November 30, 2014

“Turquoise Volleyballs”

“Turquoise Volleyballs”





Dreaming of my memories

delightful days in the sun

bringing all sorts of visions

even turquoise volleyballs

beautiful colors vibrating

causing rainbows above

oh great was this love

all my person radiating

from turquoise volleyballs

dreams in such revisions

in my mind having fun

dreaming of my memories!


Copyright © 2014 – cji


“Special Wishes”

“Special Wishes”

(Joyce’s Birthday)





Special wishes for you this day

someone who brings happiness

into the lives of so many about

creating visions into reality

presentations of flowers awe

tenderness of feelings shared

caring for all – none excepted

giving nourishment and peace

special wishes dear Joyce

your birthday on this day

remembering many more

past – present and future

you bring so much happiness

this day our special wishes!


Copyright © 2014 – cji

Visiting Teach Message December 2014

Visiting Teaching Message December 2014

This is part of a series of Visiting Teaching Messages featuring aspects of the mission of the Savior.

“The Savior is the source of true peace,” said Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “Even with the trials of life, because of the Savior’s Atonement and His grace, righteous living will be rewarded with personal peace.”1 Understanding that Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace can help us find inner peace and increase our faith in Him.

Jesus Christ said: “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Bearing testimony of that truth, Linda S. Reeves, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, said: “The Lord has been merciful to me and has helped make my burdens light. He has helped me to feel great peace.”2

Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught: “The ideal place for … peace is within the walls of our own homes, where we have done all we can to make the Lord Jesus Christ the centerpiece.”3

Additional Scriptures

From the Scriptures

Isaiah prophesied of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace (see Isaiah 9:6). In the Americas, Samuel the Lamanite told of signs that would accompany Christ’s birth five years later (see Helaman 14:3, 5). As the prophesied day approached, unbelievers threatened to execute all the Christians if these signs did not occur. The prophet Nephi “cried mightily unto the Lord all that day; and behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, saying: … On the morrow come I into the world” (3 Nephi 1:12–13). The signs appeared, and with the birth of Christ, “the people began again to have peace in the land” (verse 23).

In Bethlehem, Mary “brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:7).

Consider This

In what ways does the Savior bring peace to your life?


“True Peace”





True peace comes within

knowing obedience in all

wavering not one whit

the Savior is the peace

from Father’s Commands

doing what is right always

putting forth all our effort

doing all we can do here

knowing not of the world

but of the peace eternal

learning to know the Savior

coming from obedience

within comes our peace!


Copyright © 2014 – cji


Home Teaching December 2014

“We’ve A Direction Given”





To each a mission to fulfill

setting forth an example

being in the service to God

showing forth to all his love;


Many think this a bitter pill

distaining to be an example

serving some worldly god

their will on others to shove;


We’ve a direction given today

choosing to follow Father’s way

thus the Spirit we’re to obey

an eternal course we’ll stay!


Copyright © 2014 – cji


Fill the World with Christ’s Love

When we think of Christmas, we often think of giving and of receiving gifts. Gifts can be part of a cherished tradition, but they can also detract from the simple dignity of the season and distract us from celebrating the birth of our Savior in a meaningful way.

I know from personal experience that the most memorable Christmases can be those that are the most humble. The presents of my childhood were certainly modest by today’s standards. Sometimes I received a mended shirt or a pair of gloves or socks. I remember one special Christmas when my brother gave me a wooden knife he had carved.

It doesn’t take expensive gifts to make Christmas meaningful. I am reminded of a story told by Elder Glen L. Rudd, who served as a member of the Seventy from 1987 to 1992. One day before Christmas a number of years ago, while he was managing a bishops’ storehouse, he learned from an ecclesiastical leader about a needy family that had recently moved to the city. When he went to visit their small apartment, he discovered a young single mother with four children under age 10.

The family’s needs were so great that the mother could not buy treats or presents for her children that Christmas—she couldn’t even afford a tree. Brother Rudd talked with the family and learned that the three little girls would love a doll or a stuffed animal. When he asked the six-year-old son what he wanted, the hungry little boy replied, “I would like a bowl of oatmeal.”

Brother Rudd promised the little boy oatmeal and maybe something else. Then he went to the bishops’ storehouse and gathered food and other supplies to meet the immediate needs of the family.

That very morning a generous Latter-day Saint had given him 50 dollars “for someone in need.” Using that donation, Brother Rudd bundled up three of his own children and went Christmas shopping—his children selecting toys for the needy children.

After loading up the car with food, clothing, gifts, a Christmas tree, and some ornaments, the Rudds drove to the family’s apartment. There they helped the mother and her children set up the tree. Then they placed presents under it and presented the little boy with a large package of oatmeal.

The mother wept, the children rejoiced, and they all sang a Christmas song. That night as the Rudd family gathered for dinner, they gave thanks that they could bring some Christmas cheer to another family and help a little boy receive a bowl of oatmeal.1

Christ and the Spirit of Giving

Think of the simple yet dignified way our Heavenly Father chose to honor the birth of His Son. On that holy night, angels appeared not to the rich but to shepherds. The Christ child was born not in a mansion but in a manger. He was wrapped not in silk but in swaddling clothes.

The simplicity of that first Christmas foreshadowed the life of the Savior. Though He had created the earth, walked in realms of majesty and glory, and stood at the right hand of the Father, He came to earth as a helpless child. His life was a model of modest nobility, and He walked among the poor, the sick, the downcast, and the heavy laden.

Though He was a king, He cared neither for the honors nor the riches of men. His life, His words, and His daily activities were monuments of simple yet profound dignity.

Jesus the Christ, who knew perfectly how to give, set for us the pattern for giving. To those whose hearts are heavy with loneliness and sorrow, He brings compassion and comfort. To those whose bodies and minds are afflicted with illness and suffering, He brings love and healing. To those whose souls are burdened with sin, He offers hope, forgiveness, and redemption.

If the Savior were among us today, we would find Him where He always was—ministering to the meek, the downcast, the humble, the distressed, and the poor in spirit. During this Christmas season and always, may we give to Him by loving as He loves. May we remember the humble dignity of His birth, gifts, and life. And may we, through simple acts of kindness, charity, and compassion, fill the world with the light of His love and healing power.

Teaching from This Message

President Uchtdorf teaches that we should follow the Savior’s pattern of giving. Consider asking the people you visit to take turns naming a gift the Savior has given to them, and discuss how they can use that gift to serve others. For example, if a member was blessed with musical training, he or she could go caroling to some of the neighbors. You could offer to kneel in prayer with those you visit, asking for inspiration about which gifts to share, how to share them, and with whom. Follow up on any inspiration you receive.

For ideas on teaching this message to youth and children, see below.


Learn from Others’ Experience


President Uchtdorf speaks from personal experience when he teaches that “the most memorable Christmases can be those that are the most humble.” We can learn so much from the older generation; many adults have lived through times of war, unemployment, sickness, or other trials. Ask the older members of your ward or branch to tell you about their most meaningful Christmas. You could write down their stories. Try to learn from their example by focusing this Christmas more on giving sincere service and remembering the Savior.


Gifts from Jesus Christ

Some people use a Christmas tree to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Sometimes people place gifts for others under the tree. What gifts has the Savior given to you? Read each scripture below and color in the gift. You can give gifts back to Jesus by finding ways to help others.

November 29, 2014

“Repetitive Training”

“Repetitive Training”





Each Sabbath Day to repeat

over and over and then again

repetitive training in the truth

recognizing the feel of warmth

knowing the literalness of God

grasping the Atonement for us

repetitive training if done in truth

rather some repeat just illusion

unwilling to sacrifice being wrong

grasping to teach something else

saying the Bible not taken literal

teaching Creeds long confused

repetitive training right or wrong

lasts one a lifetime in choices

either on the road to Babylon

or on another road to Zion

over and over and then again

each Sabbath Day to repeat!


Copyright © 2014 – cji

“The Beauty and the Thorns”

Happy Thanksgiving Brother Chuck. ....... We don't crush roses. We appreciate the beauty and the thorns.

“The Beauty and the Thorns”





Fragile our life’s can be today

seeking for the beauty often

instead encountering thorns

each day ours to be lived fully

remembered for doing good

knowing even so there’s thorns

thus spreading healing balm

sharing smiles and also tears

embraces of love – friendship

giving both beauty and warmth

healing the thorns which enjoin

for life is very fragile when lived

amid the beauty and the thorns!



Copyright © 2014 – cji


November 28, 2014

“Coming to Grips”

“Coming to Grips”





Within my favorite woods

sensing the swamp near

also the chill and cold

seeing wild hogs about

taking photos not shots

feeling the wintertime

finding strength leaving

enjoying the calm quiet

coming to grips with age

winter advancing faster

knowing the chill so real

while senses still alert

hearing the forest sounds

slowed more than before

with the swamp ever near

my favorite woods within!


Copyright © 2014 – cji


“Please Listen”

“Please Listen”





A nation which denies God

is no longer a nation at all

allowing others demanding

profaning the name of Deity

and doing nothing about it

calling upon the Father

while being non-obedient

decrying religion as valid

except it be in sports/tv

going to the movies often

Sabbath’s no longer holy

please listen then to hear

what the Scriptures proclaim

and what our nation’s lost

at mortalities terrible cost

as the Sabbath Day

no longer for the Father

unable to pray in faith

a nation dying from within

allowing others to demand

that there is no God!


Copyright © 2014 – cji

November 26, 2014

"Will Surely Die"

“One has to make choices and some have very tender feelings. One can only crush a rose so many times until it no longer can revive – and if not revived – will surely die!” cji 2/27/14


“Will Surely Die”





Events within our world

seeking ever to destroy

fulfilling all of the Prophets

till no more left to learn

John spoke truthfully

Isaiah, Jerimiah, Nahum

Nephi, Alma, Jacob

even those today alive

forewarning – foretelling

divisions, dissentions, evil

men seeking after their lusts

women not a whit behind

leaders full of greed

worshiping false idols

having crushed the rose

it will surely die forever

within the hearts of many

when too late to bow

forgetting even why

seeking ever to destroy

our world within events!


Copyright © 2014 – cji


November 25, 2014

“Beliefs on the Line”

“Beliefs on the Line”





Understanding to believe

simply no longer enough

actions are telling the truth

words simply not enough

who you are-what you are

public and in private time

beliefs on the line each day

every moment on each life

becoming all you can be

serving others being selfless

knowing all you can be

beliefs clearly seen today

actions of those in truth!



Copyright © 2014 – cji