Monthly Archives: February 2016

I Missed My Friend! :(


We had a wonderful women’s conference on Saturday at Church.

I invited a friend of mine to go, letting her know what a wonderful conference it would be.  These conferences always make you feel so good, they give you hope for the future, gladness in the present, and are inspiring and uplifting!

She accepted and even thanked me for inviting her.  I gave her my phone number and told her to call me when she got there and I would come meet her.

I thought of her often on Saturday, praying for her, and looking around a little now and then while enjoying the wonderful lunch and the great classes.  I never did see her or get a phone call (I’d put it on vibrate and had it in my pocket.

But I picked up one of the pink bookmarks and handmade little hearts they’d made for us to take with us.  The heart is to keep in your purse or pocket and when you touch it, it reminds you that you are loved.  What a cute idea!

Later I went to see my friend and give her the little gifts.  To my surprise, when she saw me she said she had come there and even called me.  But it went to voice mail, so she just dropped off the canned goods she had bought (I totally forgot about that part of it until I arrived there).  😦

I can not believe I totally missed her!  I feel heart-broken.  I checked my phone and don’t see her number on there.

I feel just awful – and I’m vowing NEVER to put my phone on vibrate again!  Not that I use it much anyway, but to totally miss my friend.

I am devastated.  What can I do to keep that from happening again?  Perhaps I need to be paying a little more attention to what is going on around me.  I often go about in my own little world and don’t notice when someone is trying to reach out to me.  I’m too pre- or self-occupied and probably need to see outside my own little world more.

That is something I could try to work on and improve.  And I will keep her in my prayers for having overlooked her.

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Talked in Church This Sunday


Today I spoke in Church.  As I mentioned in my last post, the subject was: Christ –  The Light of the World.

Here are the basics of what I said:

This has been a beautiful week!  Being asked to talk about Christ – The Light of the World gave me a wonderful focus to my week.

I read the scriptures, searched the last General Conference talks, reviewed other resources from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and had many wonderful thoughts and inspiration.

Focusing on such an uplifting topic was wonderful!

In Moroni 7:15-17 it says:

For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night.

For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.”

This means that the light of Christ (sometimes referred to as a conscience) is given to everyone so that we will be able to tell good from bad.  The way to tell the difference is plain, so that anyone will be able to know what is good and what is bad.

Anything that helps us to love God, want to pray to Him, or encourages us to do good to others, we know for sure those things are good and come from God.

And anything that teaches us not to believe in God, makes us not want to pray, or discourages us from doing things for others (service), we know for sure those things are not good and are from Satan.

This is the key.  Our loving Father in Heaven gave us the light of Christ and this key to understanding it so that we don’t have to wander in darkness.  It is very plain what is good and what is evil.

I was fortunate enough to have wonderful parents who loved the gospel and were very active in the Church!  They were born in Germany and lived through World War II as young children.

People there remained strong because they had the Church in their lives.  Even when they lost contact with Church Headquarters, they continued to read the scriptures and use the manuals they had to strengthen and support each other.

My mother’s strong faith and example was a strong influence in my life.  I learned what was good and have tried to hang on to that all my life.

We are so blessed in this day and age to have many, many resources for good around us.  In the world society struggles so much, and teaches many falsehoods, many of them so often that some people start thinking it sounds plausible.  We are not left to wander alone or to be tossed about with every whim that the latest fad dictates.

Heavenly Father has given us scriptures, modern-day prophets, the Church organization, and many wonderful resources.  We know who we are, who we can become, and how to get there!  We can have feelings of peace in this world and hope for great blessings in the world to come.

I am so thankful for the knowledge of the gospel that I have.  I know that God loves us, that we are His children, that He has sent us here for a glorious purpose, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has His power and authority to bind families together forever and enable us to return to live with God in His presence in peace and happiness with our family and friends for all eternity.  These blessings can be ours as we follow the principles and ordinances of Christ’s restored gospel.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Talking in Church This Sunday


I’ve been asked to speak in Sacrament meeting this Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.  The topic is Christ – The Light of the World.

Speaking in Sacrament meeting is a normal occurrence in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Rather than the bishop (leader of the congregation) giving sermons, he and his counselors ask members of the ward (congregation) to speak, usually assigning them a week or so in advance and giving them the topic to speak on.

Sound scary?

Well, the first thing you do when you are asked to speak (after accepting the invitation) is to pray.  Since this is Christ’s church we want to speak the words He wants us to speak.  In fact, prayer is a great first step for any assignment in the Church (and really in life too).  We ask for guidance on what to prepare, humility to seek His will, and even strength to go through with it and not be too nervous in front of the congregation.  Not that they’re very scary, but it can be hard to get up and speak in front of people, especially when you are concentrating on whether you’ll make a mistake, or not be able to think of what to say, or lose your notes, etc.

But once you concentrate more on gathering your information and thoughts, putting them together in a cohesive manner, and continue to pray for guidance and to say what Heavenly Father would have you say, you start to calm down some and you find that different ideas pop into your mind as well as thoughts on where to look or ask for additional resources.

You also pray for inspiration as to what experiences you’ve had that fit with this topic and what you learned from them.  This can be a real eye-opener as you suddenly see an experience that may have been difficult for you at the time, but now you see it actually helped you in some way.

You look through the scriptures and add a couple to your talk.  It’s amazing the Spirit that you feel as you search the scriptures with real purpose.  You might find an answer or two for yourself that you have been wondering about.

I’m looking forward to speaking about Christ being the light of the world.  That thought permeates so much of life.  Afterall, all good things come from God and Christ.  Talking about good things is always inspirational!

Do you have any thoughts or advice for me as I prepare my talk this week?  🙂

 

 

Comcast and History Channel H2


The H2 History channel on Comcast is going away.  😦

Not only that, but it is being replaced by a no-value, degrading channel, Viceland.  As the History Channel, H2, is one of the main reasons Beloved Hubby settled on Comcast for, he was extremely upset by this change.

So, he called Comcast to complain.  Of course, their starting point was that they were sorry he didn’t like it, but that’s what they are doing.

Being the world’s most effective complainer, he didn’t let that slide.

He asked to speak to a manager.  He pointed out that this was one of the handful of channels that had sold him on signing up with Comcast in the first place, and since it was in the channel line-up when he signed the contract, this was a breach of contract on their part!

He kept pushing and they finally agreed to give him HBO for free for 3 months.  And they will turn it off automatically at the end of the 3 months, he doesn’t have to keep track and call in to cancel it.

Though HBO isn’t that great as most of their shows are also degrading, there is some value to this and now Comcast knows there is at least one customer who doesn’t appreciate their latest channel line-up change.

Yea for Beloved Hubby!  I love how he can effectively get his point across to companies who usually get away with stuff they shouldn’t be unaccountable for.  🙂

Temple Open House Open to Everyone!


Fort Collins Colorado Temple rendering  I was talking with a friend recently about a temple being built in her area and asked if she seen it being built?  She said yes, it looks like it will be a very beautiful building.  She had wondered whether during the Open House anyone would be able to go in and see it, not just members of the Church?

Naturally I was happy to let her know that yes, everyone is invited to see the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during an Open House.  That’s why we have Open Houses!

We want all to see the beauty of these sacred buildings, to know why we have them, what goes on inside them, how important they are to families as well as to our own existence, and to experience firsthand the peaceful, special feelings that come when you enter within these hallowed walls (or even when you simply walk onto the grounds around the Temples).

I remember when I was growing up and there were about a dozen temples worldwide.  We learned that one day temples would dot the earth!  It seemed so incredible to believe that it would ever be like that, afterall it took years to build just one temple.  But I have lived to see that prophecy come true.

Today there are 171 working temples throughout the world.  Each is a sacred place that allows you, even if you can’t go inside, to feel God’s presence as you stand and gaze upon it.  They are one of Heavenly Father’s choicest blessings given to His children on the earth today to help them feel His presence and for a brief moment, almost gaze into the very face of God.

Yes, please come and see what there is to see!  🙂

A Prayer For Our Country


Today is President’s Day.  When I was young, we actually had 2 holidays in February, Washington’s birthday and Lincoln’s birthday.  And in school we learned about both these great men and what they did for our country.

Naturally, both were human and not perfect.  But both did incredible things and led the country through incredibly rough times, particularly because we were waging war on our very own soil.  We learned a lot about faith, courage, strength, fortitude, leadership, as well as humility, kindness, compassion, truth, honesty, and unity.  These were men you could emulate!

Today many things have changed, and it seems the country has turned its back on many of these lessons, virtues,  qualities, and values that garnered so much pride, and success for our country.

I pray that we will be unified not divisive, faithful not taunting, humble not prideful, helpful not hurtful, remembering our past as we build a grand and glorious future.  🙂