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When You Do Good, You Feel Good!


“When you do good, you feel good, and that is the Holy Ghost speaking to you. The Holy Ghost is a wonderful companion. He is always there to help you” President Ezra Taft Benson spoke about what the gift of the Holy Ghost will do for us.  “The Holy Ghost helps you choose the right. The Holy Ghost will protect you from evil. He whispers to you in a still, small voice to do right.”  (in Conference Report, Apr. 1989, 103; or Ensign, May 1989, 82).

I know these words to be true for I have seen the influence of the Holy Ghost in my life many, many times.  And when I have done good, made the right choices, I have felt good.

I have seen it in other people’s lives as well.  It doesn’t mean you have no problems, no issues in life.  But it does mean you can feel good, happy, even calm inside – even while experiencing the problems and issues of life.

Try it and see for yourself.  🙂

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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!  🙂

A Place to Set Aside Your Cares


Sitting in Church today, basking in the warm, energetic feelings of our opening song, “I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go”, it occurred to me that I was feeling much better than I have most of this week.

It has been an incredibly busy week, but even more so, an extremely emotionally challenging week.  Not much of that was personal, but my mind and heart were bombarded by the sufferings, worries, and challenges of those around me.  I had fallen into a state of discouragement and found myself wondering how to feel better – what could I do to raise my spirits?

And now, here was the answer.  By simply doing what I have done ‘most every Sunday since the day I was born – attending church at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – my wounds were being cleansed and bound up without my even paying much attention to the process.  I was being made whole again just because I was keeping the Lord’s commandments, living my life as I should, and participating in the great blessings that He has provided for us.

Ahhh, now I feel so much better, and ready to face the world and its concerns again.

I love the Church!  🙂

This is Why I Go To Church


Today at church the leaders of our Ward Council spoke.  It was a wonderful and inspiring meeting (as they usually are).

The thought that stayed with me the most is that God is always there to help us with the answers.  He knows when we are struggling with something.  We may have put a lot of time, effort, thought, even money or counseling into it, but it persists in being an issue.

If we keep trying, and include Heavenly Father, He will guide us to the answer, or might guide the answer to us.

The speaker gave an example of a leader in the church who was sent to speak at a Stake Conference.  When he arrived, the Stake President asked him if he had a few minutes to talk with a brother in the Stake who was really struggling to overcome his smoking addiction, but had not been successful no matter what, or how hard, he had tried.

So the leader spoke with this brother.  The leader was able to witness to this brother that God knows and loves him, that God is aware of the struggles the brother has, and that God will help him and be with him through this process as he continues to try.  He was able to give this man hope.

Father in Heaven knows us.  He loves us and wants us to succeed in returning to Him and in bringing our families and loved ones with us as well.  He loves you individually – no matter who you are, where you are, what you have done, or who your family is.  Ask for His help and you will find a way.  🙂

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?  🙂

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.  🙂

Finding The Good Things In Life


Yesterday we watched the last episode of Touched By An Angel on HULU (and YouTube, because HULU actually leaves you hanging with only Part 1).  This powerfully moving finale to a wonderful TV series is my favorite episode!

I love it because it shows how God is interested in His children and loves us.  He is always there for us and invites us to turn to Him and stay close to Him, even in times of great trial.  Our Father in Heaven is the Great Orchestrator and guides us through life, helping us past the bumps in the road and enables us to overcome our sins and weaknesses.

I do believe that He can change us and make bad situations work for our good.  I know that as we pray to Him and try to do what is good and right, He blesses us and helps us to bless and serve others to strengthen them and help them through the trials in life.

I also believe there is much good in life.  It is so easy to get caught up in the negative, bad things, either by being bombarded by it simply because it is a part of this existence, or by actually going to the wrong places and finding, or perhaps even seeking, it.  We run across so much garbage and trouble that it can seem that that is all there is to life.

But that is absolutely not true!  When we stop running after the bad, the negative, the destructive things in life (those things that we feel that moment of discomfort with, knowing that we really shouldn’t be going that way), we have the opportunity to notice that there are good and wonderful things that we can find and participate in.

So this is the first post about seeking for and finding the good things in life.  These are the things that will help us believe in God, our Father in Heaven, and in His Son, Jesus Christ.  They will help us to see life for what it truly is – a time of learning to make good choices and to follow Christ so that we can return with our loved ones to live with Father in Heaven in peace and happiness for all Eternity.

What greater blessing can there be?  Stop groveling in the gutter, raise your hopes and your sights, and become what you are meant to become!  🙂