Thursday, November 19, 2015


I love this video! How inspiring is his story? I love it! And how many don't serve a mission with much less on the line if they did?
The first line of this video is so perfect. I want it on my wall! "There will always be something you leave behind when you respond to the prophets call to serve."
That is so true, but what about the blessings you gain and that others around you gain from your example and service?

No matter how you are asked to serve, you almost always have to leave something behind, but you do it anyway.  We all have times when we have to push up our sleeves and get to work. The best and easiest time is when we are serving someone we love.  But what about serving people we don't love?  Or don't even know?  That's not as easy is it?

But, I have good news for us all.  You do know who you are serving, each and every time you serve someone!
Mosiah 2:17 "And behold I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."

I think we've all heard of Him right?  When you serve anyone, you are serving God.  That's an easy way to look at service for me.  Even when it's hard, if I think of it being God that I'm serving then it isn't so hard. In fact, I owe him a few favors... or like everything that I am, I owe to my creator.

I love to hear stories of someone in need and the whole neighborhood jumped in to help! It makes me feel good to know that there are such inspired people in the world that are willing to do good!

Years ago in my first marriage I was really struggling.  I had to live on my knees in prayer just to get through the day.  And I did it all alone.  I was so lonely, I don't know how I survived.  Each day Heavenly Father gave me the strength to put my "Mom hat" on and take care of my children.  I wasn't just an ok Mom, I somehow had the strength to really be there for them and instruct them and teach them.  I planned fun activities for them and held my family together as best as I could, but I was still so alone.

One day a friend of mine came up to me and apologized for not coming to visit me and reach out to me. She said she felt the spirit tell her to reach out to me.  I was really taken back by this.  I had chosen not to tell anyone what was going on in my marriage.  No one knew.  I wanted to try and keep my family together and I knew if I told anyone their advice would be to "get out now", so I chose not to say a word.  It was shocking that she would be prompted to reach out to me.  However, she didn't come when I was really suffering and all alone.  Those days were really dark.  The darkest I've ever known.  I had only Heavenly Father to rely on.

Could I just make a suggestion? When you feel that prompting to reach out to someone... please do!  Things may look great on the outside, but there may be a reason the spirit has asked you to check on someone for reasons that you are unaware of.  Not all needs are publicized.  We all need to pray for inspiration to know when people around us need our help and then be willing to push up our sleeves, not just for our friends and family, but for God.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Enemy Territory


This short video is so powerful.  I really appreciate how accurate it is for our day and age.  The war we face each day is real.

We need to follow the commandments.  All 10 of them and listen to the Spirit and we will be shielded and protected from the adversary. What a great promise that is!
Here is a list of the 10 commandments just in case you're a little rusty on them.

Ten Commandments
1.  “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”.  We should do “all things with an eye single to the glory of God”.  We should love and serve the Lord with all our heart, might, mind, and strength
2.  “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”.  In this commandment, the Lord condemns the worship of idols. Idolatry may take many forms. Some people do not bow before graven images or statues but instead replace the living God with other idols, such as money, material possessions, ideas, or prestige.
3.  “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain”.
4.  “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”. Our beloved prophet Gordon B. Hinckley has promised: “If you have any doubt about the wisdom, the divinity of observing the Sabbath Day, … stay home and gather your family about you, teach them the gospel, enjoy yourselves together on the Sabbath Day, come to your meetings, participate. You will know that the principle of the Sabbath is a true principle which brings with it great blessings.”
5.  “Honour thy father and thy mother”. This commandment remains binding throughout our lives and can be understood in several ways: We should honor our ancestors; we should be grateful to the father and mother who provided our earthly bodies; we should honor those who raised us in the knowledge of the truth.
6.  “Thou shalt not kill”.
7.  “Thou shalt not commit adultery”.  In a latter-day revelation, the Lord condemned not only adultery, but “anything like unto it”.
8.  “Thou shalt not steal”.  
9.  “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”.  
10.  “Thou shalt not covet”.  Coveting, or envying something that belongs to another, is damaging to the soul. It can consume our thoughts and plague us with constant unhappiness and dissatisfaction. It often leads to other sins and to financial indebtedness.
The Savior summarized the 10 Commandments in 2 principles—love for the Lord and love for our fellow men:
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
“This is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” 

 This week while reading the Book of Mormon I've learned a little more about keeping the commandments and the important role they play in our lives each day.  I truly believe these commandments keep us safe. Not safe from sickness or tripping and falling when we step on a banana peel, but safe from the adversary.  That's the kind of safety we should all be striving for.

Not only does the Book of Mormon remind us to keep the commandments but it also testifies of Christ.  He is the center focus throughout the entire book.  It testifies of his divinity and his attonment and love for all man kind and of his love for all mankind on every continent.  He knows each of us.  By name.  Our Struggles.  Our sorrows.  Our joys.  How much we strive to be closer to him. I pray that we keep striving to draw nearer to him.

I also thought is was interesting to read in the Book of Mormon how it was prophesied that there would be 3 witnesses. There are lots of cool things like that in the Book of Mormon!