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!!


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.



Saturday afternoon 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.
So, I was very excited to watch this session too! It is the 187th Annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. President Henry B. Eyring conducted this session.

I had the privilege of raising my hand in the affirmative to sustain Thomas S. Monson as the President of this church, and also to sustain the other 14 apostles. I do believe and sustain them to be true apostles just as in the days that Jesus walked the earth!!

There was a new Relief Society presidency put in place and the 1st & 2nd counselors in the primary presidency were changed. There were also changes in the general authorities.

I absolutely loved the choir that performed this session. I dearly loved the medley of “I am a Child of God and How Will They Know”!!

Elder Robert D Hales talked to us about what a disciple truly is. He spoke of how the characteristics of Christ should be woven into our very being. For us not to have selective obedience but to work at having all of the attributes of the Savior. Begin with faith, then add virtue then add knowledge, then add temperance, patience and then move to charity (the pure love of Christ). So much good info for me. I will be grateful to study this talk for fully than just my note taking..

Up next was the magnificent Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. He always speaks to my heart. He did again today. He took a line from “There Is Sunshine In My Soul” and gave a wonderfully “melodious” talk. He talked about borrowing hope from others while we are unable to find our own. Then he moved quickly into the beauty of “It is by devine design that all voices in God’s choir are not the same” He told us to be weary of “fictitious stereotypes” that cause us to lose our own voice. He stressed to my heart that “I” am important to the whole. That I am not a mistake!! He told me to stay permanently and faithfully in the choir. He said that there is room in God’s choir for everyone that wants to be there. He stated that God says “Come as  you are, but don’t plan on staying as you are”!! I love being reminded that God loves me just as I am, but is more than willing to help me become the person that I truly can be with His help!

The next up was Gary B. Sabin. He started out with a GPS metaphor and talking about recalculating the route when necessary, he talked about being “all in” and about “standing on the inside” He said we need to let go of the world so that we can hang on to eternity. He gave hope to my soul too. That I am not bad, that Christ gave us a way to “recalculate our route” and make adjustments as needed.

Next was Valeri V. Cordon. He talked about language loss and how not to lose the language of the spirit in our homes.

Elder Neil L. Anderson talked next. He talked about overcoming the world. I listened hard, this is something that I know I have to work diligently at. It does not come easily for me. He said that it is possible to overcome the world, this gives me hope!! He said that we need to work at subduing the natural man. I know this as truth. He gave practical instructions on ways to overcome the world. I am looking forward to studying the truths of this talk later also.

Last was M. Russell Ballard, who started off making me laugh out loud!! He said his assignment was to talk and ours was to listen and he hoped to finish before we did. I had trouble taking notes I was so tickled. I am having trouble typing this now because I am laughing again, it was so cute. Then he went on and gave lots of good information about goals and plans. He whittled it down to “Return & Receive” because simpler is better in goals. He suggested many things including prayerfully studying “The Living Christ” document to expand my understanding of my Savior. He closed with “They love us perfectly” which love I truly feel from those here at Gen Conf.

The closing prayer was by Hugo Montoya. He is awesome, he attended our Stake conference a couple of years ago with Elder Bednar.

I hope the rest of your Saturday is exceptional!!





Saturday am 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.

Wow! So very happy to have watched live the Saturday morning session of General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

I felt love from my Heavenly Father and my Savior and the leaders of this church. I received lots of good teaching and instruction!

As usual the MoTab Choir was wonderful!

President Uchtdorf conducted the meeting

Pres. Henry B. Eyring gave the first talk. He touched on unity (“be one with us’), he touched on the plan of salvation then he moved to the Elijah prophecy and the gathering of the family of God. I felt his love and concern in his talk!

Elder M Joseph Brough then spoke about “care packages”. He gave us great meme material when he talked about his grandmother getting onto his dad. I love where he stated that repentance is not punishment, it is privilege! I have personal experience with this and genuinely agree with him! I also like his story of how Heavenly Father showed him personally that he cares!

Next came Elder Clayton. I really liked him. I like his mannerisms, his speaking voice. How he showed his emotions. I felt comforted by him. He talked about the plan of salvation or “Father’s glorious plan” as he referred to it. I didn’t write down a lot of what he said, I was too interested in just feeling how I felt during his talk.

Then came Elder Renlund!! He talked about how we can find out about the character of God as we look at how he treats sin versus sinners! This was such a wonderful talk! I love his kind and gentle reminders of how I should act as a follower of Jesus Christ!

Then Elder Soares gave his talk. He mentioned replacing fear with faith. This rung a bell with me as this tends to be one of the lessons I am working on recently. My anxiety disorder tends to bring fear to my mind so very often and I am learning to remember to pray sooner and make a conscious decision to replace that fear with faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Elder Mark Bragg spoke next. He spoke about the “light” I felt comfort and love as he spoke of the different kinds of light.

The final speaker was President Russel M. Nelson. For me his talk was a great education. He referenced John 3:16 for I think the 3rd time this am. He talked about studying about Jesus. He said it: changed him. I know it has changed me too. He reminded me to not disconnect my savior from the events. It is not the “atonement”, it is the “atonement of Jesus Christ”. I need reminders like this sometimes. I don’t want to get caught up in the wrong stuff. I have to remember the importance is in what my Savior did, not just that it was done. No one else could have done these things. Only the Savior. Thank you Pres Nelson for your gentle and loving reminders to me!!

I am so excited to watch the rest of General Conference!!

Hope you have a great afternoon