Monday, November 16, 2015

Teach the Children; An Agency Approach to Education

As some of you may know - I was asked to present at the Agency-Based Education Conference this past weekend in Provo, Utah.  I was thrilled to meet Neil J. Flinders, author extraordinaire of "Teach the Children; an Agency Approach to Education" as well as Joyce Kinmont, homeschooler extraordinaire and founder of

Our little family 16 years ago
 Also in the audience were Gayle Ruzicka- leader extraordinaire and President of Utah Eagle Forum.

All three of these people have been instrumental in my life without them ever knowing.  But, they know it now.

I pray that the rising generation will continue with the torches these people have lit and carried, and continue to carry, and that we will rise to the occasions required of us for our time and day.

There are many 'noble and great ones' (Abr. 3:22-23) among us who lead and show us the way.

I was grateful to be numbered among some excellent speakers at the Conference, spearheaded by Oak Norton, visionary and leader extraordinaire.

These are not just regular people. They are regular people who have been 'called of God' (in my opinion and estimation) and heeded that call to do what they are doing. Their willingness to do so has and is changing lives.  I credit them for being willing to answer the call of duty and to strengthen the feeble knees (excellent article from Elder Marvin J. Ashton).

Let us do the same as we seek to strengthen our homes, families, communities, neighborhoods and countries.

Here is the PowerPoint Presentation I shared - which includes many of the prophetic statements and strong quotes that helped me set a foundation for my family I sought to help teach them correct principles and become as 'educated' as they could.

"Un-Schooling"  PowerPoint Presentation:

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Strong in Broken Places

Just a thought to ponder today......

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places." 
 -Ernest Hemingway

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

New Book: "Understanding Your Endowment"

Honestly, I was skeptical when I agreed to do a review of this new book "Understanding Your Endowment" as I get so many requests and have to turn most of them down, and as this is such a sacred topic.  But, something told me to proceed.

Well, I couldn't have been more wrong in my initial thoughts.

This is one of the best books I have ever read!

It's appropriate, light filled, truth filled, testifies of Christ and of His goodness, testifies of the Holiness of the Temple, helps us understand the purpose and real meaning of covenants, and is, truly, a treasure; a gem.

"Understanding Your Endowment"

I thank author Cory B. Jensen, for entrusting me with his writings (sacred writings in my opinion).  As I've read and pondered his message, I have been very grateful for his wisdom and his willingness to share what he's learned through his many years of study, prayer and service in the Holy Temples of the Lord, our God.

This book is truly a gem; a 'worth reading'.  It's well done and filled with messages that teach, strengthen and uplift (all the things we strive to do and be on this site.)

This book is a good read for new Temple attendees as well as those of us who have attended often for many years and who have sought further light and knowledge in our quest to gain more understanding and wisdom.

The Spirit is the teacher.  And, as we study, ponder and pray, and...learn things we didn't know before, our eyes are opened, our heart and understanding opened, and our wisdom increased; not only through study and prayer, but by our faith, obedience and diligence to the things we learn.

Again, I thank author Cory B. Jensen, for such an insightful compilation of truths and for the sacred way he has taught us.  He was spirit-lead, I'm sure, as his intents and purposes are pure.

This is a very good and important read for any who want to know more about why we are here, and where we are going afterwards according to the due diligence we give to what we learn here.


Read more Here


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Passing of Stacey Benson Bown

The past few days have been difficult and tender ones for me.  My dear and sweet friend, Stacey Benson Bown passed from this mortal existence into the next, Oct. 3, 2015.  It was in a tragic and unexpected way, which rattles the soul, and I have sought solace and comfort from the Lord in knowing and understanding more about this.

Left: Stacey Benson Bown at High School Reunion - 2014 (with Vonda Skousen Teichert - right)

Stacey and I grew up together.  We were neighbors, friends, and in the same ward (church congregation.)  In Junior High she was my best friend for a year or two - and we shared some of our youthful 'crushes' and hopes and dreams together.  She was an accomplished gymnast and I remember how happy she was when Carl G. told her that she was the best he'd ever seen.

My heart goes out to her family; her husband and children, her parents and siblings, and so many friends and co-workers her life touched.

More than ever before I've come to realize how the life of each of us - affects those around us.

Stacey's influence was one of good cheer.
Even in her darkest hours, she seemed to have the gift of looking for the good and taking things in her stride.  She was bubbly, cheerful and happy; a beautiful woman.

I miss her.  I feel a great sense of loss.  Yet, I know I will see her again someday, and that's the only comfort I can find at this time.

My thoughts and prayers (along with those of many friends and classmates) go out to her family.  They must be suffering tremendously.  We all pray they may be comforted and helped and strengthened during this time which is so painful and shocking.

I love you, Stacey, and pray for those you love.
I hope you are well and happy and meeting those you knew in life.  There are so many who have gone before.  I hope they greeted you warmly and welcomed you to your Heavenly Home.  What a blessing that must be.


What we believe about Death
The Important Role of Grief
The Spirit World
Stories about Death

Stacey Benson Bown - Obituary (still pending)
Stacey Benson - Miss Orem, 1982

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!