The LIGHT is there … look for it.

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Last week I ran away to the temple (don’t worry… Jimmy was with the kidlets and was fully supportive of me leaving).
I needed the peace & quiet found there.
I needed the time to think straight and receive some inspiration of how to best mother these little ones
(particularly the one who hasn’t been sleeping, etc).
The mountains and the light of the temple were inviting.
It was a breath of fresh air to have solitude.

After the session and while sitting in the celestial room, I rested my head on the back of the chair and looked up. I prayed for inspiration to know how to have emotional and spiritual strength to know how to mother… to know what support Jimmy and I can give each of our children with their very specific physical, mental, and emotional needs. We feel overwhelmed with the chaos of life with 6 kids.
The answer came as I looked at the amazing chandelier and side lights…
There is so much light here.
There is ALWAYS light somewhere.
Where LIGHT is … darkness cannot be.
LOOK for the LIGHT.
Fill your life with LIGHT
through the word of God … and prayer.
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Not that the challenges will dissipate.
But that by my seeing the LIGHT and the good in each child,
God will help me focus on those qualities for a more eternal perspective.

Everyone has hard things.
But focusing on the LIGHT – seeing the positive,
brings us closer to God
so that we might receive more LIGHT & revelation
to know how to battle the challenges with Christ’s help.
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and now I will thus prayer for the help i need to SEE the LIGHT.
for this past week my emotions have been on high alert … grouchy mother alert.
ummm yah, sorry about that fam!
It’s onward and upward from here!

Temple: Full Blessings of the Atonement

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Oquirrh Mountain Temple Days

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Thursday – I was able to go to the Oquirrh Mountain temple to do 5 initiatory names for family… 3 on Jimmy’s side from Georgia… 2 on my side from Norway. I am so very grateful for the promises and blessings in the initiatory. So grateful! Such a good reminder that when we are righteous, we are strengthened by God. Friday night, Jimmy and I went with the Stake Presidency (he is the stake clerk) to the temple for an endowment session. We each did a family name.

The temple is just a great place… so peaceful… full of truth… full of LIGHT… full of goodness… full of simplicity. I’ve decided one of the best ‘survival tips’ for mothers is to attend the temple as much as possible as it brings a great peace and perspective to our lives. Making it happen is tricky. We asked Melanie (aka… Mary Poppins) to help Hannah babysit the littles (since Liza has been a bit of a panic this past week). We asked Jimmy’s cousin Jeana (who lives by the Oquirrh Mountain temple) to watch Scotty as I don’t dare leave him with a teen babysitter yet. It worked out so nice and I’m grateful for those who helped make our temple date happen so smoothly.
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p.s. so not a spiritual thought, but see my black boots in the picture. For years I’ve needed Sunday boots to stay warm. For years I’ve worn little ballet flats and I froze. I just didn’t want to try to pretend that I was trendy – because I’m just so not trendy. I finally decided this was the year. Shopped online at Kohls. Boots on sale for $36.99. $10 discount here, $10 point-redemption there, plus 30% off and they = about $5. Not the perfect style, but they are comfy and warm and perfect for the price.

Family History, I am doing it!

first family temple namesYesterday I decided to search for any temple work to be done on my family line. Much more productive than facebook or reading the news while feeding Scotland. Hannah came home from school and I taught her how to search. She has her own account so she was able to find names to do baptisms for on Friday with our ward.

I tried using the Descendency Feature to find long-lost cousins who needed temple work done. Success! It was so cool to find names and be able to request them. I love seeing that little green temple symbol… and I’m so hopeful as it loads… hopeful that there are no duplicates (because I’m not that awesome to know how to merge records)… and that they are older than 110 years old. And Hurray! when they are able to be requested.
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So for the very first time, I will be able to do temple work for names I found! Super Cool! I love connecting with those who came before… my ancestors!

“The best way to spend a birthday!”

A few weeks ago, Jimmy was researching his Grandmother’s Biological line (vs the line she was adopted into). He connected several names and was able to reserve the names to do temple work. It was a mother and her children. So neat, especially considering it is within 4 generations for him.
Hannah was looking forward to going to do baptisms on her 12th birthday so she and Jimmy went that evening. She said going to the temple was “The best way to spend a birthday! It was an AMAZING experience and I’m so glad I could go!”


Have you seen this David Archuleta Meet the Mormons GLORIOUS video? Such an uplifting piece.

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D&C 78: 17-19

17 Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye are little children, and ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his own hands and prepared for you;

18 And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours.

19 And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.

Temple: Spiritual Strength


“I wuv heaven, mommy! I wuv heaven!”

Today on the drive to and from Truman’s preschool
we listened to the Family is of God primary song.
Liza would keep that and ‘I love to see the Temple’ song
on repeat if I’d let her.

We came to this verse:
“A father’s place is to preside, provide,
To love and teach the gospel to his children.
A father leads in fam’ly prayer to share
Their love for Father in Heaven.”

And Liza said, “I wuv heaven, mommy! I wuv heaven!”
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p.s. This is Eliza’s “Anne of Avonlea” hair-do…
otherwise known as “nobody combs my hair anymore” look.
She seems quite ‘serious’ about eating her dinosaur chicken nugget.

Ogden Temple Rededication

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Today was the Ogden Temple Rededication. Jimmy and Abe went to the 10 a.m. session at the stake center. It was crowded all the way back to the stage in the cultural hall. Hannah and I went to the 4 p.m. session and they closed the curtain to the gym – so definitely not as many people came later in the day. It is so special to be able to attend dedications with our children!

President Eyring, Dallin H. Oaks, M. Russell Ballard, Linda K. Burton, Ronald Rasband (plus a few others) were there.

I wanted to remember so many of the messages I heard.

But I didn’t write anything down because I wanted to really hear their words… and see their faces.

And thus… my memory fails me and I can’t remember much.

But I can remember how I felt:
– Peaceful.
– Calm.
– Full of the Spirit.
– Blessed.
– Grateful for family.
– Glad to be there.

I want to remember that though there is no TIME in eternity… this mortal life is finite.
“For where you [spend your TIME], there will your heart be also.”
Do I spend my time on eternal matters and in the house of God?
Do my children know how important the temple is to me because I take the time to attend?

Set a regular schedule for yourself to attend the temple.
– We have daily prayer and scripture study.
– Weekly Family home evening.
– Monthly Home & Visiting Teaching.
– Yearly Tithing Settlement.
We are encouraged to attend the temple as often as we can.
Set a goal to be there… not a vague goal (like “I will go more often.”)
but a set time/schedule and DON’T LET ANYTHING STOP YOU FROM GOING.

While waiting for the rededication to start, I was reading about Alma and his experience teaching in Ammonihah (wicked city, it was!). He left mourning the wickedness of the people there. An angel told him to be of good cheer because he was faithful, told him to go back and preach repent or be destroyed! Alma ‘speedily’ obeyed. He came in a different part of the city and found Amulek, a Nephite who was prepared by God to help Alma. God Does Provide! God provides a way when we ‘speedily’ and faithfully obey.

I know we are blessed when we attend the temple. I know our families are blessed from our efforts to spend time at the temple. God provides a way for us to do important and eternal things if we will speedily obey!

Dallin H. Oaks talked about perilous times, sicknesses, disasters, persecution, wars in these latter-days … yet to come.
He shared how the disciples of Christ will be protected from these things as they spend time in the House of the Lord.
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“God’s work and His Glory = to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”
It’s about families… about linking families generation to generation.
About making families stronger so that we can be eternally together.
Temples are about families.

Kirtland_TempleI always love singing the Spirit of God with the Hosanna Shout.
I think of the Kirtland temple dedication and the miracles that occurred there:

Joseph Smith recalled that during the dedication, “George A. Smith arose and began to prophesy, when a noise was heard like the sound of a rushing mighty wind, which filled the Temple, and all the congregation simultaneously arose, being moved upon by an invisible power; many began to speak in tongues and prophesy; others saw glorious visions; and I beheld the Temple was filled with angels, which fact I declared to the congregation. The people of the neighborhood came running together (hearing an unusual sound within, and seeing a bright light like a pillar of fire resting upon the Temple), and were astonished at what was taking place.” (History of the Church, 2:428.)

There are miracles on earth!

Utah Temple Tour: Ogden Temple Open House

IMG_3645 copyThis morning we attended the Ogden Temple Open House. It was the first day! It wasn’t too crowded or hot when we got there at 9:30. We watched the short temple intro film in the tabernacle. There was a blustery fan blowing . . . so mostly Liza delighted in seeing her dress poof out. I loved Elder Holland’s testimony about eternity and that it wouldn’t be the same without his wife and family with him… importance of eternal sealing! We got our bootie’s on and started the temple tour. Liza’s booties were the funniest since she is so little. But she never wanted to walk because it was “swippewy!” on the tile.08-august-2014Maxwell folded his arms the entire time and was so quiet. Truman held my hand the entire time and was really quiet. Dad read all the signs to Eliza in Spanish.

Hannah: “I liked the Celestial Room and the Sealing Room. They were really pretty with the chandeliers. I also liked the Bride’s room. I thought it would be neat to do baptisms for the dead when I’m old enough. It was a really pretty temple and I enjoyed going with the family.”

Abe: “I liked going in the rooms and seeing new things in the temple. It was a long drive to get there. I learned that you get married and sealed in the Sealing Room. I liked the baptismal font.”

Max: “My favorite part was the Celestial Room. I felt good inside when I was in the temple. I felt close to Heavenly Father and Jesus. I learned that I need to be quiet and reverent. I liked going inside. The booties on my feet were funny.” (Max kept his booties and has been wearing them the rest of the day)

Truman: “I didn’t really like the temple because it was so long. And boys don’t like beautiful things. But I like to give girls beautiful things!” (ok – really, I think he liked it. He liked the celestial room and the baptistry.)

Eliza: “Temple. Tent. See Jesus. Jesus hold hand. Sparkles at temple. Temple Moroni doing this, “Do, do, do, DOO!”

08-august-20141Afterwards we went to the reception tent and saw some pictures of the temple and the Christus statue.
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As always, I love the flowers at temples! So much HAPPY COLOR! The plants looked a little tired and thirsty, which is probably what happens when you plant them in the middle of the summer! … Still lovely though.

p.s. I know – I’m huge. All those stairs at the temple made me huff and puff. But still super glad we went. I loved the dark wood, and the blues and green colors in the furniture. They had interesting and new paintings throughout. I always love the LIGHT that sparkles throughout the temple… stain glass (with roses), chandeliers, the clean gold banisters. I think the thing that makes the temple the very best place to be is the Spirit of the Lord that dwells there to strengthen us as a family.