By small and simple things

Two Sundays ago I woke up and made Trevan a special birthday breakfast. Well, not incredibly special, just pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries, and scrambled eggs with sausage. But I did bring it to him in bed (a tradition in our family for those who have a birthday), so that was something.

After that, I went downstairs and turned on the Roku to see what program I could watch to kick off my Sabbath before the kids woke up. Originally, I thought I might find an episode of the discussions on the scriptures from BYUtv. My mom has raved about them many times. Since I interruptions were imminent and I enjoy those more when I can have uninterrupted focus, I instead selected a talk from the October 2017 General Conference. Scrolling through the sessions, I decided to watch John C. Pingree’s address called, “I have a work for Thee”.

His opening words were:

“To Moses, God declared, ‘I have a work for thee’ (Moses 1:6). Have you ever wondered if Heavenly Father has a work for you? Are there important things He has prepared you—and specifically you—to accomplish? I testify the answer is yes!”

And while I usually think that kind of a message is talking about my blog, books, and podcast, etc., I also know they very much refer to family history research and my family history calling (a.k.a. my assignment at church).

Normally, I feel like I should be making some kind of giant splash with my work, but the thought often overwhelms me and sometimes renders me motionless. Gratefully, in that moment, the Spirit gently nudged me with a simple idea of what I should do next. I was to put on my Sunday clothes and go to each of the 4 buildings in our stake, and post the pamphlet about “Language Skills Needed” on the bulletin boards at each of the buildings. That’s it. That’s all I needed to do. It wasn’t a big splash, but it planted a seed.

I knew that if I did my part to get those pamphlets posted, the Lord could guide the right people to notice them. I was reminded once again that it is by small and simple things that the Lord does his work. Knowing this helped me calm down and enjoy my day just a little better.

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“I wanted out”

Here is another installment in my series about Tender Mercies. Now YOU can submit your OWN stories at ANY time right here.

Today’s story comes from Cosette Snarr, who writes: 

My husband started having seizures in 1985. At first they were just at night and didn’t disrupt our daily life, although they did have an affect on my sleep. Over time the seizures changed and started happening during the day. Eventually he was in a terrible car accident and lost his ability to drive.

Over the years the seizures created situations of lots of unemployment and underemployment. I was frustrated and angry and did not want to deal with this terrible situation. I had tried everything I could think of to “fix” the situation but to no avail. I felt like my prayers were not being answered. It was awful.

I wanted out but knew I could not leave.

Over the years I went through all kind of emotions, mostly anger, until finally, f-i-n-a-l-l-y I decided to turn to the Lord in humility rather than telling Him how things needed to be. That seemed to be the key. I felt inspired that we needed to start re-finishing furniture together. I thought that was really odd. That’s not the kind of activity I would necessarily choose to do but I felt strongly that I had been directed so we did.

We took a class together, went searching for furniture together, worked together and in the process I fell in love with my husband again. The anger was gone. I felt confident that I could simply look beyond the seizures and everything would be okay. They did not have to rule me.

Within a couple of months of starting on the furniture the seizures stopped. It was not due to any change in medication or treatment that he had been getting. This happened in 2014. He had been having seizures for 30 years and they had stopped. His doctor had never heard of such a thing.

To me it was more than a tender mercy. It was a miracle in every sense of the word. A miracle that came through the love of the Savior as I finally allowed Him into my heart. The miracle was not so much that the seizures stopped as much as my heart had been changed.

Today our relationship is strong. My husband is still seizures free and is healthier than most men his age. We are incredibly blessed.

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What about you?

Maybe you’re not a millionaire. Maybe you haven’t yet realized that big vision for your life. Maybe your relationships aren’t what you want them to be. Maybe you’re still waiting for that breakthrough that never seems to come. Maybe you struggle with your health, or maybe you’re caring for someone else who is.

But even so…

Have you seen God’s hand in your life, sustaining you from day to day?

I want to hear about it. Submit your stories here!

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God multiplies things

Diana with her husband

Here is another installment in my Tender Mercies article series. Today’s story comes from Diana Johnson, who writes:

Leslie, I’m so grateful I met you about 7-8 months before my husband’s stroke. Reading your books increased my faith and helped put me in the frame of mind to experience so many miracles. With all my heart, I KNOW that God multiplies what we have when we share! He has already shown this to me.

Back in 2006, I gave my sister my share of profits from the sale of our parents’ home (about $10,000, because she was in dire need). We were in need as well; but I felt her need was greater. That, plus a loan of about $3,000, which I eventually forgave.

Ten years later, my husband suffered a massive stroke, and could no longer work. Miraculously, it happened when his Wal-Mart bus run was cancelled due to BYUI students leaving for Christmas. Otherwise, his stroke would have occurred while driving a busload of students!

And when our need was the greatest (after my husband’s stroke), the amount I gave my sister was returned to me, multiplied, in a miraculous, unexpected way:

I received a certified letter in the mail, which at first I ignored, thinking it was just another notice from the IRS. When I finally picked up the letter from the post office, I was informed that a previously unknown retirement was waiting for me from BYUI, where I had taught for 15 years. I had worked part-time, but was told that part time and adjunct instructors receive no retirement. Yet, here was a certified letter informing me of a lump sum which had been held for me for years, and growing without my knowledge. 

That unexpected retirement was close to $24,000, equivalent to one year’s salary that my husband made at a part-time job just before his stroke. And this has lasted us much longer than a year, due to other financial miracles: donations, an unexpected deposit from Social Security to our credit union account with a letter (which showed up later) informing us that they had not credited my husband properly for his military service!

While my husband was still in intensive care, I also received a call from DMBA (my retirement account), informing me that they had discovered another $5,000 plus that was owed me. This was exactly the extra amount I needed to pay for home medical equipment I had ordered, and didn’t know how I would pay for it! 

And then, when my husband suffered a relapse, putting him back in intensive care, my son tried to give us a thousand dollars to help pay the hospital bill.  They were expecting a new baby, so I told him to keep it until they had enough saved for their baby.  But two days later, I received a hospital bill discounted over $1000 (beyond the Medicare discounts)!!… 

…I have learned that when we live in LOVE, FAITH, and GENEROSITY, the Lord can return the same for us, in every time of need!

You can read more about Diana’s miracles here.

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What about you?

So, maybe you’re not a millionaire. Maybe you haven’t yet realized that big vision for your life. Maybe your relationships aren’t what you want them to be. Maybe you’re still waiting for that breakthrough that never seems to come. Maybe you struggle with your health, or maybe you’re caring for someone else who is.

But even so…

Have you seen God’s hand in your life, sustaining you from day to day?

I want to hear about it. Submit your stories here!

#RareFaithTenderMercies
#ModernMiracles

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Congratulations to our newest Certified Mentor!

Congratulations to our newest Certified Mentor, Stephanie Francom!

I’m delighted for you to meet Stephanie. She recently completed the Mindset Mastery program with Honors, and is also putting on a 3-day Genius Bootcamp in Malad, Idaho May 3-5 (registration is now open! Click here for details…)

To help you get to know Stephanie better, I asked her a few questions. Here are her answers:

What was your purpose for participating in Mentor Training?  What did you hope to gain?

My purpose for participating in Mentor Training was:

  • to solidify my own application of the principles,
  • to move forward in my own dreams,
  • and to develop all the necessary tools to most effectively help others to do the same.

What life challenges (that you have overcome) have made you unique?

  • I have overcome 5 years of depression living in a new town.
  • I have overcome the effects of my children struggling with the following: anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self-harm, addictions, OCD, and rage.
  • I have overcome my own struggles with social anxiety and obsessive worry.
  • I have overcome many limiting beliefs.
  • I have overcome my belief that God just wanted me to be happy where I was and to be content.

What talents or gifts do you have that make you unique?

  • I am fluent in ASL.
  • I enjoy writing.
  • I enjoy public speaking.
  • I home school my kids.
  • I am talented at hosting events.
  • I founded a non-profit organization to strengthen families.
  • I play the piano and the organ.
  • I am Montessori trained.
  • I have my degree in Statesmanship, with an emphasis on Womanhood.

Learn more about Stephanie at www.JustWalkingEachOtherHome.net

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Learn more about Genius Bootcamp

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