Saturday, February 27, 2010


One of the many things to be organized into my life is cleanliness. I've done pretty well at this for the last couple of weeks.

If you want to have the full portion of the Holy Ghost, cleanliness of home and body, as well as of spirit, need to be incorporated into your life whenever possible. If it's truly impossible or unwise, given other needs and priorities, then God will understand; but under no condition will we receive the full portion of the Spirit if we do less than perfect obedience. (That, of course, is not true of perfect skill and knowledge.) Fortunately for us, God has a portion of the Spirit for those who try but fall short and cry unto Him in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness and grace.

Both overcoming sins of comission and overcoming sins of omission require some skills. Avoiding sins of comission requires learning to avoid tempting situations. Avoiding sins of omission requires planning, prioritization, and righteous desires. "And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works" (Alma 7:24). "Through goals and plans, our hopes are transformed into action" (Preach My Gospel, Ch. 8).

Friday, February 26, 2010

Organization and Journaling Research

Well, I'm in a group that's studying if electronic journaling affects our health. So, I'm going to be publishing to my blog every day for the next two weeks.

I've been thinking very much about organization. I want to be able to actually accomplish things--to do some good in this world. Here are a few ideas from Preach My Gospel:
1. Keep both quantitative (numerical, summarizing, averages) and qualitative (detailed, personal, verbose) records of your goals and your efforts to reach those goals.
2. "Goals reflect the desires of our hearts and our vision of what we can accomplish."
3. Planning and organization take time and energy.
4. "Through goals and plans, our hopes are transformed into action."

And a quote:
“I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life.” --– Elder M. Russell Ballard, Oct. 18, 1981

Friday, February 12, 2010

Touched By An Angel With Love

I love this poem. It makes me think of Nikki.

Touched By An Angel With Love
by Meena.S.K
There is nothing else I cherish more in my life
then have you helping me through my strife
in my moments of despair you hear my cry
kiss my tears away and to make me smile you try

You are always near when the tide turns rough
you make situations sound easy when they are tough
you understand my needs even before I speak
you point out my strength when I fall down weak

When I shut you out and sink into my darkness
tenderly you open the door and fill me with happiness
when I fly into a rage and refuse to be calm
you soothe me cradling me in your arms

At times I say leave me alone and go away
you hug me and whisper from you I will never stray
there are times with my words I have hurt you
you forgive and forget and say I love you

When I am sick and feeling very down
you take away my pain and my frown
everything you do and say makes me smile
listening to your voice I forget my tiring miles

You care for me so much you never fail to show
my heart to you it belongs I hope you know
you are the one God sent to me from above
I'm lucky to be touched by an angel with love