Category Archives: Strengthen the Family

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?  🙂

Wonderful Experience – Ft. Collins Temple Open House


I was privileged not only to go tour the new Ft. Collins Temple open house, but to be a tour guide there as well.  What a wonderful experience!

The Temple is the Lord’s house.  And even before I set foot on the Temple grounds I could feel the Lord’s presence – a calm and peaceful feeling.  My worries disappeared as I contemplated the beauties and the feelings of being in the House of God.

Walking in to this sacred and holy place gave me a feeling of profound love and reverence for our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ.  Temples are among the most sacred places on earth.

We learn about our relationship with our Father there, and His plan for our happiness.  We learn more about the way to live so that we may one day return to live with Him again.  We learn why families are so important, and we learn to serve God more fully.

What do we gain by this?

  • We feel true happiness and joy.
  • We learn how to recognize truth and the difference between it and the counterfeit ways and ideas of the opposition who would lead us astray and keep us from true happiness.
  • We learn about the eternal nature of things and our place within them.
  • We are better able to make wise choices in our lives.
  • We understand others better.
  • We receive guidance to bless our lives.
  • We understand how to make course corrections in our lives.
  • We desire to bless others more.
  • We leave the cares and troubles of the world behind.
  • We are blessed to see life from a higher plane and realize that things are not always as they seem.
  • We receive hope for a brighter future.
  • We gain answers to our sincere prayers and desires.

It was wonderful to see all the different people who came to the open house to see the Temple.  Families, the frail, individuals, children, couples, groups, all different, all with their own problems, and seeking their own answers.

The tour ended walking out the front doors of the temple which open to the beautiful fountain and displays of flowers.

There were so many people who lingered there, to see family or friends, enjoy the beauty that surrounded them, gaze up at the majesty of the Temple with the golden Angel Moroni blowing his horn to all nations standing at its pinnacle, and to savor the sweet feelings they had just been immersed in during this beautiful experience.  It brought me great joy just to see all the people enjoying this moment in their lives.

Oh, how I love the Temple!

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.  🙂

Memories of My Father


I received the most wondrous gift recently – a beautiful quilt made from my father’s shirts!

My wonderful sister-in-law collected came up with this thoughtful and creative idea.  She collected his shirts from my mother, along with some of her old dresses.

Then she went to work, putting together a patchwork quilt for my mother, as well as lap quilts for each of us kids.  It is truly remarkable!

As I look at it, I see my father’s work shirts, set together in patches of flannel here and scraps of broadcloth there.  She even found some material that had school buses on it and included 2 large sections of that.  He had driven a school bus for many, many years and everyone knows him as the bus driver.

And between the sections, she put little squares of my mother’s dresses.  I remember some of them.  Her special occasion and Sunday dresses, nice going places dresses, and workable house dresses – each played a role in her active and busy life.

Here are my father’s work shirts, his warmer shirts, his cooler shirts.  So many different colors, patterns, and textures.

And there, in beautiful plain white, are his best shirts – the ones he wore to church on Sundays, as he went off to complete a Priesthood assignment or give a blessing, or to go to the temple – The House of the Lord.  The sacred feelings that were stirred, seeing the white swatches were truly meaningful and reverent.

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!  🙂

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!

10 Ways to Let Your Family Know You Love Them


Here are 10 suggestions for letting those closest to you know that you love them (and they are all free!):

  1. Smile when you see them
  2. Say, “I love you”
  3. Give them a compliment
  4. Tell them about a favorite memory you have of them
  5. Read to, or with, them
  6. Do one of their chores for them – extra points for doing it anonymously or with a good attitude!
  7. Listen to, and engage with, them when they talk to you
  8. When they tell you something hard to listen to, don’t overreact
  9. Go for a walk together and point out interesting things you see along the way
  10. Pray for them, in your personal prayers and in your family prayers