Monthly Archives: October 2014

What a Way to Spend Halloween!


My favorite Halloween memory?  Having homemade doughnuts and apple cider!

That was our tradition growing up.  And it became my tradition when I had my own family.  I loved it!

Then working outside the home entered my life, and kids grew up.  After a while children stopped trick-or-treating on our street.

But one thing remains constant, doughnuts and apple cider.

After dinner we decided to run to the store to buy some, plus a few other things we needed.  2 hours later we finally returned home.  We had yummy doughnuts, delicious apple cider, and a grocery-cart full of additional items!  Luckily most were on sale and are things we use all the time.  But if we keep this up, we’ll be in the poor house before we know it!

What a way to spend Halloween.  🙂  Love those doughnuts and apple cider!

Visiting Teaching Waffle


I am so thankful for my Visiting Teaching companion!

This month was moving right along.  Last month we asked each of our sisters what the best ways are to contact them.  So I put a couple of them to use.  One day I was thinking about them, so I called each and left a voice message (I didn’t catch any of them).  And I sent them Halloween cards to brighten their day.

Additionally my Visiting Teaching companion called them and left voice messages asking when a good time to stop by and visit with them would be.  She did reach one sister, had a nice little chat, but found out that there was so much going on that there would not be a good time to visit her in person this month.

My Visiting Teaching companion and I discussed what our availability was to go visit them.  There was one day we could make it, but we hadn’t heard back from them about their availability.  We reviewed what we’d done so far, and I suggested perhaps we had done enough and could not worry about trying to stop by.

My companion hesitated.  I almost ignored it and restated my thought.

But then I stopped and listened to her.  She again brought up that she thought maybe we ought to give it a try and just stop by to see if we can catch them.  I said OK.

The following day as I thought about it I felt great gratitude for my companion.  It would have been so easy to agree and say that we’d done quite a bit and surely that would be good enough this month.  But she wasn’t comfortable with that.  And I knew I shouldn’t be either.

Thank you, my companion!  🙂

Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness


I recently got a very thought-provoking fortune from a fortune cookie: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”

This “proverb” has more truth to it than may first meet the eye.  More on that in a minute.

Then I got a quote from the Daily Prayer Thought of The Sisters of Charity Health: “Darkness can only be scattered by light, hatred can only be conquered by love.” St. Pope John Paul II.

These days we are surrounded by darkness, confusion, hatred, sin, crime, disobedience, etc.  It can be hard to know where to turn for relief, for comfort, for safety, for the truth.

As both of these thoughts point out, the answer lies in “light”.  But, what is light?  Where do we find light, how can we have light in our lives?

“John wrote, ‘God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.’ (1 Jn. 1:5.)

“I would like to speak about God’s realm of light in contrast to the dark realm of Satan. Those who follow Satan will be cast into outer darkness, ‘where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.’ (D&C 133:73.) How terrible to live in such a place of darkness and cold. It is entirely different from what we usually think of as ‘burning in hell.’ That burning is the lasting regret one feels who has chosen the darkness of Satan in preference to the light of Christ.

“Through modern revelation we have been taught that ‘the glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.’ Such light and truth forsake the evil one. (See D&C 93:36–37.)

“We have been advised that if our eye be single to the glory of God, our whole body shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in us, for a body which is filled with God’s light will be able to comprehend all things. (See D&C 88:67.)”  Theodore M. Burton (read or hear his full speech at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1981/04/light-and-truth?lang=eng).

The light that overcomes all things is God.  He is the Person Who knows all, has all power, and wants to share all that He is with His children, you and me.  Our Father in Heaven invites everyone to seek after the good, to ask what is true, and to talk with Him anytime, anyplace with any questions, thoughts, or feelings we have.

He tells us that He will tell us what we want to know.  He will guide and direct us, He will give us the answers.

What is our part in this process?  We ask Him in faith, believing (sometimes simply desiring to believe) that He will give us the answer.  Heavenly Father has promised that we can know the truth of all things, “

 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.

 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truthof it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

 And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is.

 And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever.”  Moroni 10:3-7.

Turning to others who do not have the truth, who may seek to lead you astray, who are lost themselves and do not know the truth, or who may actually seek to deceive will never help you find the truth.  Just because they say it over and over and over and over does NOT make it so.  It may start to sound plausible, start to make some semblance of sense, sound familiar because you’ve heard it so much, but that does not make it correct!

Truth will always be truth and you don’t have to be talked into it, shamed or punished into it.  And at any point in your life you can begin the process to find out the truth for yourself.  Simply ask your Father in Heaven.  Then listen for His answer.  He will share it with you.  I have done so oftentimes in my own life.

So I know this to be true.  And His light drives out all darkness.

An Enriching Hour


We just spent a wonderful hour in, or I should say, at (or maybe on) YouTube.  There is some marvelous stuff there!

We heard about a special upload that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently put on YouTube, and thought we’d check it out.  But, how to find it?

Beloved hubby suggested putting “LDS Church” into the search box, which we did.  The third result was the one we’d heard about and so we watched it.  It was done so beautifully and movingly.  When it ended a pleasant sight greeted my eyes!

Every suggestion of what to watch next was from the Church, and there was some great stuff to choose from!  We selected one about all worthy male members being able to have the priesthood, then a video about missionaries, another about the daily life of missionaries in the Mission Training Center, one or two more, then one about the temples of the Church.

What a beautiful video that one was!  It explained how the temples are different than our regular meetinghouses, explained why only those who are devote members are allowed to enter, why we go there (though before they are dedicated all people are allowed to go through and see them), and showed the great beauty of these buildings both inside and out!

It left me feeling in awe and grateful, even though I’ve been in the temple hundreds (at least) of times.  Of course, that is exactly why I love going to the temple!

It was an absolutely wonderful hour.  Even now I am still basking in the warm glow and soft, reverent emotions evoked by this very special hour.  I also feel closer to Beloved hubby having watched the pictures of brides and grooms being married in the beautiful, sacred temples all over the world and remembering my own marriage in the Salt Lake Temple many 🙂 years ago.

What a great way to spend an hour!  🙂

Bariatric + 9


At 9 months since his bariatric surgery things are progressing well.

He continues to lose weight – which is noticeable as you look at him, not from having his weight checked as he has been doing so well that he hasn’t seen a doctor in a couple months!

His diet has pretty well normalized.  He drinks plenty of water, using Crystal Light (name brand and generic) for flavor, sipping it throughout the day.  For breakfast he eats about half what he did pre-surgery, and has a better variety, a bowl of broth and a bowl of cereal.  He loves citrus fruits during the day, with maybe a salad or some tomatoes with Italian dressing.  Dinner is more varied, spaghetti (again about half what he used to eat), hamburger, different types of fish, and with cooler weather finally beginning to approach, casseroles.  He snacks better too, less sweets and more cottage cheese, corn tortillas with cheese and a little meat, or blue cheese (yuck!)  🙂

He has more energy, so is doing more on his own, without always needing someone right there to help out.  He falls asleep faster and sleeps better.  There’s still the arthritis issue, and he gets more sore from doing more, but it hasn’t stopped him, only slowed him sometimes.  He doesn’t bounce, but he walks with more balance.  His outlook on life is better too.

Bariatric surgery has been a blessing in his life!