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Friday, January 23, 2009

NIE AUCTION ITEM #96 - Blessed Beyond Measure Necklace and Earring Set

From the artist: "In today's world it seems despite the fact that we have so much it seems that we're always wanting something more. In a talk by Thomas S. Monson he spoke about a woman named Borghild Dahl: "She was born in Minnesota in 1890 of Norwegian parents and from her early years suffered severely impaired vision. She had a tremendous desire to participate in everyday life despite her handicap and, through sheer determination, succeeded in nearly everything she undertook. Against the advice of educators, who felt her handicap was too great, she attended college, receiving her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota. She later studied at Columbia University and the University of Oslo. She eventually became the principal of eight schools in western Minnesota and North Dakota.She wrote the following in one of the 17 books she authored: “I had only one eye, and it was so covered with dense scars that I had to do all my seeing through one small opening in the left of the eye. I could see a book only by holding it up close to my face and by straining my one eye as hard as I could to the left.” Miraculously, in 1943—when she was over 50 years old—a revolutionary procedure was developed which finally restored to her much of the sight she had been without for so long. A new and exciting world opened up before her. She took great pleasure in the small things most of us take for granted, such as watching a bird in flight, noticing the light reflected in the bubbles of her dishwater, or observing the phases of the moon each night. She closed one of her books with these words: “Dear … Father in heaven, I thank Thee. I thank Thee.” Borghild Dahl, both before and after her sight was restored, was filled with gratitude for her blessings." We truly are blessed with so much that we often take for granted the simple things in life. I hope that this necklace will be a reminder to be thankful for the numerous blessings that we have been given.

This pendant is a 23x29 mm solid sterling silver teardrop disc with a freshwater pearl dangle. The silver disc is hand stamped to say "Blessed beyond measure". It comes on a dainty 18 inch sterling silver ball chain. The earrings come on a sterling silver french hook earwire and include a freshwater pearl with a silver bead at the bottom. The set pictured is the exact set that you will receive."

Donated by: Rosalynn Borsky
Value: $34