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Filling Up Life's Treasure Box

Welcome To My Treasure Box Blog


This is an extension of and so you can keep up with the news reports on the subjects of peace, joy, and happiness, and the gems we collect and put in our life’s treasure boxes. Although this site is new and under construction, please keep checking back for updates as I build this site. I hope you find it worth your time because this is something I am passionate about and find pleasure in reporting about to you. I welcome feedback so I know if you enjoy it or not and suggestions for making it better is also appreciated.



May 6, 2009 Posted by | Introduction to Blog | , , , | Comments Off on Welcome To My Treasure Box Blog

Tell Me Why

*Tell me why We live in a world where people care about nothing but themselves and what they want. What has happened to us as the human race. We haven’t always been like this have we? I thought we used to help people in our communities when they needed help raising a barn or a house?

*Didn’t we used to show up to help when crops needed to be planted and/or harvested because the man died or was physically unable to do it himself.

*Tell me why we have become a society with the bad attitude of  “What can you do for me” or “What can the government do for me . . . not what can I do for others?”

*Tell me why it’s about welfare and social programs we get from government instead of depending on family, friends, and churches? Why can’t communities work together with business to take care of their own?

*Tell me why we are no longer interested in being self-reliant by sewing and repairing clothing, preparing for winter by canning and preserving food in times of plenty, by cooking at home instead of going out, by gardening fruits and vegetables from our own yards, and by having a “savings account” to make ends meet instead of sitting around expecting to take from other’s pockets when they have planned and prepared for themselves? Do we not see something wrong with this attitude? We should!

*Tell me why we forget that working hard to make our way through life or that fulfilling dreams can be achieved when we work hard and do it right?

*Tell me Why have we forgotten that we can change our own stars when we believe in ourselves?

We were created to need each other and to give our talents and skills to help people who need what we can give.

The “Parable of the Talents” is all about taking what you have and multiplying it by giving to others instead of keeping it to ourselves. We are blessed beyond measure when we do. Giving is not just for the benefactor, the person who receives, but it is for the giver as well. Remember the warmth we feel inside inside when we see the twinkling eyes and smiling faces of those who benefited from our good deed?  That feeling  is priceless and can only be felt when we give of ourselves.

This music video showed us why we need to change. It is very touching!!!! I believe you will enjoy it as much as I do. It is done by a very gifted young man named Declan Galbraith and titled: Tell me why [ with lyrics].

Enjoy the music and then please, contemplate on what you can do personally to help us change ourselves and then the world around us!!

September 4, 2011 Posted by | Joy and Happiness | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Tell Me Why

Parental Abuse Support Line

Safe in Gods Hands Support Line

Thursday, May 13, 2010
9:00pm – 11:00pm
712-432-3900 pin #647-495


The rise of parent abuse has many parents feeling too ashamed to get the help they need. If your teen is violent, don’t minimize the problem. Face it head on.

Perhaps the biggest obstacles to overcoming parent abuse are shame and blame. If your teen is violent (hitting, threatening, intimidating, name-calling, shoving, etc.) it’s tough to even think about getting help because acknowledging or naming the problem is painful.

To make matters worse, once parents that are suffering abuse find the courage to reach out they often do not find the help they need. Instead they find blame; “this is your fault because you are a bad parent.”

It is no wonder that parent abuse – an increasingly common problem – is not often talked about or adequately addressed.

If you are suffering abuse at the hands of your son or daughter, please know this:

You are not alone again. Although the problem isn’t often talked about, it does exist and it is increasingly common. Blaming is not the answer or even a useful response to the problem.

Please join the support line this next week. Even if you are not being abused yourself, you may know someone who is being abused and you can learn how to help her.

If you have a story that you would like to share with our readers, please feel free to share it with us. Tell everyone you know about this superb support group.

I know this beautiful woman who is putting on this group help line and I know the trouble she has been through. I attest with assurance that she is genuine and knows what she is talking about. I know she can help you. If you plan to attend, please send me an email to confirm your attendance and then I will pass along the message to my friend. I confirmed my attendance.

The rise of parent abuse has many parents feeling too ashamed to get the help they need. If your teen is violent, don’t minimize the problem. Face it head on.
Perhaps the biggest obstacles to overcoming parent abuse are shame and blame. If your teen is violent (hitting, threatening, intimidating, name-calling, shoving, etc.) it’s tough to even think about getting help because acknowledging or naming the problem is painful.

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Parental Abuse Support Line

Easter Season

Easter is the season to remember our Savior died for us that we might live again and to take upon himself all of our sins and imperfections.

Easter is also the season that represents new birth and spring. . . with eggs, chicks, bunnies, and chocolate.

April 3, 2010 Posted by | spiritual | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Easter Season

Healthy Attitude About Sex and Relationships

  • Hello Parents and Teens – Part 4MAR 25, 2010 Parents Must Teach Correct Principles Parents: Please, if you have been lax in your parental responsibilities or you feel inadequate to fight this battle, do whatever it takes to arm yourselves and your children with better tools to win this war. Whether you like it or not and whether or not you are prepared for it, you and your children have been drawn into …
  • Hello Parents and Teens – Part 3MAR 25, 2010 Parents Face An Uphill Battle Parents: We may be responsible parents and teach our children correctly but they still fall victim to society.  Children become victims because they were not strong enough to resist the compelling influences that besiege them. Also, they may not fully understand that this is a war for their right to be happy and to be safe from the harmful …
  • Hello Parents and Teens – Part 2MAR 25, 2010 Why Are We Surprised? First let me talk to the parents and then to the teens. I do this so parents and teens can better understand each other and appreciate how I can help you in your discussions about sex. Parents: We will do our youth a great injustice when we neglect to teach them that their outside appearance does not represent …
  • Hello Parents and Teens – Part 1MAR 25, 2010  Why I Have Taken Up The Challenge All of the situations discussed in this series are reasons for why I have taken it upon myself to write about the challenges Parents and Children face today, especially teens and tweens. Parents: I want to help parents and teens see that there are alternatives to doing what they know in their souls are wrong but …
  • Why I Wrote Sex, What About ItMAR 22, 2010  When people kept saying that some sections from my other book were helpful with their relationships, “The Treasure Box Series, Volume I: Peace, Joy, and Happiness”, I decided to put together a small booklet to promote The Treasure Box Series. I made fifteen booklets and handed them out to people. Twelve of these people said that I should turn the booklet into …
  • Time-Tested StandardsMAR 22, 2010 When we remove chastity, morality, and Godliness from society, what’s left?  That’s why society has almost NO chastity or  morality, and little or NO godliness.  That’s also why we have such a high rate of teen pregnancy, the high cost of supporting young mothers and their children, and the high rate of sexual diseases transmitted in society. Obviously, this removal of …
  • Celibacy Is Weird MAR 18, 2010 Suppose a man waits for sex until it’s under the covenants of marriage. Yet, women think he is weird for dating without having sexual encounters. Worse, women won’t date or marry a man who isn’t experienced. Now he is frustrated because women don’t appreciate celibacy and fidelity. Sexual gratification is the driving force behind dating and relationships. God created men and …
  • Smudging The LinesMAR 18, 2010 Some people abuse sex, and they do things their creator never intended for them to do. They play with it as if it’s a cheap toy, showing little or no respect for its powers or valuing the boundaries that God has placed on its use. Sometimes a spouse smudges the lines that keep sex within the bounds of their commitment to each other. …Older Postings:
  • Conditioned From Childhood March 13, 2010
  • Fidelity March 13, 2010
  • What is Sex? March 2, 2010
  • Articles From More Than Frosting . Com

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Joy and Happiness | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Healthy Attitude About Sex and Relationships

An Interview With God

Please click on this link and enjoy this beautiful video. It is well worth your time.


March 23, 2010 Posted by | Protect Our Treasures | , , , | Comments Off on An Interview With God

Protect Life’s Treasures

Family and Treasuring Life are the type of gems we need to protect in our society today. The plan of the evil adversary is to separate the family, separate children from parents, separate people from God and righteousness, and cause a cloud over our understanding of right and wrong. Today, we worship the gods of pleasure, lust, and self-indulgence. We need to protect our children and our own mental health from these terrible influences.

Please share this video with everyone on your email list.  It has an important message.

Blood Money Movie Trailer

February 22, 2010 Posted by | Protect Our Treasures | , , , , , | Comments Off on Protect Life’s Treasures

Peace and Joy In The Soul

I want you to know that, from childhood to now, I have a very close relationship with my Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ; who is my Savior, Priest, and King.

I love the Lord with all My heart, might, mind, and strength. He atoned for the sins of the world and for mine as well; for all of my imperfections and mistakes.

Also, I love Him because He broke the bounds of death and the grave through resurrection. I know that through Him I can become sanctified and live with Him and my Heavenly Father when I leave this earth. Knowing these things gives me joy and solace in the mist of the evils that surround me today.

Because of the Lord’s teachings and those of His prophets, I know the pathway to God. I know how I must live to be happy and to feel content with my life. I don’t even want to think about what my life would be like if I had not known these things and lived my life according to the plan that my Father in Heaven has for me.


My mission is to help people find peace in their souls by following the correct principles that reward them with peace of mind, joy, and happiness. I know that when we try to live this life according to our own makings and our own design, we WILL NOT find peace of mind, joy, and happiness to the extent that we could if we had followed the Lord’s Plan for us.

I’ve learned that we can continue doing what we have always done, and we can make the mistakes that do not provide peace and contentment in the soul, but then the lessons we are supposed to learn will continue to be put in front of us until we learn them. This is a Universal Truth!

In other words, until we learn the lessons we are supposed to learn and make changes in our lives resulting in rewards that make us happy, the Universe will continue to serve up the lessons we need to learn until we finally figure it out and change. Laws within the Universe are fixed and unchangeable. Therefore, they are not subject to interpretation and manipulation in order to fit our circumstances. The truth of the matter is that “It is what it is” and we can resist and be miserable or comply and have peace in our souls; I choose peace!

Denying there is a God and that Universal Laws exist will not change a thing. Whether you believe or accept that they exist does not negate the consequence of your noncompliance. Compliance rewards us with the blessings our souls can depend on when life’s storms rage about us. Noncompliance , however, always has consequences that take us away from the blessings for which we yearn to have but only evade us.

One thing I do know for sure is that it is NOT wise to be in conflict with God and the Universe. Otherwise, life will just become harsher and more challenging in order to gain our attention. This is necessary in order for us to make the comment to live our lives differently. So go ahead and resist changing, continue to live life according to your own rules and see how far that gets you!

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Peace and Joy In The Soul

Can I Succeed In My Pursuits?

glassesHow many times have you asked yourselves the question “Can I Succeed In My Pursuits? Have you received the level of success that you want or are you still looking for success? May I success that succes can mean many things, and different things to different people. Below is my story about asking the question, “Can I really succeed?” and then an amazing thing happened.

I share my story with you so that you appreciate the power in asking the question and then the affect you have on others lives when you have answered this question. Please share your stories with me as well. Our stories are interesting and inspiring to others who are going through the same process.

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January 24, 2010 Posted by | Peace is hard to maintain | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Can I Succeed In My Pursuits?

A Stuffed Treasure Box


Treasure Box

People may spend a lifetime in search of mysteries and the secrets of life. Searching for this will only be in vain until we apply correct principles that reward us with peace, especially when life’s storms blow into our lives.

You may identify with many of the things I tell you in this blog about peace.  Perhaps you will learn from my mistakes and my successes as well. Knowing what to put in our Life’s Treasure Boxes is one of the most important lessons we learn in life.

A stuffed Treasure Box and a full account in the Love Bank ™ provide the very assets we need to survive challenging times. (See Collossians 2:3 and Matthew 6:19-21 for details.) We will discuss the Love Bank™ in more detail at a later time

The love we have for our family members should be the most precious jewels in our Treasure Boxes. We  feel a strong obligation to protect them from drowning in the storms of life. In order to do that, however, our families will need the correct tools to protect themselves.

We try to shelter those we love from exposure to extreme temperatures, and from wind, snow, and rain. We need to be  just as responsible in sheltering them from influences that hurt them physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually until they are strong enough or old enough to do it for themselves.

Collecting the treasures of honesty, virtues, commitment, discipline, and being in harmony with God are the type of gems we should be putting in our treasure boxes. Doing so is how we survive the onslaught of affliction when life hits us hard, when we fail, when we lose loved ones, or when a disaster comes our way. We must build our lives upon the rock (see Matthew 7:24-27 for details) that keeps us safe from being swept away in a storm. From experience, I know that these are the best assets in withstanding the adversities we face.

Why are these gems an asset in trying times?

These treasures are like the boulders we anchor ourselves to in a storm and keep us from drowning in the torrent. We must hold on tightly, lest we be blown away or crushed by the current.

With experience, we learn that we can handle whatever life throws at us. We know this is true because we have wisely collected the gems that bolster our strength and ability to hold on in life’s storms. We might come out of  it with some pretty nasty cuts and bruises, but we will survive with our peace of mind still intact.

Now, more than ever, we need to help family members avoid being pulled into the chaos of a storm or caught in the wake of it as well. The Treasure Box Series helps you feel more secure in your ability to weather the storms that come into your life. You will know what to do to prevent the slightest wind from becoming a tempest.

If you will commit to the principles that protect peace of mind and apply them to your circumstances, you will learn some interesting things about yourself.  By so doing, your life will begin to change drastically. However, be aware that those around you who do not want you to change, those who want you to stay in the box they created for you, will do everything they can to discourage you from doing what you need to do. They do that because escaping the box challenges them to change the way they think about you and how they interact with you. Some people hate change so they resist the new person you are becoming. Do not let that dissuade you or prevent you from going after living a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. You deserve it!

Filling up our Life’s Treasure Boxes with gems of the spirit provides peace of mind when storms of tribulation and chaos beat on our doors. The gems we put in our treasure boxes become our most effective tools in achieving peace, joy, and happiness during hard times.

First-hand, I learned to protect peace in challenging times. For this reason, I developed a better understanding of the fact that life’s harsh lessons may seem unbearable at times. These lessons can deeply stir the soul, even plunge us into despair and chaos. Although it may not seem like it at the time you are suffering, these lessons will be useful when you cultivate it into a better understanding of life.

 Make the decision now to do something different than you have been and see what changes in your life. Perhaps you will find the changes beneficial and rewarding. It’s my experience that you will be pleased with the results. Once you learn them, please teach your children and grandchildren these important principles.

January 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on A Stuffed Treasure Box

Ways We Experience Peace


We experience peace by contact with nature, in tender moments with each other, and through the senses. This means that we experience peace in relationships with each other, with God, and with the universe. We can also feel, smell, hear, and see peace.

All experiences leave lasting impressions on the heart, mind, spirit, and soul. The following scenarios describe how I experience peace. Perhaps you will relate to some of these experiences as well.

Imagine with me that you are floating on a calm and tranquil sea. You feel totally relaxed. All the tension disappears from your body as a cool, gentle breeze blows against you. There are no distractions. All that is on your mind is the sheer pleasure of peace and the soothing motion of the water. That is how peace feels to me. Perhaps that is how it feels to you?

Imagine with me that you are lying on a quiet sandy beach near the ocean, and the gentle rays from the sun warm your body. You hear waves breaking on the shoreline of your private lagoon, and the sound of seagulls fills the air. That is how peace sounds to me. Perhaps that is how it is with you?

Imagine with me your feelings when you watch a brilliant sunset or you are captivated by a child’s precious sleeping face. These feelings are exactly how peace looks to me. Perhaps that is how it is for you?

Close your eyes and imagine with me that your grandmother is in the kitchen cooking sweet cinnamon rolls. You smell the aroma as it fills the air and works its way upstairs to your bedroom. You smile because you know she has one reserved just for you. As you imagine yourself stuffing a warm homemade roll into your mouth, you relive the memories of all the other times your grandmother made rolls for you as a child. That’s how peace smells to me. Perhaps you have these same types of memories when you think of peace?

Another example of what peace smells like to me is the scent of warmed pine needles resting on the forest floor on a hot summer day, or the smell of Christmas in the crisp winter air of the mountains. I love these smells. They are stimulating to me because they conjure up pleasant memories of peaceful days spent in my mountain home.

Imagine with me a young girl who is lost in the woods. Feeling scared, she kneels down and prays fervently to God for comfort and safety. Now imagine her prayer being answered. The child, while sitting peacefully on a stump, sings songs as she awaits rescue. That’s how peace from God feels to me. Perhaps that is how you feel peace from God as well?

Perhaps you picture a young boy who no longer feels scared after jumping into bed with his parents, as he feels the security of their arms being wrapped around him?

Maybe you picture yourself lying on a blanket in the park and basking in the coolness of the shade. You smell the sweet fragrance of flowers blooming, and feel a gentle breeze blowing through your hair. As you hear the sounds of birds and squirrels in the air, a sigh of peace passes over your lips. You feel the sheer pleasure of it all within your senses, and you catch yourself speaking out loud, yet ever so softly:

“God created this wonderful body so that I can hear the songs of birds and see a brilliant sunset, so that I can smell the sweetness of the blooms, sense the coolness of the shade, and feel the warmth of the sun, and so that I can feel the gentle breeze as it blows past me. Truly this is what peace is, and God meant that I should partake of it, appreciate it, and enjoy!

Thank you, God, for my precious body that you provided me; so that I may enjoy these wondrous pleasures.” Perhaps you feel this same way?

Peace is a condition within the mind and soul that gives us pleasure. It is a condition of our environment when those around us get along with each other. Peace is also a condition when our nation is not at war with another or with its citizens. All of these conditions affect the way we view life and our ability to have the things we want that are important to us.

Whatever we can do to affect the aspects of life that cause us to feel peace is beneficial to us. For this reason, it is wise for us to learn ways for peace to exist in our lives on a more regular basis than we have now. I hope to help you do that by posting blogs relating to the lessons I have learned on this subject. If you have something to add, please share it with us.

January 10, 2010 Posted by | Joy and Happiness | , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Ways We Experience Peace