Artwork by Breana

Glorious Garden 

 

Faith to grow a garden colorful and bright,

Devoted to its beauty, I shower it with light.

Soft and sweet the petals reaching up so high,

My garden ever growing stretching to the sky.

 

A day of neglect can bring a moment of despair,

I return to find my flowers burnt and withered there.

My eyes with tears look at my choice and know,

My beautiful garden needs all my love to grow.

 

Carefully I reach and nourish each hungry flower,

My love and attention like heavens sweetest shower.

Then once more reaching my flowers stretch anew,

And I remember well, to be faithful, kind and true.

 

No turning from my duties but diligent I go,

Watering my garden, my love and light show.

Radiant and strong each flower my heart,

The garden of my making grows as I impart.

 

Years of careful learning, hours spent each day,

I go inside my garden and kneeling there I pray.

Dear Father of my spirit, thank you for all I see,

This garden is the place grown by you and me.

 

Each flower nourished through faithfulness and love,

Reaching for the warmth of thy Son high above.

This garden forever is the light sent from you,

Showers of blessings, because I was true.

 

My hands sought your nourishment and I know,

The beauty I see will continue to grow.

Bounteous and sacred I am surrounded by grace,

Father of my spirit I rejoice in my place.

 

Glorious, so glorious, all that grew by grace,

I love you my Mother, I rejoice in my place!

Glorious, so glorious, this garden of love,

I love you my Parents who reign high above!

 

Glorious, so glorious, the gift of my King,

Behold my sweet garden and hear me sing!

Thank you my Savior for all I can be,

Behold this beauty, your power in me!

 

Glorious, so glorious, my Savior divine,

Each flower so beautiful, through you I shine!

Glorious, so glorious, your strength my own,

I stand in the shower of all we have grown!

 

Written by Michelene

Motherhood and all we grow eternally is determined by the small and simple things we do each day.  We will step forward to receive the bounty of our diligence as faithful stewards or we will step forward to find the consequence of negligence and sin.  If we want to be mothers eternally we need to reflect that desire in our daily choices.  I testify that as we cleave to our covenants and follow God’s commandments we will grow a garden that is bounteous, beautiful and eternal!  

"We are taught many small and simple things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to be reminded that in total and over a significant period of time, these seemingly small things bring to pass great things." Dallin H. Oaks

Bound By Choice

Bound by simple choices, I move forward or behind,
Bound by simple choices that change my heart and mind.
My journey through life’s wilderness, productive or slow,
My strength, my efforts to hold or let you go.
I am bound to find power when I reach for you,
I am bound to walk with less when I am slothful and untrue.
My actions the measure of all you send to me,
My choices determine the light that I see.
Life’s darkened forest can be bright and clear,
If my choices bring your love and blessings near.
Father of my spirit may I be wise and find,
The power of my Savior who is generous and kind.
I know I am bound by all I do each day,
Father of my spirit may I walk your chosen way.

Written by Michelene

Artwork by Agnes Nicholl

Not

Not carnal and blind, I walk with you.
Not selfish and cruel, my love is true.
Not doubtful and discouraged, I believe you're there,
Not proud or puffed up, I live with care.
Not envious or sullen, but meek and kind,
Not hard in my heart, I place truth in my mind
Not apathetic, but engaged in your cause,
Not a wanderer, I obey your laws.
Not boastful or vain, I am steady and clear,
Not idle or lost, I keep Christ near.
Not for myself, but for Zions cause,
Not my will but thine, I uphold thy laws.
Not of the world, but born of you,
Not lost but found, I will be true.

Written by your Michelene

"The Christlike quality of meekness often is misunderstood in our contemporary world. Meekness is strong, not weak; active, not passive; courageous, not timid; restrained, not excessive; modest, not self-aggrandizing; and gracious, not brash. A meek person is not easily provoked, pretentious, or overbearing and readily acknowledges the accomplishments of others." David A. Bednar

I testify that as we follow the truth revealed through God's prophets and apostles we will be led to happiness. The sacred role of motherhood requires us to hearken to God. I testify that happiness is found through obedience. We become strong and wonderful as we follow the light of the world! I am thankful for His restored church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am grateful to have the words of a living prophet and apostles to guide my steps as daughter of God. I am stronger and better because of the guidance sent by God through His holy servants! I send my love and gratitude to them. They truly help me to shine!:)

One Star

One star in the night sky twinkles so bright,
One star adds to heaven a beautiful light.
One star among many, God sees its place,
One star in the sky upheld by grace.

Billions of stars in one radiant view,
Billions and billions but I love you.
Created by me, yes you're mine,
One star among billions I love your shine.

Look at your maker and understand,
Each star in the sky is bright and grand.
The heavens could never sparkle just right,
Without your special holy light.

One of a kind in a sky so clear,
I look with joy and see you near.
Your twinkle needed your place divine,
My precious star, I love your shine!

Written by your Michelene

We are each beautiful and needed. Every daughter who is faithful and true to God's laws will receive the promised blessings of being a wife and mother. To any who wait for this blessing and grow tired I send my love and encouragement. Though the climb may seem long, I testify that there will be an end to loneliness and aching need. The Savior of the world has promised His faithful daughters every blessing and He keeps His promises. May we trust our Lord and look up with faith, hope and charity. Soon our tears will be wiped, our hearts filled to overflowing and we will know the peace we dreamed of.

"For a moment, think back about your favorite fairy tale. In that story the main character may be a princess or a peasant; she might be a mermaid or a milkmaid, a ruler or a servant. You will find one thing all have in common: they must overcome adversity. Cinderella has to endure her wicked stepmother and evil stepsisters. She is compelled to suffer long hours of servitude and ridicule. In “Beauty and the Beast,” Belle becomes a captive to a frightful-looking beast in order to save her father. She sacrifices her home and family, all she holds dear, to spend several months in the beast’s castle. In the tale “Rumpelstiltskin,” a poor miller promises the king that his daughter can spin straw into gold. The king immediately sends for her and locks her in a room with a mound of straw and a spinning wheel. Later in the story she faces the danger of losing her firstborn child unless she can guess the name of the magical creature who helped her in this impossible task. In each of these stories, Cinderella, Belle, and the miller’s daughter have to experience sadness and trial before they can reach their “happily ever after.” Think about it. Has there ever been a person who did not have to go through his or her own dark valley of temptation, trial, and sorrow? Sandwiched between their “once upon a time” and “happily ever after,” they all had to experience great adversity. Why must all experience sadness and tragedy? Why could we not simply live in bliss and peace, each day filled with wonder, joy, and love? The scriptures tell us there must be opposition in all things, for without it we could not discern the sweet from the bitter. Would the marathon runner feel the triumph of finishing the race had she not felt the pain of the hours of pushing against her limits? Would the pianist feel the joy of mastering an intricate sonata without the painstaking hours of practice? In stories, as in life, adversity teaches us things we cannot learn otherwise. Adversity helps to develop a depth of character that comes in no other way. Our loving Heavenly Father has set us in a world filled with challenges and trials so that we, through opposition, can learn wisdom, become stronger, and experience joy." Dieter F. Uchtdorf




The Gift

Arms now empty filled by grace,
Tired waiting becomes her place.
Desired blessings now her life,
Beautiful daughter, beloved wife.
Sweetest sounds of children near,
Lovely smiles her days of cheer.
Growing light and endless love,
She raises her voice to God above.
Thank you Father for thy Son,
Thank you Father for all He won.
My heart is bursting and I now see,
The joy He kept safe for me.
My love, my life His to save,
I live amid the gift He gave.
My arms now full of heavens weight,
My dearest Father life is great!

Written by Michelene

This talk is amazing! Sherri Dew is one of the noblest souls to live upon the earth! I love, love, love being taught by her!

"For reasons known to the Lord, some women are required to wait to have children. This delay is not easy for any righteous woman. But the Lord’s timetable for each of us does not negate our nature. Some of us, then, must simply find other ways to mother. And all around us are those who need to be loved and led. Eve set the pattern. In addition to bearing children, she mothered all of mankind when she made the most courageous decision any woman has ever made and with Adam opened the way for us to progress. She set an example of womanhood for men to respect and women to follow, modeling the characteristics with which we as women have been endowed: heroic faith, a keen sensitivity to the Spirit, an abhorrence of evil, and complete selflessness. Like the Savior, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,” Eve, for the joy of helping initiate the human family, endured the Fall. She loved us enough to help lead us. As daughters of our Heavenly Father, and as daughters of Eve, we are all mothers and we have always been mothers. And we each have the responsibility to love and help lead the rising generation." Sherri Dew

God’s Daughters

The hands that rock the cradle, will change eternity,
The hands that offer light will help them to see.
The voice that calls for honor will lead them to God's shore,
The voice that echoes truth will bring them to more.

The heart that is soft will keep them near,
The heart filled integrity will make things clear.
The mind that is quickened by God's grace,
The mind that will lead them to their place.

The feet that follow Christ, showing them the way,
The feet of God's daughters guiding them each day.
The will of their Father the path they show,
The kingdom of God the place they'll know

Written by Michelene

This poem was written after I listened to Sherri's talk. I hope it reminds every daughter that she can guide and inspire the children of God regardless of her marital status or family situation. Our ministry is only limited by the boundaries we place on our heart. I hope we will open up completely and love and minister to every child as though they are family, for we are all brothers and sisters.