Archive for February, 2015

Matthew 27:26–50, Jesus on the cross


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


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


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


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.’ ”


LDS Church News

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

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


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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!

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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!.


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

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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


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.

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!

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.

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