The back side of Page 41 you see pics of our short trip to Catalina Island, California. At the top left, you also see our new (used) snowmobile we just bought while living in Utah. We would go down to Gramps Hatch property in Southern Utah and his Cabin, all the time, and we had dozen of great snowmobile fields to ride on. We got this fun toy (and another one later) to make the Utah winters more fun.
The next photos are of the nice views of Avalon bay and harbor (Catalina) from on top of the hill while we rode their golf carts around the Island.
(side notes) Our family friends Kenneth and Rhona Lynn Olsen (Olson?) and their children were with us on this Catalina trip.
Over the past several months after we......
.....had moved to Utah, they were babysitting Bernds roof demolition company, in hopes to become half owners of The Tear-Off Company (or TTC) or Valley Construction or the dozens of other names Bernd changed it too, as was promised.
Bernd had promised them that if they took care of his Company while we lived in Utah, doing the majority of work, that soon they or rather Ken Olsen, would become 1/2 partners and get half of the profits.
Ken Olson did run our Tear off company (very well too) for a few years after our move to Utah. During this time, Bernd would go to CA. at least 3-4 times a month for a few days, to collect checks and see how things were going. Every other month we, as a whole family, would go to visit California with Bernd, every once in awhile, to take these vacations together, and sometimes with our good friends, the Olson family, or just hang out with these fantastic family friends.
Bernd had met Ken and his other Olson brothers at the "Don't Pay Taxes" or "Anti-government" seminars he attended while we first lived in CA., and we were all friends for many years.
Of the many things I remember of these super nice friends was of a neat story Ken told us of his near death experience and it's details.
As it goes, Ken Olson had grown up in a decent LDS family with his many brothers who they were all very close tight knit righteous family. Ken was the 'wild child' and had gotten into a very wild life style living in CA as a teenager. He rocked out (a drummer) with his band who eventually had a single world wide hit in the 80's. I forgot the song or the name of the band... but you would recognize them today from their song, because it was so popular and is still played! Ken had just left the band just prior to their hit song becoming popular, so he did not get credit or recognized for it.
One day soon after while still living this worldly, fast paced, crazy lifestyle he ended up in a terrible car accident. This accident threw him out his front windshield and pinned him between his car and the car that had hit him head on. He died.
The next thing Ken remembered (he tells us) is that he was floating over his body in the air looking down on himself, he could see everything. High enough to be able to look around this area and see the nearby rooftops. He told us that he recalled knowing every single bit of knowledge about these roof tops. What they were made of, who had roofed them, how much it had cost, who owned them, etc. etc. He said it was amazing how all this knowledge was instantly his.
Then he recalls a light being coming from behind him and putting their arms around him and feeling the most incredible warm love he had ever felt, and how incredible it was. While at the same time this person told him, "it is not your time to come home yet". .... Immediately after this, he was sent back to his body, and he recalled that he woke up in his cold body pinned between the accident and feeling incredible PAIN and heaviness as he came back to life.
After this, he recovered in the hospital and this rare and life changing event changed him forever. From then on, he lived a different life. He changed his ways, went back to the LDS Church, and eventually met and married a beautiful wife in the LDS Temple, (Rhonda is very awesome lady) and started having some really neat and adorable children. We really admired them and their extended family.
Ken's mom and dad gave them some property in the Temecula hills (or Hemet CA) next to theirs... along with his 3 -4 brothers, so that they could all build their own homes together. (p.s. this is where the pic of Bernd holding a snake is btw) Many times we would go over to their home they were building and help them. Bernd and Ken Olson were great friends.
We knew each other for about 10 years before and after we lived in CA and Utah, before we lost contact and Bernd and I eventually divorced and we lost contact with all of our friends. Ken was the person at Michael's death who took many intimate pictures for us to have during an incredibly difficult time. He was so Spiritually sensitive to our situation and a great friend for us and Bernd during that time. You can see their family in these birth and funeral photos I have of Michael when he was born and died.
In one of my videos of baby Jordan, you hear me talking about going to the funeral of one of our friends baby, Ken's brother and his wife, who died at 2 months old, soon after Jordan had been born and right after Jordan's baby blessing.
We were friends with Ken's brothers and parents also, since we all went to the same anti-government seminars together in the early 1990's.
As it turned out, after years of working hard for Bernd, Bernd would never make Ken Olson a business 50/50 partner, as he had promised over and over.... and kept stringing Ken along...and basically Ken grew tired of Bernds lies and decided to start his own company, after these many years of running Bernds, but not without a few nasty divorce fights between the two men. (some funny stories for sure...especially the putting sugar in the gas tank one)
*(Actually this had been the 3rd (yes,third) time Bernd had done this dishonest thing to one of our friends/ partners /pissed off Supervisors.... and this time it was an even uglier divorce between them, similar to yet worse than the others who had been lied to ..... (Silvio Rudy Acosta and Rodney Kartchner and in the near future, Ken Reeves)
....gee you'd think, by that time, I would of known exactly what was in store for me IF I ever happen to get the notion of divorcing myself from Bernd and being on his bad side???) (scary thoughts)
It was during the next few years that we dropped praying and began filling our lives full of entertaining trips trips and more trips.
Later down the road, Bernd still needed Ken Olson from time to time to help him with his business while Ken was trying to start his own, so Ken and Bernd became friends again while Bernd continued to travel back and forth from Utah to CA, for business (or so I was told and found out different later)....
hearing the stories later in life, I now know that Bernd had talked Ken into became worldly again and started taking him to bars, night clubs, dancing and womanizing, sleeping around, drugs etc. etc. (unbeknownst to me while I was raising my boys in Utah on my own)
This was all going on all a few short years before my own divorce with Bernd. (It was ONLY during my divorce...and after my divorce from Bernd, I finally began to hear many of these sinnful stories straight from Bernds mouth and then also from many others)
(gee, looking back, I don't have to wonder why, while NOT knowing all of this knowledge.... I was heavily prompted by God and my heart to divorce from Bernd? lol) HELLO! Hindsight is SOOOOOOO 20/20!
~ So, you see, I did NOT divorce Bernd because of the things he was doing...rather I divorced myself from him because I finally had enough self-esteem, love or courage in myself, to finally follow my strong Heart felt promptings, against all odds.
It only was later I finally knew that this act had been something which had to be done, to save both he, and I, and our children...IF THEY SO CHOOSE....even if I was simply going by my STRONG heartfelt promptings from God...or the Spiritual world (those Spirits who love us and who do God's bidding) .....
BUT whoa....I am getting WAY ahead of myself here....
*The next posted page will be pics of our family, along with Ken and Rhonda Olson family, on our fun Catalina Island vacation together while I was preggers with Michael. The good Olson family were really so much fun to hang out with.
We've been invited to the Governor's Gala this year!
(Since I work for the State)
What fun this is going to be!
(I already know what I'm going to wear!)
Should be a wonderful Saturday evening, rubbing elbows with many well known folks...and the food is supposed to be amazing!
We want to support our loved Governor Herbert!
We are really looking forward to this exciting evening.
Here is a blurry photo of Austin and Jordan on my fabulous solid wood chopping block island in our Manti house. It appears we may have been getting ready to go to Grammys house for Halloween. Remember, back then we did not own a 'digital' camera since they were a 'new' invention.... and I was still using our awesome film camera and this picture was a cute one, that I did not feel like throwing away after having it developed....
The last two photos above are sideways, however they show both Austin and Jordan in their Halloween costumes up in Provo, Utah. The 2nd photo of Austin, I don't remember where we were when I took this, but it must have been for Halloween. He has the cutest face, don't ya think?!!
(*side notes) At this time of year shown above, I know I must of been preggers with Michael already. I remember it was a shock for me to get preggers so soon after having Jordan. Jordan was still such a baby in my mind, that I was concerned about having another baby so soon, or so close, in age to him. However, we had been learning, in our many Spiritual classes in manti, Utah, to let go of controlling our lives and let God decide on more of our fate and this pregnancy was a result of putting our new beliefs into practice. I was off all birth control and I immediately got pregnant. We decided that if it was meant to be, that it was all OK. I loved children, however after having a very dangerous birth with Jordan I was concerned with this pregnancy and its outcome. I was slightly stressed about it, but was trying hard to have faith that it was all good.
We did immediately find a super fabulous Midwife just a few blocks away named Karen Everitt, and we all become instant friends, especially since she and Bernd were a lot alike. (Very domineering, a medical nurse and bossy) I didn't mind this, since I was so shy and naive that I needed others to 'control' my life and tell me what to do. I had grown up this way and was still very much like this. Her 'take charge attitude' made me feel in good hands and that my birth would go well for that reason.
We also, during these last few months after moving to Manti, had been learning about all the 'negatives' about the LDS Church. We were filling our heads with doubts, mistrust, negativity and dislike for much of the word 'Religion' and the Mormons. I still had a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Restored Gospel that Joseph Smith and others like him had restored in the 1800's, however, we did not like how the LDS Church had changed much of it in our day and age, and so we began to distance ourselves from those who aligned themselves in the LDS Church. I still taught my children gospel principles and doctrine in our home on Sundays and during our Family Home Evenings lessons Bernd and I held at home every week.
It made me a little sad to be so negative about the 'Venue' I had been raised in, however, the letting go was more of a comfort issue for me, since I was so happily and extremely busy raising my two babies and had one on the way, so not going to Church anymore actually was a relief for me, not knowing the consequences of releasing a safety net or safety line to Spiritual safety and security in my life and for my loved offspring. We were soooo focused on the negative, we began to lose site of rights and wrongs and that there were consequences. We were treading in dangerous waters. My husband Bernd Holler had not been raised with the Gospel of Christ even though his mother was a Good woman who loved Christ. How do I know? She had a nice painting of the Savior in her home, while I knew her during many many years, which showed me that she did believe in God and Jesus Christ. She just did not speak of Him very often due to Gunther, her husbands, disbelief. I don't remember what she actually said of Jesus, however she made it clear that she believed in him and while Gunther was in jail in the mid 90's, she went to Church with her girlfriends.
We as a family were learning many Spiritual truths and much Enlightenment at that time! We were growing Spiritually in leaps and bounds! We just were, unfortunately, closing doors that were good for us, hindsite, in our lives and we did not know it.
We began to pray intensely and fully for guidance in our lives. You see we began to know that the intense enlightenment we were gaining was making us 'better' than many people and groups around us and so we began to rely on our own wisdom, which can be dangerous.
We began having many great revelations of truth and light, however this also came with great responsibility and it also was a time where great deceivement could take place too. Sadly, this time also afforded Bernd, my husband, to encourage me to be more worldly like him, to do things that he grew up with, that I had no idea what the consequences would be. It was, what appeared to be, 'freedom'. Freedom to do as we pleased. We believed this brought us greater maturity. We were running faster in light and knowledge, not realizing that one can be easily deceived when this is happening. Hidesite is always so much clearer. We were being greatly blessed yet making big mistakes along the way.
Just two years earlier, unbeknownst to me, Bernd had promised Silvio Rudy Acosta that in order to keep me for himself, he would take the utmost care for me and my children. When Bernd wanted to be Spiritual, he could be, but for what reason. Was it to please God, or himself? That would soon be revealed over the next 7 years. Many years later, and looking back now, I see that patience to bring me down a path of destruction had been carried out over not just months or years, but over decades.
I loved Bernd, despite my continuing Heart strings pulling at me to let go of Bernd and his worldly ways, and to trust God ...and that no matter how much Bernd spoiled me and blinded me with comforts and emotional support, God had more for me in life. Something better... but I was too afraid to let go. It was difficult, however God was being very patient and supportive of me. How did I know, because I would pour out my soul to God of how I was scared and not emotionally ready and God would always comfort me and tell me I was on the right path, made me feel loved...and He would let me feel that he was pleased with me and would be patient for me to mature over the years and would prompt me again in the future. I knew he loved me and was pleased with me, specially since I was bringing souls into this world, loving them immensely, and being a good wife and fantastic mother. I KNEW God wanted to bless me with more, but with what?...I didn't know, how could I...but I was too naive, comfortable and Bernd was trying to be the perfect husband and father, to be able to hang on to me, to what we had...so I really struggled to let go and Let God direct our lives. I did not want to hurt Bernd and either did God...but our insecurities were holding us back. Both Bernd and I rarely talked about it. When we did, he would get so crazy that it would scare me, and we would brush it under the rug, so to speak. I believed in marriage, and ours seemed pretty good, on the outside looking in.
Hindsight, it's clear now, that every time I would become a Spiritually strong and independant woman thinking or feeling on my own with my own strength, Bernd would pull me back to 'his reality'... his insecurities....through either 1 -threats of destroying what I loved most in this world, my boys, (mainly though threatening me that he had the power to convince my boys to live the kind of lives that I feared the most, which would make them lose their souls. I had voiced my fears...so he knew what to use against me. He verbally made it clear that his cunning control could easily deceive and destroy the most naive or innocent....my children. He knew that the fastest way to lose my children's souls and their heartfelt innocence would be for these innocent to engage in dangerous and deadly worldly and sexual lifestyles! And, since he knew that this was a real threat to me, since I had seen him do it to many people, that he really could do it to my children, and this being one of my biggest fears in life which, again, he got me to confess to him...to lose the souls of my most loved and cherished possessions in this world. He DID use this to manipulate me to the very core. (Hindsight I now see that he did eventually carry out his threats, after I divorced from him. He made it clear, that IF I ever divorced myself from him...he would destroy the souls of my children. He said he was not stupid enough to 'kill' them physically, but that he WOULD destroy them Spiritually)
And/Or #2- He used enticements of extreme comforts that Bernd had convinced me ONLY he could provide me in my very insecure, and vulnerable world. I was hopelessly trapped. Look at all the amazing trips and vacations we went on....trust me, these were to keep me quiet or lulled into forgetfulness. They were ALWAYS planned by him right after he sensed pending doom for his agenda. What agenda? (you'll see these luxury vacations throughout my photo albums which I will post in the near future) These lures happened over and over during the 17 years I was with him, however they became more prevalent over the years we lived in Manti mainly because after Michael died I questioned my life and it's meaning more and more during my pregnacy with Michael and the meaning of his death...and 'why' this had happened to our little family.
*My purpose today is NOT to put my then husband in a negative light, putting all the blame on him, rather just making mention of what I now know of this particular time in my life, who I was, who he was or is, and how naive or clueless I was despite doing my very best to be a good and faithful woman. Did he 'know' what he was really doing? Or did he just think he was doing what was right? Only God knows...and for that reason I don't judge. However, I am no fool now, and I have learned an incredibly important eternal lesson in this life, and of those who follow these destructive and damning agendas.
( My relationship reminds me of the movies I've seen, where the killer tells the naive person to put their gun down and he will spare their life..only to then see the killer kill the fearful person after they do as the killer asks.) You simply can NOT have sympathy for evil. Trust me, I have learned this important life lesson the hard way!
(just adding a few of my emotional and spiritual thoughts on my growth and development during this particular time in my life, that you see here today in this photo album page)
After months of remodeling our Manti house, we take a trip to California to visit Opa and Oma Holler. Austin spent the day with his grandparents while Bernd, myself and baby Jordan went to Universal Studios together. Jordan was 9-10 months old and so adorable. (try zooming in on our faces)
Below is more of Universal Studios California. Here I am pushing Jordan around in his stroller. As you see, they had a fun ride for the movie 'Back to the Future'.
Above, here on the back of page 40, you see that it is now Halloween 1993. I got Austin and Jordan dressed up in their Clown and Pumpkin costumes and off we went up to Grammys house in Provo, Utah. She lived 1 1/2 hours away from Manti and we knew we would have a good time there with lots of Aunts and Uncles around. Look at Austins Clown wig and make up. He looks so adorable!! He is standing on Grammys front porch bench. Looks like the weather was wonderful that day.
Be Master of Yourself!
Every morning I wake up somewhat sad. Sad that I think of 5-10 'important' things that really need to be done this day, or I would really Like to get done and then 'know' they just will not get done!
However, with patience and love I have 'had to' (like millions like me) learn how to go slow in getting only 2-4 of these things done in a day, because my body does NOT want to do what my mind and Spirit are willing and happily motivated to do, need, or see done.
Life is a funny thing. Our souls and Spirits stay young and active while our bodies do not. It can be a bit depressing.
I love the fact that we, my husband and I, have mastered our surroundings. We have learned to NOT be in debt, and be free of a lot of stress and worries, at this age.
This has brought us MUCH Peace and Happiness.
On a happy note....
This is one of the BEST audio lectures I've ever heard when I was young, and it still is, even up to today.
Click on the Link above
October is my FAVORITE color !!
Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year! WHY?
Because I LOVED dressing my children up in fun costumes and going out to celebrate with candy, activities and FUN!
I would take lots of cute pictures of them. Fall colors are out with all its Reds, Oranges, Yellows!
I sure do miss those fun and precious memories with them.
Austin, Jordan, Jacob, Andrew, and Alexander, I hope you all will have a fun, happy, and safe Halloween this year... and that you will know that I am thinking of you and will be missing you as I do Every year. (oxox)
More pics of our remodeling in Manti Utah.
You see our living room, dining room, and our babies eating dinner in this mess. It wasn't dirty...just messy from the unpacking.
Below you see our back room turned into a Study/laundry room. The Upstairs bathroom didn't need any remodeling. It cured many of ills and labor pains through the years.
The bottom picture is of the remodeled downstairs bathroom. This pic is sideways. The tiles from the Kitchen extend into this room. My memories of this bathroom are of me learning I am in labor with my babies Andrew and Jacob while in this room, early morning before each of them were about to be born. ♥
This page in the Album is more of our remodel of this neat little 100 year old home. It had been remodeled in the 70's so we had a head start, however, we had LOTS of things we worked on over the next 4 years.
As you see below we had taken out most of this kitchen and put new floor, walls, paint, cabinets, appliances etc.
Below, you see cute little Austin in our new kitchen. It took two months of hard work but it is almost done. We had fun doing it too. You also see Austin and Jordan;s room with the basketball light and new windows throughout the whole house. Now that the remodeling is almost done, we can finally start putting everything in the rooms away.
On the front of this page, you see more of our remodel of our 100 year old home in Manti, Utah.
One morning we were woken up by the surprise of cattle coming down our street past our house! They had been herded out of the mountains at the end of summer and we hurried out the house to take pics of these guys.
We were right in the process of building a wood fence around our yard, as you can see.
On the back side of this page you see Austin outside watching his dad, Bernd and our friends we'd hired, making the holes for the fence posts. There was always fun projects going on around our home for many years.
(The next few photo album pages hereafter, will be of some before and after pics of the remodel work done in our home.)
One pic below shows Bernd in front of our flatbed trailer and car, returning the tractor we had borrowed for the fence post project.
We owned a black Ford Explorer at the time.
The last pic is of our upstairs Master Bedroom, after it was all set up with our Victorian furniture from our California home.
Our room did not need any remodeling at that time, so that was good. We could set it up quickly. You can't see it, but Austin and Jordan's room was just left of our room here, attached to the Master bedroom. Our room faced the North side of town, towards the beautiful and majestic LDS Manti Temple.
At night when it was all lite up, it was so amazing and beautiful !! What a fabulous sight and scenery out our bedroom window! We loved this little town. We had lots of new and old friends living here, we were learning many new spiritual truths and all about Country living with all its amazing adventures. Home Births, Gardening, Canning, Re-modeling and building, etc.
It had a spiritual and warm feeling to it all. I had no idea that soon I would give birth to 3 more special Godly sons, coming from here at this quaint, lovely, rustic, surreal, storybook like, and angelic town.
The past few years, my favorite healthy products would definately have to be Coconut Oil and Garlic ! I've heard that the two together make a great hair loss formula, however this is not what I use them for.
Coconut Oil is good for many many uses! Not only can you cook your food with it, you can make many different natural and healthy products with it.
For example, I mentioned in the past that Coconut Oil is great for making your own deodorant. I still make my own today. By mixing equal parts coconut oil with baking soda and cornstarch. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and you have yourself a deodorant that is better, in my opinion, than store bought!
I also use my coconut oil to remove my eye make-up at night, and also for intimate uses. (MUCH safer, silkier, and healthier than KY-Jelly or other lubricating jellies anyday)
It is a safe and healthy product for all over the body...the uses are endless. I usually just buy a big jar of this solid oil in the food aisle of the grocery store, why pay double for the same thing, in the pharmacy? Just melt it for mixing purposes.
Now, for garlic...
It is one of the most revered foods/medicines on this Earth!
It is anti-biotic, anti-viral, anti-cancer, anti-fungal, etc. etc !!
Whenever I or my family have felt ill or under the weather, I just grab some garlic and use it in my foods or use it outside the body.
(For example, although I have rarely had yeast infections in my lifetime, they are quite common and many women and men use over the counter products to cure it. I recently had a bad case of it (too many sweets lately) and had forgotten about my garlic remedies and picked up the strongest prescription formula to obliviate it. After several tries, I had no success...it kept returning!
So, frustrated, I finally remembered my garlic cures from the past, and was soon onto doing this remedy below:
"How to Treat a Vaginal Infection with a Clove of Garlic
by Judy Slome Cohain, CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife)
Garlic kills yeast. Those who bake bread know not to add garlic while the dough is rising or it will kill the yeast. Instead, garlic is added to the dough after it has risen, just before baking it in the oven.
A fresh garlic clove can easily cure a yeast infection. The trick is to catch the infection early. A woman who suffers from frequent yeast infections knows the feeling well. The first day, she feels just a tickle of itchiness that comes and goes. The next day, or sometimes two or three days later, the vaginal discharge starts to look white and lumpy like tiny bits of cottage cheese. By this time, she has a full-blown yeast infection and the lips of the vagina are often red and sore.
If a woman can pay attention to the first tickling of the yeast infection, she can use the following treatment. Take a clove of fresh garlic and peel off the natural white paper shell that covers it, leaving the clove intact. At bedtime, put the clove into the vagina. In the morning, remove the garlic clove and throw it in the toilet. The garlic often causes the vagina to have a watery discharge. One night's treatment may be enough to kill the infection, or it might have to be repeated the next night. Continue one or two days until all itchiness is gone. The reason that the treatment is done at bedtime is that there is a connection between the mouth and the vagina. The moment the garlic is placed in the vagina, the taste of the garlic travels up to the mouth. Most people will find this strong flavor annoying during the day, so the treatment is recommended for nighttime.
If the infection has advanced to the point that a woman has large quantities of white discharge and red sore labia, it can still be treated by garlic but with a higher dose. Use a dry tissue to remove some of the discharge, then take a clove of garlic and cut it in half. Put it in the vagina at bedtime and repeat this for a few nights. If there is no improvement, she might consider a conventional over-the-counter treatment because it is a shame to suffer for many days. Remember that a woman should never douche during a vaginal infection. Yeast loves water and any water will make it grow faster.
Any cut in the clove makes the activity of the garlic stronger. Thus, the more of the inside of the clove that is exposed, the higher the dose. Each woman should learn the dose that works best for her, from the lowest dose, an uncut clove, to a clove with one or more small fingernail slits, to a clove cut in half.
If a high dose of garlic, a cut-open garlic clove, is inserted in a healthy vagina, it will often "burn" the healthy skin. When the woman is suffering from an advanced yeast infection, the skin is already red and "burned" and the garlic cures the infection by killing the yeast. Then the skin repairs itself. By the way, veterinarians have been using garlic to heal infections in livestock for many years. If drug companies could patent garlic and make money off of it, they would be advertising it everywhere!"
So after just one night, I was cured and back to perfect health! Yeah!
I remember, when my children were small, whenever they suffered from Ear Aches, I quickly made garlic olive oil drops and put this into their ears...to which they quickly healed! What a blessing and great relief for a loving and caring mother!
Garlic and Coconut Oil have many more uses, I could go on, however, these are just a few uses I have done over the past year, and felt that I would like to share with my family and friends these great tips.
Good Health to you all ♥
Elder Corey Dean Philpot II
The adventures of Elder Philpot on an LDS Mission- Argentina, Salta
Monday, October 12, 2015
El servicio sin amor no sirve
Finally got my birthday package and man am I happy! Haha with all the flaming hot cheetos my mouth has been red and fiery since Tuesday. Thank you Cheetos company for making a young missionary happy far from home on a Mormon mission. Haha and of course thank you mom and dad. This week has been pretty busy and we´ve been running around Salta quite a bit. Once again we atended Leadership Council and shortly after we transmitted the message to the zone in Zone Training. I was lucky to share one of my favorite messages, one that I came to love while serving with a good bud, Elder Blake. It has to do with where our success comes from as missionaries. Obedience, Dilligence, and Charity. But with the little time I have, I´d like to talk about how much charity means to me in the mission.
In sacrament meeting yesterday, while sharing his testimony, a faithful brother explained that,¨Service without love is useless.¨ Or in Castellano,¨El servicio sin amor no sirve.¨ When I arrived in Argentina, I saw others around me and they seemed to love it so much. Honestly, I couldn´t tell why. I wanted to know so badly. I wanted to have that same energy.... I wanted to be a missionary. I wanted to come to Argentina. I wanted to learn Spanish. Why then was it so hard to be like the other missionaries? I often asked myself. The answer now comes to me with power. Missionary service without love is useless. I wasn´t striving to love with all my heart, might, mind, and strength.
Sharing the gospel without love is useless. Church attendance without love is useless. Knowing the scriptures without love is useless. Without charity, we are nothing. Lucky for me, it was very easy to start loving the people, loving the culture, loving the language, and most of all loving to serve the Lord. I LOVE being a missionary. It´s been the best time of my life. I don´t remember if I was really happy before my mission but I´m sure that it doesn´t compare. But what matters most to me, I love my Savior. I love what He did for us. I love the restored Gospel. I love my God. Love matters. Charity is the essence of the Gospel. I know it, I live it, I love it!
Today an interesting couple came into my work. We began talking and I soon learned that they had lived in a home in St. George Utah that my old friend had once lived in. The very woman who saved my life, with reflexology, when I had almost died after giving birth to Alexander.
They were both friendly and fun to talk with. Along our conversations of Petroglyphs and Rock Art, they mentioned a mans name who had all kinds of amazing theories on the ancient people.
He is a very intelligent man of sorts. An Electrical Engineer....
~Mother of 6 Handsome Sons.
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