Saturday, April 30, 2011

Relief Society- She Gives Relief to the Poor

She gives relief to the poor
The needy and the distressed
For souls she does so much more
According to how she's impressed

She knows a heavenly mandate
Has been given to her to lead
Women of the world to a more divine state
Through her grand example indeed

As evil and darkness threaten
She holds her lamp brightly lit
And speaks of God in heaven
That she and others will profit

I'm visiting teaching today-
thoughts from:
From Our History
At a June 9, 1842, meeting of the Relief Society, the Prophet Joseph Smith taught the sisters that their society was “not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls.” 1 This statement of a spiritual as well as a temporal purpose has characterized Relief Society throughout its history. In 1906 President Joseph F. Smith (1838–1918) taught: “[Relief Society] has not only to deal with the necessities of the poor, the sick and the needy, but a part of its duty—and the larger part, too—is to look after the spiritual welfare and salvation of the mothers and daughters of Zion; to see that none is neglected, but that all are guarded against misfortune, calamity, the powers of darkness, and the evils that threaten them in the world.” 2 In 2001 Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reiterated, “Every sister in this Church who has made covenants with the Lord has a divine mandate to help save souls, to lead the women of the world, to strengthen the homes of Zion, and to build the kingdom of God.” 3

Friday, April 29, 2011

Apply Unto It

Apply unto it
What cometh of God
Heed the Spirit
And give it your all

Apply unto it
What cometh of light
Don't idly sit
You know it is right

thoughts from
Elder Bednar's conference talk

Monday, April 25, 2011

Earth

Sphere, rotate, orbit
Round and round far and near
Our planet makes a circle
365 days in a year

What Stirs the Soul?

What stirs the soul
And causes it to burn?
Ever we feel whole
When to God we turn

A Mother is

A mother is as soft as a rose
Her kiss tickles my wee nose
Her sweet lullabies tenderly teach
As her eyes speak of love with each

A mother is as warm as a throw
As a snuggle safe to know
On her lap her arms wrap me up close
And I stay awake...well almost

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter- What a Glorious Time of the Year

Easter- what a glorious time of the year
As Christians celebrate everywhere
That our Lord rose triumphant from the tomb
And for each of us, in His heart, there is room

He having felt each sin and sorrow
Is our reason to hope on the morrow
He knowing the pain of death and separation
Is our Redeemer and Author of our salvation


Gordon B. Hinckley
The Victory over Death
Liahona, Apr 1997, 3

What a glorious time of the year is Easter! Easter is the day when we, with Christian people everywhere, celebrate the most significant event in human history—the Resurrection from the grave, the return to life from death, of the Son of God. Among all the facts of mortality, nothing is so certain as its deathly end. How tragic, how poignant is the sorrow of those left behind. The grieving widow, the motherless child, the father bereft and alone—all of these can speak of the wounds of parting.

The Miracle of Easter

The miracle of the first Easter
Is a glorious joy to find
How this makes death easier
For the souls of all mankind

This is the most reassuring event
In all of human history
He took up His body and came forth
Easter is a celebration of victory

Two Beautiful Messages of Easter

Two beautiful messages of Easter-
There really will be life after death!
We can return to live with our Father!
Once our flesh resurrects with new breath

On Easter we give thanks to our Lord
Who suffered for all of our sins
Who took upon Him the pains of the world
That we might return to our Father again

Two beautiful statements at Easter-
I can prepare for the day that I die!
I can return to live with our Father!
And dwell again in His presence on high



Thoughts from President Howard W. Hunter's talk:
Evidences of the Resurrection
Ensign, May 1983, 15

" It is truly a beautiful message- there will be a life after death; we can return to live with our Father in Heaven once again, because of the sacrifice the Savior has made for us, and because of our own repentance and obedience to the commandments."

Saturday, April 23, 2011

In the Afterglow of Easter

In the afterglow of Easter
My Spirit stands refreshed
In the Light of the Resurrection
Our Redeemer's Wondrous gift

Gone is the night of darkness
For Death now holds no fear
In my flesh I' ll rise to meet Him
When my Resurrection Morn is here

Helen Spencer Schlie

beautiful words...
Happy Easter

Friday, April 22, 2011

As Time Goes By

As time goes by
What have we to hold
The love of family
Is richer than gold

The meaning of life
Comes of being who you really are
Through trial and strife
And following that homeward star

With Every New Chord in Praise




With every new chord
I felt his passion rise
While singing of our Lord
He brought tears to my eyes

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Pondering the Savior's Second Coming

Pondering the Savior’s second coming,
How He will come before Jerusalem-
I came to desire with my whole being
To learn of His life and prepare for Him

Looking to the past to find the future
I searched the Old Testament
Letting prophecy be my tutor
To understand whom God had sent

Zechariah 14:4And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east...

In Fulfillment of the Old Testament The Lord

Pondering the Savior’s second coming,
How He will come before Jerusalem-
I came to desire with my whole being
To find fulfillment in the Old Testament

Zechariah 9:9… behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass..Zechariah 11:12... And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. Micah 5:1 …they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. Numbers 24:17 ...I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob...Malachi 3:1...Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me… Psalm 22:1- 17...My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people..All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts. I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.Psalm 22:18...They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture. Psalm 41:9...Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. Psalm 69:21...They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Psalm 72:10...The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Psalm 78:2... I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Psalm 109:25....I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads. Amos 8:9....And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: . Isaiah 6:9-10...And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. Isaiah 7:14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 8:14And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Isaiah 9:1-6Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 22:23...And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house. Isaiah 24: 22...And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Isaiah 35:5...Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert..Isaiah 40:3...The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40: 11...He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. Isaiah 50:6... I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. Isaiah 52:14... 14 As many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men Isaiah 53:3-12...He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.¶Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.¶Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 61: 1...The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; Isaiah 53:3-9 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. ¶ Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. The Lord hath anointed me…to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives…to comfort all that mourn…to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” (Isaiah 61:1-3)Proverbs 27:6-9...Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Deuteronomy 21:6-9...And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley: And they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it. Be merciful, O Lord, unto thy people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto thy people of Israel’s charge. And the blood shall be forgiven them. So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the Lord. Lev. 16: 8, 10...And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat. But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.

Zechariah 14:4...And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Open My Eyes That I May See



A little girl in her new Easter dress
Covered her eyes as though a princess
Not to ignore, but in fun to play
Hide and see in a peek a boo way

And for her I sang a special song
As a single tear trickled along
Memories spilled of a yester year
To flow upon me all so clear

My mothers voice and her piano
As she rejoiced, her face all aglow
Now my eyes have opened and I can see!
T'was love she had been sharing with me!

An oldy to remember
Open My Eyes, That I May See
Clara H. Scott, 1841-1897

Open my eyes, that I may see
glimpses of truth thou hast for me;
place in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!

Open my ears, that I may hear
voices of truth thou sendest clear;
and while the wavenotes fall on my ear,
everything false will disappear.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!

Open my mouth, and let me bear
gladly the warm truth everywhere;
open my heart and let me prepare
love with thy children thus to share.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine!

What Part Have I Played?





What part have I played
In the suffering of the Son?
What price for me was paid?
So heavy the ransome

If I were to put myself
In this traveler's place
And carry the cross to help
I'd have this blood upon my face!

So thankful I am
That this day came to pass
Now to await the lamb
When He will come, finally, at last!

They Stood at the Door



They stood at the door
Knowing what was in store
A large mob was storming
And not for informing...

They looked at each other
Brother to brother
The spirit was there
They were fully aware

John Taylor survived
His role to witness
How- though death arrived
God was not finished

The gospel is true
And continues on
Each sacrifice proves
With God we are strong

James Helped His Small Brother



James helped his small brother
Across the ice and snow
A storm came like no other
Causing new winds to blow

Without any lamp
It was dark when he found
His waiting camp
And collapsed, dead, to the ground

Out of love, he could not
Leave his brother behind
To his last breath he fought
For what strength he could find

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Not Always Does the Sun Reach Us

Not always does the sun reach us
Yet we still know when it is day
Here lies a lesson to teach us
How revelation comes our way

Inspiration can brightly sun
Touching us from head to toe
Or line upon line become
A part of us and what we know

thoughts from
The Spirit of Revelation
Elder David A. Bednar
Ensign, May 2011,

Saturday, April 16, 2011

We Follow Christ Because we Love Him

We follow Christ because we love Him
And desire to walk in His light
Willingly we sacrifice- often
To be like Him- knowing it's right

Jesus set forth the example
Being obedient unto God's will
We make covenants in the temple
Furthering what's ours to fulfill

thoughts from:
Followers of Christ
Elder Walter F. González
Of the Presidency of the Seventy

Thanks - to Blogger's Who Speak of Jesus Christ

Thanks for growing in light and sharing
For taking the time...and caring

Speaking of Jesus Christ
Can we ever say enough?
Searching with His Light
We have good news and His love

pondering how much insight to the gospel truth's is available on the internet. Just read Bob West's
http://westbob.blogspot.com/2011/04/to-know-truth-2.html?showComment=1303015934865#c3179597751941837863

Friday, April 15, 2011

Are Mormons Christians?



A devout Christian
On the path to know Christ
Might well ask this question
To follow Him, what is the price?

To be like Him
And bear His good name
To lift and lighten
And help others do the same

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A War Torn Nation

This is an inspiring request
That can do nothing but bless
Our nation...under God
This call is for all..

A war torn nation
Called for organization
At a set time each day
All this group did was pray

Following Winston Churchill's lead
We can do this too
For our country is in need
Of calling upon God anew




I received this tonight from a friend in New Jersey. I think it is a good idea.
Subject: Evening Prayer Together...where two or three are gathered together in
my name.

Evening Prayer

Someone has said that if Christians really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless. Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England , its people and peace? There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America . If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our government, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.


Please forward this to your praying friends.

A Testimony Borne Today




A testimony borne today
Can quickly fade away
It must be nourished with light
Sprung from faithfulness bright

A testimony made can grow
Bright and warm like the sun
Setting the spirit aglow
Or diminish away to none

A testimony is as fragile
As capturing a beam of light
It is only there to handle
When you align yourself just right



thoughts from:
“The testimony you have today will not be your testimony of tomorrow. Your testimony is either going to grow and grow and grow until it becomes as the brightness of the sun, or it is going to diminish to nothing, depending on what you do about it.”
Harold B. Lee

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“Testimony isn’t something you have today, and you are going to have always. A testimony is fragile. It is as hard to hold as a moonbeam. It is something you have to recapture every day of your life.”
Harold B. Lee

http://www.christysclipart.com/wwwroot/testimony_quotes.html a great site!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Elder D. Todd Christofferson - "As Many As I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten"



Who will abide a celestial glory
And dwell in the presence of God?
One with an enduring testimony
Living the highest expectations of all

Jesus proposes to make us holy
Bearing the ability to transform
He can prepare us- perfectly- He only
Offerig His help in many forms

He will see that we each receive
All the comfort and support that we need
Chastening us when in the Spirit we grieve
Raising us to a higher place in deed

"As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten"
Elder D. Todd Christofferson
Ensign, May 2011,

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Her Lamp Stays Lit

Her lamp stays lit
Beside the golden door
For each plane and ship
And those along the shore

The Statue of Liberty

Our Heroes

Our heroes to admire
Do the day to day
They're who employers hire
For the ethics they display

Pilgrims

They crossed the vast and stormy sea
Self-governed and alone
To worship, as one, free
Pioneering the unknown

The Flag was so Big

The flag was so big
It had a life of its own
Ruffling in the wind
As a sail that is flown

Then suddenly, it dropped
And hung close to the pole
For a moment the wind stopped
To then relift the flag up hole

Who moves the wind?
That it freely wave?
The air in the end
Comes from God, save?

There is a Bond- Caring for the dying

There is a bond
Created through this care
That goes far beyond
What in life we share

We are not left alone
To serve, bathe, and feed
For our loved one is known
By the angels indeed

The comfort of angels
Awaits and tends our dead
As life and death dangles
On a very thin thread

Through a fatal disease
Angels come and attend
Helping pain ease
Death IS NOT the end

Thus is this bond
I have heard called sweet
As we feel what's beyond
Heaven and earth DO meet

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Now We Lay You Down to Sleep

Though your time here was so small
You left an imprint on this earth.
Ever in my heart I recall
The love I felt from the first.

My sweet infant, how you tried
To survive with every breath.
And with your last... how I cried
Made lonely by your death

Now we lay you down to sleep
To be with God on high
Unto the angels for watch keep.
And it is not goodbye!

For one last picture, here you wear
This sweet and precious gown
Made with love and tender care;
As now, with God, we lay you down.


Dedicated to nowilaymedowntosleep a nonprofit that arranges for a memory photo of small infants, newborns, and still borns. One tangible proof that a precious life did indeed exist.

The final kiss
The last touch
No, I insist
This is too much!

But trust I must
And I let you go
Unto God, thus
His love to know!

President Thomas S. Monson Temples are More than Stone and Mortar



Temples are more than stone and mortar
They are built of sacrifice
Through each trial and testimony
They truly are sanctified

Temples are filled with faith and fasting
Even the service of those impoverished
The giving of all for what's everlasting
For what's sacred, holy, and cherished

The temple will see us through
Tribulations and distress.
We link ourselves to our dead too
As to God our love's expressed

President Thomas S. Monson

Ensign, May 2011

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Elder Neil L. Andersen



beautiful!
With righteousness sent from heaven
And truth come out of the earth
The gospel sweeps the gathered given
As a stone cut without hands rolls forth

Each priesthood bearer is needed
To preach where he is sent
To prepare the world soon greeted
With our lord's second descent

The sun never sets
On missionary work
As men give their very best
Dressed in tie and white shirt

He will come clothed in majesty and power
As events unfold on the earth and in the sky
Let us look to Him- every minute every hour
That of His coming we will not be denied

Elder Neil L. Andersen

General Conference Highlights



These messages have come
Into my humble home
Have stirred my heart just so
With the love of God...I know

The Last Days and Second Coming of Jesus Christ



Who shall we trust in the end?
But God and His Son He did send
The signs are a part of His plan
For the salvation of man

Ever, we look to prophets and apostles
Who sound trumps of warning as angels
And put our focus on Christ for our actions
Doing good despite worldly distractions

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ LDS Mormon



The fig plant is yet tender
With buds for its leaves
Promising, summer is nigh, slender
Providing signs everyone sees

Let me be found
On holy ground
Looking to heaven
With His light around

Spring Cleaning

I want to go to church tomorrow
with a clean house
A part of Easter must be-


Spring cleaning
to start fresh and new
To cleanse what's unseemly
And be freed to do

Bad Worse Worst

Bad worse worst
Never let it burst
When you want to remember
You have to repeat it first

who said this?
or is it me?
At school we always talk about
good better best
never let it rest...
this must be inspired from it-
having fun cleaning my desk
and getting ready to make
pinewood derby invites!

That your Family be Filled with Love- the Sabbath



That your family be filled with love
As you honor the Sabbath Day
Let your Saturday be spent thereof
With preparations for that sacrament tray

His cup runneth over with blessings
Of His infinite and eternal atonement
May we come to His table confessing
We had done, in deed, as He had sent

The greatest joy we receive in this life
Is in following the Savior always
On the Sabbath we rest from all strife
And find peace to walk in His ways

The Sabbath and the Sacrament
Elder L. Tom Perry
Ensign, May 2011,
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View Today

View today
In a bright way
Don't forget to pray

Pondering Saturday and how- suddenly- it is gone and I forgot to do so much. It is the one day prayer and focus matters the most. Being organized for progress starts on Saturday. Then there is a sweeter peace on Sunday for the strength to start a new week.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Being Honest Means to be Sincere




Being honest means to be sincere
At all times and all places
Not just when someone is near
But as the gospel one embraces

Being true to the faith means
To be honest with God, others, and yourself
To recognize God knows all your needs
And is your greatest source of help

Then in so many ways
We experience blessings
To clearly define the grays
And hold to God's teachings

Pondering
I believe in Being Honest
Ann M Dibb

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Plant a Seed through your Actions

Plant a seed through your actions
Truly brighten another's way
For honesty's an attraction
And others watch what you do and say



http://youtu.be/Y7wfVJotPWI

I Believe in Being Honest and True
Ann M. Dibb

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

His Sacred Name - An Easter Declaration



He held His peace
As only He could do
That death might cease
In me and you

Following Him
Requires that we pause
With hearts open
Unto God's laws

With ears to hear
Each fear is set aside
The Lord is near
His light does guide

Saturday, April 2, 2011

His Sacred Name - An Easter Declaration

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXrOG02NMB0

He held His peace
Every darkened hour
He sought to please
Our Heavenly Father

Betrayed, denied
Accused, rejected
He was bound and tried
Willingly, unprotected

Reviled, scourged
Mocked, and spit upon
Forgive, He urged
Though He had been wronged

The nails were driven
A sign was displayed
Vinegar was given
Bitterly laid

The heavens then closed
He received naught from God
For us He posed
Answering His lone call

His body was laid
In a borrowed tomb
His annointing delayed
Till a dawn to resume

To those who came
An angel appeared
Then to proclaim
"He is not here"

Resurrected, risen
Now mighty to save
Preparing us for heaven
He opens up each grave

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The Captain of the Soul- Invictus/ The Soul's Captain by Elder Orson F. Whitney

Invictus by William E. Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance,
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

The Soul's Captain [The Answer]
by Elder Orson F. Whitney
of the Quorum of the Twelve
Art thou in truth? Then what of him
Who bought thee with his blood?
Who plunged into devouring seas
And snatched thee from the flood?
Who bore for all our fallen race
What none but him could bear.
The God who died that man might live,
And endless glory share?
Of what avail thy vaunted strength,
Apart from his vast might?
Pray that his Light may pierce the gloom,
That thou mayest see aright.
Men are as bubbles on the wave,
As leaves upon the tree.
Thou, captain of thy soul, forsooth
Who gave that place to thee?
Free will is thine — free agency
To wield for right or wrong;
But thou must answer unto him
To whom all souls belong.
Bend to the dust that head "unbowed,"
Small part of Life's great whole!
And see in him, and him alone,
The Captain of thy soul

He's Been There Before

He's Been There Before by Elder Troy Whittle
The alarm bell rings at 6:30, I stumble to my feet
I grab my companions bedding and pull off his sheets
A groan fills the room, is it already time to arise?
It seems like just a second ago I was able to shut my eyes

The morning activities follow- study, prayer and such
When it's time to leave the apartment, you feel you haven't accomplished much
"We have a super day planned," My comp. says with a grin
I lowly utter a faithless breath, "Yeah, if anyone lets us in."

With the word of God and my faithful Schwinn, we ride off in the street prepared to
Face another day of humidity and heat
It's 9:30 in the evening, the day is almost through
My champion and I are riding home not accomplishing what we thought to do

We ride up to the mailbox, hoping to receive a lot
Only to look inside and hear my echo reverberate "air Box"
We go up to our apartment, the day is now complete
The only thing to show for our work is a case of blistery feet

It's past 10:30 p.m. My companion is fast asleep,
Silence engulfs me all about and I begin to weep
In the midst of sadness, I kneel down to pray
I need to talk to father, but I'm not sure what to say

"Oh, Father" I begin, "What happened to us today?
I thought we'd teach somebody, but everyone was away
My hands, my aching hands- worn, hurt and beat;
If our area was any smaller, we'd have knocked every street"

"Why on missions are the days so much alike?
The only difference about today was the flat tire on my bike
Will you send some cooler weather? The heat is killing me
I sweat so bad, it gets in my eyes, it's very hard to see"

"Why do I have to wear a helmet, isn't your protection enough?
People always laugh at me, and call me stupid stuff
Please send us investigators so I may give them what they lack
I want to give them Books of Mormon, the weight of them hurts my back"

"And what about my family: They don't have much to say
I'm sick of not hearing from home day after day after day
Oh Father, Why am I here am I just wasting time?
Sometimes I just want to go home, I'm sorry but that's on my mind"

"My companion, Heavenly Father, what are you giving me?
"The way he rides his bicycle, I don't think he can see
Now you have it, I can't go on, I don't know what to do
That, my Father in Heaven, is the prayer I have for you"

My prayer now finished, I stand up, then jump right into bed
I need my rest for tomorrow, we have another long day ahead
Sleep start to overtake me, I seem to drift away
Then it seems a vision takes me to another time in another day

I'm standing alone on the hill. The view is very nice
A man walks to wards me and says, "My name is Jesus Christ"
Tears of joy well up inside, I fall down to His feet
"Arise," He states, "Follow me to the shade. You and I need to speak"

My attention's towards my Savior, total and complete
He says, "Your mission is similar of what happened to me
I understand how you feel, I know what you're going through
In fact, it would be fair to say I've felt the same as you"

"I even know how you felt when no one listened to you
At times I felt not quite sure what else I could do
I know you don't like to ride a bicycle, for you a car would be sweet
Just remember the donkey I rode wasn't equipped with 21 speeds"

"I understand you don't like sweating, in fact it's something you hate
I remember when I sweat blood from ev’ry pore, oh the agony was great!
I see you don't like your companion- you'd rather have someone else-
I once had a companion named Judas who sold my life for wealth"

"It's hard to wear a helmet and have people make fun of you
I remember when they put thorns on my head and called me King of the Jews
So you feel burdened down by the weight of your pack
I recall how heavy the cross was when they slammed it on my back"


"Your hands hurt from tracting and knocking on doors all day
I guess when they pounded nails into mine, I ached in a similar way
It's hard not to hear from home when your family's not there to see
I lost communication on the cross and cried, "Father, why hast Thou forsaken me?"

"We have a lot in common, but there's a difference between us you see
I endured to the end and finished my mission, so follow and do like me"
He embraced me with His arms and His light filled me with His love
With tears in my eyes I watched as He went back to the Father above

I stood with awe and wonder when a beep rang in my head
I listened and heard the alarm, then realized I was in my bed
My companion let out a groan, "6:30 already, no way!"
I sat up and said, "Come on, I'll even carry your scriptures today!"

No matter what we go through, when we feel we can't take more
Just stop and think about Jesus Christ, He's been there before
By Elder Troy Whittle
Texas Houston Mission

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

These poems are my own thoughts and impressions as I study the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints

I encourage you to read from the Book of Mormon and the standard works, and listen to modern day prophets, also, that your mind and heart might be touched.

Kelly Miller

153 Countries Visited! June 2015


Global Statistics
Visits from 153 countries registered.
No.CountryDate of Last VisitPercent & Number of Visits ↓
1
United States
June 15, 2015
82.86%25,281
2
United Kingdom
June 14, 2015
2.61%795
3
Canada
June 13, 2015
2.42%737
4
Australia
June 13, 2015
1.81%551
5
Philippines
June 14, 2015
1.35%412
6
New Zealand
June 14, 2015
0.99%303
7
India
June 14, 2015
0.79%241
8
Brazil
June 14, 2015
0.58%176
9
Germany
May 15, 2015
0.49%151
10
Mexico
June 3, 2015
0.40%121
11
South Africa
June 8, 2015
0.34%105
12
Russian Federation
Apr 20, 2015
0.26%80
13
France
June 3, 2015
0.21%64
14
Malaysia
June 5, 2015
0.14%44
15
Czech Republic
Apr 17, 2015
0.14%42
16
Pakistan
Mar 21, 2015
0.13%41
17
Spain
Apr 28, 2015
0.13%41
18
Italy
June 8, 2015
0.13%39
19
Netherlands
May 28, 2015
0.12%38
20
Europe
June 11, 2015
0.11%35
21
Indonesia
May 18, 2015
0.11%35
22
Cote D'Ivoire
May 17, 2015
0.11%35
23
Japan
Apr 17, 2015
0.11%33
24
Singapore
May 28, 2015
0.11%33
25
United Arab Emirates
Apr 25, 2015
0.10%32
26
Argentina
Apr 27, 2015
0.10%31
27
Korea, Republic of
Feb 1, 2015
0.10%31
28
-
May 10, 2015
0.10%31
29
Thailand
Apr 5, 2015
0.10%30
30
Ireland
May 19, 2015
0.10%29
31
Jamaica
June 1, 2015
0.09%28
32
Turkey
June 14, 2015
0.09%28
33
Trinidad and Tobago
May 18, 2015
0.09%26
34
Sweden
May 8, 2015
0.09%26
35
Guatemala
May 5, 2015
0.08%24
36
Denmark
May 10, 2015
0.08%23
37
Saudi Arabia
May 1, 2015
0.07%20
38
Nigeria
Apr 4, 2015
0.07%20
39
Hong Kong
Apr 18, 2015
0.07%20
40
Colombia
May 29, 2015
0.07%20
41
Chile
Mar 23, 2015
0.06%19
42
Finland
Mar 25, 2015
0.06%19
43
Taiwan
Mar 28, 2015
0.06%18
44
Romania
May 17, 2015
0.06%18
45
Fiji
Feb 27, 2015
0.06%17
46
Ghana
May 8, 2015
0.06%17
47
Belgium
May 30, 2015
0.05%16
48
Switzerland
Apr 12, 2015
0.05%16
49
Poland
Apr 6, 2015
0.05%15
50
American Samoa
Apr 10, 2015
0.05%14
51
Ecuador
Feb 23, 2015
0.05%14
52
Serbia
Mar 10, 2015
0.05%14
53
Austria
Apr 8, 2015
0.04%13
54
Senegal
Nov 24, 2014
0.04%13
55
Norway
June 1, 2015
0.04%13
56
Uruguay
Aug 18, 2014
0.04%12
57
Peru
Apr 13, 2015
0.04%12
58
Portugal
Apr 6, 2015
0.04%12
59
Kenya
Oct 29, 2014
0.04%12
60
Tonga
Dec 9, 2014
0.04%11
61
Dominican Republic
Mar 12, 2015
0.04%11
62
Hungary
Feb 16, 2015
0.03%10
63
Guyana
Apr 28, 2015
0.03%10
64
Bangladesh
Jan 19, 2015
0.03%9
65
Algeria
Feb 5, 2015
0.03%9
66
Kuwait
Mar 30, 2015
0.03%9
67
Egypt
Apr 4, 2015
0.03%9
68
Belize
May 8, 2015
0.03%9
69
Costa Rica
Feb 4, 2015
0.03%8
70
Bahamas
Jan 9, 2015
0.03%8
71
Israel
Feb 27, 2015
0.03%8
72
Ukraine
Jan 24, 2015
0.03%8
73
Asia/Pacific Region
June 9, 2015
0.03%8
74
Honduras
Feb 6, 2015
0.02%7
75
Cyprus
Mar 21, 2015
0.02%7
76
Guam
Apr 10, 2015
0.02%7
77
Greece
June 2, 2015
0.02%7
78
China
Dec 16, 2014
0.02%7
79
Panama
Apr 7, 2015
0.02%6
80
Morocco
Mar 3, 2015
0.02%6
81
Sri Lanka
Sept 28, 2014
0.02%6
82
Iraq
Feb 25, 2015
0.02%6
83
Togo
June 6, 2015
0.02%6
84
Botswana
May 7, 2015
0.02%6
85
El Salvador
Apr 23, 2015
0.02%5
86
Vietnam
Oct 30, 2014
0.02%5
87
Cook Islands
June 3, 2015
0.02%5
88
Bulgaria
Oct 27, 2014
0.02%5
89
Lithuania
June 23, 2014
0.02%5
90
Slovakia
Jan 19, 2015
0.02%5
91
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mar 23, 2015
0.02%5
92
French Polynesia
Nov 23, 2014
0.02%5
93
Bahrain
Nov 11, 2014
0.02%5
94
Slovenia
Jan 16, 2015
0.02%5
95
Grenada
Mar 10, 2015
0.02%5
96
Qatar
Jan 15, 2015
0.02%5
97
Saint Lucia
May 8, 2015
0.02%5
98
Puerto Rico
Feb 27, 2015
0.01%4
99
Tunisia
Jan 23, 2015
0.01%4
100
Malta
Mar 22, 2015
0.01%4
101
Croatia
Jan 20, 2015
0.01%4
102
New Caledonia
Jan 13, 2015
0.01%4
103
Barbados
Apr 29, 2014
0.01%4
104
Azerbaijan
Jan 14, 2015
0.01%4
105
Moldova, Republic of
Nov 29, 2014
0.01%3
106
Lebanon
Feb 11, 2014
0.01%3
107
Zimbabwe
July 23, 2014
0.01%3
108
Benin
Feb 19, 2015
0.01%3
109
Antigua and Barbuda
Aug 1, 2014
0.01%3
110
Isle of Man
Dec 20, 2014
0.01%3
111
Bhutan
June 8, 2015
0.01%3
112
Venezuela
May 14, 2014
0.01%3
113
Georgia
Mar 3, 2015
0.01%2
114
Namibia
Oct 22, 2014
0.01%2
115
Armenia
Jan 12, 2015
0.01%2
116
Virgin Islands, U.S.
June 20, 2014
0.01%2
117
Jordan
May 19, 2015
0.01%2
118
Mozambique
June 23, 2014
0.01%2
119
Uganda
Aug 4, 2014
0.01%2
120
Marshall Islands
Jan 28, 2015
0.01%2
121
Mauritius
Feb 20, 2015
0.01%2
122
Oman
May 12, 2014
0.01%2
123
Curacao
Apr 29, 2015
0.01%2
124
Sierra Leone
Apr 26, 2015
0.01%2
125
Samoa
Nov 1, 2013
0.01%2
126
Saint Kitts and Nevis
June 30, 2013
0.01%2
127
Macau
July 18, 2014
0.01%2
128
Albania
Aug 17, 2014
0.01%2
129
Dominica
Mar 12, 2013
0.01%2
130
Ethiopia
Jan 8, 2015
0.01%2
131
Estonia
Mar 20, 2015
0.01%2
132
Cape Verde
May 27, 2013
0.00%1
133
Cayman Islands
July 27, 2014
0.00%1
134
Cambodia
Sept 16, 2013
0.00%1
135
Myanmar
July 18, 2014
0.00%1
136
Lesotho
Jan 12, 2013
0.00%1
137
Mongolia
Mar 14, 2015
0.00%1
138
Zambia
Apr 22, 2013
0.00%1
139
Montenegro
Nov 19, 2014
0.00%1
140
Kazakhstan
Jan 9, 2015
0.00%1
141
Nicaragua
May 29, 2014
0.00%1
142
Paraguay
Mar 10, 2013
0.00%1
143
Haiti
Feb 1, 2015
0.00%1
144
Timor-Leste
Feb 21, 2013
0.00%1
145
Iceland
June 20, 2014
0.00%1
146
Aruba
Jan 9, 2014
0.00%1
147
Liberia
Jan 3, 2014
0.00%1
148
Northern Mariana Islands
Oct 9, 2014
0.00%1
149
Gibraltar
Jan 27, 2014
0.00%1
150
Swaziland
June 16, 2014
0.00%1
151
Jersey
Mar 30, 2013
0.00%1
152
Niue
Nov 30, 2014
0.00%1
153
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