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Archive for November, 2009

Practice virtue and holiness
Thankfully and continually
For along the path of happiness
Gifts are needed plentifully

Virtue of the mind and heart
Has high moral standards as its start
Unto a holy sheen
That in the eyes can then be seen

Quiet dignity and strength
Is also found more at length
Based on the accumulation
Of thousands of good thoughts and actions

Virtue encompasses chastity
As well as moral purity
It is nurtured in the home
For a nobler place to be known…

This is the holy temple
A place where God’s covenant people
Can receive the Spirit’s guidance
And be led back to His presence

Doctrine and Covenants 46

“Virtue is a prerequisite to entering the Lord’s holy temples and to receiving the Spirit’s guidance. Virtue ‘is a pattern of thought and behavior based on high moral standards’ (Preach My Gospel [2004], 118). It encompasses chastity and moral purity. Virtue begins in the heart and in the mind. It is nurtured in the home. It is the accumulation of thousands of small decisions and actions. Virtue is a word we don’t hear often in today’s society, but the Latin root word virtus means strength. Virtuous women and men possess a quiet dignity and inner strength. They are confident because they are worthy to receive and be guided by the Holy Ghost.”
Elaine S. Dalton
A Return to Virtue
Ensign, Nov. 2008, 79

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He Who is Full of Grace and Truth

He who is ever full of grace and truth
Wrought work and glory unto creation … as proof
Of His wonderous power and intelligence
Over all things, time, and our existence

From His word, of the dust came birth of spiritual life
In a garden was created the first husband and wife
And they being free from known conflict and pain
Were frequently blessed as God, oft, to them came

Then a serpent sought to establish his own plan
And introduced temptation and death unto man
Eve recognized if she were to ever procreate
They would have to leave this wholly innocent state

God came… they were taught and sent on a good path
To experience life midst the offspring they’d begat
Then… to the wilderness they were relocated
Where trial and error, toil and wickedness awaited

Twas for them to experience every emotion
Even midst temptation and commotion
But, the love once nurtured with, they sought for ever still
For, if they could keep that feeling then all would be well

In God’s wisdom, they had been taught how to sacrifice
In similitude of the one coming, Jesus the Christ
With Him, they learned they’d never be alone
For He, in perfection, would come to atone

Ours… it is to call to the Father in His name
In faith, believing, for He is mighty to save
He has taught us and labored to redeem all mankind
With a path back to God’s presence ever lit to find

thoughts from Moses 1…

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Stay on the Right Path

Stay on the right path
My parents called out as I left
And I did as they asked
Until… I overslept

Then… I missed a Sunday
Because I was so tired
And with the afternoon too sunny
To the mall’s coolness I retired

There, I met a cute girl
The one of my dreams
And Sunday’s our only day
As she works so much, it seems

I brought her to church one day
But, she thought the day too long
Well, I’ll just go to pray…
But, also that proved wrong

For though I arrived on time
No one was to be seen
The conference was at nine
So I sat alone to weep

What has happened to me?
I think I’ve lost my way
Having misplaced my duty
I’d not kept the Sabbath day

From now on I promise
For myself and to God
To never again miss
(Because of a stupid broad)
For I will give my all

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I am sitting here thinking of what to say
Hoping to ease the pain in some private way

I think how proud he must have been
Of the children he loved with quiet devotion
Each… made so different, yet the same
As his family grew… each addition, fresh and new

How he loved for his house to be full
With chatter of children and smells from the kitchen
Soft sounds of whistling, the windows all steamed
On his last day… this is what he spoke of it seemed

Grandpa was human, having a fault or two
But the love in his heart was always true
Though each of us are different- he loved us the same
As we each felt delight to hear him speak our name

Kerry Cozby
my sister

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Happy New Year

A season to impart
Of life’s lessons… and restart
A reason to give cheer
And welcome a brand new year!

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On Thanksgiving night, I went to bed
Having enjoyed good companionship and food
Completely satisfied and content
I shared with Heavenly Father a bit of this mood

Then… I opened the scriptures and love poured out
And I feasted on the words with gratitude
…Reminders of creation and what we’re about
And, now of Thanksgiving, I’ve a new attitude

In one thing, today, I had been amiss
For I’d not sought for God all around me
A walk through nature, the sky… heaven’s bliss
For surely, this is ours to enjoy and to see

So, this day, is Thanksgiving two
I plan to become breathless upon a high hill
There to thank my Heavenly Father all anew
For His glorious creation, for the view…and for more still

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A Ship Sets Out to Sail

A ship sets out to sail
Upon the mighty blue
How my heart does swell
With that last wave of adieu

Silently I wait…
Till it’s long out of sight
To walk out from the gate
Into the lone moonlight

Far away across the sea
A light welcomes this ship
Home from its life long journey
Safely moored in Heaven’s slip

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