Friday, December 24, 2021

Light The World With Christ - The Reason For The Season


 2021 has been a year of great joy and sweet sorrow as we welcomed a wonderful grandson-in-law, Alex Tenney, into our family, increasing the total number of our family to 57. However, with deep sadness, we lost a precious grandson, Austin Williams. Only our Savior understands the exquisite emotions of our hearts, and so we trust in Him and his perfect promise: "My peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. not as the world giveth, give I unto you." Truly there is peace in Christ, and we have been blessed to receive it often and in countless ways, especially in the Temple, our place of peace and true refuge. 

May the world and each of you obtain that peace and lasting joy during this sacred season, with faith and trust in him always to understand our hearts. 

Merry Christmas with Love, 

Roger and LeAnn


Thursday, December 9, 2021

The Purpose of Life~

The Purpose of Life 

Everyone has a purpose in life. Life is to find that purpose and go for it. My aim has been centered on our Savior Jesus Christ and my desire to follow him. Families are part of my Plan. I am married, have a posterity of 55 total. We have 6 children with spouses, 32 grandchildren, 6 grandchildren-in-law, and 6 great-grandchildren. We are involved with our family, our faith, and right now, we serve as ordinance workers at the Jordan River Temple and are Justserve.org specialists. We have a full life and are experiencing all kinds of experiences on this earth; good and evil. We have learned many lessons from our experiences. Life is good! 

In a nutshell, earth life is a time to learn, grow, have faith, find happiness, and prepare to return home to God. Our lives have purpose and meaning. This beautiful earth was created for us live on. We are here to receive a body, be tested during this 2nd phase of our eternal existence. We can not remember our Pre-mortal life, so we much walk by faith. 

 1st Nephi 17:36 states: Behold, the Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited, and he hath created his children that they should possess it. 

This Plan is called the Plan of Salvation; it gives meaning to our life. This Plan answers our questions. "Where do I come from? Why am I here?  You can read about this Plan of Happiness here.  The purpose of God's Plan is for us to all find happiness eternally. 

While here on earth, we will have experiences that will bring us happiness and experiences that will bring us sorrow and trials. These moments will test us. Yet, we will grow in our character as we work through these struggles. These experiences will help us learn well from evil and to make choices. One of our greatest gifts is our agency; the ability to choose for ourselves. Will we decide to follow God? 

As you read the Plan of Happiness, you will find more answers about why you are here. 

Here is a video on The Plan of Salvation. It will help you understand even more this grandiose Plan. 

I have a deep hope that you have taken the time to study this beautiful Plan.

Recently, this Plan of salvation helped me through one of the most challenging moments of my life. When I published my last post on God's Eternal Plan, my son called me to tell me that my Grandson, Austin, age 22, had just been killed in a horrific truck accident. His tire blew and forced him into the path of a Semi. The truck then went under the semi and burst into flame. We have prayed that he was killed instantly rather than suffer for a long time. 

I, of course, burst into tears and ran to inform my dearest husband. We then spent three-plus hours grieving through tears. We live about 31/2 hours away from this precious son and his family. Tender mercy came when 4 of our grandsons that live in the area came to our home. It was a time for crying, comforting, and relating stories about our precious Austin. My grandson, Christian, was particularly close to Austin, and they had just planned a fishing trip together. He was struggling a lot with this news. So it was perfect for us to all be together for a few hours. 

The next day we left for Idaho to help with any funeral plans and to be there to support our family. In addition, the drive-up gave my husband and me a chance to talk about and relate more fully to what had taken place. Our dear Granson left a wife of 14 months. My heart went out in love and sadness at this loss for her. I also felt intensely how hard it would be for my son and daughter-in-law to cope with the loss of this son. They have a total of 8 children, and Austin was their 2nd oldest. It's often said that losing a child is the worst experience a parent can have. Watching our own family suffer through this has added another dimension to the grieving process that we go through during the loss of a loved one.

The following 5 days were filled with activities in preparation for the funeral. This is often called the numb period, where the family goes through getting everything together. It is also a time of reflecting on the goodness of this lost son. Lots of stories are told, and there is plenty of tears and much laughter. 

The outpouring of love from the community, friends, loved ones, and family was incredible. There was never a lack of food or someone coming to offer their love and condolences. We knew that hundreds were praying for our family, and we can testify that prayers were answered in the form of comfort, peace, and feeling loved by our Heavenly Father, Savior, and many others. 

Many family, friends, and others came to the funeral. Austin loved football, fishing, and trucks. He had great faith in the Savior and belonged to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many of his football friends came to the funeral. Austin served a 2-year mission for the church in the Nebraska Omaha Mission. Twenty-five of his mission companions and others came along with his Mission President and wife. This was a huge blessing to us all to see how much Austin was loved by others. 

His funeral was lovely. His oldest sister, Justice, and Ethan, two of his siblings, gave the eulogy. Two of his companions from his mission spoke. His father, Travis, our son, gave a beautiful message, his sweet wife Shamra gave a courageous talk on their life together, and then Austin's former Stake President gave a talk on God's eternal plan.  The messages celebrated his life, his mission, and his firm beliefs. They brought us all peace and comfort. 

Blessings came throughout every part of the funeral planning. These were tender mercies from Heaven. We loved that all of our son's siblings, our children, came, along with uncles, cousins, and other very close friends. One significant tender mercy was that Austin's brother Ethan was allowed to come from his California, Los Angeles mission for 4 days. That was the best! 

As I reflect upon those days in mourning, they were also days of having a deeper understanding of God's Plan. Death is part of life. It is a transition into the spirit world. We know that Austin has a plan, and he continues on in the spirit world, following what God wants him to do. We feel like he is on a mission there. However, we also think that he is near us at times. That he will be near when needed. It's all part of the glorious eternal existence we can all have.

I will write more about the Spirit World later on. We are working on getting through the Christmas Celebrations, which have thus far been very tender. We miss our Austin. 

Love to all! 

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Friday, October 29, 2021

God's Eternal Plan!

 


Have you ever laid on the soft grass at night and looked up in the heavens and wondered where you came from? Even nature, animals, mountains, trees, flowers, and even the smallest creatures denote a God. I see it in the organization of all life. 

Even as a young child, I had an inquisitive mind. I had a desire to understand and find out;  Who I am? Where did I come from? What is my purpose? Then the biggest question of all; Where am I going after this life. 

As I grew and learned more, I had a firm belief that I now knew the answer to these questions. So, today, I take a moment to explain; Who am I I? and Where Did I Come From. 

I will expand on these thoughts in future writings. I believe that there was a plan for us all. A plan of happiness was formed and agreed upon by us all in our pre-existence or Pre-mortality state. 

Here is a portion of one of my favorite poems - 

Our birth is but asleep and forgetting by William Wordsworth

Our birth is but asleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!

 First Presidency (Joseph F. Smith, President) - 1909 

"All men and women are in the similitude of the universal Father and Mother and are literally the sons and daughters of Deity. ... The doctrine of the pre-existence -revealed so plainly, particularly in latter days, pours a wonderful flood of light upon the otherwise mysterious problem of man's origin.

 It shows that man, as a spirit, was begotten and born of heavenly parents, and reared to maturity in the eternal mansions of the Father, prior to coming upon the earth in a temporal body to undergo an experience in mortality. ... Man is the child of God, formed in the divine image and endowed with divine attributes, and even as the infant of an earthly father and mother is capable in due time of becoming a man, so the undeveloped offspring of celestial parentage is capable, by experience through ages and eons, of evolving into a God. (“Origin of Man, November 1909" Messages of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6 vols. comp. James R. Clark, comp., [1965-75), 4:203 -6; emphasis added).

I know that we all were raised by Heavenly Parents and knew our Elder Brother Jesus Christ. I love this picture that depicts what it may be like in our Pre-Mortal life. Have you ever connected with a friend and felt you knew them before? I have. We are all spiritual brothers and sisters. Many of us may have been close friends in our pre-earth life, and even covenanted with one another to find each other while on earth. At least, I like to think that.

 

We can then all say, we are children of God. I am a child of God. I know that and feel it deep within my soul. 

I believe that in the pre-mortal state, we committed - even covenanted --Premortally with our Heavenly Father to do various things on earth. So, let me ask you a question: What were you born to do?

Sister Wendy Watson Nelson said the following in a talk entitled: "Hope of Israel).

"How I wish you could watch a 10-minute video of your premortal life on YouTube. I believe if you could see yourself living with your Heavenly Parents and with Jesus Christ; if you could observe what you did Premortally and see yourself making commitments - even Covenants - with others, including your mentors and teachers; if you could see yourself courageously responding to attacks on truth and valiantly standing up for Jesus Christ, I believe that every one of you would have the increased power, increased commitment, and eternal perspective to help you overcome any and all of your confusion, doubts, struggles, and problems. All of them! I believe if you could remember who you said you would help, you would find them. Premortally, you and I committed to do a great work while we are here on earth. And, with the Lord's help, we will do it. 

May this touch your heart. The next time, I will be focusing on our Mortal life. Maybe ask yourself the following questions. What did I promise to do while on this earth? What is my purpose? 

Here is a short video on our pre-earth life to enjoy!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Summer Highlights~

I started the Living Water's Blog over 10 years ago and have been relatively consistent with doing weekly, bi-weekly, and sometimes monthly posts. However, in the last 3 months, my life became a whirlwind, and I have gotten behind on reading my favorite blogger posts and doing anything on my own site. So, perhaps to illustrate why I haven't been on, I will share what I have been up to. Here are my summer highlights! 

My hubby and I took a trip to Idaho Falls for a couple of family events. We decided not to stay with the children because both families were planning graduation events. Instead, we checked into a hotel that was near the Idaho Falls Temple. We love staying there because the Temple is by the Snake River, and we enjoy the view. There is a walkway all the way around the River, and it's a fun stroll. 
The first night there, we met at a restaurant with three of our married six children and one Granddaughter. We had a delightful time. We have some characters in our family, so there was a lot of laughter. 

The next evening we drove to Sugar City and had a barbeque n the backyard of my son, Travis, and daughter-in-law Amanda. All their children were there that night. Lots of fun conversations and hugs! 


On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, we headed for Shelley, Idaho, to attend the graduation of our Granddaughter, Averi, which was held in the backyard of my son, and daughter-in-law, James and Amber. Averi is a special needs child; she is Blind and Autistic. Averi has been able to complete regular school with an aide assisting her.  Averi plays the piano by ear, and she is a whiz with numbers. If you tell her your birthdate or another important date, she can tell you the day of the week it will fall on in the coming year. 
Averi was born with a rare disease called Osteopetrosis. At nine months of age, she spent almost 5 months in the PICU at Primary Children's Hospital. We almost lost her more than once. Yet, she is a prayed-for miracle.  You can read her story here. 
We really had a good time at her graduation. Several people there had worked with her through the years. In addition, there were many friends and family there. Actually, there were tears of joy shed on this one. 


On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, we headed back to Shelley, Idaho, to celebrate our daughter, Jenni-Marie's Birthday. They were getting ready to head back to Utah. They had been staying at James and Ambers. 


In the afternoon, we headed back to Sugar City, Idaho, for the High School Graduation of our Granddaughter, Karli. We enjoyed being with Travis and our daughter-in-law, Amanda's family, along with her parents. The Graduation program was the shortest one we have ever been to. Afterward, we headed to their home for dinner. We then headed home. My dear husband has a sealing assignment in the Temple tomorrow. So, we enjoyed the few days with these precious children and grandchildren of ours. 

Saturday, June 5, we joined Roger's siblings at a restaurant to celebrate his oldest brother, Laddy, and his wife, Mary Kay's 50th Wedding Anniversary. It was a belated anniversary celebration due to Covid. All of Roger's siblings and spouses were there. We have not been with them for a very long time. This was a joyous reunion. 

On June 19, 2021, my dearest friend, Jane, was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She has been learning about the Church and attending it for a long time. When Roger and I were serving our full-time mission in the Utah Salt Lake South Mission, we had been visiting her. She resides in our ward. After we were released from this assignment, I became her ministering sister. Our friendship has evolved over time, and we are perfect friends. I love Jane, and I am so happy she chose to join the Church. It was an immense tender mercy to have Jane accept the gospel. She is already a very Christ-like woman who loves people and is friendly and outgoing. Tears of joy on this one. 
One of the sweet moments was when all her children came. None of them are members, and she was thrilled to have them there. 

We celebrated Father's Day on June 22. Our Grandson, Michael, came for the weekend. It was fun.
We had our Grandchildren, Alyssa, Emma, and Ben, for an overnighter on Monday, June 23. . One night, we watched a movie and played some games with them. It was enjoyable. Grandpa can be very competitive. 


Our daughter, Christina, and her husband, Brandon, and their children, April, Faith, and Levi, came to Utah for a visit on July 3. They stayed in Eden, Utah, with their Daughter and Son in law. Unfortunately, while in Eden, their married daughter, Sariah, became ill. Her husband, Alex, and she were moving to Odgen, Utah. Brandon and Christina and their children helped them move. Then on July 6, they came down to our home to stay for three days. 
While here, they were busy making food for three of them on a special diet and nutrition items to take to a family reunion in Idaho on Brandon's side. 
On Thursday, July 8, we invited our daughter, Jenni, and son-in-law, Michael, along with their children Alyssa, Emma, and Ben, to come for dinner and spend some time with Brandon and Christina's family. We had a great dinner, conversation and later, they played the game Charade. We laughed a lot and had a fantastic time. I love when my two daughters can be together. 

Brandon, Christina, and Family left for Idaho on Friday, June 9. They had a great time up there for 4 days with Brandon's family. While gone, they learned that Sariah had Covid and her husband was sick too. So they traveled down to our home on Tuesday, July 13. Regretfully, they were all suffering; it was Covid striking the family. Christina and Faith had a moderate case of it. April and Levi had a mild chance of Covid. Brandon didn't start to feel too awful for the first couple of days, and then it hit him hard. They had planned to go home the next day but couldn't. 
Roger and I worked at the Temple, and we couldn't go; we had to quarantine. They were here for 12 days. Roger and I wore masks and tried not to interrelate with them too much. However, we only have one kitchen, so food preparation had to be handled cautiously. I felt so bad for them all. Both Roger and I had been vaccinated, so we did feel good about that. Utah has had a lot of Covid cases, and at this time, the count was high. 
Priesthood blessings and lots of prayers for this sweet family of ours. I do know that this made a difference. I have great faith in the power of the priesthood, prayers, and fasting. 
They decided to travel home on July 23. Brandon was too sick to drive, so Sariah and Alex took the weekend off to help navigate them there. First, they had to rent a car, and then Brandon rode in the back of their truck. I wanted them to stay until he was better, but they had a daughter, Abbey, coming home from her mission in Arizona the following Tuesday. 
Covid took a toll on Brandon. It took him over two months to get his energy back. This is a harsh virus. The picture above is of them getting ready to leave for home. 


July, 24th, we were invited up to Heber, Utah, to our son, Sean, and daughter-in-law, Mary's home for dinner, celebrate Pioneer day, and be part of some family pictures they were taking. It was extra fun because we hadn't seen our Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren for a very long time due to Covid. This has been a sad year for a family event. Also, our Grandson, Joseph, was on leave from the Navy, so that was extra special. 
We had a great time with them during the picture taking. The family dogs were included as part of the photos, which meant some funny moments. 


This is a photo of my dearest Eternal Companion and me on Sunday, July 24. The flowers were a gift from a dear friend. 

My cherished Granddaughter, Taylor Jo, was getting ready for a horse jumping competition in South Jordan on Saturday, August 7. She came down on this day from Shelley, Idaho. Unfortunately, Roger was working at the Temple that morning and couldn't attend.  I was very excited to go and see this event, and I loved every precious moment of the jumps. She did very good and placed 3rd in the competition. She loves horses, and I often feel like she is living my dream. I always wanted to ride horses and be an Annie Oakley. As a young girl, I did get to ride, but not as often as I would have liked. I love that she enjoys being a horsewoman. She is such a joy. Unfortunately, she had to leave for home right after, so it was a short visit. 

 
                                    
I have been serving as Stake Relief Society President in our Church.  I have had a marvelous Presidency. The four of us are pictured above. One of our responsibilities was to plan one or two Stake activities for all the women in our Stake each year. We designed a big 178th Birthday Celebration on March 17, 2020, to commemorate the women's Relief Society organized in 1842. The program was outstanding. Following the program, we were to have refreshments from that era and butter making, quilting, candle dipping, and doll making. Unfortunately, due to Covid, it was Counseled.  We rescheduled for March 17, 2021, and I had to counsel it again. Finally, we had the tender mercy of being able to hold it on August 24, 2021. It was a fantastic evening and well attended beyond what we anticipated. Many hours and many hands brought this together. Recently, we were released from this assignment after 4 years. This calling has been a huge growing experience for me, and I have learned countless lessons. I love all the sisters in our Stake and have had a wonderful time interrelating with them. My Presidency was made up of stalwart, giving, spiritually motivated women, whom I love with all my heart. We have become very close friends. 


Roger and I had a special moment on Saturday, September 4. We were invited to attend the baptism of Caden. When we were serving our mission 4 years ago, we were visiting Caden's family. We got to know them well. At that time, the family was not attending Church. Since then, they are, and Caden's Dad was able to baptize and confirm him a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Caden is pictured above with the two missionaries that taught him. I was blessed to be able to give a baptismal message at the service.                                          
  
My husband and I were called in March to be South Jordan Coordinating Council Just Serve Specialists. We have thus far been involved in two significant initiatives. This one was held on 911 National Day of Service. This was to commemorate the 911 Terrorist attacks in 2001. This was a Statewide Service day, and thousands of individuals, and families within the community, participated in it. There were many and varied projects. The project we did was to clean the Storm drain grate. We cleaned around 40. It rained that day which added to the fun. 
All projects were listed on JustServe, a website where you can find service projects for groups, individuals, and families. Go in on JustServe.org and find a project, then sign up and Just Serve. 



Our 54th Wedding Anniversary this year was on Sunday, June 13. We were unable to have an away moment. We planned later to take a few days and go somewhere. The summer flew by, and finally, we designed a trip to Central Utah in the area where I was born and lived until I was 12. We traveled down to Aurora, Utah, a community of around 600 people, and stayed in an Air B&B. The cozy tiny home was built in 1880 and updated; It had a fun pioneer history.
We planned to visit a couple of places, but mainly,  just relax. 
On Sunday, we attended Church there and loved it. The messages were inspiring, and it was a delightful Sabbath day. We took a drive after Church to look around the countryside. My Dad had 300 acres of farmland in Aurora when I was growing up. I remember picking potatoes in the field and spend time playing on the farm. However, I couldn't remember exactly where the farm was located. 
The next day, we headed for Richfield, Utah, where I was born. We went shopping and walking down parts of the main street. I always get lots of memories flooding back when I am there. Afterward, we drove to Sigurd, Utah, where my parents were buried and placed flowers on their graves. It was a tender moment. 
On Tuesday, we got up and made a picnic lunch, and took off for Fish Lake. As a youth and many times through the years, we have spent time at Fish Lake. It is one of my favorite places to visit. We had a great time there, taking in the scenery and took lots of pictures. It was a nice clear day with a touch of fall in it.  
On the way home, we drove to Salina, Utah, and went to the cemetery to see where my Great Aunt Lucille and Uncle Jack were buried. As a young girl, I spent hours in their home. Next, we had the most giant Sundae ever at the "Top Spot" in Salina.
This was a fantastic break, and we had a lot of fun.
These last few months have been hectic for us, and we have had ups and downs with a lot of joy sprinkled in.  
I'm hoping that life will settle down just a touch. May you all know I have missed you and plan to be involved in blogging on a more scheduled basis. 

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Happy Birthday America; "Our Promise Land"~

 


Each year we have the opportunity on the 4th of July to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy due to courageous men and woman who have fought for our liberty and our pursuit of happiness. We are so blessed to live in this country and we should never take it for granted.

In The Book of Mormon the people of that day were blessed to come to the Americas. The Lord covenanted with them that if they would be a righteous nation they  would obtain this "promised land" forever. Eventually, this once blessed people became so wicked that they were destroyed to where only a remnant remained. It is a warning for us today as our Nation struggles with so many issues. 

In the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 1:5-7 it states:
5. But, said he, notwithstanding our afflictions, we have obtained a land of promise, a land which is choice above all other lands; a land which the Lord God hath covenant with me should be a land for the inheritance of my seed. Yea, the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me, and to my children forever, and also all those who should be led out of other countries by the hand of the Lord.
6. Wherefore, I, Lehi prophesy according to the workings of the Spirit which is in me, that there shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord.
7. Wherefore, this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring.
 And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever.
This is our promise land today. However, as in the time of the Nephites our nation is dwindling in unbelief.
As found in the Book of Mormon in Helaman 11:24-27 we find the following:
24. A certain number of the dissenters from the people of Nephi who had some years before gone over unto the Lamanites, and taken upon themselves the name of the Lamanites and also a certain number who were real descendants of the Lamanites, being stirred up to anger by them, or by those dissenters, therefore they commenced a war with their brethren.
26. And thus in time, yea, even in the space of not many years, they became an exceedingly great band of robbers; and they did search out all the secret plans of Gadianton; and thus they became robbers of Gadianton.
27. Now behold, these robbers did make great havoc, yea, even great destruction among the people of Nephi, and also among the people of the Lamanites.


The "Gadianton robbers" of today, with their secret combinations, are seen among the gangs, organized crime, and perhaps even within our present day financial, government, and political arenas. Our nation is no longer a God fearing nation. Many do not profess to believe in a God thus Evil abounds and Satan  reigns.

We need a Moroni of today. In their day in Alma 43:45; Nevertheless, the Nephites were inspired by a better cause, for they were not fighting for monarchy nor power but they were fighting for their homes and their liberties, their wives and their children, and their all, yea, for their  rites of worship and their church.

Moroni came forward to lead his people, as stated in Alma 46:12-20:
12.And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it- In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children - and he fastened it upon the end of pole.
13. And he fastened it onto his head plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor  about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the Title of Liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should be band of Christians remain to possess the land.
16. And therefore, at this time, Moroni prayed that the cause of the Christians, and the freedom of the land might be favored.
17. And it came to pass that when he had poured out his soul to God, he named all the land which was south of the land Desolation, yea, and in fine, all the land, both on the north and on the south - a chosen land, and the land of liberty.
19. And when Moroni had said these words, he went forth among the people, waving the rent part of his garment in the air, that all might see the writing which he had written up on the rent part, and crying with a loud voice saying:

20. Behold, whosoever will maintain this title upon the land, let them come forth in the strength of the Lord, and enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them.
                           Repost 2013
We have a Title of Liberty in our American Flag today. May it always fly over a free land. The last verse in our National Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner" declares it to all:

Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand,
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that has made and preserved us as a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust";
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


May each of us pray for this great land to remain the home of the free and the land of the brave and our motto must always be: "In God We Trust."
Here is a video to share~ 

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Celebrating 54 Spectacular Years ~


 My Eternal Companion and I are celebrating our 54th Wedding anniversary. I remember well 54 years ago, kneeling at the Altar and being sealed for Time and all Eternity in the beautiful Salt Lake Tempel to this marvelous man. Our years together have brought many growth moments. 

We have known each other for 61 years and started our romance as Juniors in High School. We attended the first year of college at the University of Utah, and then he left on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 2 years in Northern California. It was a wonderful two years, yet hard to be away from each other. Meanwhile, I finished a degree in Nursing at BYU and graduated in May of 1967. We were married on June 13th. 

He then continued on at the University of Utah, graduating with a Pharmacy degree in 1974. We have lived in several states through the years and had outstanding opportunities in our professions and church opportunities. We have lived in Utah, California, Nevada, and Washington. In each area, we cultivated many friendships that will be eternal. 

During those tender years of living in different states and changing jobs and etc. We had 6 children. I was blessed to be able to be a full-time mother most of that time. 

We now live in South Jordan, Utah. We presently have a posterity of 12 children, including spouses, 38 Grandchildren, including our married ones, plus 5 Great Grandchildren for a total posterity of 55. We love each of these precious children with all our hearts and feel privileged that they are ours. 

Our years have been filled with many difficulties that are all part of our mortal life, which have helped stretch us and strengthen our bond together and our love for our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Just a few thoughts on my beloved. This man is incredible in so many ways. I could write a book just about him. He has been our strength and is a man filled with deep wisdom brought about through hard moments and a Christlike nature. He has been an example of faith in all things. When difficult times have come, especially health issues, he has always been positive and showed forth great faith in Heavenly Father's plan for him and us. He honors his priesthood and has given countless blessings to our posterity and others. 

He has been a righteous father and has worked very hard to provide well for his family. He is a spiritual man with deep insight into the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His children come to him often for blessings and counsel. 

He is a loving man who has been completely devoted to my well-being and continues to serve and love me in many ways. I feel always cherished by him. We both have deep testimonies of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We know that we have made eternal covenants that are binding and beautiful. We strive to live those covenants and be good disciples of Jesus Christ. We are far from perfect, but we believe in the gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which includes repentance, forgiveness, love, and so much more. 

Our greatest love is the temple. We committed early in our marriage to make the Savior the center of our lives and attend the temple a priority. We love to serve and have had many opportunities to do so. 

We have had some outstanding opportunities of serving in our wards and stakes through the years. These have helped us grow in many different ways. We have served 4 missions together, which has been a highlight in our lives. 

As we grow, older life is good and precious to us. We are grateful for these fantastic 54 years we have had and pray for many more. 

Happy Anniversary to my Roger; you are my Eternal Love. I look forward to loving you forever!



Friday, May 21, 2021

My Quest For Joy

I think we all find ourselves surrounded by negative influences. We watch the news, which is full of stories of violence, political upheavals, adverse weather, terrorist attacks, and overall negativity. Lately, it has been all about the pandemic. I would dare say that there is not one person that doesn't have some kind of struggle in their personal lives right now. 

Where do we find the peace and joy that we seek? I would guess this is a universal question. Perhaps it depends on what we choose each day to think about and do. Are we pursuing positive news, positive goals, and positive actions? 

A very great man who was our Prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley often spoke about finding joy and happiness in our lives. I thought today my quest for in my pursuit of joy, that I might share with you some of his priceless thoughts on happiness. 

 


 1. “In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.” 

 2. “Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others...By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.”

 3. “Cultivate an attitude of happiness. Cultivate a spirit of optimism. Walk with faith, rejoicing in the beauties of nature, in the goodness of those you love, in the testimony which you carry in your heart concerning things divine.” 

 4.  “Don’t be gloomy. Do not dwell on unkind things. Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. Even if you are not happy, put a smile on your face. ‘Accentuate the positive.’ Look a little deeper for good. Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, with a great and strong purpose in your heart. Love life.”

 5. “Be believing, be happy, don't get discouraged. Things will work out.” 

 6. “Let us be happy people. The Lord's plan is a plan of happiness. The way will be lighter, the worries will be fewer, the confrontations will be less difficult if we cultivate a spirit of happiness.”

 7.  “You can be smart and happy or stupid and miserable. . . it's your choice”  I have to add that this is one of my favorite quotes from him. It is our choice. 

 8. "Happy is the man who can brush aside the offending remarks of another and go on his way.” 

 9.  “God bless you, my beloved sisters, who stand as the queens in your home, that you may be happy with that happiness which comes of the knowledge that you are loved and honored and treasured.” 

10. “We've got to have a little humor in our lives. You had better take seriously that which should be taken seriously, but, at the same time, we can bring in a touch of humor now and again. If the time ever comes when we can’t smile at ourselves, it will be a sad time.”  

11. “In my ninety-plus years, I have learned a secret. I have learned that when good men and good women face challenges with optimism, things will always work out! Truly, things always work out! Despite how difficult circumstances may look at the moment, those who have faith and move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out.”  

12.  “Go forward in life with a smile on your face, a sparkle in your eyes, and with a great and strong purpose in your heart. The best things in life are the people in your life, the moments we live, and memories we made along the way.” 

13. “The way of the Lord is the way of happiness. ‘Wickedness never was happiness. Transgression never was happiness. Sin never was happiness. Disobedience never was happiness. The way of happiness is following the way of the Lord. I believe this with all my heart.” 

14. “The gospel is a thing of joy. It provides us with a reason for gladness. Of course, there is sorrow. Of course, there are hours of concern and anxiety. We all worry. But the Lord has told us to lift our hearts and rejoice.”  

 



 In ending these thoughts is a final quote from this beloved Prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley: “What I am suggesting is that each of us turns from the negativism that permeates our society and looks for the remarkable good among those with whom we associate, that we speak of one another’s virtues more than we speak of one another’s faults, that optimism replace pessimism, that our faith exceeds our fears. When I was a young man and was prone to speak critically, my father would say: “Cynics do not contribute, skeptics do not create, doubters do not achieve.” 

I am challenging myself and those of you that read this to look for joy every day. Seek out the sunshine and leave the clouds behind.  A favorite scripture of mine is found in the Book of Mormon; 2 Nephi 2:25: ".....men are, that they might have joy."

 

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