  This will be the best 5 minutes you can spend today.

You will be proud, and humbled, to be an American! 🙂