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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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a NEW photo of the week and a short Sunday sermon

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Happy Sunday!  I don’t even remember when or where I got these little starfish, but they sure were fun to photograph and edit-play with.  Why haven’t I noticed them sitting on my bookshelf before???

Anyway…isn’t it true that the more we do, the more we really can do?!?  A few Sunday’s ago, I had an assignment to visit a different church congregation than my normal one.  The speaker that day mentioned that the young people in that ward had a very ambitious goal.  They were going to do 5000 acts of service in 5 months.  I am not sure how large their youth group is, so I’m not sure exactly how ambitious that goal is, but I LOVED the idea!  This is a poster with the church-wide youth theme for this year, and this link HERE is an article about how many other youth groups will be ‘Embarking’ on service this year.

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Again, I think this theme is GREAT! Service to others is so important…so fulfilling….and such a blessing (for both the giver and the receiver).  Have a wonderful day!  Do, Learn, OR SERVE someone NEW today!

 

 

 

NEW photos of a cherished book and a Sunday message

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Happy Sunday!  Today I’m going to blog, brag and blab about a very sweet friend and neighbor of mine.  This person truly knows the meaning of friendship, service, thoughtfulness and a zillion other wonderful attributes!   When my hubby was in the hospital, she went {way} beyond the expected.  She thought of everything we could possible need…even before we knew we needed them!   She gave us a gift bag FULL of items to make that hard time seem so much easier.   One item was a beautiful book with short stories.  We had browsed through the book in the hospital and I personally LOVED the photography!  Then, when hubby was released from the hospital, we packed up all the paraphernalia to come home, and the beautiful book got stashed in a miscellaneous bag and very sadly, kind of forgotten (for a while).  Fast forward to five or six weeks later when this very kind friend asked how I liked the book, when we passed it in the store.   I didn’t recognize the cover…I didn’t realize this was the same book that was stashed away.  I was very embarrassed that it most definitely seemed like I didn’t appreciate her gift!  I came home and pulled out the book (I knew exactly which bag it was still in)…and started browsing again.  I read a few more of the stories…I fell in love (again) with the beautiful photography…but most of all, I remembered the sweet memory of the love and kindness that was shown by our dear friend in those difficult days after hubby’s accident.

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Here’s one of the stories told by Elder David B Haight:

A few years ago, when Arturo Toscanini was musical director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in New York City, he had a Saturday afternoon radio broadcast. And one day he received in his mail a crumpled little note on some brownish paper which read:

“Dear Mr. Toscanini, I am a lonely sheepherder in the mountains of Wyoming. I have two prized possessions: an old violin and a battery radio. And the batteries are getting weak and beginning to run down on my radio, and my violin is so out of tune I can’t play it anymore. Would you please sound an A next Saturday on your program?”

The next week on the program, Arturo Toscanini announced: “To a newfound friend in the mountains of Wyoming, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra is now, all together and in unison, going to sound a perfect A.” And they sounded the perfect A. Then that lonely little man was able to tune the A string and then the E string and the D and the G from that perfect A.

Isn’t it interesting to reflect in our own lives and in the lives of the many people who may hear me at this time—those whose violin or lives may be a little out of tune—that we are able to come to a general conference of the Church and hear the marvelous messages that are spoken? Those of us who have the opportunity to speak here pray mightily that we would have the energy and the strength and the vitality even as I do, as I enter the twilight of my life, to stand and bear witness of the truthfulness of this work—because I am a witness of it.

Here are a couple more photos of my cherished book.  Thank you Dear Darci!!!

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Have a great Sabbath!  Do or learn something NEW!

a NEW photo of my week #54 and some great advice

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I took this photo of these two sisters so quickly that I’m kind of shocked it was even in focus!  I just thought they were SO cute, but I get SO nervous taking pics of strangers…especially children with their parents close by …(cuz I didn’t ask permission or anything…ya know?)…sketchy-scary! So I was trying to hurry and capture this image while their Mom had her head turned. (I think she saw me though)…Whew!  I’m so glad she didn’t confront me and tear my camera off my neck and throw it into the pond!  :o) Haha!

Anyway…moving onward…please enjoy some great advice from a great lady:

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Happy Sunday!  Have a great Sabbath and do or learn something NEW!

 

 

Thursday’s Thought (by Helen Keller)

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I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. Helen Keller

This quote reminded me of a couple of scriptures I memorized recently (did you catch my post on the AWESOME memorization program?…I’ve memorized 83 so far! :o)

The scripture that today’s quote reminded me of is Alma 37:6-7:  Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. (7) And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.

Have a GREAT day everyone!  DO or LEARN something NEW!