25 Days of Christmas Service //Good Works Project

Today is officially December 1st! I have been thinking about this project for a while, and decided to start it on December 1st. This is because when I was younger, my mom would give me a gift, or experience every day till the 25th – kind of like a countdown. This year, I decided I should do a countdown for Christmas with service. This can be things to help with my parents, it can be giving cards to people who may not get any, it could be going to a retirement home, or visiting the hospital and playing my harp, It could be delivering cookies to neighbors, etc. I decided to share this on the blog, so that others can join me in spreading service during this month.  Then I realized this could also work for personal progress – specifically the Good Works project! I think doing service for others during this Christmas season will really impact others, and feel the Christmas spirit.

 

So starting today, let’s spread some Christmas joy!

-Autumn

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Top 10 Scriptures to Inspire YOU on this day – Thanksgiving (2018)

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For the Thanksgiving post of this year, I decided to do something a little bit different… which is to list top 10 scriptures that I think is inspiring, and is a great way to start this extra thankful day.

1.  2 Chronicles 5:13

13 It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord;

2.  Psalm 9:1

1 I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

3.  Philippians 4:6-7

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

4.  Colossians 3:16-17

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

5.  Psalm 107:8-9

8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

6.  1 Chronicles 16:34

34 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

7.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

8.  Alma 34:38

38 That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.

9.  D&C 46:7

7 But ye are commanded in all things to ask of God, who giveth liberally; and that which the Spirit testifies unto you even so I would that ye should do in all holiness of heart, walking uprightly before me, considering the end of your salvation, doing all things with prayer and thanksgiving, that ye may not be seduced by evil spirits, or doctrines of devils, or the commandments of men; for some are of men, and others of devils.

10.  D&C 136:28

28 If thou art merry, praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.

Use the poll below to vote which scripture is your favorite on this list! (If you have one you’d like to add you can put it under “Other”.

I hope today you’ll have a wonderful, & thankful day with your family!

-Autumn

Two exciting announcements!

Hello my fellow Marigold Girls! I have two really exciting announcements! The first one is that we now have an email that you can use to contact us, which is marigoldgirls4u@gmail.com. The second announcement is that Marigold Girls now has an Etsy shop!!!  In this shop, we’ll upload printable content that you can use for scripture journaling, church handouts, etc.  Possibly in the future we could have stickers, stamps, and monthly kits…Shhh don’t tell no one 😉

Click here to see our new Etsy shop!


Let us know in the comments what you think about these new announcements!

-Autumn

Being thankful

With Thanksgiving coming up, of course people start to look at their lives, and feel gratitude. This is great, however, we should be grateful all the time, not just on Thanksgiving. I think all of us in our lives sometimes forget to be grateful, and instead complain about the weather, our dentist appointment, a cranky teacher, not having good internet signal, etc. When we think about this, it is actually kind of sad. How could we of all people in the world, who live in a blessed nation under God, be so ungrateful? Well I think the answer to that question is because of our perspective…There is a quote that I love that says,

Isn’t it so true? Like the example of complaining about weather, there may be people in the world who are praying for rain, because their crop is dying & their job depends on it.

Lately I have been reading lots of resources about gratitude – including its benefits, and ways to improve in being grateful in your life. I came across many articles, but one of them in particular talks science about a grateful brain. You can click here if you’d like to read the whole article, but I’m going to sum up my favorite parts of it here. There was a study by a couple of American researchers who assigned young adults to keep a daily journal of things they were grateful for, and then assigned another group to write down anything that annoyed them. The results of the young adults keeping a record of their gratitude, showed an increase in determination, attention, enthusiasm, and energy compared to the other group. A group of Chinese researchers found that those who were grateful had better sleep, and had significantly decreased depression.

In the article it explains how the brain can only focus on being either positive, or negative…it can’t be both. So if you’re thinking positive, the brain will look for more things to be grateful for.

There was an instance during the hurricane Irma where in our home we lost power for almost 3 days. It made me realize how many things that I take for granted…Lights, internet, air conditioning, the refrigerator, control over water temperature, etc. I remember being in the cold shower in the dark, thinking how grateful I was to have clean running water (even though I was freezing).

Click here for a podcast episode that I think is a really great discussion on the importance of gratitude.

Starting today, I encourage all of us to list at least 3-5 things a day of what we’re thankful for…Yes, write it down, pray to God in praise/gratitude, and I am sure, we’ll all be happier people.

Let’s start in the comments – say something you’re grateful for right now!

I’m grateful that God inspired me to create this blog, so that I can reach all of you amazing people, and that the Holy Ghost gave me guidance in what to say in this blog post!

-Autumn

A Book That Takes Its Time {Book Club}

I have never seen a book quite like this one.  It’s the perfect book companion for your personal quiet time to read, and to write down goals.  I love this book so much, that I decided to make a video for it…Enjoy!

Buy it here on Amazon (affiliate link)–https://amzn.to/2SIHb5a

Let me know in the comments if you already have this book, and what page you are currently on!

-Autumn

The Savior Understands Us

This beautiful video made me emotional…I always knew the importance of sacrament, but this video really clarified it for me, and I hope it does for you too.

It can be hard to remember why we go to church, and get distracted by thinking about things, but we should put all of our focus on Him, especially during the sacrament. Here is the video, and I hope you’ll receive what I have gained from it.

-Autumn

We lived with God…

Here is another beautiful video shared in my seminary class, that is very inspiring.

It shows how God was the architect, and Jesus followed His instructions as the builder.

I love his concept of how we don’t see the same thing when we close one of our eyes, because we need both views/perspectives in order to somewhat comprehend His majestic creation.

Let me know in the comments what is one of your favorite things that is in this world (or perhaps galaxy)!

– Autumn Pagni

Your Potential, Your Privileges

Here is a great video that was shared in my seminary class.

Isn’t that such a neat story? Here he was there at the cruise ship, thinking that his cost of staying there didn’t include any of the food, events, etc. When actually it included everything…We need to take advantage of our privileges, by accepting the blessings from God, and be willing to receive.

-Autumn