Just ask any two year old

Years ago a question was posed by the speaker in a meeting I attended:

What is the greatest power in the universe? 

His answer:

Freedom to Choose. Just ask any two year old. 

So what and who are you voting for? Freedom or bondage?

Vote Person not Party. Know the issues, know the person, know the people who surround and advise the person/s you choose to vote for. Be not deceived.

Vote. Choose wisely.

Choose Freedom.

Gratitude: It is time to set new goals

Honey-do and I set individual and family goals every year and have done so since we got married many, many years ago. It is one of my favorite times of year, this goal setting and review ritual. The accounting from where we started, to where we now are, and where we choose to go from here is a way to realign ourselves as individuals and as a couple, making those course corrections to keep us from falling off track from that which matters most. 

What matters most? We do, to each other.

Generally pleased with where we now are and how we have moved through life’s unforeseen events, we are not so far off financially from where we hoped to be. Career wise has thrown some curves but with patience and trust in the Lord’s timing we are happy with how things have turned out. We have seen miracles. We have enjoyed the process of discovery.

There have been and still are times when we are not so pleased with goals we have set and we have not reached, nor whole-heartedly or even half-heartedly attempted to accomplish. Yet, the disappointment in ourselves does not lend us to our becoming incapacitated but leads us toward action, to a better structured goal. We practice attainable goals in smaller sections of success through micro-goal settings or subsets of goals. 

One personal goal took me 28 years to accomplish and even now I still struggle maintaining that goal while trying to maintain other goals of great importance to me. 

The goals we now review reflect a different tone of adventure. They are closer to becoming a reality for they are over thirty years old. They were our long range range goals but they are now here, ready for action. 

Anticipating what will happen next, uncertain as to what life holds for us as we age, and looking forward to “retiring” within ten years time, we believe that the Lord has blessed us abundantly.  As long as we step into that tunnel, with faith in every footstep, a lamp will light our path no matter how dimly lit it may be. And if we are required to step onto a darkened path without light, the light will come as we take that first step in faith. It is a win-win. 

How thankful I am for the blessings that come from setting goals. From the time I was young to my older self, goal setting has been a gift of vision and of loving reflection on how much the Lord has blessed my life. And I am especially grateful that my Honey-do has done this with me for these many years of wedded bliss. 

Gratitude. Sincerely.

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Atone, Atonement

For several years I have been hearing the word atone thrown around. It always bothers me when it is used by characters in programs or by news readers discussing how he or she or someone has atoned for their sins.

I believe that only Jesus Christ could make the perfect atonement for sin. He atoned for our sins. I can, you can, accept His atoning sacrifice to be forgiven of sins through repentance. 

THE ATONEMENT ~ Elder Russell M. Nelson

THE SUPERNAL GIFT OF THE ATONEMENT ~ Elder James E. Faust

ATONEMENT, AGENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY ~ Elder Boyd K. Packer

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