I’m Glad that I Live in This Beautiful World

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This butterfly held still long enough for me to snap this photo while waiting in line at the zoo. A little tender mercy from God just for me.

Lately, I’ve had a Primary song floating through my head. It’s the one that says  “He gave me my eyes that I may see, the color of butterfly wings…

“I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world Heavenly Father created for me.” (Heavenly Father Loves Me, Children’s Songbook, 228)

I feel God’s love for me when I am privileged to behold these beautiful creations.  As it says in Alma 30:44;

(A)ll things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.

So here are some of the beautiful vistas I’ve beheld lately, on our many adventures so far this summer.



I took this photo while riding the chairlift with my husband at Utah’s Olympic Park, where we went for a family reunion. So fun!



Besides my trip back east to behold the covenant, providential heritage of American history, I’ve been blessed to visit temples, go on hikes, go to the zoo, watch my boys play football with their friends in the twilight, behold the reptiles these guys have caught, see my friend’s flower and herb garden, visit my parents’ cabin in the mountains, explore the Olympic Park in Utah for a Shumway family reunion, tour my alma mater, BYU, and go to the zoo. I love that I didn’t plan most of these events or scenes.


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Most just came to me. I planned the trips back east to D.C. and to the temples, but these other wildly beautiful scenes just came randomly because I showed up to events planned by others. These are evidence to me that God is orchestrating my life, even if just to show me beauty! But the great news is that, his orchestration involves so much more. He has blessed me with opportunities, protection, resources, and connections for my children and me.



You have the same wonderful opportunities around you. Even if you don’t have travel plans to leave your home this summer, you can explore your own hometown. My friend Larayne has blogged over here about how to be a “tourist” in your own hometown.



Please enjoy these creations of Heavenly Father with me. Know that God loves you and He has blessed you with all the means you need to create the most wildly beautiful life you can be blessed with. Here’s how to find all this beauty:

Go on those outings that people plan for in your life, the Cub Scout hike, the family reunion, the trip to the zoo that your husband wants to take the family on when everyone is resisting, etc. Attend church.




Minister to your neighbors. Go look when the kids want to show the critters they catch outside (or inside, LOL!)

God is waiting to shower blessings upon you through these avenues.





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Get on the covenant path, stay the course, and you will be so blessed, in ways that you can’t even imagine!



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