Columbus Day, celebrate or not?

Monument to Christopher Columbus (by Odoardo Tabacchi, 1892), Santa Margherita Ligure, Liguria, Italy

This week, on the 12th, we celebrate the 575th year of Columbus discovering America. There is much buzz and degrading of his character. So much so that Columbus day is hardly even looked at or noticed any more. Some States have decided to change it to “Indigenous People” day. This subject has given me much to ponder on.

My 6th-grade teacher taught me that Columbus wasn’t a great man and that he really wasn’t the one who discovered America. I trusted her and therefore believed her. It wasn’t until I was in a book club where we read the book “Christopher Columbus, an LDS Perspective” that I changed my belief.

In this book, they show how he was led at a specific time, how God was ready to have others join this “hidden land.” How Christopher followed the spirit and had the “prince of American” Angle Moroni help him. My favorite story was when he had forgotten his purpose and had fallen. He finds himself alone on the ship one day and calls upon the Lord for forgiveness, receives a special spiritual experience. Ends up being rescued and returns home to spend the rest of his life writing the “Book of Prophesy.”

How do you celebrate Columbus Day? What are your traditions?

Here are some quotations from these two books. I’ll let you decide whether or not he was called of God and if we should not remember him each year.

The Eternal God our Lord gives to all those who walk in his path victory over things that seem impossible. ~ Christopher Columbus, Book of Prophesy

“At this time I have seen and put in study to look into all the Scriptures…which our Lord opened to my understanding (I could sense his hand upon me), so that it became clear to me that it was feasible to navigate from here to the Indies and he gave me the will to execute the idea… No one should be afraid to take on any enterprise in the name of our Savior, if it is right and if the purpose is purely for his holy service… The working out of all things was entrusted by our Lord to each person…in conformity with his sovereign will…” ~ Columbus. Book of Prophecies. Fols. 4,5 rvs.,6.

“The temple work for the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence and other founding fathers has been done.  All these appeared to Wilford Woodruff when he was President of the St. George Temple.  President George Washington was ordained a High Priest at that time.  You will also be interested to know that according to Wilford Woodruff’s journal, John Wesley, Benjamin Franklin, and Christopher Columbus were also ordained High Priests at the time.  When one casts doubt upon the character of these noble sons of God, I believe he or she will have to answer to the God of heaven for it.” Ezra Taft Benson (Christopher Columbus, an LDS Perspective, pg. 72)

Rejoice Over Your Flaws!

A distressed man came to a trusted friend and said,

Stairs of a tight mountain path

“I felt confident in my journey last year, but this year I’ve noticed my flaws and imperfections in my daily life and fear I’ll not be successful in my journey.”

His friend smiled and said, “Rejoice!”

Startled, he questioned his friend as to why he was happy about his confession.

In 1 Nephi 8 we learn about the “strait and narrow” path. The word “strait” means “narrow” or “restricted” so you could say that is a “narrow and narrow” path or “narrow and narrowing” path. As we receive more from the Holy Ghost the path gets narrower and narrower.

This is great news! As we begin to notice flaws that were unnoticed before is evidence that we are now closer to the Spirit than before. As we draw closer and closer to God the “light” shines much brighter on the path and we notice smaller and smaller things. This is a “sign” that you are doing better!

Once the man understood this he took a deep breath of relief and smiled. He thanked his friend and continued on his journey rejoicing. Knowledge is power! He went on to be very effective in leading others to Christ. (I learned this story from David J. Ridges in “Your Study of the Book of Mormon Made Easier”)

What flaws in your life are you noticing? Rejoice!

Join us today for our Table Talk Discussion #38 where we’ll talk about this story and share other ways to Rejoice.

What Motivates you?

There are days I am up and ready to go, I have purpose and a mission and I accomplish a lot. Then there are days I sit in bed wondering what it was I was going to do today. This rollercoaster ride has sent me on a journey to find out what motivate me or anyone for that matter.

I discovered what I believe to be a shocking answer.

I had often heard that you have to know your “why” before you can know “how” to get the things you want done done. I’ve also heard that saying your prayers and reading your scriptures gives you motivation. These have been sources of peace, but I also spent several years reading and praying constantly and still feeling depressed and unmotivated and terribly confused. “I’m doing everything I know how to do and nothing is working,” became my mantra.

Recently I was reading in the book, “Motivation Manifesto” by Brendon Burchard. In the chapter on personal freedom he brought up an interesting idea. “Personal freedom is more than just being free from pain – it is about being free to live, to truly enjoy and expand in life. It is not merely freedom from bad things that limit us, but freedom to experience good things that awaken us.”

Whoa, “what?” Personal freedom is giving myself permission to experience good things that will awaken me?

What a new concept, a new definition of personal freedom. Brendon goes on to ask this question, “could it be that this Personal Freedom, is the main motivation of mankind … so that we can genuinely express ourselves and provide more opportunities to those we love?”

Yes, that is what I want. The next question enters my mind, “What is it that awakens me?” Many years of my life I couldn’t answer that question, but today, today I can. I have many things that awaken, excite and yes, truly motivate me. On those days I sit in bed wondering what it was I was going to do today, I focus my mind on things that “awaken” me and I begin to find the energy to complete all the tasks necessary so I can study the stars, or do any of the other things that awaken me. 

Do you believe that personal freedom is the main motivation of mankind?

What is it that awakens you?

Micro Journaling

When you hear the word “Journaling” what emotions come up? If you are like me it was disgust and often guilt. I could hardly get in scripture reading in each day let alone writing. My mother would spend hours a week writing in her journal and that just didn’t fit into my schedule with eight children demanding my time. I recently discovered micro journaling and I LOVE it! It doesn’t take more time at all! I currently have seven micro journals – PLEASE don’t loose me now – start out with ONE!!!

Here are some ideas for micro journals. Choose ONE and add more when you choose.

  • what deliberate act(s) of kindness was done to me today
  • what we did in homeschool today (or yesterday)
  • what was my intake of water and/or food
  • what did I learn new today
  • what did my children say that was worth remembering
  • what insight did I gain from my scripture study
  • what service did I perform for my husband (family/neighbors)
  • how did I work on my long term goals today
  • how did I overcome a weakness today
  • how did I build connection before correction today
  • what did I discover new about myself

Choose one of these journals or choose one of these questions to answer each day. You can add new micro journals or bullet point things in one journal. However you decide to do it the rewards of keeping record are innumerable and the guilt will go away!

My favorite micro journal at this time is my homeschooling journal. I LOVE going back and seeing the things we have learned and the discussions we’ve had. Micro-journaling has not only brought me less guilt but a whole lot more confidence! 🙂

What micro journal did you choose to start?


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