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Longing For Inspiration?

Are you longing for something uplifting and inspirational?  Wouldn’t you love to experience real inspiration to help you in your life?  Come right KBYU or lds.org and peak in on the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, insightful messages by great men and women who live good lives and have the spirit of God with them.

General Conference is live today and tomorrow from 10:00am to 12:00pm MST and 2:00pm to 4:00pm MST (April 1 and 2, 2017).  Or find it later at lds.org.  There is also a special meeting for the men tonight at 6:00pm to 7:30pm, and there was a special meeting for women last Saturday, March 25, that will be rebroadcast on KBYU at 8:00am to 9:30am tomorrow morning and is always available at lds.org.

Come, try it and see.  See how you feel.  Learn what God has in store for you.  🙂

Great Quotes About Women

“As I have said before from this pulpit, when the process of creation occurred, Jehovah, the Creator, under instruction from His Father, first divided the light from the darkness and then separated the land from the waters. There followed the creation of plant life, followed by the creation of animal life. Then came the creation of man, and culminating that act of divinity came the crowning act, the creation of woman.

“Each of you is a daughter of God, endowed with a divine birthright. You need no defense of that position.”  President  October 1996 General Conference

“God placed within women divine qualities of strength, virtue, love, and the willingness to sacrifice to raise future generations of His spirit children.

“A recent United States study asserts that women of all faiths “believe more fervently in God” and attend more religious services than men do. “By virtually every measure they are more religious.”2

“I was not surprised by this result, particularly as I reflected on the preeminent role of families and women in our faith. Our doctrine is clear: Women are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves them. Wives are equal to their husbands. Marriage requires a full partnership where wives and husbands work side by side to meet the needs of the family.”3   April 2011 General Conference

“Your intuition is to do good and to be good, and as you follow the Holy Spirit, your moral authority and influence will grow.”  Elder D. Todd Christofferson October 2013 General Conference

“May your efforts to develop Christlike attributes be successful so that His image may be engraven in your countenance and His attributes manifest in your behavior.”   April 2011 General Conference

“Well, you dear women, I say thanks to you. Thank you for being the kind of people you are and doing the things you do. May the blessings of heaven rest upon you. May your prayers be answered and your hopes and dreams become realities.

“You serve so well in the Church. You think it is so demanding. It is. But with every responsibility fulfilled, there comes a great reward.

“Many of you think you are failures. You feel you cannot do well, that with all of your effort it is not sufficient.

“We all feel that way. I feel that way as I speak to you tonight. I long for, I pray for the power and the capacity to lift you, to inspire you, to thank you, to praise you, and to bring a measure of gladness into your hearts.”  President   October 2003 General Conference

Visiting Teaching – Watching Over Each Other

I’ve mentioned Visiting Teaching before, and recently I went visiting teaching to a couple of sisters (ladies) I’m assigned to.

I picked up my companion and we drove over toward our first one.  When I had called to schedule the appointment, she asked if I knew where her house was.  I said I had her address but hadn’t ever been by there.  So she gave me directions.

Good thing she did, because she’s tucked away a little in the middle of a neighborhood that has streets twisting and turning in several directions.  But by following her instructions we had little trouble finding her.

She’s a dear little lady and the three of us had a great visit.  In light of our recent snowstorm we commiserated over trying to navigate roads in the snow, and how the street snow removal is not what it used to be.  We discussed how long we’ve lived in the area, raising our children, and how things have been going in our lives.  We found we had more in common than we realized, and we left basking in the warmth of true friendship and the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our next appointment was another wonderful sister.  She was ready for us when we got there and had a box of yarn for my companion as they both thoroughly enjoy knitting and crocheting and making hand-made items of all kinds.  As we got to know each other I was amazed at how different our backgrounds, talents, likes, dislikes, challenges, and experiences are.  And it is interesting to see all the variety in each person’s life, and to be reminded how there really is a time and a season to all things.

And of course one thing we all had in common was the Church, the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Being united within this basic and fundamental, most glorious way was the best thing of all.  We know that we are daughters of our loving Father in Heaven, that He loves us, He knows us and our individual differences and circumstances.  And He has guided our paths to bring us to this point in our lives where we intersect and have the privilege of getting to know, love, and watch out for each other.

What a beautiful, perfect, and happy plan!  🙂


Relief Society’s Ward Birthday Dinner

This week we had the ward (congregation) Relief Society birthday dinner.  It was a lot of fun!

The Relief Society organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded on March 17, 1842 by the Prophet Joseph Smith.  The purpose of Relief Society is to prepare women for the blessings of eternal life.  That is accomplished as sisters (women in the Church) increase faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes as they make and keep sacred covenants, and offer relief to those in need, working in unity with priesthood holders.

It was a delightful evening.  Dinner was a waffle bar – with freshly made waffles and a large variety of toppings to choose from.  Personally I love to have breakfast for dinner.  There were assorted fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, and bananas, yogurt, as well as chocolate chips, powdered sugar, butter, maple syrup, jams, whipped cream, sausage, and bacon.  It was delicious!

After dinner the fun really started.  We played “speed getting-to-know-you” where half the sisters sat in one row and the other half in a second row facing the first row.  Our leader had come up with 10 questions per person in the first row, and every person had different questions!  I believe she had about 200 different questions prepared to help us get to know each other a little better.

Row two had a minute and a half with each person in row one to pick a question between 1 and 10, hear that question, talk about it, and have that sister tell about herself in response to the same question.  We then moved over to the seat on our left and visited with the next sister.  So each of us talked with half the sisters there.

A sample of some of the questions are:

  • Would you rather eat your favorite meal for every meal for the rest of your life, or never for the rest of your life?
  • Do you like flying in an airplane, and why?
  • What was your favorite book when you were growing up?
  • What would you like to do before you die?

It was great discussing things that you’d never think to ask in normal conversation, and quite interesting to see some of the tangents the answers lead to, like:

  • All the food in Germany was wonderful!
  • I want to serve another mission for the Church before I die.
  • Why I dislike flying.
  • Records we listened to in our youth.

I suggested to a couple people that they ought to pass this activity on to our Young Men/Young Women program.  I think they’d have a blast with it!

It was such a nice evening.  I got to know several more people than I’d met before, and you find the greatest women in the Church.  They have real issues with health, family, jobs, and other things, but they stand fast for the truth, know that Heavenly Father loves them, and strive to help, love, and support each other and the world around them.  They make you feel good when you are with them, and I am always smiling as I leave their presence because it is such an encouraging and joyful experience!  🙂

Visiting Teaching Wows!

I’ve been learning a lot about Visiting Teaching lately.  Visiting Teaching is part of the Lord’s program for taking care of the women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Between my mother’s visiting teaching companion (since we are usually sent out two by two, this is her friend or “side-kick”), and my own feelings attending a new ward (congregation), visiting teaching is taking on a whole new meaning for me.

My mother’s companion knows my mother well enough that if my mother isn’t in church, her friend knows that she is not feeling well.  So she’ll call after church and say, “You are sick, aren’t you?”  Then she finds out what is going on with my mother.  I love that!

And being in a new ward, I found myself going to church after a week or two, wondering “Who will be my friend?  Which of the ladies here are similar in age and interests and will befriend me? or can I reach out to?”  And when I was made a Visiting Teacher, I thought that I would get to know my companion and the sisters (our word for other women in the Church) we were assigned to visit, so we could become friends.

Reaching out to them seemed only natural, and trying to contact them and get to know something about them so we could meet their needs was what occupied my mind.

So last Sunday when they announced in Relief Society (the women’s organization of the Church) that this Wednesday evening would be a dinner in honor of the birthday of Relief Society, my immediate thought was, “Hmm, which of my visiting teaching sisters and companion are not here and how can I get word to them of this special evening so they can attend if they’d like to?”

Realizing that I only saw one of them in the room, I determined to contact the rest to ask (thanks to my mother’s visiting teaching companion) if they were ill and to let them know about the special dinner.  So Monday I called all but one.

The phone number I had for the final one doesn’t work.  She doesn’t live all that far from me, and as I was driving home from work the thought came to me to go stop by her home and drop off an invitation.  So I did.

Talk about inspiration from God!  She was home, was very nice, and we had a nice long chat.  She would love to go to church more often when she feels well enough, but doesn’t drive.  So I quickly volunteered, and told her any time that she felt well enough to go, to please call me and I would come and pick her up and take her with me.  It was as natural as could be.

I have been a visiting teacher for many, many years.  And I have tried to visit my sisters regularly, sometimes with great success and other times with little success.

But somehow, now it feels different.  It feels like simply reaching out in friendship, and getting to know women who are individuals and have various strengths and needs, and determining how I might be able to reach out in love and kindness to help, love, and support each one.

I am so grateful to have opportunities to learn and grow even after all these years, and for the inspiration of the Lord to help me know how to love and help others, and for this program of the Church.

Visiting Teaching, wow!!  🙂