Sunday, 30 November 2008


I struggle with depression, anxiety depression to be exact I frequently find life unbearably hard to do even the simplest things. Thankfully there are times when life is better, its at these times I have to soak up all I need to build my spiritual, emotional, temporal reservoirs so that I can try to endure to the end. I would like to share with you some of the resources which I use to try to keep my head above water. Today, I read an article by Ezra Taft Benson in the Oct 1986 Ensign "Do not Despair"

Personal Notes and reflections:-
Those who are heavy-laden with despair should come unto the Lord, for his yoke is easy and his burden is light. Matt. 11:28–30
steps to take to help alleviate and avoid depression

First, repentance - Am I in Harmony with the Lord and the gospel?

Second, prayer. Prayer in the hour of need is a great boon. From simple trials to our Gethsemane's, prayer—persistent prayer—can put us in touch with God, our greatest source of comfort and counsel. “Pray always, that you may come off conqueror.” (D&C 10:5.)
“Exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me” is how the young Joseph Smith describes the method that he used in the Sacred Grove to keep the adversary from destroying him. (JS—H 1:16.) This is also a key to use in keeping depression from destroying us.

Third, service. To lose yourself in righteous service to others can lift your sights and get your mind off personal problems, or at least put them in proper focus

Fourth, work. The earth was cursed for Adam’s sake. Work is our blessing, not our doom. God has a work to do, and so should we

Fifth, health. The condition of the physical body can affect the spirit. That’s why the Lord gave us the Word of Wisdom. He also said that we should retire to our beds early and arise early (see D&C 88:124), that we should not run faster than we have strength (see D&C 10:4), and that we should use moderation in all good things. In general, the more food we eat in its natural state—without additives—and the less it is refined, the healthier it will be for us. Food can affect the mind, and deficiencies of certain elements in the body can promote mental depression. A good physical examination periodically is a safeguard and may spot problems that can be remedied. Rest and physical exercise are essential, and a walk in the fresh air can refresh the spirit. Wholesome recreation is part of our religion and is a necessary change of pace; even its anticipation can lift the spirit.

Sixth, reading. Many a man in his hour of trial has turned to the Book of Mormon and been enlightened, enlivened, and comforted.

Seventh, blessing. In a particularly stressful time, or in the anticipation of a critical event, one can seek for a blessing under the hands of the priesthood.

Eighth, fasting. A certain kind of devil goes not out except by fasting and prayer, the scriptures tell us. (See Matt. 17:14–21.) Periodic fasting can help clear up the mind and strengthen the body and the spirit

Ninth, friends. The fellowship of true friends who can hear you out, share your joys, help carry your burdens, and correctly counsel you is priceless. For one who has been in the prison of depression, the words of the Prophet Joseph Smith have special meaning: “How sweet the voice of a friend is; one token of friendship from any source whatever awakens and calls into action every sympathetic feeling.”

Tenth, music. Inspiring music may fill the soul with heavenly thoughts, move one to righteous action, or speak peace to the soul. When Saul was troubled with an evil spirit, David played for him with his harp; Saul was refreshed and the evil spirit departed. (See 1 Sam. 16:23.)

Eleventh, endurance. And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high.” (D&C 121:7–8.)

Irvine Ward, Paisley Stake, Scotland

"We encourage you wherever you may live in the world to prepare for adversity by looking to the condition of your finances. We urge you to be modest in your expenditures; discipline yourselves in your purchases to avoid debt. . . . If you have paid your debts and have a financial reserve, even though it be small, you and your family will feel more secure and enjoy greater peace in your hearts."—The First Presidency, All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Finances, Feb. 2007, 1

Today we, my 3 children, 1 husband, myself and 1 friend all attended the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Irvine Ward, Paisley Stake,Scotland. I'm afraid I got off to an early start with my Christmas preparations by giving our my Christmas everyone today, I also gave them a poem and a rock (fished from our local beach)which I used stamp and ink of a flower then hand painted it and carefully painted the word "pray" on to it. The poem says....

(Author Unknown)

I'm your little prayer rock
and this is what I'll do.
Just put me on your pillow
'til the day is through.

Then turn back the covers
and climb into your bed,
and, whack! your little prayer rock
will bump you on the head.

Then you will remember
as the day is through,
to kneel and say your prayers
as you intended to.

Then when you are finished
dump me on the floor.
I'll stay there through the nighttime
to give you help once more.

When you get up next morning,
clunk! I stub your toe,
so that you will remember
your prayers before you go.

Put me back upon your pillow
when your bed is made,
and your clever little prayer rock
will continue in your aid.

Because your Heavenly Father
cares and loves you so,
He wants you to remember
to talk to Him, you know.

Our High Councilman from the stake was the main speaker in sacrament and on the council from the stake president talked on the theme of "Debt and staying out of it, following the prophets council by paying tithing and gathering food storage" It was fascinating.... Sean and I have been working really hard on gathering our food stores thankfully most of us will survive for at least a few weeks however my daughter is likely to die within the first few days after our supply of super noodles has gone....what are we going to do with her!

A Day in the Temple

We were of to a rough start as our alarm failed to go off however I woke early on hearing the occupants of an other room of the temple accommodation centre so with great haste we endeavored to arrive in good time for our visit to the temple. We spent the whole morning working in various areas of the temple which left us feeling greatly blessed and wanting to go back as soon as possible. After a quick meal we were all ready for travelling back home leaving at 2.30pm and arriving back home in Scotland at 8.30pm It took us a little longer due to the frost and fog all the way home. It's great going away especially to the temple however the traveling aaaahhhh! I really should count my blessings that we can get to the temple so frequently there are many who are unable to get to the temple at all.

Trip to Preston Temple

We went to the Preston Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints this weekend. We left about 6pm and arrived nearly 5hours later at 11pm, road weary and tired however our spirits rose dramatically when on entering the ground we saw the temple shine through the darkness and fog like a christmas card. There was a beautiful nativity set up with large christmas trees draped tastefully with pure white lights. We went for a walk up to the temple gates to really appreciate the beauty of the temple at night.

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