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CRYSTAL VOICE

DEDICATED TO   H.O.M.E.S.   SINCE 1998

WELCOME

Crystal Voice is a website dedicated to issues surrounding the home and family. I have been adding content to this website since 1998. My name is CRYSTAL, and my "VOICE" in matters related to health, organization, mothering, education, and spirituality have been influenced by many things throughout the years. Namely, my faith and family are my biggest inspirations to what is shared on this site. They are my life, and they are what I know, or hope to know better.

I have chosen to divide this site into the "YESTERYEARS" of sharing my views and experiences, and what is influencing me more "NOWADAYS" as my family and my focus continue to change and grow. My YESTERYEARS pages are completed and ready to view. This is a work in progress so there is limited content for anything NOWADAYS as I contemplate what to share, as well as a limit to what photos you will find throughout the site as I select from my personal collection and gradually add them until I am satisfied. Currently (01/10/17) all of HEALTH is completed and 3/4 of ORGANIZATION is complete. I hope to make further progress in the coming weeks so you may want to check back later. Thank you for visiting!

HEALTH

“The Lord sets a high standard for us in telling us to consider our bodies a temple. ... [He] has established some basic standards for the governance of our physical bodies” and mental health so that we may become more self-reliant and better prepared to progress personally, strengthen the family, and serve in the Church and community (see L. Tom Perry, “The Tradition of a Balanced, Righteous Life,” Liahona, Aug. 2011, 32).

ORGANIZATION

The admonition to “establish … a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God” provides divine insight into the type of home the Lord would have us build. Doing such begins the construction of a “spiritual mansion” in which we all may reside regardless of our worldly circumstance—a home filled with treasure that “neither moth nor rust doth corrupt.” (see Elder Gary E. Stevenson, "Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples," April 2009 General Conference).

MOTHERING

When we have been honest with ourselves and humble before the Lord in decisions about work and in the myriad decisions involved in mothering, we can go forward with courage. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). (see Jeanne Inouye, "Be of Good Cheer," October 1993 General Conference).

EDUCATION

Joseph taught the Saints that knowledge was a necessary part of our mortal journey, for “a man is saved no faster than he [gains] knowledge,” and that “whatever principle of intelligence we attain … in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.” During challenging times, it is even more important to learn. The Prophet Joseph taught, “Knowledge does away with darkness, [anxiety], and doubt; for these cannot exist where knowledge is.” (see Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Two Principles for Any Economy," October 2009 General Conference).

SPIRITUALITY

Each of us has a personal lens through which we view the world. Our lens gives its special tint to all we see. It can suppress some features and emphasize others. It can also reveal things otherwise invisible. Through the lens of spirituality, we can know “the things of God” by “the Spirit of God.” (1 Cor. 2:11.) As the Apostle Paul taught, such things are “foolishness” to the “natural man.” He cannot see them “because they are spiritually discerned.” (See 1 Cor. 2:14.) (see Dallin H. Oaks, "Spirituality," October 1985 General Conference).