Sunday, July 24, 2022

Pioneer Day, July 24th, 2022 - Enjoy Two Remarkable Ancestor Stories -


On the 24th of July, we celebrate Pioneer Days in Utah. It is a State Holiday. On this day, we commemorate the arrival of the first Mormon Pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24th, 1847, 175 years ago. These hardy pioneers had traveled long distances from Nauvoo, Illinois, and other eastern cities to the Salt Lake Valley. They had been forced out of their beloved city of Nauvoo and left to flea to Winter Quarters, Nebraska. During winter, they regrouped and prepared for the long, difficult journey to Sale Lake. The history and stories of the Pioneers are inspiring and heartfelt. These pioneers were faithful to their God and suffered many trying circumstances for their beliefs. 
Here is a news release on our annual 24th of July Parade, held on Saturday, July 23rd, 2022. Another awesome story on the Trail of Hope. It's an amazing story. 

Here are two histories of two of my husband's stalwart Pioneer ancestors. They are miraculous stories. 

Truman Leonard –

Born in Middlesex, New York, on September 17, 1820.

The family moved to Chatham County, Ohio, when he was 15 yrs old.

8 years later, in 1843, he became interested in the Teachings of the Mormon missionaries and joined the church at age 23. That year he accepted a call to serve as a missionary in Ohio and New York. Following the martyrdom of Joseph Smith in 1844, he and his brother John traveled to Nauvoo.

For the next two years, he worked on the Nauvoo temple. His hard work gained the attention of Brigham Young, who promised him that when the Temple was ready, he would be the first to be married there.

On January 1, 1846, as promised, Truman and Orentia were the first couples to be married in that temple. Heber C Kimball of the Quorum of the Twelve performed the marriage.

Though many of the families left the city shortly thereafter, Truman and Orentia remained and worked on the completion of the temple. During that time, he fell from the 2nd floor while assisting with the masonry. The initial assumption was that he was dead, but it was learned that he only broke his leg and ankle. He requested a blessing from the Elders, and in two days’ time, he returned to work mostly healed. Later helped to install the Angel Moroni atop the spire.

When the Hancock county mobs attacked the remaining church members, he joined in with the local militia to defend the area. They were under fire for 5 days, and when it ended, he helped remove the bodies of his friend William Anderson and his fifteen-year-old son and removed the rifle balls from their bodies to prepare them for burial.

The family was finally forced to flee in September of that year. They fled to Winter Quarters, Nebraska, and then to Council Bluffs, Iowa. They remained there for nearly four years. During that time, their first child, Ezra, died the same day he was born. Their 2nd son, Truman Milton, died 2 days before they left for the Salt Lake Valley. He was 8 months old. The head of the wagon train, Joseph Young, placed Truman in charge of one of the sections of wagons. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in October of 1850.

They were sent to settle in Farmington, Utah, where Truman built a one-room cabin with blankets for windows and a door. A daughter, Sarah, was born there but only lived a short while. Heartbroken and assuming they would have no children as posterity. On April 24th, 1852, Orentia gave birth to Helen, who, in fact, lived to marry and have seven children. However only a few months later, in August, Brigham Young called Truman and a few others to serve a mission in India. He had only a few months to make ready for the mission that would take him away for nearly three years.

He left for San Francisco in January of 1853 and, on January 29th, boarded the ship “Monsoon” for Calcutta, India – arriving there 3 months later on April 26th.

He spent most of his time in Calcutta and then Karachi. Upon completing his mission in India in May of 1855, He sailed northwest from Bombay, India, to Liverpool, England, and on March 23, 1856, boarded the ship “Enoch Train,” arriving in Boston on May 1, 185

George Williams

The “Enoch Train“ carried 534 members of the church who were emigrating to America. My great grandfather, George Williams, age 18, was also on that ship - sailing alone to America, headed for the Salt Lake Valley.

George was born June 25th, 1837, in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, and then baptized into the Church on October 7, 1845 - following the lead of other members of his family 1845.

There are no records to indicate that these two family patriarchs ever met, but given the 5 plus weeks they were at sea and the fact that Truman presided over one of the Wards organized aboard the ship, there’s a good chance they at least knew each other. The fact that George was very independent and a hard worker suggests that Truman may have known or at least known of him.

 The Mormon immigrants moved from Boston to Iowa City by rail, where they prepared to travel west.

Leonard was appointed captain of the first two divisions of the Daniel D McArthur company, which included 12 oxen, four wagons, and 48 handcarts; they set out on July 24th and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on September 26th.

Meanwhile, George crossed with the Curtis 1st Handcart company of the 2nd division under Captain Edmund Ellsworth. They left Iowa City on June 9th and arrived in the valley on Sept 26th, 1856. George was assigned to pull a cart with a widow.

As with great, great grandfather Leonard in Nauvoo, my great-grandfather George chose to spend a great deal of time working on the Salt Lake Temple. During that time, a large block fell on his right hand, crushing it. The surgeon ordered it to be amputated, but George first insisted on a priesthood blessing. As the blessing was being pronounced upon him, his hand was healed. He and those around him could hear the bones in his hand retaking shape. In no time, he returned to work, although his right hand remained slightly larger than his left hand throughout his life. A witness to him of that miracle.

He eventually settled in Springville, Utah, where he met Emma Jane Stevenson. Emma likewise crossed the plains with her parents in a handcart company. They were married on December 28, 1862, and they were sealed in the endowment house five years later.

In 1866 he was called on to fight in the Black Hawk Indian wars. He received a medal of honor for his service during that period. (Similar to the one given to Great Grandpa Eskald Peterson)

In 1869 they helped to settle Goshen, Utah – where they lived for the next 17 years. My grandfather Peter J Williams was born there in Goshen. In 1882 they moved to Provo, where their 10th child arrived, and two years later, they decided to move to Idaho.

They settled in Mink Creek, also known as Chesterfield, and built another log home, which then became the location for the Hatch Chapel.

Great, Great Grandpa Leonard died on November 20th, 1997. His parting words to his wife and family were: “Put out the light, this has been a hard day, and I’m going to rest.”

Great Grandpa George Williams died five years later, on December 29, 1902.

Update: 

For the past three months, I have been overwhelmed with responsibilities, family moments, and much more. I started my blog in February of 2010. I enjoy blogging and don't want to give it up. Today, I thought I would send this blog post to share the two pioneer ancestor stories. They are remarkable histories. I hope to continue to blog and do a post that will update you on what I have been up to. 

I love all my blogging friends and feel sad that I haven't been in to read any of your posts for the last few months. I plan to work on doing some catch-up. I have enjoyed our friendships through the years; you remain dear friends to me. 

Blessings and hugs! 

LeAnn 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, April 16, 2022

Easter - Our Redeemer, Jesus Christ Lives!

 


Here it is Easter already.  I have been thinking about my testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I truly love my Savior with all of my heart and soul. My relationship with Him is deep and abiding. I feel His love in my life. I believe in Him. I trust in Him. I follow Him. He is the "Savior and Redeemer of my soul."
This precious relationship has become to be a source of strength and peace. I know that He knows me and loves me. I know that in the pre-mortal world, I chose to follow Him and His plan for us all.

In Celebration of this spectacular moment when our Redeemer gave his life for each of us and then was resurrected on the third day. Here are some things to think about. 

Jesus Christ Lives!! 


Easter Message from our First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

April 2022

 "He is risen" was the angelic message of the first Easter. With feelings of worship and gratitude, we declare our witness that Jesus Christ is indeed risen. God the Father has given us the divine birth, the incomparable life, and the infinite atoning sacrifice of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. 

 By the power of the Father, Jesus rose again and claimed victory over death. He is our resurrected Savior, our Exemplar, and our Redeemer. He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.

 May the glorious significance of Easter attract all to follow Jesus Christ and to love one another as He taught in word and deed.

 President Russell M. Nelson

President Dallin H. Oaks

President Henry B. Eyring


I  know that I am here to gain a body, experience life, and develop a trusting relationship with Him in this earth life. I truly, "Stand all Amazed At The Love Jesus Offers Me,"
I have had many prayers answered through Him. He is our deliverer and mediator. He gave freely his blood, sweat, tears, and life for us. He died and was Resurrected for us; that we might live again.  He suffered for us beyond anything we can comprehend. We close our prayers in His sacred name. He is our Savior, Redeemer, and King.

#BecauseofHim, we will all live again. 

Wishing for you all to have a delightful Easter Celebration. It has been a while since I have posted anything. However, Easter is one of the most marvelous celebrations of all; #BecauseofHim.

Here is a favorite Easter Song; enjoy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Charitable Hearts #Justserve.org

 My focus today will be on having a Charitable Heart. The definition of Charitable is generous in giving to the needy, kind and lenient in one's attitude towards others, and concerned with or involving charity.

Our faith is very involved in Humanitarian projects. Whenever anything happens in the world, faithful members are involved in helping. This would include natural disasters, refugees, the homeless and etc. I find it amazing how much has been done for so many throughout the world through charitable organizations. 

Our world and our nation have many problems having good attitudes towards others and helping one another during difficult times. 

Many mental illnesses, homelessness, and other disabilities need extra help from Charitable groups or individuals. 

My husband and I currently serve in a position as JustServe.org specialists. Our role is to help the Justserve.org website platform become more recognized and encourage everyone, individuals, families, and groups to register, and then use this website to find service opportunities. There are many charitable projects listed all over the world.  

Recently, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the General Relief Society Presidency has challenged everyone to get involved in registering for this site and finding a service project to do

Here is the invitation!

Sister Eubank issued a personal invitation for how women can each celebrate Relief Society this month:

1. Create a free account on JustServe.org.
2. Invite one friend to register on JustServe.org.
3. During the next 30 days, find a project in your community on JustServe.org and complete it with someone you love.
Sister Eubank said she would be doing the same and asked others to use the hashtag #JustServe on social media to share their stories. If someone lives in an area where JustServe is not active yet, she invited them to still do a local service project and post about it.
"What better way to honor its mission of extending the pure love of Jesus Christ into the world than by joining a service project in your community?" she wrote.
Relief Society General President Jean B. Bingham, and Sister Reyna I. Aburto, Second Counselor, echoed the invitation on their own social media pages, as well. "Relief Society sisters have enormous potential to do good in the world. Join us this month as we celebrate 180 years of Relief Society by serving in our local communities," wrote Sister Aburto.

You can read the entire article here written by Mary Richards - Church News/



JustServe is a way to connect community organizations with volunteers.
 It is done through the website, JustServe.org, or the app in Apple's App Store or Google Play.
\Wherever you live, just put in your Zip Code, and it will bring up JustServe.org projects in your area if they are available. 

My husband and I are heading down to the Gale Miller Resource Center and volunteering for 2 hours in serving food to the homeless. We are excited to do this project. 

There are many projects to suit many different circumstances. There are quite a few for doing a project at home. They are set up for individuals, groups, and families. This website is for everyone to use wherever it is found. It's for all people regardless of faith, nationality, and culture. It is excellent for faith groups, communities, and organizations.

Take a look and sign up for one, and I can guarantee you that you will be happy that you served. You will feel the joy of a charitable heart. 

 


Friday, February 4, 2022

You Are Loved With A Perfect Love!



Today

 

https://thesimplewoman.blogspot.com/2022/02/

Looking Out My Window

I woke up to a winter wonderland. There were two inches of beautiful snow, and we needed the water desperately. There hasn't been a lot of snow this winter, so I am grateful for the moisture.

                                                             I am thinking

I missed the month of January completely. My blogging has been very random. Part of it is that I am tired; it's been a rough 3 months of this sad moment and other activities. On January 29th, three months since our much-loved Grandson, Austin, was killed in a tragic Truck and Semi Accident. Our family is grieving over his loss. Austin was 22 years old and left his sweet wife, Shamra, 14 months. Austin is the second child of eight. It has left a hole in our hearts and family. 

During this time, we had many tender moments and miracles. Our family has great faith in our Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation. We know that Austin is busy doing work in the Spirit world and near us when needed. 

Our treasured Grandson, Austin, and his dearest wife, Shamra -  a few photos of the funeral
Photos at his graveside and the luncheon afterward - 
 Upper left, Austin's siblings - Upper right, Austin's family - Middle left, Austin's Missionary companions - Middle right, our grandchildren - Bottom left, luncheon photo - Bottom right, Our family that came, and our daughter-in-law, Amanda's parents.
 
 I am thankful

I have a heart full of gratitude for many blessings. Our family has been blessed in countless ways. We live in difficult times and the best of times in many ways. I'm grateful to live on this earth at this time.

I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father and Savior. I know they love me and all of you. We are brothers and sisters of Heavenly Parents. They love us all, with perfect love. 

I have had countless moments when I have known that my Savior was near to lift, bless, comfort, and heal me of various afflictions. I could write a book of miracles that have happened in our family. Our Heavenly Father and our elder brother, Jesus Christ's greatest desire is to bring us safely home to them. We are here to gain a body, experience earth life, and learn to be like Them. Their plan is perfect and the only way to true happiness. I am grateful for the knowledge that this is true. Part of this Plan is the promise that everyone who has ever lived on this earth will have the opportunity to hear and understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ, either here or in the Spirit World. We have the agency to choose, and it is a gift from God.  

One of my favorite things

Wow, I have many favorite things I like to do. I love to play the piano, read novels, and I love spending time with my husband. We have recently been having a morning devotional. We like to listen to audiobooks. We have been learning a lot about temples, the ancient temples, the religious practices, and the purpose of temples today in our faith. That being said, I would say my favorite thing to do is attend the temple to do proxy work and work as an Ordinance Worker. Next to that, I am dabbling more into Family History. I love finding stories of my ancestors. Their stories are inspiring. They worked hard to forge through the wilderness under challenging circumstances to create homes and cities. They didn't have modern conveniences, good medical care, and the many blessings today.

I am creating

Right now, I am creating a mess as I work on going through years of files, pictures, etc. My plan is to get organized so I can delve into family history. I want to make my husband and my own history. I have my own journal of 45 years to go through and edit. 

                                                               I am wearing

I am wearing dark blue Levi's, a blue and white shirt, and a blue sweater. I just found out it is wearing red day; I missed out on that one. 

I am reading (read) /watching (watched) / listening to

I am spending time reading the Bible and the Book of Moses and studying the "Come Follow Me" lessons in our Sunday School. I am always reading the treasured; "Book of Mormon daily. I am reading, The Temple - Gaining Knowledge and Power In the House of the Lord by Ed J. Pinegar. 

I am hoping

To become better organized. I find I randomly live my life. Every day, I have a plan, which gets messed up by various life situations. Sometimes, it is the blessing of a call from a child, texting with grandchildren, phone calls from friends, a spontaneous visit to someone, and countless other little moments. I have decided that I need to go back to a planner. When raising my children, I used a planner, and it had everything down that I was to do for the day, and I managed to get through most of the list. I don't have a plan; therefore, I live in Chaos. I bought one yesterday. I need the self-discipline to put down what I want to accomplish for the day and then do it. 

I am learning

During this seige of Covid, I have learned many lessons. First, I have more patience with others. I try to listen to their concerns and the different thinking on Covid, Politics, etc. Second, I am learning to agree to disagree and not conflict over masks and vaccines. It's has been hard on everyone. I pray it will end soon. I hope we have learned the lessons of loving and caring for our neighbors and one another. I have also learned more about my feelings of loss and grieving. It's hard, but I know we will all find peace when these times happen. Knowing we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father has helped, and Austin and us all are his children, and He wants our happiness. 

In my kitchen

Gosh, I will need to ask my husband what we are having for dinner tonight. He is very creative when it comes to cooking. We do share this responsibility. Tonight, it will be his. 

                                                             Shared Quote

  A moment from my day

I can't take a photo of this day. Most of the day has been spent on the telephone. I found out last night that my dearest cousin, Kate is in an assisted living place with her husband. They are both on Hospice. I want to visit her. I didn't have the address and needed to contact her daughter. I found Kate's daughter, Jennifer, on Facebook. Our niece and nephew were her friends. I obtained my niece's number from my Sister-in-law, Gloria, and left a message. My daughter had our nephew's number. He gave me Jennifer's number, and I connected with her; we had a delightful conversation. I have the address for my cousin and details on her condition. Thus, I can visit; I am excited to see her. She doesn't have long to live. I feel grateful today for social media and the ability to find people through it. 

Closing Notes

I started writing blog posts about The Plan of Happiness a while back. First, I covered our Pre-mortal life earth life, and then I planned to write about the spirit world. I have a strong testimony of the spirit world. I don't have any family left here on earth. My parents and two brothers have passed away, and countless family has passed. Since Austin's passing, I have relied on my testimony of life after death. I feel the spirit world is near; I know they are busy with tasks, and I know they are close to us. I have personally felt my parents near. 
As a hospice nurse, I was with many patients at the end stage of life. I witnessed as they talked with spirits from the other side. I knew they were helping them cross over. These were sad but beautiful experiences that helped my testimony grow. This has helped me as I have faced the passing of my family members. I know beyond doubt I will see them again. 
Here are some articles on the plan: 

Fun Moments in the last three months -
Celebrating my Birthday with my beloved Husband, Roger; a delightful day!
A visit from my daughter Tiffani, Dave, and their children -
 Tiffani, Katelyn, Josh, Sarah, Michal, William, and Dave.
A Family reunion for my husband's siblings - 
Photo of all the Sister In Laws - Kaylene, Anita, Mary Kay, LeAnn, Tammy, and Lana

Baptism of our youngest Granddaughter, Haven, and Priesthood Ordination of our Youngest Grandson. Layton - Upper Left Photo, our son Travis, Amanda, and their children. Upper Middle, Layton, and Haven. Nest two photos of us with the children. Grandpa with Granddaughter, Justice, Abbey, and Haven. Grandma with Ryley and Kason.

Moments with our son, James, Amber, Averi, and Taylor Jo -  Next, a trip to downtown Salt Lake and a photo of the reconstruction of the Salt Lake Temple. Celebrating our Granddaughter Emma's Birthday was a delight. 
Baby Blessing of my Nephew Gus's new Grandbaby - 
Christmas Time - A favorite gift given by our son Travis, Amanda, and family - A picture of the Savior with my precious Grandson, Austin -  An adorable photo of our fur baby, Sammy, on Christmas Morning.  

Treasured photos of my daughter Christina, Brandon, and their family sent from Minnesota.
A Christmas storm - Upper photo, Levi, Faith, Christina, Brandon, Abbey, Sariah, Alex, & April
Happy 76th Birthday to my dearest husband, Roger, on January 29th - We had a fun celebration. Our kids came for a while the next day, and he received lots of phone calls from the rest. 

Happy Valentine's Day to all! 
May you all feel loved by family, friends, loved ones, etc. 
Just remember that our Heavenly Father loves you with perfect love!


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! 

  For your Christmas Celebration follow this site for fun ideas and videos for #Lighttheworld with love. 






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!

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