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1. My position on marriage between a man and a woman


Senator Eric Abetz

Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for Employment
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Public Service
Liberal Senator for Tasmania
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Dear Colleen,

Given your commitment to maintaining the truth of marriage, I thought I should let you know that the Coalition has just resolved to maintain our position for the rest of this Parliament.

I firmly believe that the institution of marriage is one that has been uniquely, over the centuries, the union of a man and woman to the exclusion of others for life.  I also believe it is the best environment in which to raise children. This is a bedrock institution of our society that I fully support. If you would like to gain a deeper understanding of my view, please see the transcript of my speech to the Young Liberal Federal Convention, available at my website: https://abetz.com.au/speeches/for-better-in-defence-of-marriage.

The Coalition has a long-standing position supporting the definition of marriage and I am pleased that the position will continue.

Can I encourage you to continue to make your views known publically through letters to newspapers, on blogs, talk back radio and discussing the issue with family and friends.

Our children deserve the best possible start in life and the best possible model for that is a marriage where children enjoy the security of knowing their biological parents & the diversity of male and female role models.
Thank you for your time,

Eric Abetz
That's what Senator Abetz has said about marriage between a man and a woman and it is gratifying to to the results of those of us who strive to teach the truth of marriage, which is ordained of God to be between a man and a woman. If those who prefer same - sex partnership, live together like man and woman do in this world today, and expect the same rights as them, but marriage itself is for man and woman and their children.  As Senator Abetz has pointed out, marriage is the bedrock of our society and without it our society would crumble
August 2015

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2. DVDs and Cochlear processor

I have been much blessed. Over the years I have collected many DVDs, with quite a number given as gifts by my sons and friends, and mostly all captioned. I am a collector of the classics such as the old musicals, dramas, westerns and wars. There are some modern movies added to the multitude like the Bourne movies, Lord of the Rings, Eragon to name a few. My recent movie was an interesting purchase. I got it through Deseret and thought I was buying something about Latter-day Saints. The title Love's Christmas Journey; the tale of a young woman who lost her husband and little girl to a tornado and travelled to her widowed brother's home for Christmas. He had two children and that is as far as I have got watching  it. Okay so what's the problem? No problem! It started off with the logo and music of 20th Century Fox. One surprise. The second was noticing on the list of stars that Ernest Borgnine was in it. Then came the slogan about Hallmark,. I had to investigate. Okay it seems there are a group of saints searching and making movies suitable for family viewing. Well now I'll go for that and as one can purchase direct from Hallmark as well as Deseret, I just may do a little bit more of DVD buying. Why you ask? Because I can now HEAR! I can actually hear the speech of the stars, hear the songs (oh how I love Doris Day's songs, Kathryn Grayson, Howard keel, William Wallace, the list goes on!). Thus suddenly my great collection of DVDs takes on a new meaning as each day I take one to enjoy hearing it. And I can add to that collection. So blessed am I by a loving Heavenly Father and Saviour Who have made this possible for me and many, many others through the skilful and scientific work of brilliant people to bring the deaf back to hearing and bring the deaf who have never heard to hearing.  I just love the little one's who get the implants. What a wonderful miracle for them, particularly as the implant can 'grow' as they grow and has a life span of about 30 years. There may be horrors in the world, vicious things happening, but amongst it all is the beauty of miracles. What gratitude I feel at this time. And I hope my son, diagnosed with a hearing problem and needing hearing aids, will be as equally blessed.







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3. The Dalwallinu Council Boys

I thought I should include my latest published poem in my blog, now that I have re-discovered my password! It was published in the WA Bush Poets and Yarnspinners monthly publication Bullytin, August 2015 edition. For the benefit of readers, Dalwallinu is a wheat belt town north of Perth on the edge of the pastoral land, the last of the agricultural area that is suitable for crop growing. It is 248 kms from Perth on the Great Northern Highway. Meekatharra, the base for the Flying Doctor radio is also on the highway and is 764kms from Perth and the station that we were on Oudabunna, was between the two towns, the turn off to the station at Paynes Find being on the same highway and about 370kms from Perth and 30 kms from Paynes Find, which, at the time we lived there, had only a tavern and petrol bowsers. Our radio codes were Oudabunna 8WIR - Eight Whisky India Romeo and Meekatharra was 8VKJ - Eight Victor Kilo Juliet. The time period is the 1960s and most of the Great Northern Highway north of the wheat belt area was gravel and rough. The Dalwallinu Council at that period was grading and repairing roads out in their farming district.

The Dalwallinu Council Boys
The Dalwallinu Council Boys
Were rebuilding roads anew,
Out in the bush with their council toys
Around the farms of Dalwallinu.

One hundred or so miles up north,
At ten o’clock for morning tea,
Pedal radios tuned and blared forth
Tales that women extolled with glee.

In the gravel, the dirt, the scrub and the dust,
Machinery all stopped their sound.
Smoko you see, the tuned radio a must
For the Dally boys to get their next round.

The women spoke of their troubles,
Their frustrations, their tears, their joys,
Unaware of their secret listeners,
The Dalwallinu Council boys.

The boys heard that Fabulon was useless,
And butter had melted with the heat
And to alleviate weight and the stress,
Splits up the door jamb would defeat.

The Dally boys home troubles the same,
As they listened amongst gravel and tar,
And promptly agreed on a nickname,
The Session of the Galah.

They learnt of lunches ‘n smokos, ‘n windmill runs,
Of mewsling, of crutching and shearing,
Of broken down vehicles, bucking horses and brums
Of sick dogs ‘n dead dogs ‘n drought appearing.

In stitches and with laughter rolling,
The Dalwallinu Council Boys sent a letter,
The Session of the Galah it was extolling,
To tell they hadn’t heard any better.

The women were really delighted
Of such a glowing epistle,
Each morning they happily recited
‘G’day’ to the boys out in the thistle.

 ‘Way south where the city was busy
Was boss Royal Flying Doctor base.
They heard all this radio tizzy
And decided they had to save face.

Dalwallinu Council received a letter,
To discipline its council boys,
To the women they even went one better
The pedal radio was not one of their toys.

So their cuppa tea listeners were banned,
And with a sigh the women did tune
Into their usual morning tea session,
And no ‘G’day’ to break the gloom.

Next time when travelling to the city
As one passed through Dalwallinu town,
A letter was dropped in the gritty
Machinery of boys that were ‘down’.

The Session of the Galah did continue,
Its listeners with delight a radio must,
Dalwallinu Council Boys already knew,
Listening out in the gravel, the dirt, and the dust.

 

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4. Passwords

This remembering my blog's password has got whiskers on it. I could say the same for all passwords for whatever I do online it requires a password. Now my head is full of passwords. There have been at times many things I wanted to write in my blog and many articles I wanted to attach to my blog. oh well, never mind, let's look at the good side of things. Dad's Story has been self published. Brother John and self designed the cover for this self -published photocopied book!

 

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5. The things that happen!

My Honours thesis that focused on Warrawagine Station

Some people read my blog and contacted me on my email. I was never more astonished in my life. Okay then. What did they want. Well, they were voices from the past, my writing past. The first was a little lady from New Zealand, Lee Cleaver who is much interested in purchasing my work Eastward to the Avon. Ron Giblett had some copies left over I know a few years back, but unfortunately they all have been sold. As Ron had been a naughty boy, laying claim to have written the book when he never put word to paper, only provided most of the genealogy and other historical data except related to the good ship Success, which I found, I had to contact Copyright Council to sort it all out. Cheeky man using someone else's hard work for his own gratification. No doubt because of that, Ron doesn't want to speak  to me, but Lee wants a book, hard copy hopefully, but as that is not to be, I can copy my own copy of the book for her.
Eastward to the Avon, publisher Ron Giblett
So I have included the cover of the book here and the title page! Just so that I can prove I did write this, Copyright Council did request an acknowledgement of my work. I waived receiving any part of the book sales, leaving that for the Giblett family. And the things that happen? I couldn't get the books to locate the way I wanted them in this poast. Darn!

Title page of Eastward to the Avon      

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6. The beauty of it all

Mining Town of Tom Price from Mount Nameless
I was going through parts of my journal and came across some beautiful photographs I had forgotten about. They were taken in the Fortescue of the beautiful Hamersley Range and a  massive, lovely cone-shaped hill of Rio Tinto Gorge. the Hamersley Range is really spectacular with its range of colours, depending on the position of the sun.

Within the Hamersley Range at Tom price. Taken from the
 top of Mount Nameless
When I took these photos, grey-haired and 55, I was on my field trips in the North West of our large state of Western Australia, one in 1996 and the other 1997.   As I was pursuing a doctoral degree, it meant visiting everything, interviewing people and photographing everything. Iron ore mine was the dominant production in the North West, with Mount Tom Price the leader. I interviewed the manager of the mine  'Where was that iron ore going to and what was it made into?' I knew that in the past iron ore was used for vehicle engines, our wood stoves, cookware for both indoor and outdoor, machinery for a  variety of industries and so on. Antique cast iron cookware has lately become popular. Some fencing products are made from cast iron, and some machinery and piping. This I knew before I ventured the million dollar question. His answer stunned me. He thought I was a grey-haired old dame that could be bamboozled into thinking they were doing great things and I wouldn't understand! But I knew differently. Billions of tons of the stuff were shifted daily by massive trains over a kilometre long, snaking their way across the dry, spinifex landscape to the isolated but very busy ports on the coast.
Hamersley Range from Mount Nameless
I knew that the old iron ore was antique and that the new iron ore, mixed with alloys, made fencing, piping, machinery parts and so forth. So what did this manager of this huge mine have to tell me, anything different? 'Why, haven't you seen that giant carrier berthed at Port Hedland?' he asked. 'Our iron ore goes to Japan in these carriers and builds even bigger ones.' Guess my eyebrows rose at that reply, for I had hoped to receive something more technical. I replied 'so the iron ore has gone to Japan to build the big carriers that cart more iron ore to build even bigger ones of gigantic proportions?
The giant carrier berthed at Port Hedland
' 'Yes!' said this twit enthusiastically. I think I left that office a very unpopular woman, for I made my final remark: 'Well, isn't that rather a Catch 22 situation?' My poor Hamersley Ranges were suffering to build these giant
Entrance to Rio Tinto Gorge
ships was the way he put it, never mind about anything else. Come on iron ore magnates, what are you doing with our beautiful country of Western Australia? Look at the most interesting design of the cone-shaped hill at the entrance to Rio Tinto Gorge, which is another entry to Tom price from the Great Northern Highway. And on the coastal highway we have the interesting cut in the landscape of Wunjina Gorge. After all, these beauties exist within a very harsh and inhospitable environment where the sun bakes the countryside in extremely high temperatures every year and cyclonic gale force winds at periodical intervals scream across the landscape uprooting trees, demolishing scattered properties, and leaving behind sometimes devastating floods, but  bringing the most welcome rain. Let's care for our strange but beautiful land.
Wunjina Gorge



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7. Just thinking

When I went to Office Works the other day, it was a trip I enjoyed, with my car window down and the perfume of damp earth, Eucalyptus trees and other bush vegetation wafting through. I wanted to jump out of the car and go strolling through the scrub like I used to do when I lived in the outback and then in the farming region. City living is a necessity when one gets old, living close to hospitals, chemists, specialists, doctors and of course shopping precincts. But nostalgia calls all the time to return. It seems I must content myself perhaps to little trips, scribbling my bush poetry taken from my memories and keep busy so I don't get blasted homesick all the time! I would love to be in the Murchison, particularly in the winter and spring, not necessarily the summer thank you when the sun beats down on one's head fare to push me through the baked ground! But to see the willy willy's spring up, swirling around filled with twigs and dirt and anything else it picks up, kangaroos umping away from my intrusion, the leaps causing puffs of dust or an inquisitive emu treading warily towards my stationary person. Until I moved! Here where I live I often get the smell of the jarrah trees wafting down from the hills, and the familiar itch occurs and I have the desire to wander through the Darling Ranges, checking out the plants and dark-trunked jarrah trees, granite rocks and such. Have you ever been bush reader? You don't know what you are missing. I feel for the kids of the city today, who do not have the freedom I have had when growing up and in my married years, where I roamed freely wherever I wished to go. Youngsters today cannot do that, unless it is a controlled visit to the bush. Perhaps I am not making myself easily understood, but as kids we took off into the scrub wherever the fancy took us, never worrying about getting lost or of 'absolute rotters' who may be hiding. Such things never entered our heads. We would roam anywhere and mostly barefoot. I do not recall getting feet full of prickles! Quite often I roamed on my own, amongst the granite rocks up in the Darling Ranges seeking the elusive and precious orchids, donkey, spider, pink lady, blue enamel. They were never picked, but enjoyed. It is wonderful walking through the bush and smelling the rich aroma of the blackboy. In my younger years, damaged blackboy trees were used for lighting fires, within reason of course, as the gum clogged up the chimneys. A delight though, when having picnic or camping out for the aroma of burning blackboy was delightful! Dangling from their writhing positions from shrubs and trees hang the fringed lily to enhance one's view. Underfoot were the yellow bellybuttons, amongst them the mulla mulla's, or pussytails another name for them, the common name.


Cotton bush on Three Rivers station in the Murchison


Blackboys, Gooseberry Hill, Darling Ranges

White everlastings, Moorarie Station, Murchison


Kangaroo Paws and smoke bush, Kings Park, Perth


Royal Mulla Mulla or Pussytails, Murchison

Donkey Orchids in a park near me, Kelmscott

Pink enamel orchid, Darling Ranges

Smoke bush and a friends hand Toodyay

Blue Leschenaultia Toodyay


A little blue unkown creeper


Sturt Desert pea, DeGrey region Pilbara.

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8. Memory is a ...

Well there you go! For quite some months I have not been able to get into my blog because I had forgotten the password and then of course, going through the help business I have no way to receive it on SMS. But tonight, I was visiting WA Poets Inc and my name is there as a member, when I clicked on my name, my blog came up and I sat there staring at it. The password popped into my head. Howzatt then, back to blog writing again. But not tonight as its rather late, but definitely soon!

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9. Lots of rains

This is the third addition to my blog recently regarding rain. Rain and rain keeps tumbling down in the USA as ours seems to lift a bit. The result of ours in lower WA has been prolific growth in my garden and the result of theirs has been what we suffer from at times, flood, floods and more floods! We are warned and warned to be prepared, for the good and the bad. Give mighty thanks for the miracles and pleas for safety. Heavenly Father will listen. Then to add to the USA's woes, Obama is seeking war with Syria. Pray for the government of our nations that they may choose what is right! Pray for ourselves to choose the right! And prepare! Study self reliance and do something for the bad and be grateful for the good

Western Australia's weather chart
for late August 2013. Here it comes again.


A reward of a display of donkey orchids after all our
rains in Perth August 2013 (photo by Judith Fulton)

Floods in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Missouri rain coming August 2013

These people lost their caravan to the raging
flood seen behind them. Missouri, September 2013

Like in Australia, cars get swallowed up in floods in Missouri


Rain keeps falling and devastating flooding continues in portions of Missouri, Kansas and neighboring parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Multiple complexes of thunderstorms have rolled from west to east across the region this week, and additional storms will bring even more rainfall into the weekend across flood-weary areas.
Portions of central and southwestern Missouri have received more than a foot of rain so far during the first week of August, which is four times the normal for the entire month.
The rainfall has led to dramatic flash and urban flooding, as well as rises on some of the rivers in the Ozark Mountain region.
The Gasconde River at Jerome, Mo., set a record high level of 33.83 feet, breaking the old record of 31.34 feet set on Dec. 5, 1982. A near-record crest is forecast by National Weather Service hydrologists farther downstream on the river at Rich Fountain, Mo.
The Maries River in Missouri crested just below record levels. Moderate flooding occurred along the Neosho River in Kansas earlier this week.
The torrential rainfall has hit some communities so hard and so fast that some people were caught off guard.
During Thursday morning, many downtown streets were flooding in Wichita, Kan. Most streets in Fairland, Okla., were under water for a time as well.
A portion of I-44 near Waynesville, Mo., was closed at midweek due to inundation, but the road has reopened. Dozens of Missouri roads remained closed Thursday.
A 4-year-old boy died and his mother was missing after their vehicle was swept into deep water, according to Pulaski County Missouri Sheriff Ron Long. Two law enforcement officers were stranded near Highway 7 and the Gasconade River.
Communities and campgrounds along some of the streams and rivers in the region were evacuated Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is reporting that 50 homes have been destroyed and hundreds of others have been flooded.
The National Weather Service in Springfield, Mo., has described the flooding potential as "extreme," and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency.
Additional water rescues and evacuations have taken place Wednesday night in the town of Hollister, Mo.
The worst of the rain has fallen from eastern and central Kansas to central and southwestern Missouri, brushing northeastern Oklahoma and northern Arkansas. There has been and will continue to be a sharp cutoff to the rain to the north and south.
Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., has received over 14 inches of rain in seven days, which is several inches greater than its entire average rainfall for the three summer months of June, July and August.
Popular tourist area, Branson, Mo., has received 8 inches of rain in 24 hours spanning Wednesday into Thursday.
Meanwhile, in St. Louis and Des Moines, Iowa, to the north and Tulsa, Okla., and Little Rock, Ark., to the south, less than one half inch of rain has fallen during August as of the morning hours of Aug. 8.
The location and terrain in the Ozarks region is prone to flash flooding.
In June of 2010, flash flooding claimed the lives of 20 people in the Arkansas Albert Pike Recreation Area.
Over the Ozarks, moisture from the Gulf of Mexico meets up with complexes of thunderstorms from the Plains. The rainfall is channeled rapidly through area streams and rivers along the hillsides.


...and Obama is doing his best to persuade congress to have military intervention against the Syrians and the atrocious attacks to rebels in that nation, if rebels they may be!

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10. Lots of rains

This is the third addition to my blog recently regarding rain. Rain and rain keeps tumbling down in the USA as ours seems to lift a bit. The result of ours in lower WA has been prolific growth in my garden and the result of theirs has been what we suffer from at times, flood, floods and more floods! We are warned and warned to be prepared, for the good and the bad. Give mighty thanks for the miracles and pleas for safety. Heavenly Father will listen. Then to add to the USA's woes, Obama is seeking war with Syria. Pray for the government of our nations that they may choose what is right! Pray for ourselves to choose the right! And prepare! Study self reliance and do something for the bad and be grateful for the good

Western Australia's weather chart
for late August 2013. Here it comes again.


A reward of a display of donkey orchids after all our
rains in Perth August 2013 (photo by Judith Fulton)

Floods in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Missouri rain coming August 2013

These people lost their caravan to the raging
flood seen behind them. Missouri, September 2013

Like in Australia, cars get swallowed up in floods in Missouri


Rain keeps falling and devastating flooding continues in portions of Missouri, Kansas and neighboring parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Multiple complexes of thunderstorms have rolled from west to east across the region this week, and additional storms will bring even more rainfall into the weekend across flood-weary areas.
Portions of central and southwestern Missouri have received more than a foot of rain so far during the first week of August, which is four times the normal for the entire month.
The rainfall has led to dramatic flash and urban flooding, as well as rises on some of the rivers in the Ozark Mountain region.
The Gasconde River at Jerome, Mo., set a record high level of 33.83 feet, breaking the old record of 31.34 feet set on Dec. 5, 1982. A near-record crest is forecast by National Weather Service hydrologists farther downstream on the river at Rich Fountain, Mo.
The Maries River in Missouri crested just below record levels. Moderate flooding occurred along the Neosho River in Kansas earlier this week.
The torrential rainfall has hit some communities so hard and so fast that some people were caught off guard.
During Thursday morning, many downtown streets were flooding in Wichita, Kan. Most streets in Fairland, Okla., were under water for a time as well.
A portion of I-44 near Waynesville, Mo., was closed at midweek due to inundation, but the road has reopened. Dozens of Missouri roads remained closed Thursday.
A 4-year-old boy died and his mother was missing after their vehicle was swept into deep water, according to Pulaski County Missouri Sheriff Ron Long. Two law enforcement officers were stranded near Highway 7 and the Gasconade River.
Communities and campgrounds along some of the streams and rivers in the region were evacuated Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is reporting that 50 homes have been destroyed and hundreds of others have been flooded.
The National Weather Service in Springfield, Mo., has described the flooding potential as "extreme," and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency.
Additional water rescues and evacuations have taken place Wednesday night in the town of Hollister, Mo.
The worst of the rain has fallen from eastern and central Kansas to central and southwestern Missouri, brushing northeastern Oklahoma and northern Arkansas. There has been and will continue to be a sharp cutoff to the rain to the north and south.
Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., has received over 14 inches of rain in seven days, which is several inches greater than its entire average rainfall for the three summer months of June, July and August.
Popular tourist area, Branson, Mo., has received 8 inches of rain in 24 hours spanning Wednesday into Thursday.
Meanwhile, in St. Louis and Des Moines, Iowa, to the north and Tulsa, Okla., and Little Rock, Ark., to the south, less than one half inch of rain has fallen during August as of the morning hours of Aug. 8.
The location and terrain in the Ozarks region is prone to flash flooding.
In June of 2010, flash flooding claimed the lives of 20 people in the Arkansas Albert Pike Recreation Area.
Over the Ozarks, moisture from the Gulf of Mexico meets up with complexes of thunderstorms from the Plains. The rainfall is channeled rapidly through area streams and rivers along the hillsides.


...and Obama is doing his best to persuade congress to have military intervention against the Syrians and the atrocious attacks to rebels in that nation, if rebels they may be!

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11. it's about all that rain...

I mean really, I wrote all of that stuff and posted Perth Now's news article about the rain with its wind and flood warnings and such, writing of what it has done to my garden, and never once acknowledged the True giver of this great blessing. I hang my head in shame! I was working on something else when I realized that and I humbly beg Heavenly Father's forgiveness. Some time back I had prayed for rain, and here is the blessing, a wonderful blessing and now I publicly say thank you Heavenly Father and hope and pray others have done the same. We here in Australia, a dry continent, should never growl about the rain, just prepare for the occasional floods accordingly!

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12. it's about all that rain...

I mean really, I wrote all of that stuff and posted Perth Now's news article about the rain with its wind and flood warnings and such, writing of what it has done to my garden, and never once acknowledged the True giver of this great blessing. I hang my head in shame! I was working on something else when I realized that and I humbly beg Heavenly Father's forgiveness. Some time back I had prayed for rain, and here is the blessing, a wonderful blessing and now I publicly say thank you Heavenly Father and hope and pray others have done the same. We here in Australia, a dry continent, should never growl about the rain, just prepare for the occasional floods accordingly!

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13. Rain, rain,rain!

So Western Australia, the southern

Radar chart of the rain band across
Australia that has deluged half of our
big state
Perth freeway leading to the city. The shadow beyond the city
skyline are the Darling Ranges covered with rain clouds

half of this big state, cops a beaut few days of rain and rain. So whose complaining for its raining, raining! And the cloud band spreads right across Australia! Yesterday coming home from the Temple toward evening in peak hour traffic, the ranges had their hill tops smothered with black cloud and clouds wreathed around their edges into the valleys. We on the flatland in front of the ranges were getting wet also. its wonderful for the dams will be filled. Noticed the Canning and Southern Rivers were swollen with their floodwaters. Outside now as I write at 9:44am, it rains, my garden is soaked, but all my flowers are heavy with buds and flowers and the tomato plants are reaching for the heavens as only the Gross Lisse tomatoes can do. They are enjoying it

DRENCHING overnight rain has dumped 80mm on some parts of the Hills and up to 50mm in the metropolitan area - and more showers are forecast.
Perth had 45mm to 9am after heavy rain hit the metropolitan area between 4pm and 5.45pm last night and continued through the night.
Falls were heaviest in the Hills and southern suburbs, with Bickley, south-east of Perth, recording 80mm to 9am and Pickering Brook 60mm. Jandakot had 51mm, with Champion Lakes and Armadale recording 47mm.
Perth Airport has had 32mm and most suburbs have recorded at least 30mm or more.
Swanbourne got 36mm and Pearce, 40km inland, had 32mm. Gingin, 80km north-east of the city, had 48mm.
Rain is forecast to ease to showers during the day.
Water on Stock Road, Bibra Lake
Flooding over Stock Road, near Phoenix Road in Bibra Lake is affecting early morning traffic.
The northbound lanes are affected through the area and emergency services are on site to clear the incident.

Traffic is busy through the area.
Tree smashes onto house
Emergency services received eight calls for help in the Perth metropolitan area.

The most significant call so far has been for a tree hitting a house in Parkerville, in the Hills.

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said the majority of the calls for help had been for leaking roofs.

In the South West falls were lighter with much of the rain falling yesterday during the day. Collie and Walpole share the top falls with 27mm.
Some decent falls are expected to reach the agricultural area as the heavy rain band pushes east during the day.
In the Great Southern, most centres received soaking rains, with some getting up to 25mm. Bannister and Kojonup 23mm, Brookton 20mm and Wandering, 120km south-east of Perth, had 17mm and Katanning 14mm.
Flood Watch for South West
A Flood Watch remains in place for much of the South West, including the Vasse, Preston, Lower Collie and Harvey River catchments

"River levels along the coast from Mandurah to Busselton have shown significant rises during the past 48 hours. A few of the river level sites in the upper Preston and lower Collie River catchments are close to minor flood level. As the catchments are wet and further rainfall forecast, the rivers may continue to rise during today into Thursday with minor flooding.

For current information on road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 or at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.
After a freak weather event on Tuesday created a dangerous water spout, sending five people to hospital, people in Bunbury, Harvey, Donnybrook and Busselton were told to prepare for more stormy conditions.
For those at risk of floods
WHAT TO DO:
• Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to relocate.
• Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters, as they are dangerous.
• With water moving quickly people need to stay out of the Vasse, Preston, Lower Collie and Harvey River catchments, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
• If you are a traveller do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
IF DRIVING:
• Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
• Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
• Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
ROAD CLOSURES:
No roads are closed.
There is water over Caves Road, between Metricup Road and Fifty-One Road, and drivers are being asked to use caution and drive slowly.
FLOOD DETAILS:
Overnight moderate rainfall of 10 millimetres to 20 millimetres with isolated heavier fall is forecast.
Stream rises and localised flooding will continue with minor flooding in the upper area of the Preston River catchment.
Current river levels are available from Department of Water at www.water.wa.gov.au.
IMPORTANT NUMBERS:
• For SES assistance call 132 500
• In a life threatening situation call 000
• For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood.
• For information about road conditions and closures contact the local shire or Main Roads WA on 138 138.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Call 1300 657 209, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.auor listen to news bulletins.

 


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14. Rain, rain,rain!

So Western Australia, the southern

Radar chart of the rain band across
Australia that has deluged half of our
big state
Perth freeway leading to the city. The shadow beyond the city
skyline are the Darling Ranges covered with rain clouds

half of this big state, cops a beaut few days of rain and rain. So whose complaining for its raining, raining! And the cloud band spreads right across Australia! Yesterday coming home from the Temple toward evening in peak hour traffic, the ranges had their hill tops smothered with black cloud and clouds wreathed around their edges into the valleys. We on the flatland in front of the ranges were getting wet also. its wonderful for the dams will be filled. Noticed the Canning and Southern Rivers were swollen with their floodwaters. Outside now as I write at 9:44am, it rains, my garden is soaked, but all my flowers are heavy with buds and flowers and the tomato plants are reaching for the heavens as only the Gross Lisse tomatoes can do. They are enjoying it

DRENCHING overnight rain has dumped 80mm on some parts of the Hills and up to 50mm in the metropolitan area - and more showers are forecast.
Perth had 45mm to 9am after heavy rain hit the metropolitan area between 4pm and 5.45pm last night and continued through the night.
Falls were heaviest in the Hills and southern suburbs, with Bickley, south-east of Perth, recording 80mm to 9am and Pickering Brook 60mm. Jandakot had 51mm, with Champion Lakes and Armadale recording 47mm.
Perth Airport has had 32mm and most suburbs have recorded at least 30mm or more.
Swanbourne got 36mm and Pearce, 40km inland, had 32mm. Gingin, 80km north-east of the city, had 48mm.
Rain is forecast to ease to showers during the day.
Water on Stock Road, Bibra Lake
Flooding over Stock Road, near Phoenix Road in Bibra Lake is affecting early morning traffic.
The northbound lanes are affected through the area and emergency services are on site to clear the incident.

Traffic is busy through the area.
Tree smashes onto house
Emergency services received eight calls for help in the Perth metropolitan area.

The most significant call so far has been for a tree hitting a house in Parkerville, in the Hills.

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said the majority of the calls for help had been for leaking roofs.

In the South West falls were lighter with much of the rain falling yesterday during the day. Collie and Walpole share the top falls with 27mm.
Some decent falls are expected to reach the agricultural area as the heavy rain band pushes east during the day.
In the Great Southern, most centres received soaking rains, with some getting up to 25mm. Bannister and Kojonup 23mm, Brookton 20mm and Wandering, 120km south-east of Perth, had 17mm and Katanning 14mm.
Flood Watch for South West
A Flood Watch remains in place for much of the South West, including the Vasse, Preston, Lower Collie and Harvey River catchments

"River levels along the coast from Mandurah to Busselton have shown significant rises during the past 48 hours. A few of the river level sites in the upper Preston and lower Collie River catchments are close to minor flood level. As the catchments are wet and further rainfall forecast, the rivers may continue to rise during today into Thursday with minor flooding.

For current information on road conditions contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 or at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.
After a freak weather event on Tuesday created a dangerous water spout, sending five people to hospital, people in Bunbury, Harvey, Donnybrook and Busselton were told to prepare for more stormy conditions.
For those at risk of floods
WHAT TO DO:
• Watch for changes in water levels so you are ready if you need to relocate.
• Never walk, swim or play in floodwaters, as they are dangerous.
• With water moving quickly people need to stay out of the Vasse, Preston, Lower Collie and Harvey River catchments, this includes no swimming or kayaking.
• If you are a traveller do not park or camp adjacent to rivers.
IF DRIVING:
• Floodways and river levels may rise rapidly so be careful at crossings.
• Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
• Take care on gravel and unsealed roads as they may be slippery and muddy, and you could get bogged.
ROAD CLOSURES:
No roads are closed.
There is water over Caves Road, between Metricup Road and Fifty-One Road, and drivers are being asked to use caution and drive slowly.
FLOOD DETAILS:
Overnight moderate rainfall of 10 millimetres to 20 millimetres with isolated heavier fall is forecast.
Stream rises and localised flooding will continue with minor flooding in the upper area of the Preston River catchment.
Current river levels are available from Department of Water at www.water.wa.gov.au.
IMPORTANT NUMBERS:
• For SES assistance call 132 500
• In a life threatening situation call 000
• For the latest flood information call 1300 659 213 or visit www.bom.gov.au/wa/flood.
• For information about road conditions and closures contact the local shire or Main Roads WA on 138 138.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Call 1300 657 209, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.auor listen to news bulletins.

 


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15. going, going, gone!

Unbelievable! Wonderful! Delightful! What more can I say! Three cheers for dispensing with this unwanted Prime Minister. I did not like her right from the start. Why? Because she unceremoniously ousted Kevin Rudd from the Prime Ministership; because she doesn't want to be saddled with children, she doesn't like them,; because she doesn't believe in God; because she doesn't believe in marriage and openly lived in the Prime Ministerial residence with a man. What kind of an example does she portray to our younger generation? What kind of a society are or would we be dealing with if the population followed her ideals, which many are. I have always felt threatened by her. She certainly did nothing for the pensioners either. In her goodbye swansong tonight, she used the word 'proud' many times as she bragged of her achievements, including being the first woman Prime Minister of Australia. I wouldn't say that was anything to brag about. What DID she do for this big, vast, brown nation of ours that the Chinese are buying into at an alarming rate! Where is national pride in being Australian? Where are our better education systems teaching our children literacy? Where are our hospitals and staff, including doctors, that will care for the poor as well as the wealthy and those in between? where is the helping hand for the struggling man on the land who feeds our nation? That is just a few of my complaints of where is the help we need! Okay so she has gone, Kevin Rudd is back as Acting Prime Minister until the elections in September. I've often had my arguments, or tried to put across my point of view, of why I am neither Labour or Liberal, or any of the groups in between. Because I don't vote for any political party. I search out the one who is likely to do his, or her, best for my nation and its people! Now who can fit that bill? What is interesting for me is that Shane took his family to the Labour Day march in Brisbane in early may and they had their photos taken with Julia Gillard, even one with her arms around my grandsons Dylan and Nicholas!

Dylan and Nicholas with Australia's prime Minister
Julia Gillard at the Brisbane Labour Day March in May 2013

 
Theresa with Australia's prime Minister Julia Gillard
 
My Shane with Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard


Kevin Rudd takes on Julia Gillard for the Labor leadership. But how did we get here?



Gillard v Rudd ? how we got here

Gillard v Rudd Source: News Limited
  
Swan?s gone, who?s next?
TREASURER Wayne Swan and Stephen Conroy have stepped down. But what about Garrett? Combet? Bowen? O'Connor?
The man who knifed two PMs  
The man who knifed two PMs
LABOR powerbroker Bill Shorten now has to his credit the scalps of two prime ministers - both from his own party.
Labor faced 'certain death' with Gillard  
Gillard v Rudd ? how we got here
IT'S been a crazy day in federal Parliament, but how did we get here?
  
Rudd must still win over West Australians  
Joe Spagnolo
OPINION: THE Federal Labor Party has a new leader. But winning over WA still remains a task of monumental proportions for Kevin Rudd and his WA MPs.
IT'S been a tumultuous day in the federal Parliament but the catalyst for tonight's leadership showdown was no one event.
It all started when Australians awoke on June 24, 2010 to news they had a new Prime Minister - the nation's first woman.
It was meant to be the dawn of a new Labor after MPs fed up with Mr Rudd's erratic behaviour, rushed policies and increasingly unreasonable demands tossed out a first-term PM.
Ms Gillard declared a good government had lost its way and she had been left with no choice but to seize the reins.
But it was a bumpy road at the outset when damaging leaks caused Labor to bleed votes gained in the election euphoria that was Kevin '07.
To her credit, Ms Gillard has achieved a lot with a hung parliament, with one of her most recent victories the creation of DisabilityCare.
But her broken carbon tax promise, continuing streams of asylum seeker boats, a mining tax collecting little money, support for Craig Thomson and the political faux pas that saw her elevate the now disgraced speaker Peter Slipper struck blow after blow.
Polls have shown for some time Labor is now in a hole it is unlikely to climb out of, meaning election defeat is almost a certainty.
Despite that, MPs have insisted for the past fortnight Ms Gillard would remain as PM and that they took Mr Rudd at his word that he would not return to the top job.
Mr Rudd now says he's here to rescue the party, echoing the sentiment of Ms Gillard back in 2010.
That's despite the character assassination that was brought down upon him before he lost a February 2012 ballot, and the fact he refused to put his hand up in March when Ms Gillard declared a Caucus vote.
The party will at least be able to put the issue to bed once and for all, with the loser promising to quit and fade away.
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Unbelievable! Wonderful! Delightful! What more can I say! Three cheers for dispensing with this unwanted Prime Minister. I did not like her right from the start. Why? Because she unceremoniously ousted Kevin Rudd from the Prime Ministership; because she doesn't want to be saddled with children, she doesn't like them,; because she doesn't believe in God; because she doesn't believe in marriage and openly lived in the Prime Ministerial residence with a man. What kind of an example does she portray to our younger generation? What kind of a society are or would we be dealing with if the population followed her ideals, which many are. I have always felt threatened by her. She certainly did nothing for the pensioners either. In her goodbye swansong tonight, she used the word 'proud' many times as she bragged of her achievements, including being the first woman Prime Minister of Australia. I wouldn't say that was anything to brag about. What DID she do for this big, vast, brown nation of ours that the Chinese are buying into at an alarming rate! Where is national pride in being Australian? Where are our better education systems teaching our children literacy? Where are our hospitals and staff, including doctors, that will care for the poor as well as the wealthy and those in between? where is the helping hand for the struggling man on the land who feeds our nation? That is just a few of my complaints of where is the help we need! Okay so she has gone, Kevin Rudd is back as Acting Prime Minister until the elections in September. I've often had my arguments, or tried to put across my point of view, of why I am neither Labour or Liberal, or any of the groups in between. Because I don't vote for any political party. I search out the one who is likely to do his, or her, best for my nation and its people! Now who can fit that bill? What is interesting for me is that Shane took his family to the Labour Day march in Brisbane in early may and they had their photos taken with Julia Gillard, even one with her arms around my grandsons Dylan and Nicholas!

Dylan and Nicholas with Australia's prime Minister
Julia Gillard at the Brisbane Labour Day March in May 2013

 
Theresa with Australia's prime Minister Julia Gillard
 
My Shane with Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard


Kevin Rudd takes on Julia Gillard for the Labor leadership. But how did we get here?



Gillard v Rudd ? how we got here

Gillard v Rudd Source: News Limited
  
Swan?s gone, who?s next?
TREASURER Wayne Swan and Stephen Conroy have stepped down. But what about Garrett? Combet? Bowen? O'Connor?
The man who knifed two PMs  
The man who knifed two PMs
LABOR powerbroker Bill Shorten now has to his credit the scalps of two prime ministers - both from his own party.
Labor faced 'certain death' with Gillard  
Gillard v Rudd ? how we got here
IT'S been a crazy day in federal Parliament, but how did we get here?
  
Rudd must still win over West Australians  
Joe Spagnolo
OPINION: THE Federal Labor Party has a new leader. But winning over WA still remains a task of monumental proportions for Kevin Rudd and his WA MPs.
IT'S been a tumultuous day in the federal Parliament but the catalyst for tonight's leadership showdown was no one event.
It all started when Australians awoke on June 24, 2010 to news they had a new Prime Minister - the nation's first woman.
It was meant to be the dawn of a new Labor after MPs fed up with Mr Rudd's erratic behaviour, rushed policies and increasingly unreasonable demands tossed out a first-term PM.
Ms Gillard declared a good government had lost its way and she had been left with no choice but to seize the reins.
But it was a bumpy road at the outset when damaging leaks caused Labor to bleed votes gained in the election euphoria that was Kevin '07.
To her credit, Ms Gillard has achieved a lot with a hung parliament, with one of her most recent victories the creation of DisabilityCare.
But her broken carbon tax promise, continuing streams of asylum seeker boats, a mining tax collecting little money, support for Craig Thomson and the political faux pas that saw her elevate the now disgraced speaker Peter Slipper struck blow after blow.
Polls have shown for some time Labor is now in a hole it is unlikely to climb out of, meaning election defeat is almost a certainty.
Despite that, MPs have insisted for the past fortnight Ms Gillard would remain as PM and that they took Mr Rudd at his word that he would not return to the top job.
Mr Rudd now says he's here to rescue the party, echoing the sentiment of Ms Gillard back in 2010.
That's despite the character assassination that was brought down upon him before he lost a February 2012 ballot, and the fact he refused to put his hand up in March when Ms Gillard declared a Caucus vote.
The party will at least be able to put the issue to bed once and for all, with the loser promising to quit and fade away.
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17. President Monson and healing

What can I say about this great man? He has been a source of inspiration to me for years, especially since I first purchased and read Faith Rewarded. This book, excerpts from his journal, tells of his trials and troubles, heartbreaks and laughter, when travelling to and spending time with the Saints in a country that was then behind the forbidding Iron Curtain. A plucky American who faced the unknown crossing a border where nine times out of ten Americans were shot! He did it because he loved and obeyed his Saviour. He did it to spread His word and bring love and hope to an impoverished but believing people. Now one of them, president Dieter F. Uchtdorf, his  second counsellor in the First Presidency. Here is another story of President Monson's quiet achievements, working for his Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ and setting a great example to us who also believe.

A Miraculous, Little-Known Story About President Monson

Thomas S. Monson
Thomas S. Monson
Every time I see or listen to President Monson, I’m always reminded of (and deeply impressed by) his loving character and his private ministry.
Here’s a little-known story about him that touched my heart:
In 1971, when Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, the doctors said she had less than a 20 percent chance of surviving two years. Mother did not know this. Dad did. I found out only because I overheard the conversation between my father and the doctors.
Months passed…it was stake conference, a regional gathering of church members that meets four times a year. My father was a member of the stake high council, a group of high priests who direct the membership on both organizational and spiritual matters. President Thomas S. Monson, one of the Twelve Apostles, directly beneath the Prophet, who at that time was Joseph Fielding Smith, was conducting interviews for the position of stake president.
Before the conference, President Monson met with my father privately, as he did with all councilmen. he asked him, if called, would he serve as stake president? My father’s reply was no. In a religion that believes all leadership positions are decided by God, this was an unorthodox response.
“Brother Tempest, would you like to explain?”
My father simply said it would be inappropriate to spend time away from his wife when she had so little time left.
President Monson stood and said, “You are a man whose priorities are intact.”
After conference, my father was returning to his car. He heard his name called, ignored it at first, until he heard it for a second time. He turned to find President Monson, who had put his hand on Dad’s shoulder.
“Brother Tempest, I feel compelled to tell you your wife will be well for many years to come. I would like to invite you and your family to kneel together in the privacy of your home at noon on Thursday. The Brethren will be meeting in the holy chambers of the Temple, where we will enter your wife’s name among those to be healed.”
Back home, our family was seated around the dinner table. Dad was late. mother was furious. I’ll never forget the look on his face when he opened the door. He walked over to Mother and held her tightly in his arms. He wept.
“What’s happened, John?” Mother asked.
That Thursday, my brothers and I came home from school to pray. We knelt in the living room together as a family. No words were uttered. But in the quiet of that room, I felt the presence of angels.
The mother of Terry Tempest Williams was healed and lived until 1987, sixteen years after President Monson had made the quiet, prophetic declaration that she would “be well for many years to come.”
Source: Williams, Terry Tempest. Refuge: an unnatural history of family and place. New York: Pantheon Books, 1991. Print.

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18. President Monson and healing

What can I say about this great man? He has been a source of inspiration to me for years, especially since I first purchased and read Faith Rewarded. This book, excerpts from his journal, tells of his trials and troubles, heartbreaks and laughter, when travelling to and spending time with the Saints in a country that was then behind the forbidding Iron Curtain. A plucky American who faced the unknown crossing a border where nine times out of ten Americans were shot! He did it because he loved and obeyed his Saviour. He did it to spread His word and bring love and hope to an impoverished but believing people. Now one of them, president Dieter F. Uchtdorf, his  second counsellor in the First Presidency. Here is another story of President Monson's quiet achievements, working for his Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ and setting a great example to us who also believe.

A Miraculous, Little-Known Story About President Monson

Thomas S. Monson
Thomas S. Monson
Every time I see or listen to President Monson, I’m always reminded of (and deeply impressed by) his loving character and his private ministry.
Here’s a little-known story about him that touched my heart:
In 1971, when Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, the doctors said she had less than a 20 percent chance of surviving two years. Mother did not know this. Dad did. I found out only because I overheard the conversation between my father and the doctors.
Months passed…it was stake conference, a regional gathering of church members that meets four times a year. My father was a member of the stake high council, a group of high priests who direct the membership on both organizational and spiritual matters. President Thomas S. Monson, one of the Twelve Apostles, directly beneath the Prophet, who at that time was Joseph Fielding Smith, was conducting interviews for the position of stake president.
Before the conference, President Monson met with my father privately, as he did with all councilmen. he asked him, if called, would he serve as stake president? My father’s reply was no. In a religion that believes all leadership positions are decided by God, this was an unorthodox response.
“Brother Tempest, would you like to explain?”
My father simply said it would be inappropriate to spend time away from his wife when she had so little time left.
President Monson stood and said, “You are a man whose priorities are intact.”
After conference, my father was returning to his car. He heard his name called, ignored it at first, until he heard it for a second time. He turned to find President Monson, who had put his hand on Dad’s shoulder.
“Brother Tempest, I feel compelled to tell you your wife will be well for many years to come. I would like to invite you and your family to kneel together in the privacy of your home at noon on Thursday. The Brethren will be meeting in the holy chambers of the Temple, where we will enter your wife’s name among those to be healed.”
Back home, our family was seated around the dinner table. Dad was late. mother was furious. I’ll never forget the look on his face when he opened the door. He walked over to Mother and held her tightly in his arms. He wept.
“What’s happened, John?” Mother asked.
That Thursday, my brothers and I came home from school to pray. We knelt in the living room together as a family. No words were uttered. But in the quiet of that room, I felt the presence of angels.
The mother of Terry Tempest Williams was healed and lived until 1987, sixteen years after President Monson had made the quiet, prophetic declaration that she would “be well for many years to come.”
Source: Williams, Terry Tempest. Refuge: an unnatural history of family and place. New York: Pantheon Books, 1991. Print.

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19. Conference for me!

I said I would write and post more conference information after reading. I was looking for comfort and strength because I do not have the sealing power or the Priesthood power in my home, which I share with non-members!

Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve recited a beautiful poem that had taken half his life to write and copied here. When he finished he spoke of the finches in his garden that were attacked by snakes and he wondered if evil had penetrated his Garden of Eden and thought yes, we have been warned time and again, and he added this statement that I hold to myself about my family:
'We live in a very dangerous world that threatens those things that are most spiritual. The family, the fundamental organization in time and eternity, is under attack from forces seen and unseen. The adversary is about. His objective is to cause injury. If he can weaken and destroy the family, he will have succeeded. Isaiah said, “The work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.”That peace is also promised in the revelations in which the Lord declares, “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.”...The consummate power of the priesthood has been given to protect the home and its inhabitants. The father has the authority and responsibility to teach his children and to bless and to provide for them the ordinances of the gospel and every other priesthood protection necessary. He is to demonstrate love and fidelity and honor to the mother so that their children can see that love.' Well I have no Priesthood in the home, so its go it alone with me and Heavenly father. I think perhaps that is why Kemp and Martha were trying to get me to be sealed to Les. But that will not bring the Priesthood power into my home as the Temple President said. The priesthood holder needs to be living; marriage and sealing. After reading that bit of his talk and thinking no Priesthood holder here for me, I went around the house, room by room, except Danny's room which was locked, and banished the evil one as Moses did. I used the back veranda for Danny's room. But I do have my Heavenly Father and I know I have His protection. And I know that my family is being attacked by the adversary and making my life miserable, or it could do if I allowed it. And here is Elder Packer's beautiful poem:
“Unfinished Composition.” The first
part of that work goes like this: By Boyd K. Packer and read at the 183rd
General Conference April 2013
I had a thought the other night,
A thought profound and deep.
It came when I was too worn down,
Too tired to go to sleep.
I’d had a very busy day
And pondered on my fate.
The thought was this:
When I was young, I wasn’t 68!
I could walk without a limp;
I had no shoulder pain.
I could read a line through twice
And quote it back again.
I could work for endless hours
And hardly stop to breathe.
And things that now I cannot do
I mastered then with ease.
If I could now turn back the years,
If that were mine to choose,
I would not barter age for youth,
I’d have too much to lose.
I am quite content to move ahead,

To yield my youth, however grand.
The thing I’d lose if I went back
Is what I understand.

Ten years later, I decided to add a
few more lines to that poem:

Ten years have flown to who knows where
And with them much of pain.
A metal hip erased my limp;
I walk quite straight again.
Another plate holds neck bones fast—
A wonderful creation!
It backed my polio away;
I’ve joined the stiff-necked generation.
The signs of aging can be seen.
Those things will not get better.
The only thing that grows in strength
With me is my forgetter.
You ask, “Do I remember you?”
Of course, you’re much the same.
Now don’t go getting all upset
If I can’t recall your name.
I would agree I’ve learned some things
I did not want to know,
But age has brought those precious truths
That make the spirit grow.
Of all the blessings that have come,
The best thing in my life
Is the companionship and comfort
I get from my dear wife.
Our children all have married well,
With families of their own,
With children and grandchildren,

How soon they all have grown.
I have not changed my mind one bit
About regaining youth.
We’re meant to age, for with it
Comes a knowledge of the truth.
You ask, “What will the future bring?
Just what will be my fate?”
I’ll go along and not complain.
Ask when I’m 88!

And last year I added these lines:

And now you see I’m 88.
The years have flown so fast.
I walked, I limped, I held a cane,
And now I ride at last.
I take a nap now and again,

But priesthood power remains.
For all the physical things I lack
There are great spiritual gains.
I have traveled the world a million miles
And another million too.
And with the help of satellites,
My journeys are not through.
I now can say with all certainty
That I know and love the Lord.
I can testify with them of old
As I preach His holy word.
I know what He felt in Gethsemane
Is too much to comprehend.
I know He did it all for us;
We have no greater Friend.
I know that He will come anew
With power and in glory.
I know I will see Him once again
At the end of my life’s story.
I’ll kneel before His wounded feet;
I’ll feel His Spirit glow.
My whispering, quivering voice will say,
“My Lord, my God, I know.”

And I do know!


Its a beautiful poem of a good man's life, one that believes in and loves the lord with all his heart, might, mind and strength! I am inspired to try and write one myself!

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Members of the Twelve Apostles speak at the Staurday afternoon session of April General Conference 2013
 
 
Some homes have a father who is a worthy priesthood holder joined by a faithful, devoted mother who together lead in righteousness. Many homes have a different configuration. Regardless of your circumstances, you can center your home and your life on the Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the source of true peace in this life. Be certain that every decision you make, whether temporal or spiritual, is conditioned on what the Savior would have you do. When He is the center of your home, there is peace and serenity. There is a spirit of assurance that pervades the home, and it is felt by all who dwell there........Doing all we can to invite the gentle, guiding influence of the Holy Ghost into our lives is critical in our attempts to center our homes on the Savior. Acting obediently on those promptings strengthens us even more......We need not worry if we can’t simultaneously do all of the things that the Lord has counseled us to do. He has spoken of a time and a season for all things. In response to our sincere prayers for guidance, He will direct us in what should be emphasized at each phase of our life. We can learn, grow, and become like Him one consistent step at a time....

As there is no Priesthood in my home I can pray for guidance, seek Heavenly Father's help and strive to listen to the Holy Ghost. I can obey Christ's commandments and have faith and hope that one day the Priesthood will be in my home! I am so blessed to have a home, somewhere to lay my head, to participate in service activities, seeking out more names for the Temple of my family, to attend to my calling and to love my family, doing what i can with my limited means for my grandchildren...great blessings indeed

and in times of trials and disasters...
Confused about what they had witnessed and concerned about further attacks, they made their way to a safer area and then to the Manhattan stake Church building at Lincoln Center. When they arrived, they found that dozens of other members in lower Manhattan had made the same decision to gather at the stake center. They called to let us know where they were. I was relieved that they were safe but not surprised at their location. Modern revelation teaches that the stakes of Zion are a defense and “a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth.”2...In contemplating these events, I have been impressed with the doctrinal difference between universal or world peace and personal peace.3...Agency is essential to the plan of happiness. It allows for the love, sacrifice, personal growth, and experience necessary for our eternal progression. This agency also allows for all the pain and suffering we experience in mortality, even when caused by things we do not understand and the devastating evil choices of others. The very War in Heaven was waged over our moral agency and is essential to understanding the Savior’s earthly ministry....Think not that I am come to send peace on earth.”7 It is clear that universal peace did not exist on the earth during Christ’s mortal ministry, and it does not now....
In the Lord’s preface to the Doctrine and Covenants, a number of very important principles are taught. With respect to those who do not repent, His Spirit (the Spirit of Christ), which is given to every person who comes into the world,8 “shall not always strive with man.”9 Also, “peace shall be taken from the earth.”10 Prophets have declared that peace has indeed been taken from the earth.11 Lucifer has not yet been bound and exercises power in this dominion.12
The heavenly aspiration of good people everywhere has and always will be for peace in the world. We must never give up on achieving this goal. But, President Joseph F. Smith taught, “There never can come to the world that spirit of peace and love … until mankind will receive God’s truth and God’s message … , and acknowledge his power and authority which is divine.”13...
This principle is succinctly captured in the Doctrine and Covenants: “But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.”14
President John Taylor taught that peace is not only desirable, but “it is the gift of God.”15...President Heber J. Grant described the Savior’s peace this way: “His peace will ease our suffering, bind up our broken hearts, blot out our hates, engender in our breasts a love of fellow men that will suffuse our souls with calm and happiness.”17
The peace to which I am referring is not just a temporary tranquility. It is an abiding deep happiness and spiritual contentment.16
 
 
I can find peace by praying and doing my best to dissolve contention between us in the home and by visiting the Temple as often as I can, attending Sabbath day meetings, giving service and striving for a loving and caring nature.

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21. Perth Australia Southern River Stake and Birthing Kits

Packed 1000 in an hour we did! It was a tremendous effort by us all of the Perth Southern River Stake, a wonderful afternoon where we learnt just how these small and unusual kits were used in third world countries. No western would-be Mum has had to go through such an ordeal in modern times. I was both proud and humbled to have been part of it. The news was published by The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's newsroom on April 15. Many friends were gathered in the great hall which we affectionately call The Barn to pack these kits. The event was followed by a scrumptious afternoon tea. I am so blessed to be a member of the Lords' Church and the oldest worldwide Women's organisation - Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!


Relief Society sisters of the Perth Australia Southern River Stake packing birthing kits in the Stake Centre's 'The Barn'

A few busy fingers....

We sisters with our packed boxes of birthing kits. I am fourth from the left in the front row and my friend Aileen is second from the right in the front row. A great effort

The Newsroom stated:
They joined more than six million women in Church congregations worldwide in honouring the establishment of the Relief Society.

Relief Society began on 17th March 1842 in Nauvoo, USA. Today, its work continues in building faith, strengthening home and family, and providing relief.  This is reflected in its motto, “Charity Never Faileth”.
Latter-day Saint women join its ranks beginning at the age of 18, mingling with women in all stages of life.

Amongst the Australian service projects, members in Adelaide and Perth observed the anniversary by assembling and then donating 1200 birthing kits to new mothers in developing countries.

The 171st Anniversary called for “a meaningful service project,” said Jan Addis, Adelaide’s Firle Ward Relief Society President.  “A really important part of the work of Relief Society is to provide relief and give compassionate service, not just as we celebrate this milestone but right throughout the year.”

“Often the needs we meet and the help we give are focused within our own community, but for our anniversary project we looked at broader humanitarian concerns,” she said.
“We felt that the 200 birthing kits that we created would benefit women who are in great need of supplies and education. The women in our ward (congregation) were very interested and happy to be involved.”
While the Adelaide birthing kit project was conducted on a ward level, nearly 100 members of the Relief Society of the Perth Southern River Stake gathered in Thornlie to pack 1,000 birthing kits as part of their service project.
The Relief Society members in both cities were supporting the work of the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia), an organisation dedicated to improving conditions for women in developing countries who give birth at home, often on dirt floors.
The foundation provided the strict hygiene guidelines for assembling the birthing packs as it does for all community groups wanting to support its aim of reducing childbirth-related deaths.
An estimated 385,000 women die annually in childbirth, many from infections acquired during labour.
The kits contain a plastic sheet, soap, gloves, sterile scalpel blade, cord and gauze squares, and are principally designed for home birthing in remote and rural areas where the maternal death rates are much higher.

“As well as providing the kits, the foundation trains local women in the recipient areas to assist in safe childbirth delivery which has an enormous impact,” said Adelaide’s Jan Addis.
“We found it really uplifting knowing that an initiative like this is literally life-saving; we felt connected with women across the globe.”

“It was also good to remember that among Relief Society’s six-million-strong membership throughout the world, many similar service projects took place in conjunction with the anniversary.”

Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the governing council of Twelve Apostles has said, “Latter-day Saint women, strong in faith and testimony, have truly been given the errand of angels.  Every sister in this Church who has made covenants with the Lord has a divine mandate to help save souls, to lead the women of the world, to strengthen the homes of Zion and to build the kingdom of God” (Daughters in My Kingdom, p. 25).

Relief Society is one of the oldest and largest women’s organisations in the world.

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22. Frances Beverly Monson

I have thought what to write about this tragic news. Its not really tragic, not really. Frances Beverly Monson has finally gone home after living a long and rewarding Christ-like life. President Monson is now bereft of his companion of many years. But he knows, as I know, that parting is short, and he will be with her again when he is called home. Later their children and grandchildren will arrive up there. There are many of her and President Monson's family already there to greet her with open arms. We are so blessed to have this knowledge, to know for a surety that families are together for Eternity. Hence we strive to do our family history work, perform the ordinances for our ancestors in the Temples, strive to lead a righteous life and those of us who are single, hold fast to faith and hope that our Eternal companion will find us, will find me. Prayers  I offer for President Monson  and his family and his wife's beautiful story I add here. What a wonderful example she is.

News Release —  17 May 2013

Frances B. Monson, Wife of President Thomas S. Monson, Passes Away

Salt Lake City — 
Frances B. Monson, wife of Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away at 6:35 a.m. this morning in a Salt Lake City hospital surrounded by family. She had been hospitalized for several weeks and passed away peacefully of causes incident to age. Sister Monson was 85 years old. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Recognized by her husband as the family’s beacon of love, compassion and encouragement, Sister Monson lived a Christ-centred life in word and deed. She will forever be remembered for her kindness and quiet, sustained support of her husband in his Church duties.

Born on 27 October 1927, Frances Beverly Johnson was the youngest and only daughter of Franz E. Johnson and Hildur Booth Johnson’s five children. Her parents were delighted to have a little girl in the family, whom they promptly named Frances, after her father Franz.
She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, as a child of the Great Depression and learned the value of hard work and thrift, which served her well throughout her life. She graduated from East High School and the University of Utah, where she excelled in math and science. When asked why she enrolled in these difficult classes, she replied with a twinkle in her eye, “Because that is where all the cute boys were.” Frances was also an accomplished pianist and was often seen playing tennis in Liberty Park during her teenage years. Later, she worked in the accounting department of a large department store to help pay for her college education.
It was also during her university days she met a handsome, strapping young man also of Swedish descent, Thomas Spencer Monson, at the time known as Tommy. “The first time I met Frances, I knew I’d found the right one,” he would later say about their courtship. They met in 1944 and were married on 7 October 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple.
The couple was blessed with three children: Thomas Lee, Ann Frances and Clark Spencer. The children soon learned that they had a very special mother. She helped her sons learn about, buy and raise Birmingham Roller pigeons, at one point helping her son to travel to England to meet a Birmingham Roller expert. She allowed one son to keep a pet snake in the bathtub. Most mothers would shudder at the word snake, let alone have one in the tub. The herd, gaggle and flock of family pets eventually included chickens, more pigeons, a dog, geese and other animals.
Daughter Ann Dibb said her mother was always good at bookkeeping, budgeting and “being mindful of where the best bargains could be found.” Ann’s mother followed the Church’s provident living advice of thrift and self-reliance, making her grocery money go further by researching and buying items on sale and then storing them at home. Up until recently she continued to read both Salt Lake newspapers looking for coupons and bargains.
She was known as the family assembler and fix-it person. Early every Christmas morning found Frances assembling bikes, toys and doll houses and on other occasions fixing an electrical switch or plumbing leak. Ann said this was something her father readily admitted was her mother’s talent, not his.
She served in the Relief Society and Primary and spent many hours preparing lessons for those callings. She also served alongside her husband when he was called to preside over the Church’s Canadian Mission, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, from 1959 to 1962. Both concur that the mission was a beautiful experience that gave them many opportunities to learn and grow both spiritually and intellectually.
Frances was blessed with an endearing sense of humor, a part of which President Monson shared in a general conference talk: “Several years ago my dear wife went to the hospital. She left a note behind for the children: ‘Dear children, do not let Daddy touch the microwave’ — followed by a comma ‘or the stove, or the dishwasher, or the dryer.’ I’m embarrassed to add any more to that list.” Her recipe for life included plenty of encouragement, kindness and hard work, with a dose of humor thrown in for good measure.
Most importantly, Frances will be best remembered for the love and support she showed to her husband and family and the service she rendered to others. Ann said, “She dearly loved my father and recognized his talents and the gifts that he’d been given and took pleasure in supporting him and helping him magnify the talents that were his.” She completely supported her husband in all of his Church duties. She also delighted in being a mother, continually teaching her children the importance of sacrifice and serving the Lord.
Ann shared a tender example of her mother supporting her father in his Church callings. As a newly called member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the then Elder Monson was assigned to speak in general priesthood meeting. Frances tried to stand in the doorway of the Salt Lake Tabernacle to listen to her husband speak, but the ushers wouldn’t allow it, so she stood as near to the window as possible to hear the talk. She loved to listen and show her support and accompanied him many times on his visits to the elderly and those with poor health.
Frances radiated patience and compassion when serving others. She tenderly cared for her mother, who suffered from cancer for more than six years. In April of 1988, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s Villa, an elder-care facility, presented Frances and her husband with the Continuum of Caring Humanitarian Award, honoring both of them for their dedicated and untiring service to the senior citizens of Utah.
Never purposely in the spotlight, Frances Beverly Johnson Monson was always gracious, kind and supportive in everything she said and did. Her quiet influence felt around the world will be missed. 

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23. Frances Beverly Monson

I have thought what to write about this tragic news. Its not really tragic, not really. Frances Beverly Monson has finally gone home after living a long and rewarding Christ-like life. President Monson is now bereft of his companion of many years. But he knows, as I know, that parting is short, and he will be with her again when he is called home. Later their children and grandchildren will arrive up there. There are many of her and President Monson's family already there to greet her with open arms. We are so blessed to have this knowledge, to know for a surety that families are together for Eternity. Hence we strive to do our family history work, perform the ordinances for our ancestors in the Temples, strive to lead a righteous life and those of us who are single, hold fast to faith and hope that our Eternal companion will find us, will find me. Prayers  I offer for President Monson  and his family and his wife's beautiful story I add here. What a wonderful example she is.

News Release —  17 May 2013

Frances B. Monson, Wife of President Thomas S. Monson, Passes Away

Salt Lake City — 
Frances B. Monson, wife of Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away at 6:35 a.m. this morning in a Salt Lake City hospital surrounded by family. She had been hospitalized for several weeks and passed away peacefully of causes incident to age. Sister Monson was 85 years old. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Recognized by her husband as the family’s beacon of love, compassion and encouragement, Sister Monson lived a Christ-centred life in word and deed. She will forever be remembered for her kindness and quiet, sustained support of her husband in his Church duties.

Born on 27 October 1927, Frances Beverly Johnson was the youngest and only daughter of Franz E. Johnson and Hildur Booth Johnson’s five children. Her parents were delighted to have a little girl in the family, whom they promptly named Frances, after her father Franz.
She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, as a child of the Great Depression and learned the value of hard work and thrift, which served her well throughout her life. She graduated from East High School and the University of Utah, where she excelled in math and science. When asked why she enrolled in these difficult classes, she replied with a twinkle in her eye, “Because that is where all the cute boys were.” Frances was also an accomplished pianist and was often seen playing tennis in Liberty Park during her teenage years. Later, she worked in the accounting department of a large department store to help pay for her college education.
It was also during her university days she met a handsome, strapping young man also of Swedish descent, Thomas Spencer Monson, at the time known as Tommy. “The first time I met Frances, I knew I’d found the right one,” he would later say about their courtship. They met in 1944 and were married on 7 October 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple.
The couple was blessed with three children: Thomas Lee, Ann Frances and Clark Spencer. The children soon learned that they had a very special mother. She helped her sons learn about, buy and raise Birmingham Roller pigeons, at one point helping her son to travel to England to meet a Birmingham Roller expert. She allowed one son to keep a pet snake in the bathtub. Most mothers would shudder at the word snake, let alone have one in the tub. The herd, gaggle and flock of family pets eventually included chickens, more pigeons, a dog, geese and other animals.
Daughter Ann Dibb said her mother was always good at bookkeeping, budgeting and “being mindful of where the best bargains could be found.” Ann’s mother followed the Church’s provident living advice of thrift and self-reliance, making her grocery money go further by researching and buying items on sale and then storing them at home. Up until recently she continued to read both Salt Lake newspapers looking for coupons and bargains.
She was known as the family assembler and fix-it person. Early every Christmas morning found Frances assembling bikes, toys and doll houses and on other occasions fixing an electrical switch or plumbing leak. Ann said this was something her father readily admitted was her mother’s talent, not his.
She served in the Relief Society and Primary and spent many hours preparing lessons for those callings. She also served alongside her husband when he was called to preside over the Church’s Canadian Mission, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, from 1959 to 1962. Both concur that the mission was a beautiful experience that gave them many opportunities to learn and grow both spiritually and intellectually.
Frances was blessed with an endearing sense of humor, a part of which President Monson shared in a general conference talk: “Several years ago my dear wife went to the hospital. She left a note behind for the children: ‘Dear children, do not let Daddy touch the microwave’ — followed by a comma ‘or the stove, or the dishwasher, or the dryer.’ I’m embarrassed to add any more to that list.” Her recipe for life included plenty of encouragement, kindness and hard work, with a dose of humor thrown in for good measure.
Most importantly, Frances will be best remembered for the love and support she showed to her husband and family and the service she rendered to others. Ann said, “She dearly loved my father and recognized his talents and the gifts that he’d been given and took pleasure in supporting him and helping him magnify the talents that were his.” She completely supported her husband in all of his Church duties. She also delighted in being a mother, continually teaching her children the importance of sacrifice and serving the Lord.
Ann shared a tender example of her mother supporting her father in his Church callings. As a newly called member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the then Elder Monson was assigned to speak in general priesthood meeting. Frances tried to stand in the doorway of the Salt Lake Tabernacle to listen to her husband speak, but the ushers wouldn’t allow it, so she stood as near to the window as possible to hear the talk. She loved to listen and show her support and accompanied him many times on his visits to the elderly and those with poor health.
Frances radiated patience and compassion when serving others. She tenderly cared for her mother, who suffered from cancer for more than six years. In April of 1988, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s Villa, an elder-care facility, presented Frances and her husband with the Continuum of Caring Humanitarian Award, honoring both of them for their dedicated and untiring service to the senior citizens of Utah.
Never purposely in the spotlight, Frances Beverly Johnson Monson was always gracious, kind and supportive in everything she said and did. Her quiet influence felt around the world will be missed. 

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24. Perth Australia Southern River Stake and Birthing Kits

Packed 1000 in an hour we did! It was a tremendous effort by us all of the Perth Southern River Stake, a wonderful afternoon where we learnt just how these small and unusual kits were used in third world countries. No western would-be Mum has had to go through such an ordeal in modern times. I was both proud and humbled to have been part of it. The news was published by The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's newsroom on April 15. Many friends were gathered in the great hall which we affectionately call The Barn to pack these kits. The event was followed by a scrumptious afternoon tea. I am so blessed to be a member of the Lords' Church and the oldest worldwide Women's organisation - Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!


Relief Society sisters of the Perth Australia Southern River Stake packing birthing kits in the Stake Centre's 'The Barn'

A few busy fingers....

We sisters with our packed boxes of birthing kits. I am fourth from the left in the front row and my friend Aileen is second from the right in the front row. A great effort

The Newsroom stated:
They joined more than six million women in Church congregations worldwide in honouring the establishment of the Relief Society.

Relief Society began on 17th March 1842 in Nauvoo, USA. Today, its work continues in building faith, strengthening home and family, and providing relief.  This is reflected in its motto, “Charity Never Faileth”.
Latter-day Saint women join its ranks beginning at the age of 18, mingling with women in all stages of life.

Amongst the Australian service projects, members in Adelaide and Perth observed the anniversary by assembling and then donating 1200 birthing kits to new mothers in developing countries.

The 171st Anniversary called for “a meaningful service project,” said Jan Addis, Adelaide’s Firle Ward Relief Society President.  “A really important part of the work of Relief Society is to provide relief and give compassionate service, not just as we celebrate this milestone but right throughout the year.”

“Often the needs we meet and the help we give are focused within our own community, but for our anniversary project we looked at broader humanitarian concerns,” she said.
“We felt that the 200 birthing kits that we created would benefit women who are in great need of supplies and education. The women in our ward (congregation) were very interested and happy to be involved.”
While the Adelaide birthing kit project was conducted on a ward level, nearly 100 members of the Relief Society of the Perth Southern River Stake gathered in Thornlie to pack 1,000 birthing kits as part of their service project.
The Relief Society members in both cities were supporting the work of the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia), an organisation dedicated to improving conditions for women in developing countries who give birth at home, often on dirt floors.
The foundation provided the strict hygiene guidelines for assembling the birthing packs as it does for all community groups wanting to support its aim of reducing childbirth-related deaths.
An estimated 385,000 women die annually in childbirth, many from infections acquired during labour.
The kits contain a plastic sheet, soap, gloves, sterile scalpel blade, cord and gauze squares, and are principally designed for home birthing in remote and rural areas where the maternal death rates are much higher.

“As well as providing the kits, the foundation trains local women in the recipient areas to assist in safe childbirth delivery which has an enormous impact,” said Adelaide’s Jan Addis.
“We found it really uplifting knowing that an initiative like this is literally life-saving; we felt connected with women across the globe.”

“It was also good to remember that among Relief Society’s six-million-strong membership throughout the world, many similar service projects took place in conjunction with the anniversary.”

Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the governing council of Twelve Apostles has said, “Latter-day Saint women, strong in faith and testimony, have truly been given the errand of angels.  Every sister in this Church who has made covenants with the Lord has a divine mandate to help save souls, to lead the women of the world, to strengthen the homes of Zion and to build the kingdom of God” (Daughters in My Kingdom, p. 25).

Relief Society is one of the oldest and largest women’s organisations in the world.

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Members of the Twelve Apostles speak at the Saturday afternoon session of April General Conference 2013
 
 
Some homes have a father who is a worthy priesthood holder joined by a faithful, devoted mother who together lead in righteousness. Many homes have a different configuration. Regardless of your circumstances, you can center your home and your life on the Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the source of true peace in this life. Be certain that every decision you make, whether temporal or spiritual, is conditioned on what the Savior would have you do. When He is the center of your home, there is peace and serenity. There is a spirit of assurance that pervades the home, and it is felt by all who dwell there........Doing all we can to invite the gentle, guiding influence of the Holy Ghost into our lives is critical in our attempts to center our homes on the Savior. Acting obediently on those promptings strengthens us even more......We need not worry if we can’t simultaneously do all of the things that the Lord has counseled us to do. He has spoken of a time and a season for all things. In response to our sincere prayers for guidance, He will direct us in what should be emphasized at each phase of our life. We can learn, grow, and become like Him one consistent step at a time....

As there is no Priesthood in my home I can pray for guidance, seek Heavenly Father's help and strive to listen to the Holy Ghost. I can obey Christ's commandments and have faith and hope that one day the Priesthood will be in my home! I am so blessed to have a home, somewhere to lay my head, to participate in service activities, seeking out more names for the Temple of my family, to attend to my calling and to love my family, doing what i can with my limited means for my grandchildren...great blessings indeed

and in times of trials and disasters...
Confused about what they had witnessed and concerned about further attacks, they made their way to a safer area and then to the Manhattan stake Church building at Lincoln Center. When they arrived, they found that dozens of other members in lower Manhattan had made the same decision to gather at the stake center. They called to let us know where they were. I was relieved that they were safe but not surprised at their location. Modern revelation teaches that the stakes of Zion are a defense and “a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth.”2...In contemplating these events, I have been impressed with the doctrinal difference between universal or world peace and personal peace.3...Agency is essential to the plan of happiness. It allows for the love, sacrifice, personal growth, and experience necessary for our eternal progression. This agency also allows for all the pain and suffering we experience in mortality, even when caused by things we do not understand and the devastating evil choices of others. The very War in Heaven was waged over our moral agency and is essential to understanding the Savior’s earthly ministry....Think not that I am come to send peace on earth.”7 It is clear that universal peace did not exist on the earth during Christ’s mortal ministry, and it does not now....
In the Lord’s preface to the Doctrine and Covenants, a number of very important principles are taught. With respect to those who do not repent, His Spirit (the Spirit of Christ), which is given to every person who comes into the world,8 “shall not always strive with man.”9 Also, “peace shall be taken from the earth.”10 Prophets have declared that peace has indeed been taken from the earth.11 Lucifer has not yet been bound and exercises power in this dominion.12
The heavenly aspiration of good people everywhere has and always will be for peace in the world. We must never give up on achieving this goal. But, President Joseph F. Smith taught, “There never can come to the world that spirit of peace and love … until mankind will receive God’s truth and God’s message … , and acknowledge his power and authority which is divine.”13...


This principle is succinctly captured in the Doctrine and Covenants: “But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.”14
President John Taylor taught that peace is not only desirable, but “it is the gift of God.”15...President Heber J. Grant described the Savior’s peace this way: “His peace will ease our suffering, bind up our broken hearts, blot out our hates, engender in our breasts a love of fellow men that will suffuse our souls with calm and happiness.”17
The peace to which I am referring is not just a temporary tranquility. It is an abiding deep happiness and spiritual contentment.16
 
 
I can find peace by praying and doing my best to dissolve contention between us in the home and by visiting the Temple as often as I can, attending Sabbath day meetings, giving service and striving for a loving and caring nature.

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