Here is a link to look more up yourself if you feel so inclined.
Here is a link to look more up yourself if you feel so inclined.
We have been enjoying a lot of Christmas music around here, and a lot of great music in general. It is unbelievable how much musical talent there is in the world. There are people of all races, ethnicity, religions, and backgrounds who have so much talent to offer. God does not seem to discriminate when it comes to handing out musical gifts, and we all have the opportunity to enjoy it.
(I have been a little disappointed with the exclusively secular “holiday music” played on the radio this year. Anyone else notice that?)
Met someone last week who has finally made the choice to turn her life around after 20 years of poor choices and addictions. To see her make so much progress after so much heartache and time. She was an inspiration to me and to anyone who doesn’t think they can do something better with their lives. You can. Of course she needed help from the Lord to do so.
I wonder how long I would need to work to find anyone who was able to truly reclaim their life without letting God do it? I suspect a very long time. That is kind of his business.
I had an eventful Sunday. The power transformer next our church building blew and caught fire. The fire department was just down the street and everything was under control quickly. We did evacuate the building for safety reasons, but no one was hurt. Really it was no big deal.
It used to be that people would blame God if their houses were struck by lightning or burned down. As we have come to better understand how the elements work together we understand that there are things that we can do to mitigate some of the effects of the elements. As we have become more prosperous we have the resources to provide disaster services to our communities. We understand that there is no need to assume that it is only God is punishing us when things do happen. However, perhaps we have gone too far. When we are able to prevent disaster we congratulate ourselves. Instead I believe we have even more reason to thank God for the understanding and resources we have that allow us to prevent so much damage. We have the unfortunate tendencies to blame God for the ills of life, but turn around and congratulate ourselves for our understanding of how to mitigate them. We forget that He has given us the understanding, and we need to thank him constantly for the benefits we receive.
Sunday I stayed home to take care of a sick husband. Generally he should have been able to take care of himself, but I felt it would be a good thing to stay with him this time. Part of me felt like a kid skipping school, it wasn’t really that great of a reason to not go to church.
He finally fell asleep, and I got ready to go pick up the older kids who were at church by themselves. I was surprised to hear a knock at the door. The neighbor around the corner, who I have not talked to for quite a while, was standing there looking for anyone who could help her out. She had some unexpected car problems, and desperately needed a ride and no one else in the area was home. It was not a big deal for me because I was on my way out the door to go right by where she needed to go. It turned out that she was leaving to help out with a musical presentation, and had gotten herself in way over her head. She was surprised and thrilled to find out that I could also help her with her project. She had a great idea, but really didn’t now how to pull it off and it was tanking fast. We’ll get together and figure it out later this week. I’m probably one of the few people in the area who could help her with that particular problem as well. It appeared to both of us that things were just supposed to work out that way.
I’m going through some audio tapes from 1984, when we spent Easter in the Holy Land. I was going to upload a clip of the audio, but it won’t let me. Here is a rough transcription. It is a recording from Daniel Rona, recorded with permission for personal use.
“Gethsemane (on Mt. Of Olives)= vineyard, or orchard where wine is pressed. Geth = garden Sheme = oil, or stuff you squeeze out. How do you recognize a wine press person – feet and clothing stained red.
Read from scriptures. (matthew – 8 verses) Most significant thing that has ever happened. The public part, happened at the rock quarry. The crucifixion was a public atonement – for everyone. Gethsemane not for everyone, only for those who take advantage of it through repentance.
Here the Savior suffered for our sins (and we say it much to easily.) We are basically good people trying to do the best we can, and we can’t even stand in for our own children, and we can’t take away their hurts, or our own. He even atoned for those trying to be wicked. We don’t have comprehension what he went through that night. Story – Elder Faust. He stood under these trees and said, “I’ve been here before.” He felt so unworthy when he was called to the quorm of the 12, that he was in actual pain, and felt he couldn’t do it. He hurt like he never hurt before. Pres. Kimball replied that they understood, because they had all gone through it. He was trying to explain that this was like the cup being pressed to his lips. He did not have to drink it. He felt he had been to Gethsemane before. It takes a long time for us to come close to comprehending what the Savior went through, just because of who we are. I’m grateful for it, I want it. He said “Repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, .and your sufferings be sore, how hard to bear, etc.” Find scripture
He hurt so much that night that he bled from every pore of his body. What did he look like? D&C 46? Who is this, who cometh down. 133: “He shall say, I am he . . . red in his apparel. The sun shall hide his face in shame. Etc
With this horrendous experience, he came down and found the disciples asleep. As he arrived he told them to sleep, then told them to wake and said He is at hand who will betray me, and the multitude, of Jewish policemen, came. Judas kissed him. Scripture. Can you imagine the man whose ear was put back on, explaining how he arrested Christ? Scripture reprieving Peter. Scripture reprieving them for abducting him at night. It is illegal, according to Jewish law to arrest someone at night, unless you catch him in the very act. And they came with swords and staves to take him. It was a full moon, significant night, the night before most people would celebrate the deliverance of the People of Israel out of Israel, and look forward to a deliverer, to live again, that he paid for our mistakes. It was so much that he bled from every pore. That night he paid for our mistakes so that we wouldn’t have to. We have to pay for our mistakes in another way. We have to only by stopping them, replacing them with blessings for others”
One of my kids is learning Christmas music in March. He’s either 3 months behind schedule, or 9 months ahead of schedule, but maybe Christmas is such a magical time that we want little pieces of it throughout the year. Take a moment and reflect on the miracle of the Christmas season, for the birth of our Savior was a genuine miracle. If you want some Christmas music in March with us, enjoy this arrangement. Some people are just very talented!
2. My teenage son was also a great example of appropriate technology last week. He has some favorite multi-player games where he is allowed to cautiously interact with people he meets. Despite the obvious need for extreme caution, I believe he needs to learn how to appropriately interact with others online. While playing he made two new friends. He told us all about them, first because he was excited, and second because one of them used a casual swear word and he felt the need to report that to me and discuss how that may affect his interaction. He already knew what to do, but I appreciated the communication.
Anyhow, one of the new friends was a little confused about some of what was going on. He told this new group of friends that he had aspergers and my son and the other boy jumped right in and gave him a lot of support and positive reinforcement. My son came away with a new appreciation of the power of positive friends. It was interesting because just the week before we had interacted with a group of special needs children. My son schooled me because he instinctively realized “Mom, they just want to have friends like everyone else. Maybe they may even need friends more than everyone else, because not everyone may be as friendly towards them. But they are just a little different, that’s all. They just want friends Mom.” How cool that the internet may be another place where they can find some good friends. There are good people out there too.
Lots of tender mercies this weekend, lots of family.
One of the daily miracles I don’t often thank God for, is time. There never seems to be enough. Just made arrangements to add 3 extra days to my year! Okay, there aren’t really 3 more days in my year than yours, but 3 days of no work for me, limited work for my husband, and no children to take care of (my full time 24/7 job) for 3 entire days is the best gift I could possibly get for my birthday. Thanks Mom!
What will I do with 3 entire days — absolutely no outside commitments? Finish a 20 year project, put it online, thousands of dollars of home improvement (without 5 kids slowing me down) — re-paint the entire house, finish rebuilding the fence, and even put in some new carpet. Already lining up help to come work on the kitchen for stuff I can’t do. If the tax return comes by then I have a few more projects I’ll hire out also. Finish the honey-do’s? Maybe if I’m good we’ll sneak a date night in as well. 🙂 Then a 4th day goofing off in Vegas. (Did I mention I have a problem with extreme optimism?)
What would you do with 3 extra days?
It is so easy to see all the negatives associated with the information age. I need to remember that there is just as much good out there as well.
My mind has recently been troubled by some poor choices and offensive actions of one of my teens. I was very angry, and unclear how to fix the problem, as I couldn’t force someone else to change – or more specifically to grow up and find a brain!
Yesterday morning I was doing some research online to prepare my Sunday lesson. Our church has a huge library of information available (www.lds.org), and I was overwhelmed with the amount of excellent content and advice so readily available. I finally decided maybe I should look for some advice for my own problems. Immediately I found the article I needed.
As I read the article, my hurt, my anger, my disappointment, and my confusion all melted away. I found the peace I needed and the words I needed to hear. The scriptures tell us to seek and we will find. I suspect that is more true now than possibly ever before.
Link to parenting article can be found HERE.