Category Archives: Build a Better Life

Missing Time With the Family


I heard a brief blurb on TV the other day that mentioned that, since there are not enough childcare openings in the city, some parents are deciding to stay at home with their children.

While it is unfortunate they feel they are forced into this choice, I think they will find it is a great choice.  I used to be a stay-at-home mom and I loved it.

I miss being there to watch, guide, help, support, and have fun with my family.  Most of all, I miss all the time I had when I stayed at home!

Working full-time takes at least 10 hours out of my day (50 hours a week).  And the rest of my life must be squeezed into the remaining 14 hours a day (or 118 hours a week figuring 2 days off from work).

When you take the meals, dishes, wash, shopping, errands, appointments, and cleaning that we all have to do, there’s not much time left for everything else.  There are so many things that I just do not have time and/or energy for.

I used to be able to keep up with the house better, reach out to others more, plan better and more economical meals, work on hobbies or personal interests, even spend better quality time with my family!

And, while I hope to get back to those types of things when I retire, I find that my body may have other plans and refuse to keep up with me then!  🙂

 

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Oh, Sugar! Progress Report


You may remember the poem I came up with to encourage people to think about the words they use and say “Oh, sugar!” instead of using profanity or obscenities.  And then when people use God’s or Jesus’ name as an exclamation or a curse, I was going to start saying “I’m so glad you brought Him up.  He loves you so very much!”

I printed the poem and put it in a frame and put a pretty bowl of sugar cubes in front of it at my desk about a week before Thanksgiving.  And I still have it up along with some Christmas decorations now.

A good handful of people have noticed the sign or the sugar while I was around, so I invited them to read the poem and explained why the sugar cubes.  Everyone of them left with a smile, and most seemed to agree it was kind of cute.

Then today along came the perfect opportunity to try the 2nd part of my plan.  I was talking one-on-one with someone and as she described a recent painful event, she was suddenly exclaiming God’s name several times.

I couldn’t hold myself back.  I jumped in with, “Yes, God certainly was watching over you!” and as she continued, I went on with “Please don’t say that, God loves you so much!  Please stop saying ‘God’.  Don’t use His name in vain.”

So, I have broken the ice.  I hope to be more courageous now and to speak up in love when people misuse His name.  I want everyone to know that God is real, He loves you, and He knows who you are.  🙂

Here’s the poem again if you want to use it (I’m thinking of substituting Christmas for the word Thanksgiving now on my framed copy):

Thanksgiving is the perfect time

to give up words not sublime.

To drive those words right from your head,

try Grandma Pearson’s words instead:

“Oh, sugar!”

Thank You, Veterans!


As we approach Veterans Day – a day our country has set aside to honor our many and diverse veterans throughout its history – there are remembrances sitting at my desk.  A mug with pictures of eagles, the flag, and the words “Freedom is Not free”, pictures of an eagle flying with a flag, a house displaying the flag, the Statue of Liberty in front of a flag, and a small flag.

Today I also proudly wear my red, white, and blue necklace to show my love and respect for my country, my flag, and especially for the millions who have served them so well!  It is an honor to remember them and their many sacrifices.

I appreciate the freedoms we have and I strive to use them wisely.  I try to instill reverence, patriotism, and love among our citizens and rising generations so all may continue to benefit from the hard-fought efforts of not only our veterans, their families, and loves ones.

Thank you, Veterans!

A New Way to Think About Service


Sunday I went to the Gospel Essentials class during Sunday School at church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).  The lesson was about service, and giving service to others as Jesus Christ did.

The local missionaries were teaching the lesson, and they started by telling the story of a church member who lived in Alaska.  This brother (man) lived quite some distance from the church, so would leave Saturday night to be able to get there in time for church Sunday morning.  Talk about dedication!  And I have heard of others who did whatever it takes to be able to attend church services.

One day a General Authority from the Church came to visit this ward (congregation).  He heard about this brother and asked to see him before he left.  When they met, the General Authority said to this brother that he lived too far away to give service to the ward, i.e. he couldn’t do his Home Teaching.

This got me to thinking.  Whereas I was impressed at the lengths this brother went to to go to church, now I thought about the service we give in the church and that living far away would definitely cut down on how much you would be able to provide.  And I wondered if this brother considered moving closer to town so he could be of greater service.

From there I went on to thinking about my own circumstances and the amount of service I give.  I find I have my own limitations such as family needs, working full-time, etc., that do not allow me to serve as much as I would like to do.  And I have always chalked it up to doing what I can with what I have.

But perhaps there are some things I can do differently, or think about in a different way, to be able to serve more as Jesus did.  An interesting thought.

The missionaries didn’t know the end of the story, whether the brother changed anything or what, but it is a beginning to my story as I consider what more I can do to be of greater service to Heavenly Father and His children.  🙂

When You Do Good, You Feel Good!


“When you do good, you feel good, and that is the Holy Ghost speaking to you. The Holy Ghost is a wonderful companion. He is always there to help you” President Ezra Taft Benson spoke about what the gift of the Holy Ghost will do for us.  “The Holy Ghost helps you choose the right. The Holy Ghost will protect you from evil. He whispers to you in a still, small voice to do right.”  (in Conference Report, Apr. 1989, 103; or Ensign, May 1989, 82).

I know these words to be true for I have seen the influence of the Holy Ghost in my life many, many times.  And when I have done good, made the right choices, I have felt good.

I have seen it in other people’s lives as well.  It doesn’t mean you have no problems, no issues in life.  But it does mean you can feel good, happy, even calm inside – even while experiencing the problems and issues of life.

Try it and see for yourself.  🙂

Did You Experience The Inspiration?


Did you take a moment to check out the wonderful General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over the weekend?  If so, you heard something great and inspiring!

Included were songs by the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, talks by a living Prophet of God, Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ, and other inspired leaders of the Church.

You would have felt, as did I, stirring messages of hope, happiness, and peace in spite of the turmoil that is present in the world today.  The gospel light of Christ shines through it all, and is there for us to grasp and follow.

Where there is the light of Christ, there can be no darkness!

If you missed it, or would like to experience more of it, you can go to lds.org and see and hear the inspiring messages whenever you want.

God did not leave us alone, nor without resources.  He has provided everything that is needed to be able to live a happy and fulfilling life now, and to return to live with Him in the eternities.

Try it and see for yourself.  🙂

Longing For Inspiration?


Are you longing for something uplifting and inspirational?  Wouldn’t you love to experience real inspiration to help you in your life?  Come right KBYU or lds.org and peak in on the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, insightful messages by great men and women who live good lives and have the spirit of God with them.

General Conference is live today and tomorrow from 10:00am to 12:00pm MST and 2:00pm to 4:00pm MST (April 1 and 2, 2017).  Or find it later at lds.org.  There is also a special meeting for the men tonight at 6:00pm to 7:30pm, and there was a special meeting for women last Saturday, March 25, that will be rebroadcast on KBYU at 8:00am to 9:30am tomorrow morning and is always available at lds.org.

Come, try it and see.  See how you feel.  Learn what God has in store for you.  🙂