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Daily Quotes

The other day I was adding some quotes to one of my collections and I came across some Quotes that i had forgotten that I had, which by the way would have been uselful for another assignment that I had worked on the other day.

They all dealt with Family History, and I thought that I would share them here. Being a family historian myself I find these very applicable.  To start us off here is a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.”

  Ralph Waldo Emerson

To me this quote says that we are who we are because of who our parents & grandparents, etc, are, in other words if you want to know why you have certain looks and or health issues, look at the lives of your ancestors for the answers.  Our next quote also emphasises that while also infering that we will pass on the same things plus more to our own descendants.  It comes from a gentleman by the name of Edward Selner.

“We inherit from our ancestors gifts so often taken for granted. Each of us contains within this inheritance of soul. We are links between the ages, containing past and present expectations, sacred memories and future promise.”

 Edward Sellner

The following quote illustrates one reason why we do Family History.  It comes in the form of a chinese proverb.

“To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.”

 Chinese Proverb

To close off our quotes for today I have included a quote from Jeremy Hardy which illustrates one the more facinating aspects of doing Family History.

“The thing that interests me most about family history is the gap between the things we think we know about our families and the realities.”

 Jeremy Hardy

Thats all from me for now, so i hope you find these quotes useful and informative. have fun, till next time.

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Daily Quote

I was thinking on the poems that I had posted relating to Christmas and i started going through my collection, and I found another poem relating to Christmas.  I have had it for awhile, but I don’t know who originally wrote it.  If anyone does know please let me know.

It is called . . . . .

 

The Christmas Spirit

I am the Christmas Spirit

I enter the homes of poverty, causing pale – faced children to open their eyes in pleased wonder.

I cause the Miser’s clutched hand to relax and thus paint a  bright spot on his soul.

I cause the aged to renew their youth and to laugh in the glad old way.

I keep the romance alive in the heart of childhood and brighten sleep with dreams woven of magic.

I cause eager feet to climb dark stairways with filled baskets, leaving behind them amazed at the goodness of the world.

I cause the prodigal to pause a moment on his wild, wasteful way, and send to anxious love some little token that releases glad tears – tears that wash away the hard lines of sorrow.

I enter the dark prison cells, reminding scarred manhood of what might have been, pointing forward to good days yet to come.

I come softly into the still, white home of pain; and lips that are too weak to speak just tremble in silent, eloquent gratitude.

In a thousand ways I cause the weary world to look up into the face of God, and for a little moment forget the things that are small and wretched.

I am the Christmas Spirit

It is such a beautiful poem, and captures so beautifully the true spirit of christmas.  So I hope you like it.  And if you can help me identify the author of it I would be gratefull. So once again I bid you Adieu till next time.

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Daily Quotes

Being the christmas season I thought it appropriate to post some poems that I have about this wonderful season of thankgiving for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

To start off here is a poem by a lady called Lucille Jensen, called “Why The Nativity?”

 

 

Why The Nativity?

Why a babe

swaddled,

warmed,

held to Mary’s heart,

born to men through

Deity?

Why a Star,

And kings afar

Kneeling, feeling?

Why a stable,

and shepards able

Worshipping in fields

Of angels?

Why a life

So pure

be taken,

Shaken in Gethsemane,

Then struck upon

A violent cross?

Why?

For me

For me!

Lucille Jensen

Next I have what I call a Christmas Letter, it was given to my wife by a friend.  And i think it is just right for the season.

A Christmas Letter

If you look for me at christmas

you won’t need a special star

I’m no longer just in Bethlehem

I’m right there where you are

You may not be aware of me amid the celebrations

You’ll have to look beyond the stores and all the decorations

But if you take a moment from your

list of things to do and listen to

Your heart you’ll find I’m waiting there for you.

Your the one I want to be with,

Your the reason that I came and you’ll

find me in the stillness as I’m

whispering your name.

Love  Jesus

I hope that these poems help you to remember why we celebrate christmas.  So I wish you all the best for this christmas season.  And hope that you and your families have a great christmas together.  Always remember the reason for this holiday season.

So I bid you adiu, till the next time.

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Quotes of The Day

Yesterday my wife and I attended our Church’s Stake Conference. This is meeting where we get to listen to and receive instruction from local leaders as well as Leaders from Church Headquarters.  Presiding at our meeting was Elders Daniel G Hamilton, a member of 8th Quorum of the Seventy.  The members of this quorum serve in the Asia Pacific region.  Anyway during his talk he made some statements that made an impression on me.

The first refers to getting answers from prayer and how to treat it. It is a very simple statement but has profound implications.

 

“I asked God, and He answered; That settles it.”

Elder Daniel G Hamilton

To me this has at least 3 parts to it.  First is asking God for answers, next is listening to the answer or answers given. And finally believing and accepting and following the directions and the answers given. This statement really stood out to me.  As I said at the beginning a very simple statement with profound implications.

The second statement made by Elder Hamilton that had an impact on me he introduced by saying; Someone once said –

“Jesus wants to guide your footsteps, but you have to move your feet!”

The way I look at this statement is that God is ever ready to help and guide you.  But you have to make the effort both to ask for that help, and to do something about it once you receive the answers or guidance he gives to you. he is not going to do everything for you, but he will help you to help yourself.

Well once again we come to the end of my quote post, and so I bid you adieu, till the next time.

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Quote of The Day

Well the weekend is over and I must apologise for not posting yesterday, like I said that I would. Yesterday was spent in watching video’s of the 186th semi annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Though we only got to watch the 2 sunday sessions of conference my wife and I enjoyed the talks given by the general authorities of the church.
Later in the evening we had a friend come over to share a meal with us. So that is why i didn’t post a quote yesterday.

I would like to share with you a quote from James E Faust, an Apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and who served as 2nd counsellor in the First Presidency of the Church from 1995 till his death in 2007. He spent most of his working life as a laywer, wrote a number of books, served in the united states army air corps during WW2, reaching the rank of 1st lieutant at the time of his discharge from the army air corps.  he also served in the Utah State  legislature.Was app ointed by President John F Kennedy to the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and was an advisor to the American Bar Journal.

In an article written for a Church magazine, (Liahona, pg 5) in 2003, Pres Faust made this statement in regards to family life and how we can strengthen it, which I think is even more relevant now than it was then.

“One of the main problems in society today is that we spend less and
less time together. Some, even when they are together, spend an
extraordinary amount of time in front of the television, which robs them of personal time for reinforcing feelings of self-worth. Family home evenings give individuals and families important time to talk and listen as parents and children, brothers and sisters, spouses, and friends. Time together is precious–time needed to encourage and to show how to do things. Less time together can result in loneliness, which may produce feelings of being unsupported, untreasured, and
inadequate.”

Pres James E Faust

Time spent together as family is precious. Parents need to spend time with their children just as much as children need to spend time with their parents. Commuication with one another can be of great benifit to all parties involved, we get to know each other and learn from each other. Drawing us closer to each other, strengthening those family bonds.

Which reminds me of another quote.

“Take a moment to hear today what your children have to say.  Listen today . . . . Whatever you do or they won’t be there . . . . . to listen to you.”

Thats it from me for today. So until next time have fun people.

 

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Quote of the Day

First off an apology as I din’t get to post yesterday due to family & other commitments.  And since i didn’t get to post yesterday you get a double dose today.

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and this weekend is our General Conference weekend where our leaders give us guidence and direction.  the folowing quote is from an article in a church magazine called the “Ensign.” The  article was written by Joseph B Wirthlin, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The article is entitled “Finding A Safe harbour” and can be found in the May 2000 issue of the above magazine on page 59.

“In our own storms in life the Savior is our solace and our sanctuary.  If we seek peace, we must come unto Him…The gospel gives us that harbor of enduring safety and security.  The living prophet and the apostles today are as lighthouses in the storm.  Steer towards the light of the restored gospel and the inspired teachings of those who represent the Lord on earth.”

 Joseph B Wirthlin

Next  I would like you to about what you want most in life as the next quote gives an idea in how you can achieve it.  Unfortunately I cannot tell you who said it, but it does contain a lot of truth.

“We become what we think . .  . . . Always.”

So I hope you find value in these two quotes.  Until tomorrow.

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Friendship

Some 35 years ago when I served as a proselyting missionary for, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”, I learned a little saying that has guided my life since that time.

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

I think that this is self-explanatory in that if you want to impart your knowledge to someone in order to help them; they need to know that you care about them as an individual or person, and not as a means to an end or a statistic. Another that goes along with it is:

“Friendship is a plant we must water often.”

While I served as a missionary my mission president called me and asked me to get him a copy of a poem that my mother had related while he attended a conference in Sydney, Australia. It was called; Touching Shoulders, unfortunately I do not know who wrote it originally. But it relates the value of friendship and how good friendships can strengthen us.

 

Touching Shoulders

There’s comforting thought at the close of day,
When I’m weary, lonely and sad,
That sort of grips hold of my crusty old heart and bids it be merry and glad
It gets in my soul and drives out the blues,
And finally thrills through and through
It is just a sweet memory that chants the refrain,
“I’m glad I touched shoulders with you”.

Did you know that you were brave, did you know you were strong?
Did you know that there was one leaning hard?
Did you know that I waited, listened and prayed
And was cheered by your simplest word.
Did you know that I longed for that smile on your face?
For the sound of your voice ringing true.
Did you know that I grew stronger and better because I had merely
Touched shoulders with you!

I am glad that I live; that I battle and strive
For the place that I know that I must fill
I am thankful for sorrows; I’ll meet with a grin.
What fortune may send, good or ill.
I may not have wealth, I may not be great,
But I know I shall always be true.
For I have in my life that courage you gave,
When once I rubbed shoulders with you.

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