Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Emerson Stirling Gulbrandsen


From Katie: 

A piece of our hearts returned to heaven yesterday, all too soon. Our son Emerson Stirling Gulbrandsen left us shortly after I went into labor on his due date. (03/13/2017) They are not sure the cause, but his little heart just stopped suddenly. We know that he is ours forever and that Heavenly Father has a plan. 

We are grateful for the prayers and love.


"Whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day.” — Alma 36:3

Monday, February 6, 2017

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.



I find it concerning that Lady Gaga performed for the Super Bowl half time show last night, millions saw this and are praising her for it. She is into Satanism and the Illuminati, Symbolism of the Occult, Paganism, Demonic Rituals and is part of the ‘New World Order’. (This is not just about her)

Actually for the last few years the performers of the Super Bowl and other large performances have had the same ideals and belief systems. Performers (Celebrities) who want to blur the lines of gender, sexuality, modesty and anything that is sacred.

**ALL HUMAN BEINGS - male and female - are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose. ~ The Family. A Proclamation to the World. The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Are we even listening to the lyrics of the music we causally listen to, or the dialogue in TV shows or movies? What about acts of violence, sex, murder, rape, drug use etc, have we become so desensitized for justification?

**Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! ~ Isaiah 5:20

Why do we hold in such high regard celebrities, musicians, writers, performers, actors, sports players and seek after wealth, fame and power?

**We must leave off the worship of modern-day idols and a reliance on the “arm of flesh,” for the Lord has said to all the world in our day, “I will not spare any that remain in Babylon.” ~ D&C 64:24

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. ~ 
Timothy 3:1-7

The 13th Article of Faith ~
We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.


Add to Faith, Virtue by Walter Rane

I am not looking for options or arguments about this matter.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

‘So God Made a Farmer’

And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the field, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board." So God made a farmer.

God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt and watch it die, then dry his eyes and say,'Maybe next year,' I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from an ash tree, shoe a horse with hunk of car tire, who can make a harness out hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. Who, during planting time and harvest season will finish his 40-hour week by Tuesday noon and then, paining from tractor back, put in another 72 hours." So God made the farmer.

God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bales, yet gentle enough to yean lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-comb pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the leg of a meadowlark."

It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed, and brake, and disk, and plow, and plant, and tie the fleece and strain the milk, . Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft, strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, and then sigh and then reply with smiling eyes when his son says that he wants to spend his life doing what Dad does. "So God made a farmer."

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Practically Perfect in Every Way


We spent a wonderful evening at BYU watching the performance of Mary Poppins, it was a combined cast from The BYU Departments of Theatre, Media Arts and the Music Dance Theatre Program. It had live music by The Symphony Orchestra, there is nothing better than real music. 

Loved the costumes, the choreography was fabulous, the backdrops and scenery were amazing. Such Joy!! 




"Anything can happen if you let it"



Date Night + 1
Kristen was able to join us 





Oh, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious, if you say it loud enough, you'll always sound precocious! Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Project Life - Document Your Life

Are your photos stuck on your phone or in a box? Project Life is your simple solution for getting your photos off your phone and computer, out of the boxes, and into albums. 

Gone are the days of cutting, pasting, buying tons of supplies, and spending hours on an album. Or even hours on just one page. 

Get all of these memories into albums that anyone + everyone can enjoy? It doesn’t have to be complicated to get it done. Simply print your favorite photos and slip them into pockets alongside journaling cards where you can jot down your thoughts, stories, details, and more.


Simply choose a Project Life Album, select a Core Kit full of artfully-designed cards, and slip them into Photo Pocket Pages along with your treasured photos and you’re done! I Love That!!

Simply pair your photos with pre-designed Project Life cards and you will end up with a stylish masterpiece that represents your life or whatever occasion you choose to record. 




Sunday, September 18, 2016

We Need to Talk About Suicide!


Today as my memories came on Facebook, I was flooded with pictures of my brother Jason. 1 year ago today he ended his own life. We need to talk about this. #stopsuicide #bethevoice #youmatter#lifeisbeautiful #thereishelp

Suicide is a serious problem in our homes, schools, churches, and communities. It does not spare people of any race, religion, age group, gender, sexual orientation, or marital status. It is a complicated issue that we don’t fully comprehend. There is seldom a single cause or a simple solution. #morehelpformentalillness #breakthestigma#outofthedarkness

Suicide is now the most common cause of death for Utah children between the ages of 10 and 17. Your child is more likely to commit suicide than to drown or die in a car accident or any other way one might lose a child.

Some suggestions:

1. Know the warning signs of depression and suicide. They can be different for males and females. They can be different in adults than in children. They can be small and easy to chalk up to other factors. Talk to your children. Get them help. Get yourself help. #bipolar #depression#suicideawareness #mentalhealthmatters

2. Put the SafeUT app (or a similar app) on your phone and your kids' phones. Kids are unlikely to call a hotline. An app is more approachable to them.

3. Don't have firearms in your home. Yes, I know this is an offensive thought to many. 45% of youth suicides are by firearm and over 54% for adults. Keeping them locked up is a good first step. If you think a determined teenager can't figure out how to access your locked firearms you might want to think again. Could your kid commit suicide by another means? Yes. Youth are naturally impulsive. Impulsiveness + depression/a triggering event + access to firearms = deadly

4. Don't be afraid to say something. Don't be afraid to ask someone if they are thinking of hurting themselves. You won't be giving them the idea. #preventsuicide #mentalhealth #suicide

5. Be kind. To yourself and others.

As for Jason, I know he is at peace and is no longer in pain. I am so grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life, I know I will see him again. #loveoneanother #familiesareforever#tillwemeetagain #LDS #missionarymomma #mybrother #suicideawarnessmonth





National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255
Available 24 hours everyday

Monday, March 21, 2016

He'll Carry You



He'll Carry You - Hilary Weeks ( LDS ) with Lyrics

He knows your heart
He knows your pain
He knows the strength it took just too simply breathe today
He sees the tears that you cry
He knows your soul is aching to know why
He hears your prayers each humble word
When you said you couldn't face another day he understood
He knows the path that you will find
Though you felt alone he's never left your side
Chorus:
He knew there'd be moments when no earthly words
Could take away your sorrow
And no human eyes could see what you're going through
When you've taken your last step and done all that you can do
He will lift your heavy load and carry you
He'll bring you peace and leave you hope
And in the darkest night he'll comfort you
Until you know the sun will rise and each new day
You will have the strength to live again
Chorus:
And when there are moments when no earthly words
can take away your sorrow
And no human eyes could see what you're going through
When you've taken your last step and done all that you can do
He will lift your heavy load and carry you
He hears you when you're crying in the night
He hears you when your soul longs to find
Till the morning will come
And the light of the dawn reassures
Chorus:
That in the moments when no earthly words
can take away your sorrow
And no human eyes could see what you're going through
When you've taken your last step and done all that you can do
He will lift your heavy load and carry you

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Prioritizing Our Lives

Navigate This Life Confidently


Essentials

The things that must be taken care of to ensure the blessings of eternal life for me and my family.
  • Inviting revelation (praying always)
  • Studying scriptures daily
  • Taking time to ponder and fast
  • Making and keeping covenants (sacrament meeting, temple)
  • Loving one another


Necessary

Things we have to do as a part of mortal life in order to be self-reliant and be of service to our families and the Lord.
  • Strengthening marriage and family relationships
  • Homemaking (cooking, cleaning, working)
  • Living providently
  • Giving compassionate service
  • Doing temple and family history work
  • Sharing the gospel
  • Serving in the Church

Nice-to-Do's

These add variety to our lives, but they won't save us.
  • Crafts
  • Hobbies
  • Recreational reading
  • Lunches with friends
  • Movies
  • Travel
  • Blogging and recreational computer time
What is on your list?

Relief Society General President

Monday, August 24, 2015

Missionary Momma

Sister Williams and Sister Olsen

Sister Shelby Williams has been called to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She will be serving in Independence, Missouri Mission for 18 months.