After listening to this talk I pondered and then I wrote. Some of my feelings are captured in my poems and in the scriptures I connected to my ah-ha moment. One thing I love about the journey of life is my connection to Christ through scripture. As she spoke my mind immediately went to scriptures on the body of Christ that I recalled. It is a blessing to be taught by the Holy Ghost. I am so grateful that I can repent every day and try to live more worthy of this sacred gift. I rejoice in my beloved Redeemer who helps me look outside of myself and grow in love. I am a work in progress and he is patient with me as I try. I have found transformation to be a slow and steady process. Sometimes I wish it could be more like poof your fixed. My Heavenly Parents love me to much to make it easy, they understand better than I do that it is the refining process that holds the gift. One thing I have noticed is that as I have turned to Christ I am less selfish. I serve more and give more than I did when I hadn't repented and turned with full purpose of heart to Christ. I am still imperfect but there is a marked change and that fills me with joy! The connection to humility discussed in this video is so true. When I chose to repent I humbled myself and met with my bishop, I was willing to suffer embarrassment and pay whatever cost was necessary to become a part of the body of Christ. I wanted love and true joy enough that I was willing to follow my Savior. I am so grateful I did! Being luke warm was just that, I was self-centered which meant I spent most of my time thinking about me. Now I can see beyond myself and I feel the heat of that vision. It burns and I cannot be still, there are other members waiting for me and above this scared truth is my Heavenly Father hoping I will go and do. If there is one person that helps me want to love more and be more it is my Savior Jesus Christ. He is the most altruistic person to ever live, no one ever looked outside of himself more that our Redeemer Jesus Christ. He looked into eternity and seeing our need chose to suffer and stay so that we could live, so that our joy wouldn't be lost. I love his beautiful perfect soul! I want to be more worthy of his name and I want to live with deep reverence and gratitude. Today and forever I send my gratitude to him! I hope to do better and love more that I may honor the gift of life he has placed in me!

"And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent." Mosiah 3:17

Artwork by Breana Conover

Being One

No tiny little circle making it all about me,
No boundaries set by pride to distort what I see.
No fear in my belonging no doubt in view,
With faith I will become an infinite part of you.
Safe within the fortress of all you hold dear,
I will join your body with a heart sincere.
Eternity is brightening as I see my Father's heart,
Every child is cherished and has an integral part.
One body holding all, even God's beloved Son,
The truth of coming home, is the truth of being one.

Written by Mickey

"For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body [were] an eye, where [were] the hearing? If the whole [were] hearing, where [were] the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where [were] the body? But now [are they] many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those [members] of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely [parts] have more abundant comeliness. For our comely [parts] have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that [part] which lacked:That there should be no schism in the body; but [that] the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular." 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

One Body

No drawing lines around others, making them seem big,
Remember love and kindness is your eternal gig.
Don't shrink in your own estimation until you fade away,
But rise with faith and embrace love today.
Love is infinite, there is no shortage in view,
Love is the life Christ kept for me and you.
How can we adore him if we choose to compare,
It's not about differences, it's about coming to share.
If lines must be drawn, let them form one body in love,
Let us embrace each other and honor God above!

Written by Mickey

Artwork by Yongsung

Reverently Given

His answer to God is etched in my heart,
As he honors God, I to will impart.

I will mirror his love so reverently given,
I will honor Christ and my Father in heaven.

I will see with him the sacrifice of God's Son,
I will honor the infinite gift he won.

I will see Christ's heart as my family comes forth,
With reverence I will understand each child's worth.

Expanding by grace I'll reverently see,
God's infinite love as I stand at the tree!

Written by Mickey

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."John 17:3


"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:35

Sister Erin Staples asked me to share my testimony on Mosiah 2:41 in the form of a video. This sermon from King Benjamin is one of my favorite given in the Book of Mormon! It was a blessing to be given this task and I thank Erin and my Heavenly Parents for this opportunity! As always I learn and find strength as I study and strive to understand God's heart and mind. I testify that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that as we read and follow the precepts taught there in we will be happy and blessed!

"And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it." Mosiah 2:41

Happy and Blessed

Blessed and happy is a faithful child,
His joy is the fruit of being meek and mild.
His heart is soft from time spent in prayer,
Humbly he will endure what is cruel and unfair.

Blessed and happy is a child of light,
He will face temptation and choose the right.
If ever he is wrong he will quickly repent,
He is teachable and treasures the counsel he's sent.

Blessed and happy is a child filled with gratitude,
Others will be lifted by his hopeful attitude.
Amid all of life's tests he will humbly see,
The truth of Christ in Gethsemane.

The lowest low will always hold grace,
Even in despair he will seek God's face.
In him the richness of mercy will be ever present,
Humbly he will overcome fear and resentment.

Blessed and happy is a child who will obey,
For he lives in the wisdom of God each day.
His path is straight and his way clear,
He is safe as he keeps the Spirit near.

With reverence he holds the light of heaven,
Cherishing the strength he is daily given.
In a world of darkness where many give in,
He will shun Satan and abhor every sin.

Virtue and charity will fill his heart and mind,
He will be gracious, trustworthy and ever kind.
His story is that of embracing his Savior,
With holiness he will govern his thoughts and behavior.

Not of this world, he is of another,
So he will love every sister and brother.
His time spent in service will bring joy amid despair,
Others will be strengthened by his choice to share.

In the strength of his Master he will endure,
And when life is finished God will raise him to more.
Blessed and happy in heaven he will rest,
Cleansed from all sin he shall be blest.

Written by Mickey

Jesus

Your name is my heart, by your grace I live,
I'm grateful for all of the blessings you give!
I'm grateful for the pathway you purchased my Lord,
I love you and I will live by your word!
Though I am weak, you make me more,
Your strength is the reason I live and endure!
The story of Mickey is the miracle you brought,
Your greatness and love cannot be forgot!

Written by Mickey

If you haven't heard this talk please listen to it! My daughters and I listened to it last Sunday and we loved it! Honestly I am going to add it to my all time favorite talk list! It is that good!

Happy With You

If everything is going according to your will,
I can be patient, faithful and still.
If your family is growing in joy and light,
I can smile with you, for all is right!
My joy is to be devoted and true,
If you are happy my Father, I'll be happy with you!

Written by Mickey

My Life and Way

Like Jared in the water, like Alma oppressed,
My burdens you have lightened, I am truly blessed.
The waves and winds upon me, thy hand my way,
As Peter on the water, I walk this day.

As Nephi I am weak, but thou art strong,
O Lord you are my refuge, my life and song.
As Saul I was blinded but now I see,
O Father thou art the life
in me.

As Sarah I endure, trusting in thy care,
O Lord I thank thee for all you share.
Thy grace is sufficient, in thee I rise,
You are the light within my eyes.

Your blessings and goodness are ever near,
I thank you today with a heart sincere.
How great thou art, how loving thy care,
As Alma I declare thou art just and fair.

For the bands of hell by thee are broke,
With joy I accept thy will and yoke.
My footsteps the miracle of thy Holy power,
As Lazarus I was dead but I live this hour.

As Amulek I now submit to thee,
Whatever you ask is what will be.
I leave behind my former home,
And pursue the truth of the seed I've sown.

Not as Lots wife looking behind,
My eyes ahead I shall search and find.
A treasure not of this world below,
For you are the beauty I've come know.

Like Noah I construct a ship divine,
My safety is the truth that you are mine.
Thy commandments and will I shall obey,
Thou art my life, my love, my way!

Written by Mickey

"But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" Matthew 14:24-31

"And it came to pass that so great was their faith and their patience that the voice of the Lord came unto them again, saying: Be of good comfort, for on the morrow I will deliver you out of bondage. And he said unto Alma: Thou shalt go before this people, and I will go with thee and deliver this people out of bondage. Now it came to pass that Alma and his people in the night-time gathered their flocks together, and also of their grain; yea, even all the night-time were they gathering their flocks together. And in the morning the Lord caused a deep sleep to come upon the Lamanites, yea, and all their task-masters were in a profound sleep. And Alma and his people departed into the wilderness; and when they had traveled all day they pitched their tents in a valley, and they called the valley Alma, because he led their way in the wilderness. Yea, and in the valley of Alma they poured out their thanks to God because he had been merciful unto them, and eased their burdens, and had delivered them out of bondage; for they were in bondage, and none could deliver them except it were the Lord their God." Mosiah 24:16-21

Don't

Don't fight against the truth, but hold it dear,
Don't be halfhearted, be true and sincere.

Don't put on the natural man, but shun all sin,
Don't be small in the battle, you must rise and win.

Don't forget God, daily study his word,
Don't get lost in distraction, but seek your Lord.

Don’t keep to yourself, but go and do,
Don’t forget your neighbor, be loving and true.

Don't settle for telestial, you must repent and grow,
Don't follow the crowd, but live what you know.

Don't keep your lamp empty, you must fill it with care,
Don't be left out when Christ returns, be ready to share!

Written by Mickey


"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." Matthew 25:1-13