Thursday, January 29, 2015

Son's Missionary Clothes Stolen

I debated about posting this but...thought it could be a good lesson for us all.

My son has been in the mission field less than two months and...on Monday, had all his new white mission clothes stolen from the laundromat in their building.  I don't know details but think this hasn't happened to anyone there before - or they'd have been more aware of it.  He got permission to call Tuesday so that I could hurry and send him some more.  He'll be in the same underclothing for 5 days.  :)

I know it was a bit of a shock to him - especially since he's in Idaho, not some distant country.  He hadn't expected it - but, then, who of us does?

Tuesday afternoon I ran to gather him new shirts and underclothing, and the people at both places I went to were kind, and helped me get what we thought we needed without him being here to give exact sizes.

At Mr. Mac, in Orem, they were especially helpful.  They gave us a discount - due to our circumstances and the fact that his items were only two months old.  I really appreciated them and left the store feeling they really were there to help people.

Miracles have come from this event.  I won't list them here but I will say that the Lord is mindful of his precious missionaries and...their families.  He was good to us and helped me to know that though things don't always seem to be 'right' - the Lord can turn them around and help us to learn from them. And, those lessons, can be life-changing.

I've wondered what I could learn from this and have sought to know more.  He's taught me some precious truths which are too personal to share on here but...I also thought of the following:

The Lord will come 'as a Thief in the Night' when He returns.  What this means to me is that many people won't be ready or prepared for Him.  They'll be busy caught-up in other things that they may not see or be watching for the signs of His return.

Also, The Lord taught us to seek for treasures in Heaven - not on earth.  Early church missionaries often went without 'purse or script' - depending wholly on the Lord working through faithful others' to help them on their path.

In a big way, we're still that; dependent upon God and one another. We're here to learn how to serve and help each other.  I think that the best help I can give to anyone else is my testimony of the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ, His role in our lives, how having faith in Him is our best guide and protection and...how His truths change us and heal us.

With much love!
Heidi

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What is your MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?

This morning I felt to attend the Temple.  As I drove there pondering on the significance of a Temple in our midst - I almost felt overcome with gratitude for the opportunity to attend there, learn and serve there.  The thought instantly came to me that this was my most prized (tangible) possession; a little wallet card called a 'Temple Recommend' which, signed by me, my Bishop, and my Stake President, certifies to my 'worthiness' to enter the Lord's house.  I couldn't think of anything in the whole world which was a greater treasure for me than that; worthiness (and a little card as it's symbol) to enter into the House of the Lord.

Mt. Timpanogos LDS Temple

I thought of my children, whom I love with all my heart and for whom I've sacrificed much, and my parents, siblings, friends, neighbors, and even my gratitude of having a car; a vehicle of transportation.  For all those I was grateful; some more deeply than others (like children more than car) but...I could not think of anything more precious or priceless to me - than the ability to prepare myself to be worthy through forgiveness, repentance, commandment keeping, prayer, fasting etc. to enter into the House of the Lord and there partake of His blessings and covenants.

It was something I hadn't thought of in this way before (isn't it wonderful He teaches each of us line-upon-line and as we're ready and prepared for the next thing?) - and I just felt gratitude; gratitude that I was able to attend.

I hope, and invite all who attend the Temple, to remember what great things the Lord has done for us in providing these ordinances for us to participate in.  And, for those who are not yet able, that you will continue to work for it and towards it - as there truly is no greater blessing we could have in life; than to prepare ourselves, through worthiness, to enter the house of the Lord; which prepares us to be worthy to enter more fully into His presence someday.

"Because the Temple is the House of the Lord, standards for admission are set by Him.  One enters as His guest.  To hold a temple recommend is a priceless privilege and a tangible sign of obedience to God and His prophets."  - Elder Russell M. Nelson 

Heidi

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Perfect Peace

I love my journal because at the bottom of each page is a scripture - which is often a timely message for me.  Today's was so powerful that I had to share.

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: 
because he trusteth in thee."  Isaiah 26:3

These aren't just beautiful words; they are a promise that we can and must heed if we are to find that 'perfect peace' we seek.  Let us put our full trust in Him in all things; do what He'd have us do, and become what He knows we can become.  




Sunday, January 25, 2015

Why I LOVE Southern People

My daughter, Amber, was interviewed last month by Alex of Prepare To Serve (he is doing SO much good in the world) about her mission to Virginia and North Carolina. 

This evening I've been watching the newly posted You Tube videos in gratitude of how the Lord makes of us something much more than we could ever make of ourselves.  All of us need that; to grow, progress, learn and overcome.

I share this by way of love for the goodness of the Southern People and my gratitude that the Lord allowed my daughter the opportunity to serve (miracles with that) and...that she came home better, stronger, more refined and the young woman whom she was meant to become.

Where ever our missionaries serve they grow to LOVE the people.  What a gift that is.

Here's a short clip that I hope will bless someone's life.  I share it by way of gratitude and...with an invitation for all who have missionaries preparing to view Prepare To Serve.  Alex has been inspired to do what's he's doing and...our support of him is also our support of his desire to help share these things with others.



Saturday, January 24, 2015

To Serve in the Lord's Way

Today I felt to share a message about service in the Lord's way.

"We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us. …That service to which all of us have been called is the service of the Lord Jesus Christ." -  Monson
We are to use our Hands in His Service

Particular people come to mind when I think of those who serve most and who serve best.

I think of a certain couple in a previous ward who see and respond to many needs.  They reach out in love, compassion, care and service in a myriad of ways.  They have been an answer to my heartfelt prayers on several occasions.

When I woke this morning with a strong prompting to write about them, I sought permission from the wife.  She was so sweet yet so hesitant to be named.  I respect her wishes as all the things she and her husband have done are because of their love of the Lord, their desire to serve their fellowmen, and their desire to do so without worldly attention.  That, in itself, is a beautiful message to all.

So, I am rewriting the whole post and including very little about them, except to say that they 'go about doing good' and are an example of using their hands as the Lord would have them.  They have greatly blessed their ward, their neighborhood, their community, and...the world at large - in their service and work.  I love them and thank them for the many kindnesses they have shown to me and to all those around them.

I also think of an elderly man in my current ward who calls every ward member on their birthday - even the youth.  This has touched many of us deeply; that he'd care about each member his his ward 'family' enough to acknowledge them each personally on their special day.

Each of us can do our part to make the world a better place.  They may be small things; but....'by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.'  Alma 37:6



Friday, January 23, 2015

How Do We Obtain Daily Living Water?

Last week we had a wonderful women's meeting at church (Relief Society) and were given a powerful message of truth by a valiant woman in our ward.  She discussed with us the importance of having the word of God 'written' in our hearts.  I believe, also, that the Lord's word and will should be the center of all we think and do.

Here are some quotes from her message that can instill in our souls a reminder of the importance of the Lord's word; the Holy Scriptures, and in particular, the Book of Mormon; Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
 
Marion G. Romney
"There is another reason why we should read the Book of Mormon: By doing so we will fill and refresh our minds with a constant flow of that “water” which Jesus said would be in us “a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). We must obtain a continuing supply of this water if we are to resist evil and retain the blessings of being born again.
 
"The great overall struggle in the world today is, as it has always been, for the souls of men. Every soul is personally engaged in the struggle, and he makes his fight with what is in his mind. In the final analysis the battleground is, for each individual, within himself. Inevitably he gravitates toward the subjects of his thoughts. Ages ago the wise man thus succinctly stated this great truth: “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7). 

"If we would escape the lusts of the flesh and build for ourselves and our children great and noble characters, we must keep in our minds and in their minds true and righteous principles for our thoughts and their thoughts to dwell upon.
"We must not permit our minds to become surfeited with the interests, things, and practices of the world about us. To do so is tantamount to adopting and going along with them, for the experience of the race sustains the conclusion of him who said that—
"Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, and then embrace.

"If we would avoid adopting the evils of the world, we must pursue a course which will daily feed our minds with and call them back to the things of the Spirit. I know of no better way to do this than by daily reading the Book of Mormon."  - Marion G. RomneyThe Book of Mormon