Monthly Archives: October 2016

Going to Church is a Necessity


I realized today that going to church is a necessity for me.  It is a need that I have!

With the eventful month we’ve had, I’ve only gone 2 of the 5 Sundays this month.  That, coupled with all the stuff going on in my life, Beloved hubby’s life, my family’s life, and events in the our country as well as the world, have all converged to throw my emotional balance out of whack.

Now mind you, church is not the only thing that helps keep me sane and stable.  My daily reading of the scriptures, especially right now reading the Book of Mormon, gives me regular spiritual sustenance, and talking with Father in Heaven many times every day definitely buoys me up.

But going to church and being with like-minded people who believe as I do and are also trying to live the values we know to be true feeds not only my spirit but my emotional side as well.  There is a reason that Heavenly Father told His people to meet together oft:

“And … they did walk after the commandments which they had received from their Lord and their God, continuing in fasting and prayer, and in meeting together oft both to pray and to hear the word of the Lord.” 4 Nephi 1:12 (emphasis added).

Meeting together helps us strengthen each other, learn more about God and Jesus Christ, and remember the way to live to be truly happy.  We gather courage and fortitude for doing what is right, and we see more clearly the ways to avoid sin and its destructive consequences.

Going to church calms my heart, brightens my way in life, establishes friendships, teaches me new ways to deal with my trials, shows me that others face similar situations and have overcome them, and lets me bask in the heavenly light of Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Is it any wonder that going to church is one of my needs?  🙂

Have You Voted Yet?


Beloved hubby and I voted yesterday for this year’s general election!  How I love early voting!

We’re done.  We have done our duty, taken advantage of the great freedoms we enjoy in this country, and honored the sacrifice of the tens of millions of military forces who paid the price, over 4 million of whom gave their lives, so we could have the privilege of voting for our elected officials, and in total secrecy to boot!

Of course we’re all inundated with hundreds of calls throughout any election year, all wanting to know who you are planning to vote for, and does knowing x, y, and/or z about some candidate change the way you feel about that candidate?  I have learned that much of this is fabricated and designed to make you feel a certain way about that candidate.  So I don’t fall for those lines.

And of course the ads, and the blustering of the candidates, always get ridiculously out of hand and uglier and more vile the closer Election Day comes.  It happens every time.  Those who are elected always have a division to try to bridge and heal.  It is the same old story played out with a different cast of characters every time.

So we get involved, check what the actual facts are, pray for Heavenly Father’s help for the candidates and guidance for us in choosing the best candidates, and make the best decision that we can.  And we vote.

And I have to chuckle.  As I hear about the polls and media trying to find out who people voted for, I remember what my mother said she tells them when they ask her, “That is private!  I don’t even let my husband know who I voted for!”

Voting is a privilege.  Make sure you take advantage of it.  🙂

Eventful Month


It’s been a very full and eventful month.  Illness, hospitalizations, roofing, worries, team building, service, LDS General Conference, temple dedication, priesthood blessings, sharing my thoughts of Sacred, and family have all been a huge part of my life this month!

Through it all, and because of it, I have been reminded of the great blessings I enjoy because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Through the sorrow, the fatigue, the worry, the pain, and the suffering of myself and others the light of Christ has shown through and comforted, lifted, and calmed with its infinite power to shine forth and bless.

And through the fun, the thoughtfulness, the service, and the sacred and spiritual moments the light of Christ has increased the joy, hopefulness, love, and relationships with Heavenly Father’s great gift that increases our abilities, aptitudes, sensitivities, and power.

It has been quite a month of ups and downs.  And of rejoicing in, and recognition of, the marvelous gifts and power of a loving and eternal Father in Heaven, Who has seen us through it all.  How blessed I am for my relationship with Him, and my knowledge of who He is.  🙂