Rainbow Jello and the Gospel

Today we are going to talk about a way that the Lord tells us to expect personal revelation and how to move in the right direction, so staying on our topic of asking, seeking and knocking.  On Wednesdays we will be using direction from women in the gospel.  I will be referencing a talk today given by Aileen H. Clyde in the 1994 October Conference.  I love looking back over past talks and learning from women that have come before us.  So much knowledge to be learned from.

As we talked about yesterday, the knocking part is how we  are going to receive our answers from the Lord. And my example today is going to involve Ribbon jello, and a scripture found in Isaiah 28:10,and 2 Nephi 28:30.  Both of these scriptures talk about a process about the way the Lord teaches us.  

So before I talk about that I am going to talk about Ribbon Jello also known as rainbow jello.  Now we as members of the LDS church are quite well known for our green jello recipe that can be found at most get togethers or funerals. It’s very easy to make and delicious which is why it’s so popular in the meals that we supply to those in need or just for fun celebrations.  But ribbon jello, on the other hand, is quite a bit more difficult to make but equally delicious.  And let me just tell you,  it makes a really cool presentation!  It looks absolutely amazing when it is finished (I think I’ve only made it a couple of times when the kids were little because, well, it’s a process!).

I am totally going to link a recipe in the show notes   just in case you want to try it!  So here is the basic process.  If you’ve ever made jello, you know that it is pretty darn easy.  Just get a little package of jello and dissolve in boiling water, once dissolved add cold water (my mom always said the speedy way was to add ice instead of cold water) until a gelatin starts to form.  Then you put it in your desired dish and then let it set up in the fridge until firm but jiggly. Usually about 30 min.  Wah lah jello! 

Well in rainbow jello, you do this same process several times in several flavors of different colors, that’s how you make the rainbow.  But there is a slight catch: there is a delicious layer that is white in between each colored layer and that is what makes it so delicious and beautiful to look at.  So by the time you finish your layers it has taken hummm maybe around 9 or so hours.  Now you understand why I’ve only made it twice in my life, lol. It is quite the process!

So how does this relate to receiving answers from the Lord?  Well, first off it’s a process.  Like we’ve already talked about briefly, there are certain steps that you need to follow in order to get your desired outcome or answer from the Lord.  

The reason that I liked Sister Clyde’s talk is because she shared what I am going to share with you, but also related it to charity and we all know how much us sisters in the gospel love to take meals (and desserts) to take to those in need. So it’s fun that she made this comparison.

So here is the secret (not so secret) way that we usually receive answers from the Lord.

For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom (2 Ne. 28:30).

In Sister Clyde’s talk she says “Charity develops in us as we see ourselves moving in our lives from a “what’s in it for me” kind of love to the love of family and friends and, blessedly, beyond that to an awareness of our Lord’s unconditional love for us that tells us of our divine kinship with one another and with him. Such love, or charity, does not spring whole and steady in most lives, but it can come as we learn and grow and reach for ways to know God’s love.”

I love that so much!  Because it basically explains how we can develop the ability to receive personal revelation or answers to our questions from the Lord in a way that is easier to digest.  

It is a process! And we shouldn’t expect to receive all of our answers or counsel from the Lord in one visit.  It will come line upon line, just like our rainbow jello.  It’s learning through the process that the Lord is more than willing to share with us all the secrets of the universe and to all the little details in our lives.

So my challenge to you today is to remember that it’s totally a process.  And even though sometimes the answers don’t seem to come in a timely manner, or on our time.  They will definitely come BECAUSE, the Lord wants more than anything to give us all that we need and require to live a most joyous life.  Maybe you can even try the rainbow jello recipe and if you do be sure to take a photo because you will want that one for years to come. And I would love to see it!  

That’s all for today my friends.  Have a great one, and we’ll do this all again tomorrow!  

XO Wendy

Access from Heaven

Good morning my friends! As you recall, our topic this week is Ask, Seek, Knock.  On Tuesday’s we will be looking back to previous conference addresses.  Today I will be referencing  President Russell M. Nelson’s 2009 general conference address of the same name.  If you get the chance I highly recommend you go and listen to it.  I’ll link it in the show notes.  In it he talks about how we are so blessed to have wireless technology in these times.  Most people can talk to anyone, anytime, almost anywhere!  We also have the ability to see loved ones almost anytime and anywhere.  It is such a great tool that we have to help us keep in close contact with those we love.

But one of the most marvelous gifts that has been given us is to be able to access our Father in Heaven and our Savior.  We have direct access anywhere, anytime, and anyplace.  And it is available to ALL of God’s children!  We are so blessed and yet do we take the time and make the effort to access this great gift?

As I was thinking about the gift of technology I was reminded about an experience that I had just last week with my 2 year old granddaughter.  She had messaged me on Marco Polo just to tell me about her little fall.  She sobbed with the most tender little cry “Gigi, I fall down, Gigi I miss you!”  It was so precious and I loved it so much.  And that made me think about our Savior and how he looks forward to hearing every detail about our day.  I think sometimes we get caught up in routine prayers.  And while He loves to hear from us, how much more anxious do you think  He would be if He knew he was going to be able to have a conversation with you, who he loves so deeply?  I know that through several experiences of my own that he does hear me.

And I wanted to share that with you today.  When I was a young mother with 4 children under the age of 6, I was really struggling with my oldest child.  He wasn’t listening or minding, in fact he was outright defiant doing everything in his power to make life miserable for all of us.  

I remember one particular night I had had all I could take and I knelt for my night time prayers.  Father in Heaven, Please I pleaded, please help me to know what this child needs.  I feel like I have exhausted everything and I just need some help here.  Immediately the words came into my mind, “just love him”.  At the time I remember thinking well of course I love him.  And then I heard it again, just love him.  And I remember this peace coming over me, allowing me to see my son from a different perspective.  Now I’m not going to say things changed overnight, it was definitely a process for me to forget the actions that he was doing and just respond in love.  But over time it worked.  The Lord knew what I needed and how to remedy the situation.  

Now I recognize that may be such a small thing, but if there is one thing I have learned over time it is that the Lord is very much involved in the details of our lives.  And He wants to help us, we just need to knock on that door.

Not all of our answers will come to us during our prayerful pleas. Sometimes they will come to us through music or thoughts throughout our day.  Or maybe they will come through the words of someone close to us.  But each of these is considered personal revelation. 

President Nelson said “To access information from heaven, one must first have a firm faith and a deep desire. One needs to “ask with a sincere heart [and] real intent, having faith in [Jesus] Christ.”  “Real intent” means that one really intends to follow the divine direction given.”

“For each of you to receive revelation unique to your own needs and responsibilities, certain guidelines prevail. The Lord asks you to develop “faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God.” Then with your firm “faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, [and] diligence,” you may ask, and you will receive; you may knock, and it will be opened unto you.”

So my challenge to you today is to try and have a 2 sided conversation in your personal prayers sometime this week.  Take a few deep breathes to slow things down and then open your heart and mind and pause between each phrase. And listen for the Lord’s response.  I would love to know how this works out for you. Please let me know in the reviews, it would be so fun so share some of our experiences of praying in this manner.  Have a great day and we’ll do it again tomorrow!

XO Wendy

Ask, Seek, Knock

When I first was given the prompting to start a podcast along with this blog, I’ll admit I was quite overwhelmed.  I didn’t have any experience in podcasting or editing or building content… other than my blog which I have struggled to stay consistent with.  So this undertaking has taken a lot of faith and trust in the Lord, even during the weeks that I am not recording.Thats when I find myself doubting my abilities and the little ripple that I am making in my little corner of the world.

One thing that I am sure of is that we all doubt ourselves and our abilities at times.  It is Satan’s way to discourage and distract us away from the things that will bring change and so much goodness into the world. 

Reading back in my journal recently, I realized that I had lost sight of what my original prompting was.  And so I felt a little chastised maybe as I read that what the intended need in the beginning, was to give daily upliftment in the form of mini snippets 5-7 min. easy to listen to recordings of the word of God.  Through scriptures, conference talks both past and present and examples of great women and men of the gospel.  Think 9th article of faith: “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. And if you don’t know what an article of faith is, click here and you can find out more about what we as members of the Church of Jesus Christ believe.

When looking back at the past recordings that I have done.  I have weaved that into my presentations.  But I just never felt completely at peace with what I was doing.  There was always that nagging, that I wasn’t doing it the way that the Lord intended for me to do.  

I’m not sure why I struggled with the original prompting.  Maybe because I don’t feel like a scriptorian, or a student of theology so to speak.  I tend to see my flaws as most of us do.  But one thing that I am completely sure of is that my Love for the Lord and his gospel is the most prominent  part of my life.  I LOVE the scriptures, all of them.  I love our prophets and for members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I love our heritage and history.  Are we a perfect people?  No, we are not.  But most of us strive, we STRIVE, to live the gospel in the best way we know how.  Of course we are going to fall short at times.  Of course we are human and will offend and not be liked at times.  And that’s ok.  It is ok.  After all, the church was not built for perfect people, the scriptures do not teach perfect people, nor do they teach OF perfect people. Except Jesus of course. The scriptures and church are for the imperfect, the broken, the lost and wandering.  For those who are seeking the truth.  And oh how they are given to us with such deep and abiding love from our Lord and Savior.  

So this week and for who knows how long,  remember I am striving.  I will be coming to you daily with a little pinch of hope, peace and joy.  I hope you like the new change and will stick around.  It might be a little bumpy at first.  But I know that what the Lord has in mind is the best direction to go.  So let’s go.   

This week’s topic comes from scriptures that can be found both in the bible Matthew 7:7-8 and from the Book of Mormon 3 Nephi 14:7-8 and D&C 88:64-65

On Monday’s we will shallow dive into the Book of mormon, and modern day scripture. We’ll call it Book of Mormon Monday.  So we will start with 3 Nephi 14:7-8 it reads: Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.  For everyone that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; And to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.

And just for reference we will read D&C 88:63-64 Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall recieve;  knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you.

I chose this particular scripture one because I have been using it to figure out my next steps with this podcast.  I was going back and forth about whether to keep doing the podcast or give it up all together, when I came across this passage.  And I love that it is in all of the scriptures despite a few wording differences.  I also like to use the KJV study bible version of the bible because I think it’s important to note the differences and similarities with other Christian translations of the Bible than the one Latter Day Saints normally use, when studying.  And I love that it also has a section at the bottom that gives more insight into that particular scripture passage.  We will be discussing that more on Friday.  So stay tuned for that.

So I just wanted to talk for a few minutes on how we can put this scripture passage to work in our lives.  It’s a popular scripture that many christians know by heart and for good reason.  It holds beautiful promises from our Savior that He is ALWAYS there for us.  No matter what is happening in our lives. I love the words ask, seek, knock.  

The word “ask” means to request information, to inquire of, to try and get something.  We usually do this in the form of a prayer.  We settle upon a question or struggle that we are having and then we take it to the Lord. I imagine in my mind that I am about to approach the door to which the Savior stands behind pondering what my particular request, or need is.  I think of what I am seeking in His answer as I knock.  Seeking means to go in search of, to try to find, discover, or obtain.  

So just for the sake of an example.  Imagine that you have your question or struggle and in order to get the answer you have to hike to a steep place where there is a door that you will knock on and the Savior will be there to give you the answer.  All along that path you are encountered with rocks and detours and branches of which you need to navigate.  It takes work.  Seek is an action word. It suggests that you are putting forth some effort.  So you might prepare yourself by searching for the answer on your own or coming up with some sort of plan and then as you are hiking you are thinking about that and what you might expect in return from the Savior who is beyond the door awaiting your knock.  I picture Him waiting anxiously and in anticipation.  Much like that of a mother or father who is always willing and waiting to give advice to their children.  He cares so much about you and knows that this is really important to you.

As you ascend to the top of the mountain you have done a lot of the work needed to receive your answer.  You have questioned, you have pondered, you have done the work to get there but you need to know that what you are pondering is right or maybe you have no idea and you just need to be guided in the right direction.  You knock and wait patiently.  And your patience is rewarded when the Savior is there to open the door promptly and invite you inside to sit with Him.  

I feel like when I imagine this process, I come knocking with a more humble and open heart to what the Lord has for me in return.  He promises “it shall be given…It shall be found… it shall be opened to you.”  

I can’t promise that you will find the answers to your questions immediately upon your “knock” but I do know that when you come to the Lord with an open heart and mind, that He will not let you down.  He is there to surround you in His peace, comfort and knowledge.  He will never ever turn you away.  

So today if you journal or write things down.  I want you to think of a time when you have gone through the process we talked about and what your experience was.  Write it down.  Because being able to go back to these experiences in times of need will remind you of how willing the Savior is to open that door wide when we come knocking.

Have a great day my friends and I’ll talk to you again tomorrow!

XO Wendy

Trust Him, the master healer

I have been reading so much lately, it seems, about more and more people who are suffering from mental illness, anxiety, depression, loneliness and many other symptoms of disconnectedness, since the pandemic.  I imagine that it will take some time for all of us to recover from this past year’s events.  Unfortunately, I don’t believe we have seen the peak of the real effects of isolation.  But I do believe that we will hear more and more about that in the coming days.  

It also seems that cropping up everywhere are ways for us to find solace, healing and peace.  For example, coaching, meditation, workout or diet programs that promise cures, motivational speakers who claim to have the answers.  All of these avenues for healing I think have their place and are great.  And I am not discounting the good that those things can do in any way.  Please don’t misunderstand my mention of them. I myself participate in many of these activities.  And find them very helpful.

But while pondering on that, I started to think about how there is only ONE that we can really trust to heal our aching and broken hearts, to calm the raging PTSD that I think we are all suffering from.  To comfort us when we feel afraid and alone. And that is the Master Healer himself, our Savior Jesus Christ.  

So this podcast/post will be dedicated to Him.  I love my Savior with all of my heart.  And I know that He is always there to send angels in whatever form we need to get through all that we experience in this mortal life. And truly some of those angels may be in those programs that I mentioned above. However, I believe that what is important at this time, is for us to turn our hearts, our faces, and our lives toward Jesus Christ with more fervor, with more commitment, and with an energy that will open the Heavens and pour out blessings upon us.

What I want for you is the feeling that angels are surrounding you now more than ever.  And I really believe with all of my heart that we probably have more angels around us and with us than we have ever had before!  One of my favorite scriptures comes from the Doctrine and Covenants.  And for those of you that are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, that might be unfamiliar to you.  What I’m referring to is a book of blessings and revelations given to the early saints when this church was restored to the Earth.  If you would be interested in more information about that, please contact me, I would be so happy to share it with you.  

So one of my favorite passages from that book is in section 84 verse 88.  It reads:

And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face.  I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up. 

Don’t you just love that?  It is so comforting and beautiful. The first time that scripture impacted me deeply and became my favorite scripture was when I was in the psychiatric unit for the first time nearly 20 years ago! I remember feeling so alone, and so confused as to why things were happening the way they did.  My husband at the time was very thoughtful and knew how important the scriptures were to me.  Although I can’t remember a lot from that experience, I do remember that seeing my scriptures on the nightstand when I woke up, was such a comfort to me.  

I talked about Scripture study last week and how important that is.  And I think that they speak to us each in different ways.  For me, being able to open the scriptures and have the Lord speak directly to me, happens quite regularly.  Not all the time.  Sometimes I am in desperate need of an answer or help and it’s nowhere to be found.  But on many occasions I can open them and immediately be inspired, comforted or directed.  And I believe that the reason for that is because the Lord, our Savior, is so interested in our well being.  And He loves us so much!  If we come to Him broken and alone He is not going to leave us comfortless! He has promised us this.

When I originally started my blog, I did it because I was inspired by the Lord to share my experiences of living with Bipolar in the hopes that it would be somewhat of a comfort to those who are living with some form of mental illness.  I wanted to talk about what I was going through, because people seemed to be so uninformed and afraid to talk about it.  It was, and still is quite frankly, something that people hesitate and are fearful to talk about.  And yet so, so many people suffer in silence because it is an illness that can’t be seen by the naked eye.  I can tell you from experience that the last thing those that suffer want is to be shunned because of something that we did not choose.  

Just like no one would choose to be diagnosed with cancer or any other illness.  People with mental illness do not choose to be depressed.  And yet so many times I have heard people say hurtful things like, “you’re just making this up”, “you can get out of it, just get up and get out of the house”, or “why can’t you just be happy?” Believe me if it was that easy, we would all be snapping our fingers and jumping out of bed. However, it is much more difficult than that, and can take years sometimes to find the help so desperately needed.  

I pray every day that those suffering and feeling so alone, will feel the comfort, peace and strength that comes from the Master Healer.  He is there.  I promise you He is, and He is waiting with open arms to surround you with his love and strength.  

Many times those open arms are found in those around us and I am praying daily that this isolation and disconnectedness that we are going through will end soon.  That we will be able to embrace one another again.  I think we have seen how needed human contact is.  We are all desperately in need of love and that feeling of connection.  It just isn’t quite the same virtually as it is for real.  But, what a blessing the virtual world has been over this past year. Can you even imagine what it would be like to be completely isolated?  Unfortunately, there are those who don’t have access to that.  And I’m sure that they feel so alone, and don’t know where to turn. 

In a talk given in 2006 by our future Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson he said,

I recognize that, on occasion, some of our most fervent prayers may seem to go unanswered. We wonder, “Why?” I know that feeling! I know the fears and tears of such moments. But I also know that our prayers are never ignored. Our faith is never unappreciated. I know that an all-wise Heavenly Father’s perspective is much broader than is ours. While we know of our mortal problems and pain, He knows of our immortal progress and potential. If we pray to know His will and submit ourselves to it with patience and courage, heavenly healing can take place in His own way and time.”

Now I know that in times like these when you are suffering that may not seem like much comfort. You might ask yourself what do I do in the meantime, while I wait?  While I feel so much pain?

And surely, I  don’t have all the answers to those questions.  But I do know this. Our Savior is waiting behind a door without a handle, for us to…. Just open the door.  It seems so effortless, and yet it is sometimes so difficult to turn ourselves over to Him.  

He says in another favorite scripture of mine from the bible in 

Revelation 3:20“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.”

And in Matthew 14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer it is I; be not afraid.

And I love the imagery of that statement, straightway….  He didn’t take His time.  He was right there. And then immediately assuring…it is I, be not afraid!  He longs for us to reach out to Him.  He longs for us to feel peace.  He longs for us to trust Him.  He longs for us to hear Him!

I have often thought about how God made each of us as individuals, unique in our own special and eloquent ways.  We each have our own set of behaviors, character traits, problems, talents, trials, successes and failures. Not one of us alike, and yet not so different in so many ways.   Although, sometimes we feel like we are totally alone and that there is no one that feels the way we do about what is happening in our lives.  There is ONE!  We have a Savior who loves, cares, and suffered for us, so that we can overcome all that this life throws at us.  I am eternally grateful for that!  And I urge you to turn to Him in times of heartache and sorrow.  In times of confusion and distress.  In times of grief and pain.  Praise and give gratitude to Him in times of health and prosperity.  The truth is, He has given us so much, even our very lives.  And even though we feel broken and alone… He is the Healer, He is the ONE to turn to!

Get down on your knees and open your heart to Him. You can trust Him.  He will never forsake you. He will hear you.  He will comfort you straightway! He loves you that much.  And so do I.

XO Wendy

 

Daily Dose

Wow it’s been a hot minute hasn’t it? I really did not plan it to be like this however, I did take a 10 day trip to visit my family in Utah when my daughter had a new baby girl!  It was so much fun and a much needed break out of the pandemic routine. And for those of you wondering about travel.  Rest assured that the airlines are doing everything they possibly can to keep everybody safe while traveling and everyone that I saw was masked and being super careful to keep their social distance.  I’ve been home since the 10th and have not gotten ill, so I feel like I’m in the clear.  But I have missed you guys so much or at least missed writing and talking to you all.  And I felt moved this week to get back on it and hopefully I haven’t missed out on too many opportunities to help you grow closer to your Savior over these past weeks.

With that said, we will just jump right in to this week’s show.  When I was visiting Utah I had the chance to reflect on this past year and what I have learned and how I have grown.  I am choosing to look at it, not as a terrible, awful situation. Although, losing a loved one to this virus is definitely awful, and I if that is you, I want to send you my sincere condolences and please know that I am not diminishing those losses in any way. I was reflecting on how all of the Latter Day Saint temples around the world have been closed.  And just thinking about how much I have missed the strength and peace that comes from regular temple attendance.  

My husband was asked to speak in church on the blessings of the temple and when he practiced it for me, I was so touched by the spirit telling me that I can have that peace and strength that comes from the temple, within the walls of my own home.  I can find it in my own personal space, be it through meditation, scripture study, or just a moment of quiet time to myself. I was reminded of the quote that President Nelson shared in the April 2019 conference when he said in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.” 

One of the blessings of attending the temple is the increased influence of the Spirit in our daily lives.  We are able to renew ordinances and strengthen our testimonies through attendance at the temple.  But can we find those same blessings in times like this when we are unable to attend the temple?  The answer is an unequivocal yes!

Absolutely! We can receive those same blessings of comfort, strength, and testimony building, within the walls of our own home.  But….. we have to want it.  We have to prioritize it. We have to work for it.  And it’s not easy.  Especially if you have young children who constantly demand attention.  If you live in a part member home.  If you are caring for loved ones who are ill.  If you struggle with mental illness or other ailments.  The list goes on.  We have so many challenges pulling at us from all directions.  And it can become quite daunting to find moments of peace and clarity from the spirit amongst it all.  But not impossible!

So let’s just talk about a few of the ways that we can make our homes a little bit of Heaven on Earth and fill them up with what I like to call “holy moments” or “holy minutes” for most of us.  

I am going to plug an app here just because I have found it to be so helpful for me in inviting the spirit to be with me more readily.   It is called “come follow me”. It’s icon is just a gold square with the words come follow me in white.  My daughter told me about this one when I was visiting and oh boy, I love it so much!  One, because it is right on my phone so I see it everytime I open my phone.  And two because it is just a quick dose of two of the most important things that I feel we can be doing to keep the spirit with us during these times.  The first one being, following along with the Come Follow Me lessons that the church puts out. And second, read the Book of Mormon daily. 

But what I have loved about this app is that it is bite sized doses!  Like, I am talking, a question prompt, a couple of verses and a quote or two.  So easy to get a 2-3 minute slice of study in.  Because let’s face it, for some of us this pandemic has made things even crazier than before and 2-3 minutes sometimes is a “holy moment”.  Generally I just use it for the Come Follow Me section and the Book of Mormon section.  But there is also a section for kids, and a section for general conference.  Seriously, it’s the best daily dose of goodness, and I highly recommend trying it!  And it’s FREE. 

So let’s just go back and talk about these two things, following along with the Come Follow Me lessons and reading the Book of Mormon daily.  

I have never had it testified to me more clearly that we indeed have a living prophet on the Earth today than when the pandemic hit and we already had the Come Follow me program in place.  In fact, we’d been studying it for over a year!  Not to mention many other changes that had taken place before, to help prepare us to make our homes more holy places. And many of us had already found ways to implement these programs into our lives and homes so it was a smooth transition.  I can’t even tell you what a sweet experience it was when we were able to partake of the holy sacrament in our own home.  And I know that many of you have had that same experience.

Having the come follow me program available to us at our very fingertips has been such an amazing tool to help us bring “holy moments” into our lives on a regular basis. That’s one of the reasons that I love the app so much is because it really does make it so easy.  Instead of scrolling mindlessly on Instagram or Facebook or pinterest or any of the other apps, just open this one and take a few short minutes to fill your cup. With all of the distractions that we are bombarded with daily, our spirits really need, crave actually, a dose of “holy moments” on the regular.  

That got me thinking about daily doses and I am a big supplement freak.  I am one of those crazy people that is going to go kicking and screaming into old age, lol.  I mean, age has it’s advantages for sure.  But I just don’t want all the crazy stuff that goes along with it.  So I take about a million supplements everyday, kidding, not kidding.  And I am vigilent in this!  I have my little daily pill container and each week I go through and fill up all the days and I am always on the lookout for new and better supplements.  My vitamin cupboard looks like a drug store shelf! But enough about that.  What I’m trying to say is that these “daily doses” or “holy moments” can literally be lifesaving and life extending if we allow them to be.  So what I encourage you to do is to try to implement “supplements” daily, from the Come Follow Me lessons.

Read just a paragraph with your family.  Or one or two verses of scripture.  Trying to do an entire lesson all at once can sometimes be overwhelming, for the giver as well as the receiver (especially if they are children).  Plus I believe it brings the lesson into focus each day allowing us to look for opportunities with our family to “create” holy moments.

Think of the great promise that President Nelson gave us in that same general conference. “I promise that as you continue to be obedient, expressing gratitude for every blessing the Lord gives you, and as you patiently honor the Lord’s timetable, you will be given the knowledge and understanding you seek. Every blessing the Lord has for you—even miracles—will follow.  I just love that promise so much and I have truly witnessed the miracles that he speaks of.

The second important way that we can increase our faith in Jesus Christ and have those holy moments is to put our face in the Book of Mormon every day.  I remember when Joe, my husband, was being taught by the missionaries before he was baptized.  They told of an experience where Elder Bednar of the 12 apostles came to speak with them.  They said he spoke for like 2 hours straight without any notes!!!! Crazy!  Anyway, at the end he left all of the missionaries with an apostolic blessing.  He promised them that if they would read the Book of Mormon everyday that they would never fall away from the church when they returned home.  Since I had gone through my own faith crisis shortly before that, I vowed that I would try to read the Book of Mormon every day so that I would never fall away again.  And I can truly testify that this has been such a strength to my testimony of the Savior and of his love for each of us.  There have been so many times that I have been struggling and have opened up the Book of Mormon to exactly the passage that I needed at that particular moment. 

For example, right before the pandemic hit, we had a tornado here in Nashville.  I was so distraught over it and I was constantly thinking about it and having anxiety about it happening again. Luckily we did not receive any damage but lots of people we knew well did.  The temples were still open,  so I decided that I’d go to see if I could find some personal peace.  I’m so glad I did because the temples closed the next week. That day it was so peaceful as it always is.  The cares of the world just melted away.  But after the service, I grabbed the Book of Mormon and randomly opened it.  I believe that this was one of the holy moments that I’ve been talking about, I am not even kidding when I say this is the exact spot I opened to.  

Heleman 5:12 It reads,  And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

That scripture became such a strength to me as a few days later we were told to shelter in place… for who knew how long, as this virus would overtake the world.

This experience is not singular.  I have had so many times since I first heard that promise of reading daily, that I have had scriptures come into my mind at the exact time I needed them.  Or when my daily reading included something that was important to whatever I was experiencing that day.  Since I have been doing this I have felt my testimony of our Savior and of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon increase. I love the Book of Mormon so much because it draws me closer to my Savior with every page. 

So I encourage you to put a dose of the Book of Mormon into your daily habits.  It doesn’t have to be long or drawn out.  Just one verse a day and I promise your faith will grow and your life will be impacted in a positive way. I thought of  another promise that Dale G Renlund shared in a recent conference address about temple and family history work. He said of the blessings that can come to us, one is increased faith, so that conversion to the Savior becomes deep and abiding.”  I love that word “abiding”. It means that it STAYS or LASTS A LONG TIME.  So essentially our conversion to the Savior becomes deeper and stays with us longer when we are taking the time to bring the spirit into our lives daily.  And isn’t that what our ultimate goal should be?

 

So there it is.  Two ways that you can increase the spirit and make your home more of a temple.  Study the Come Follow Me lessons daily and put your face in the Book of Mormon every day!