From The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, President Lorenzo Snow said this: “We have been sent into the world to do good to others; and in doing good to others we do good to ourselves. We should always keep this in view, the husband in reference to his wife, the wife in reference to her husband, the children in reference to their parents, and the parents in reference to their children. There is always opportunity to do good to one another.” The legacy my friend left behind will be felt for generations because of all the good she has done quietly and without fanfare. Most people who know her wouldn't know all of this. A circle of influence lasts forever.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
For example, the F-Word (which I refuse to write out) has become almost common among many people. We hear it on You-tube videos, lyrics to songs, movies, in books and from other people at work and in neighborhoods....and it's not just the F word but all swear words. I had my ears burned off for 2 months as I worked at a flower nursery with 2oo other people all saying the same swear words and didn't care who heard it.
Why is that?
Cultral Historian, Charles Murray points out that this inappropriate language is a "collapse of the codes of the elites." In earlier history, the "common" people would fashion their language after those in higher positions. Now, most millennials don't care about those in higher positions. They speak the way they want regardless of the coarseness.
It has now become acceptable to use such shocking language. It used to be a big no-no to use this profanity in public but now, those who tend to use it, just don't care how it offends people because they are speaking freely and telling everyone how they feel. This can be accomplished without the bad language but society just accepts what they hear.
Words mean something. Our soul can feel this when we hear negative words or positive words. What we say to each other is important so why waste our speech on negative obscenities?
Maybe our children don't understand the full affect of what we say to each other but some how our society must learn to curb our swearing and speak without guile and without cursing.
I love what George Washington said: "The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it."
Here's hoping for cleaner spoken words.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Sarah Jean and her family have moved to a bigger house on the other side of Gilbert and are happy there with their gardening and church service. This is from April when Lael Rose was baptized.
Naomi Michelle and her family are still in the Warner Robbins area about to bring another child into our family. It's a boy and we can't wait.
Isaac and his family are in the Everette area and bought their first house. They acquired two Australian Sheep dog pups which are adorable. They are happy there with Evie.
Isaac and Evie on a horse...
Bekah and Evie in snow in Utah...
Tasha and her family bought their first house in the Baldwin County area near me. It has a beautiful yard where their dog Lea loves to run. She is a manager for a local cafe and Matt manages a local pizza parlor.
Caleb is on his last few months in the military and will be out by the end of the summer. He plans on attending school in Colorado in some kind of science research. He visits us when he can.
Caleb is on the left...
Eliot Major Cohen and his new bride have been married over a year now and he is working for the Hoogle Zoo which he loves. They get to travel a lot.
Lydia now back from her LDS Church mission in Phoenix, Arizona has been working since March at the Grand Hotel in banquets will go back to BYU-I in September. It's been so nice having her home for a while.
(October Update- Lydia married Matthew James Slezak on October 28, 2016 at the Phoenix LDS temple. We were thrilled to have a new member of our family and so happy for the couple.
Moses Samuel is serving a mission in the Gilbert Arizona Spanish speaking field. Here he is with his first companion. He loves the work and writes home every week with all of his adventures and miracles that happen.
Henry Nathaniel.. (last but not least) is done with school and busy working on his Eagle Scout project. Here he is shown at the famous Fort Morgan Civil War fort and below at the beach as just a head. Fun times.
As for me... well I have big plans that will change the course of my life. Henry and I are moving to Gilbert Arizona at the end of September. We will be starting over in life and very importantly we will be living near Sarah and her family. This was an unexpected move but with much consideration and prayer, it is the best thing for us.
I am so very blessed with a wonderful family and friends.
Shown here with my brother Bob and Henry at the Provo City Temple visitor's center.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
After reading about this book I am really excited to get my own copy and settled down on the couch for a great read.....
About the Author
Lisa Swinton caught the romance bug early by way of fairy tales and hasn’t been able to cure it since. Instead, she feeds her addiction with romance novels and films. In between being a doctor’s wife and a mother of two, she spends her summers performing in community theater and painting her house. In her elusive spare time she enjoys researching her family tree and baking (especially with chocolate). She loves Jane Austen, traveling, and all things Italian. In her next life, she plans to be a professional organizer.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Three hundred people work in my surrounding area doing many different tasks. First the potted plants are delivered from the field by tractors pulling metal cages and flat bed trucks. Then the plants are unloaded into other cages on wheels and placed in a number sequenced area so the "pickers" can find the right plants for the orders which are place on 3 to 4 shelved racks on wheels. These racks are then rolled over to the "taggers" who make sure each plant is of good quality, place a bar code sticker on the pot and attach a picture tag for identification.
There are ex-convicts, immigrants from Africa, Mexico, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. There are the young and the old, the poor and the wretched, all races and creeds work there. Many help push out thousands of plants during this 12 week Spring season. The racks are then sent to other nurseries and stores all over the South East.
It's a fun job, but very tiring and the diversity of people are quite interesting. Some might say these co-workers are the "salt of the earth" kind of people. Not particularly upper crust or elegant but more simple who have seen a harder side of life and use language that can burn your ears off.. Some are selfish and only have blinders on in life, others are nosy and want to hear every detail of your life.
We are all God's children and are kept in His care regardless of what hardship or mistakes we have made in our lifetime. We need to learn to get along regardless of how annoying we can be to each other and help one another...
From a talk given by M. Russell Ballard in April of 1988 in the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he says:
"Each rose is a compact chemical-processing factory. Using sunlight, the green leaves take carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with oxygen, which we breathe. When other chemicals within the plant react with sunlight, it produces starch that becomes food. As you know, this process is called photosynthesis, and without it the earth’s atmosphere would soon be devoid of oxygen, and most living things would disappear from the earth. My friend told me that the chemical energy and the electrical energy our brains were using at that very moment were once sunlight that was absorbed by the chlorophyll in green vegetation we previously had eaten.
This experience led me to consider the myriad forms of plant and animal life that thrive in astounding balance upon the earth. My esteem for our little roses took on an element of wonder and reverence. I pondered the power of the creative genius who lovingly provided such marvels for his children. I thought then how important it is for every human soul to see and appreciate the glory and grandeur of God in everything about us....
When we look to see the evidence of creation all around us, from a grain of sand to the majestic planets, we begin to realize that we are the greatest of all God’s creations; we are created in his image. I was joyfully reminded of this fact three weeks ago when our twenty-fourth grandchild was born. I was again filled with wonder and love to hold this precious infant in my arms, to contemplate the miracle of birth, and to see a child born into mortality who had come so recently from the presence of our Father in Heaven....
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
All we do for good in our lives adds to the world to make a difference. Many people think they cannot make a difference but they can. What ever good you do today, no matter how small it may seem contributes to the betterment of society.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said it so well:
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
No matter what the world tells us about us and how we should feel towards others remember God's words:
John13:34 --A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Other wise words:
“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley,
So the number goal for me this year is to serve others and cause good to happen in your circle of friends and family... Even the little things every day....