Spiritual Insights and Awakenings You've Never Had Before

It's Saturday night, and you and your husband have two choices. Either you go to the new James Bond movie on opening weekend or the temple to do sealings. It was a hard tossup!
 
This last week was conference weekend, and we heard from our Prophet Russel M Nelson and other church leaders. A talk given by our Prophet stuck out to me because I kind of geek out on that type of stuff.
 
"When you bring your temple recommend, a contrite heart, and a seeking mind to the Lord's house of learning, He will teach you.... He wants you to have spiritual insights and awakenings you've never had before."
 
We eventually decided to do some service, so we hopped on the scheduling app and scheduled a time that evening. James Bond will just have to wait!
 
When my husband was younger, and his parent went to do sealings at the temple, he always thought they would clean the ceilings! So to clarify what a sealing is, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day...
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Learning To Laugh

Words to the wise…”Don’t drink the fruit fly juice trap, it will result in your husband throwing up and a wife that peed her pants in laughter!!!”
 
After the canning season coming to a close with peaches, pears, salsa, and now grape juice, some fruit flies have decided to make our happy home theirs! Canning grape juice all day gave those tiny pests a drinking fountain of pure goodness! So I made a trap with that pure goodness and some other extras to stop them dead in their tracts. I guess we need to put posted notes on everything or not assume anything!
 
Fruit Fly Trap
 
Use any jar that has a smaller opening at the top
Fruit or fruit juice of any kind
Apple cider vinegar
Few squirts of Dish soap
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Letting Go

Have you met Grandma yet? I have talked about her before. She is my mother-in-law, Shane's mom. She has now lived with us for over a year. She needs full-time care, and we all chip in to help her along this path we call life.
 
It is interesting how the mind works and the process it goes through while aging. Even though I do almost everything for her, I am new to her every day. Some days I am the facility worker, other times, I am her roommate, or I am married to the Smith boy. It is different every day! She has specific stories she repeats and sometimes multiple times a day. We let her tell these stories over and over again because they make her happy. It's in these stories she tells you what she holds dear.
 
Often she says, "I Graduated from BYU in 3 years." She loooves BYU! We bought BYU cups, and every time we hand one to her, she says, "I graduated from BYU!" If you have a BYU shirt on, tears fill her eyes, and she will tell you how she went there. Today we put...
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Stand And Do Hard Things

"Everyone is going through something hard," "Sometimes we just need to learn something," "We can do hard things." These were the responses Brax gave today when I asked him what he learned while he was home.

5 months ago, we were here in the airport dropping off Brax to serve his mission. Life happened, and he ended up coming home promising he would be back. Last night after he was set apart, I told him that I am so proud of him because coming home can be HARD, but he put his heart and soul into going back out.

So often, these experiences can break us, but he allowed this experience to "Make" him. Make him into the man Heavenly Father wants him to be, the man he wants to become. I am so proud of him because he rose above himself and did the hard thing. We love you Brax, and are so proud to call you our son.

So I want to leave you with his final words of encouragement "Everyone is going through something hard, sometimes we just need to learn something, we can do hard things."

Love...

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Celebrate Life

So it's that day! The day most of us dread, my BIRTHDAY! But a few years ago, I decided that I was no longer going to dread this day or have any expectations but love every second! No matter what comes, no matter what it says on the scale, no matter if there are a few more gray hairs, I would have a day that no matter what, I would celebrate my joy of living.
 
Yes, life is hard, but I love living. I love that I have a curious mind, so I am constantly learning new things. I love to make others laugh. I love getting massages from my husband. I love going out to lunch with my girlfriends. I love that my kids think I can fix anything (please don't tell them the truth!). I love creating new recipes in the kitchen. I love my morning walks. I love getting up early in the mornings and reading my scriptures, and meditating. I love that God lets me experience moments of his grace and visits from the other side. I love my homemade ice cream (gluten, dairy, and sugar-free), I love...
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Doing Hard Things

Sometimes you never know what's coming down here!!! Last night Gage was playing Varsity football in Syracuse. We had to leave at 5:30 to get there. Ella and Talen were on Grandma duty. Ella calls and says Grandma wants to go to bed. So I told her that she could either go to bed in her clothes or wait for an hour for me to get home. Well, she decided she just wanted to go to bed with her clothes on. So they put her in bed. Ella went upstairs to go to bed, and Talen stayed downstairs.

Grandma started yelling that she needed help, so Talen went in to see what she needed,

"I can't get my bra off."

So Talen yelled for Ella to come and help, and she said, "No!"
Talen called me back again and told me that Grandma needed help getting her bra off. So I told him to see if Ella would help, and he told me he already asked her, and she said no (Ella can't do any personal care for her because it freaks her out!)

Yep, I asked!!!!

"Talen, can you go and help her?"
"Do I have to?"
"Well, you can ask...

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With God Nothing Is Impossible

After our live conference was canceled 2 times because of COVID, we didn’t want the year to waste. I had no idea how to put on a virtual conference, but I learned! Not only did we do it the first time virtually, but it turned out AWESOME! Figuring out all the back-end stuff about gave me panic attacks. But every day somehow, it came together, and every day somehow, I learned more and more. Thank you to all of you who helped in some way, either participating or attending.

How often do we not do things because we don’t know how? God gives us visions but often doesn’t show us the exact path. But it is during this figuring out stage that miracles can happen. You meet someone, or you are shown how to do something, or a thought or idea appears. For example, God showed me I could do more and be more, and in the end, I was able to do something I never thought was possible.

I love the quote from Ezra Taft Benson.

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will...

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God's Love

Sometimes God gives us a kiss of thank you! The most random experience happened today that only God could have set up.

I went to a garage sale today (yes, I love being able to get things cheap!) I walked up to a house, an elderly gentleman. Out of the blue, he said, “How is your Mother in Law doing?”. I looked at him, confused, not knowing if I knew him or not. I had never seen him before! How in the heck did he know I take full-time care of my mother-in-law? So I asked him why he would ask me that. “I just thought you looked like a nice lady who would take care of your mother-in-law!” So I told him she was doing great, I do take care of her, and she is home asleep, and I am going home right now to make her breakfast. He told me thank you for taking of her because it takes someone special to do that.

Sometimes we have to find God in our lives, and sometimes he places people right in front of us in the most random places. Thank you for the kiss of thank you!

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Enduring Challenges

This picture brings back a flood of memories. This exact spot changed the direction of my life. It brought discouragement, heartache, and a life long of pain. But it also changed me to be the person I was meant to be. This spot taught me what love means, what Christlike service looks like, and what really matters in life.
This last week we had our 30 year high school reunion at the best school ever, Alta High! Go Hawks! And yes, I still know the school song! I won't bore you with it here, but if anyone wants to get together, then we can hash it out! They are redoing the school, so we were in a war zone, but I had to stop and take a picture of the place that changed my life forever, the gym…
I was 15 years old, starting a new school with new friends, excited because I made the cheer team. What! Yep, I was super excited! I thought my whole high school years were planned out and with games, friends, parties, dances, and, I guess, a little bit of school. But at this very...
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Strengthening Our Foundation

The other day while doing my scripture study, I was in 1st Nephi chapter 5. We have all read this chapter so many times, yet I never stopped pausing and contemplating verse 4 and verse 8, but they jumped out to me that day! It was like the Lord wanted me to take a moment and pause so he could teach me one of life's great analogies to apply to my life.

1st Nephi 5:4

And it had come to pass that my father spake unto her, saying: I know that I am a visionary man; for if I had not seen the things of God in a vision I should not have known the goodness of God, but had tarried at Jerusalem, and had perished with my brethren.

1st Nephi 5:8

And she spake, saying: Now I know of a surety that the Lord hath commanded my husband to flee into the wilderness; yea, and I also know of a surety that the Lord hath protected my sons, and delivered them out of the hands of Laban, and given them power whereby they could accomplish the thing which the Lord hath commanded them. And after this manner of...

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