Spiritual experiences

A Mormon blogger that I follow (Middleaged Mormon Man) challenged his readers to write down their top ten spiritual experiences. I accepted the challenge. 

I have really enjoyed writing out my spiritual experiences. This exercise has accomplished multiple things.

1.  My top 10 spiritual experiences are now written down for future generations and my future self to learn from

2. I got to reexperience these great spiritual moments in my life

3. I realized that not all spiritual experiences have to be religious in nature

4. I spent some extra time over the past few days in a spiritual place rather than just passing time

Maybe you would enjoy writing down some of your spiritual experiences too. If so, please let me know how it went.

Have a great Monday!!!

(((HUGS)))

Faith

“How Shall We Live?

The Apostle Paul, quoting an Old Testament prophet, summarized what it means to be a believer when he wrote, 

“The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17).

Perhaps in this simple statement we understand the difference between a religion that is frail and ineffectual and one that has the power to transform lives.

But to understand what it means to live by faith, we must understand what faith is.

Faith is more than belief. It is complete trust in God accompanied by action. It is more than wishing. It is more than merely sitting back, nodding our heads, and saying we agree. When we say “the just shall live by faith,” we mean we are guided and directed by our faith. We act in a manner that is consistent with our faith—not out of a sense of thoughtless obedience but out of a confident and sincere love for our God and for the priceless wisdom He has revealed to His children.

Faith must be accompanied by action; else it has no life (see James 2:17). It is not faith at all. It doesn’t have the power to change a single individual, let alone the world.

Men and women of faith trust in their merciful Heavenly Father—even during times of uncertainty, even during times of doubt and adversity when they may not see perfectly or understand clearly.

Men and women of faith earnestly walk the path of discipleship and strive to follow the example of their beloved Savior, Jesus Christ. Faith motivates and, indeed, inspires us to incline our hearts to heaven and to actively reach out, lift up, and bless our fellowmen.

Religion without action is like soap that remains in the box. It may have wondrous potential, but in reality it has little power to make a difference until it fulfills its intended purpose. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of action. The Church of Jesus Christ teaches true religion as a message of hope, faith, and charity, including helping our fellowmen in spiritual and temporal ways.”

Those words are from “The Just Shall Live By Faith” by Presidebt Dieter F. Uchtdorf. 

I read this today and really needed the message! 

I have fibromyalgia and the symptoms have been extremely vivid (?) for a little over a week. The pain and exhaustion have been more than double their normal. President Uchtdorf’s words helped me remember that no matter how my physical symptoms are, God loves me, Jesus understands and I get to live patiently through my trials (Alma17:11)

(((HUGS)))

Happy birthday to me

Happy birthday to me

Today I turn 50 years old!!

I am very excited to get to turn 50! Part of the reason for that is: on Oct 15 of 2002, I attempted suicide. 

I was in such a dark place. I was out of the anti-depressants I had been taking for years, I was emotionally miserable and the voices in my head told me that life was too hard, would never get better or easier and that those I loved would be better off without me. Fortunately the person I was with at that time woke up 10 minutes later and knew I had done something, so took me to the hospital. The next day I had anti-depressants which helped some, but I was still very unhappy. I tried many things over the next few years to get happy, including prescription and illegal drugs, change of environment, change of relationships, but nothing really helped.

Then in March of 2006 I admitted myself to the local psychiatric hospital because I was having suicidal thoughts again. I stayed there for 10 days and got on some medications, but when I was discharged I went right back to my same lifestyle. There is no anti-depressant made that will counteract the come down from meth!! So I was still having massive up and downs. But fortunately God intervened soon after that!!

Today, my life is amazing!! I am happy! I am content! I like myself and I love my life! I have been clean for over 10 years, have worked the 12 steps multiple times, I have a wonderful relationship with Heavenly Father and many great relationships with family and friends!

Today I wouldn’t trade my life for anything!

So you can see why I am very happy to be turning 50!!

(((HUGS)))

In memory of my Sis

Today would be my sister’s 48th birthday. She has been dead for over a year now. Even though I believe that I will see her again, I sure do miss her right now. 

I went to her facebook page to find a picture of her for this post. I couldn’t choose just one. 

This is her with her husband. She loves him very much and he helped make her very happy.

This is her with her son. Look at both of those smiles!!

And a shot of her and her daughter dressed up for our halloween party. Deb usually did most of the sewing on costumes for our halloween parties.

All dressed up with our youngest sister. They are both so beautiful!!

And a photo booth shot of us three sisters a few years ago.

Sunday afternoon session of General Conference (4/2/2017)

NOTE: This post is just a quick cap of what this session was about. My short simple notes. Hopefully after the talks are published I will do a more extensive blog about what I truly learn from studying each. For now this is mostly about how I “feel” during the talks.

This session President Uchtdorf conducted.

MoTab sang for us! Thanks so much MoTab for all of your beautiful music this weekend and always!!

1st to talk was D. Todd Christofferson. He talked on how God loves us and therefore He warns us to turn away from our wickedness. He said that “to warn is to care”. “Far from being anxious to condemn, our Heavenly Father & our Savior seek our happiness and plead with us to repent” This talk had good, strong teaching for me in today’s society. I felt his concern for me as he spoke.

2nd was Joaquin E. Costa.  He spoke of the lessons he learned before he was baptized. He also encouraged us to learn from his lessons.

3rd was S. Mark Palmer. I liked his accent. I love things related by personal stories, they are sharing their self with me!! He shared a personal revelation he received about Mark chapter 10. He learned about loving others in order to help them grow. “Let it go and follow Him” This was an awesome talk, I got so into it I didn’t take good notes, but I loved the feelings I felt during it.

4th was Elder Gary E. Stevens. His talk was “How can the Holy Ghost help you?” He gave 3 things about the Holy Ghost them 3 things it can do. My chair broke during this talk, so now I am hurting and not able to pay very good attention. I know he said that we need to stay close to the spirit and the spirit will stay close to us. Good information for my every day living and learning in this talk.

5th was S. Scott Grow. He talked on the blessing of coming to know God and Jesus Christ. He quoted John 3:16 (how many times is that this conference?)  God knows me personally. Our ultimate example is Jesus Christ, learn of him. They live and they love me!

6th was Benjamin De Hoyos. His talk was Let Our Light Shine. Hurting more now so my notes are not good, but I know his teaching was for me too. He told me the voice of God’s servants is as good as the voice of the Lord. He said that unto him that receiveth, more will be given. He talked about learning line upon line, precept upon precept. I love this because now that I have experienced that type of learning myself and crave more, I always hear and rejoice in learning about ways to get closer to my Heavenly Father and my Savior!!

Last to address us was Quentin L. Cook. He spoke of building faith in God the Father and Jesus Christ. Talked about it takes 10,000 hours to become considered at master at a subject, but we forget to take the same time with our spiritual development. Three questions that most of his decisions will be based on the answers: Was Jesus Divine?   Was the Book of Mormon true?  Was Joseph Smith the prophet of the restoration? He said I need to have the humility necessary to get a sure foundation in Christ.

I love all of the reminders I have been given this weekend to continue in the simple daily things that first gave me a testimony to keep my testimony strong and sure. I tend to forget easily what works or try to look past the mark. Heavenly Father knows that I need reminding to keep at the small simple things!!

I hope all of you have a wonderful rest of your Sabbath day!!

(((HUGS)))

Sunday morning session of General Conference

NOTE: This post is just a quick cap of what this session was about. My short simple notes. Hopefully after the talks are published I will do a more extensive blog about what I truly learn from studying each. For now this is mostly about how I “feel” during the talks.

President Eyring conducted this session

The Mormon Tabernacle choir provided the beautiful music for us.

First we got to hear from our Prophet Thomas S. Monson!! He announced 5 new temples. His message was short but oh so sweet. He said that we each need to be reading the Book of Mormon prayerfully daily. We need to have a testimony and do those things that keep it alive and strong, this will help us through. It was wonderful to hear his voice, see his face and feel his love and concern on this beautiful Sabbath morning.

2nd Joy D. Jones of the primary presidency talked about raising a sin resistant generation. Lots of good info, but my feeling was and is that I need to prayerfully ask Heavenly Father what I need to be doing to help teach my grandchildren as He wants them to be taught. I will study this talk later with all of the other wonderful information we have been given during this conference.

3rd was Yoon Hwan Choi with his wonderful “Look Up”! He said, don’t lose your faith because of people around you, this is such a good suggestion! This talk to me was all about developing a strong relationship with Christ and using it in all areas of my life.

I love the positive vibe of our General Conference!!

4th was Elder Ronald A Rasband. My heart is so full and my spiritual cup is overflowing! He discussed the Godhead and then ways to keep the Holy Ghost with us. Such good info for me to study and remember! I love the emphasis on the daily things necessary for me to do this conference! I want to be a “spiritual first responder”!!

5th was L Whitney Clayton – such good stuff. “Over time simple habits of belief lead to miraculous results.” “Such simple acts of faith deepen our well of spiritual capacity to deal with life.” So many good things for me to do to keep me on the right path.

6th was Elder Dallin H. Oaks. he too talked of the Godhead and explained the nature of the Godhead and then how each of those relates to the plan of happiness. He talked about how the plan of salvation if a great gift and road map for me. I am excited to study this talk later too! So much good info that I couldn’t take in right this minute. I feel so very blessed to be able to go back and read and study all conference talks as I need to. So many blessings!

And 7th was President Uchtdorf. He talked about fear. A very relevant subject. He told me to contemplate how I use fear to motivate myself and others, then to change things up if I do. God doesn’t use fear as a motivator and He doesn’t want me to either. God wants me to have and use love, joy, peace, gentleness, meekness, etc., the fruits of the spirit. Pres Uchtdorf stressed for me to be not afraid, but to be of good cheer. I need to fill myself with the love of Christ! This talk, and so many talks this weekend, has been a “hope shot” to me!!

Such uplifting and instructional messages today, as always! I am so looking forward to the next session.

(((HUGS)))