Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Life Remembered And Revered - President Thomas S. Monson


Our beloved Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson passed away peacefully on January 2nd, 2018.  President Monson was the Prophet to the world not just The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As the President of our church, he led our 15,882,417 plus membership.
We believe he was a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator. In our church, we have a First Presidency and 12 Apostles. Our leadership is formed exactly like the Savior's 12 Apostles. You can read of the chosen twelve after Christ Ascension here. Peter, James, and John and the other Apostles led the early day church; they were Prophet, Seers, and Revelators for that day. More information can be found about them here.
In The Book of Mormon, you can read of the Savior, Jesus Christ's appearance after His resurrection to the people here in America's. While here He chose 12 Disciples to lead the church after He ascended to Heaven again. You can read in 3 Nephi about this time in history.
Our Prophet will be laid to rest this Friday and a short time after that; there will be a new Prophet chosen from among the Apostles. You can read about the keys of the kingdom here. 
Today I wanted to share a few thoughts about our dear Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.He was all about service, and he will always be remembered as a Prophet who served the one.
His love was boundless and unconditional. He loved all of Heavenly Father's children profoundly and was an example of the pure love of Christ.
The progress of the Church went forward under his revelatory leadership. President Monson will be missed very much.
In 2010, a marvelous Autobiography by Heidi S. Swinton was published. It was entitled "To The Rescue." Here are the closing thoughts on this book.
"What will the legacy of President Thomas S. Monson be? Observers have a tendency to set the starting point at the beginning of a man's presidency of the Church. But his legacy goes all the way back to when he began following the Spirit and heeding promptings when he began reaching out with the power of the Spirit, one-on-one, to anyone and everyone, especially the forgotten. His legacy will be Christlike living."

As the sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thomas S. Monson has testified far and wide. His message has been clear from the beginning: "Our Savior Jesus Christ is at the head of this Church, which bears His name. I know that the sweetest experience in all this life is to feel His promptings as a young Bishop, guided to the homes where there was spiritual -or perhaps temporal-want. I felt them again as a mission president in Toronto, Canada, working with wonderful missionaries who were a living witness and testimony to the world that this work is divine and that we are led by a prophet. I have felt them throughout my service in the Twelve and in the First Presidency and now as President of the Church. I testify that each one of us can feel the Lord's inspiration as we live worthily and strive to serve Him.
Saying a final goodbye is hard We have all of his messages through the years to enjoy. We will as a church look forward to our new Prophet, Seer, and Revelator and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can read about the succession in the church of a new Prophet and President here. 


Here is the link to the funeral arrangement and watching the services for this loving Prophet of ours. 
All photographs are from The Deseret News.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Taking Memories Into The New Year - 2018

Wishing for all a very Happy New Year of 2018. I always look forward to the new years because it gives me an opportunity to reflect on the many blessings received in the past year and all of the anticipated sweet moments of a New Year.
This past year has been busy and challenging but filled with blessing. We have had miracles, powerful learning moments and joy-filled family times. We feel profoundly blessed by our loving Heavenly Father as we have deepened our faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement and felt His love for us through countless miracles in our missionary endeavors and everyday experiences.
We look forward to another great year of progress, loving, serving, and experiences more family time.
As I move forward into the new year, I do so with a feeling of joy. I want to choose to be happy and to learn and grow from my future life moments. Our Father In Heaven intends for us all to have Joy. May you all have a New Year filled with Joy.
The last two months of 2017 have been filled with many moments with family.
We were able to take a trip to Hawaii and meet our oldest daughter Christina, Brandon and their family. Here is a recap of our family times in November and December.
November 2017
In November we left for Spokane Washington to visit our youngest daughter Tiffani, Dave and their children, Michael, Sarah, Kaitlyn, and Williams. 
We celebrated my birthday while there. Wow, I am getting old. Being with their family was fun.
We were at the church waiting for our Grandson Michael to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood to the office of an Elder He is getting reading to serve a mission.
We went out to dinner with our children and Dave's parents and then to a movie. 
We took family photos of us all. Having a picture of Michael and us was fun.
We then drove back home having had a great time with their family.
 We had our oldest son Sean, Mary and their children; Gillian, Jackson, Joseph, Jonathan, Jeffery, and Josh down for Thanksgiving. We also had our Grandson Jacob, Dana and their two children, Sagan and Katalina. We had lots of yummy food, football, conversation and board games. It was an enjoyable Thanksgiving celebration.

We next had a delightful day with our Granddaughter, Justice and her friend Tyler. They came down to Utah from Idaho for a social function and stayed with us. We had lunch and a shopping time at Scheels. 
 December 2017
We attended a choir concert for our Granddaughter, Karli from Idaho. It was held at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. It was an excellent program. We are so proud of Karli for being in the choir.  
 We traveled down to Monroe, Utah to visit my sweet Aunt Alene. She turned 97 years old on December 11th. Spending some time with her was fun.

We were very blessed to have our Granddaughter, Sariah come for an overnight visit from Australia. She was on her way to the Mission Training Center in Provo for three weeks before going to her mission assignment in the Sacramento California Mission.
Our sweet daughter, Jenni, Michael and their children; Alyssa, Emma, and Benjamin just moved into our home, so it was fun for us to have them all here.
I took Sariah shopping for a little while and then we all went out to dinner to celebrate her mission and her birthday earlier in the month.

On December 13th my husband and I flew to Hawaii. We had a great flight there, and it was an exhilarating moment for us. We spent the first few days just exploring the beach and Waimea Valley. The landscape is lovely. The weather was iffy. We had rain and sun. We enjoyed all the moments regardless of the weather.
Our first day on the Beach was incredible.
A day at Waimea Valley. The vegetation and landscapes were spectacular. I loved the trees. We had lunch there, and the Peacock joined us. 

My favorite time was our being able to attend the Laie Hawaii Temple. The grounds and the inside of the temple were so lovely. We enjoyed doing a session there. The history of the temple can be found here.

While there we had a used Skype to tune in and see our Grandson, Austin received his mission call to the Omaha, Nebraska Mission. He leaves for the MTC on February 14th. We are thrilled for him. His Great Great Grandfather served there in 1896 as missionary and Mission Conference President. Our Grandson, Jackson served in this mission also.  We know that this calling was from the Lord.
Our daughter Christina, Brandon and their children; April, Abbey, Faith, and Levi arrived to join us in Hawaii. We left our hotel and moved over to a lovely home right on the beach. It was charming and the view terrific.
The 2nd day there we spent some time downtown in Honolulu shopping and dining.
 We spent a rained filled day at the Polynesian Center and had a fantastic time. The rain didn't stop the fun. We learned about the Islands different cultures. It was a tremendous adventure. It was fun to hear the stories, watch them do their various Polynesian dances and etc. We had an excellent dinner in the evening an then went to a Theather for the presentation of "The Circle of Life." It was spectacular.

 We had the emotional charge experience of visiting Pearl Harbor and a tour in Honolulu. It was a great day trip.
Our first stop was to the USS Arizona that was sunk by Japan on December 7th, 1941 with all the crew aboard. They are buried at the bottom of the ocean. The memorial to them was emotional and spiritual. There was 1,700 plus seaman lost. Averages ages 18-21 year olds. Looking at the list of names was overwhelming. The loss was profound. They gave their lives for our great country. I love the United States of America.
 We next visited the USS Missouri Battleship. We took a tour of the boat and learned so much. The history of this ship is so fascinating. You can find it here.
Take a moment and read the story of the Kasma attack against this ship. It is a story you won't forget. You can read it here.
On our Daughter Christina's birthday, we took a boat trip to go snorkeling. Roger and I didn't go snorkeling, but we enjoyed watching the kids and making a ton of photos. It was a commercial tour that took them out to two different places. Lunch was also provided. It was a beautiful day, and the weather was perfect.
Later on, our dear daughter went for a massage and then came home with a fever, and we started the flu cycle. She was too sick to even open her gifts. She was in bed until Christmas day.
 Our Christmas Eve was really lovely. We had dinner in and then went through the Nativity story and shared some excellent thoughts on that. We enjoyed the tree that our Son in law Brandon had gotten and decorated. We put or gifts out and watched a Christmas movie before retiring.
Christmas Day was just beautiful. We got up late, and our Chrissy was able to join us and felt good all day. We opened gifts and had a delightful Skype call with their daughter and our granddaughter Sariah at the MTC. It was a highlight for sure. Roger and I also had a precious moment of reading letters from each of our children telling us one of their favorite memories of Christmas through their growing up years.
The weather on Christmas was lovely, so we spent the afternoon on the beach, and my husband and I went Kayaking. It was a first for us.

The day after Christmas it rained most of the day. We packed, cleaned up the home we were in and left to find something to do before going to the airport. We had a delightful time on the Temple grounds and at the visitors center. We watched an incredible video of the Laie Hawaii Temple. 
There were some flood warnings in areas of the Island, so we decided to head to the airport early. 
We caught our flight around 10pm. The trip was smooth except that I started with severe flu symptoms and was sick for the entire flight. I was happy when we finally landed. 
Since then Roger got the flu too, and we have been recovering. As of tonight; New Year's Eve we have improved a lot. We have sincere gratitude for having the chance to make this trip and enjoy the beautiful island of Oahu. 

We have been able to enjoy some of the New Year Eve celebration with our daughter Jenni, Michael and their children; Alyssa, Emma, and Benjamin 
May you all have a fantastic New Years Day and a great year of 2018.
Love to you all!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Mele kailkimaka from Hawaii~

Mele Kalikimaka from Hawaii to all our wonderful friends and family.
I am on my I-pad so my photos won't post; I will just add them later. Hugs for all!
We have been enjoying the sometimes sunny skies of Hawaii. We have been creating some precious memories while here with our daughter Christina, Brandon and their children. We were very busy preparing to come here and are now enjoying a few activities on the beautiful island of Oahu.

Today I have been thinking a lot about what the Christmas Season really means to me. Because of His divine birth, life, example, His Atonement and His ultimate resurrection; I know that my Savior Jesus Christ lives. I want to be a follower of Jesus Christ, obey His commandments, keep my life in Harmony with His teachings and endure to the end that I might return to live with Him, my Eternal Companion, family and my Heavenly Parents.

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ during this Christmas Season remember that only through Him can we obtain Eternal Life which is God's greatest gift to us.

Through the years our family has had many Christmas Traditions but my favorite one is our Nativity Program each year. We have always had our children, then our grandchildren and now our great-grandchildren put on a program of the nativity. They dress the parts and we read the scriptural story of the Birth of our Savior Jesus Christ with music, songs and other performances.

Here is a photo of one of our programs with the two of our families in 2009. One of them is the family we are celebrating Christmas with here in Hawaii.
Here is one of my favorite Children's Christmas songs that our children and grandchildren have sung through the years.

Picture a stable in Judea.

Lyrics
1. Picture a stable in Judea.
Picture a sacred, silent night.
And can you hear
The angels near
And see the star so bright?
Picture the little baby Jesus.
Think of his life and words so dear.
Sing praise to him;
Remember him,
As you picture Christmas this year.
2. Picture the kind and gentle Joseph.
Picture the mother, Mary, fair.
And can you see
So rev’rently
The shepherds kneeling there?
Picture the little baby Jesus.
Think of his life and words so dear.
Sing praise to him;
Remember him,
As you picture Christmas this year.
Words and music: Patricia Kelsey Graham, b. 1940. © 1983 IRI
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas Celebration. May the light of our Savior's love shine brightly in your homes and hearts this Christmas season. Sending our loving Christmas thoughts your way!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Anticipation ~


Are you running to and fro doing your Christmas shopping and celebrating? Are we having fun yet? I am more like yikes; stressed out. I don't think that is the way it is supposed to be. We should just be basking away in the everyday moments of serving, loving and caring for others. I find the season to be exciting and fun but also a lot of work. We must slow down and just do the small and meaningful things to #lighttheworld 

We have the opportunity of going to Hawaii for Christmas this year. That is part of my stress; getting Christmas ready for the family here and packing to go there. We are thrilled to spend it with our daughter and her family from Australia. She is moving back to the states which makes us very happy. We will spend about 12 total days there. I know that it will seem very different from the traditional Christmases that I love. I like all the family get-togethers, parties, the nativity, the decorated tree, the beautifully wrapped gifts and etc. I love the giving of gifts to one another and enjoyable moments of service to others.   
With that being said, I love Christmas and I wanted to do a short Christmas post. 
Here is my Christmas Letter to all of my marvelous friend and family that read my blog. 
May you all know the love I have in my heart for each of you. 

The year of 2017 was a memorable one. We continued to serve in our full-time MLS mission and were released in September. We experienced two remarkable years.  We'll forever cherish our memories of that work. We met and taught so many families and individuals that we grew to love deeply. They will forever remain sweet friends. 
We look forward to returning to temple service in 2018. Prior to our release LeAnn received a call to serve as Stake Relief Society President. To say the least, she was shocked and humbled. So, busy days and nights continue. 
In March we received our 5th Great Grandchild; a sweet little one named Katalina Williams born to our Grandson Jacob and his darling wife Dana Williams.
We celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 13th. Our children planned a wonderful celebration for us with family and friends. All of our children were able to be there. It was a landmark moment in our lives. 
 We have blessed with  6 wonderful children and spouses, 32 Grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. We have been greatly blessed in so many ways.
We’re especially grateful for all of our wonderful family and friends. May your homes and hearts be filled with the Savior’s light and love as you celebrate this Christmas season. Enjoy your moments together with family and friends. We invite you to reflect upon our Redeemer’s love for all.
Love, Roger and LeAnn Williams

“The same God that placed that star over Bethlehem gave equal attention in placing each of us here at this time and in these circumstances, to give light, life, and inspiration. May we illuminate our lives so that our light may not only lead others but warm them as well.”   Elder Neal a Maxwell

My next blog post will be some photos here and there from Christmas in Hawaii. 
Check out these links for some awesome thoughts and videos~
                            #sharethegift   #lighttheworldvideos  #asaviorisborn
Remember Light The World by giving for 25 days in 25 ways This Christmas Season. You can find the ideas here at #lighttheworld #lightheworld

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A Grateful Heart!


Wishing all of my dear friends and family a very Happy Thanksgiving Day and Weekend.
In my heart, I have a deep love for people, and I have loved getting to know many of you through blogging and other media. You have blessed my life in many ways. I have enjoyed your posts on various subjects, beautiful photos of activities and treasured family times. There have been occasions when I have been reading posts that one of you have mentioned something that I needed to read or see that day. My heart has been lifted from sad moments. I have learned how to cook better, be more organized, enjoy simple things of life, be more observant of our Heavenly Father's creations. My faith has been strengthened by your kindness and service to others. I have loved reading your testimonies of your own religion, inner peace found and inner struggles lightened.  I love humanity. I love all of you. 

On this Thanksgiving Day, I want to share with you a short gratitude list. These are some of the things that I am deeply thankful for. 
1. I am intensely grateful for my Heavenly Father. I know He loves me and all of you. We are His children. He continues in multiples ways to bless us all. As you draw near unto Him; He will draw near unto you. I believe our Father is in the details of our lives. He wants us to return again to live with Him someday. 

2. I have a deep love for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He suffered and died for me and all of you. Somehow through His Atoning sacrifice, He has felt all of our pains from sin, physical, emotional, and spiritual struggles. He alone knows how we feel. He loves us and is continuing to reach out to us. He is our advocate with the Father. He knows us and has already paid the price for our sins and painful life experiences. All we have to do is repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, follow Him and endure to the end. He is our example, and through Him, we can live more Christ-like lives. 

3. I am profoundly thankful that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the infinite Plan of Happiness found within. I love to serve and have had many opportunities through the years. It has increased my love for others tenfold. I know that my beliefs are true because the Spirit of the Holy Ghost has testified to me of its truthfulness. 
I am thankful for our Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson and all of the Apostles. They are true Disciples of Christ and are there for us all.  They travel throughout the world to strengthen our growing church. Our church does so much for the world through its humanitarian efforts; it's incredible!


4. I am grateful for the best husband in the entire world. Now I know there are many that feel the same but I do know I am seriously blessed with a very great Man. He serves me, loves me, cares for me, and teaches me daily what a true Disciple of Christ is. Of course, along with this cherished man; I love our dog named Sammy. He brings lots of joy into my life.

5. Ok, I have the best posterity.My grateful heart loves each of the individuals in our posterity.  I have a total of 6 children and spouses, 32 precious Grandchildren, and 5 beautiful Great Grandchildren. They bless my life in countless ways. 

6. I am thankful for books; I have learned so much from reading.I do love a good novel.
However, I am passionately thankful for my most favorite book; The Book of Mormon. It is a compelling book of scripture. It is a book that speaks to me with answers to prayers and has helped me as an individual, companion to my husband and a parent. I invite all to read this valuable book. I do love the other scriptures, the Holy Bible, Doctrine, and Covenants and
 Pearl of Great Price.They are very powerful books, also. 

7. I am appreciative of great music. I love listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Oldies, classical and country. I find music to be mood building and can be very stirring. I also believe that music calms the heart, brings the spirit and can heal my soul.
8. I am thankful for this lovely world we live in. I have three blogging friends that post spectacular photos of nature, and it profoundly moves my soul. 
photo by Barb@Barb's blog
9. Dearest friends and extended family members such as siblings, cousins, aunts, and uncles. I love you all, and my life is more abundant because of you and your friendship with me. Thank you for being the angels in my life that bare me up when times are hard and lighten my heart in many ways. 




10. Last but not least I love the temples that I have the privilege to serve in. I am grateful for my moments within. Here I find peace in the world and it is to me Heavenly Father's priceless University. I always learn something new within those walls. I have received remarkable revelations for my life while in these marvelous edifices. 

I am grateful for this beautiful world and all of the wonderful brothers and sisters in within it. We are all spectacular creations from a loving Heavenly Father. 
HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY - LOVE TO YOU ALL~

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. 

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