Monday, December 11, 2017

I was a stranger and ye took me in

Pres. Hinckley said that every new member needs a friend, a job, and to be nourished in the good word of God. We often think of "strangers" as people outside of our circle. But often there are people sitting in the pew next to us who feel alone and isolated. Reach out to that someone, even if you're the one who is feeling alone.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Search the scriptures

One of my favorite General Conference addresses ever was Elder Richard G. Scott's "The Power of Scripture" from October 2011. In it he says that scriptures are like packets of light that can lighten our way.* "To memorize a scripture is to forge a new friendship," he said.

There's a lot we can learn from the scriptures. There are good examples, and as Santa knows, there are bad examples.

*Interesting that it's Rudolph who shows up on the Christmas countdown today!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

I was sick and ye visited me

It's interesting to notice how different people react to being sick. Some people just soldier on, others need care and attention throughout their illness. And sometimes you just need chicken soup!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Love your enemies

Just a few days ago our local missionaries asked us to make seven dozen cookies for their investigators. They tried making some, but it didn't turn out so well.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Suffer the little children to come unto me

There are people who love being in Nursery, and there are those who don't. Personally, I can't really see the downside of two hours of songs, nap time and snacks!

Brighten a child's day today, or allow a child to brighten yours!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Judge not, that ye be not judged

He knows when you are sleeping,
he knows when you're awake.
He knows if you've been bad or good
so be good for goodness sake!

Besides Santa Claus, that song could almost hold true for a bishop as well, if he had good home teachers. Which begs the question, would Santa make a good bishop?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Honour thy father and thy mother

The official handout for the Light the World campaign from the Church asks three questions about today's theme:

  • When was the last time you actually talked to your parents?
  • Need some meaningful advice about something you're dealing with?
  • How well do you know your family's history?
My parents have both passed on, so I'm going with family history on this one.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself

We recently watched a movie in which the main character was asked if he spoke any foreign languages. He said no, he didn't. Yet during the course of the movie we see him speaking to people from many different countries.

"I thought you said you didn't speak any foreign languages?" someone asked.

"Those aren't foreign languages," he explained. "They're the languages that my neighbors speak!"

Today, find some way to show kindness to your neighbor — wherever they may be!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

It is lawful to do well on the sabbath days

Remember back in the old days when keeping the Sabbath day holy meant a big list of things you couldn't do? I like the approach that we use nowadays, with a focus on filling the day with doing good things.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Freely ye have received, freely give

It's that time of year again! We're starting our countdown to Christmas, and incorporating the Light the World campaign. Today's scripture to inspire service is Matthew 10:8: "...freely ye have received, freely give."

Here are Sis. Kerry Jo's thoughts on the matter.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The power of the word

Have you ever read the scriptures to help you fall asleep and then have the completely opposite effect?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Blinking bright red and green

The Christmas lights in our missionary apartment never quite rivaled those of Temple Square. The decorations were kind of sad, actually.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Light one little candle

This is an update of an older cartoon to add the hashtag #LightTheWorld.
It's a great way for you and your family to provide service during the Christmas season.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Another Public Service Announcement

This is one of the biggest travel days of the year, so it's time for another safety message (brought to you courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation). One of our public information officers decided to make this year's Thanksgiving safety message in the form of a rhyme. I thought it should be illustrated, kind of like the poems you might see in Mad Magazine. That idea evolved into this.

Here we present the not-yet-a-classic poem, "Giblets and Gravy."

Giblets and gravy!
Traffic’s plum crazy
Bumper to bumper
On Interstate 5.

Grandma is calling,
“Where are you darling?
You’re missing turkey
trimmings, pumpkin pie!”

Everyone’s anxious
Fidget my spinner!
Thanksgiving dinner
Could start without us!

Grandma is dumbstruck,
“You’re stuck in gridlock?
“Well, didn’t I say
Come here yesterday?”

Up from the back row
Her granddaughter cries
“Oh, Grammy, I know!
But I’m just pint-sized!”

Reckless motorist,
Driving distracted,
Impatient and brash,
Instigates a crash.

You’re sitting, waiting,
Quite ascertaining
Oregon’s traffic
Fluid dynamics.

Traffic comes to crawl
Past the messy wreck’s
Bottleneck effect
Clean-up ‘til nightfall!

Pledge this Thanksgiving,
Be wise, forgiving,
Check conditions on
TripCheck (511).

Grandma will tell you
Leave early, slow down,
She wants to see you (and so do we),
Arrive safe and sound.

Rather than just be illustrated, however, we decided it would be better as a video message. And, as a side note, doesn't Grammy look like she may have wandered over from the Mormon Cartoonist's site?

Anyway, be safe as you travel this weekend, wherever you may be!