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Three gifts from the third dimension

Sometimes I get what I want. And it often feels miraculous and not at all contingent on my hard work. Since reading the last two books, I see life from a different perspective — one with less fear and more hope and faith. I’ve read about the spirit world before, but I have a better view now. I understand more. As I listened to Nibley this morning, he confirmed what I’d been thinking about — what he called the third dimension. And all though I’ve listened to this talk numerous times, it took on new meaning. “Brigham Young never...

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Give Me Something Tangible or I Die

I had gone up to my room, explaining to my husband that it would be much easier for me to exercise my faith if I could lay hold of something tangible. When Jesus anointed the eyes of the blind man, he used mud and spittle, not for himself, but for the blind man to have faith. When Joseph Smith asked Wilford Woodruff to cross the Mississippi River and bless the malaria-stricken children, he gave him his handkerchief, as a token that acted as something tangible between the two men. Wilford went across the river and healed the sick with the aid of that token. (1839, Nauvoo, Illinois) “As Joseph was about to cross the river, a man came to him and asked him if he would go about three miles and heal two of his small children, who were twins, about three months old, and were sick nigh unto death. He was a man of the world, he had never heard a sermon preached by a Latter-day Saint. Joseph said he could not go, but he would send a man. After hesitating a moment, he turned to me and said, “You go with this man and heal his children,” at the same time giving me a red silk handkerchief, and said, “After you lay hands upon them, wipe their faces with it, and they shall be healed; and as...

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Write it Down Before it’s Gone

Now, granted, some words spoken should never have left my lips. But I understand the value of writing down my experiences and keeping a journal. In fact, I was impressed by this thought,  “Words spoken are left in the air, Words written are always there.”  Wilford woodruff kept a daily journal.  I used to have a copy of the nine hefty volumes. It was impressive. Some days he just “shucked corn” but without his writings the history of the church would not be as well documented.  “While walking in a rapid stream we cannot tread twice in the same water. Neither can we spend twice the same time. When we pass out of that door, the work of this meeting will be closed to us forever. We shall never spend the time of this evening again. Then should we not keep a record of our work, teachings, and counsel which we give in this meeting? We should.” (Wilford Woodruff) Some things should be written, some things should never go down on paper, but an account of your life can only be written accurately by you. Primary sources are always considered the most valuable. Wilford Woodruff, standing with George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith: (I am wishing I kept those journals, they’re valued at $2500...

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Pioneer Day–my assigned topic to speak at church–and the part I did not tell

Pioneers, and Pioneer Day in Utah is a big celebration for the church.Sometimes I feel a little left out–but mind you, I do not like parades and women in long pioneer dresses and bonnets. In fact in light of the controversy over polygamous groups as LDS fundamentalists, it is probably not a good idea for us to parade around in the pioneer attire.The Jewish community have some great holidays. We participated in passover with our Jewish friends, and they then wanted to be invited to a Mormon holiday tradition–like passover. I have yet to invite them.Pioneer Day outside of Utah is usually celebrated with a talk at sacrament meeting. Hence my comments today.However, that is not my focus, lest any of you may feel left out that you do not have Mormon pioneers akin to the handcart company, or its rescuers.The stories we know about are the ones that are told over and over again. Some are church wide, such as the Martin and Willie handcart stories, some are personal. (my ancestors followed the handcarts in the Hunt/Hodgett wagon train)We each have a story.But they need to be remembered. They need to be written down. The hand of God is in our lives as we pioneer through this maze of an earthly life. We all have trials, troubles, joys and sadness. We have miracles in our lives, but often...

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