Our Hearts Can Heal

Our Hearts Can Heal
By Appreciable Goodfaithpoet

Among the headstones on the grounds
Where children sometimes play
There is a spot without the sounds
That little children say

This is where a child’s at rest
Beneath the sod and flower
These tombstones are with tears caressed
Til’ Resurrections hour

While we await the Lord’s return
To rectify our grief
We know we’ll see his glory burn
Rewarding our belief

Until that glorious day is here
The sorrow is quite real
Our Lord will also shed a tear
Through him our hearts can heal.


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With Many Tears and No Regrets

With Many Tears and No Regrets
By Appreciable Goodfaithpoet

Rising up high, with black, terrible power,
I see a storm forming, to give earth a shower.

Violent clouds boil right down toward me,
Bringing darkness so thick that I cannot see.

A storm fulfills its violent threats,
With many tears and no regrets.

There is no safe, dry place to hide,
When lightening strikes you from inside.

With a rush of noise and fear,
The raging flood is drawing near.

It smells of rotten leaves and pain,
The ugly power of beautiful rain.

This angry water from the sky,
Was once small droplets, miles high.

It now has gathered, fierce and cold,
To let its hate and wrath unfold.

In this world, there’s destruction and woe,
There's also a lesson each person should know.

God sends forth the rain on both evil and just.
And he also tries our patience and trust.

Yet, even this storm, that hides the sky,
Which glares at me, and bids me die,

Can also be stopped if it be our God’s will,
When Jesus says to the water, “Be Still.”


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A Perfect Family

A Perfect Family
By Appreciable Goodfaithpoet

From the dawn of our beginning
Upon this wondrous earth.
God has a plan for winning.
Starting with a child's birth.

Each child of God that comes here
Needs a mom and daddy first.
Could we conquer every fear
If each child, with love, were nursed?

Things, sometimes, aren't worked out
In perfection, in this mortal life.
Some people take a different route
And don't love, as man and wife.

So, when our lives are lonely
And pain is all around
We must look to our God only
Where his purest love is found.

Yes, we can be adopted
Into the fold of God.
There’s peace for all who’ve opted
To grasp the iron rod.

For, even if earthly family ties
Dissolve and turn to dust.
God will wipe tears from our eyes
As we place in him our trust.

The second birth creates for you
A built-in family.
And they will be forever true
Throughout eternity.


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Nativity Scenes and the Mormon Church

This is an interesting clip by a news group that shows a Mormon Church displaying Nativity Scenes. Over 600 different Nativity Scenes are on display. Only trouble is it is shown after stories of a robbery and a yellow school bus crash.

The article about the event was better, and take a look at the variety of choirs performing - and they are not even Mormon! Read it here.

Hundreds of nativity scenes from around the world are on display through Sunday at the annual Creche Exhibit sponsored by the Yuba City Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The four-day exhibit continues 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Saturday and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 1470 Butte House Road in Yuba City.
Admission is free.

In addition, musical groups are performing each night: the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Bell Choir at 7 p.m. today, the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Choir at 7 p.m. Saturday, and the Hillcrest Ward Trio at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Seasons Greetings to you all!

In another stake in Peoria Arizona, Mormons gathered blankets and raised money to buy turkey's:
This year, more than $5,800 was donated to WasteNot Arizona to purchase turkeys that go to more than 80 organizations to provide holiday meals for the less fortunate. The two LDS stakes in the City of Surprise added another $4,800 (LDS members in Sun City and Sun City West are part of these stakes). Quilts, fleece blankets, afghans and booties were hand made and donated to homeless and women's shelters, along with book bags and craft kits.

Terrie Schwartz and Shirley Guthrie, both of Peoria, organized the project and arranged for Judy Ryberg from WasteNot to accept delivery. The money will be used to purchase more than 1,000 turkeys.
Read more at the Peoria Times.

North Salt Lake offers "The Savior of the World" in Spanish. It will be presented as "El Salvador del Mundo". Read more in the Deseret News.

The Tampa Florida Stake is presenting a live Nativity.
Tampa Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7851 Lutz Lake Fern Road, Odessa, "Live Nativity" with music and animals, every half-hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17-20. (813) 926-9748
Read more at the Tampa Bay Online.

The Southwest Region of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is holding a special fast on Sunday December 5th. All other religions are invited to participate.
The Southwest Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fasting and prayer takes place Sunday. Officials said that, because economic conditions affect everyone, the method of prayer or dedication is not important but recognizing and attempting to help is key, so the fast is extended to people of all religious backgrounds.
“We’re asking all communities of all faiths to join together to help feed the hungry and give to those less fortunate,” Deru said. “It’s about sharing the faith and knowing that good things come from faith.”
Read more at Today's News-Herald.

I loved fishes comment on the article, "I learned from the Mormons many years ago about the necessity for preparedness in case of lean times ahead, and have never forgotten it. They are a wise and generous group."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints performs Handel's Messiah a free concert. Read more at the Washington Post.
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Dec. 6 at 6. Dana Rothlisberger will conduct the orchestra with soloists soprano Teri Bickham, alto Jessica Renfro, tenor Duane Moody and bass Bryan Jackson. Free sheet music will be available for choral parts, and all skill levels are welcome. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-Ellicott City, 4100 St. John's Lane, Ellicott City. 410-418-4026. Free.

Visited Before

Visited Before
By Appreciable Goodfaithpoet

God lives and is real.
He listens when you pray.
Pure love, he wants us all to feel.
He'll guide our steps today.

This supreme creator,
Loves us endlessly,
He calls a revelator,
And helps us all to see.

His love is so extensive.
He sent his only son.
This gift was so expensive!
The bridge he built is done!

Let us love him in return,
Though life is full of pain,
Remember that this earth will burn,
When Jesus comes again.

We need not fear the devil's roar,
We can be free of shame,
If we've been visited before,
By God's great cleansing flame.


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