Veteran’s Day 2015

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Veteran’s Day in America, Armistice or Remembrance Day for many others, is a day to remember those who served to protect the freedom of their friends, families, and those they have never and will never meet. Today is a day to show your gratitude and appreciation of the sacrifices made by every person who defends their country, and protects those within her arms. I hope those who read this have or will thank a veteran in person or through prayer. Remember that they put their lives on the line to protect our great Republic.

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I am reminded of the passage in Alma Chapter 46 when those who follow the Lord are in danger. Captain Moroni stands to lead the righteous and Title of Liberty is flow high, proud, and for all to see.

And it came to pass that as many as would not hearken to the words of Helaman and his brethren were gathered together against their brethren.

 And now behold, they were exceedingly wroth, insomuch that they were determined to slay them.

 Now the leader of those who were wroth against their brethren was a large and a strong man; and his name wasAmalickiah.

 And Amalickiah was desirous to be a king; and those people who were wroth were also desirous that he should be their king; and they were the greater part of them the lower judges of the land, and they were seeking for power.

 And they had been led by the flatteries of Amalickiah, that if they would support him and establish him to be their king that he would make them rulers over the people.

 Thus they were led away by Amalickiah to dissensions, notwithstanding the preaching of Helaman and his brethren, yea, notwithstanding their exceedingly great care over the church, for they were high priests over the church.

 And there were many in the church who believed in theflattering words of Amalickiah, therefore they dissentedeven from the church; and thus were the affairs of the people of Nephi exceedingly precarious and dangerous, notwithstanding their great victory which they had had over the Lamanites, and their great rejoicings which they had had because of their deliverance by the hand of the Lord.

 Thus we see how quick the children of men do forgetthe Lord their God, yea, how quick to do iniquity, and to be led away by the evil one.

 Yea, and we also see the great wickedness one very wicked man can cause to take place among the children of men.

 10 Yea, we see that Amalickiah, because he was a man of cunning device and a man of many flattering words, that he led away the hearts of many people to do wickedly; yea, and to seek to destroy the church of God, and to destroy the foundation of liberty which God had granted unto them, or which blessing God had sent upon the face of the land for the righteous’ sake.

 11 And now it came to pass that when Moroni, who was the chief commander of the armies of the Nephites, had heard of these dissensions, he was angry with Amalickiah.

 12 And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.

 13 And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and hebowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christiansremain to possess the land—

 14 For thus were all the true believers of Christ, who belonged to the church of God, called by those who did not belong to the church.

 15 And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took uponthem, gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come.

 16 And therefore, at this time, Moroni prayed that the cause of the Christians, and the freedom of the land might be favored.

 17 And it came to pass that when he had poured out his soul to God, he named all the land which was south of the land Desolation, yea, and in fine, all the land, both on thenorth and on the south—A chosen land, and the land ofliberty.

 18 And he said: Surely God shall not suffer that we, who are despised because we take upon us the name of Christ, shall be trodden down and destroyed, until we bring it upon us by our own transgressions.

 19 And when Moroni had said these words, he went forth among the people, waving the rent part of his garment in the air, that all might see the writing which he had written upon the rent part, and crying with a loud voice, saying:

 20 Behold, whosoever will maintain this title upon the land, let them come forth in the strength of the Lord, andenter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them.

 21 And it came to pass that when Moroni had proclaimed these words, behold, the people came running togetherwith their armor girded about their loins, rending their garments in token, or as a covenant, that they would not forsake the Lord their God; or, in other words, if they should transgress the commandments of God, or fall into transgression, and be ashamed to take upon them the name of Christ, the Lord should rend them even as they had rent their garments.

 22 Now this was the covenant which they made, and theycast their garments at the feet of Moroni, saying: Wecovenant with our God, that we shall be destroyed, even as our brethren in the land northward, if we shall fall into transgression; yea, he may cast us at the feet of our enemies, even as we have cast our garments at thy feet to be trodden under foot, if we shall fall into transgression.

 23 Moroni said unto them: Behold, we are a remnant of the seed of Jacob; yea, we are a remnant of the seed ofJoseph, whose coat was rent by his brethren into many pieces; yea, and now behold, let us remember to keep the commandments of God, or our garments shall be rent by our brethren, and we be cast into prison, or be sold, or be slain.

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September 11, 2015

14 years ago today the United States of America was devastated. Planes had been commandeered and New York City had seen two of the greatest trade centers demolished. Emotions were ripped apart as thousands of innocent people  felt the impact of what happened. After the destruction on September 11, 2001, the American people rallied together to rebuild and to defend their country. It didn’t matter what a person looked like, how he sounded, what sum of money was in his bank account- what mattered was whether or not he was willing to work and put in his share to help rebuild a nation that was traumatized.

I had a realization today. I realized that even though I have not walked long on this earth, there are those who have walked a shorter time. And they don’t remember what happened- they can’t remember what happened. What they know about the country during that time is what we show them. As the same can be said to me about other times of abundance and times of trial. The level of reverence that those who come after us have for history is the responsibility of those who lived through it to pass on the truth. How can a child know of the lives that were given in the name of their freedom if there is no voice to teach of that gift? How can a teenager be expected to respect his nation’s flag if there is not an instilled sense of respect for what that flag represents? How can God be relied upon for strength if one knows not that He exists?

Many say remember September 11, 2001- remember the lives that were lost. I say remember September 11, 2001- remember the lives that were gained- the fires that burned for freedom in the hearts of men. Remember September 11, 2001 for those who stood to defend the God-given-unalienable right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Remember the spirit of kindness and generosity and compassion that was exhibited. But don’t just remember the memory; live the memory. There is no memorial to the amount of money that was lost in the rubble. The memorial is to the lives of those who were in the wreckage.

When lives were about to end, lawyers and accountants weren’t the ones receiving final financial instructions. When lives were about to end, friends, and family were receiving calls and texts filled with “i love yous” and apologies. People were making right past mistakes and saying good bye to those they cared about. That is how our lives should be lived. Fighting and anger causes nothing but pain.  Every moment should be about making sure those around us know how much we care. The message we should remember from September 11, 2001 is that now is all we have and that our freedom and our loved ones are worth protecting.

My prayer is that whoever reads this may remember that all we really have in this life is the moment we live in and that all we take with us is who we knew and what we learned. So remember September 11. Remember what happened that day. But also remember that how we react to life is also a choice. We can either cower and fall or rally and stand strong. Strength comes from Him and He tells us to love one another.

May you find strength, hope, and peace today. Tell your loved ones you love them and live your moments to their fullest.

And may God bless the USA.

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Sunshine and Sundays

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Such a beautiful Sunday here at Mt Hope.

It’s wonderful to have these days of warm days of sunshine to break through the rain and fog.

“You can make the pathway bright,

Fill the soul with heaven’ts light,

If there’s sunshine in your heart;

Turning darkness into day,

As the shadows fly away,

If there’s sunshine in your heart today.

If there’s sunshine in your heart,

You can send a shining ray

That will tun the night to day;

If there’s sunshine in your heart today.”

You Can Make the Pathway Bright, LDS Hymnal #228

Historical Sewing

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Stock-Image-Separator-GraphicsFairy21For many years now, I have had dreams of being a talented seamstress. I have been sewing almost my entire life, but it has only been in the last couple of years that I have really gotten excited about improving and making beautiful articles. The more I have been getting excited about sewing, the more I’ve yearned to learn about Civil War Era costuming.

As of this week, I can finally say that I am a beginning costumer. After almost two years of procrastinating, for fear for messing up, I took the plunge. I can’t wait to share the details of my first project once it is completely finished. Until then, this teaser will have to suffice.

God bless you in your endeavors today!

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Laura Ingalls Wilder(1867-1957)

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Laura Ingalls Wilder is the renowned author of the “Little House” books. Her books are a first hand account of life as a pioneer child. She has an incredible history and was an incredible author. Today would be Laura’s 148th birthday. I thought a post would be fitting for the celebration of one of my favorite authors.

I remember when I got my hardbound copies of her marvelous stories. My mama had surprised me with a big basket of books, near the foot of my bed, for me to find when I woke up. My favorite of the series will always be “The Little House in the Big Woods”. It captivated me as a child, and captivates me even still. I also gained a passion for reading, writing, and imagination. I remember my parents taking me to the Banks of Plum Creek. I still have the powder blue bonnet that I got there, when I was much smaller. It was reading her stories and visiting one of the many museums, which preserves the history of her travels, that instilled in me a passion for learning about the past.

If you haven’t read her any of her books, I strongly suggest reading them. They are easy reads for adults, but the transport you into a different time. You learn so much about what life was truly like during her era.

Follow my board all about Laura Ingalls Wilder on Pinterest!

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September 11

This post is a week over due. But I wanted to write something special because 9-11-01 was a day I will never forget. I had relatives scheduled to be on one of the flights that had been intercepted, and I know people who fled business meetings because they had a prompting it was not safe to remain in the buildings any longer. I have listened to first hand accounts of the events of the day from people that I know on a personal level. I also remember the fear of living near Los Angeles and the rumors of strikes hitting the major city within the subsequent days.

September 11, 2001 is a day no patriot will forget living through. But what many people forget to see is that through all the terror- through all the fear- God was watching us that day. God was watching Americans rally together and find a cause worth fighting for. Yes there was devastation, and yes there was tragedy. But our country also saw the miracle that God gave us of finding hope through the chaos. Lives were destroyed and families were torn apart. It is no day that we want repeated and it is certainly not something we should cause us to lose our faith. It is a day that we should look at and remember that God is good. That even when we are living in the darkest of times, that there is still a blessing to be found. And until the last believer loses faith, God will not remove miracles from this earth. He will be there to give us strength to continue.

My prayer is that as we remember 9/11/01, we also remember that in the midst of such evil, we found faith and courage. We should not remember that day because of the atrocities that took place, but because of the realization that we had that there is still great horrors in this world and that only through God can the darkness be changed to light.

In the remembrance of a day so marked by fear and turmoil, may you find your courage and faith to keep moving forward and stand up for the truth and Light of the World.

July 4th

 
Today is Independence Day
A day of celebration
Today is Independence Day
A time of reflection.
To those who fought and those who died,
We thank them on this day.
It is our turn to defend our rights
Our turn to protect our freedoms
Such freedoms were protected-
Sealed in blood.
May we find our strength and love our God.
May we fight hard and love hard.
May we live lives worth living
May we continue the revolution of hearts towards freedom.
Let us remember our forefathers
Let us remember our troops
Let us remember that freedom comes with a price,
But the benefit of protecting it outweighs the pain of not having it.
May we be the next generation who does not let freedom fall.
May we let it ring!
 
~God Bless you and give you strength~

In Congress, July 4th, 1776

Hello! It’s been a while hasn’t it? Life gets crazy and the next thing you know, June is gone…Anyways, posts should start to pick back up again:)
So. In honor of yesterday being the 4th of July,
The links below will provide some background on the true nature of that day in 1776.

http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/
Declaration of Independence and some various histories…very interesting!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)
Yes, a wikipedia link…there is a description of observance traditions if you scroll down…

And there is also a very sweet description of a Fourth of July celebration in the Laura Ingalls Wilder book, Little Town on the Prairie.

The Lord works in His time, and His ways are not our ways…May His Love and blessing be with you and may you see His Hand in all things, even those that are not the most desirous of events.
He has a purpose for His work, and is ultimately for our betterment:)

"The Land of the Free…Because of the Brave"

Memorial Day.

It is the national holiday set aside for those who have fallen in defense of the United States of America.  Today is marked in remembrance of every person who has given their life for ours.  They loved us so much that they were willing to die for us.  They knew that the price for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness was no small fee.  They understood that the second they put on their uniform, they became an open target for all enemies who stand against the noble cause of Independence.  The stood for our freedom, and they died for our liberty.  We must not forget those that have paid the price for our lives.

How do we repay them?  How is it that you acknowledge their sacrifice?  Is it once a year?  Do you visit the grave site of a fallen soldier and leave flowers? (Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with that! Every soldier must be remembered!) But is that the extent of your regard?  Do you walk a cemetery in solemn remembrance, then leave and forget why you had even visited? Is that the depth of your appreciation?  

These men and women did not die for flowers.  They died so that you wouldn’t need to.  They died so that you are free to live your life without worry-without care- without the knowledge of every horror that comes with standing for a cause that is bigger than yourself.  They gave their lives so that we could go about our business, everyday, and have no concern for our safety.  And how do we repay them? How do we repay Him?  We spend our time idly.  We laugh at those who need our compassion.  We mock the people that we call our “friends”.  We use and abuse the people around us.  The people that have received the self same sacrifice. 

Is not this the cause that they were fighting against?  The very evil that we are at war with? Are these the actions for which soldiers, young and old, gave up their families, their joys, their pains, their lives, for?  Is this how we repay them? By taking their sacrifice and dragging it through the mud?

Is this how we repay our Savior? We set aside a couple of days every year in remembrance of those who died for us.  We celebrate Easter, Memorial Day, etc. and glorify that single day.  Yet, we forget what it means to sacrifice. We forget them every other day of the year. Unless we have been directly affected by the death of a loved one, do we remember those that sacrificed their lives for us?  Do we always remember our Lord? Do we live to honor those who died that we may have the freedom to live? Do we improve the world around us? Let this Memorial day change you if you do not already strive to honor these sacrifices. 

Act with the hope that maybe, just maybe, you can give a little back to a troubled world. With the hope that their lives were not given in vain. Honor those who died for you. Acknowledge their gift.  Respect their resting place.  Remember them. 

Do not forget that they died for you.  Do not forget that He died for all of us- every person “great” and “small”.  He gave His life in the battle for your soul. And He took up His life again in the sweet victory of a far greater battle.

Do Not Forget.