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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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My Quiet Belief


Last night I went in to renew my Temple Recommend.  What a wonderful blessing!  I was filled with the spirit of God and felt that quiet peace that comes when we think of our Heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and our relationship with them.

It is moments like this that give me strength, and that help me want to turn to my Father in Heaven, for help through my trials and to share in the joys of my life.

How thankful I am to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and to have the many blessings associated with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  🙂

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!


It’s the evening before Thanksgiving.  We just finished watching Hallmark’s Operation Christmas, a warm and inspirational movie about helping our military families.

Watching it made me realize a lot more of what military families go through with their loved ones not only away from home but also in very dangerous situations.  It reminded me again of how very thankful I am to them and to all military personnel for the price they pay for the freedoms our country enjoys.

I am thankful to live in a country that has such great freedoms, and for the people and families who have given so much for us to have those freedoms.

At work they asked us to put together a PowerPoint slide of what we are thankful for.  I knew most people would mention the obvious things like their families and loved ones, etc.  So I decided to mention a few other things I am thankful for:

  • My knowledge of, and relationship with, Jesus Christ
  • My job
  • Modern medicine
  • Our country
  • Animals…not bugs…animals
  • Libraries

Additionally, at the beginning of the month I put several items in my workspace showing things I am thankful for:

  • My family
  • Blessings of the harvest
  • Family sitting down together for Thanksgiving dinner
  • Animals
  • My co-workers
  • Flowers
  • Our beautiful world
  • God and Jesus Christ
  • Prayer
  • Knowing that people we at first find fault with can become our dearest friends
  • Realizing that our choice of words and the language we use tells a lot about us

We bought some battery-operated candles and set them up in our room.  They add such a nice ambiance to the room.  I am surprised, perhaps it’s because we are close to the Christmas season, and we just watched that nice movie.

I have so much to give thanks to our Father in Heaven for!

What are you thankful for?

 

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.  🙂

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.  🙂

Focusing On The Positive


I read a book recently that suggested keeping a journal and writing in it everyday three good things that happened that day.

It pointed out that this is a good thing to do, not only for our well-being (as thinking of positive things helps us feel better) but also that it is good for our health and can help the condition of our skin (and thus our appearance) as we know that stress has physical effects on us.

It helped reinforce for me the benefits that come from looking at the bright side, seeking for that which is good in life, and counting our blessings which all have more far-reaching effects on us than we realize.  I know I am happier when I do these things – I feel more grounded in life, and better able to weather the storms and trials that cross my path.

It’s building your life on a firm foundation.  Foundations are vitally important.  Buildings that are not built on firm foundations develop stress cracks and can even give way altogether, as we’ve seen many times.  But when they are built on good, strong foundations, even though it may take more time, money, and effort, they can survive hurricanes and even earthquakes.

The same holds true for us.  Focusing on the positive, and looking for the positive, helps us build and maintain a firm foundation, and keeps us internally on an even keel and glowing bright!  🙂

Sundays


Today is Sunday.  I like Sundays.

Sunday is special.

All the other days of the week are crowded with work, activity, and worries.  I go to work, run errands, try to keep up the house, meet the demands of daily living and deal with countless things that crop up throughout the week.

Whew!

But Sunday is different.

(Oh wow!  I just popped over to lds.org to copy and paste a scripture to put in here, and they say there’s a special, worldwide devotional for young adults streaming at 6pm MST!  Trust me, you do not HAVE to be a young adult to enjoy this broadcast.  Anyone will find it a perfect way to top off the day.  You’ll find encouragement, inspiration, and love in abundance, and you’ll be glad you went there!  And of course the really great thing is, you can go to the website and watch it anytime thereafter as well.)

Now, here’s the scripture:

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

“Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:

“But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

“For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11.

God showed us the way.  He did His work 6 days and then blessed and hallowed the seventh and He rested.

So on Sundays I do not do the things I do all the other days of the week.

“But remember that on this, the Lord’s day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the Most High, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord.

“And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy fasting may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy joy may be full.

“Verily, this is fasting and prayer, or in other words, rejoicing and prayer.” Doctrine and Covenants 59:12-14.

On Sundays I go to church with my family to learn more about the life of Jesus Christ and how I can better follow His example, to feel the Spirit of God, and to partake of the sacrament and renew the covenants I made when I was baptized.  It is a day perfect to add fasting to my prayers when I need a special blessing or help in my life, and to fast once a month and give the money saved to the Church to help the poor.

In return I receive many blessings.  I find that on Monday I am ready for another week of work, activities, errands, keeping up with the house, and worries.  I have more energy and I feel refreshed, like my cup has been filled.  I forgive myself for little errors and feel Heavenly Father with me more.  My heart is softened and I can see the needs of others more readily, and respond more willingly.

In short, my life has been richly blessed by my observance of the Sabbath Day!  🙂