Sunday, April 20, 2014

Because of Him...

I recently watched this touching video depicting how we can do so many things "Because of Him." It is beautiful and amazing to think about and realize.


The magnitude of what can be done because of the Atonement and Resurrection are insurmountable. No one has done as much for mankind as our Savior Jesus Christ. It is through Him that we can become who He knows we can become. 

This Easter day, my thoughts are turned to his Atoning Sacrifice and Resurrection. Death is not the end, we will live again. What we do today matters because we are all eternal beings with eternal destinies. It's a beautiful doctrine that families are eternal. So many lose their way while enduring this mortal experience, but, because of Him, we can all return to our Heavenly Parents and find joy and peace and happiness. 

Along the same lines as my previous post, we can do so many things TODAY because of Him. What will you do? 

Because of Him...

There is hope.
There is healing.
There is repentance.
There is a tomorrow. 
Happily ever after is eternal.
Families are forever.
We can take a better path. 
We do not have to suffer alone. 
Our sins are paid for in full.
We will live again.


© Wendy 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Starting Today I Will...

I had the opportunity to watch a really wonderful inspiring video for an article and it's now officially released to the public. Rather than describe it, you can watch it here: 


Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can start over today. We can right wrongs, we can say sorry. We can change our lives for the better because of Jesus Christ. Join in this week, as we reflect on the Resurrection of Christ, on what YOU can do today. Use the hashtag #StartingToday on social media and share what you will do today because of what happened 2000 years ago. 

Starting today we can...

Let go of anger.
Become better friends.
Heal from wrongs against me.
Forgive.
Repent.
Say sorry.
Be positive.
Serve another person.
Spend time with family.
Stop bad habits.
Become more like Christ.
Say I love you.
Love more.
Be kind.
Start over.


© Wendy 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

What is LDS General Conference?

Every 6 months, the world-wide Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds a conference where we hear inspired messages from Church leaders. We believe these messages are from God. Each speakers spends months in preparation--praying, fasting, writing, re-writing, and praying and fasting some more so that they will be able to receive inspiration from God on messages he wants His children to hear.

Topics often include families, marriage, temples, family history, overcoming adversity, prayer, repentance, grace, baptism and other covenants, raising children, strengthening testimonies and being examples to others around us. There are four general sessions, one for the Priesthood holders of the church and one for the women ages 8 and up--which is new and happened for the first time this last weekend.

For me, it is a time to receive answers to my prayers, be uplifted, receive inspiration and recommit myself to the gospel once again. You can feel the love the leaders have for all of the people in the world. The love of God shines through them.

Just like in ancient times, God has Prophets and Apostles to lead and guide His church. He did not end his speaking to the people with the Holy Bible. The Book of Mormon is "another testament of Jesus Christ" and is a record of the people in the Americas before, during and after the time of Christ. Here's a personal invitation for YOU:


I invite you whether you are LDS or not to watch, listen to, or read the messages shared her. I am happy to try to answer any question you may have. Also, I have a standing offer to send any who want one, a Book of Mormon (see this post).

You never know...you may hear or feel something that is specifically an answer to your prayers.



© Wendy 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Are you a Bully?

I just watched this anti-bullying video. It is perfectly depicted. I think people who bully, often brush it off as being "funny" or "teasing." The reality of it is, it usually hurts someone. No one likes to be rejected, alone, made fun of or otherwise seemingly not accepted by their peers or others around them. The message is clear: Be kind to everyone.



If you have been a bully, stop it. Make amends and help others to change their bad behavior into kindness. The thrill of being kind is much better than bullying.

If you have been a victim of bullying, or are currently, know that you are loved by many, and above all by your Heavenly Father and your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is aware of your pains, sorrows and hurts and will comfort you and give you peace if you ask. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Power of Music

I love music, but not usually the stuff you hear on the radio. Because I am trying to become a better person, you'll find my car CD player full of uplifting, often religious, music. Some may think that is so boring, but I love it--I need it.

I think music is healing, therapeutic, inspiring, energizing and uplifting. Because the words are put to music, it is easier to recall the words and the messages given. When I am going through hard times, I am often comforted through music. The Holy Ghost can speak to us when we strive to listen to good music that is conducive to the Spirit.

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a CD of my favorite group, Mercy River (incidentally, they just changed their website, and it is gorgeous! I literally just spent 20 minutes perusing it. I'm kind of a huge fan/non-dangerous stalker). I was grateful for the opportunity of course, but I soon realized how it was an answer to my aching heart. So many of the lyrics were reminders of who I am, a visual of what I need to do and a feeling of peace and love from God.

One of these is "Holy Ground"
(David Osmond, Aaron Edson)
© 2010 One South Publishing

I guess my life has somehow been like the woman caught in sin
She sat there broken at His feet she knew the law
But heard let he who’s without sin cast the first stone
And not a single one was thrown
With no man left there to accuse, she left behind her tattered shoes

I’m on Holy Ground now and I don’t ever want to leave
Hold me here now and keep my feet planted down in what I’ve found
Upon this holy ground

I know I didn’t have to leave to find this feeling inside me
But I left it all the same I broke the rules to win the game
And now its clear from where I stand, I could’ve always felt His Hand
And though His touch I did refuse, I’m laying down these tattered shoes

With every moment standing here I can feel Him drawing near
And if I could stay in this place I’m sure that I could see His face
And yet I know life must go on, so let this memory linger on inside
Become a part of me

I’m on Holy Ground now and I don’t ever want to leave
Hold me here now and keep my feet planted down in what I’ve found
Upon this holy ground

For me, this song is a beautiful illustration of how we leave not only our sins at the feet of our Savior, but also leaving behind our hurts, pains, sufferings and the wrongs done to us. We don't need to carry any of this around with us as our Savior has already done it for us. We can become clean, be healed, and become whole through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 

Whether it's a CD in your car, at church or wherever else, there can be inspiration and special messages just for you conveyed through the Holy Ghost. I say no to the music of the world because it does not make me feel good inside (though you can find  some on the radio that are good!). I fill my life and the lives of my kids with good music. It is powerful. It can change and shape lives. The same goes for bad music, but in a negative way. The influence of music in our lives is far reaching, so choose wisely! 


© Wendy 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Greater Love....

It's Valentine's Day...a day where love is celebrated by couples and often despised by those who may be currently single. Regardless of how you celebrate, here's something to always remember, or at least consider:
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
 Think about what each of these images mean and represent:

Christ prayed and suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane for our sins, our pains, our sorrows, our infirmities. He felt every pain we have ever and ever will suffer. He is the only One who really knows exactly what we are going through and can thus perfectly pay the price for us. We are saved only through His grace, His sacrifice, which is greater than any humanly possible love.
"And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people." (Alma 7:11, The Book of Mormon)



In the midst of this suffering, he was being sought after to be put to death. He could have stopped this, but physical death was another part of the Atonement.   

"And thus the flesh becoming subject to the Spirit, or the Son to the Father, being one God, suffereth temptation, and yieldeth not to the temptation, but suffereth himself to be mocked, and scourged, and cast out, and disowned by his people." (Mosiah 15:5)
"16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
" (John 19:16-19)


Because of the resurrection, the bands of deaths will not hold us. All mankind will be resurrected--wicked or righteous--another essential part of the Atonement.
"And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again." (Mark 10:34)
"And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord." (John 20:20)




At some point, a time that no one knows, except the Father, Jesus Christ will come again. A day I look forward to, a day for rejoicing and gladness. At which point, a Millennium will follow where Satan will be bound and peace will reign on the earth with Jesus as our King.

"29 For in mine own due time will I come upon the earth in judgment, and my people shall be redeemed and shall reign with me on earth.

30 For the great Millennium, of which I have spoken by the mouth of my servants, shall come.

31 For Satan shall be bound, and when he is loosed again he shall only reign for a little season, and then cometh the end of the earth.
" (Doctrine and Covenants 43:29-31)



Regardless of who you are, where you live, your race, economic status or what you have done wrong, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of mankind loves you. He wants to help you. He wants you to use His Atonement to be cleansed and healed from sins, sorrows and all other pain. We can be made whole through Him. Just do it. We only have to open the door, as he is always there, knocking, waiting for you to let Him in.
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:20)

Remember that you are loved by the Greatest One of all, and His love never fails.

*Pictures courtesy of www.lds.org.







© Wendy 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

More Patience With Ourselves

I've been thinking lately about being patient with myself. It's hard to do--and I often want patience NOW, not on the Lord's timetable. I think we often hand out harsher judgments on ourselves than we do for others. Perhaps that is one of the hardest things in this life--self criticism. We often let go of the wrongs of others so much more easily, but hold ourselves accountable to a higher standard. Maybe it's just me.

I love this song by Michael McLean entitled, "Gentle." I first heard it when I was a freshman in college. We were having an activity and a singing/dancing group from the college performed many songs, including this one, but this is the only one that stuck with me.

"Gentle"
(Words and Music by Micheal McLean)

Like a gentle wind can blow the clouds from the sky,
Like a gentle touch can ease the pain of goodbye,
Like a gentle smile embraces empty souls in lonely places,
We should be more gentle with ourselves.

Like the friend who gently builds us up when we're down,
Like a gentle kiss can turn our world all around,
We've been hurt by others often,
We've forgiven and forgotten,
We should be more gentle with ourselves.

Life can be hard but
we need not be so hard
on ourselves,
If we will see

Like the Shepherd leads his flock with gentle commands.
With his gentle voice that only hearts understand.
One thing we can know for certain, He has borne the awful burdens
so we can be more gentle with ourselves.

One thing that I know for certain:
He will bear my every burden,
So I can be gentle with myself.

Christ's Atonement is for us. It is for our sins, but it is also for our healing. Jesus knows all of the pains we suffer, all of the trials we go through, all of our sadness, fears, hopelessness, despair....all of it. He felt it in Gethsemane, the pain of which caused him to bleed from every pore. He wants us to be patient, to be gentle, with ourselves and to use His Atonement as our healing balm. We shouldn't try to do it alone. 

I wrote this mainly for myself, but hopefully you will be personally touched as well. xo

© Wendy 2014