My mom died in an unexpected and tragic way from a preventable complication of back surgery. I was there when it happened. I noticed she wasn’t breathing and initiated first response care. I felt responsible for successfully applying CPR on my mother, and I felt her ribs crack under my hands while I watched her face, looking for signs of response. The memory of it would haunt me later. I prayed for a multitude of things I don’t even remember, and I prayed for His presence.
This morning, I’m sitting at my desk reflecting upon Christ’s return that was the topic of a recent worship service. Each scripture read was filled with encouragement and certainty of Christ coming again. After reading a scripture, the preacher would ask, “Are you ready for his return?”
Each time he asked, the words echoed deep within me. Now I am thinking, am I living, thinking and breathing the simple instructions Christ gave his followers to love one another? Is my prayer, “Thy will be done,” reflected to others through my actions and attitudes?
On October 8, 2013, Pope Francis announced to the world that in October of 2014 there would be an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on topics related to the family and evangelization.
From Oct. 5-Oct. 19 of this year, representatives from around the world gathered in Rome to discuss issues regarding families, marriage, sexuality and related topics.
As news interest regarding activity in the Middle East has turned away from the conflict between Hamas and Israel with the current focus on covering U.S. involvement in the coalition attempting to thwart the threat of militant Islamic groups in Iraq, an Eagle River pastor continues to remind the members of his church and other community members to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. He also encourages Americans to look behind the mainstream media in an effort to be better educated regarding current events in the Middle East.
“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.
All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.