Monday, July 7, 2014

Women with Spiritual Discernment

Discernment is critical for our times.  President Boyd K. Packer has said, “We need women with the gift of discernment who can view the trends in the world and detect those that, however popular, are shallow” (Ensign, Nov. 1978, 8). That is exactly what we need.
From we find the following information about the gift of discernment.  It's worthy of our ponder since we are in a critical time in the age of the world and in great need of spiritual gifts to protect our homes and families.  The gifts of the Spirit are of the greatest gifts and blessings of God.

To understand or know something through the power of the Spirit. The gift of discernment is one of the gifts of the Spirit. It includes perceiving the true character of people and the source and meaning of spiritual manifestations.
  • Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart:1 Sam. 16:7;
  • Wo unto them that call evil good:Isa. 5:20; ( 2 Ne. 15:20; )
  • The things of God are spiritually discerned:1 Cor. 2:14;
  • To some people is given the gift of discerning of spirits:1 Cor. 12:10;
  • Ammon could discern his thoughts:Alma 18:18, 32;
  • The small voice did pierce them that did hear:3 Ne. 11:3;
  • That ye may not be deceived, seek the best gifts:D&C 46:8, 23;
  • Church leaders are given power to discern the gifts of the Spirit:D&C 46:27;
  • That body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things:D&C 88:67;
  • Moses beheld the earth, discerning it by the Spirit of God:Moses 1:27;

Friday, July 4, 2014

Old Jamestown 1607 - Our Community Celebration

Happy 4th of July!

My daughter and I just returned from visiting our local city celebration commemorating Colonial 1607.  It was wonderful to be reminded of the great skills and craftsmanship that were developed as the settlers worked towards survival.  We gained a renewed appreciation of the Freedom's we now enjoy because of the sacrifices of so many who have come before us.

My oldest daughter is serving a mission in Virginia.  Her first area was "Jamestown".  I told her to appreciate it as it was an area filled with history, to which I've never been.  Of course, as a missionary, that was not her focus and...rightly so.  But, I was grateful that she was able to serve there and, I hope, as she returns home and continues her education, the history of this great nation will be more near and dear to her heart.

We took photos from some of the booths/displays presented today in Orem, Utah as part of America's Freedom Festival.  I felt it was a very poignant way to spend some time on this special day.  I am deeply grateful for my liberties (I spent a year and a half in a third world country and learned, firsthand, what we have here) and...all of the sacrifices of so many.  I hope and pray that we will continue to be grateful and to recognize that Elder L. Tom's Perry's comment is true that: "Freedom is not a spectator sport".  We need to be involved and to stand up for correct principles or else they may be lost.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sister Missionaries Evacuated from Outer Banks of North Carolina - Hurricane

I've never really blogged about North Carolina, or even about Hurricanes, but..since my daughter is one of four sister missionaries currently serving in the 'outer banks' of North Carolina, Nag's Head, city of 'Kill Devil Hills', I'm posting about it. 

Hurricane Arthur is heading up the coast.  Current winds are around 100 mph as I write.  I'm watching the Weather Channel online to see how things progress. -- Weather Channel


When Amber, my missionary daughter, was transferred to that area a few months ago, her biggest fear was to have a hurricane.  She knew it was an 'unwarranted' fear but, somehow in life, she'd obtained it.  Her Mission President eased her mind and said "We have an evacuation plan and you don't need to worry.'  So, she's tried not to.

But, last evening, the mission office called me (so very kind of them) to tell me that the missionaries had been evacuated to a safe place inland - as news continued about the growing storm.

I know she is safe and I'm not worried.  In fact, I'm at peace concerning her.  Yet, I was unable to get to sleep easily last night.  I was pondering on all those in harm's way and all those whom she has grown to love and to serve and...I was also picking up on some 'fearful' energy that seemed to be part of this experience being broadcast. 

No, I have not been to North Carolina, nor to the city of Kill Devil Hills (yes, it's real name - which I told her she could help to make it a 'heaven on earth' as she served.  :)  - but, it's all part of what is considered the 'Outer Banks' and which the news comments on as such.  (She passes the Wright Brothers Museum daily on her bike as they visit and serve.  This is, indeed, the area the Wright's took their first flight and is a big tourist area - especially during this fourth of July weekend.)

So, I'm posting this as a reminder to us all - to keep those in harm's way in our thoughts and prayers.  We often don't personally know those who suffer from natural disasters; but, it could be any of us.  And, as those who study the scriptures and the signs-of-the-times, we know that it's part of these last days in which we live.

My prayer has been for all those in those areas; that they'd turn to the Lord for His guidance and comfort.  That they'll know in Whom they need to trust for the peace that can only come from Him.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Special Needs: Actors Shine in "Little Mermaid"

My precious little cousin, Holly, is featured in this recent Deseret News article about a theater company in Centerville, Utah, that offers a free 'Friend to Friend' program for those with special needs who are interested in Theater.

The photo says it all.  The joy of these precious souls is reflected in their beautiful countenances.

I have learned MUCH from Holly.  She is close to the Lord and close to the veil.  Her love radiates to all whom she encounters.  We have all been blessed by her life and...are so very grateful for our understanding of God's plan for His children and how we are each able to learn important life lessons from one another.  She's an example to me of 'what matters most'. 

Sweet "Holly Welch' shines on-stage!

I've come to know for myself that often the things that seem to be our greatest challenges; are often, also, our greatest blessings.  That's been the case in my life and, perhaps, in the lives of many of you as well.

One thing I do know is that we can find joy and happiness - no matter our circumstances.  The answer is in the Light of Christ and in doing the things that He'd have us do.  There is NO other way to peace or lasting joy.  (I write this reminder in behalf of one of my children who is struggling and, perhaps, needs a reminder of the value of her soul and her divine heritage.)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Freedom Festival Fireside

My children, Andrew, Ashley and I, attended the Freedom Festival Fireside at BYU this past Sunday evening, June 29th.  Laura Bush gave the keynote address; a beautiful message on Freedom and what it means to be an American, and also updated us on her family since leaving the White House.

I was taken by her sincerity and the dignified way in which she handled her topic as well as the heckler in the audience (who, sadly, happened to be at the end of our row.)

 As the audience arose to give her a standing-ovation I felt a strength-in-unity in the room.  We seemed to applaud not only the way she handled the interruption but also in support of her long-time service and years of sacrifice.

Provo's 'Freedom Festival" Sunday Fireside 2014 - Keynote Address by Laura Bush, former First Lady of the U.S.A.

My desire has often been to continue to build in my children a love of country, and fellowship with patriots.  It seems to be that we have fewer and fewer opportunities to gather as countrymen and speak of the founding of this great nation (U.S.A) under the guidance of Almighty God.

The youth speaker, winner of the 'essay' contest, was also fabulous.  He spoke of the sacrifices and turmoils of those who have gone before and...offered their 'last full measure of devotion' and how we owe them a debt - that needs to be paid.  He reminded us of the great Gettysburg Address and how we should truly NEVER FORGET.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to worship how I desire because of the freedoms hard won.  We are only free because of the sacrifices of others and I hope that we truly will never forget or take for granted.  We, too, have a responsibility to stand firm and true and to vote in ways that will keep us that way. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Right is Always Right - even if No One is Doing it!

Years ago as a college student at BYU I remember one Sunday service that changed my life.  I don't know that the life-change was drastic - it's just that the speaker said something that has stayed with me and...been a reminder I've needed many times in life.

He said "Right is always right even if no one is doing it and...wrong is always wrong even if everyone is doing it!"

I suppose that it was just what I needed at the time - as I was surrounded by peers of all walks of life and from a variety of backgrounds.  Each of them had differing levels of understanding about gospel principles and, hence, often different levels of commitment.

Having been reared in a God-fearing LDS home, by parents of 'Pioneer Heritage' who loved the Lord and sought to follow the Prophets, - I guess I thought that everyone else did too.

But, I've learned over life - to know that we all have different things to overcome, unique trials, and...a variety of gifts and talents that we can use to bless and strengthen one another (or not.)

I'm grateful for the Lord's plan of Happiness which is that if we follow Him - we'll have everlasting life and...eternal joy.  There is no other way.

So, even if no one is doing what is 'right' (think of all the early Prophets who were often alone in their beliefs) we know that we MUST!  For...that is the ONLY way back to Him.  And...I LONG for that day and am trying to do all I can and to become all He knows I can become - so that I may enjoy those blessings and be of better service to my fellow beings!