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My Church Gives Me Hope


I left Church today feeling incredibly happy and hopeful!  It was Ward Conference, so our Stake leaders were there with good messages of inspiration, encouragement, and hope.  It was absolutely wonderful!

In Sacrament meeting, Bishop Cox, the leader of our congregation, spoke about the influence of the Holy Ghost (or the Spirit of God) in our lives.  He talked about how meaningful personal, and family, prayers help us feel closer to Heavenly Father and we are able to feel the influence of the Holy Spirit better.

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we learn that prayer is communicating with God.  Bishop Cox explained that prayer is not like ordering groceries over the phone and then hanging up.  It is also not a wish list.  We are seeking to know what His will is for us.  He loves us and knows what is best for us, what will help us grow, and how we can help Him further His work among His children.

Seeking to find out, and then striving to follow, Heavenly Father’s will is something we consistently try to do.  Setting aside our will takes practice and time.  Our natural inclination is to seek to do and fulfill our own desires and purposes.  But allowing our Beloved Father in Heaven to guide our lives is trusting in His infinite power and goodness.  And His plans for our lives are more glorious than we could ever fathom!

Then our President Horsley, our Stake President, pointed out that there is power in surrendering our will to God’s will, and in seeking God’s will.  We discipline ourselves, learning to give everything to Heavenly Father.  We can become close to Him.  He is not just a friend.  He has created worlds without number!  He is God.

And he talked about 2 kinds of faith.  One functions in the life of every soul and is the faith born of experience – i.e. Spring will come, tomorrow is a new day, things will work out OK.  The other is a rare faith – it causes things to happen that otherwise would not be.  Seek to be directed, seek the Spirit of God, find comfort, find the Lord’s spirit.

Do not turn away the “still, small voice” of God.  Learn to recognize it.  It will take the hate, envy, strife, etc. from your heart.

Remain unyielding in following God, worthy of His choicest blessings, and prepared so you can receive all that God has to offer you, not only now – but in the eternities to come.

Talk about hope!  🙂

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?  🙂

Blessings of Using Language Wisely


Here is a great quote about how our words and our language can affect others, as well as ourselves:

“Watch constantly for that which is worthy and noble in your fellowman.  It makes a person better to see and speak of good in his neighbor; while there is unbounded delight in observing the effect that a few words of appreciation and encouragement have upon men, women, and children with whom we associate.”  Joseph F. Smith, previous President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Just think what type of world we would have if everyone watched for the “worthy and noble” in others!  This would have all kinds of benefits:

  • You would see good that is happening all around you.
  • You would think about good more often.
  • It would give you ideas for how you can do good for others.
  • You would feel good more often.
  • Your problems would not seem as monumental – perhaps even turning from mountains into molehills.
  • You would start enjoying life again.
  • Others would react better to you and to others.
  • People would want to be around you more.
  • Life would be worth living.

What can you add to this list?

All of this would be compounded when we add respectful language to, and about, God.  For He pours blessings upon all those who remember Him, who pray (talk to) Him, and who use His name with reverence and respect.

God, your Father in Heaven, waits to bless you.  All you have to do is ask.  Talk with Him as you would with a loving father.  And be mindful of the ways you use His name.  And He will send so many blessings upon you that you will not have the capacity to hold them all.  Try it and see.  🙂

Giving Thanks Improves Communication Skills


Yesterday I talked a little about how important our communications are, especially the words we choose to use, and how this fits in perfectly as we celebrate Thanksgiving.  We are giving thanks, or being grateful, for our blessings, and our thoughts turn to God in appreciation for what we have.

As we think of the things we have and appreciate them, our hearts become softened for we are no longer being so selfish about our belongings.

And as we extend those thoughts to more than just what we own and appreciate people around us, the freedoms to do as we choose to do, the talents God has given us that we can practice and expand upon, as well as the good things in life that have helped us make good decisions and receive the naturally-following good consequences of those decisions, our hearts become enlarged even more and we begin to see and truly appreciate God’s hand in our lives as well as the lives of those around us.

As we give substance to all these things, we become more God-like (which is usually referred to as more Christ-like).  Then we find that our communication with, to, and about others becomes more substantial and meaningful.  We find ourselves watching and picking the right words to use, then graduating on to improved language skills as we interact with others, refining our abilities and sensibilities and drop all signs of course or even inappropriate words and phrases.

As we give thanks to our Father in Heaven and increase our communications, we’ll find that our relationships are strengthened, our self-esteem improved, and our confidence waxes stronger and stronger as our relationship with God and Christ improve.

And we’ll say, “Ah, life is good!”  🙂

The Supermoon, The Stars, The Night Sky!


Last night we went outside to look at the Supermoon – so called because the moon was the closest to the earth that it has been for decades and will be for a couple more.  Wow!

It was not the biggest moon I’ve ever seen, but it was perfectly full, and extremely white!  I think more details of the surface could be seen just looking at it than can sometimes be seen even with binoculars.  It was amazing.

I gazed at the night sky, and noticed some stars, and even recognized Mars, which had a definite red color to it.  I thought about the sun, the moon, and the stars – all up there in the heavens.  I remembered looking at the night sky when I was young, seeking comfort, understanding, strength, closeness to God.

I started to wonder if it was the closest that night, surely the following night it would still have to be almost as close.  Then I pictured watching the moon where it was and envisioned the earth turning on its axis and wondered how far would that take us away from the moon, and how quickly?  I could almost feel the earth moving.

And that brought me back to thinking of the people throughout time who had looked up at the sky, seeing the heavenly bodies, and trying to come up with explanations about what was going on.  Some would make up stories to explain why the sky changed as it did.  Some probably forgot as life became too bogged down with trying to stay alive.  Some few probably told horror stories to scare others.

I think Heavenly Father, after He created the heavens and the earth and all things that in them are, explained to His children exactly what it all was and what it meant.  And He told them to ask Him anything at anytime, and He would inspire them and give them answers.

And so, when we are looking for knowledge and wisdom, we can turn to Him and ask.  He has promised that He will help us to find what we are looking for.

The sun, the moon, the stars, all things in heaven and earth are testaments of God and of His love for us.  “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8.

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!