I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know who I am. I know God's plan. I'll follow him in faith. I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ. I'll honor his name. I'll do what is right; I'll follow his light. His truth I will proclaim.

I Know that My Redeemer Lives!

I Know that My Redeemer Lives!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Gift for 2013

I made my promise to the Savior tonight. Still in the Christmas season and felt right to do it on the Sabbath. I'm rather proud of myself for doing so well this past year with my gift to Him. Trying to be better in physical health. It really has made such a difference in every aspect of my life, which in turn helped me to be a more Christlike, Zion person. There are still things I can keep at, but I'm so happy to be on the right track.

So I thought about what I wanted to do/be better at as a gift to my Redeemer. And it came to me that the YSA Stake just set the goal to memorize "The Living Christ" in an effort to get to know the Savior better. I made that same goal over a year ago. Even made a music video to help me with that. Still working on that, and this Stake goal will be more incentive for me to get down to it.

As I was thinking about this goal, I realized that I always want to know my Savior better. Thus I made a promise that I wanted to get to know Him better and to daily--from my scripture and Gospel study--look for specifics about who He is, ways I can be more like Him.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Joining in Song

Yesterday was the annual Relief Society General Meeting. I have always loved this meeting. It falls within a week of my birthday, and I have come to consider it as one of my birthday presents--getting to hear from our General Relief Society presidency and one of the members of the First Presidency. What a great gift!

In 2003, I had the most wonderful opportunity to sing in a choir for that meeting. The women of BYU Women's Chorus (that included me) joined with the sisters of the Temple Square mission to sing. The main song we sang was specially commissioned for that meeting and the message the RS presidency wanted to give. It was a beautiful song and I still sing what I can of it. I was disappointed to learn this week that there is no video archive of it on lds.org. I would love to hear that song again. It had such an amazing message about Choosing the Good Part.

I cherished that experience. Moving back east, I assumed it would be a once in a lifetime experience. Even when I moved back to Utah, I didn't think such an opportunity would easily come for me. But this year, it did. Three YSA stakes asked women to be part of a choir. Even though I'm in a family ward, the YSA bishop of the ward boundary I am in asked that I take part. And it was so wonderful to have another opportunity like this. Even more special because it is a new RS Presidency--their 1st annual meeting. And President Linda Burton? She is "my" YSA Stake President's wife. She spoke to us in March, right before she was called and sustained as the new president. She is wonderful. And the messages and counsel she and her counselors gave tonight--both in the meeting and specifically to the choir before it--were so great.

The Lord blesses me with so much, and I am so grateful to have this amazing blessing again!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Down, but not really

I am not having an easy time of things right now. It's my own fault. I allowed things to happen, knowing they would most likely lead to emotional upset. But the last week+, I felt happiness I don't believe I've ever experienced before. It was the most soaring, uplifting feeling. I guess I knew it would be worth the pain that would follow afterwards. And though today is certainly rough, and while I'm sure there will be difficult moments for a bit, I will cherish the feelings and memories of last week for a very long time.

I still took sick leave today to help myself recover emotionally and mentally. To feel the Lord's love and understanding and know I will be all right. And what else am I doing to take my mind off some things and remind me how much my life is blessed and how much I love it? Why, by cleaning the house, watching a Period Drama, and reading an action-survival-adventure-escape-the-bad-guys-trying-to-kill-you book. Of course!

Some of the greatest and most important things I have learned from my trials are that
1) My Heavenly Father and my Savior love me.
2) My life is wonderful and I love every part, including the difficult times.
3) Because of the Atonement, and applying it in my life, I will always pull through.

And from this trial in particular?
I am not dead inside.

Friday, June 8, 2012

I'm Back

A long period of blog silence, for which I am sorry. Things got busy and then busier and then, well, busier! I never quite got back to any of my blogs in the last 5-6 months. But life has been really good. Stressful. So much that I'm sure it's related to the 3 or 4 times (I've kind of lost track) I've been sick so far this year. But in spite of it all, life is till quite good.

So, now that I've established that it's good, I really do want to get back on here and write more regularly. Perhaps not every day. I get so tired of computers after being on them all day long and the last thing I want is to log on to one at night. But I want to be writing. I miss it. And I miss writing of spiritual matters.