Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Words to live by

We recently had a regional conference here in Provo and we were privileged to hear from four amazing people: Elder Steven Snow, Sister Julie B Beck, Elder Jeffrey Holland, and President Boyd K Packer. All talks were wonderful!

At the back of the notebook I was using to take notes that day I found a list of one-liners that I had started. One-liners are great because they contain a message about the kind of person I would like to become and it is packaged so neatly in an easy-to-remember form. I suppose that most of these won't have much meaning to anyone else who reads them, but each has a memory/feeling associated with it that makes it important to me. Here is my list so far:

"Never suppress a generous thought"--Sister Camilla Kimball

"Give the Lord equal time"--Elder M Russell Ballard

"Cultivate an attitude of gratitude"

"Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved."--President Thomas S Monson

"Pain is inevitable, misery is optional"

"There is only one Plan of Happiness. All the rest is multiple choice misery."--Elder Neal A Maxwell

"When you face temptations, remember it is not just about you."--Elder David A Bednar

"The Lord is voting for you. The devil is voting against you. But it is your vote that counts."--President Boyd K Packer

"One is not truly converted until he wishes for others what he wishes for himself."--Islamic saying

"Be obedient, not creative!"--Sister DePaula, Brasil CTM

"The delay of our dreams does not mean that they have been rejected."--Sarah Ban Breathnach

"No success can compensate for failure in the home."-- President David O McKay

"Our greatest goal in relationships is to be a light, not a judge." --Steven R. Covey

"Without hard work nothing grows but weeds!"--President Hinckley

"It is a greater honor to be trusted than to be loved."--David O McKay

"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens"--Jim Hendrix

"In matters of style, swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock."--Thomas Jefferson

"Be happiness itself."--Buddha

Friday, September 3, 2010

Produce drawer : full!

I went home for an appointment with my eye doctor on wednesday (my eyes changed again. Boo. I'll probably be blind by the time I'm 30) and stopped by my parent's home to spend some time with my mom. Before I left she said I could pick some peas from the garden to take with me. Those are my favorite-fresh, homegrown garden peas eaten straight from the pod. So delicious! Anyway, I ended up taking home a lot more than just fresh peas:

(note: picture is a small scale
representative of a much larger

As I have been savoring all these wonderful fall vegetables, I have decided: one day (when I have a house of my own and I have stopped moving from place to place) I will have a vegetable garden. I, too, will grow yummy fruits and veggies.

Now, to share a memory that just came into my head---we planted a garden every year when I was growing up and to make it fun for us kids, my parents would give us each our very own row in the garden! They would buy us each a packet of "mystery seeds" and we would plant it and weed it and water it and it was so much fun to see what grew! Sometimes flowers, sometimes veggies-you wouldn't know unless you really cared for them and helped them to grow. So fun.

Thanks mom and dad, for teaching me how to work and for sharing your harvest with us!