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Monday, December 29, 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Luke II

Another version of the birth of Christ. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and bring His love into you life for the next year.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Nativity

Wishing Everyone a wonderful Christmas filled with the love of our Savior whose birth we celebrate.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mary and Elizabeth Rejoice Together

Elizabeth must have been a great comfort to Mary. We all need each others love and support. I have had so many women help me over the years and I am so grateful for their sharing their love and who they are with me.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

An Angel Foretells Christ's Birth

To get into the Christmas mood I am going to post videos about the Savior's birth. this is the first in the series.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The First Noel

I am really enjoying all the beautiful Christmas videos. Lexie Walker has a lovely voice. Music helps to make Christmas a special time.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Come Lord Jesus

The is the BYU men's choir. A young couple shares how the great gift the Savior has given us has helped them in their lives.

Good Tiding of Great Joy


This is a great video about the Birth of Jesus Christ. It reminds us of the light and love it brought to the world. May we have the true Spirit of Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Newborn - Wise Men Still Seek Him


I like the message. Alex Boye is a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This was filmed in Salt Lake City, Utah. The reactions of people are fun!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Gift to the World

This is a special video about the birth of the Savior. Here is a site with Christmas ideas, activities for children, articles, and Christmas videos. www.lds.org/topics/christmas?lang=eng

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Born that Man No More May Die

Some may think it strange to talk about death at Christmas time. They say this is a time to be merry- not to think of dying, but overcoming death is what we rejoice about at Christmas.

The authors of our Christmas carols understood this as shown in these words from Hark the Herald Angels Sing:

Born that man no more may die. Born to raise the sons of earth. Born to give them second birth. Hark! The herald angels sing "Glory to the newborn King!"

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Angels We Have Heard on High

I love this. I don't recognize all the people but I do know some. Beautiful!
The video below highlights one of the largest YouTube collaborations in history. Breaking a world record for the largest live nativity ever, people gathered in Provo, UT to be a part of one of the biggest YouTube collaboration videos ever.

Friday, December 12, 2014

What Shall We Give

I just saw this. It makes you think about the little things we can do to help others not only at Christmas time, but all year round. You can also download it free. Beautiful!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Spirit

A little girl reminds her family of what Christmas is really about. I like this video. As adults we can get so preoccupied with things that don't really matter.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Reason Behind Christmas

I like this video about children helping an older man find joy in Christmas. Children can remind us of so much that is important. They have a joy in living. Sometimes as we get older we allow our hurts and disappointments to rob of of this joy.  It also reminds us of not letting commercialism take over and spoil our Christmas season.  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Words of Comfort



I think this music is beautiful and peaceful. Enjoy. We generally think of joy and happiness at Christmas time, but I know of some people who are suffering. It is especially difficult to be hurting when others are merry. I was sorrowing with a person I love, and as I read from the scriptures I began to feel peace. Here are some words of comfort for those in need.

Monday, December 1, 2014

He is the Gift

In all our hurry we need to remember what Christmas is really about. It is about a life of love. It is about hope for the future. It is about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Thankful Heart


On this day of Thanksgiving, I am thinking of the
Story of the 10 Lepers  from the Bible  Luke 17 
11 ¶And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
 12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
 13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Gratitude Benefits


To me Gratitude is the difference from walking under clouds or in the sunshine.

I just read an interesting article:

Viewpoint: Express Gratitude to Reap Mind and Body Benefits

Gratitude Journal

I think this, a gratitude journal,  is a great idea to help me be more grateful for all I have been given in life. I know that a grateful heart is a happy one. I also know that especially with so many health problems, I need to look for the good things in my life.  I need to appreciate what I have and what I can do instead of looking at all I can't do. I know I take for granted so much such as having medicine to keep me alive, glasses to help me see, safe food to eat and safe water to drink, a nice home with heat, freedom and safety, a loving husband and family, good friends, and a Savior who gives me the opportunity to grow; to learn from my mistakes. So much of happiness is attitude, so I am going to look for my blessings each day.

Monday, November 24, 2014

How Can We Know There is a God?

Reading about others experiences with God helps to give us the faith to pray and keep His commandments, but it is like staking up a young tree. Relying on others is only a temporary measure until the tree becomes strong enough to stand on its own. How do we grow and develop that strength for ourselves? How can we really know there is a God? How do we come to know anything-- through our personal experiences, of course.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

People Testify of God

  • One of the ways we can know that God is real is to read the accounts of others who have seen God.  All the prophets have testified of our Savior. Here are some of their experiences. 
    God, Privilege of Seeing     

     Adam
    Enoch
    Enoch beheld the Son of Man ascend: Moses 7:59 . 

    Abraham
          Abraham, talked with the Lord, face to face: Abr. 3:11 . 
          Lord appeared unto me: Abr. 2:6 .

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Earth Testifies of God its Creator

I thought you might be interested in knowing a little about Elder Russell M. Nelson. Not only is he an Apostle of God,  but a surgeon who helped to create the first heart-lung machine and performed many open-heart operations.

Many leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been, and are, serious scientists. The great scientists (Copernicus, Sir Francis Bacon, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Pascal, Isaac Newton, Boyle, Faraday, Gregor Mendel, Kelvin, Max Planck, Albert Einstein) all believed in God.
As Newton said, "The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being." (Principia) Albert Einstein put it this way, "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." He felt that it was impossible to have a non-created universe.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Questions about Joseph Smith and Polygamy

As the article, It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives by Laurie Goodstein printed November 10, 2014 in The New York Times, Ms. Goodstein asks several questions. I've wondered how I could answer; Yes, No, maybe, sort of. Real life is rather complicated and simple answers don't always fit, so I'll give you the information and let you decide for yourself.

Have leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really tried to keep hidden about Joseph Smith's plural wives?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Plural Marriage

When you hear the word "polygamy" don't you think of a dictatorial patriarch of a sect in Southern Utah or Arizona who controls everyone and divvies out young girls as rewards for compliance?

Don't we have visions of harems of scantily clad beautiful young women lounging on pillows who are kept just to satisfy the lust of some man? Shocking!

Mark Twain shattered this titillating fantasy of polygamy with these words when he visited Salt Lake in the 1800's, "the man that marries one of them has done an act of Christian charity which entitles him to the kindly applause of mankind, not their harsh censure and the man that marries sixty of them has done a deed of open-handed generosity so sublime that the nations should stand uncovered in his presence and worship in silence." (Roughing It)

Joseph Smith and Plural Marriage

Apparently there is a lot of flurry over an article posted November 10th on the front page of the New York Times. This syndicated article has appeared in many other newspapers across the nation.
The author, Laurie Goodstein, of  It's Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives begins her article by making a "startling disclosure":

"Mormon leaders have acknowledged for the first time that the church’s founder and prophet, Joseph Smith, portrayed in church materials as a loyal partner to his loving spouse Emma, took as many as 40 wives, some already married and one only 14 years old."

The article goes on to say that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now responding "with openness to the kind of thorny historical and theological issues that are causing some to become disillusioned or even to abandon the faith".

She even throws in an emotional quote by Utah woman blogger, Emily Jenson, to "substantiate" her claim. Ms. Jenson says that members are saying on blogs and social media, “This is not the church I grew up with, this is not the Joseph Smith I love.”

A Jewish friend of mine, a New Yorker, posed a question to me. She asked why, though appearing "objective", would this article try and destroy the founder of an American church and "undermine the faith of thousands of people, saying basically that they have been duped all these years?"

That is a very good question. Why? What is going on here?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

"Something Divine" music video



Last night I watched this video on Mormon Channel and thought I'd share it with you. This is what Mormon Channel says about the video and I agree:

"Brooke White sings “Something Divine” to remind us that we are all children of God who has given us talents and responsibilities. “Every star is different, and so is every child. Some are bright and happy, and some are meek and mild.”

But this is more than just a reminder that people are different. Our different strengths, talents, and gifts are God-given. They are an invitation for us to rise up to our potential and use them to bless lives: ours and others.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

God Helping Me Find the Right Place to Live

   
This man came to know God.                                                                        

Stepfather Knowing Where I Should Live While Student Teaching
I wrote about receiving the Lord's help through prayer and decided to share some things I have written about times when the Lord has helped me in my life.

When I was to student teach during my senior year at BYU, I had to find a place to live in Bountiful, Utah. Living in the community as a professional teacher was a bit overwhelming. I longed for the security of college life and a house full of roommates, so I was very grateful when my mom and  step-father offered to stop in Bountiful on our way to Pocatello, Idaho to visit my grandparents.
On a warm late August morning in 1971 we began checking out possible places for me to stay.

Coming to Know God

This young man had an experience with The Lord helping him deal with the death of his friend.

I wrote this in 2008

I have been writing up stories of my life; things I’d like my children and grandchildren to know about. Today I asked myself what is the most important thing I would like them to know about me– that I know we have a Heavenly Father and Savior who loves us. People may ask how can you possibly “know” there is a God. The answer is simple– the same way you know anything else; through your experiences. It is my hope that in sharing the experiences that have built my testimony, those in our family who do not know yet may lean on my knowledge until they develop their own relationship with their Heavenly Father and our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Guided and Blessed by the Lord

I found this video which I like. It shows how the Lord knows our needs and often helps us through others.
 written by Cheryl Anne Merrick April 2008
I just wanted to share my experiences with you.

I have been promised that the Lord would bless me and guide me, and so He has (through a Priesthood blessing).  I have had kind parents who have loved me and wanted me to be happy. I have been given the opportunity to hear the Gospel and join the Church when in my late teens. I’ve received a good education and training in elementary education. I have been blessed to meet my husband and become a wife and mother of four children and a grandmother. I live in an area with kind neighbors and have close friends. I have had the opportunity to serve others through Church and community service, writing, sending notes, tutoring, mentoring, and visiting. I can see, hear, think, and move. I am able to learn and grow. I have close relationships, especially with my husband. I have come to understand and develop my abilities, but more important, I have come to know the Lord and desire to be like him.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Graditude


This is the story of an incredible woman who was severely burned in a plane crash. Her example of gratitude for what she has is an inspiration to me as I cope with having Addison's Disease. Sometimes seeing others challenges helps us put our own in perspective.

see http://sherryannestories.blogspot.com/  Topics - Gratitude,  Adversity, Faith, Love

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Does God Answer Prayers?

This is one of my favorite stories. I have thought of it many times especially when I have been trying to do something I wanted to do, only to have my health fail and not be able to do it. At last, I'm finally enjoying being a productive bush instead of a gangly tree.

A friend said that she had a personal relationship with God and that she prayed to Him. She also said, "He doesn't answer, but I hope He is listening!"  I know He does listen and answers our prayers. We are the ones who need to learn how to listen. We need to learn how to recognize His answers. Rarely does God get our attention by causing bushes to burn, or by sending a bright light and speak to us in a clear voice as He did to Paul. How can we know His answers?

Recognizing Answers to Prayer



This talk explains how to receive answers to our prayers. I have learned a lot from it. We have to do our part if we expect the Lord to help us.

www.lds.org/general-conference/1989/10/learning-to-recognize-answers-to-prayer?lang=eng#watch=video


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mormon Temple Garments

This is a video showing the underwear Mormons wear. Personally, I've never been very interested in what underwear people wear, but it seems that anything "Mormons" do is of interest. Have you noticed that you never hear, "Mr. Jones, a Methodist, did this or that". On the other hand, people who are "Mormons" in name only and don't even know what the beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are, are referred to as, "Mr. Smith, a Mormon, did it."  I'm not sure why this is, but it is.  Newscasters know that any story that has anything to do with the "Mormon" church will draw viewers or readers. Maybe it is because few people know much about us. That is why I started this blog; to answer questions and share my beliefs.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mormon Women

Since I just wrote about Mormon women, I thought you might enjoy seeing some. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a worldwide church of over 15 million people. It has the largest women's organization in the world. The motto of Relief Society is "Charity Never Faitheth".  I enjoy being a part of this sisterhood and am grateful for all the help other women have given me over the years as I have struggled with health problems.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dating


I've written a lot about marriage. This video about dating was made in the late 1970's. I still enjoy it every time I see it. It reminds me why I don't want to be a teenager again!  It also shows how friends can help each other and how we all need to learn social skills. Enjoy! (recognize Jimmy from the old Superman movie?)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Are Mormon Women Dominated by the Men?



This video is the reflections of President Gordon B. Hinckley, our last prophet, after his wife, and partner of many years, had died a few months before. I met Margaret Pay Hinckley. She was an incredible woman. I can understand why he would miss her so much.


One woman informed me that married Mormon women's "main responsibility is to procreate and be a companion to her husband." Isn't that also man's main responsibility to have a family and be a good husband?  She also stated that though Mormon women "can contribute to decisions, men still make the decisions".

I'm glad she told me this because after 45 years as a woman in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), I would have never guessed that I was a second class citizen dominated by my husband. What I have seen is

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Secrets of a Happy Marriage -- Common Goals

My husband and I are so different! Yes, having made eternal commitments to each other in the LDS temple has helped keep us going and trying over 42 years of marriage. We have, and continue to work at accepting and appreciating each others abilities and weaknesses. This has built a strong foundation to our marriage, but I wonder if it would work without common goals. As it is it is a challenge. He is always off and doing something while I sit and write. We have few interests in common (I try, but I just can't stay awake during a football game), but we do share the same major goals.

I think I would have a very difficult time being married to a person who

Monday, October 27, 2014

What do Mormon's believe about Justice, Mercy, and Grace?


I love this video. It explains how we need a mediator in our lives, and how our Savior meets both the demands of justice and our need for mercy.

A woman said recently that she didn't think she could walk with Christ when she died. Are any of us worthy to do so?  Can any of us grow and change on our own? I know I've tried, but like a person lost, I repeatedly end up back where started. If we try to become Christlike by ourselves, we will fail. We make mistakes everyday (almost every moment). Only through the power, the grace, which our Savior gives us, can we change. He can do anything. He has paid for all our mistakes. He has the power to help us change. All we need to do is try.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Enduring Love


I was so touched by this video (Enduring Love) that I cried. It reminded me so much of my husband. 
Some might ask how I can be sure my husband would care for me like this man cares for his disabled wife.  I know because my husband already has. There have been times when I have fallen to the floor and he has picked me up; times when I couldn't get food, walk, or talk. He has been there caring for me, and yes, he has even combed my hair for me. 

This week I wanted to be out and enjoy the fall color, but I can only walk a few feet at a time (see http://livingwithaddisondisease.blogspot.com/) so my husband pushed me miles in a wheelchair along the paved river trail. I'm grateful that Addison's Disease is not a progressive disease (it's like diabetes; my adrenal glands don't work), but I'm even more grateful to have 
a husband with enduring love.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Are Mormons a Cult?

Some people think Mormons (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) are a cult. I don't know about you, but doesn't the word "cult" sound scary? I think of crazed charismatic leaders who mind control their followers to make them do horrible things. I associate things like kidnapping, abuse, and mass suicide with cults. I certainly wouldn't want to be a part of a group like that!

Mormons are known throughout the world as great humanitarians. We are some of the first people there to help after disasters and the last to leave. How could such a church with over 15 million members around the world be considered a "cult"?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mormon Women's Perfectionism and Prescription Drug Use



This is a video about a Mormon woman, a champion, imperfect mother, and a person who has suffered postpartum depression.

A couple of friends asked me about a news report which commented on the high level of prescription drug use among women who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). Their claim was that the higher use of anti-depressants by women in Utah is the result of the stress of having larger families and from trying to live up to an expectation created by the Mormon church to be "perfect".

I began to ask about this problem and received conformation that many women are taking prescription drugs for depression. Why? Some claim that trying to be perfect causes this depression. This puzzles me since my personality type is a very strong idealist. Wouldn't I feel more pressured than most women? What is really going on here?

Friday, October 17, 2014

My Place in Mormon Culture - Leavening the Lump


vase of red roses
“For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (Bible, Old Testament - 1 Samuel 16:7)  This poster has a lot of meaning for me.

Yes, I really think there is a higher percentage of traditional people in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, than out of the Church. There are probably more orderly people in most religions and organizations since they are the people who set up and maintain society on the whole. The fact is that about forty-five percent of the American population are these diligent souls. As much as creative people complain about their inflexibility, we need them.  Orderly people are the bulwark of society, but where do we fit in?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Is the "Mormon" Church Traditional?

I like this video where a Church leader calls us to come to the "higher ground".

Some people see The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as just another traditional church where people follow the beliefs only because their parents and grandparents did. Since half of American society is composed of "orderly souls" who work to maintain the good in their society, that is partly a true statement.  Orderly, traditional people are the mainstay of all societies. Though we creative souls complain about their rigidity, they provide order and stability to life. Are they very flexible?  No.  Are they open to new ideas?  Only when it is forced upon them.  Do they ever want anything to change?  Definitely not!  Do they multiply rules on how to implement every Gospel principle? Yes, in endless multiplicity!

You could almost write a code book; for example

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Protected

I like this video. Yes, we have been protected many times, but sometimes we are not. I have severe health problems. Even though all does not go as we want it to go, we can still have peace.

As I look at the gaping hole and crumbling glass where his truck window used to be, I know my husband was protected. Whatever hit the window, did not hit him. He held steady. Even a small swerve on the freeway in his large business box truck could have cost many lives, but here he was still with me.

I thought of another time, when we were first married

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Secrets of a Happy Marriage -- Acceptance and Appreciation

I like this video of different people expressing love for each other. Gives you something to think about.

Ok, if you each are committed to your relationship and to loving each other, you are off to a good start. What next? Actually, the real key is love. Commitment is a part of love and so is acceptance. You can't really love someone if you don't accept and appreciate them for who they are.

My husband and I have put acceptance to the test. We are so different from each other! He is an

Monday, October 13, 2014

More Secrets of a Happy Marriage-- Commitment

This is a moving video about not giving up on your marriage.


It is true what I said before, that love is a decision of the heart. Wanting to love is important, but I thought a few "how to's" might be appropriate. Some might say, "but I loved him (or her) and it didn't work out".  Maybe I should explain what I mean by love. I try to help him be the best person he can be and achieve what he most wants to do. Mainly I help his business be successful, help him relate to people, and help him build a good marriage. He helps me by handling most of the details (cleaning, finances, shopping), so I can write. He said, "Anyone who can write like you, shouldn't be doing housework." See why I love him!

Was it always so wonderful? No. We both came from broken homes, had never seen a happy marriage, and had no idea how to make one. Our first few years were pretty pathetic, but we were determined to keep working at it. One of the most important things which pulled us through is:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Secret of being Happily Married for 42 years.

I love this old video, Johnny Lingo. It shows the change love can make in a life. He reminds me of my husband who has helped me become the person I am now.


I can remember being married only two years and wondering if we would make it to our fourth year anniversary. Now we have been married for 42 years and it just keeps getting better! Some wonder if we just found our "soul mate".  Others declare that they would have a good marriage if only their husband was like mine (unfortunately no man has ever declared that he wants a wife like me, but I'm going to ignore that) . I know they are serious, so I try not to burst out laughing!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How Does a Creative Person Keep House?

I have always loved the story of the two sisters, Mary and Martha. When Martha complains to the Lord that Mary isn't helping enough with the housework, the Lord replies that Mary has chosen the better part. I see myself as a Mary.

Since I have no intention of ever becoming  a "busy little homemaker", is my home a mess? It is true that I don't weed, mow, vacuum, shampoo rugs or furniture, polish furniture or silverware, or "deep clean". I spend my day writing and love it. I also have major allergies and must have a dust and mold free home, and I do. My house is very clean and orderly. You may wonder how I can do this. It's really not that hard. I just decided to

New Movie - Meet the Mormons

This movie shows some very interesting Mormons. I goes beyond stereotypes. I'm looking forward to seeing it. To request it to come to your area so to http://meetthemormons.com/#/filter-all/page-1

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Poems instead of Casseroles

How does a creative person fit into the busy orderly world out there? We don't. We just sort of slip out of the main stream and make our own quiet little eddie. It's a great place. There is time to think, feel, enjoy life, and time to create beauty.

From my quiet spot, I watch others whizzing by. Though appreciating their accomplishments, I have no desire to be a part of this madly rushing main stream. Does this mean I have nothing to do with other people? How does a creative person still be a part of their society?

Friday, October 3, 2014

Does a Creative Person Fit in Mormon Culture?






I joined the Church in California, went to BYU, got married, and had two small before I confronted "Mormon Culture". We had moved to a small bedroom community near Provo, Utah, and were enjoying have a home of our own. Then it began.

General Conference Gives Direction

I've heard that #LDSconf is supposed to take you somewhere. I'm trying to learn about hashtags so I thought I'd try one out. I'm putting this in again since I'm not sure about hastags. I'm trying to catch up with technology but it is a struggle for me.


I'm looking forward to the talks tomorrow. Besides messages of hope and direction for my life, I also am strengthened just to see and hear the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They have turned their lives over to the Lord and lost themselves. They are loving and more concerned with others than how they appear to others. It give me hope that I can be a better person. General Conference is a time to make a new start - like New Years. I love it!

"Glorious" music video

The song “Glorious” is sung by David Archuleta in the new movie Meet the Mormons that is coming exclusively to theaters the weekend of October 10. (David is not in the movie, but the song is featured in the movie.)
I really enjoyed this song and thought you might too. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

You Never Know



I really identified with this video. It says something women need to be reminded of. Sometimes I wonder if I'm doing any good, or if I have just made a mess of the day. This woman

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mormon Temple Video


This video not only explains the purpose of temples, but tells what happens there and shows pictures of the inside. I look forward to going to the temple because

Purpose of Life


I really like this video and identified with the confusion of the young man. We really are in the middle of life and don't remember what came before and we don't see now what will happen in the future. The scriptures have helped me to not feel so lost and to have

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What I Liked about General Woman's Conference

I look forward to twice a year hearing our leaders give messages just for women. What I liked best about this General Woman's Conference is the firm declaration of mission.


It really helped me focus on who I really am - a Daughter of God, and what I can do to make the world a better place. It gives me strength to know

Monday, September 29, 2014

Why do Mormons watch General Conference?

If you believed that you could hear advice from God to direct your life, would you listen? This is what we believe and why we listen.



There have been so many times when I have been worrying about something; when things just aren't

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Why Do Bad Things happen to Good People?



I just read the book of Job and thought, “I identify with him”. Gratefully, I haven’t had to face the loss of all my children, and financial ruin, but I have had some rough times. When Job felt so rotten that he wished he hadn’t been born, I know that feeling.  Before it was discovered that I had Addison’s disease (very low Adrenal function), I was sick to my stomach, ached, could barely move, had smashing headaches, couldn’t focus, remember,  think or sleep well, and was depressed. Day and night merged. I never felt really awake nor asleep.

Why doesn't God stop bad things from happening?

Should all good be rewarded? 
If we try and do good things, should we be blessed with a life of ease and comfort? Is a wealthy person more righteous than a poor person? Should a loving God save us from all suffering?  Should only the evil experience pain? What would life be like if all good deeds were immediately rewarded and all bad deeds immediately punished?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Could I still be Happy?

I could go Blind!
Going blind has always been one of my greatest fears. A few weeks ago when my eye doctor told me that I had cataracts, I had to face this possibility.  Since I have Addison’s disease, the normally simple surgery would be more complicated and risky. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mormon Temples


What is so special about a temple?
My husband and I met our daughter and son-in-law at the Ogden Temple open house. Even outside on the grounds, I could feel something different. As we viewed the interior, I enjoyed the beautiful mirrors and glassware, the dark woodwork, the stained glass windows, and the sparkling chandeliers. Yes, it was beautiful, but I have seen many lovely buildings and not felt this way.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Are Mormon's Christian?



Some people have asked me if Mormons are Christians.  Are we traditional Christians -- No, but are we Christians -- Yes!  Our name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To me being a Christian is a person who believes in Jesus Christ as our Savior and tries to follow His example of loving and serving others.