Wednesday, October 5, 2016

General Conference October 2016

Another General Conference has come and gone and what a spectacular one it was!  Each 2 hour block seemed to zoom by as if it was only 30 minutes in reality!  We are living in great days with living apostles and prophets on the earth, led by God and they are truly His mouthpiece and His prophets.

General Conference is our favorite holiday of the year!  We look forward to the special treats and food we make, we get out our conference journals, and nuzzle down on our favorite spot on the couch and get ready for the best spiritual feast this world has to offer us! 

I'm impressed that even our youngest children LOVE conference, take notes, and can sit for all the sessions. I remember being their age and NOT sitting so well, or paying very good attention to conference. The main thing I would glean from conference was the color of the choir dresses.  These kids are amazing and their focus is truly remarkable. It reminds me how the children of the latter-days are stronger, more spiritual, more faithful, and know who they are more than any generation ever has.

During our Monday Night Family Night, we discuss what talk was our favorite and share our favorite insights. Our children are so anxious to share their favorite parts we have to play a little bit of referee so everyone gets their equal and full time to share.  I loved how our 16 year old, truly wrote strong, deep, meaningful notes.  Conference is the best!!

The talks were all so great, and each one touched on a different part of my faith and testimony that needed strengthening, reminding, comforting. The one talk however, that I've already been applying is President Russell M. Nelson's talk on Joy and Spiritual Survival.

"When the focus of our lives is on Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in our lives."
"How, then, can we claim that joy? We can start by “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith”in every thought.”We can give thanks for Him in our prayers and by keeping covenants we’ve made with Him and our Heavenly Father. As our Savior becomes more and more real to us and as we plead for His joy to be given to us, our joy will increase."
 We can have joy even on the most miserable of trials! I loved his reference to the Savior that while suffering through the Atonement and while on the cross, He focused on joy: how the Atonement would give so much joy to all of Heavenly Father's children through the cleansing side of the atonement, the healing, and eternal life. As He focused on the joy, He was able to fulfill His mission to be our Savior.

A wonderful talk! I can't wait to go back and study and re-listen to all of them.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kindness Matters- Eliminating Contention

There is nothing I dislike more than contention and anger. It hurts, it cuts, and it destroys peace, love and the spirit. 
Most of the suffering I have gone through in my life can be traced back to contention, anger, and of coarse pride .  I was blessed to grow up in very peaceful home with  laughter rather than contention. My mother didn't put up with much contention, and I try not to either.  In my home I have strived relentlessly to teach my children to get along, love each other, and speak kindly to one another.
I have a sign that sits on my entry room table that reads "Kindness Matters".   I couldn't agree more. Kindness is the one thing that always matters. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Checking in Again with Hope

Checking in again...  it's been a while.

What busy blessings we have been busy with!!  Missions, Marriages, and Babies.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Mothering Teenage Daughters

One of my favorite mother quotes is the one pictured to the left "Life doesn't come with  manual, it comes with a Mother".

Isn't that true?! I know I have had a few mothering moments, that I wish I had a manual for.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

12 Things for Newlyweds/Newly Parents

Hi, my name is Aubrey. I'm the 3rd oldest of  eight daughters.  I'm a twin, and yes, I was born first. By two minutes! I don't know what it's like to not be a twin, but I love being  a twin in case you wondered! We have been inseparable since birth, best friends in every way possible. We are now beginning the journey of living separate lives.... not always getting the same presents, having all the same friends, doing the same activities, or working the same jobs.  She went on a mission, and I got married.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sometimes We Just Need God

When I was young, our family would take regular vacations, usually out west from our home in Northern Minnesota. Out west was where my older brothers lived. We loved visiting them in Provo, Utah where they were going to school at BYU.

It's a long drive from Minnesota to Utah. On that long drive we would listen to all the great LDS cassettes of the late 1970s- 1980s era.  My favorite was Saturdays Warriors. (We saw the original cast live in DC way back when), but my second favorite was My Turn on Earth. It has a lot of spunky songs that are fun to sing to, but one in particular is rather melancholy :  "Where on Earth Can I Find Heaven"  It's about the main character Barbara longing for her heavenly home.  The last line states..."where on earth can I find heaven? Find it and stay"