Thursday, October 12, 2017

A prayer for our husbands

This year for Mother's day I got to go on a mommy retreat in the mountains with friends and we watched this movie that really inspired me called "The War Room". I have been thinking about it often and the applications for my own life.

Here is a trailer and way you could watch it too.


The faith and call to action really inspired me to change my selfishness and prayers for my family that revolved around my desires for them and changed them to prayers that revolved around the Lord's desires for them. I was inspired by the need for more women to go to God in warrior prayer mode for the protection and hearts of our families. Men are being bombarded on every side by the adversary especially priesthood holders and women must take action as the homemakers to pray with "real intent" for the protection and safety of our men.

The second inspiration for this prayer for our husbands was found in this story:

A Hawaiian Man Shares His Dream of Heaven That Might Change the Way You Pray

Gifts



Here is a short summary but I highly recommend you read the whole article.


“I walked to one of the gifts that caught my attention. The wrapping paper, ribbons, and decorations formed exquisite color combinations. In this one small gift, there were more colors than all the colors visible on earth. I noticed an ornate tag attached to the gift. On the tag was my name in elegant, hand-written cursive. I looked at the tags on the surrounding presents and found that each of the tags had my name on them as well. I turned to Peter and asked, ‘What are all these gifts with my name on them?’
“Peter brought me a chair that was sitting along one of the walls and asked me to be seated. Once I’d taken my seat, Peter answered, ‘These are all the gifts and blessings from God that you failed to receive.’
“As I heard his words, my heart sank. A wave of pain flashed through my body at the thought of having rejected gifts from my God and my Savior. I looked into Peter’s eyes. With great concern, I said, ‘I would never knowingly reject a gift from God. Why didn’t I receive these gifts?’
. . . . . 
“‘Some of the gifts required work or effort on your part before they could be obtained,’ Peter answered.
“We walked to a new section of the warehouse and Peter had me look at the tags on the gifts. I saw my name on one of the tags and on another tag, was written the requirement to receive the gift. The first tag I read said, ‘Pray and ask for it.’ I looked at each tag to find the same statement: ‘Pray and ask for it.’
“‘You mean all I had to do to receive all the gifts in this warehouse was to pray and ask for them?’ I said.

This has been a poignant message to me of blessings of the Lord awaiting my prayers to ask for them. "Ask and ye shall receive" has meant more after reading this story and imagining the blessings of the Lord wrapped and awaiting for me to mearly ask.

The last inspiration for this prayer for our husbands came from a file that was shared in a RS lesson
It was a list of questions answered by the Book of Mormon. One of the questions was "How can I improve my marriage?" The answer was found in 3 Nephi 14. As I read I got to Ask and Ye shall receive again and had a impression to find scriptures that would be a blessing to my husband. I am up to 50 scriptures now that are specific to the blessings I think the Lord desires for my husband. My heart has been changed by seeking the "best gifts" and finding the words of the Lord in my search.

Here is a scripture list organized from head to toe :

Mind

1 Corinthians 2:16

See the Hymn below

Heart
Ezekial 11: 19
Ether 3:6
1 Kings 3:9, 12, 4:29-30
Alma 48:17

Body
Docterine and Covenants 84:33
Docterine and Covenants 89

Spirit
Alma 13:2-12
Alma 17:2-3

Soul
2 Nephi 4:15-16
2 Nephi 4:28
2 Nephi 1:13-14,23

Eyes
Alma 5:15

Ears
3 Nephi 11: 5,
3 Nephi 17: 16,
3 Nephi 17:17

Mouth
2 Nephi 4:23-24
2 Nephi 32:2-3

Skin
2 Nephi 1:15
2 Nephi 4:33
Last of all this song has really inspired me and helped me seek the Lord. "Oh, may my soul commune with thee. And find thy holy peace."

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Arthur Samuel Roberts Jr. Nov 12, 1941

Happy Birthday today Grandpa Sam. What a great example to your family you are of constancy and reliability. We know we can always count on you to help us. You are a great father and grandfather.

Grandpa Sam's favorite food is from his mission to Holland. The Netherlands occupied Indonesia when grandpa was on his mission and there were lots of Indonesian restaurants there. The missionaries loved to go out to these restaurants. Grandpa has not been able to find this food in Utah and wishes he could.

One food he remembered was a Rice Toffle

"Indonesian dishes such as satay, beef rendang, and sambal are favoured in Malaysia and Singapore. Soy-based dishes, such as variations of tofu and tempeh, are also very popular. "

Picking a food he loves here is Mexican and he loves Taco's and Burritos. But they have to be beef not chicken. 

Grandpas favorite color is in the "gold family" He likes golds, browns and oranges.  Sounded like fall to me--

Two stories he wants his family to remember were the first was his families tragedy when they were in the car accident and lost Grandpa Art. He and Grandma have been working hard for the last several years to write their personal histories and he promises within the next several months we will be getting them so we can read in detail and with pictures about this experience that changed his life forever.


The second was a happier time. He loved the opportunity he had to go to Cokeville, Wyoming the summer of 1957 to live with his Uncle Russ Roberts on his ranch and work as a cowboy. 

Grandpa Art was elected to represent the school board at an important meeting back east and him and Grandma Rebecca went alone. Sam got to stay at his Uncle Russ's ranch and Shauna and Scott stayed in Afton with Grandma Lettie Roberts and his aunt. When his parents got back Sam wanted to stay and finish out the summer and they allowed it. He loved his time bailing hay, and riding horses.

Some of his favorite songs are from Rock and Roll of the 1950's his favorite was Buddy Holly



He also loved Johnny Mathis




Tuesday, July 5, 2016

FHE- It's all about the Dash!!

Here is a fun FHE lesson idea.

First share this video that talks about the Dash- this is the short line that is between someones birthday and death date.





That short line represents someones whole life. Just like your life right now it is full of Joy and sorrow,  Fun and work, and hopefully family.

Next your going to learn a fun song

To the music of "All about that bass"

All about that Dash
by the Wells family

Because you know it's all about that dash, 'bout that dash, life stories.
It's all about that dash, 'bout that dash, life stories.
It's all about that dash, 'bout that dash, life stories.
It's all about that dash, 'bout that dash.

Yeah, it's pretty clear, that my heart's turned to
Search out my ancestors, like I'm supposed to do.
Just found a new name to fill in that space.
I got all the right dates and all the right places.
I see that dash in there, and wonder 'bout their lives.
Like where did they all live, and how did they survive?
What did she like to do?
Who were her friends?
Cause everybody's story's awesome from beginning to the end.

Yeah, great grandpa he told me his stories from World War 2.
And that one time great grandma's new pony threw off its shoe.
And when grandpa met grandma and they went on their first date.
Because learning about family history is so great.

Because you know it's all about that dash, 'bout that dash, life stories.
It's all about that dash, 'bout that dash, life stories.
It's all about that dash, 'bout that dash, life stories.
It's all about that dash, 'bout that dash.

My genealogy. So many people who are sealed to me.
We'll do their temple work from A to Z.
But I'm here to tell ya,
everybody's story's awesome from the beginning to the end.
Yeah, my ancestors did lots of really amazing things.
Some were just peasants and others were queens and kings.
And their stories make me want to make my own dash the best
Because the way that we live is what makes us all truly blessed.

Because you know it's all about that dash, 'bout that dash, life stories.
It's all about that dash, 'bout that dash, life stories.
It's all about that dash, 'bout that dash, life stories.
It's all about that dash, 'bout that dash.

Have fun with that!

Then your going to play a game. Login to Family Search and find an ancestor that doesn't have very much information.  Hopefully you have a Birth, Death, Marriage and Parents,Siblings, and Children's births and deaths.  Then you want to find the world events, like wars and who was president of the Church and the country you live in. All these go on a time line of this persons "dash". You can also add important church dates in this time line such as when missionaries were first sent to Denmark and when the first vision happened.

for example



Karen Sophie Rasmussen

Was born in 1808
She was married in 1831
She died in 1850 all in Denmark

So We are looking for all the major life events in her life that would impact her joy and sorrow.

Most of her siblings on this image were born before her but I found one sibling born after her


So your timeline would be like this

1808 Birth
1811 Birth of Lars baby brother
1814 - Norway’s departure from the Union.
1820 First vision of Joseph Smith in America
1830 The first Book of Mormon published and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints was organized in America
1831 Marriage
1832 Baby boy Lars born
1833 Baby boy Hans born and died
1835 2nd Baby boy Hans born (same name because first baby died)
1837 Baby girl Ane born. First LDS missionaries sent to England
1838 Baby boy Johan born
1839 Baby boy Rasmus born
1840 Baby boy Jens born, Baby boy Rasmus died
1841 Baby  boy Jens died
1843 Karen's mother died
1844 Joseph Smith is martyered
1847 Karen's father died
1848 - Abolition of absolutism.
1849 - First liberal constitution, the June Constitution.
Missionaries were first sent to Denmark in 1849 and the first Danish Book of Mormon was translated. Danish Saints to be the first non-English speakers to read the Book of Mormon in their native tongue.
Doing a search on LDS.org found several articles about the church in Denmark

5 Things to Know about the Church in Denmark

Scandinavia, the Church in

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Grandpa Arthur Samuel Roberts June 2, 1918




Favorite Song: Grandpa Sam remembers playing a duet with Grandpa Art in sacrament meeting twice. Grandpa Sam played the clarinet and Grandpa Art played the piano. They played "There is a green hill faraway" and "Rock of Ages"

Grandpa was in the air-force during World War II and was trained as a pilot. Some how he was later moved to top gunner in a B-29 Super Fortress. They have one at Hill Air Force base in Utah and we went and saw it for his birthday. 





The window on top was where
Grandpa Art would sit and shoot.
Back Gunner

WWII Uniform







Monday, March 28, 2016

Grandpa Smith's Birthday-- January 10,1907


Favorite Food: Brown Sugar
Grandma Kennard said he just liked lot's of it because he remembered being hungry as a child. Hated to see food to go to waste.
Grandpa was color blind so Grandma Kennard doesn't think he has a favorite color
Liked the music of Steven Foster especially the song "Old Black Joe"



Grandpa loved to whistle and sing. I loved to hear him sing "Froggy went a courtin", and "You get a line and I'll get a pole."




Grandpa could quote whole chapters in the Bible from memory. Uncle Sean remembers "It was amazing. I would sit there with the Bible open and he would start talking and get it almost word for word at age 78. I couldn't believe it. He knew chapters from Isaiah, parts of Chronicles, and Ecclesiastes."







"Following (our daughter's) mortal death, our feelings were raw, we struggled, and still today we have moments of great sorrow, but we hold to the understanding that no one ever really dies. Despite our anguish when Georgia’s physical body stopped functioning, we had faith that she went right on living as a spirit, and we believe we will live with her eternally if we adhere to our temple covenants. Faith in our Redeemer and His Resurrection, faith in His priesthood power, and faith in eternal sealings let us believe. . . ( what). . .  President Gordon B. Hinckley said: “If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God. … The Lord will not forsake us.”4 Yielding Our Hearts to God   Oct 2015

Happy Birthday Grandma Smith- January 30, 1915



Favorite food: Soup Beans and corn bread
Favorite color: Red
She was a great seamstress and made all her children's clothes. She would take Grandpa Smith's old dress shirts and cut off the tail and use it to make baby clothes with embroidery,
She loved listening to old radio programs like "Only the Shadow knows", Red Rider, Ma Kettle, and Loan Ranger and Tanto.
Once they got a TV she enjoyed watching Soap Operas like Days of our Lives and music programs like Lawerence Welk


"My niece Katie was a hopeful 20-year-old university student with many talents and plans for the future. Four years ago Katie died in an auto accident. Though our family still feels much homesickness for her, we know that we will be with her again, and we are not worried about her. In Katie’s wallet was her temple recommend, given to her by her bishop so she could be baptized for her ancestors. Katie was worthy. Not long before Katie died she wrote these words: “If this were my last day on earth, this is the record I would leave. Make each day meaningful. … Stay close to the Lord. Gain all the knowledge you can about the scriptures, the gospel, the creations of the Lord. … Give of yourself … and always remember Christ for His example and His Atonement and strive each day to be like Him.” There Is Hope Smiling Brightly before Us   April 2003




Sunday, March 20, 2016

Grandma Rebecca Bastian Roberts March 22, 1922

 

Favorite Food- Grandpa said "She never sat down to eat. She was too busy serving everyone else." She made really yummy "flap jacks" which were like a scone but "different"? So we will be having scones
Grandma Terry said Grandma Rebecca was a meat and potatoes kind of girl.
Grandma Terry thinks Grandma Rebecca's favorite color was Lavender

Sheri, Grandma Rebecca, Sam, Shauna, and Scott
when Sam was preparing to go on his mission to Holland.
Sam, Rebecca and Sheri. Grandma Rebecca sent her first missionary out 3 years after Grandpa Art died in a car accident.
Grandma Rebecca loved to read anything she could get her hands on. 


My Grandma Kennard died in 1984 from liver cancer. None of my children were able to meet her.
Grandma Rebecca had heart surgery April 10, 1984 done by Elder  Russell M. Nelson the Tuesday after he was ordained an apostle. She was able to live 20 years after that surgery. She was able to meet and give gifts to 5 of my children because of that surgery. She was like a Grandmother to me from the time I was about 17 and taught me to crochet and other homemaking skills. She was always kind and loving to our family and gave us amazing quilts. All of my children were able to be blessed in a quilt she made.
Wendy, Grandma Rebecca, Terry, and baby Rachel 2001.

Andrew John Roberts baby blessing 2008 in a handmade quilt Grandma Rebecca made for Joseph in 1992.

Grandma Rebecca served 2 missions one to England on an Extraction mission. She got her mission call and the Doctor said she wasn't healthy enough to go to a foreign mission. She was not daunted though and was determined to serve where she was called so she asked the Doctor if he would give her approval if she was able to work at Walmart for 1 year. He said yes and so she did. He had to give her the approval after one year and she served a year and a half in England. 

The second was to the Family History library in downtown Salt Lake.