Love Songs — 2017

Marriage, Mormonism, Religion, Romance

Each year for our anniversary, I love selecting an “album” of songs that represent how I have grown and how Bryan and I have grown together. Each song’s lyrics express what’s in my heart and I hope it relays to my dear sweet husband, how much I care for you.

Ruby Heart

Ruby Heart

Oct 29th
This year’s album begins with one of my top 10 songs of all time: “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie. We both love these artists. They were brilliant and unique. The world is a duller place without Freddie and David. As brilliant as this song is, what is most beautiful is how it came about — it was written by just a few men and performed in one day. In just one day, a perfect song was created. Just like the day we met, a perfect partnership was created. We have had to work at our partnership, but it felt right on the first day — just like this song.

Oct 30th
The next song is one you introduced to me: “Fragilidad” (“Fragile”) by Sting. The song’s lyrics focus on how fragile someone who has been under pressure can be. We have been through many crucibles and have been fragile from time to time.

Oct 31st
Next is “Rise Up” by Andra Day performed by Esera Tuaolo, When I first heard this, it caught my attention because I desire to rise above where we are today and I know you do too. Together, we will rise to heights that are new.

Nov 1st
The next song is “In the Shape of a Heart” by Jackson Browne. He is a brilliant songwriter and taught many we respect about the art of songwriting. Thank you for buying me a real ruby early in our marriage. It reminds me that my “price” (value) is far above rubies (Proverbs 31:10).

Nov 2nd
This song is “This Never Happened Before” by Paul McCartney. It’s a love song in which the writer/singer is surprised by love. I have loved before, but I’ve never loved someone in the way that I love you. Our love is the way love should be. I understand that now. Thank you for being yourself and letting me love you. I am a better woman for it.

Nov 3rd
This is another song you introduced me to, Sting’s “Si Estamos Juntos” (“We’ll Be Together”). We will be together — today and, I hope, always.

Nov 4th
The last song is one a dear friend suggested, Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.” You are perfect for me. You are not a perfect man, but I see potential in you. I want to be with you eternally and I know you feel the same way. Thank you for 11 years of loving me. You are a gift from our Heavenly Father. I am grateful you actively work with me to have a celestial marriage in our terrestrial world. Thank you. Eternity might be long enough to love you … might be.

I love you.

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Learning from the Earthly Father of the Savior

Christmas
The nativity of the Savior

“The Nativity” by Ted Henninger

On Christmas Day, we attended church services. The music was uplifting and the program was unique: a man reading the New Testament scriptures relating directly to the birth of the Savior.

I had heard all of these before. I had read them before. Yet I had never understood something I could learn from this story. I learned more about the character of Joseph—the man the Lord selected to be the earthly father of His only son.

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♫ My Favorite Hymn ♫

Mormonism

This is my favorite church hymn—always has been.

“I Believe in Christ”
Hymn #134

  1. I believe in Christ; he is my King!
    With all my heart to him I’ll sing;
    I’ll raise my voice in praise and joy,
    In grand amens my tongue employ.
    I believe in Christ; he is God’s Son.
    On earth to dwell his soul did come.
    He healed the sick; the dead he raised.
    Good works were his; his name be praised.
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Ten Years

Marriage

Wedding BenchYes, it’s true: as of today I’ve been married for ten years. To the same woman. A saint, you say? Without question, I respond. Anyone who knows me knows I’m no box of candy. By itself, the act of living with me for ten years qualifies her for sainthood. Res ipsa loquitur.

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The Lord Will Lead You to Heights That Are New

Talks and Lessons

Below is a talk I gave in Sacrament meeting the Sunday before Thanksgiving 2015.

I’d like to begin by reading a favorite hymn of mine, Hymn #127, “Does the Journey Seem Long?”.

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Father’s Day 2015

Bryan's Childhood

I am thinking of my father Gary Woerner on this Father’s Day. When he died his children were seven, six, and 22 months, and he was not able to watch us grow up nor to see the people we became as adults.

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Being Thankful for a Family that Is Not My Own

Family

I dearly love a family that is not my own.

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Who’s the Luckiest?

Family

Love to play games? Not mind games, but games? Then try this to improve a relationship you value.

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“Diligence”

Talks and Lessons

Following is a talk I gave in Sacrament meeting on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

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“Thrust in Thy Sickle with All Thy Soul”

Talks and Lessons

Often we view home teaching assignments as opportunities to serve those we are assigned to teach; however, there is so much more we can learn from this assignment.

Today, I’m going to share a few stories about 3 home teachers. In each story, I hope you see that home teaching is “a program that touches hearts, that changes lives, and that saves souls” (E.T. Benson, May 1987).

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