Here is the link for my “Meridian Magazine” article for August.
What a glorious summer! Has it been for you also?
Here is the link for my July Meridian Magazine article–“Relieve the Stress of Summer Family Gatherings.”
My June “Meridian Magazine” article came out today. Here is the link for your enjoyment.
My May “Meridian Magazine” article came out today. I feel particularly good about this article. I hope you like it.
Here is the link.
Some years ago I was asked to review a book by Marlene Bateman Sullivan entitled Gaze into Heaven. I loved that book. It contained wonderful documented stories of individuals who had died and returned to earth to tell of their experiences.
Now Sullivan has released a new book—The Magnificent World of Spirits. It, too, contains stories of insight and inspiration. Today I am a part of Sullivan’s blog tour.
Reading The Magnificent World of Spirits does not give me the feeling of anything supernatural or out of place. It gives me a feeling of calm, order, and peace. It helped me to understand not only what I might expect and yearn for when I pass away, but I learned what my deceased family members may be experiencing. I was so impressed by the feelings I had when reading this book that I wrote about it in my upcoming article for “Meridian Magazine.” I don’t have a link to give you yet. It isn’t scheduled to be released until next week. But I will post a link as soon as it comes out. At any rate, I encourage you to read this book. It may help you set some life goals of your own.
Here is the blurb for this newest book by Marlene Bateman Sullivan.
Life. Death. Life.
Not everyone who visits the spirit world stays there. The Magnificent World of Spirits: Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die, gives fascinating glimpses of life beyond the veil by people who visited the spirit world during the early years of the LDS Church.
Filled with stories of insight and inspiration, The Magnificent World of Spirits is a stirring book that combines documented personal experiences with scripture, commentary, and quotes from latter-day prophets and other leaders. This book will bring you peace as you come to understand what awaits on the other side of the veil. After reading this book, you will never think of life—or death—in the same way.
And here are a few excerpts.
Sometime in 1867, John Powell wrote; “My spirit then left my body and went with my guide . . . Here I beheld the inhabitants. The houses and trees were beautiful to behold. I was so amazed and so delighted that I requested my guide to permit me to stay and dwell there, for all things were far in advance of this world.”
While in Philadelphia, Edward Southgate found himself in the spirit world. He says; “I found myself standing in the midst of a vast assembly of people all dressed in white robes. I was greatly impressed—awed is perhaps a better word—by their appearance. Somehow, in a way I cannot describe, their faces seemed to radiate love and happiness and something far deeper and more powerful than happiness—JOY!”
When Brother Pettersson visited the spirit world, he said it resembled the world he knew on earth. He then added, “There were cities and villages, lakes and rivers, fields and gardens, houses and mansions, temples and palaces, flowers and animals of great beauty and variety. The people were busy. Some were building, some were planting, some harvesting.”
Lorena A. Wilson said; “Before us lay a vast city or realm . . . Everything was clean and beaming with radiant beauty. . . . We walked, or seemed to walk, but without apparent effort, a long distance through pleasant streets, lined with beautiful buildings, over paved walks which were bordered by well-kept lawns. The lawns were set with pretty trees and shrubbery, with here and there beds of gorgeous flowers, which were a delight to behold.”
Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Marlene loves reading, camping, and flowers, and has a super-sized iris garden with over 75 different varieties. She also loves animals and has a pudgy Westie and an energetic Welsh Corgi who somehow manage to co-exist with her four cats.
Marlene has written a number of non-fiction books, including: Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s From Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, Brigham’s Boys, Heroes of Faith, Gaze Into Heaven; Near-death Experiences in Early Church History, and The Magnificent World of Spirits. Marlene also wrote the best-selling novel, Light on Fire Island, as well as three other mysteries, Motive for Murder, A Death in the Family, and Crooked House.
Yesterday was a really big day for me. I donated some of my books to the Granite Education Foundation–672 books to be exact!
The Granite Education Foundation is a nonprofit serving the needs of over 68,000 students in the Granite School District. Of those served, sixty-five percent are considered at or below poverty level standards. Many of these students do not have books in their homes, let alone a personal copy of any title.
The Foundation helps close to 3000 students during the holidays by providing a warm blanket, winter clothing, school supplies, a new book, socks, and a toy. For these students, without this assistance there would be no holiday and they would return to school not on an equal level as their peers.
Last night I was privileged to speak at a ward Relief Society (women’s) meeting for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What a great group of women! I enjoyed meeting them and associating with them.
I count myself blessed at any opportunity to rub shoulders with women who desire to follow the Savior. This group was made up of that type of women.
This is me and Vie Chesley Campbell, the ward Relief Society president, at the beginning of the meeting.
Last Sunday I received a message from my editor at “Meridian Magazine,” saying my article scheduled for Monday would not be released until later in the week because she wanted to use it for their cover story. I was very pleased.
It was actually a high school classmate’s post on Facebook that lead me to write on the subject. I am grateful for my wise, wonderful friends who help me carry on . . .
Here is the link to my article released Tuesday.
Here is the link for my March “Meridian Magazine” article that was released early this morning. I hope you enjoy it.
The following is my newsletter that went out today.
My friends (I do count you all as my friends), this will be my last author newsletter. I am being pushed in a new focus direction. But first I want to thank each of you for your support, kindness, and loyalty. I truly appreciate you.
I only have rights to a couple of my books, rights sufficient to donate. Some of you have already received my thanks in the form of donations of my books for your church congregations. I have felt a great deal of satisfaction in being able to share the messages in my books with you and your friends.
Over the past two years I have made offers at considerable discount for the two books I have the rights to. Now I would like to make a FREE offer for you, my friends.
I am a rather driven person. I try my best to follow what I feel Heavenly Father would like me to do. And right now I feel I should be working on my genealogy and spending more time with my family instead of spending my time writing books and marketing them. So I am offering to supply free of charge to any non-profit organization (churches do count) bulk copies of I Am Strong! I Am Smart! (a 2014 finalist for best children’s religious book in the USA).
Saturday our stake (a large congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) had a literacy day, preparing literacy packets for non-profit organizations like the Road Home. I was blessed to be a part of that by donating books to go in the packets. In December the Primary Children’s Hospital also asked for 100 copies of this book (as a donation from me). Wow that felt good, to know children would be getting the messages from that book. Some congregations have requested copies to give as gifts for Mother’s Day.
Your only expense would be picking up the books. I only require a letter on letterhead from the organization the books are donated to, stating the number of books received. I must turn this letter in to my accountant.
Since my last newsletter I have written a number of additional articles for “Meridian Magazine.” I will continue to write for them. Those articles keep my fingers in the writing arena, which I would miss if I quit writing altogether. If you have an interest in receiving links to those articles after this newsletter, let me know and I will be happy to forward those links each quarter.
Here are the links to those articles that have come out since my last newsletter. I hope you enjoy and benefit from them.
November Meridian Magazine article
December Meridian Magazine article
January Meridian Magazine article
February Meridian Magazine article
Also, here is the link for the October article. For some reason it is not coming up in Meridian’s search engine.
Some of you may recall from my last newsletter that Sheryl Johnson, author and owner of GrannyEnchanted.com invited me to guest blog on her website for a seven-day series regarding grandparenting. I really appreciate GrannyEnchanted.com. When I make my posters for Facebook or Pinterest, I turn first to the beautiful papers and elements I have received there.
At the time of my last newsletter most of those articles had not yet come out. You will find them at the following links:
Thank You Again
Thank you again for your support and for sharing my writing. My success has only come about because of you.