Saturday, April 19, 2014

Eternal Families - " Because Of Our Savior Jesus Christ"~

If one was to have a perfect season to pass away; Easter would be the time. As I watched my brother slowly slip away there was a sweet peace that filled the room. He died at 6:45 am on Sunday, April 13th surrounded by his loving family. It was truly a beautiful Sabbath Day, orchestrated by a loving Heavenly Father. My dear brother was free for the pains he had suffered, free from the daily cares of this life. He left to go into the spirit world; the next step in his Eternal Life. At that moment of time I knew that he was being greeted  by our dear parents and older brother. All my family was now together with ancestors that had passed on before.
Just think about our Savior Jesus Christ; He died and three days later He rose from the tomb. He  broke the bands of death for us all. We will be resurrected; we will live again. We can be an Eternal Family; # because of Him.
We buried my sweet brother yesterday. Again, it was a beautiful day. It was a day of sadness, a day of healing and a day of peace. Truly it was a day of remembrance of his life and a day to honor him.




 This is my oldest brother, Mac's family- He passed away at the of 74 in 2010

This is my family and my brother John's family on his Funeral Day
He too was just 74 years old~
Each of his 5 endearing children shared poignant thoughts about their individual relationships with him. Each bore testimony that they would see him again and be together as an eternal family. We all felt his spirit near. His lovely wife was at peace and felt overjoyed with all the loving thoughts her children expressed about their Dad and Mom.  The meeting was sweet and tender; the feelings of the spirit were there.

This is my brother John's wife, Gloria and their children~

A few of the children and the Bishop who closed the service shared some thoughts from a resent message given by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf in our recent General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His talk was entitled: "Grateful In Any Circumstances". Here are a few statements from this talk. 
"Could I suggest that we see gratitude as a disposition, a way of life that stands independent of our current situation? In other words, I'm suggesting that instead of being thankful for things, we focus on being thankful in our circumstances-whatever they may be.
When we are grateful to God in our circumstances, we can experience gentle peace in the midst of tribulation. In grief, we can still lift up our hearts in praise. In pain, we can glory in Christ's Atonement. In the cold of bitter sorrow, we can experience the closeness and warmth of heaven's embrace.
 Jesus Christ in Gethsemane
 Our Beloved Savior on the cross~
Our Resurrected, Savior of the world~ 
Being grateful in times of distress does not mean that we are pleased with our circumstances. It does mean that through the eyes of faith we look beyond our present-day challenges.
True gratitude is an expression of hope and testimony. It comes from acknowledging that we do not always understand the trials of life but trusting that one day we will.
In any circumstance, our sense of gratitude is nourished by the many and sacred truths we do know: that our Father has given His children the great plan of happiness: that through the Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ, we can live forever with our loved ones; that in the end, we will have glorious, perfect, and immortal bodies, unburdened by sickness or disability; and that our tears of sadness and loss will be replaced with an abundance of happiness and joy, "good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over."
There seems to be something inside of us that resists endings...........Why is this? Because we are made of the stuff of eternity. We are eternal beings, children of the Almighty God, whose name is Endless and who promises eternal blessings without number. Endings are not our destiny. The more we learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more we realize that endings here in mortality are not endings at all. They are merely interruption--temporary pauses that one day will seem small compared to the eternal joy awaiting the faithful. 
How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings."
What as so wonderful about this talk was that I was with my brother when we were watching it on TV. It was one of his last days of being alert. He watched this session with his eyes opened; so I knew he was hearing it. I knew this message was bringing peace to him. All of us that were watching this together felt that the talk was just for them. There was a deep peace in the room that day. 
I am deeply grateful for the time I spent with this precious brother of mine. I know that we are sealed to our parents and brother for all eternity. I know that my own family is an eternal family and it is #Because of Him. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Because of Him" - My Brother Will Live Again~

My dear brother John was recently told that his cancer was back. It had metastasized into his spine and brain. He was given about 2 months to live. In actuality he only lived two more weeks. I feel so blessed that I was able to be with him and his loving family for a few days while he was still able to communicate.
 My husband, Roger, Brother John and Me~
Here is my brother John, his wife Gloria, his three daughters, wife Gloria 
and their precious grandchildren~
Within a few days, he slowly slipped into a coma  He passed away peacefully, early in the morning on a beautiful Sabbath Day. I felt so blessed to be here with his family. 
Grieving is hard work. Having been a hospice nurse for 7 years I am familiar with the grieving process. The emotions are difficult at times. I even had brief moments of anger because he is the last from my family. However, because of Him our Savior Jesus Christ I know he will live again and I know that I will see him again. I know that he is sealed to my parents and brother Mac. We are an eternal family. I know that #BecauseofHim my brother had a wonderful reunion in the spirit world with my sweet father, mother and brother along with many other relative that have gone before. 
This Easter is the time to share our thoughts on our beloved Savior Jesus Christ. Let's spread the hopeful and joy filled message of Jesus Christ~ 
Here you can find stories and videos on "The Meaning Of Easter".


Friday, April 4, 2014

Come Listen To A Prophet's Voice~



Although I am still on a Blog and Face Book break; I thought I would post the following information on the upcoming General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that begins tomorrow. 
We believe in a living Prophet and 12 Apostles. They  along with other assigned general authorities and Woman  leaders over the Primary, Young Women and Relief Society programs will be delivering messages of  faith in Jesus Christ, hope, love, service, missionary work and etc. over the next two days. 
The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints~
The 12 Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints~
The General Relief Society Presidency~
The General Young Women Presidency~
The General Primary Presidency~
Here is the information for how to view this conference. 
Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, 2014. The Saturday general sessions will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. MDT. Sunday sessions will be on 9:30 a.m., which includes "Music and the Spoken word," and 2 p.m. The general priesthood meeting will be held in the Conference Center on Saturday, April 5, at 6 p.m.
You can find more information on the Church and it's Leaders here.here.

WATCH, LISTEN
General conference is broadcast via satellite to church meetinghouses throughout the world, and it is available through television, radio, the Internet and other media.
Go to bonneville.info and click on “General Conference” for a complete list of TV, radio or satellite reception options for all 50 states, plus Canada and Bermuda, or call 1-800-537-3063 for general conference inquiries.
On the Web: Live broadcast will be available through conference.lds.org (video and audio), Facebook.com/LDSLDS General Conference YouTube ChannelBYUtv and BYUtv International as well as through the Mormon Channel (app, website and Roku Channel).
What is General conference ~

I will be back in a couple of weeks to catch up on your blog posts.
Blessings, love and hugs!
LeAnn

Friday, March 28, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook - Prayer Needed Today~

Be sure and drop by other Simple Day Book Entries Here. 
Enjoy reading and perhaps join the fun!
Outside my window.....It is a very dreary day. Yesterday there was a hope for spring and now we are back in the rain with the temperatures in the low 40's. We are in drought conditions and need the snow and rain. I would say our prayers are being answered. 
I am thinking...that it would be nice right this minute to take off to a movie or maybe a mini vacation; sounds wonderful. It's not going to happen; but I will put it on my wish list for sometime soon. 
I am thankful...today for the simple and wondrous daily moments when I feel that I am being watched over and blessed by a loving Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for prayer.  I do have a true testimony of the power of prayer. I know I have discussed this before but I am grateful to know that I can pray anytime and anywhere. For the past several days I have been wearing holes in the knees of my pants as I have keeled and offered intense prayers in behalf of my husband, my brother and his family, my children, grandchildren and a dear friend. Each of my children are carrying heavy burdens of care. My dear brother has been in the hospital this week and his cancer has spread to his Spine. He is my only sibling left.  My sweet husband has not passed his kidney stone yet; so he was back to the doctor today. A dear friend has had so many health issues since she was in a severe car accident 3 years ago. My heart has been saddened by all of these difficulties. My prayers have been more fervent and tears have wet my pillow. 
After taking with my brother I felt great peace. He has a positive attitude and plans to live his life to the fullest. With his positive thoughts my spirit was lifted. I do believe that faith proceeds the miracle. Prayer does bring me peace. I know that my Savior is near and walks with me. I am grateful for this precious gift of prayer. 
I am grateful for the temple. At the temple I receive comfort and peace. I have often received answers to prayers while in the temple. I have also felt close to those who have passed through this life. I have had some sweet spiritual experiences within the walls of the temple. 
Here is a picture of the temple I serve in. 
You can read more about temples here:
In the kitchen...I was going to cook something simple tonight. However, my dear husband had to run an errand so he said he would bring back some salmon sandwiches for dinner. Yeah!
I am wearing....black pants, teal silk blouse, black socks and shoes and a black sweater. Today we are back to sweater weather. 
I am going...to finish up this blog and do some journaling. I am a bit behind on my journal. 
I am wondering.....how my dear grandson is doing in the MTC. He did email his parents on Monday; so they forwarded it to me.  It was such a wonderful email telling his family how much he is enjoying being in the Missionary Training Center. He is learning so much and is so filled with the Spirit. He is excited to be learning how to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so proud of him. 
I am reading.... The Book of Mormon as always. I am through with the writings of Nephi in The Book of Mormon: 2 Nephi: 7-26; which was about the prophecies of Isaiah. I learned so much more about the writings of Isaiah. The study manual I am using had me cross reference with the writings of Isaiah in the Bible.  I have spent a lot of time in these chapters. 



The Visions of Isaiah~

I am continuing to enjoy; "The Triumph of Zion, Our Personal Quest For The New Jerusalem. I have learned so much about Zion and becoming a Zion person. It is true that in order to have a Zion society one must first be a Zion person. I am discovering many things about Zion that I did not understand or know before. 
I just started reading this book and I am loving it. The  challenge in the book is to do What a Holy Woman would do. The author asked several woman in different stages of life to act upon 
what they think a holy woman would do in their day to day life experiences. Their stories were compelling. 
 I am hoping...that those I love can have life a little easier. I am hoping that prayers will be answered. I am hoping that I can accept the Lord's will in the lives of others and myself. I  learn many lessons from my day to day life experiences. Usually, the hard times are just more blessings in disguise.  I do know that the difficulties of life cause me to reach for our Savior more often and my prayers are more focused. I become more humble and teachable. 
I am looking forward...to spring. I will be so happy to see the sun peek out from behind the clouds as it warms the earth. 

I am learning....more about what is really important in my life. I want to know what is the most important thing to be doing with my time and energies.
Around the house..I am not doing all that much. I do need clean my house. In fact, I am planning on starting some spring cleaning soon. 
I am pondering...upon going on a technology break. I need a blog and face book vacation. I plan to do this for a couple of weeks. I may peek into your days once in a while during this time. I love to read your posts. You need to know that you are true friends and I love you and enjoy following your thoughts and life experiences. I am not sure I will be able to go on this vacation for very long. There is a slight addiction with this. I will miss you all!
One of my favorite things....is visiting with dear friends either in person or on the phone. 
A pet Peeve.....I am really tired of not being able to actually talk with people on the phone anymore, especially family and close friends. With face book and texting we don't communicate on a one on one basis. It makes me sad, I like to hear the sweet voices of those I love. 
Something new about me....is I love art. I wish I could draw or paint. We have several lovely paintings in our home. My favorite is a picture of the Savior entitled; "Walk With Me" by Greg Olsen.
I also have a lovely picture of the First Vision that my children gave us us a few years ago along with their written testimonies of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
First Vision by Leon Parson - If you want to know about the First Vision you can look here.

One of my guilty pleasures...I love to take naps and I need one right now. I don't take naps very often. Sometimes, on a Saturday afternoon after our temple shift, I fall a sleep for a while. 
A few plans for the rest of the week: Do my temple schedule - catch up my journal - My son's family is coming tomorrow to stay overnight. They are flying to San Diego for fun in the sun - Saturday, the temple of course and then Sunday is just always sweet.  
A  Favorite Picture to share......
Enjoy The Moments! 
Blessings and hugs for all~

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Our Missionary - Elder Jackson Williams~

Provo Mission Training Center - MTC
In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we have 405 missions throughout the world. Our young men and women volunteer to serve on these missions There are also many adult couples that serve. The young men can choose to go on a mission at the age of 18 years old. The young women can go on a mission when they are 19 years old. The young men serve for two years and the young women for 18 months.  You may have seen young men and young women walking, or riding bicycles around your area. The young men are typically in suits and the young women in dresses. They are usually just two of them that comprise a companionship. All of the missionaries pay for their own missions either from money they have earned, with their families help and or if the family can't pay for their mission there are funds to assist. Members of the church can donate money to their ward or general mission fund. Before leaving for a mission the missionaries go through one of our temples. There are 142 temples around the world.  Here you can learn why we build temples. 
Jackson our grandson received his Missionary call on January 15th to the Omaha, Nebraska mission; you can read about it here.   Jackson went through the Provo Temple on February 13th 2014.
Provo Temple~
 It was a very special occasion. You can read more about the Mission Training Centers here.
 Jackson entered the Provo Missionary Training Center yesterday on Wednesday, March 19th. Here he will be trained to be a missionary for three weeks. After the three weeks he will fly to his mission area in Omaha, Nebraska.We are so excited for him. He will be a great missionary. 


 This is a picture of Jackson just after he gave a talk in Sacrament meeting.
 We commonly call this a mission farewell talk. 
His message was on our Savior, Jesus Christ's Atonement.
 After Church we went to Jackson's home to celebrate this occasion~
 Friends and family gather together~
 Here is my dear husband, Jackson's grandfather~
 Our Granddaughter in law with her two sons; Baby Sagan and Jaden~
Jacob, our grandson~
Sean, Mary and their friend Tammy~
 Tammy and Mary~
Our grand daughter in law, Jessica and our grandson Jed.
On Tuesday night, Jackson was set apart by their Stake President. The Stake President through the priesthood gives him the rights and privileges of an Elder. This is when he officially starts his mission. He is now called Elder Williams.

The following are pictures taken just after he was set apart~
Pictures of our future missionaries~

 

 Joseph, age 15

 Jeffery, age 9~
 Joshua, age 7 - Note that he is sitting by the Bishop of their ward. 
He looks like a future Missionary and perhaps a Bishop someday. 

Grandmother, Virginia- Mary's mother, Mary, Jackson, Joseph,
 Grandfather, Roger and Grandmother, LeAnn
Jeffery and Joshua~

 Grandfather, Jackson and Grandmother~
Jackson's parents -
Mary, Jackson, and Sean

After the setting apart blessing, we took Jackson to dinner. When we dropped him off it was hard to say good-by. He will be gone for 2 years. We will be emailing, sending fun packages, and writing letters to him for the next two years. We are so pleased with his desire to serve a mission. 
 On Wednesday his parents took him out to lunch before entering the MTC. 
Jackson on the way to the MTC~
On this day there are a large number of Elders and Sisters that will come to the Provo MTC. This happens every Wednesday. Their are approx. 3,800 missionaries in the Provo MTC at it's capacity. If the missionaries are going on a foreign language mission, they are in the MTC for 6 to 8 weeks. The Provo MTC teaches 50 languages. There are 15 MTC's  throughout the world. There are over 80,000 missionaries serving  at this time.
You can learn more about church statistics here. 
Here you can learn all about being a missionary in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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