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Blessed Are the Merciful

This is my favorite beatitude: "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." (Matthew 5:7)

Showing mercy to others encompasses the Christ-like qualities of compassion, charity and forgiveness.

Psalms 145:9 reads: The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

When we recognize the ways our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ, are merciful to us, it becomes easier to extend mercy unto others, especially those who have hurt and offended us in any way. And, when we offer mercy to others, we have the promise to receive mercy for ourselves.

How can we be more merciful? We can start with our own words and actions towards others. As we interact with family, friends, neighbors and strangers, we can see them as sons and daughters of God, loved, just as we are, by a merciful and kind Father in Heaven. We can remember that we are just as imperfect as the next person, and we make mistakes and require repentance and forgiveness just as much as the…

Marcus Said It

While I was opening my birthday gifts today, Marcus was on a roll. Here are a few things he said:

"You may not feel old, but that does not mean I don't feel you're old!"
"Mom, your hair isn't turning gray. It's turning silver and that means you're wise!"
"Can we have cake now? That's the only reason to have a birthday. That and celebrating the other person's life."
Thank you, Son, for making me laugh on my birthday.

Family Pictures


My Monarch Butterfly Pictures

I took these pictures on the grounds of the Logan temple.

There were some big bumble bees around, too.  While on the temple grounds, we had a family home evening to prepare for the Ogden temple rededication this Sunday.

Ever wonder why Mormons (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) build temples?

Zach's Homecoming

Darcie, Laura, and my creative friend, Steph, made this awesome banner for Zach.
Steph designed this amazing poster for our door. Thanks, Steph! What would I do without you?
Zach with the superb Metcalf family. It was so great to see you again. Thanks for driving all the way here.
Zach with the awesome Ricord family.
Zach with his Great-Grandma, Joyce. We love you, Grandma!
Zach with his Aunt Josefina and her mom. :)
Zach with top-chef Dean, beautiful Carly and talented Dakota. We missed you, Kinlyn.
Zach with the lovely Brittney and her fabulous family. It was so nice to meet all you beautiful gals and your adorable little brother.
Zach with the incredible Madsen family. Zach with the totally stupendous Madsen family.
Zach with the simply-wonderful Ricord family.
Zach and Katie. Katie, you rock!
Zach with his cute little cousins.
Zach with his terrific Aunt Amara. Zach and his Grandma Madsen.
Zach and his Uncle Danny. The rest of you slipped away before I could take a picture of y…

Welcome Home Elder Madsen!

We welcomed Zach home from his mission on Thursday, September 11th.

Thank you to all our family who came to the airport to welcome him home.

Fall Decorating

I love Autumn! I decorated around my living room, entry way and the flower bed just outside my front door, celebrating the season.

Do you decorate for Fall? What's your favorite part of Autumn?

Elder Madsen's Last Mission Pictures

Brother Scott and Elder Madsen traded ties.
Elder Madsen with the Demes family.
Elder Madsen with the YSA branch. Elder Madsen, Elder Call, and another Zach, who is the YSA mission leader. Elder Madsen and Franky
Elder Madsen and Kayleigh Elder Madsen and the other Demes family. Yes, they are related.
Elder Call and Elder Madsen