30 June 2013

1 Nephi 4:6

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! I have been thinking a lot about our scriptures! We use the King James version of The Bible, which includes The Old Testament & The New Testament, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine & Covenants and The Pearl of Great Price. We also have many helps, but perhaps that is best for another post.

My favorite verse happens to be in The Book of Mormon! It is found in 1Nephi 4:6. This is where Nephi and his brothers have been sent back to get the Plates of Brass and have not been able to accomplish this task. This verse is where Nephi says:

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For those that know the story, my question is this...how would the story have gone if Nephi had questioned his promptings from the Spirit and gone back to his Father and asked what he should do because it just wasn't necessarily the right thing to do. Well, the theories here could take pages and we don't have wonder because Nephi didn't question, he trusted his promptings and knew how to recognize the Spirit enough to KNOW to just have faith and follow them to accomplish what he was asked.

This scripture originally stood out to me in a time when I was feeling prompted to do something that wasn't the norm as a missionary but it was for the best and The Lord found a way to accomplish what he was asking

I am again working on taking that leap of faith and just follow the Spirit. I know there are great blessings on the other side of such a leap! What is your favorite scripture? Why?

This is what it is to me...watsit2u?

23 June 2013

The Work of Salvation

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! Today there was a Worldwide Leadership Broadcast called The Work of Salvation! For those that missed it, here is the video (WARNING the video starts automatically):

If you need another language, click here! There are so many notes from this broadcast that I can't include them all without creating a long post, which I would rather not, so I will keep it short mentioning the highlights and use some of the other notes for other posts! There are two major changes:

1 - Missionaries will now be allowed to use the internet in their efforts! This is huge, but in light of recent conferences, I am not fully surprised! They encouraged the members to friend the local missionaries online, ie Facebook. We've heard a lot recently about using tools like Facebook and twitter as missionary tools for the members of the church, but now to combine those efforts directly with the missionaries will surely be a blessed endeavor!

2 - Meetinghouses will be open to guided tours by the missionaries. It was said that a great many people get up the courage to check out the church only to go to a meetinghouse that is closed and then get discouraged. When I first heard this, it sounded odd, but I can see the reasoning behind it and trust that it will be most helpful in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

One other note, I did notice that in one way or another each of the three fold missions of the church were discussed. Those are Preach the Gospel, Perfect the Saints and Redeem the Dead. Here is the link referenced to during the broadcast in Hastening the Work of Salvation! President Monson assured us that we will be blessed by applying the things we learned from this broadcast. Of this I have no doubt. Did you watch the broadcast? What touched you? There were even things mentioned that will help me in other areas of my life...watsit2u?

09 June 2013

Are you walking in circles?

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! There is a program in the church called Home Teaching. It is where members of the Priesthood are assigned to visit a few families in the Ward/Branch. This helps the unit leadership know of any needs in Ward/Branch. Tonight our Home Teachers came over. Well, one of them did and brought his son as his companion, his usual companion is out of town. Our Home Teachers came to our house right after their Home Teachers had been at their house.

The lesson for this month is an article called Walking in Circles BY Dieter F. Uchtdorf, as found in the June 2013 Ensign magazine. The basic message is that when humans are lost, we tend to walk in circles looking for some kind of landmark to help guide them back to a place they know. As members of the church we have a couple great landmarks to help us, scriptures and general conference! We can use these two resources to help guide us back to a place we know to continue our progression in a direction back to our goal or destination.

The young man who came with his father was asked to add his thoughts. He said that the one thing that really struck him was about keeping the commandments and following these landmarks. Doing this can help to build relationships! But what struck him more was that not following the commandments can also destroy relationships. He had not thought of that before...neither had I. For example, between him and his father, if they lie to one another, it would destroy that relationship!

I thought that was great insight for a teenager! What a lesson we can all learn from this simple thought! It is my hope to do better at following the commandments and the lessons learned from studying the scriptures and general conference to strengthen my relationships!


08 June 2013

West Jordan High School

Where did you go to high school? What year did you graduate? How many were in your graduating class? Do you rely on the usual reunions to get together?  Or...

I graduated from West Jordan High School in West Jordan, Utah! I would not trade those years for anything! I graduated in 1989 with well over 600 students in our class! Did I know every one of them? I would have to say no, I didn't, although I had probably met a vast majority of them at one point in time or another! I have attended every reunion we've had, even though the people I'd like to see the most will most likely never attend a reunion!

With things like Facebook, do classes even still have reunions? All those I know of still do..BUT, if you were anything like me, I had friends that were in all other grades and so, what about seeing them since their classes have their own reunions? In preparing this post, I was searching for a link or two and came across this video for the 20 year reunion of the class of 1988. It kind of proves my point that many of us knew those in other classes...just watch and see how many featured here were actually not in class of 1988! In any case, it's a good representation of the alumni and the 80's, lol:

I'm proud to say that some brilliant Jaguar alumni have come up with a couple great ideas! First, once or twice a year there is a Jaguar alumni gathering, usually at a park, nothing fancy, a potluck with good friends and new friends alike! For any WJHS alumni, not just one class or another!

The other idea is a monthly breakfast! This is on a Saturday morning where a local place is chosen and all who want to come and enjoy good eats and great company! They've been doing this for months, but this morning was the first one I've attended! We met at the Blue Plate Diner in Salt Lake City! I will blog more about that on Thursday over at Batty Bites.

For today, I went said hi to the few I knew before this morning, then sat in an open seat! Turns out the gal that sat next to me was one that I was hoping to see and visit with today! Turns out we are cousins, somewhere along the line! She was excited about the possibility, too! After we ate, most of them left and the few of us left sat and visited for another hour! Represented were from classes 1985 to class of 1989, a variety by any definition! So, I would say it was a great success...made a new friend of few....watst2u?

03 June 2013


I saw this commercial pretty much right when it came out! I thought it was cute and shows the innocence of children and how children take many thing so literally! I can honestly say I didn't pay attention to the race of any of the actors! I think this whole controversy thing is very VERY sad! It makes ones wonder if society will ever move on to more important things in life! When I first heard there was a problem, I couldn't imagine what the problem could be, it wasn't until the next day that I saw someone say what the 'problem' is...HELLO IT IS 2013 for goodness sake! But, like they said on the news tonight, it's publicity. If you go to this video on YouTube, you will see that it has almost 2 million view compared to their other commercials which come in around 100,000 or so. So...tell me your thoughts on the commercial and/or the controversy...watsit2u?

02 June 2013

Missionary Work

I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Did you know that? If not, you should. Want to know more? Check out their main website for more information OR ask me OR ask the missionaries!

Today in sacrament meeting they read a letter from the First Presidency encouraging members to be generous in donations to the General Missionary Fund. This always strikes a chord with me because when I served my mission 20 years ago I had virtually no money to pay for said mission.
I was originally called to serve in the California San Diego mission doing genealogy. While training for that, I was reassigned to proselyte in the California Riverside Mission. Eventually I was reassigned again back to genealogy, but this time in the California Oakland Mission. I do know that members in my home ward stepped up and made specific donations to help pay for my mission. I also know that a huge portion came from the General Mission Fund of the Church. I am so grateful for all that support! I would not trade a moment of that experience for anything!

Being Fast Sunday, the meeting went on to testimonies. Many of which were about the General Mission Fund and missionary work. In the end, our Branch President challenged each family to find a nonmember and share the Gospel with them. That is the goal this year, it would be even better to see our Branch grow! So...watsit2u?