Monday, April 23, 2018

Spring 1

A few nights ago I was in the kitchen preparing vegetable soup
 for the Little Nies and Boss Nielson,
(who was in town vising the ranch).
I love making dinner while listening to music, and this particular night
 I turned on a playlist of the top 50 most popular classical pieces.
When Clair de Lune came on, Boss Nielson walked in the kitchen from 
his desk and remarked that that song "was the best of them all".  
He paced the kitchen floor in silence while listening to the 
gorgeous melody and then once the song ended walked back to his desk.
I love how music can move us in such emotional ways!!
When I was little, my mom always had the classics playing in the living room.
One summer we listened to the album "Barcelona" 
by Freddie Mercury and Spanish opera diva Montserrat CaballĂ©.
Ask my siblings, we must have heard that album 
over and over and over again, maybe 200 hundred times the summer of '92.

I learned of Vivaldi from my mom, 
but it wasn't until I was married that I truly appreciated his music.
I still fondly think about sitting in my rocking chair nursing my babies
to The Four Seasons with occasional tears dripping down my eyes.

In 2012 Max Richter recomposed The Four Seasons
and it is absolutely mind blowing.
If you only do one thing today, (besides saying your prayers of course),
listen to "Spring 1".
Now, don't just play it in the background as you work or do the
laundry.  Promise me that you will sit down and listen to it.
And I hope you can be alone since I am almost positive
 the arrangement will make you cry.
I also hope you are able to listen to it as loud as you possibly can
and unequivocally know that GOD IS.

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Teachings from RMN:
"You parents bear the primary 
responsibility to strengthen [your children's] faith.
 Let them feel your faith, even when sore trials come upon you. 
Let your faith be focused on our loving Heavenly Father and 
His Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Teach that faith with deep conviction.
 Teach each precious boy or girl that he or she is a child of God, 
created in His image, with a sacred purpose and potential. 
Each is born with challenges to overcome and faith to be developed.
 we do not need to let our fears displace our faith. 
We can combat those fears by strengthening our faith."

Friday, April 20, 2018


Earlier this year I got a phone call from Utah Valley University and 
on the other line was Matt Holland.  Matt is the very popular
 and distinguished President of the university.
President Holland informed me that I had been selected as 
a recipient to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University. 
 Me?! (Are you sure?).
I was speechless and tearful on the other end of the phone.
Just last week I received an official announcement in the mail.
Again, I felt inadequate.
As I prepare to receive this dignified award I have been reflecting on the many
family members, friends, teachers, medical staff, and acquaintances that have 
contributed to my life and who I am.  It's so humbling.
I will be in the company of  Wolf Blitzer, 
Rev. France A. Davis, and Jeffrey L. Sermon.
Commencement is on May 3rd and I am so thrilled to be with
 my children, family members and friends in Utah
as we celebrate this great honor together.

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Teachings from RMN:
 "Be an example of the believers, as followers of Jesus Christ,
 each of you can live in accord with His teachings.
 You can have “a pure heart and clean hands”; 
you can have “the image of God engraven upon your [countenance].”
 Your good works will be evident to others.
The light of the Lord can beam from your eyes.
With that radiance, you had better prepare for questions. 
The Apostle Peter so counseled, 
“Be ready always to give an answer to every man that 
asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you."

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sick of it.

I know you are probably getting sick of the smoke blogs,
but check out how hazy my morning run was:
Also check out how the smoke hangs in the air in the ranch house:
But look how adorable puppy Angus was on my bed this morning
when I woke him up to go for our morning run.

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Teachings from RMN:
Every human being who comes to this earth is the product 
of generations of parents. We have a natural yearning to 
connect with our ancestors. 
This desire dwells in our hearts, regardless of age.