Wednesday, August 26, 2015

7 Things to Do Today for Greater Peace

At the top of my planner each day I write the things that are most needful for me to do.  Heading the list are the things of the greatest worth that help keep me balanced and focused on what matters most.

I've found that if I don't keep balanced - I start to sink.  So, here are 7 things that help me maintain a healthy equilibrium and bring me greater peace.

Sailing Over Indian Ocean
1. Sincere Prayer - to start the morning
2. Meditation - a must, to 'be still' and listen quietly to answers I seek
3. Scripture Study - needful and cherished.  I have come to love them the more I read!  Truly!
4. A Daily Walk with God - a treasured experience (at least 15-20 minutes around the park)
5. Eat well, live well.  Increasingly understood as to the importance of fresh and natural foods
6. Forgive; everyone for everything.  Not always easy but a huge load removed when I do
7. Breathe deeply - My body reminds me to do this when needed.  It truly helps to calm and regroup

These are basic foundations for the rest of the day.
They are truly needful as I desire to be whole and happy.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

15 Powerful Words that Will Bring You Greater Peace and Joy

Our thoughts define who we are.  If we are not careful we can fill our minds with negative things which are filled with negative 'energy'.  These things cause us to feel sick to the depths of our souls and in every cell of our bodies.

Research is finding that our thoughts can make us sick or heal us.  Let's do the latter.

Each word we mull around in our minds has an effect on our soul.  The way we spend our time in places of light or darkness - makes a difference in how we feel physically, mentally, and spiritually.  In fact, those three things are all connected into one whole; our person.

Here are 15 words which lived and practiced will bring greater Peace and Joy into each of our lives.  They are time-tested true principles.

15 words that will heal and fill

1. Love:  the most powerful emotion in the universe.
2. Charity:  the 'pure love' of Christ - by which all things were made that were made. 
3. Kindness: to ourselves and to one another.  It's a truth.
4. Hope:  Trust in the truth gives us HOPE that all things will work out, in the end, if we continue to press forward in the Light.
5. Light: a beautiful energy which lights our way, our path, our thoughts and our energies.  It gives us greater insight into what matters most and 'lifts' us to find a better way.
6. Truth: a favorite energy path that teaches us the way to go, gives us hope and light; as all are interconnected.
7.  Happiness:  the design of our existence and will be if we let all things go that are not of happiness.
8.  Forgiveness:  a healing power which is priceless.  Weight can be lifted immediately as soon as we 'let go and let God'.
9.  Repentance: denotes a change in our heart, a desire to do better, a lifting of the soul to a higher realm when we truly understand this God-given principle; an incredible gift!
10.  Mercy:  to and with one another for our weaknesses, imperfections, inherited traits we're trying to overcome, false beliefs which hold us back, lackings, longings etc.  They all help teach us patience.
11.  Patience:  with ourselves and one another.  Most of us want to do better and to be happy.  Patience is a trait to be 'practiced' as we experience life-schooling together.
12.  Humor:  a gentle way to let the experience the load a bit lighter.
13.  Wonderment:  Creativity, Learning, Awe at God's creations - gives us hope that there is a plan for all of this and for all of us.  We're not here by chance.  All these things have a great purpose.
14.  Good Cheer:  "Be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world" is the whole reason we're here.
15.  Consideration:  Consideration, Kindness, Empathy fill us with the light, peace, and joy we come here to attain.

Let us always focus on the Light of the World, which makes us better, helps us heal, gives us hope for better days to come, leads us to love, kindness, consideration and mercy for one another.

Words matter!  They make a difference in how we feel, heal, and see the world.  Let us focus on the good ones that fill our lives with love, joy, and happiness!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

We Are Daughter's of our Heavenly Father - Book Tour

I haven't read this book but am so happy to share it with you all.  Jen Brewer has taken each section of the Young Women Values and shared added insights and material to help all better understand the meanings.

In our world today these timeless truths are more precious than ever before.  As we seek to teach our children and youth about the importance of staying close to the Lord and heeding all of His commandments - we are blessed with added materials and experiences from others' - to help us in this most important of all quests.

We invite all to ponder these truths and purchase the book if they feel to do so.   Purchase Here.

We Are Daughters blog tour

Learn the importance of the words you repeat each week. 
This inspirational book helps you better understand the Young Women theme 
by breaking down each section and sharing the story of how and why the theme was created. 

Discover your divine potential and how important you are in God’s plan! 
Thought-provoking and uplifting, this book offers new insights for parents, leaders, 
and all young women.

About the author:
Jen Brewer received her degree in dietetics from BYU, married her husband, and spent the next 10 years traipsing around the country with him as he pursued a medical degree, while adding children to their ever-growing family.  They have now settled in Minnesota, where she works full time as a mother of 7, as well as pursues her passions of nutrition education, speaking to the youth, and writing.   She speaks often to various groups of all ages.  Her passion is reaching out to the youth and helping them see their true potential in the kingdom of God.  She is a popular speaker at education week youth track, as well as at stakes and wards all over the country.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

FRESH Tomato Salsa (Texas Caviar)

Yummy Fresh Tomato Salsa or "Texas Caviar"
This recipe is from my sweet sister-in-law.  It was a huge hit at our family reunion several years ago and...a family favorite to this day.

Fresh Tomato Salsa
6 med. ripe tomatoes (diced)
2 bunches green onions (chopped)
3-4 limes - squeeze juice into mixture
1 bunch cilantro (finely chopped)
Salt and Pepper to taste. 

For Texas Caviar (pictured) add:
1 15 oz. can Garbonzo Beans (drained and rinsed)
1 15 oz. can Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
1 15 oz. can Corn (drained and rinsed)
1 ripe Avocado - diced

Serve with your favorite chips and Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

NEW Book Release TODAY! For Returned Missionaries

How does a returning missionary make a successful transition into the next phase of their life?  This is a question many are asking - as their children are finishing up full-time service and beginning new chapters in their continued growth and development.

Benjamin White, Seminary Teacher, Education Week Presenter, Father, Neighbor, Friend, answers this in his new book "10 Questions to Answer After Serving a Mission."

NEW Release TODAY:  10 Questions to answer AFTER serving a Mission

I wish we'd had this 9 months ago when my daughter returned from the Virginia, Chesapeake Mission - as it would have been very helpful.  But, I'm grateful we have it now - as the principles still apply and it will also be very beneficial for my son who will be returning home next year.

This book will help returned, or returning, missionaries 
assess their commitment to the Lord. 

By incorporating missionary skills into their post-mission life, 
(dating, school, career plans, temple attendance) 
they can create their own gospel goals and habits 
that will extend into the eternities. 

This publication would be a wonderful gift for newly returning missionaries and even those who've been home for a while - and is a continuation of the content presented in Brother White's previous powerful publication:
10 Questions to Answer While Preparing for a Mission.

We have come to love and trust Brother White and know that he was inspired to compile this information for so many who are in need during these changing times. These basic truths will help keep them on the correct path of activity and happiness. We are grateful for all his efforts - in behalf of the rest of us - to teach, instruct, and inspire. 

From the back of the book we read:

The Transition from mission life to the rest of your life can be a tricky one, 
but not if you use the principles you already know from Preach My Gospel 
to help you live the gospel everyday. 

This illuminating book asks penetrating questions to help you 
assess your spiritual and personal life progress and will help keep
you on track. Learn how to endure to the end and stay active your
whole life long with this must read book for all returned missionaries. 

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Pioneer Day Food, Games, Activities, Crafts

We invite all to learn more about our Pioneer Heritage and participate in family activities or events.  The words that come to mind as we contemplate the hard work and sacrifices of so many who came before us is "Blessed, Honored, Pioneer".  It's in that spirit that we share the following ideas for families:

What is Pioneer Day in Utah?

July 24th is an annual commemorative celebration of the arrival of the first group of 'Mormon Pioneers' into the Salt Lake Valley.

Here is a brief synopsis from Wikipedia:

Pioneer Day is an official holiday celebrated on July 24 in the U.S. state of Utah, with some celebrations in regions of surrounding states originally settled by Mormon pioneers. It commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847, where the Latter-day Saints settled after being forced from Nauvoo, Illinois, and other locations in the eastern United States. Parades, fireworks, rodeos, and other festivities (such as songs, dances, potlucks, handcart re-enactment, pioneer related activities) help commemorate the event.  - Wikipedia - Pioneer Day

Here are a few activities that you can do together as a family.  We hope that all of us are better people through remembering and commemorating what our predecessors have done for us.

Pioneer Day Commemoration (Pres. Hinckley)
The Mormon Pioneer Trail
What is the significance of Pioneer Day?
Pioneers: An Anchor for Today

More ideas can be found on our Pinterest page.

Make your own butter

Play some Pioneer Games (pulling-sticks)

Learn about Pioneer children and families
Make Pioneer Biscuits

Craft your own Pioneer Candles

Enjoy a hearty dutch-oven dinner!

Pioneer Day Articles:
Huffington Post
Time and Date
Mormon Share (activity ideas)
Mormon Tabernacle Choir (concert)
and... find other fun ideas on:
Pioneer Day - Pinterest

Our own little Precious Pioneer