Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Time

"The gift of Christmas isn't wrapped up in presents or parties. The gift of Christmas is Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten of the Father, the Son of God. As you follow Him, you put people first. You may spend less time in lines and more time serving others. You may spend less money on - and more time with - the people you love. You may lose yourself and you may find everything else that matters."
~LDS.Org


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Good things to come

"Every one of us has times when we need to know things will get better.  Moroni spoke of it in the Book of Mormon as "Hope for a better world".  For emotional health and spiritual stamina, everyone needs to be able to look forward to something respite, to something pleasant and renewing and hopeful, weather that blessing be near at hand or still some distance ahead.  It is enough to know we can get there, that however measured or far away, there is a promise of "Good things to come."
~Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (An High Priest of Good Things to Come)

This is such an optimistic concept, This is one thing that always helps me get through rough times, I know that things will get better. They always do. No matter how hard or unbelievable, things always look up:) I am so thankful that we always have things to look forward to, This life is so incredible, it is such a gift. All of the emotions and things that we experience help us more than we can comprehend!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Simplicity

"There is beauty and clarity that comes from simplicity that we sometimes do not appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions"

"Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication" ~ Leonardo Da Vince

~ (of things that matter most) President Uchtdorf

And he goes on to say "As we evaluate our own lives with a willing mind, we will see were we have drifted from a MORE EXCELLENT WAY.  The eyes of our understanding will be opened, and we will recognize what needs to be done to purify our heart and refocus our life."

This is a wonderful talk,  I think it is so good to step back and reevaluate our lives, so that we can filter out the unimportant and refocus on the things that are going to help us get where we are trying to go.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pride

"Pride is a deadly cancer. It is a gateway sin that leads to a host of other human weaknesses. In fact, it could be said that every other sin is, in essence, a manifestation of pride.


This sin has many faces. It leads some to revel in their own perceived self-worth, accomplishments, talents, wealth, or position. They count these blessings as evidence of being “CHOSEN,” “SUPERIOR,” or “MORE RIGHTEOUS” than others. This is the sin of “Thank God I am more special than you.” At its core is the desire to be admired or envied. It is the sin of self-glorification.

For others, pride turns to ENVY: they look bitterly at those who have better positions, more talents, or greater possessions than they do. They seek to hurt, diminish, and tear down others in a misguided and unworthy attempt at self-elevation. When those they envy stumble or suffer, they secretly cheer."

~Pride and the Priesthood President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

This was a really good talk from this last conference session, I think this talk will be talked about and referred  to for a long time. I found it interesting how he said that pride is the root of every sin. It makes me want to evaluate my life and think about what areas I am letting pride get the worst of me? My marriage, my friendships, My views on myself? defiantly something to ponder about.
I know that with the help of my Father in Heaven I can receive help and guidance in overcoming issues with pride.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Powerful Source for good

"Please be more accepting of yourself, INCLUDING your body shape and style, with a little less longing to look like someone else. WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT.  Some are Tall, and some are Short.  Some are Round, and some are Thin. And almost everyone at some time or other wants to be something he or she is not!  But as one adviser to teenage girls said: "You can't live your life worrying that the world is staring at you.  When you let people's opinions make you feel self conscious you give away your power..... The key to feeling CONFIDENT is to always listen to your inner self  -- THE REAL YOU"  And in the kingdom of God, the real you is "More precious than RUBIES" (proverbs 3:15) Every young woman is a child of destiny and every adult woman is a POWERFUL source for GOOD."

~ Elder Holland (Broken things to mend)

Do you feel you insecurities have been holding you back? I do! Sometimes I get so frustrated that I let what others think of me affect me so! We all have unique and special gifts and talents to offer this world! No one is better than another. We all are needed, we are all special, and have something to give that no one else can. We all can be a greater source of GOOD in this world. And we all would do so much better at this if we would stop comparing and worrying so much what others are thinking of us.

I am so thankful for the gift of a new day, a fresh start, the ability to try a "little harder to be a little better" This is my goal this week to try not to worry so much about what others are thinking.

To be honest I was really hesitant to start this blog. Because I was so worried that others would judge me or think I thought I was better or trying to prove how special I was or something. But I want you to know that is not why at all!
 I do it because I love the gospel I love talking about it, I love that hope and peace and comfort it brings into my life and those around me. I want to help lift who ever reads this up, I want to make you happy.  I know God loves you, he loves you more than you can comprehend, he wants you to be happy. and the sure way to peace and happiness is through the teachings and gospel of Jesus Christ.  The things I write about on here are things that I am struggling with myself so learning and writing about it helps me to make a conscious effort to do better. I love you all and hope you keep reading.
Love,
Allison

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The power of scripture study

“I feel certain that, if in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase. Mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children with greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity, the full love of Christ, will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness.”


~Marion G. Romney
 
What a great blessing the scriptures are! I want this in my life more! I want the power and protection that the scriptures hold! As a mother it scares me, it scares me that my kids are just going to be bombarded constantly.  It was hard for me when I was young I can't imagine how it will be for them. But this is something I can do, a way that I can help make their lives a little better. I am so thankful for the Scriptures!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"I wish I had known from the first moment of parenting what my father-in-law taught me. "Let 'YES' be your natural response rather than 'No,'" he counseled. I would like to have learned earlier to want to serve more as my children's "Facilitator" and less as their "Controller."  ~ Jaroldeen Edwards

I feel bad considering one of  my daughters first words was "no" :) I like the thought of not trying to be their controller.  I looked up the definition for facilitator and it is this: Someone who makes progress easier.
It is kind of a refreshing way to view parenthood:)
Hope your having a great day!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Gossiping

1 timothy 5:13
"And withal they learn to be IDLE, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but TATTLERS also and BUSYBODIES, speaking things which they ought not."

"By not gossiping, we create a warm shelter, where those who know us realize they can come and freely discuss any problems they are having without fear that things will be inappropriately discussed or repeated. They can feel comfortable being themselves without fear that their mistakes or personal affairs might become the sport of idle tongues and itching ears. Both parties benefit and bask in this warm shelter."
~Ensign 1998

Do you feel you are considered a warm shelter to those around you? Do people feel safe and unjudged by you?  The Savior taught judge not, and in Moroni 7:18 it says:

"And now my brethren, seeing that you know the light by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that you do not judge wrongfully; for with that same judgement which ye judge ye shall also be judged."

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pefection

"Meanwhile, brothers and sisters let us do the best we can and try to improve each day. WHEN our imperfections appear, we can keep trying to correct them.  We can be more forgiving of flaws in ourselves and among those we love.  We can be comforted and forbearing.  The Lord taught "Ye are not to abide the presence of God now....., wherefore, continue in patience until ye are perfected."

~ Elder Russell M. Nelson (Perfection Pending)

This is great talk, I needed to be reminded of this, as I am being especially hard on myself today. I am so thankful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for the light and peace in brings into my life.  It is astounding to think that if we just do our best and try our hardest it will be enough, God will help with the rest.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

On the Lords Errand

Thanks Shantell for the quotes today I really liked them and want to share  "The Lord doesn't put us through this test just to give us a test: He does it because the process will change us."  ~ Henry B. Erying

 He also said "The Lord always prepares a way for you to escape from the trails you will be given if you understand two things. One that you need to be on the Lord's errand. The second thing you need to understand is that the escape will almost never be out of the trial: It will usually be through it."

Friday, September 3, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

being cheerful

"Developing a cheerful disposition can permit an atmosphere wherein one's spirit can be nurtured and encouraged to blossom and bear fruit. Being  pessimistic and negative about our experiences will not enhance the quality of our lives. A determination to be of good cheer can help us and those around us enjoy life more fully." ~ Barbara Winder

This quote is another favorite of mine, sometimes when life gets hard and I want to just be pessimistic I think of those around me and how it affects them, you know the quote "If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy" is true in more ways than one. : ) And even if you ain't a mama there is still so many around you that are affected by your attitude.  I am going to try harder to be more positive, more picky about the things I choose to spend my time thinking about, talking about, and doing. This is one area I have really had to work on in my life, it is not always easy for me.   Life flows so much easier when I try my best to be positive. Not only for myself but for those around me as well.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Motherhood

"Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the god-given virtues of creating and sacrificing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountains of life and makes her co-partner with the creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life." 
~David O. McKay

This is an amazing thought. I have been thinking alot about motherhood and how special and wonderful it is. Most of the day I am so busy with making sure everyone is fed, clean, happy, house cleaned, etc. To really sit and ponder the sweet honor it is to be called "mommy" over and over thoughout the day:) What a marvelous blessing!

"As we adjust our expectations closer to reality, we find that even if the ultimate reward of raising a child we are proud to lead back to our Heavenly Father still shimmers in the distance, we can RELAX MORE and enjoy what's happening now. We might still leave a lot to be desired when it comes to perfection, and so may the kids, but when we take it easy and don't tie ourselves into knots about it, there are still golden moments, and hours, and even long happy days when practically everything goes right and everyone charitably overlooks the rumples that don't."
~Beppie Harrison

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Do your best

"We each do the best we can. My best may not be as good as your best, but it's my best. The fact is that we KNOW when we are doing our best and when we are not. If we are not doing our best, it leaves us with a gnawing hunger and frustration. But when we do our level best, we experience a PEACE."
~Marjorie Hinkley

I love this quote, there is so much truth to the fact that we know when we are trying our best. The problem I face is when I compare my "best" to "others Best's". I feel like: well so and so can do this and this and this, What is my problem? But my goal lately is to not compare, but to focus on my own personal best. And pray for that feeling of peace that comes with that accomplishment. 

Women can be so hard on themselves.  Why do we feel we are never good enough, pretty enough, perfect enough? Why do we always compare? I don't know for sure there are so many individual factors that come into play, but I do know it is a weakness of mine, and many other women I have talked to as well. I have been thinking alot about the word "perfect" I am sure there are many definitions for the word but one I saw was this:  "excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement"
 I like the thought of trying to be COMPLETE, more than perfect. We know that we cannot obtain perfection in this life, but we can strive to be complete in our lives, by doing our own personal best.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Do not despair

I love this talk by President Benson It has helped me through many a hard times, one part I really love is "Prayer in the hour of need is a great boon. From simple trails to our Gethsemane, prayer - PERSISTENT PRAYER - can put us in touch with God, our greatest source of comfort and counsel." Pray always, that you may come off conqueror." )D&C 10:5) "Exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me" is how the young Joseph Smith describes the method that he used in the Sacred Grove to keep the adversary from destroying him. (JS--H 1:16) This is also a key to use in keeping depression from destroying us."

It is so amazing to me how God can comfort us and give us strength during hard times. I also know how hard the adversary works on you as well, it makes you think that you are justified in treating others badly or justified in not praying or reading your scriptures.  And when you stop doing those things depression is bound to set in, you become even more unhappy.  I know that if we do our best (no one is perfect) to keep the commandments we will be blessed with strength and optimism through rough days

Boyd K. Packer said:
"It was meant that life would be a challenge. To suffer some anxiety, some depression, some disappointment, even some failure is normal. Teach our members that if they have a good miserable day once in a while, or even several in a row, to STAND STEADY AND FACE THEM. THINGS WILL STRAIGHTEN OUT. There is great purpose in our struggle in life."

We knew what we were facing when we came to this earth, we accepted the the trails and difficulties that we would go through. I truly believe this, I have felt the power of our God and his angels during my times of need, I know angels surround us they are cheering us on everyday! I can't help but smile when I think of all my dear family and friends on the others side cheering for me, supporting me. I am blessed beyond words, and so are all of you! This life is amazing and wonderful! And I am so happy that I made the choice to come here to this earth during this time!
Have a magnificent day! :)
Love ~ Al

Friday, July 23, 2010

Trails

Well Ty was laid off from his job today. It was hard, but I feel we were prepared for the news. I have found much comfort in the quiet Whisperings of the Holy Ghost today. Almost constant peace and comfort has been spoken to my heart and mind through all my worries and concerns. How will we pay our bills? What about all my medical issues? How will we make it without medical ins for me? What is going to happen to us?


Marvin J. Ashton profoundly said " When sorrow, tragedy, and heartbreak occur in our lives, wouldn't it be comforting if when the whisperings of God say "Do you know why this has happened to you?" we could have the peace of mind to answer "No, but you do". Certainly peace is the opposite of fear. Peace is a blessing that comes to those who trust in God. It is established through indiviadual righteousness."

I trust my Father in Heaven and I am not scared. I know he is very aware of me and my family. He has a plan for us, and this is part of it. Hard times are still ahead, but I will go forward with faith. Because hope is better than fear any day:) And I know it will be ok! We are so very blessed.

This quote is the type of person I am striving to become:
"Be cheerful in all that you do. Live Joyfully. Live Happily. Live enthusiastically, knowing that god does not dwell in gloom and melencholy, but in light and love." ~ Ezra Taft Benson

Hope you all are having a great day, and a fun weekend!
Love ~Allison

Thursday, July 22, 2010

teach our children

"We can learn to become like God as we use his ways to teach our children: establishing regular communications with them; listening, guiding, prompting; watching over them always; protecting but not manipulating; allowing them to learn from experience; correcting them in such a way that they learn to obey- not because it is our will, but because they have learned to do what is right in order to grow in wisdom."
~ Barbara B. Smith

Love,
Al

Monday, July 12, 2010

Divinity

"Behold thou has a gift, and blessed art thou because of thy gift. Remember it is sacred and cometh from above." ~ D&C 6:10

In the hymn "O My Father" pg. 292  One of my favorite verses says "Yet often a secret something Whispered, 'your a stranger here' and I felt I had wandered from a more exalted sphere" 
I truly believe and know with all my heart that we are strangers here. We don't belong on this Earth, we are just  passing through, Showing our Father in Heaven that we can pass this earthly test. Each of us has gifts and talents that are special and unique, it amazes me that there can be so many people yet we are all so different, everyone has something a little different to offer to this world.
Gordon B Hinkley said: " You need never feel INFERIOR. You need never feel that you were born without talents or without opportunities to give you expression. THERE IS SOMETHING OF DIVINITY IN YOU. You have such tremendous potential because of your INHERITED nature. Every one of you was endowed by your Father in Heaven with a tremendous capacity to do good in the world. Cultivate the art if being kind, Of being thoughtful, of being helpful. Refine within you the quality of mercy which comes as part of the divine attributes you have inherited."
The adversary is constantly working on us trying to get us to covet others talents and divinity we get distracted and lose sight of our own inherited divine worth.  We can be so mean to ourselves. We need to recognize when Satan is creeping into our thoughts, we need to stop them, I love how President Hinkley says we need never feel inferior. It is hard when it is part of our worldly culture to be so unkind to ourselves. To compare and covet.  But we can break the vicious cycle, we can stop, we can love our own individual, heavenly inherited divine worth. We have to pray for God's help to do so. We can cultivate our talents and do much good! Satan knows that, he knows if he can get us to degrade ourselves, it will weaken us, and make it so we hold back and don't measure up to true potential.
Let's all make it a goal to be kinder to ourselves this week, to remember we are strangers here, to recognize our divine worth and potential. So that we can do much good! :)

Love ~Al

Friday, July 9, 2010

Priorities and Balance

I know that I am not alone when I talk about the struggle to have Priorities and Balance in our lives.
This is a tricky subject because there is so many things that need to be done in a day:) Sometimes I look at my mom and say how did you do it? What was your secret. She kindly said to me "There is no secret you just do the best you can, you live in a different world than I did, we didn't have CELL PHONES, COMPUTERS, and all new advances in technology, you have jobs, and education, these are all good, But you constantly have things that are distracting and taking your time, You just have to do better at knowing which are most important to spend your time on."
Julie Beck said "There is much distraction and not enough PEACE & JOY. Despite popular media messages to the contrary, no one is rich enough, beautiful enough, or cleaver enough to avoid mortal experience"
She goes on to talk about how a good woman knows that she doesn't have enough time energy, etc to do all the good things her heart yearns to do.  She then states "The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL that can be acquired in this life."
What an amazing blessing we all have! We don't have every minute planned out everyday, and if we don't do everything our our checklist we are not failures! The most important thing to do is act on personal revelation. If we feel that instead of going here or there we need to just stay home and read book and snuggle a little one, or instead of doing #102 on our daily checklist we feel inspired go visit someone in need :) Then don't feel guilty about doing that! We have to trust our Heavenly Father and when he speaks to us through the Holy Ghost we have to learn to act on it. No matter how many other good things we have to do or how "behind" it will make is on our checklists. : )

Now don't get me wrong I love Checklists! ha ha  They are a good tool to help us accomplish what we need, reach goals, and many other great things. Elder M. Russell Ballard said, "First, think about your life and set your priorities. Find some quiet time regularly to think deeply about where you are going and what you need to do to get there. Jesus our exemplar, often 'withdrew' himself into the wilderness, and prayed" We need to do the same thing occasionally to rejuvenate ourselves spiritually as the Savior did. Write down the tasks you would like to accomplish each day. Keep foremost in mind the sacred covenants you have made with the Lord as you write down your daily schedules." he also went on to say
"Second, set short-term goals that YOU CAN REACH. Set goals that are well balanced, not too many nor too few, and not too high nor too low. Write down your ATTAINABLE goals and work on them according to there importance. Pray for divine guidance in your goal setting."

This is a wonderful thought, I feel we are always setting goals that are too high or to unattainable, and then we beat ourselves up because we can't do them all. I have done it, I am sure there are many others who have done it too. Also we can pray to our Father in heaven about our goals, he can help up more than anyone.
My hope for myself and all of you this week is to PRAY FOR PEACE, pray to have peace in your life no matter how many things you have to do today, if that means crossing off one or two things on your to-do list then do it! And as you attain more peace and joy in your life I promise you will find your self accomplishing more than you ever thought!
Hope your soul was nourished today! :)
Love~ Al

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Acting instead of Reacting

So I was talking with a good friend of mine about this subject, and she had some very good points. She said "Hard things we go through become harder if we react in a negative way, but if we react positively it just makes things easier.' I believe this with all my heart! I know that hard things come, they do for EVERYONE we can't control that, but we can control our reactions.
D&C 123:17 reads "therefore dearly beloved brethren, let us CHEERFULLY do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed."
This is why one of my most favorite quotes is " GREATNESS is best measured by how an individual responds to the happenings of life that are totally unfair, unreasonable, and undeserved." Marvin J. Ashton
I know with personal experiences in my own life how i react makes all the difference! There have been times that I just wanted to feel sorry for myself and I wanted everyone around me to know too so they could feel sorry for me also.  I always ended up feeling worse and dwelling on the negative aspects of the problem, I was so focused on reacting that I was forgetting how to properly act through the problem, I felt justified and validated at acting like a baby. I am not saying we shouldn't let people know what problems we are facing, or ask for help we may need, it is good to talk about our problems with those who love and care for us. And I am sure I will slip up here and there, it is part of our culture and the natural man to act this way:) I know we are not perfect we can't react perfectly to every situation life throws at us but we can do our best. We can try our best to act in a way that is pleasing to our Father in Heaven . We can show him our greatness, we can show him that we are worthy of living with him again.
We should all pray for the strength to be optimistic and positive. Life is going to keep on coming, time is going to continue to pass, you can choose how you react to the things life throws your way.  D&C 58:28 "for the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward."
Hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Knowing, Loving, Accepting yourself and loving others

So I have been thinking about this topic the past couple days. Why is it that the natural man in so insecure?  Why is it that we focus on the things that are wrong with ourselves and make them so huge!? Why can't we just love ourselves as God does? Well I was reading in a book called "And they were not ashamed" (yes it is a book on marriage and intimacy) but this particular section has to do with other things:) The Author states that if we don't develop sufficient love for ourselves, our life focus is on GETTING love instead of GIVING love. Another Christian Author  Joe Beam wrote:
"Love your self if you want to learn how to love others. If you don't love yourself as God wants you to, the need for that self-love will become the diversion that interferes with intimacy with others. Your desire for love will loom so large it will overpower any effort you make to give love.  But how do we put this self acceptance into practice? We do it by accepting the truth about ourselves."
This is so simple, I feel it has become part of our culture to get love instead of give it. How many people can I get to love me? Accept me? or think I am amazing at this or that? We measure our worth from how many love us? No that should not be the case!  We should love ourselves, know that God loves us, and then love others. The scripture, "Love your neighbors as ourselves", is simply stating love your neighbor as God would love them. Love them not so they will love you in return but just love them because that is what God commands us to do.
These are simple things, and we all have heard it before, I am not saying anything new, sometimes it just helps to be reminded, so we can try a "little harder to do a little better", as Gordon B Hinkley would say.
 So my prayer for all you today is to be a little kinder to yourself it is ok to be imperfect! You are loved more than you can comprehend by a Father in Heaven, his love for you will never end. Do you feel when you mess up he won't love you? It is not true! Pray to him, ask for his help and I promise you will feel his love. And as you learn to truly love yourself you will find it easier to see others through Christs eyes.

Friday, June 25, 2010

My thoughts

Well I have been wanting to start a blog solely to my inspirational thoughts and things gospel related that I have been pondering about.  I want to blog about this because I love it! And I feel very passionate about these things, as I know so many others are also!  I feel like we are always in need of being lifted up, life is so crazy and always pulling us in lots of different directions. We are always needing to be nourished, Gordon B. Hinkley said " There is a Hunger in the land, and a genuine thirst- a great hunger for the word of the Lord and an unsatisfied thirst for things of the spirit.... The world is starved for Spiritual food. Ours is the obligation and the opportunity to nourish the soul."  so check back often and please leave your thoughts.
~Love Allison