Sunday, September 24, 2017

More About Becoming

“Attaining what the Apostle Paul described as “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13) requires far more than acquiring knowledge. It is not even enough for us to be convinced of the gospel; we must act and think so that we are converted by it. In contrast to the institutions of the world, which teach us to know something, the plan of salvation and the gospel of Jesus Christ challenge us to become something.” Dallin H. Oaks

Who are we to become? Christ is speaking – “Therefore, what manner of men [and women] ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.” 3Nephi 27: 27

“…  the Final Judgment is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts—what we have done. It is an acknowledgment of the final effect of our acts and thoughts—what we have become. It is not enough for anyone just to go through the motions. The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become. Dallin H. Oaks  

Friday, September 22, 2017


"Penultimate" is one of those words that has caught my fancy for some reason. Dad delighted in certain words and I might have caught this tendency from him.

Penultimate means next to last. Ultimate is from the Latin word "ultimus" for last and "pen" is a Latin prefix that means "almost."

More here

"The Twisted Sword" is the penultimate book in Winston Graham's 12 book Poldark series. I don't want the series to end. 

In case you're wondering, there is a word for third from last. It's antepenultimate. It doesn't roll off the tongue the way penultimate does!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Words For The Day

You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can't, you do the next best thing. 

You back up, but you don't give up." 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Doing & Becoming

Life is so much more than a list of tasks to complete—it’s a process of becoming who we are meant to be. It has been said that we are human beings, not human doings. And yet, what we do ultimately determines who we are. So the question is not so much what we do but whether the things we do are getting us closer to who we want to become.     Lloyd D. Newell


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Music and the Spoken Word, October 9, 2016 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Saturday Afternoon at the Post Office


Half an hour before closing on Saturday is not the best time to go to the post office. But, I had a few birthday things I wanted to get in the mail before next week. So I went, hoping I’d luck out with the line. I didn’t. I was about #9 in line. Two clerks were working. One clerk was tied up with a woman who was trying to mail a package somewhere and the clerk kept telling her the address was incomplete. 

5 minutes, 10 minutes – the discussion continues. The other clerk works quickly and keeps the line moving. Meanwhile the line reaches the door.

15 minutes, 20 minutes - the conversation continues as the woman backs away from the clerk to try to get good reception on her cell phone so she can show the clerk the address she’s “always” used. We all wait, and wait, and wait. Meanwhile the woman’s little boy in the stroller decides he’s had enough. He’s been hitting himself with a yellow plastic digging tool. He quietly hurls it across the post office. The mother retrieves it and gives it back to him. 

A little girl dressed all in pink, including pink fairy wings, rides her scooter around counter and the very long line of waiting customers. She’s quiet and careful. She belongs to the incomplete address woman. 

The clerk and the woman continue their conversation. I don’t think English is the first language for either of them. The clerk tries to explain why the address won’t work. Pink wings scoot by us. The stroller boy gets more restless. The clerk sends the woman away to look up the address again and takes one customer. Whew! Maybe the line will move a bit faster now. The incomplete address woman comes back to the clerk. Oh no, the progress stops. 

The scooter fairy weaves in and out of the crowd - wordlessly, slowly, and gently.

I talk with the people around me. We decide we might as well chuckle about the situation. No one seems upset with the clerk and incomplete address woman - we’ve all been there – the person holding up the line, trying to understand a post office employee whose explanation is beyond our comprehension - not sure what to do next. But most of us give up, leave, and regroup. This woman was NOT going to give up. She probably didn’t want to revisit the post office with her garden tool wielding toddler and scooter riding fairy. I can understand that. “I’m here. I AM going to get this done!”

It was finally my turn. It was almost closing time when I left. The incomplete address woman had backed away from her clerk. She looked like she was deciding if she was going to try one more time before the doors were locked for the day. 

The pink fairy continued scootering around the post office.


Monday, September 11, 2017

It Was OK Yesterday

Whoa! I went out to the balcony to get a few basil leaves and found a totally distressed plant. It was just fine yesterday. Today it clearly needed water. It had drawn all the water it could from the soil and it just wasn't enough to keep it going. 

I thought about times I've felt like this. I'm going along just fine. I might be aware that my body needs a bit more sleep or my spirit needs more time to ponder, be still, and connect with God. Or I realize a walk to the lake or in the park would refresh my being. But I think I can keep going - just a little while longer. 

Then it happens, I wake up one morning and feel just like this plant looks! 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Future of Faith - Chance or Choice?

“Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is not something ethereal, floating loosely in the air. Faith does not fall upon us by chance or stay with us by birthright. It is, as the scriptures say, ‘substance … , the evidence of things not seen’ [Hebrews 11:1]. 

Faith emits a spiritual light, and that light is discernible. Faith in Jesus Christ is a gift from heaven that comes as we choose to believe and as we seek it and hold on to it. Your faith is either growing stronger or becoming weaker. 

Faith is a principle of power, important not only in this life but also in our progression beyond the veil. By the grace of Christ, we will one day be saved through faith on His name. 

The future of your faith is not by chance, but by choice.”