Saturday, September 22, 2007

This Day

Tomorrow in Relief Society, I have to teach a lesson on this talk. It is an amazing talk that I don't remember from General Conference. I am so thankful that we can have the opportunity to read these over again! I normally do not teach on this Sunday but my teacher is out of town and I forgot to get a substitute. But as the words come as an answer to the thoughts of my heart and a chastisement I know that there is a reason I forgot a substitute and our bishop chose this talk. I hope you find it inspiring and uplifting and that you have a wonderful Sabbath day.

{ I know posting the whole talk makes for a long posting but I thought if I put it here one would be more apt to read it since they didn't have look for it somewhere else ;) }

Henry B. Eyring, “This Day,” Ensign, May 2007, 89–91

All of us will need His help to avoid the tragedy of procrastinating what we must do here and now to have eternal life.

There is a danger in the word someday when what it means is “not this day.” “Someday I will repent.” “Someday I will forgive him.” “Someday I will speak to my friend about the Church.” “Someday I will start to pay tithing.” “Someday I will return to the temple.” “Someday …”

The scriptures make the danger of delay clear. It is that we may discover that we have run out of time. The God who gives us each day as a treasure will require an accounting. We will weep, and He will weep, if we have intended to repent and to serve Him in tomorrows which never came or have dreamt of yesterdays where the opportunity to act was past. This day is a precious gift of God. The thought “Someday I will” can be a thief of the opportunities of time and the blessings of eternity.

There is solemn warning and counsel in the words recorded in the Book of Mormon:

“And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.

“Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.”1

Then Amulek warns that procrastinating your repentance and service can cause the Spirit of the Lord to withdraw from you.

But with the warning he gives this hope: “And this I know, because the Lord hath said he dwelleth not in unholy temples, but in the hearts of the righteous doth he dwell; yea, and he has also said that the righteous shall sit down in his kingdom, to go no more out; but their garments should be made white through the blood of the Lamb.”2

The scriptures are filled with examples of wise servants of God who treasured the day they were in and chose to do what they could to bring cleansing. Joshua was one: “Choose you this day whom ye will serve … ,” he said, “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”3

Serving Him invites the Holy Ghost to be with us. And the Holy Ghost is a cleanser of sin.

Even the Savior, who was without sin, set an example of the need not to procrastinate. He said:

“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”4

As the risen Savior, He is this day and forever the Light of the World. It is He who invites us to come unto Him and serve Him, without delay. His encouragement to you and to me is this: “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”5

That is as true of a day as it is of a life. A morning prayer and an early search in the scriptures to know what we should do for the Lord can set the course of a day. We can know which task, of all those we might choose, matters most to God and therefore to us. I have learned such a prayer is always answered if we ask and ponder with childlike submission, ready to act without delay to perform even the most humble service.

On many days, doing what matters most will not be easy. It is not supposed to be. God’s purpose in creation was to let us prove ourselves. The plan was explained to us in the spirit world before we were born. We were valiant enough there to qualify for the opportunity to choose against temptation here to prepare for eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God. We rejoiced to know the test would be one of faithful obedience even when it would not be easy: “And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them.”6

Hard as we knew the test would be, we felt joy because we had confidence that we could pass it. Our confidence came from knowing that Jesus Christ would come into the world as our Savior. He would overcome death. He would make it possible for us to be cleansed of our sins by qualifying for the effects of His Atonement.

We also knew some reassuring facts about what it would take to receive the purifying which we would need. Everything that cleansing would require—baptism by authority, receiving the Holy Ghost under the hands of authorized priesthood bearers, remembering Him and therefore having His Spirit to be with us, and then keeping His commandments—all would be possible for the humblest of us. It would not take superior intellect, nor would it take wealth, nor long life. And we knew that the Savior would draw us to Him and would have the power to help us when the test would be hard and the temptation to procrastinate great. Alma, the great prophet, described how Christ gained that ability:

“And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

“And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.”7

All of us will need His help to avoid the tragedy of procrastinating what we must do here and now to have eternal life. For most of us the temptation to delay will come from one or both of two feelings. They are polar opposites: one is to be complacent about what we have already done, and the other is to feel overwhelmed by the need to do more.

Complacency is a danger for us all. It can come to naive youth who feel that there will be plenty of time in the future for spiritual things. They might think that they have already done enough, considering the brief time they have lived. I know from experience how the Lord can help such a youth to see that he or she is in the midst of spiritual things, now. He can help you see that classmates are watching you. He can help you see that their eternal future is shaped by what they observe you do or not do. Your simple thanks for their influence for good on you can lift them more than you imagine. When you ask God, He can and will reveal to you the opportunities to lift others for Him, which He has placed around you from your infancy.

Complacency can affect even the seasoned adult. The better and the longer you serve, the more likely that the tempter can place this lie in your mind: “You have earned a rest.” You may have been the Primary president in your little branch twice. Or you may have worked long and hard on your mission and sacrificed so much to serve. Or perhaps you were the pioneer in the Church where you live. The thought may come: “Why not leave the service to the new people. I have done my part.” The temptation will be to believe that you will return to serve again, someday.

The Lord can help you see the danger in taking a rest because you feel you have done enough. He helped me by letting me have a conversation with one of His aged servants. He was feeble, his body weakened by decades of faithful labor and by illness. His doctors no longer allowed him to leave his home. At his request, I reported a trip I had taken in the Lord’s service, across several nations, in dozens of meetings, and in many private interviews, helping individuals and families. I told him of the gratitude people expressed to me for him and his many years of service. He asked me if I had another assignment soon. I told him about another long trip soon to come. He surprised me, and he gave me an inoculation against complacency which I hope will last forever, when he grabbed my arm and said, “Oh, please, take me with you.”

It is hard to know when we have done enough for the Atonement to change our natures and so qualify us for eternal life. And we don’t know how many days we will have to give the service necessary for that mighty change to come. But we know that we will have days enough if only we don’t waste them. Here is the good news:

“And the days of the children of men were prolonged, according to the will of God, that they might repent while in the flesh; wherefore, their state became a state of probation, and their time was lengthened, according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men.”8

That assurance from the Master can help those of us feeling overwhelmed by our circumstances. In the hardest trials, as long as you have the power to pray, you can ask a loving God: “Please let me serve, this day. It doesn’t matter to me how few things I may be able to do. Just let me know what I can do. I will obey this day. I know that I can, with Thy help.”

The quiet invitation to you may be to do so simple a thing as to forgive someone who has offended you. You can do that from a hospital bed. It may be to go to help someone who is hungry. You may feel overwhelmed by your own poverty and the labors of the day. But if you decide not to wait until you have more strength and more money, and if you pray for the Holy Spirit as you go, you will when you arrive know what to do and how to help someone even poorer than you are. You may find when you get there that they were praying and expecting that someone like you would come, in the name of the Lord.

For those who are discouraged by their circumstances and are therefore tempted to feel they cannot serve the Lord this day, I make you two promises. Hard as things seem today, they will be better in the next day if you choose to serve the Lord this day with your whole heart. Your circumstances may not be improved in all the ways which you desire. But you will have been given new strength to carry your burdens and new confidence that when your burdens become too heavy, the Lord, whom you have served, will carry what you cannot. He knows how. He prepared long ago. He suffered your infirmities and your sorrows when He was in the flesh so that He would know how to succor you.

The other promise I make to you is that by choosing to serve Him this day, you will feel His love and grow to love Him more. You may remember the scripture:

“I say unto you, I would that ye should remember to retain the name written always in your hearts … that ye hear and know the voice by which ye shall be called, and also, the name by which he shall call you.

“For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?”9

By serving Him this day, you will come to know Him better. You will feel His love and appreciation. You would not want to delay receiving that blessing. And feeling His love will draw you back to His service, wiping away both complacency and discouragement.

As you serve Him, you will come to know better the voice by which you shall be called. When you go to sleep at the end of a day, the words may come back in memory: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things.”10 I pray for that benediction on this day, on every day, and on our lives.

I know that Heavenly Father lives and answers our prayers. I know that Jesus is the living Christ, the Savior of the world, and that we can choose to feel joy and peace in His service this day. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

1. Alma 34:33–34.

2. Alma 34:36.

3. Joshua 24:15.

4. John 9:4–5.

5. Proverbs 8:17.

6. Abraham 3:25.

7. Alma 7:11–12.

8. 2 Nephi 2:21.

9. Mosiah 5:12–13.

10. Matthew 25:21; see also v. 23.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Potty training can be so FUN(NY)

For those of you are easily grossed out I warn you to scroll away and do not read :) But if you like to laugh, carry on.

Mommy is in the shower; while she has finished with shampooing and such she is hoping for a minute to relax in the warmth of the water. The peace is broken by a 2 year old bursting in to say "Mommy, I have to go potty." Never mind that there is another bathroom that is unoccupied. But to be encouraging Mommy invites her in. A few seconds pass as Olivia makes her preparations and climbs on to the toilet. Mommy decides it is best to get out. Olivia then says with strain in her voice,"Mommy, I'm going poo-poo."

"Good job!" Mommy replies.

"It's a snake one." Olivia declares.

" Oh, really?!" Mommy says with feigned surprise.

"Mommy, a ladybug, you have to see this!"

"Where is it?"

"Right there."

" Right where? On the floor or your foot?"

" No, right there." Olivia says pointing into the toilet.

As mommy looks in she sees what definitely looks like a snake and little nugget that is uncannily shaped like a ladybug.

Now if I can only get her this interested in cloud shapes.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Happy Birthday Amellia

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you! You want to be a Rock-star!
And... to look like one too!

Our little Amellia turned six years old on the 14th of this month and wishes she was more like 18. When I asked her what she would like for her birthday some of her replies were a purse, lipgloss, a red party dress, and a triple barrel curling iron. Needless to say she loves clothes shoes and all things fashionable. She also love the guitar and wants to learn to play. Riley saw this small electric guitar and just had to get it for her, it is fun to hear her concerts. Her favorite color is red, she loves to watch Word-Girl, has a great sense of humor and loves to have her picture taken. She is growing up to be a beautiful young girl who love the Lord and her family.


On September 12-13th Garin and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary (that was on August 14th). We decided to celebrate a little bigger this year for reasons that don't really matter anymore but we had a great time and it was a nice get away. On the 12th we headed down to Provo to stay at The Hines Mansion, a bed and breakfast that is in a 108 yr old mansion in downtown. It was a beautiful home and room. Our room was called Winter Dreams.
After arriving and settling in we headed out for dinner at Chili's where we met up with a coworker of Garin's and his wife. That was an adventure with a server named Honeyman and his crusade for St. Jude's hospital. After dinner and our great escape from Honeyman we went on our way to the highlight of the night... The MUSE concert!!

We love this band! They are Garin's favorite and this was his first concert.
We had great time and they do an awesome show! If you haven't heard of them you should check them out. I love the songs Invincible and Starlight.

At the end of our long night we went back to our room for a night of rest and relaxation with no kids sneaking into our bed. AHHHH! Nine years and counting........... so far, "together we're invincible."

Talk to me!

At the request of my darling husband, who wishes to write to me often, I am leaving this post as a place where you may leave me any comment you wish. Please be nice though. :) If you want to talk to me without it regarding a post's specific topic you may leave it here. I'd love to hear from you! Have a wonderful day!
(Picture: Seattle, Wa May 2007)

Friday, September 7, 2007

A special day

Our daughter Riley just turned 8 this past August and that is a special time. On September 1, 2007, Riley was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. This was a day that she, as well as I, had much anticipated. When the day came it wasn't what I had expected. Of course, I was so happy for her and confident in the choice that I really feel she made herself; but was it ever a scary feeling. It was hard as a mom to feel that my child was now so vulnerable to the world around her and that my mistakes could make so much more of an impact. It is so precious to see this clean, perfect child of God walking up these steps into your arms and they are cold and wet and you don't want to let them go because they are perfect and clean and you want them to stay that way forever. I'm glad I know what to expect for the next one I can prepare a little more emotionally. It was a beautiful day with family and friends and those that were in our hearts. It was nice to have a day to celebrate all that is clean and pure and holy and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The man in my life

Since this is supposed to be a place about me I can't start without him. I'm grateful to have someone who puts up with me and lets me be the boss-not that he even wants to be. He's forgiving and loving, supportive and kind. I never have to doubt that he loves me and wouldn't do anything for my happiness and wellbeing. We have a great time when we get a chance to get out or even just being at home playing a little Guitar Hero! He makes me alot of who I am today because he trusts me and believes in me. I love him.