That's not too much to ask, is it? I know I have just given Nathan and David their assignments for eternity, but I think they will be okay with it, don't you? :)
There are two videos on YouTube that feature songs from this album. The one that I have chosen to share today is special for a few different reasons. The first being that I love the song, "Be Thou My Vision." It's one of my favorite hymns. The second reason is that the pianist in the video, Rebecca Pacheco, has been so wonderful in helping Josh be successful in several competitions, and we are grateful for her kindness and advice. And finally, Josh's cello teacher, the fabulous Nicole Pinnell, is featured in the video. We love her dearly and are so incredibly blessed to have her be a part of Josh's life.
Be Thou My Vision- Nathan Pacheco
1 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS.
As I listened to this podcast, I found myself wanting to yell out, "YES! I agree! You are so right! Keep talking! How can I make sure everyone listens to this?"
This podcast mainly focuses on the mental illness of Depression, but the information shared can apply to any form of mental illness.
And although this podcast focuses on mental illness in the realm of the LDS culture and the stigmas that come into play there, the things that they talk about can apply to society as a whole, regardless of your religion.
"A majority of us will be affected by depression. Either having depression ourselves, or being around family or friends who are suffering from depression and so it becomes all of our problem...we as a society have to dispel the myths."
3 Myths of Mental Illness (in regards to the LDS Culture)
1. All mental illness is caused by sin.
(For more information on each of these myths, read this article found in the October 2005 Ensign Magazine)
"If you had appendicitis, God would expect you to seek a priesthood blessing
and get the best medical care available.
So too with emotional disorders.
Our Father in Heaven expects us to use all of the marvelous gifts
He has provided in this glorious dispensation."
-Jeffrey R. Holland
To close this post, I would like to end with one more quote from the book, Valley of Sorrows: A Layman's Guide to Understanding Mental Illness for Latter-Day Saints. I have not read this book yet. I only learned about it from this podcast (although it sounds vaguely familiar so maybe someone has shared it with me before...) I will be getting this book soon and I am sure it will be filled with all sorts of pretty colors as I highlight and make notes in the margins.
"I assure you that Latter-Day Saints are in no way exempt from the burden of mental illness either as a victim, caregiver, family member, or friend. In every ward and stake there are severely depressed
My friends, I have said it before and I will say it again...You are not alone in your depression or anxiety. It doesn't matter who you are, how spiritual you are, how wealthy you are, how poor you are, or whatever else...mental illness can (and probably already is) a part of your life. If it is not something that you personally are suffering from, I say, "Congratulations." You were meant to deal with other trials in this life, BUT, I guarantee you that someone you love IS suffering from mental illness and they need love and support, not judgment and stigmas.
Let's work together to help each other, no matter what the trial may be. We all have 'em. So let's get to work and lift each other up, shall we?
And just for fun...here's this video again.
Mr. Philip Bliss was born in Pennsylvania in the year 1838. He is the second most famous Christian song writer in history. He was born to humble Christian parents and was raised on prayer, the Bible, and music. When he was eleven years old, he left home to make a living for himself. (Eleven years old! And here I am having a problem thinking about my 17-year-old living out on his own...) Through a series of tender mercies and guidance from a loving God, Philip eventually became a Christian songwriter. His tragic death came when he was only 38 years old and the world lost one of the greatest hymn composers who ever lived.
I Will Sing of My Redeemer- Fernando Ortega
(**I should note that Philip P. Bliss wrote the lyrics to this song. The music is a Welsh tune composed by Rowland Hugh Prichard when he was 19 years old. It is a tune that you will probably recognize.)
Sound familiar, ladies?
How many times have I yelled out in frustration, "Why do I have to do this?" It has been the first question on my "list of things to ask God" for many, many years. And although I had a complete hysterectomy in 2012, I have surprised myself and my doctors by having Phantom PMS symptoms. How is that fair? I was looking forward to being a "normal" person and not having to experience monthly bloating, irrational outbursts, and irritation with everything around me, among other things. (But let's be real here, is anyone ever really "normal" with no irrational outbursts or annoyances? Ya. I didn't think so.)
The latest saga in the PMS life of Desirae happened this weekend. At first, I didn't even realize what was happening. The weekend started great and I was happy, but things slowly started to creep downhill and I found myself getting more and more irritated with stupid little things. Then WHAM-O! Sunday night comes and it is melt-down city for me, baby. I threw a big mommy temper tantrum and sent myself to a Time Out. I took out my journal, vented some frustrations, and allowed myself a pity party.
When I woke up on Monday morning, I was still not feeling quite like myself so I took a moment, found a quiet place, and knelt down to pray. Now, don't get me wrong. This is not the first time that I prayed during my PMS weekend. However, it was the first time that I prayed with a heart that I had willed to calm down.
Guess what happened?
As I was praying, a light bulb went on in my head and I received an answer that I wasn't asking for or expecting. It wasn't a thundering shout or even a small whisper. It was just a simple thought that popped into my head. I thought,
"Maybe we have PMS so that we have to rely on God for help at least once a month."
Maybe that sounds a bit ridiculous, but go with me here.
What if God, in all His wisdom, blessed the women of the world with PMS so that we would always have at least one reason to check in with Him every single month? I don't know about you, but there have been many prayers uttered during my time with PMS symptoms, begging for the pain to subside or for the raging lunatic to be calmed.
Think about this for a moment. When your life is going good--the bills are all paid, the family is healthy, the cars are all running and life is fantastic, how easy is it to forget to check in with God? We all have a tendency to check in with Him often when the storms are raging, but when the calm breezes of life are blowing, it's easy to just give Him a wave and say, "Things are going great right now, but thanks for thinking of me anyway!"
But when that week from "you know where" hits, we need Him. At least, I need Him. I don't like being a lunatic (not an angry one anyway) and although I don't suffer from cramps anymore, I do have other symptoms that make me uncomfortable and irritable. So, I pray. I plead. I beg. I ask that I can have an extra set of angel hands to help me endure the madness.
I like to think that I am a strong, independent woman. I stand up for things that I believe in. I am secure in my role as a wife, mother, teacher, student, and whatever other hat I may be wearing at any given moment.
I hope that I never, ever get so independent that I forget to be dependent
on the God who created me.
So yes, I am going to say it, I am finally grateful for PMS in my life. With all of its horrors, I have also been blessed with peace--peace in knowing that in the grand scheme of life, it only lasts for a short time, that my family usually forgives me rather quickly for the "raging lunatic" moments, and that every month I will have at least one opportunity where I will be gently reminded that I need to check in with God.
It's all about L-O-V-E.
And we have someone who has set the perfect example of love for us. He was born for us. He lived a perfect life for us. He suffered for our sins, infirmities, and sorrows so that we could be perfected in Him and He did that because He loves us. He died, on a cross, because of love. Nothing else. Just love.
And in return, one of the things that He asks us to do is to love one another. That love can be manifested in many forms: service, kind words and actions, respect of one another's beliefs, and even something as simple as a hug.
Jesus Said Love Everyone- Instrumental version by Paul Cardall
Jesus said love everyone;
Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it.
Praise to the Man- The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
I share with you my testimony of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He lives. I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His gospel, fully restored upon the earth. I know that this gospel was restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith and that He spoke with God, our Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that through the power of God, Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from the gold plates and that through reading the words of that book, we can come to know our Savior better.
If you would like to know more about the Prophet Joseph Smith, here is a great video about his work in restoring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth once more.
**If you are interested in reading the Book of Mormon and finding out for yourself if it is truly the word of God, please click on the above image to be directed to lds.org where you can read the book. Or click here to fill out a form and have a book delivered to your home.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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