Posts Tagged ‘Wednesday Words’

Wednesday–Words from Molly Gorringe

December 21, 2011

Saturday me and my husband attended the temple for the first time together. It has been a while since we have both gone and since we have been married for only 8 months it was our first time together. It was the most amazing temple experience I had ever had. Nothing makes more of a difference in my life than having a worthy husband that has a love of the temple just like me. When I was in the celestial room waiting for him I began crying just thinking of how much Heavenly Father has blessed me, then he came in and we just stood there and hugged and cried together. We are going to be sealed in Utah in the summer and are so excited that we have the opportunity to attend the temple many times together before that. The temple is such an amazing place to receive revelation, to go and receive blessings for you and your family, and learn more about the Lord and our life here on earth, and to become closer to our father in heaven. It is such a blessing in our lives to have the opportunity to be sealed to our spouses, the people in our life that would do anything for us, that love us the most and that vow to always be by our side get to be by our side after this life. I am so happy to know that my husband wants that too.  I hope that by reading this, the women AND men of our ward will feel motivated to go to the temple and spend some time doing something that will help those who don’t have a chance to do it for themselves. It is such a good feeling to know you are in the service of your Lord and to know you will receive blessings and guidance for doing so. Nothing is more important in our lives.

Wednesday Words–Curiosity

September 21, 2011


One of our favorite family poems is “Curiosity” by Alastair Reid.  It’s a fun poem for the children, and still delights the older we grow.  It is full of quirky images and twists of our regular way of looking at things.  And it plays off of the old idea that cats have nine lives.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.  Sue Gong.

may have killed the cat; more likely
the cat was just unlucky, or else curious
to see what death was like, having no cause
to go on licking paws, or fathering
litter on litter of kittens, predictably.

Nevertheless, to be curious
is dangerous enough. To distrust
what is always said, what seems
to ask odd questions, interfere in dreams,
leave home, smell rats, have hunches
do not endear cats to those doggy circles
where well-smelt baskets, suitable wives, good lunches
are the order of things, and where prevails
much wagging of incurious heads and tails.
Face it. Curiosity
will not cause us to die--
only lack of it will.
Never to want to see
the other side of the hill
or that improbable country
where living is an idyll
(although a probable hell)
would kill us all.
Only the curious
have, if they live, a tale
worth telling at all.

Dogs say cats love too much, are irresponsible,
are changeable, marry too many wives,
desert their children, chill all dinner tables
with tales of their nine lives.
Well, they are lucky. Let them be
nine-lived and contradictory,
curious enough to change, prepared to pay
the cat price, which is to die
and die again and again,
each time with no less pain.
A cat minority of one
is all that can be counted on
to tell the truth. And what cats have to tell
on each return from hell
is this: that dying is what the living do,
that dying is what the loving do,
and that dead dogs are those who do not know
that dying is what, to live, each has to do.

Alastair Reid



Wednesday Words–Fear

July 6, 2011

Now words, and more words.

I have been thinking about fear lately. I’m not particularly fearful, but I am close to people who have some issues. A friend in California who rarely travels took a business trip to Toronto about two months ago. Before she left on her trip, she developed a fear of flying that left her sobbing at the home of another friend. Fortunately, that friend is very down to earth and firmly grounded in the gospel. She comforted and encouraged my fearful friend, who was able to fly without unusual discomfort not only on that trip, but on a subsequent weekend trip to a nephew’s wedding. She had a great time on both occasions, now says she loves traveling, and is planning to come to Boston this weekend.

Not all fears are so easily dispelled. Many times they lead people to act in strange ways. One of our favorite tv shows which stopped airing a few years ago was Monk, featuring an obsessive-compulsive detective. He was so afraid of germs that he avoided shaking hands and had his assistant carry hand wipes which he used whenever he couldn’t avoid shaking hands or when he touched any unsanitized surfaces. It was easy to laugh at him because of his extreme behavior. However, there are real people with the same or similar fears whose lifestyles are cramped because of their reactions to those fears. A fear of loss of control can lead a person to being excessively controlling, which doesn’t go over well with family members or those forced to work with him or her. Another annoying behavior occurs when a person assumes that the worst is going to happen in any situation and verbally obsesses about it. Fear is contagious, depressing, and a tool of Satan.

There are many ways to combat fears. Counseling, hypnosis, and medication are some methods which may help. Faith in God and his protection can eliminate fear; ideally it prevents fear from surfacing at all. All of these methods require sustained effort. Just as we need frequent physical nourishment to stay healthy and alive, we need spiritual nourishment to stay healthy spiritually and combat Satan’s tools, including fear and discouragement.

Although I could remember the gist of many scriptures about fear, I couldn’t remember where to find them and couldn’t quote them verbatim. I looked at the Topical Guide and found many references. Following are eight appropriate scriptures, one for every day of the week plus a bonus.

Isaiah 41:10.  Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Psalm 27:1.  The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 46:1-3.  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled; though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.

Matthew 8:26. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

2 Timothy 1:7.  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

1 John 4:16, 18.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Doctrine and Covenants 38:30. …If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.

Doctrine and Covenants 68:6.  Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come.

I realize that some fear is good. It enables us to recognize and avoid danger, and it can prod us to take steps to protect ourselves from future harm, discomfort, and sometimes even death. In my lifetime, I have experienced several hurricanes, earthquakes, and the threat of fire. Fortunately, none of these experiences harmed me or my family members. However, if these types of events prod us to collect everything we need for 72-hour kits and longer-term food storage, they have produced a positive result.

I hope that we will all make progress in channeling our existing fears into positive actions instead of allowing them to drag us down into negative reactions. 🙂

–Donna Mitchell


Wednesday Words

April 20, 2011

On our way home from Boston last night, I was trying to think of Wise Words of Wisdom for today’s blog entry when Josh started talking about the IMAX movie we saw while at the aquarium.  The movie was on whales and dolphins.  When a Humpback whale is born it swims around for the first couple of days with its eyes closed.  It just staggers and struggles about in the water, having no idea what’s really going on.  But every four minutes its patient mother gently guides the baby whale to the surface for a breath of air.  Josh said Heavenly Father is like that, gently, patiently guiding us as we stagger and struggle about, having no idea what’s really going on.  He doesn’t yell, “Open your eyes!”  He simply nudges us where we need to go.