Archive for June, 2010

(Photograph by Edwin Redrino)

For Family Home Evening this week, my daughter suggested that we play the game of life. I was confused and didn’t quite catch what she meant the first time she said it until she showed me the “Game of Life” board game in our laptop. Yes, even board games are digital now!!! 🙂

They both teased me for not being able to spin the “wheel of life” the right way that I had to use the automatic spin button whenever it was my turn. And although I finished last and retired with the least amount of money (it must be my poor spinning, nyahaha! 🙂 ), I had a lot of fun and would definitely play that game again. 

Of course there’s a vast difference between the game of life that we played and real life. The board game was not able to capture many situations that happen in real life. It also limited the choices of the players as to where and how far along they ended up in the game because their destiny depended pretty much on the number they got after spinning the wheel. I’m glad that in real life we have free agency and can make our own choices. And where we end up and how happy we become will depend on those choices.

Once I was talking with a colleague about certain situations in our workplace that make work life a little bit challenging. She taught me a lesson that I will remember for a long time. She said that after dealing with a difficult co-worker, she had decided she would not let his actions affect or upset her. That she would just dismiss his negativity and go about doing her own business. It certainly worked for her and she had been happier in the workplace ever since.

Yesterday it was raining and some people I know chose to enjoy the cool breeze while others complained about getting their shoes wet—same situation, different attitudes. Those who chose to enjoy the rain most definitely had a better time than those who chose to whine about it.

Life is all about making choices and having the right attitude. Happiness comes by choosing to look at the brighter side of things. We may all be given the same circumstances, but our attitude towards them will make a whole lot of difference on how happy we will be.

It is my wish that we could all learn to look at the brighter side of things, no matter what the situation is. There is always that positive viewpoint even when we don’t see it right away. True, there must be opposition in all things, but we don’t have to lose sight of the better perspective.

Let’s choose to be happy everybody!! 🙂 Have a great week ahead!!! 🙂


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(Photograph courtesy of Meridian Magazine)

One would think that to be a man of God a person has to be serious at all times. But based on my limited experience working with a few general authorities, most of them have a zest for life and cheerful countenances that show the happy people they truly are. Perhaps one reason is that they possess this peace inside that passeth all understanding which make them stand unfazed and optimistic even in the midst of a calamity. This peace transcends all outward circumstances that they naturally exhibit through their bright smiles and beaming countenances—a disposition that they inevitably pass on to all those around them.

So I was really ecstatic to see that the living prophet is someone who has a great sense of humor and can laugh even at himself!!! 🙂 I loved it when he made everyone laugh by playing some goofy tunes on the piano on his way back inside the Cebu City Philippines Temple from the cornerstone ceremony. I had to lean over to my daughter to point out that being funny is fine and that it doesn’t mean being irreverent. I did that in the hope that she would finally quit telling me to “behave” every time I am being goofy on many, many occasions. Nyaha! 🙂

Cheerfulness is a bright example worthy of emulation. The memories of family and friendships that I cherish most are those that come from light moments of laughter, fun, and joy.  On the contrary, my lapse in judgment following associations with some grumpy people almost always ended up with heartache and regret.

I take pride and pleasure at the knowledge that I belong to a happy, wacky family and that my life-long friendships are with those who make me laugh my heart out on a regular basis. Thoughts of moments spent with them make me smile and give me a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

I invite everyone to follow the prophet and be a little bit more cheerful in our everyday dealings with our fellow beings—even when the situation doesn’t seem very funny. Oh, ESPECIALLY when the situation doesn’t seem very funny! 🙂

Everyone looks good with a smile! Let’s try to wear one more often!!! 🙂

Say CHEESE!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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(Photograph by Edwin Redrino)

It stands humbly—yet majestically—in the midst of the Queen City of the South. Its elegant furnishings and fine craftsmanship befit an edifice worthy to be dedicated to Him who has created a masterpiece Himself. Beyond the admiration of the structure, a quiet reverence can be felt by those who walk along its hallways and ponder inside its rooms—a calm and peaceful grandeur that may only be experienced within the walls of any similar creation. Undeniably, the Cebu City Philippines Temple IS a House of the Lord.

Visitors poured in and out daily to view its interiors. A feeling of worship and respect for Deity bathed those who entered its premises. Many—including those who were sceptics—experienced something they did not expect. Most people left in awe and walked home with a sense of pride that such a building exists in their midst. The heavens smiled upon this building as hearts have been warmed and a lot of souls expanded. Countless miracles have already happened and are yet to be seen within the confines of its walls. And the people will tremendously be blessed!!

How grateful my heart is for the opportunity to see it; to walk through its doors and be among the witnesses of its dedication this weekend. Most certainly a heaven on earth, I am grateful for yet another fulfillment of the words of Isaiah when he said:

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

“And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths…” (Isa. 2:2–3.)

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