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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Best Thing at Church Today Was.....

I would have to say the best thing at church today was the lesson on Visiting Teaching and Home Teaching. There was some great testimony and some great stories, but that is not what touched me. I was so pleased that I feel I do a great job at visiting teaching. Well I know I am not perfect by any means. There are months when I wait till the end of the month. There are times when our visits are not particularly long and the treats I bring are only bags of microwave popcorn. But over all I felt good that during the lesson I didn't feel guilty or sad, but a warm feeling of "yeah you are on the right track!" came over me. It felt good.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Choice: A poem by rachel

Who will teach his word, spreading to all the seas?
Who will show the way to those on bended knees?

Who will declare the truth, to touch a soul in need?
Who will spread the joy, to all of Abrams seed?

Who will lend a hand, to lift a broken heart?
Who will walk his path, and tender mercies impart?

Who will be the vessel, to carry the Lord's great name?
Who will tell the world, showing that he came?

I will be the one, strong in endless might.
I will be the one, to bring forth this bright light.

I will be the one, to go and serve the unknown.
I will be the one, to bring his children home.

Till we meet again.....

While I was serving as a missionary in Montana (2003-2005), we lived in the bottom level of this old home. It had been the missionaries home for a long time. It would be interesting for me to find all the people who lived there.... it would be a lot I guess. Well one interesting treasure was found while I was there. I did some deep cleaning and organizing and found several cassette tapes of conference talks. Now these talks were from the 60's and 70's. I found tapes with speakers that were still alive today and listened to them.

There were several that were special and ones that I took with me for the remainder of my mission. One in particular was a talk from President Monson. It was a great talk about the plan of salvation and the knowledge that binds us eternally to family and loved ones. I must have listened to that talk about 30 times as a missionary.

In the October 2007 conference, President Monson gave a new talk. He re-shared the account from his previous talk and then shared with us the small miracle that occurred.

And now, my brothers and sisters, I share with you the rest of this account. I delivered my message on April 6, 1969. Again, I had little or no hope that Mrs. Patton would actually hear the talk. I had no reason to think she would listen to general conference. As I have mentioned, she was not a member of the Church. And then I learned that something akin to a miracle had taken place. Having no idea whatsoever who would be speaking at conference or what subjects they might speak about, Latter-day Saint neighbors of Mrs. Terese Patton in California, where she had moved, invited her to their home to listen to a session of conference with them. She accepted their invitation and thus was listening to the very session where I directed my remarks to her personally

When I heard this new address in 2007, I remembered the talk that I heard on the tape, I had always wondered about that women he spoke of and if her prayers were answered. then almost 50 years later... my prayers were answered. I felt a special witness that reminded me that all things are in the Lord's hands. No new doctrine was reveled, no new teachings or amazing new truths. Just a simple reminder that I am a special daughter of God. I felt that he had saved sharing that message for me.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Maintaining a Firm Stance

W. Craig Zwick
"It requires courage to make good choices, even when others around us choose differently. As we make righteous choices day by day in little things, the Lord will strengthen us and help us choose the right during more difficult times.
"The teachings and values we cherish the most are not embraced by a secular world. To maintain a firm stance for ourselves and our children, the message of the restored gospel must be firmly planted in our hearts and taught in our homes."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Who's Strength?

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear..... us of Power, Love and Sound Mind." 2 Tim 1:7

"For I will not trust in the Arm of flesh, But I put my trust in God" 2 Nephi 2:34

All I wish to say is how grateful I am for the plan of salvation and the knowledge of my Heavenly Father. He looks out for me and watches over me. There have been too many times where it has been his grace that has carried me!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Prayer......... Pleading or Gratitude

I have felt that my prayers have been more of a pleading to ease my burdens, help me make it through the day, help my kids be good... (and go down for naps) Help me with this... help me with that.... I have really felt that my prayers have become a bit selfish....

Well I realize they are my prayers... but what about the gratitude that I have? Have i said thanks for the extra hour of nap time sleep from my kids? What about the inspiration for meal time, practice time and all my crazy duties I have as a mother? What about when all the lights are green when I am late? What about the 5 bucks I found.... That I really needed. or what about the 500 bucks.... we found... and really really needed. What about the hugs I get from my girls? What about the bread that I bought 3 weeks ago... that is still not moldy? What about all the groceries that I needed that are on sale? What about the great parents and in-laws that help us out mentally, physically, financially and emotionally.

I guess what I am saying is that with the pleading comes the thanking. Be grateful for all the tender miracles and mercies that the Lord gives. Our days will be brighter and better when we count our blessings to see what God has done and not what he hasn't.

Saturday, April 3, 2010