Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day To All~

Today is a special day of love so, I thought I would share my list of love thoughts~
1. My first love is of course, my wonderful Eternal Companion. He makes everyday a special day of loving him. I know and feel his profound love for me.  He is amazing. 
2. I love beyond measure each of my Children, their wonderful spouses, all my 32 Grandchildren and four Great Grandchildren. They are my life's greatest gifts. 

3. My love expands to all of our Brothers, Sisters, Aunt, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins. We number quite a few.
4. We have a special little dog named Sammy whom I adore. I love him like unto a child; and he acts like one too. 

5. I have a multitude of friends that I love. I have a group of High School friends that I share a special bond with they are friends forever. I have various friends that I have made in the different areas we have lived that I will love always. I have Social Media friends that have brightened my life with their thoughts and many of whom I hope to meet someday. I love them all.
6. I love all the missionaries that we serve with both the younger Elders and Sisters and the MLS couples that we intermingle with. I love the leadership in our mission. We have the best mission ever here in the Utah Salt Lake South Mission. 
7. A special love is reserved for each of the individuals and families that we work with on our mission. Their life stories and concerns have helped me have a deeper understanding of love, forgiveness and compassion. 
8. I love The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and all of the leadership and individuals that I have had the privileged to serve with over the years. I love our living Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson and our beloved twelve Apostles. 

I have a deep and eternal love for my Heavenly Parents and my Elder brother Jesus Christ. 
I can say with all my heart that I love the people of this world because I know they are my spirit brothers and sisters. 

May you all have a spectacular day of celebrating the word love. "Love One Another;" What a marvelous world we would have if we could just do that. Someday, we will have a more loving world.  

Saturday, February 4, 2017

"Love Is The Very Essence Of Life"~ by Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley

Love is in the air during the magical month of February. I love this month. I love all the messages of love, the Valentines, the Chocolates, and just the feeling of love that surrounds us in our everyday life. If we can just feel this love in our relationships in our families; wouldn't that be so wonderful. We can be part of making these feelings of love happen. Even nature shows off it's feelings of love as these two love birds swim together. I love how the first signs of spring often occur in this wonderful month of love; showing us that there is a gift of love and warmth coming.  
I love knowing that I have a loving Heavenly Father who knows each of us and loves us all. I love my Savior Jesus Christ with all my heart and I know He loves me and each of you. 
"Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely." --President Uchtdorf

"Love is of the very essence of life. It is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is more than the end of the rainbow. Love is at the beginning also, and from it springs the beauty that arches across the sky on a stormy day. Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and the lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through death. How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, church, and neighbors." ~ President Gordon B. Hinckley His full message can be found here. 
This is 4 days late but here is a marvelous challenge for us all! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has issued a 14 -Day Challenge to Love One Another. Let's all do it!

#Share Goodness  #sharelove

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Happy Birthday Thoughts to My Eternal Companion ~

Happy Birthday to my marvelous husband, Roger (aka. Elder Williams)

It's time to celebrate your birthday. I have written about my feeling for you a few times before. You are really the best husband ever, or at least for me, you are. I thought today that I would share briefly some things about you that most people don't know.
Besides, being thoughtful, serving, kind, loving and the list goes on; my man has a wonderful personality. He is extremely funny and most people just see him as rather serious. He has a great sense of humor. Even his children don't really know how funny he can be. I think he could do a great comedy sketch. He has had me in stitches more than once when telling me of some experience he has has. 
He is very sensitive to the spirit even more than I most of the time. Tears flow easily when he is spiritually touched; I love that attribute. He loves His Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ and desires to be a good servant unto them.He has a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is a wonderful missionary and I love being his companion. We have learned so much together.Our testimonies have grown even stronger in the past several months that we have served as full time Missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We have experienced many miracles in the work we are doing. It has been amazing.
He loves His family and would do whatever he can to assist them. He has given countless priesthood blessings to all of us and we have witnessed many miracles through those blessings. 
 I love you more than I can ever express in words and I am so grateful that we are sealed together for eternity and our greatest desire is to  be a forever family and return someday again to our Heavenly Parents. 
Happy Birthday To You my Darling Husband, Roger~

My Children all wrote Birthday Messages to their Father and if you would like you can read them here.
This all of our Children and their spouses which are our children too ~
Our Eternal Family~
Happy Birthday Dearest Husband of Mine~

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Finding Joy In The Different Seasons Of Your Life~

Recently, I attended a Relief Society Activity Meeting in one of the wards we're assigned to as full time missionaries. The meeting focus was "Finding Joy In The Different Stages of Life". They assembled a panel of women representing various age groups and life circumstances. It included a young woman who was married with no children, a young mother with children under 12, a mother with pre-teen children and teenagers, a mother of young adults, and also a grandmother. Each panel member told what brings them joy in their present stage of life. Then it was opened up for questions from the audience.
It was enlightening to hear the diverse thoughts concerning what brings women joy. During the open discussion, there were several comments from women with circumstances quite different than those of the women on the panel. There were a couple who were married but presently unable to have children of their own. There was a woman whose only child had a critical illness throughout life. He married but could never have children. This woman would never have grandchildren, which caused her deep pain. There was one mother who felt overwhelmed by her children and didn't feel she was a good mother because she always wanted her children to grow up faster. Then there was a grandmother who is now independent from her children and although she enjoys tending and being involved with grandchildren; she doesn't want to do it all the time. There were beloved widows who struggle with loneliness on a daily basis.There were working mothers that talked about how hard it was to balance work, church callings and home life. 
As I listened to each of their various circumstances in their given seasons of life, I contemplated what has made me happy throughout the stages of my own life. Here are some of my thoughts. 
First of all, I feel that being happy is a choice. I made a choice as a young mother to bloom where I was planted. I decided that no matter where we lived, how big our house was, what our financial circumstances were, that I could choose to be happy. Of course, that doesn't mean that I just skipped through life with a smile on my face. I had many moments of stress, sadness, regret, and anger over various things that were going on. So with that in mind this is what has kept me centered. 
In a nutshell is is the faith I have in my Savior, Jesus Christ. I trust Him completely.  Before I was married I had a situation that was very concerning to me and I read in the The Old TestamentProverbs 3:5-6. " 5.Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct they paths." 
 I determined that I would trust in the Lord and this one scripture has been a guide for me.
We have been through many trying times. My husband has had serious health issues, including a heart attack at age 45 with severe complications in his lungs. He had a double by-pass, a hernia repair and his gallbladder removed the following year. He has had pulmonary emboli and clots in one of his legs. He has had kidney stones and a few other interesting medical conditions. I, myself have had some unusual health issues through the years including a few years where I could barely function. I had severe headaches for years which were very difficult to live with. My children also had some serious illnesses. Two of our grandchildren have had life threatening conditions that required time in Intensive Care.  Both my husband and I have lost parents and siblings.We have moved 22 times and lived in 4 different States and 7 different cities. My husband lost jobs three times during our marriage. I have worked off and on as a nurse while raising our children; thus knowing well the plight of a working mother. We have had financial reversals. We lost a home and had to start over. We have had difficulty with various children and grandchildren. We have had some of our adult children with our grandchildren live with us at times. I won't load you with anymore difficulties. That being said, we have gone through these moments with a complete trust in our Heavenly Father and his plan for us individually and as a family. Yes, we have experienced deep grief and sorrow in our lives; but we have also had many moments of great joy. 

 I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father that loves us; we are His children. He cares deeply about us. We have a loving Savior who gave His life for us that we might live again and return someday to live with our Heavenly Parents, if we are obedient to our Father's commandments. My faith has helped me through it all. I believe strongly in prayer and fasting,  priesthood blessings and we have had mighty miracles occur. This is what has keep the tears at bay, the stress levels decreased, a positive attitude and  a smile on my face through the majority of life experiences. 
Second, I have the philosophy of enjoying the moments of each of the stages of life that I have experiences. I try hard to live in the moment. I can't say I am perfect at this one but I do try to be positive and upbeat. That doesn't mean that I never raised my voice in concern over something  my children were doing. I can say that I apologized often and loved deeply each of the precious spirits that blessed our home. We certainly know that we are not a perfect family or perfect parents by any reach of the imagination. Raising children was a challenge but we are grateful for the help received from on high and within our church organization. 
We were not a family that had a lot of vacation time. My  husband worked hard to support our rather large family. When we did have our days off and moments to travel we worked hard to have fun and enjoy those precious times. Don't wish the away the seconds that you have with your young family, your growing family and or your mature family. Just enjoy each an every opportunity that you have to be together and love one another. 
Third, in my line of thoughts was to look for the miracles in my life. I maintain that miracles surround us. That the more we look for them, pray for them and recognize them the more we have a grateful heart for all the blessings our loving Heavenly Father bestows upon us. 
As a missionary for our Church in every meeting we have a miracle moment. This is where we can share the miracles that have occurred in our work or lives the past week. Every week my dearest companion and I have had some kind of miracle we could share. Most of the time it is a miracle that has occurred in our work but there are some very unique and wonderful miracles and blessings that have come to our family, also. The more one looks for miracles the more you will see them. It is amazing. Try looking for those beautiful flashes of time  in your own life. Have a grateful heart.  Our Heavenly Father wants us to have joy and recognizing His blessings is what brings joy into our lives. 

Just a final thought, I love to write in a journal. I have kept a journal for 40 years. This journal has been filled with my life experiences. I have had many struggles and trials but though them all; I have grown and learned valuable life lessons. I have witnessed many miracles and received countless blessing. I am so grateful to have kept a journal of my life and can see the thousands of moments of joy that I have been blessed with. 

Wishing everyone a very wonderful Sabbath Day and New Year full of joy~
#HisDay  #SabbathDay #Journals #Families #joyinthemoment

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Years From Our Home To Yours!

Wishing all of our wonderful friends and family a very Happy New Year for 2017. It is remarkable how time flies and we are now at a New Year moment. We have certainly been very busy this year in our Mission endeavors. We have had many prayers answered, miracles received and a few disappointments along the way. We enjoy serving with the MLS couples and younger missionaries. We have worked with Elders most of the time until recently.  We now have great Sisters to serve with. We love attending our District, Zone, and MLS couple meetings. We have also had some outstanding Zone Conferences and recently a Mission tour and a Christmas Devotional. We have a lot of individuals and families that we meet with on a regular basis and have been blessed to see them progress in different ways. 
Our greatest source of joy has been those sweet times with family. Although it hasn't been as often as I would like we have enjoyed some fun minutes with them. Our Grandson Jackson returned home from his mission in Omaha, Nebraska in March. Our second son, Travis received his BA degree from BYU, Idaho which was such an awesome accomplishment.  We had a spectacular family reunion in June and everyone was able to attend. We were able to break away and watch a few of our Grandson's play in football and soccer games. The ones we were able to see play were Joseph, Jonathan, Jeffery, Joshua, Austin, Ethan, and Christian. Some of the games were on the internet but that counted as seeing them. My dear daughter in laws Amber, Amanda and my Granddaughter, Justice took me to TOFW in November for my birthday and Amandas. 
We had Sean's family down for Thanksgiving which was really nice. Our daughter visited us from Australia which was a highlight for this year. Then two of our Granddaughter's Sariah and April came in December to visit us from Australia. I shopped till I dropped with those two. We then had our son Sean's family down for our traditional Christmas Family Home Evening. We had a wonderful Nativity activity. 
We had a delightful Christmas. We attended the Christmas sacrament meeting held in the building we are assigned too. They were all very spiritually uplifting and we felt the spirit as talks and music were given on the Savior, His birth and atonement. We then had a quiet Christmas time with phone calls and Skyping with our children. 
The following are some more of our Christmas Activities - 

We are assigned to attend and work in the 5th ward. This is their Christmas Party. It had the theme of "The Grinch Stole Christmas". It was an elaborate celebration and everyone had such a good time. They put on the play; "The Grinch Stole Christmas." It was fantastic. 
We attended the 3rd ward Christmas breakfast. We loved having our photos with Santa along with our sweet sisters who were there enjoying the celebration. They had a great Nativity program and the Primary children were awesome. 
The 8th ward had a Christmas dinner. It was so fun. My husband played the part of Moroni in their Nativity program. The dinner was wonderful and the program was a lovely one. I loved the play and the music so much. The dinner of course was delicious. 
We had a uplifting Zone Conference and it was so fun to be with all the MLS Couples and the missionaries in two of our zones. The messages were so inspiring and helpful for our work. We found out that Elder Bowen who is in the photo with us is a 3rd cousin to Elder Williams.
We always have great District meetings. The large photo on the left side is a photo of a convert, a return missionary and then the sisters we are serving with; Sister Hanson and Sister Turner. The Upper right  photo is  Sister Pinkham and Sister Turner. This was transfer day and Sister Pinkham's last day in our Zone. We will miss her. 

Here is a flash back photo of our family Christmas's in the past. . We have several traditions in our family but doing the Nativity story is the one I love the most.  
This is our oldest son, Sean's family that came down for a Christmas Party. We have this every year and sometimes other families join us. We continue the tradition of the Nativity program. This was a sweet year. 
We had a fantastic Christmas with just each other and Sammy, of course. It was a really lovely day. We feel so blessed. We attended our ward meetings. The highlight of the day was hearing from our children. 
May this coming New Year bring you all many blessings from our Loving Heavenly Father. May your faith in Jesus Christ continue to grow. May you feel the peace, comfort and love of Savior more abundantly in your lives. May this year be a blessed one for all!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Have A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year To All! ~ #LighttheWorld

The Savior declared: “...It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am” (D&C93:1)
The Church of Jesus Christ extends an invitation to everyone, even all the world, to act upon the light within by serving others each day in some small way. The Savior showed us how, and now invites us to do the same. By so doing we receive an increase in light and greater love towards others. We receive grace and the gift of charity, His pure love. We’ll be blessed to receive of His nature and when the time comes for us to see Him, we’ll know Him because we have served Him. Each of us has gifts within, let us share them.
We know and we testify with great feeling that our Savior loves each of us beyond anything we will ever comprehend. We witness to you that He is the Son of God. He was born for us, lived for us, suffered for us, died for us, and was resurrected for us. He is our dearest friend, our brother and our personal advocate with the Father.

Five points of Gratitude and sweet memories from 2016
·    A fantastic reunion attended by every member of our family from Washington to Australia. It was an event not likely to be repeated for several years.
·         We celebrated with our son Travis as he received his Bachelor’s degree from BYU-Idaho
·         We continue with our full time service in the Utah Salt Lake City South Mission with countless miracles and many moments of great joy.
·         We welcomed our Grandson, Jackson, home from his Mission in Omaha, Nebraska.
·         God has given special gifts to each of our amazing grandchildren. They have increased their talents and divine gifts in writing, music composition, visual and performing arts as well as competitive sports. Their light increases as those gifts are nurtured near perfection with patience, perseverance, and the support of loving parents.

Wishing all of my family & friends a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 
May you know that I love you all, even those that I have not officially met but know through social media. You have uplifted me, brightened my life, inspired me in so many ways. Thank you for being my friend. You have all blessed my life. 

I thought I would share a very special Short Nativity video that I thought you would enjoy. #LighttheWorld

Friday, December 16, 2016

Happy November Moments, Missionary Activities & December Fun! #LighttheWorld~

The Light Of The World - Let's All Light The World With His Love~
Here is a photo of a luncheon in November that I went to with my extra loved friends from High School. We have been friends for over 50 years. This is such a fun group and we usually try to have lunch once a month. I attend when I can. 
The month of November was sweet with many awesome memories. Then December rolled in and we have been so busy with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Christmas Worldwide Initiative. It has been fun to share the Christmas message and encourage others to do acts of service each day from December 1st through the 25th. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we continued these big and small act of service for 365 days a year. There is much good to be done in our world and serving others is the best. 
Here is a few glimpses into our extra special moments in November. #LighttheWorld
Missionary Moments~
We have really been enjoying our missionary experiences during the month of November and thus far in December. We have enjoyed having sister missionaries to serve with. Sister Pinkham and Sister Turner in the Left upper corner are fantastic missionaries and are doing some great work in our area. They are on bikes and when it is cold we worry about them and try to drive them when we are not busy. We have had some great District and Zone meetings; here are photos of two of them. Sister Pinkham and Sister Turner had a baptism that was exciting. This young girl was so ready to be baptized and very excited for this special ordinance. The bottom middle photo is a moment at the Oquirrh Mountain temple. We had a Zone Temple day and enjoyed being with the the group of Elders, Sisters and MLS couples that we serve with. We find ourselves very busy thus not a lot of time to work on my blog posts. 

Here is my November Birthday Celebration. 
This was an extra special birthday. My two daughter in laws; Amanda, Amber  and granddaughter; Justice  came down to celebrate Amanda's birthday on the 18th and my birthday on the 20th. We attend "Time Out For Women" a very special two day events. There were more than 3,000 women at this event and we heard some great messages and lots of good musical entertainment. We had so much fun. We laughed, cried and just enjoy all the precious moments.. 
My favorite gift of all was the middle photo of a locket This locket is over 100 years old. It was my Dads. His father was killed in World War I in France. His wife, my grandmother had died a year earlier and this locket was sent to to my grandfather in France with a photo of her and my Dad, just days before he killed.. I have had this locket for a long time and the chain had broken. My dearest husband bought me another beautiful chain and had the locket polished. I shed some tears on this one. The bottom two photos are my sweet daughters, Amanda, Amber and granddaughter Justice. 

We had a lovely Family Thanksgiving celebration with our Son Sean, Daughter in law, Mary and their family. We had a plentiful thanksgiving dinner and enjoyed games and fun conversations. 
The family photo - Front row; Jackson, Dana, Sagan, Joshua, Mary and Jeffery. Back row; Roger, LeAnn, Jacob, Joseph, Gillian, Sean and Jonathan. 
Here are our fun times from the first part of December. This collage is one of our sweetest activities.. My two granddaughters, April 17 and Sariah 19 arrived here from Australia. They came for a cousin's wedding in Idaho and were able to stay with us for 5 delightful days. We had so much fun together. These photos are of our dearest Sariah celebrating her 19th birthday with us. We took them to dinner at Olive Garden. Sariah didn't want a cake so her Grandpa got her a cupcake, so she could at least blow out the candle. It was so fun to have them here. 
Middle photo is April and Sariah~

We were invited to a family home evening at the Griffith’s home in one of the wards we serve in. The Walker family from Missouri was here for a visit. They previously lived in our home ward and we have been good friends with them. They have a family of 20 children, 11 adopted, 9 biological, 14 live at home. Most of their family was present along with some choice friends of theirs. We then had a surprise of having Elder Alin Spannaus with his wife and two lovely daughters there. We had such a delightful evening of sharing messages of service and Christmas music. Beautiful Christmas carols were sung around the piano. We enjoyed those endearing seconds of time. 
Here is the photo of all that were in attendance at this fun event~
We took our granddaughters to see "The Forgotten Carols". It is a fantastic musical play and we laughed, cried and had such a good time. I wish everyone could experience this production is was so wonderful and inspiring. 
                     Sariah, April and I - Then Myself and my dear eternal companion~
Finally, We took our beloved granddaughters to Temple Square to see the Christmas Lights and Nativity. It was a bit cold but at the same time we felt the warmth and light of the spirit. It was the perfect ending to our visit with these lovely young women of ours. 
Thus far this Christmas Season has been wonderful and we are enjoying our family and many missionary  activities and opportunities to share the #LighttheWorld Initiative. 


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