Sunday, April 20, 2014

2000 Years Ago.

Last weekend a friend texted us a website address and a message saying, "Here's a project I recently worked on. I hope you enjoy." We clicked into the site, and read
'You can change your life, because of how one day started 2000 years ago.' 
And watched this

After which we were challenged to "start today" and choose something each of us would want to change/improve in our individual lives. It was the perfect way to prepare us for Easter.

It's been a significant week for the Christian world - reflecting on the last few days of Jesus Christ's life when he performed the greatest sacrifice of mankind. The magnitude and culmination of these experiences are hard to comprehend. V and I continue to learn how incredible the atonement is as we experience and access it individually and together - our gratitude increases daily. In celebration of this beautiful week and triumphant day, let us remember the words of the angel spoken to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary,
"Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen (Luke 24:5-6). 
It is true. Those are magnificent and comforting words - Christ overcame the world - death, sin, evil, temptation, all of it, so that we can feel exponential hope, happiness and purpose. This knowledge is empowering. Oh, how wonderful it is to celebrate this Easter day.

Our Easter studies included beautiful passages, movie clips, talks and Easter memories. Here are some we've enjoyed the most:
None Were With Him - Jeffrey R. Holland
Easter Week

Easter Traditions

For us, dying eggs is a necessary project for our Easter week. I love to eat the eggs, V loves to dye them. It's a perfect combination. We had lil' Tayler come and help V.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Questions of the Soul.

This last week John and I honored two incredible individuals. Their battles with cancer ended within three days of each other. Both lived over a year longer than doctors projected... what a miracle. We miss them greatly. Their absence is becoming a reality, but we hope and believe in seeing them again. During one of the funerals, a question was asked,

"Why would God let this happen? Does He really love us?"

We feel like it's a question that's been asked by most of us during tragic moments of our lives. We see young families lose fathers and mothers, nations destroyed by natural disasters and innocent lives lost to cruelty.

Along with the speaker who answered these questions of the soul, we'd like to offer our perspective.

First of all, YES - God loves us. His love is perfect and always there. We are the only barrier keeping us from feeling that love. So, why does He let great people leave this world early? Why does He allow them to suffer? We don't know exactly, but we're all trying to become more Christlike. He's asked us to become like him. As we've spent time with our two friends, we know that physical suffering does not damage the spirit, if you don't let it.  Though the pains from the cancer grew worse with time, their kindness and love continued. Their spirits grew stronger while their physical bodies became weaker. Jesus Christ is the perfect example of this. He left our world physically tormented from suffering in Gethsemane and the Crucifixion, but the beauty of the Atonement is that He rose on the third day, to show us all that His spirit was strong and His body made whole...that is the greatest act of Love we can strive to comprehend.

Our perspective is limited. We cannot fully understand the enormity and grandeur of God's plan and purpose for each of us, but as we turn to Him, He blesses us and lets us feel of His love. He grants us hope that the sun will rise, the light will fill our hearts with peace and we can continue on. We feel blessed to have had these two great examples in our lives, to show us the importance of faith.

We invite all those who are reading - who have questions - who are seeking for answers - to listen to General Conference this weekend. Twice a year inspired men and women speak to the world and offer messages that answer many of these soul-searching questions... they speak to the "one". There are four sessions, Saturday and Sunday April 5 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (MDT). You can listen here.