September 22, 2009


Hi kids,
Welcome to Family Home Evening ONLINE!!

1. When Christ was on the earth he established his church with the FOUNDATION OF TWELVE APOSTLES.

2. The truths of the gospel are supported by the foundation of the apostles. Some of the truths we know because of the gospel of Jesus Christ are:
a. The Godhead
b. The atonement of Jesus Christ
c. Families can be together forever
d. The plan of happiness
e. Tithing
(these were some of the ones mentioned at OUR FHE...)

3. Within these truths can be found the first Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel: Faith on the Lord Jesus Christ; Repentance; Baptism by Immersion; the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

4. As we come to understand and accept these truths, we begin to develop a testimony. What are some of the things that we can do to help strengthen our testimony?

A. Read the scriptures
B. Pray
C. Attend our church meetings

5. As our testimonies grow, we come to understand the importance of having AUTHORITY, and having the keys to receive REVELATION . . .

. . . JESUS CHRIST leads his church today, through a living prophet, and 12 apostles, who have AUTHORITY and receive REVELATION for the world.

When Christ was crucified, the apostles were left to carry on. One by one, the apostles of the Lord were killed, and the truths, the authority of Jesus Christ were lost and there was a GREAT APOSTACY (falling away...or falling "down").

Gradually, people started seeking truth, and building up churches. Most contain SOME truth , but none of them have all of the truth AND the AUTHORITY from Jesus Christ.

MOST churches have SOME truth, but only the RESTORED Gospel of Jesus Christ has the COMPLETE TRUTHS from Jesus Christ himself.

Thomas S. Monson is the living prophet on the earth today! The Twelve Apostles are: Boyd K. Packer, L. Tom Perry, Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, M. Russell Ballard, Joseph B. Wirthlin, Richard G. Scott, Robert D. Hales, Jeffrey R. Holland, David A. Bednar, Quentin L. Cook, and D. Todd Christofferson.

I am SO grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and through him ALL of the truths of Christ's church were restored. The authority to act in God's name (the Priesthood), was restored; there is a living prophet on the earth to day, President Thomas S. Monson. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. It was translated by the power of God and is another witness and testament of Jesus Christ. I am SO thankful for living prophets and apostles. I'm grateful for divine revelation to our living prophet, and for personal revelation that we each are entitled to! I love my husband so very much! And I love every one of my children. I am grateful for the strength I feel from our family, for the love and support we feel for each other, and I really do LOVE MY JOB as a wife and mother!! In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

September 21, 2009


Mom's Moment
February 19, 2006

As I have spent time over at Julie's house helping with Scott, I have gotten a lot of scrapbooking done. I enjoy my time over there. As I have cooked and cleaned at different times I have found Julie and I are alike in many ways, but also different. I am very grateful for my "other sister" and her profound influence in my life.
One day as I opened her pantry door I noticed a quote on the inside. Funny...she puts her quotes on the inside of her door...I put mine on the outside. Similarities. Her pantry door is mostly open, mine is mostly closed. Differences.
Anyway, I loved the quote and felt it very important to share. One, because it's true; two because it's from a prophet of God; three because it's a good reminder.

"Your most important friendships should be with your own
brothers and sisters, and with your father and mother.


Be loyal to them. Have a genuine concern for them.

Pray for them.

Help carry their load."

-- Ezra Taft Benson

The day Aunt Linda graduated from high school she moved out of our home. (She and our parents had some major difficulties throughout her teenage years.) For the next couple of years I was very afraid for her. She had moved in with a girlfriend who wasn't very active in church, then Linda moved to San Francisco for awhile, living with my aunt and uncle. All the while I was worried about what she was doing with her life, and I CONSTANTLY prayed for her. I will never forget the feelings I had and prayer was the only way I could help. And it did.
I was thrilled when she decided to move up to Provo the second year I was there. It was a good change for her.
I'm sure I wasn't the only one praying for my sister. The important thing is that I was praying for my sister. I hope we will love each other. Be loyal to one another. Have genuine concern for our family. Pray for them, and help carry their load.

September 20, 2009

Mindless. . .or "little things"

September 20, 2009 -- Sunday

So, with everything I have going right now . . . Primary Program just finished, the Peanut Pulling Party (, Swiss Day's Parade, state-wide Piano Competition, rodeo stuff, and so on . . . I still have had time to THINK!

I've mentioned a little about "baby steps," taking things from the "minimum" angle so as not to defeat ourselves before we even get started. I've been re-motivated to do this with regards to weight loss, and I'm amazed at how it applies to everything.
As I've read more about the Kaizen method, I understand WHY it's so important to do very little things. I'll give you some examples:
"What's the smallest step I can take to be more efficient?"
"What can I do in five minutes a day to reduce my credit-card debt?"
"How could I find one source of information about adult education classes in my city?"
Each of these are small enough to bypass fear. This, in turn, allows the brain to focus on problem-solving and action.

Now, so you can see by example, what I'm talking about, I'll share with you MY four SIMPLE things I'm doing this month to help me reach my weight goals. Here they are:

1. Keep a mug (water bottle) with me all during the day. (I don't have to drink it, I just keep it with me...funny how such a small thing triggers bigger I keep that water bottle with me, I'll drink more water, keep myself hydrated, probably reduce the times I mistake thirst for hunger, etc.)

2. I can eat whatever I want, but if it something that's probably not the BEST thing to be eating, I may eat THREE small to medium-sized bites. (This one sometimes feels like a deprivation, until I really start thinking about it...and 3 bites usually satisfies the craving!)

3. Eat with my non-dominant hand. (This one is probably the hardest because we eat so automatically. It takes a lot of remembering!!)

4. My Non-food goal is to do my AB video workout at least three times a week. This is easy since I've been doing it every weekday for about 4 weeks. But I wanted to make sure I gave myself some leeway so as not to "fail."

I hope you will find three or four "little" things you want to work on for the month, and see how this very small changes make a big difference!

September 14, 2009


Mom’s Moment
March 1, 2009
I thought this was so well put that I would simply include it as it was written rather than filtering it. Hope it helps each of us understand ourselves better. Awareness is powerful!


by Marci Shimoff

Does the idea of standing in front of a mirror and appreciating your positive qualities feel uncomfortable and stupid? It did to me—which was a sign that I really needed to try it.

I first learned this mirror exercise in 1990, when I took a week-long course from my mentor, Jack Canfield, on self-esteem. Jack assigned the exercise as homework every night, saying, "Make sure you do this behind a closed door so nobody walks by and thinks you’re crazy." Each night my roommate and I took turns going into the bathroom, shutting the door, and whispering sweet nothings to our reflections: "You’re kind." "You’re loyal." "You have a loving heart."

The first night, I felt like a California New Age woo-woo nutcase, but soon I experienced a rush of sadness; I was such an expert at judging myself—why was it so hard to say nice things?

With practice, it gradually became easier to list reasons to love myself: "You’re smart." "You go out of your way to help others." And so on. But the real power of this exercise came when I learned to express appreciation for myself for no reason—to look myself in the eye and simply love who I was, unconditionally.

If you’re like most people, consciously recognizing the positive about yourself may feel conceited. After all, we’re raised not to "toot our own horns." So we end up not giving ourselves credit or acknowledgment or even worse, beating ourselves up, which shuts down our hearts, contracts our energy, and decreases our happiness levels.

Doing the research for my book Happy for No Reason, I interviewed scores of scientists along with one hundred unconditionally happy people (I call them the Happy 100). One of the things I discovered is that truly happy people have a compassionate, encouraging, and validating attitude toward themselves. This isn’t arrogance or self-centeredness; it’s an appreciation and acceptance of who they are.

Learning to see the positive about yourself starts by changing your brain’s habit of focusing on your negative experiences and instead inclining your mind toward joy.

So today, begin registering your happy experiences more deeply-- consciously look for them. You can make it a game you play with yourself. Have the intention to notice everything good that happens to you: anything you see, feel, taste, hear or smell that brings you joy, a "win" you experience, a breakthrough, an a-ha, or an expression of your creativity—the list goes on and on.

This intention triggers the reticular activating system (RAS), a group of cells at the base of your brain stem responsible for sorting through the massive amounts of incoming information and bringing anything important to your attention. Have you ever bought a car and then suddenly starting noticing the same make of car everywhere? It’s the RAS at work. Now you can use it to be happier. When you decide to look for the positive, your RAS makes sure that’s what you see.

Adelle, one of the Happy 100, told me about a unique method she has for registering the positive. As she goes about her day, she gives away awards in her mind: the best-behaved dog award, the most colorful landscape design at a fast food drive-through award, the most courteous driver award. This keeps her alert to the beauty and positivity that is all around her. Charmed by this idea, I tried it myself. I liked it so much, I’ve been giving out these "Happiness Oscars," as I call them, ever since.

Once you notice something positive, take a moment to savor it consciously. Take the good experience in deeply and feel it; make it more than just a mental observation. If possible, spend around 30 seconds, soaking up the happiness you feel. If you want to accelerate your progress, take time every day to write down a few of your wins, breakthroughs, and things you appreciate about others—and about yourself.

September 6, 2009

Remember. . . I have always liked computers . . .

Mom's Moment
January 16, 2005

Last week I talked about the "hardware" we are made of:

1. I am the son/daughter of our Heavenly Father;
2. He loves me unconditionally and completely;
3. He doesn't compare me to anyone else.

We need to remember the amazing "hardware" we have!! Now, if you have a way cool computer system, but have no software to run with the hardware, there is a problem. Or, if you have a bad or corrupted operating system, your hardware isn't going to perform well, if at all.
Let's say you go out and smoke a cigarette. The program you're running at that moment might be called "Rebellion 1.1" or "Curiosity 2.1" Initially it seems like a cool program. It might make you feel popular, or "in" with a certain group of friends or associates. It might make you feel like you don't stick out like you would if you said, "No, thanks." However, this software has some faulty programming in it and eventually you get awful signals...text messages that say, "You're such a jerk! I can't believe you'd go against God like that! You're an idiot to smoke. What would your PARENTS think if they knew?!?!" But then the program entices you back to smoke again. "You smoked once, so what's the big deal. It's not going to hurt to do it again. What would everyone say...since they know you smoke?!"
Around and around this program goes. And there are millions of programs out there just like it. They might be named things like: Negativity 1.0; Drinking 2.3; Questionable Jokes 5.0; Bad Language 3.1; Don't Have Time For Prayers 4.1; I'm Too Tired For Scripture Study 2.1, and so on.
However, there is a software program, if followed, that is perfect and will help us attain all that our Heavenly Father has in store for us. It's The Gospel Plan version 1.0.
Occasionally, when other "programs" are advertised and the newest and best thing around, The Gospel Plan version 1.0 can appear to be outdated, old fashioned, and not keeping up with the times. However, just as President Hinckley has pointed out in the January 2005 Ensign: "The Lord has given us counsel and commandment on so many things that no member of this Church need ever equivocate. He has established our guidelines concerning personal virtue, neighborliness, obedience to law, loyalty to government, observance of the Sabbath day, sobriety and abstinence from liquor and tobacco, the payment of tithes and offerings, the care of the poor, the cultivation of home and family, the sharing of the gospel—to name just a few."

If we will use the right "software program" – pursue a steady course in living the gospel in our own lives, the gospel standards will help us through all of the troubles and trials of the world, and we will emerge victorious.

Sabbath Surprise

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009

We were just a little surprised when Mark and Andrea Wittwer knocked on our door saying there was a problem in the street... I went out and saw the asphalt mounded up like a small volcano just waiting to erupt, with lots of "fissures" leaking tons of murky red water.

I quickly called Barbara Salmon, who knew the right people to call. For the next several hours there were lots of people standing around watching, work crews literally "getting to the bottom" of the problem.

Dad and I moved the truck and suburban so as not to be in the way. It was the weirdest thing to see the suburban driving on MOVING asphalt!! That water was under the asphalt from the intersection by our house, down past McMullins house. We'll see if we start pumping lots of water in the next day or so...hope you like the pictures!! (Click on the pics to see the bigger version.)

September 5, 2009

MM Archives

Mom's Moment
October 31, 2004

Last night, as I sat out in my "Spider Woman" costume and handed out candy while kids and parents were very impressed with the giant spider on the lawn, I saw lots of different characters...some costumed, some not. There was only one teenager who came up to trick or treat without a costume on. I teased her a bit and told her "I don't get dressed up like this to give out candy to someone NOT in costume...come back next year with a costume and I'll give you some candy!" I heard her mother laughing, as they walked away with the younger kids, saying, "I told you should have worn a costume!"

Right before I came in for the night (Dad had come out to start bringing things in), another memorable family came to get candy. The mom had stopped by the wall to help her little girl who had dropped her bag of candy. The dad came up, without a shirt on, pushing a stroller with a toddler in it. I couldn't believe he would be so immature as to go without a shirt (it was starting to get very cold!) to go trick-or-treating with his kids. After I put a candy in the child's pumpkin I casually asked the dad, "So, what's up with the no-shirt look?"
He meekly replied, "My baby was getting really cold so I wrapped him up in it..."
I glanced back at the stroller and, sure enough, there was the dad's shirt wrapped around his son.
I guess it was a good reminder not to be hasty in our judgments of others. . . . we might not know the whole story!