Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Child Can Tell You


What do you say to someone who has lost a loved one?

Just ask the children in my Primary.  They knew exactly what to say in the cards they made for me!

  • Sorry for what happened to your Dad.  (winking smiley face) PS. He is in heaven.
  • I hope that you feel better soon.  You are a great piano player.
  • You are special!  Sorry about your dad.  Love ya!
  • Keep praying and everything will be OK.  Thank you for all your hard work.
  • I’m sorry about your dad’s death, but you can still talk to him by praying to Heavenly Father.
  • We want you to have a (sticker that says “GREAT”) life.  We hope you feel better.
  • I hope you are happy case you will see him in Heaven.  So don’t give up hope.  So live life.
  • I like you.  You are nice.  You are a (star sticker)  You are the best.
  • Sorry that your dad passed away.  Have a rainbow day.
  • We know you can power through this.  don’t forget that you have us!  We really hope that you can be OK.
  • Thank you for being an awesome pianist.  I’m sorry that your father passed away.  You will see him again because of the plan of salvation.
  • I hope you are able to stay happy in such a sad time.  You can always be with us on Sundays to cheer you up.

Thank you, beautiful Primary children!  I love you too.  You have cheered me up.  🙂

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It’s Not As Bad As You Think!


I’ve been having some doubts and fears creeping into my life of late.  I let those doubts convince me that I was not as strong, or courageous, as I wanted to be.

Then I had a very interesting, and enlightening, conversation with a friend.

We talked about some of my thoughts and she was able to shed new light on them.  I had been misreading some things that happened because I was not aware of the full story.  She was able to fill in some missing pieces and I discovered that I have been strong, and had been doing much better than I thought I was doing!

You may be able to imagine what that knowledge did for me.  I felt like a new person!  Where there had been doubt, there was now faith.  Where there had been weakness, there was now strength (and lots of it).  Where there had been disappointment, there was now encouragement.  And where there had been sadness, there was now joy and happiness!

It was not a big thing.  But I had let stray thoughts get in the way and let them get me down.  It was not as bad as I’d thought.

Isn’t that the way it usually is?  You build something up in your own mind.  And when you talk with someone who knows, or better yet with the person who is involved, you find out that it’s not as bad as you think.

And, it’s much easier to move on.