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A New Way to Think About Service


Sunday I went to the Gospel Essentials class during Sunday School at church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).  The lesson was about service, and giving service to others as Jesus Christ did.

The local missionaries were teaching the lesson, and they started by telling the story of a church member who lived in Alaska.  This brother (man) lived quite some distance from the church, so would leave Saturday night to be able to get there in time for church Sunday morning.  Talk about dedication!  And I have heard of others who did whatever it takes to be able to attend church services.

One day a General Authority from the Church came to visit this ward (congregation).  He heard about this brother and asked to see him before he left.  When they met, the General Authority said to this brother that he lived too far away to give service to the ward, i.e. he couldn’t do his Home Teaching.

This got me to thinking.  Whereas I was impressed at the lengths this brother went to to go to church, now I thought about the service we give in the church and that living far away would definitely cut down on how much you would be able to provide.  And I wondered if this brother considered moving closer to town so he could be of greater service.

From there I went on to thinking about my own circumstances and the amount of service I give.  I find I have my own limitations such as family needs, working full-time, etc., that do not allow me to serve as much as I would like to do.  And I have always chalked it up to doing what I can with what I have.

But perhaps there are some things I can do differently, or think about in a different way, to be able to serve more as Jesus did.  An interesting thought.

The missionaries didn’t know the end of the story, whether the brother changed anything or what, but it is a beginning to my story as I consider what more I can do to be of greater service to Heavenly Father and His children.  🙂

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For Lent – Great Idea!


Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you might wonder why I would write about Lent.

Beloved hubby told me about a story he saw on the news that is really inspiring.  A young man was asked what he is giving up for Lent, and he said, “nothing”.  When asked about that, the young man said that he had decided instead of giving something up each day during Lent, he had decided to do a Random Act of Kindness each day for Lent.

Wow, how’s that for a great idea?

And, what is everyone did a random act of kindness every day of their lives?  Think of the changes that would take place in the world!

Think how that is following what Jesus Christ did.

Great idea!  🙂

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.  🙂

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?  🙂

Memories of My Father


I received the most wondrous gift recently – a beautiful quilt made from my father’s shirts!

My wonderful sister-in-law collected came up with this thoughtful and creative idea.  She collected his shirts from my mother, along with some of her old dresses.

Then she went to work, putting together a patchwork quilt for my mother, as well as lap quilts for each of us kids.  It is truly remarkable!

As I look at it, I see my father’s work shirts, set together in patches of flannel here and scraps of broadcloth there.  She even found some material that had school buses on it and included 2 large sections of that.  He had driven a school bus for many, many years and everyone knows him as the bus driver.

And between the sections, she put little squares of my mother’s dresses.  I remember some of them.  Her special occasion and Sunday dresses, nice going places dresses, and workable house dresses – each played a role in her active and busy life.

Here are my father’s work shirts, his warmer shirts, his cooler shirts.  So many different colors, patterns, and textures.

And there, in beautiful plain white, are his best shirts – the ones he wore to church on Sundays, as he went off to complete a Priesthood assignment or give a blessing, or to go to the temple – The House of the Lord.  The sacred feelings that were stirred, seeing the white swatches were truly meaningful and reverent.

10 Ways to Show Appreciation for Your Freedom


Memorial Day is the perfect time to think about the freedom we have in our country and to consider how much that freedom cost.  Here are 10 ways you can show your appreciation.

  1. Fly the flag
  2. Visit a military cemetery and pay your respects, or drive through your local cemetery
  3. Say thank you to vets when you see them
  4. Teach your family to appreciate their freedom and to remember the price that was paid for it
  5. Live the best life that you can
  6. Pray for peace
  7. Do your part for peace
  8. Show love and support for your country
  9. Give encouragement and help to someone who has a family member in the military or has lost a family member in the military
  10. Be a force for good