Sunday, April 29, 2012

Turning the Hearts and Hands

My Third Grandson - Born this Sabbath Morning
The Spirit of Elijah is to turn the hearts but there is also something about the hands.

Fairly recently in a time of personal challenge, I felt the clear impression of the spirits of ancestors expressing concern for my well-being. The thought conveyed was that they were doing all they could to bless me from where they were, but there was someone of family present with physical hands of priesthood blessing. I went and sought a blessing of comfort from my grown son who is to be married in the Salt Lake Temple in 12 days. And comfort came. That's all I will say about that in a public forum. But I seem to be on pretty firm doctrinal ground based on Elder Scott's talk in the last Conference. There is something important spiritually about the physical world.

It was my oldest daughter and son-in-law who brought the latest gift into my world today, a beautiful baby boy. The third (so far).

What a miracle it is that love expands without any loss the larger the family grows!

This has to be what it's all about.

My oldest Daughter with my youngest Grandson


  1. (Anonymous/M) What I like about your blog is that it mirrors pretty closely my own present preoccupations. I have two great-grandsons, joined last month by a little baby girl. Two wonderful grandsons are playing mission-tag. One came back from New Zealand last month. We said goodbye to his brother today on his way to Tokyo. Last night, their older sister announced her engagement to a fine young man. Throughout all this happiness, I have felt the burden of almost overwhelming problems that I not sure I can handle and sought a blessing at the hands of son and grandson. I feel the help from family both present and gone. Yes, indeed, this has to be what it is all about.

  2. Congratulations to you and yours. It really is what it's all about.

    "There is something important spiritually about the physical world."

    I just want to second this. One of the things I love most about ordinances is the embodiment of commitment and principle they represent. Our faith is not limited to thought and belief; rather, we involve our whole souls (body and spirit) in our religious expressions. I love that.

  3. One more thing:

    I don't know if you've read the following post, since it was published almost exactly five years ago, but it is one of my favorites of all time. The imagery is stunning, and it relates directly to your post.

    "To the Pastor" (

    1. Yes. Thanks, Papa D. That's a wonderful post by Margaret Blair Young which I highly recommend and is on the same theme (you have to copy and paste the url in these blogger comments).


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