Monthly Archives: August 2013

Powerful Testimony


Today was a very special day.  We went with our missionary, correction released missionary, to the Stake High Council for him to report back to them.  These are the leaders of the Stake, which consists of about 8 congregations.

They had asked him to share an experience from his mission that showed him the great love God has for His children.  He explained about a woman who didn’t want to join the church at first.  Then they taught her how to pray, and prayed with her.  A couple days later she came to them and asked when she could be baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She had been introduced to her Father in Heaven, and had developed a relationship with Him.  That was a wondrous thing for her, and something she wanted to build on.  What a wonderful example of God’s love.

Then in Sacrament meeting he said that the 3 main things he learned on his mission are:

  1. That God is our loving Heavenly Father.
  2. We are all His children, and that makes each and every one of them very important, of infinite worth!
  3. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.  And of all the names He is known by, Savior is this returned missionary‘s favorite, because that is exactly what Jesus does, he saves us.

He then bore powerful testimony that God lives, that He is there to guide us, and that we can feel the Savior near.  And if we cannot feel Him, we are invited to look at our lives and change what we need to so that we are able to feel Him near.  It was a powerful moment, the Spirit of God was very strong, and once again my feelings were so close to the surface.

He has developed a closeness with God that is almost palpable.  And even better, there we were, listening to him and surrounded by almost our entire family.  My feelings of love and joy were almost overwhelming.  Oh, the goodness and mercy of God!  🙂

 

19 Additional Hours


My missionary has now been released as a missionary.

But, you may say, he got home last night.  Why just released?

Well, sort of an answer to prayer.

His time is so short with us between finishing his mission and going off to college that we were disappointed.  We, or at least I, didn’t pray for more time, but we certainly thought it would be nice.

It didn’t work out for him to visit with the Stake President last night as planned.  No problem, we all realize that things come up, that others might have a more pressing need, etc.  Not a big problem.  It’ll happen today.

This morning was the groundbreaking for the Fort Collins temple.  So his release was pushed out a little further.  He hung around the house, going through his things, helping us with some chores, reaching out to family and friends, and running errands with his dad.

We had some nice chats, talked about his mission, talked over what needs to happen before he leaves for college, filled him in on what’s been happening around here the last 2 years.

It suddenly occurred to me that in a way this was like an answer to prayer.  By having his release postponed, we were able to spend more time with him, almost a full day, 19 additional hours.  Not a bad deal.  Heavenly Father gave us what we desired, even without our specifically asking for Him to.  What a loving and thoughtful Father!

 

Missionary Homecoming


Missionaries Mormon

Missionaries Mormon (Photo credit: More Good Foundation)

After 2 years, our missionary returned home last night!  What a joyous reunion it was.

We went to the airport to greet him.  We went in to meet him, I scoured the area looking for a tall young man dressed in a dark suit, white shirt, a tie, and a black badge with the name “Elder” on it.

When at long last I spied him from several yards away, I found myself bee-lining straight for him, moving faster and faster the closer I got to him.  In fact, beloved hubby says I was running!

Then all at once, there he was!  Arms outstretched to return my hug, I hugged him for what must have been a full 60 seconds.  Tears were streaming down my face, I was so overcome with emotion.  As I stepped back to get a good look at him, I saw that he, too, had tears in his eyes.

He looked wonderful.  Tall and straight, with a confidence inherent in those who serve the Lord with all their heart, might, mind, and strength, he, too, was moved by the reunion.

My feelings ran the gamut from joy at seeing him after the long separation, peace for knowing he has been immersed in the Spirit of God and in developing his relationship with his loving Father in Heaven and in serving His children, gaining a love and appreciation for God’s children everywhere, happiness for the experiences (challenging and rewarding) that he has lived through these 2 years, thankfulness to God for His great mercy in giving my son this opportunity and in allowing him to have this great adventure, to humility in realizing he is very soon moving on to the next stage of his life which will again take him away from home but which is the next step in his progression.  So much emotion.  🙂

It was wonderful to hear of some of his experiences.  Things that are different (like almost no thunderstorms there) and things that are the same (people are people no matter where you go).  He has become a man, he has learned to love people, to help and serve them just as the Savior did, to moderate his feelings and reactions, to become a leader and to watch for what people need and to address those needs.

It is so good to have him home!

And as I contemplate this experience and these feelings, I can see a similar reaction in Heaven by our Heavenly family to the homecoming of their children from their great adventure that we call life here on earth.  I catch a glimpse of the joy and rejoicing that must be present when one of God’s children returns from whence they came, to their family and loved ones, to their Father in Heaven.  What a wonderful homecoming, reunion, it will be!  It is a place of perfect love, of hope, and of great happiness for all we have done here that has helped us to progress and become better than we were!

And so here I am, encouraged to try a little harder, to seek a little more, and to step outside my normal sphere to connect with others around me, especially those in need, and to love and strengthen each other more than I have before.  And I look forward to my own homecoming when the time comes to leave this frail existence and return to Him who gave me life.  Oh, how joyous it will be!

George Washington


1795 - 1823

1795 – 1823 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

We just finished watching a 1984 TV miniseries about George Washington starring Barry Bostwick, and I am very moved.

 

I love George Washington.  He was an amazing man, and did something no one before or since has done.  He was an honorable man, and always did what was best for this country.

 

His faith in God, whom he reverenced so much that he referred to God as “Providence“, carried him through the excruciating trials of the war against Britain, battling for American independence and our freedom.  He could have been made king then.  But he recognized that that would defeat the purpose for which he had just been fighting.  He refused to even consider such a form of leadership for the fledgling nation.

 

Instead, he accepted becoming President.  President of the united states, 13 colonies who had banded together to form a new nation, a free nation, a democracy.  He continued to turn to “Providence” in those years also, as there had never been a free country before and there was no pattern to follow.  He sought guidance daily, and put together a form of government that still stands today.

 

Watching what our forefathers endured to pay for this freedom makes me appreciate my freedom all the more.  So many suffered so much, incredible hardships that I can’t even fully imagine.  How thankful I am to the many people who then gave, and have since given, so much so that I can enjoy freedom today.  I am thankful to George Washington for his courage and endurance, and his foresight in wanting to set up a government that would serve generations to come.

 

And I am thankful to a kind and loving Father in Heaven who placed these people on the earth at the right times and guided them to accomplish the wonderful, though difficult, things they carried out.

 

I am thankful for my freedom!

 

Thankful for the Priesthood


English: Statue representing John the Baptist ...

English: Statue representing John the Baptist confering the priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Today I am especially thankful for the priesthood in my life.

 

Last night I was feeling a little under the weather – tired, some aches and pains, and a bit overwhelmed.  I didn’t think too much of it and got ready for bed.  Beloved hubby asked how I felt and I told him.  He asked if I would like a husband’s blessing.

 

I hadn’t thought of asking for one, so I was glad he thought of it.  I said, “Sure.”  He placed his hands on my head and proceeded to pronounce a most beautiful blessing upon me!  It lifted my soul and caused my heart to rejoice.  I now look forward to the good I can do in the coming months.

 

And today we attended our grandson’s baptism.  He just turned 8, so is old enough to be baptized.  He asked his older brother to baptize him.  And he looks forward to being able to baptize his baby sister when she turns 8 and he becomes old enough to be ordained a Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood.  I think that is very cute.  🙂  After his baptism, his father confirmed him a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and gave him the gift of the Holy Ghost.  He can now have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.  It is a wonderful blessing that members receive.

 

Later, after returning home, it looked like rain and i wanted to move the riding mower off the lawn.  But I couldn’t find the key.  Beloved hubby suggested we pray for help, which he did.  In his prayer he explained that he had lost the key and that we needed to find it, and humbly asked for the Lord’s help.  When the prayer was finished, we started looking again.  He found it in about 30 seconds!  He is convinced that because he took full responsibility for having lost it, that Heavenly Father helped him find it so quickly.

 

And tomorrow, being the first Sunday of the month, is Fast Sunday.  Fasting is also a great blessing from God.  I have received many extra blessings because of the law of the fast.  I do have such a blessed life!

 

 

I’ll Never Run Out of Gas Again


I filled up the car with gas today.  As I pulled out of the gas station, I felt good.

I am prepared.  I have a full tank of gas.  I don’t have to worry.

How does that saying go?  “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.”  D&C 38:30.  How true, how true!

Having a full tank of gas keeps me from worrying about having to watch for a place to fill up, hoping that I can get there before running out, and I know that wherever my life leads, I can get there.

And why do I say I’ll never run out of gas?  Because i fill the tank when it’s only half empty.  By filling up then, I know I won’t run out.  And that is a great feeling.

The added benefit to filling up at half a tank…

it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.  For the same few dollars that one might put in hoping to get along until pay day, one can “limp along” with nearly a full tank!

Instant stress reduction!  🙂

 

By the way, today, August 1, is Colorado Day.  It’s our anniversary of becoming a state.  But no one knows that.  You don’t hear about it in the news, and when you ask people about it, they have no clue.

Why do I know?  Having lived in Utah where July 24th, Pioneer Day, is a bigger celebration than July 4th, Independence Day,