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Did You Experience The Inspiration?


Did you take a moment to check out the wonderful General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over the weekend?  If so, you heard something great and inspiring!

Included were songs by the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, talks by a living Prophet of God, Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ, and other inspired leaders of the Church.

You would have felt, as did I, stirring messages of hope, happiness, and peace in spite of the turmoil that is present in the world today.  The gospel light of Christ shines through it all, and is there for us to grasp and follow.

Where there is the light of Christ, there can be no darkness!

If you missed it, or would like to experience more of it, you can go to lds.org and see and hear the inspiring messages whenever you want.

God did not leave us alone, nor without resources.  He has provided everything that is needed to be able to live a happy and fulfilling life now, and to return to live with Him in the eternities.

Try it and see for yourself.  🙂

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Eventful Month


It’s been a very full and eventful month.  Illness, hospitalizations, roofing, worries, team building, service, LDS General Conference, temple dedication, priesthood blessings, sharing my thoughts of Sacred, and family have all been a huge part of my life this month!

Through it all, and because of it, I have been reminded of the great blessings I enjoy because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Through the sorrow, the fatigue, the worry, the pain, and the suffering of myself and others the light of Christ has shown through and comforted, lifted, and calmed with its infinite power to shine forth and bless.

And through the fun, the thoughtfulness, the service, and the sacred and spiritual moments the light of Christ has increased the joy, hopefulness, love, and relationships with Heavenly Father’s great gift that increases our abilities, aptitudes, sensitivities, and power.

It has been quite a month of ups and downs.  And of rejoicing in, and recognition of, the marvelous gifts and power of a loving and eternal Father in Heaven, Who has seen us through it all.  How blessed I am for my relationship with Him, and my knowledge of who He is.  🙂

Primary Program Time Again


Today was our Primary Program in Sacrament meeting.

I am still their pianist, a calling that I love!  I love working with the children, feeling their special and tender feelings for Jesus Christ and for Heavenly Father.  They love the prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, and they love each other and coming to church.

They also love singing.  This group has learned a few songs that have 2 parts or that have a descant (a part that is higher than the regular song).  They love doing this so much that although it is a smaller group than we’ve had for a few years, their singing was strong and clear!  Several people commented on it and on how much they enjoyed hearing it.  (And remember, this is the regular Primary children, not a special choir or group of the children.)

The Primary Program is one of, if not the best programs of the entire year.  And today’s program was truly inspirational.  The children behaved reverently during the whole thing, every one of them spoke clearly enough to be heard – even the youngest ones – and they truly helped us feel the Spirit of God in that meeting.

These children know who they are, they know where they come from, and they know where they are going.  They want to choose the right and feel the closeness of God in their lives.  They love their families, they are not perfect, but they know what to do when they do something wrong.  They are learning to stand for the right, to try to follow Jesus Christ’s example, and to strengthen their faith and their families.

That is what Primary helps children in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do.  And it is the same, exact thing all over the world!  🙂

25 Days of Christ – Day 16


What about little children?  Are they in limbo or some horrible place if they die without being baptized?  Is that what our loving Father in Heaven would do?

No.  He planned for them from the beginning also.  Here is one of His most beautiful messages I know of:

Moroni chapter 8.  This one chapter has so much in it, so many layers.  Enjoy!  🙂

“1 An epistle of my father Mormon, written to me, Moroni; and it was written unto me soon after my calling to the ministry. And on this wise did he write unto me, saying:

“2 My beloved son, Moroni, I rejoice exceedingly that your Lord Jesus Christ hath been mindful of you, and hath called you to his ministry, and to his holy work.

“3 I am mindful of you always in my prayers, continually praying unto God the Father in the name of his Holy Child, Jesus, that he, through his infinite goodness and grace, will keep you through the endurance of faith on his name to the end.

“4 And now, my son, I speak unto you concerning that which grieveth me exceedingly; for it grieveth me that there should disputations rise among you.

“5 For, if I have learned the truth, there have been disputations among you concerning the baptism of your little children.

“6 And now, my son, I desire that ye should labor diligently, that this gross error should be removed from among you; for, for this intent I have written this epistle.

“7 For immediately after I had learned these things of you I inquired of the Lord concerning the matter. And the word of the Lord came to me by the power of the Holy Ghost, saying:

Listen to the words of Christ, your Redeemer, your Lord and your God. Behold, I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance; the whole need no physician, but they that are sick; wherefore, little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them; and the law of circumcision is done away in me.

And after this manner did the Holy Ghost manifest the word of God unto me; wherefore, my beloved son, I know that it is solemn mockery before God, that ye should baptize little children.

“10 Behold I say unto you that this thing shall ye teach—repentance and baptism unto those who are accountable and capable of committing sin; yea, teach parents that they must repent and be baptized, and humble themselves as their little children, and they shall all be saved with their little children.

“11 And their little children need no repentance, neither baptism. Behold, baptism is unto repentance to the fulfilling the commandments unto the remission of sins.

“12 But little children are alive in Christ, even from the foundation of the world; if not so, God is a partial God, and also a changeable God, and a respecter to persons; for how many little children have died without baptism!

“13 Wherefore, if little children could not be saved without baptism, these must have gone to an endless hell.

“14 Behold I say unto you, that he that supposeth that little children need baptism is in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity; for he hath neither faith, hope, nor charity; wherefore, should he be cut off while in the thought, he must go down to hell.

“15 For awful is the wickedness to suppose that God saveth one child because of baptism, and the other must perish because he hath no baptism.

“16 Wo be unto them that shall pervert the ways of the Lord after this manner, for they shall perish except they repent. Behold, I speak with boldness, having authority from God; and I fear not what man can do; for perfect love casteth out all fear.

“17 And I am filled with charity, which is everlasting love; wherefore, all children are alike unto me; wherefore, I love little children with a perfect love; and they are all alike and partakers of salvation.

“18 For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity.

“19 Little children cannot repent; wherefore, it is awful wickedness to deny the pure mercies of God unto them, for they are all alive in him because of his mercy.

“20 And he that saith that little children need baptism denieth the mercies of Christ, and setteth at naught the atonement of him and the power of his redemption.

“21 Wo unto such, for they are in danger of death, hell, and an endless torment. I speak it boldly; God hath commanded me. Listen unto them and give heed, or they stand against you at the judgment-seat of Christ.

“22 For behold that all little children are alive in Christ, and also all they that are without the law. For the power of redemption cometh on all them that have no law; wherefore, he that is not condemned, or he that is under no condemnation, cannot repent; and unto such baptism availeth nothing—

“23 But it is mockery before God, denying the mercies of Christ, and the power of his Holy Spirit, and putting trust in dead works.

“24 Behold, my son, this thing ought not to be; for repentance is unto them that are under condemnation and under the curse of a broken law.

“25 And the first fruits of repentance is baptism; and baptism cometh by faith unto the fulfilling the commandments; and the fulfilling the commandments bringeth remission of sins;

“26 And the remission of sins bringeth meekness, and lowliness of heart; and because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love, which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come, when all the saints shall dwell with God.

“27 Behold, my son, I will write unto you again if I go not out soon against the Lamanites. Behold, the pride of this nation, or the people of the Nephites, hath proven their destruction except they should repent.

“28 Pray for them, my son, that repentance may come unto them. But behold, I fear lest the Spirit hath ceased striving with them; and in this part of the land they are also seeking to put down all power and authority which cometh from God; and they are denying the Holy Ghost.

“29 And after rejecting so great a knowledge, my son, they must perish soon, unto the fulfilling of the prophecies which were spoken by the prophets, as well as the words of our Savior himself.

“30 Farewell, my son, until I shall write unto you, or shall meet you again. Amen.”

And through modern revelation we know that the age of accountability is 8, therefore children under 8 have no need of baptism.  As Christ said, “little children are whole, for they are not capable of committing sin; wherefore the curse of Adam is taken from them in me, that it hath no power over them.”

Heavenly Father loves your children!

25 Days of Christ – Day 8


Christ came to the earth to show us the right way to live.  He is also our mediator, bridging the gap between Heavenly Father and His children.  As the mediator, Christ pays the price that we are not able to pay so we can return to live with our Heavenly Father.

We’ve learned that, because of sin and weakness, we cannot return to live with our Father in Heaven, as no unclean thing can dwell with God.  We can not buy our way into heaven.  And we can not pay for our own sins.  We needed someone to make up the difference for us between what we can do and what is left to do.  “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” 1 Timothy 2:5.

Christ did this for everyone.  In the Garden of Gethsemane He suffered for the sins of all people!  He has already paid the price for our sins.  What we do to accept that gift is to repent of our sins and try to live as Christ lived.

He did this because of His great love for us.  He loves you so much that, if you were the only person in the world, I believe He would still have gone through the atonement for just you.  🙂