Monthly Archives: February 2013

Home Sick


English: Statue representing Peter, James, and...

English: Statue representing Peter, James, and John conferring the Melchizedek Priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

It’s the second day of being home, not feeling too well.  Though I do feel better today than I did yesterday.  I wasn’t sure if it was a cold, sinus thing, or even just allergies getting the best of me.  Stuffy nose, no sore throat or coughing.

 

So I rested, tried medications, and finally (why is it sometimes the last thing I try?) asked beloved hubby to give me a husband’s blessing.  I’m so glad he holds the Melchizedek Priesthood and has the power and authority of God to be able to do that for me!  It’s just like when Jesus was alive on the earth and blessed the sick.  He also gave His authority to his apostles so they could do the same thing.  And that same priesthood power has been brought back to the earth in our day.

 

We have been so blessed by the priesthood.  Marriage in the temple of God not just till death do you part, but for time and all eternity!  Blessing of babies – not baptism because, as Moroni 8:8-11 says:

 

“8 aListen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. Behold, I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the bwhole need no physician, but they that are sick; wherefore, little cchildren are dwhole, for they are not capable of committing esin; wherefore the curse of fAdam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them; …

 

 9 And after this manner did the Holy Ghost manifest the word of God unto me; wherefore, my beloved son, I know that it is solemnamockery before God, that ye should baptize little children.

 

 10 Behold I say unto you that this thing shall ye teach—repentance and baptism unto those who are aaccountable and capable of committing sin; yea, teach parents that they must repent and be baptized, and humble themselves as their littlebchildren, and they shall all be saved with their little children.

 

 11 And their little achildren need no repentance, neither baptism. Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the bremission of sins.”

 

This is a beautiful truth that we learn from the Book of Mormon.  Heavenly Father wanted us to know the truth of these things and set in motion, thousands of years ago, the process so we would have these truths today!

 

 

Father’s Letter to Son


Dear Son,

Thank you for your wonderful letter on my birthday. Please know that it immediately became one of my most cherished items. It is always gratifying to note that you have passed some wisdom on down to the next generation.

If you have ever learned anything from me, please hold onto this: Your wife is the most important thing that you will ever have in your entire life. She is more precious than any amount of money you can earn, your job, your assets, and all of your friends put together. She is even more important than all of your children. They will eventually leave you, while your wife, if you play it smart is going to be with you for time and all eternity. I will always cherish the relationship that we have, but you, like your siblings, will leave home to start your life and work on your own destiny. This is how our Father In Heaven has planned it, and for all we know, is the nature of all existence.

One way of looking at things, is to rank your wife number one, and nothing else higher than number three. That way, nothing is even close to her. This does not mean that some things will not periodically take precedence over her. For example, there is not a good mother or father out there but who would gladly sacrifice their own life to pass on health and safety to the next generation. Or, one of your kids could be having a crisis, a critical deadline at work etc. The point being — those are rare exceptions. If they start to become frequent, then it is time to reassess your priorities.

May the Savior Walk Each Path You Trod Upon,

Dad

 

Husbands and Wives


English: Created by Phil Scoville on June 25, ...

English: Created by Phil Scoville on June 25, 2005 Downloaded from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/philscoville/21528732/ This picture is free to share and remix with proper attribution under the following license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

You know, life with  beloved hubby is certainly adventurous.  And after so many years we have been through thick and thin, had our share of ups and downs, experienced much joy and pain.  We have learned from each other, and we have learned together.  We are now in a place of comfort with each other.

 

What is this place of comfort?  It is a place of:

 

  • deep love and abiding faith
  • a forgiving nature
  • supporting the other when we are going through rough times
  • being the anchor when the world seems totally against you, or great depression descends upon you
  • laughing together
  • finding joy in each other’s strengths
  • looking for ways to do for the other, to serve them
  • total trust, knowing and understanding that we are looking for ways to encourage each other, and if hurt is perceived, that it was not intended (or quickly saying, “I’m sorry” if it was, and striving not to do it again)
  • knowing when to let things go unsaid
  • knowing that you do not have to always be right, and even if you are right you do not have to point it out (and you can apologize for the other’s  ill feelings)
  • “we” is more important than “me” or “thee” (you)
  • a oneness in purpose (sometimes agreeing to disagree)

 

Interestingly, our son who is on a mission recently wrote his father a letter expressing thanks for the example he set of the way he treats me.  Our son pointed out that if you look at the media, or at society in general, or even at some members of the church you see a very different attitude about marriage and the way husbands treat their wives.

 

I was also talking with a friend who has been married about 3 years.  She expressed how wonderful their life together is.  As we talked about it she said they both work, and very different schedules at that.  They each pitch in and take care of whatever needs to be done at home.  They didn’t have to “divide up the work”, and they don’t feel there are things that they won’t do, or that the other has to do.  She mentioned that if she’s folding clothes and he comes into the room, he walks over and helps her finish.  She watches for ways to help him too.  What a wonderful world they live in!

 

Course, the great thing is, any of us can live in that same wonderful world.  When we think about what makes the other happy, or what can we do to enrich our lives together, particularly as we include turning to God, our Father in Heaven and inviting Him to show us the right way to live and be happy, we step into that same wonderful world.  It is not a world devoid of heartache or pain, trials or hardships.  But it is a world where we can overcome those things.  Where we can draw closer to each other and to God.  A better world than we often see portrayed on TV or in society.

 

I love to look around me and see those couples who are happy.  I watch them to see what I can learn from them.  I also look for ways to serve and please beloved hubby.  I do little things like fix breakfast for him in the mornings (OK, it’s just cereal but we both like it), speak kindly to him even if he is upset, fix his favorite meal, spend time with him, pick things up for him because it’s hard for him to bend over, cheerfully go and help him with paperwork when he wants to work on it because he doesn’t always feel up to it (and because doing paperwork and bills is such a huge project and a great pain anyway), etc.

 

Doing this brings me great joy.  I don’t go around feeling ill-used, or worrying about what he should be doing and what I should not be doing.  That just causes contention and drives the Spirit of the Lord from my life and from our home.  You may wonder at my willingness to serve my husband.  It was Jesus Christ who showed us that true joy comes in serving.  He set the example and showed us that this is the way to true happiness.  It helps us to see our own problems with a clearer perspective, and often to gain greater understanding about our trials and how to overcome them, or sometimes even to see them in the new light where we recognize they are only problems because of the way we are looking at them.  Often things are no longer such stumbling blocks when we cease to see them as such.

 

I invite you to look at marriage and the relationship between a husband and wife in a new light.  Don’t worry about what society and the media is expounding as the acceptable way to treat this most sacred and glorious of all relationships (just look at what that attitude has gotten them).  Instead, turn to the Lord for true knowledge and insight as He designed this institution and knows exactly how to make it work.  🙂

 

What’s For Dinner?


Denny's

Denny’s (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

 

Today we went to Denny’s to celebrate a birthday.  We love Denny’s.

 

Interestingly, and a reason we love it there, practically everything on the menu looked wonderful!  It’s so hard to choose just one!  I think I could eat there every day and not have the same thing twice for a month.  Just look at some of the choices (and usually several variations of each):

 

 

Yet at home, I can never think of what to make for dinner!  🙂

 

 

Sickle or Combine?


Two Missionaries of .

Two Missionaries of . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Talk about excitement!

 

It started with my Jan. 22, 2013 post entitled, “Moment of Fame”.  Thanks to the Recommendations section of WordPress, I was led to a Denver Post article about the Mormons entitled, “LDS Scholars: Mormon Moment could expand into cultural shift”.  Cultural shift caught my eye, as well as, “Mormonism will be the first- or second-largest religion in America by 2106”.  Wow!  That’s pretty exciting!

 

Then I heard about someone who said that with all our resources these days, the scripture, “For behold the afield is white already to bharvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in cstore that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;”  (Doctrine & Covenants 4:4) is now more like using a combine (a harvesting machine) than a sickle.  WoW!  That’s even more exciting!!

 

And then I heard the Lord had prepared a great many people within an area to hear the gospel message.  WOW!  It is almost overwhelming!!!

 

But not in a bad way.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life.  And to think that others will be able to have that same blessing in their lives fills my soul with great joy and happiness.  It is what God’s plan for His children is all about.

 

We are not here by accident.  We are not left alone to try to figure out what life is all about.

 

Our loving Father in Heaven prepared a specific plan for His children to grow and progress.  And then He sent His Son to show us the way and to prepare the way back to God.  He also provided prophets who received His words and shared them with us.

 

So, whether by using a sickle, or a combine, we are living in the greatest period in the history of the world.  We get to participate in sharing the knowledge of God’s Plan of Happiness, His Plan of Salvation, with as many as we can.

 

And that is exciting!

 

Don’t Believe in God?


English: Group of children in a primary school...

English: Group of children in a primary school in Paris Español: Niños en una escuela elemental en París Français : Enfants dans une école élémentaire à Paris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I was thinking the other day about how much God has blessed me in my life.

 

And I wondered why people do not believe in Him.  Then it occurred to me that not everyone believes in the same God.  With beliefs ranging from a moody, disinterested being to a nebulous, omnipresent entity that fills the universe it is easy to see why people have a hard time believing or understanding Him.

 

But picture:

 

  • a Supreme Being who is our kind and loving Father,
  • the Creator of the universe who wanted to help His children learn and grow and so created this beautiful world for us,
  • the Omniscient Immortal who prepared the way so His children would be able to return to His presence one day, and
  • the Living Personage who created us in His own image,

 

and He suddenly becomes more real.

 

When I picture God as my Heavenly Father, who knows me just as my earthly father does, He is much easier to understand and to know.  When I had children and watched over and loved them, it became easier to think of my Father in Heaven, watching over and loving His own children here on earth.  He is the perfect Parent who knows what we need (and when).

 

And He is so close to us, waiting for us to turn to Him and ask for His guidance and help, which He gladly gives to all who ask.

 

In fact, He invites us to try it and see for ourselves,  Ask, and it shall be bgiven you; cseek, and ye shall find; dknock, and it shall be opened unto you” Matthew 7:7.   Try it, and let me know what happens.  🙂

 

 

 

 

Thankful to Go to Church


I went to church today.  🙂

It may not seem like such a big thing, nor an important one.

However, millions of people in the world today do not have the option to perform that one, single, little act.

And many others can go, but they have no choice which church to go to.  😦

I know that I am one of a great minority who may not only choose to go to church, in fact the church I choose to go to, but have also found the church that I believe is the true church of God.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often known as the Mormons, is different from all other churches and religions in the world.

How are we different?

We have the priesthood authority of God, our Heavenly Father, to seal families together not just until death, but for time and all eternity.  We have all the principles and ordinances of the gospel that can enable everyone everywhere to to learn of God’s plan of happiness, follow the example Jesus Christ set for us,  repent of our sins, and lead our families back to live together with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in eternal joy and happiness.

When Jesus was alive on the earth, He organized his church so he could spread his gospel throughout the world.  Unfortunately, after His death and the death of the apostles, people began turning away from what they had been taught.  Apostasy reigned and the authority of God was taken from the earth.  Jesus had foretold that this would happen.  He taught his disciples that one day He would restore, or reinstate, His true church with all of the same power and authority that He brought to His original organization.

We believe that sequence of events began when a young, 14-year-old boy, was looking for truth.  “There was in the place where we lived an unusual excitement on the subject of religion….Indeed, the whole district of country seemed affected by it, and great multitudes united themselves to the different religious parties, which created no small stir and division amongst the people, some crying, a“Lo, here!” and others, “Lo, there!”…

for a scene of great confusion and bad feeling ensued—priest contending against priest, and convert against convert; so that all their good feelings one for another, if they ever had any, were entirely lost in a strife of words and a contest about opinions.

I was at this time in my fifteenth year….it was impossible for a person young as I was, and so unacquainted with men and things, to come to any certain conclusion who was bright and who was wrong.”  This young man was Joseph Smith.   One day as he read the Bible, he read James 1:5, “If any of you lack bwisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”  He continues, ”

Never did any passage of ascripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed bwisdomfrom God, I did; for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had, I would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects cunderstood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible.

 13 At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain inadarkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God. I at length came to the determination to “ask of God,” concluding that if he gave wisdom to them that lacked wisdom, and would bgive liberally, and not upbraid, I might venture.

 14 So, in accordance with this, my determination to ask of God, I retired to the awoods to make the attempt. It was on the morning of a bbeautiful, clear day, early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty. It was the first time in my life that I had made such an attempt, for amidst all my anxieties I had never as yet made the attempt to cpray dvocally.

 15 After I had retired to the place where I had previously designed to go, having looked around me, and finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God.”

What followed is one of the most beautiful stories in the history of the world: “I saw a pillar of clight exactly over my head, above the brightness of the dsun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me….When the light rested upon me Ibsaw two cPersonages, whose brightness and dglory defy all description, estanding above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is MyfBeloved gSon. Hear Him!

 18 My object in going to ainquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join.

 19 I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were allawrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those bprofessorswere all ccorrupt; that: “they ddraw near to me with their lips, but their ehearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines thefcommandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the gpower thereof.”

20 He again forbade me to join with any of them; and many other things did he say unto me…” Joseph Smith History 1:5-20.

This glorious story continues a few years later when Joseph Smith became the first prophet of this dispensation and Jesus Christ restored His original church to the earth, through Joseph.  The glad tidings that angels joyously delivered to Mary, to Joseph, and later to the shepherds on that quiet hillside at the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, would again be brought to mankind, that the earth would again rejoice as the true gospel was again brought to the world!

This is the good news of the true gospel of Jesus Christ.  And you can know if for yourself, you do not have to take my word for it.

You can follow the same process Joseph Smith followed, and ask God, your Heavenly Father, for yourself if these things are true.  He will make it known to you, in your mind and in your heart, the truth of anything you ask Him about.

Therefore, ask – and find out for yourself.  🙂

Smith's later theology described Jesus and God...

Smith’s later theology described Jesus and God the Father as two distinct physical beings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)