Category Archives: Home and Hearth

Great Quotes About Women


“As I have said before from this pulpit, when the process of creation occurred, Jehovah, the Creator, under instruction from His Father, first divided the light from the darkness and then separated the land from the waters. There followed the creation of plant life, followed by the creation of animal life. Then came the creation of man, and culminating that act of divinity came the crowning act, the creation of woman.

“Each of you is a daughter of God, endowed with a divine birthright. You need no defense of that position.”  President  October 1996 General Conference

“God placed within women divine qualities of strength, virtue, love, and the willingness to sacrifice to raise future generations of His spirit children.

“A recent United States study asserts that women of all faiths “believe more fervently in God” and attend more religious services than men do. “By virtually every measure they are more religious.”2

“I was not surprised by this result, particularly as I reflected on the preeminent role of families and women in our faith. Our doctrine is clear: Women are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves them. Wives are equal to their husbands. Marriage requires a full partnership where wives and husbands work side by side to meet the needs of the family.”3   April 2011 General Conference

“Your intuition is to do good and to be good, and as you follow the Holy Spirit, your moral authority and influence will grow.”  Elder D. Todd Christofferson October 2013 General Conference

“May your efforts to develop Christlike attributes be successful so that His image may be engraven in your countenance and His attributes manifest in your behavior.”   April 2011 General Conference

“Well, you dear women, I say thanks to you. Thank you for being the kind of people you are and doing the things you do. May the blessings of heaven rest upon you. May your prayers be answered and your hopes and dreams become realities.

“You serve so well in the Church. You think it is so demanding. It is. But with every responsibility fulfilled, there comes a great reward.

“Many of you think you are failures. You feel you cannot do well, that with all of your effort it is not sufficient.

“We all feel that way. I feel that way as I speak to you tonight. I long for, I pray for the power and the capacity to lift you, to inspire you, to thank you, to praise you, and to bring a measure of gladness into your hearts.”  President   October 2003 General Conference

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Interesting Way to Leave the Fall Season


Did you notice yesterday’s dawn and dusk?  It was the last day of Fall as today is the first day of Winter.  And of course, I wasn’t even thinking about that yesterday.

When I opened the front door in the morning to see what the day was like, it felt almost like when Dorothy opens the door after landing in Oz.

I opened the door and there was a pinkish hue to everything.  The houses across the street looked crisper and brighter than usual, almost as though I had on rose-colored glasses.  And it seemed that someone had painted the sky!

The sky had several various shades of light blues, interspersed with large white fluffy clouds tinged with pinkish hues.  It was absolutely gorgeous, and almost surreal!

And when I left work, instead of being totally dark like it has been over the last few weeks, and without heavy cloud cover to keep it light, there was twilight.

And again there were blue hues, only more medium to dark blues.  It was also an amazing sight!

And I thought about what I’ve learned from the scriptures about signs and wonders in heaven (see Daniel 6:27 and Helaman 14:6).  And I suddenly thought, looks like I’m witnessing some of those signs and wonders today!

Amazing!  🙂

Did you notice anything?

Christmas Elves Follow-Up


You’ll remember the delightful Christmas Elves that dropped off a goodie basket at our house?  (the young men and women in our church)

Well, one of the goodies in that goodie basket was so good, and so simple to make, that I did something I haven’t done in years!

I located a recipe for it on the internet, and then not only did I make some, but I shared them with others!  Wow!  🙂

I used to do stuff like that all the time, back when I was a stay-at-home mom.  But now that I have a job outside the home, there is just not much time left for other things, especially the non-essentials.  😦

But, these are so quick and easy, it only takes minutes to do and they look very festive and taste so good!

They are Rolo pretzels with peanut M&Ms!

I bought the little waffle pretzels and laid them on a cookie sheet.  Put one Rolo (chocolate-covered carmel) on each.  Bake at 350 degrees for 3 minutes.  Top with a peanut M&M.  Let cool.  Viola!

These are fast, delicious, and can be topped so many ways.  I even made some on rice crackers with colored mini marshmallows on top so they’d be gluten-free.  Also delicious!

Thank you, Christmas Elves, for such a wonderful treat that jump-started my “homemade” gift-giving efforts again!  🙂

Christmas Elves


christmas-elvesLast night some Christmas elves stopped by our house.

They left a basket of Christmas goodies.  This thoughtful gift warmed our hearts and stirred my soul.

Being remembered is such a nice thing.  Though we don’t always think about it, it does fulfill a basic human need we all have.  We all have the need to be loved, and this was a sweet, simple way for “elves” to demonstrate that to us.

They left a card denoting themselves as the young men and young women (of our Church).

With this kind act, our elves fulfilled another basic need – to give service and show love for others.

They were following Jesus Christ, the great Example to all mankind, who taught us in word and deed the true path to happiness and everlasting life.

And the really great news is, “elves” such as these are going about doing good and serving others all over the world.  Many of our young people are leading good and honorable lives, striving to live our Father in Heaven’s great Plan of Happiness by sharing what they know and showing love for others.

You don’t hear about these “elves” very often, especially not in the news.  But they are out there, quietly and relentlessly serving God one person, family, or community at a time.

What Christmas Elves are you aware of?  🙂

The Real Meaning of The Pledge of Allegiance


Today is the 4th of July, Independence Day, the 240th birthday of The United States of America!

We had a wonderful day, filled with family, work, fun, and fireworks.  Watching the fireworks, especially the Grand Finale’, was very moving as I thought about why we are celebrating, and what happened to give us cause to celebrate.

When we returned home, beloved hubby found this beautiful rendition by Fred Skelton about the meaning of our Pledge of Allegiance.  So here it is, for your enjoyment and edification.  This will be the best 5 minutes you can spend today.

You will be proud, and humbled, to be an American!  🙂

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.  🙂

Hidden Blessings From God


I was washing my kitchen floor last night, contemplating a myriad of things.  I thought about the time that I call “the worst 2 years of my life” and inspiration hit me, “and hidden blessings”.

I’d been a homemaker for several years, and then we decided I had to go to work.  It was difficult as that meant every time someone had to go to the doctor, dentist, orthodontist, etc. one of us had to take time off work to take care of it – i.e. “the worst time of my life”.   A couple years later beloved hubby became the house-husband.

By looking back and to the present, I realized some of the “hidden blessings” that Heavenly Father sent:

  • Beloved hubby was there for all the appointments, errands, and calls that had to be made during “normal business hours”.
  • Since he couldn’t sleep for the pain he was experiencing, he was up as our teenagers came home late from work, dates, or being out with friends.
  • When his father moved in, he was home to spend time with him and take him to all the appointments, errands, etc. that needed to be done.
  • I learned new things, increased my skills and abilities, and made new friends.
  • And now I am learning things that I should have known before but I wasn’t able to fully experience for a long time.

I’m also getting time for myself again, to start catching up on a little of all that had to be laid aside for a time.  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1.

In other words, Hidden Blessings.  🙂