Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Daily Scripture

     

     The following is a verse from the Book of Mormon:    

     Mosiah 7:33 But if ye will aturn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all bdiligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage.

     What kinds of bondage we can be in?  The answer might be as literal as prison or debt, or perhaps our bondage is overeating, poor  internet choices, anger, procrastination, depression, a bad relationship, or physical challenges such as the loss of a limb. There are many kinds of bondage, some of our own making and some which we have no choice about.  In any case, the answer is to come to Christ.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thought for the Day

     
     

     
     During my daily scripture study I was referred to a 2012 LDS First Presidency Message by Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf  entitled Always in the Middle.  I was impressed with the following line from it: "Whether we are at the beginning or the end, whether we are young or old, the Lord can use us for His purposes if we simply set aside whatever thoughts limit our ability to serve and allow His will to shape our lives."
     I was reminded that what we think often affects our ability to spiritually connect to God, live his commandments, and seek his will for our lives. Our thoughts can be an expression of faith in God, and he feeds us in return.  Jacob 3:2 from the Book of Mormon states "O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love; for ye may, if your minds are firm, forever."  
     Controlling thoughts is difficult, but I find that productive morning scripture study can set the tone for each day and strengthen my connection with the Lord and what is most important in my life.  I feel the Spirit and am reassured that He is real.  I have better control over my mind and attitudes throughout the day.  I have less anxiety and worry.  I'm more patient.  I think more clearly as the buzz in my head lessens.  I'm happier.  
     The more fruitful my study, the more powerful is its effect each day.  The less I actively--mindfully--participate, the less help it is.  
     Inspired study of the word of God gives me light in a darkening world.  It can strengthen each of us to do good, look for good, and be a light to others in this darkening world.

Sunday, November 13, 2016




October's Party     
by  George Cooper


October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came—

The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.






Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Voted!

   

 I just voted and I'm happy.  I was excited on the way to vote, I was excited when I voted, and I'm at peace with my choices.  All this in the midst of the stinkiest election I can remember.  I feel so good about my decisions; that's why I'm excited!
     I'm grateful to live in a country where I can experience this.  My chosen candidate, Evan McMullin, is someone I have studied, pondered, and prayed about for several weeks.  This morning I woke up certain of my decision, and feeling very good about it. It was exciting to write-in a registered candidate; I've never done that before.  It's feels more powerful to write the full name!
     It's profound that somenone like me, an ordinary citizen, can vote and have the kind of experience I've had in the midst of such contentious and corrupt politics. I have known for years that Ms Clinton would be the Democratic nominee and that I would not vote for her.  I watched Republican primaries and was disappointed with most of the candidates, especially Trump.  I decided to vote for John Kasich, and was happy with that decision, even though he lost.  I'm happy because I voted for someone I wanted to vote for, and someone who appeared to be a man of God, had integrity, and was experienced.  He also seemed to be a unifier.  I was sad that he lost, but I don't regret my decision to vote for him.  For me it's more about making a wise choice than whether or not my choice  will be able to beat the other candidate.
     I am grateful for the Book of Mormon, the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the influence of the Holy Ghost.  They have guided my voting decisions and have sparked an interest and quest to understand more fully how the Founding Fathers intended our government to function.  They have helped me have the courage to stand my ground and share what I learned (albeit there is room for improvement in my methods). It has been quite a spiritual journey; I have learned so much!  I wish I had learned all of this earlier in my life, but as the McMullin campaign slogan says, "It's never too late to do the right thing".    Amen.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sunday Musing 35, The Way

     
Many years ago I heard a church speaker issue the challenge to prayerfully ask the Lord to tell you three things He would like you to improve upon.  The speaker reminded us that most of us can easily make a list of our shortcomings and the ones we think we need to work on  the most, but  if we take this question to the Lord, the answer might be different.  I felt deeply impressed that I should do this.  I followed up and received an answer about one particular virtue I needed to practice more.  I was very taken aback by the answer I received; it was not at all what I expected. I'm still working on this virtue.  I didn't seek for anything else on the list; this seemed enough for the time.
     I've been thinking about that experience again, and I feel the need to go on and get the next two things on the list.  While prayerfully pondering this on my way to a concert last night, my mind kept focusing on a particular relationship in my life which needs strengthening.  The more I thought about this, the more I felt that this is where I need to focus my energy now.  But how?  Where should I begin?  
     Shortly after I arrived at the concert a scripture began going through my head.  It is John 14:6.  Here is the verse and the one before it--John 14: 5 "Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?   6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.".
     Last night and this morning I have been wondering why this scripture has been in my head.  What does this have to do with anything I have been studying?  What does this have to do with my question?  Then, not long ago this morning, I realized that it has everything to do with my question and the answer I received.  One of the messages of the Book of Mormon is to "Come Unto Christ".  That is what I need to do.  The answers are there; Christ is the way. Christ is truth.  Christ is the light for traveling the Way.  So simple, and yet so profound.  
     The Lord wants us to come to Him, and He is ever waiting to communicate with us.   His thoughts are not ours, and we might indeed be very impressed with what He thinks is most important for each of us. And so my quest begins...
     

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