Monday, April 18, 2016

Update On Our Family and Missionary Moments~

March was a very busy month for us. Our Grandson, Elder Jackson Williams came home from his mission on March 25th. He just completed a two year mission in Omaha, Nebraska. It was so fun to see him again. He has grown so much spiritually and socially. It felt so good to hug this boy of mine.
Here are some pictures from the airport - Upper Left Jackson coming down the escalator; Upper Middle, Jackson and his two brothers, Joshua and Jeff; Upper Right, Jackson and his niece, Jadyn. 
Middle Left, Jackson and Grandma; Middle Center, Dana,Jackson, his brother Jacob and Nephew Sagan; Jacob, Jackson's Mom, Mary, Jackson and Dana, his sister in law. Lower left, Joshua, Jeff, Jacob and Mary; Lower Center; back row, Jacob, Mary, Jackson, his Dad, Sean, and Dana; Front Row, Jeffery, Joshua and Jadyn and Sagan. Lower Right, Grandpa, Jackson and Grandma
On Easter Sunday, Jackson gave  a marvelous message on the Atonement in his home ward Sacrament Meeting. This is often referred to as a homecoming report.  Afterwards, there was luncheon and Easter Egg hunt for the kids. 
Left Photo Back Row, Elder Williams, Sister Williams, Jed, Jessica with Myah, Joseph, Sean, Mary, Jackson, Dana and Sagan, Jacob, Jonathan, Gillian. Front Row, Lilly, Jadyn, Joshua and Jeffery. 
 This is a family photo of our Son Sean and Daughter in law Mary and their family with us. Here's another photo of Jackson with us. 
My husband and I have been enjoying our missionary work. Here are some photos of the meetings that we attend with the younger Sisters, Elders and MLS couples.We have a Zone meeting once a month. We meet once a week for District Meetings.We have a weekly planning meeting with the Elders that we serve with. Quarterly, we have MLS Couple meeting for our entire mission. There are other firesides, and mission conferences as scheduled. We enjoy very much attending these various meetings. We learn so much and there is always a sweet spirit there that lifts our souls. 
Here is photo of our Zone meeting. 
Here is a photo of one of our weekly Planning meetings with the Elders we serve with. 
Our week usually is packed with studying and visits. On Mondays we typically have what we call a Preparation day. This is a day to catch up with our housework, errands, and couple planning. We can also plan a fun activity on this day. 
The rest of the week we make visits to various families and or individuals that we are seeing to help strengthen them in their testimonies through messages that we give. We also do team teaching with the Elders to those who are non members of our faith and are receiving missionary lessons. We are having wonderful spiritual experiences in the meetings that we have. We know that Heavenly Father is hastening His work of Salvation. We have many small miracles on almost a daily basis. Our testimonies of this work has been strengthened so much. We know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. We have powerful testimonies of The Book of Mormon. We know that the church has been restored in these latter days by the Prophet Joseph Smith. We know that we have a Living Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson that leads and guides our Church. There are two wonderful men that are his counselors; President Henry B. Eyring.  and  President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.  He is a living Prophet to the World. There are 12 Apostles who serve with him. These men go throughout the world lifting and caring for the members of the church and reaching out to those of other faiths. They are special witnesses of Jesus Christ. There are many other men who are called to serve in the Quorum of Seventy who also serve throughout the world. 
All of the younger missionaries that serve are suppose to give several hours of service each week to those with needs. We also look for opportunities to do various types of service.  
Our Church is very much involved in caring for the poor and needy. This is one of the most important things that our church does throughout the world. Whenever there is a disaster and or a need for humanitarian service our Church is there.
With the recent Earthquakes the missionaries serving in those areas will be helping with the clean-up and other services as needed. Our Church will immediately respond and send help in the form of food, supplies and etc. Also, many members volunteer to go to these areas to help with whatever they are qualified to do. 
 I will be posting next week on a large service project for Refugees and other organizations that our Stake Relief Society just completed on Saturday 
Recently, my dear husband was diagnosed with a 20 in. Blood Clot in his leg. He is back on the medication that he was on last year for the blood clots he had in his lung. You can read that experience here. His recovery then was a miracle and we have had a miracle again. 
He rested for a few days and then we are back to work. He had a Priesthood Blessing and again his recovery has been miraculous. We know that our prayers have been answered and we are graterful for all of the prayers offered in his behalf. 
Due to all that has been going on I have not had the time to do blogging. I am missing all of you. I plan to get caught up with the reading of your blog posts within the next few days. You are dear friends and I do want to know how you are doing. If you are on Facebook you can find me on my Living Water's Facebook page. I try to do short updates each night. 
I am sending out lots of love and hug to you all! 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Feelings Of The Heart~

We woke up to a beautiful spring day. It is also the beginning of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint's General Conference as found here. We have been looking forward to watching each of the sessions of conference that are broadcast over this Saturday and Sunday weekend. Here we listen to the voices of our beloved Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson and our Apostles along with many other leaders of the Quorum of Seventy and the Auxiliaries of the church. We always enjoy the music that is provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and other Choirs over these two days. 

 Before the conference began my mind went back to 49 years ago on the Saturday we were engaged. My beloved husband had just returned from his Mission in Northern California on  March 22nd of 1967. We had dated our Junior and Senior year of High School, attended the University of Utah together for a few months and he then left for his mission. I had waited for him for two years while going through Nursing school. Two long years where our communications were through weekly letters. When he came home our feelings for each other had not changed. I will never forget that precious General Conference weekend that we were engaged.We attended the next day the Sunday Session at the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square. The one fun moment was when one of his converts in the mission called us and told us that she saw us on TV at the conference.
From that day forward being able to attend and or watch General Conference in April and October of each year has been a highlight of our life together with our growing family.
 Now we have the privilege and blessing of being full time missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Conference is a special time to continue to build our testimony of the work. We know that our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ love us all. They want all to return to live with them someday. This is the true Church of Jesus Christ. It has been restored to the earth by our beloved Prophet Joseph Smith. On April 6th of 1830 the Church was organized.  Since that time we have always had a living Prophet on the Earth to guide and direct us. President Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet just as real and true as the Prophets of old. The ancient prophets Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac,Jacob, Moses and etc. were prophets for their day and they wrote prophetic writings that are found in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Along with all those prophets are the prophets found in the The Book of Mormon. Here you will find the teachings for their day. The best part of the Book of Mormon is the visit to the Americas  of the Lord Jesus Christ to those people after his resurrection. This is found in the Book of Mormon; 3 Nephi chapters 8-28. He spent days with them teaching, healing and loving these people.
 We love teaching from the pages of The Book of Mormon. It is a 2nd testament of Jesus Christ as a companion book to the Holy Bible.  We invite all to read The Book of Mormon and pray and ask if it is true. Through sincere prayer you will know that The Church of Jesus Christ and The precious Book of Mormon are true. 
I would invite each of you to take a moment and watch our General Conference. You will hear messages of hope, love and healing. As you pray about what you hear, you feel the spirit and you will know that their testimonies are true. We live in difficult times and there is much turmoil in the world today but we have a Prophet who lives and guides us through these struggling  times. Come listen to a Prophet's voice and feel the Spirit testify of truth. 
Today I have had deep and poignant feelings within my heart of love for all of God's Children. These feelings are real and I know that we are all beloved spirit children of Heavenly parents. These feelings come from the depths of my soul. I love my Savior Jesus Christ and I know He walks with us during our difficult moments. I am so graterful for the Gift of the Holy Ghost that bares witness to me of truth. I love visiting, caring for and teaching others of the truths that I know to be true. I know all of this through sincere prayer to my loving Heavenly Father. I can not deny the feeling that come to me of truth through the Holy Ghost. I believe that God the Father is a resurrected and exalted being. I know that Jesus Christ gave his life through the Atonement for all his spirit brothers and sisters. He was resurrected and through this atoning act we will be resurrected. I know that through the ordinances and covenants of the gospel of Jesus Christ and if I remain true; I will return to live in the presence of my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ with my eternal companion and family. 

You can read about the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ here.
You can learn more about our faith here.  
You can receive a free copy of the Book of Mormon here

Thursday, March 24, 2016

His Three Day Gift~

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the greatest gift of Hope and Healing. As we are serving a full time mission; we daily invite others to come unto Christ. We experience great moments of joy when they recognize how the Atonement can bless their lives. 
Our living prophet for our day, President Thomas S. Monson stated; "Oh sweet the joy this sentence gives, I know that my Redeemer lives. May the whole world know it and live by that knowledge I humbly pray." I too know that my Redeemer lives.
In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus Christ took upon himself the Sins of the World. No one can understand what he went through but our Savior did this for each and every one of us. 
Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve apostles made this profound statement: "The Savior has suffered not just for our iniquities but also for the inequality, the unfairness, the pain, the anguish, and the emotional distresses that so frequently beset us. There is no physical pain, no anguish of soul, no suffering of spirit, no infirmity or weakness that you or I ever experience during our mortal journey that the Savior did not experience first. You and I in a moment of weakness may cry out, "No one understands, No one knows." No human being, perhaps knows. But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He felt and bore our burdens before we ever did. And because He paid the ultimate price and bore that burden, He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy in so many phases of our life. He can reach out, touch, succor-literally run to us-and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do through relying upon only our own power."
Take a moment and watch this very tender heart felt video of the song Gethsemane music and words written by Roger and Melanie Hoffman and sang by Claire Ryann and video produced by her father.This sweet little 3 year old will melt your heart. I was once the Achievement Day Leader of this precious child's mother many years ago. Her parents and grandparents are cherished friends of ours. 
Wishing you all a very Joyful Easter Celebration! 

Here are more Easter videos to watch~

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Shout Praises To Our Lord and King~

I do know that my Redeemer Lives and this does provide great comfort in my life. I can testify that I know I have a loving Heavenly Father who loves all of His children. I know that He sent His Son our brother, Jesus Christ  to complete the Atonement for each of us. Our Savior lives; I believe this with all my heart and soul.
  I can testify that The Book of Mormon is true and was written for our day. My favorite section of the Book of Mormon is 3 Nephi chapters 8 thru 28.  Here is where the Savior visited with the inhabitants of this continent after his resurrection and taught them. My very favorite chapter is 3 Nephi 17. I love this chapter because of the great love Jesus showed by healing the sick and afflicted and caring for the children.  I know that if you read the Book of Mormon and pray with real intent; the spirit of the Holy Ghost will testify to your heart that it is true.
 I know that we have a true and living prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson that leads this church under the direction of our Savior; it is His church. I know that we have 12 living Apostles today. These men are liken unto the Prophet and Apostles of Jesus's time. I know that they receive revelation for our day and time. On April 2nd and 3rd they will speak at our World Wide Conference. They are Prophets and Apostles for the whole world. Their words are true. I have felt the spirit of the Holy Ghost testify to my heart many times that this church is true. The only true and living church on the earth today. I know that if we follow our Prophet he will never lead us astray. This testimony is a gift that I treasure. This gift blesses my life during my earthly trials and during wonderful moments of joy. 
I do shout Praises to my Lord and King~
Here are two very special Easter videos. Enjoy the rendition from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Joyful Moments~ February 2016

Joy moment One~ We celebrated my husband's Birthday on January 29th together and then on January 31st; we were able to celebrate his birthday with our son and some of his family. We had fun with them all! It was my husband's 70th birthday; so that is a milestone for him. We are now the same age; yeah! He had a great day and enjoyed  talking on the phone with his other children and grandchildren.
Joy moment two~ One of our joys is our sweet dog Sammy. He is so fun and we love him so much. Sammy is very smart and has us wrapped around his little paw. He really loves my husband and is always so happy when "Daddy" comes home. They love playing with Sammy's toys. He likes to mainly play tug of war and he seldom lets go of his toy. He is a great stress reliever. Sammy likes to get on a chair in our study and look out the window. He especially likes watching the ducks that are across the street. Sammy loves to sit by us and he loves being cuddled. He is our precious little fur baby. 
Joy moment three ~We had two other couples join us on our MLS mission in January; Elder and Sister Foutz and Elder and Sister Goodrich. Each of the couples serve in two other buildings in our Stake; each building has three wards in it. This is one of our planning meetings with our full time Elders; Elder Araujo and Elder Dutton.  We always enjoy these young men and women that serve so faithfully. We are excited to serve with these two couples. We are very intent on hastening the work of our Savior Jesus Christ. 

To all you treasured friends and family out there! We are very busy with our mission endeavors. I will be slowing down a bit on social media moments. I am struggling with not being able to read your blog and Facebook posts as often as I would like. Just know that I am thinking about you and will visit as often as I can. 
Sending love and hugs your way!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Cultivate Faith, Hope & Love ~

I have discovered throughout my life that being happy was a choice. My husband and I have had a life time filled with many adventures. We have had many good times and many difficult moments. We have lived in different areas and have had to move our family several times. Uprooting our family with those various moves was hard. I decided early on that I would be happy no matter where we lived. I often used the mantra that I would "bloom where I was planted." 

When we have had struggles financially, physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally; I have walked by faith. I would move forward with one foot in front of the other with hope in our future. I have always had faith and hope in our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness for us.

As I have grown through the years so has my love for others. I do love people and care deeply for Heavenly Father's children; my spirit brothers and sisters. 
I have tried to develop and cultivate faith, hope and love into my everyday life. 

Like everyone else, I do have my down moments; when life seems too hard; but I trust in the Lord and try not to let discouragement enter into my heart. I know where that source of discouragement and discontent comes from. 
My favorite scripture is found in Proverbs 3: 5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths".

Here is one of my favorite stories that have increased my faith, hope and love. Enjoy~

A Summer With Great Aunt Rose~

by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf 
Second Counselor in the First Presidency

Saturday, February 13, 2016

May We Feel The Love Of Our Savior In Our Heart~

I have great love for all of you and a particularly profound love for the members of my family. Each child, grandchild, and great grandchild has blessed my life in countless ways. I have a deep love for the friends I have made over the years within the various wards and stakes where we have lived. I have gained many beloved friends while serving in Temples.  I'm grateful for those amazing friends from school years who have blessed my life over and over again. Then there are the wonderful new friends that I have made through social media; you are greatly loved as well. 

My heart has love for our Heavenly Father's children. Since beginning our full time mission in November; I have had the privilege to meet with, serve, teach and love so many new friends. Because Valentine's Day is a time for remembering and celebrating Love; I thought I should share my deepest hopes and even desires for myself and each one of you. 

I find joy in reading in the Book of Mormon, 1 Nephi chapters 11 and 15. These chapters explain the vision given to the Prophet Lehi. In that vision, Lehi beheld a beautiful tree and the "fruit thereof" was most precious. He partook of the fruit and wanted his family to partake as well. He saw his family moving on the path towards the tree; but only his wife and part of his family found their way to him. Two sons would not follow on the path. His greatest desire was for his entire family to come and partake of the fruit of the Tree of Life. He knew that this fruit was the most precious of all; that it represented the love of God.
He saw that the only way to make it to the tree was to follow the path and hold on to the Iron Rod. The Iron Rod was the word of God and would guide those on the path to the tree. He beheld the things of the world that would cause them to depart from the path and let go of the Rod of Iron. He was deeply saddened by those who would not follow the path or who started, but strayed from it.  

My hope for each of us is to feel His love as we come unto Him, who can lift, heal and guide. May we feel the arms of the Savior of the World around us, and experience the enduring love that comes through His Atoning Sacrifice. May we also reach upward to our Loving Heavenly Father in thought and prayer, and feel the Spirit touch our souls to know that They love us more than we can possibly imagine. 
May each of you to feel love from friends and family, and most of all, from our Heavenly and divine parents. 
Hugs for you all!


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