Monthly Archives: June 2016

Choose Your Response


Recently things have been in an upheaval, and beloved hubby became a bit perturbed with me.  At first it caught me by surprise, and as we talked I found myself feeling defensive and hurt.

As my thoughts started flying (as thoughts are wont to do in such cases), they ran the gamut from indignant to confusion to dismay.  I started reacting in my usual fashion which is to emotionally withdraw, which was quickly followed by the old one, two punch – shut down!

I quickly realized this was not the road I wanted to travel on, as it can lead places I refuse to go.

So I started trying to think of alternatives.  And instead, I shed a few tears in another room, prayed for help, and worked on dinner.

By the time I returned, he had about forgotten the incident.  I thought about the things I’ve learned about relationships and understanding them more.  While it took some time for me to feel more balanced again, it did come, and much faster than if I’d continued down that “natural reaction” road!

It pays to choose your response.  🙂

Flag Day


  Today is Flag Day.  When I think of our flag, it is with reverence and with pride.

As a child, I learned the significance and the importance of our flag.  In elementary school we did fun activities like draw pictures of and color our flag, cut out strips of construction paper to make a flag and attach it to a dowel or rod to then proudly wave for all to see.  How thrilling the prospect!

We learned respect for our country’s flag – how to act around the flag, how to treat the flag, and what the flag stood for.  We pledged allegiance to the flag first thing every morning, which taught us to love, and be loyal to, our country.  We had the greatest country in the world!

We had more freedom than any other country on earth.  We learned to appreciate that freedom, and to reach out to others and share our blessings.  We were good people who stood tall, worked hard, had good values, were a friend to others, were brave, and did good to others.

We were strong, and brave, and true.  What a beautiful legacy to leave for posterity so they would be free to choose the best things in life.  🙂

Wildlife in the City


I love seeing the abundance of wildlife out there.

For instance, I just walked over to grab lunch and saw an owl in the eaves of the building on my way out, and a baby rabbit on the rocks next to the grass on my way back.  And all along the way I heard several birds tweeting away, enjoying the sunny day!

Over the years, in this “neck of the woods”, I’ve seen squirrels galore, many rabbits, raccoons now and then (one was the size of a good-sized dog), garter snakes and foxes a couple of times, many different birds, and even deer.

What an amazing world Father in Heaven created!  Have you ever wondered about the importance and destiny of animals?

Here’s what the Lord has stated in modern-day revelation.  This is found in Doctrine and Covenants Section 77:

“1 Q. What is the sea of glass spoken of by John, 4th chapter, and 6th verse of the Revelation? A. It is the earth, in its sanctified, immortal, and eternal state.

“2 Q. What are we to understand by the four beasts, spoken of in the same verse? A. They are figurative expressions, used by the Revelator, John, in describing heaven, the paradise of God, the happiness of man, and of beasts, and of creeping things, and of the fowls of the air; that which is spiritual being in the likeness of that which is temporal; and that which is temporal in the likeness of that which is spiritual; the spirit of man in the likeness of his person, as also the spirit of the beast, and every other creature which God has created.”

Wow!  🙂

The Mantle Transitions


Sunday our Stake Presidency changed, as is the normal course of events in the Church about every 10 years.   Our current Stake Presidency was released and the new Stake Presidency was called and sustained.  It was a wonderful meeting, and you could feel the Spirit of the Lord’s presence.

As Elder James B. Martino, General Authority Seventy, explained, this is a sacred process which the Lord, Jesus Christ, revealed.  He pointed out that he and Elder Thomas T. Priday did not come to select the new presidency, but to discern whom the Lord had been preparing and had chosen for this call.

These brethren in the Stake Presidency serve without pay.  They have regular jobs, and they serve in these callings on the side, volunteering their time, talents, and energy.  Why?  Because of their love for their Savior, Jesus Christ, and their commitment to keep the covenants that they have made with Him.

And so the mantle of authority transitions from one to the other.  No fanfare, no nominations, no voting.  Simply seeking to know and follow the will of God and serving where He wants them to serve.  It is not something we seek after, or that glorifies us.  And it is the same for every one of us.  Membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a beautiful blessing, a wonderful way to serve, and brings such love and growth as one can barely fathom!

I am so happy to be a part of it all!  🙂

 

10 Ways to Build Unity


Unity builds strength, purpose, and improves lives.  Here are 10 ways to build unity:

  1. Concentrate on the things we have in common, rather than the differences
  2. Work toward a higher goal, a loftier purpose
  3. Treat each other with respect, as children of God with infinite possibilities
  4. Have fun together
  5. Plan team-building activities that can involve everyone
  6. Get to know more about each other
  7. Discuss and work through differences
  8. Give others a chance to be right
  9. Be open and honest with each other – kindly
  10. Pray together – you will notice a difference

Include God and you’ll have a winning combination and be amazed at what is accomplished!