To celebrate the life of God's holy prophet I commissioned my daughter Micah to create an art piece that captures both of his dear wives. One of the things I love about Russell M. Nelson is his deep respect and love for God's daughters. It is so beautiful to hear him testify of our divine role in the kingdom of God. As he has taught me I have grown closer to my Savior and have been able to build up God’s kingdom with increased power and confidence. That is another of the great lessons I have learned from God’s holy prophet, he is always helping me to see that I can access more power through diligence. I study more, pray more, serve more and in general stretch more because of his counsel. Honestly I love following the prophet! His words truly are the words of God and they bring joy to me!

“We need women who are organized and women who can organize. We need women with executive ability who can plan and direct and administer; women who can teach, women who can speak out. …We need women with the gift of discernment who can view the trends in the world and detect those that, however popular, are shallow or dangerous. Today, let me add that we need women who know how to make important things happen by their faith and who are courageous defenders of morality and families in a sin-sick world. We need women who are devoted to shepherding God’s children along the covenant path toward exaltation; women who know how to receive personal revelation, who understand the power and peace of the temple endowment; women who know how to call upon the powers of heaven to protect and strengthen children and families; women who teach fearlessly. Throughout my life, I have been blessed by such women. My departed wife, Dantzel, was such a woman. I will always be grateful for the life-changing influence she had on me in all aspects of my life, including my pioneering efforts in open-heart surgery.”

"My dear sisters, nothing is more crucial to your eternal life than your own conversion. It is converted, covenant-keeping women—women like my dear wife Wendy—whose righteous lives will increasingly stand out in a deteriorating world and who will thus be seen as different and distinct in the happiest of ways."

Write My Name

Write my name I pray in holiness to thee,
O Lord may my actions ever keep me free.
Write my name I pray in thy book of life,
O Lord may I ever be a true and faithful wife.
Write my name I pray in thy holy family tree,
O Lord of all creation I pray to live with thee.
Write my name I pray in the records of thy fold,
O Lord I pray to walk in thy city of purest gold.
Write my name I pray amongst those who endure,
O Lord I pray that I will be yours forevermore.

Written by Mickey

"For the names of the righteous shall be written in the a book of life, and unto them will I grant an inheritance at my right hand. And now, my brethren, what have ye to say against this? I say unto you, if ye speak against it, it matters not, for the word of God must be fulfilled." Alma 5:58

Now is the time. But how do we prepare? Begin with repentance! Scripture declares, “If ye have sought to do wickedly in the days of your probation, then ye are found unclean before the judgment-seat of God; … no unclean thing can dwell with God.” He gave this simple rule: “Except ye abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory.”

Now is the time to show reverent respect for one’s physical body. It serves as the tabernacle for one’s spirit throughout all eternity. Physical appetites are to be controlled by the will of one’s spirit. We are to “deny [our]selves of all ungodliness.” We are to “forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, [and] live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God.”
Because of frequent and frightening calamities in the world, some people doubt the existence of God. But, in fact, He is trying to help us. He revealed these words: “How oft have I called upon you by the mouth of my servants, and by the ministering of angels, and by mine own voice, and by the voice of thunderings, and … tempests, … earthquakes, … great hailstorms, … famines and pestilences of every kind, … and would have saved you with an everlasting salvation, but ye would not!”

His hope for us is eternal life. We qualify for it by obedience to covenants and ordinances of the temple—for ourselves, our families, and our ancestors. We cannot be made perfect without them. We cannot wish our way into the presence of God. We are to obey the laws upon which those blessings are predicated.

God’s plan is fair. Even those “who have died without a knowledge of this gospel, who would have received it if they had been permitted to tarry, shall be heirs of the celestial kingdom of God.” His plan is also merciful. He “will judge all men according to their works, according to the desire of their hearts.”

Now is the time to enroll our names among the people of God. This we do by paying tithing. He tithes His people to bless them. Sister Nelson taught that lesson to our family, over and over again.

Now is the time to align our goals with God’s goals. His work and His glory—“to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man”—can become ours. Of temple marriage the Savior declared, “If a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, … [they] shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, … exaltation and glory in all things.” We are to emulate the example of the Lord, to love as He did, to pray as He did, and to endure to the end as He did.

Artwork by Simon Dewey

Tiny Drops

Tiny drops of oil added every day,
My joy increasing as I humbly kneel to pray.

Tiny drops restored as I reach with pure intent,
I feel a fullness of joy as daily I repent.

Tiny drops of grace placed inside of me,
My lamp sustained that I may see.

Tiny drops of scriptures that help me glow,
My vessel is filled as I live what I know.

Tiny little choices that bring heavens light,
My lamp is trimmed and ready as I do what is right.

Tiny daily actions that change eternity,
My drops of preparation determine what will be.

Tiny moments leading up to your return,
My joy at that day will be the fuel I burn.

O may I with care add daily and know,
The peace of tiny drops as I lovingly glow!

Written by Mickey

The Savior invites all to follow Him into the waters of baptism and, in time, to make additional covenants with God in the temple and receive and be faithful to those further essential ordinances. All these are required if we want to be exalted with our families and with God forever.

The anguish of my heart is that many people whom I love, whom I admire, and whom I respect decline His invitation. They ignore the pleadings of Jesus Christ when He beckons, “Come, follow me.”

I understand why God weeps. I also weep for such friends and relatives. They are wonderful men and women, devoted to their family and civic responsibilities. They give generously of their time, energy, and resources. And the world is better for their efforts. But they have chosen not to make covenants with God. They have not received the ordinances that will exalt them with their families and bind them together forever.

How I wish I could visit with them and invite them to consider seriously the enabling laws of the Lord. I’ve wondered what I could possibly say so they would feel how much the Savior loves them and know how much I love them and come to recognize how covenant-keeping women and men can receive a “fulness of joy.”

They need to understand that while there is a place for them hereafter—with wonderful men and women who also chose not to make covenants with God—that is not the place where families will be reunited and be given the privilege to live and progress forever. That is not the kingdom where they will experience the fulness of joy—of never-ending progression and happiness. Those consummate blessings can come only by living in an exalted celestial realm with God, our Eternal Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and our wonderful, worthy, and qualified family members. I feel to say to my reticent friends: “In this life, you have never settled for second best in anything. Yet, as you resist fully embracing the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, you are choosing to settle for second best.

“The Savior said, ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions.’However, as you choose not to make covenants with God, you are settling for a most meager roof over your head throughout all eternity.”

Arwork by Breana Conover

Your Place

There once was a man who didn't like to work hard,
He built a house of straw and planted no yard.
The wind blew through the walls making him cold and grouchy,
His heart wasn't happy and his posture was slouchy.

The sad part of his situation was easy to see,
The place he chose to live, did not have to be.
Diligent planning and true architectural design,
Would have brought a mansion that was neat and sublime.

But shortcuts and laziness were tempting and fun,
So he rushed and ignored the plans of God's Son.
His home left him regretful and he wished for more.
A place that was stable, bright and secure.

His story is a warning for each man to see,
The plan that you follow constructs what will be.
Let God be your architect for his plan is sure,
He will call you to labor and work hard for more.

Covenants kept exactly raise walls divine,
Love for your neighbor brings lights that shine.
Your roof overhead is obedience shown,
Your grounds will reveal the seeds you've sown.

No shortcuts to happiness, no quick easy way,
We must walk on God's narrow path every day.
A lifetime of faithfulness and enduring love,
Bring us by grace to our mansion above.

There we will smile and thank God with care,
For his great design and the joy we share!

Written by Mickey

I wanted to do something special to celebrate the prophets birthday, so I wrote a verse and added it to this beautiful song! Micah and I sang it together to honor our dear prophet. I love Russell M. Nelson and I testify that he is a true prophet called of God. His teachings have helped me endure valiantly and for that I will be eternally grateful to him! I rejoice in the sacred privilege of being a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints! No matter what I face I have the light of the world, even Jesus Christ shining into my life through his prophets and apostles. I know as I follow his servants faithfully I will arrive safely in my heavenly home!

I wrote this poem after reading Alma chapter 5 in the Book of Mormon. The warning voice of Russell M. Nelson in the talk Come Follow Me teaches the same principles that Alma outlined so long ago. I am grateful for the words of God's holy prophets. The arms of Jesus Christ are ever outstretched to the souls of men through his chosen servants!

Have Ye

Have ye walked in the ways of light?
Have ye followed and chose the right?
Have ye stripped yourself of hate and pride,
Have ye taken the Savior as your guide?

Have ye humbly bent to God's will,
Have ye sought to love with great zeal?
Have ye repented and put your faith in God,
Have ye cherished his word, the iron rod?

Have ye chosen to follow your Father's plan?
Have ye put off the natural worldly man?
Have ye trusted in the power of the atoning One?
Have ye turned with faith to God's dear Son?

Are ye chaste and pure in all you do?
Have ye sought to have his spirit with you?
Have ye chosen forgiveness and peace with all?
Have ye hearkened to your Masters call?

Come quickly and enter the narrow way,
Come quickly that ye may abide the day.
For the covering of heaven shall be rolled away,
The saints of God will be blessed to stay.

Come now for his arms are extended to thee,
Come now and repent! You can be free!
No man will remain that defies his command,
At that day the wicked will be swept from the land.

Ye must repent and be made new,
Ye must choose God and be faithful and true.
At that great day it will be to late,
Come unto to Jesus! Do not wait!

The price of your sins he paid with love,
Will ye refuse the sacrifice of God above?
He is mighty to cleanse and heal,
Come now with faith and determined zeal!

Come sing the song of redeeming love,
Come join the choir of God above!
Come now and walk in holiness,
For Jesus is eager to heal and bless!

Written by Mickey

"Scripture sheds light on both the cause of and the cure for the sickness of human hatred: “The natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ.” Peace can prevail only when that natural inclination to fight is superseded by self-determination to live on a loftier level. Coming unto Jesus Christ as the “Prince of Peace” is the pathway to peace on earth and goodwill among men. He made a promise to us: “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

Artwork by Breana Conover

My Life

You asked for my heart Lord, so I came,
I found my life Lord and took your name.
I journeyed on Lord and felt despair,
The sting of cruelty was so unfair.

They took my coat Lord and I turned to thee,
You smiled with love and I felt free.
I gave my cloak and walked with you,
I carried less Lord when I was true.

They sought to hurt, yet I knew,
The peace of keeping and loving you.
My wealth a treasure held within,
I walked with you Lord and shunned all sin.

A child of light sustained by grace,
I lost my life Lord and found my place.
Amid my heartache I came to see,
The God of heaven and I now I'm free!

Written by Mickey

"But whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:39-45

I love ending on a happy note, it sure is nice to see this little old man happy in front of a mansion! The point of warnings is change. We can repent and change and construct joy through the great atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I love the teachings of my Savior, he always calls me to become more. He doesn't make it easy but he stays with me as I grow through the soul stretching trials of life. I rejoice in my great Heavenly King! I am very thankful for his patience and longsuffering toward me! As I construct joy I know that every single layer being raised lives in and through Jesus Christ!