Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Flash Mob by Journey of Faith at South Bay Galleria - official...

How wonderful that things like this happen!  The purpose of Christmas is usually so overshadowed these days, it is refreshing to see that so many do know and love the true meaning of Christmas.  This video touched me so much at the end.  Especially when they sing O Holy Night.  At the end a young boys reaction at seeing Baby Jesus captivated me.  I hope this lifts your soul as it did mine.  "Every Knee Shall Bow, and every Tongue shall confess, that Jesus isThe Christ."

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Until We Meet Again

This may seem strange to share this video the day before Thanksgiving.  But, at this time of year I find myself missing those that have passed away a little more.  I can feel the sting and sadness that the loss has left.  But I am reminded, that death is not the end.  We will see them again, we will ALL live again.  And that brings me comfort and peace.

As we gather together tomorrow with family and friends, I believe that those who have passed will gather with us in spirit.  I believe they are with us throughout so much of our lives.  I know that this life is not the end.  Though those of us left behind feel sadness that sometimes is indescribable! We can take comfort in knowing that we will be with them again.  We will feel their embrace again.  But also know that they are with us.  I know this.

I know that our Father in Heaven loves us, and he understands our pain.  Our Savior died for us and made it possible for us to live with him again.  What a great gift!  I am thankful for this knowledge.  Without it, life would be a much harder life to live.  I love my Heavenly Father and Savior so much.  And I know that they love me.  And I know that those that I love that have passed on, love me, and they are with me.

If you are feeling the sting this season, I hope this brings you comfort.  I hope you feel peace and can find joy in knowing that you will see your loved ones again.  And that they are near you.

Monday, November 19, 2012

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the week.  And many of you have been writing the daily "I Am Thankful For" facebook status'.  It is refreshing to see so many positive posts.  It also helps us look for the good in each day.  I love that.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  Not just for the delicious food, but seeing my family and being together with the ones I love most.  Also reflecting on the many blessings I have in my life.  I am thankful for so many things, it would take a long time to list them all, so I will just list a few.  I am thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, without him I would be in a dark place.  I am thankful for my 2 children, they are my world and bring more joy, love and happiness than I knew existed.  I am thankful for my Husband, who works so hard to provide for us, I love him very much.  I am thankful for my Mother, who has taught me so much and continues to do so.  I am thankful for my Father, who has always been there.  I am thankful for my siblings for being simply, awesome.  I could go on and on and on.  But I will spare you all.  But now I ask you,  What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Touching the Hearts of Our Youth

This tugged at my heartstrings today.  I admit I have moments where I am not paying attention like I should.  I get so occupied with other things, and I later regret not putting down the computer, the laundry, a book, the dishes, or the many other things that I do in the day, so I can stop and listen or play with my children.  Why do I do that?  I don't know sometimes.   So I ask you, are you there?  Do your children and grandchildren know how important they are to you?  Do they know how much they are loved?  Do you tell them?

So when you are done reading this, hug them, kiss them and tell them.  They need to know.  And if you are not a parent yet, tell your parents that you love them.  We all need to know we are important to someone.  And if you do not feel that way.  Remember YOU ARE.  You are of so much worth and love.  And you are loved and you are important to Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Voice of the Spirit

I got down on my knees this morning, and I asked my Father in Heaven to help me know how I can help uplift others today.  As I thought and searched for something that would be good for a post today, I came across this video.  I have seen it a few times, but the words spoken in it, never get old.  President James E. Faust is the speaker.  He is a man I miss hearing from, but though he is no longer with us on this earth, his messages are still loud and clear. 

Some of my favorite quotes from this video are, "The voice you must learn to heed, is the voice of the Spirit.",

"Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge, where is the knowledge we have lost in information?" ~T.S. Elliott,

"Listen to, and follow the voice of the spirit."

"Walk by faith, in a world governed by sight."

"Hearkening to the voice of the living God will give you,  peace in this world, and eternal life in the life in the world to come.  These are the greatest of all the gifts of God." 

We do live in a world with many distractions.  It is easy to lose sight of what is important.  It is easy to make mistakes with great consequence.  I could walk down any street and find the adversary waiting and wanting to shift the righteous path I choose and desire to be on.  Walking by faith is not the easier choice.  But it is the better choice. 

I have allowed myself to take the road more traveled, and it is not all it is cracked up to be.  It is dark and lonely.  Although you do not always see that when you are on that road.  But when I chose to take the better path, the path of repentance and righteousness, it became apparent to me, that I was not as happy as I thought I had been, I was the one missing out.  People of this world today may feel like those on the path of righteousness are the ones missing out, but I tell you that is not true.  NOTHING is better than the road less traveled.  The road to eternal happiness and everlasting life.  That is the road that will bring you most happiness and joy.  I promise you this.  It is the harder path,  it does not come without burdens and trials.  We all must face those in different degrees.  Some will test our faith, some will shake us to the very core.  But if we trust in the Lord, and walk by Faith.  Our journey will be worth it.

 Which road will you take?  Which path do you long for?  Are you already on the road more traveled?  Are you on the path of personal destruction?  If you are, all is not lost.  Because of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we are given the tools that will lead us back to the path of righteousness.  Don't be afraid of the journey.  Heed the still small voice of the spirit.  Let it become familiar to you.  The voice of the spirit will bring peace to your life.  Allow your ears and heart to hear and feel the still small voice.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

My Reason

This blog has been apart of my thoughts for a little over a year now.  I am continually searching for things I should write about that will help others around the world.  I honestly have no idea how many people read my posts, but that is not the point as I once thought it was.  Because this has helped me grow so much.  And I am so thankful for it.

I have a calling in the Nursery in my ward.  It was something I was honestly not thrilled about when I was given the calling, since I have only been in the primary and nursery going on 6 years now.  And though I love children and feel like they need to good teachers, I would like to do other things.  Sometimes I feel like I lack the spiritual upliftment I used to get while attending Relief Society and Sunday School, and I long for those moments to learn.  That is why I started this.  Because I needed to find a way to have those moments personally.  And this is something that has helped me.

I know many people who choose not to use Facebook and all the other social networks because it does take up much of the day sometimes.  I'll admit that I have spent way to many hours online when I shouldn't have.  But I do my best to make sure I put it down.  But I also feel that these Social Networks are ways for me to be a missionary.  I did not take the opportunity to serve when I was 21.  And I feel like it was a real missed opportunity.  So this is my way of trying to make up for that as well.

I desire to bring the Light of Jesus Christ to as many as I can.  I know that he is our Redeemer.  I long for others to feel the joy that I feel, and to have the fullness of the Gospel.  In no way do I desire to change what people believe, I just want to add to what they already know.  The Bible is a true Testament of Jesus Christ.  And I know that The Book of Mormon is also another true Testament of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I know this because I have read it, I have gotten on my knees and I have asked with true and righteous intent.  And my prayers have been answered.

 I urge you, if you have not yet done these things, to do so.  It will enrich your life, give you greater understanding and a deeper love and appreciation for The Savior.

And I ask you to help me in my mission.  Spread the word.  Live your religion.  Trust in the Lord.  Love thy neighbor.  And know that you are not alone. And if you can find a spare moment, share my blog with others.  Thank you for your love and support.  It means more to me than you may ever know.

Saturday, November 3, 2012