Category Archives: Out and About

Cleaning The Church


I went over to help clean the church this morning.  It was by assignment, and at first it felt like a duty.

I was asked to go through the chapel and look for programs and other items that might have been left behind in the Hymnal holders.  Another sister volunteered to vacuum the padding on the benches and underneath them.

As we walked into the Chapel, I remembered going to the church to help clean as a child.  Back then the Church hired custodians to do the cleaning, and my parents cleaned first our local ward building and then the brand new Stake Center when it was built.

They kept those buildings immaculate!  They had that strong German work ethic and pride in their “craft”.  Each weekend they would have one of us children go along to help dust off the benches (non-cushioned, of course), and then dust the folding metal chairs in all the classrooms.

They had a schedule of all the cleaning jobs that needed to be done and when.  And so everything was cleaned regularly.  It felt great to have a clean building, and to know it was because of my parents that it fairly gleamed.

Back to the present.  I didn’t mind doing such mundane work, in fact I enjoy simple, detailed tasks that don’t require a lot of concentration.

Soon one of my favorite hymns was running through my mind, “There is Sunshine in My Soul Today”.  And then I was thinking about what I was really doing.

I was working to care for Jesus Christ’s building.  I was serving my God.  I love Heavenly Father.  And it felt wonderful to be at Church and sprucing up the building, finding the little things that may often get overlooked, and taking loving care of them.

I even found a child’s tithing envelope that had been prepared, set down, and forgotten in his hurry to leave after the meeting.  As I picked it up, I could feel a few coins clinking in the envelope.  We put it in the Clerk’s office to be passed on to the Bishop first thing tomorrow morning.

My soul was singing as I moved on to the kitchen and started washing a couple pans that were left on the stove but felt a little greasy, then moved on to cleaning off all the counters, stoves, and sinks.

The building is ready for tomorrow’s Sabbath day.  I feel renewed and refreshed for having served the Lord in my own, small way, and building relationships with the others who also came this day to serve in this way.

Not such a little thing after all!  🙂

New Year Musings


It is the beginning of a new year – 2017!  I am looking forward to this year.

One big reason I look forward to this year is because Donald Trump will become President of the United States of America.  I see his election as mainstream America stepping forward to say we have had enough of the triviality and insanity of the social and political realm that have engulfed our country, not only for the last 8 years, but indeed, for several decades.

I look forward to our country becoming better grounded, and moving forward to where everyone is valued and respected, not just those who belong to certain, divisive groups.  To where people are taught to control themselves and their emotions, to lift others and help them, and to be free to experience and learn about the infinite blessings that come when they choose to follow God’s rules and reap the natural consequences of those actions.

Just as parents lovingly teach their children how to be safe and happy by setting up rules that promote those ends, our Father in Heaven has set up parameters that help us learn where safety is and how we can achieve true happiness.  It is not a secret, or unknown, path.

It has been laid out before us, and we have the God-given gift to choose what we will do with it.  I feel that freedom is part of makes 2017 a year to look forward to!  🙂

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?

Violent Protests Destroy Your Message


I understand that half the country is disappointed in the outcome of the Election.  I realize that when you are disappointed, you can feel the need to react – to do something about the way you are feeling.

However, if you decide to protest and turn to violence, you destroy the very message you were seeking to put across!

Violent protest isn’t a protest at all – it is outright bullying and oppression, trying to force your will on others.  It moves you from the stance of victim to the realm of tyrant and indeed, terrorist.  No one has the right to terrorize others.  

Perhaps the most effective protestor in modern history, Mahatma Gandhi, not only eschewed violence from his life, but was also careful to screen those he allowed to join his protests to ensure their non-violence.  The world was presented the startling difference between those in his movement and their oppressors.  His followers were whipped, beaten down with sticks, and even shot by the British while returning these atrocities with polite protest.  Gandhi helped to free a nation.  Those who are rioting today will never be able to make that same claim.

Personally, I look forward to the change President-elect Trump will bring to our country.  There are a lot of things that have changed over the last few decades that have taken us further and further into the gutter rather than allowing us to spread our wings and fly.

I’m Excited That Donald Trump Won the Election!


I am very happy that Donald Trump has been elected as our next President.  He stands for change, getting rid of things that have gotten so out-of-hand in our country.  That is why I do like him.

Society has become more and more broken by special interests and divisive factions.  I believe Trump will rein them in and allow common sense, truth, and freedom to come to the fore once again.

I look forward to gaining more religious freedom again, and to spending our time, energy, and money on worthy causes.  As we allow people to believe in and worship God, we will see amazing progress.  This is a natural by-product of faith and keeping God’s commandments (which is exactly why He gave us the commandments, because they bless us).  🙂

I am not looking for new legislation and policies so much as doing away with the bad ones.  That’s all I ask.  There is no way to legislate away every possible negative in life.  It is much easier and beneficial to set high standards that help and allow people to grow.

Let’s decrease the size of government and give us back the freedom to live good and righteous lives.

I look forward to tracking what Trump does as President and how it works out.  I just might want to become involved to help things along!

How about you?

Come to the Ft. Collins Temple Open House!!


Fort Collins Colorado Temple  The Fort Collins Colorado temple is now having an open house, from August 19, 2016 through September 10, 2016!

The invitation is open to everyone!  Reserve your free tickets today at https://templeopenhouse.lds.org.

These open houses are done so that anyone who would like to may enter the House of the Lord of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Be aware of the things you feel, not only when you tour an open house, or even as you enter the temple grounds of any of the over 150 temples that dot the land throughout the entire world, but also as you view pictures or contemplate messages of and about these wondrous and sacred edifices.

Come and enjoy the presence of the Lord.  Find answers to your prayers.  Let joy and comfort bless your very soul.  🙂

Thank You Law Enforcement Everywhere


Beloved hubby sent a very nice thank you to our local police commander.  I reprint it here to thank law enforcement everywhere for their dedicated and unending efforts and the much good they do that often goes seemingly unnoticed.  My heartfelt thanks for helping to keep us safe and preserving our hard-won freedoms.  🙂

“Dear Commander,

“My wife and I are making this opportunity to thank the Police who serve in our area.  I have 6 generations of military service running through my son who have served during times of war, so I can truly appreciate the service that our veterans have provided this nation.

“In another way, you and the Police Officers who serve this nation provide service every time you go to work.  As the events of the last couple of weeks have shown, this service carries with it a risk to both life and limb.

  • Thank you to all of those Police Officers who have given up all of their tomorrows so that we may have our todays occur largely without any fear of domestic violence occurring in our day to day lives.
  • Thank you to the families of all of those Police Officers who will not have them as part of their lives going forward so that we do not need to fear the loss of our dear ones when they temporarily take their leaves from us for work, play, and social interactions.
  • Thank you to those Police Officers who will live all of their tomorrows with bodies that have been violently attacked by various means not limited to being shot, stabbed, hit with an object, hurt in an accident, or injured in a fight while serving the public at large.  Their forfeiture of the lives we all dream about is not in vain when it is both appreciated and used to keep society functioning.
  • Thank you to the families of those Police Officers who have been disabled by an attacker or even hurt giving the families cause for concern while they recover.  No amount of Thanks will ever make it up to a child who cannot play with their parents such as a son who cannot play catch with either a missing or disabled Dad.  But heartfelt Thanks and true Appreciation for their sacrifices will make them a little more bearable.
  • Thank you to all of the Police Officers who interact with Evil on a daily basis.  Yes, Evil is alive and well, and our Police Forces form the Thin Blue Line that we depend upon for keeping them at bay.  Thankfully they have helped us progress to the point where Right Makes Might as opposed to the centuries long burden of Might Makes Right that far too many people still need to suffer under today.

“In short THANK YOU.  Those two words seem so puny and may not convey the depth of thanks that our family, and the vast majority of our nation’s citizens, feel towards the Police, but they are the best that the English Language offers in that regard.  Please pass our abiding THANKS to the Officers and Staff of the Able Sector for the Police Force, as well as the rest of your compatriots in the rest of the Department.”

Amen!  🙂