Saturday, April 15, 2017

He Is Risen - Our Prince of Peace~

I know that my Redeemer, Jesus Christ lives. I look forward to the day that He will return to usher in the Millennium. I am graterful for His Atonement in Gethsemane, Crucifixion and Resurrection.  He gave His life for you and me. We will all be resurrected because of Him. He wants us all to return and live with our Heavenly Parents and Him someday. Love our beloved Savior and follow Him. He is the way, the truth and the light.  

Here is the message to all the world from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (LDS Church News - 2017)
At this Easter Season, we remember with immense gratitude the sacrifices of our Savior in Gethsemane and on Calvary's cross. No mere mortal can comprehend the full import of what Christ did for us in Gethsemane. His suffering there caused Him to "tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore; and to suffer both body and spirit" ( Doctrine and Covenants 19:18). Following the agony of Gethsemane, the Savior's wounded body was nailed to the cross on Calvary's hill. He was mocked and cursed and derided. When merciful death came, His body was gently placed in a borrowed tomb. He had passed beneath all things so that He might save all things. 
Three days later, angels declared to weeping Mary Magdalene:"He is not here, but is risen" (Luke 24:6) With these words, the most glorious, comforting, and reassuring of all events of human history was announced -the Savior's victory over death. The pain and agony of Gethsemane and Calvary were wiped away. The salvation of mankind was secured. The Fall of Adam was reclaimed. 
At this Easter Season, we solemnly testify that our Savior was resurrected and that He lives again. As a result, each of God's children will receive the Savior's gift of immortality. And those who follow the Savior's teachings and receive the gospel's saving ordinances will be blessed with life eternal. 


May you all have a wonderful Easter Celebration of His day of Resurrection. 
Enjoy these precious videos from this remarkable little girl~





Check our the following links for more wonderful messages about our
 Savior, Jesus Christ~


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Our Prince of Peace is Our Savior Jesus Christ~

This past weekend  we had our 187th Annual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During these two days we heard messages from our present day Prophet and Apostles. They are the present day Prophets and Apostles for the entire world. We heard marvelous teachings about our great Redeemer, Jesus Christ.  
Our beloved Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson gave two short but significant addresses. Here are a few thoughts from his messages as found on lds.org. 

“We live in a time of great trouble and wickedness,” said President Thomas S. Monson. “What will protect us from the evil so prevalent in the world today?”

A Strong Testimony of Jesus Christ
“I maintain that a strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His gospel will help see us through to safety.”
More Kindness, Charity, and Love
“We do not honor the priesthood of God if we are not kind to others.”“Let us examine our lives and determine to follow the Savior’s example by being kind, loving, and charitable. As we do so, we will be in a better position to call down the powers of heaven for ourselves, for our families, and for our fellow travelers in this sometimes difficult journey back to our heavenly home.”
Daily, Prayerful Study of the Book of Mormon“I speak about the power of the Book of Mormon and the critical need we have as members of this Church to study, ponder, and apply its teachings in our lives.” 
“As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives.”
A Testimony of the Holy Priesthood of God
“The holy priesthood of God has been restored for the benefit and blessing of His children.”A Testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
This “is the Lord’s Church here on the earth. … If you do not have a firm testimony of these things, do that which is necessary to obtain one.”
Developing firm testimonies of the things that matter most; continued obedience to God’s commandments; daily prayer; more dedicated following of the Savior’s example of kindness, love, and charity; and studying the Book of Mormon every day. That is the counsel from our prophet today. That is how we will find protection in this time of great trouble and wickedness."
 Watch President Monson’s full address from the Sunday morning session.
Watch President Monson’s full address from the general priesthood session 
Here is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Easter Initiative - #PrinceofPeace  Our Savior is our Prince of Peace. He alone can bring us comfort, peace, hope and joy. Come unto Jesus; He alone has saved us from our sins through Gethsemane, His Crucifixion and His Resurrection. He invites us to repent of our sins and come and follow Him.
                           Our Savior Jesus Christ will come again. 



                         

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Conference Weekend & Our Precious New Great Granddaughter ~


I love spring for many reasons. Fifty Years ago, on Saturday, April 1st, my husband and I became engaged. The following morning we attended the 137th Annual worldwide General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The 187th annual conference will be held tomorrow through Sunday, returning memories of those special moments for both of us. 
If you have a few moments, I invite you to watch or listen. You will hear beautiful music and inspiring messages for our day. The messages will be delivered by Church leaders including Prophets and Apostles, called to teach all the world.  
You can check local listings for broadcast times in your area.  
Sessions will be  broadcast by radio and television and can be accessed on-line. 
Saturday April 1st
10:00 AM MST General Session
  2:00 PM MST General Session 
  6:00 PM MST Priesthood Session
Sunday April 2nd 
10:00 AM MST General Session
  2:00 PM MST General Session 
Locally televised on KSL TV and BYU-TV 



This is a photo of us on that Conference weekend 50 years ago. 
The Prophet in this day was President David O. McKay. We loved Him so much and were thrilled to get to see Him speak that day. 
President David O. McKay~

Here are the 1st Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
President Henry B. Eyring, 1st Councilor - Our Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson - Present Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 2nd Councilor. 
Our World Famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir

EXCITING FAMILY MOMENTS ~
Here we are on our visit to the hospital to see our new Great Granddaughter~
Top Photo on Right Great Grandpa and Great Grandma with new Great Granddaughter - 2nd Photo; Grandpa and Grandma  with Granddaughter - Mother, Dana with new baby daughter and Our adorable new Great Granddaughter, Katalina.
 We welcomed into our family Katalina Born on March 24th @ 10:03 PM To our Grandson Jake and Granddaughter in law, Dana. She has a precious older brother named, Sagan. 
Here are some photos of this lovely family of ours ~
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and especially a delightful Sabbath Day worshiping our #PrinceofPeace.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Step Back In Time~

Graphic by LeAnn@Living Waters - Photo by Debbie@It's All About Purple~


I have been feeling a bit nostalgic. Part of it is because my sweet cousin Becky passed away. She was three years younger than I. When I was younger I used to play with Becky and her sister Jacky for hours at their Grandparents home and ranch. Their grandparents were my Uncle and Aunt. We had such a delightful time riding horses, taking little hikes, climbing trees and playing cowgirls.These are tender reflections. 
We traveled to my home town for the funeral. Seeing so many friends and relatives gathered for this occasion brought feelings of comfort and warmth for the sense of loss I was feeling.  

Becky, Jacky and LeAnn
  While there we visited a neighboring town where my Aunt Alene resides in an assisted living center. Memories flowed of times spent with this dear Aunt. I used to play for our hours with my two cousins in their home.

Delightful experiences from the past filled my mind as though they happened yesterday. Though the occasion brought sadness to my heart the memories that accompanied me throughout were indeed tender. 
While sorting through family records I came across letters and journal notes that caused me to recall endearing moments when my husband returned home from his two year mission to California. At the time he left we were in love and considering marriage; but we both had a goal for him to serve a mission for our church and for me to finish my nursing degree. It was so hard to be with out him. However, the joy of his return was worth the waiting. When he walked through my front door every feeling that I had for him came flowing back and it was almost like he had never been gone. We were engaged within 2 weeks and married in June of 1967. It was 50 years ago, and my love for him now has multiplied many times over.

Naturally, I was basking in the joy of those precious memories when I started to look at some photos of our children when they were young. My thoughts shifted again. This too was a joyful era in my life. I was busy with my family of six children as well as many other responsibilities. It seemed like hours were only seconds. As I now look back on those moments of mothering; I wish I would have simply slowed down a tad and enjoyed those treasured times more than I did. 
My Family~
To all you dear mothers; slow down and enjoy the precious moments of motherhood. Soon your children will be gone with families of their own. You cannot recapture those moments nor create the would be memories that are lost. My sincere advice is for you to hug and tell them you love them more. Don't let a day go by without warmly embracing your children. In today's world they need to feel your love more than ever before. They won't find it in their environment. Technology knows no emotions. Let them know how much you love and cherish them. Let them know that you are always there for them. Sometimes, your silent listening provides the precise answers they need. 
I speak from life experiences. My children now have busy lives of their own, with seemly less time to stay in contact with parents and grandparents. With the advent of technology, the phone is seldom used. How I love it when I can hear the voice of one of my precious children or grandchildren. A Facebook message, an email or text is lovely but hearing the live voice of a child can bring such joy to my heart. I miss my children and grandchildren a lot. 
Savor the moments when your family is together and defiantly take hundreds of photos and keep a journal. I am so grateful that I can go back and revisit the treasured moments of my past. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Two Greatest Gifts Of Love~

At the close of this month of love;  I thought I would write a post about "The Two Greatest Gifts Of Love. First, is the Gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16. 
I found that statement by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland to be profound: " I ask you, what father and mother could stand by and listen to the cry of their children in distress, in this world, and not render aid and assistance? I have heard of mothers throwing themselves into raging streams when they could not swim a stroke to save their drowning children, rushing into burning buildings to rescue those whom they loved...[ Our Father] saw [His} Son finally upon Calvary; he saw his body stretched out upon the wooden cross; he saw the cruel nails driven through hands and feet, and the blows that broke the skin, tore the flesh, and let out the life's blood of his Son. He looked upon that....His Father looked on with great grief and agony over his Beloved Son, until there seems to have come a moment when even our Savior cried out in despair; "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
In that hour I think I can see our dear Father behind the veil looking upon these dying struggles until even he could not endure it any longer; and, like the mother who bids farewell to her dying child, has to be taken out of the room, so as not to look upon the last struggles, so he bowed his head, and hid in some part of his universe, his great heart almost breaking for the love that he had for his Son. Oh, in that moment when he might have saved his Son, I thank him and praise him that he did not fail us, for he had not only the love of his Son in mind, but he also had love for us. I rejoice that he did not interfere, and that his love for us made it possible for him to endure to look upon the sufferings of his Son and give him finally to us, our Savior and our Redeemer. Without him, without his sacrifice, we would have remained, and we would never have come glorified into his presence. And so this is what it cost, in part, for our Father in Heaven to give the gift of his Son unto men."
Here is a great video~

 The Second Greatest gift is that through Christ's Atonement all men can be saved from sin and through His resurrection; we can live again and return and be in the presence of our Heavenly Parents.
Our Redeemer love us all so much that He freely made the choice to give His life for each and everyone of us. 
"That first Easter sequence of Atonement and Resurrection constitutes the most consequential moment, the most generous gift, the most excruciating pain, and the most majestic manifestation of pure love ever to be demonstrated in the history of this world, Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, suffered, died, and rose from death in order that He could, like lightning in a summer storm, grasp us as we fall, hold us with His might, and through our obedience to His commandments, lift us to Eternal Life.
~Elder Jeffery R. Holland 
I love this thought by C.S. Lewis; "He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less."
Elder David A. Bednar stated the following: "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 every experience during out 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 every 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 to do that which we could never do through relying upon only our own power. 
We feel and know the Savior's love more abundantly than ever through our opportunity to be MLS missionaries in the Utah Salt Lake South Mission. We experience miracles in our work where we know that we are being guided to help someone in need, to teach someone about our Savior and are to lift someone who has fallen and feels hopeless. God loves us all so much and we are His spirit children and He wants to see us all again and our Savior, Jesus Christ provided the way. He is the truth and the light for all the world. 
I echo the words of our beloved Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson; "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. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day To All~

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

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

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

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

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



Saturday, February 4, 2017

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

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

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


#Share Goodness  #sharelove

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