Wednesday, August 9, 2017

In a Coming Day We Will Meet the Savior

Currently I am seeking to know the Lord, His Life, His mind and will for me, better. To do so I have taken upon myself this personal quest of studying and pondering His words. They are sacred and special to me and I look forward to what I will be learning as I humble myself and seek to learn of Him and His life better. I invite you to ponder on the following beautiful message as one day, each of us will stand in the presence of the Lord and give an accounting of how we lived our mortal life. We pray we may do so in peace and gratitude and that we will be able to stand before Him having done our best, and having repented of all our sins, taken upon us His name, and sought to do His will.
Much love,
Heidi

"...In a coming day, you will present yourself before the Savior. You will be overwhelmed to the point of tears to be in His holy presence. You will struggle to find words to thank Him for paying for your sins, for forgiving you of any unkindness toward others, for healing you from the injuries and injustices of this life.

"You will thank Him for strengthening you to do the impossible, for turning your weaknesses into strengths, and for making it possible for you to live with Him and your family forever. His identity, His Atonement, and His attributes will become personal and real to you.

"But you don’t have to wait until then. Choose to be one of His true disciples now. Be one who truly loves Him, who truly wants to serve and lead as He did. I promise you that if you will study His words, your ability to be more like Him will increase. I know this is true." - Pres. Russell M. Nelson (one of His special witnesses on earth today)

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Monday, July 10, 2017

MIRACLES of God Finding His Lost Sheep

A friend shared this on Facebook today and I was so deeply touched/moved to tears that I just had to share. I hope you will also share if you feel to. It's a sacred message.

"Have you read this incredible story? Elder Holland closed by relating a story—being careful to protect the privacy and anonymity of the participants—of a young man from southern Idaho. One night the young man stormed out of the house and set off to join an infamous motorcycle gang. He succeeded in that resolve and for 20 years became immersed in a culture “of temptations yielded to and degradations explored,” never contacting his parents, who feared that he was dead.
Eventually ending up in Southern California, he one day was sitting on the porch of a rented home when he saw two LDS missionaries making their way up the street.
“With a rush of memory and guilt, regret, and rage, he despised the very sight of them,” Elder Holland recounted. “But he was safe, because he kept all visitors at bay by employing two Doberman pinschers, who viciously charged the gate every moment that anyone came near.”
The dogs startled the missionaries as they passed by and continued on, “our man on the porch laughing at the lovely little drama he had just witnessed, wishing only that the gate hadn’t restrained his two dogs.”
Then, the two elders stopped, looked at each other, conversed a little, “likely said a silent prayer,” then turned around and approached the gate.
“The Dobermans on cue charged the gate again, hit it, snarling, frothing, and then stopped in their tracks,” Elder Holland said. “They looked at the missionaries, dropped their heads, ambled back to the front steps, and lay down.”
The man on the porch was speechless as the missionaries opened the gate, walked up the path, and greeted him.
“One of the elders said, ‘Are you from this part of California?’
“The man said, ‘No. If you want to know, I’m from Pocatello, Idaho.’
“There was a pause. ‘That’s interesting,’ the elder said. ‘Do you know the [such-and-such] family in Pocatello?’
“With a stunned look, our biker paused and then, in very measured words said, ‘Yeah, I know them. They are my parents.’
“‘Well, they’re my parents too,’ the missionary said. ‘God has sent me to invite you to come home.’”
The younger brother had been born after the older boy had left home. The elder brother did not even know of him.
“Mom and Dad have been praying for you every morning and night for 20 years,” the younger brother said. “They were not sure you were alive, but they knew if you were, that someday you would come back to us.”
The wayward son invited the two in, and they talked for the rest of the day and some of the night. He did return home, returned to Church activity, and, in March 2015, was married and sealed in the Boise Idaho Temple.
Commenting on the account, Elder Holland said, “This is a story of the role of Almighty God, the Savior of the World, and the Holy Ghost involved in the work of the ministry to which we’ve been called.
“The Holy Ghost prompted those parents to keep praying, to keep believing, to keep trusting. … The Holy Ghost inspired that rebellious boy to come to himself like the prodigal he was and to head for California. … The Holy Ghost influenced that younger son to serve a mission and be willing to accept a call to Southern California. … The Holy Ghost inspired one of my brethren in the Twelve, who was on the assignment desk that Friday, to trust his impression and assign that young man for service not a great distance from his native-born state. The Holy Ghost inspired that mission president to assign that young missionary to that district and that member unit. The Holy Ghost led those missionaries to that street, that day, that hour, with big brother sitting on the porch waiting, and, with Doberman pinschers notwithstanding, the Holy Ghost prompted those two elders to stop, talk, and in spite of their fear, to go back and present their message. …
“And through the elders, the Holy Ghost taught repentance and brought true conversion to one coming back into the fold.”
Elder Holland said the young elder, without realizing it, gave the missionary speech of all time, when he said to his brother, “God has sent me here to invite you to come home.”
“We are sent by God to invite His children home,” Elder Holland concluded. “We do that through the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, on the strength of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Welcome to the divine companionship.”

Friday, March 31, 2017

YOU are the mother of YOUR children for a reason!


Sometimes, perhaps, we wonder why we are the mother of the children God sent to us.  It is my belief that we are exactly the mother of our children for a reason. God knows why and may let us in on some of that information as we're prepared to receive it, and...He'll guide and direct us in raising them up unto Him.

We are the mother of our children for a REASON - or for many.  As we seek to know how to teach and train them, guide them into their own paths where they can best develop and grow and learn to serve others, open their awareness to joy and gratitude for who they are and why they are here, He will be there with us as...these are His children, too, and He loves them even more than we do.

We're able to be their 'caretakers' for this mortal sojourn which is a blessing to us (refining process for all) and for them, when they have a mother who loves and cares for them and seeks to best help them with their true 'needs'.

A BYU professor reminded me years ago that we all only have ONE REAL NEED; and that is the need to be 'Redeemed'.

If we can help our children understand the same; then we have succeeded in the most important task of all!

With much love,
Heidi

Monday, December 5, 2016

Dec 5 - Jesus Healed the Sick and So Can You


#LIGHTtheWORLD

Advent Calendar of Ways to Lift and Serve Others

Day 5 - Jesus Healed the Sick and So Can You:

Here are a few ways you could do that:

- donate blood at your local blood bank
- sign up to be an organ donor
- visit someone who is ill or in need of service
- take a meal to a shut-in
- call someone who has been feeling down
- resolve to pray daily for someone who is sick or suffering
- care for someone in need


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Dec 4 - Jesus Worshipped His Father and So Can You

Dec 4 #LIGHTtheWORLD

Advent Calendar of Kindness

Jesus Worshipped His Father and So Can You

What are some ways we can show our love to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ?  How can we worship them in more holiness and sincerity?

- attend a church service in your area -- you're always invited to one of ours (Find one Here:)
- make a goal to offer a kneeling prayer to Heavenly Father every day in December
- help clean-up or maintain a church building
- read over the commandments and see how you can do better
- read and ponder the scriptures
- thank your Heavenly Father for all He has done for you and for sending His beloved Son

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Dec 3 - Jesus Helped Others to See and So Can You

#LIGHTtheWORLD - 2016

Jesus Helped Others to See and So Can You

How can we help others' see; physically or spiritually?

Some ideas of things you can do today to be of service to another:

- Find an eyeglass collection box and donate an old pair (some Walmart stores have them)
- Point out a virtue in someone they don't see in themselves
- Promote a vision charity on social media
- Look for the good in all those around you
- Read to the blind or record a book on CD for someone visually impaired
- Share love or lend a hand to someone who can't see past the problems of today