We are Mormon Women (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) who love the Lord Jesus Christ and strive to follow His example and Keep His commandments. We seek things of virtue and loveliness as we strive to raise righteous children in an world filled with all manner of wickedness. We know that our faith in Christ strengthens us against the storms of the day.
This site will be taking a new direction. I feel to share things I've learned through study and ponder about the noble roles of women on this earth.
We come to earth for a reason and for a season. The reasons are 1. to get a mortal body, 2. to be tried and tested and 'proven', 3. to see if we will do all things that the Lord has commanded us.
The adversary tries to do the opposite to us. That is why he is called 'the adversary'.
The plan is real. It was founded in heaven eons of time before we came here, by a loving Heavenly Father who wants nothing more than for us to return to His presence. But, not all can abide that type of holy atmosphere; for He is Holy.
So, in order for us to reach that level of attainment, we are here to learn the plan, strive to live it to our best ability, repent and change when we err (which we will), continue to learn more and more (from grace to grace as the Savior did), until we arrive at that place where we are worthy enough to enter His presence.
Now is the time. But how do we prepare? Begin with repentance! Scripture declares, “If ye have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation, then ye are found unclean before the judgment-seat of God; … no unclean thing can dwell with God.”15 He gave this simple rule: “Except ye abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory.”16 Now is the time to show reverent respect for one’s physical body. It serves as the tabernacle for one’s spirit throughout all eternity. Physical appetites are to be controlled by the will of one’s spirit. We are to “deny [our]selves of all ungodliness.”17 We are to “forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, [and] live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God.”18 Because of frequent and frightening calamities in the world, some people doubt the existence of God. But, in fact, He is trying to help us. He revealed these words: “How oft have I called upon you by the mouth of my servants, and by the ministering of angels, and by mine own voice, and by the voice of thunderings, and … tempests, … earthquakes, … great hailstorms, … famines and pestilences of every kind, … and would have saved you with an everlasting salvation, but ye would not!”19 His hope for us is eternal life. We qualify for it by obedience to covenants and ordinances of the temple—for ourselves, our families, and our ancestors. We cannot be made perfect without them.20 We cannot wish our way into the presence of God. We are to obey the laws upon which those blessings are predicated.21"
The Temple of the Lord; the House of the Lord where we make 'covenants with Him
I know these things to be true for I have learned them for myself. Over many years of study and prayer I have received confirmation in my heart and mind that the Lord indeed does have a plan for each of us and that plan encompasses all things about our own personal growth and progression; eternal progression.
An ancient Prophet taught: "For behold, this alife is the time for men to bprepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of cthis life is the day for men to perform their dlabors." Alma 34:32
I am grateful for noble women of all ages and areas of the world who are striving to live up to these teachings. They bless my life through their service to their families (in the way they are teaching the rising generation) and in their communities.
I am blessed by their lives and their faithful examples and pray to continue on this same path of happiness; for assuredly, that is what it is.
It's often a daily resolve to try to do better. I'm not going to talk about goals on here except to say that I know they are VERY important; and that specific and measurable goals bring specific and measurable results. Rather, I'm going to talk about the importance of trying to gain salvation and the inherit blessings with that.
My husband and I have been serving as full-time Senior Missionaries for the past 16 months in the Florida, Tallahassee area. We're living in a place called Fort Walton Beach, working with the hispanic community. We love them, care about them and want eternal blessings for them.
One of the saddest things we see is that not all people desire to progress in the way that would benefit them. Some are content or complacent in their poverty or misery or 'the way things have always been done'.
We know that there are many teachings and resources that could bless their lives, strengthen their homes and families, help them economically, and lift them to a better place emotionally and spiritually. But, if they don't choose to make efforts to improve; things will remain the same.
This is a good message for all of us. The Lord has provided every means for us to overcome all things, to strengthen our homes, families, marriages, to manage our temporal resources wisely, to learn and grow and progress and develop our gifts and talents, to repent and forgive and find peace, and to make covenants which bring eternal blessings. But, it is up to us if we choose that path or not.
Covenants are are the path to salvation. Without them we are not able to gain the kind of salvation that will allow us to live in His presence again someday.
("A covenant is a sacred agreement between God and a person or group of people. God sets specific conditions, and He promises to bless us as we obey those conditions. When we choose not to keep covenants, we cannot receive the blessings, and in some instances we suffer a penalty as a consequence of our disobedience.") See Covenant
My hope in this coming year is for all of us to continue to strive to do better, to be kinder to one another, to love and serve others', to share in one anothers' burdens and successes', to lift each other to a higher plane and grow closer to the Lord whose plan of happiness is His precious gift to all of us.
There is no greater role for a man than that of husband and father. Today I honor you all by sharing this powerful message of truth about that sacred and vital calling:
at Provo Temple U.S.A. - with 86 yr. old Father
By Elder D. Todd Christofferson Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, April 2016
I focus today on the good that men can do in the highest of masculine roles—husband and father.
I speak today of fathers. Fathers are fundamental in the divine plan of happiness, and I want to raise a voice of encouragement for those who are striving to fill well that calling. To praise and encourage fatherhood and fathers is not to shame or discount anyone. I simply focus today on the good that men can do in the highest of masculine roles—husband and father.
David Blankenhorn, the author of Fatherless America, has observed: “Today, American society is fundamentally divided and ambivalent about the fatherhood idea. Some people do not even remember it. Others are offended by it. Others, including more than a few family scholars, neglect it or disdain it. Many others are not especially opposed to it, nor are they especially committed to it. Many people wish we could act on it, but believe that our society simply no longer can or will.”1
As a Church, we believe in fathers. We believe in “the ideal of the man who puts his family first.”2 We believe that “by divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.”3 We believe that in their complementary family duties, “fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.”4 We believe that far from being superfluous, fathers are unique and irreplaceable.
Some see the good of fatherhood in social terms, as something that obligates men to their offspring, impelling them to be good citizens and to think about the needs of others, supplementing “maternal investment in children with paternal investment in children. … In short, the key for men is to be fathers. The key for children is to have fathers. The key for society is to create fathers.”5 While these considerations are certainly true and important, we know that fatherhood is much more than a social construct or the product of evolution. The role of father is of divine origin, beginning with a Father in Heaven and, in this mortal sphere, with Father Adam.
The perfect, divine expression of fatherhood is our Heavenly Father. His character and attributes include abundant goodness and perfect love. His work and glory are the development, happiness, and eternal life of His children.6Fathers in this fallen world can claim nothing comparable to the Majesty on High, but at their best, they are striving to emulate Him, and they indeed labor in His work. They are honored with a remarkable and sobering trust.
For men, fatherhood exposes us to our own weaknesses and our need to improve. Fatherhood requires sacrifice, but it is a source of incomparable satisfaction, even joy. Again, the ultimate model is our Heavenly Father, who so loved us, His spirit children, that He gave us His Only Begotten Son for our salvation and exaltation.7 Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”8 Fathers manifest that love as they lay down their lives day by day, laboring in the service and support of their families.
Perhaps the most essential of a father’s work is to turn the hearts of his children to their Heavenly Father. If by his example as well as his words a father can demonstrate what fidelity to God looks like in day-to-day living, that father will have given his children the key to peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come.9 A father who reads scripture to and with his children acquaints them with the voice of the Lord.10
We find in the scriptures a repeated emphasis on the parental obligation to teach one’s children:
“And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents. …
“And they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord.”11
In 1833, the Lord reprimanded members of the First Presidency for inadequate attention to the duty of teaching their children. To one He said specifically, “You have not taught your children light and truth, according to the commandments; and that wicked one hath power, as yet, over you, and this is the cause of your affliction.”12
Fathers are to teach God’s law and works anew to each generation. As the Psalmist declared:
“For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
“That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should [then] arise and declare them to their children: “That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.”13
Certainly teaching the gospel is a shared duty between fathers and mothers, but the Lord is clear that He expects fathers to lead out in making it a high priority. (And let’s remember that informal conversations, working and playing together, and listening are important elements of teaching.) The Lord expects fathers to help shape their children, and children want and need a model.
I myself was blessed with an exemplary father. I recall that when I was a boy of about 12, my father became a candidate for the city council in our rather small community. He did not mount an extensive election campaign—all I remember was that Dad had my brothers and me distribute copies of a flyer door to door, urging people to vote for Paul Christofferson. There were a number of adults that I handed a flyer to who remarked that Paul was a good and honest man and that they would have no problem voting for him. My young boy heart swelled with pride in my father. It gave me confidence and a desire to follow in his footsteps. He was not perfect—no one is—but he was upright and good and an aspirational example for a son.
Discipline and correction are part of teaching. As Paul said, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.”14 But in discipline a father must exercise particular care, lest there be anything even approaching abuse, which is never justified. When a father provides correction, his motivation must be love and his guide the Holy Spirit:
“Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;
“That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.”15
Discipline in the divine pattern is not so much about punishing as it is about helping a loved one along the path of self-mastery.
The Lord has said that “all children have claim upon their parents for their maintenance until they are of age.”16 Breadwinning is a consecrated activity. Providing for one’s family, although it generally requires time away from the family, is not inconsistent with fatherhood—it is the essence of being a good father. “Work and family are overlapping domains.”17 This, of course, does not justify a man who neglects his family for his career or, at the other extreme, one who will not exert himself and is content to shift his responsibility to others. In the words of King Benjamin:
“Ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another. …
“But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.”18
We recognize the agony of men who are unable to find ways and means adequately to sustain their families. There is no shame for those who, at a given moment, despite their best efforts, cannot fulfill all the duties and functions of fathers. “Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.”19
Loving the mother of his children—and showing that love—are two of the best things a father can do for his children. This reaffirms and strengthens the marriage that is the foundation of their family life and security.
Some men are single fathers, foster fathers, or stepfathers. Many of them strive mightily and do their very best in an often difficult role. We honor those who do all that can be done in love, patience, and self-sacrifice to meet individual and family needs. It should be noted that God Himself entrusted His Only Begotten Son to a foster father. Surely some of the credit goes to Joseph for the fact that as Jesus grew, He “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”20
Regrettably, due to death, abandonment, or divorce, some children don’t have fathers living with them. Some may have fathers who are physically present but emotionally absent or in other ways inattentive or non-supportive. We call on all fathers to do better and to be better. We call on media and entertainment outlets to portray devoted and capable fathers who truly love their wives and intelligently guide their children, instead of the bumblers and buffoons or “the guys who cause problems,” as fathers are all too frequently depicted.
To children whose family situation is troubled, we say, you yourself are no less for that. Challenges are at times an indication of the Lord’s trust in you. He can help you, directly and through others, to deal with what you face. You can become the generation, perhaps the first in your family, where the divine patterns that God has ordained for families truly take shape and bless all the generations after you.
To young men, recognizing the role you will have as provider and protector, we say, prepare now by being diligent in school and planning for postsecondary training. Education, whether in a university, technical school, apprenticeship, or similar program, is key to developing the skills and capabilities you will need. Take advantage of opportunities to associate with people of all ages, including children, and learn how to establish healthy and rewarding relationships. That typically means talking face to face with people and sometimes doing things together, not just perfecting your texting skills. Live your life so that as a man you will bring purity to your marriage and to your children.
To all the rising generation, we say, wherever you rank your own father on the scale of good-better-best (and I predict that ranking will go higher as you grow older and wiser), make up your mind to honor him and your mother by your own life. Remember the yearning hope of a father as expressed by John: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”21 Your righteousness is the greatest honor any father can receive.
To my brethren, the fathers in this Church, I say, I know you wish you were a more perfect father. I know I wish I were. Even so, despite our limitations, let us press on. Let us lay aside the exaggerated notions of individualism and autonomy in today’s culture and think first of the happiness and well-being of others. Surely, despite our inadequacies, our Heavenly Father will magnify us and cause our simple efforts to bear fruit. I am encouraged by a story that appeared in the New Era some years ago. The author recounted the following:
“When I was young, our little family lived in a one-bedroom apartment on the second floor. I slept on the couch in the living room. … “My dad, a steelworker, left home very early for work each day. Every morning he would … tuck the covers around me and stop for a minute. I would be half-dreaming when I could sense my dad standing beside the couch, looking at me. As I slowly awoke, I became embarrassed to have him there. I tried to pretend I was still asleep. … I became aware that as he stood beside my bed he was praying with all his attention, energy, and focus—for me.
“Each morning my dad prayed for me. He prayed that I would have a good day, that I would be safe, that I would learn and prepare for the future. And since he could not be with me until evening, he prayed for the teachers and my friends that I would be with that day. … At first, I didn’t really understand what my dad was doing those mornings when he prayed for me. But as I got older, I came to sense his love and interest in me and everything I was doing. It is one of my favorite memories. It wasn’t until years later, after I was married, had children of my own, and would go into their rooms while they were asleep and pray for them that I understood completely how my father felt about me.”22
Alma testified to his son: “Behold, I say unto you, that it is [Christ] that surely shall come … ; yea he cometh to declare glad tidings of salvation unto his people.
“And now, my son, this was the ministry unto which ye were called, to declare these glad tidings unto this people, to prepare their minds; or rather … that they may prepare the minds of their children to hear the word at the time of his coming.”23
That is the ministry of fathers today. God bless and make them equal to it, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
My 21 year-old recently returned missionary daughter, Ashley, was asked to watch three young neighbor children today for a few hours today. Their mother has been very ill and in need of some rest and healing.
Ashley was going to take them to feed the ducks at the BYU-'duck' Pond, do some finger-painting, and take them to play in the park.
BYU Botany Pond
I am grateful for her willingness to serve and it reminded me of one of the times I was the recipient of some very needed help.
It was nearly 20 years ago when I was a recently separated mother of three young children. I was going through extremely difficult emotional and financial challenges. Some days I wondered how I would make it. We had been blessed to be able to live in my grandmothers' 100+ year old home (instead of them tearing it down) while we figured out our next steps.
We never thought we'd find ourselves in such difficult and sometimes heart-wrenching circumstances but we attended church each week and I was doing the best I could to love and care for and nurture my children, all the while I was suffering greatly from huge life changes and challenges.
I will never forget the day when a lady in our ward (church congregation) with small children of her own, called me and asked if she could take my three children (ages 6, 4 and 3) for a few hours so that I could have a little time for myself. It was truly a God-send. She came and got them, took them to her place and with her little family, and gave me some greatly needed time to rest and be alone.
In all the things I have experienced and suffered in life, I consider that sweet act of mercy on her part - to be one of the most meaningful and important in my life. I was greatly in need and she either had seen that or had had a prompting to help me.
I will never forget her kindness as it helped me know that my Heavenly Father was aware of me and had answered my need through a beautiful sister who ministered unto me. That was life-changing for me and gave me a needed break and boost to continue on.
Today we spoke in our Fort Walton 'Ward' (Church Congregation). We'd been asked to speak on a topic relevant for end-of-year or beginning of New Year. (Church members give the talks and prayers each week.)
I was immediately 'given' to know the topic I should speak on. I entitled it "Ten Things I Know for Certain."
I asked the congregation to think of the things they KNEW for CERTAIN. And, that, perhaps, at the beginning of the New Year, they could make it something to work on in 2018, finding out some more things "for certain'.
I KNOW that the Spirit of the Lord teaches us truth. We find it out by searching, pondering, and praying with a sincere heart. And, we are promised that if we do so (with a sincere and honest heart), He WILL reveal it to us.
What greater gift can we have than from God? Direct and personal answers (revelation) from Him? And, it is open to ALL of us!!!
I share my talk with that same thought in mind and with much love to all of you out there. - Heidi
Our little apartment Christmas Tree this year
My Talk in Church today:
Sunday, Dec, 31, 2017
Fort Walton Beach, First Ward, Florida
Good Morning Brothers and Sisters. It’s good to be back with you again after spending a week in Utah for Christmas and our daughters wedding. We love you and are grateful for you. It has been a great blessing in our lives to get to know you and to offer all we are in His work. We hope to be fit servants for His Kingdom and to bless and lift those around us as we have been blessed.
Today is the end of another year. As I pondered on what to share I was given the topic (from the Spirit) and have entitled my message: Ten Things I Know for Certain.
These are ten things I know of myself, independent of anyone else. For the Lord and His Goodness I am eternally grateful and pray that I may love Him, serve Him, and Keep all of His Commandments, so that I may one day again enter into His rest and be with him in our Heavenly Home and receive His eternal blessings.
Ten Things I Know for Certain:
1. That we have a very loving Heavenly Father who we knew before we came here. We walked and talked with Him. We knew Him well. And, we ‘shouted for joy’ when we heard His plan of happiness. We knew that in order to progress we needed to come to earth to receive a mortal body and have mortal experiences and learn to walk by FAITH, and not by sight. ONLY in this way could we would be strengthened in our Faith (which is the FIRST principle of the gospel) and become more like Him so that we could someday be worthy to return to His presence.
2. He knew we would make mistakes as we learned to walk by FAITH, so, in His perfect plan, He provided a SAVIOR, our beloved and elder Brother, Jesus Christ, to make it possible for us to repent and change. His Atoning sacrifice for us is the GREATEST Gift for mankind, and we should be eternally grateful for it and for His willingness to do this for us. We could NOT return to the presence of God with ANY stains at all. ONLY through the Atonement of Christ can we be made whole and perfect. IT is the GREATEST Gift we could have ever received and I am eternally grateful to them for providing this for us.
3. The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead – and can be our constant companion if we are worthy and as we ask for it. I am so grateful for his role in my life. He has taught me, comforted me, testified of truth to me, taught me of Christ and of my Loving Heavenly Father. He constantly motivates me to do good works and helps and comforts me when I make mistakes or when I hurt others or others hurt me. He teaches me truth about myself and about the gospel plan and helps me forgive others. He helps me want to be better and has been my closest friend when I’ve had no one else. I always want to do what is right because of Him.
4. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the FIRST Principle of the Gospel. It is a principle of POWER. I have come to LOVE this principle of POWER which is MUCH more than we often may recognize it to be.
The Prophet Joseph taught us that: “Faith (is) the FIRST PRINCIPLE in revealed religion, and the FOUNDATION of ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS….. Faith is the (assurance) of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. .…Faith is the principle of ACTION in all intelligent beings……We receive by faith, ALL spiritual blessings that we do receive. Faith is not only the principle of action, but of POWER also…. “Had it not bee for the principle of faith the worlds would never have been framed neither would man have been formed……
5. Repentance: The second principle of the gospel is repentance. As our FAITH in Jesus Christ grows – (the first principle) so does our desire to REPENT (the second principle) and change and come unto Him. I LOVE this principle of the Gospel. Repentance is one of our greatest GIFTS. It is a BLESSING to be able to Repent and a very good and wonderful and beautiful and holy thing. I hope that you will all come to love and appreciate the incredible GIFT of Repentance. It is one of the greatest blessings in life that we can recognize the error of our ways, that we can change and overcome and repent and also…. FORGIVE others. --------
Alma taught us that: “For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors. (Alma 34:32)
I am forever grateful for this sacred gift of repentance and our loving Heavenly Father who provided it through His beloved Son – for US. For Me. For YOU. We ought to praise them day and night for all they have done for us.
6. 7. Faith and Repentance (the First Principles of the Gospel) – lead to the First Two ORDINANCES of the Gospel. Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins is the First Ordinance. And the Second Ordinance is the Laying on of Hands to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. These TWO sacred and Holy Ordinances have been of the most incredible blessings and gifts in my life. I am forever grateful for them and the blessings that have come because of them.
I KNOW that THIS is the Lord’s Church and Kingdom here upon the Earth and that holy ORDINANCES (and covenants) are the keys to our progression. Baptism by immersion by proper authority is the key for ENTRANCE into His Kingdom here upon the earth. Who wouldn’t want that? I testify with all my heart and soul that this is, indeed, HIS True Church here upon the earth and that Baptism by immersion, by proper authority, is needful and WONDERFUL to be able to receive His further blessings and to then receive the GIFT of the Holy Ghost which can then be our CONSTANT companion and continue to teach us, guide us, comfort us, correct us and sanctify us – so that someday we can be worthy to enter into the presence of the Lord again.
8. Prophets and Apostles: From a young age I was taught to heed the words of Prophets and Apostles and that has forever blessed my life. I have listened to and searched their words – and when I had big decisions to make they have been where I have turned, not to the ‘wisdom’ of the world. And, that has made ALL the difference.
9. Scriptures: I love the Lord and have come to know Him through His own words in the Scriptures. The Scriptures have been my best resource for learning of Him, His truths, His plan, and to have found comfort and guidance in my daily life. I have come to love the scriptures with all my heart and soul and I can’t live a day without them. One of my favorite verses is found in Omni 1:26.
“And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.”
This is my great desire and blessing.
10. Prayer: Prayer to my Heavenly Father has been one of the most sacred gifts of my life. I KNOW he hears and answers our sincere prayers. As we seek to draw near unto Him so that He can draw near unto us – all the above things are a needful part of that process. He loves us and wants us back home with Him. THAT is His plan of happiness. He has provided ALL we need to be able to return to His presence but it is OUR CHOICE what we will do. (He will force no man to heaven). Will we soften our hearts towards Him and put off the natural man? Will we be humble and prayerful and seek Him always?
It is my most sincere prayer that we will do these things that lead to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. You are my beloved brothers and sisters and I love you. I share these things that I KNOW for certain – in hopes that it may benefit some of you so that we can all become better, holy and without spot, so that we can sit down again with Him someday and receive all the blessings He has in store for us.
In the holy and sacred name of our Lord and Savior and Redeemer, even Jesus the Christ, Amen.
When I started blogging my whole purpose was to do whatever I could to help strengthen homes and families by sharing messages or light that would uplift and bless. Now, nearly 15 years later, I am still doing that in other ways but taking new paths. I will still post on here from time to time and/or as I continue to figure out how to best spend my mortal time. :)
My husband and I are currently serving as Senior Missionaries in the Florida, Tallahassee Mission. Our assigned area is called Fort Walton Beach. We are working hard to try to make the world a better place for as many as we can.
Some of our BELOVED new friends.
We're doing some humanitarian work, service, feeding people, monthly outreach newsletter for the hispanics in our area, repairing some homes and trailers (my husband was a contractor for many years) and teaching FREE English classes several nights a week. Our students (whom we LOVE) are from Honduras, Columbia, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, El Salvador and Brazil. We hope to be able to continue this program that we started just over a month ago.
Anyway, I haven't blogged on here for a while but will try to do better. I am also posting from time to time on our missionary blog (our adventures) at On His Errand. Feel free to join us there if you'd like.
But, I was recently named in the top 100 Mormon Blogs online on a new site called FEEDSPOT. It looks like it is going to be a great place for like-minded people to interact and for all of us to find the best places to find others who are trying to use social media for it's revealed purposes; that of blessing the lives of others.
We helped to spearhead this wonderful community event for a nice Thanksgiving Dinner. We had many in attendance and hope that all felt welcomed and loved. We had lots of good food and many dishes from different countries. It was a wonderful 'southern' meal with a lot of southern hospitality to go along with it.
My husband and I were recently called to serve in the Florida Tallahassee Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as 'Senior Missionaries'. We are thrilled, humbled, and grateful to be here.
We were asked to be 'spanish-speaking' missionaries (I served a mission years ago in Mexico and my husband is learning), and are working with the local hispanic population whom we have grown to love very quickly.
They are faithful people! Many are hard-working, love their families, and want a better life here in the states.
We honor them for their desires to provide a safer place and better future for their children.
Our mission blog is On His Errand - and we invite you to share in our special experiences if you so desire.
One thing we've learned is that Heavenly Father loves all of His children, no matter where they are in the world. And, that as we reach out to them in love, they are able to learn of and feel His love for them. We are grateful (and desire to be) His servants; His hands to lift those who struggle, up to a higher height.
Elder and Sister Hendricks -- Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Here is a direct message and powerful invitation with a promise- from a Prophet of God. I know it's true and pray we may all do it daily! Heidi
“My dear associates in the work of the Lord, I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives. I so testify with all my heart in the name of Jesus Christ, amen." - Thomas S. Monson