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Monday, August 26, 2013

Hope an Anchor of the Soul

Dear Friend P,

I was reading the Ensign and loved the article about hope (link won't be live until September, but pg. 62 in the hard copy of the September 2013 Ensign).  I thought you would too.  I thought you would like to add it to your personal collection readings on hope.  I enjoyed all of our conversations about hope that we used to have.

I also thought you might like this video.  While not tagged for hope I really thought the message tied into it "a secure anchor".  Definitely something that I needed right now.  "Hope is an anchor of the soul" as Paul says (Heb. 6:19).  Which is why I correlated the movie and article together.

If this finds you in good health let me know and I'll write something longer with more substance and yes I'll still hand-write it, just for you.

Yours,
Lindsay

Monday, August 19, 2013

Cherishing the Role

Dear Friend M,

I considered naming today's post "Three minutes in a bathroom", but I just knew that wasn't a good idea to post on the internet.  I am writing today though to inform you that I will have to cancel piano lessons tomorrow.  My piano is inaccessible because that "piano studio" is not the piano studio anymore.  It's a mess of boxes.

I might actually get some work done if I wasn't staring at my kids all day cherishing my role as a mother.  They are just too cute and distracting and I don't want to blink and miss a thing.

So recently some of my best motherhood moments were....you guessed it.....in the bathroom.  Now I've definitely had plenty of terrible and yucky motherhood moments in the bathroom as well (though I'm grateful that those usually turn into fatherhood moments :) )

My daughter and I were in a busy airport.  I took her into the bathroom and waited for her.  I then informed her that I would be using the restroom and due to the large hustle and bustle of that busy airport that she could either come in the stall with me or wait right outside the stall door where I could see her shoes so that I would know if anyone tried to steal her.  She opted to wait outside and I saw her brand new purple/ white tennis shoes restlessly waiting, but obediently right outside the door.  The next thing I know I see little pudgy fingers trying to poke through the gap in-between the door and the wall where the hinges are.  It made me smile to see my kid act like a kid!  What would you do if you had to wait outside of a bathroom stall.  Then I can tell she's tapping all around the door and proceeds to knock the door the open!!! (stupid unreliable lock)  I think this was due to trying to get her other fingers through the gap on the otherside of the door all at once.  She quickly closed it for me, but I wasn't mad.  I was too amused at watching her child-like fun (in a mundane situation.)

We made our way over to the sinks and the fun continued.  I washed my hands.  She washed her hands and then went to dry them.  I was wondering what was taking her so long when I noticed that she was making faces in the curved shiny metal nozzle as it was an electric blower.  The curved metal was distorting her face as she moved closer and then further away.  We laughed together.  I opted to use a paper towel (personal preference, and I figured since both were offered you were supposed to choose your personal preference).  It was an automatic dispenser and I raised my hand which in turn turned on a light as a towel came buzzing out.  My daughter, being a child, noticed the light, and was fascinated by the automation of the machine and held her hand out to make a paper towel dispense right into her hand as well.

We then went bouncing back out into the airport never having had so much fun!  I've used a bathroom hundreds, thousands of times.  I've helped my daughter in the bathroom hundreds, thousands? of times.  I'm grateful that I could see the experience through her eyes.

I love being a mom, and because of this my piano is inaccessible.  I'd apologize for quite literally staring at my children all day, but I just can't.  My road to motherhood isn't the road that I wanted to start or finish, but I do want to "cherish the role that is uniquely mine,"(Elder Holland, source) because no one else gets to have the angels that I do.

This quote is always in the back of my mind:
"If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly." Thomas S. Monson, source
I wasn't the best at cherishing my time as a mother in the past, but now I am a lot better about it.

See you next week!

Un-Regretfully,
Lindsay

*The three minutes is just an estimate...I didn't time it :)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

More Committed

Dear World,

In neglecting to keep up this blog, naysayers may delight in thinking that I, Lindsay, have wavered in my faith.  Perhaps they think that it was a passing fad like one might make other lifestyle experimentations (i.e. diets, exercise plans, breaking a habit).  Maybe I never was really committed in the first place, just a dabbler, not adequate to be a proclaimer of this gospel.

Not true.

If anything I am more committed than ever.  My testimony strengthens daily, hourly, and I know that there is a God who loves me, KNOWS me BY NAME, and is mindful of my life.  He sends angels to minister to me daily, hourly, constantly.  I truly am nothing as He has given me everything.  I believe in my Savior, Jesus Christ, and his all-encompassing atonement.  It covers all pain, injustices, and paves the way to provide the mercy I need to be accepted back into God's presence.  I am a Christian.  I love to read the Bible.  I love to learn more about my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

As I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or Mormon, I do read the Book of Mormon.  It is another testament of Jesus Christ.  It tells of His interactions with those in the Americas.  It tells of the story of those people because God loves all of his children, not just those in Jerusalem.  I have read the Book of Mormon in its entirety and completed "Moroni's Promise."  I prayed to know if the book was true.  I received the answer as it says in Moroni 10:5. ("by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things")  I felt a warmth in my soul and a knowledge of truth in my mind that I could not make go away or deny that I felt.

I recognize that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet called in these days.  He is the Lord's mouthpiece.  I maintain my worthiness to enter into temples.  They are the House(s) of the Lord and no unclean thing may enter.  I hold sacred the things I learn and the peace that temple attendance brings me.

I proclaim that I know that the family is the most basic unit of society.  The family is ordained of God.  Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan (The Family: A Proclamation to the World, paragraph 7)  Because the family is "essential" to God's plan.  Satan is trying to tear families apart.   I see it every. single. day.  I feel like I have to work VERY hard every. single. day. to keep my family strong and together in one heart, mind, and purpose.

Knowing these things so strongly myself makes it hard to understand that there are people in this world that do NOT know them for themselves.  Some have never ever been introduced to have the option to reject these truths.  Others have been introduced and have either rejected them or are slow in learning/ accepting them.  It is this reason that I must make a more committed effort to post on this blog.  I know people are searching for truth and they need a place to find it.

I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the one and only Church that provides a way to live with God again due to the priesthood authority that it has to perform the necessary ordinances on Earth that need to happen.  The Mormons don't have a lock on a belief in God or Jesus or all the good things that Christendom has to offer, but they do have the priesthood authority from Jesus Christ to baptize, etc.

My friends who are looking for truth.  Look here.  Know that I know.  It is true.

Truthfully,
Lindsay