This poem is my own version of the parable of the talents!:)

Hidden Talent

Once there was a man who was given a talent to share,
He had a very beautiful voice but did not really care.
So this man moved forward and chose to hide his voice,
He refused to sing to others for he knew he had a choice.
He journeyed through his mortal days and never sang a song,
Soon no one remembered that his voice was clear and strong.
No more did he think of the talent he had been given,
It was as if he never received this precious gift from heaven.
At last his days on earth were done and he returned to God above,
His Father asked him why he had refused to share his love.
The man had no answer for he knew what he had done,
He hid the gift that God would share and gave it to no one.
In keeping back his precious talent his increase was lost,
The light and joy he could have shared had a heavy cost.
The King in great justice cast this unworthy son away,
For those who will not build his Kingdom cannot think to stay.

Written by Michelene Glasson

The Parable of the Talents

We each have been blessed with talents; some have the gift of kindness, some are understanding, some have a beautiful voice, some the gift of art and some the truth of the gospel! The Lord has given us all talents. We need to use our talents to build up His kingdom on the earth. Building the kingdom is done in many ways; for example a mother diligently teaching her children the gospel is building the kingdom of God. I hope each of us will seek to increase our talents by seeking to share all that we have been given. I testify that the light we hold will increase as we share it with those around us. Then when our Savior returns He will receive with joy all that we have done in the cause of righteousness!:)

My sweet Miranda loved to write parables! I thought I would share one of her parables today. Enjoy!:)

The Treadmill

Once there was a man who thought he was following the straight and narrow path. He was a prideful man, whose heart was filled with hatred and contempt. Whenever he saw others pass him by he thought, “surely they must be wandering on diverse and forbidden paths!” He would look down on his fellow travelers, thinking that he was most assuredly above them. When his time in this mortal test was done, he was shocked to learn that all that time he thought he had been walking on the straight and narrow path, he had really been walking on a treadmill. He had been so blinded by his pride, that he didn’t notice that he really hadn’t been going anywhere at all, and that the people he had condemned were true Disciples of Christ, steadfastly pressing forward. He was so filled with shame; he dared not look at those he had condemned nor his Savior, who had commanded him to love his fellow men.

Written by Miranda

The Merciful Obtain Mercy

Dieter F. Uchtdorf was Miranda's favorite LDS speaker! In this beautiful talk he said, "This topic of judging others could actually be taught in a two-word sermon. When it comes to hating, gossiping, ignoring, ridiculing, holding grudges, or wanting to cause harm, please apply the following:Stop it" A two word sermon that can change our lives! He gave the solution to forgiveness and happiness in this talk as well. The answer is LOVE! He said, "In a world of accusations and unfriendliness, it is easy to gather and cast stones. But before we do so, let us remember the words of the One who is our Master and model: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.”Brothers and sisters, let us put down our stones. Let us be kind. Let us forgive. Let us talk peacefully with each other. Let the love of God fill our hearts.“Let us do good unto all men.” The Savior promised: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over. … For with the same measure that [you use] it shall be measured to you again.”