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Twelve Stones to Remember Him Paperback – January 10, 2014
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There is frequent counsel in the scriptures to remember Christ. This book is filled with examples of everyday actions that help build the personal characteristics that allow and encourage us to follow that counsel. We all need help in getting through trials of many kinds and it is good to see how others have made it through. Thank you for gathering experiences, sharing insights and putting these in print.
I purchased this book because of the subtitle: Building Memorials of Faith from Financial Crisis. For the past 6 years (since 2008) my husband and I have had to make drastic changes in our lifestyle. When we married in February 2008, we were both employed in good jobs, had benefits, a savings account, a primary residence (farm on 50 acres) and a rental property. We had not only food storage, but also had stored a myriad of other things like toiletries, paper goods, light bulbs, batteries, and camping supplies in case of natural disaster. We had two vehicles, adequate insurance, and quality new furniture and appliances.
By the end of that year, we both had lost our jobs and could not find work. Our savings account was being used to keep us afloat. We began to use our food storage. For the next two years, we struggled to find work. My husband couldn't. I found a part-time 2-day a week job scooping ice cream for less than minimum wage. We knew others in our region of country (Northwest Missouri) who were struggling in a difficult economy, so we just kept trying to plug along because we didn't want to move.
We took an opportunity to work for an insurance company -- together -- as independent contractors. The cost of doing business (especially traveling in a rural region) cost us 10 times as much as what we made. We lasted 3 months, using the last of our savings to try to "make a go" of this opportunity.
By September of 2010 things were desperate. Our savings were depleted. We had no way to pay our bills. If my grandmother had not died at that moment and left us some money, I don't know what would have happened. We prayed to know what to do and felt to relocate. We sold the farm, attempted to sell the rental home, and sold everything we didn't need (and some things we did) and moved. My husband returned to college at age 60 to obtain a bachelor's degree in the field he had worked in for 30 years because he couldn't compete in the job market. Once his degree was in hand, the only job he was able to get was at Walmart, unloading trucks. Now $25,000 in student loan debt had been accrued.
We kept thinking something was going to break soon. Something HAD to give. By January of 2014 (six years later), I had only been briefly employed but was now again unemploye. My husband was underemployed. My grandmother's inheritance money was gone. We started to think that God had forgotten us. We had done everything we could, and yet nothing was helping our situation. I fought suicidal thoughts, and we struggled not to blame one another for our situation.
When I read Teresa's book, not only was I able to see the blessings that had come from our struggles, but I came away understanding the economic dynamic that was impacting us. It wasn't just Missouri. It wasn't just Utah. The entire country had been subject to economic forces that were beyond our control. I learned that families who had been in even better financial situations than we had, had lost everything or close to it. These were God-fearing, faithful families, who like us had put their trust in their skills, abilities, and past successes to pull them through at first. As their struggles had continued, they like us, had turned their hearts more fully to God and had prayed, fasted, pondered, counseled, studied the scriptures, served others, and yet....still their situation became more and more grim. Surely God had not forgotten all of us! Had he?
Throughout the book Teresa weaves the intimate details of the lives of 12 faithful families with documented economic facts of the past six years in the United States. Her storytelling ability keeps the reader engaged, and gradually unfolds not only why we have all be struggling on an economic level, but also the power of this difficult life experience in molding who we are in the eyes of God and in our own eyes. Will we be faithful under all circumstances? Will we look to God in faith no matter how long the trial lasts? Will we follow the promptings we receive, no matter how difficult they are?
I want to share this book with EVERY person I know who has ever struggled to support their family -- because as I read it, I realized that our situation wasn't unique. Teresa's assessment that we don't share our struggles with one another is accurate. But we should. Not with the intent that someone will bail us out, but rather, that through the common struggles, we can strengthen one another to endure, and to do so well.
For those who have not faced serious financial challenges the past six years, please read and share this book. I promise you that it will help you understand the struggles of those around you. If you have friends or family who have been impacted and you have been tempted to assign their "lot" to a lack of faithfulness, a lack of preparedness, a lack of education or motivation, this book will show you truth of the matter. And you will come away edified, grateful, and determined to buoy up those whose very best efforts have not been able to keep them afloat.
Perhaps this 6 years of struggle has a higher purpose. Perhaps it is to teach us something about ourselves, and to prepare us to live the principles of Zion -- of having no poor among us by helping one another, even if all we have to share is emotional strength and time. This is what Teresa has taught me. God bless her for having the courage to put this out there!
And WOW! What helps this book gives...
Even if the only thing you get out of this book is to know that you are not alone in your trials...it will be enough...
The author tells her own story and shares with us stories from other families...
AMAZING stories of people who were let go from their jobs because of the recession and who, with the help of the Lord, persevered, moved forward and strengthened their faith.
Sometimes the families went months or even years before finding a steady job.
Sometimes families were torn apart as the husband moved to take a new job and the wife was left behind to try to sell the house in the falling economy.
Sometimes the husband found a new job to only be let go from that job leaving him facing once again the pain and depression from not being able to provide for his family.
Many times the families were given gifts of food and money.
Always the families found greater testimony in the Lord's tender mercies as they built memorials of faith.
My favorite quote/scripture from the book:
"But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all they soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice, (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them." ~ Deuteronomy 4:29-31
A FANTASTIC book if you are going through a financial crisis!
A PERFECT book if you know someone else who could use your help but until now didn't know how to help them.
This book will give you insights in so many things...