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My little track star

It's her first race.  Ever.  My little cross country track star is about to take 1st place on her varsity team, 16th overall in Miami, Florida.  With a time of 17:20 she medals and all her friends start calling her "Flash"

Favorites. Bags. Pens. Friends.

I am grateful for friends with love.  All my favorite things come together in this photo. 

Thank you, Anani. ...even your name is one of my most favorites.  You're easy to love.


God Will Gather His People

     One pattern in the scriptures is the calling out of the righteous from among the wicked, prior to the destruction of a wicked city or wicked group of people. The Lord never fails to call them out, away from the destruction, so He can protect them.   Here are some patterns of God calling His people out to protect them: 

  • The first story in the Book of Mormon: Lehi and Nephi were fleeing before the destruction of Jerusalem. 
  • Noah and his family: The Lord "sealed" the ark to keep those who did not prepare out. 
  • The Jaredites were led to the promised land. 
  • Abraham (more than once), before getting into Egypt.
  • Lot fled Sodom and Gomorrah. 
  • Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt. 
  • Moses took the children of Israel into the wilderness and then on to the promised land. 
  • The Early Saints fled to Utah to get away from persecution.
 Alma 26:6-8
Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day; yea, neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds; but when the storm cometh they shall be gathered together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall they be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry them.  But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest, and they are his; and he will raise them up at the last day.  Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever.

Joel 2:28 
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.

Henry B. Eyring - Raise the Bar (BYU- Idaho Talk January 2005) " The giant earthquake, and the tsunami it sent crashing into the coasts around the Indian Ocean, is just the beginning and a part of what is to come, terrible as it was. You remember the words from the Doctrine and Covenants which now seem so accurate: (He quotes D&C 88:88- 91) Fear shall come upon all people. But you and I know that the Lord has prepared places of safety to which he is eager to guide us....It will be our choice whether or not to move up or stay where we are. But the Lord will invite and guide us upward by the direction of the Holy Ghost....”

Elder H. Aldridge (Second Quorum of the Seventy) Devotional, February 8th, 2005  "We must both learn what these signs are and then identify them correctly when they occur. They can and will strengthen our faith in Christ and His prophets, if we know the scriptures. Just as in the days of Noah, a way is already prepared for the escape of the Lord's elect Latter- Day Saints, if they are in tune with His prophets ."

Joseph Smith The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section 2, P.71 " ...for without Zion, and a place of deliverance, we must fall; because the time is near when the sun will be darkened, and the moon turn to blood, and the stars fall from the heaven, and the earth reel to and fro. Then, if this is the case, and if we are not sanctified and gathered to the places God has appointed, with all our former professions and our great love for the Bible, we must fall; we cannot stand; we cannot be saved; for God will gather out his saints from the Gentiles, and then comes desolation and destruction, and none can escape except the pure in heart who are gathered."

Joseph Smith DHC 4:272 "In addition to all temporal blessings, there is no other way for the Saints to be saved in these last days, than by gathering...."

Harold B. Lee Conference Report, April 1948 “Thus, clearly, the Lord has placed the responsibility for directing the work of gathering in the hands of the leaders of the Church to whom he will reveal his will where and when such gatherings would take place in the future. It would be well before the frightening events concerning the fulfillment of all God's promises and predictions are upon us, that the Saints in every land prepare themselves and look forward to the instruction that shall come to them from the First Presidency of this Church as to where they shall be gathered and not be disturbed in their feelings until such instruction is given to them as it is revealed by the Lord to the proper authority.”

President Woodruff asked: "Can you tell me where the people are who will be shielded and protected from these great calamities and judgments which are even now at our doors? I'll tell you. The priesthood of the God who honor their priesthood, and who are worthy of their blessings are the only ones who shall have this safety and protection. They are the only mortal beings. No other people have a right to be shielded from these judgments. They are at our very doors; not even this people will escape them entirely.

Moses 7:59 –62
“And the day shall come that the earth shall rest, but before that day the heavens shall be darkened, and a veil of darkness shall cover the earth; and the heavens shall shake, and also the earth; and great tribulations shall be among the children of men, but my people will I preserve; And righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood ”. (Our social media missionary work today. We are in the "hastening". )

Revelations 18:4
“Come out of her my people . . . that ye receive not of her plagues.”
"Come out" in Greek means "Exodus".

Isaiah 51:3
“ For the Lord shall comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.”

Isaiah 26: 20-21
Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

Rev 3:14 
And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

Whisper:  There will be a physical gathering out of the Lord's people.  Watch and listen for it.  Be prepared to act.  The Lord has a prophet on the earth today who will send out that announcement.  He is the Prophet and leader of the Church of Jesus Christ - Jesus' church on this earth today.  It is governed by the prophet and 12 apostles.  See their teachings ( HERE.)

A portrait of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, five of them sitting in a row of chairs and the remaining seven standing behind them.
 The 12 Apostles Today (above)
God's Prophet on the earth today and his 2 counselors (below)
An informal portrait of President Thomas S. Monson, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, and President Henry B. Eyring wearing suits and ties and smiling.


How to Talk to your Daughter about her Body

I saw this posted somewhere... and thought it worthy of a whisper.

  Step one:    
1.  Don't talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.
2.  Don't say anything if she's lost weight. Don't say anything if she's gained weight.
3.  If you think your daughter's body looks amazing, don't say that. Here are some things you can say instead:

"You look so healthy!" is a great one.
Or how about, "You're looking so strong."
"I can see how happy you are -- you're glowing."
Better yet, compliment her on something that has nothing to do with her body.

    Don't comment on other women's bodies either. Nope. Not a single comment, not a nice one or a mean one.  

   Teach her about kindness towards others, but also kindness towards yourself.  Don't you dare talk about how much you hate your body in front of your daughter, or talk about your new diet. In fact, don't go on a diet in front of your daughter. Buy healthy food. Cook healthy meals. But don't say, "I'm not eating carbs right now." Your daughter should never think that carbs are evil, because shame over what you eat only leads to shame about yourself.
    Encourage your daughter to run because it makes her feel less stressed. Encourage your daughter to climb mountains because there is nowhere better to explore your spirituality than the peak of the universe. Encourage your daughter to surf, or rock climb, or mountain bike because it scares her and that's a good thing sometimes.
    Help your daughter love soccer or rowing or hockey because sports make her a better leader and a more confident woman. Explain that no matter how old you get, you'll never stop needing good teamwork. Never make her play a sport she isn't absolutely in love with.
    Prove to your daughter that women don't need men to move their furniture.
    Teach your daughter how to cook kale.  Teach your daughter how to bake chocolate cake made with six sticks of butter.  Pass on your own mom's recipe for Christmas morning coffee cake. Pass on your love of being outside.
    Maybe you and your daughter both have thick thighs or wide ribcages. It's easy to hate these non-size zero body parts. Don't. Tell your daughter that with her legs she can run a marathon if she wants to, and her ribcage is nothing but a carrying case for strong lungs. She can scream and she can sing and she can lift up the world, if she wants.
   Remind your daughter that the best thing she can do with her body is to use it to mobilize her beautiful soul.

~ Sarah Koppelkam

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