Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Presidents Day

In honor of Presidents Day (yesterday), I thought I would share this neat article, from Ezra Taft Benson. It is called, 'Our Divine Constitution' from the November 1987 Ensign. 
It is really long, so I'll just post my favorite parts.

For centuries the Lord kept America hidden in the hollow of His hand until the time was right to unveil her for her destiny in the last days. “It is wisdom that this land should be kept as yet from the knowledge of other nations,” said Lehi, “for behold, many nations would overrun the land, that there would be no place for an inheritance” (2 Ne. 1:8).
In the Lord’s due time His Spirit “wrought upon” Columbus, the pilgrims, the Puritans, and others to come to America. They testified of God’s intervention in their behalf (see 1 Ne. 13:12–13). The Book of Mormon records that they humbled “themselves before the Lord; and the power of the Lord was with them” (1 Ne. 13:16).
Our Father in Heaven planned the coming forth of the Founding Fathers and their form of government as the necessary great prologue leading to the restoration of the gospel. Recall what our Savior Jesus Christ said nearly two thousand years ago when He visited this promised land: “For it is wisdom in the Father that they should be established in this land, and be set up as a free people by the power of the Father, that these things might come forth” (3 Ne. 21:4). America, the land of liberty, was to be the Lord’s latter-day base of operations for His restored church.
The Declaration of Independence affirmed the Founding Fathers’ belief and trust in God in these words: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Shortly after President Spencer W. Kimball became President of the Church, he assigned me to go into the vault of the St. George Temple and check the early records. As I did so, I realized the fulfillment of a dream I had had ever since learning of the visit of the Founding Fathers to the St. George Temple. I saw with my own eyes the record of the work which was done for the Founding Fathers of this great nation, beginning with George Washington.
Think of it: the Founding Fathers of this nation, those great men, appeared within those sacred walls and had their vicarious work done for them.
President Wilford Woodruff spoke of it in these words: “Before I left St. George, the spirits of the dead gathered around me, wanting to know why we did not redeem them. Said they, ‘You have had the use of the Endowment House for a number of years, and yet nothing has ever been done for us. We laid the foundation of the government you now enjoy, and we never apostatized from it, but we remained true to it and were faithful to God.’”
After he became President of the Church, President Wilford Woodruff declared that “those men who laid the foundation of this American government were the best spirits the God of heaven could find on the face of the earth. They were choice spirits … [and] were inspired of the Lord”
Unfortunately, we as a nation have apostatized in various degrees from different Constitutional principles as proclaimed by the inspired founders. We are fast approaching that moment prophesied by Joseph Smith when he said: “Even this nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground, and when the Constitution is upon the brink of ruin, this people will be the staff upon which the nation shall lean, and they shall bear the Constitution away from the very verge of destruction”
I have faith that the Constitution will be saved as prophesied by Joseph Smith. It will be saved by the righteous citizens of this nation who love and cherish freedom. It will be saved by enlightened members of this Church—among others—men and women who understand and abide the principles of the Constitution.
I reverence the Constitution of the United States as a sacred document. To me its words are akin to the revelations of God, for God has placed His stamp of approval upon it.
I testify that the God of heaven sent some of His choicest spirits to lay the foundation of this government, and He has now sent other choice spirits to help preserve it.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

More Luck.

Haven't updated in a while....so let's start with the bad luck.

I got a job back in September. It was super close to home, I was the receptionist. Overall, it was great.
In December, Megan told me about a job that was opening up at the church. It sounded amazing, I finally interviewed for it at the end of January. I didn't think I would get the job. And I was okay with that, because I already liked the one I had.
5 days after that interview, towards the end of the work day, my supervisor gathered about 7 of us into the conference room. Told us all that with the changes the company was making, they didn't need us anymore. That day was our last day.

So as I was signing paperwork and cleaning up my desk, it was VERY hard holding back the tears. With teaching cheer, and the little hours Brett works because of school, we wouldn't make enough money to live. Basically we were planning on moving back in with my parents by March.
I was not excited for what was to come. Ever since I've been married, I've struggled with getting a job. Applying for jobs is the worst, and such a long process.

Now for the good news.
8 days after I lost my job, the lady that interviewed me from the church called. I got the job!!!! I couldn't believe it! I hadn't heard from her in 2 weeks! So I am just ending my 2nd week working here, and it is the best! I want to work here for the rest of my life! I work in Human Resources in the Family Search Department, in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

And...I'm going to Vegas this weekend! Not for the trip I won from Kbull, that will be in April. This is for cheer Nationals. It will be lots of fun!

This is what Brett got me for Valentines day, yummy Edible Arrangements!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Friday night, we got together with the Godfreys and had a Craft/PS3 night. We always love hanging out with them. And we always go over to their place...mainly because their TV is HUGE, and ours is..............not.
Our husbands are so cute!

Me and Steph, we were sitting here for HOURS.
Crafts take a very long time! Especially Wood Connection crafts.

 This is my Valentines window in our living room.

I made most of this on craft night, and then the rest of it on Saturday night.
I'm just a little obsessed with Wood Connection.
I hope you all have a fabulous V-day, and that your significant other treats you with lots of LOVE!