Hey Mom, I Caught a Troll

March 31, 2010

Once upon a time there was a school teacher with a 33 year old special needs son who functioned well enough that he was able to stay at home safely without supervision while his mother was away at work. And, his mother was able to go to work having peace of mind because she knew that her son would phone her in the event of an emergency. Time passed and all went well until early one morning the mother received a call at work:

“Mom, I’ve caught a troll. You’ve gotta come home!” exclaimed her son excitedly.

“Honey, you know I can’t leave work,” his mother calmly replied. “And, remember, you’re only supposed to call me if there is an emergency.”

The second time her son called that day to tell her he caught a troll and she needed to come home, she sternly reminded him that she could not come home unless there was a real emergency. By the fifth call, she definitely was not amused.

When she got home from work that afternoon, her son rushed to the car door as she opened it. “Mom, come see my troll!” He grabbed her hand and hurriedly led her upstairs to his bedroom. There she saw a chair propped firmly against his closet door to keep it shut.

“Be careful mom,” he warned as he removed the chair from the door. “You gotta see him but he really wants to get away!” When he opened the door, there sat a real live midget.

The poor fellow was a Jehovah’s Witness who had been out proselyting that morning. When the midget knocked on the door and the son opened the door and saw him, the boy picked him up and carried him upstairs to his bedroom and shut him up in his closet…where he had spent the last five hours.


Photo-chopped Glamour

February 28, 2009

By Janet Walgren

On rare occasions, I feel glamorous for a second. I don’t expect much more than that. After all, I’m 62. Well after thousands of seconds of primping and prepping, today the magic second arrived.

“Quick, Heather, get the camera! I can stand in the bathtub and you can stand on the washing machine. If I look up, I won’t have a double chin and you can get a glamor shot of me with the cultured marble background!”

Obediently, she got the camera and mounted her station atop the washer. Click! Click, click, click! “The battery just died!” she informed me.

“Did you get some good shots?” I inquired.

“With the cameras and the technology we have today, any shot can be a good shot!” she responded.

Isn’t technology amazing?

Teaching our children

February 8, 2009

Have you ever considered how we socialize our children? How do children learn values? What kind of influence are you having your children? Here is a father’s short story. It’s worth hearing.


Gay Parents – A Child’s Perspective

January 5, 2009

By Janet Walgren

I ran across a post written by a person who was raised by a gay man. She has written a book about her experiences as a child. Her father’s behaviors she described in the post are similar to the behaviors of a gay father who was in a custody battle with a woman my clergy asked me to help through the legal process.

In a society so engrossed in SELF RIGHTS, isn’t it about time we consider the rights of children who can not or are not allowed to speak? Here is the link: http://beetlebabee.wordpress.com/2009/01/04/homosexual-parenting-a-childs-voice-heard/

Christmas Sweater

December 20, 2008

By Janet Walgren
christmas-sweaterFor Christmas, my sister, Cheryl, gave me the book Christmas Sweater by author Glenn Beck. I just finished reading it. I rarely read a book from cover to cover in one sitting; this book was an exception. 

This masterfully written book draws one into a surprising emotional roller coaster ride that causes you to examine your inner life, core values, thoughts and feelings at the most basic level while all the time being thoroughly entertained. I don’t think it is possible to read the book and not come away a better person for the reading. 

I highly recommend the book. It would make an excellent Christmas gift for yourself or anyone on your gift list. Thank you Cheryl for knowing that. I really love this present and I love you.

A Prophetic Voice for Our Day

November 22, 2008

By Janet Walgren
While reading Anne Bradshaw’s blog, Not Entirely British, I came across this YouTube clip of a speech given by Elder Neal A. Maxwell at Brigham Young University on October 10, 1978. What he said has proven to be a very accurate prophetic warning about the state of our nation today (some 30 years after the fact). This is just one of thousands of reasons that I believe in modern day living prophets.

California Proposition 8

October 29, 2008

By Janet Walgren
I would like to share this video on California’s Proposition 8. If you think it doesn’t have anything to do with you, please think again.

http://www.afa.net/prop8video/index.html for English

http://www.afa.net/prop8video/index2.html for Spanish

If Proposition 8 fails, what is next??? Marry your dog, marry a child, take 5 husbands or 9 wives? If gender has no meaning in defining marriage, why should a species or a number like “one” be relevant to any discussion about marriage? Then the question is, “Who has the right to define anything that obstructs one’s own will and denies one of agency?” I ask you, “Do we really want to go there?”

The Prophet leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have asked the members of the church to support Proposition 8. Unfortunately, not all professed members have done so. Some have actually petitioned the church to change their stand on this issue. Well, either you believe that the church is run by God through his prophets or you believe that the church is run by men manipulating the saints by usurping God’s authority to push their own agendas. Either you believe in prophets or you don’t.

If you believe in prophets and you believe in God, it is stupid… utterly ridiculous to say that God has no business sticking his nose in to the personal affairs of his children. So much for parental rights.

In the Book of Mormon, during the final days of the Nephites, the prophet made a statement that applies to issues like this. He said that he wasn’t going to tell us too much about the personal lives of the Nephites because we would get emotionally involved and miss the point…which was that God gave us rules and commandments with consequences affixed.

If we break the rules there are consequences now and in eternity. When the Nephites broke the rules and rejected the God of heaven, they were wiped off the face of the earth. We have been forewarned of a similar fate. The actions of individuals, the courts and the voice of the people do and will affect us and the fate of our nation.