Missions are Fun

Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

A missionary is someone who leaves his or her home for a little while so others can have their families forever.

Curious about Mormons? Go to the source and find real people at mormon.org--read what they believe and have live chats if you wish! (an official Church website)

Or, go to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, official web site: lds.org.

Note: The Blain's England Manchester Mission blog is a personal blog that is not endorsed, approved, or sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Our Mission Scriptures

Our Mission Scriptures:

"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)

" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

You are My Sunshine!

Tell me, doesn't the picture of this little plastic bobbing flower make you smile?


While we were remodeling our kitchen, my husband accidentally broke my happy flower and I was very sad, but he replaced it the other day with one exactly like the one he'd broken!  I had to giggle at the stuff written on the outside of the box.  The company obviously has a great sense of humor.

Here is what it says:  "Two's Company, Inc. assumes no responsibility for excess effects of euphoria inspired Bee Happy (trademark).  Please employ common sense and general caution while using this product.  If smiling and/or chuckling become permanent, refrain from operating heavy machinery and consult the appropriate professionals.  For those natural disposition is less than sunny, remember to use this product in moderation at first, as family and friends may become concerned."

Other writing on the box is shown in the photo below.

Don't you just love creative, fun-loving people like this?

The rest of the story on this flower is, it is my third one.  A daughter sent the first one to me while my husband and I were serving a mission in England.  It died due to lack of sun!  That is believable by those who have lived or are living in England.  I left it there in the window of our apartment in hopes someone would at least get some joy out of looking at it.

One of the first things I did upon returning to the States was to buy another happy flower.  As you can tell, I'm sentimentally attached to them.  That is why I was so upset when the second one got broken.  So now my heart is mended and the happy bobbing is continuing to spread joy as long as the sun shines.  It does slow down on cloudy days and it makes me think about us and our moods when the weather is gloomy.  Perhaps this will be a reminder to keep our heads up through not-so-sunny moments, and the sunshine will return to energize our spirits to make things all better.

Wishing everyone as many cheerful days as possible!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Jesus Christ Provides Hope Through His Church in Modern Times

More people access this blog than the newer one I created, though I am not posting much on either one until recently.  I feel strongly to share this information for anyone who seeks answers to life's greatest questions:  Why am I here?  Where am I going?  Does life have a purpose?  How do I handle the fear in my heart for the way the world is going?

In your search for happiness, faith, and hope, the following links are a beginning to understanding where I have found mine--as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Here is a link to help you discover what I found many years ago.  It has truly made my life worth living and given me the strength to carry on through life's many trials.  It has given me hope for eternity to come.

May God bless you in your search for His Truth and to know His plan for us, his children, here on earth.




There is good in the world. Do not despair.

Another link for information that provides hope and leads to joy.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Love Notes Bring Joy

Before I get into this post, you need to know my husband hates writing.  He stresses over sending cards or letters, so you will appreciate this special thing he does for me.  It certainly takes extra effort on his part.  He knows how to put a smile on my face and happiness in my heart by doing out-of-ordinary things for me.

My husband plays golf with his buddies about three times a week.  I'm thankful he can still do this at almost 78 years of age.  Whenever he leaves the house before I get up, he takes the time to write a little love note.  When I wander into the kitchen, there's a sweet message to start my day off in sunshine.

I've collected hundreds of these notes over the years and they never get old and there are no two exactly alike.  I don't know the percentage of men that do this for their wives.  It would be nice to think it is millions, but I doubt a large number of men (or women) keep writing love notes, except in cards, after the first year or two of marriage.

Recently, I had some surgical procedures done on my veins.  One vein that was a problem was one I sat on, so the notes this week included wishes for my bottom to heal quickly.  There's often a reference to something currently going on in these notes, so they aren't just "canned" messages.

I grateful to have a husband who does things instead of just says them.  Demonstrating something behind the, "I love you," shows how much a man really loves his woman.  It's nice he also says he loves me throughout every day.

The examples below are two notes I got this week.

Do you notice that the little guy he draws has only two hairs?  It is his joke about going bald.  The hairs are always at different angles.  The face and hairs display a laugh all by themselves.  What a great way to put joy into my life!  Thanks, dear husband.  Lucky me!