Friday, October 26, 2012

America Will Not Fail

"Men may fail in this country, earthquakes may come, seas may heave beyond their bounds, there may be great drought, disaster, and hardship, but this nation, founded on principles laid down by men whom God raised up, will never fail. This is the cradle of humanity, where life on this earth began in the Garden of Eden. This is the place of the New Jerusalem. This is the place that the Lord said is favored above all other nations in all the world. This is the place where the Savior will come to His temple. This is the favored land in all the world. Yes, I repeat, men may fail, but this nation won’t fail. I have faith in America; you and I must have faith in America, if we understand the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are living in a day when we must pay heed to these challenges.

"I plead with you not to preach pessimism. Preach that this is the greatest country in all the world. This is the favored land. This is the land of our forefathers. It is the nation that will stand despite whatever trials or crises it may yet have to pass through."

-President Harold B. Lee ( Source: Ye Are the Light of the World 350-51 )
(President Lee is my namesake - my middle name is Lee after him and I'm glad. I love this quote!)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What Will Be My Legacy?

Oh, I love her blog, Amazing post - "Why the battle for Joy is worth it".  I feel like I'm reading about how I act and all the emotions and feelings that I'm trying to control inside my head and heart -

If you don’t fight for joy, it’s your children who lose.

What do I want my children to remember — my joy in clean floors, made beds and ironed shirts — or my joy of the Lord?

You will be most remembered — by what brought you most joy.

The joy of the Lord is your strength and the person of Christ is your unassailable joy – and the battle for joy is nothing less than fighting the good fight of faith.
I want to be remembered for hiking with my kids and enjoying the mountains, trees, and nature.  Not for a messy house and complaining about clutter.  Or for having a clean house for that matter - who cares?!  What is really of value?  Resist the urge, self!  I will focus on my joys, not my stresses - I will tell my kids about my joys!  Not the things that bug you, cause if I do, that will be what are they going to remember about me.  Speak forth words of joy, don't complain, just do it.

Be Brave.  Even if you're not, pretend to be, because no one can tell the difference.

Work, even when you don't want to, pretend you do!  No one can tell the difference, but it can make a difference on everyone's mood and attitude.

And what you do will become who you are!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Keep It Simple

Keep it Small, Keep it Simple, Give it time.

On Oct 14th at our church, Sister Jensen gave a sacrament meeting talk encouraging us to give service, giving a good turn daily, following these three tips:
1) Keep it to 5 minutes or less
2) $1 or less
3) Journal it - write down what you did and your experience with it.

More advice on keeping our life and service simple:

Monday, October 22, 2012

Prayer - A Small and Simple Thing

This talk just hit the spot for me in several areas -

I loved her little motto to:


My favorite part from this talk:

"Sometimes answers to prayer are quite clear—simple and direct. But often prayer becomes a long and personal conversation. We continue to pray and work, and find that in inexplicable ways the problems are gradually resolved or changed. Sometimes even our righteous and heartfelt desires are modified. Gradually, our desires become His desires. Our pleading becomes part of the experience. 

"Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught that the Lord works on us through the very process of prayer: 'Some have difficulty with the reality that prayers are petitions even though God knows all and loves all anyway. True, we are not informing God, but we are informing ourselves by reverently working through our real concerns and our real priorities and by listening to the Spirit. For us merely to say, ritualistically, “Thy will be done” would not be real petitionary prayer. This would involve no genuine working through of our feelings. There would be no experience in agonizing, in choosing, and also in submitting.'"

I loved that!  Prayer is about us working through and learning about our own feelings, with God there as our counselor and tutor.  We can pray unceasingly this way.  And referring to yesterday's short video, remember that small and simple consistent prayers are better than longer sporatic prayers (see bottom of page 5 here)  Small and Simple, Steady and Consistent - it will bear great fruit in time as we are patient and diligent.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Act in Doctrine

I feel like I'm learning a lot about the kind of person I want to be, but I'm still needing help in the area of applying it.  Cause it takes serious mental concentration that I'm usually lacking - I forget to see the good in the little trials and mishaps of life - I didn't smile through Lily's spilled sticky fruit juice yesterday or the shattered plate, I was more cross at the noise the boys made as they played than I was happy at the fact that they were playing together nicely.  I still have a lot of work to do.  How can I remember to act in the doctrine of the things I know? (want to get his book)

So, until I get his book, I'm sure there are plenty of things for me to study online,  More than I can receive.  I'll continue to seek for ways that I can do, be, and become.  I will be focused and frequent in my prayer and scripture study.  Small and smile things - faithfully, diligently, and consistently - to bring forth extraordinary results.  Read the full talk from the above video here.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

5 Keys to Optimism

Watched this devotional talk above on byutv today ~ I love that channel, it really does help me see the good in the world.  And I'm learning more and more that seeing the good in the world is a skill we must develop and choose - we have to choose to see the good.  As Jeff Wilks shares in this talk, there are some ways that we can take to help us "Be positive in a negative world" - Remember:
  1. Righteousness does not mean perfection
  2. Keep trying anyway (great example of his son learning to snowboard)
  3. Keep your focus on Heavenly Father
  4. Heavenly Father's approval matters most
  5. Find and Remember the Joy in our lives - He sites Elder Eyring's talk, I've been doing this for several weeks and am enjoying it)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Finding Your Calling in Life

Here is a great article about finding your mission in life - please read all of it, it is so good.  I remember reading this article last year when it came out in the Spring 2011 BYU Magazine as I was searching for my calling, going to re-read it again.  He says "Because society has drifted from the spiritual moorings of calling, it has developed some odd and distorted doctrines about finding your calling. In fact, I would like to refer to a few of these doctrines as heresies. ... I submit to you that these heresies are the very things that cause us so much anxiety when we are trying to decide what our calling in life is. So if we appeal to the restored gospel to dispel these heresies, we can replace anxiety with faith and hope."

The 5 Heresies are:
Heresy 1: If You’re Lucky - “You might have a calling if you are lucky, or you might not.”
Heresy 2: The One True Calling - If you exercise faith in the Lord, follow His spirit, and seek to amplify your gifts, you will be led gradually to a place where you are well equipped to serve. I have a colleague, tremendously respected in his field, who became an auditor—not by long-term planning, but by a series of minor circumstances that led him gradually and unintentionally to his profession. He could never have predicted the fulfillment his career would give him. We usually can’t predict exactly where our gifts will lead us. But in retrospect, we will see the hand of the Lord leading us from opportunity to opportunity as we exercise and hone our spiritual gifts.
Heresy 3: Bliss Awaits - Dream Jobs - This is a particularly pervasive heresy today. The media implores you to build a career that is exciting and intensely fulfilling. Now, I am certainly an advocate of enjoying your work! But it is a distortion of the idea of calling to think that work should always be fun.
Heresy 4: The Praise of the World - I challenge you to look for examples of nobility among those who do the so-called menial tasks all around you. You will find many inspiring examples of people who use their spiritual gifts to serve in quiet but remarkable ways.
Heresy 5: Work Gives Life Meaning - My favorite part of this article was this experience from his mission under Heresy 5:

"As I was nearing my release date, I anticipated a sense of loss when I could no longer give all my time to serving God. At a zone conference, I raised my hand and asked the mission president, “After our missions are over and we are no longer full-time servants of God, how can we keep a sense of purpose?” Before the mission president could answer, his wife leapt to her feet and said, “I’ll take this one.”

I will never forget her response.  She said, “When I do the laundry, I am building the kingdom of God. When I scrub the floors, I am serving the Lord. When I tidy the clutter, I’m an instrument in His hands. I do a lot of mundane jobs, but if my eye is single to God and I’m trying to serve my family, then I feel as much purpose in my work as a missionary can.” Those words remind me of what King Benjamin said about laboring in the fields to support himself—a decidedly unkingly occupation. He said, “I do not desire to boast, for I have only been in the service of God” (Mosiah 2:16).

So perhaps the state of our hearts is as important as the tasks we do in determining whether our work is truly—and eternally—meaningful.

We need to be very cautious about our motives for the work we do. It’s tempting to say, “I serve my family when I’m at home, I serve God when I’m at church, and I serve my career when I’m at work.” We must see our work as but another extension of the Lord’s commandment to serve His children and “bring to pass much righteousness.”

How does this measure up to the world’s teaching that you have to take care of number one, climb the corporate ladder, get ahead? One of the great gospel ironies is that when we lose ourselves, we find ourselves. Work is much the same. I testify that when you focus your work first and foremost on blessing others, you will become extraordinary at what you do and will find fulfillment and success much more reliably than if you spend your time at work trying to get ahead or get rich. Work to serve! Remember the words that greet you at the gateway of the university: “Enter to learn; go forth to serve.”
I hope we will all search for and find our callings, live your life fully right now and right where you are, the Lord will continue to guide you step by step.

Another From "A Miracle a Day" under "Discover your calling" I thought had some great advice:
"People are often attracted to those who have a purpose. A person who is not looking for love may be focused on their career, education or another passion they have. Drive, ambition and dedication are necessary components to reach a goal. Likewise, they are also very good qualities to have in a relationship. No one will fall in love with you for being desperate, but they may fall in love with your passion for helping others or ambition to start your own business.  Discover your calling in life and go for it. – Ed. note:  Passion is the EASIEST thing to fall in love with, especially if you either share the passion, admire it, or wish you had it.  In fact, I believe it’s difficult to fall deeply in love without it."

I hope I can live these principles.  Please lead me on, dear Lord. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

General Conference

Dear General Conference,
I love you. Your twice-yearly broadcasts speak to my soul. I realize this is the point of your existence. I have learned to feast on your messages all year long. After all, I don't get much out of you while the kids are in the room. I promise to watch you and re-watch you until I truly can hear and listen and take notes.
Yours truly,
Spiritually hungry

(Listen to it online or at your local meeting house.  All are invited!  Please come and see, there will be something said that is just what you need to hear, I promise.  Write down any questions you've been having lately and come listen to the prophet speak, you will find the answer to your questions and concerns.)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

One Life

"Every woman gives her life for what she believes.  Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, nevertheless they give up their lives to that little or nothing.  One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it, and then it's gone." (Joan of Lorraine, act 2)
"You are good, but it is not enough just to be good.  You must be good for something.  You must contribute to the world.  the world must be a better place for your presence.  And that good that is in you must be spread to others." - President Gordon B. Hinckley Stand Up for Truth
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