Ransom Family

Random Ramblings and Happenings

Wedding and Easter

on April 20, 2014

We dyed Easter eggs with some friends on Friday afternoon.  We were busy all weekend and this was the only time to squeeze that little tradition in.  Luckily, our kids all like to eat boiled eggs too.

They each just did three or four, which was perfect because that’s right about when one of the little bowls spilled on our carpeted floor…awesome.  Good thing I didn’t clean that carpet yet.
Saturday morning Andy and I went to the Temple and went through the earliest session before his aunt’s sealing at 10am.  It was great (and it had been too long!)
Andy’s Grandma Ellen and Paul after the sealing.
It was a gorgeous day!
These two compliment each other so well.  We are going to miss them when they move this week.
We went to their delicious luncheon and then Elizabeth and Olivia helped decorate for the reception and a cousin brought them home.  I took a nap.  I was exhausted because I worked until 11:30 Friday night (after running errands and doing stuff all day long) and we woke up at 5:30am to get ready for the Temple.
The reception was lovely. Another family had a reception there Friday night and left the false ceiling and backdrops up for this reception, so that was really nice.
Vincent’s new best friend.  They had a good time together talking about everything.
The happy bride and groom.
The kids found a little corner in the hallway where we could see them and pulled some chairs over to make a bus.  Abby found some scriptures to read to her cousin Reagan.
Abby could be found sneaking food anytime we wondered where she was.
We went home and got the kids to bed late.  Somehow the Easter Bunny still made it to our house.
There were cute little animals with jelly beans in them for each kid.
Olivia and Elizabeth found a new video game to play together this weekend and got right on that after examining their baskets.
Abby finally woke up about 9:30 in the morning and headed out to check her basket.  The Easter Bunny brought each of the kids a ten color pen too!
We went to church early so Andy and Olivia could practice with the choir.  I gave a talk in Sacrament meeting (Most of it’s at the bottom of this post if you’re interested.  Some things I threw in as I went.)
After church we rested for a little while before going to George and Shirley’s for dinner with the family.  Torrie and I arranged to do a little Easter egg hunt too because our kids hadn’t done that this year.  I made 12 eggs for each kid so that’s how many they were supposed to find.  Vincent had seven, so I made him tell me how many more he needed to find (although Abby had like 24, so she ended up sharing some with everyone else.)
Olivia in her Christmas dress with an additional shirt from Grandma Shirley because the sequins were scratching her arms.
Abby NOT making a nice face for me after the egg hunt.
That’s her Christmas dress too.  Elizabeth wore a dress my mom made me a long time ago, but the picture I took of her was blurry.  Oh well.
Happy Easter!

NaDell talk “Come Unto Me” 4-20-2014
My talk this morning is based off of President Henry B Eyring’s talk given in the April 2012 General Conference titled, “Come Unto Me”. This is kind of hard for me to do because how am I supposed to expound on what an Apostle of God says? I studied the talk and prayed and even put my name on the Temple prayer roll yesterday and finally came up with a few thoughts to add.
The talk is all about how to draw closer to Christ. President Eyring says, “In His love for us and our families, He invites us to be close to Him. Here are his words in Doctrine and Covenants 88:63, “Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”
I love the picture of Christ knocking on the door that doesn’t have a handle, just waiting for the person on the other side to let Him in. We are that person on the other side who has to open the door if we want Him in our lives. We have to let Him in. I often think of that door as having two choices; we can either let Christ in or we can ignore Him and let Satan in. There’s an obvious better choice to that scenario. I can remember getting so mad about things as a kid and refusing to pray to make myself calm down. Doing that really only hurt myself, because I was just being stubborn and letting Satan make me feel as though I wasn’t good enough to pray. You are NEVER EVER in a place where God doesn’t want to hear your prayers. It doesn’t even matter what you are worried, disappointed, or scared about because He wants to relieve you of any sadness. We just need to invite Him in to let Him because He has already paid the price for every bit of every person’s sorrows and wants to help.
President Eyring shared an example of the revelation to Oliver Cowdery that if Oliver would “Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, [then He] will encircle thee in the arms of [His] love.” What could be better than being encircled in the arms of Jesus’s love?
I was studying the painting of Christ’s appearance to the people in the Americas yesterday and noticed for the first time all of the ruined towers and destruction that had happened when Christ appeared at the Temple Bountiful. Andy and I read about that in 3rd Nephi just a little while ago and it struck me at how relieved the people looked in the painting to see Christ (and probably just to see anything because it had been so dark-not even a candle could be lit-and there were earthquakes and fires and all kinds of chaos going on before His resurrection and appearance to them. Life is like that. The world is like that. But anytime we turn to the Savior, we can feel the same relief, peace, and love that only the Holy Ghost can bring to our hearts.
President Eyring also spoke about when the resurrected Christ appeared to the eleven disciples (Judas was no longer with them). Jesus reviewed the prophesies of His mission to come to the Earth to atone for the sins of all His Father’s children and to break the bands of death. Christ said unto them, “Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.” The Savior’s words are true as well for us as they were for His disciples then. We are witnesses of these things.” What does being a witness mean? According to Merriam Webster dictionary,
It means attestation of a fact or event : TESTIMONY
one that gives evidence; specifically : one who testifies in a cause or before a judicial tribunal
one asked to be present at a transaction so as to be able to testify to its having taken place
one who has personal knowledge of something
something serving as evidence or proof : SIGN
public affirmation by word or example of usually religious faith or conviction

So if we are witnesses of Christ, we can testify of our faith in Him. We can show others Christlike behavior so they can know Him because they know us. It sounds easier than it is sometimes, but that’s what one of our biggest goals on this Earth should be; to have Christlike behavior and be a disciple of Christ.
At the waters of Mormon, Alma said unto the people who gathered there, “Behold, here are the waters of Mormon and now as ye are desireous to come into the fold of God, and to be called His people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life-now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before Him that ye have entered into a covenant with Him, that ye will serve Him and keep His commandments, that He may pour our His Spirit more abundantly upon you? And now when the people had heard these words, they clapped their hands for joy, and exclaimed, This is the desire of our hearts!”
President Eyring says, “We are under covenant to both lift up those in need and to be witnesses of the Savior as long as we live. We will be able to do it without fail ONLY as we feel love for the Savior and His love for us. As we are faithful to the promises we have made, we will feel our love for Him. It will increase because we will feel His power and His drawing near to us in His service.”
“As we give devoted service to Him, He draws closer to those we love in our families.” I see this whenever I help someone. I can see how He is working in their life as well as my life to make hearts soften, guilt cease, and testimonies grow. I believe that if we focus on Christlike service, we will become like Him. If someone wanted to be a mountain climber, they probably wouldn’t sit around watching tv all the time. They’d be out strengthening their muscles and stamina and climbing small mountains until they are prepared to conquer large mountains. Likewise, if you want to BE Christlike, you behave as He would. You wouldn’t just think it would be nice to help others. You would do it. Like the old saying, “Actions speak louder than words”.
When you set a goal, you should break it up into manageable pieces. You probably can’t paint your whole house in a day or lose 50 pounds in a week, but if you are determined and persistent, the job will get done. By small and simple things are great things brought to pass. Will it be hard though? Probably. If it’s easy, you may not learn what you need to learn. If you really lost 50 pounds in a week, would that change your lifelong exercise and eating habits? Or would you just think if it was easy to lose, it wouldn’t matter if you gained it back? It has to be a habit. The same is true for acting Christlike. First, you need to know what He would do. You can learn that by various ways such as studying the scriptures, reading conference talks, praying, and giving service.
President Eyring said, “My promise to you who pray and serve the Lord cannot be that you will have every blessing you may wish for yourself and your family. But I can promise you that the Savior will draw close to you and bless you and your family with what is best. You will have the comfort of His love and feel the answer of His drawing closer as you reach out your arms in giving service to others. As you bind up the wounds of those in need and offer the cleansing of His Atonement to those who sorrow in sin, the Lord’s power will sustain you. His arms are outstretched with yours to succor and bless the children of our Heavenly Father, including those in your family. There is a glorious homecoming prepared for us. We will then see fulfilled the promise of the Lord we have loved. It is He who welcomes us into eternal life with Him and our Heavenly Father.”
“Every covenant servant of His within His kingdom on earth and in the spirit world will receive His guidance by the Spirit as they bless and serve others for Him. And they will feel His love and find joy in being drawn closer to Him.”
I read in the April visiting teaching message something I’d like to share with you that the General Relief Society president Linda K Burton said. She said, “Heavenly Father sent His only Begotten and perfect Son to suffer for our sins, our heartaches, and all that seems unfair in our own individual lives. One woman who had been through years of trial and sorrow said through her tears, ‘I have come to realize that I am like an old 20 dollar bill-crumpled, torn, dirty, abused, and scarred. But I am still worth the full 20 dollars. This woman knows that she was worth enough to God to send His Son to atone for her, individually.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone could feel like they were worth it too? Do we help others feel worth the whole 20 dollars? I hope we try.
I know that Jesus Christ came to Earth to fulfill His mission and the prophesies that had been given hundreds of years before His birth that He would suffer for us, die for us, and be resurrected that we may each be resurrected and be able to live with Him again. What a beautiful promise He gives to everyone. I know He lives and loves us, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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