Thursday, May 24, 2018

life goes on...

(Old Royal wedding stuff here ...can't believe I didn't post this when I wrote it...better late than never?)

Yes.  Yes indeed.  1 a.m.!!  I was watching hours of people, and I had no idea who they were, but I was watching them arrive for the Royal Wedding!  What a venue!  What a gown!  What a viel!  What pagentry! Oh, my and what a gorgeous couple!

Very beautiful on so many levels and also rather entertaining on other levels...some of the hats and the expressions on the faces of many in the audience when the Pastor got wound up preaching!  so fun to watch!

I justified watching it...aren't we to learn about other Nations?  Governemnts?

I did pay a price though.  I had a ticket to go see the 2 p.m.matinee of Blithe Spirit.  Uh-huh.  Yep.  Decided to just take a little snooze after all of that Wedding Watching and woke up at show time!  I was going solo so at least I didn't foul up anyone's plans except my own!

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I'm still atwitter about all of the changes and we know we haven't even got them all yet.  I'm wondering how the dust will settle when we know longer have things so structered but just going more personal revelation.  When I read a report on the re-dedication of the Jordan River Temple and what he said?...I felt like this will be interesting as things unfold.

President Eyring

The unity in the Church comes as a time of organizational change and ministerial emphasis. "If you go through heavy times and lots of change, it's not going to be easy to keep everybody feeling united, and I think we're in such a time. We're moving at a great rate."

He added: "We're living in a time of an incredible prophet of God, and we all need to pray so we can be united, so we can move along wherever the Lord is going to take us."

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 So we have everything new and changing and also endeavoring to do away with racism.  I'm so curious as to how that big June 1st celebration will be received.  I'm excited to watch it happen.  Love that part of technology!  NAACP and LDS leaders meeting.... here   and here

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Also curious about accepting refugees that are Muslim and taking care of them.  You know that my favorite, learning unconditional love Article of Faith, is #11.  Time for it to come into play!

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and that also goes along with helping everyone we can...without judgment.  just helping whomever/whoever? with whatever.  a real challenge.

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sort of takes us full circle back to what President Eyring said...

"If you go through heavy times and lots of change, it's not going to be easy to keep everybody feeling united, and I think we're in such a time. We're moving at a great rate."

 "We're living in a time of an incredible prophet of God, and we all need to pray so we can be united, so we can move along wherever the Lord is going to take us."

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technically we don't even have all of the new changes...the youth program is going to be changed and announced in 2020.  I think that is the year.  This is going to be quite the exciting ride on the Old Ship Zion, as Elder Ballard called the Church.  didn't he say to hold on?  I am so excited for these changes and to see how it all unfolds!

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I'm giving a talk on Sunday.  The Church gives us so many opportunities for growth!!





Friday, May 18, 2018

good morning!

It's getting very close to being two years since Dixie passed away.  I miss her so much.  She and I both enjoyed things Royal.  I've watched a lot of documentaries about the complications of Kings/Queens and she loved all the glamour and the jewels.  We both liked the history of Royalty.

We were on a sister trip when Princess Diana met with her untimely death.  Sitting in a hotel and watching the broadcast.  We both got up, in the middle of the night, and had previously watched her wedding and faulted the bulky voluminous wedding gown...we did the same early awakening for her funeral.

Now there is another Royal Wedding on Saturday and I miss her.  She would always call me and talk about what we should wear for the TV watching!  And what jewels we should don.  She loved beautiful sparkly classy jewelry and was always encouraging me to get more glitzy.  Which I never really did but I do love pins and rings.  I think she kept HSN on the air with just her fine jewelery purchases alone!

Today I remembered a pin she sent me and I have saved the note.  I wish I could post a picture on here.  It's a very ornate circular style sparkly pin.  Very formal and classy.  It arrived in a package for my birthday.  I keep the note with it...
Happy Birthday Sissy!
This pin is not only
to celebrate your
birthday but also in 
remembrance of the
Royal Wedding of
William and Catherine.  I 
know you would have
worn it if our invitation
hadn't been lost in 
the mail.
Happy Birthday
xo Dixie xo

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I'm watching with fascination all of the changes that are happening or going to happen in the Church.  Still amazed seeing that President Kimball statement, surely of Prophecy, come about regarding growth of the Church, in the last days, and women's role.   

Speaking of history...did you see that very brief press conference yesterday, with President Nelson and the President of the NAACP?  We know that President Nelson, is President of the the Church and he is also Prophet for the entire world.  He spoke and invited the entire world to be one.  He quoted the Doctrine and Covenants but he just referred to it as scripture.  The source though is in the printed remarks.  You missed it?  well...here it is!  The meeting was held in the Church Office Building.  Amazing to me!

President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shakes hands with Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, right, during a press conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 17, 2018.


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In my lifetime I've had lots of challenges which is normal in a mortal experience.  Life never stays the same.  The years go by and the seasons just naturally blend right into the next one.  I must say, the most challenging, at least for me, is this particular season.  Can you believe it...I'm still trying to figure it out!  Here it is, 5 months into 2018, and I'm still mulling things over!!  Re-grouping on this season is mind boggling!  Maybe there is no figuring this one out!  Maybe you just move along doing the best you can and putting out brush fires.  Sort of reminds me of Alaska Tundra fires.  Everything appears under control and then all of sudden there is smoke from way below the surface and then it bursts into flames!  Maybe like fissures in the Hawaiian volcano...standing on level ground and it suddenly cracks open and then spews forth devastation.  One certainty in the uncertainty of walking on my own land with pitfalls of unnoticed quicksand, is this...I love the Gospel and I have a deep testimony of it's truthfulness.  no uncertainty in that area.  stability and solidness.  Yes!

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A wonderful surprise this morning!  A phone call from a Homer friend!  A former Seminary student!  Passing through Zillah on his way to Homer!  I've not seen him in years.  Now married and has 4 daughters and one grandchild.  He and his wife were just released as Seminary teachers after 6 years of service!  He was a wonderful young man and a fantastic grown-up!  He was the only student ever that was so touched by a lesson on fasting that he started a fast immediately.  Right that moment.  A teen boy that had eaten no breakfast.  He called me from school and asked if chewing gum was allowed while fasting.  We laughed this morning over my question of...how much gum are you chewing?  He was really gobbling gum!  He was not prepared to fast.  How I love him!

Life gets back to the same-o marvelous foundation stones...unconditional love and creating lasting marvelous memories.  Jewelry/sisterhood.  Lessons/friendship.  It's all good!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

You will like this...

When I read this article here I thought of the emphasis being placed center front on ministering.  It's the outcome of a 75 year study done by Harvard and what ends up being the #1 secret to leading a fulfilling life.  Our lives are so blessed with the fullness...the wholeness of the Gospel.  I always enjoy when scientific, in depth studies, reveal what we already know and are being taught to aspire to live like, and live by, certain standards.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Hands on Mothering....

I love these two pictures!  What Momma hasn't felt the endlessness of being hung onto?  That baby bear on the back reminds me of Jeanee and her girls when they were around 9 months old.  They were home for the summer and she would sit and hold them or lay down on the bed with them when they needed to go to sleep. 

One of the babies would softly continuously pinch on her neck and the other one would do the same to her elbow.  Once in awhile she would feel totally claustrophobic as they just melted into her and gently pinched/stroked her skin.  One morning I caught this picture of them sleeping and they all 3 looked like angels!  If you look close you can see a bit of redness on Jeanee's neck by the baby's face. 

Mothering is not for the faint of heart.  Nor is Grandmothering or Aunting or friending!!  Hooray for women.  ALL women.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Day of accountability! Mother's Day!!

A few weeks ago I was asked to speak in Sacrament meeting....ended up with bronchitis and had to bow out of that plus teaching my class.  A new month comes around... a new person conducting and lining up new speakers.

Nancy, you were scheduled to talk when Bishop was conducting.  Do you want to give that talk?

I threw it out.

(We both laughed at that truth.)

Well, how about a new talk and how about the 13th?

Isn't that Mothers Day????

Yes.  It's on Mothers Day.

Oh, no. No!  I don't want to talk on Mother's Day.  No thanks!  Never!

He was baffled but accepted the No! and arranged later in the month for me to talk.  

Why on earth would a Mother not want to speak on Mother's Day?  

Perhaps it's generational.  I have friends of certain ages, older ages, that detest Mother's Day.  And there are friends of younger ages, that also do not enjoy Mother's Day.  It's rough being a Mother and it's rough not being a Mother.  At least sometimes it is.

So I was thinking about tomorrow and my friend that is 80+ that detests Mother's Day. (she has 3 adult children).  she reminds me of my sister....  Dixie used to call and wanted us to run away and just ditch the entire day!

Then I saw this....here

I love my 5 children and all those connected to them!  Without them I would not have experienced Motherhood!

Happy Mother's Day! 

(I'm going to blog about things I wish I'd known and also what those Mothers of those 2060 young men taught them.  Not tonight.  Not today.  Someday.  Real soon!  It's planned.)


Thursday, May 10, 2018

A settling of sorts....

Still absorbing the fact of all Church facets changing and all at once!!  The face of the Church and all of these new ways are not at all like the Church the Missionaries taught us, all those many years ago.  At that time it was about joining and adhering and being obedient and sort of bonding/being together, pretty exclusively because of scheduling of events throughout the week.  It was more about joining the Church and now it's more about following/being/becoming more Christ-like through membership in His Church.  Then we bonded/banded together as our Branch/Ward and now we reach out to all, neighbors/strangers, and invite them to embrace the restored Gospel and be a follower of Christ.  (I'm not talking about principles changing.  talking about policies and application and doing programs. Not the doctrinal things.)

Now some might think that is an exaggeration but it's my truth.  I still remember that RS lesson and the teacher asked about our involvement with non-members and we all admitted our association was only with each other.  That was a million years ago but it did happen.  Just like when the Church changed to the block meeting and members were asking...what will we do during the week now?  We were all used to Churching all the time!!  That change was of course sheer inspiration/revelation prophetically and lead us to this point today.  How absolutely exciting!

This morning, still in amazement over all the happenings, I awoke with a lot of scriptures and hymns running through my mind.  To mention a few...

I'm trying to be like Jesus.
Come follow me.
Have I done any good in the world today?
...I would learn the healer's art...
As I have loved you.

IF you love me, keep my commandments.

Follow the Prophet.

*Jesus went about doing good.

*Jesus grew in wisdom and stature... (spiritually/physically/socially/intellectually)

Those last *two items are my personal goals for this year, in the regrouping of my life, and they seem even more appropriate/on target/on track than ever.

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. --Luke 2:52



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Still excited!!!

Still!... Aha-ing!

I re-read that talk again here and this part stood out...Become scholars of the scriptures—not to put others down, but to lift them up! 

"Scholars of the scriptures"I love how that sounds right along with "the deep need each woman has to study the scriptures. We want our homes to be blessed with sister scriptorians."

Those words are so exciting to me!!  I want to be a scripture scholar!  I want to be a sister scriptorian!  I want to be an influence for good!  In my own small way.  Yes!  I want to do my part!  

Women are so amazing!  I am so thankful to be a woman!  LDS women are so incredible in the amount of details they accomplish.  Just look at the make-up of a Ward....women are in charge of the Primary and the YW and the RS and now ministering.  LDS women can organize and carry out all of the details of funerals and that includes meals for sometimes 200+ people.  They give comfort along with the meal.  They are organizers to the max.  IF there was some sort of a community disaster...the Mayor would do well to call in the RSP for how-to helps!  The innateness of women, as stated by Joseph Smith, that we are born compassionate (okay.  not a direct quote but that is the jest of it!) and RS gives us a venue to act on those feelings (again.  not a direct quote!)...it's just a beautiful unfolding in these last days.

I remember when I heard the talk and the mention of non-members...I puzzled over how would/could this happen?  At that time we were pretty much involved all the time with Church meetings and sort of kept to ourselves.  Now I can see that good women of the world will, at some point, end up saying...enough!  those LDS women seem to be believers...what do they know?  okay!- not scripture.  just me thinking of possibilities of things to come!

President Nelson mentioned his wife and her influence when he expressed his love of her and said...."She is an extraordinary woman—a great blessing to me, to our family, and to the entire Church."  It seems to me, for her to be a blessing to the entire Church, then we will have to hear her speak!  and speak she does!

It's just a great day for being a member of the Church!  


Don't the two paragraphs below just give you goose-bumps????   All of these changes????...some of His mightiest works.?????  Might be.  Maybe.  Perhaps.



Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, will perform some of His mightiest works between now and when He comes again. We will see miraculous indications that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, preside over this Church in majesty and glory. But in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.
My beloved brothers and sisters, I plead with you to increase your spiritual capacity to receive revelation. Let this Easter Sunday be a defining moment in your life. Choose to do the spiritual work required to enjoy the gift of the Holy Ghost and hear the voice of the Spirit more frequently and more clearly.
Enjoy President Nelson's talk again!  all of it! Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives here
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WOW!!

After 100 years we are breaking our association with the Boy Scouts!  The changes just keep a coming!  Seems like yesterday, but actually it was 1977, that President Kimball received the Silver World Award from the President of the BSA.  I remember him wearing the neck scarf (proper term? not sure) maybe at a General Conference.  Saw it in a picture.  Anyhow...you can read about it here
The Church is getting more than a facelift!  It's like a full transformation!  I am reminded of a part of my Hubby's Patriarchal Blessing...the principles of the Gospel are the principles of truth.  They have always existed and they never change.  That which changes and may be confused by some, are the policies but not the principles of the gospel. 
Sometimes he has a bit of a struggle with change and takes a bit of mulling things over before total acceptance.  I've always thought that was interesting for him to be told that in his blessing.  I've enjoyed it also.  (he said I could share)
All of these current policy changes are not changing principles like...the mode of baptism or Sacrament or sealings or etc. etc.  Changes are the implementation and revelatory changes needed for the Church, for us, to survive and progress in this world of the last days.  To me it's like a circling of the wagons.  all of us drawing in and strengthening each other and caring for each other and then that goodness radiating out and others, not of our faith, seeing this and wanting to belong and join us!  
Look at the happenings and almost in one fell swoop!  Ministering-will include MiaMaids and Laurels.   Quorums Restructured.  Family History- emphasis on those turning 12 and new converts.   Use of technology- in missionary work.  Girls camp- "globally applicable".  No lessons taught by RS/PRST- council meetings/discussions.  Dropping out of Boy Scouts-will "launch a new youth initiative"!!!
It's endless!  Changes either made or coming for 8-11 years old; 12-18 years old; RS; Priesthood; VT; Ht; YW; YM; Activity days: Scouting; Girls camp!!!
Maybe these many changes are a part of what President Nelson mentioned?...
Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, will perform some of His mightiest works between now and when He comes again. We will see miraculous indications that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, preside over this Church in majesty and glory.
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Coming!
I was home and heard over the radio in 1978 that the Church had just announced that all worthy males could now receive the Priesthood.  This would open the way for Temple ordinances for all the worthy faithful.  I got in the car and drove towards Terry's shop to find him and share this amazing news!!  He was as stunned as I was.  We both were tearful.  It was a happy time for us.  We were glad for the announcement.
We hadn't understood why that had been withheld but we weren't angry or upset and felt that at some point it would happen.  And we had no impatience or criticizing afterward.  some really struggled with racism and others struggled with harsh judgment on the Church being run by "old men" that needed to be modern and they had waited to long and caused embarrassment etc. to the Church at large.  Eventually things settled down.
It seemed to be a part of our Church History that was just sort of there and not really addressed other than the fact it happened.  It seemed to just sort of be not mentioned.
And Now???!  40 years later...The Church is having a huge celebration of the event happening!  Celebrating the fact that all can join the Church and have full blessings of membership with Priesthood and endowments.  I am definitely going to watch the happenings on line.  It will be at the Conference Center so obviously they are expecting a lot of attendees.  I would love to go but that isn't going to happen but I'm so thankful I can sit here and watch it.  Wonder what they'll do?  Wonder what they'll say?  Wonder what the world will say?
Be One  (all the details) here   Friday.  June 1st.
Oh, I just now see that the June Ensign has several articles about this subject!Ensign
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Wonder???
Speaking of wonder.  I wonder what will happen with Family History with the statement in the May Ensign...Pg. 136 
“Our emphasis for the coming year is to help the consultants see their role in helping members to have this experience,” Elder Foster said. “We do that one by one. We go to [people] wherever they are, with a special emphasis on those who are turning 12 and those who are new converts.” Those two groups benefit quickly from seeing how temple work strengthens families through the eternities, and they often generate enthusiasm among their own friends and families.
12 years old!  My Primary class!
The whole scenario of an almost overall change in all that is old and familiar, is amazing!
I just read the marvelous book Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  A tender book about a young boy's life struggle.  A book about kindness.  We are headed toward greater kindness and compassion!
Yesterday I watched the Award Winning movie Coco.  I had wondered about it, ever since I heard the song, Remember Me, and saw movie clips at those hours of RootTech that I watched.  It turns out, the underlying film message is about searching for deceased family members and remembering them.  Very clever and excellent and has a twist that I did not see coming.  This movie was a Disney animated film and accepted by the world.  Awared top honors...two Oscars!  The world must be moving ahead in preparation for the message of the Gospel!

I better get with it!!
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The real wonder is you have read through this way to long blog post....all of my mind excitement!!