Filed under: Discipleship: Following in the Savior's Footsteps
For many, the entire week before and during Easter is one of spiritual power. They spend the week focusing their hearts and attention on the atonement of Jesus Christ, and they contemplate what it means to them. Then Easter comes, the baskets are opened, the eggs are found, and the Easter service ends. The pretty new dresses and fancy suits are put away…until next Easter?
Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ! He has been called King of Kings, the Savior and Redeemer of mankind. He is the only Begotten Son of God, who through his atonement, crucifixion and resurrection, conquered sin and death for all of mankind. He did this so we may live together in perfection and purity with our Heavenly Father again. He offered himself, a perfect sinless soul, so we would not have to endure the pain. He did this because of a pure love he has for us all.
Besides Easter being this Sunday, it is also Adolf Hitler’s birthday. Coming from a Jewish family that also lost one-fourth of those I loved after World War II ended, this causes me great anger. As I think of the tragedy which happened to many Jewish families, it is difficult to forgive. My grandmother’s family from Poland was wealthy and well-loved in their corner of the world. My great-grandfather, seeing the signs on the wall, took my grandmother and her siblings with his wife and left everyone from his family behind. His father gave him the money to go, but the rest did not leave. Their beautiful one-city-block home was taken over by the Nazis and they were never heard of again. I have never been able to watch concentration camp movies; they are just too painful. I would never discuss this with my children; it was just too difficult.
I’m not going to sugar coat it. There are some things about growing old that just stink. Some of those things can make or break a marriage. Sometimes our bodies feel quite young, but our minds get on a fast-moving train to nowhere. Some people’s minds are as sharp as the day they were born, but their bodies refuse to work. Even though we know this happens and is quite normal, learning to live with the changes can be challenging and frustrating.
As a single adult and a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I am always astonished at the number of activities and things to help us be involved. Yesterday for example, we had church from 9-12, A dinner at 5:30, a fireside at 7:00, ward choir at 8:15, and ward prayer at 9 pm. That’s just one day! The rest of the week looks something like this: Monday Family Home Evening, Tuesday meeting, Wednesday institute, Thursday Temple Night. These are wonderful and I am thankful for the chance to make new friends and try new things. However, sometimes I think we forget that it is ok to say no and not feel completely guilty.
Filed under: Britt Kelly: Learning at Home, Uncategorized
I’ve written and rewritten this post. I have so many different thoughts as I come towards Easter- thoughts of grace and gratitude and love and hope. Each time I sat down to write, none of those ideas spilled onto the page. I could force them there, and I did, but only when I started this subject, did everything fall in line.
“I’m so proud of you. You’ve kept him home longer than most.” “What?” I thought, after my mother said that to me when my Down syndrome son was 8 years old . . . “Where else would he be?”
Filed under: Krystal Wilkerson--My Young Mormon Family
I remember when I was a kid, the Easter bunny brought me a basket with my favorite candy and a few fun trinkets like bubbles, or some crayons and a new coloring book. That was pretty much it. Simple, but fun! As I did my shopping this past week for groceries I saw the aisles and aisles of Easter baskets already put together full of all kinds of fancy goodies. Now, if you know me I love holidays. The next month can’t come soon enough for me to put up my decorations! I decorate for St Patrick’s day when I’m not even Irish!! I just love the new feeling and cheeriness it brings to my home. When you think of Easter decor you might think of bunnies, and baby chicks, and eggs, and baskets. As I thought about what would go in Baby Girl’s basket this year, I caught myself getting a little excited…maybe too excited! I told husband we should get her some play food for her kitchen, or ooh! A new princess dress because she is really into dress-up right now. In fact I saw a $25 basket at Wal-mart filled with all the princess accessories!! Crowns, wands, and sparkly shoes!! Or what if we got her a new CD player so she could listen to her books on CD’s or her music in her room! Wait, what?! Did I really just say a CD player?? For Easter??
Since you are reading this article on a blog, I probably don’t need to tell you that there are blogs about everything and genealogy is no exception. Genealogy blogs are written by a variety of people for a variety of reasons. I have read a number of these blogs and would group them into three broad categories. In the first category are the blogs authored by companies or organizations like Family Search, Ancestry.com and genealogical societies. Another group of blogs are written by professional genealogists who create them for the dual purposes of helping the rest of us have success with our family history research and promoting their business of helping for a fee. The third group of genealogy blogs is written by people like you and me who want to share our family history with others. My guess is that the third group is the largest group of the three.
My dear friend took her adorable young children to the local aquarium recently. I heard later that an adult in the crowd was so frustrated by their lot in life that they felt justified in bullying her six year old daughter. When my friend came to her daughter’s defense this woman tried to pick a fight with her! I feel profoundly offended for this sweet child and her mother. The world is changing. It used to be that we respected our elders and somehow the shift has turned so that some of our elders feel like they can vent on small children; like it will somehow make them feel better. It won’t. You can’t fix yourself by breaking someone else.