I have discovered throughout my life that being happy was a choice. My husband and I have had a life time filled with many adventures. We have had many good times and many difficult moments. We have lived in different areas and have had to move our family several times. Uprooting our family with those various moves was hard. I decided early on that I would be happy no matter where we lived. I often used the mantra that I would "bloom where I was planted." When we have had struggles financially, physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally; I have walked by faith. I would move forward with one foot in front of the other with hope in our future. I have always had faith and hope in our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness for us.
As I have grown through the years so has my love for others. I do love people and care deeply for Heavenly Father's children; my spirit brothers and sisters. I have tried to develop and cultivate faith, hope and love into my everyday life. Like everyone else, I do have my down moments; when life seems too hard; but I trust in the Lord and try not to let discouragement enter into my heart. I know where that source of discouragement and discontent comes from. My favorite scripture is found in Proverbs 3: 5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths". Here is one of my favorite stories that have increased my faith, hope and love. Enjoy~
A Summer With Great Aunt Rose~
by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Second Counselor in the First Presidency
The story is about a girl named Eva. There are two
important things you should know about Eva. One is that she was 11 years old in
this story. And the other is that she absolutely, positively did not want
to go and live with her great-aunt Rose. Not at all. No way.