Warning: Reading these musings may cause the reader to wonder, ponder health, mental or spiritual matters, scratch their head, be informed yet gain zero useful information or breakout in laughter. All thoughts are the property of my pea sized brain. All the information is as true as I beleive it to be... as I walk the journey of "releasing with a vote of thanks" my fat cells for a job well done.
One of the greatest rewards of surviving the
sleepless nights of night feedings, the sleepless night of worry, the sleepless
nights of “talkative” teens, and the sleepless nights of wondering how to pay
for that mission, wedding or college is the joy of being a grandparent.
I love making faces at little Freya and getting
her to grin ear to ear at me.But those
grins are nothing compared to the grins she gives when her dad, Ray, walks up
What makes him so special?How does she know that she loves him more
this beautiful Granny face? Come on! His fuzzy! And I was talking to her first!
Because he loved her first... and she knows it.
Love is an interesting and often misunderstood
A song tells us that “love is a many-splendored thing” or “all
you need is love.” In a humorous way love has been referred to as a
supersaturated solution of sentimental slush. It has also been described as an
insane desire to squeeze orange juice out of a lemon. Throughout the centuries
poems and plays have been written, songs have been sung, mountains have been climbed, and
battles have been fought because of love.
We all need love just as we
need vitamin C and whole grain cereal.
We all yearn to experience love. Even when we make
mistakes, we hope others will love us in spite of our shortcomings—even if we
don’t deserve it.
How marvelous it is to know that our Heavenly Father loves me—even with all my flaws! His love is such that even should we give up on
ourselves, He never will.
Our endless search
for love leads us down many paths, seeking a “love language” when all we need
to do is look to the author and to learn the original “love language” – the
pure love of God.
We will love him
“because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with
all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
“This is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour
“On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
President Dieter F Uchtdorf taught in his conference address in
2009 that “God the Eternal Father did not give that first great commandment
because He needs us to love Him. His power and glory are not diminished should
we disregard, deny, or even defile His name. His influence and dominion extend
through time and space independent of our acceptance, approval, or admiration.
No, God does not need us to love Him. But oh, how we need to
For what we love determines what we seek.
What we seek determines what we think and do.
What we think and do determines who we are—and who we will
Now, for us, the measure of our love is the measure of the
greatness of our souls.” – end quote (The Love of God, October 2009)
In fact, Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin taught, “Nothing you do makes
much of a difference if you do not have charity. You can speak with tongues,
have the gift of prophecy, understand all mysteries, and possess all knowledge;
even if you have the faith to move mountains, without charity it won’t profit
you at all. (1Corinthians 13:1-2).
“Charity is the pure love of Christ.” (Moroni 7:47) The Savior
exemplified that love and taught it even as He was tormented by those who
despised and hated Him.” – end quote. (The Great Commandment, October 2007)
another; as I havelovedyou”
S. Monson is a fantastic example of how
small acts oflove, kindness, and forgiveness can make a big
difference in others' lives. He taught, “We cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers
on this mortal journey.
Likewise, we cannot fully love our fellowmen if we do not love God,
the Father of us all…Actually, love is the very essence of the
gospel, and Jesus
Christ is our Exemplar. His life was a legacy of love. The sick
He healed; the downtrodden He lifted; the sinner He saved. At the end the angry
mob took His life. And yet there rings from Golgotha’s hill the words: “Father,
forgive them; for they know not what they do”(Luke 23:34) —a crowning
expression in mortality of compassion and love.
There are many attributes which are manifestations of love, such
as kindness, patience, selflessness, understanding, and forgiveness.
In all our associations, these and other such attributes will help make evident
the love in our hearts.
Usually our love will be shown in our day-to-day interactions
one with another.”
As we reach out in love to those around us, we fulfill the other
half of the great commandment to “love thy neighbour as thyself.” (D&C 121:43).
Both commandments are necessary, for as we bear one another’s
burdens, we fulfill the law of Christ.- end quote. (Love - the Essence of the Gospel, April 2014)
It makes me think... A person who says, “I
love dogs,” but who doesn’t feed his own dog, is not giving love to that dog.
Loving is caring.
"Love is the beginning, the middle, and the end of the
pathway of discipleship. It comforts, counsels, cures, and consoles," taught Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin. "It leads
us through valleys of darkness and through the veil of death. In the end love
leads us to the glory and grandeur of eternal life. Pure love lasts forever. It
is eternally patient and forgiving. It believes, hopes, and endures all things.
That is the love our Heavenly Father bears for us.”
I came up with the following list:
A loving person respects other persons. A part of respecting
people is not to force them. We may try to persuade a person to see our point
of view, or we may try to convince them to do something we would like them to
do, but if we really love them, we do not force them.
A loving person responds to others. Loving is empathizing,
trying to understand how the other person feels and letting him know that we
A loving person has concern for the welfare, progress, and
happiness of the loved one. He not only has concern; he does something
about it by making his resources available to the loved one.
Loving is giving. It is the giving of material things to others,
but even more important, it is the giving of one’s time.
Loving is giving, but what about a person who becomes upset
because the gift he receives is not as fine and luxurious as the gift he has
given? This person has a bargaining approach to giving. A true gift of love is
one that is given with no strings attached; it is given with no concern about
what will be received in return.
dimension of loving is that the loving person also makes a conscious effort to
receive. He is willing to receive not only physical gifts but also suggestions,
advice, and acts of kindness.
Loving is sharing. Have you ever seen a rainbow or a beautiful
sunset when you were alone and thought, “Wouldn’t it be lovely to share this
with someone?” Or have you ever been alone during a time of illness or trouble
and thought, “Wouldn’t it be consoling to have someone here to share this
Loving is forgiving. A loving person forgives one who has
wronged him, and he also forgives himself for mistakes he has made. Guilt
feelings can have some value in motivating a person to stop whatever it is that
is causing him to feel guilty. To keep the guilt feelings beyond this point
only interferes with a person’s effective living and happiness. It is a mistake
for one not to forgive himself for something he has done that he considers
to be wrong.
When Paul tells us what charity is in the thirteenth chapter of
First Corinthians, he is really explaining what love is. A loving person
suffers long and is kind. His love is of long duration; he envies not. He is
not puffed up. Arrogance, boastfulness, and conceit are not his ways; he is
humble. A loving person does not behave himself unseemly; he thinks no evil; he
bears all things; he endures all things; and he is not easily provoked to
anger. A loving person does not hold a grudge against others; he realizes that
to do so is to bring more harm to himself than to them.
Love takes practice.It
starts in the family.Little Freya has
begun her practice of love.As we get
older our practice of love extends beyond the walls of our homes to our
friends, our neighbors and even to warring nations across the world. As we
practice we become more like God.As we
practice our love for God increases.
Although our circle of love grows as we age and practice, the
principles of love do not change.The
principles of love, demonstrated by our Savior, remain the same, whether we are
loving family members, friends, enemies or God.
A post on Facebook from Angie Milburn pointed out some of the these
principles of love in practice perfectly.Think about these principles of love in practice apply to our family relationships; our dealings with friends and neighbors; our dealings with all of mankind. Think about how the Savior demonstrated each of these principles.
1. Listen without interrupting (Proverbs 18)
2. Speak without accusing (James 1:9)
3. Give without sparing (Proverbs 21:26)
4. Pray without ceasing (Colossians 1:9)
5. Answer without arguing (Proverbs 17:1)
6. Share without pretending (Ephesians 4:15)
7. Enjoy without complaint (Philppians 2:14)
8. Trust without wavering (Corinthians 13:7)
9. Prove without punishing (Colossians 3:13)
10. Promise without forgetting (Proverbs 13:17)
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Do you love the Lord?
Elder Wirthlin shows us a few ways to show love: "Spend time with Him. Meditate on His words. Take His
yoke upon you. Seek to understand and obey, because “this is the love of God,
that we keep his commandments.”(1John 5:3) When we love
the Lord, obedience ceases to be a burden. Obedience becomes a delight. When we
love the Lord, we seek less for things that benefit us and turn our hearts
toward things that will bless and uplift others.
As our love for the Lord deepens, our minds and hearts become
purified. We experience a “mighty change in … our hearts, that we have no more
disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.” (Mosiah 5:2)–
If we wish to learn truly how to love, all we need to do is
reflect on the life of our Savior. When we partake of the sacramental emblems,
we are reminded of the greatest example of love in all the world’s history.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.” (John 3:16)
The Savior’s love for us was so great that it caused “even God,
the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore.” (D&C 19:18)
Because the Savior laid down His life for us, we have a
brightness of hope, a confidence and security that when we pass from this worldly
existence, we will live again with Him. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ,
we can be cleansed of sin and stand as partakers of the gift of our Almighty
Father. Then we will know the glory that God “hath prepared for them that love
This is the transforming power of charity... of love.
Further, President Uchtdorf taught, "Because love is the great commandment, it ought to be
at the center of all and everything we do in our own family,
in our Church callings, and in our livelihood. Love is the healing balm that
repairs rifts in personal and family relationships. It is the bond that unites
families, communities, and nations. Love is the power that initiates
friendship, tolerance, civility, and respect. It is the source that overcomes
divisiveness and hate. Love is the fire that warms our lives with unparalleled
joy and divine hope. Love should be our walk and our talk.
When we truly understand what it means to love as Jesus Christ
loves us, the confusion clears and our priorities align.
The divine love of God turns ordinary acts into extraordinary
service. Divine love is the motive that transports simple words into sacred
scripture. Divine love is the factor that transforms reluctant compliance with
God’s commandments into blessed dedication and consecration.
Love is the guiding light that illuminates the disciple’s path
and fills our daily walk with life, meaning, and wonder.
Love is the measure of our faith, the inspiration for our
obedience, and the true altitude of our discipleship.
Love is the way of the disciple."
Love is the power that makes the world go round.
Love is the power that heals heart and mends fences.
Love is the power that created this world we live in.
Love is the power that brought us the great Atonement.
Love is God.
In the words of song from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical,
Aspects of Love, I am reminded not only of how the Lord loves me but of the
power that love can have in making lives better:
Love, love changes everything
Hands and faces, earth and sky
Love, love changes everything
How you live and how you die
Yes, love, love changes everything
Now I tremble at your name (the name of Christ)
Nothing in the world will ever
Be the same
When we increase our love for God through practice
“nothing in the world will ever be the same."
November came and went in a big hurry. It started with auditions for Central High School's winter production of Oklahoma! to be performed in February. Since Hannah was auditioning I made it a point to help other students, but to stay away from decision making with the audition process. I was so proud of everyone that auditioned that I had spent lunch time and after school time to help get ready. I was so proud of them all. Hannah did audition exceptionally well and earned the role of Laurie in the production.
Then, for a few weeks I worked extra hours at the high school doing all the tech work for the local elementary school fall productions. I set them up, run sound and lights and lock the school up safely when all is said and done. It is fairly simple work and it helps out the old budget - especially with Christmas coming up.
One fun Sunday we noticed the house around the corner was aflame. It was being used as an educational burn for the local fire department. They actually burned down two buildings on the property... an old white house and rickety old barn structure.
John and Lillian went and joined the neighbor families and watched to the fun from across the street. They said the heat was very strong and that although they were across the street they were toasty warm.
Kimber and Ray blessed the beautiful little Freya on the first Sunday. My parents were able to come for the blessing. Freya wore the blessing dress my mom for Kimber's blessing, including a slip made from the left over fabric from my wedding dress. It was fun to have so many people there that love little Freya and to be able to take this 4 generation picture.
Hannah's Young Women's group went to a trivia night at the Yeasty Beasty (a pizza place) and won some prizes. Since they also serve beer and stuff, the prizes were all beer related. I found the irony rather funny.
I made a model for the Oklahoma! set. It was a hit~! I am very excited about this set. I am hanging a real swing from the rafters and creating a false proscenium with giant trees. It will be fun to report on how that all progresses.
I continued to help with the make up and tech theater class. Lillian likes to go with me so she gets her school work done quickly so that she can go. She loves to design make up plates and even loves to be a make up model for students who need a model for their graded application. Her, she designed this husky dog make up and the student followed her design.
We also played many days with Freya and Ben. We sure love having them close enough to spoil!
McKay, Myles and Lenayah came to visit for Thanksgiving. We were all super excited. Uncle Taps had been gone in California for work and got to meet both angels on the same day.
When they were first put on the floor to play together Freya started to cry. This led Lenayah to cry too. However, by the time they were done visiting they loved to look at each other and squeal and coo. I think the problem was that Freya wasn't a fan of tummy time. I am happy to report that she is getting better at it and today was quite the chatter box on the floor with an other little person on the floor at RS.
Since the Maxey family could only come for Thanksgiving and would be going to New Mexico for Christmas break, we had a "Maxey (mini) Christmas." The Friday after Thanksgiving we rushed out and got a Christmas tree. We got up Saturday in the traditional Christmas way and opened stockings and the presents to and from McKay and Myles. We made pancakes to look like snowmen too. It was so much fun!
Now we are ready for December and the end of a great year! In a few days I will wrap 2014 and welcome 2015.