Monthly Archives: May 2016

10 Ways to Show Appreciation for Your Freedom

Memorial Day is the perfect time to think about the freedom we have in our country and to consider how much that freedom cost.  Here are 10 ways you can show your appreciation.

  1. Fly the flag
  2. Visit a military cemetery and pay your respects, or drive through your local cemetery
  3. Say thank you to vets when you see them
  4. Teach your family to appreciate their freedom and to remember the price that was paid for it
  5. Live the best life that you can
  6. Pray for peace
  7. Do your part for peace
  8. Show love and support for your country
  9. Give encouragement and help to someone who has a family member in the military or has lost a family member in the military
  10. Be a force for good

10 Ways to Build Your Faith

Here are 10 things you can do to increase your faith:

  1. Start by wanting to have faith – desire
  2. Pray and ask your Father in Heaven to grant you faith
  3. Read stories in the scriptures of people who had faith
  4. Find stories outside the scriptures of people who had faith
  5. Talk to someone you know who has great faith
  6. Recognize the hand of God in other people’s lives
  7. Look back at your life and see where God had a hand in what happened
  8. Increase the power of prayer by also fasting to increase your faith
  9. Exercise your faith by trusting God and acknowledging Him
  10. “Be still, and know that I am God” Psalms 46:10

10 Ways to Let Your Family Know You Love Them

Here are 10 suggestions for letting those closest to you know that you love them (and they are all free!):

  1. Smile when you see them
  2. Say, “I love you”
  3. Give them a compliment
  4. Tell them about a favorite memory you have of them
  5. Read to, or with, them
  6. Do one of their chores for them – extra points for doing it anonymously or with a good attitude!
  7. Listen to, and engage with, them when they talk to you
  8. When they tell you something hard to listen to, don’t overreact
  9. Go for a walk together and point out interesting things you see along the way
  10. Pray for them, in your personal prayers and in your family prayers

10 Things That Will Help You Feel Better

Life got you down?  Here are 10 things you can do to feel better and lift your spirits:

  1. Read a good book
  2. Watch an inspirational movie or TV show
  3. Go for a walk
  4. Call a good friend
  5. Write a quick note to someone who is lonely
  6. Listen to some upbeat music
  7. Tackle a job you’ve been putting off
  8. Do a good deed – anonymously
  9. Forgive someone who has offended you
  10. Pour out your soul to your Father in Heaven (talk with Him as you would your best friend!)  🙂

Inspirational Sacrament Meeting Last Sunday

What a beautiful, and moving, Sacrament Meeting we had Sunday. The theme was about prophets, and both the spoken word and the music helped bring the spirit of God into that meeting and strengthened my testimony of prophets.

The opening hymn, “Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice” , stirred my soul, and I found myself singing with gusto:

“Come, listen to a prophet’s voice,

And hear the word of God,

And in the way of truth rejoice,

And sing for joy aloud.

We’ve found the way the prophets went

Who lived in days of yore.

Another prophet now is sent

This knowledge to restore…”

How blessed we are to not only know about the prophets of old, but to have a living prophet on the earth today. President Thomas S. Monson receives direct revelation from the Lord to guide and direct the church today.  It is such a comfort to know that we have access to know Heavenly Father’s will, and that He knows how we can avoid the pitfalls and not be tossed to and fro with every theory that society can devise.  We can stand firm in the knowledge of eternal truth and hold fast to the iron rod that leads us safely through all confusion, misconceptions, and falsehoods so prevalent in the world.

I know that Heavenly Father is real, that He lives and loves us all. We are His children and He wants us to know the right things to do and the way to return back to Him along with our families and loved ones.  He gave us the scriptures to be our guide so we do not have to wander about, wondering where to find truth.  And He calls prophets to help us prepare for that which is coming and to show us the way to true joy and happiness.

Helping With Employment

Last night I went to my first Stake Employment Meeting in my new calling as Assistant Ward Employment Specialist.  It’s a weekly meeting held at the church for people who would like some help looking for a job, or a better job.

Beloved hubby and I arrived moments before a couple other Ward employment specialists and we all started discussing the national job fair Kroger is having this weekend from 10am to 3pm at all their stores.

Soon a gentleman came in for help and one of the others started working with him online.  Next a friend of mine came in to start looking for something else.  Beloved hubby and I started going over some possibilities.

3 more job seekers came along and started looking on the computers and working on resumes.

After a while beloved hubby suggested I go over and talk with the young woman who’d come in with her husband.  I told them it was my first time in this capacity and we started talking.

As I learned more about her and the skills/talents she already had, I suggested to her she put together a skills-based resume.  This is something beloved hubby helped me put together when I first rejoined the workforce after being a homemaker for several years.

A skills-based resume lets you really highlight your skills – from employment, school, volunteer work, life’s lessons, talents, and abilities.  I think it’s a great way to showcase what you know and what you’ve done.  Then the employment history is listed below right before education history.

It was kind of fun for a first time.  And with several Specialists there to help out, everyone can make progress.  And they’ll even work on things like interviewing skills and practice.  They can help every step of the way.

And I am learning some new skills and knowledge too!  🙂

Giving the Reflection

At work we have long given a reflection at the beginning of every meeting.  “Reflections are a means of taking time for ourselves to cultivate creativity and innovation, and connect with our spirit and our mission.  We begin our meetings with a reflection.  They center us and focus us to be fully present in our work at hand.”

All members of the meeting were asked to take turns giving a reflection, and recently it was my turn.

I have given reflections before, just not for this group.  Originally I volunteered to give the reflection in March so it would be close to Easter.  I planned to present “His Hands” by Kenneth Cope in sign language, accompanied by a CD of his song.  I’ve done that several times before.  It is very moving – the flowing movements in sign language to the beautiful music and touching words about Christ’s hands and all that they did and how we are trying to make our hands like His.

But March was taken, so I was assigned May.  I knew I could find a wonderful reflection as I am surrounded by moving and inspirational thoughts, magazines, and other resources all the time!

So, as the time drew nearer, I started contemplating what type of reflection – thought or quote – I would look for.  And the thought came, “Write it yourself.”

Write it myself?  Write it myself…could I?  Should I?  And the words repeated, “Write it yourself.”

Well, I have certainly written things before that people told me touched them or that they enjoyed.  So I decided to give it a try.

I started writing about encouragement.  I spend a few days on something that was coming together pretty well about how our feelings seem to come and go incredibly fast and without our being able to control them, but then talking about how we have more control over them than we think.

Then, just a few days before I was to share, as I sat down to review my work and see if I could finish it, another thought came:

“Do it extemporaneously.”

Wait a minute, what?  Extemporaneously?  “Do it extemporaneously.”

Wow.  Well, let’s see, I have given talks in church, taught the Gospel Doctrine class for many years, shared my testimony often enough, had Family Home Evening for many years…

I decided I could do it, but the thought of not preparing something ahead of time in this setting scared me!

As I contemplated my fear, I thought of a recent Daily Reflection we got at work, “Fear makes the wolf seem bigger.” German proverb.  And I thought of the scriptures, “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” Doctrine and Covenants 38:30, and “For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say” Doctrine and Covenants 100:6, also “perfect love casteth out fear” 1 John 4:18.

Then I turned to some of my favorite resources: prayer, searching the scriptures, prayer, thinking back on experiences where I have felt encouraged or less stressed, prayer, the Ensign magazine, prayer, etc.

I soon realized that it would be OK and I felt more confident.

When the time came I talked about how stressed we can get in our jobs and at home, pointed out how this marvelous age we live in brings us everything that is happening everywhere in the world as it is happening, and that can add to our stress.  Then I explained that all those wondrous resources also can help lower our stress when we become selective about which ones we participate in.  And I gave an example from when things were overwhelming for me and how, by making the simple decision to decompress at the end of the day with the old TV show Father Knows Best rather than by turning to the criminal justice TV station where things can get rather graphic and traumatic, it made a world of difference in how I felt, my worry and tension melting away!

Moral of the story: To decrease your stress, be selective with the resources in which you participate!  (And your thoughts about them, but that’s a topic for another time)  🙂