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.