I had a lovely blessing given to me that I treasure and read freguently. There are two sentences that I often ponder upon. One is to be optimistic and cheerful. The other is to accept gladly church assignments and responsibilities. Because of the second one I have yet to turn down a calling or assignment in my church. I must add here that I have been deeply blessed by all of these opportunities to serve. You know the thought that when you write about something it may be for your benefit more than for others.This may be true for me today.
OK, I am not always optimistic and cheerful; although I try to be. Today I was helping a dear sister who has been trying to get her Social Security Card replaced. I took her to the Social Security office for the third time. She finally had her birth certificate of which she thought was the only item she needed. We were informed that she had an expired Driver's License so it would not count as an Valid ID and she would need to bring another document in to prove her identiy. We tried last week to get her a Valid ID at the Driver's License office but they needed a copy of her Social Security card. I don't think this is a win win situation. I also took her to another government office to take in the last paper she thought was needed for her file.We have been to this office 5 times. Again, this was not the last trip there. She now had to apply for a hearing and would need other documentation. After today's events I am not feeling very optimistic or cheerful about the outcome of all of this. It has been a long day.
However, when I get in these moods I know that if I will pray and read my scriptures, Ensign article, a good book or do a blog post; I will feel much better. Sometimes, vigorous exercise helps; but I am way too tired for that. However many times I just enjoy wallering in my moment of depression.
I have been reading a new book entitled: "65 Signs Of The Times" by David J. Ridges. David Ridges said the following of our past Prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley: "Pres. Hinckley was a wonderful prophet to follow. He exuded optimism and had a delightful sense of humor. At a multi-stake regional conference some years ago that I attended, during the Saturday priesthood leadership session, President Hinckley kept the priesthood brethren laughing for a solid 45 minutes".
President Hinckley spoke at my Father in law, LaMar Williams's funeral and said the following. "As I have been attending the funerals of my associates I feel like I am the last leaf on the tree and the wind is blowing." He lived until he was 97 years old. Yes, he was a wonderful optimistic and cheerful prophet.
President Thomas S. MonsonOur current Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson also teaches on this subject of being optimistic. Here are some some thoughts from him given on April 5, 2009 Sunday Morning Session of General Conference. The message was entitled: "Be Of Good Cheer."
It would be easy to become discouraged and cynical about the future -or even fearful of what might come- if we allowed ourselves to dwell only on that which is wrong in the world and in our lives. Today, however, I'd like us to turn our thoughts and our attitudes away from the troubles around us and to focus instead on our blessings as members of the Church. The Apostle Paul declared, "God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
None of us makes it through this life without problems and challenges--and sometimes tragedies and misfortunes. After all, in large part we are here to learn and grow from such events in our lives. We know that there are times when we will suffer, when we will grieve, and when we will be saddened. However, we are told, "Adam fell that men might be; and men are that they might have joy." (2 Nephi 1:25). How might we have joy in our lives, despite all that we may face? Again from the scriptures: "Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you." (D&C 68:6)
He concluded this message by declaring the following:
I testify to you that our promised blessings are beyond measure. Though the storms clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us."
President Gordon B. Hinckley
"In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured.”
By President Gordon B. Hinckley
Now I feel better!
Now I feel better!
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We believes that no matter where you live in the world you should obey, honor and sustain the law of that country.This means we should not drive faster than the speed limit! This means that we pay our taxes and obey many other laws that are given. We believe that the Constitution of the United States and Declaration of Independance were inspired. We believe that when we are voting on a measure, amendment or other issues we should be informed and vote according to our own individual conscience. In this political year we are encouraged to read and participate in choosing men or women that represent our values. We are again encouraged to learn about the canidates and then vote according to our own inspiration.