Monday, January 29, 2018

"The Atonement, which can reclaim each one of us, bears no scars. That means that no matter what we have done or where we have been or how something happened, if we truly repent, He has promised that He would atone. And when He atoned, that settled that. There are so many of us who are thrashing around, as it were, with feelings of guilt, not knowing quite how to escape. You escape by accepting the Atonement of Christ, and all that was heartache can turn to beauty and love and eternity." -Boyd K. Packer (talk "The Plan of Happiness")

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The end of all activity in the Church is to see that a man and a woman with their children are happy at home, sealed for eternity. -Boyd K. Packer

Sunday, January 14, 2018

My darling niece is on a mission in Taiwan.  In one of her weekly emails she wrote this...

"My Dad used to tell me that there are two prayers that will ALWAYS be answered. The first is “Help me to notice a blessing that I haven’t noticed before” and the second is “Help me to find an opportunity to serve today. Let me know who needs my help!” From my own experience, I know that this is true! These prayers will always be answered." -Becca

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”― Charles DickensA Christmas Carol

Monday, September 11, 2017

I just came across this "object lesson about being sealed in the temple and thought it was a good one! I remember when Lanning and I were engaged we had so many wonderful moments together, and he said something about how grateful he was that not just we were going to be sealed together but also all the times we've shared together would be sealed to us too....
The Empty Jar and Temple Sealings
The Empty Jar and Temple Sealings
While I appreciated all of the many gifts, cards and well wishes that Kim and I received at our wedding, there was one gift in particular that stood apart from the rest.
An empty jar.
Attached to it was a letter with a quote from S. Michael Wilcox and a note from some dear friends. I couldn’t finish reading the letter (I got a little teary) and had to have Kim read the rest of it for me.
From S. Michael Wilcox:
“My wife often cans peaches and pears in the fall. A great deal of work is necessary just to prepare the fruit. Then, once it is prepared, she puts it into jars, places the seals on, twists the lids tightly into place, and sets the jars in boiling water. Then she waits for the seals to set.
She has performed this operation dozens of times with hundreds of jars. In all that time I have never seen her seal an empty jar. Unless the jar is loaded with fruit, a seal is not placed. I doubt if anyone, among the thousands who can fruit every year, has ever sealed an empty jar. There must be something to preserve or the seal has no significance.
The sealing of temple covenants is similar. When we are married at the altars of the temple, the Lord, from one point of view, gives us an empty jar. Then he instructs us to fill it with the wonderful fruits of righteous marriage. We fill it with love and compromise and forgiveness and joy and peace and shared trails; we fill it with all the things of life, all the good fruit. As we keep our covenants, returning often to renew them as we work for the dead, the jar begins to fill. As we grow older and our love deepens, we desire to preserve forever all the good we have stored. 
Our abiding in the covenant allows the Lord to place the seal on our covenant relationship and preserve the fruits of our righteousness for all eternity. This is the same for all temple covenants. Nobody seals an empty jar; neither does the Lord seal empty covenants. First there must be fruit to preserve.”
After the quote was this note from our friends:
In the temple, you were given an empty jar as a present. Eternal marriages are not made at the altar. They are made by the things that you will do together and for each other every day thereafter. May you spend your lifetime filling your jar with all of the sweet things of your life together.
With love and best wishes for your marriage, The Snyders