Monday, June 01, 2020

Home Church Week 11

Yesterday in home church we focused our 
meeting around a quote by President Nelson:
"In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually
 without the guiding, directing, comforting,
 and constant influence of the Holy Ghost."
I stressed to the Nies the importance of listening and following 
the Holy Ghost as it leads and guides our lives.  
Then I shared a story of my third great-grandfather Peter Schow
 who immigrated from Denmark.  
He was warned by the Holy Ghost in a small voice in the middle 
of the night that both saved his life, and then directed him to his future wife.
Peter and his wife Harriett created a family together and eventually years
later I was born followed by my Little Nies.
Had he not headed the warnings from the Spirit, 
I would not have been born.
It's a great story, and I am so grateful for my amazing faithful family heritage
who stayed strong in their faith in Christ.
I challenged each Nie to lookup and study about an ancestor who
lived a faithful life and report about them next Sunday in our Home Church.  
I'm excited to see who they pick to study, they have a TON of 
family members on both sides to choose from.

Happy June!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Whens, Whys, Hows

Today Claire, Jane, and Oliver picked up their yearbooks in a drive-through lane.
The librarian handed the books to the kids in a sack
 through the car window with gloves and a mask.
This is such a weird time to be a kid-especially a kid who's graduating.
When I graduated we had a big senior all-night party,
dances, dates, and a trip to Lake Powell with a bunch of friends.
Now it's masks, gloves, social distancing, and groups of 10 or less.
We pray each day that we find peace and health again for our country, 
the world, our communities, and our economy.
I love Claire's beautiful senior photo and 
I still can't believe she's done.
We are going to celebrate her accomplishment
at a family dinner next week,
and then later in June we are headed 
on a family beach trip with our friends.
* * * *
Spiritual Enlightenment: "Whatsoever He Saith unto You, Do It"
by Elder L.Whitney Clayton
I read and re-read this talk today soaking up every word,
it's so good.  It's one of my top ten favorite talks ever:
"The trial of our faith will always involve staying true to simple, 
daily practices of faith. Then, and only then, does
 He promises that we will receive the divine response for which we long. 
Only once we have proven our willingness to do what He asks 
without demanding to know the whens, the whys, and the hows do we
 “reap the rewards of [our] faith, and [our] diligence, and patience,
 and long-suffering.” Real obedience accepts
 God’s commandments unconditionally and in advance."
How many times do I ask the Lord the "the whens, the whys, and the hows"
as I wait for certain hopes and dreams to materialize.
I KNOW that with staying faithful and true, He will
provide, protect, and bless me and my family and,
 we will always be happy.

Thursday, May 28, 2020


Tonight I sat in a church Zoom meeting with other members 
of a social media board to help efforts in 
My input was minimal but found it super interesting to hear
 how these young missionaries are sharing the light
of Christ via social media.
It's amazing!
I have had a presence on social media since 2004,
 that's a long time.
I would NEVER say that I am an expert on social media,
in fact, I feel like I'm the opposite and not sure why I am even on the board.
But if there is one thing that I hope I do on any and all social media
platforms, is to be a true follower of Jesus Christ with every post I write,
 and every experience I share.
I hope I am contributing to "righteous...authentic, edifying,
and praiseworthy" messages as Elder Bednar suggests:
My beloved brothers and sisters, what has been 
accomplished thus far in this dispensation communicating
 gospel messages through social media channels is a 
good beginning—but only a small trickle. 
I now extend to you the invitation to help transform the trickle into a flood. 
Beginning at this place on this day, 
I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled 
with righteousness and truth—messages that are authentic, 
edifying, and praiseworthy—and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Finding fireflies

This is photoshopped because I'm not patient enough to capture the fireflies in real life.

Tonight as we were having a very late dinner at the table,
 we noticed outside the window twinkling lights under the trees.
This is one of the most magical occurrences
 that happen in North Carolina!
We immediately jumped up from the table and promptly went for a family
 walk to welcome our bright little bugs back from a long winter.
Spotting these glorious lights for us is like finding gold!  
We named a little area near our home "Firefly Island" 
because we always come across hundreds of them flickering in the field. 
It's like a firework show.
And the bonus tonight was the humidity level was not bad
which meant we could stay out longer enjoying our first taste of summer.
Welcome back friends!!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Home Church Week 10/ Hilton Head Island

We spent our week 10 Home Church on Hilton Head Island 
spending time with friends in their
gorgeous beachfront home.  
We had our usual Sacrament meeting and service with the
 most beautiful landscape behind us.
We asked each of the seminary aged youth to share their
feelings and thoughts on something they learned during the year in seminary.
They were all very insightful and impressive.  

Our favorite island parts:

Delicious seafood:
Nights on the beach:

A day in Savannah, Georgia:


Exploring the island:

The End