He Will Place You on His Shoulders and Carry You Home!

We have a tradition of posting a picture and poem for one of Dieter's talks each year on his birthday. I chose this talk because it spoke to my soul as he gave it. I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ! He has worked with me as I have sought to rebuild my broken temple. The atonement is the greatest gift and miracle that mankind will ever know! I rejoice in the miracle my Savior has wrought in me!

At the close of this inspired talk Dieter said, "My dear brothers and sisters, my dear friends, I testify that God sees us as we truly are—and He sees us worthy of rescue. You may feel that your life is in ruins. You may have sinned. You may be afraid, angry, grieving, or tortured by doubt. But just as the Good Shepherd finds His lost sheep, if you will only lift up your heart to the Savior of the world, He will find you. He will rescue you. He will lift you up and place you on His shoulders. He will carry you home. If mortal hands can transform rubble and ruins into a beautiful house of worship, then we can have confidence and trust that our loving Heavenly Father can and will rebuild us. His plan is to build us into something far greater than what we were—far greater than what we can ever imagine. With each step of faith on the path of discipleship, we grow into the beings of eternal glory and infinite joy we were designed to become. This is my testimony, my blessing, and my humble prayer in the sacred name of our Master, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen."

Artwork by Breana Glasson

House of Light

Out of the ashes of what might have been you build a stronger me,
Out of all the pain and suffering you heal and set me free.
Brick by brick you help me begin my life anew,
To place each stone with care and become a daughter true.
The damage of my failings and the battle that I faced,
Are lost amid the reconstruction achieved through your grace.
Side by side we work to build a structure worthy and sure,
A house of light and beauty, through you made new and pure.
Some look on with skepticism as we build a worthy place,
They see a shattered broken house that cannot be replaced.
Yet I look and see your smile as together we press on,
Brick by brick we build a house beautiful and strong.
The cost of reconstruction was repentance, obedience and love,
As I surrendered all my sin, you sent power from above.
Slowly but surely you unveil a daughter free,
The house of light and beauty you always saw in me!
Out of the ruins of all my sin stands your disciple, daughter and friend,
A house dedicated to my God is my structure in the end.

Written by Michelene Glasson

Happy birthday to our favorite apostle! We hope you and your family have a wonderful day! Ich liebe dich!:)

The Great Plan of Redemption

This was one of my favorite conference talks this year! Linda S. Reeves taught the plan of redemption beautifully. In her talk she said, "When we have sinned, Satan often tries to convince us that the unselfish thing to do is to protect others from the devastation of the knowledge of our sins, including avoiding confessing to our bishop, who can bless our lives through his priesthood keys as a common judge in Israel. The truth, however, is that the unselfish and Christlike thing to do is to confess and repent. This is Heavenly Father’s great plan of redemption."

Kept

I kept within my heart the sins that I would hide,
I held them in the quiet, hidden by my pride.
To speak of my weakness and admit that I was wrong,
Would leave me feeling vulnerable, and I wanted to feel strong.
No I would keep my mistakes for I was sure you knew I had changed,
No need to confess what once was done and have my life rearranged.
So I lived and carried this secret within my heart,
It was for me a burden from which I would not part.
Held by my stubborn pride I kept what you would take,
My refusal to accept your gift was a foolish stubborn mistake.
You were always willing to forgive and raise me up,
I simply wouldn’t accept your gift, and so I will drink the cup.
At the end of mortality I step forward into my place,
A prison of my making because I would not accept your grace.
The pain of all my unremitted sin weighs down upon my soul,
I am held back forever because I would not let it go.

Written by Michelene Glasson

I testify that as we turn to our Savior He will carry us! I pray each of us will accept the gift of the atonement and allow the peace an healing of our Savior to enter our lives. I testify that He can and will create a new temple inside each repentant soul!:)