Share Your World – 2014 Week 43

This is a new challenge I entered during Blogging 101, and this is my first week participating, so here’s for just jumping in!

What is your favorite time of day?

My favorite time of day is about 3:30, when the sun is still shining but the day is almost over. I’m a night-owl, and I love to sleep in. I don’t get moving much until at least 11 am unless I have to go somewhere or I’m expecting someone.

What’s your favorite charitable cause and why?

That’s easy. MADD. Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Both my boys were killed by drunk drivers in separate crashes…almost exactly four years apart. That’s why I started to blog, to show that one can survive and even thrive, but it takes a long time and a lot of effort and courage and faith.

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

Under the covers reading a cozy mystery. I like to do crossword puzzles, too. And I do cross-stitching. Most of all, I like to spend one with my hubby, when he’s not working.

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

Oh, a pen! And I’ve fallen in love with Sharpies! Ever since I went to a book signing at my author-friend’s house, Linda Zern. She had them there, and I liked how they felt in my hand and how they didn’t bleed into the next page. Awesome!

Getting Personal About Preventing Suicide

This is such an important subject, I had to share it with my people. Please don’t take it for granted. If you want to keep the joy in your life, reach out to those in pain. Offer a shoulder to someone who needs one. Be a friend. You never know just how much you may be helping. And that’s more than a Pocketful of Joy!

Latter-day Soprano

All of us have been touched in some way by the crushing effect of emotional illness and the devastation of suicide. I’ve experienced it personally, and via loved ones, all of my life. For too many years this subject has been “taboo”, which only makes it worse. A beautiful and powerful new video just posted quietly last night on the Mormon Channel. It includes my friend Seth who shares his personal story. Seth has become a voice for those suffering with depression, hopelessness and thoughts of ending life. He’s made it OK to talk about it, and shows that this kind of struggle is not a “character flaw”. When the darkness of emotional illness closes in on the mind, even the very best and brightest cannot save themselves.

I’m so grateful that people are finally talking about the subject of mental and emotional illness & becoming educated. And now, the Church is adding a loud and clear voice to…

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Giving Praise To The Man Joseph Smith

This is the truth, and as we were taught, just because a person doesn’t choose to recognize it as truth, doesn’t make it any less truth.
If you would like more than a pocketful of joy, read on, consider her words, read the Book of Mormon, ponder,and pray.
Ask of God (see James 1:5, in the Bible) and He will reveal the truth to you by the Holy Ghost. Christ lives. Heavenly Father loves us all.
This is my testimony.

Latter-day Soprano

A few weeks ago I was drawn into a conversation on Facebook by a former High School classmate about our prophet Joseph Smith, Jr.. An estranged member of my church at an early age, she happened to be reading a “very scary and fascinating book” [her words] known to be highly critical of Joseph Smith and the LDS Church in general. Admirably, she reached out to her “Mormon friends” to weigh in on the criticisms and rather shocking claims raised in the book.

I researched her concerns carefully in order to respond respectfully & accurately. I provided not only my personal thoughts but also the official LDS stance. I learned more about the book in question; written by a novelist with no experience with and limited knowledge of my church. I read critiques by historians who pointed out the many gaps and inaccuracies in the book. Although presented as “extensively researched” there was a notable bias, ‘twisted truths’, ‘exclusions of information’, shoddy research, and even a few blatant lies in order…

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Still Learning

I’m not at all sure what I am doing. I completed the first part of my assignment in Blogging 101in that I added a search feature to my blog.

But now I’m supposed write a short post about it (this) and link it back to The Commons to share with everyone else. I still don’t understand about links…how they work, how to create them. I tried to do this before, but I don’t think it worked.

So, if it works, great! If not, I’ll be back to edit this until I get it right. Wish me luck!

The Top 5 General Conference Songs

I have to re-blog this post, just because I love the music so much.
My husband says that my funeral is going to have to be a three-day affair in order to fit all the music in that I want. I told him to just play everything in the hymnbook and call it done.
Saturday’s session is almost over, but I hope you enjoy this anyway.

Latter-day Soprano

THIS IS IT! Only ‘ONE DAY MORE’ until the 184th Semiannual General Conference of the Church! In preparation for the big day, here’s some classic Top 5 General Conference songs you may want to keep an eye ear out for this weekend!

These “top 5” hymns have lasting power and seem (to me) to be performed most often. 🙂


The hymn “How Firm A Foundation” has been a popular favorite among Christians ever since 1787. It was included in the first Latter-day Saint hymnbook and has been a staple. For more about this hymn, read here.

In the October 2006 General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson used this hymn as inspiration for the title and subject of his message:

“Eventually we must have our own strong and deeply placed foundation, or we will be unable to withstand the storms of life, which will come…”

– President Thomas S. Monson, How Firm A Foundation, October…

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I’ve Got The Joy…

When I was a little girl, I remember singing that song, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart.”  It was such a cheerful tune and lighted up my soul as I sang along with all my friends and we clapped our hands in the happiness of the moment.  Can you recall a time like that in your life, when your face hurt because you were smiling  so hard, but you just couldn’t stop?  Or has time erased some of what was once so easy to bring to mind?  It isn’t hard these days to lose sight of our inner child, the one who craves the simple sound of a song.  So here, I hope you’ll find a pocket full of joy to fill your day with just enough of that tune to see you through whatever is your need.  Stop for a moment.  Breathe deeply.  And soon, you may be singing of joy as well.