“Young lady, everyone has hard times, these just happen to be yours!” I can still hear these words of my father ring in my ears at what was the lowest point in time of my personal life. My husband of 14 years had just left me and our two children for his secretary, I was currently unemployed, the ceiling had fallen in onto our living room after a violent thunder storm and it was six days before my mortgage payment was due. My circumstances were grim, and when I asked my father for financial help this had been his response.
I would like to begin by thanking the Alaska Star for providing this venue, for the different ministries in Eagle River, to share with the community about the opportunities which exist in the churches located in Eagle River. Thank you so much.
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.
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.”)
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.
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.