Monday, February 9, 2015

It's Living Waters 5th Year Anniversary~

My fifth anniversary - I began the "Living Waters" blog five years ago on February 9th. I have enjoyed the wonderful challenge of writing posts. I still have much to learn about writing; but the experience has been rewarding. I have learned about myself and the world around me. Through trial and error, I've learned to post pictures, navigate the internet, create custom designs for my blog site and a multitude of lessor skills.
I love the challenge of selecting subjects that I hope to be helpful, fun, informational and inspiring. I want my blog to be positive and uplifting. My purpose has been to share thoughts and stories about my life, my faith, my family or just my musings.
Today I want to share a portion of my first posting. At that time I was teaching a lesson in Relief Society titled "The Woman At The Well". I felt I could relate to that woman as she conversed with our Savior, Jesus Christ. I too wanted my Savior's living water. 
I have always enjoyed studying the scriptures, reading  books by LDS Church authors as well as good novels. I have desires to learn and understand more about the doctrines of Christ. I have a strong and fervent belief in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know that we have a living Prophet on the earth today; President Thomas S. Monson. I am forever grateful for the testimony I have of the restoration of the gospel brought forth through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I love Emma Smith the Prophet Joseph Smith's wife. She made so many difficult sacrifices for the establishment of the church during its beginning years. I have great faith in Priesthood power. I have been the beneficiary of many healing blessings. I do believe in Miracles. I recently witnessed my husband being healed through Priesthood blessings after having Pulmonary Emboli a few weeks ago. You can read that story here. 
I love temples. I've had the privilege of being an ordinance worker in two temples for more than 13 years. I find great peace within those walls and have received revelation for my own life.
I love The Book of Mormon. In recent years I've read it many times.  I enjoy the Bible as well; both the Old Testament and The New Testament. Also the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price.These scriptures have helped me countless times during moments of personal struggle, and they have served as a mother's manual for raising children.
I have been blessed with an Eternal Companion whom I have been married to for 47 years. He is my forever love. We have experienced many difficult trials and challenges; but we know where the source of our comfort and peace comes from. We love our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ with all of our heart and soul. We know that all our prayers have been heard, and many have been answered as hoped for. 
Our children continue to be our greatest joy. We have three boys and three girls. Four have served missions. All have been married in a Temple to wonderful companions. They are faithful in serving the Savior. We have thirty two Grandchildren and four Great Grandchildren to bless our lives continually.
One of the greatest joys of blogging is the opportunity for new friendships. I have had sweet experiences meeting face to face with three such women, as we follow each other's writings. There are many more of course that I have not met personally, but I have grown to love them just the same as I enjoy our blogging friendship. I have prayed for you and with you during times of struggle and I have felt your prayers during mine.
May you all know how much I  love you and how much I have learned from reading your posts. You have all been a great blessing in my life.
I love blogging and will continue to write posts and read your inspiring thoughts.
I find right now that I need to have a short break. I won't be posting any blogs for a while but I will drop in here and there to read your posts because you are my friends and I want to stay current in reading your thoughts and life experiences. I will be back, but I do need a little time to close out some important priorities.

I will be doing short updates on my Living Waters face book page. If you like you can follow me there. 

Living Waters by LeAnn

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Heidi Allen Garvin said...

Happy 5th Blogging Anniversary, LeAnn.
I am SO grateful for all the good that you have shared online. On many occasions you have posted messages on my blog that have uplifted and blessed my life; much more than you know.

I've found, as you have, that's it's been a learning process (the younger generation seems to have come pre-wired for the work) but that our efforts have not been in vain.

Your input online has helped to fulfill our commission to 'fill the internet with light and truth.'

You have made a big difference for many!

I wish you the best during your 'break' and...when the time is right - look forward to hearing from you again.

You've added more light in the world!

With much love and appreciation for all the good you've done!


Marsha said...

Just wanted you to know that I am also one of your blog followers and you will greatly be missed. I enjoyed your testimony in this blog and the feelings it brought to my heart - thank you.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary, LeAnn! You are a dear blog friend and I'm so happy to have "met" you in blogdom. Enjoy your break and we'll be here when you get back!

Debbie said...

congrats on 5 years leann, that's a wonderful commitment to writing!! i have learned so much from you and i am grateful that our paths crossed.

you have an amazing, very kind spirit!!!

Christy Monson said...

Congratulations! You add light and love to the world. Thanks for sharing your goodness around the world. Lots of love, Christy

Just Ramblin' said...

Congratulations on five years of blogging. It has been a joy to follow your blog as it is always so uplifting and positive. You truly have a gift. I will miss your posts and will look forward to your return when the time is right. Nola

Grammy Staffy said...

Congrats on 5 years of creating a wonderful inspirational blog. I love you and the testimony you share with the world.

singing/granny said...

I have so enjoyed reading your posts! We seem to share a lot of things in common, and believe in the same wonderful Savior. I will follow you on Facebook for certain! Thanks for all of your kind words of encouragement and friendship!!! Melody


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