Various Thoughts for MONDAY

AHHH…. MONDAY…. BACK FROM A GREAT TOFW IN PHOENIX, AND ANOTHER GREAT ONE THE WEEK BEFORE IN ST. GEORGE.  FOR TODAY, SEVERAL THOUGHTS.  AND I HOPE THEY’LL BRING ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS TO YOUR MIND, AND MAYBE A FEW SMILES TOO.  WE’RE GOING TO HAVE SNOW TODAY (70% CHANCE), SO IT’S GOING TO BE BEAUTIFUL.  IT’S STILL TOO DARK TO TELL IF IT’S SNOWED (AND NO, I’M NOT GOING OUTSIDE TO CHECK!)

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(I’d like to live where they have signs like that!)

 

Last day of September

Time really DOES fly on wings of lightning, doesn’t it. I re-discovered this thought from the “Music and the Spoken Word” message a few years ago. Enjoy it again – and have a wonderful “last day of the month.”

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Delivered On: July 11th 2010 – Delivered By: Lloyd D. Newell – OPTIMISM   It’s interesting how two people can approach similar circumstances with entirely different outlooks. The optimist tries to look on the bright side, believes that good days are ahead, and holds on to the hope that things will get better. The pessimist sees dark rain clouds even on sunny days and believes that the best has passed him by.  There’s no question whom we’d rather be around. As one commentator writes: “Optimists . . . make life better just by being part of it. They enjoy people, places and things. Their enthusiasm is contagious. . . . The greatest gift anyone can give another is a positive attitude, a smile and genuine interest. Some claim the only person you can change is yourself. Not true! You can and do change everyone with whom you come in contact. The question is whether you add to or subtract from the day’s experience.” 1

Some people seem to have more hopeful dispositions, more natural cheerfulness, and more affirmative expectations. But most of us are not always the optimist or always the pessimist. There’s probably a little bit of both in all of us. We’d like to be the optimist more often, but depending on the day, the weather, the aches and pains, the disappointments and challenges we face, that can be harder than it sounds.

Even during our difficult moments, however, we can decide to be happier, more positive today than we may have been yesterday. Optimism is learned; we can practice and work at it until it becomes a habit. We can talk to ourselves and others in more upbeat ways, look for the bright side, and resolve to be more optimistic. When we do, our optimism is a gift not only to ourselves but to everyone around us.

1 Don Gale, “Optimists Give Others More Than They Receive,” Deseret Morning News, Dec. 1, 2007, A13.

QUOTES from Elder Scott

HERE ARE 23 QUOTES PUBLISHED IN THE DESERET NEWS ON 23 SEPT 2015

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“There is no burden he cannot lift. There is no heart he cannot purify and fill with joy. There is no life he cannot cleanse and restore when one is obedient to his teachings.”

“We exercise faith by doing. Joseph Smith said that ‘faith (is) the principle of action and of power.’ ”

“Pure love is an incomparable, potent power for good. Righteous love is the foundation of a successful marriage. It is the primary cause of contented, well-developed children. Who can justly measure the righteous influence of a mother’s love?”

“Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more. He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding and compassion, which polish you for your everlasting benefit.”

“Recognize the good in others, not their stains. At times a stain needs appropriate attention to be cleansed, but always build on his or her virtues.”

“Being creative will help you enjoy life. It engenders a spirit of gratitude. It develops latent talent, sharpens your capacity to reason, to act and to find purpose in life. It dispels loneliness and heartache. It gives a renewal, a spark of enthusiasm and zest for life.”

“If it were possible to make your road very easy, you wouldn’t grow in strength. If you were always forgiven for every mistake without effort on your part, you would never receive the blessings of repentance. If everything were done for you, you wouldn’t learn how to work, or gain self-confidence, or acquire the power to change.”

“The joyful news for anyone who desires to be rid of the consequences of past poor choices is that the Lord sees weaknesses differently than He does rebellion. Whereas the Lord warns that unrepented rebellion will bring punishment, when the Lord speaks of weaknesses, it is always with mercy.”

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“When you feel you can do no more, temporarily lay your challenges at His feet.”

“Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, each of us can become clean, and the burden of our rebellion will be lifted. Remember, repentance is not punishment. It is the hope-filled path to a more glorious future.”

“To reach a goal you have never before attained, you must do things you have never before done.
“Don’t confront your problem armed with only your own experience, understanding and strength. Count on the infinite power of the Lord by deciding now to be obedient to his teachings.”

“It is so rewarding to be married. Marriage is wonderful. In time you begin to think alike and have the same ideas and impressions. You have times when you are extremely happy, times of testing and times of trial, but the Lord guides you through all of those growth experiences together.”

“You are one of the noblest of God’s creations. His intent is that your life be gloriously beautiful regardless of your circumstances. As you are grateful and obedient, you can become all that God intends you to be.”

“Express gratitude for what your spouse does for you. Express that love and gratitude often. That will make life far richer and more pleasant and purposeful.”

“When you pray with real conviction, ‘Please let me know Thy will’ and ‘May Thy will be done,’ you are in the strongest position to receive the maximum help from your loving father.”

“When your beacon is focused on self, it does little more than blind your vision. When turned outward through acts of kindness and love, it will light your path to happiness and peace.”

“Stay on the Lord’s side and you will win every time.”

“Because he respects your agency, Father in Heaven will never force you to pray to him. But as you exercise that agency and include him in every aspect of your daily life, your heart will begin to fill with peace, buoyant peace. That peace will focus an eternal light on your struggles. It will help you to manage those challenges from an eternal perspective.”

“We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day. Righteous character is a precious manifestation of what you are becoming.”

“Be obedient to the prophetic teachings Christ would have you follow. Don’t rationalize away future happiness by taking shortcuts instead of applying sound gospel principles. Remember: Little things lead to big things. Seemingly insignificant indiscretions or neglect can lead to big problems. More importantly, simple, consistent, good habits lead to a life full of bountiful blessings.”

“Choose to converse with your Father in Heaven often. Make time every day to share your thoughts and feelings with Him. Tell him everything that concerns you. He is interested in the most important as well as the most mundane facets of your life.”

“I testify that as we actively come unto Him, we can endure every temptation, every heartache, every challenge we face.”

“I have no power to describe the peace and serenity that come from the assurance that as I continue to live worthily, I will be able to be with my beloved Jeanene and our children forever because of that sacred ordinance performed with the proper priesthood authority in the house of the Lord.”

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Some food for thought

You may not agree with some of these, but that’s what makes them “food for thought” – You come up with your own list! Add to this one! Change the answers! (Have a nice day! I’m on my way to Montana!)

THE BEST DAY . . . TODAY

THE BIGGEST FOOL . . . THE CHILD WHO WOULD NOT GO TO SCHOOL

THE BEST TOWN . . . WHERE YOU SUCCEED

THE MOST AGREEABLE COMPANION . . . ONE WHO WOULD NOT HAVE YOU DIFFERENT THAN YOU ARE

THE GREATEST BORE . . . THE ONE WHO KEEPS TALKING LONG AFTER HE’S MADE HIS POINT

THE GREATEST DECEIVER . . . ONE WHO DECEIVES HIMSELF

THE BEST WORK . . . WHAT YOU LIKE TO DO

THE BEST PLAY . . . WORK

THE CHEAPEST, EASIEST, STUPIDEST THING TO DO . . . FIND FAULT

THE GREATEST COMFORT . . . THE HOLY GHOST

THE GREATEST MISTAKE . . . GIVING UP

THE MOST EXPENSIVE INDULGENCE . . . HATE

THE GREATEST TROUBLE-MAKER . . . A GOSSIP / BUSYBODY

THE GREATEST STUMBLING BLOCK . . . PRIDE

THE MOST RIDICULOUS ACQUISITION . . . ADDICTION

THE WORST BANKRUPTCY . . . THE SOUL WHO’S LOST ENTHUSIASM FOR LIFE

THE MOST DANGEROUS PERSON . . . THE LIAR

THE MOST DISAGREEABLE PERSON . . . A COMPLAINER

THE MEANEST FEELING . . . FEELING BAD AT ANOTHER’S SUCCESS

THE GREATEST NEED . . . GRATITUDE

THE GREATEST PUZZLE . . . LIFE

THE GREATEST MYSTERY . . . DEATH

THE GREATEST THOUGHT . . . GOD

THE GREATEST THING, BAR NONE, IN THE WORLD . . . LOVE

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Thoughts on Worship

I just posted an exceedingly long piece on WORSHIP and decided to put a thought or two at the end. But it was already “past long,” so I’m going to share a few thoughts in this “accompanying post.” (And no, you don’t have to read the other one in order to look at this one; I don’t have spies posted on the blog… yet…. )  HAPPY SABBATH!  LOVE, MEE

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This makes mee THINK

ISRAEL, GOLDEN CALVES, AND ME

By Spencer J. Condie

(Ensign, April 1976, p. 9)

“How could they forget so fast?” my children asked

As we read our way through Exodus.

“The plagues that God sent to deliver them from Pharaoh’s slavery.

And the parting of the Red Sea.

The discovery of living water to quench parched throats!

Didn’t the daily supply of manna convince them of God’s love for them?

Hadn’t the cloud by day and the fiery pillar by night taught them

That He lives, that He cares for them?”

“The children of Israel were spiritually immature,” I confidently replied.

“They didn’t have burning testimonies of the gospel or testimonies of Moses’ holy mission.  Thank goodness, children, we’re not like that today.”

And then I thought . . .

About the time one of the children had been miraculously healed.

I knelt to thank God.

… Then returned to my building project, hit my thumb and swore a blue streak.

…about our financial security and physical well-being

Like manna in the wilderness.

… Then the Bishop asked $500 for the building fund

And I assured him that new car payments would prevent participation at this time.

… a four bedroom home for four children isn’t adequate.

And you can’t really have a good party in a living room this size.

It would be nice to have some horses for the kids.

And so we built the house complete with pool and thanked the Lord that we

could build a bigger place.

… of course, the bigger house payments meant my wife had to work,

And with my extra moonlighting and all –

How could the bishop expect us to work in the Church?

No, children, with our 400-horsepower commitment

and our split-level devotion

We can be thankful that we’d never worship a golden calf.

JOY and SORROW

 

ON JOY AND SORROW – Kahlil Gibran

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.  And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives? When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”  But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy. Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced. When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

JOY AND SORROW CAN CO-EXIST, EVEN IN A GRIEVING HEART

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