The life I lived was the normal life. All the expected requirements: A college degree, career, married with two children, a dog, a cat, two cars and a mortgage. We were busy with family, work and church. My husband and I were smart, successful and attractive with many social obligations and parties to attend. This was it, ‘Happily Ever After.’ At least that was what we hoped others thought about our life. The truth was something else.
We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of his children.
Gate Way Fellowship, located in Chugiak, is having its sixth annual Bike-a-thon called Bike the Light on July 19. Participants will be biking to raise money for Speed the Light.
Living in Alaska we know all too well the importance of light. The sun is up and the days are long in the summer; but in the fall, the light dwindles fast until winter comes and there are only a few hours of daylight.
Easter, like Christmas, is often thought of as a one-day event. Most are mindful that Advent and Lent proceed these events. But the idea that Christmas and Easter both have entire seasons dedicated to these events is often overlooked.
The Alpenglow Ward Primary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is pleased to recognize the following individuals: Jordan Crowther, Webelos Badge; Bella Johnston, Advancement from Primary to Young Women; Bradley Kendall, Webelos Badge and Religious Knot; Nathan Walser, Bear Badge; Thomas Jensen, Bear Badge; Zion Bennett, Advancement from Primary to Young Men; Tate Porter, Wolf Badge; and Brock Hiett, Wolf Badge.
We live in a world that is highly connected. If you want to get or stay in touch with someone, there are many options to find them, regardless of how far away from you they might be. Incredible advances in technology have made this instant communication possible and easily accessible: Facebook, Skype, Google, GPS tracking, texting and emails. Even something as “old,” in terms of modern advances, as a simple phone call. There are few places one can go where you cannot be reached or found anymore (and, yes, there are two sides to that reality, especially if you are trying to “get away from it all.”)
God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in my mine eyes, and in my looking; God be in mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; God be at mine end, and at my departing.
During Black History month, I often think about the great women and men who made a difference in our country. Ms. Harriet Tubman was a great mover and shaker. She was born on the Eastern shore of Maryland, in Dorchester County near Cambridge, Maryland. Ms. Tubman and her friend, Mr. Thomas Garrett a Quaker, helped the slaves escape on the Underground Railroad. Through this movement 2,000 slaves were freed. Ms. Tubman was a spy, a scout, and a nurse during the Civil War. She was the first woman in the United States to plan and lead a gun raid. She was also the first woman in the United States to serve behind enemy lines. Ms. Tubman was a dynamic public speaker, storyteller, and traveler who spoke out against slavery.
People of the north are familiar with the term SAD — Seasonal Affective Disorder. It affects all age groups and genders and is determined to be brought on by lack of light.