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Oh, Sugar! Progress Report


You may remember the poem I came up with to encourage people to think about the words they use and say “Oh, sugar!” instead of using profanity or obscenities.  And then when people use God’s or Jesus’ name as an exclamation or a curse, I was going to start saying “I’m so glad you brought Him up.  He loves you so very much!”

I printed the poem and put it in a frame and put a pretty bowl of sugar cubes in front of it at my desk about a week before Thanksgiving.  And I still have it up along with some Christmas decorations now.

A good handful of people have noticed the sign or the sugar while I was around, so I invited them to read the poem and explained why the sugar cubes.  Everyone of them left with a smile, and most seemed to agree it was kind of cute.

Then today along came the perfect opportunity to try the 2nd part of my plan.  I was talking one-on-one with someone and as she described a recent painful event, she was suddenly exclaiming God’s name several times.

I couldn’t hold myself back.  I jumped in with, “Yes, God certainly was watching over you!” and as she continued, I went on with “Please don’t say that, God loves you so much!  Please stop saying ‘God’.  Don’t use His name in vain.”

So, I have broken the ice.  I hope to be more courageous now and to speak up in love when people misuse His name.  I want everyone to know that God is real, He loves you, and He knows who you are.  🙂

Here’s the poem again if you want to use it (I’m thinking of substituting Christmas for the word Thanksgiving now on my framed copy):

Thanksgiving is the perfect time

to give up words not sublime.

To drive those words right from your head,

try Grandma Pearson’s words instead:

“Oh, sugar!”

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Where To Turn For Peace


The more I hear about what is going on in the world, all over our country, and locally, the more concerned I become about the state of things.  Now granted, most of this comes from the sources that I’m getting my information from as those tend to show the darker and more despairing side of life.  I realize that they do not tell the full story!

I know there is also much good going on in the world, all over our country, and locally.  You have to turn to other sources to get that information.  So, where to turn for peace?

The environment and outcomes that are the consequence of society’s and government’s choices over the last few decades has burdened people everywhere and created dire conditions for many, especially the poor, the vulnerable, the innocent, etc.

Peace is found first, within ourselves.  As we do the things that lead to peace, such as turn our hearts to God, the Great Creator of All Things, Who knows how to bring peace to the world, we begin to feel His comforting and caring Spirit within ourselves.  And then we can begin to share that with our families, friends, and communities, and watch as it begins to spread forth bringing more and more blessings to those in need.

And we can look around for the good that is happening and bring those things into our lives and share them with others.

And we can work to hold those accountable who should be standing up for the children and the innocent.  Society has become too selfish for too long.  No wonder it is what it is today.  Can one really wonder why our laws are so convoluted and full of loopholes?  Why death and destruction are increasing exponentially?  Why people have lost their sense of right and wrong, of chivalry, generosity, sacrificing for others, doing our part to make the world a better place?

Let’s find the good things in life, then help spread their influence, and bring about true peace, starting with ourselves.  🙂

What have you seen or experienced that will help you in this quest?

I Am Doing Great


For the first time in a few weeks I was able to attend the full 3 hours in Church today!  As I was walking down the hall afterwards, someone said hi and asked me how I was doing.

I replied, “Good”, and then I thought, “I am in Church, so of course I am doing great!”  I love The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and attending my church meetings brings me happiness, hope, and helps me be prepared for the week ahead.

I go to church because it is such a good way to feel closer to my Father in Heaven and to His Son, Jesus Christ.  At church we talk about things we can do to be closer to Them every day, and not just on Sundays.  We learn how Christ’s teachings fit into our lives today, and that by doing the things He did we can have the success that He had.

In the Church we are led by a living Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.  But he is not the leader of the Church.  Jesus Christ is.  That’s why we are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Christ leads and guides the Church.  He speaks to His Prophet and His Apostles, giving them His will for us in our day.

Jesus knows how we can be successful, and gives us His loving guidance that shows us the path to happiness and eternal safety.  As we follow His guidance and keep His commandments, we are better able to live happy lives and help our families return to Him.  Jesus Christ is the only way back to God.  His greatest desire is to have everyone return to live with Him and His Father in joy and happiness forever.

He knows how we can not only get through life, no matter how difficult, but also how to do so joyfully despite the trials and sorrows we experience here.

I love Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, and I am so thankful to know about Them, my relationship with Them and with the people throughout the world, and for the blessings that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ brings to us in our day.

Tell me about your relationship with God.  🙂

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!

Influenced By the Holy Scriptures


A young couple talked in Sacrament Meeting at church today about the 8th Article of Faith:

“We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.”

She talked about the Bible, how we got it, and why it is important.  She mentioned a quote by one of the General Authorities saying that the Bible is a miracle, and is a great blessing not only to us but that many people have learned from it and improved their lives.  They have led very good lives as they did their best to follow the teachings found in it.  She also pointed out that though we learn about Jesus from all our scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price), it is from the Bible that we learn about Jesus’ mortal life here on the earth, the things He taught, the things He did, etc.

He first brought up the Eskimos.  He said they have many words for “snow”.  There’s snow you use for water, snow you use for building igloos, snow you don’t walk on, and so forth.  Then he said that he thinks of the phrase “search the scriptures” in a similar fashion.  There are many ways to search the scriptures:

  • Memorize – he doesn’t always have time to ponder the scriptures as he is reading them, but has found that when he memorizes a scripture it can pop into his mind later and he has time to dwell on it and think about it.
  • Read – as he reads the scriptures through he sees the storylines unfold.  He read in the Book of Mormon about Alma, and the sons of Mosiah, etc.  He reached Alma 31 where all these great men decided to serve a mission together to teach the gospel to the Lamanites, their enemies.  He was very excited and wanted to continue reading to see what they would teach, etc.  He said it is the ultimate dream!  I totally agreed with him.  I, too, love to share this greatest gift of the gospel whenever I can.  I loved serving a mission when I was a young adult!
  • Study by topic – when he studied about the sacrament, he read in the Bible about where Jesus introduced the sacrament to His disciples, the Last Supper.  Jesus told His disciples to remember, every time that they partook of the sacrament, that He is always with them.
  • Chapter Headings – He said you can read just the chapter headings as they give a pretty good overview of the chapter.  Then you can delve further into the chapter if you find one of particular interest.
  • Watch for parables – he loves to find the parables, or stories, in what he is studying.  Then later he might find another scripture that helps explain a parable even more.  He read in the Bible the story of the judge and the woman who wanted something from him and kept asking and asking until she finally received it.  He didn’t think too much about it, but later when he read where Jesus asked, “What man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, wilt he give him a stone?…If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matt. 7:9, 11) and thought about how great God is and what great gifts He gives to those who ask.
  • Write the stories – writing down the stories and things you learn from the scriptures helps them stick with you better and can help you understand them more.  You can pick up similarities in them, and inspiration can come.
  • Inspiration – sometimes a scripture really hits you when you read it.  It can come to your mind often to help you in your life.  Proverbs 3:5-6 did this for him.  “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
  • Use the dictionary – you find additional insights and meaning as you look up words in the dictionary.  For instance, redeem also means take something bad and make it good again.  This is a great example of what Jesus does for us as The Redeemer.

It was a very inspirational meeting, and an excellent example of why I go to church every Sunday.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings so much additional light into my life.  I love the scriptures and learning more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  Many of the examples given today are things I have felt in my own life.  Hearing about them again reminds me of my own testimony-building experiences and helps me draw closer to God, and to others.

Is it any wonder that Mormons go to church every week?

10 Ways to Build Your Faith


Here are 10 things you can do to increase your faith:

  1. Start by wanting to have faith – desire
  2. Pray and ask your Father in Heaven to grant you faith
  3. Read stories in the scriptures of people who had faith
  4. Find stories outside the scriptures of people who had faith
  5. Talk to someone you know who has great faith
  6. Recognize the hand of God in other people’s lives
  7. Look back at your life and see where God had a hand in what happened
  8. Increase the power of prayer by also fasting to increase your faith
  9. Exercise your faith by trusting God and acknowledging Him
  10. “Be still, and know that I am God” Psalms 46:10

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!  🙂