Thursday, September 3, 2015

Making Memories With Our Forever Families And Other Sweet Moments~

August was a whirlwind of family activities. First of all my husband finally put in for his retirement. We immediately began planning for some family vacation time and perhaps a couple get a way trips were in the future as well. We had also planned to apply to serve a senior couple mission for our church. Our plan was to go sometime in the New Year. While inquiring about local mission opportunities; we met with our Stake President. This was a very spiritual experience and at that time we knew we were to apply to be missionaries in our area. Within a few days we had completed our interviews and sent our papers off to the General Missionary Department. You can read about the calling of missionaries here.We knew that this mission would happen soon; so we made plans to visit children and begin our preparations. 
Meanwhile, my sweet husband needed shoulder surgery so we scheduled it right a way. 

We traveled to Idaho to attend the birthday celebration and baptism of our grandson, Kason. We had such a great time at this sweet event. His maternal grandparents flew in for this very special occasion. His oldest brother Austin was able to baptize him and then his Father confirmed him a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
Upper Left, Karli, Haven, Ryley, Upper Center, Kason - Upper Right, Ethan
Middle Left, Grandpa (Roger), Austin, Grandma, (LeAnn) and Kason - Middle Right, Amanda, Austin, Kason and Travis - Lower Left, Haven and Amanda, Travis and Layton, Kason, Back, Austin and Ethan, Front, Karli and Ryley - Lower Center, Austin and Kason - Lower Right, Roger, LeAnn, Amanda and Haven, Travis, Kason, Karli and Layton, Austin and Ryley, Brenda (Grandma), Pierre 
(Grandpa) and Ethan. 
Upper Left Corner, Austin - Upper Middle, Ethan - Upper Right Corner, Karli - 
Middle Left, Ryley - Middle Center, Kason - Middle Right, Layton -
Lower Left, Haven and Karli - Lower Middle, Haven - Lower Right, Travis and Roger -

We came home from Idaho and then traveled to Heber City for the Birthday celebration for our grandson, Jonathan. He was being ordained to be a Teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood by his father that day, also. He received a beautiful blessing. We enjoyed being with the family. 
Upper Left, Middle, and Right Corner, Jonathan (the birthday boy) - 
Middle Left, Mary, Jeffery and Sean, Middle Center, Jonathan - Middle Right, Grandpa Roger and Joseph -Lower, Left, Joshua - Lower, Middle, Jeffery - Lower Right, Joseph -

We next traveled to Prescott Valley, Arizona to enjoy a few days with our daughter Jenni, her husband Michael and their children. They just moved there not long ago so we were anxious to see them.  We enjoyed seeing Prescott and areas around there. It was such a great visit. Their family traveled back to Utah with us for Michael's family reunion; so we had more time with them. 
Upper Left, Alyssa - Upper Center, Emma - Upper Right, Benjamin -
Middle Left, Michael, Emma, Alyssa, Jenni and Benjamin - Middle Center, Michael and Jenni - Middle Right, Ben, Alyssa and Emma - 
Lower Left, Ben and Alyssa, Emma, Grandma LeAnn, Grandpa Roger - Lower Middle, Sammy - Lower Right, LeAnn and Roger -

Upper Left, Emma - Upper Middle, Emma and Ben - Upper Right, Ben -
Lower Left, Alyssa, Emma, Ben - Lower Middle, Ben - Lower Right, Sammy -

Our daughter, Jenni took us to a lake in the Prescott area. We loved the scenery there and enjoy taking pictures of this unique landscape. 
When we arrived back home our son James, his wife Amber and their family came down from Idaho. We were able to have the two families together for a few hours. It is always fun when siblings can have some time together. 
Left, Amber, Averi, Taylor Jo and James - Right, Michael - Back Row, Amber, Taylor Jo, James and Jenni  Front Row, Averi, Emma, Alyssa and Ben - 

The next day we went up to Heber city to celebrate our grandson, Jeffery's Birthday. There was quite a crowd and we had fun visiting and being together. 
                           
Upper Left, Mary Lou, Tammy, Mary, Roger and Sean - Upper Middle, Michael, Alyssa, Ben, Jenni and Roger - Upper Left, Joseph, Emma and Sean -
 Middle Left, Jeffery opening presents - Middle Center, Jonathan and Jeffery - Middle Right, Jonathan, Mary and Jeffery - 
Lower Left, Jeffery opening presents - Lower Center, Jeffery, Emma - Lower Right Group picture -

The following week we headed to Washington State to spend some precious moments with our youngest daughter, Tiffani, her husband Dave and their children. We took with us our granddaughter, Taylor Jo so that she could have some bonding time with her cousin, Sarah. We also went here to celebrate the birthday of our grandson, Michael who turned 16 and was ordained to be a Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood.
On the first day there we went out to breakfast at a small Airport Restaurant. It was a unique place and we had a great breakfast. Afterwards the children came to our hotel and went swimming.  
Upper Left, a photo of Airplanes on the ceiling of the cafe - Upper Middle, our daughter, Tiffani - Upper Right, cousins; Sarah and Taylor Jo - 
Lower Left, Kaitlyn, Dave and Sarah - Lower Middle, William - Lower Right, Taylor Jo, Dave and Sarah - 

The next day we went to a town celebration - We enjoyed the car show and 
I was especially drawn to the red cars. 
Our grandson, Michael's High School Band had a concert at this celebration. Michael plays the trumpet in his High School Band. In the following video he is highlighted playing an improv piece. He is really good on the trumpet. We are so proud of him. 




On Sunday we celebrated Michael's 16th Birthday. At church he was ordained a Priest in the Aaronic Priesthood by his father. It was a very spiritual moment. We then came home for a dinner, presents and of course, cake and ice cream. 
Upper Left Back Row,  Michael, Tiffani, Dave - Front Row, William, Kaitlyn, Sarah, Taylor Jo - 
Upper Middle, Michael, Tiffani, Dave - Front Row, William, Kaitlyn, Sarah, Grandma, LeAnn -
Upper Right, My girls and I - 
Middle Left, Sarah, Taylor Jo - Middle Center, Sarah, Taylor Jo, Dave, Kaitlyn and Tiffani - Middle Right, Grandpa Roger and Sammy - 
Lower Left, Michael - Lower Center, Tiffani, William, Michael and Dave - Lower Right, Michael -

We later enjoyed some outdoor fun. We were also able to see some dear friends for a  few moments; which was awesome. We have many friend in that area and wish we could have visited with more of them. 
When we arrived home the next day my husband went in for shoulder surgery. He is doing well and recovering, we hope quickly. My husband is a very hard worker and I knew that it would be hard for him to have such a long down time. He will be in a sling for 8 weeks. After the third day of recovery, he was up and into his office learning to use his left hand to maneuver the mouse for the computer. Then two days later he managed to actually type on the computer. Luckily he isn't do work but just surfing and doing things he enjoys. However, I have had to limit his time there so he will rest a bit more. 

We are looking forward to receiving word about when we will start our mission. We will be going down to the Mission Training Center for a week; which will be very exciting. We can hardly wait for this opportunity in our lives. I will post more about this later. 
I have missed blogging and it still may be sparse at times. I miss all of you blogging friends and am sending hugs your way!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Christian Courage~


I love this quote above and hope that I can be an  example of a true Christian and especially a courageous one. Sometimes it is difficult to have the courage to not engage in an issue. 
Lately, I have noted that there is a lot of debating going on in the workplace, in the political arena and over religious beliefs. 
Our Prophet and Apostles have counseled us to stand for truth but at the same time to love all others regardless of their beliefs. 
A few months ago I was having a conversation with someone over an issue that was bothering us both. I could sense their anger was building and I realized then that the Christ like way was not a way of anger. I do believe with all my heart that it is always best to listen with kindness, stand for truth but not argue the differences in thoughts and beliefs. We are to love one another regardless of what we each believe. We are to be tolerant and kind to one another. We should never bash other's political or religious beliefs.  
In our faith we have 13 Articles of Faith that describe our beliefs. When it comes to religious tolerance this is one that we live by. 
The 11th Article of Faith - "We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.
My very favorite Article of Faith is the 13th - We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things. 
You can find all of the Articles of Faith here

Just recently my sweet husband retired and we are presently on a trip visiting our daughter, Jenni and her awesome family. We are then having some of our children visiting us; kind of coming and going. We are then traveling to visit our youngest daughter, Tiffani and her family. August has become a very busy month. I will do a family pictorial at the end of August of our fun moments. Therefore, if I don't get by to read some of your blogs posts as often, I will be back. Plus, I may not be able to do a blog post as often. 
My husband and I have an exciting announcement to make in the next few weeks that I will soon share. 
I truly love you all and have always enjoyed reading about your days. I treasure our blogging friendships. 
You can follow my  brief updates on Facebook here or my Living Water's Facebook Page here
Blessings and hugs for all~

Monday, August 3, 2015

Time Flies By Through July 2015~

Here a few photos from our trip to Fish Lake , Utah on July 3rd ~
The month of July seemed to be a whirl wind of family activities. We enjoyed it all. 
We started the month out by going to my home town for the 4th of July Celebration. You can read more about our trip here. We had such a good time and I enjoyed visiting with family and especially  having some time with my Uncle Keith and Aunt Alene. 
Photos at the softball game  - Middle picture, Taylor Jo and Me - Lower middle pictures are two of my grandsons - Austin and Christian~
We drove up to Idaho to see the softball game for our granddaughter, Taylor Jo on July 8th. She is such a good player and we enjoyed watching the game. They won which was even better. We had a great time with our son James & Amber and family~
Here are a few photos from the funeral and luncheon ~
Our Nephew Callahan and his sweet wife Nikki lost their dear daughter Eliza - We attended her funeral and luncheon. You can read more about Eliza's story here.  here.
Our Great Granddaughter, Myah's 1st birthday~
We next attended the Birthday Celebration for our Great Granddaughter, Myah on July 16th.
She turned 1 year old and we loved watching her open presents, and enjoy her cake. She loved her gifts and wanted to play with each one after she opened it. 
Here is a few spontaneous pictures of this awesome family. 
On July 19th our son James and Amber came down for a couple of days. It was fun to have them. They had some fun events to attend and we enjoyed our moments with them. 

Here we are at the concert~
On July 29th James and Amber came down to attend the Lady Antebellum concert. We went with him. It was fun and we enjoyed watching the crowd and listening to the music. It was a bit loud for our older ears; but it was great just being with family. Averi, our special needs granddaughter loves music and always responds to it by dancing or moving around. she was so adorable. 
Here is our grandson, Joshua. He played the position of Goalie~
On July 30th we attended three soccer games for our grandchildren here in Utah. It was a tournament playoff. We enjoyed all the games. All three boys are very good soccer players. 
Jeffery playing in his soccer game~
Here is our Grandson, Jeffery~ He plays on both the offense and defense. He has a great kick and usually makes a goal or two. 
Here are the picture of Jonathan's game~
The last game we watched was our Grandson, Jonathan. He just turned 14 years old. He usually plays goalie and offense. He is a very talented player and we always enjoy watching his games. 
We had a wonderful time together with some of our families during the fun month of July. We believe that families are forever and we love our family very much. We are so graterful for all of our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We feel very blessed to have a large posterity of great individuals. We are very pleased with the lives that they are living. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Happy Days Of '47 - "Forging A New Frontier"~

Each year Utah has a Days of '47 parade honoring the Pioneers that settled in the Salt Lake Valley. The first company entered the valley on July 24th, 1847. They traveled over the plains more than 1300 miles. I have several ancestors who made the trek west by wagon and or handcart. 
These hardy pioneers were very brave and true to the faith that brought them here. I loved to read the stories of these special ancestors of mine. 
Today I wanted to share a short story from the life of 

My Great Great Grandfather Michael McMillan with
 My Great Great Grandmother Mary Brown~

When Mother and Father left for American in 1863, all of mother’s family, nine of them, was with her all being Mormon converts. Father was alone in his family. He left a broken hearted mother as two of her sons had left for America two years before and she never expected to see any of them again,…and she didn’t. Father was born in Cloughcorr County, Antrim, Ireland, in 1841. He moved to Scotland with his family when five years old and lived in a place called Terent, East of Edinburgh ten miles. Mother was born in Midlothen about twelve miles from Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, in a small town called Stubhill, April 16, 1838. They were baptized in the L.D.S. church in Scotland. Grandfather Brown (was) taking quite an active part there having street meetings, his daughters singing and passing out tracts. Mother and Father met at Uncle Neal’s and Aunt Janet’s Wedding; and became sweethearts. Leaving Scotland for America on May 26, 1863, they arrived in Liverpool on May 28th and were married that evening by an Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a justice of the peace who was on a mission from Manti, Utah. They went on board the Sunnyshore the next day. But it did not pull out to sea until May 30 and was on the ocean nine weeks. They landed in New York a very happy family after their long voyage. They traveled by train from New York to St. Joseph Missouri, then down the Missouri River by boat to Omaha. On their voyage by water, the water was so shallow they had to walk until they encountered deeper water. They remained in Omaha for one week preparing for their journey across the plains. They came with the Fullmore Train, with Samuel White as captain. Father was assigned an ox team to drive. Father did not know the first thing about hitching them up and did not know which side to put them on so mother tied a strip of red calico on one of their horns so he would know which side to hitch them on. After traveling for several days they had a very bad electrical storm. An independent freighter who was traveling with them was stunned and four out of ten of his oxen were killed by lightening. This was not considered a total loss as the company needed meat. Mother had the privilege of riding on the wagon with father, but let her mother ride and she walked the entire distance across the plains. They arrived in Salt Lake City on the sixth day of October 1863. Uncle Willie and Uncle Neal, having been here two years before, met them in Salt Lake City and took them to their homes in Cottonwood, now Murray. Uncle Willie had two adobe rooms and let Mother and Father have one. But they did not stay there long as they had three children so they needed their rooms. So Father went down the road about half a block and made a dugout in the side of the hill, which they lived in until they could build the adobe room. The room had a square hole in the back of it with no window and nothing but a dirt floor. They had no furniture, used boughs for their bed. Sister Mary was born there. They used to cook with a fire place, turn their biscuits over Mother’s hope chest and each sat on one end and ate them. Father worked very hard, working wherever he could get flour, bacon or anything for pay, sometimes a little molasses and that was his pay. By another year they got a cow, a pig and built on another adobe room. When brother Neal was born, in two years January 20, Mother had learned to milk the cow. Father had not learned to milk. He went to work in the field,…grubbing sagebrush and trying to clear the land so as to make a better living all the time, and he succeeded. Mother did the chores and when Neal was three days old the cow was brought to the door and mother went out and milked it in zero weather. When John was born, October 4, 1868, they had two rooms and a stove, and Mary was able to help mother a little so she would work with father in the field whenever she could. Next came Margaret, born June 24th, 1870. By this time things were much better. Janet was born July 7, 1872. By this time Father had sold some mining property in Little Cottonwood Canyon and they built the home that now stands in Murray. In 1874 Michael was born there, May 3, 1874. The house was not nearly finished. All this time Father and Uncle Neal Sr., had located a gold mine in Tintic, called the Scotia, meaning Scotch, with four or five others, and they sold it and got money to finish and furnish the new home. James was born there June 28, 1877.
Contributed By Corinne Edwards 

In our church, (The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) the Youth groups often go on Pioneer Treks. These treks are with handcarts. They go to remote areas and travel per handcart about 10 plus miles a day for 3-5 days. They are placed in families with a Pa and Ma and various ages of youth. In the evenings they stop and stay overnight in tents. They play pioneer games, eat pioneer food, and there is always pioneer dancing. These youth come home with a new appreciation for the life of a pioneer. They do this in Stakes all over the world. My daughter, who presently lives in Australia is preparing for a trek in October. Her husband and her will be a Pa and Ma. They have three daughters that will go on this trek with them but will be placed in different families. Some of the things these teenagers learn is how to sacrifice, be unselfish, work in unity and cooperation. They make life long friends within their families. They also learn alot about endurance as they face their hardships together with courage.  At one point all of the young men and men leaders leave the women for what they call the women's pull. Here there is a steep incline or other difficult area the women are to push and pull the loaded handcart  without help. Often times the women have to encourage one another to keep going and they love to sing pioneer songs to bring them courage to make this difficult pull. It is truly a profound tearful moment when they complete this pioneer experience. The men and boys tell of the tears that flow as they watch the women coming up the trial. The youth come back with strong testimonies of feeling the spirit of this experience.  It is an awesome program. 
A Picture of a Youth Group on a trek~
A Women's Pull~
To be a pioneer is not just for the past. It is part of our own future. Our world truly does need pioneers. Those who will go forth an pave the way for a brighter future. 
Elder Dallin H. Oaks said the following: "It is not enough to study or reenact the accomplishments of our pioneers. We need to identify the great, eternal principles they applied to achieve all they achieved for our benefit and then apply those principles to the challenges of our day". 
Elder M. Russell Ballard stated: "The Lord isn't asking us to load up a handcart; He's asking us to fortify our faith...He isn't asking us to die a martyr's death; He's asking us to live a disciple's life".
President Henry B. Eyring recently said: "God got the Pioneers through, he'll get us through. 

Following the Pioneers by Dallin H. Oaks~
Pioneer Trek~Short History~
You can learn more about the Day's of '47 Parade Here~
Take a moment and look up an ancestor here.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Our Walk With The Savior~


We each will have experiences where we need the Savior to walk with us through it. I do believe He does. The past few weeks have been most trying for certain family members, both immediate and extended. Two young people were taken through accidents and one through a long terminal illness. These were precious young ones who had life yet to live; but were taken before their prime. They will miss many precious events that we cherish and hope for our children and grandchildren to experience.  
Meanwhile, we hear see and hear media stories of difficulties and trials many individuals and families go through. We seem to be surrounded by sadness. Yet, this really is why we are here. We are here to be tested and tried. Through our experiences our character can be refined. We can learn those lessons that draw us closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Our Savior, our advocate with the Father is near us and will walk with us. I know this to be true from my own life experiences. Because Jesus Christ loves us and aids us; we can feel the comfort of the spirit during trying times. We can experience joy great joy in our lives as we learn to reach up for the Savior. 
I love this quote by Orson F. Whitney: "No pain that we suffer, not trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude, and humility,. All the awe suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called children of God."
Nikki with Eliza - Callahan and Caroline~
This week as I attended the funeral of Eliza our grand niece who was only 10 years old when she passed away. I was deeply impressed as both her parents gave beautiful messages at her funeral. This couple has really experienced a refining fire. They are strong and faithful and have a deep understanding of the "Plan of Salvation"They believe in Eternal Families and that they will be and see sweet Eliza again. They tenderly cared for Eliza for 8 years. She soon lost control of her body early on and was under 24/7 care after the age of 2. She was physically unable to function and became blind due to a rare genetic disease known as Metachromatic Leukodystrophy ( MLD). They believe in Eternal Families and that they will be and see sweet Eliza again. 
Her mind and her hearing had function because she was able to blink responses to some of their questions. They helped her experience everything possible in their limited environment. She went to the ocean and felt the water tickle her feet. She went on rides at Disney land. She attended school and experienced the kindness and compassion of the students in her grades. Eliza was amazing because of all she taught without being able to do a thing for herself. I admire the strength of her parents in providing so many opportunities for her; when they might have easily just taken care of her in their safe home environment. 
Her parents and I agree that Eliza exemplified the preceding quote from Orson F Whitney. 
One of my favorite scriptural quotes is found in Alma 7:12: "And he will take up on him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities."
Here is a favored story by Margaret D. Nadauld:
A simple thing happened many years ago that I have always remembered because it caused me to think about the Savior's mission. although it was just a childish incident, it has some meaning. It happened when our twins were only about five years old. They were just learning to ride their bicycles. As I glanced out the window, I saw them speeding down the street on their bikes going very fast! Perhaps they were going a little too fast for their level of ability, because all of a sudden Adam had a terrible crash! He was tangled up in the wreck, and all I could see was a twist of handlebars and tires and arms and legs. His little twin brother, Aaron, saw the whole thing happen, and immediately he skidded to a stop and jumped off his bike. He threw it down and ran to the aid of his brother, whom he loved very much. These little twins truly were of one heart. If one hurt, so did the other. If one got tickled, they both laughed. If one started a sentence, the other could complete it. What one felt, the other did also, So it was painful for Aaron to see Adam crash!
Adam was a mess. He had skinned knees, he was bleeding from a head wound his pride was damaged, and he was crying. In a fairly gentle, five-year-old way, Aaron helped his brother get untangled from the crash, he checked out the wounds, and then he did the dearest thing. He picked his brother up and carried him home. Or tried to. This wasn't very easy because they were the same size, but he tried. And as he struggled and lifted and half-dragged, half-carried his brother along, they finally reached the front porch. By this time, Adam, the injured one, was no longer crying, but Aaron, the rescuer, was. When asked, "Why are you crying, Aaron?" he said simply, "Because Adam hurts." And so he had brought him home to help, home to someone who knew what to do, to someone who could cleanse the wounds, bind them up, and make it better - home to love. 
Just as one twin helped his brother in need, so might we all be lifted, helped, even carried at times by our beloved Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He feels what we feel; He knows our heart. It was His mission to wipe away our tears, cleanse our wounds, and bless us with His healing power. He can carry us home to our Heavenly Father with the strength of His matchless love. 
I believe we have a Heavenly Father and a Savior who care for each of us personally. I love this thought by Elder Jeffery R. Holland: "I testify of angels both the heavenly and the mortal kind. In doing so I am testifying that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face. "(nor) will he, so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man (or woman or child) upon the face thereof to be saved" ( Moroni 7:36). On occasions, global or personal, we may feel we are distanced from God, shut out from heaven, lost, alone in dark and dreary places. Often enough that distress can be of our own making, but even then the Father of us all is watching and assisting. And always there are those angels who come and go all around us, seen and unseen, known and unknown, mortal and immortal."
 I have experienced occasions where I was assisted by earthly angel friends and family. I  had moments when I have felt those from beyond aiding me in my plight. Above all, I have felt the sweet comfort of the spirit lifting me up and bringing solace to my soul. I know the Savior walks with me and and most certainly He with you. 


Friday, July 10, 2015

The Path of Life ~ Death ~ Paradise ~ Eternal Life~


Today as I listened to the funeral services for our beloved Apostle, President Boyd K. Packer; my heart was deeply touched by the many uplifting and heartfelt messages from the speakers and the lovely music. This is the 2nd Apostle who has passed away within six weeks of one another.
President Boyd K. Packer~
Elder L. Tom Perry passed away on May 30th, 2015. I was saddened at his passing; he too was a beloved disciple of Jesus Christ. 
Elder L. Tom Perry~
Both of these men were living Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They went about the world doing good. They truly exemplified the thoughts found in the D&C 81:5; "Wherefore, be faithful, stand in the office which I have appointed unto you; succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees." I have shed many tears at their passing. I have a strong testimony of their divine calling. They are true disciples of Jesus Christ. 
Having been a Hospice Home Health nurse I am familiar with the process of death. I have cared for many who have passed on from terminal disease. The patients that I cared for were different cultures, religions, and a variety of ages.  Because of this special privilege; I have witnessed the passing of my patients. These were individuals and their families that I visited, care for and loved. I had  many spiritual moments when as their spirit left their bodies; I knew they were still alive in the spirit. I spent time comforting their loved ones and friends. Because I believe in life everlasting I was able to see the eternal perspective in these deaths. I still had to grieve myself many times because they had become close friends to me. I sought for through prayer and always received the comfort of the spirit letting me know all was well. 
I know there is a place prepared for those who pass from this life into the Spirit World. I know that our loved ones are near us. I have witnessed communications from the patient to a loved one in the spirit world. I feel that their loved ones surround them and help to prepare them to cross over into that realm. 
The past 10 days have been days of sorrow for myself and my children. My Grandson Michael recently lost his best friend in a Helicopter Accident. It is always hard to hear this kind of news. Losing someone young is very difficult.
Hudson Simmons
Then just this Wednesday evening we were notified that our dear Nephew Callahan and his wife Nikki lost their angel daughter Eliza, age 10 from complications of a disease that has ravaged her body for the past 8 years.
Eliza Williams~
Although I know  beyond doubt there is life beyond death; my heart still mourns for those we have lost. This grieving is part of life; but none the less difficult.  I have been praying for them all to feel the comfort of the spirit in knowing that their love one is just in another room and that the day will come that they will love and hug them again. 

A beloved Apostle, Elder Russel M. Nelson, gave an outstanding message on death entitled: " Doors of Death"  which gave me great comfort as I read it today. I thought I would share a few thoughts from this talk. 
"Death separates "the spirit and the body which are the soul of man. (D&C 88:15). The separation evokes pangs of sorrow and shock among those left behind. The hurt is real. Only its intensity varies. Some doors are heavier than others. The sense of tragedy may be related to age. Generally the younger the victim, the greater the grief. Yet even when the elderly or infirm have been afforded merciful relief, their loved ones are rarely ready to let go. The only length of life that seems to satisfy the longings of the human heart is life everlasting. 
Irrespective of age, we mourn for those loved and lost. Mourning is one of the deepest expressions of pure love. It is a natural response in complete accord with divine commandment: "Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die." (D&C 42:45). 
Moreover, we can't fully appreciate joyful reunions later without tearful separations now. The only way to take sorrow out of death is to take love our of life. 
Our limited perspective would be enlarged if we could witness the reunion on the other side of the veil, when doors of death open to those returning home. Such was the vision of the  of the psalmist who wrote, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." (Ps.116:15.)
The first station in postmortal life is named paradise. Alma wrote: "Concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection - Behold, it has been made known unto me ...that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body,...are taken home to the God who gave them life....
The spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace. (Alma 40:11-12.)
There will be a resurrection and Immortality. Physical death is only temporary. 
"Our resurrection will not be an end but a new beginning....After judgment comes the possibility of eternal life-the kind of life that our Heavenly Father lives....It is available to all who prepare for it, the requirements of which have been clearly revealed: "Ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and all men. Wherefore, if ye press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life." (2 Ne. 31:20.)...
Loving relationships continue beyond the doors of death and judgment. Family ties endure because of sealings in the temple." 
This Eternal perspective provides peace "which passeth all understanding.: (Philip. 4:7.)"
I know that all of those in whom have passed that we have loved; we will see them again. These thought brought me great comfort and peace. 
This is one of my favorite poems concerning this subject~

Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer Starts And Independence Day Is Here!

What is happening to our world and to this great country? I feel very disturbed by all of the conflict going on here at home and in other countries. We are all children of a loving Heavenly Father. We are all spirit brothers and sisters. We lived among each other in the Premortal life before we were sent here by our Heavenly Parents to obtain bodies and experience earth life.
We all have agency to choose how we act or react to the multitude of experiences that we will have while on this earth.  There was a war in Heaven before we came to earth and now it continues on down here. I find that so sad. 
I have noted in the last few weeks so much being hotly debated on social media. Why can't we all just get along? Yes, we all have different opinions and beliefs. There are so many issues out there. There are political issues, religious debates, racial struggles, and the desires within the LBGT community.  I think we should agree to disagree and then just be kind and patient with one another. I think we can stand for what we individually believe and at the same time have loving concern for others who have different beliefs. 
This great country was founded on freedom. We all desire to be free men and women. I am hoping that we might take the counsel above and "Be a little more kind, more patient, more loving, more optimistic, more giving, more compassionate and more charitable. 

This year on the 4th of July may I invite you to join me in making the commitment to cease our contentions and help to support and keep the Constitution of the United States viable. May we continue to be a free country where as individual we have our agency to choose for ourselves the path we want to take. May we protect this freedom.

A quick view of our special moments in June - 2015
On June 13, my dear husband and I celebrated our 48th Wedding Anniversary.
 We had a great weekend together. 
We traveled to a near-by Canyon and had a great picnic.
We had a fun Birthday Party for our Son Sean on June 27th- It was a great afternoon with this family. 

May you all have a wonderful 4th of July Celebration - 
My sweet husband and I are traveling to my home town to celebrate the Fourth of July. 
They have a great Parade and the last one I attended was 50 years ago. 
I was also in the parade as a young girl so here is a picture of that wonderful event. 

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