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!