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Matthew 27:26–50, Jesus on the cross

1.

Scourged as they mocked, He suffered rejection

Bloody and torn beyond  recognition

Then, nailed and raised He taught tenderly a new

Father forgive them they know not what they do

Surely He loved all who stood there

Purely He prayed with perfect care

2.

Hanging on still He forgot just Himself

For a thief, a lost sheep, still needed His help

Today thou shalt enter into paradise

A place for the spirit to go when one dies

Surely He saves us from the fall

Purely He cares for one and all

3.

Then, watching His mother He the first born

Now offered another for her comfort

The bond of the family will never end

He put her into the care of a friend

Surely preparing to depart

Purely He spoke from heart to heart

4.

Alone and forsaken… by Father above

He then taught us all to be loyal to love

So He could save us after all that we do

Gethsemane’s sacrifice came all anew

Surely His suff’ring for us did atone

Purely He stated that God’s work was done!

Pondering:  “We need not walk by the shores of Galilee or among the Judean hills to walk where Jesus walked. All of us can walk the path He walked when, with His words ringing in our ears, His spirit filling our hearts, and His teachings guiding our lives, we choose to follow Him as we journey through mortality. His example lights the way. Said He: ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.’ ”

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865612481/President-Thomas-S-Monson-Ponder-the-path-of-thy-feet.html?pg=all

LDS Church News

President Thomas S. Monson: ‘Ponder the path of thy feet’

Published: Sunday, Oct. 5 2014 11:55 a.m. MDT

Home and Homework

The slamming of the door
Shut the pain out
All the day’s disorder
Grew into a shout….

Survival’s impulse
Was to get far away
Tears…pressures’ results
Had built up this long day

There was too much homework
A late night was certain
She knew there was housework
That was but her burden

Just being outside
And getting fresh air
Cleared up her stressed mind
Her eyes began to clear

A bird  flew to a tree to sing
A cat darted down the road
The sunset  glowed on everything
She sat on some grass and wrote:

Tonight:thirty pages. Plus a report
A science project. Twenty math problems.
Plus the dirty dishes and who knows what more?
Mapping out the night helped her heart soften

She entered the back door
The noise was not too bad
There was a nice odor
The dishwasher hummed by dad!

She ran and hugged him
and showed her long list
She mopped the floor. Then
She gave her mom a kiss

Feeling love and support
She went into her room
Read and wrote her report
Then diagrammed the moon

Math was put off last
It proved to be too much
She heard footsteps pass
And jumped up to rush

Her brother was now home!
Could he help her out?
He thought math was fun!
They moved figures about

Then. How good it felt
To hug him goodnight
To say prayer. They knelt
Then he tucked her in tight!

Good Things Come

Good things come to those who work
From employment do not shirk
By study and faith learn and grow
Set your priorities and let them show
That is one of the hardest things.You want to be an asset and say yes to extra work but not at the expense of your family. The balance of expenses…

Feel the Stretch

Feel the stretch
Burdens bring
Growth will match
Pain’s offering

A Bishop Learns from His Flock

A bishop learns from his flock
From the paths that they walk
Let them group at the temple
For unity he’ll sample

Keep the Fire Burning

Keep the fire burning
Line upon line
Never stop learning
There is more light

Christ Steps In

Christ steps in
And shares with us
Our burden
When we trust

In Your Calling- Get Set Apart

Blessings come with callings
When you are set apart
Come to know what your cause be
Then go forth with your heart

Jesus Declares the Parable of the Wheat; Tares, Mustard Seed, and Leaven

The least seed of all herbs
Grows up like a tree
It’s a home to the birds….
Doubt not your offering

Anti-Church Material

Paul said seek for beauty,
In the light there is truth.
This is our solemn duty:
That we might share its fruit

Anti-Church Material

 Paul said seek for beauty, In the light there is truth. This is our solemn duty: That more might bear good fruit

Paint a Target

Paint a target
That point towards light
Never forget
Love’s centered on Christ

Help is on the Way

Help is on the way
For for you we pray
Blessings will impart
For a better day

Drama Stricken

It makes my heart ache
To see those in sin
What drama they make
How they are stricken!
There is a difference between going through trials and suffering in drama…

“What Are You Thinking?”

Kind words for a friend:
“What are you thinking?”
Help wrong paths to end
And keep us from sinking
Isn’t it nice to have honest friends?

Addictions Cripple

Addictions cripple
And bring you down
A life of trouble
Does not endow
endow *verb* 1. give or bequeath an income or property to (a person or institution). Let it be a warning to someone who is addicted to porn… I know of a man who had it all who having been warned is soon to fall. For love that endures is sweet and pure Is intimate and does reassure He took a stripper in to be his love and then was jealous when men looked thereof. He himself became so out of control He threatened to blow off her head, to roll. WHAT? Thankfully the gun did not go off! Hopefully… more »

Where Have My Feet Been?

Where have my feet been
That I stand here today?
On the path given
By Christ, who is the Way
He causes ears to ring with truth
He stirs the heart to life
He offers strength that I might move
With courage in His light
“We need not walk by the shores of Galilee or among the Judean hills to walk where Jesus walked. All of us can walk the path He walked when, with His words ringing in our ears, His Spirit filling our hearts, and His teachings guiding our lives, we choose to follow Him as we journey through mortality. His example lights the way. Said He, “I am the way, the truth, and the… more »

Have Courage to Rise

Have courage to rise,
To lift up your eyes,
And see who you are.
Believe and go far.

Mormon Founder: Joseph Smith Jr. – 3 of 5 – Mormonism

The keeping of records
And the bearing of truth
Has come through great efforts
As great trees have deep roots
I just listened to a recording of a man in a choke hold who ended up dying. He kept saying, “I can’t breathe!” The man holding him was so focused on other things he didn’t stop and the man died. In so many ways Joseph could have died that night. He grew up like a sapling that is whipped continually by wind. It sends down deeper roots to anchor it!.

Praise

Put the spirit of prayer
To your daily life
How this blesses you, share
And praise Jesus Christ
praise *verb* 1. *1*. to express warm approval or admiration of.

Feed My Sheep

We love the Lord on the surface
When we think of Him often
Then, to really know your purpose
Be a disciple of Him.
From the very depths of your soul
Go after but one lost sheep.
Bear your heart and let your love show.
You have commitments to keep. John 21: 1-22

Lazarus is Raised from the Dead

He knew what loomed ahead
Death’s sentence was His own
But in Him was no dread
With love He would atone
He would take upon Him death,
Pain, misery, and need
And feel for us with such depth
It would cause His sweat to bleed
Through each new passing day
They learned more of why He was born
He would open up the grave
And restore each spirit to form

Jim Reeves – Christmas Alone

This is the bright time of year to think of those without cheer to share with them of Christ’s light which warms up the darkest night. What a wonderful gift- Christmas- As symbols of His birth witness.
That as the nights grow cold, dark, and long
we carry with us a peace filled song.
We’ve reason to celebrate and cheer
Let’s feel the twinkle of His star near.
Just like having a nice pool and shade trees helps one survive the blazing heat of the dry desert Christmas comes and His light warms us. I go for walks at night and it amazes me how Christmas lights in the neighborho… more »

I am the Bread of Life

What a wonderful thing.
To teach of living truths.
Through study’s offering
The Holy Spirit moves.
Thank you Sunday School teachers for sharing of the Bread of Life.

C is for the Christ Child

Put Christ back into Christmas
One letter at a time
He is meant to be with us
Like a gift to untie
His gift when it is opened
Is warm with love and cheer
It fills us with hope that
Lasts through all of the year

The Lord’s Path to Travel

The Lord’s path to travel
Leads to faith at a cost
There are mountains to tackle
And swift waters to cross
Pray the path you are on
Is solid and sure
May your faith keep you strong
That you might endure
“If you follow the Spirit, your personal search for the truth inevitably leads you to the Lord and Savior, even Jesus Christ, for He is “the way, the truth, and the life.”31 This may not be the most convenient way; it will probably also be the road less traveled, and it will be the path with mountains to climb, swift rivers to cross, but it will be His way—the Savior’s redeeming way…. more »

What Can You Own?

What can you own
Till the end of your days?
Love, what you’ve known,
And your conscience stays
This image is of a young man sharing what he knows in a meetinghouse in Ghana West Africa. One of the blessings of the gospel is we can repent and be washed clean. It reminds me of a line in the scriptures- having a conscience void of offense towards God and towards all men. Look at the faces. We have so much to learn from each other. – Doctrine and Covenants 135:4 4 When Joseph went to Carthage to deliver himself up to the pretended requirements of the law, two or three days pr… more »

We Are Each Discoverers

We are each discoverers
On a path toward light
God’s provident hand offers us
Hope, love, truth, and insight

Tap Into His Insight

Tap into His insight
Listen and obey
Trust all will be alright
All will be okay

What Would You Give/ A Selfless Marriage/The Capacities of One

What would you give
to marry the one
who will help you live
your best to be won?
http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/transcript-president-eyring-addresses-vatican-summit-marriage A selfless marriage Is happily won As vows they cherish To become as one The capacities of one Absorbs into the other Shaping each to become United for endeavor For each other Happiness is produced “Most remarkable to me has been the fulfillment of the hope I felt the day I met my wife. I have become a better person as I have loved and lived with her. We have been complementary beyond anything I could have… more »

You Are To Die For

You are to die for
Just ask the Lord
Who selflessly saves
For us He suffered
To redeem us from our graves

Not All At Once

Not all at once
Do testimonies come
The more one hunts
The stronger they become
“Your testimony may begin from acknowledgment that the teachings of the Lord seem reasonable. But it must grow from practicing those laws. Then your own experience will attest to their validity and yield the results promised. That confirmation will not all come at once. A strong testimony comes line upon line, precept upon precept. *It requires faith, time, consistent obedience, and a willingness to sacrifice.*” —Richard G. Scott, “The Power of a Strong Testimony

For the Living Savior

For the living Savior
I will do the best I can,
Daily as I labor,
To share His light with man.

Emotional Bonds

When emotions are strung out
And humility is about
That is when great bonds are made
As gratitude’s displayed

Family is the Source

Family is the source of repair
Through selflessness and nurture.
We are all in need of its care
as the cure for the future.
Thinking about religious leaders all over the world in support of marriage!

You Kissed the Earth

You kissed the earth on tiny feet
and missed your birth for God to meet.
How we miss you, the life we felt,
your heartbeat too, Grief’s pain was dealt!
Without goodbyes, no hug to leave,
We still have ties, eternally.
In fetal sleep You slipped away
For Christ’s watchkeep
Where pure you’ll stay
Wee, Premature
To be with you
We will endure
We will stray true!
We light candles
And celebrate You,
Dear Sweet Angel
With love that’s great!
Sometimes you wonder why did this happen? This is the most amazing couple. They are extremely healthy and active. Then, I think, “Why not?” And my …

Walking the Rocky Paths

Walking the rocky paths
Strewn with obstacles,
Every step matters
In the Lord’s gospel.

Be Still My Soul

Lonely in His purpose
He loved us through each deed
Mankind He would purchase
His very soul to bleed!

The Gentle Healers

The gentle healer enters.
The impossible is done.
We are taught to our centers.
That through faith miracles are won.
Greg Olsen has a painting with this title. I love it!

Out of the Wilderness June 30 2011 – Large.m4v

Before my eyes,
He appears
And brightens skies
As He nears

What Scene Would You Like to See?

What scene would you like to see
In the days of the Son of Man?
Where, to Him, would you journey
To be dearly taught at His hand?
I can’t decide….but are there signs of Him in other religions?
I love the Pagan colors that celebrate the earth,
The Jewish fringes on four corners to surround you in prayer,
The Islamic outer dress prizing cleanliness and worth
And the Sikhism turban that reminds us God is everywhere

Praying Today For the Churches United for the Strength of Family

Praying today for the churches united at the Vatican to discuss the future of marriage.
The strength of the marriage union
Aspires children to rise up
This, unique to the man and woman
Inspires virtue, hope, and trust

Reflecting God’s Love—What Scriptures Mean to Me

Reflect God’s love
By reading His Word
Share you know of
Man’s place in the world

Get Over Feeling Bad

Get over feeling bad
Express gratitude
Give thanks for all you have
That life has been good

Want What You Have

Want what you have
Give thanks and share
You will feel glad
Blessings are there
Happiness is born of gratitude.

The Lost Student

As a student away
In a throng, alone
I simply lost my way
From the Lord I had known
As Sundays came and went
Just like any day
I knew I was lost when
I forgot to pray

We the People Fight Tyranny Game

 We the people
Fight tyranny
May they sample
We are too many

His Grace: Drug Addiction and The Loss of a Loved One

Drugs are not good friends
First you quit on yourself
Then progression ends
It’s a fight against hell

Widow of Nain

Could He perhaps of thought
Of His own widow, His mother
And His own feelings fought
As He lifted up another?

Sitting on the Bench: Thoughts on Suicide Prevention

Every soul is precious
Oh please do not give up
We’ve a friend in Jesus
Who sees the good in us

The Feeding of the 5000

Hungering for the Lord
They did not want to leave
From Him they needed more
To feed them in belief

Scriptures Legacy — Extended Broadcast Version

Every time we read
We must ponder the thought
What message do we need
In our heart to be taught?

Wherefore Didst Thou Doubt?

Make your way to Him
Midst the trying storms
Feel strengthened within
As faith, He restores

Make Your Way to Him

Make your way to Him
Midst the trying storms
Feel strengthened within
As faith, He restores

Act for Yourself

Act for yourself
Be a believer
Good choices help
Flee from all evil
I love the word flee!

The Taste is Bitter

The taste is bitter
And the thirst is great
A fast brings better
Blessings that await
I have been pondering that you have to know the bitter to know the sweet and the fact that there is a bitter taste in the mouth as I fast.

I am Not a Puppet

I am not a puppet
Unable to make a choice
I follow the prophet
To feel God’s love and rejoice
pondering Free Forever, To Act for Themselves Elder D. Todd Christofferson But God intends that His children should act according to the moral agency He has given them, “that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.”2 It is His plan and His will that we have the principal decision-making role in our own life’s drama. God will not live our lives for us nor control us as if we were His puppets, as Lucifer once proposed to do. Nor will His prophets accept the role o… more »

Be More Direct

Be more direct
And reconnect
Talk more and share
Show that you care

Mormon Messages for Youth

Currently there are 61 Mormon Messages for Youth!
At stake conference, today, one of our youth said that
every minute she is “going” with a full schedule, activities,
and opportunities to serve. At the end of the day her head
swims with upcoming projects and concerns.
She lets it all go in about fifteen minutes.
She and watches one of these Mormon Messages to feel the spirit
and ready herself for bed then reads the scriptures and prays.
You can learn a lot from the youth!
Before you close your eyes
At the end of the day
Let go of all that tries
Seek the spirit and pray

Our Temple in the Amazon

What would you sell
to guarantee
all would be well for your family?
It is so touching to think of the sacrifices made that led to this beautiful temple being built in the Amazon!

A Secure Anchor

Let the Savior
Secure you in life.
You’ll be safe, for
You will have His light!

Spiritual Vertigo

Living God’s guidelines
Will raise you up farther
To glorious signs
Of Heavenly Father

Meg Johnson | Paralyzed and Powerful

Just keep rolling on
Living and loving your best
Help and serve someone
For that is how you are blessed

Religious Freedom and Nondiscrimination News Conference

In all fairness
We each must guard
Our freedoms which
Cause no one harm

The Least of All Seeds

The least of all seeds
Is like the Lord’s Kingdom
For quickly both spreads
Filling the earth even
Go to this site to read interesting facts about the mustard seed! https://www.lds.org/new-era/print/2013/02/the-mustard-seed?lang=eng&clang=eng “The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: “Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.” Matthew 13:31–32. The Restored Church Is Branching Forth “This fi… more »

Five Thousand Poems

*FIVE * *THOUSAND * *POEMS!!!* *And humbled because my number one poem post is by someone else. * *He’s Been There Before by Troy Whittle * *has to be the most meaning poem for missionaries today. *

Who is a Liar?

Who is a liar?
Who is a fraud?
Lift your eyes higher.
Turn towards God!
Who is a liar?
Who is a fraud?
Lift your thoughts higher
Leave it to God.
And put it in His hands…
Ask what He would have you do?
Only He understands
The whole story- how it grew

People are Human

People are human
and we all make mistakes.
What are we to do then?
The Lord’s bond never breaks!
http://askgramps.org/31679/why-does-interest-fade-so-quickly-towards-new-members Why does interest fade so quickly towards new members? Converts need a responsibility, a friend, and the nourishing words of God….

Overcoming Pornography Addiction: The Healing Power of Jesus Christ

Pornography, the plague of our day,
Is killing the spirit of love
Around your heart, the atonement- paint
And remember who you’re a child of
Plagues are frightening. If you are involved in pornography. Get on the path out of it. See your bishop.

Just When You Think You Are Safe!

Just when you think you are safe
Satan finds another way
Hold to what the prophets say
Safety comes to those who obey

Drama Parts

On which end of the drama
Do you play a role?
Are you the cause of trauma
Or are you trying to stay whole?

It’s Time

Feeling sadness in your life
And maybe disappointment too
That’s the time to turn to Christ
Unto His atonement anew
Who is the worst person you have known?
What was worst news you have ever heard?
The darkest time you have been shown?
Did you remember you had the Word?
Have you ever felt alone
Lost as to what you should then do
For this the Lord did atone
He felt the *confusion* of it too!

Thank God

Thank God at the end of the day
For all you were able to do
That you were blessed along the way
And felt the spirit in some way too

What Gets You Out of Bed?

What gets you out of bed
And is the focus of your day?
By what strength are you led?
I hope it’s the love for God always!
I am sick and still got out of bed. Then the bed called me back for a three hour nap!

You Never Know

Our disappointments fade away
Though the best plans were left undone
When you can thank God at the end of the day
That He inspired you to help someone

“The Way of the Disciple” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf: Mormon Message

Our school kids are doing a love project for Valentines. They will have a bag to give to someone in need. In it is a pair of socks, lotion, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, gum, small candies, snack bar, small water and of course a note. At the dollar store I have seen miniature scriptures! Our school’s scripture for the year is Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Walk the peaceable way
Where living waters run.
Help another today
As a disciple of the Son.
I am going to write this in the miniature New Testament:
Walk the peaceable way
Where living waters run.
Feel God’s love as you pray
And read about His Son!

I’m Holding You

He knows what trials we face
And through a child’s embrace
We can feel the Lord above
Hold us and offer His love

God’s Christmas Gift

God’s Christmas gift
To all mankind
Forever gives
Christ’s light to find
A Christmas message from Elder Richard J. Maynes

What Did I Learn?

What did I learn
From that holy night?
To humbly yearn
For Him and His Light
A Christmas message from Sister Bonnie D. Oscarson

A Christmas message from President Henry B. Eyring

He is my Light
When none can be found
Bringing me Life
When I am unsound

Depression – Mormon Message

Ease your pain
Get through the day
God who reigns
Offers the Way

Write it Down: The Resolution Contract

Things written down
Become alive and real
Wish hangs around
Till you make the real deal
Something written down is as a contract.

Shining Moments- The Need to Read the Scriptures

The need to read the scriptures
Surpasses everything
For light and truth then enters
God’s love is nourishing!
The lessons are not ancient
They are needed for our day
To list’ning ears grown patient
Each message now awaits
The path they pave is narrow
By Christ made straight and true
May it, like a pure arrow,
Prick your heart to feel anew!
May faith abound as you read
May repentance be your call
What light and truth do you need?
God knows the great or small!
I had Improve the Shining Moments in my head as I wrote this. How appropriate! May you and I have shining moments by reading …

The Road to Salvation Walks Where He Walked

The road to salvation
Passes through Gethsemane
It’s there for education:
Our afflictions are many
The road journeys inward
With the striking pain (of/from) sin
That we might look onward
And know His love within
The road leads to a summit
Where utterly we’re alone
As for sin we suffer
Knowing for whom He did atone (point to yourself)
The road of our Savior
Shares light from what He taught.
To know whom He paid for
We must walk where He walked!

Be Like the Wise Men

Be like the wise men
Who acted on the sign
Though the journey tried them
The Lord, was their’s to find
Be like the wise men
Who knew to travel far,
To bring gifts with them,
And follow that bright star
Be like the wise men
And act on what you see.
Read His words. Listen.
They knew just what to bring!
I just learned about the celebration day called the Day of Epiphany: , commonly known as Three Kings’ Day in the United States, is on January 6. It celebrates the three wise men’s visit to baby Jesus. I am thinking of what gifts I might develop to give to the Lord Acting on wishes of go… more »

The Refiner’s Fire

From the refiner’s fire comes
A more perfected form
Shaped to what we’re to become
Favored before the Lord (His people)
1. The Songs They Could Not Sing – Quentin L. Cook https://www.*lds*.org/…/th… The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints The refiner’s fire is real, and qualities of character and righteousness that are forged in the furnace of affliction perfect and purify us and prepare us to meet God. 2. Here is a wonderful site giving the definition and scriptures for the wonderful *character traits* of our Lord. … more »

They Do Not Come Cheaply

They do not come cheaply,
Those moments that are rich.
They touch us quite deeply.
Our spirits, they enrich!
While in the eleventh hour,
Of a long and trying day,
These blessing unveil with power
As a witness of one’s faith!
For Times of Trouble with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Proclaim the Work of the Lord

Proclaim the work of the Lord
With enthusiasm, like a songbird
Share what you know with the world
Testify of what you have felt and heard

Standing Independent

The essence of independence
Is to stay the course by yourself
That when fires try your existence
You know to turn to God for help
‘Elder David A. Bednar explains the necessity of learning truth for ourselves and knowing how to find light in a darkened world. Find out more about “standing independent” as members of the Church in Elder Bednar’s book, Increase in Learning

National Readathon Day

Make time to read
A whole day through
Your brain to feed
It will thank you!
I wonder why they don’t do this in the summer? I used to read so much as a teenager! I might try a major read on this day, anyways!

See It to Achieve It

A goal not recorded
is merely a dream
That is quickly aborted
Out of sight and unseen
No matter the cost
While the ink is still wet
Put it where it’s not lost
Here you will not forget
Write your goal as big as you can and tape it to the center of your bathroom mirror or on the ceiling above your bed.

The Best Time to Plant a Seed

The best time to plant a seed
Is when the soil is getting warm
When then nutrients are freed
Then in the sunlight, life starts to form
Here in is a lesson
The investigator looks for truth
Starts to feel and question
Then, the gospel seed takes root

The Gospel of Second Chances

This is the gospel
Of second chances
We are God’s people
His light enhances
en·hance inˈhans,enˈhans/ *verb* 3rd person present: *enhances* 1. intensify, increase, or further improve the quality, value, or extent of. “his refusal does nothing to enhance his reputation” synonyms:increase, add to, intensify, heighten, magnify, amplify, inflate , strengthen,build up, supplement, augment, boost, raise, lift, elevate, exalt; improve,enrich, complement

I’m a Better Person

I’m a better person
When I serve and help
For this selfish reason
I can love myself

In Constant Transition

In constant transition
I lost life’s structure
And missed my position
As the ward greater
Can you imagine the life apostles, always on the move and never feeling they’ve a homeward and little corner of the world to settle into…. Now can you imagine the life of a teenager, moving away and everything has changed?

New Beginnings

A new day, week, month, and year
Means I can start all over again
And let go of that old fear
That I have failed before I begin

In Times of Sorrow Blessed Assurance

In our times of sorrow
We have assurance
From God to borrow
For our endurance
lyrics *”Blessed Assurance”*
Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine O what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchased of God Born of His Spirit, washed in His Blood (This is my story, this is my song Praising my Savior all the day long)
(2) Perfect submission, perfect delight Visions of rapture now burst on my sight Angels descending, bring from above Echoes of mercy, whispers of love (This is my story, this is my song Praising my Savior all the day long)
(2) Story, this is my story (… more »

Don’t Get Too Comfortable

Don’t get too comfortable
In the ease of this day
Add new things to the table
You will grow in some way
I love it when the bishop says, “Don’t get too comfortable…” That means he has a calling in mind for you.

Welcome Contradiction

Welcome contradiction
As you would an old friend
It’s a gospel tradition
That builds faith, in the end
When you would ask, “How can that be?”
Trust that there is a lesson
Coming your way eventually
On the path of progression
If you think about it every generation has been asked to do things that seem contrary to what the scriptures say. It started with Adam and Eve. They were told to have children. They were told to not eat of the tree… What seems like a contradiction in our day?

My Heart is Full

My heart is full
With my family
And the gospel
Heaven’s sampling

Wise Men

[image: Matthew 2:1–2, 11, The Wise Men bring gifts]
Wise men, mature in their years,
Humbly knelt upon the ground
Their King! They were in tears
For the Christ child had been found!

Caught in the Act

The Second Coming *The Second Coming*, by Harry Anderson (62562); GAK 238; Primary manual 5-28; Primary manual 6-28; Primary manual 7-25; Matthew 16:27; 24:30–31; 25:31
I so want to be caught in the act
Of serving Him in a way that is sweet
When suddenly the Lord comes again
And we then do personally meet
“When the Savior comes, I so want to be caught living the gospel. I want to be surprised right in the act of spreading the faith and doing something good. I want the Savior to say to me: “Jeffrey”—because He knows all of our names—“I recognize you not by your title but by your li… more »

Highlight: Are We Not All Beggars?

Having felt want,
there was not pity,
but all at once
There was charity.

The Connection through Contradiction

It’s through contradiction
The trial of faith
That we make that connection-
To trust God always

Life is Moving Forward

Life is moving forward
And it can be great
There is light to look toward
Do not hesitate
I just discovered a new site. I didn’t know about several of them. Good resource! http://www.zionsbest.com/best25websites.html

Tying Up Lose Ends

That neglected lose end
Came apart at the seams
For you did not attend
To trouble’s first signs
Example- losing weight, learning, reading, writing, walking, exercising I think all my New Years goals have involved habit change. Some goals were so fleeting I don’t remember them. I think they need to be written down and placed on high priority (on your mind a lot. ) There are so many tools available as well. 1. Brainstorm the goal- read about the subject 2. List why- vision it reached 3. How it is a wholesome goal 4. How it benefits those around you 5. Consider the twelve step pattern 6… more »

Ask the Missionaries

Ask the missionaries
They can help you
With them each carries
What sees them through…
“All missionaries, younger and older, serve with the sole hope of making life better for other people.”—Elder Russell M. Nelson, “Ask the Missionaries! They Can Help You!.”

Now- Here They Come!

Now is the time to prepare
For the coming of the Lord
We have the gospel to share
We have light. We have His Word

CitizenLink Report: Celebrating Our Religious Freedom at School

Each year on January 16th, the president issues a proclamation, declaring it Religious Freedom Day. It started in 1993 with George H.W. Bush when Congress asked him to recognize a day celebrating one of our most basic rights. According to the Constitution, your children can talk about their beliefs at school and include them in homework assignments and classroom conversations. They can even bring their Bible to school for free reading times.

How Can I Repent?

Yesterday is now gone
So how can I repent?
Turn all that I’ve done wrong
Over to the Lord’s atonement
“Although we are redeemed unconditionally from the universal effects of the Fall, we are accountable for our own sins. But we can be forgiven and cleansed from the stain of sin if we “apply the atoning blood of Christ” ( Mosiah 4:2). We must exercise faith in Jesus Christ, repent, be baptized for the remission of sins, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” https://www.lds.org/topics/atonement-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng Mosiah 4 Chapter 4 King Benjamin continues his address—Salvation … more »

The Challenge of Belief

In the beginning
With Adam and Eve
Was contradiction
That challenged belief
By transgressing
God’s laws in their hearts
The first family
Must depart to start
Not knowing all things
We come unto truth
The spirit this brings
Conviction’s our proof
How do you explain Your witness as proof?
To make sacred plain
Makes light of the truth
It is in the struggle
The challenge of faith
That we become humble
And receive God’s strength
If this man had come with an honest heart, seeking to “know for himself” answers would have come, the spirit would have helped. … more »

Loving Light

So wanting light in my life
I went where it was bright
I felt something warm within
It was love come from Heaven

The Gifts of Christmas are Here to Enjoy

Out of the tenderest feeling
That comes at Christmas time
This is our best chance for healing
The pains of a world unkind
Take pleasure in nature
Wonder at this grand earth
Welcome in a stranger
And share what you have learned
Speak of your love.
Show that you care
Dismiss suspicion-
replace it with trust
Be selfless, gentle, kind, and share
The world with Christ-like eyes, thus
**

Mend up a quarrel, forgo a grudge

Forgive an enemy and seek to befriend

Try to understand, of others don’t judge

Give a soft answer with thanks in the end

Apologize first, express gratitude

Lift with laughter, feel moments of joy

Yes, manifest loyalty’s meek attitude

The gifts of Christmas are here to enjoy

Speak of your love.  Show that you care

Dismiss suspicion- replace it with trust

Be selfless, gentle, kind, and share

The living Lord is with us

“This Christmas, mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love and then speak it again.” 3. 

Howard W. Hunter, “The Gifts of Christmas,” Ensign, Dec. 2002, 18–19.

Remembering the “Unbroken” spirit of Louis Zamperini

Forgive and heal
Through Christ, in faith
For hate does kill
You of your strength

Louis Zamperini — The Remarkable Man Behind UNBROKEN

Do not give up
You can achieve
Walk even run
Towards your belief

Look Into My Eyes

Look into my eyes
I hope His light is there
I love Jesus Christ His love and tender care
Look inside my eyes
I hope you see Him there
I love Jesus Christ His love and tender care

Crunchy Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hope you are having a wonderful time with family. These cookies are unique as they have shredded wheat in them. I think they are the healthiest chocolate chip cookies you can find and they are huge! 1/3 scoop per cookie. thanks yourldsblog for the pdf. http://www.yourldsblog.com/2014/12/10/crunchy-chunky-chocolate-chip-cookies-24-days-christmas-blogger-cookbook-kelly-miller/

Merry Christmas

Front Cover
Thoughts from this book…

When God has an important work

He sends a small infant to the earth:

Through Enoch was Zion’s translation

And Queen Esther’s courage saved a nation

Then, so great, a forerunner was sent

John, a cousin, of promised descent

To prepare the way of the Lord

Who to Heaven would open the door

And so in the days of King Herod

Was born the virgin birth, son of our God

In the heavens was given the grand sign

Jesus would change the fate of mankind

Like the wise men who saw His star,

Bore great gifts, and traveled afar

Every knee will bow and confess

In celebration of one, Jesus

May we like the wise men

Seek the gift of God’s love

And celebrate in Him

Who was sent from above

In spirit let us journey

To where the wee babe lay

From God’s words we can read

Ponder, and pray

Then cherish a new infant

And marvel much within

Where it is we all come from

Each with a purpose given

Through eyes of small children

The Christ child can be seen

They, so fresh from heaven

Still shine with where they’ve been

Fastened with golden ribbons

Draped along just so

The ornaments and pineboughs

Set the lamp aglow

The centerpiece now bright

Warmed each heart to bind

Unto that holy night

And the baby…ours to find

The night was filled with music

We recreated the ancient scene

Wearing robes, sheets, and tunics

And with new eyes Jesus was seen

Like that star once lit

Be Christ’s light to share.

Help, serve, and lift

Those in need of care

While others slept

The star shone everywhere

Be His light and lift

The lost sheep and show His care

He lifts us from despair

And perfects us through our gifts

Changes come as we share-

Service is love, which uplifts

Jesus is the reason

For the Christmas season

All time is marked by Him

He stands preeminent

He will make the earth pristine

And breathe new life into us

He will put down false doctrine

He is our reason to trust

The wise

Still seek the babe

Through eyes

Which search with faith

Look up

And celebrate

In love

For God is great!

Faith is more than mere belief

It’s holding on while letting go

Of failings, fears, and grief

For the more you trust, you grow

Gathering up steam

Like a locomotive

The end crash, it would seem

Is about to give

There is only one

Who can save us now

The living Son

Only knows how

Turmoils will cease

When He comes again

We will know peace

Let us prepare more, then!

‘Tis the season to decorate

And think on joyous things

To forgive all those who hate

For the spirit that this brings

Be generous

This is Christmas Day

Jesus is with us

In a special way

Tis the season to go home

Or at least visit in your heart

And rejoice within with hope

That family bonds will not part

Miracles happen

This time of year

We can touch heaven

As it feels near

Through His breath of life

Our hearts are made warm

Our joy comes alive

Through the Christ-child born

#sharethegift

The First Noel – Lexi Walker – Christmas Music Video

Through eyes of small children
Christmas can be seen
They, so fresh from heaven
Shine from where they’ve been

Jerusalem Old City; Bethlehem Walking Tour – Visiting the Holy Land 201…

The sun rises upon this land
In a way that is bright with glory
Gold gleams above before the sand
In honor of love’s greatest story

Addiction: You Will Be Freed

Satan works at his fly and lead
To hook you into addiction
But you can be transformed and freed
The atonement is your protection

Jesus is the Greatest Gift

Jesus is the greatest gift
Ever for man to know
For truly He does uplift
The graves open to show
Unto resurrection
Offering eternal life
He in condescension
Redeemed us and paid the price

Laborers in the Vineyard

With all the laborers about
The vast vineyard was still yet in need
One more hour, time was running out!
More hands were sought and worked hard indeed!
Later, the laborers were gathered in
To receive of their promised pay
They were paid all the same in the end
For the vintner was grateful that day

Highlights: The Laborers in the Vineyard

It’s not the hour of the day
That determines your pay
But that you did arrive
Ready to labor and strive

He Had the Touch

Jesus was extraordinary!
He had God’s perfect touch
His mission was to carry
In His heart, each of us

Mary Did You Know

The artist showing baby Jesus being kissed by Mary is Liz Lemon Swindle. Her work is beautiful. I feel the spirit, the love, the joy of this special message and want to answer…
She oft kissed the Son of God
and loved Him like no other.
Each day she did live in awe
that she was His own mother.

Do You Have Room (for the Savior)?

Can you spare a small space
To let the Savior in?
To welcome and embrace
His holiness within

A Glimpse of Heaven

Having been born of love
And so like Heavenly Father
We’re given a glimpse of
What the Heaven’s have to offer

Christ as the Centerpiece

Focusing on the Lord
With love towards one another
They worshiped and adored
The Son of Heavenly Father

Dawn’s Glory

Every man can know
That the troubling night
Will fade its strength and go
At daybreak to take flight
Have faith and hang on
To the truths that you hold
Soon comes the bird’s song
Dawn’s glory to behold

There is a Brightness

There is a brightness
That can be seen
A halo to witness
One is now clean
“I went to Las Vegas to baptize and confirm that widow. And my wife and I were her companions when she first went to the temple. In all those sacred moments of covenants, there seemed to me to be a brightness about her, just as I felt when I looked down with love on my first great-grandchild. ” https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/christmas-devotional/2014/12/the-light-and-the-life-of-the-world?lang=eng I thought it interesting that the thing that brought light into this widow’s heart was seeing the sister m… more »

The Duty of All

Kelly Miller at lds poetry by kelly miller – 1 month ago
The duty of all
Is to give thanks for the laws
Of Almighty God
And prayerfully pause
*Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peace… more »

Walk with Me

Walk with Me and know
Who you really are
Your path, I will show
You are to go far!
Walk with Me and be
More like me each day
There are souls in need
And laws to obey
What would it be like to walk with the Savior? What would He say? How would He guide us to live out our daily lives?

Altering the Ego

But a long time ago
Not that far away
A man with an ego
Complained all the day
He was quick to lecture
Always with a frown
Sometimes… with conjecture
To dismiss those around
But, there was one who stayed
Who knew the mood would pass
And for him always prayed
For she knew of his good past…
Is that not each of us?
In some way we are lacking
And are in need of trust
With someone for us backing
Is that not each of us?
From goodness we have come
And we’ve a friend named Jesus
Who gives up not on one

Please Come Back

Please come back
To faith in Christ
Find His path
So filled with Light

The Weak Link

The chain broke
From one weak link
I awoke
With faith to think
Pondering the chains of bondage and how hard it is to think your way out of them.

Jacob’s Ladder Prayer Rock Gift Idea

Jacob saw a ladder
From Heaven coming down
He learned that prayers matter
God’s angels are around
Keep this rock on your bed
To remind you every night
That a prayer should be said
Giving thanks you’ve angels nigh
Then, place this rock on the floor
To greet you the next day
To remind you once more
That God hears when you pray
Then work with the angels
Helping others to see
When you pray God answers
As you seek His blessing
We read this story in devotional recently and I am thinking of giving prayer rocks for Christmas. One side will say prayer and the other will have a ladder on it…. more »

He is the Gift – Christmas Video – #ShareTheGift

The Christmas gift truly given
Shares hope, peace, and love in part.
As a sacred touch from Heaven
Wondrously warms and fills the heart.
#ShareTheGift

Over A Thousand People Spent 10,000+ Hours Making This Christmas Song. I…

Perhaps it wasn’t a star
That shone upon the babe
But the angels come afar
To sing and celebrate!
#ShareTheGift

The Blotted Sweater

*The lamb’s wool is so soft*
*With fleece just like snow*
*Each winter I have sought*
*Its warm touch to know*
*In the bleakest of weather*
*Doing things that weren’t right*
*I wrapped up in a sweater*
*Without blemish- all pure white*
*Then, feeling cozy, warm,*
*Protected and loved*
*So perfect its form…*
*Till I fell, and what blood!*
*My stains grown from sin*
*Spread thick and spotted*
*I prayed… my heart sick*
*The Lord gently blotted*
*He soaked up the blood*
*My wool became new*
*I knew I was loved*
*And walked warm anew*
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your s… more »

Burning Bridges

With the second offense
Most bridges are burned!
Abuse of selflessness
Is better not learned
It is pretty hard to trust someone after they have lied to you and taken advantage of you in some way.

My Feelings Were Hurt

My feelings were hurt
I was partially wrong
I’ll apologize first
With the Lord I’ll be strong
I hope I am the only one to have hurt feelings at church… oops. It is pretty distracting to feel this way and I just accepted my feelings and tried to move on.

A Car of Prayer

Prayer is the steering wheel
The new gas filled in the tank
It is the song you feel
When your heart is full of thanks
Prayer is not an old spare tire
Stowed away and out of sight
Prayer is what lifts you higher
Taking you far with insight
A house of prayer becomes a car of prayer as you seem to live in it.

Spiritual Matters

I’ve been prepared in a manner
That had never been known
To me of spiritual matters
Through my covenants are shown
Prepared in a Manner That Never Had Been Known Posted: “It is my prayer that for us, going to the temple will be much more than a onetime event. May we prepare to worthily receive saving ordinances drop by drop and keep the associated covenants wholeheartedly. As we do so, I know we will qualify to receive the promised blessings of a fulness of the Holy Ghost and the power of the Lord in our homes and individual lives.” —Linda K. Burton, “Prepare… more »

You Can’t Take it With You

You can’t take it with you
That house full of stuff
Like a burden or two
Give some of it up
This Thanksgiving I intend to give away a lot of stuff.., Part of Thanksgiving is sharing from your bounty.

Ambitions

People die in bed
And so do planned ambitions
Rise up and be led
To improve life’s conditions

Measure Your Conduct

Measure your conduct
Govern yourself
You can get unstuck
God’s standards help

Apathy

A desolating scourge
Comes unaware
As distractions urge
Us not to care

The Frog in a Pot of Water

The flame was put on
A pot of cold water
Unaware the frog
Felt naught it grow hotter

With the Coming of Spring

With the coming of Spring
We’re renewed and refreshed
All for reminding
Through Easter we’re blessed
At this great time of year
Our hope is restored
We commemorate with cheer
The birth of the Lord

A Soft Place to Land

Give all your children
A soft place to land
They are from Heaven
Do the best you can #‎SeekReceiveAct‬

Higher Education

Elevate your mind.
For God’s hand in all things.
Seek and you will find,
Higher thoughts that light brings

Forbears

With hardships to bear
And fears to conquer
Our ancient forbears
Sought God to honor
The journey was stark
The future seemed bleak
They knew they could starve
Still, they remained meek
These Christian soldiers
With faith in God’s care
Straightened their shoulders
Despite burdens there
The goal was Zion:
The land of promise
Where, freedom is won
We gain from all this
Their story goes on
As with them we join
Their timeline grows long,
Enduring, with joy

Who’s on the Lord’s Side?

We all need a shot
At living the dream
To give all you’ve got
And score for your team
Who’s on the Lord’s side?
Discover your part
Let the Spirit guide
And speak to your heart
I can’t help but think each time we do something to help the Lord’s work go on that there is cheering taking place on the other side of the veil.

How Can You Know?

How Can You know
Those things which are true?
The spirit does show
Them nigh unto you
A feeling
A thought
A whisper
You’re taught
this thought keeps staying with me. We are all unique, and the spirit speaks differently to each of us- in different ways according to our questions, prayers, needs, etc. Maybe we should always have a question in our heart. Pondering…

Glenn Beck's Challenge: 40 Days & 40 Nights

Faith starts on your knees
As you determine to hope
And vow honestly
To have charity at home

I Can Know For Myself

I can know for myself
Of those things which are true
Prayerful study does help
After all I can do

Glenn Beck -5/30/2011- Turning Tragedy Into Triumph

What good seeds lie inside you?
That will prepare you to grow?
Faith and hope will see you through
The great trials you will know

Why Not Me?

In the heat of fire
Say, “Why not me?”
It’s your life, Inspire.
See the blessing!

Expand Your Mind

Expand your mind.
Good seeds sprout much.
Read up and find
Christ’s light and love.
Alma 32:34 And now, behold, is your knowledge perfect? Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that thing, and your faith is dormant; and this because you know, for ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know that it hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and your mind doth begin to expand.

Extend an Arm of Love

Extend an arm of love
To someone depressed
Listen much, give a hug,
And how you feel, confess

Christ’s Authority is Questioned

The words of the Son of Man
Spark the Light of Christ within;
As we ponder deeply and
Turn our hearts unto Him.
I can’t comprehend being in Christ’s presence and not being moved with love.

The Science of Happiness

The science of happiness
Is found in the left frontal lobe
Meditate and witness,
Through prayer, you are never alone
Build up a social circle
Forget yourself and be giving
Laugh, smile, tackle hurtles
And, get out: serving and living
I love this quote: There is great purpose in our struggle in life”(*That All May Be Edified* [1982], 94). Boyd K. Packer How will we find that purpose? meditation, getting out, Meditation- church is a time to be renewed, start fresh, receive i… more »

Satan Seeks the Good Men

Satan seeks the good men
The great leaders for our day
He would to weaken them
To grasp more along the way
and women…

David Archuleta: GLORIOUS from Meet the Mormons

Let’s do something
To brighten up hearts
Souls are hunting
For what love imparts

Syrian Refugee – “The moment I was shot I knew I would never walk again”

When you feel Christ’s love
It’s easy to give back
Blessings from above
To refugees who lack
Can you see all that the young girl received? a quilt, clothes, a jacket, a wheelchair

Love, Joy, Sink Into My Heart

Love, Joy, sink into my heart
And contain every chamber
Come and soften what is hard
That I might feel my Savior
I keep thinking about Alma- when he was harrowed up in sorrow for sin and wished to have not even existed. In an instant this pain was gone when he remembered what he once knew. 1. Enos 1: 3 3 Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the ajoy of the saints, bsunk deep into my heart. Cross-References Cross-References from the Footnotes and Study Helps 1. G… more »

The Savior Wants to Forgive

You can shut out the Lord
But He is still there
Pray, you can hear His Word
And feel His sweet care
Look how wonderful lds.org is. I googled this verse and it came up with cross references! Mosiah 26: 30 Yea, and aas often as my people brepent will I forgive them their trespasses against me. Footnotes 30*a* Moro. 6: 8. 8 But aas oft as they repented and sought forgiveness, with real bintent, they were cforgiven. *b* Ezek. 33: 11 (11, 15-16) 11 Say unto them, *As* I live, saith the Lord God, I have no apleasure in the bdeath of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from… more »

The Savior Wants to Forgive

You can shut off the Lord
But He is still there
Pray, you can hear His Word
And feel His sweet care

Widow of Nain

Tears of great sorrow
Can change unto joy
Look towards tomorrow
Where faith and hope join

Let the Good Word

Let the good word
Nourish and keep you
Turned to the Lord
As one that’s clean, too -
Moroni 6:44 And after they had been received unto baptism, and were wrought upon and cleansed by the power of the Holy Ghost, they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names were taken, that they might be remembered and nourished by the good word of God, to keep them in the right way, to keep them continually watchful unto prayer, relying alone upon the merits of Christ, who was the author and the finisher of their faith.

Number Me

Number me, dear Lord,
As one of Thine own.
Keep me from error,
For which I’m so prone! 3 Nephi 30:2

My Dream Girl

Like a cloud of promise
You are my dream girl
When you smile, I notice
For you rock my world

Come to Yourself

Come to yourself
Your spiritual senses
Seek the Lord’s help
Let go of pretences
Men and women who ignore the gentle promptings of the Spirit will often learn, as the prodigal son learned, through the natural consequences of disobedience and riotous living. It was only after natural consequences humbled the prodigal son that “he came to himself” and heard the whisperings of the Spirit telling him to return to his father’s house (see Luke 15:11–32).

Why Limit Yourself?

Why limit yourself
To just a narrow view?
Seek the Lord for help
What would He have you do?
Obedience through Our Faithfulness BY ELDER L. TOM PERRY Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Those who rely solely on themselves and follow only their own desires and self-inclinations are so limited when compared to those who follow God and tap into His insight, power, and gifts. It has been said that someone who is all wrapped up in himself or herself makes a very small package. Strong, proactive obedience is anything but weak or passive. It is the means by which we declare our faith in God… more »

Fill Me With Faith

Lord, fill me with faith
From my heart to my head
With light to my face
As one spiritually led

Reoccurring Thoughts

Through the lessons found in life
Come reoccurring thoughts
That point us to Jesus Christ
And spiritually we’re taught
and those thoughts can often be questions

Without Soap

He cleans us without soap
With water and with fire
He purifies the soul
With newness to inspire
1. Clean Hands and a Pure Heart – David A. Bednar I have fond childhood memories of my mother reading Book of Mormon stories to me. She had a way of … It cleanses, heals, and purifies the soul. … Faith in the …

Tears Can Express

Tears can express
What words and thoughts cannot.
Pure love does bless,
Through the spirit, we’re taught

He Can- Believe

He can brighten lost trails of thought
And enliven minds to be taught
As, too, He bind up wounds for new life
And heals the spirit with truth and light

He Can Mend

He can mend the bruised and torn-
The lonely and oppressed
Through Him we can be reborn
As by faith we are blessed
He can mend the battered soul-
Anxious, broken, and ashamed
He bore all our troubles so
As His lambs, we can be named

Self Aware

Ponder the paths where you step-
The things that you say and do
What are the reasons you trip
Is there a lesson or two?
Talking with some friends about self-awareness and speaking without thinking and doing things without realizing it.

Your Best Foot Forward

Your best foot forward
Helps you rise from prayer
And points you toward
Heavenly Father’s care

Take a Gospel Trip

Take a gospel trip
And feast on the word
Then cross reference it
There’s much to be learned
Psalms 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. *We are children of GOD.* Ex. 33: 11, Lord spake unto Moses . . . as a man speaketh unto his friend. *Jesus is our friend.* Malachi 10 10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? *God is our Heavenly Father.* Matthew 3: 16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water:… more »

I Have Kept the Faith

May I have courage to go forth,
with the spirit as God’s Word leads.
And, if I have to die for the Lord,
Let it be upon my knees.

Parallels- The Wilderness and the Atonement

He created the heaven and earth
According to God’s plan
Then He condescended unto birth
To live and love with man
Jesus walked the wilderness
And fasted for forty days;
Then tried in his humanness
Became the Christ in all ways
Fully, to know the God of all,
Our Father, to emulate
He then redeemed us from the fall
And for humanness, He paid
Having been tried in all things
As one perfect in every way
He suffered all of mankind’s pains
And, in our place, for sins paid Christ
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/*Christ* – – Wikipedia Christ is a translation… more »

The Ultimate Bike Ride

The ultimate bike ride
Involves church meetings and more
Take the Lord by your side
And see what the trip is for
I saw a motorcycle at the temple. It put a smile on my face.

Of the Heart

Our Father in Heaven always hears
Sincere prayers of the heart
Warmly, His spirit calms all fears
As darkened thoughts depart

Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?

Auto correct
And reconnect
Talk more and share
How much you care

Full Conversion Brings Happiness

Turn, be fixed with control
And determination
To God’s laws as your goal
For love’s transformation “”To be converted, you must remember to apply diligently in your life the key words “a love of God, with a fixed and controlling determination to keep his commandments.” Your happiness now and forever is conditioned on your degree of conversion and the transformation that it brings to your life. How then can you become truly converted?”” —Richard G. Scott, “Full Conversion Brings Happiness” Topics: Conversion

Burn From Within

A candle can grow dim
When the wick’s not trimmed right
May we burn from within
With oil that’s from Christ

Like a Temple

We have a work to do
That’s filled with light and truth
Like a temple we glow
When we spiritually grow

The Blessings of Sisterhood

The blessings of sisterhood
Circle the earth with light
When they gather to do good
And serve to be Christ-like

Live the Gospel Joyful

Live the gospel joyful
And come to know yourself
Be among the faithful
Who serve to be of help

Magdalena (2011) – Through Her Eyes (New Jesus movie for Women) (Widescr…

See through Mary’s eyes
The magnificent story
Of the living Christ
Who died and rose in glory

Charity Never Faileth

Where charity is
The Lord is there, also
Lighting our souls with peace
And setting our works aglow

Resilience

1. Resilience- was is that?
The energy to rebound:
To recover and move past
Pain, as the atonement is found
2. Psychological resilience – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 3. Psychological resilience is defined as an individual’s ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity. Stress and adversity can come in the shape of family or … ‎Background – ‎Positive emotions – ‎Science – ‎History 4. Rebound – Merriam-Webster Online http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/*rebound* – – Merriam‑Webster to bounce back off s… more »

Love All People

Love all people
For just who they are
Let them sample
God’s love is not far

The Milky Way

Spiral galaxy- The MilkyWay courtesy of NASA
Fly the milky way
Journey with the Lord
Build your faith each day
Let your spirit soar
Discover new precepts
Hold on fast and partake
The meatier subjects
To you soon will awake
Doctrine and Covenants 19:22 22 For they cannot bear meat now, but milk they must receive; wherefore, they … but impart it freely to the printing of the Book of Mormon, which contains the truth … pray vocally as well as in thy heart; yea, before the world as well as in secret, … 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Milk comes before meat in the Church—Men’s works will be tr… more »

Jesus Tried by Caiaphas, Peter Denies Knowing Christ

They filed into the dark room one by one
For an untimely trial of God’s own Son
His divine role quickly was denounced
As death for blasphemy too was pronounced
Christ spoke of what could not be denied
He for the truth would be crucified
While poor Peter stood not by the lamb
Denying three times the living I AM
de·nounce diˈnouns/ *verb* past tense: *denounced*; past participle: *denounced* 1. publicly declare to be wrong or evil. “the Assembly denounced the use of violence” synonyms:condemn, criticize, attack, censure, decry, revile, vilify, discredit, damn,reject;… more »

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The Burst of Sunlight

The burst of sunlight after the rain
Shows how clean the world can be.
Through repentance we have much to gain.
Through the Lord there is cleansing.
I left work just in time to see this!

Did You?

This song put tears to my eyes.
Did you die quickly?
Did you die clean?
Did you die fitly
In Christ, our King?
I am doing family search and there are so many men who have died in so many wars and it is so sad to see the ones where the family line stops. Generations could have been…

Care to Share

No one cares how much you know
Until they know how much you care
Give of yourself more to show
Love’s a priority to share

Standards

Keep God’s laws
As your standards
Hell has jaws
Each choice matters
1. Standard – Merriam-Webster Online a level of quality, achievement, etc., that is considered acceptable or desirable.standards : ideas about morally correct and acceptable behavior. : something that … 2. 1. Hell – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Scriptures … abominable church founded by devil, that he might lead souls down tohell: 1 Ne. … very jaws of hell shall gape open: D&C 122:7 . handcuffs, chains, shackles, and fetters of hell: D&C 12… more »

What Has God Done For You?

A dismal man who had lost his faith
Challenged, “What has God done for you?”
And I being one who likes to pray
Replied, “He strengthens me anew”
Fear and hatred is no more
As peace and love fills my heart
Through Him, I can start over
Inspired… to do my part

This Nation

This nation
Is like no other
We station
To serve our brother
I keep thinking of the military who go into harms way are now setting up stations in the midst of Ebola. I am so deeply touched. How scary!

Be of Good Cheer

He felt useless and alone
With a death sentence near
The Lord came and made it known
Paul did have cause to cheer
Imagine that… the Lord near, praying for you, and blessing you! What could you not do through Christ who strengthens?

Alone?

Who feels alone
And why?
By Christ *you’re known*
Pray…cry
For He does near
And feels
Each pain…each tear
And heals!
Oh, what *comfort* What *love*
Comes from the Lord
Above
I saw a stranger walking along crying and I wish I thought to share this thought. Pray- the comforter is real!

200 Years The Star Spangled Anthem

Two years into the war of 1812
The White House was seized and burned
With the President still alive and well
Our desire to strike back returned
The British were not please
Cut off, they retaliated
A kind doctor, in bed, was seized
The fighting, thus, escalated
Our government seeking to free
This elderly doctor and friend
Sent of two, (one Francis Scott Key)
To offer a prisoner exchange, in the end
A flag of truce was waved
To enter a British vessel
And the exchange was made
But, not till dawn due to the hassle
The battle that night was fierce
With combatants, each other pursuing It wou… more »

To Fly in the Face of Providence

Fly in the Face of Providence | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/dictionary/brewers/*fly*-*face*-*providence*.html – – Fly in the Face of Providence. (To). To act rashly, and throw away good opportunities; to court danger. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable , E. Cobham …
To fly in the face of providence
Is to get wrapped up in sin
To disavow warning’s evidence
And seek the favor of men

Brushed Aside

We quickly brush aside
The pain of disaster
And the spirit our guide
As pride we seek after
Long forgotten, faith’s labor
Like unto birthing a child
As to the world we seek favor
Till we’re unclean and defiled
“We have a tendency to forget our pains quickly, even as does a mother when her child is born. Little is said even now about the Arizona floods, although the debris and broken bridges remain…. “It is possible to become so hardened that we brush aside the warning voice, and even forget our sufferings. Those who lost their homes and loved ones won’t easily forget, though, even … more »

Let the Solemnity

Let the solemnity
Of all eternity
Rest upon your heart
As treasure to impart
Doctrine and Covenants 43: 34 Hearken ye to these words. Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Treasure these things up in your hearts, and let the solemnities of eternity rest upon your minds. so·lem·ni·ty səˈlemnitē/ *noun* 1. the state or quality of being serious and dignified. “his ashes were laid to rest with great solemnity” – a formal, dignified rite or ceremony. plural noun: *solemnities* “the ritual of the church was observed in all its solemnities”

Jesus Teaches a Samaritan Woman

Any well can go dry
And leave you thirsty still…
From living water, draw
In spirit and truth thrill!

Jesus Teaches about the Widow’s Mites

The poor widow
Wise in her years
Knows to give, though
Poverty nears
She walks in faith
That prayers are heard
And receives strength
Through the Lord’s word

The Lord Spares

The tares are in our midst
reveling in our pain.
They delight in all sins.
Our souls they wish to gain.
Oh, how we need to pray,
even for all the tares!
As then we receive strength
through the Lord who spares.
1. Book of Mormon Teacher Resource Manual Alma 59–63 Sometimes the Lord spares the wicked because of the prayers of the righteous (see Alma 62:40; see also Alma 10:22–23; Helaman 13:13–14). 2. https://www.*lds*.org/*man*… – – Mormon 3:1–8. The Lord spares the Nephites in battle to grant them the opportunity to repent, but they harden… more »

Unity of the Faith

The perfect bond of peace
Is centered upon Christ.
There’s unity in place
As we serve and share His Light.
Beautiful scriptures from Paul as he was imprisoned- sharing light from a very dark place.

Be

Be a kind human
being,for real
Love is life’s solution,
begin to heal
Being – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Being is an extremely broad concept encompassing objective and subjective features of reality and existence. We gave up on television six years ago. I spend too much time on the computer and would like to challenge anyone to join me to unplug once a week. There was a day when people sat on a porch and just visited or read and listened to the sounds of nature. Imagine that!

The Perfect Bond of Peace

The perfect bond of peace
Is centered upon Christ
Where unto Him we place
Our darkness for His light
I had this thought while riding my bike. Wouldn’t it be like Zion if we all strove to center our thoughts and actions on Christ…

The Comfort Zone

Cross that marked line-
Your comfort zone.
Follow Christ’s Light;
You’re not alone.

Listen

Listen more
And talk less
Heed the Lord
Who does bless

Released

How is it that a song
Can heal what is wrong?
Through emotions relived…
Pent up tears flow released

The Making of Where Are the Desks Part 1

The Making of
Where Are the Desks Part 1
Is a desk a right?
Is it something to earn?
Here is some insight…
there’s a message to learn!
Imagine a room void of desks and then one by one they are brought in by our soldiers who work so hard fighting for freedom.

Elizabeth Mueller Singing The National Anthem (6 yrs old)

May God bless
America for generations to come!
And grant us miracles
Like when our nation was won

Do You Pass the Israel Test?

Celebrate others
in the good that they do.
We are all brothers
Arabs, Christians, and Jews

The Law of the Harvest

The law of the harvest
Is much more, you see
In life you are blessed
When you do good things
Our relationships, goals
Career paths, and more
Can spiritually grow
In the light of the Lord

Becoming Tender

How else do you become tender
Save through the bruising of pain?
Then empathy lights in splendor
Through charity unfeigned
The tears, they flow easily
Freed from walls of pretense
The heart warms more readily
For tender mercy is sensed

Use Your Elbow

Use your elbow
When you sneeze
For germs grow
And spread disease
Second week of school and we have two kids out….sick.

Jotta A Agnus Dei ♫ Hallelujah ♪ ♫

Out of the mouth of babes
Our hearts are touched and opened
Unto our Lord who saves
And gives us much to hope in

T I M E

It’s quantity
Not quality
That children want
Then hearts are won
*T*ime is all I need *I*n the home today *M*om and Dad and me *E*very single day

Harsh Words

Harsh words, like daggers
Cut us right to the quick
Know patience matters
And your fights, you must pick
These are the moments
When you must pray hard
Refrain from comments
And anger, discard
Then…think What would Jesus do? Doctrine and Covenants 121:37 That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and… more »

The Playbook

Surround yourself
With a great team
Volunteer, help,
And to the playbook, lean

The Simple Seven

Learn and do life’s simple seven
As the way back towards Heaven
Doubly pray with your family and alone
As well as read the scriptures that the Savior might be known
Have Family Home Evening as a learning ground
So that in the home the spirit might abound
Attend the temple oft as well as weekly partake
Of the Lord’s sacrament, where covenants you remake
The Simple Seven 1,2. Pray as a family and individually 3,4. Read the scriptures as a family and individually 5. Hold Family Home Evening 6. Go to your church meetings 7. Go to the temple

Rise to the Temple

A cascading avalanche of evil
Threatens to engulf us all
Rise to the Lord’s temple as God’s people
And don’t come down lest you fall
I found a pdf for inspiring the family towards the temple 52 Weeks of Inspiring Family History & Temple Service Quotes sudweeksfamily.com/…/52-Weeks-of-Inspiring-Family-History-Quotes.p… – – David A. Bednar, “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn,” Ensign, November 2011 ….Mormon and (2) the words of Malachi foretelling the role of Elijah in the ….. “Many parents, in and out of the Church, are concerned about protection against a casca… more »

The Calling of Callings

There is but one calling
Of which there is no release
Family is no small thing
So treasure your loved ones please

Yanked From the Stream of Life

Yanked from the stream of life
Into a cesspool of woe
I turned to Jesus Christ
What cleansing, I came to know!
Turning completely around is a 360 degree change. There’s actually a book that talks about making a full circle in your life for radical change.

There is No Room So Full

There is no room so full
That the Lord can’t come in
His love then to sample
As we are freed within

Separate Wants from Needs

Separate your wants
From your needs
For as a man hunts
Each thought leads

Be a Pioneer

Be a pioneer
And begin anew
Seek Zion near
Makeovers renew

Leave a Legacy

Leave a legacy
Founded on Christ
Help others to see
You shine with light
Search Results 1. Matthew 5:15 – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a … 16 Let yourlight so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your …

In Fetal Slumber

In fetal slumber
We drift away
And remember
Things of our day
Something that we missed
Then comes into light
It dawns like the mist
Then dries out of sight
Have you ever had a dream and remembered it for just a moment and then it was gone?

The Traveling Teenager

 
Oft as through life’s hoops they jump
Teenagers move full speed ahead
A parent is their speed bump
With a sign that warns, “Use your head!”
 

The Resolution [from the movie COURAGEOUS] Print at Christian Cinema.com

 
Hereby this resolution
Made to God and before all
Is my declaration
That to the home is my call
 
Our Bishop talked about this today. It is beautiful. I want to watch the movie. A father shares with some other men that he wants them to hold him accountable on how he is doing in keeping his resolution. It has such an effect on them that they want to take the resolution as well… These are manly men! Here are some of the resolutions: and you can order the whole thing at this site: The Resolution [from the movie COURAGEOUS] Print at Christian Cinema.com As for me and my hou… more »
 

Focus More

 
Focus more than less
Outside yourself
Be one who does bless
Through the Lord’s help
 

The Natural Man

 
The natural man
Manipulates truth,
Trusts in his own hand,
And of his horn, toots
 

God is the Source and Answer

 
God is the source and answer
For every bit of truth
Line upon line to gather
A witness as the proof
 

For Profit and Learning- The Old Testament

 
The spirit speaks in truth
And manifests plainly
Through the Word to reprove
For our growth and training
 
The spirit speaks in truth
Of all things as we’ve faith
Line upon line there’s proof
God knows all that we face
 
Matthew 16: 26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Here are two witnesses of the importance of the Old Testament: 1Nephi 19: 23 And I did read many things unto them which were written in the books of Moses; but that I might more fully persuade them to believe in the Lord … more »
 

Walk Around and See

 
Walk around and look at people.
Each has the light of Christ within
To help us know good from evil;
And to lead us home to Heaven.
 

The Student Becomes the Master

 
The student becomes the Master
As he puts his big boy pants on
Then, he is saved from disaster
For the Master helps him along
How many times have you heard at church that the speaker remembers when so and so was in the nursery and now is in mutual? Or the same general idea. It is exciting to watch the progress of our youth and how they are in leadership positions while so young.
 

Learn…Act…Share

 
Learn…Act…Share
To progress.
Don’t be scared.
God does bless.
 

The Best Boss in All the Cosmos

 
The best boss in all the cosmos
Compensates us well with angels
We can sense their presence, almost
As a new tongue in us unveils
1. “The Tongue of Angels” – Robert S. Wood https://www.*lds*.org/…/th… – – – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints Nephi declared that the fruit of receiving the Holy Ghost and listening to the promptings of the Spirit is that we may speak with “the tongue of angels” (2 Ne. 32:2).
 

We’re Hastening the Work

 
We’re hastening the work
In gathering lost sheep
As shepherds to the world
We’ve the gospel to preach
 

Submission – Receive the Call

 
How vital submission is
 When receiving new calls
..We’re as bumpy and uneven as
 A sack of doorknobs
 
“Life in the Church means experiencing leaders who are not always wise, mature, and deft. In fact, some of us are as bumpy and uneven as a sackful of old doorknobs. Some of the polishing we experience is a result of grinding against each other. How vital submissiveness is in such circumstances, especially if the lubrication of love is not simply present.” -Neal A. Maxwell
 

Preoccupations

 
Preoccupations take us
On a journey from light
They’ve dominion over us
Thus turn quickly to Christ
 

I Thought We Had Landed

 
I thought we had landed
But we continue to fly
We’re so busy… granted
Working in the temple, is why
The new temple president and his wife spoke. They are so new, they said they haven’t unpacked the four boxes they brought.
 

The Lord’s Emissary

 
As the Lord’s emissary
I hold divine light
It’s His words I carry
To teach with insight
I am always amazed how young missionaries are always prepared to give us a message when we feed them.
 

Focus

 
Focus like a laser
On what you can do
To spread the Word farther
To those before you
Of all the mind boggling uses for lasers beams, if one could send a message of light to a darkening world, it would be the most important.
 

Take a Chance

 
Take a chance
Extend a hand
Help one grasp
The gospel, grand
 

Come Back to the Fold

 
Come back the fold needs you
We are hastening His work
There is so much to do
To prepare all of the world
1. Haste, Hasten, Hasty https://www.*lds*.org/*script*… – – – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints Scriptures … the Lord will hasten it in his time: Isa. 60:22 . … I will hasten my word to perform it: Jer. … let the work of the gathering be not in haste: D&C 58:56 . 2. 3. not in haste
 

How Do You Hear the Voice of the Lord?

 
How do you hear
The voice of the Lord?
Invite Him near
And heed His good word
 

A Friend

 
http://www.yourldsblog.com/2014/08/23/righteous-vs-toxic-friendships-guest-blogger-amy-nelson-run-mom-run/ Amy has an inspiring message. It was good for me to think about the friendships that have made an impact on who I am today.
 
A friend gives from the heart
Words and smiles that invite
The spirit to impart
In a bond filled with light
 
A friend misses your face
And asks about your day
A friend’s first to embrace
You when things aren’t okay
 
A friend remembers well
The good times when you grew
True friends are mutual
They serve each other too
 

As a Believing Man

 
As a believing man
Where is your faith today
On a team, trend, or brand?
What would the Savior say?
 

God Made Us Special

 
God made us special,
Unique, and set apart
Each individual
Has a place in His heart
 

Dare to Set a Goal with an Object Lesson

 
Dare to set a goal
Dream to set it high
Let it fill your soul
Through the strength of Christ
1. Philippians 4:7 – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day *…* https://www.*lds*.org/…/4…. – – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints 6 a Be b careful for nothing; but in every thing by c prayer and supplication with d … 13 I can do all things through a Christ which b strengtheneth me. 2. 3. For a visual of this: 4. imagine all the burdens 5. you are asked to bare 6. All the trying hurdles 7. In this balloon, here -put pe… more »
 

Integrity Is

 
Integrity is doing the right thing
Because you should, not because it is seen.
It is knowing just who you are
By following our true North Star.
 

The Complete Story

 
As long as there are truths
Yet to be revealed
Within us an angst moves
Till we’re wholly healed
Then, with the complete story
We truly understand
Along with the history
Was our redeemer’s hand
 

Where’s the Consequence

 
When you lie, cheat, and steal
Where’s the consequence?
The spirit hurt, must heal
It’s called repentance
In consequence Is the word sequence The sequence of repentance is like the 12 step addiction pattern: 1. recognize 2. remorse 3. resolution 4. reliance 5. reconciliation 6. renewal The 12 steps and the 5 R’s | LDS Recovery *ldsr*ecovery.wordpress.com/2006/06/30/the-12-steps-and-the-*5*-r’s/ – – – Jun 30, 2006 – However, it is rare for us to go into any detail regarding how to actually repent once one is caught into an addiction. That said, the five R’s aren’t A… more »

When We Sin

 
When we commit a sin
Who is the first to know?
Christ’s perfect light within
Alerts the face, to show
The chest becomes tight
And it proves so hard to breathe
You want to take flight
But from yourself you can’t leave
The bathe of emotions
Have set an awful course
Then, for a magic potion
Repent with remorse
Do you ever feel your face get hot when you do something wrong? Is there fear? How is this different from anxiety or the flush of embarrassment? How do you get rid of these awful feelings? Do we ever get past feeling and kick against the pricks? Self government requires we ask th… more »
 

Go and Talk it Out

 
Go and talk it out
With Cuddle Bear
He will never shout
Then, say a prayer
Kids go through fight or flight too and need to release their emotions.
 

Set a High Goal

 
Set a high goal
It is reachable
To the Lord, go
And be teachable
I love how the church needs everyone. The young and the old. Having goals is a wonderful thing.
 

Having the Gospel

 
Having the gospel is like
Living by a continual stream
Where we hope for eternal life
And branch out with celestial esteem
I love these words and ponder them… especially when I felt like a tree with one leaf, barely holding on. Psalms 1: 1 Blessed *is* the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight *is* in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his… more »
 

Life is a Pilgrimage

 
Life is a pilgrimage
 A search for love and faith
 It advances as we age
As more towards heaven we face
 Pilgrimage – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/*Pilgrimage* – – – Wikipedia A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and … ‎Christian pilgrimage – ‎Hindu pilgrimage sites – ‎Buddhist pilgrimage
 

Climb Your Own Ladder

 
Climb your own ladder
At an even pace
Study each matter
There’s no second place
Looking for excellence at work? Where should you put your attention and effort? At what point do you need to worry about the efforts of others? The bottom line is living with yourself and your efforts while being an example and helping support the ladders of others.

Does God Exist 

 
What is absent in your life?
We know darkness, without light
That God is bad is a lie
When we seek Him, we’re made bright
 

NO Longer Half Hearted

 
No longer half hearted
I seek for the best
My doubts have departed
And I have been blessed
 

More than Anything

 
I want more than anything
God’s love in my heart
Humbly, I am offering
My all to do my part
 

Hindsight for Blessings

 
As the darkness parted
I saw how I’d been blessed
I, though once weak hearted
Had been put through a test
hind·sight ˈhīn(d)ˌsīt/ *noun* 1. understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed. “*with hindsight*, I should never have gone”
 

Burst of Hope

 
From a warm desire
Comes a burst of hope
Flowing to inspire
From our Heavenly home
 

The Heart Begins to Pound

 
The heart begins to pound
Fully alive again!
The spirit, here is found
And leads just like a friend
 

The Strength of Priesthood Power

 
The strength of priesthood power
Can bless us every hour
And improve our very lives
As we trust in Jesus Christ
Power in the Priesthood – Neil L. Andersen https://www.*lds*.org/…/*po*… – – – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints by Neil L. Andersen – A courageous mother raising five children listened attentively to the second verse: “Mine is a home where [every] hour is blessed by the strength of priesthood
 

Happiness is Found

 
Satan seeks to control
Our minds and actions
To confuse our roles
And create distractions
Happiness is found
When we’re free of despair
When we’ve light around
And we feel the Lord’s care

 

Close Your Eyes

 
Close your eyes and remember
How it feels to be clean
Rekindle that warm ember
That helps you live life’s dream
 

How Great Shall Be Your Joy

 
How great shall be your joy
When you bring new souls to me
That your heart will rejoice
From the beauty soon to see
1. How Great Shall Be Your Joy – Liahona Feb. 2011 – liahona https://www.*lds*.org/…/ho… – – – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints by Henry B. Eyring – “And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many …
 

The Hebrew Love Story

 
Why would a devout Jew become Mormon?
Because it connects heaven and earth for them
With covenants, oaths, and laws to obey
The Hebrew love story continues today
 

The Greatest Pioneer Known

 
Turn life’s pages unto the past
To the greatest pioneer known
And upon Jesus you would cast
As He marked our path alone
 

Good Things are Created Twice

 
Good things are created twice
Through the light of Jesus Christ
First in the thoughts that arise
Until, then, it springs to life
Now let us start with you
And with the end in mind
What do you want to do?
You’ve gifts inside to find
God’s power behind you
Is greater than what’s ahead
You have a work to do
Seek the spirit to be led
“We don’t invent our mission; we detect it.” Victor Frankl
 

The World is Changing Fast

 
The world is changing fast
With darkness settling in
Make covenants that will last
You’ll shine aglow within
 

Like a Baby Chick

 
Like a baby chick
Breaking from its shell
Life’s test, long and thick
Is one to live and tell
Each to find alone
Midst surroundings hard to bear
That the Lord did atone
And suffer because He cared
The promise of new life
Is how we keep going
Past darkness into light
For seeing and growing
 

Greater Courage is Called For

 
Greater courage is called for
When you stumble and fall
Be humble unto the Lord
You’re not alone, at all
 

It Takes Courage

 
It takes courage to weather the storm
But you don’t have to do it alone
Our father has a listening ear
Out of the darkness light can appear
The clouds will break
The sun will show
You need not quake
Seek the rainbow
 

Temples Dot the Earth

 
Today temples dot the earth
As sacred places to make
Covenants of eternal worth
That light in us awakes
 

Soar

 
Soar on eagles’ wings
Uplifted with new faith
Sail where freedom reigns
And where hope never fades
 

Love Conquers Fear

 
I will not fear
What man can do
The Lord is near
And His love, too!
 

Patience is Required

 
Patience is required
At every turn
We unhinge when tired
Rest, prove you’ve learned I
t is so hard to be patient with myself and others. Balancing expectations with allowing others to self-govern…
 

Life Can be Sweet

 
In the midst of paradise
There stands the tree of life
It is bright before the eyes
With fruit as white as light
Some walk all the way around
Others reach to partake
Here the purest love is found
Which is sweet to the taste
Some ignore it, determined
That they have much to eat
What can we do for that friend?
Show how life can be sweet
 

How relevant is Religion?

 
How relevant is religion
For our country we must ask
Is it a cause for division
Or a help to every task?
 

President Thomas S. Monson Display – Deseret Book Store – SLC Utah

 
May warm fuzzies abound
From kind things that we do
That your wishes be found
Happy Birthday to you
Well he can add to his timeline another birthday! Happy Birthday President Monson!
 

Ye Are No More Strangers

 
We are strangers no more
Nor are we foreigners
But fellow saints in Christ
Filled with His peace and light
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; fellowship our fellow citizens

 

Fill Your Bucket

 
Fill your bucket
with joy and service.
Family, love it-
your highest purpose.
 

Social Media and the Gospel of Jesus Christ: Sweep The Earth As With A F…

 
Let us sweep the whole earth
with God’s light, as a flood .
What is sweetly of worth?
Let us praise it as good!
 

Through the Eyes of Faith

 
Through the eyes of faith
Look beyond *current* pain
Each trial you face
Comes with blessings to gain
My dad is having neck surgery this morning to prevent him from becoming a quadriplegic . I called to check on him (is he awake to get to the hospital?) because i cant be there i am in training for a new job. My mom told me my sister who lives in Oakhurst is waiting out a fire near by with a possible evacuation for the second time this summer! So these thoughts were going on in my head as I thought of this talk by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Grateful in Any Circumstances”. Our tria… more »
 

Fear God

 
For Heavenly Father have fear
Which really means hold and revere
All that He is, His gospel, and laws
As oft, in gratitude, we should pause
Fear – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Fear can have two meanings: (1) to fear God is to feel reverence and awe for him and to obey his commandments; (2) to fear man, mortal dangers, pain, and evil … Fear of God – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Surely the fear of God is not in this place: Gen. 20:11 … Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God: Deut. 6:13 . … God require of thee, but to fear the Lord: Deut. 10:12 . …more »
 

“Lean Not unto Thine Own Understanding” by Gary E. Stevenson

 
As sure as the Lord lives
We can expect
His hand in our lives
To lead and direct
Raise your sights to heaven
And pray unto God
Inspiration’s given
When through faith it’s sought
Trust not in the arm of the flesh
Where only obsessions you will find.
Lest all that you gain, then, does test
Let wisdom come to your heart and mind
Temper worldly desires
For prestige, power, and fame
Focus on what inspires
On what God would have you gain
If faithful, we have the same expectations of blessings from God as in times of old, to be prospered and to accomplish what He would have us do. Be sole… more »
 

Giving Smiles

 
Comic relief given
Brings a smile
And eases your own pain,
All the while
 
#RobinWilliams He was an adorable person. Here is a hymn to share/ Lord I Would Follow Thee 1. 1. Savior, may I learn to love thee, Walk the path that thou hast shown, Pause to help and lift another, Finding strength beyond my own. Savior, may I learn to love thee– 2. (Chorus) Lord, I would follow thee. 3. 2. Who am I to judge another When I walk imperfectly? In the quiet heart is hidden Sorrow that the eye can’t see. Who am I to judge another? 4. 3. I would be my brother’… more »
 

Truth Be Known

 
What you turn to
When left alone
Measures virtue
The truth be known
Bishop Gary E. Stevenson Be Valiant in Courage, Strength, and Activity Ensign, Oct 2012 #truthbeknown Be courageous! Be strong! “Stand ye in holy places, and be not moved.”6 Young men, I promise the Lord will empower you. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power.”7 He will reward you for your courage and righteous behavior—with happiness and joy. Such courage will be a byproduct of your faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, your prayers, and your obedience to commandments.
 

Mormon Founder: Joseph Smith Jr. – 5 of 5 – Mormonism

 
As the founder of a cause
How would you lead? at what cost?
Would you be willing to die?
Who would take your place? and why?
 

Mormon Founder: Joseph Smith Jr. – 4 of 5 – Mormonism

 
Sometimes all you have
Is your faith to hold on to
And the hope that perhaps
All your family will be true
 

Mormon Founder: Joseph Smith Jr. – 2 of 5 – Mormonism

 
Amidst a war of words
How can you know what’s right?
Let your questions be heard
For wisdom, seek God’s light
 

Mormon Founder: Joseph Smith Jr. – 3 of 5 – Mormonism

 
A witness can’t be denied
Forgotten or ignored
As, from it you cannot hide
For it came from the Lord
 

Mormon Founder: Joseph Smith Jr. – 2 of 5 – Mormonism

 
Scriptures come with power
Unto the heart of man
Teaching any hour
Heaven remains open
 

The Gift of the Atonement

 
How do you show appreciation
For gifts of sacrifice?
Use them at every occasion
And give thanks for the price
 

David Archuleta sings “Be Still My Soul” to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

 
Keep your favorite hymn
In your heart, like a prayer
Let your troubles soften
Under our Father’s care
 

Life is a Four Minute Race

 
Life is a four minute race
Marked with preparation
Do not hang back. Embrace
Christ’s own invitation
Dreams dash in but a moment
Let the Holy Ghost be your guide
Live a life of deep devotion
Accept the Savior by your side
 

Recovering Porn Addict: Porn Is No Match for Real Love

 
Love conquers life’s boredom, fears, and stress
Not strangers seen in a state of undress
With my heart turned towards God I have found
That that is when things start to turn around
 
Porn is no match For love grown deep As one might snatch The other, keeps Recovering Porn Addict: Porn Is No Match for Real Love Now a mentor, Aujero sees that same void in other porn addicted men. He described, “There’s a lot of reasons why guys look at porn and there’s boredom and there’s stress, but there’s something deeper there when I work with guys and there’s this deeper love and guys, we want to br… more »
 

Enjoy the sky and Nature

 
Enjoy the sky and nature
Put beauty in your yard
The things of God bring pleasure
Even when life is hard
Do you think the dragonfly is a blur? He must have thought I was too! I just rescued him from the pool and put him on a rose. He kept wiping his eyes, all 30,000 facets! It’s not every day that you get to hold a dragonfly.
 

There is a God

 
There is a God
And He listens
He’s over all
Pray…and witness!
A miracle in the desert. The clouds gathered just above our neighborhood circle. There are blue skies in the distance all the way around. hummm. I love the God of Heaven and Earth. He listens to prayers in remarkable ways. Just a few hours before, I had said to my husband, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all these puffy clouds gathered right over our house and we had some rain?”
 

The Appointed Hour

 
The night was lit by the full moon
Which cast the temple’s shadow where
It added to the cloak of gloom
As the group walked away off there
Descending the city, weary
They crossed by a little brook
And soon passed the cemetery
On a path they often took
The grass was tall. It soaked each hem
In the garden where trees were budding
As they walked the wind howled, driven
Adding to the sense of foreboding
Christ’s clothes grew heavy as did His heart
It became laborious to step
From the disciples, He turned to part
The appointed hour must be kept…
How many times had He been present
When th… more »
 

Pose a New Question

 
Pose a new question
And see where it goes
Gather suggestions
Until Christ’s Light glows
“What Kinda Car” Joshua Creek (Story Last) I am going to teach at American Heritage. We prepare lessons that all point back to Christ- the Master Teacher.
 

I Dance When

 
I dance when I hear music
That uplifts my mood.
And, I enjoy the lyrics.
Then, oh, life is good
What song can get you excited to go back to school? Add your words to twitter: #IDanceWhen
 

Confidence of God’s Love

 
Confidence of God’s love
Comes through our thoughtfulness
Which opens doors thereof
To the gospel’s sweet fullness
The light you have embraced
Has taught you so many things
Share of what you’ve faced
And give of your well-being
I Have Given You an Example “Giving [others] confidence in your love can help them develop faith in God’s love. Then through your loving, thoughtful communication, their lives will be blessed by your sharing lessons you have learned, experiences you have had, and principles you have followed to find solutions to your own struggles. Show your sincere interest i… more »
 

Humanitarian Aid

 
Almost overnight
We can bring relief
Offering Christ’s light
For hope to believe
http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/humanitarian-aid-welfare-services-breakdown-donations-costs-resources earthquakes, tsunamis Typhoons, high winds When there comes a need We spread forth God’s wings Thousands of professionals and volunteers give freely of their time and means to those in need, with no expectation of praise, publicity or reward… While the Church’s emergency response to major disasters draws more media attention, Latter-day Saints engage in many other less visible initiatives. In a… more »
 

We Are the Offspring of God

 
*Feel after the Lord*
For in Him we live
We, His offspring
Hope in all things
Articles of Faith 13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
 

An Experiment in Words

 
Use your best words /not the worst
There is nothing more beautiful
Than recognizing worth
Positive words are wonderful 
 

Reclaimed

 
All the trash of your past
Can be replaced with light
Be reclaimed and upon Christ cast
Your sins unto new life
 

My Bucket’s Gone Dry

 
My bucket’s gone dry
From the holes therein
As life’s critics try
It wear me out, thin
 

Upon the Land

 
When charity is no longer shown
The burden of the owner is known
As there’s no trust, none borrow or lend
This, then, is a curse upon the land
 
When the love of God cannot be found
Diverse diseases and plagues abound
Fear and despair takes you by the hand
This, then, is a scourge upon the land
 
Let each land become more filled with prayer
To protect the freedoms we all share
That prosperity might then return
As we show forth kindness and concern
Clarity | Define Clarity at Dictionary.com dictionary.reference.com/browse/*clarity* – – – Dictionary.com clearness or lucidity as t… more »
 

By Design they Pierced His Side

 
With the third cup, by design
He mixed the water with the wine
As a sign of things yet to come
When they would pierce Him, though the Son
During the last supper, the disciples were given four cups of wine. Each have a purpose which varies a little as you search online. They are based on the four promises in Exodus 6 1.I will bring you out. slavery (The blessing is said and the host washes his hands) The Cup of Blessing or sanctification/ (out of the world and out of spiritual slavery of sin and the fear of death.)- the *Kiddush*, which means sanctification 2. I will rid you o… more »
 

Among the Wheat and Tares

 
Among all the wheat and tares
Who is putting on false airs?
How can you know who is right?
The good fruit grows in God’s Light
 

The Hope of God’s Light

 
Line upon line,
A glimpse at a time
God’s light can be found
As we seek it around
 

Even Then

The Son, even on the cross,
Showed the way for all to see
That our souls need not be lost
He is light, love, and mercy
He sees the bigger picture
Beyond every sorrow and pain
He calls to hearts to assure
The repentant have peace to gain
In His intense suffering
He paid the price for sin
He leads the way offering 
Eternal life with Him
mercy
: compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm.
 

Watchmen On Tower Doctrine and Covenants LDS Sunday School

 
From the watchtower’s height
The warning cries begin
The prophets lead aright
And counsel us from sin
They see what lies ahead
Subtle traps that await
They keep us spiritually led
Within the hedged up gate
 

The Watchman on the Tower by Earl C. Tingey

 
Look for the watchman on the tower
Who sees far beyond the hedge
Awake to him at that hour
When he warns what lies ahead
nobleman- the Lord olive tree- people watchman- prophet hedge- For the Strength of Youth/ standards/cautions/counsel servants- covenant people tower- revelation Choice land- zion vineyard- familes, the world enemy- Satan
 

The Jerusalem Conference

 
There ought not to be differences
Among the purified
Let us go through great distances
To be more unified
 

Be Still and Look Up

 
Be still, soul, and look up.
Have faith in God and trust.
He gave us every star
And lights us from afar
 

Love Me

 
 Love me for who I am,
Who I can and want to be
There’s nothing better than
Having you believe in me
Heavenly Father wants us to have confidence in potential.
 

Jesus Acclaims John the Baptist / Come Unto Me

 
Imagine what the Lord
Would want for you to see
Search for Him and His word
Start with, “Come unto me.”
 

WARNING: THIS STORY WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

 
Let yourself imagine a different place and time
When with your whole family everything is fine
Let it make a difference to who you are, who you’ll be
And be a happier person from that memory
 

Patient Care

 
Upon the wings of wisdom
From days gone, he thought to share
The past to his son with him
And taught him of patient care
 

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

 
One size fits all
Isn’t the way
Love’s miracle
Makes a kids day
 

The Chat

 
Nothing you have to confess
Could make Jesus love you less
He knows where your heart is at
And awaits a little chat
 

Marching Orders

 
Our marching orders are given
At every general conference
We should study from and live them
Their cautions make all the difference
 
What do you recall from conference?
 

Savor

 
Savor the things which come of God
Let them be a part of you
Be the salt of the Earth for all
Through the good works that you do
Salt of the Earth: Savor of Men and Saviors of Men – general *…* https://www.*lds*.org/…/sal… – – – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints In the New Testament the Savior referred to his disciples as the “salt of the earth,” and charged them to retain their savor (Matt. 5:13).
 

Steadfast

 
As the Jewish plots to take His life
Fermented beneath the surface
Jesus continued to testify
And bear fruit through selfless service
steadfast resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering. “steadfast loyalty” synonyms: loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable,steady, true, constant, staunch, solid, trusty More
 

How Deep

 
How deep His love and compassion is
As He bore the dark depths of Hell
To know every side of injustice
That perfect mercy might prevail
1. Mercy – Merriam-Webster Online http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/*mercy* – – – Merriam‑Webster kind or forgiving treatment of someone who could be treated harshly. : kindness or help given to people who are in a very bad or desperate situation. : a good or …
 

Ecstasy for All

 
The enclosing agony for one
Has opened the door of ecstasy for all
We’ll resurrect because of the Son
Mercifully He has atoned us from the fall
Jesus did what He did out of love
That we might return to God’s presence
And dwell with him in Heaven above
The narrow way truly is precious!
This takes the following phrase to a whole new level… 1. What Does All for One and One for All Mean? – Ask.com http://www.ask.com › Q&A › Reference › Biographies and Quotations – – – The phrase 'all for one and one for all' speaks for unity. If one person experiences some kind o… more »
 

A Knowing Heart

 
With a knowing heart
As one who bore it all
Strength He does impart
Through faith’s prayers, large or small
 

The Bitter Cup

 
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In Gethsemane
He found the bitterest cup
And to the last dregs
Jesus drank it up
Bitter with anguish, dark with despair
He swallowed it all to show
He does care
The will of the Son was “swallowed up in the will of the Father.” Mosiah 15:7 despair the complete loss or absence of hope. “*driven to despair*, he throws himself under a train” synonyms:hopelessness, disheartenment, discouragement, desperation, distress,anguish, unhappiness; More anguish severe mental or physical pain or suffering. “she shut her eyes *in an… more »
 

By Divine Decree

 
By divine decree
The great redemption began
In Gethsemane
Christ received the pains of man
 

Truth is a Living Light

 
All truth is a living light
Which shines before our eyes
And radiates what is right
For growth to improve lives
 

Lukewarm

 
Lukewarm and wavering
I am unable to choose
What am I favoring?
As I discern the news
1. Revelation 3:16 – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day *…* https://www.*lds*.org/…/3…. 16 So then because thou art a lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will b spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am a rich, and increased with …

Great Are Your Eyes

 
Great are your eyes
To help you see
What is of light
And happily
 

Motivation

 
Don’t just sit back
And let the day fly on
Love, serve, and bask
In the Light of the Son
 

Hold the Memory

 
Those with eyes that see
Hold the memory
Of blessings in life
That are filled with Light
 

Bonds of Trust

 
Broken ties
Come through lies
Bonds of trust
Are honest

 

How Do You Reach Your Students?

How do you reach
Those whom you teach?
Prepare them to hear
The spirit when there

You Know You Want to Succeed

You know you want to succeed
And manage well, what you do
You hold all the tools you need
To guide you and see you through
You know you want to succeed
And be in charge of yourself
Let the Holy Spirit lead
It is your best source of help
It is interesting that real freedom and success comes from turning our will to God. Then we have liberty as we are free from things that harm our spirit.

The Fence

A group of small kids tried each fence,

To make sure that they were safe.

That all their needs would be met.

The greatest being respect.

Held by guidelines framed in truth

They test to prove all the rules

They push limits in their youth

And feel respect through reprove

1. Reprove – Merriam-Webster Online http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/*reprove* – – – Merriam‑Webster to criticize or correct (someone) usually in a gentle way. re·proved re·prov·ing. Full Definition of REPROVE. transitive verb. 1. : to scold or correct usually gently or ….. more »

Money Can’t Buy It

Money cannot buy
The best things in life
That for which men die
Is achieved through strife
faith, manners, morals, respect, common sense, trust, patience, virtue, class integrity, love, honor

Live Your Faith

Get rid of deep creases
You wear on your face
Endurance increases
As you live your faith

Iron it OUT

With every doubt

Iron it out

Hold to the rod

And turn to God

“Iron it out” is an idiom. It means work it out.

Blessed Are They That Have Not Seen, and Yet Have Believed

So filled with dispair
Missing Christ’s care
Thomas needed to see
To feel… to believe

Perfect

It’s a rush to rush and it’s perfect to perfect
To improve so much that no one will object
…a play on homographs. They are spelled the same but don’t mean the same thing or even sound the same.

The Fertile Soil Waits

The fertile soil waits
to be turned and seeded.
The best fruit awaits.
Laborers are needed.

Father’s Day Wallet

Read my poem and gift idea on Your LDS Blog where I am a guest blogger… http://www.yourldsblog.com/2014/06/15/fathers-day/

My Rock

As a supportive rock
You are always there
You are my confidante
With advice to share
Thank you for your time
Your unconditional love
Your strength ever kind
That continually lifts me up

The Cost—and Blessings—of Discipleship

Let your faith see you through
All that comes your way
In all you say and do
Defend Christ always
In keeping with the Savior’s own experience, there has been a long history of rejection and a painfully high price paid by prophets and apostles, missionaries and members in every generation—all those who have tried to honor God’s call to lift the human family to “a more excellent way.”3“And what shall I more say [of them]?” the writer of the book of Hebrews asks. “[They] who … stopped the mouths of lions, “Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, … waxed vali… more »

HFD Fireman Proposes To His HPD Girlfriend

All the smoke Was in place Then he spoke Watch her face! :)

Fasting

Improve your health
To fight off disease
Fasting will help
As stem cells increase

The Wave

The wave crashed

Like a wall

Its spray splashed

At us all

The boat swayed

It lurched right

We all prayed

And clutched tight

The deck dipped

Like a cup

Water slapped

We looked up

What a thrill

Screams did blend

Then, to still

The ride did end

Why do we pay money *and *wait in long lines to go on terrifying rides? Hope you are having wondering experiences with your family this summer.

The Gospel Imparts

The gospel imparts
Always in wondrous ways
Unto minds and hearts
As one seeks and obeys

Mother’s Day – A Tribute To Mothers – Gayatrivantillu – Indian Recipes -…

Mother, don’t give up.
You know your (own son’s) (daughter’s) needs.
Nurture (him) (her) with love.
And teach (him) (her) to succeed.

Scriptures Legacy

The records we hold came at a high price
Of painstaking labor and sacrifice
The prophets share with us the words of Christ
For our learning they are filled with His light
Absolute morals do and will exist
Through repentance there is grace to enlist
Of the Atonement the scriptures witness
Offering examples of how to persist
The world teaches: There are no absolute morals. Every man prospers according to his genius and conquers according to his own strength. Whatever man does there is no crime. When we die that is the end, thereof.

The Risen Lord Appears to the Apostles

Why let thoughts arise in the heart
That crowd out feelings of peace?
For the Lord is quick to impart
Power from on high to the meek

Glenn Beck at Liberty University 04/25/14

I am a man
And I demand
My rights to stand
Free on this land
Free to explore
What life is for
To seek for more
That’s from the Lord

A Woman that Walks with God

A woman should not mock,
Ostracize, or slander
As with the Lord she walks
In thanks for what God hands her

Self-Worth

It’s not the clothes you wear,
Or how you do your hair
That gives to you self-worth
It’s God who gave you birth

We Are Not Made for Endings

[image: Dead end sign by jhnri4 – Dead End sign.]
Income, health, love, and marriage
We all hate for great things to end
Still…we’ve much more to cherish
Through, Jesus, our eternal friend
We Are Not Made for Endings In light of what we know about our eternal destiny, is it any wonder that whenever we face the bitter endings of life, they seem unacceptable to us? There seems to be something inside of us that resists endings…. May we “live in thanksgiving daily” especially during the seemingly explainable endings that are part of mortality. May we allow our souls to expand in …more »

To Move Along

Read from the link, the story about one of the saints crossing the plains who sat at camp, tired and sick. He sang Come Come Ye Saints and then died in the night. When they buried him, they used the very rock he had been sitting on as his headstone.
For others, what can you do
In just a spare hour or two?
Clayton wrote up a new song
To help the Saints move along
Read this wonderful article that excerpts journals of early pioneers to uncover the circumstance around the time that William Clayton wrote this inspiring hymn. There are some great stories here as well: BYU-EDU in a speech g… more »

Let Your Soul Delight in Song

Look what Your LDS Blog did! Isn’t this a beautiful meme? Did you know there is a site to listen to L.D.S. music?

Blessed Beyond Your Dreams

Have you ever been blessed beyond your dreams? First we bought this amazing house. Then, I was asked to babysit this piano while a wonderful couple went on their mission. It fills the house with music! Please go to Your LDS Blog and read about my feelings for the hymns. It is a wonderful blog and I have been asked to be a guest blogger! Wonderful!
Have you ever been blessed
Beyond your dreams?
Joy stirs within the breast
From God, it seems

Eyes to See

Do you ever see something that causes a second look? The bird is real! And he was patient to stay there while I had to cross at a light. I have seen this statue while driving by and thought, “How cute!” “They are enjoying flowers!” But what is also happening is the bigger girl has just tied the shoe of the little girl. The statues may not be real But the bird reminded me of a day When I was sad and felt ill A white dove rested on my head to stay I picked it up and held it It was as small and fragile as my heart One of its legs was crippled And through our friendship the world seemed le…more »

Scholary Thinking

Scholars, to think reason, and reflect
God’s truths will set you free
They are the roots to each precept
Which can guide your destiny
Come, feast on the best and greatest
Of those inspired before
Celebrate learning in the highest
Ponder what you’re here for
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Teachers are the sunlight rays
That help scholarly seeds to grow
They are warm and full of praise
And from them buds of promise show
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God’s own truths do make you free
To think, reason, and reflect
To achieve your destiny
When guided by each precept
++++++++++… more »

In Memory of Those Who’ve Died

In memory of those who’ve died
On this day, may we unite
And together walk side by side
Filled with love from freedom’s light

Homeward Bound – Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The soldier, homeward bound
Hides inward wounds to not delay
But soon depression’s found
As war’s horrors haunt freedom’s way
Part of the reason for military suicides is the rush to be homeward bound… while ignoring or not knowing how to heal from the inward wounds.

The Dog Tags Remain

The dog tags of loved ones remain
Each with a soldier’s story to tell
Of lonely foxholes and pain
And of patriotism as well
Missing you Adam…

What We Do Have

We may not have a Reagan,
George Washington, or Lincoln
But what we do have is *us** and*
Great pride for what they have done

Rep. Joe Heck statement on preventing military suicides

It hits home…death
The battle isn’t over
The watch, at best
Falls on the first line leader

Rep. Joe Heck Commemorates Memorial Day 2014

From the grassy slopes of Bunker Hill
On to the National Mall we find
The price of freedom is ever real
Some of the best blood was left behind
Dr. Heck has more than 25 years in public service as a physician, Army Reservist, and community volunteer. Previously, Heck served as a volunteer firefighter and ambulance attendant, Search & Rescue team member, and SWAT physician. A Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, he was called to active duty three times, including a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Lord has also decreed that this land should be “the place … more »

Veteran of an Eternal War

Jesus is a veteran
In an eternal war.
Unto all God’s children,
‘Tis our souls He fights for.
John 15:14 Greater love has no one than this, That one lay down his life for his friends.

Looking for Charity

[image: looking_for_charity.png]
Looking for charity
Someone to help out
I offered carefully
My hat, filled with doubt
What do you think happens next? This image is titled Looking for Charity…

See the Blessing

See the blessing in all things
Even in the worst that life brings
Let go of apprehension
And believe in intervention
This happened right here in LasVegas! The sad truth is this guy could probably change his profession and work on the strip. He is quite a gymnast! Suspected Burglar caught in the act: Cameras catch a burglar inside a valley family’s home.

The Good Shepherd

Here is my attempt at a hymn…
The Good Shepherd
The good shepherd became the lamb
To perfectly lead His sheep
To succor them and understand
How best to tend and watchkeep
He came without spot
As God’s own blessed son
And selflessly He sought
His Father’s will to be done
He bore the sins of all mankind
Every sorrow, every pain
The trials of death and hell combined
He received our stripes and was slain
His blood…that we might drink
His flesh… that we might sup
He went beneath all things
So He might then lift us up
Today He calls us all by name
We, His sheep, can know His voice T… more »

Scriptures Legacy

Out of the past, the dark, and the dust
The scriptures come unto each of us
And from them light reveals God’s love,
His grace, and mercy from above
As a side note. I have held a replica of that wooden sword in this film. It has shards of obsidian embedded into it. It is supposed to be sharp enough to cut a horses head off.

Guest Blogging at yourldsblog.com

FYI: http://www.yldsr.com/ is a site where you can listen to LDSRadio and also find LDS Music Artists and purchase their music. Check out their blog where I have become a guest blogger! http://www.yourldsblog.com/2014/05/20/heavens-breeze/ The sun is rising upon a new day of promise.

American History Books for Kids

Summer reading time is here
Build up that reservoir
Help our heroes reappear
Find out what they stood for
American History Books for Kids Firesale price is just $97.50 for all 32 hardcover books plus FREE shipping on this set! It is getting harder and harder to find good reading books for kids. These books were written before the wild revisionist history that is so common today, and they do not include any of the Common Core standards. These books serve as an excellent starting point for further study and will pique a child’s interest in American history. By presenting history in … more »

Christ Appears on the Road to Emmaus

Oh the human mind,
We wrestle with hopes and fears.
And the Lord so kind,
When we need Him, He appears.
Then, as we seek truth
His words warm and calm the soul.
We can know what’s true
For His peace helps us feel whole.

For Heaven’s Sake

He feeds His flock
And walks with them
He knows each flaw
And sees within
He is The Way The Truth, The Light
And from the grave
His words give life
He suffered death
That we might live
The shepherd does, His lambs, uplift
He carries us, For Heaven’s sake
He is Yeshua Yes, the Lord saves
What does the name ‘Jesus’ mean? – Yahoo Answers https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid… May 16, 2007 – Wow… interesting answers! It is the Greek derivation of the Hebrew “Yeshua” or “Joshua” which means “Yahweh saves” or “The Lord saves.”. Idioms… more »

The Steeles – “On the Road to Emmaus” – 2000

On the road to Emmaus
Two disciples spoke of Christ
They mourned the death of Jesus
Who was their hope of new life
Jesus came and walked with them
They knew not His voice or face
I am sure they, then, wept when
He vanished without a trace
For it was then that they knew
They had walked and supped with Him
Looking back… they had known, too
For their hearts had burned within

In All Things

1. 2. Tried in All Things ► 1:47► 1:47 https… (D&C 136:29-33) Elder Maxwell explains how the Saints will be tried in all things.
As Saints, in all things
We must be tried
For the fruit it brings
Even light to guide
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