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?

New Year Musings


It is the beginning of a new year – 2017!  I am looking forward to this year.

One big reason I look forward to this year is because Donald Trump will become President of the United States of America.  I see his election as mainstream America stepping forward to say we have had enough of the triviality and insanity of the social and political realm that have engulfed our country, not only for the last 8 years, but indeed, for several decades.

I look forward to our country becoming better grounded, and moving forward to where everyone is valued and respected, not just those who belong to certain, divisive groups.  To where people are taught to control themselves and their emotions, to lift others and help them, and to be free to experience and learn about the infinite blessings that come when they choose to follow God’s rules and reap the natural consequences of those actions.

Just as parents lovingly teach their children how to be safe and happy by setting up rules that promote those ends, our Father in Heaven has set up parameters that help us learn where safety is and how we can achieve true happiness.  It is not a secret, or unknown, path.

It has been laid out before us, and we have the God-given gift to choose what we will do with it.  I feel that freedom is part of makes 2017 a year to look forward to!  🙂

Interesting Way to Leave the Fall Season


Did you notice yesterday’s dawn and dusk?  It was the last day of Fall as today is the first day of Winter.  And of course, I wasn’t even thinking about that yesterday.

When I opened the front door in the morning to see what the day was like, it felt almost like when Dorothy opens the door after landing in Oz.

I opened the door and there was a pinkish hue to everything.  The houses across the street looked crisper and brighter than usual, almost as though I had on rose-colored glasses.  And it seemed that someone had painted the sky!

The sky had several various shades of light blues, interspersed with large white fluffy clouds tinged with pinkish hues.  It was absolutely gorgeous, and almost surreal!

And when I left work, instead of being totally dark like it has been over the last few weeks, and without heavy cloud cover to keep it light, there was twilight.

And again there were blue hues, only more medium to dark blues.  It was also an amazing sight!

And I thought about what I’ve learned from the scriptures about signs and wonders in heaven (see Daniel 6:27 and Helaman 14:6).  And I suddenly thought, looks like I’m witnessing some of those signs and wonders today!

Amazing!  🙂

Did you notice anything?

Christmas Elves Follow-Up


You’ll remember the delightful Christmas Elves that dropped off a goodie basket at our house?  (the young men and women in our church)

Well, one of the goodies in that goodie basket was so good, and so simple to make, that I did something I haven’t done in years!

I located a recipe for it on the internet, and then not only did I make some, but I shared them with others!  Wow!  🙂

I used to do stuff like that all the time, back when I was a stay-at-home mom.  But now that I have a job outside the home, there is just not much time left for other things, especially the non-essentials.  😦

But, these are so quick and easy, it only takes minutes to do and they look very festive and taste so good!

They are Rolo pretzels with peanut M&Ms!

I bought the little waffle pretzels and laid them on a cookie sheet.  Put one Rolo (chocolate-covered carmel) on each.  Bake at 350 degrees for 3 minutes.  Top with a peanut M&M.  Let cool.  Viola!

These are fast, delicious, and can be topped so many ways.  I even made some on rice crackers with colored mini marshmallows on top so they’d be gluten-free.  Also delicious!

Thank you, Christmas Elves, for such a wonderful treat that jump-started my “homemade” gift-giving efforts again!  🙂

Christmas Elves


christmas-elvesLast night some Christmas elves stopped by our house.

They left a basket of Christmas goodies.  This thoughtful gift warmed our hearts and stirred my soul.

Being remembered is such a nice thing.  Though we don’t always think about it, it does fulfill a basic human need we all have.  We all have the need to be loved, and this was a sweet, simple way for “elves” to demonstrate that to us.

They left a card denoting themselves as the young men and young women (of our Church).

With this kind act, our elves fulfilled another basic need – to give service and show love for others.

They were following Jesus Christ, the great Example to all mankind, who taught us in word and deed the true path to happiness and everlasting life.

And the really great news is, “elves” such as these are going about doing good and serving others all over the world.  Many of our young people are leading good and honorable lives, striving to live our Father in Heaven’s great Plan of Happiness by sharing what they know and showing love for others.

You don’t hear about these “elves” very often, especially not in the news.  But they are out there, quietly and relentlessly serving God one person, family, or community at a time.

What Christmas Elves are you aware of?  🙂