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Sickle or Combine?

Two Missionaries of .

Two Missionaries of . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Talk about excitement!


It started with my Jan. 22, 2013 post entitled, “Moment of Fame”.  Thanks to the Recommendations section of WordPress, I was led to a Denver Post article about the Mormons entitled, “LDS Scholars: Mormon Moment could expand into cultural shift”.  Cultural shift caught my eye, as well as, “Mormonism will be the first- or second-largest religion in America by 2106”.  Wow!  That’s pretty exciting!


Then I heard about someone who said that with all our resources these days, the scripture, “For behold the afield is white already to bharvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in cstore that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;”  (Doctrine & Covenants 4:4) is now more like using a combine (a harvesting machine) than a sickle.  WoW!  That’s even more exciting!!


And then I heard the Lord had prepared a great many people within an area to hear the gospel message.  WOW!  It is almost overwhelming!!!


But not in a bad way.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life.  And to think that others will be able to have that same blessing in their lives fills my soul with great joy and happiness.  It is what God’s plan for His children is all about.


We are not here by accident.  We are not left alone to try to figure out what life is all about.


Our loving Father in Heaven prepared a specific plan for His children to grow and progress.  And then He sent His Son to show us the way and to prepare the way back to God.  He also provided prophets who received His words and shared them with us.


So, whether by using a sickle, or a combine, we are living in the greatest period in the history of the world.  We get to participate in sharing the knowledge of God’s Plan of Happiness, His Plan of Salvation, with as many as we can.


And that is exciting!


New Year’s Update

A typical meetinghouse of the church

A typical meetinghouse of the church (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s one week since New Year‘s Day.  So how is everything going?

Traffic is back to normal.  😦

I have exercised on my Nordic Track for 30 minutes every day (60 on Saturday)!  🙂  I’ve done it in the mornings, by getting up a little quicker instead of taking my time getting up when the alarm rings – I didn’t set the alarm any earlier.

Still figuring out the best way to use my new calendar, but definitely making some progress on that front.  🙂

The fireplace has been sitting unused as the weather has warmed up a little this week.  Beloved hubby cleaned it out today.  Now it’s ready for this weekend when snow and cold (17 to 20 degrees for the highs) are expected.  😦 to 🙂

And I believe we still have marshmallows to roast over that fire!  🙂

I am enjoying this new blog, and the new features WordPress started have added quite a bit to my posts.  🙂

Goal-wise I haven’t set a bunch of specific things yet.  I might not.  I have exercised more.  I have also been reading a few minutes in the scriptures every day.  I do some morning stretches before I get out of bed, and once in a while some evening stretches before getting into bed, that I learned from the book “Stretching for Dummies” by LaReine Chabut and Madeline Lewis (I do hope to learn and incorporate more from them).  I am also re-reading the book, “Getting Things Done” by David Allen.  I discovered his book a few years ago and found it extremely helpful.  And I review it every year or so to improve how well I follow his ideas.

Church starts at 9am this year.  That’s a big change from the 1pm schedule we had last year.  But when you have 3 wards (congregations) using one building then you all take turns.  So we alternate the 9am-12pm, 11am-2pm, and 1pm-4pm schedules.  I don’t really mind that much.  I’m so thankful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and my parents set such a strong example for me, that I will do whatever is needed and reap the associated blessings.  My testimony of the truthfulness of the Church is not dependent on when the meetings are held, who else is going or not going to church, or even if someone says or does something that I disagree with.  Which means that I am in a comfortable place, and feel at peace in my heart (even when everything around me is in total commotion!)  🙂

I’m still the pianist in Primary.  And with the new year all the primary children move up a class.  Most of the teachers are reassigned to different age groups than the one they last taught.  But they take it in stride and don’t mind too much.  When you feel inadequate to the job, you turn to the Lord and to the Primary Presidency and ask for help and support until you get the hang of it.  And it is fun to watch the children learn and grow.  And to see their siblings get old enough to attend and see how they are different and the same as their older siblings.  🙂

Yes, life is pretty good right now!  🙂