Saturday, February 23, 2013

Pain and Healing

I wanted to share this quote with family and friends so it is my first attempt at making a picture quote. I have been studying about healing. The rest of this wonderful quote by elder Orson F. Whitney is as follows No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the developement of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and himility. all that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called children of God, and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire." (quoted in Improvement Era, march, 1066.211) President Faust closed his conference talk with this testimony: “With all my heart and soul, I believe in the healing power that can come to us as we follow the counsel of the Savior ‘to forgive all men’ (D&C 64:10).” I share this testimony. Healing does come. In fact, it’s my experience that the Savior doesn’t heal souls by simply restoring us to our former state of wellness. When He heals, He graciously overdoes it. He makes us healthier than we ever were before the onset of the affliction. His objective is our happiness and peace. June 2012 Ensign “Finding Peace Through Forgiveness -name withheld As Elder Dallin H. Oaks has taught: “Healing blessings come in many ways, each suited to our individual needs, as known to Him who loves us best. Sometimes a ‘healing’ cures our illness or lifts our burden. But sometimes we are ‘healed’ by being given strength or understanding or patience to bear the burdens placed upon us.”All that will come may be “clasped in the arms of Jesus.”All souls can be healed by His power. All pain can be soothed. In Him, we can “find rest unto [our] souls.”Our mortal circumstances may not immediately change, but our pain, worry, suffering, and fear can be swallowed up in His peace and healing balm. also quoted by April 2011 conference by Kent F. Richards 2 Ne 2:2 thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Our Hero

Our Hero has returned form Afghanistan. We are so proud of him and his family. They have all made a significant sacrifice. Thanks to all of soldiers out there. May God Bless!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Returned With Honor

Returned With Honor Missionaries leave home usually as a young 19 year old boy and return a 21 year old man. That is what happens. Bright and shiny and all polished with a lift in his step and a sparkle in his eyes. He is ready for the next chapter in his life and right now just loving the reunion with his family. After two years away there are several new people to meet. New by way of marriage, and birth. We have them both. We are anxious to hear all about his adventures in Japan and the people he met there as he served the Lord bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to a non-Christian people. It is so rewarding to share something most precious with others.

Monday, February 11, 2013

New Year's Eve

Our family gets together on New Year's Eve and plays games and the children get to break the traditional Gingerbread House. It is great to get together and enjoy the evening. Lots of fun in this family.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Robin's In The Snow

Oh Robin in the Snow why did you come now? I'd like to know. Fast on the berries, sit in my tree. Thank your for sharing your beauty with me. You taught me today to share and to brighten another's way. My burden's are lighter Because of your ray. I had so much fun taking pictures of these gorgeious birds from my livingroom window. I could get very close without startling them. I am grateful that I could have a chance to see them and to photograph them up so close.