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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.