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Tender Moments


Life is so busy, so consuming, and sometimes so difficult.  It’s easy to let the tender moments that come along go by almost unnoticed.

They come in a variety of forms, in many small packages, usually simple and small words, acts, or thoughts.

Tender moments are like a parting in the clouds that allows a ray of sunshine through to kiss the earth below.

They are like sitting by a slow-moving brook, lost in thought, enjoying the cooler air on a warm summer day.

They rejuvenate the soul, fill the cup of your being, fill you with God’s love, and let you feel at peace – if only for a moment.

What tender moments have you witnessed, or experienced?  How did they make you feel?

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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.  🙂

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?

An Extra Special Christmas Season


For an extra special Christmas season this year, consider joining along in the “Light the world. In 25 ways. Over 25 days” initiative by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ primary organization.  They have put together suggestions of things that children can do daily to celebrate and share the Spirit of Christmas in December.  Check it out at Mormon.org/downloads.

And of course, teens and adults can participate as well!

“‘We are reminding children that Jesus Christ is the light of the world,’ said Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President. By participating in the “Light the World” initiative, children can do the things that help them not only come to know, but also emulate, the Savior.

“’We love the children,’ she said. ‘We have faith in them to be lights. We see their potential and it is grand.’…

“Serving others is ‘not a burden, but a way of life,’ explained Sister Jones, noting that she hopes this campaign will help families realize ‘we don’t do anything without Him.’

“‘When children share their light, they give a beautiful Christmas gift, said Sister Bingham, First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency. ‘You can give a Christmas gift of service—the most powerful gift you can give.’

“Sister Cordon said children can be involved in the campaign in simple ways without spending money. As they do, their hearts will change and they will have different expectations of Christmas; instead of wondering what they will get this year they will say, ‘What are we going to do for someone else today?’

“’We need to bring the Savior into our hearts and into our families,’ she said….’We are all trying to walk the same path that He walked,’ added Sister Cordon.  ‘We are trying to see others the way He sees them,’ said Sister Jones….finding ways to light the world will not be hard.  ‘There are so many sad people in the world.’

“‘These things come natural to children, who are so full of love and compassion,’ said Sister Bingham.”

How about it, are you game?  🙂

Come to the Ft. Collins Temple Open House!!


Fort Collins Colorado Temple  The Fort Collins Colorado temple is now having an open house, from August 19, 2016 through September 10, 2016!

The invitation is open to everyone!  Reserve your free tickets today at https://templeopenhouse.lds.org.

These open houses are done so that anyone who would like to may enter the House of the Lord of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Be aware of the things you feel, not only when you tour an open house, or even as you enter the temple grounds of any of the over 150 temples that dot the land throughout the entire world, but also as you view pictures or contemplate messages of and about these wondrous and sacred edifices.

Come and enjoy the presence of the Lord.  Find answers to your prayers.  Let joy and comfort bless your very soul.  🙂

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

Friends!


My Friend, I want you to know how glad I am that we are both here at the same time and can share this moment together.

I want you to know that you are never alone.  Yes, I know you may sometimes feel as though you are all alone.  I have had those feelings myself too.

Times when a decision has to be made, but the choice is too difficult to be clear, or worse yet, when you know exactly the choice you should make, but it is just too hard to do can leave you feeling very alone and vulnerable!

Perhaps something caught you by surprise and you did not know where to turn for help.  Or the help offered really was not helpful at all.  Others just do not understand.  What is a person to do?

I want you to know that even when there is no one else there with you, you are not alone.  It was never part of the plan to give you nowhere to turn, nothing to choose.

So the next time that you feel alone and have no idea where to turn,

Look up.

Look to heaven and say a prayer, talk to your Heavenly Father as though He were your best friend and was right there next to you.  Explain what is going on, how you feel, what you have done, what you are wrestling with, what you would like to feel, the type of person you would like to become, and anything else you would share with a friend.

Then listen.

The Psalmist wrote, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:10).

After you have gotten everything out and you stop to be still, watch for the feeling that comes.  Although your world may seem to be in great chaos and turmoil, and there certainly can be no peace, see what feeling comes into your heart.

“Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.” (Doctrine and Covenants 8:2).  Look for the calm and peace that God bestows upon His children when they turn to Him and ask for His help.

So, although it may not make any logical sense to feel differently because of all that is going on around you at this moment, realize and enjoy the Spirit of God as you ask for His help.  You can feel peace in the midst of all that is going on.  Beautiful, quiet, calming peace.

It is a gift from your loving Father in Heaven.  He is always there, waiting for you to turn to Him.  Take the first step towards Him, and you will be amazed at what He will do for you.

You are never alone!