a NEW photo and short Sunday sermon

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Happy Sunday!

I heard this contemplation-provoking question a few weeks ago.  I makes one think, does it not? How about those little daffodils???  I’m happy to finally have some color in my yard! (Although I need to remember this fall to plant even MORE bulbs!)

And for today’s short sermon, I want to share this excellent sermon:  Turn On Your Light by Sharon Eubank.  I hope you’ll go read the entire talk, but here is a summary of how women can turn their lights on:

The first is to be righteous. Being righteous doesn’t mean being perfect or never making mistakes. It means developing an inner connection with God, repenting of our sins and mistakes, and freely helping others.

The second is to be articulate. Being articulate means to clearly express how you feel about something and why. Earlier this year, there was a post on my Facebook news feed that disparaged Christianity. I read it and I was a little annoyed, but I shrugged it off. But an acquaintance who is not a member of our faith responded with a comment of her own. She wrote: “[This is] the exact opposite of what Jesus stood for—he was … radical [in] his time because he … equalized the world. … He [spoke to] prostitute[s], [he ate] with … tax collector[s] … , befriended powerless women and children … , [and] gave us the story of the Good Samaritan. … It follows that … true Christians would be striving to be the MOST loving people in the world.” When I read that, I thought to myself, “Why didn’t I write that?”

The third is to be different. Let me tell you a story that happened this July on Panama City Beach in Florida. Late in the afternoon, Roberta Ursrey saw her two young sons screaming for help from 100 yards (90 m) out into the ocean. They had become caught in a strong current and were being carried out to sea. A nearby couple tried to rescue the boys, but they also got caught in the current. So members of the Ursrey family dove in to rescue the struggling swimmers, and quickly nine people were caught in the rip current.

There were no ropes. There was no lifeguard. The police sent for a rescue boat, but the people had been out in the ocean struggling for 20 minutes, and they were exhausted and their heads were slipping under the water. Among the onlookers on the beach was Jessica Mae Simmons. Her husband had the idea to form a human chain. They shouted at people on the beach to help them, and dozens of people linked arms and marched into the ocean. Jessica wrote, “To see people from different races and genders come into action to help TOTAL strangers [was] absolutely amazing to see!!” An 80-person chain stretched toward the swimmers. Look at this picture of that incredible moment.

Swimmers creating a human chain

Everyone on the beach could think only of traditional solutions, and they were paralyzed. But one couple, in a split second, thought of a different solution. Innovation and creation are spiritual gifts. When we keep our covenants, it may make us different from others in our culture and society, but it gives us access to inspiration so we can think of different solutions, different approaches, different applications. We aren’t always going to fit in with the world, but being different in positive ways can be a lifeline to others who are struggling.

The fourth is to be distinct. Distinct means to be recognizably well defined. Let me go back to the story about Jessica Mae Simmons on the beach. Once that human chain was stretching toward the swimmers, she knew she could help. Jessica Mae said, “I can hold my breath … and go around an Olympic pool with ease! [I knew how to get out of a rip current.] I knew I could get [each swimmer] to the human chain.” She and her husband grabbed boogie boards and swam down the chain until they and another rescuer reached the swimmers, and then they ferried them one by one back to the chain, who passed them to the safety of the beach. Jessica had a distinct skill: she knew how to swim against a rip current.

And finally, the fifth is to do one through four in happy ways. Being happy doesn’t mean to slap a plastic smile on your face no matter what is going on. But it does mean keeping the laws of God and building and lifting others. When we build, when we lift the burden of others, it blesses our lives in ways our trials cannot take away. I have a quote by President Gordon B. Hinckley placed where I see it every day. He said: “You don’t … build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen.

Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!

 

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a NEW photo and a short Sunday sermon

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This is a photo of my gr-gr-grandfather.  He lived through a time when people (mobs) persecuted members of his faith and drove them from their homes (and this was in America – the supposed ‘Land of the Free’)! He and many others were essentially religious refugees.  So I need to remember to help, serve and do what I can to help modern-day refugees.

I thought this video (link below) was really well done.  It was a good reminder to me that I need to “Be that Someone”. Life is so hard for many people – especially refugees.  It’s called:

“Be the Someone –  A refugee’s life is changed by the volunteers and friends who helped her adapt to a new environment.”

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/serve-others?lang=eng

My big question was HOW?  I don’t personally know any refugees.  My answer came from this article:  40 Ways to Help Refugees.

Have a great Sunday! Do, learn OR HELP, someone NEW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a NEW photo from this week and a short Sunday sermon

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Happy Sunday!  And can someone please tell me where the month of May has gone???  I checked and I posted 3 times in May…(this one makes 4)!  Wowza, what a slacker I am. I’ll try to do better.  Nevertheless, here’s the short Sunday sermon:

I recently listened to His Hands and loved it (as well as the really great videography that went with it!).  Check it out!

Lyrics to His Hands by Kenneth Cope

his hands
tools of creation
stronger than nations
power without end
and yet through them we find our truest friend
his hands
sermons of kindness
healing men’s blindness
halting years of pain
children waiting to be held again

his hands would serve his whole life through
showing man what hands might do
giving, ever giving, endlessly
each day was filled with selflessness
and i’ll not rest until i make of my hands what they could be
’til these hands become like those from galilee

his hands
lifting a leper
warming a beggar
calling back the dead
breaking bread, five thousand fed
his hands
hushing contention
pointing to heaven
ever free of sin
then bidding man to follow him

his hands would serve his whole life through
showing man what hands might do
giving, ever giving, endlessly
each day was filled with selflessness
and i’ll not rest until i make of my hands what they could be
’til these hands become like those from galilee

his hands
clasped in agony
as he he lay pleading, bleeding in the garden
while just moments away
other hands betray him
out of greed, shameful greed
and then his hands
are trembling
straining to carry the beam that they’ll be nailed to
as he stumbles through the streets
heading for the hill on which he’d die
he would die
they take his hands, his mighty hands, those gentle hands
and then they pierce them, they pierce them
he lets them, because of love
from birth to death was selflessness
and clearly now i see him with his hands
calling to me
and though i’m not yet as i would be
he has shown me how i could be
i will make my hands like those from galilee (Source)

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

 

 

 

NEW photo of my week and a short Sunday sermon

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Happy Sunday!  My hubby and I went to Temple Square a few days ago and enjoyed all the {so beautiful!!!} flower gardens, had a Lion House roll with honey butter (YUM!) and stayed for a college choir concert.  On our way out, the sun was just directly behind the temple, so I shot this silhouette.  I kind of love how it turned out. :o)

So, I thought today’s Sunday sermon should relate to temples.  Right?!?

I’ve come to realize that there are A LOT of misconceptions about what Mormons do in temples.  If you’ve ever wondered, you can read THIS.  Others have heard of our ‘Baptisms for the Dead’ and believe we exhume bodies for some weird ceremony in our temples.  Uh NO….NOT even close!  I suppose we should really change our wording so it’s more clear to those who don’t understand.  It’s actually ‘Baptism by Proxy’ and it is mentioned in the Bible, so I don’t see why many people, (even other Christians) find it so different.  The New Testament indicates that baptisms for the dead were done during the time of the Apostle Paul (see 1 Corinthians 15:29).   You can read more about temple worship HERE.

Have a terrific day today!  Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW photo of my week #56 and a short Sunday sermon

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Happy Sunday!  I chose to post this broken lantern today because this photo reminds me that we are all broken (or, at least, we are all imperfect)…but we can still be a light to others.  Our imperfections can be forgiven through the atonement of Jesus Christ.  I love Sister Chieko Okazaki’s explanation of the atonement and what Christ did for each one of us…individually.

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Click HERE for her explanation for a short Sunday sermon….and have a great day!  Learn something NEW!