Sunday, January 27, 2019

Witness of Jesus Christ

I have received the challenge this weekend to write down my witness of Jesus Christ.  Although I often address this topic, I will do so once again.

I don't ever remember a time I have not known and felt that I am a child of God, our Heavenly Father, who knows me and loves me, as is every soul who has ever lived on this earth. This is not only what I have been taught all of my life, but what I have always believed and felt in my heart.  I have been taught to pray to God the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, every day, and I know he hears and answers my prayers with comfort, direction, knowledge, peace, and other blessings that I seek.  

The Bible is the word of God and teaches us about His dealings with his prophets and the people of the world throughout the generations.  Most importantly, the Bible teaches us about our Savior, Jesus Christ, who created this earth under the direction of God the Father, came to this earth as a mortal man with the power of God, son of Mary and God, having the power to not only offer all of us, his brothers and sisters, mercy and forgiveness from our sins and human faults by grace of his infinite atonement.  In addition to this gift of forgiveness, he also gave his life as he was crucified, and being able through the power of God to overcome death through the resurrection, has given the gift of resurrection and future eternal life to all mankind.  

The Savior's work did not end with his death and resurrection.  He is the Savior of all who live on this world, past, present and future.  His work continues to go forth on the earth today, spread throughout the world through his latter day prophets.  Joseph Smith was the first of many modern day prophets to receive the priesthood authority of Jesus Christ to act in His name and direct the work of His church here on the earth in modern times.   We also have access to the witness and testimony of many other prophets, both ancient and modern, who have testified of the divine mission of Jesus Christ and shared the gospel that he has taught throughout the ages in The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price.  I have felt the comforting, confirming witness of the Holy Ghost many times throughout my life bear witness to me that the teaching and testimonies found in these scriptures are true.  I know that God lives.  That Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Messiah, the Savior of the world.  

The Lord is My Light

  1. 1. The Lord is my light; then why should I fear?
    By day and by night his presence is near.
    He is my salvation from sorrow and sin;
    This blessed assurance the Spirit doth bring.
  2. (Chorus)
    The Lord is my light;
    He is my joy and my song.
    By day and by night he leads,
    He leads me along.
  3. 2. The Lord is my light; tho clouds may arise,
    Faith, stronger than sight, looks up thru the skies
    Where Jesus forever in glory doth reign.
    Then how can I ever in darkness remain?
  4. 3. The Lord is my light; the Lord is my strength.
    I know in his might I'll conquer at length.
    My weakness in mercy he covers with pow'r,
    And, walking by faith, I am blest ev'ry hour.
  5. 4. The Lord is my light, my all and in all.
    There is in his sight no darkness at all.
    He is my Redeemer, my Savior, and King.
    With Saints and with angels his praises I'll sing.
  6. Text: James Nicholson, 1828-1876
    Music: John R. Sweney, 1837-1899
Here is a link to a video outlining the story of the first vision of Joseph Smith, the modern day prophet who gave his life as a witness to the divinity of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

And here is a shorter version of this story:

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Making 2019 the Best Year This World Has Ever Seen!

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I'm a day late finishing the challenge to read The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ before the end of 2018, but I did finish reading this again today.  I recommend it to everyone, and I'm ready to start reading it again tomorrow!  

We live in a pretty crazy world today, but if everyone were to make the effort to study from The Book of Mormon on a daily basis this year and try to emulate the life and teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ, I'm certain that 2019 would be the very best year this world has ever seen!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

He Knows My Name

Painting:  "Light of the World"  by Brent Borup  Source:

I have not ever in this life seen our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, nor have I heard him speak or call me by name, but throughout my life there have been numerous times when others, acting in his name through the power of his holy priesthood, who have called me by my name to bless my life in many different ways.  As a baby, I was given a name and a blessing by my father, and when eight years old I was called by name when I was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I have received many priesthood blessings of health and comfort, and I have been called by name as I have been set apart for various church callings.  When I went to the temple for the first time, I was called by name and blessed with many wonderful blessings and promises, and I continue to be reminded of these blessings each time I return.

I know that the Lord knows my name, and I fell his comfort and love on a daily basis when I reach out to him in prayer, whether vocally or through prayers of my heart.  He speaks to me in many ways, through thoughts and inspirations that come to my mind and my heart, through the comforting reassurance of the Holy Ghost, through reading the scriptures, and through the actions of many of my friends and family and neighbors who also listen to him.

We live in a difficult world that is filled with conflict.  I often wish that I could take away the pains, the sorrows, and the troubles that those I know and love experience.  I can't always do that, and don't think I would actually be willing and able to suffer those pains myself.  But I know someone who can, and who has already willingly taken ever pain, every sorrow, every sin, and every trouble upon himself.  The Lord Jesus Christ has already suffered every single pain and sorrow the world has ever known.  I'm very grateful to him for this gift.  I know he lives, and I'm very grateful to know that he knows my name.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Light of the Christmas Season

"The Nativity"  by Ted Henninger   Photo Source:

"May the beautiful lights of every Christmas season remind us of Him who is the source of all light."---Elder David A Bednar

December 2018 ends a very blessed year for the Howes Family.  We have been able to travel and visit with loved ones, and have had our children come and visit with us.  DH made two different visits to the hospital, one planned and one unscheduled.   We are grateful for good doctors and medical care, and that he was able to return to work in very short order, and after several months of regular cardio rehab and fitness training, he is feeling better than he has for years!  We have been blessed with good jobs and steady work, and the other blessings that work brings with it. 

Now that the days are shorter, darker, and the weather colder, we especially enjoy having quiet evenings at home together, reflecting on blessings of dear family and friends, and the love and kindness they bring into our lives.  Our wish is that all who read this may also feel of the light and peace and love and joy that comes from our Father in Heaven and his gift to us, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the true source of light. 

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a very blessed and joyous 2019!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Grateful for Enough to Share

My niece shared this fun advent calendar on Facebook today:

Isn't it wonderful to have enough to share with others?

Monday, November 19, 2018

Gratitude for Comfy Warm Slippers and Blankets

I love my comfy warm slippers and Sherpa fleece blankets and use them to snuggle up during the long winter months every single year.  Yes, it's that time of year again, and I have a nice new pair of slippers thank's to DD4's recent generous birthday gift.  It was just in time, cause my old ones have been pretty well worn out!  Add a cup of hot cocoa and I'm truly a happy camper!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Grateful to be Grateful

This talk from 2009 has inspired me to try and be more grateful each day for many years.  
I never have gotten to the point where I remember to write every day, 
But it has become a tradition for me to try and do so each day in November.  
April is blogging from A to Z, and November is blogging about gratitude. 
 I start with a simple idea on Facebook or in my personal journal.  
It may take a day or two for the thoughts to reach the blog, but I'm trying to keep a record.  
How have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch my life today?