Sunday, April 29, 2012

Prayer is a Gift from God >>

To me, prayer is a gift from God. We all have the privilege of communicating with our Heavenly Father through prayer which enables us to become more Christlike. I have overcome many challenges because of prayer. I cannot afford to go one day without the guidance of my Heavenly Father, for it is He, whom I trust to steer me back to Him. 
Here are a few of my favorites quotes on prayer: 
  • Matthew 7:7 ”Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will  find; knock, and it will be opened to you."
  • "Communication with our Father in Heaven is not a trivial matter. It is a sacred privilege. It is based upon eternal, unchanging principles. We receive help from our Father in Heaven in response to our faith, obedience, and the proper use of agency." -Elder Richard G. Scott
  • John 14:13-14 "Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If  you ask me anything in my name, I will do it"
  • Matthew 21:22 "And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
  • Mark 11:24 "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will  be yours."

Friday, April 27, 2012

My BURNES Heritage; >>

One thing I am very proud of is my BURNES heritage. I have a quote on my wall located right above mine and my husbands pedigree charts that says, "Seek out your roots and you will find your life". I truly believe that when we seek out for those who have gone before us, we not only do a huge service to many generations, but we begin to know who we really are. At times we get lost in this earthly existence, but as we begin to explore our heritage, we establish a greater knowledge of our divine purpose. The old pictures, the awesome family stories, and the historical documents are the family threads of this great massive family, which I have grown to love. In honor of the BURNES family, I have designed and dedicated to my brother William Aaron Burnes 1967-2006, and all the many Burnes relatives who have gone before him. It's because of William that I am doing Genealogy, and I am proud to be the vessel for His great work.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

"Things work out...put your trust in God" >>

“Things work out, it isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out, don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in him, if we will pray to him, if we will live worthy of his blessings, he will hear our prayers.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Easter: 10 Fun Facts

  1. The name Easter owes its origin from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes hare and egg.
  2. Easter always falls between March 22 and April 25.
  3. From the very early times, egg has been considered the most important symbol of rebirth.
  4. The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.
  5. Each year nearly 90 million chocolate bunnies are made for the Easter Holiday.
  6. When it comes to eating chocolate bunnies, the ears are preferred to be eaten first by as many as 76% of people.
  7. Americans celebrate Easter with a large Easter egg hunt on the White House Lawn.
  8. The custom of giving eggs at Easter time has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, to whom the egg was a symbol of life.
  9. The date of Passover is variable as it is dependent on the phases of the moon, and thus Easter is a movable feast.
  10. The first Easter baskets were made to look like bird's nests.

An Apostle's Easter Thoughts on Christ

One of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so.