Category Archives: You Can Help

Blessings Await You!


Sunday in Relief Society I taught a lesson from Elder Dale G. Renlund’s talk, Family History and Temple Work: Sealing and Healing.  He gave it during General Conference in May, 2018.

He mentioned several blessings that we might have asked for sometime in our lives:

  • Increased understanding of the Savior and His atoning sacrifice;
  • Increased influence of the Holy Ghost7 to feel strength and direction for our own lives;
  • Increased faith, so that conversion to the Savior becomes deep and abiding;
  • Increased ability and motivation to learn and repent8 because of an understanding of who we are, where we come from, and a clearer vision of where we are going;
  • Increased refining, sanctifying, and moderating influences in our hearts;
  • Increased joy through an increased ability to feel the love of the Lord;
  • Increased family blessings, no matter our current, past, or future family situation or how imperfect our family tree may be;
  • Increased love and appreciation for ancestors and living relatives, so we no longer feel alone;
  • Increased power to discern that which needs healing and thus, with the Lord’s help, serve others;
  • Increased protection from temptations and the intensifying influence of the adversary; and
  • Increased assistance to mend troubled, broken, or anxious hearts and make the wounded whole.9

He then said “If you have prayed for any of these blessings, participate in family history and temple work. As you do so, your prayers will be answered. When ordinances are performed on behalf of the deceased, God’s children on earth are healed. No wonder President Russell M. Nelson, in his first message as President of the Church [of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints], declared, “Your worship in the temple and your service there for your ancestors will bless you with increased personal revelation and peace and will fortify your commitment to stay on the covenant path.”10″

As I studied the lesson, I was amazed at how often, and in how many different ways, he brought up the healing aspects of searching out our ancestors and working to link our families together.  He also profoundly pointed out that, “When God directs us to do one thing, He often has many purposes in mind.” (emphasis added)

The class discussed many options that are available to us these days to help us work on family history – genealogy, seek out our ancestors, compile family histories and photos, Family History libraries, FamilySearch.org, family history consultants, Indexing, Ancestry.com to name a few.

This is exciting work and becomes even more so when you consider the blessings that are awaiting you to help in your current situation!  (take a quick gander at the bulleted list above!)

What have you done to find your ancestors?  What blessings were yours as you did so?

What can you start doing to obtain these wonderful, healing, blessings?  🙂

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The Answers to School Shootings – Self-Control and Respect For Others


I believe the answers to school shootings – and a host of other problems in society – is as simple as respect and self-control.

If people, children and adults, were taught respect, we would be living in a different world.  We would see others as important, as meaningful, as having worth.  And we would treat them that way.

If we were taught self-control, it wouldn’t matter if we did think of others as different from ourselves, we would control our actions and even our thoughts, and treat others well.

Think what the world would be like if everyone was kind.

It would be …

heaven.  🙂

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.  🙂

For Lent – Great Idea!


Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you might wonder why I would write about Lent.

Beloved hubby told me about a story he saw on the news that is really inspiring.  A young man was asked what he is giving up for Lent, and he said, “nothing”.  When asked about that, the young man said that he had decided instead of giving something up each day during Lent, he had decided to do a Random Act of Kindness each day for Lent.

Wow, how’s that for a great idea?

And, what is everyone did a random act of kindness every day of their lives?  Think of the changes that would take place in the world!

Think how that is following what Jesus Christ did.

Great idea!  🙂

It Isn’t Hard to Be Patient With People


Do you think it is hard to be patient with people?  I believe it isn’t that hard – you just have to change the way you think about it.

We usually feel impatient when we are thinking about ourselves – You are wasting my time, my money, my whatever.

But what happens when we change our thinking?  Suddenly we realize that an interruption, a detour, a need, or even a change of plans is not the end of the world.  And don’t we want courtesy if we’re the ones who suddenly need to interrupt, detour, take care of a need, or change the plans?

Then we can stay in our good place and be patient with people with whatever is going on.  And life is much happier, calmer, peaceful, joyful, and usually moves right on along – much quicker than if we had gotten ourselves all worked up about it.  🙂

When have you been patient with someone and how did you feel?

It’s Time to Protect The Children


It is high time that we thought about protecting the children again.  Especially in The United States of America things have degenerated to the point of spending incredible amounts of time, energy, and money on which bathrooms they should use, criminalizing those who are trying to catch child predators, and de-criminalizing child predatory acts!

President Obama, the United States Senate and House of Representatives, Governors such as Jerry Brown, State Senates and Houses of Representatives, local governments, and even the citizens themselves have not only allowed, but actually orchestrated these evil and immoral acts to be protected and to thrive in our country.

They are ignoring the many ways the children are molested, injured, exploited, and manipulated rather than setting up laws, and expectations, that will protect, guard, care for, and defend them.

This environment must be changed.  Children are our Nation’s greatest treasure.  They are our most vulnerable assets.  And they are Heavenly Father’s greatest blessings – to our families and to our future.

What person is there who, looking into the small, innocent, delicate face of a newborn, is not moved by a tender warm thought or feeling from deep within?  It may seem inexplicable, yet it is there.

It is time to think on that feeling, which God, Himself, planted into the soul of every person throughout time, and let it guide us in making right the things we must change so that children will have the opportunity to grow up happy, healthy, and free of oppression.

The really great thing is – once you create a safe environment for the children, the entire level of society will be raised up as well.  We will all have a better life!  🙂

What is one thing you can do today to move forward that process?

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?  🙂