Let Your Light Shine….

I had a wonderful trip to the Midwest to visit my mother and sister.  My mother suffers from Alzheimer’s.  She doesn’t know who I am but she is very happy and she has an inner light that shines through her confused state of mind.

My mother has her PhD in Special Education.  She worked her entire life to gain an education.  As I was growing up, my mother worked full time and she would study at night as she went to night school.  When I graduated from high school my mother graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.  She continued working full time as a resource teacher and went to school in the evening to earn her Master’s and PhD degrees in special education.

Mom project-life

Throughout my childhood to present day, my favorite scripture has been:

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:14–16.)

My mother is letting her light shine even though she is trudging through her life in a dense fog.  She has a radiant smile and is so loving.  I am delighted by her gaiety as she sees the world through eyes of a small child noticing every new smell, taste and sight.  I love this dear woman and pray that she continues to love life for an eternity.
Alzheimer’s Disease:
a common form of dementia, believed to be caused by changes in the brain, usually beginning in late middle age, characterized by memory lapses, confusion, emotional instability, and progressive loss of mental ability.

A degenerative disease of the brain, characterized by clumps of neurofibrils and microscopic brain lesions and by confusion, disorientation, memory failure, and speech disturbances, and resulting in progressive loss of mental capacity.

Origin of Alzheimer’s disease Expand
named after Alois Alzheimer (1864-1915), German neurologist, who described it in 1907

The Season of Thankfulness…..

As I think about about this time of year and the season of thankfulness, I recall a simple song that was sung by the young children in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The lyrics to the Primary Children’s song are listed below and the song is called, “For Thy Bounteous Blessings,” .  It is sung as a round.


(1) For thy bounteous blessings,
(2) For thy wondrous word,
(3) For thy loving kindness,
(4) We give thanks, O Lord.
Words: Lester Bucher
Music: Traditional melody; arr. by Vanja Y. Watkins, b. 1938. Arr. (c) 1965 IRI

web pumpkins a 12 project-life

These photos were taken this year at our neighbor’s garden and my daughter’s home showcasing this beautiful plum tree.  I am so thankful for this inspiring season that makes my heart swell.  I have so much to be thankful for as each of us do.  At this time of year we all should reflect on our countless blessings and express our appreciation for them.  I will close this blog post with a quote that talks about gratitude much better than I can express it.  It was made by one of the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“No matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day to embrace and cherish. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it.”—President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Of Regrets and Resolutions”


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