Saturday, May 8, 2021

A Day To Celebrate Mothers ~

 Mother's Day, to me, is touched with emotion. It is a day to celebrate, but I didn't always feel that way for many years. I was hard on myself, thinking that I had to be the perfect mother, and in trying to do so, I felt I failed. As I had children, I felt like the mother who doesn't want to let their child out of sight. I was there, desiring to help them through every step of navigating the different stages of life. I found out soon that with 6 children, I couldn't keep up with the expectation all the time. My children had the agency to make choices, and it was my responsibility to teach them and then pray and hope that when they were on their own, they would make those right choices. As you probably know, children don't always do that. They push the boundaries and want to do it themselves. If they didn't do it right, then, of course, I took it personally. I wasn't the mother I thought I should be. Therefore for many years, receiving those flowers in church on Mother's Day was sometimes difficult.  
Slowly, as the years have gone by, I have found peace in knowing that I loved my children with all my heart and that I did try to be the best Mom I could be. I wasn't perfect, and I haven't raised perfect children either. I feel that my husband and I have raised some remarkable children trying hard to stay on the covenant path; that brings peace to my soul. 
As my understanding of the love our Heavenly Father has for each of us and how the Savior through His atonement provides the way for us all to return to them through his mercy and grace, we can keep trying and overcoming and being better than we think we can. We can seek forgiveness for those rare moments when maybe we didn't handle the situation right.  
Some motherhood thoughts of wisdom learned: 
I think it is important to understand that we have Heavenly Parents. As spirit children, I feel that we spent a great deal of time learning from our Heavenly Parents about our turn on earth in the Pre-mortal life.  Perhaps in this existence, we spent a lot of time sitting at the feet of our Heavenly Mother. I feel that we also walked, talked, and were loved by our Elder Brother Jesus Christ. We were taught well. 
As we each have come down to this earth, we pass through a veil into our mortal life. We can't remember what that spirit life was like. We came to gain a body and then be tested to see if we would do all things we had learned about before that we now can't remember. Earth life is a giant adventure in learning. All of us are in different stages of learning. Knowing about that perfect plan of our Heavenly Father is very important to find out. This plan is perfect and can tell us how to return to the presence of our Heavenly Parents and Savior, Jesus Christ. This plan is called the Plan of Salvation or the Plan of Happiness. You can read more about his plan here!
When I was a young mother, I read many books on how to raise children. I felt like there wasn't a perfect manual for raising children. I then gained a testimony of "The Book of Mormon." I now know it is the prime child-rearing book. If you study the pages and learn the stories, they are there to teach you how to work with your children. It is amazing all the questions that can be answered within the pages. This precious book starts with a rather imperfect family where great lessons are learned.  There are great Bible stories to help you teach principles too. 
Being able to keel in prayer to your Heavenly Father is key to learning how to be a good Mom. Learn to kneel often, especially when frustrated, impatient, worried, concerned, and for answers to questions, you may have. When you feel like this, kneel and pray.  I promise you will feel a spirit of peace come over you, and thoughts will come into your mind on how to handle a difficult situation. Utilize prayer as the key to the spirit helping you with your parenting.  
One important way to succeed in having a good parent relationship with your spouse to help one parent. This means supporting the decisions made by each of you. How I love the strength my husband was as a father and support to me as a mother. 
Finally, never give up on yourself. Always remember that being a mother allows you to learn and become more Christ-like yourself. It doesn't happen overnight. Be patient with yourself in your mothering. 
Finally, you will never stop being a parent and having those feelings of frustration in raising your children. Even now, as a parent of adult children who is raising their own, you have the blessing of watching them learn and grow through the experiences of parenthood. Now you must exercise great patience in letting them make their own mistakes unless they ask for help. 
So tomorrow, wherever you might be with family or not, enjoy your day knowing that you did or are doing the best you can. Get rid of the negative feelings because we are here for the very purpose of learning how to love and care for one another. This all takes patients, trust, faith, learning, and time. Our Heavenly Parents and even our earthly parents are here or near for the very purpose of helping us find the way back to them.
Always remember, "You Are Enough."

Friday, April 2, 2021

Easter Blessings & Family Moments! - Come feel of Jesus Christ's love for you. He can help you find true Joy. Learn from His teachings, and Worship with us. 

This Easter Weekend is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints General Conference. Starting on Saturday, April 3rd, and Sunday, April 4th, you can view this conference on TV and watch our living Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, the 12 Apostles, and other church leaders speak to us of Christ and others' messages for our day. Here we learn of hope, faith, and how to come unto Christ, Learn of Him, Obey Him and Hear Him.  Here is how you can participate in this grand moment. 

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we welcome all to join us in learning of our Savior's infinite atonement. His walk to Gethsemane, his trial, his suffering on Calvary, and His Glorious Resurrection. 

His Three Day Gift - The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the greatest gift of Hope and Healing. We experience great moments of joy when those searching for truth recognize how the Atonement can bless their lives.  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 do that we could never. 
Wishing you all a very Joyful Easter Celebration! 

Here is an Easter Message by our Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson. 

March 5th & 6th -
We have had a whirlwind of activity, starting with our Granddaughter Sariah and Alex’s reception on Friday, March 5th. They were married in the South Jordan Temple on Saturday, March 6th, followed by a luncheon. We felt so blessed to have most of our children there and some Grandchildren too. It’s been so long since seeing many of them. We tried social distance and masks. I did need hugs!

March 6th -
Family moments are the best! We had a few moments in the afternoon with the children and grandchildren that came for the reception. I'm sad I did not take more photos.
March 14th & 15th-_
Our oldest Son Sean asked us to come up for Heber and break our fast with them. Our family had a fast and prayer for my son. On Monday the 15th, he was scheduled at Huntsman Cancer Center for surgery for Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Neck. He requested to have his Dad give him a priesthood blessing on Sunday the 14th. Jackson, our grandson, joined in with giving the blessing. The blessing was reassuring. I knew that Sean would be Ok and that they would get all of cancer. The surgeon said they had to go deeper than planned but felt confident they could get it all. Part of the tumor was around one of the nerves, so they had to take that. He is doing well. He has some numbness but can use his arm and hand, so that is a big blessing. The main nerve was saved. I do believe in Priesthood miracles, and that was one. 
March 21st - 
This morning was a sweet one. Roger and I had the opportunity to be site Captains for the Feed Utah Drive through #JustServe. We were a little apprehensive due to weather concerns. We wondered if the volunteers would show up, protect the totes, and direct traffic.
After praying and especially for the bad weather to hold off for a few hours, the day for us started at 7:30 am. More than enough youth volunteers showed up. Once the traffic started, it didn’t stop until the last tote was filled to the top. There were 50 of them.
The miracle happened only a few sprinkles during the loading of totes. The big rain/snow storm didn’t come as predicted; I’m sure it was the answer to mighty prayer by many. A few tears were shed today! This was a tender mercy from the Lord!
March 22nd -
We had such a good time celebrating our Granddaughter Alyssa's birthday; she turned 17 years old. She is such a dear granddaughter, and it is hard to believe she now 17 years old. It was fun to be with them all. We could finally hug them and not wear our masks. It felt so good to be with our family for her birthday celebration.

March 28th -
Our 2nd oldest son Travis and Amanda, came down for the weekend. It was so fun to have a few moments with them.
Back Row Left - Ryley and Amanda, Travis with Layton, Kason and Haven, newlyweds, Austin and Shamra, Roger and LeAnn - We haven't seen this family as much the past year due to Covid. It was so sweet to see them and have hugs!

Take a moment and watch the following video - Hallelujah by two sisters - It's a beautiful Easter version. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Faith In The Family ~

Our entire family except for one additional Great Granddaughter and those who have joined our family through marriage as new grandchildren to us. 
 Today, I have been thinking about my family, both my own parents and brothers. I suppose the reason my thoughts turn to them often is that they are no longer here with me. Today is my oldest brother Mac's birthday. I hope that in the Spirit world, they still celebrate birthdays. Since my parents, my brother John and my brother Mac, and his dear wife Amparo, along with grandparents and other ancestors, it could be a spectacular birthday celebration.  

My family - My husband Roger and I,  my parents, Millan and Leone, my oldest brother Mac and Amparo, and my Sister in law, Gloria, and brother John. 

My dear husband and I are parents of Six married children, which means twelve children to me, and then thirty-two grandchildren. We have five Grandchildren married, so we have added five more Grandchildren in-law and one more next week. Wow, that means thirty-eight total. Then we have five precious great-grandchildren. Although we haven't been able to be with any of them very much due to Covid, when we do have a moment; we relish it. 

This coming week our Granddaughter, Sariah, is getting married to Alex in the Jordan River Temple on March 2nd. They have a reception planned the night before. We are feeling blessed that three of our sons and daughters-in-law and our two daughters and sons-in-laws will be here for that occasion. There will be various grandchildren that will be here too. I can hardly wait. 

In our faith, family comes first. Here are just a few reasons why! Here is the link to this list as found at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

 What is the purpose of a family?

Families are central to God’s plan for His children. They are the fundamental building block of strong societies. Families are where we can feel love and learn how to love others. Life is tough, and we need people we can lean on. Home is a safe haven where we can get love, advice, and support.

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

In 1995, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released an official statement about 

the importance of families. The document outlines the responsibilities of fathers and mothers 

and addresses key topics such as marriage, parenting, and etc. Read the entire text


God is our Heavenly Father

Our family here on Earth is organized like our family in heaven. Much like we can go to our 
parents for advice, our Heavenly Father is always there to give us help. When we pray, He 
listens, and He answers.
“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” —
Matthew 21:22
God loves us so much. He loves us even when we make mistakes, and He invites us with 
always open arms to return to Him. We glimpse our Heavenly Father’s perfect love for us in the
profound love many parents have for their children. We can all experience Heavenly Father’s 
love as we grow closer to Him, and we can share that love with our families.

Your Family Can Be Forever
Families are a big part of God’s plan for our happiness. We are born into a family. We aspire
to build strong family relationships. Home can be a place where we feel support, safety, and
love. God does not want family ties to end when we die. Because of temples, we can be 
reunited with our families in the next life. 

Till Death Do You Part?

When Latter-day Saints get married, they understand that marriage is meant to last forever.

Marriage ceremonies in temples contain the words “for time and all eternity,” not “till death do

you part.” But it isn’t the words that make eternal marriage possible—it’s the power of God. 

God’s Power to Join Together

In the Bible, Jesus gave the Twelve Apostles the sealing power, or sealing “keys.” That power 
meant that marriage, and many other wonderful blessings, could last forever. The “keys” lock 
the marriage together. Nothing can break that lock except unfaithfulness to spouse or to God.
The Bible teaches, “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound 
in heaven” (Matt. 18:18). When God restored His Church through Joseph Smith, He also gave
him the sealing power. When couples are married in a temple, the person performing the 
ceremony has been given permission to use that power. 

Now you see why we have such a strong belief in families. "Families Can Be Forever!"

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Emerging Hope - The Simple Woman's Daybook~

For Today

I am thinking - This past year has been challenging for everyone. It became even more challenging when my dearest husband became ill and was hospitalized for a few days in January. Luckily, he didn't have Covid, but he did have bilateral bacterial pneumonia. I am very grateful that he is up and about doing what he loves to do. I know that he was blessed to have a Priesthood blessing before being admitted to the hospital, along with fasting, prayer by many, and his name on our Temple Prayer Roll. I was given a Priesthood blessing too, and I received peace, and knew that he would be OK. 

One of my favorite things - Believe it or not, I have started playing the piano and learning some new pieces. I have always loved music and enjoyed the piano. I always let other priorities come into my life, and I left that wonderful experience slip by the wayside. Right now, it is bringing me great joy. 

 I am creating - Look at me, I'm creating a new blog post. The last one was on December 24th, 2020. I have been wanting to write one for a long time and have had many life interferences. I'm excited to be doing one now. 

I am reading - This year, we are studying in our Sunday School a precious book of scripture; entitled "The Doctrine and Covenants." In this book, our remarkable Prophet of the Restoration, Joseph Smith, and other prophets received many revelations through the latter-day years. This book is powerful and helps my understanding of The Book of Mormon, and reveals many instructions from our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, as the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ unfolded. 

My husband and I have been listening to a book entitled: "Insights From A Prophet's Life" by Sheri Dew. It is a biography of our living day Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson. It is an outstanding book that I wish everyone would read. He is a remarkable man. Before having leadership positions in our faith; he was a well-known Heart Surgeon. He helped develop the heart-lung by-pass machine. He was a leader in innovative surgery of the heart. The story of how he did many of these things are in this book. Our hearts have been touched over and over when reading his life story. He didn't always have an easy life; in fact, he and his wife sacrificed a lot over the years. They are parents of 10 children, and he had 9 daughters and 1 son. When I was an ICU nurse at the LDS hospital in Salt Lake, I had a chance to meet him. He has always been an unusual physician in many ways and credits his success to the spirit, helping him know how to do surgeries that hadn't been done before. It is a fantastic book to read. 

I hope
that the Covid 19 Vaccine will be effective and that better treatments for severe cases will be found. Mostly, I am hoping for the pandemic to lessen enough for our Temples and Missionary work to open up even more. I feel blessed to have two Grandchildren serving missions; Sister Abilene Workman in the Arizona Phoenix Mission and Elder Ethan Williams serving in the California, Los Angeles Mission. They do a lot of their missionary work online and are both having baptisms. It's a miracle that the work continues in a different way.  I look forward to being able to attend our church without masks and physical distancing. It will be nice to see everyone's faces. 

My dear husband has been blessed to work at the Jordan River Temple in Phase two. He is the coordinator for the Saturday morning shift. I have been able to return to the temple and work about 4 times, which has been such a blessing in my life. I find great peace within the walls of the temple. It is a place to go and receive personal revelation from our loving Heavenly Father. The work that goes on within the temple is sacred. I love being part of it all. 

 I am learning - I feel like I am learning more on how to hear the spirit of the Lord in my life. My husband and I have a morning time devotional where we are spending time studying the scriptures and other worthwhile books. Through these studies, I am learning many more things about my loving Heavenly Father, Savior, and myself. 

In My Kitchen - I hate to admit this in my kitchen, I haven't been cooking. For the last several months, my sweet, endearing husband has been doing the cooking. I have been busy with other projects, so he took over my kitchen. He is an excellent cook and loves to make up recipes and different types of meals. 

Well, he got sick, so I am back in the kitchen. It's been fun but challenging since I almost forgot how. I still think he flavors dishes better than me. I think I will convince him to share the cooking with me. 

In my garden - There isn't anything in our garden right now, of course. Last year, my husband planted and tenderly cared for a medium-sized garden. Our harvest was good. I'm hoping we will have another garden this year; if we can find the seeds. 

Pinterest Board and link - I'm dreaming of this chocolate cake. When I was a Home Health Nurse in Las Vegas, Nevada, I worked at the Nathan Adelson Hospice. They had a cafeteria, and I loved getting a piece of this kind of chocolate cake. I really do need to make it again. 

Chocolate Cake Recipe from Pinterest -

Post Script - As I think about this past year and the many struggles and challenges that have come, I want to share with you what I learned from it all. I learned to rely on my faith in Jesus Christ. I have worked hard to keep my focus on Him. I have drawn closer to Him and had many spiritual insights into why these kinds of events happen In our lives. I have had answers to my prayers and felt the spirit provide comfort and peace to my soul.

 I believe there is purpose in all that we go through. We are here to gain a body and have earth-life experiences. Through those moments, we learn many lessons that help us grow and develop into better human beings. I have learned to love others even more. I appreciate the good people surrounding me in my church, neighborhood, and especially my family. Our family has grown closer. My relationship with my husband has become even more tender and sweet. We are together in all things. 

I have learned to be more patient with mankind. With the many political upheavals that are present and on-going. I know that Heavenly Father is aware of us, and if we reach for Him and our Savior, they will be there. They want us to look for the positive and leave the negative behind.  They have a plan for this earth, and it will go forth. Satan may rule the day, but the Savior will ultimately win. 

I have had more time to study the gospel and other good books, which has enlightened my mind and heart with positive thoughts and good things to come. 

I have learned that I can continue on in a different way to fulfill the calling that I have and to continue to work in the temple when I can. 

I have learned that wearing a mask and social distancing is difficult but doable. I believe it is following the commandment to love one another. We should all be willing to do whatever it takes to protect each other from this dreadful virus. To me is a privilege to wear a mask. 

I am deeply grateful for my husband's medical care and all the advancements in medicine and technology. I believe these advancements have been spirit directed. I wish I could hug all the wonderful medical personnel that has given hours and risk their lives to care for the many who have had Covid. I have prayed hard for them. I have family members that have been on the front lines. Having been a nurse, I am even more sensitive to what they have had to deal with. I know they will be blessed for doing all that they have done. 

 Shared Quote - 

A moment from my day -
I love this man of mine. Tomorrow, we will celebrate his 75th birthday. Every day, I am grateful that he is my eternal companion and that I have one more day with him. I have a testimony that we will be together forever. He is one of the best of men, and I love him with all my heart. We are unified in everything. 

{share a picture with us of your daily-ness}

Closing Notes -
May you all have an emerging hope in the future. I know that things will get better, and I pray for us all to be happily engaged in good works. 

Thursday, December 24, 2020

God's Greatest Gift ~

The Greatest Gift is the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This Christmas Celebration is to keep our hearts and homes focusing on the true meaning of Christmas. The Christ child was God's gift to the world. 

During these difficult months, I have found great peace through keeping my sight on the Savior. He is the Savior of the world and came to open the door to our everlasting life. Through his infinite atonement and resurrection, we will all live again. As we choose the Covenant path, it will lead us back to be with our Heavenly Parent and Jesus Christ forever. 

I know that our redeemer lives and loves each and every one of us. He is there to succor and lifts us in our times of struggle and sorrow. He is there to enjoy with us our moments of joy. He has suffered all that he might lift us and bring peace to our hearts. We are here to experience earth life where we obtained a body and life experiences because of Him.  Our Savior is the way, the truth, and the light. 

As you worship this tiny baby's birth in Bethlehem so long ago. Remember why we are celebrating this divine birth. Read in the New Testament - Luke 2. 

Tonight we will meet on Zoom with our eternal family. We are hoping that we will have everyone on this call.  Presently, we have 6 children, 32 grandchildren, and 5 Great Grandchildren. Many of them we haven't seen for a very long time. We feel like having a Zoom call is a gift from Heaven. 

Our Eternal Family~

May each of you have a delightful Christmas Eve and Christmas Celebration and remember the reason Why!

I'm sharing with you today a video of our remarkable Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson. He is the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is a vigorous 96-year-old man and has incredible energy and the ability to lead our worldwide faith. This video was taken last year during Christmas time. It is President Nelson playing the piano for Claire Crosby to sing; "Silent Night." In the end, there are some questions. They discuss colors, and if you take a moment and relate that to us as brothers and sisters with no prejudice towards a race or cultural diversity of any kind. President Nelson loves all colors, as do I. 

I pray that this year we will all pull together to make a better world and bring peace. May we learn to love and accept one another as the Savior loves each of us.    

 In closing this post, I invite you into my home to see how we decorated for Christmas this year. We thought about not decorating very much but then realized that we love Christmas and the reason for the celebration so we should decorate and enjoy it all. 

Here is the entrance to our home. We have a snowman theme in some of the areas. Note the group of Snowpeople. My favorite is the nurse. I was an RN for several years and greatly appreciated all the front-line people during this Pandemic. 
The photo above is what we call our piano room. It is the most special room in our home.  During this time of quarantine, we have been able to have our own Sacrament meeting here. There is a special feeling for me when I am in this room. 
Here is our living room. This year we bought a new tree. When we were first married, we had real flocked trees for years and determined that we would never have a fake tree. We lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, for 7 years and found that live trees didn't even last through the season; thus, our trees have been fake ones. This year we love our new flocked tree. For my birthday this year, my husband bought ornament replicas of the temples we have been to. There are 51. I don't think we will ever make it to all of our temples. There are right now 160 operating temples throughout the world. We are hoping to finish attending those in the State of Utah. There are 19 and 9 more announced and under construction. 
As we go into the kitchen area. My favorite Nativity set on the left is around 48 years old. It is a favorite for sure. The other nativity scene is found in our entryway, and then the rest is in our kitchen
Even though we don't have anyone coming to our home for dinner this Christmas, I love to set the table with the china that I inherited from my mother. It is probably about 60 plus years old. 
Here are photos of our basement decorations. Our tree is a toy animal tree, and it shows our Garfield collection. This other Nativity is a treasure; also, we have had it for several years. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. May you turn to the Savior this Christmas and feel His light and love in your homes and heart. 

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Following His Light -

 Every year at Christmas time, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are encouraged to participate in a #lighttheworld event. Each day for 25 days, we receive prompts of different things we can do during the Christmas Season to "Light The World." I love the opportunity to work on these ideas. Each day my husband and I have been working on the ideas given. We have felt great joy in sharing the light by praying to know who to serve, contact, love, and then the blessing of doing the activities. Here is what we have completed thus far. 

Today, I have been thinking about the individuals that have had Christlike attributes in my life, and there are countless ones. I had marvelous parents and siblings. I have had friends through the years that have touched my heart in so many ways. I have had church leaders who have opened my eyes to what true ministering means.
At times, my children are true heroes as I watch them bravely face their own oppositions. My dearest husband is my hero in a multitude of ways. He is one of the most Christlike men I know. He is compassionate, generous, a man of faith, and a great husband and father.
That being said, I thought I would focus my thoughts on my dear Grandmother, Dora Alice Tuttle Peterson, Ogden, who had a huge impact on my life. She was a very Christlike person in so many ways., As a young girl, I would often sit beside her as she would share stories of being one of the only nurses in Richfield, Utah. She would walk from one end of the town to the other to care for her patients in their homes. She gave after surgery care, post-delivery care, and she, at one time, had two maternity homes in Richfield. She helped to deliver more than 500 babies. She kept track of every one of those births. She would give care and also clean and do other things in their homes. She would be paid in cash and also in produce and other items.
She was a widow raising three daughters. Her husband, my grandfather, died in1922 of the flu.
She had a compassionate heart and was always serving someone through the years. She was loved by many. Later in life, she married my step Grandpa Charles Ogden, and he was the best grandpa too.
I loved my moments with them.
Because my Grandmother influenced me, I always wanted to be a nurse. I am so grateful that I became one. I loved my experiences in ICU's and later as a Hospice nurse. I treasure my nursing experience. I loved this Grandma very much, and am grateful for her great example.

I find the greatest peace inside the walls of a temple. As I enter the temple, there is always a feeling of peace and love. I feel like I am entering Heavenly Father's home. As I leave behind the world and have time to reflect on more heavenly things, my burdens are lifted. I often find answers to prayer in the temple. The Celestial room to me represents our Heavenly Parent's living room. There I can pray, ponder, and find the peace I am seeking.
Even during the Pandemic, I have found peace just being near a temple and sometimes being on the grounds. These dedicated temples and grounds are sacred places where we can find healing and joy.
I have felt deeply blessed in the last 5 weeks to be able to work there 3 times. It has refreshed me, and I have loved my moments in my Father's house.
“As we attend the temple, there can come to us a
the dimension of spirituality and a feeling of peace
which will grasp the true meaning of the words of
the Savior when He said: ‘Peace I leave with you, my
peace I give unto you. . . . Let not your heart be
troubled, neither let it be afraid.’” Pres. Tomas S. Monson

Tears came as I watched this beautiful video on "The Christ Child." I love my Savior with all my heart. When we read about His divine birth in Luke at this time of year, my heart is full of gratitude for His willingness to come to earth to save us all.
As I watched the tender portrayal of our future Messiah, my heart went to Mary. I reflected on the birth of my own children and the awe and wonder of it all. I see in Mary's face that same wonder. One of my favorite Christmas songs is: "Mary, Did You Know." As she tenderly kissed her newborn babe, she held the great, "I Am."
What joy she must have felt that our precious Jesus was here.
This was such an inspiring video of His birth and as a young boy. Take the time to watch this one; you will be happy you did.

Today’s thought for #lighttheworld to pay it backward was a wonderful one. I spent some time thinking about the many who have shown kindness to me in many different ways. Some gave me their listening ear, an invitation to lunch, thoughtful gifts, cards in the mail, dinners brought in, and a multitude of other services. It gave me a chance to think about and do a couple of paybacks. I have a list of a few more yet to do.
It added to my #givethanks for so many that I love.
Have a delightful Sabbath, everyone!
It's been a delightful Fast and testimony, Sabbath day.
I am grateful today for Zoom.
We started the day by attending a Spokane Stake Conference over Zoom, and we're able to watch our Granddaughter, Sarah, and fiancé, Josh, speak. They both gave beautiful messages.
I then left to go on another computer to attend a Missionary meeting. Finished just in time for an uplifting ward fast and testimony meeting, and then our at-home Sacrament moment. Next, a great Sunday School lesson. All of this on Zoom.
We loved the Ist Presidency Devotional and especially the beautiful blessing that was given to us all.
This day couldn't be better.
Have a lovely week, everyone!

Today, we had fun taking a swag Christmas wreath to a home of a dear friend who could use it. It was a great idea to brighten their hearts and home.
We are loving the ideas for doing #lighttheworld2020
It’s never too late to join in on this adventure. Hugs for all!

Presently, we have several extended family members and a few friends that are essential medical workers. One of these is our son, James, who is Director of Pharmacy at EIRMC Hospital in Idaho Falls. He has shared with me how tired the staff is due to the increasing number of Covid patients. They work long hours caring for very sick patients and are there helping communicate with family—members that can't be there, and holding hands when patients don't make it.
I feel deeply grateful to these wonderful Doctors, Nurses, CNA’s and other personal a
long with EMT’s, Police, Teachers, and etc.
I have thanked a few today and hope all of you will do the same. They need our love and encouragement.
Today as an alternate suggestion, we could express appreciation to a co-worker.
I'm not working at a job, but I do serve with three choice women in a Stake Relief Society Presidency.
Laura, Wendy, and Nancy, thanks for being wonderful ministering sisters with compassionate hearts and my cherished friends. You amaze me as you each have gifts and talents that bring creative energy to all decisions and activities. I am deeply grateful to each of you.

Today we were encouraged to share a family history story that we found on Family Search. Here is a song that was written about my Great Grandfather Josiah Tuttle and Great Grandmother Sarah Catherine Barr. It was fun to find this treasure because these were the parents of my dearest Grandmother, Dora Alice Tuttle Peterson Ogden. My Grandmother, Dora, had such an impact on my life. She passed away when I was 12 years old. Growing up, I was blessed to know most of her siblings. Three of my Great Aunts, Eva, Georgia, and Lill, came from Richfield, Utah, to Salt Lake before I was married and stayed at our home while making me three beautiful quilts for my wedding. This is a favorite memory of mine.
Song written by Ivalee Sorensen
We've a little story folks to tell to you, About our family tree and how it grew. Josiah Tuttle, Eighteen fifty-six, the first name and date that we're gonna fix.
He grew up there a right smart man. the very first one in the whole clan. Oh, he liked to fiddle for the folks to dance, and while he was fiddlin', he found romance.
He found him a girl, a sweet little cutie. He wanted to marry this dark eyed-beauty. Sarah Catherine Barr was this young gals name, and she told him that she felt the same.
So they got hitched, as you all know, and our family tree began to grow.
Now it wasn't long until the good Lord went, and to them, a sweet little baby sent. They didn't plan on more, it's plain, for they called her Hattie Rosella Charlotta Jane.
Now it wasn't long until the good Lord went, and to them, a sweet little baby sent. They didn't plan on more it's plain, for they called her Hattie Rosella Charlotta Jane.
It was tough luck, and they felt so sad that they couldn't keep this little lad.
Bug the Lord didn't forget them, and he sent their way, Dora Alice, and Maggie May.
Then Georgia joined the family - How many girls was there gonna be?
Now the Mormon Missionaries came along and told of a church that was right, not wrong.
They joined up and moved out west, good Latter-Day Saints, by every test.
When they got to Utah, Joe had quite a time. A wife and 4 kids and one thin dime.
But things worked out, and he made a go. You can't keep a good man down, you know.
Now the tree kept on growing, Lizzie, Eva and Lill, And Lordy, at last, they got a boy named Bill.
They'd almost thought there wouldn't be any boys in their family.
Now Joe got so homesick his poor heart did pine, To go back home to North Caroline.
He started out to go back there, got chased back to Utah by a great big bear.
Now the boys kept coming, and we're happy to say, They added the names of LeLand and Jay. Their little Nellie came, but she couldn't stay with the family.
Joe and Sarah Tuttle surely did their part to plant a good tree, give it a fine start.
Twelve young limbs, nine grew up big. And we're all a branch, a leaf, or a twig.
Now this tale is ended, and we think you'll agree that we're all proud of our family.
Proud to belong to folks so grand, reckon it's the best in the whole dern land.
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