Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Messages of hope and stockings for our troops again!


First of all congratulations to all of my friends who voted for Obama for President! My prayers go out for Obama and all whom he will choose to serve with him. These are difficult days to be on the earth, and let alone to be serving in such a capacity. They will need our prayers.

To my fellow Conservative friends and family and associates, please don't lose hope, or heart. We have so much good we can do, so much good news and happiness to share with others, and we need to do that always!

I wanted to share some messages of hope from talks given at the recent General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

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"The adversary uses despair to bind hearts and minds in suffocating darkness. Despair drains from us all that is vibrant and joyful and leaves behind the empty remnants of what life was meant to be. Despair kills ambition, advances sickness, pollutes the soul, and deadens the heart. Despair can seem like a staircase that leads only and forever downward.

Hope, on the other hand, is like the beam of sunlight rising up and above the horizon of our present circumstances. It pierces the darkness with a brilliant dawn. It encourages and inspires us to place our trust in the loving care of an eternal Heavenly Father, who has prepared a way for those who seek for eternal truth in a world of relativism, confusion, and of fear."
(President Dieter F. Uchtdorf-2nd councelor in the 1st presidency - Oct 2008)

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(President Thomas S. Monson - President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Oct 2008)

"I assure you that our Heavenly Father is mindful of the challenges we face in the world today. He loves each of us and will bless us as we strive to keep His commandments and seek Him through prayer.

We are a global church, brothers and sisters. Our membership is found throughout the world. May we be good citizens of the nations in which we live and good neighbors in our communities, reaching out to those of other faiths, as well as to our own. May we be men and women of honesty and integrity in everything we do.

There are those throughout the world who are hungry; there are those who are destitute. Working together, we can alleviate suffering and provide for those in need. In addition to the service you give as you care for one another, your contributions to the funds of the Church enable us to respond almost immediately when disasters occur anywhere in the world. We are nearly always among the first on the scene to provide whatever assistance we can. We thank you for your generosity."

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Now, a repeat of the little stocking project I am posting for Julie.
"I am trying to get 850 mini socks knitted up to send to a group of men that go out and neutralize the IED’s before any of the other soldiers and stuff go through. They are brave courageous men, risking their lives every day to keep other soldiers safe.

Becky Washburn’s son Peter is their Chaplain and has told his mother that 1/2 of his men get nothing in the mail from home. Becky came up with the idea to knit mini Christmas socks and fill them with candy and gum.
So I am putting out a plea to help us knit 850 socks by Nov 30th. Here is the pattern for the mini sock. It is VERY simple to knit:) you don’t even have to know how to knit socks:)

They can be any yarn and any color you want:) just so they are at least 4” from top to bottom.
http://www.jeangreenhowe.com/Images/Mini_Christmas_Stockings.pdf"

For a mailing address and more info if you need it, you can email Julie here!

Julie has also said we can make them with any pattern we wish, and they can be knitted, crocheted or sewn as long as they are about 4" in height. For a few more patterns:

Jan's mini Stocking - (K)

Free mini Crochet stocking pattern (C)

Mini Christmas Stocking with heel (K)

Mini Christmas stocking in single crochet (C)

Mini Stocking by Seafore... (C)

Stocking Ornament (crocheted) (C)


Make the most of today! Help those in need! Love those children and grandchildren! Smile at all and rejoice that we are here on earth at this time.

HUG THE ONES YOU LOVE!
Bev

1 comment:

Gayle said...

Appreciate your thoughts. I do like reading your blog. I felt that some of the battle was won on prosition 8 in CA, 102 in AZ and FL. Bishop Edgley gave a great devotional talk on Hope this last Tuesday for devotional. The words of our leaders bring peace during these troubling times.
Happy Stitching,