The Healing Ointment of Forgiveness, is a talk by Elder Kevin R. Duncan of the Seventy.

Forgiveness is a glorious, healing principle. We do not need to be a victim twice. We can forgive.

I love the principle of forgiveness! I know from experience that my forgiving others is one of the best things that I can do for myself!

Elder Duncan talks about the fact that we are all human and because of that we will all make mistakes. Also, we will all at some point be the victim of other’s actions.

He then gave us a vision of hope:

Gratefully, God, in His love and mercy for His children, has prepared a way to help us navigate these sometimes turbulent experiences of life. He has provided an escape for all who fall victim to the misdeeds of others. He has taught us that we can forgive! Even though we may be a victim once, we need not be a victim twice by carrying the burden of hate, bitterness, pain,resentment, or even revenge. We can forgive, and we can be free!

He then tells the parable of the splinter (lol) and then says:

I am convinced that most of us want to forgive, but we find it very hard to do.When we have experienced an injustice, we may be quick to say, “That person did wrong. They deserve punishment. Where is the justice?” We mistakenly think that if we forgive, somehow justice will not be served and punishments will be avoided.

This simply is not the case. God will mete out a punishment that is fair, for mercy cannot rob justice (see Alma 42:25). God lovingly assures you and me:“Leave judgment alone with me, for it is mine and I will repay. [But let] peace be with you” (D&C 82:23). The Book of Mormon prophet Jacob also promised that God “will console you in your afflictions, and he will plead your cause, and send down justice upon those who seek your destruction” (Jacob 3:1).

He gives a very helpful suggestion:

One key to forgiving others is to try to see them as God sees them. At times,God may part the curtain and bless us with the gift to see into the heart, soul,and spirit of another person who has offended us. This insight may even lead to an overwhelming love for that person.

Elder Duncan, talks about Saul who later becomes Paul. He gives wonderful examples and scriptures to help us know that we need to forgive.

The second to last paragraph in his talk is probably my favorite:

Forgiveness is the very reason God sent His Son, so let us rejoice in His offering to heal us all. The Savior’s Atonement is not just for those who need to repent; it is also for those who need to forgive. If you are having trouble forgiving another person or even yourself, ask God to help you. Forgiveness is a glorious, healing principle. We do not need to be a victim twice. We can forgive. 

It is my favorite, because I have utilized this in my life! I have needed forgiveness countless times and I have also needed help in learning to forgive others. That is a lesson that I  learned a few years ago. Today, because of some of my life lessons that I have already been through, am quick to forgive. I believe that Heavenly Father requires me to forgive (D&C 64:10).

Elder Duncan then closes with a testimony of God’s love:

I witness of God’s enduring love and patience for all of His children and of His desire that we love one another as He loves us (see John 15:9, 12). As we do so, we will break through the darkness of this world into the glory and majesty of His kingdom in heaven. We will be free. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

I pray that you will read the entire talk for yourself and if you didn’t before, you will begin applying the Atonement of our Savior in you life by forgiving others!!


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Testimonies from April 2016 General Conference part 1

I wanted to share all in one place the testimonies, prayers and promises of the Prophet, his Counselors and the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, from this past general conference.

President Thomas S. Monson:

May we maintain the courage to defy the consensus. May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong.

As we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day—whether to make this choice or that choice—if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice.

That this may ever be so is my heartfelt and humble prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, amen.

My prayer for the sisters in the kingdom, wherever they may be or in whatever circumstances, is that their faith in the Savior and gratitude for His Atonement will lead them to do all they can for those God asks them to serve. As they do, I promise that they will move up the path to become holy women whom the Savior and our Heavenly Father will welcome warmly and reward openly.

I testify that this is the Church of the resurrected Jesus Christ. He is risen. He paid the price for all of our sins. I know that because of Him we will be resurrected and can have eternal life. President Thomas S. Monson is His living prophet. Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. I witness that we grow closer to the Savior as we, out of pure love, serve others for Him. I so leave you that sure witness in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

I leave you my sure witness that our Heavenly Father, the great Elohim, loves and knows us, every one. Under His direction, His Son, Jehovah, was the Creator. I testify that Jesus of Nazareth was born the Son of God. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, and raised the dead. He paid the price of all the sins of each of Heavenly Father’s children born into mortality. He broke the bands of death for all as He rose from the tomb that first Easter Sunday. He lives today, a God—resurrected and glorious.

This is the only true Church, and He is its chief cornerstone. Thomas S. Monson is His prophet to all the world. The prophets and apostles you will hear in this conference speak for the Lord. They are His servants, authorized to act for Him. He goes before His servants in the world. This I know. And I so witness in His name, even the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.

As we are faithful in our service to help Heavenly Father’s children to go home to Him, we will qualify for the greeting we all so much want to hear when we finish our earthly ministry. These are the words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:21).

Among those “many things” is the promise of an endless posterity. My prayer is that we may all qualify and help others to qualify for that supernal blessing in the home of our Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf:

As we emulate the Savior’s love, He will surely bless and prosper our righteous efforts to save our marriages and strengthen our families.

May the Lord bless you in your untiring and righteous efforts to be numbered among those who save. This is my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

My dear brothers and sisters, my dear friends, I testify that God sees us as we truly are—and He sees us worthy of rescue.

You may feel that your life is in ruins. You may have sinned. You may be afraid, angry, grieving, or tortured by doubt. But just as the Good Shepherd finds His lost sheep, if you will only lift up your heart to the Savior of the world, He will find you.

He will rescue you.

He will lift you up and place you on His shoulders.

He will carry you home.

If mortal hands can transform rubble and ruins into a beautiful house of worship, then we can have confidence and trust that our loving Heavenly Father can and will rebuild us. His plan is to build us into something far greater than what we were—far greater than what we can ever imagine. With each step of faith on the path of discipleship, we grow into the beings of eternal glory and infinite joy we were designed to become.

This is my testimony, my blessing, and my humble prayer in the sacred name of our Master, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

President Russel M. Nelson:

My dear brethren, we have been given a sacred trust—the authority of God to bless others. May each one of us rise up as the man God foreordained us to be—ready to bear the priesthood of God bravely, eager to pay whatever price is required to increase his power in the priesthood. With that power, we can help prepare the world for the Second Coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. This is His Church, led today by His prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, whom I dearly love and sustain. I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks:

God rarely infringes on the agency of any of His children by intervening against some for the relief of others. But He does ease the burdens of our afflictions and strengthen us to bear them, as He did for Alma’s people in the land of Helam (see Mosiah 24:13–15). He does not prevent all disasters, but He does answer our prayers to turn them aside, as He did with the uniquely powerful cyclone that threatened to prevent the dedication of the temple in Fiji;6 or He does blunt their effects, as He did with the terrorist bombing that took so many lives in the Brussels airport but only injured our four missionaries.

Through all mortal opposition, we have God’s assurance that He will “consecrate [our] afflictions for [our] gain” (2 Nephi 2:2). We have also been taught to understand our mortal experiences and His commandments in the context of His great plan of salvation, which tells us the purpose of life and gives us the assurance of a Savior, in whose name I testify of the truth of these things. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder M. Russell Ballard:

Alma taught, “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good.”3 Inviting the Lord to be part of our family council through prayer will improve our relationships with each other. We can, with Heavenly Father and our Savior’s help, become more patient, thoughtful, helpful, forgiving, and understanding as we pray for help. With Their help, we can make our homes a little bit of heaven here on earth.

A family council that is patterned after the councils in heaven, filled with Christlike love, and guided by the Lord’s Spirit will help us to protect our family from distractions that can steal our precious time together and protect us from the evils of the world.

Combined with prayer, a family council will invite the presence of the Savior, as He promised: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”4 Inviting the Spirit of the Lord to be part of your family council brings blessings beyond description.

Finally, please remember that a family council held regularly will help us spot family problems early and nip them in the bud; councils will give each family member a feeling of worth and importance; and most of all they will assist us to be more successful and happy in our precious relationships, within the walls of our homes. May our Heavenly Father bless all of our families as we counsel together is my humble prayer in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Robert D.Hales:

To my own posterity and all within the sound of my voice, I offer my testimony of the personal revelation and constant flow of daily guidance, caution, encouragement, strength, spiritual cleansing, comfort, and peace that have come to our family through the Holy Ghost. Through the Holy Ghost, we experience “the multitude of [Christ’s] tender mercies”22 and miracles that do not cease.23

I bear my special witness that the Savior lives. I express my love and gratitude to Heavenly Father for the gift of the Holy Ghost, through which He reveals His will and sustains us in our lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:

Brothers and sisters, may a loving Father in Heaven bless us tomorrow to remember how we felt today. May He bless us to strive with patience and persistence toward the ideals we have heard proclaimed this conference weekend, knowing that His divine love and unfailing help will be with us even when we struggle—no, will be with us especially when we struggle.

If gospel standards seem high and the personal improvement needed in the days ahead seems out of reach, remember Joshua’s encouragement to his people when they faced a daunting future. “Sanctify yourselves,” he said, “for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”12 I declare that same promise. It is the promise of this conference. It is the promise of this Church. It is the promise of Him who performs those wonders, who is Himself “Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, … The Prince of Peace.”13 Of Him I bear witness. Of Him I am a witness. And to Him this conference stands as a testament of His ongoing work in this great latter day. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder David A. Bednar

We are imperfect human beings striving to live in mortality according to Heavenly Father’s perfect plan of eternal progression. The requirements of His plan are glorious, merciful, and rigorous. We may at times be filled with determination and at other times feel totally inadequate. We may wonder if we spiritually can ever fulfill the commandment to stand spotless before Him at the last day.

With the help of the Lord and through the power of His Spirit to “teach [us] all things,”31 indeed we can be blessed to realize our spiritual possibilities. Ordinances invite spiritual purpose and power into our lives as we strive to be born again and become men and women of Christ.32 Our weaknesses can be strengthened, and our limitations can be overcome.

Although none of us can achieve perfection in this life, we can become increasingly worthy and spotless as we are “cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.”33 I promise and testify we will be blessed with increased faith in the Savior and greater spiritual assurance as we seek to always retain a remission of our sins and, ultimately, to stand spotless before the Lord at the last day. I so witness in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Quentin L. Cook:

Brothers and sisters, I pray that each of us will honor the Savior and make any necessary changes to see ourselves in His sacred temples. In doing so, we can accomplish His holy purposes and prepare ourselves and our families for all the blessings the Lord and His Church can bestow in this life and eternity. I bear my sure witness that the Savior lives. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson:

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.

Elder Neil L. Anderson:

When my wife, Kathy, and I were in Africa a few weeks ago, we visited Mbuji-Mayi, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Because the chapel was not large enough for the 2,000 members, we met out of doors under large plastic coverings supported by bamboo poles. As the meeting began, we could see dozens of children watching us, clinging to the bars on the outside of the wrought-iron fence that surrounded the property. Kathy quietly whispered,“Neil, do you think that you might want to invite the children to come in?” approached District President Kalonji at the podium and asked him if he would welcome the children outside the fence to come join us inside.

To my surprise, with President Kalonji’s invitation, the children not only camebut came running—more than 50, perhaps 100—some with tattered clothesand bare feet but all with beautiful smiles and excited faces.

I was deeply moved by this experience and saw it as symbolic of our need to reach out to the youth who feel alone, left behind, or outside the fence. Let us think about them, welcome them, embrace them, and do everything we can to strengthen their love for the Savior. Jesus said, “Whoso shall receive one suchchild in my name receiveth me.” In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Ronald A. Rasband:

I pray that we will reach out—reach out and take the Savior’s hand that He is extending to us, often through His divinely called leaders and our family members—and listen for His call to come.

I know that Jesus Christ lives; I love Him, and I know with all my heart that He loves each of us. He is our great Exemplar and the divine leader of all of our Father’s children. Of this I bear my solemn witness in the name of Jesus Christ,amen.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson:

I testify that priesthood authority and priesthood keys start the engine, open the gates of heaven, facilitate heavenly power, and pave the covenant pathway back to our loving Heavenly Father.

I pray that you, the rising generation of young men and young women, will “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ,”12 that you may understand that it is your sacred privilege to act under the direction of those who hold the priesthood keys that will unlock blessings, gifts, and powers of heaven for you.

I testify of God the Father; of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ; of the Holy Ghost; and of the Restoration of the gospel in these the latter days, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Dale G. Renlund:

No matter where you stand in your relationship to God, I invite you to draw nearer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, the Ultimate Benefactors and Givers of all that is good. I invite you to attend sacrament meeting each week and partake of the holy emblems of the Savior’s body and blood. I invite you to feel God’s nearness as He is made known to you, as He was to the disciples of old, in the “breaking of [the] bread.”

As you do, I promise that you will feel nearer to God. Natural tendencies to childish whining, disgruntled entitlement, and derisive skepticism will dissipate.Those sentiments will be replaced by feelings of greater love and gratitude for Heavenly Father’s gift of His Son. As we draw closer to God, the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ will come into our lives. And, as with the disciples on the way to Emmaus, we will find that the Savior has been nearby all along. I so witness and testify in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

 Wow, how awesome!!!


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April General Conference last talk

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles gave the beautiful final talk for the April General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

This was an absolutely wonderful talk and I encourage you to go read it for yourself, here.

He opened his talk by telling us how much he/they love us:

Brothers and sisters, do you have any idea—do you have any notion or inkling whatsoever—of how much we love you? For 10 hours you watch, fixed on one face at this pulpit sequentially, but for those same 10 hours, we seated behind this pulpit watch, fixed on you. You thrill us to the center of our soul, whether that be the 21,000 here in the Conference Center, or multitudes in meetinghouses and chapels, or finally millions in homes around the globe, perhaps huddled around a family computer screen. Here you are, there you are, hour after hour, in your Sunday best, being your best. You sing and you pray. You listen and you believe. You are the miracle of this Church. And we love you.

And I was watching on the internet as he gave the talk, and I felt his/their love for me!!

Next he talked of our wonderful Prophet Thomas S. Monson

We have been especially blessed by President Thomas S. Monson’s presence and prophetic messages. President, we love you, we pray for you, we thank you, and above all, we sustain you.

He then talked to us about what would happen “tomorrow” (the day after conference):

But it is inevitable that after heavenly moments in our lives, we, of necessity, return to earth, so to speak, where sometimes less-than-ideal circumstances again face us.

He gave other examples of wonderful spiritual experiences and then “coming back to our lives”. Then he offered us encouragement!

First of all, if in the days ahead you not only see limitations in those around you but also find elements in your own life that don’t yet measure up to the messages you have heard this weekend, please don’t be cast down in spirit and don’t give up. The gospel, the Church, and these wonderful semiannual gatherings are intended to give hope and inspiration. They are not intended to discourage you. Only the adversary, the enemy of us all, would try to convince us that the ideals outlined in general conference are depressing and unrealistic, that people don’t really improve, that no one really progresses. And why does Lucifer give that speech? Because he knows he can’t improve,he can’t progress, that worlds without end he will never have a bright tomorrow. He is a miserable man bound by eternal limitations, and he wants you to be miserable too. Well, don’t fall for that. With the gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the strength of heaven to help us, we can improve, and the great thing about the gospel is we get credit for trying, even if we don’t always succeed.

and more:

When there was a controversy in the early Church regarding who was entitled to heaven’s blessings and who wasn’t, the Lord declared to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “Verily I say unto you, [the gifts of God] are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep my commandments, and [for them] that seeketh so to do.”6 Boy, aren’t we all thankful for that added provision “and seeketh so to do”! That has been a lifesaver because sometimes that is all we can offer!We take some solace in the fact that if God were to reward only the perfectly faithful, He wouldn’t have much of a distribution list.

He closed with:

Brothers and sisters, may a loving Father in Heaven bless us tomorrow to remember how we felt today. May He bless us to strive with patience and persistence toward the ideals we have heard proclaimed this conference weekend, knowing that His divine love and unfailing help will be with us even when we struggle—no, will be with us especially when we struggle.

If gospel standards seem high and the personal improvement needed in the days ahead seems out of reach, remember Joshua’s encouragement to his people when they faced a daunting future. “Sanctify yourselves,” he said, “for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”12 I declare that same promise.It is the promise of this conference. It is the promise of this Church. It is the promise of Him who performs those wonders, who is Himself “Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Prince of Peace.”13 Of Him I bear witness.Of Him I am a witness. And to Him this conference stands as a testament of His ongoing work in this great latter day. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

I add my prayer to his, that I may remember how I felt during General Conference. That I not let the adversary bring me down to guilt for not being perfect, that I do my best every day to live in Heavenly Father’s will!!

I hope that all of you enjoyed my review of this great talk.

And Remember: What e’er thou art, act well thy part!!



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“Live By Faith and Not By Fear”

Today I would like to tell you about Elder Quentin L Cook’s first talk as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

He named the talk “Live By Faith and Not By Fear”. It is a great talk, you should go read it in it’s entirety.

When we choose to follow Christ in faith rather than choosing another path out of fear, we are blessed with a consequence that is consistent with our choice.

First, he stated his love and support to President Henry B. Eyring. Then he stated his own feelings of being called as a member of the Twelve Apostles:

To say that I feel deeply inadequate would be an understatement. When I was called as a General Authority in April of 1996, I also felt unequal to the calling. Elder Neal A. Maxwell reassured me then that the most important qualification for all of us serving in the kingdom is to be comfortable in bearing witness of the divinity of the Savior. A peace came over me at that time and has stayed with me since because I love the Savior and have had spiritual experiences that allow me to testify of Him. I rejoice in the opportunity to bear witness of Jesus Christ in all the world (see D&C 107:23), notwithstanding my inadequacies.

Elder Perry stated that his overwhelming feeling in receiving his new calling was, that we must live by faith and not by fear. He then quoted 2 Timothy 1:7.

He talks a bit about his history in life and his service to this church.. He served 11 1/2 years as a Seventy.

He stated:

I love the Brethren we sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators with all my heart. I’ve tried to serve honorably and lighten their responsibilities in any way I could. I’m grateful to the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve for their lives of goodness and example, their patience, their teaching, their kindness, their devotion to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and His restored gospel. I am grateful that God called Joseph Smith to be a prophet through whom the fulness of the gospel was restored to earth.

He quoted Elder Harold B. Lee, who stated that “we could raise out families in righteousness is we would:

  1. Follow the prophet.

  2. Create the true spirit of the gospel in our hearts and homes.

  3. Be a light to those among whom we live.

  4. Focus on the ordinances and principles taught in the temple. (See D&C 115:5; Harold B. Lee, “Your Light to Be a Standard unto the Nations,” Ensign,Aug. 1973, 3–4.)”

He made the statement, “as we followed that counsel our faith increased and our fears decreased”.

Next Elder Cook gave examples of some areas in which members can apply faith:

  • missionary effort
  • individual callings

He then ends this talk with a prayer and testimony:

May we all recognize and give thanks for the incomparable gift of life we each enjoy and for the breath that He lends us daily. May we choose to have conviction at the crossroads of life and exercise faith in Jesus Christ. My prayer is that we will live by faith and not by fear. I bear my witness of God, who is our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ, who atoned for our sins, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

I love this talk because it speaks to my spirit and my experience. I have had a long journey to finding faith in Heavenly Father and my Savior, so I know personally that as I work at increasing my faith, my fear does decrease. Remembering this sometimes is somewhat of a problem, but when I remember it and do the work, I receive the blessing!!


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#BOMTC 2016 Official Invitation

Doing this again this year! 3rd year in a row.

Book of Mormon Translation Challenge

Your invite to the 2016 Book of Mormon Translation Challenge is here!

CLICK HERE or on the pic above to join the 2016 #BOMTCCLICK HERE or on the pic above to join the 2016 #BOMTC

SHARE & INVITE your friends to the 2016 ‪#‎BOMTC‬.

Enjoy this little MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO & quote:

Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than “Don’t yield to Satan’s lie that you don’t have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it!” (Elder Richard G. Scott Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles “Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 93.)

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“Book of Mormon Day” Photo Challenge!

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The #BOMTC invites you to celebrate #BoMDay!

The first edition of the Book of Mormon was published on March 26, 1830. In preparation for Book of Mormon Day on March 26, 2016 share with the world something you have gained from the Book of Mormon by posting a pic TODAY on social media of yourself reading the Book of Mormon with #BoMDay and #BOMTC. (The funny thing is that many of us use our device that we take photos on to study the Book of Mormon, so you may have to get creative…)

This is a great opportunity to get ready for the upcoming Book of Mormon Translation Challenge (April 7-June 30) and celebrate the first printing of the Book of Mormon.

So, where do you read the Book of Mormon? Post a picture of either yourself reading the Book of Mormon or a place you…

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Today it has been two weeks since my sister Debbie died.  Sometimes it still doesn’t feel real. Yes, we have buried her. And, yes at some point everyday I realize she is dead and I am sad. But, we haven’t really had a family gathering yet. That is when it will feel the most real for me I think. My family all gathered for a holiday celebration and Debbie won’t be there. I am going to have to work diligently to not let the pain overwhelm the mood of our get together.
There are ways to help myself and my family not completely give in to the sad. We can focus on our children and helping them enjoy the get together; we can tell good memories we have of Deb; but most of all, I believe that if I personally am allowing myself to grieve daily as I think of my sister, it won’t all overwhelm me at a family function. Fortunately, my sisters and I all married men that make us laugh! Our men are wonderful! I’m absolutely positive that they will help us through all of these emotions.

Above is the Go Fund Me account for my sister’s medical and burial expenses. Please, if you are able, help my brother-in-law out with all of these bills.

I need to state again: I know I will have lots of painful moments in the future missing my sister, but I know that I can walk through them and be OK as long as I lean on God, my family and my friends! I believe mourning and all of the “negative” feelings are necessary to understand and appreciate the “good” feelings.

My hope is that all of you see your many blessings today!!

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I have been physically, emotionally and spiritually bankrupt. NOT TODAY!! Today I have a wonderful relationship with God and I have good/great relationships with my friends and family.

Today my pain levels are down to 1s and less, my energy levels are up to 6s. I can walk for exercise (which 2 years ago was just a dream) I even walked in 2 5Ks last summer! I can go places for more than an hour and enjoy being me and with my family! I sleep better than I have in years.

God led me to a 12 step program 9.5 years ago to help with the emotional and spiritual bankruptcy and He led me to Plexus 2 years ago to help with the physical and financial areas of my life!

Today I not only like who I am, and the life that I have, but I love being able to help others get to where I am. God has given me so many wonderful ways to not only improve my life, but I also get to help others improve theirs!!

God has given me Plexus as a way for me to fulfill my lifelong dream of being a “healer”, it is all I have really ever wanted to do. Help other people.

I am to serve God by serving others!!



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My sister died this past Tuesday.  She was the sister I grew up with. She was 2 years younger than me. I do not remember life without her.


The visitation was last night and the funeral was today. For me, those are the worst part of someone I love dying.  I don’t like being around crowds on my best day, much less at a time like this.  Plus, I know how to mourn. My mom died 20 years ago. I have been through this before and worked enough steps on it to know that I am going to get through this. I know that I don’t have to go through it alone! I have God, a wonderful family (blood and the family that is not blood), I have my NA family, I have my church family and I also have others friends that I know I can count on through this.

I know that I am going to cry. I know that there are going to be times when I forget for a bit that she is gone and then will be reminded and will be horribly sad all over again. I know that this first year is going to be full of painful firsts. And, I also know that like a muscle, the longer I feel the feelings and don’t push, drink, drug or alter them in any way, that I get better at dealing with them.

I also know that I will see her again. I know that she is with our Mom who we have missed horribly.

Elder Russell M. Nelson, in his talk Doors of Death stated:

Irrespective of age, we mourn for those loved and lost. Mourning is one of the deepest expressions of pure love. It is a natural response in complete accord with divine commandment: “Thou shalt live together in love, insomuch that thou shalt weep for the loss of them that die.” (D&C 42:45.)

Moreover, we can’t fully appreciate joyful reunions later without tearful separations now. The only way to take sorrow out of death is to take love out of life.

All of these things combined, make me sure that I will survive this death. Just like I survived my Mom’s so many years ago.

I hope that all of you have a wonderful week.

and remember:

What e’er thou art, act well thy part!!




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