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.

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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!