Sunday, February 22, 2015

Isaiah sees the Latter Day Temple.

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Book of Mormon: 2 Nephi 12

 And it shall come to pass in the last days, when the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it.
 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
       So first of all, verse 2 is describing the Temple.  Have you ever noticed how many of the Prophets in the scriptures would go up on a Mountain to talk to God?  Well that symbolizes the Temple being the closest place to Heaven on this earth, or in other words, the Temple is the closest place to Heaven on this earth. 
     I love it how it says in verse 2, how all nations shall flow unto it.  When President Gordon B. Hinckley (I named my son after him :) was acting as a Prophet on this earth, he established many Temples throughout the world and today many Temples are continuing to be built and dedicated.  What a wonderful thing that "all nations" will be able to go to the Temple. 
    But why do we need to go to the Temple??
    Well in verse 3 it talks a little about why it is important to go to the Temple.  It says, "he (the Lord) will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths".  So we can learn.
    My favorite part of verse 3 though is when it says "for out of Zion shall go forth the law".   What does Zion mean?......Well peace.  Do you want peace in your life?  Well then you need to go to the Temple, learn the laws that equal peace,  and then walk in His path!  How cool is that?!
   ***Just a side note.  It reminds me of science.  When there is a law in science it means that whenever you do a certain action, it will always create the same reaction.  This is no Theory.  The Temple teaches the law of peace.  Sorry, I never realized I was a science nerd but I guess I kind of am.
    So to really answer the question, "why do we need to go to the Temple?"   .....Peace.
    Becky joy

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Spoiled but not Rotten.

     I got down on my knees and began to pray.  As my mind offered words that plead for Zion like peace flowing inside and out of me, it was as if someone touched my heart and the stress that grasped it so tightly lifted and peace immediately took over as the next beat succeeded the last one.
     It was one of those days again, Weston was gone at work, and I was with the kids feeling overwhelmed.  Every day I was waking up with a goal to be a better Mom, one who never raised her voice and only talked sweetly and waited patiently on her kids while teaching them to be good citizens in this world by example of course.  But once again, I was about to fail.  I sent Sage to her room and remembered the words from the blessing my husband gave me counseling me that the Lord wanted to help me, but couldn't unless I asked.  It was the second time  a blessing shared those words of advice with me.
     I was so confused by them.  Help with what?  I didn't have a performance, I wasn't trying out for anything, no big decisions were coming I just brushed it off, but in that moment I suddenly realized what the Lord wanted to help me with.  As a Mother I was trying to do it alone.  I was waking up each day, sending my husband off to work and then trying to conquer ABC's, naps, fruits and vegetables, teaching my child to clean up after herself or to be nice to people, and trying to be patient with it all ALONE.
     I recorded in my journal, " There are things I need help with though.  I need help in my marriage, I need help as a Mother, I need help as a friend and servant.  I need help when I am babysitting other people's kids.  I need help trying to stay motivated to exercise, I need help keeping my house cleaned and organized, I need help with budgeting, etc...the list goes on and on.  Why am I so emotional? I have tears coming out of my eyes right now.  I just realized I have been trying to do these things all alone and I REALLY DO NEED HELP.  I feel overwhelmed everyday and I don't end up getting anything done because my overwhelmedness makes me want to hide from it all.  It would be so nice for some help.  I am going to get on my knees and start praying for help!! I am not going to be afraid anymore.  Well actually I do feel a little afraid, I just don't want to bug the Lord with my burdens.  I know this sounds dumb but I feel like I was annoying to Him because I used to ask for so much and so I backed off.  I need help even praying for help, sheesh!"
     As I reflected on this experience and how the Lord saved me in that exhausting moment with my daughter, I realized, He spoils me.  He gives me pretty much everything I have ever asked for (including the LONG list of things I prayed for in a future husband).  I remember praying that my roommate would be  free to go to Salt Lake with me and her plans opened and we went together.  
    When I had Reuben, I prayed that my neighbors living downstairs would be quiet, I wouldn't have heartburn during labor, my midwife would come on time, and my husband would be there and each of those things played out the way I hoped they would during my labor, it was wonderful. 
     I prayed that I would be able to lose weight on my own without being constricted to a diet and he healed my mind from the food addiction that I was chained to.  
      I prayed each time we moved that I would make friends and I have every time.  I prayed for comfort and He sent me peace, I remember praying to be able to find my church shoes when I was a little girl and He took me right to them seconds later (they were lost for weeks).  I guess what I am realizing is that He wants to help me, He wants to spoil me with things that matter and with things that don't matter.  
      I feel bad for anyone who doesn't believe He is there.  I wanted to share this experience because I know I am not alone.  I have felt His love so much in my life and it's because I have included Him and I NEED to include Him.  He takes time out of His busy schedule for me, when I take time for Him.  He has improved me.  I love Him.

     Becky joy
I had this picture by my mirror as a young women.  I love Him.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

I love you to the moon and back!

 Some of my favorite things: hearts, the color pink, holidays, family, love, basically to sum it up:  I Love Valentine's Day!!!  I like to think of it as Valentine's month actually because I like to spend the whole month doing activities centered around the holiday.
 Some of the things we did this month to remind us of this fun holiday:
I made and put a heart garland up.  I think I am going to leave it up for March, April, May...well forever!
Sage and I made chocolate covered strawberries and we took Valentine's to all of her friends around the neighborhood.

Every year Weston gets a little gift for Sage and this year we decided that I would get one for Reuben too!

Also every year I make pink pancakes for breakfast and try and make all of our food heart shaped!  We had a heart pizza for dinner.

I made Weston heart shaped scrambled eggs since he couldn't eat the pancakes.
I also made him chocolate shaped chocolate hearts that are sugar free and safe for him to eat.  They are made with coconut oil and stevia.  I made the heart pancakes pink using beets.

And of course we all dress up in Valentine clothes!  My little Love Monster.
After breakfast we went on a family hike in Maple Canyon and we had a picnic.  While Weston and I were in college we went on a hike there together.  We started our hike as just friends and ended our hike holding hands (so I guess you can say we didn't leave as "just friends").  After we got back I made the heart pizza and we got a babysitter for Sage while Weston and I (along with Reuben) went on a date.  This is going to sound lame but we went to dinner and then we went to Walmart.  I love walking around Walmart with Weston.  I don't know why but it is one of my favorite things.  We used to do it all the time before we had kids.
Weston let me borrow his coat.  What a gentleman.

Yes we did indeed hike through those huge rocks up there and Sage was a little trooper.

You can't see it under my coat and jacket but Weston got me this cute heart shirt as a gift and I got him all the Dominion games.
    Becky joy