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The Atonement Can Secure Your Peace and Happiness

I wanted to share this talk with you by Richard G. Scott. It has helped me to find peace today and reminded me that as long as I follow the Savior, I can’t fail! You won’t either!!!


Richard G. Scott

True, enduring happiness, with the accompanying strength, courage, and capacity to overcome the greatest difficulties, will come as you center your life in Jesus Christ.

Our Father in Heaven wants each of us to enjoy peace and happiness in mortal life. Our Master, Jesus Christ, and His prophets have taught how to have that peace and happiness, even in a world that is ever more challenging, with increasing conflict and an intense concentration of alluring temptations.

I will illustrate the wrong way to find peace and happiness, and then the proper way, by using an analogy to rock climbing. There are those who attempt to scale a difficult rock cliff by a method called “soloing.” They ascend alone, without equipment, companions, or any secure protection. They depend on their own skill and capacity. They do it for the thrill of living on the edge with high risk. It is done despite the probability that in time they will fall and be seriously injured or lose their life. They are like many who face the challenges and temptations of life without the security of following the commandments of God, guided by the Holy Spirit. In today’s difficult world they will almost surely violate critical laws, with painful, destructive consequences. Do not “solo” in life. You will almost certainly fall into transgression.

There is a safer way to rock climb. When a pair of climbers tackle a difficult ascent, the leader scales a wall, placing anchors a few feet apart. His or her rope is linked to the anchor by a carabiner. Safety is assured by a companion, called the second, stationed in a very solid position. The lead is protected as the second belays, that is, carefully controls how the rope is payed out. In this way the lead is assured protection while ascending. Should there be an inadvertent misstep, the anchor will safely limit the fall. The second not only secures the lead but gives encouragement with comments and signals as they communicate back and forth. Their goal is a safe, exhilarating experience by overcoming a significant challenge. They employ techniques and equipment that are tried and proven. The essential equipment includes a secure harness, a reliable rope, a variety of anchors to be fixed to the rock face, a chalk bag to improve grip, and proper boots or special shoes that a leader can use to grip the surface of the steep wall.

The companionship has studied the rules and techniques of rock climbing. They have received instruction from experienced climbers and have practiced to become comfortable with the proper moves and the use of equipment. They have planned a route and determined how they will work together. When the leader scales far enough and finds a convenient place that is very safe, he or she belays while taking up the rope as the second follows the “pitch” or length of rope that has been extended. When the leader is reached, the process is then repeated. One belays while the other climbs, inserting anchors every few feet as protection should there be an inadvertent fall. While technical rock climbing appears to be risky and dangerous, these precautions assure an exhilarating experience, safely accomplished by following correct principles.

In real life, the anchors are the laws of God that provide protection under all of the challenges that you will face. The rope and carabiners that secure the rope to the anchors represent obedience to those commandments. When you learn those commandments, continue to practice them, and have a plan to avoid danger, you will have a secure means of obtaining protection against Satan’s temptations. You will develop strength of character that will fortify you against transgression. Should you make a wrong move, there need be no enduring problem because of the belaying or help that is available through your repentance.

Let the Savior be your “lead” in life. He has said, “I am … the Rock of Heaven … ; whoso cometh in at the gate and climbeth up by me shall never fall.” 1 The Redeemer will safely lead you over the most difficult obstacles of life. His laws are absolutely secure anchors of protection that dispel fear and assure success in an otherwise dangerous world. Such a life will certainly provide you peace and happiness.

True, enduring happiness, with the accompanying strength, courage, and capacity to overcome the greatest difficulties, will come as you center your life in Jesus Christ. Obedience to His teachings provides a secure ascent in the journey of life. That takes effort. While there is no guarantee of overnight results, there is the assurance that, in the Lord’s time, solutions will come, peace will prevail, and happiness will be yours.

The challenges you face, the growth experiences you encounter, are intended to be temporary scenes played out on the stage of a life of continuing peace and happiness. Sadness, heartache, and disappointment are events in life. It is not intended that they be the substance of life. I do not minimize how hard some of these events can be. When the lesson you are to learn is very important, trials can extend over a long period of time, but they should not be allowed to become the confining focus of everything you do. Your life can and should be wondrously rewarding. It is your understanding and application of the laws of God that will give your life glorious purpose as you ascend and conquer the difficulties of life. That perspective keeps challenges confined to their proper place—stepping-stones to further growth and attainment.

The Lord is intent on your personal growth and development. Your progress is accelerated when you willingly allow Him to lead you through every growth experience you encounter, whether you welcome the experience or not. Trust in the Lord. Ask to be led by the Spirit to know His will. Be willing to accept it. You will then qualify for the greatest happiness and the heights of attainment from this mortal experience.

Peace and happiness are the precious fruits of a righteous life. They are only possible because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I will explain.

Each of us makes mistakes in life. They result in broken eternal laws. Justice is that part of Father in Heaven’s plan of happiness that maintains order. It is like gravity to a rock climber, ever present. It is a friend if eternal laws are observed. It responds to your detriment if they are ignored. Justice guarantees that you will receive the blessings you earn for obeying the laws of God. Justice also requires that every broken law be satisfied. When you obey the laws of God, you are blessed, but there is no additional credit earned that can be saved to satisfy the laws that you break. If not resolved, broken laws can cause your life to be miserable and would keep you from returning to God. Only the life, teachings, and particularly the Atonement of Jesus Christ can release you from this otherwise impossible predicament.

The demands of justice for broken law can be satisfied through mercy, earned by your continual repentance and obedience to the laws of God. Such repentance and obedience are absolutely essential for the Atonement to work its complete miracle in your life. The Redeemer can settle your individual account with justice and grant forgiveness through the merciful path of your repentance. Through the Atonement you can live in a world where justice assures that you will retain what you earn by obedience. Through His mercy you can resolve the consequences of broken laws.

The Atonement was a selfless act of infinite, eternal consequence, arduously earned alone, by the Son of God. 2 Through it the Savior broke the bonds of death. It justifies our finally being judged by the Redeemer. It can prevent an eternity under the dominion of Satan. It opens the gates to exaltation for all who qualify for forgiveness through repentance and obedience.

Pondering the grandeur of the Atonement evokes the most profound feelings of awe, immense gratitude, and deep humility. Those impressions can provide you powerful motivation to keep His commandments and consistently repent of errors for greater peace and happiness.

I believe that no matter how diligently you try, you cannot with your human mind fully comprehend the eternal significance of the Atonement nor fully understand how it was accomplished. We can only appreciate in the smallest measure what it cost the Savior in pain, anguish, and suffering or how difficult it was for our Father in Heaven to see His Son experience the incomparable challenge of His Atonement. Even so, you should conscientiously study the Atonement to understand it as well as you can. You can learn what is needful to live His commandments, to enjoy peace and happiness in mortal life. You can qualify, with obedient family members, to live with Him and your Father in Heaven forever.

Lehi taught his son Jacob, “No flesh … can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah.” 3

Jesus Christ possessed merits that no other being could possibly have. He was a God, Jehovah, before His birth in Bethlehem. His beloved Father not only gave Him His spirit body, but Jesus was His Only Begotten Son in the flesh. Our Master lived a perfect, sinless life and therefore was free from the demands of justice. He is perfect in every attribute, including love, compassion, patience, obedience, forgiveness, and humility. His mercy pays our debt to justice when we repent and obey Him. Since with even our best efforts to obey His teachings we will still fall short, because of His grace we will be “saved, after all we can do.” 4

I testify that with unimaginable suffering and agony at an incalculable price, the Savior earned His right to be our Redeemer, our Intermediary, our Final Judge. I know that He lives and that He loves you. Consistently make Him your “lead” in life. The secure anchors of His laws will assure safety and success as you scale the challenges you will face. You will not fall into serious transgression. Yours will be a life of peace and happiness crowned with exaltation in the celestial kingdom. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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10 Ways To Beat the Blues!

Do you ever wake up feeling bored, depressed, lonely or unhappy? Fortunately, those unhappy times can be turned around and it doesn’t have to cost you anything. If your anything like me….your first urge is to go shopping. On you next “bad” day…consider using some of these proven mood lifters that don’t cost a dime:

1. Make a list of everything that is preventing you from being happy today. Consider postponing all negative feelings for 24 hours.

2. Make another list…this time of your blessings. Include everything good that’s ever happened to you.

3. Take a walk through a park, or explore a new area. See how much beauty you can find along the way.

4. Eat foods high in Vitamin B. Avoid foods high in refined sugar or salt. Vitamin B foods (whole grains, fruits, vegetables and meats) are especially soothing. On the other hand, refined sugar devours the Bcomplex vitamins, upsets your blood-sugar level, and predisposes you to nervousness. Salt increases irritability.

5. Get out an unfinished project and finish it.

6. Start a new project.

7. Call two favorite people and tell them how much you love them.

8. Do an anonymous good deed.

9. Realize that having a good day is really your own choice.

10. Give everyone a smile.

At first this list may seem silly or childish…after-all, who needs a list of ten things to win over depression? However…when you are in the midst of the black cloud, you may not be able to see your way out by yourself. You may need someone to hold your hand and guide you back out into the sunshine. Some of the fun, simple, everyday things…can be the best positive steps to finding joy in your life.

Grace Noll Crowell put it nicely in the poem:

I Have Found Such Joy

I have found such joy in simple things;
A plain, clean room, a nut-brown loaf of bread
A cup of milk, a kettle as it sings,
The shelter of a roof above my head,
And in a leaf-laced square along the floor,
Where yellow sunlight glimmers through a door.

I have found such joy in things that fill
My quiet days: a curtain’s blowing grace,
A potted plant upon my window sill,
A rose, fresh-cut and placed within a vase;
A table cleared, a lamp beside a chair,
And books I long have loved beside me there.

Oh, I have found such joys I wish I might
Tell every woman who goes seeking far
For some elusive, feverish delight,
That very close to home the great joys are:
The elemental things– old as the race,
Yet never, through the ages, commonplace.

Excuses! Excuses!

I had to call the kids school today and let them know that the girls would not be in and why…rules, you know. It reminded me of a list that was printed up called “Looking at Language” By Richard Lederer. With all the clouds and gloomy weather today I needed a little pick me up and though you might need one too. This was too funny not to share.
These are all excuse notes parents actually sent to school. (Not my typos!)
*My son is under the doctor’s care and should not take P.E. Please execute him.
*Mary could not come to school today because she was bother by very close veins.
*Please eckuse John being absent on Jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33.
*Please excuse Roland from P.E. for a few days. Yesterday he fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip.
*Please excuse Jimmy for being. It was his father’s fault.
*Please excuse Sarah for being absent. She was sick and I had her shot.
*John has been absent because he had two teeth taken off his face.
*Chris had an acre in his side.
*Please excuse Gloria from Jim today.
*Lillie was absent from school yesterday as she had a gangover.
*Sandy and I won’t be in school a week from Friday. We have a funeral to attend.

Hope you enjoyed it. Have a Great Day!

Preemie Pride – Care Packages for NICU

I would love to say that I am starting a Non-Profit Organization…but the legalities involved in such an endeavor are a bit beyond my reach. So, for now, I am just doing my best with what I have. Having had a preemie myself, I know how hard the time spent in NICU is. I was blessed to only have to spend 2 weeks in NICU with my son. I can only imagine how much harder it is for parents who spend months there.

My 11 yr old daughter has just started sewing and together we will be putting together care packages for our new NICU unit at Western Baptist, here in Paducah, KY. This is a six bed, level 2 NICU unit. These care packages will include quilts and small laundry bags. Any Cotton or Flannel fabric, that you can donate, can be used for these. If we begin receiving more donations than what Western Baptist can handle..(I am expecting this..even from myself)..I will be delivering to Lexington, KY and Nashville, TN neonatal units.

My son was a preemie and I know how much it meant to me to receive the small items that I did. Anything that can help these parents through such a rough time is much appreciated. If you are willing to donate your time to make blankets…The goal is to make a quilt approximately 22″ square. Sometimes they are a little larger and sometimes a little smaller, depending on the design of the fabric but I usually use ½ of the fabric width (44” fabric) for the backing and by the time I take ¼ inch seams, the quilt is finished at 21 ½ inches. Cotton batting in the center…Polyester batting is too fluffy and these quilts are frequently placed under the babies and need to be sturdy and flat. Machine quilt for durability as these will be washed often. If you cannot do the quilting part..just put them together and I will do the rest.

If you prefer to make larger quilts to be placed on top of babies unit these are welcome also. Once the baby receives the quilt, it belongs to him/her and they get to take it home. Laundry bags are approx. 10″x6″…Plenty of room for those little preemie clothes from home, so that they don’t get mixed into the hospital laundry..never to be seen again. And they are nice to place on the crib at home.

If you have any other items that could be put in care packages for these parents that would be great. Ideas include:

*Lotion (lots of hand washing in NICU),

*New books (reading to baby is soothing to parents and babies),

*Soothing Music Cds,

*Aquaphor baby wash (much gentler on baby’s fragile skin than what the hospital has and they will let you use it),

*Snacks (it is sometimes hard to get away for a snack…nice to have it close),

*Hair Ties (for those moms with long hair, sometimes you forget to bring the simplest things)

*Disposable Cameras (one of the biggest regrets of parents with babies from NICU is that they didn’t get pictures..they didn’t have a camera)

*Scrapbook or Baby book…even a simple notebook to help parents keep track of all the things that happen.

Thank you in advance for your incredible contributions to the care and comfort of the smallest, sickest and most vulnerable babies and their families. Your contributions make the intensive care nursery an appropriately loving, soft and lovely place. Although the families and babies are experiencing a very stressful time in their lives, your contributions let them know they are special, they are loved, and that they are receiving heartfelt encouragement, prayers, and positive thoughts. Your generous contributions of resources, time, talent and love reach out to these families and babies and touch them for a lifetime.

I can meet to pick up donations in Paducah..preferably at the Kmart parking lot on exit 4..I can also pick up on exit 7 if needed. I would like to get donations by the 20th of every month as I have to wash them, package them and deliver by the 1st.  Please contact me with any questions at 270-415-5193 or 575-390-3450. E-mail jcnutty@gmail.com.

I will accept donations from anywhere! 🙂 If you would like to mail donations…let me know.

Temple – Nashville, Tennesse

I am so very grateful to be able to enter the House of the Lord and feel the spirit therein. There is no other place on this earth to feel that much peace and love. I am grateful for my Savior and his Atonement. I am grateful for the gospel in my life. I LOVE the TEMPLE. I hope everyone had as good a weekend as I did.

Sew Sensations – Pink & White Binkie Blanket

Binkie Blanket is created with soft white minky dot on back and flannel/chenille blocks on the front. The attached lacy loop has velcro for easy open and close. It will keep that binkie from getting lost or use with hook to attach to the carseat. It is also handy for when baby gets to walking…curl that finger into it and carry it with them. It is very soft. Measurements: Approximately 14″ by 20″. (This binkie blanket has no decorative stitching on the outside edge… I prefer the feel of it without. It is stitched internally and without the outer stitching it feels extra comfy. It does not need the extra stitching as it is very durable, however, I will stitch to your preference.)

If you want babies details embroidered onto the Binkie Blanket $5 per line…up to 30 characters per line. Applique letters $2 each.

Binkie Blanket: $18

This blanket is made to order just for you and will ship out in approximately 7-14 days. If you need the blanket quicker please contact me for information on a $5 rush upgrade fee.

Shipping $3.50

***Like this item but want it a little different? Comment or e-mail with your request and I’ll be happy to work with you in creating that special item just for you! I have several cute minky fabrics. Minky can be paired with Satin, Flannel, Cotton…Pretty much whatever combination you prefer.

I take great pride in my work and only use the highest quality materials on all of my products. Your item will be made in a clean and smoke-free home.

Thank you for looking!

Sew Sensations – Baby Blanket & Binkie Blanket

Super soft brown & pink minky on the back with baby foot and handprint pattern and Satin on the front, this blanket is made specially for your baby with a custom applique of soft dot minky fabric. Lacy Ruffle edge finishes it off for a very feminine touch. Measurements: Approximately 30″ by 36″…this does not include ruffle width.

Binkie Blanket is created to match with the soft minky back and satin front. The attached lacy loop has velcro for easy open and close. It will keep that binkie from getting lost or use with hook to attach to the carseat. It is also handy for when baby gets to walking…curl that finger into it and carry it with them. It is very soft. Measurements: Approximately 14″ by 20″. (This binkie blanket has decorative stitching on the outside edge…however I prefer the feel of it without. It is stitched internally and without the outer stitching it feels extra comfy. It does not need the extra stitching as it is very durable, however, I will stitch to your preference.)

If you want babies details monogrammed onto the Binkie Blanket (as pictured…It looks much better in person, but you get the idea how the letters will look) $5 per line…up to 30 characters per line.

Many of my customers say this set is a “must have”. It is perfect for a baby shower gift.

This Set: $80

Baby Blanket w/ruffle: $70 ….w/out ruffle: $60

Binkie Blanket: $20 (Can also be used as nursing cover-up)

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DO NOT FORGET to include the baby’s name.
***First 7 letters free
***$2 for each additional letter after that. $5 for animal or other applique.
***Like this item but want it a little different? Comment or e-mail with your request and I’ll be happy to work with you in creating that special item just for you! I have several cute minky fabrics. Minky can be paired with Satin, Flannel, Cotton…Pretty much whatever combination you prefer.

I take great pride in my work and only use the highest quality materials on all of my products. Your item will be made in a clean and smoke-free home.

Thanks for looking!

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