Saturday, July 31, 2010

"Yes, Christ changes men, and changed men can change the world. Men changed for Christ will be captained by Christ. Like Paul they will be asking, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” Their will is swallowed up in his will. They do always those things that please the Lord. Not only would they die for the Lord, but, more important, they want to live for Him."
-Ezra Taft Benson

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"This life is not so much a time for getting and accumulating as it is a time for giving and becoming. Mortality is the battlefield upon which justice and mercy meet. But they need not meet as adversaries, for they are reconciled in the Atonement of Jesus Christ for all who wisely use Today."

-Lance B. Wickman

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Change your thoughts and you can change your world."

— Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, July 26, 2010

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”
James Matthew Barrie

Friday, July 23, 2010

Sean and I have just finished Book Two in the Harry Potter series:

"Bed rest and perhaps a large steaming mug of hot chocolate.  I always find that that cheers me up."

well, if it weren't as hot as a steaming cup of hot chocolate outside at the moment, it might sound good to me too....maybe some ICED hot chocolate....hmmmm.....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

"Again and again I therefore admonish my students in Europe and America: Don't aim at success -- the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run -- in the long-run, I say! -- success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it."
- Viktor Frankl

"I too believe that God will always make a way where there is no way. I believe that if we will walk in obedience to the commandments of God, if we will follow the counsel of the priesthood, he will open a way even where there appears to be no way."
-Gordon B. Hinckley,

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

"One of the great tributes the Savior can give is to call us “friends.” We know that He loves with a perfect love all of His Heavenly Father’s children. Yet for those who have been faithful in their service with Him, He reserves this special title.…We become His friends as we serve others for Him. He is the perfect example of the kind of friend we are to become."
-Henry B. Eyring
"Everything can be taken from a man but ...the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." by Viktor E. Frankl

Monday, July 19, 2010

A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.
- English proverb

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"The problems of our day loom ominously before us. Surrounded by the sophistication of modern living, we look heavenward for that unfailing sense of direction, that we might chart and follow a wise and proper course. He whom we call our Heavenly Father will not leave our sincere petition unanswered."

-Thomas S. Monson

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

"Thoughts mold your features. Thoughts lift your soul heavenward or drag you toward hell. … As nothing reveals character like the company we like and keep, so nothing foretells futurity like the thoughts over which we brood. … To have the approval of your conscience when you are alone with your thoughts is like being in the company of true and loving friends. To merit your own self-respect gives strength to character. Conscience is the link that binds your soul to the spirit of God."
-President David O. McKay

My sunflower...happiness on a stem!

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.  It's what sunflowers do.
- Helen Keller

Saturday, July 03, 2010

It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.
-George Washington, letter to the legislature of Pennsylvania, September, 1789