Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Peace Through Prayer-


Lately, I have been somewhat concerned with a few personal challenges involving family members, church responsibilities along with current events that touch all of us. 
I awakened early one morning and tried very hard to go back to sleep. My mind was focused on those concerns; therefore, it became impossible to sleep. I felt that I needed to go to my favorite room and have a thoughtful conversation with my Heavenly Father.
 Following that prayer, I looked down and noticed the November 2017 LDS General Conference issue of the Ensign. While thumbing through it I immediately felt impressed to read a particular article. The message was titled "That Your Joy Might Be Full" by Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsAs I read it, I realized I had received a tender mercy from the Lord; a true answer to prayer. 
For the full article, click on the link above. I'd like to share a few statements from this precious message. 
The following thought by Sister Bingham sums up some of the major issues we as humans are facing in today's world. She states: " A recent news headline reads, "Disasters rock the nation and world." From hurricanes and floods to heat waves and droughts, from wildfires and earthquakes to wars and devasting diseases, it seems"the whole earth is in commotion." 
"Millions of people have been displaced, and countless lives have been disrupted by these challenges. the contention in families and communities, as well as inner struggles and fear, doubt, and unfulfilled expectations, also leave us in turmoil....." 
This summarizes many of my feelings, and perhaps some of your concerns as well.  As I continued to read the article tears came as I realized that my prayer was being answered. 
Here are a few quotes that calmed my heart, lifted the cloud of sadness that enveloped me and gave me answers to help not only myself but one of my precious daughters. 
"Lasting joy is found in focusing on our Savior, Jesus Christ and living the gospel as demonstrated and taught by Him. The more we learn about, have faith in, and emulate Jesus Christ, the more we come to understand that He is the source of all healing, peace, and eternal progress. He invites each of us to come unto Him."

Sister Bingham then mentioned that President Russell M. Nelson and Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles encouraged us to study "The Living Christ" as part of learning more about the Savior. The Living Christ is a proclamation sent out to the world of the Apostles Testimony of the Living Christ. 
As I read that inspired document I knew I wanted to try to memorize it. My husband and I are accepting this challenge and invite others to do the same. This is a comprehensive and powerful declaration of our Devine Savior, Jesus Christ. You can find the link to The Living  Christ document here. 
Sister Bingham continues, stating that Jesus truly "is the light, the life, and the hope of the world." ...."No matter what we have suffered He is the source of healing. Those who have experienced any manner of abuse, devasting loss, chronic illness or disabling affliction, untrue accusations, vicious persecutions, or spiritual damage from sin or misunderstandings can all be made whole by the Redeemer of the world. However, He will not enter without invitation. We must come unto Him and allow Him to work His miracles."
One final quote from Sister Bingham: " Jesus Christ is also the source of peace. He invites us to "lean on His ample arm" and promises the peace...which passeth all understanding." A feeling that comes when His Spirit "speaks peace to our souls". No matter what challenges surround us. Whether they are personal struggles, family troubles, or community crises, peace will come as we trust that God's Only Begotten Son has the power to soothe our aching souls. 

This spiritual experience was profound. Within minutes of reading this article, my daughter called me concerning a few difficult concerns. As I shared my thoughts on this beautiful message, it brought peace to her troubled soul.
I encourage you to read this article if you're feeling turmoil in your life. You will find peace and feelings of joy in knowing what you have read is true. 
I know beyond doubt that I received a tender mercy directly from my loving Heavenly Father and you can obtain such a gift as well. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Our Vibrant October Days~

We started our October Days with fall decorating. We simplified this year for more than one reason. One is I was tired! 
The first Saturday of October, we attended two of our Grandson's Soccer games. The photo above is our Grandson, Joshua. He plays goalie and he did a number of great saves for the team
The photo of the young man on the beach is our Grandson, Jeffery. He plays Forward on the team and has made several goals this year. He is a very talented player.
I loved this moment with my friend Sue. We went to lunch and enjoy being together. I met Sue while on our mission and she is such an awesome lady.  
Here are two updated photos of my husband and I. We are missing our mission and our missionary badges. We are still doing some visiting with some of the wonderful individuals and families we were working with. We are now just their friends. 
Our 8-year-old Grandson, Benjamin was baptized and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in October. He was so excited to receive these ordinances. This endearing family of ours, live in Arizona. They are moving up here the 1st of December. They decided they wanted him Baptized here so more of the family on both sides could attend. We had a delightful day with them all.  
The top left photo is our daughter, Jenni, granddaughter, Alyssa, and son in law, Michael with Emma and Benjamin in the front. Top right photo is their family with Michael's mother, Irene. Middle right photo is one of Michael's siblings family and children from another sibling, plus his mother.
Bottom left is Irene with Benjamin - the Bottom middle is LeAnn, Roger, and Benjamin. Bottom right is our two families, Michael and Jenni with Alyssa, Emma and Ben and our son James, Amber and their three children, Christian, Taylor Jo, and Averi; plus us. 
We later celebrated our Granddaughter, Taylor Jo's 17th birthday. It was fun to celebrate this special time with her. She is an outstanding young woman and we are so proud of her. 
Here we are just chill in together as a family. We had such a delightful day with them all! 
Next event was our missionary homecoming report in our home ward on a Sunday. Our Heber family came down for it. We celebrated our Grandson, Joshua's 11th birthday. We had a total of 18 present. Our two oldest grandchildren's family with all 5 of our great-grandchildren. We had dinner and the birthday celebration. It as a lovely Sabbath day. 
Here is our grandson's Joseph, Jeffery, and Jackson. Next photo, Jessica our granddaughter in law in the background; grandson, Jackson; great-granddaughter, Lilly; great-grandson, Sagan; birthday boy, Joshua, grandson, Jeffery and great-granddaughter, Jadyn. 
Here is my angel friend, Toni. We have been close friends for years and I love time with her. We had a great lunch and conversation. We actually both went on our missions at the same time and were in the Mission Training Center together. She and her husband went to Tonga while we stayed at home for our mission. 

We traveled to Sugar City, Idaho for our Grandson, Ethan's High School's last season game. Our Granddaughter, Karli was part of the halftime Cheer Squad Performance. She is really good and sometimes is the one on the top; scary. 
Top left photo is Roger, Ethan, our Grandson, and LeAnn. He wasn't very happy because they lost the game. He is the center and a very good one. 
Bottom left a photo, Roger and Grandson, Layton and next photo is Grandson, Kason.


Bottom Left photo, a half view of our Grandson, Austin; daughter in law, Amanda; our granddaughter, Justice. Next photo our youngest Granddaughter, Haven and then our son Travis. 
Here are some awesome ladies that I have known for more than 50 years. They are my high school friends. They have been meeting together for lunch once a month for a while. I went to lunch with them a few times while I was on my mission. I really love each of these sweet girls. We have so much fun when we are together. 
Other than being a bit older, we are all the same as when we were in High School. We enjoy reminiscing and laughing a lot.  
On the way home from lunch, I stopped at the University of Utah student housing and took photos of the student housing apartment we lived in about 47 years ago.
They were brand new apartments when we first moved in. I have many fond memories of our years in this apartment complex.
We were invited to my husband, Roger's oldest brother's 80th birthday party. All the siblings were there except for his brother Bruce, who wasn't able to come. We had a great evening visiting with one another. Laddy is in the top left photo. The top right photo is Roger and his siblings; Michael, Laddy, Gloria, Jerry, and Steve. Missing is Bruce and then his oldest sister Marilyn has passed away. 
Last week we went to St. George to spend some time with Roger's brother Bruce and our sister in law, Anita. Roger went fishing with his brother and they caught some nice fish. I spent time with Anita. We did some shopping and just had a great visit. We loved going to church and spending a sweet Sabbath day with them. 
I had two other events this month. In my new assignment as Stake Relief Society President, we held our first Auxiliary Training meeting for all the 10 ward Relief Society Presidencies. We had a light dinner of delicious soups, salads, bread steaks and a scrumptious dessert. 
Our meeting was wonderful and our Stake President closed the meeting and the spirit was there to help us through all of our training. 
It was fun to meet and get to know the sisters better. Many of them I met while I was serving my mission. 
Within a few days, we were given an additional assignment of decorating 36 tables for an upcoming Stake High Priest dinner this Friday. It's been a busy 10 days planning and getting everything together. It should be a wonderful dinner and program. 
Yup! I haven't had time to sit back in my recliner and start a good novel. Maybe, next week. 
That's my October moments of family fun and lovely friend moments.  
Wishing all of you dear Blogging and Facebooking friends out there a wonderful month of November filled with many special times with family and friends as we remember to be Thankful for all of our blessings. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sisters In Service~

Recently, my husband and I were released from our two year full time proselyting mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We loved this opportunity in our lives and learned so much about ourselves and others as we worked to fulfill our purpose of inviting others to come unto Christ. We had many miracles occur that were amazing. 

About 10 days before we were released, we met with our beloved Stake President and I was called to serve as the Stake Relief Society President in our Stake. Wow, this was such a shock. I was so unprepared for this moment. It was a very spiritual experience in my life as I accepted and went through the process of choosing some choice women to serve with me. I thought I might share with you what that calling entails. 
I belong to one of the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. It is the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints. There are approximately 7.1 million Relief Society members throughout 170 countries in the world. 
The Relief Society is for women ages 18 and over whose purpose is to provide support for the temporal and spiritual needs of all women in the Church, as well as others who are in need. 
Here is a brief history of it's organization as found in the Newsroom under Relief Society History:
Mormons believe that in 1830 Joseph Smith Jr. was called by God to reestablish the ancient church and its priestly authority, teachings and ordinances. As part of this “Restoration,” an organization of women was established after the order and “pattern of the priesthood” believed to be a part of the ancient church. Joseph Smith declared, “The Church was never perfectly organized until the women were thus organized.” Eliza R. Snow, the second Relief Society general president, later affirmed: “Although the name may be of modern date, the institution is of ancient origin. We were told by our martyred prophet [Joseph Smith] that the same organization existed in the church anciently.”
The Relief Society, as this institution came to be called, was originally organized to administer welfare needs and quickly expanded to encompass the spiritual as well as temporal needs of the Saints. By the 20th century, John Widtsoe, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, summarized the Relief Society’s purpose as pursuing the “relief of poverty, relief of illness; relief of doubt, relief of ignorance — relief of all that hinders the joy and progress of woman.” 

"The mission of Relief Society includes increasing personal faith and righteousness, strengthening homes and families and seeking out and helping those in need. Today, the Relief Society creates a sisterhood for women in the Church and opportunities for rendering service to all members of the congregation, as well as to the global community.
         
 Our Stake Relief Society Service Project in 2016~
 Relief Society women serve in leadership roles, share the gospel, provide service, teach, train and deliver sermons. The Relief Society women pair together to visit other sisters and families in the congregation to offer service and support as well as to ensure that their temporal and spiritual needs are being met. Local Relief Society presidencies in congregations throughout the world work with the bishopric to help those who have special needs because of old age, physical or emotional illness, emergencies, births, deaths, disability, loneliness and other challenges. They also work to help foster self-reliance, literacy and other needed skills for individuals. At a regional level, Relief Society leaders supervise regional welfare efforts and Relief Society-supported emergency relief. General Relief Society leaders conduct training for local leaders around the globe and assist with general welfare services and Church educational boards, among other responsibilities.
My Stake Relief Society Presidency is made up of myself, two counselors and a secretary; we will be under the direction of our Stake President. 
The New Stake Relief Society Presidency~
We meet with and train all new Relief Society Ward Presidencies. We attend various meetings and host at least two Stake events per year. We visit the ward Relief Society meetings and activities. Currently, we have 9 wards and 1 branch that we will be working with. Once a year we plan and provide a dinner and guest speaker.We attend Ward Conferences and visit individual sisters in the various wards. I will be over Welfare and Emergency Preparedness and will give on-going training in these areas.
I am very excited about this new assignment and very overwhelmed. However, that being said I won't be as busy as our full time mission. I will be able to spend time with family, take trips and other activities. 
I love the sisters in our Stake and look forward to getting to know more of them better. 
I hope that many of you will now have an understanding of this marvelous Women's organization. I will share posts about a few of our activities and service opportunities that will be part of this assignment. 
Love and hugs to all you wonderful women out there. You are marvelous and greatly loved by our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

September A Time Of Transition~

On September 26th, 2017, my husband and I completed two years of full time service in the Utah Salt Lake South Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. People often asked what type of mission we were serving. It was a "stay at home" (MLS) Member and Leader Support mission. This is a popular area of service for senior missionaries throughout the world. We served primarily in a proselyting role which included: teaching the gospel to investigators; reactivating less-active members; retaining recent converts; strengthening young single adults, and supporting local leaders in their assignments  We were subject to other assignments as needed or directed by the Mission President. Working in our local area, we received direction from our Stake President and the Bishops of the wards we served in. We spent much of our time assisting the younger full time missionaries to find and teach the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. 


We assisted with two baptisms earlier in the month of September. The first photo is a inquisitive young boy that we were assigned by the Bishop to teach the missionary lessons to. We had so much fun with him. He was very smart and asked a lot of questions; which was awesome.  As he was preparing for baptism these two beloved sisters; Sister Cox and Sister Casinas gave him a review lesson and he answered all their questions perfectly. These two wonderful young women had been transferred to other areas just a few days before his baptism and they were given permission to come to his baptism.  
 The  second photo is of Elder Luke and Elder Seager that were transferred into our area. They were able to teach this other young boy and he was baptized on that same day.  


We loved being able to celebrate the birthday of our Great Grandson, Sagen. He turned 5 years old. It was an exciting party. He is a delightful Great Grandson and we love him so much. He is very creative, intelligent and fun to be around. I'm amazed by the children of today. They are so curious, intelligent and advanced in their thinking. I feel strongly that our loving Heavenly Father has reserved many of his most valiant spirits for our day. Children  are remarkable. The lower center photo is us with our youngest Great Granddaughter. 


Here we are - the final evening of our mission. Tears were shed as we were released and removed our missionary badges. It was an emotional moment. We loved serving this mission. At times it seemed very difficult. But it was also one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives. However, as you can see, we can now wear casual attire on a daily basis. Awesome!
 Our main purpose was to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel though faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end.  Because we love our Heavenly Father and our divine Savior, Jesus Christ; we want others to draw closer to them. 
We experienced many miracles during our mission. We frequently knew that we were being guided and directed in finding, teaching and reaching out to many. We were able to witness as certain individuals made changes in their lives bringing them closer to the Savior.
 I have journals filled with experiences we had which strengthened our testimonies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the restoration of the gospel in this dispensation of time. We will continue to be "member" missionaries forever. 
 Stake Relief Society Presidency of the Country Park Stake~
 On a side note, just before our release, I was called to serve as the Stake Relief Society President. I was quite surprised and very overwhelmed. Nevertheless, receiving the call was a spiritual experience.. As I seek to learn all that is involved, I feel apprehensive about my abilities.  However the following scriptural verses have given me considerable hope. 
Ether 12:27 “.. for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” 
Isaiah 40:31; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Philippians 4:13; I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
I recently held my first Stake Relief Society Presidency meeting with the Presidency members, who will assist me. These three sisters are powerful and have strong testimonies of the gospel. They are highly talented and have been well seasoned through many unique life experiences. 


 I want to share my testimony of The Book of Mormon. This book was one of our greatest tools on our mission. As individuals read, ponder and pray about this book; they will find answers to many of life's questions. Those who pray with real intent will receive a confirmation by the power of the Holy Ghost that this book is true. We were recently invited to read ten pages a day, and to continue throughout our lives. In one year we will have read this book six times. Every time I read from it's pages I receive new thoughts, understanding, guidance and answers. It is another testament of Jesus Christ. I invite all to read this powerful book. 
This past weekend we had The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints General Conference which is held twice a year. We received counsel and direction from our First Presidency,12 Apostles and other leaders in the church. We listened to inspired messages and beautiful music by our Mormon Tabernacle Choir and other choirs. 
We were saddened to hear that our beloved Apostle, Elder Robert D. Hales passed away at the hospital between the Sunday Sessions of conference. He was a wonderful man and an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through the years delivered many great sermons that touched my heart. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. 
Here is a link on information from this conference. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

With Change Comes Blessings~


Our Life is about to change. We have 10 left days on our mission. We have enjoyed serving a full time mission in the Utah Salt Lake South Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For the past 2 years we have had a fairly structured life.During these two years we have had the privilege to work with a variety of individuals and families. Many are families that are less active in our faith, some are non-members who know nothing about what we believe. We visited several that just needed encouragement in their lives. Our purpose has been to invite them to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel and or renew their faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end.
I have served with the best companion ever; my eternal husband. We have grown closer as a couple and learned so much from this experience and from each other. We have witnessed many miracles small and large. We know beyond doubt that our loving Heavenly Father is in the details of our lives. He loves all His Children and that means everyone born on this earth.
We have enjoyed relationships with other Member Leadership Support missionaries like ourselves. We have been blessed to work closely with the younger Elders and Sisters. These young people are incredible. They work hard in spreading the truths of the gospel. We watch as they conduct meetings and guide discussions. We find them to be amazing young adults.
We are finding it difficult to leave all of these brothers and sisters that we have grown to love as we have visited with and taught them about the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We hope since we will remain in the same area that we can have continued associations with them. 
We will be now able to spend more quality moments with our beloved children and grandchildren who have supported us in this endeavor. There have been miracle blessings in our family. We know these blessings have come because we were promised that if we served this mission our family would be blessed. 
Many friends have asked me what we will do with our time now that our mission is almost completed. They wonder if we will feel lost without anything to do. Trust me that will never happen. We will embrace the changes in our lives. We will always be involved in some aspect of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
I thought  I would share my bucket list of things I want to accomplish in the next few years. 
 1. Enjoy increased moments with our children and grandchildren. Perhaps attend more of their activities than we have been able to. 
 2. Wake up and be happy that we don't have an agenda for the day. 
 3. Work on Genealogy and Family History.
 4. Do both of our own histories
 5. Organize all the photos and movies we have made through the years. 
 6. Work in the Jordan River Temple when it reopens. 
 7. Travel and go to different temples in Utah and surrounding states. 
 8. Visit other relatives that live out of state. 
 9. Travel to church history sites such as Palmyra, New York. 
10.Travel to Hawaii; this is already a plan for December. 
11. Continue to fulfill callings in our church. 
12. Be a member missionary
13. Catch up on all our house hold needs. 
14. Read some novels.
15. Grow a garden.
I will be sad to leave this marvelous mission but look forward to other changes that will surely come. We do live in a remarkable day with so many wonderful things that we can do and become. I will rise up and continue to be faithful in the work of loving and caring about all of my brothers and sisters throughout this beautiful world of ours. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Our Delightful Month of August~

Wow, this month has flown by so fast that it has left me reeling. We only have 3 1/2 weeks left on our 2 year mission. It has been a huge blessing in our lives. We have learned so much. We have been privileged  to meet, teach and work with some wonderful individuals and families. We are feeling sad that we won't have as much contact with them. However, we will still be able to visit them occasionally  since we all live in the same stake. 
We have also enjoyed our relationship with the other MLS Senior missionaries and younger missionaries. We will probably not see many of them except at Mission reunions. 
We started off the month of August at our monthly Multi-District meeting. Here we all are! I think we have an awesome mixture of young and old serving our Savior, Jesus Christ. 
We received permission to drive to Idaho for a family event. There were some fires burning and the road became very hazy with smoke. The moon was a light red color. The photo didn't pick up the darker shade, but it was unique. 
Our Grandson, Ryley was receiving the Aaronic Priesthood and being ordained to the office of Deacon in our church. My sweet husband, his Grandfather did the ordination. Ryley was so happy to receive the priesthood. It was a wonderful time to be with him. 

We were able to be with both of our sons families for a get together. We were with our second son Travis and Amanda and their 8 children and then with James and Amber and their 3 children. What a blessing all these children and grandchildren are in our lives. It was such an enjoyable time. 
The next week we traveled up to our oldest son Sean's church. Our Grandson, Jonathan was being advanced in the Aaronic Priesthood to the office of a Priest. This is a very important moment for the 16 year old young men. The Priests bless the Sacrament which is a very sacred ordinance in our faith. Regretfully, I didn't get photos, so I am posting pictures of Jonathan and his family that were taken this summer. We love this family of ours. Sean and Mary have some awesome young men. They are also the parents of our two oldest grandsons who are married and our oldest Granddaughter. 

Just a moment to say Happy Birthday to our beloved prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. He turned 90 on August 21st. We love him and revere him. I loved these photos of him and wanted to share them on this post. 
We have District meetings weekly except for when we have our Multi-District meeting. Here are some photos of just one of our District meetings. We took the group photo because this next week is transfer week and we will probably have some changes. We are hoping that our Sister will not be transferred. 
A new MLS senior couple; Elder and Sister Park started their mission in our Stake.  They are like us and live in our Stake boundaries.  It is called a stay at home mission. We had our Weekly Planning meeting with them and the sisters; Sister Cox and Sister Casinas. They are taking over three of the wards in our Stake so we will just have 6 wards to work in for another three weeks.
Guess What?? Our precious sisters were transferred out. Both of them went to new assignments. This is called Pink Wash. Two Elders will replace them. These two young men will be coming in and not know  the area or the people the Sisters have been teaching. Luckily, the sisters gave us all the information at our weekly meeting so we will be helping the Elders learn their new area 
As you can see Sister Casinas and Sister Cox do not want to leave each other. They have been very hardworking and dedicated Sisters. We are so proud of the work they have been doing. 
Sister Shaw came by to say good by to them. Sister Park and I helped to take them to their new areas. In the bottom two photos Sister Cox's new companion is Sister Pinkham; another sweet sister that we served with. It was fun to see her again. 
 Our endearing Sister Casinas has collected a lot of belongings since being on her mission for 17 months. This is her last transfer. She will be going back to the Philippines the first of October. Our cute Sister Cox has only been in the mission field for 6 weeks, so she hasn't started collecting yet. What marvelous and fun missionaries they have both been. 
saying good by was hard. 

This week we went to the temple with Sister Brown, whom we love very much. We were so happy to have some moments with her. It was a beautiful day to go to the Oquirrh  Mountain Temple. 
It's been another month of marvelous missionary moments and precious family times. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Scriptures Are Living Water~

The Scriptures are Living Water and can quench our thirst by the teachings found therein. I love all of the scriptures that we read and study. The words from the scriptures testify of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. I love and worship Him with all my heart and soul. In the scriptures, I find answers to my life questions, solace for my soul in times of trial and feeling from the spirit testifying to me that the scriptures are true.
I thought today that I would share a few thoughts on the different books of scriptures that we study.The following thoughts come from Scriptures topics found on lds.org. 
"When holy men of God write or speak by the power of the Holy Ghost, their words "shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation" (D&C 68:4). The official, canonized scriptures of the Church, often called the standard works, are the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price."
"The Bible is a collection of Sacred writings containing God's revelations to man. These writings cover many centuries, from the time of Adam through the time when the Apostles of Jesus Christ lived. They were written by many prophets who lived at various times in the history of the world. 
The Bible is divided into two sections: the Old testament and the New Testament. Many prophecies in the Old Testament foretell the coming of a Savior and Redeemer. The New Testament tells of the life of the Savior and Redeemer, who is Jesus Christ. It also tells of the establishing of His Church in that day. "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly." (Articles of Faith 1:8).( Gospel Principles - Chapter 10. Scriptures) 
I love the teachings from the Bible. I love Genesis and the story of the creation. Further thoughts on the creation can also be found in The Pearl of Great Price, in the Book of Moses. I enjoy the stories of Adam and Eve and their posterity. Their experiences with earth and family life teach many lessons that can help us with our own circumstances.
Moses is one of my favorite prophets of the Old Testament. His life story and exodus from Egypt is profound. The miracles that are written there are faith inspiring. 
The New Testament is my favorite part of the Holy Bible because it is the life and teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It records His birth, mortal ministry and most important of all His Atonement, Crucifixion and Resurrection. It concludes with the Ministry of his 12 Apostles. 
When I read the life story of my great Redeemer, my heart is touched and my spirit uplifted. 
When reading of His lonely walk to Gethsemane and his sacrifice for us on Golgotha; my deep love for Him increases. I know that He lives and loves us all and His one true desire is that we return to Him and our loving Heavenly Father. 
The Savior said in Moses 1: 39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. (The Pearl of Great Price, Moses 1:39) His invitation is "Come Follow Me."  
Of all the Book of Scriptures; The Book of Mormon is my favorite. I truly love reading from it's pages. I have had  many answers to my questions and uplifting teachings from the prophets of that time. The family stories have helped me raise my children. The profound teachings about our Savior have increased my faith in Him. 
Here are some quotes from Scripture Topics as found on lds.org. 
"The Book of Mormon came forth in this dispensation by the will of the Lord. It is a record of God’s dealings with the people who lived in the ancient Americas. Prophets of the Lord engraved the original records on gold plates. The Lord declared that the Book of Mormon contains “the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ” (D&C 20:9; see also D&C 42:12).
The primary purpose of the Book of Mormon is to convince all people “that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations” (title page of the Book of Mormon). It teaches that all people “must come unto him, or they cannot be saved” (1 Nephi 13:40). Joseph Smith said that the Book of Mormon is “the keystone of our religion, and a man [will] get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” (introduction to the Book of Mormon).
The Book of Mormon is another witness for the truths taught in the Bible. It also restores “plain and precious” truths that have been lost from the Bible through errors in translation or “taken away” in attempts to “pervert the right ways of the Lord” (see 1 Nephi 13:24-27, 38-41). The Bible and the Book of Mormon “shall grow together, unto the confounding of false doctrines and laying down of contentions, and establishing peace” (2 Nephi 3:12)."
I have many favorite scriptures that I have memorized from The Book of Mormon. I will share just one as found in 2 Nephi 31: 20-21
20. Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
21. And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen. 
3 Nephi is my favorite section of the Book of Mormon because it tells of Jesus Christ's appearance in the America's to the Book of Mormon people after His resurrection. My all time favorite Chapter is 3 Nephi 17. In this chapter the Savior is teaching the people and then gathers their children and ministers unto them. I always shed tears when I read of this experience.  Take a moment and read this account. 
The Doctrine and Covenants~

"The Doctrine and Covenants contains revelations given to the Prophet Joseph Smith. It also includes a few revelations given to other latter-day prophets following Joseph Smith. This book of scripture is unique because it is not a translation of ancient documents. It is a collection of revelations given by the Lord to His chosen prophets in the latter days."(Scripture Topics as found on lds.org). Wonderful truths are found in the Doctrine and Covenants. This powerful book of scripture was revealed and has wonderful teachings to prepare us for the 2nd coming of the Lord. 
The Pearl of Great Price~
"The Pearl of Great Price contains the book of Moses, the book of Abraham, the Prophet Joseph Smith’s inspired translation of Matthew chapter 24, and some writings of the Prophet Joseph."( Scripture Topics; lds.org.)
In the book of Moses, and the book of Abraham you will find more great teachings from these two prophets that were lost in the translations of the Bible.
The explanation of the creation in the book of Moses is astounding. The book of Abraham is enlightening. Again my testimony of all the prophets through the ages have increased my knowledge of where did we come from? why are we here? and where are we going?
( Scripture Topics; lds.org.)
Words of Our Living Prophets~
Today we have a living Prophet and 12 Apostles. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored exactly like Jesus Christ established His church in His day. 
These humble servants of the Lord Jesus Christ receive revelation and direction from the Savior Himself for our world.Their inspired words come to us through our conferences twice a year and are found in the May and November issues of the Ensign Magazines. 
"We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal may great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God" (Articles of Faith 1:9). 
I know that we have a living Prophet today. I love our Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. Our Prophet and Apostles lead and guide this church. They help us stay centered in following Jesus Christ. Their uplifting messages give us hope and are preparing us for the return of our Savior Jesus Christ.
In closing my thoughts on this post; I want to wish a Happy Birthday to our beloved Prophet and President of our Church, Thomas S. Monson. He will turn 90 years old on August 21st. 
I am grateful for him and his marvelous example.  Although his health is failing due to age; he continues to be a strong directing force in our lives. 
Happy 90th Birthday dearest President Monson!



                                                                             


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