Tuesday, April 26, 2016

TRIALS - They Can Make You BITTER, or BETTER; the Choice is Yours! :)

Here I am... posting AGAIN, for the THIRD time within a week - and I hadn't been writing regularly for QUITE some time. I wonder if anyone has discovered this. :o I don't advertise. I should tell my friends and family when I write, but I don't. I just figure those who can benefit from it will stumble upon it. :)

Well, the reason I am writing is because I'm learning A LOT. And that brings me JOY! :D Unfortunately, I tend to learn more when things go wrong rather than right... so that also means I have had some challenges lately. :o I have to emphasize, though, that those challenges ARE BLESSINGS IN DISGUISE. ;) God always seems to use them to teach me something. Here is a quote that I recently came across that sums up what I think of trials and how they CAN bring JOY, if you let them...

Miles and I have gone through several really hard things recently. Thankfully, we have had each other to help us through. :D (I love that man!) And we have had the Lord! :)

I know I need to redirect my thoughts AND find comfort, and I know of nothing better than the scriptures to help with this; so I usually go to the scriptures and ask the Lord to help me to know what to read. I used to do it with just the standard works (Bible, Book of Mormon etc.), but the past couple years, I also do it with words from our current, modern day prophets and seers - through General Conference talks! :D The results are simply AMAZING! :) I believe in the saying, "If you want to talk to the Lord, PRAY. If you want the Lord to talk to you, READ HIS SCRIPTURES."

Sometimes I don't recognize the personal application immediately. Sometimes I have to ponder on them for a while and read them a few times before the pieces come together in my mind. Like they did today... :)

I have been led the past couple days to a particular conference talk, repeatedly. I didn't even realize it until I started reading it for the second time and went, "Hey! This is the same one I was prompted to read yesterday!" That happened before work this morning. I read one, again, for about the third or fourth time... wondering WHY the Lord wanted me to read this, but KNOWING that He did; I was drawn to it!

After reading it I went to work. Towards the end of the day, after hours of pondering and speaking to the Lord through prayer, I remembered things that have happened during these current trials, and a message given in that talk suddenly had personal application to me. I could finally SEE what happened in these situations and WHY they went south. I could see that the Lord was teaching me a principle through these trials, in answer to my prayer for help with another important struggle in my home and family. I was able to see, first hand, the results of heeding the counsel given in this talk, and the results of not heeding it. I was able to see what I could do to make matters better (or worse) in my home... :D

Suddenly, losing THOUSANDS of dollars seemed a very small price, for the huge reward that would come in my family if I learned that principle and applied it well to help my sons. I think the Lord may have caused these things to peak at the same time - just to wear me down, so I could mess up big enough to learn from it! MISTAKES - in this light - now appear to be treasured blessings! They help us to not make the same mistake in other settings where the stakes are so much higher!

So... I am THANKFUL for the trials God lets me go through.
I am THANKFUL for all that I can learn from them.
I am THANKFUL that I have the freedom to become BETTER, instead of BITTER...

Corine :D

Sunday, April 24, 2016

"I'm So HAPPY to See You!" :) - The LORD LOOKS on the HEART -

Church is  SO great! :D

Today was different than usual for me... I went to part of my own Sacrament meeting first, then went with my husband to another ward to listen to a Homecoming Talk from “Elder” Matthew Pereira! :D

While at my ward I sat in the cultural hall. It was just meant to be. :) One of my friends came in with her son, Garret, and I was there to quickly get up and greet them at the door with hugs! :D When I hugged her, I prayed that she would FEEL my love for her. I think she felt it, because she started balling! (wasn't expecting that!) I then sat beside her and rubbed her back as she relaxed and eventually went from hyperventilating to breathing easy. She has anxiety in public places, so it is hard for her to go to church and she has anxiety in public places. I was proud of her for being there. :D She told me that she quit smoking almost 100 days ago, and that despite the stress she has gone through she STIL managed to say NO! We rejoiced together!!!! :D I'm so happy for her!

Then she told me about a coworker who knows my daughter. She said that she was talking to my daughter's friend and asked her if she was Mormon. This beautiful young woman told her that she was indeed. My sweet friend's response to me was, “I KNEW she was. And I told her so. So she asked me how I knew, and I told her you could just tell... " I nodded my head. She continued, "she LOOKED like a Mormon!”

I smiled, pointed out a wonderful, radiant, righteous young man walking by and said, “like him. Right?”


I told the young man, “Do you know that you radiate the gospel of Jesus Christ? Or rather, it radiates through you?” He smiled and thanked me. :) Then I told 12 year Garret sitting beside me, “Do you know WHY he glows?” I paused for him to think, then answered my own question... “He is SO IMMERSED in the gospel of Jesus Christ that the Light of Christ LITERALLY FILLS HIM, and that light of Christ makes him SO HAPPY, that it just radiates from him!" The 12 year old was listening. I continued... "The more a person loves Christ and lives His gospel, the more they radiate His love!”

Garret smiled, proud to be a Mormon I assume... ;) I continued, “Grab onto the gospel of Jesus Christ with both hands, Garret! And never let go! The happiness you will gain from the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ – found right here at church – can be found in no other place! Hold onto it with both hands and run with it!” ;)

That experience... FEELING the Holy Spirit testifying to ALL of us, that His gospel of Jesus Christ IS the surest and greatest path to happiness – was so beautiful and so amazing! It was the feeling of pure JOY! :D

The second great experience I had today took place at the second ward (same church, different building and group of people). Last Saturday my son and husband and I greeted him with his family at the airport.

We got to sit and listen to a fine young man speaking about his mission in Chili and of the people who helped him prepare...

I'm SO PROUD of this young man! ~ Way to go, Matthew!!! :D

HE DID IT! It wasn't easy for him. It was hard to go and hard to stay! He is quiet. Sometimes things come easier for some people than for others. It was harder for him... BUT HE DID IT! :D It made me SO HAPPY to see that HE DID IT! :D It makes me so happy I can't think about it without crying!

Anyhow, things he said at church really touched my soul and made me cry, too (imagine that? ;)) Characteristics needed to be a truly good missionary were discussed: Humility. Obedience... PERFECT OBEDIENCE. These characteristics have to be worked and prayed for. These kids work hard to prepare to do missionary work in so many ways! It was inspiring... :) 

A Mother's LOVE - First, and most important, Hug! ;)
The newly released “Elder Pereira” said some really great things that I took notes on which I won't mention here. But one thing that touched my heart the most today I must share. He talked about an investigator whose outward appearance was not like those seasoned, clean, polished Mormons... He said something about the Holy Spirit testifying to the Elder who had to decide if this man was a candidate for teaching... “If Christ saw this man at church He would not care about how much hair he has or about his personal appearance at Church. He would just say, “I'm glad you're here.” I already knew that. Of course! It didn't hit too hard -yet. Then he continued...

He then said the person he was most excited to see was his little sister, Emily. And then he talked to her personally, and the Holy Spirit was there so strong! I felt like the Spirit was saying the same thing to me at the same time.. “I know you make a lot of mistakes and sometimes you have a really hard time forgiving yourself and just wish you were better. But I want you to know that you're doing great! And when you leave this life and enter the presence of the Lord, He's not going criticize you. He's just going to say, 'I am SO HAPPY to see you!'” :)

I took that to heart to not be too hard on myself for my mistakes. (Sometimes it is SO HARD for me to forgive myself! Especially if I might have hurt someone that I love and care about!) And as I think of my new commitment to not point out things the people who I love do wrong (just trying to help them - :o) – I think I'm going to have an easier time refraining in the future, and just say to them, perhaps not in words, but at least in action... “I'm so happy to see you!” :)

Love - for Christ, and all mankind... is the perfect remedy for sorrow and pain, and the first and best ingredient in the recipe for forgiveness and peace! If you really want that charity for others... pray for charity "the pure love of Christ;" (I plead for it! :o) And  while you're at it, you might also pray for the gift of Sapere Vedere - " the ability to see" :) Pray to see others as God does... to see all they have the potential to become; and treat them as if they already are THAT person! They truly ARE that person, deep inside - even if only in embryo. Treat them so. Help them to see it in themselves. I keep praying to do that for my family and friends!

*I love you, family and friends! I know many of you think I can not hurt anyone. But I can and I do, especially with youth I am really close and take on as kids of my own; because those are the people I worry and care most passionately about! *I have been known to make the mistake of showing them what they are doing wrong - in the wrong way, rather than remembering to show them what they are CAPABLE of...

So, if 've hurt you... I am TRULY sorry! I hope you can forgive me - not only for the relationship that I cherish with you - but also for your own peace. I don't want to cause you pain or sorrow! I REALLY DO love you!

PS. Thanks, Elder Pereira, for helping me to remember to strive to be this way, by reminding me that God is this way!  :D

Hugs to you all!

Corine :D

When Life does NOT Go As You Thought it Would

April 24, 2016 Sunday afternoon

Hi. :) I'm choosing to smile here! :D *sigh...

I have done some crying today. I'm going through a painful loss. It isn't even MY loss! (not entirely, but truly in part!) and I'm still feeling it! It is the loss of a child. It is personal; sorry I won't be telling you what it is. But I will tell you this...

I am learning and coming to understand WHY people respond in a “less than amiable” way when loss comes... IT HURTS! And it feels like a world has just vanished, – and the one that exists in place of the one you THOUGHT existed now has to somehow be figured out/DISCOVERD from some mysterious unknown! And the world beneath our feet suddenly feels like it is unstable and crumbling!

As I seek comfort I remember that the Lord is over all. He is not the cause of all; we all use our free agency to make things happen. And others use theirs to change our lives as well. But when we love and serve Him with all our hearts – The Lord works to make everything work for our good. :)

I think we need to remember this when a friend or loved one is struggling and doing or saying things we don't agree with or understand... Maybe they are hurt and confused, and we won't always see things the same way. We all misunderstand, misjudge and believe and say things that may not be entirely best or true. We are, after all... JUST PEOPLE. But we are also HIS people. Children of God... sent here from Heaven. And if we can just look past the mistakes and into each other's hearts, we can find a way to treat each other with the love, forgiveness, and compassion that will help us all to heal... Through loving actions, without saying anything at all... we can be a friend who helps the ground become stable again.

I wrote on FB (during a peaceful moment among the roller coaster) “Feeling at peace. Even when it doesn't work out, it works out.” It really does. :) I need to keep reminding myself of these this. ;O

Church today was a great distraction from my pain! :) I'll tell you more about my distractions in my next post... ;)

Corine :D

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Repentance is Possible, and then Forgiveness is Certain

Happy Easter, friends! :D

My son, Levi gave a wonderful talk in sacrament today about the Atonement. It was the PERFECT Easter talk! What could compliment the topic of the Resurrection more than the topic of His Atoning sacrifice to save us? :) I learned so much about the power of repentance and a gained a greater testimony of the process. (Way to go, Dallin H Oaks, and Levi! ;D) Today, I am FILLED with gratitude and awe, that He lived and died and was resurrected for you and for me.

All the talks were wonderful. But I'd like to share some things which were said in this talk that really stood out to me (after a bit of background)...

Recently, I have gone through a very painful acknowledgment of my own shortcomings in a particular area. It was strange. I was asked to speak on Charity in the Wallace branch a couple weeks ago. As I studied the topic from MANY conference talks and scriptures in preparation to speak, I repeatedly found myself PRAYING for charity. PLEADING with the Lord for charity.

Just after giving the talk, something happened. Another person did things that I didn't appreciate. The straw broke the camel's back. I was the camel. I reacted.

At first, I justified my reactions as I focused on what the other person did wrong. But soon thoughts and feelings began creeping in... All that I studied about charity came back to my mind in frequent intervals. No matter how “justified” I previously believed my reactions to be, I began to clearly realize that they were no more condoned by the Lord than the actions that provoked them.

For the next week all I could do was remember my own reactions/(actions, words, thoughts, feelings) and then scriptural quotes of how charity responds. Sadly, they didn't coincide.

 45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
 46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—
 47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him. (Moroni 7)

 1 Corinthians 13:44 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up

Elder Marvin J. Ashton

“Real charity is not something you give away; it is something that you acquire and make a part of yourself. And when the virtue of charity becomes implanted in your heart, you are never the same again. It makes the thought of being [critical or verbally abusive] repulsive.
“Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don’t judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another’s weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1992, 24; or Ensign, May 1992, 18–19).

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Stated simply, charity means subordinating our interests and needs to those of others, as the Savior has done for all of us. The Apostle Paul wrote that of faith, hope, and charity, ‘the greatest of these is charity’ (1 Corinthians 13:13), and Moroni wrote that ‘except ye have charity ye can in nowise be saved in the kingdom of God’ (Moroni 10:21). I believe that selfless service is a distinctive part of the gospel” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1991, 20; or Ensign, Nov. 1991, 16).

This was a painful experience (and is not all together over). I wished I had been more selfless and patient. More kind. Expected the best more. Been less judgmental... And not so easily provoked.

I imagined what I wish I had done instead of what I did. I prayed to know what was the appropriate response, and that I might KNOW it so well that what is RIGHT and kind and good, could become my natural response if anything similar might occur in the future. I still pray for that... PLEAD for that! I learned from the Holy Spirit, that I needed to work on the root of the reactions – on my heart and the feelings they held...

I began repenting. I knew that I was suffering the pains of repentance; I could feel it... It wasn't fun. When I would mention to others of my repentant feelings, they would often justify what I had done and try to convince me that I had done nothing wrong. But I knew I was wrong... I needed more charity. I DID have something to repent of, and I was going to keep on believing it and keep on repenting. I needed a new heart; and I couldn't have it without admitting my need to improve, or suffering the pains of regret for my heart not being what I wanted it to be...

Today, I heard from the pulpit the words that confirmed what I was going through. He was quoting Elder Dallin H. Oaks from his talk, “The Atonement and Faith”...

Elder Oaks quotes Alma 34:16, and states his interpretation... that the unrepentant transgressor must suffer for his own sins; AND that those who do repent WILL experience SOME suffering, “but because of their repentance and the Atonement, they will not experience the FULL, EXQUISITE EXTENT of eternal torment the Savior suffered for those sins.” Elder Oaks goes on to quote President Spencer W. Kimball; “One has not begun to repent until he has suffered intensely for his sins. ...If a person hasn't suffered, he hasn't repented.”

I knew immediately when I heard this that the suffering I have been going through is the beautiful suffering of repentance. :)

Elder Oaks continues...

The Savior taught this principle when He said His atoning sacrifice was for 'all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.' (2 Nephi 2:7) The truly repentant sinner who comes to Christ with a broken heart and a contrite spirit has been through a process of personal pain and suffering for sin. He or she understands the meaning of Alma's statement that none but the truly penitent are saved. Alma the Younger certainly understood this. Read his accounts in Mosiah 27 and in Alma 36.”

So much more was said about the Atonement. It was a truly enlightening talk! (For more information about the power of the Atonement, you can read the entire article Levi based this talk off of here.)

I want to bear my personal testimony that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is REAL. That it WORKS! And because of it, we can be, not only forgiven of our sins, but also, strengthened and made able to be more than we are capable of on our own. I bear testimony of this! I know it is true! In the sacred name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen...

Corine Moore :)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Jason Reeves & Nelly Joy - "More In Love With You" (Official Full Story ...

In honor of this special month in which VALENTINES DAY resides! :D Here is a song I kind of adore. :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Miracle Cure for Chasing Away the Winter Blues! ;)

Hi. :) An interesting thing has been happening to me lately.

I have been feeling... I'm not sure how to describe this feeling – it isn't REALLY depression. There are no negative thoughts or list of things that I'm sad or discouraged about, but it's kind of LIKE depression – with a total lack of any apparent reason for feeling so. (It can be so frustrating!)

Anyhow, I sat at the kitchen table this evening with my meal planning stuff strewn all over the place (recipe books, pages of old menus etc.). I was absolutely fine. Then THAT AWFULF FEELING hit me again. I immediately looked up and noticed that I couldn't see outside the front window. It was dark. And I realized THAT is WHEN it always happens.

VERDICT: Depression (or something I don't like) comes on me when it is DARK!

So I sat pondering this phenomenon, and I remembered something. It was whispered in my mind,

“Darkness is merely the absence of light.”

And then I thought to myself,

“And sorrow, or emptiness, is the lack of happiness, or something beautiful and good...”

I looked around at my home...


*silent (empty of joyful for productive activity)

*dirty (not terrible, but floors not vacuumed)

There was seriously NOTHING light and beautiful going on to rejoice about! :o

So I figured that maybe to get rid of this feeling of sad nothingness, I just needed to surround myself with something good and happy. Maybe some lights and happy music. And take care of myself...

Sounds simple enough, (you know the motto! “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” Alma 37:6)

So that's what I did. :)

Me - Chasing away the winter blues! ;)

I ran around the block (feeling I didn't have TIME for a long workout, but knowing I needed to do SOMETHING, no matter how small); then I went to my bedroom, (away from the big window of darkness with no curtain to shut it out); turned on some beautiful, classical, instrumental music; and went to work cleaning my bedroom.

The feeling of sad emptiness LEFT. And instead I felt ABSOLUTELY HAPPY AND WONDERFUL! It was amazing! :D (By the way, while I cleaned my room, my twins came out of their room to do their chores and vacuumed; After the house was clean I felt triple happy! ;D)

I hope this works EVERY TIME! Hehe! :D I may have just found a miracle cure to the winter blues! :D

PS. I think little children are a cure for the winter blues, too (maybe - ?). In any case, having them in a home is a blessing. That way there is ALWAYS something WONDERFUL going on! Even if they are sick or tired or cranky... THEY ARE something wonderful! I have no little more little ones. Sigh. Mine are all big and grown and you never know when they will be here or gone. (They are truly awesome though! :D)

PPS. Since I can't "make" (he he) more children (at my age it's just not the right solution)... I think I'll make some curtains this weekend. ;)

Wishing you happiness...
Corine :D

Monday, January 25, 2016

Little is Big :)

Hi. :) Today was my day off work. I had a million things I wanted to do... and did NOT get very far on that list. However... I did do a few things, which I consider SO IMPORTANT, that I consider the day a great success! :D

I read Levi's two newest chapters in the book he is writing with him and helped him edit them for grammatical errors. (He is awesome, by the way... Oh and so is his book! I really am proud of that kid!)

I went for a run. (Yeah! :D)

I read letters from my daughter and wrote a letter to my daughter on her mission! :D (I love you, Mindy!!!!)

I made a very delicious chicken noodle soup for the family, along with s'mores cupcakes for a FHE treat. (I LOVE my homemade scratch soups! :D This one I did a little differently. I used rosemary, thyme, oregano, a little dill, a dash of cayenne pepper, LOTS of green chilies, a little Thrive peas... other than that everything I did was the same as usual. But MAN was it GOOD!)

I prepared a FHE lesson on living the gospel of Jesus Christ more fully in our lives – by improving our thoughts each day to FOCUS and THINK more about our Savior's gospel, and about people and how much they matter. It really made me think about the importance of PONDERING the gospel principles throughout each day and inspired ME. :) I hope it inspired my kids, too. :)

We had a really fun GAME NIGHT competition as a family after the lesson! Miles picked up some mini games and three bottles of strawberry milk for participating boys, and one large bottle of strawberry milk for the first place winner. There was A LOT of fun and laughter going on in the house tonight! :D Oh how I LOVE those sounds!!!

My only regret is that I did NOT run and grab the camera!!! :( I thought about it, several times. But I couldn't get away from the fun to go get it. :( *sniffle *sniffle Oh well. I'm getting used to this failure of mine. :( At least we learned and had fun!!! :D

LOL - Wow! Not taking photos is my ONLY regret from today! I didn't clean my bedroom (though I thought I must). I didn't fold the clean towels. I didn't finish that project that has been strewn all over the kitchen table off and on for the past couple weeks (which I keep having to move for mealtimes). I didn't get the Christmas decorations put away! LOL I didn't do several other things which I determined MUST be done today, either. And yet, as I reflected over the day, my only "regret" was not taking photos of the fun we had!

As I contemplate this day, this realization, AND MY LIFE... it becomes clear to me that among all the chaos and business of life and among all the things that DON'T get done... all that matters is that the few TRULY important things DO get done! THESE are the things that make a day feel productive and meaningful!

SUCCESS in the little things - 


Yesterday, I decided to go over my "daily schedule" again, and just recommit to doing the little tiny things that are so important. I did this, because I have been too busy, and too stressed, and feeling unaccomplished. And I KNEW that if I just did what truly mattered, that I would relax more and find more meaning and purpose in my life again. And I did. :) Today was as deficient as every other day I have had lately, where the list of "to do's" far our weighed the list of things checked off the list. But today I feel fulfilled.

Today, in doing the little things (and not trying to do everything!), I finally, in just one day, found a way to relax and find success in life again. Today, by doing just a few small things, I lived a very BIG day, indeed...  :) And so did my husband Miles. ;) Together, we did what truly mattered. :)

I hope you, too, have many truly successful days!
Corine :)

"By small and simple things, are great things brought to pass." Alma 37:6