Friday, February 11, 2011

Comforting words in a scary world

Still reveling in the great Ensign issue last month.  I found the following quote right after all heck and high water broke lose in Egypt last week.  I was starting to get scared and wanting to run around going "The End Is Near!  The End Is Near!"

Comforting words for scaredy cats like me...

In 1993, when President Howard W. Hunter (1907–1995) was president of the Quorum of the Twelve, he told young adults:

“I am here tonight to tell you that despair, doom, and discouragement are not an acceptable view of life for a Latter-day Saint. However high on the charts they are on the hit parade of contemporary news, we must not walk on our lower lip every time a few difficult moments happen to confront us. …

“Knowing what we know, and living as we are supposed to live, we really have no place, no excuse, for pessimism and despair.

“In my lifetime I have seen two world wars. … I have worked my way through the Depression and managed to go to law school while starting a young family at the same time. I have seen stock markets and world economics go crazy, and I have seen a few despots and tyrants go crazy, all of which causes quite a bit of trouble around the world in the process.

“So I am frank to say tonight that I hope you won’t believe all the world’s difficulties have been wedged into your decade, or that things have never been worse than they are for you personally, or that they will never get better.”

There are no better days than these days, because “these are [your] days” (Helaman 7:9). You are here on earth at this time for a reason. You have what it takes. You have skills, knowledge, and natural talents given to you from God. If you live righteously, you will have access to the inspiration and strength you will need to triumph over any challenge you face. You will have the protection of a worthy life; guidance from the Lord through the Holy Ghost and prophets, seers, and revelators; and the power of sacred promises that are yours because you keep your covenants.

Take these things that are yours and have a great life!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Best Article EVAHHHHHH!!!!

When I was a little girl, my favorite magazine was Highlights.  It had short articles and LOTS of games.  As an adolescent, it was Readers Digest.  It had short articles and lots and lots of jokes.  As a new bride, my favorite magazine was "People".  It had short articles and lots of gossip.  Took me a while to figure out that it was a rag magazine in sheep's clothing!  Oh well.

I'm not perfect, I'm NOT. but my favorite magazine now really is "The Ensign", which is a magazine published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day church.  And I love it.  The articles are short (generally) and they make me happy.  Each month I think "Wow, this is the BEST issue ever!"  And it is, until the next one hits my mailbox.

Maybe old age brings on silly sentimentality, but hopefully not.  Hopefully, in being closer of the age to meet God, I've grown to understand Him.

Well, with last month's issue I really do think I have discovered the best of the best in articles. It's intelligent, enlightening and takes care of those situations where I want to explain what I know to be true far better than I've been able to find the words for. This article is excerpted from an address given to the faculty and students of Harvard Law School on February 26, 2010.  It was given to provide an accurate overview of who we, as Mormons, are - rather than what the world misperceives us to be. It is not short.  It is detailed and insightful.

Fundamental To Our Faith

Alright, I effuse too much.  I'm old.  I'm allowed to.