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Monday, February 28, 2011


In my search for some quotes that I can convert in Vinyl signs for my home I came across this fantastic article by Clark Swain called The Meaning of Love (read it here). It has such an insight to real Love and how we can show love to others and to ourselves. I pasted one of the many things that he said that stood out to me below.

"If a person is mature in his ways of loving, then for him love is not blind. Mature love sees more, not less; but because it sees more, it is willing to see less."

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

FS Moment - Resurrection

I had an FS moment last week with my neighbor's dad about the religion and death came up. Our conversation went something like this.

Neighbor's Dad, John: "You know my sister got mad at me awhile back when I mentioned that I want to be cremated. See, she believes in life after death."

Me: "So do I."

John: "Really?"

Me: "I sure do. You read the bible right?"

John: "Yes."

Me: "Well it talks about the resurrection."

John: "Ya, but it's only the spirit."

Me: "No, see the resurrection is when the body and the spirit reunite. How can your spirit reunite with your body if there is none?"

John: "But your body is gone."

Me: "Not entirely. Your body will become whole again so that the spirit can come back to it."

John: "Really? I didn't know that. That's really neat to think of it that way."

I'm so grateful for my knowledge of the gospel and the resurrection that it gives me comfort to know that I can someday partake of that opportunity when the time comes.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Restoration

I wanted to share this while it was still pretty fresh in my mind. Last night for family home evening we watched the The Restoration video as a continuation of last weeks lesson. This time 2 of my nephews joined us and it was a really nice evening. Throughout the video we would pause to discuss the scene we had just seen and it was neat to hear my older nephew's response to what he just saw. I can see his testimony budding and it warms my heart. It also helps that my husband was his primary teacher last year and they connect with each well as teacher and student. :)

I LOVE the story of the restoration and of Joseph Smith. I'm always in awe at the fact that a teenage boy of 14 sought out the Lord to see which church to join and had a miraculous experience for doing so.

I wanted to post the video but it doesn't look like I can so go here to watch the video and read more about the restoration and Joseph Smith.

There is a hymn that beautifully describes Joseph's experience that I wanted to share, and it is also one of my favorite hymns.

Joseph Smith's First Prayer

Oh, how lovely was the morning!
Radiant beamed the sun above.
Bees were humming, sweet birds singing,
Music ringing thru the grove,
When within the shady woodland
Joseph sought the God of love. …

Humbly kneeling, sweet appealing—
’Twas the boy’s first uttered prayer—
When the pow’rs of sin assailing
Filled his soul with deep despair;
But undaunted still he trusted
In his Heav’nly Father’s care. …

Suddenly a light descended,
Brighter far than noonday sun,
And a shining glorious pillar
O’er him fell, around him shone,
While appeared two heav’nly beings,
God the Father and the Son. …

“Joseph, this is my Beloved;
Hear him!” Oh, how sweet the word!
Joseph’s humble prayer was answered,
And he listened to the Lord.
Oh, what rapture filled his bosom,
For he saw the living God.

~ Hymn #26