Tag Archives: Religion and Spirituality

There Is So Much More Your Father in Heaven Wants You to Know!


Do not be discouraged!  These are some of the wonderful messages we received last weekend from the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  What a spiritual feast it was!

I think the one thing that touched me the most was that the new Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, said that since he became the Prophet in January of this year, the thing he has learned most is “how willing the Lord is to reveal His will”.

What a marvelous blessing.  And it is for every one of us.

And I believe it was also he that said,

“There’s so much more your Father in Heaven wants you to know.”

“You will be given the knowledge and revelation you seek”

“I am optimistic about the future”

“[God] also knows about how the world is”.  We need to learn to receive revelation from God to help us.  It is not possible to survive spiritually without the Holy Ghost.

And, at the very end of General Conference, Pres. Nelson announced that we will be building 7 new temples.  And the final one he announced will be……..in Russia!  I was so moved by that announcement!

We are seeing prophecies coming to pass before our very eyes!  I turned to beloved hubby and said that when we were growing up, Russia was the enemy.  (It was the time of the Cold War.)

Without a moment’s hesitation, he replied, “But Russia was never the enemy, to God.”

Wow, powerful.  And so true!

Humbling, and amazing.  What wonders we are seeing.  🙂

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.  🙂

Suddenly, Political Involvement Sounds Like Fun


With the election of President-elect Trump, politics are actually starting to sound fun to me.  That’s quite a stretch, because I always considered politics to be an incredibly slow and mundane process.  I was amazed that anything actually ever got done.

Then politics took a huge, 180 degree turn, and society started not only radically shifting Its language, policies, and measures, totally opposite from what I thought, felt, and believed, but It went so far as to criticize and negatively label things that were near and dear to my heart.  It decided that I and the majority of people in this country were wrong, and It took legal action against anyone and anything that disagreed with what It wanted!

People were forced to abide by a new set of standards, and differing beliefs and ideas became feared and ridiculed rather than discussed and celebrated.  I believe children would gain greater respect for others, and personal inner strength, if taught in school about the various and diverse religious beliefs in the world.  They would not fear others because they would understand them better.  This would only enrich their lives, and help them be better grounded and more prepared for life.  That is something to celebrate!

If love of country and respect for the flag were taught and exemplified in society people would have something to be proud of.  They would be willing to defend it, and in turn stand up for the poor and underserved.  We need this in our lives in order to be a whole person, as there is something missing inside us otherwise.

And what about race and gender?  Most religious beliefs teach that people are equal, that they have a relationship with God and with each other, and that when we live moral and ethical lives, not only will we be blessed but others will be blessed as well.  Suddenly equality becomes the norm and bigotry goes away.

We have so much more in common than not.  It is time to bring back that commonality and reap the many blessings that follow.

When have you seen evidence of this in your life?

Life in the Church Foyer


I got to church kind of late today for Sacrament Meeting, so went to the foyer, which is right outside the chapel.

Being the first Sunday of the month, today is Fast Sunday in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  For Fast Sunday we fast 2 meals (no food or dink) and give the money we save doing so to the Bishop (the leader of the local congregation).  This “offering” is used to help the poor in our Ward (congregation), or if not needed at that level it will be used to help the poor in a different area.  It is a wonderful part of the Lord’s plan!

Also on Fast Sunday we have a special Sacrament meeting.  Members are invited to go to the pulpit and bear (share) their testimonies.  When you are fasting there is often a special feeling you have, you feel closer to God, with a greater portion of His Holy Spirit in your heart.  Again, a wonderful part of Father’s plan.

As I listened to the testimonies that were being shared, I noticed those who were also in the foyer with me.  A young family, a couple sisters (ladies), a couple missionaries.  And after a time, members of the Ward who meet before us and were now leaving to go back home.  Lots of families, friends, children, and adults.

I realized I was watching life in that foyer.  We are a family-oriented church, so all are invited to Sacrament meeting.  Sometimes children get fussy and are taken out of the chapel to be calmed in the foyer.  Or people might arrive late and wait in the foyer for Sacrament meeting to end and to join in on the Sunday School, Priesthood, Relief Society, Young Men and Young Women, and Primary portions of the day.

I see that friends visit, teachers put last minute touches on their lessons, people make plans for the coming week, fathers play reverent finger games with toddlers, children sway with the music and learn to conduct, and babies learn to walk!

Ah, life is learned in the Church foyer!  🙂

I Love George Washington!


Yes, I love George Washington!  And today being the birthday of the United States of America it is a fitting time to write about my admiration for our country’s first President.

So many things make George Washington worthy of note.

He is the father of our country.  He spent 45 years in service to our country.  He was our first President.  He could have been made King, but he refused to even consider such a thing, saying that we had just fought for our freedom from tyranny and we would never be subject to sovereignty again.  Not only that, but he stepped down as the General of the Army when the war was won.  Never before in the history of the world had such a thing happened.  Usually the army would take over the country when they fought off the enemy.  He did not allow the army to march on Congress to demand their back-pay and the other benefits owed them for their service to their fledgling country.  It would be wrong to do so.

Though he lost many battles, George Washington was a great general.  He worked with what he was given, molded and transformed it into a continental army and was able to defeat the British.  He never gave up; staying with it for 8 long and grueling years.  They faced incredible and impossible-to-imagine hardships.  Through it all he remained firm and steadfast in defense of his country, inspiring others to band together and do their part in the making of a new nation not only for them but for untold millions to follow.  It pleases me to no end that the United States keeps him as their top general no matter how many other generals may follow.

He was an honorable man.  Always looking to improve himself he developed a personal creed that he followed all the days of his life.  He was a deeply religious man, attending and participating in various churches regularly, asking for clergy involvement throughout the activities of his life, and praying daily for wisdom and help from the deity he knew and loved, particularly during his most trying circumstances.  Some claim he was not religious as he joined no particular group.  I believe he did not find the complete truth he was looking for, but never gave up searching and doing the best he could with what was available.

Another proof of his devotion to God was his great care in using the sacred name of deity.  Thus, he most often, and in fact very often, referred to God as “Providence”.  What a beautiful show of love and utmost respect!

Many of the negative things you hear about George Washington today are absolutely false, “fairy tales” conjured up to discredit him.

I admit that he owned slaves.  Owning slaves was something society did back then.  Looking down on him simply for owning slaves is akin to historians 200 years from now looking down on you simply because society today has succumbed to fear of religion and looks down on those who profess belief in God, rather than remaining enlightened and embracing religious freedom!  And like their looking down on us for our society’s becoming divisive, various groups splintering off and setting themselves apart from the whole simply based on their race, color, gender, nationality, class, religion, age, marital status, physical ability, or political affiliation!

Yes, I love George Washington!  I love the freedoms we enjoy today because of him and so many others like him who paid the price for the blessings we enjoy today.