Sunday, May 9, 2010

“To the world you might just be one person but to one person you might be the World” author unknown

What Mom's Really Want For Mother's Day...

To be able to eat a whole candy bar by herself, and drink a glass of Diet Coke without any "floaties".

To have my 14-year-old answer a question without rolling her eyes in that "Why is this person my mother?" way.

Five pounds of chocolate that won't add twenty.

A shower, without a child peeking through the curtain with a "Hi'ya, Mom" just as I put razor to my ankle.

A full-time cleaning person, who looks like Brad Pitt.

For my teenager to announce, "Hey, Mom! I got a full scholarship and a job all in the same day!"

A grocery store that doesn't have candy, gum, or cheap toys displayed at the checkout line.

To have a family meal without a discussion about bodily secretions.

To be able to sit down on a plane with my toddlers and not have some pencil-neck-yuppie moan, "Ohhh, nooo! Why me?"

Four words: Fisher Price Play Prison!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


"How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone." COCO CHANEL

Monday, April 26, 2010

Imperative Statements from General Conference, April 2010.

(An imperative statement is something active, something we must do, learn, teach, etc.)
1. Pres. Monson: We call upon the members of the Church to reach out to the new converts or to
those making their way back into the Church, to surround them with love and to help them feel at home.
2. Pres. Packer: He (father) should select the one who is to administer the oil, and the one who is to
be mouth in prayer, and he should not feel that because there are present presiding authorities in the Church that he is therefore divested of his rights to direct the administration of that blessing of the gospel in his home. President Lee said, “Your father should give you the blessing.”
3. We call on every elder and high priest, every holder of the priesthood to stand. . . in his own place.
We now must awaken in every elder and high priest, in every quorum and group, and in the father of every home the power of the priesthood of the Almighty.
4. Sister Julie Beck: A good woman must constantly resist alluring and deceptive messages from
many sources telling her that she is entitled to more time away from her responsibilities and that she deserves a life of greater ease and independence. The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life. Qualifying for the Lord’s Spirit begins with a desire for that Spirit and implies a certain degree of worthiness. Keeping the commandments, repenting, and renewing covenants made at baptism lead to the blessing of always having the Lord’s Spirit with us. Making and keeping temple covenants also adds spiritual strength and power to a woman’s life. Spend some time in the scriptures every day. Daily prayer is also essential to having the Lord’s Spirit with us. . . have a paper and pencil nearby to write questions and record impressions and ideas.
Quoting Eliza R. Snow: Women should be women and not babies that need petting and correction all
the time. I know we like to be appreciated but if we do not get all the appreciation which we think is our due, what matters?
5. Bishop Keith B. McMullin: First, our path of duty is to God, our Eternal Father. . . For prayers to
be efficacious, they must be in harmony with the plan of heaven.
6. Elder M. Russell Ballard: (my dear young women). . .I urge you not to look to contemporary
culture for your role models and mentors. Please look to your faithful mothers for a pattern to follow. Model yourselves after them, not after celebrities whose standards are not the Lord’s standards and whose values may not reflect an eternal perspective. Look to your mother. Learn from her strengths, her courage, and her faithfulness. Listen to her. . . Love your mother, my young sisters. Respect her. Listen to her. Trust her. So be kind to her. Be patient with her imperfections. We all do. . . Teach your daughters to find joy in nurturing children. . . Mothers, teach your daughters that a faithful daughter of God avoids the temptation to gossip or judge one another. In today’s world this means talking to your daughters about sexual matters. Your daughters as well as your sons are coming of age in a world that openly embraces early, casual, and thoughtless promiscuity. Immodest, unchaste women are glamorized and all too often celebrated and emulated. . . .You need to have frequent, open discussions during which you teach your daughters the truth about these issues; they need to understand that when they wear clothing that is too tight, too short, or too low cut, they not only can send the wrong message to young men with whom they associate, but they also perpetuate in their own minds the fallacy that a woman’s value is dependent solely upon her sensual appeal. They need to hear this—clearly and repeatedly—from your lips, and they need to see it modeled correctly and consistently in your own personal standards of dress, grooming, and modest living. Teach your daughters about things of the Spirit. Point them to the scriptures. Give them experiences that will help them cherish the blessing of priesthood power in their lives. . . Make sure they know that keeping covenants is the safest road to eternal happiness. Teach them how to repent and how to remain pure and worthy.
7. President Henry B. Eyring: Of all the help we can give young people, the greatest will be to
let them feel our confidence that they are on the path home to God and that they can make it. The best counsel for us to give young people is that they can arrive back to Heavenly Father only as they are guided and corrected by the Spirit of God. The example they most need from us is to do what they must do. We need to pray for the gifts of the Spirit. We need to ponder in the scriptures and in the words of living prophets. We need to make plans which are not only wishes but covenants. And then we need to keep our promises to the Lord. And we need to exemplify in our own lives the steady and prolonged faithfulness that the Lord expects of them.
8. Elder L. Tom Perry: Parents must resolve that teaching in the home is a most sacred and
important responsibility. Parents must bring light and truth into their homes by one family prayer, one scripture study session, one family home evening, one book read aloud, one song, and one family meal at a time.
9. Elder David A. Bednar: Regular reading of and talking about the Book of Mormon invite the
power to resist temptation and to produce feelings of love within our families. And discussions about the doctrines and principles in the Book of Mormon provide opportunities for parents to observe their children, to listen to them, to learn from them, and to teach them. Parents should be vigilant and spiritually attentive to spontaneously occurring opportunities to bear testimony to their children. Inviting children as gospel learners to act and not merely be acted upon builds on reading and talking about the Book of Mormon and bearing testimony spontaneously in the home. Imagine a family home evening in which children are invited and expected to come prepared to ask questions about what they are reading and learning in the Book of Mormon—or about an issue that recently was emphasized in a gospel discussion or spontaneous testimony in the home. . . . Parents who consistently read and talk about the Book of Mormon with their children, who share testimony spontaneously with their children, and who invite children as gospel learners to act and not merely be acted upon will be blessed with eyes that can see afar off with ears that can hear the sound of the trumpet. Spiritual discernment and inspiration you will receive from the combination of these three holy habits will enable you to stand as watchmen on the tower for your families—“watching . . . with all perseverance”—to the blessing of your immediate family and your future posterity.
10. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: Above all, start by separating yourself from people, materials, and
circumstances that will harm you. . . run as far away as you can get from whatever or whoever it is that beguiles you. And please, when fleeing the scene of temptation, do not leave a forwarding address. Acknowledge that people bound by the chains of true addictions often need more help than self-help, and that may include you. Seek that help and welcome it. Talk to your bishop. Follow his counsel. Ask for a priesthood blessing. Use the Church’s Family Services offerings or seek other suitable professional help. Pray without ceasing. Ask for angels to help you. Remember that the only real control in life is self-control. Exercise more control over even the marginal moments that confront you. If a TV show is indecent, turn it off. If a movie is crude, walk out. If an improper relationship is developing, sever it. Many of these influences, at least initially, may not technically be evil, but they can blunt our judgment, dull our spirituality, and lead to something that could be evil. Replace lewd thoughts with hopeful images and joyful memories; picture the faces of those who love you and would be shattered if you let them down. More than one man has been saved from sin or stupidity by remembering the face of his mother, his wife, or his child waiting somewhere for him at home. Whatever thoughts you have, make sure they are welcome in your heart by invitation only. Cultivate and be where the Spirit of the Lord is. Make sure that includes your own home or apartment, dictating the kind of art, music, and literature you keep there. If you are endowed, go to the temple as often as your circumstances allow. Remember that the temple arms you “with [God’s] power, . . . [puts His] glory . . . round about [you], and [gives His] angels . . . charge over [you].” And when you leave the temple, remember the symbols you take with you, never to be set aside or forgotten.
11. Elder Dallin H. Oaks: We should all be prepared to use it (this priesthood power) properly.
Current increases in natural disasters and financial challenges show that we will need this power even more in the future than in the past. Young men and older men, please take special note of what I will say now. We must always remember that faith and the healing power of the priesthood cannot produce a result contrary to the will of Him whose priesthood it is.
12. Elder Ronald A. Rasband: The Lord needs every able young man to prepare and recommit,
starting tonight, to be worthy of a call from the prophet of God to serve a mission. A mission call from the Lord is the most important work that you can do. Prepare now, live righteously, learn from your family and Church leaders, and come join with us in building the kingdom of God on earth—accept your divine appointment in “so great a cause.
13. Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf: Never give up on anyone. And that includes not giving up on yourself.
14. Pres. Henry B. Eyring: Ponder deeply and diligently in the scriptures and in the words of living
prophets. Persist in prayer for the Holy Ghost to reveal to you the nature of God the Father and His Beloved Son. Plead that the Spirit will show you what the Lord wants you to do. Plan to do it. Promise Him to obey. Act with determination until you have done what He asked. And then pray to give thanks for the opportunity to serve and to know what you might do next.
15. Pres. Thomas S. Monson: Young men, I admonish you to prepare for service as a missionary.
(Quoting from For the Strength of Youth pamphlet: Begin to prepare for a temple marriage as well as for a mission. In cultures where dating is appropriate, do not date until you are 16 years old. “Not all teenagers need to date or even want to. . . . When you begin dating, go in groups or on double dates. . . . Make sure your parents meet [and become acquainted with] those you date.” “Date only those who have high standards. Be careful to go to places where there is a good environment, where you won’t be faced with temptation. Dress in such a way as to bring out the best in yourself and those around you. Avoid extremes in clothing and appearance, including tattoos and piercings. Treat everyone with kindness and dignity. Use language to build and uplift those around you. Never misuse the name of God or Jesus Christ. Don’t be afraid to walk out of a movie, turn off a television set, or change a radio station if what’s being presented does not meet your Heavenly Father’s standards. In short, if you have any question about whether a particular movie, book, or other form of entertainment is appropriate, don’t see it, don’t read it, don’t participate. In dating, treat your date with respect and expect your date to show that same respect for you. Keep the commandments of God. If you have sinned, the sooner you begin to make your way back, the sooner you will find the sweet peace and joy that come with the miracle of forgiveness.
16. Elder Richard G. Scott: I energetically encourage you to establish a personal study plan to better
understand and appreciate the incomparable, eternal, infinite consequences of Jesus Christ’s perfect fulfillment of His divinely appointed calling as our Savior and Redeemer. Profound personal pondering of the scriptures accompanied by searching, heartfelt prayer will fortify your understanding of and appreciation for His priceless Atonement. Another powerful way to learn of Jesus Christ and His Atonement is through consistent temple attendance. . . May (we) renew our determination to teach true principles within the sanctity of our homes. This Easter, resolve to make the Lord Jesus Christ the living center of your home. Be sure that every decision you make, whether it be of a spiritual or physical nature, be guided by the thought “What would the Lord Jesus Christ have me do?”
17. Sister Cheryl Lant: First, we must love the Lord with all our hearts, and we must love our
children. Second, we must become a worthy example to them by continually seeking the Lord and striving to live the gospel. Third, we must teach our children the gospel and how to live its teachings. . . . First, we must learn how to love the Lord and our families. Second, we must become worthy examples. And third, we bring our children to the Savior by teaching them the truths of the gospel from the scriptures and the prophets and by helping them to feel and recognize the Spirit.
18. Elder Quentin L. Cook: We must remember and reverence the sacrament. I invite each one of
us individually to recognize that how we disagree is a real measure of who we are and whether we truly follow the Savior.
19. Elder Russell M. Nelson: You first identify individuals for whom you desire to do temple work.
Then you print out a Family Ordinance Request. This document provides the information needed at the temple and eliminates the need to take computer discs with you. . .From the Family Ordinance Request, ordinance cards are printed at the temple. Start at home. Begin with an empty cardboard box. Put in that box important information about you and your family. Add data gathered from others of your family. Then avail yourself of assistance from your ward or branch family history consultant.
20. Elder Robert D. Hales: Fathers, mothers, and leaders of youth, we urge you to participate in
Personal Progress and Duty to God with your children and with the youth. It is our imperative duty to help youth understand and believe the gospel in a deeply personal way. We can teach them to walk in the light, but that light cannot be borrowed. They must earn it for themselves. They must obtain their own light of testimony directly from the source of spiritual light—God Himself—through prayer and study and pondering. They must understand who they are and who Heavenly Father wants them to become. We have the opportunity to look into their eyes and tell them that we love them and that Heavenly Father loves them. We can also help them understand, deep in their hearts, who they are and how fortunate they are to have come to this earth and to our home and to participate in the covenants we have taken in the temple to be a family forever. In these perilous times it is not enough for our youth to merely know. They must do. Wholehearted participation in ordinances, quorums and auxiliaries, inspired programs, and fortifying activities help youth put on the whole armor of God.
21. Elder James B. Martino: We must learn to not complain or murmur. . . when we face our
challenges, we must seek greater help from God . . . learn to serve and think of others even in our times of trial. . . forgive others and do not seek to pass the blame of our situation to them. . . Let us keep an eternal perspective, let us not complain, let us become even more prayerful, let us serve others, and let us forgive one another.
22. Elder Gregory A. Switzer: First, put your own personal standards in alignment with the gospel of
Jesus Christ. Second, listen to the messages of the living prophet. Third, cultivate with the Holy Spirit a relationship of listening. Fourth, keep the commandments.
23. Elder Francisco J. Vinas: Studying the scriptures, praying regularly, and living the gospel of
Jesus Christ are works of righteousness. . . We must facilitate revelation. . . Parents have the sacred duty to teach their children regarding things pertaining to righteousness. . .
24. Elder Neil L. Anderson: each child, each young man and young woman needs his or her own
conversion to the truth. Each needs his or her own light, his or her own “steadfast and immovable” faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, independent of parents, youth leaders, and supportive friends. . . (To youth and children): Live up to your important responsibilities and great spiritual capacities. Seek to know more about Jesus; open the scriptures. Read again the book of John and then discuss it with your parents, teachers, and each other. Speak more frequently about Jesus Christ. I promise you that as you speak of Jesus Christ, you will feel the power of heaven blessing you.
25. President Thomas S. Monson: Remember that the messages we have heard during this
conference will be printed in the May issues of the Ensign and Liahona magazines. I urge you to study the messages, to ponder their teachings, and then to apply them in your life. . . May the messages and spirit of this conference find expression in all that you do—in your homes, in your work, in your meetings, and in all your comings and goings.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Details on the following positions can be found on our online employment website at If you have problems accessing the site or attaching any of the required documentation, please contact Human Resources at or 435-586-7754.

Department of History & Sociology:
Job #0900057 Link:
Full-time, 9-month, non-tenure-track position; one year appointment.
Desired Start Date: August 16, 2010
Closing Date: May 19, 2010

Department of English:
Job #0900060 Link:
Full-time, 9-month, non-tenure-track position
Desired Start Date: August 16, 2010
Closing Date: May 14, 2010

Job #0900061 Link:
Full-time, 10-month position
Desired Start Date: July 1, 2010
Applications must be submitted by the closing date: May 4, 2010

Department of Teacher Education & Family Development:
Job #0900062 Link:
Full-time, 9-month, non-tenure-track position
Desired Start Date: August 16, 2010
Closing Date: May 13, 2010

Provost's Office:
Job #0900064 Link:
Full-time, 11-month, tenured position
Desired Start Date: July 1, 2010, unless otherwise negotiated
First consideration of applications will begin May 13, 2010; open until filled.

University Housing:
Job #0900066 Link:
Full-time, 12-month position
Desired Start Date: July 1, 2010
First consideration of applications will begin May 19, 2010; the position will remain open until filled.

Lynne' Shurtz
Human Resources Generalist
Southern Utah University
351 W University Blvd
Cedar City UT 84720
Fax (435)586-7948