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Prayer & Fasting

San Diego LDS Temple

San Diego Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

I’ve often wondered how to improve my attention and obedience to the Holy Ghost and I discovered that fasting and prayer are marvelous tools.

Prayer allows us the opportunity to speak with God, the Eternal Father, in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. We can talk to Heavenly Father in prayer about those things that are problematic or joyous to us. We don’t have to limit our conversations. He’s willing and wanting us to pray. After we’ve given Him our thanks and expressed the desires of our hearts, He sends the Holy Ghost, a vehicle of revelation, to speak to our heart, mind, and soul. To comfort and to inspire us as to which way to go or what to say or what to do. Those answers come quickly or over time.

Fasting is a physical challenge with spiritual blessings. We sacrifice meals to humble ourselves to the will of God. By giving up what we want, we’re in tune with the Spirit. We’re in tune with the whispering of the Holy Ghost to those things we’re in need of resolving or understanding. We come to the Lord in humility and gratitude for which we profit everything by submitting to His will and desires for us.

When we’ve come with clean hands and pure hearts, we’re granted the clarity by the Holy Ghost to see those things that are needful. The better part. The best. And Heavenly Father only wants the best for us. He is training us to listen, to learn, and to love Him, as He loves us.

For now, I wish you joy and love. Smiles!

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Smiles

Woohoo! You’ve read all the messages in your inbox.

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That’s what I see at the top of my inbox.  This doesn’t mean I’ve replied to all my emails, but I have read them. I’ve even found some emails that motivated me to spend hours on the internet researching books, authors, and more writerly meanderings.

This upcoming weekend I’ll be attending a baptism for my niece (one of the 25) who will become a member of the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints. I’m sure excited that she’s already got copies of my books “I Want to be Baptized” and “The Holy Ghost is like a Baptism” because that means I get to shop for something else (maybe a Minky Couture blanket?).

But I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of the 18000+ folks who have buy my books for baptisms, confirmations, funerals…it’s a blessing to know the little inspired stories that I write matter to families and friends.

Enjoy! 

Smiles,

Annalisa

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Birthday Party

It’s my birthday tomorrow — so I’m going to party today!!

Wednesday Sept 9th is the release of the board book version “I Want to Be Baptized” illustrated by Corey Egbert. Hip Hip Hurray!!

Property of Annalisa Hall

Baptism & Confirmation Books

Special thanks to CEDAR FORT and my family! I hope your loved ones enjoy these books as much as we do. They are available in Spanish and Portuguese too.

Smiles!!

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Ask To Receive

Annalisa Hall @BYU 2013

Annalisa Hall (c) 2013

I champion women and all those who ask for help in times of trial and error.  When mothers have a problem, those who ask for advice, guidance, and/or assistance before lashing out or becoming frustrated are among the brave warriors raising children in this dispensation.

Ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” — James 1: 6

Upon receiving word that my friend, mother of two young children, had tried teaching her children about the Holy Ghost.  All the books on the shelves were too complex.  She desired them to know of his power and goodness.  Instead, she found herself days on end with children scared and unwilling to go to sleep thinking the Holy Ghost was a ghost, like Casper.  She needed something simple and helpful and fast. At wits end, she consulted me and I wrote the following poem in 2008:

A blanket of comfort clean and bright
to take with me day and night.
I am wrapped in love by my blanket.
I am full of good cheer with my blanket.
I am safe and secure in my blanket.
I am peaceful and relaxed by my blanket.
When my blanket is gone, I am sad.
If my blanket is close, I am glad.
The Holy Ghost is a blanket of comfort for me.

I illustrated the little poem and had it spiral bound for her children and mailed it off in hopes it would be helpful.

She immediately emailed saying the children LOVED the little story, especially the boy with spiky hair.  By comparing the Holy Ghost to a blanket, they could understand the concepts of him being a ‘comforter’ and ‘warm’ and that without him we are sad.

More importantly, my friend had the courage to teach her children the gospel.  When she found herself discouraged, she asked for help.  She hadn’t expected me to write and illustrate a little story book for her children, but the Lord knew I could be helpful and I followed the promptings of the Holy Ghost.

Since that time, the little poem evolved into a storybook expounding on many analogies aimed to help children understand the Holy Ghost.  With much prayer and diligence, a publisher and illustrator were selected and the book “The Holy Ghost is Like A Blanket” is now published by Cedar Fort Inc with Corey Egbert as illustrator.

Illustrated by Corey Egbert (c) 2013

Illustrated by Corey Egbert (c) 2013

I’m impressed that one act of courage to ask has turned into many receiving this wonderful gift and for a book available to all in hopes you can learn about the Holy Ghost.

Smiles, Annalisa

 

All artwork and images are used with permission.

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