Thursday, February 25, 2010

JUNE 10, 2005

Even in my youth, I recognized the tender mercies of the Lord.  I always knew that Heavenly Father loved me and would bless me with those things that I desired.

I have never felt alone or abandoned by my Heavenly Father.  I have continually felt his love and the love of my Savior.  During my lowest and darkest moments I have felt his tender touch and his loving arms wrapped around me.

Music has been a blessing in my life and has always comforted me.  Both words and melody have healed an aching heart.  I have been moved to play and bless the lives of others.

When I attended the Young Adult Ward in Simi Valley, CA I was asked by Bishop Reynolds to select a musical number and play it at the Ward Conference.  I prayed about the piece I should play and I was prompted to play "O, Divine Redeemer."  I began practicing the music and discovered that there was a part that was quite difficult and I always made mistakes.  I contined to practice every day, failing to play teh piece perfectly.  The day came when I was to perform the musical number.  I was afraid.  I prayed earnestly to my Heavenly Father to help me.  I acknowleded to him that I could not play it without his help.

As I sat down at the piano I quickly said a little prayer.  I placed my hands on the keys, took a deep breath and studied the first line before I began.  The first notes sounded like angels to me.  I felt warmth and then a sensation like gloves slipping onto my hands.  I was calm and played the piano with peace in my heart.  There was no mistaking; the spirit of the Lord was there.  I felt it and so di the other members of the Ward.  I asked for his assistance and he granted it to me.

This morning, February 25th I was reading in 1 Nephi 4 and was reminded that we can do all things in the Lord.  We do not have to struggle to accomplish the things that are required of us.  All we have to do is have a desire to do those things that are required of us by the Lord and where we fall short ask for his assistance.  He loves us and wants us to be happy and successful.

I will go.  I will do.  The Lord giveth no commandments unto his children save he shall prepared a way for them to accomplish it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


We are daughers of a Heavenly Father who loves us.  We need to feel His love each and every day.  But how do we do that?  In Alma 32, we read that we only have to feel the tiniest desire to begin.  Do you want to feel the Lord's love?  Do you have the tiniest desire?

During this year, I invite you to record some of the "tender mercies of the Lord" in your life.  They can be as simple as a child sleeping through the night, a beautifully sunny day, a timely telephone call from a friend - anything.  Please write at least once a week during this year.  As you write about the goodness of the Lord in your life, you will feel deep gratitude for His love, and you will recognize even more of His love in your life.

We are sisters and we are strengthened by each other experiences when we share them.  Please take the opportunity to share some of your experiences; what you have learned and how you have been strengthened by knowing and feeling the Lord's love in your life.

When I started my Tender Mercies Journal in 2005 I wrote the following:

"My intention is to continue with this journal until it is full.  As a result, I hope that I find a relationship with my Heavenly Father that I can share with my family and friends.  I hope that my testimony of the Gospel reaches out to my postarity from these pages.  This is my prayer for all who read the tender words penned."

My journal is not full, but my memories are.  Heavenly Father has touched my life in a million ways and can no longer count the ways.  My life is blessed with great abundance and I feel the love of my Heavenly Father continually as well as the love of my Savior.