Monday, September 29, 2014

Meet The Mormons

It seems I haven't blogged in almost two weeks. I guess I have been busy. I spent all last week getting my book ready to send to my editor. I sent it off on Friday. That was time consuming but very enjoyable.

I went to Women's Conference Saturday evening in the Conference Center. I went with Sarah and my mom. It is always enjoyable.

I am aware that there will be a theatrical release of Meet the Mormons coming to select cities in the U.S. on October 10th. On a whim I looked up which cities would be playing the movie. It turns out that it will play near where Seth is serving his mission. This is what he said about it when I asked him: "Yeah, we know all about it. We are inviting people to it all the time. We got a sneak preview of it on Tuesday. It was AMAZING!! The Spirit is so strong in that film. You should definitely see it. You will love it. Invite everyone you know." I hear it is supposed to be good and now Seth gives it a good recommendation too.  
                 The song David Archuletta recorded for the movie.                   

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Several months ago I started calling Wednesdays 'Genealogy Wednesday' so I would remember to do a little Family History research each week. It's been a successful formula for me. It's become routine. I don't think about it much anymore, I just do it. The results are personal and very gratifying. I mix up the research each week keeping it fresh. Sometimes I just review what I have done, so I know what I still need to do, and sometimes I do brand new research. Last week I did a review again and found four new people I had didn't know existed. Over time, the research and reviewing add up.

"We Are Who We Are Because
 They Were Who They Were"
Maya Angelou

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Utah Fall Colors

I took this photo a few years ago on one of my fall drives on the Alpine Loop in Utah County. It's such a pretty drive! It should be like this in about another week and a half or so. Looking forward to another drive. :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Thy Word Is A Lamp

I quite like the way this turned out. This is a picture I took of an incredible sunset we had one evening. I took it from my deck. I doctored it up a bit, not too much, and I love the color play. I've always liked this scripture too. It's one of my favorites. I found it during my scripture reading many years ago, and and it describes how I feel about them. I'm going to have to get a better camera and some better software if I am going to develop a hobby of mixing two of my favorite things: photography and the scriptures. :)

I've been very busy lately, and I've not been much of a good blogger. I've pretty much finished my third book which has been taking up a lot of my time. I've begun the revision phase, and I've found a new editor. I really like the way it's turning out. I guess writing has been something I really didn't know I would enjoy that much, but it's become very much a part of me now.

The weather has been beautiful this week. This is my favorite time of the year, and I'm feeling so good these days that I get to enjoy it. Having my hip replaced was the best thing I could have ever done. I feel strong again, and I am enjoying my walks again. I'm very grateful. I don't look forward to the dark days of winter again, but this year I have a different plan to get through them. I think it will be OK.

Hannah and Nathan were here this morning. It is not possible to put into words the joy of being a grandmother. There just aren't enough words to describe it. Pictures will have to do.
Nathan started preschool this week. Elisa (aka Lala) was here this morning and drew this for him.
Hannah just keeps getting sweeter and cuter. Her hair is turning more and more blonde too.

Seth sounds a little down this week. My heart goes out to him. Trying to do good and getting rejected at almost every turn would be hard on anyone, but he's hanging in there.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Salt Lake Temple and Utah State Capitol At Night

I was headed to bed when I caught this glimpse while standing in the kitchen looking south through the patio doors. All the lights were off. Too bad I don't have a really good camera because pictures really can't do this justice. It's just such a pretty view.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Yes I Believe

I took this photo a long time ago from my deck. It was a beautiful sunset. This week I learned how to add words to pictures. This scripture seems very fitting for this photo. :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Beautiful Savior

I really like this thought. I believe it. If you stop to think about it, it makes perfect sense. Jesus Christ is our Savior. His job, so to speak, is to save usand sometimes that means from the daily struggles of life which are all around us. As we turn our minds and our hearts to Himwe find peace, strength, and much needed help. It requires action on our part. He is there to help us. He wants to help us. Jesus Christ will not turn away from us as we turn towards Him. Acting in faith by turning towards our Savior yields the fruits of spiritual safety and peace amidst the storms of life. This is what Jesus said His mission is as our Savior:

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound…to comfort all that mourn…to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” (Isaiah 61:1-3)
Could there be anything more beautiful 
than embracing our Savior
 who died to do this for us?
 I don't think so.
 Jesus said, "I am the way, 
the truth, the life..." John 14:6