Monday, March 13, 2017

happenings the past two weeks...

Dave finished up interviewing each missionary and is now pondering, praying and preparing for our upcoming transfer.  While he spends a couple of weeks interviewing I have a little more time to focus on William's schooling, get caught up on laundry, prepare for upcoming meetings and do the things moms do.  Some days can be hard.  We all have them.  Last week I had that kind of a week.  I was just feeling a bit down, the stresses of life and the demands were taking over.  I was grumpy and too self focused.  I came across this beautiful quote from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.  It lifted my spirit.

If we give our heart to God, if we love the Lord Jesus Christ, if we do the 
best we can to live the gospel, then tomorrow- and every other day- 
is ultimately going to be magnificent,
 even if we don't always recognize it as such. Why?
Because our Heavenly Father wants it to be!  He wants to bless us
A rewarding, abundant, and eternal life is the very 
object of His merciful plan for His children.

I know as I do my best it is enough.  

My favorite scripture is Mosiah 2:41
"And moreover I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God.  For behold thy are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness.  O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."

I know the Lord wants to bless us and we must always remember him and the spiritual experiences we have had.  That doesn't mean life is always easy, but as we trust in him and turn to him, we have hope, we have peace and we feel joy.

I had the wonderful privilege this morning of speaking to the United Nations Women's Guild- Westchester County.  My friend, Lori is a member of this organization and invited me to come speak.  These are remarkable women from various countries who have lived all over the world.  My message was on service and the power of one to change and bless lives.  I was able to share some of the missionary experiences during the #LightTheWorld campaign last December.  We then had a question answer period that Sister Erekson and Sister Green helped with.  It was a secular meeting but the Spirit was present and they had many great questions in regards to the missionaries service, why they come, the sacrifices they make, and what they gain from this experience.  

Last week Dave and I attended a forum in defense of traditional marriage held in the city.  Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of NY, and Rabbi Meir Soloveichik of the Congregation Shearith Israel in NY each spoke.  It was a relatively small group and intimate setting.  Before hand we had the privilege of speaking with Elder and Sister Bednar.  Cardinal Dolan came right up to me, said hello and introduced himself.  I am a fan of Cardinal Dolan and used to listen to him on the Catholic channel.  He is a man of faith and does so much good in this world.  This was the second time I have met him.  I never could have imagined this would be my life and I would be having these experiences.  We love Elder and Sister Bednar and have had occasion to visit with them in the past.  Rabbi Soloveichik is the father of 6 children.  He was funny and relatable.  I really enjoyed his talk.  You can read more about this at

My niece and her new husband have been in town this weekend.  William and I took them to the UN on Friday for a tour with our good friend, Felipe Queipo.  He is from Spain and a member of the Harlem Spanish Ward.  He works at the UN and was so gracious to give us a tour.  We chose to ride the train from Scarsdale to Grand Central and then walk to the UN.  It was a cold, snowy, windy day and we were about 30 minutes early.  We were so happy when we saw Felipe and were able to go inside.

William wearing a UN peace keeper helmet

I loved this beautiful glass mosaic of Norman Rockwell's 1961 painting "Golden Rule".  It shows the many faces of humanity.  We may look a little different but all people are children of God.  All people desire to be happy.


"...for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people."
2 Corinthians 6:16

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