Sunday, January 1, 2017

It's A New Year! 2017


Happy New Year to Everyone
2017


It's A New Year, New Beginnings, Fresh Start....What will we do, How will we live, What will we do to make it a better year than the year before?
    I am grateful for my life, and for the people in my life that share all the great things we learn and grow from.
    The past is, for us to learn from and grow from, so I saw an Idea that I will try to incorporate in my family (and pleas feel free to use it as well). I am going to get a jar and every Sunday ask all who are with us to write down something that happened that was good during the week and then fold it up and put it into the jar, until January 1, 2018. Then we will open up the Jar and read all the good things that happened in our lives during the year 2017. Isn't that a neat idea? I am going to give it a shot ")

   Happy New Year to the Best Family and Friends, So grateful to have you in my life to learn and grow with. Love to all and may it be a better and greater year than the year before. Wake up with a smile and attitude that "Today is a perfect day, to have a perfect Day")

Thursday, November 17, 2016

I AM MORMON, I AM AMERICAN....

    WHEW! What a crazy couple of weeks WE as Americans have gone through! And I just want to share with those whom I love what I think of life, as a Mormon/American. I was born a Mormon in California (America) and I am proud of that, I have opinions, I have convictions, and I have a family (and friends) who I want to know how I feel about America and what my goals are to help America succeed as a country. What I feel and what I want to express as my opinions or who I voted for should be accepted as MY opinions and unless it is harmful to you I should not be persecuted for them. We didn't have much of a choice this election, but I felt it important to vote for someone who I felt could help our country, now, whether that person won or not, I have tomorrow to think about and what my day will be like. What can I do as a Mormon/American? How do I feel safe with what is going on in our country today?

     Well, first off as a Mormon and American I can love more and be an example to my family, friend's and acquaintances and through my beliefs, I will love everyone, I will not be contentious, I will obey the laws of the land, I will accept those who lead us as well as pray for them, that they use wise judgments for the good of our country, I will pray for those who feel afraid, who feel betrayed, who feel angry. I will exercise my faith because sometimes I feel afraid, betrayed and even angry but, when I include my Father in Heaven and my Savior, I know that it will all be okay! It will take some time but it will all be okay. I want to keep the adversary out of my life, he is real and he is out there in America so, this is what I hope to do every morning, I will keep that mean ole' devil out of my life and home.                             
OR HE....

Monday, October 17, 2016

Family, They Are So Good to Me....



Family, They Are So Good To Me

    I have a family here on earth, and they are so good to me, I want to be with them through all Eternity. So the song goes on that Families can be together forever. I am so thankful for the family that Heavenly Father has blessed me with the Family I have. They truly are so good to me, through all my troubles, depression is no fun and I want to express just how thankful I am that they forgive and love me through it all. I can get kind of ugly at times or I need some quiet time or to be left alone and they are ALL so very understanding. Sometimes I don't feel that I deserve such love, but that's what they do, they Love me and help me through those tough days. I love my family, they are so good to Me ") 
These kiddos are the best a Momma could ever ask for (they truly are so good to me).


 And then there's this guy, he is always saying "We're not perfect, but we're perfect for each other"
 He truly has been so patient and kind to me, not many husbands would put up with a nut like me ")
I Love Him Even More


Love My Family....

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Is Your Light On....

  IS THE LIGHT ON during your prayers? This thought came to mind during our Stake Womens Conf in Sept. 2016. Just before General Conf. in Oct. And I just have to say I love this simple truth, Is the light on in our souls, our Hearts and minds, is it in our countenance? Is it in our actions and deeds? Or more importantly is it on during our communications with our Heavenly Father. I have thought about this a lot and there is a talk that this Sister used at our Conf from Elder David A. Bednar about the "Spirit of Revelation" where he talked about....How light and darkness compare to the light and darkness within our communications with our Heavenly Father and being able to receive Revelation from Him.
  "Turning on a light switch can make things clearer and recognizable in the darkness of a room, in an instance it became light and clear. Whereas when we witness the (night) darkness slowly turning to light in the mornings, (a slow increase in light on the herizon). The light from the sun did not immediately burst forth as the light switch did, gradually and steadily the darkness of the night was replaced by the radiance of morning. The mornings were a gradual subtle and discernment of light

With these two thoughts of light we can learn about the spirit of revelation, Revelation is communication with God to his children here on earth, (This is where I had the thoughts of turning on my light to receive from my Father answers, directions and even revelations)."

Dreams, visions, conversations, and inspirations which is where my thoughts or where I had reacieved an impression that apparently I needed at this time in my life, THE WAY I PRAY AND COMMUNICATE WITH MY HEAVENLY FATHER. Is the Light on? I have found that as I got ready for bed that I turned my "light" off and got into my bed and then said a prayer. Hmmm, I thought at this conference that, that is exactly what I was doing in my heart, my mind and attitude as well, I was tired and was really turning my light off in me and it became vain repetitions. So, I now try to turn on my light on (in my room) and in my Heart and I kneel at my bedside (not in my bed, being all lazy about it). It has truly been a  "turning on the light" moment for me and how I communicate with my Father and that I can have my light on ALL day ")
  Having meaningful, heartfelt prayers with our Heavenly Father is essential to receiving revelations and answers to our prayers. DON'T PRAY IN DARKNESS praying with the light on (in the room as well) is helping me to turn my light on and REALLY PRAY (talk to Him) to my Father. Wait, ponder and listen for answers, take the tiime to feel Him.
  General Conf was so Awesome and the talks were so good and one in particular talked about praying was from Juan A Uceda of the Seventy said "These are sacred moments between you and your Heavenly Father and Are You REALLY PRAYING or JUST PRAYING?" Take the time to be sincere when you pray and think about what you are saying. This is what I will be striving to do, not to have vain repetions, think about my day and did I do any good, am I grateful for the things that happened, I am grateful for this new light, because I need it, I think we all need it in this day and time in our lives.
  This is an Awesome talk from Elder Bednar and you can find it on YouTube or probably google it and find it as well, but really, take time to listen to it or read it (The Spirit of Revelation, by David A Bednar)

The prophet Mormon warned that if anyone "shall pray and not wtih real intent of heart...it profiteth him nothing, for God receiveth none such" (Moroni 7:9) 
To make prayers more meaningful, you must pray with sincerity and "with all the energy of heart" (Moroni 7:48). Be careful to avoid "vain repetitions" when you pray (Matt. 6:7).

Give serious thought to your Attitude and to the words you use.  Use language that show's love and respect. Pray with real intent/ Have I Done any Good in the world today. David A Bednar~

TURN ON YOUR LIGHT....")
How can I make daily prayer more meaningful? It’s a good question, and it’s one that applies to all of us. President Hinckley used to say that sometimes when we pray it’s like we’re picking up a phone, ordering groceries, and then we hang up the phone—we put in our order, and we don’t think any more about it than that. But if we take a few minutes just to think about our particular need in a given moment, then prayer becomes more meaningful. 
(Elder D. Todd Christofferson)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Live Like You Believe....

  


I THANK THEE OH GOD FOR A PROPHET AND APOSTLES
I LOVE THE EXCITEMENT IN THE AIR AS WE GET READY FOR AND DURING 
GENERAL CONFERENCE....


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  Every six months there is such excitement in my soul, it's in the the souls of those who are close to me and I can't tell you just how much it means to me to be able to have family and friends who feel the same way, that we live in a time that it is comforting to have and know of living Prophets and Apostles on the earth today that lead us, guide us and teach us and give us direction and hope. I love that I get to attend General Conf. with excitement each fall and spring, whether it be in my home, at church or at the conf. center, I am grateful that we have such Awesome technology today that we get to hear from them pretty much anywhere. I have the privilege and honor to witness and to strengthen my testimony of the truthfulness of Living Prophets and Apostles in our day. I love the fact that we walk and talk with these living Prophets and Apostles, just as some have in Christ times (That I have sat in interview with an Apostle, who was my Stake President at the time, Elder David A. Bednar). I know these are men of God, called by God to serve and teach us, to help us on our way back to our Heavenly Home. This Conf was just as good as any, with each time we learn and grow more and we do better.
    I loved all the messages,but as you can see from all the quotes below, I did love them all (and hard to choose one over the other that was better than the other or my favorite) but if I were to choose just one that I really liked that pierced my Heart, it would have to have been from K. Brent Nettress of the Seventy.

 

 
 

 "No Greater Joy Than to Know That They Know"


It is important to me that my prosperity, my children and grandchildren know and hear my testimony and "That I Live What I Believe"

  As of recent days before General Conf. my thoughts were on "What is my purpose, What is my Fathers plan for me, I know it is more than what I am doing right now. Then a thought came to me during conf. and it was from a previous conf. "Live Like You Believe" My purpose, My Heavenly Fathers plan for me is to "Live Like I Believe" I believe in the plan of happiness, SO LIVE IT!
   I believe that I should be serving others more, SO LIVE IT!

 
 I believe that in order to return to our Heavenly Home we need to "LIVE LIKE WE BELIEVE! I just love that thought. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the first Presidency

  The Church of Jesus Christ is true, in General Conference my testimony was strengthened, and my Heart is full, I know that we live in perilous times as was stated in General R.S. Conf last weekend by Sister Bonnie L Oscarson, but, what I loved about that comment is what came after that, that she quoted Gary E Stevenson's talk "A Plea to My Sisters" that "Heavenly Father's generous compensation for living in perilous times is that we also live in the fulness of times" I too love the comfort of this statement ").

" These "perilous times' (trials, tribulations, wars) are going to happen and we will still have trials and struggles So, we need to Live more "Like We Believe".  Carole M Stephens (Gen. R.S. Conf). shared President Nelson's thought, “We need women who have a bedrock understanding of the doctrine of Christ.  


 Know the Doctrine of Christ....
  So, we need to "Live Like We Believe" and "Come What May and Love It! (previous conferences).
Read your scriptures Rose Bass, from Robert D. Hales- Love and Serve each other!" We Love Him, because He First Loved Us!" Pray and Ponder. Focus on the Savior Serve others, Say your prayers "Are you really praying or are you just praying" Juan A Uceda of the Seventy.


    David A. Bednar- "Are We Increasingly getting to know the Lord." Lehi's dream shows us the path that we should follow. Be Doers of the Word 

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                        Dale G Renlund- "Real Repentance takes Faith" "Find JOY in your Life"
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During our Stake R.S. Conf  Sept. 24th 2016, I had an impression about prayer, and it was I have felt darkness in my heart, the light was pretty dim. the impression was "To pray with the light on, No more in darkness" Sometimes I get lazy and say my prayers in my bed, with the light off, not really preparing to talk with my Heavenly Father, well, I decided at that moment that, I would leave the light on (in my Heart and in my room") get on my knees and by so doing I would not be praying in the dark (in my Heart and in my room") He would have my complete time, I will take the time to REALLY PRAY, REALLY VISIT WITH MY FATHER IN HEAVEN, and when I do I can feel His light and I can share that light, leaving the light on Literally and in my Heart. I hope that makes sense to others, I want to REALLY PRAY, I want my Heavenly Father to know that I am speaking to him, I want to know what He thinks of me, I found it interesting that I got the message again from the first Session of Gen. Conf Sat. Oct 1, 2016 by Juan A Uceda of the Seventy, these are sacred moments, moments where we are speaking to our Heavenly Father.  and fromJ Devn Cornish of the Seventy spoke on that, "He wants us to come Home, He intends for us to come home"

    Isn't this next quote perfect, I Love It! ")
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 CONTINUE ON, CONTINUE TO LIVE LIKE YOU BELIEVE...
 

Love this, from Sister Linda S Reeves of the General Relief Society Presidency (2nd Counc).



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What will I do now....



 I am in my final semester in college, What will I do now?

 What will I do now is exactly what I said when I enrolled Max as a Freshman in High School. Four years would go by fast and then what would I do? I would be home alone, all the kids would be grown and on their own. Bob was gone a lot with his work (trucking cross country). I was a little scared! No, sooner than I had these thoughts that I had a very strong impression to start college, (I was 49) I got Max enrolled and we went straight to Miami, Ok. that very day to see what I would need to do to enroll. To make a long story short, I was enrolled at NEO the very next day. It was so easy to do, but as excited as I was, I had no idea what I was going to get out of this whole experience. It was not easy, I thought that what if I had to take care of myself? I wanted to be able to make enough that Bob could get out of trucking and he could work somewhere as well and we would have each other. (that's what I thought at the time, but as you go through this post you will see that this decision and this impression was for reason's that I did not come to know until later and that they were meant to be).



Meant to Be #1
It was that I needed to have some education to be able to help out in our family, but it wasn't just because I was going to be alone. Soon after I started school, in fact that spring when I had started full time, Bob had an emergency heart surgery out in New Mexico at the end of March (he was traveling home in his truck and he couldn't breath). So, after recovered from this heart surgery he could not go back on the truck. This is where "Meant to Be #1 came into play. I know the Lord had his hand in all of this, I had impressions to go to school because we needed to be prepared for our future. Soon after (about a year later) Bob also started at NEO and we were doing this together now. It was so fun being at NEO for two semester, it was like I had my boyfriend there to meet me for lunch or study together at the library or walk hand in hand down the sidewalks.")


 Meant to Be #2

I learned a lot these two years, I learned that I could learn, that with a little effort, determination and the Lord on my side (and family and friends) that I could do it. I look back at the beginning of my collage beginnings and I see that I learned so much more than just what was in the books. I learned about life, I learned so much about myself. I am so happy for my life and the experiences I have had that have made me a stronger person. I am so grateful for this opportunity that I have had to learn and grow. I couldn't have done it without the support and love from my family and dear friends who encouraged me and knew I could do it. I couldn't have done it with out knowing and trusting in my Savior. He is always there for us and I know he was and is always there for me!


 I am In My Last Semester! What will I do now? ")
To Be Continued....

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

There Is Great Purpose In Our Struggle in Life....


I LOVE THIS THOUGHT, IT'S WHAT GETS ME THROUGH THE HARD DAYS
                                   
 


 It's been awhile since I've been on here, since May. There have been so many happy things in my life these past couple of months that I haven't blogged about and kept track of because of struggles I let get in my way. Birthdays, family get togethers, church activities, anniversary of 35 years etc. and I will try to get those events blogged and caught up soon. But, I just want to say how grateful I am for the gospel in my life and if I leave anything behind or thought when I leave this earth to my family and friends it would be that I learned to trust in my Savior and Heavenly Father, that I stood strong, that I repented often, that I prayed to our Heavenly Father, that I listened to the Prophets and tried my best to do good for others. I really do love that I have a life, what I do with my life is vital to my salvation (I think about that a lot) that I have a GREAT Family and Friends who loves me and we learn together. I want them to know how Great they are to me, and I am the person I am because of them, I am a better person because of them, they are such an influence in my life. I love knowing that we have living Prophets and Apostles in our day. What a great message of enduring All things Well from Elder Boyd K. Packer. We all will continue to have trials and things that challenge our faith. It's hard but it is with our faith that we get through it all. It's how we handle it, It's how we Endure it that will help us through it all. We need each other to get through this life and I'm glad its with YOU all ") there is so much more to know and learn and I am grateful for the life I have and the people who are in it. I AM HAPPY!!! NO Really I AM ")