A Chance to Help …

I believe this …

"Our Father in Heaven has given us the tools we need to live and be happy. He is at the helm. We have nothing to fear. He is the God of light. He is the God of hope. I testify that He loves us—each one. Mortality is a time of testing, a time to prove ourselves worthy to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. In order to be tested, we must sometimes face challenges and difficulties. At times there appears to be no light at the end of the tunnel’s end—no dawn to break the night’s darkness. We feel surrounded by the pain of broken hearts, the disappontment of shattered dreams, the the despair of vanished hopes. We join in uttering the Biblical plea "Is there  no balm in Gilead?" We are inclined to view our own personal misfortunes through the distorted prism of pessimism. We feel abandoned, heartbroken, alone.

If you find yourself in such a situation, I plead with you to turn to our Heavenly Father in faith. He will lift you and guide you. He will not always take your afflictions from  you, but He will comfort and lead you with love through whatever storm you face."    

These words were spoken by Thomas S. Monson, a modern day prophet. They are taken from a talk he gave entitled Looking Back and Moving Forward, and they struck me this morning when I read them. As I’ve mentioned I am working this month on being more present, more aware and more grateful for moments that are immediately in front of me. Perhaps this is why my study this morning was so special. I was particularly aware of the stillness of early morning in my home and the chance to prepare for the day. As I made my list of a hundred and one things I have to do before leaving tomorrow evening for South Africa, I suddenly remembered an email I received last week and I ran downstairs to read it again.

The email was sent to me from Jill LaVine and she passed on to me the opportunity to help a young family who is in the midst of a severe challenge. I do not know this couple personally, but I am touched by Jill’s desire to help and once again reminded of the power we have via the Internet to make a difference in the lives of each other. I believe one the greatest opportunities we have in this life is that of lifting each other’s burdens to strengthen eachother in times of affliction. We can listen to the Spirit as it whispers to us and know that we are helping God, help one of his children. That is pretty cool stuff.

So, here’s the deal. If you are feeling blessed today — take a minute to read about Stephanie Nielson at nierecovery.com and offer a silent prayer or if you can, a donation.

thank you.

thanks to Kayla, I now have a link to a New York Times article about the Nielson family.


  1. I read about this family’s tragedy a few weeks ago. Ms. Z just posted a link on her blog as well. I’m so glad the word is getting out…

  2. There is a great article on Nie in the New York Times as well…http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/fashion/07burn.html

  3. My sons PT knew the man that was with them that passed away. He was an amazing man who lived with joy till the end–I am so overwhelmed at how this little box can connect so many people. Thank you for mentioning this family–and i am grateful that you put that quote about trials on your blog. I have been thinking about that alot–and Pres. Monson put it perfectly–thank you for sharing your spirit and insight.

  4. Funny you should use this quote today, Stacy, considering the post I wrote yesterday.
    I appreciate the vision that you have and the ability to help others see things in a broader light. Good luck in South Africa. Ohhhhhh, what photo ops are ahead!

  5. My heart and prayers go out to the Nielson family and the Kinneard family. The outreach, support, and prayers these families have generated across America is amazing and uplifting.
    I hope when both families realize how much they’ve united us and how many lives they’ve touched.
    xxx Lisa

  6. My heart and prayers go out to the Nielson family and the Kinneard family. The outreach, support, and prayers these families have generated across America is amazing and uplifting.
    Stephanie’s blog is wonderful. You really get a sense of what a neat person she is and how much she loves and adores her family.
    Thanks for sharing their story.

  7. NieNie is another reminder of how God connects us all. I’m so lifted up, filled up, and pumped up by your recent writings…so wise, so generous. I am blessed to have you as a creative friend and mentor, though we’ve never met or even spoken, God has put you in my life. I am grateful and I thank Him.

  8. grandmagina says:

    Thanks for posting this Stacy – I think we are all her to help each other in this journey . . . I’ll keep praying – keep us posted.

  9. thanks for posting the link to her write up in the times. I checked out her blog yesterday from Cathy Z and it touched my heart. Many thoughts and prayers to both families and may Stephanie and her husband have a miraculus recovery–they deserve it. Thoughts and prayers DO heal all wounds be they emotional or physical.

  10. I believe this, too. Thank you for posting this. I needed the reminder at this moment. :)

  11. I’ll be praying that situation is beyond unbarable…the LORD will give strength I do believe in the midst of the hardships. praying.

  12. many prayers to the families and great quote.

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