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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.  🙂

10 Things That Will Help You Feel Better


Life got you down?  Here are 10 things you can do to feel better and lift your spirits:

  1. Read a good book
  2. Watch an inspirational movie or TV show
  3. Go for a walk
  4. Call a good friend
  5. Write a quick note to someone who is lonely
  6. Listen to some upbeat music
  7. Tackle a job you’ve been putting off
  8. Do a good deed – anonymously
  9. Forgive someone who has offended you
  10. Pour out your soul to your Father in Heaven (talk with Him as you would your best friend!)  🙂

Relief Society’s Ward Birthday Dinner


This week we had the ward (congregation) Relief Society birthday dinner.  It was a lot of fun!

The Relief Society organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded on March 17, 1842 by the Prophet Joseph Smith.  The purpose of Relief Society is to prepare women for the blessings of eternal life.  That is accomplished as sisters (women in the Church) increase faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes as they make and keep sacred covenants, and offer relief to those in need, working in unity with priesthood holders.

It was a delightful evening.  Dinner was a waffle bar – with freshly made waffles and a large variety of toppings to choose from.  Personally I love to have breakfast for dinner.  There were assorted fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, and bananas, yogurt, as well as chocolate chips, powdered sugar, butter, maple syrup, jams, whipped cream, sausage, and bacon.  It was delicious!

After dinner the fun really started.  We played “speed getting-to-know-you” where half the sisters sat in one row and the other half in a second row facing the first row.  Our leader had come up with 10 questions per person in the first row, and every person had different questions!  I believe she had about 200 different questions prepared to help us get to know each other a little better.

Row two had a minute and a half with each person in row one to pick a question between 1 and 10, hear that question, talk about it, and have that sister tell about herself in response to the same question.  We then moved over to the seat on our left and visited with the next sister.  So each of us talked with half the sisters there.

A sample of some of the questions are:

  • Would you rather eat your favorite meal for every meal for the rest of your life, or never for the rest of your life?
  • Do you like flying in an airplane, and why?
  • What was your favorite book when you were growing up?
  • What would you like to do before you die?

It was great discussing things that you’d never think to ask in normal conversation, and quite interesting to see some of the tangents the answers lead to, like:

  • All the food in Germany was wonderful!
  • I want to serve another mission for the Church before I die.
  • Why I dislike flying.
  • Records we listened to in our youth.

I suggested to a couple people that they ought to pass this activity on to our Young Men/Young Women program.  I think they’d have a blast with it!

It was such a nice evening.  I got to know several more people than I’d met before, and you find the greatest women in the Church.  They have real issues with health, family, jobs, and other things, but they stand fast for the truth, know that Heavenly Father loves them, and strive to help, love, and support each other and the world around them.  They make you feel good when you are with them, and I am always smiling as I leave their presence because it is such an encouraging and joyful experience!  🙂

Prayer Made My Day A Success!


This morning I set the alarm early because I knew what was ahead.

And I didn’t know how I would handle it.

A 2-day retreat at work, Beloved Hubby coming home Wednesday, and several people I had to get processed, with more adding on every day.  I was so worried my insides were all knotted up and I was almost shaking.

What to do?  What do I do first?

You got it (you’re getting to know me pretty well, huh?)

That’s right.  Prayer.

So, I knelt beside my bed and poured out my thoughts, feelings, worries, and to-do list to Father in Heaven.  I didn’t know how I was going to get through these next few days.  I haven’t worried this much in a long time.

As I was getting ready for the day, a call came.  I had to run an errand before going to work.  I looked at my watch.  Well, there was time, sort of.  Good thing I got up early.

So I quickly finished getting ready and left to take care of the errand.  Once I completed it I suddenly realized I’d forgotten something very important at home.

You guessed it, a quick stop at home on the way to work.  I’m trying no to think about the additional time all this is taking.  I focus on my driving.

Finally I arrive.  I stop briefly to share with a co-worker how concerned I am.  Then it’s off to my desk to round up my materials, check the schedule, and see about getting something done.

Nothing major in my emails or voice messages that has to be done right away.  Good.  I turn to processing my folks.  There are about a dozen of them!  I don’t know how many I’ll be able to squeeze in today, the rest will have to wait until tomorrow.

Well, I’ll do what I can.  Better start calling them.

I do a little of the preliminary work, then dial the first number.  He answers!  Good.  Hurray and get him scheduled and try to not take too much of his time.  He’s very understanding and it works out well.

But, there’s a glitch with the computer and I can’t finish the process right this moment.  OK, make a note and set him aside to finish after the next one.  The next one also answers right away!  Same process, same glitch, set her aside.

I take time to visit the retreat for an important topic that should help me with my work.  Thus goes my day, calling people between sections of the retreat.  Wait!

I just reached the last one who has to be done today!  How did that happen?  And there is time left to finish most of the preliminary work!  And to get past the glitch in the computer (operator error, of course!).

Now we are going to dinner together and I have completed all of the 8 or 9 who had to be handled today!  And I feel great!

Dinner is good, I’m meeting new people, we have a great team.  And Beloved Hubby is doing well.

This day sure turned out differently than I thought it would.  I expected, though I hoped it wouldn’t, my stomach to be tied in knots this whole week!

But by taking a few moments to talk with God, He helped me through this day in unexpected ways and with marvelous results!  He truly guided my path and showed His great love for me.

All because I asked.

Prayer Made My Day A Success!  🙂

Dealing With Stress In Whatever Form


Yesterday I mentioned being reminded that fasting and prayer are excellent sources of strength when you are feeling stressed out.  This brings additional help and guidance from Heavenly Father, additional spiritual power and blessings!

There was also a powerful scripture that was used in Primary on Sunday.

Alma 7:11-12, “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

“And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.”
 
When you think about it, this covers a lot of areas!  Jesus suffered all things, so He knows what we are going through.  He suffered not only for the sins of all mankind (and womankind 🙂 ) but also for all our pain and sorrows.  He does know how we feel.  And He knows how to comfort and help us.
 
For Him to do that all we have to do is turn to Him.  Ask Heavenly Father for help.  Explain what is going on, how we feel, and ask for His help.  He will send His Spirit to comfort us and to enlighten us to see the path we should follow.  He sorrows when we are sorrowful.  He longs to bless and lift us.  He has given us so many blessings.  Thinking of them, counting our blessings, will also ease our burden and help us through life.
 
If we have done something wrong (sinned) we repent.  Confess them and forsake them.  Try to do better.  Treat others as we should.  Believe in God and Jesus Christ.  Do what is right.
 
Pray for guidance to handle whatever is stressing us at the moment.  There is light at the end of the tunnel. 
 
And, as the scriptures say, “It came to pass”, not “it came to stay”.  This too shall pass.  We can be happy again!  🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day


Today is Valentine’s Day, a day to show others that you appreciate having them in your life.

How wonderful it is that we have friends in this life.  Friends are there for you when you are sad or going through something difficult, they enjoy being around you just because of who you are, they love and support you through both your ups and your downs.

The world would be a sad place without friends.  It is so nice to share things with others.  You enjoy them more that way!  A friend can help you see something from a different perspective, put new light on something, open new worlds to explore or create.

And how wonderful it is when you find that special friend, someone who will love you forever, go through thick and thin with you, cheer you on when you have something hard to do, comfort you when you go through trials, stick with you even when you have a bad day, be understanding of you so your bad day doesn’t have to stay bad, appreciate your little idiosyncrasies, tell you (kindly) when you have done something you shouldn’t have, and forgive you readily.

Of course, you do the same for them.  That makes for a wonderful relationship.

And you keep that person foremost in your life.  You don’t let anything or anyone else become more important to you than they are.  You are the first to say you are sorry, the first to forgive them, the first to overlook their ingratitude or thoughtlessness because you realize that you have also been guilty of those things.  Mostly you look for the good and positive in that person and in your relationship with them.  There is enough sorrow in the world without always dwelling on past hurts or mistakes.  Besides, you hate to be reminded of your past shortcomings so why do that to someone else?

I am so very blessed to have a very special man in my life.  Beloved hubby and I have had many adventures, many ups and downs.  But we have tried to be there for each other, especially during the rough spots.  We have grown in love over the years and feel closer than we ever dreamed we could.  We have laughed together, cried together, prayed together.  Our love of God has helped us see life from a higher plane and not get endlessly stuck in the mire of a single problem.

Our faith in God has brought us to heights otherwise unattainable, for Father in Heaven blesses those who love and honor Him.  We are better people for following His commandments and striving to follow Christ.

I wish you as much success and happiness.  Happy Valentine’s Day!  🙂

The Church in Nigeria


Tonight I was looking for some more information about Nigeria.  I decided to see what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has about it.  The Church does an incredible amount of humanitarian aide around the world, so I figured if nothing else I would see information about that.

One of the things we found was a wonderful performance by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir of a Nigerian song, Betelehemu.  “Watch the Choir Perform ‘Betelehemu’ — A Nigerian Carol Complete with Drums, Choreography, and Surprises” the website says.  It is an impressive number.  Watch it at http://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/articles/betelehemu-the-history-lyrics-and-translation?lang=eng.  You will be glad you did!  🙂