The Storms of Life

Harry Ward Beecher (1813 – 1887) said, “Difficulties are God’s errands and when we are sent upon them, we should esteem it as proof of God’s confidence…as a compliment from Him.” Difficulties are part of life. My mother told me that our trials make us better people and we grow from each experience. She would…

LIFE IS FULL OF CHOICES

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) wrote: “The future belongs to those who prepare for it.” Life is full of choices. What we do with those choices decides our future. We must develop our talents and acquire skills, gain knowledge and learn the lessons of life… no matter what age we are. To achieve our…

Christmas Miracles

DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS Outside, the “hush” of new falling snow Feathering bush and tree in downy white— Inside, there is holly and mistletoe And twinkling light.   I’ve placed baubles of red; green and gold— But how insignificant compared to the Christ Child, the Wise men, kneeling shepherds And the sheep of the fold.  …

Parenthood, A Great Responsibility

“Strong family relationships don’t just happen. It takes time. It takes commitment, it takes prayer, and it takes work.” – Eugene Hansen (“Children and the Family,” Ensign, May 1998) Being a parent is a great responsibility and many times we get discouraged. We feel disheartened because our children will not respond to us or listen…

Have I Done Any Good in the World?

“I shall pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do, let me do it now; Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” (Stephen Grellet 1773 – 1855) With all the natural disasters that…

The Key to Happiness

The key to happiness is the most sought-after subject on earth. When we’re feeling discontent, we tend to think a change in our lives is the answer to happiness. But after landing that new job or moving into a new home, are we truly happy? There’s much more to finding happiness than we think. Victor…

The Joy of Serving Others

The importance of serving others can never be over emphasized. What are we here on earth for if not to serve our friends and loved ones? The golden rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” King Benjamin said, “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye…