As the Sun Rose

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Light of Testimony

Sept 23, 2009

Through my 12 step addiction recovery class I have been trying to figure out the core of my addictions.
And I have gone through a process and am discovering things about myself that I needed to look at and
fix, which is a difficult thing to do. At the same time, I have been wondering and pondering over my
calling as Relief Society president and trying to figure the way to go with this.

Well, today was the first day in a long time that I have actually been able to spend a lengthy time with my
studying of the scriptures, towards the end of my reading I finally started to get some answers. DC
112:28 says: But purify your hearts before me" which really stood out. I will now be studying and
learning more about purifying my heart. Then I read 112:33 "Verily I say unto you, behold how great is
your calling. Cleanse your hearts and your garments, lest the blood of this generation be required at
your hands." Foot note to Cleans is: Jacob 1:19: 19 And we did magnify our office unto the Lord,
taking upon us the responsibility, answering the sins of the people upon our own heads if we did not
teachthem the word of God with all diligence; wherefore, by laboring with our might their "blood might
not come upon our garments; otherwise their blood would come upon our garments, and we would not
be found spotless at the last day. It reaffirmed to me that this is what we must keep doing, and our

Christmas program is exactly right. We need to change the tradition and we must teach the words of
Christ. Next footnote is Jacob 2:2 which says: 2 Now, my beloved brethren, I, Jacob, according to the
responsibility which I am under to God, to magnify mine office with soberness, and that I might rid
my garments of your sins, I come up into the temple this day that I might declare unto you the word of
God. I understood this for me to be keep going to the temple and we will find the words tha~ we need
to be saying: Also what came to mind is the very last paragraph in the last step of the 12 step, which
states: You can share this message with others through your example and your words of
encouragement. When you meet people throughout the day, greet them with a smile. Show gratitude
for what they do. When opportunities arise, bear testimony of the hope that comes through the
Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Testimony must be born at the Christmas dinner.


Here are some excerpts from our leaders on Testimony:


Some of us are naturally reserved and timid about bearing our testimony with words. Perhaps we should
not be so timid. The Doctrine and Covenants tells us, "But with some I am not well pleased, for they will
not open their mouths, but they hide the talent which I have given unto them, because of the fear of
man" (D&C 60:2). When we do bear testimony, we should testify with a spirit of humility. Section 38 of
the Doctrine and Covenants reminds us, "And let your preaching be the warning voice, every man to his
neighbor, in mildness and in meekness" (D&C 38:41).(James E. Faust, "The Importance of Bearing
Testimony," Ensign, Mar 1997, 2)


In a talk given to a group of missionaries when he was a member of the Council of the Twelve,
President Kimball spoke about the importance of testimony bearing, he said:

"Now this testimony bearing is not some strange eccentric thing which only we do. This is a
fundamental part of the Church .... I remember bearing my testimony when I was just a child in
Primary and in Sunday School. It is basic. It is important ... We have critics who say it is silly to
have little children bear their testimonies and that they cannot know it is true. Undoubtedly their
knowledge is limited. But they can have feelings, and testimonies are feelings, not merely the
accumulation of facts. Testimonies come from the heart. And so, they become a basic thing ....
We have testimonies all through the Church. When we get a group of presidents of missions
together, we bear our testimonies and when members get together in little groups almost
anywhere they formally or informally bear their testimonies.

"At home we bear testimonies, we of the Twelve. The eighteen and a half years I have been in
the Twelve, we have been holding a quarterly testimony meeting. We go to the temple early in
the morning, the twelve of us, or as many as are not too far away from headquarters, ... in our
own room upon the fourth floor. Here is a room in which there are twelve old leather-covered
chairs. They are very old. I think they have been occupied by apostles for half a century at least.
The leather is wearing, but they are still comfortable old chairs. They are in a semicircle. We
have our clerk there. President Smith sits at one end and the youngest member sits at the other.
We sit in horse-shoe fashion. We sing. Brother Lee plays the organ or he leads the singing and I
play the organ. We have a little pump organ which we pump with our feet. We pray very
earnestly for the Spirit of the Lord to be with us and then we hear the minutes of our last meeting
in great detail. The minutes take fifteen or twenty minutes to read ... (and they) are thrilling. We
hear again the testimonies we heard three months ago from the brethren.

"Then President Smith, who is President of the Twelve, generally stands up and with his books
in his hand opens the scriptures to us, I think a great deal like the Lord did to the two men on
their way to Emmaus ...

"We are fasting. Two of us administer to (the sacrament} and we pass (it) to each other. And
then the testimonies begin. We spend three or four hours, just the twelve of us, bearing testimony
to each other. I mention this so you may know (that testimony bearing) is basic and is an
important part of the Church program. If the Twelve Apostles need to bear testimony to each
other to express themselves and speak their gratitude to the Lord, then the missionaries may need
it too, to sustain and lift and inspire them, and to keep the fires burning. We sing again, and pray,
and go back to our regular duties.

"Now we have another testimony meeting every six months on the Thursday preceding the
General Conference. All of the General Authorities are there ... in the room of the Presidency
and the Twelve in the temple. At the top is a chair in which the President sits. Never does any
one sit in that chair, except the Prophet of the Lord. Even though his counselors conduct the
meeting when he is gone, they always sit in their own chairs ...

"The sacrament is administered by two of the brethren, (we are fasting) generally two of the
Twelve. Then we have our testimonies. The Patriarch, one of the Bishopric, one of the Seventies,


one of the assistants, one or more of the Twelve, and all three of the Presidency, bear their
testimonies. It is a glorious experience to have it all capped by the testimony of the Prophet of
the Lord. To hear him stand there and say, 'I know it is true. I know the Lord is responding. He
is revealing His mind and will to us.' I tell you that is an experience to remember.

"I mention this so you do not think that testimony bearing is some little thing that is incidental to
the mission only. This is the Church program. It is powerful and mighty ... It is the lifeblood of
the organization and of the Church." (The Berlin Spirit, January 1962.) (Spencer W. Kimball,
"The Lifeblood of the Church," Tambuli, Jul 1978,40)

There are in those hours on Sunday and in a family home evening on Monday the opportunity to
combine genuine caring, teaching the gospel, and the bearing of testimony. Across the earth
there are families who love and understand their covenants who do that. From my front window I
have seen parents, their children at their sides, move down the street to the home of a neighbor to
offer comfort, to give Christlike service. I wasn't there to see it, but surely the warmth of those
moments lingered later at home when a song of Zion was sung, a prayer given that likely
included a plea for the person visited, a scripture read, a short lesson taught, and testimonies of
the restored gospel borne. (Henry B. Eyring, "Witnesses for God," Ensign, Nov 1996,30)

There is a caution I would give and a promise I would offer about such choices of how to use
family time. For a person not yet a member ofthe Church, to fail to provide such moments of
love and faith is simply a lost opportunity. But for those under covenant, it is much more. There
are few places where the covenant to love and to bear witness is more easily kept than in the
home. And there are few places where it can matter more for those for whom we are
accountable. For members of the Church, my caution is that to neglect those opportunities is a
choice not to keep sacred covenants.

Because God always honors covenants, I can make a promise to those who in faith keep the
covenant to create experiences of giving love and bearing testimony with their families. They
will reap a harvest of hearts touched, faith in Jesus Christ exercised unto repentance, and the
desire and the power to keep covenants strengthened. Henry B. Eyring, "Witnesses for God,"

Ensign, Nov 1996, 30

Find Your Testimony by Bearing It

It is not unusual to have a missionary say, "How can I bear testimony until I get one? How can I
testify that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, and that the gospel is true? If! do not have such a
testimony, would that not be dishonest?"

Oh, if I could teach you this one principle: a testimony is to be found in the bearing of it!



    Somewhere in your quest for spiritual knowledge, there is that "leap of faith," as the
    philosophers call it. It is the moment when you have gone to the edge of the light and stepped
    into the darkness to discover that the way is lighted ahead for just a footstep or two. "The spirit
    of man is," as the scripture says, indeed "the candle of the Lord" (Proverbs 20:27).

    It is one thing to receive a witness from what you have read or what another has said; and that is
    a necessary beginning. It is quite another to have the Spirit confirm to you in your bosom that
    what you have testified is true. Can you not see that it will be supplied as you share it? As you
    give that which you have, there is a replacement, with increase!

    To speak out is the test of your faith.

    Bear testimony of the things that you hope are true, as an act of faith. It is something of an
    experiment, like the experiment that the prophet Alma proposed to his followers. We begin with
    faith-not with a perfect knowledge of things. That sermon in the 32nd chapter of Alma is one of
    the greatest messages in holy writ, for it is addressed to the beginner, to the humble seeker. And
    it holds a key to a witness of the truth.

    The Spirit and testimony of Christ will come to you for the most part when, and remain with you
    only if, you share it. In that process is the very essence of the gospel.

    Is not this a perfect demonstration of Christianity? You cannot find it, nor keep it, nor enlarge it /'
    unless and until you are willing to share it. It is by giving it away freely that it becomes yours. ("
    (Boyd K. Packer, "The Quest for Spiritual Knowledge," NewEra, Jan 2007, 2-7)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Light of Love

I love my husband, my children, their spouses, and my grandchildren so much it almost hurts. The only thing I want is to be with them forever and ever. I can't imagine life without them. Why does it feel like a hurt sometimes? What do I have to do to ensure an eternal family? How can I share that with my family?

I Read DC 88. I learned, laws are gifts to teach us to be like God. As we live each law or commandment we become more like Him. It is through keeping the laws that we are sanctified and redeemed.

God is love. As we learn to love God and become more like Him our capacity to love grows. Elder Eyring said in Ensign NOv 1996: The fruit of keeping covenants is the companionship of the Holy Ghost and an increase in the power to love."

We have to love God more then our spouse, children or grandchildren. As we do we will come closer and closer to the longed for Godlike attribute of eternal families.

So, what is it that I must do now?

Ask yourself this question, How do I qualify more fully for the Holy Ghost to guide me and help me know what I must do? Or some similar question. Then start reading the scriptures, in what ever way you need to. The answer will come. Mine came like this. I decided to just keep reading the D&C as usual, with my study guide. I read section 93 vs 1 says...every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name and obeyeth my voice, and keepth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am." Wow great promise, but lots to do. What again do I need more specifically in my life? So the section goes on and tells me what the Savior is, and what is light and truth and then....93:48 Your family must needs repent and forsake some things, and give more earnest heed unto your sayings (the prophets), or be removed out of their place. .....Pray always lest that wicked one have power in you, and remove you out of your place." Pray, for me, is where I need to draw closer to Him. My prayers have got to be able to draw the spirit in to me. My prayers have got to be more exact. I was then reminded of Elder Eyrings article in the Aug 2009 Ensign "That He May Write upon Our Hearts." So I read, and again Prayer is the answer. Personal prayer, and when we are together we must not let a day go by with out family prayer.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Light of the Temple

We have talked about the three purposes of Relief Society:

Increase faith and personal righteousness.

Strengthen families and homes.

Serve the Lord and His children.

All three of these things can be accomplished simultaneously, (talk about multi tasking sisters) As we go to the temple.

I remember Elder Eyring saying once that We better give heed unto the word of the Lord especially when it gets repeated several times.

1. April Conference we heard three talks on the power of temple worship

2. In May we received our conference Ensign where we could really study

3. In June our Joseph Smith lessons were

a. Redemption for the Dead

b. Receiving the Ordinances and Blessings of the Temple

4. In July the VT message is

Qualify for and Partake of Temple Worship

5. In July our stake is having a Stake temple day

6. On August 23rd our Church services will be replaced by a Temple Dedication.

In the impoverished days of the early church, as the apostles were trying to decide how to allocate the Church’s meager resources, Joseph Smith said” “We need the temple more than anything else.”

Today, as we live in a spiritually & temporally impoverished world, our leaders are saying once again: “We need the Temple more then anything else”

President Benson said “Many parents, in and out of the Church, are concerned about protection against a cascading avalanche of wickedness, which threatens to engulf the world. There is a power associated with the ordinances of heaven, even the power of godliness, which can and will thwart the forces of evil, if we will but be worthy of those sacred covenants made in the temple of the Lord. Our families will be protected, our children will be safeguarded as we live the gospel, visit the temple, and live close to the Lord.

There is a moment in almost every couple’s life that is very profound, very powerful, and that is the moment after much travail that we bare a child into this world. The feelings are unexplainable. Russell M Nelson said: When a woman bares and care for a child she glorifies God. That’s why that moment is so powerful. You are glorifying God.

When My children were finally placed in my arms, and I knew they were safe, and I am finally free from pain, we were together at last, happiness, love and the spirit of the Lord filled the room. And I said can it get any better then this?

But then as I was raising my kids, I experienced other moments. One of my favorite moments ever, was watching them all play together outside in the dirt, Pretending to build huts and roads or whatever and I could see them all, they were together. They were safe, they were free, content, and happy, and I was filled with love and the spirit of the Lord. It can’t get any better then this..

But then they grew up: We experienced More ultimate moments as we watched three of our children be sealed in the house of the Lord: We were safe, we were free, we were together, content, and happy. Love and the spirit of the Lord was thick. I’ve never loved my family more. It can’t get any better then this. We are anxiously waiting for the day the other two will be with us in the temple. It may take more travail and more labor to get one of them there, but labor we will until that day..

But in the mean time the grandchildren have started coming: It’s worth being parents just to have grandchildren. Last week end we had 3 of them and their parents at the house, and at 4:30 in the morning little Gracie was ready to get up and play. “Hello Mommy, she happily said.:, mommy wasn’t quit so happy. But Grandma and Grandpa were. So when it got light enough Grandpa and I took her outside. There she was floating through our yard chasing butterflies. And then I was picking my green beans and there she was sprawled out beside me in the dirt on her belly , barefoot and in her pajamas pretending who knows what. But She was safe, she was free, content, happy and I was filled with love and the spirit of the lord. Can it get any better then this?

Tomorrow I head out to Alabama to help to bare another special spirit into this world. I am anxiously waiting for the moment that she will, after much travail, be placed in her mothers arms. She will be safe, Mom will be free from pain, happiness , love, and the spirit of the Lord will fill the room once again. And so it keeps going.

Well, there is another very similar but even more profound and powerful moment that we all should be preparing for and that is the moment, after much travail, that we bare our families back in to the presence of our Father. That is the day we will truly glorify God, There we will be safe, we will be free, together, content and filled with a fullness of love and joy and a fullness of the spirit. and there is no other way to reach that moment then through the Holy Temples and the sealing power of the Priesthood. It won’t get any better then that, will it?

That is why I go to the temple. So I can be taught what it is I need to do so I can have that ultimate experience with my famiiy.

We invite everyone to do something to bring the temple closer to you. As we touch the temple, the temple will touch us. Pres Monson.

And on July 29th , our stake temple day, everyone of us can do something that will bring the temple closer.

Family History or Indexing - Enrichment

Read one of the articles on the temples in the Ensign

Set a goal, that day, to do something to make yourself more temple worthy

Come to the Temple. Spend the day and live the experience.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Life giving seed

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone, but if it die it bringeth forth much fruit.
A seed sitting by itself is nothing, but as it is planted and dies, it brings forth life and much fruit. So Christ did for us. He died that we might have everlasting life, and bring forth much fruit.
So a woman, as she carries a child within her, gives of her life giving nutrients to the growing child. Then she suffers near death to deliver this child into this world. Thus giving life. And it does not end here. As she then nurtures this child, her own self interests die, as she gives her time and love to the life of the child she loves.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Light of working in the Nursery

I was asked to substitute in the nursery today. Of course, I said yes, trying to sound joyful about it. But the truth was I hate to miss Relief Society and all the wonderful lessons in there. But I wore my most comfortable dress, kicked my shoes off when I walked in and sat down on the floor to see what I could do to help.

Tessa was wanting mommy. So I distracted her with the little kitchen set, and a baby doll to feed. She was willing to play, but only half heartedly. And every now and then she would look at me and say "Mommy". We then moved to the rocking chair to read a book. Now she settled into my lap seeming to accept it as a substitute for her mothers. Then the bubbles came out and off my lap she hopped to play with the bubbles seeming as happy as ever.

Next came Marie, who is over two years old and still has to have mom in the nursery with her. I coaxed her on to my lap and began to read a book to her. We were finding the puppy dog and the cat on each page. When she finally started to respond to my questions and tell me what the puppy said, I said Good Job Marie and little face just lit up with excitement. So on we went through the book, and now she began to tell me about her pens with the cows and horses and pigs in them. Now she is just beaming every time we find something new in the book. Mean while mom has left the nursery. She then was able to jump off my lap and play with the parachute all the while smiling and smiling.

Izzy: Isabella was also thinking she needed mommy. Her eyes just lit up when we sang wheels on the bus and Daddies on the bus go read read read. She then started jabbering about her daddy. Her sparkling eyes and big huge dimples made me smile, and see that there is light in the nursery. The children just needed to feel safe and secure and that someone cared. And I needed to remember that through little children we can find simple and uncomplicated light.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The light of Tender Mercies

For our family scritpure study this year, instead of reading the Book of Mormon straight through like we usually do, we are taking a subject and reading every scripture that is about this subject. We chose faith. So last night we read our first scripture. 1 Nephi 1:20. ."...I Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance." We then talked about the tender mercies the Lord has shown us recently. 1. Bruce got sick Saturday and it looked like it was going to be a bad one, but was recovered by Sunday night. 2. I had spoken with three people during the day, that had something to tell me that taught me things, unbeknowst to them, that I need to be sure to work on in my life. 1. We can not condemn people for their weaknesses, no matter how much it bugs us. If we do, it will turn to our own condemnation. 2. We must not withhold our compliments to others even for their slightest efforts. Always be aware of the efforts of others, even if those efforts are small and seem insignificant to us. We do not make big huge changes over night, they are gradual and ever so slight and we even sometimes slide backwards at times. The Lord accepts our efforts and we need to do the same for others. 3. If we are faithful the Lord will provide a way for our deliverance from whatever our trial is at the moment. Which leads to one of my newest favorite scriptures. DC 35:24 "Keep all the commandments and covenants by which you are bound and I will cause the heavens to shake for your good, and satan shall tremble, and zion shall rejoice upon the hills and flourish." He will deliver us.

LIght of my Life

Everyone of us is born with a light, "that lighteth every man that cometh into the world." John 1:9. You can see it in our little new born babies that have just recently joined the family. They glow from having just been in God’s presence. The love that flows from them to us, is a message sent from Him above; a brief reminder of what we also once knew and felt.
Light feels good, dispels darkness, and forsakes the evil one. It opens our minds and hearts more and more to who we are and what we can become.24 That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day. D&C 50: 2467 And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with light comprehendeth all things. D&C 88: 67
Since this light comes from Christ, it is through contact with Him that we receive more of it. HOW? The price to be paid is quiet, focused, concentrated TIME.

They Light Up My Life

Light of Prayer

Light of Prayer
The bible dictionary states: "As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, that God is our Father, and we are his children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instrinctive on our part (Matt 7:7=11). many of the so called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father, and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with eadh other. The object of prayer is not to chagne the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blesings that God is already willing to grant, but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessing require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work, and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings. "

Child's prayer

Child's prayer


The Lord hears and answers prayers from all who are willing to ask with humble hearts.

Prayer for Freedom

Prayer for Freedom


36 Behold, I am Moroni, your chief captain. I seek not for power, but to pull it down. I seek not for honor of the world, but for the glory of my God, and the freedom and welfare of my country. And thus I close mine epistle. Alma 60:36

16 And therefore, at this time, Moroni prayed that the cause of the Christians, and the freedom of the land might be favored.Alma 46:16

Prayer for truth

Prayer for truth

Prayer for the world

Prayer for the world