Saturday, February 25, 2012

Facts of Life


When my oldest daughter Amber went to college for the first time... she struggled.

Although she is a happy out-going person, she struggled because in high school she had established herself  and everyone knew who she was. She went to college and felt alone and lost because no one knew her and no one believed in her. At least that is how she felt and her self-esteem couldn't seem to rise above negative zero. She wanted to tell everyone, but, but, but... I am awesome! and, and, and.... I am a great person. 

It wasn't until she came home from school, that she felt comfortable enough, that her self-esteem could start building again. 

Who knows why she experienced this or where it came from.  But we all have this need inside of us to be noticed and valued by those around us.

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So I have been thinking of a post I wrote a couple of months ago called {Noticing Others}
If you haven't read it yet, jump on over to that blog post and read it really quick.  I want to kind of expound on those thoughts.

 As with almost everything, it comes from a book I have read and little a-ha moments I want to share with you because they are THAT good.

 The book is  {How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People} click on that link if you are interested and it will send you to Amazon where you can buy a copy for  $10.  I found mine at Deseret Industries for aboaut 85 cents.

It has become one of those books I mark up with a pencil and ear-mark the page corners.  I read it, put it away, come back to it later and I still  have the same a-ha moments each time.

This is psychology stuff, which I really get into.  Even if you don't, listen up, because this is just basic Getting Along With People 101.  Most of us are people, most of us live with people, and most of us are parents of or spouses of people.  So this pretty much applies to all of us. 

 Facts of Life-
probably not the same talk your mom gave you

  • We are all more interested in ourselves  than in anything else in the world.
  • Every person you meet wants to feel important and to "amount to something"
  • There is a craving in every human being for the approval of others, so that he can approve  of himself.


Here are some other little bits of truth and wisdom for you to ponder on as well...

  • The self-centered egotistical person is not suffering from too much self-esteem, but too little.
  • If you are on good terms with yourself, you are on good terms with others
  • Once a person begin to like himself a little better, then he is able to like others a little better.
  • Ego- hunger is as universal and natural as the hunger for food
  • Low self-esteem means friction and trouble

Building others up

Help others like themselves better

  • Feed their ego with genuine compliments. Try to find 5 things to compliment them on each day. Be creative. Be sincere.
This works great on children.  My 12 year old daughter who really  ATES to read, and to clean her room, and several other things.  When she comes to me and says, "I can't read XXX amount of pages before Friday." 

 I say these magical words... "I know if anyone can do it, YOU can!"  Besides stopping her whining because she doesn't know how to respond, those words gave her a sense of accomplishment already and filled her ego and self-esteem.  She walks off believing in herself.

  • Notice them!  Take time for them because everyone matters.
  • Love them as the Savior would.
  • Pray! Teach them to pray for themselves and; to read their scriptures.  Seek for the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ to be applied in their life.

“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums.
The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.” 
-Ezra Taft Benson

Couldn't low-self esteem be considered "the slums"? 

Check out this adorable blog post from Brooklyn @ The Frog Princess

She lays it out on the line why she has a high self-esteem. 

To quote the yellow sticky note above...She Rocks!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Proclamation Series: A Clarion Call




What is a clarion? ?
 I was wondering the same thing!
Definition: The clarion was an instrument, the predecessor to the trumpet, used between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries. It was quite typically used during wars to signal. As a result, a clarion call refers to a summons of sorts: one that should not/cannot be ignored, as it would have been during a medieval war

A clarion call is a powerful request for action or an irresistible mandate. It derives from the cloud of a clarion, a medieval trumpet.

Elder M. Russell Ballard's gave this talk : {Today's Family: Proclamation Still a Clarion Call}
I highly recommend checking it out! 

What a great time we live in!  There is so much excitement in the air!  We have The Family: A Proclamation to the World to guide us and keep us focused and grounded on what is most important: our families and our marriages


Check out this amazing video:



We are memorizing {The Family: A Proclamation to the World} in our Young Women's this year. Come join us in the fun!

Each month we are working on a different paragraph in the Proclamation. This month we are on paragraph 2 [below]

The proclamation is pure scripture. It is powerful and true. Memorizing is a tool to help us, our families, and youth internalize these doctrines and principles. 

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All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God.
Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such,
each has a divine nature and destiny.
Gender is an essential characteristic
of individual pre-mortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Feasting Upon the Scriptures

2 Nephi 9:51 Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken; and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness.

If you think about feasting, you probably have visions of a great Thanksgiving-type meal with everything you love to eat before you.  You don't just take a nibbling of food and be done. NO-you feast!


 Most of us probably eat too much at these holiday meals.  We fill up on turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, salads, veggie trays ,sweet potatoes, rolls etc.  As we are feasting, we are having this wonderful experience with the food on our plate.  It tastes so good! Our taste-buds are dancing with delight. There is a part of us that doesn't want it to end.  We'll ask Aunt Helen "how did you make these delicious rolls?  They are so soft and buttery!"  We go on and on fully engaged and partaking of this feast before us.  

After a while, we then fill up on the fatness mentioned in the scripture above.  And oh how we love that part of the holidays!  We love the pies and desserts. 

This is feasting.  This feels good to the soul to be able to indulge like this physically every so often.

After we physically feast on food, our stomachs eventually empty, and we want it all over again. Although the meal is momentarily satisfying, it is not eternally lasting.

The Lord says, "...come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not"

We are reminded that a true feast, is a spiritual one.
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the abread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never bthirst.

Interesting that the Lord uses the word FEAST when talking about reading and studying the scriptures. He could have said read, glance over,flip through, skim, apprehend, or learn. Instead he used the word FEAST, which conjures up all kinds of emotions, visuals, and meaning inside us.   Being mortal, we love to eat.

As we were discussing this verse in Sunday School, it really made me ponder..

Where is my scripture reading at?
Do I feast?




Friday, February 17, 2012

Marriage and Family: Eternally Significant

Marriage is one of my favorite topics to talk about. If I could have my dream job without all the schooling to get there, I would love to be a family or marriage counselor.  I love to help others in their relationships to be happy and successful.  

 I look around me and have seen several close friends who are struggling in their marriages or whose marriages have failed.  There seems to be this epidemic going around! 

To be honest, it scares me! All of these families are no different than ours and those marriages seem very equal to our marriage.  The realization that if this happened to them, it can happen to us.  It really can happen to anyone.


We must nurture our marriages and our families!   They matter so very much!   

Last week I was so privileged to be apart of a World Wide Training session via satellite, for all auxiliary leaders in our church.  Two hours f-l-e-w by as we were taught by prophets, apostles and other church leaders.

I feel such a great LOVE for these brethren and sisters who are instruments of the Saviors work here on the earth.  The Church is so true!  That is what I felt over and over again while I watched.

I was so happy to go on to lds.org and see that they have the World Wide Training available for everyone to listen, read, or download.  Go  {Here} for that link.

Elder Russell M. Nelson
I love Elder Russell M. Nelson.  He spoke about marriage and family.  That seems to be a topic he feels strongly about and speaks of often.  We had a Stake Conference last October via satellite, and he gave a great talk there on marriage.  He is so cute with his wife Wendy. 

You can go {here} to read his talk in its entirety.  I am going to highlight a few key points that he spoke on:

"In the Church, we stress the significance of marriage, children, and the family because we know the doctrine. And we, as leaders of the Church, know that the adversary incessantly aims attacks at the family. In the past 50 years the birth rate has dropped in nearly every nation of the world. Marriages are being postponed until later in life, and families are getting smaller, even in the Church."
"Our task to defend the family is not an easy one. Trends in the world diminish the significance of the family. Sadly, the sacred powers of procreation are desecrated by many people. And the divinely designed nature of marital intimacy is tarnished by the addictive, pernicious, and poisonous plague of pornography."

"In reality, we are raising our children in enemy-occupied territory. The homes of our members must become the primary sanctuaries of our faith, where each can be safe from the sins of the world."

"Our Master depends upon us to live according to His truth. Please teach our members that marriage is ordained of God. It is doctrinally based and eternally significant. " (he said this in very strong tones) 

"Three times in sacred scripture the warning is made that “the whole earth would be utterly wasted” at the Lord’s return if certain conditions were not in place (see D&C 2:3; 138:48; Joseph Smith—History 1:39). In each instance, that warning relates to the condition of the human family without the sealing ordinances of the temple. Without these ordinances of exaltation, the purposes of creation would not be realized. "
"Teach that family relationships start with the love of a husband for his wife, and of a wife for her husband. Marriage brings two very different and imperfect people together. Husbands and wives deal with their imperfections best with patience and a sense of humor. Each should stand ready to say, “I’m sorry! Please forgive me.” And each should be a peacemaker." ( I thought that was a powerful statement.  We should both be peacemakers.  Alot of marital arguments can be nipped in the bud if we both seek to be peacemakers.)

"Each personal imperfection is an opportunity to change—to repent. Repentance, at any age, provides needed progress. It leads to a mighty change of heart, which leads to a love of God and your neighbor, especially that neighbor to whom you are married. Repentance includes forgiveness, and forgiveness is a commandment. The Lord said, “I … will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men” (D&C 64:10). When repentance is complete, you even forgive yourself."

"Differences of opinion occur between husband and wife. But one’s objective in marriage is never to win an argument, but to build an eternal relationship of love.
Marriage is sanctified by family prayer morning and night and daily scripture study. Marriage is stabilized by careful financial planning, avoiding debt, and living within a budget with willing obedience to the Lord’s law of tithing. Marriage is energized by making prime time together. Marriage is protected by an absolute commitment to make it successful." (this is worth reading carefully)

"Remind each married bearer of the priesthood that his highest duty is to care for his wife. She enables him to qualify for his greatest blessings. And when the children leave the nest, a husband and his wife will have each other in what can be a wonderful and exciting phase of life together."

"Teach that parenting is a joint venture. The father exercises his leadership with light and love, never in any degree of unrighteousness. The mother provides the intuition, the inspiration, and the nurture that come from her so naturally." (how beautifully said!)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Keeping Our Marriage Strong


This was it.   
This was the day that Richard and I were married

for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. 

It seems like a looong time ago.  Look how YOUNG we looked. 
For those who know us, we still get accused of looking really young for our age.  

This was the most important day of our lives.  It was the most important decision that we have made. 
After our temple marriage ceremony, we gathered outside for all the pictures.
My husband and I are not horribly photogenic.  Having our pictures taken was something we had to get through.  Everyone wanted us to kiss in front of the camera, and we felt very awkward doing that in front of everyone and we still do!  My husband still won't kiss for a picture. 

I love that old twisted knotted tree we sat in front of and had our picture taken.  Doesn't it kind of look like a tree that could have been in the Garden of Gethsemane?  How symbolic is that?!

In the Garden Christ made the great Atonement for all of us.  Each Sunday we renew our covenants by partaking of the Sacrament.  Elder Holland and others have referred to marriage as a sacrament.
"Marriage is and should be a sacrament. The word sacrament is variously defined, but among Christian people it signifies a religious act or ceremony, solemnized by one having proper authority. It is a pledge, or solemn covenant, a spiritual sign or bond between the contracting parties themselves and between them and God." (Hugh B. Brown, The Latter-day Concept of Marriage)

On a lighter note, can I tell  you what was running through my mind at that moment in front of the old knotted tree ?

"I am a wife!"  "We are married!" "Now What?"

Getting married for us, was a 4 year wait, with 2 missions in the middle,  that didn't always go by very fast.  There were some grueling days of waiting for letters, phone calls, or wondering if it was EVER going to happen.

I can't say that we thought of the DETAILS of life a whole lot after the temple marriage. 
We knew we wanted a family.
We knew we were making covenants to be together essentially -forever. 
And we knew we loved the Lord and each other with all our hearts. 

That's it!  That is about as far as our thoughts went. 

Now, (pause...I have to count how old my oldest daughter is and then add a year) 22 years later
We are still going strong.
But it is not easy is it?!  It is hard work most days and we have to constantly be giving our marriages our full attention.  We have to BOTH be the peacemakers.  We have to be quick to forgive and say "I am sorry".  We have to laugh a lot.  We have to notice each other and appreciate one another every day. Marriage is a strong commitment that goes on each day.  It is a covenant with each other and with the Lord.

I heard a great comment by Elder D. Todd Christoffersen.  This is what he said:
"We go to church and to the temple to make covenants, we go home to keep them"
Elder D. Todd Christofferson
What do you do to honor your covenants and keep your marriage strong?

Here are a few things we do:
  • We have a picture of the Savior in our bedroom to remind us that He is the center of our lives and of our marriage.
  • We have our marriage certificate, framed and also hanging in our bedroom.  I love this and feel this is important to have out.  It shows our children and reminds us where it all began and of the covenants we made with each other.
  • We pray together as a couple every night before going to sleep, taking turns on saying the prayer.  I am sure you all do this. This is huge and keeps us connected to the Savior and is a very important "tradition" to our marriage.
  • We love each other.  This is verb, not a noun.This brings a great spirit and power into our marriage which bonds and strengthens our home and family.   Both husbands and wives have the same needs,  they are just rearranged in a different order on the list.  But they are both there.  Before I was married my mom gave me the bucket list for keeping my husband happy.  It only had 3 things on it: Keep the house clean, good food, and love.  I would also add-to continue to stay attractive. Do we as women even have a bucket list for keeping us happy?  I don't know!  I think it would need to be a big bucket.  We are complex creatures.

  • Talk to each other, a lot.  This is a huge part of our marriage.  We talk a lot.  When Richard comes home from work it is our tradition where the kids are concerned, that we get 5 minutes alone to talk. We go in our bedroom, shut and many times lock the door, and talk about the day without interruptions.  It is a nice tradition.  We also talk several times throughout the day.  Richard calls me at least once a day while at work and tells me he loves me and that I am gorgeous.  I love that call!
  • We make serving the Lord and honoring His commandments the center focus of our family life.  We go to the temple together often. We go to all of our church meetings. We support each other in callings.  We have family prayer, family scriptures, and Family Home Evening.  These things are huge in our lives.  They bring the Spirit into our lives and marriage in great abundance.

This is just the short list.  I love my husband we both try really hard to keep our marriage strong each day.  We do not have a perfect marriage by any means.  We have our issues and our struggles like everyone else does I imagine.  But we love each other and are committed to one another.


What do YOU do to keep your marriage strong?






Friday, February 10, 2012

What Love Looks Like To Me


This was February's  blog-link party from Time Out For Women "What Love Looks Like to Me"


I love being a mother to daughters.  This is what love looks like to me.

When I look at my family of all girls
I have several feelings rush over
me...
  •  Pure Joy!! .
    It is the most fun I have ever had in my life. I  grew up with six brothers and no sisters. Can I even tell you how many times I prayed for a
    sister??! Just know, it was a lot. I am thrilled to have daughters. Each one is
    a gift from God. Really!
  • How in the world am I going to
    afford all those weddings?
      That is the MOST popular question we get with my family, right
    after, were you trying to have a boy? I might change that concern later, but I
    have always felt like it will work out. Our main focus, is that we prepare our daughters to BE the right person, so  they marry the
    RIGHT person in the right way. The rest is just trivial.
  • What an awesome responsibility
    is ours
    to impact the lives of these young women and girls who will
    turn around and be mothers themselves someday. Mothers are powerful. What am I to teach them? Why has the Lord given us
    this awesome responsibility?
In The Family: A Proclamation to the World, it states:
is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”


Striving to have a happy family life founded upon the teachings of Jesus Christ,
and having great joy in our posterity

that is what love feels like and looks like to me.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Missionary Service Activity

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I love a great Sister Missionary!  They are spiritually powerful and so awesome! 

For our Laurel Activity this week we chose to do a Missionary Service Activity

It was basically a night to write the missionaries...spiced up a bit!

If you have ever sat down with Young Women and said, "We are going to write the missionaries" ...they are eager to do it....if they knew what to say...or what to write!  That part of the activity can take 20 minutes if you stretch it! The letters are short and that is with them talking the whole time.  : )

So before writing...we did some role-playing to see what it is like to be a Sister Missionary.

This of coarse is a very shortened, zip-through, but they get a small idea.


To prepare go to {lds.org/Menu/Service/Missionary Service}   There on the left side bar is a list of links.  Click on Dress & Grooming.  It is full of pictures and information on how to dress, how to do your hair, and even how to put on make-up.  It is excellent!!

I wish they had that information when I went on my mission!



This is an excellent issue FULL of how to prepare yourself to serve a full-time mission.  You can use all kinds of ideas while preparing for this activity.


The brain-child for this activity idea came from {A Little Tipsy}  She inspired me with all of her cute ideas. Go see what she did!  I used  several of her ideas and added my own. 

Station 1: Preparing to Serve a Mission:

I typed up a sheet of random questions for the YW to answer.  They were cut into strips and placed in a bowl.  Each YW read one.  The questions came out of my reading the lds.org missionary site, and the New Era magazine above.  Here is a sampling:
  •  Can Sister Missionaries wear jewelry?
  • What materials do missionaries use to teach the gospel?
  • How can you prepare spiritually to serve a mission?
  • What kind of dresses do Sister Missionaries wear?
After discussing and answering those question, each YW has to search and look up a scripture on missionary service & explain how that verse inspires or helps prepare a missionary to serve.

 I was so impressed with what they found on their own.  These are Laurels and are students of Seminary and they know the scriptures pretty well.

Station 2: Receiving the Call

It would have been really cool to have given the YW a pretend-real missionary call and a pretend tag...but I found this out:

". Recently Church members have been counseled to not have children pretend to receive callings as full-time missionaries or wear pretend missionary name tags {Sharing Time, Let Your Light Shine, The Friend, October 1999}
 I assume the reason behind that is that the missionary calls and tags that have the Church name on them are sacred.  The text on the tags is copyrighted.  They also symbolize someone who has been proved themselves worthy to represent Jesus Christ for 18 months or 2 years.  The missionary call is signed by the prophet himself.  In the scriptures it tells us to not trifle with sacred things.

So I gave the YW a letter (all the same) that essentially said "You are going on a mission!"  I then let the YW choose where they wanted to go. With a small sticker, they placed their sticker on a map. 

We had a basket of scarves and jackets for them to put on to "dress like a Sister Missionary"

Station 3:  MTC Receiving a Companion:

With 2 of each number, they drew a number out of a bowl, then had to find the other person with that same number.  That was their companion.

Station 4: Learning a Language:

As companions, they were given a list of sentences or phrases to learn to say in another language.

  • I know that God lives
  • The Book of Mormon is the word of God
  • Good Morning
  • Thank-you very much
  • Is your Mother home?
Station 5: Teaching a Discussion:

As companions they had to each other a gospel principle. 

Station 6: Flying to their Mission:


With an X on the floor with duct tape, the YW had to make a paper air-plane.  They then flew their airplane trying to hit the X on the floor. 

Writing the missionaries

We then took a few minutes to write a letter to one of the missionaries in our ward.





Sunday, February 5, 2012

Following "The Son"

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This weeks Young Women Lesson is
Following the Example of Jesus Christ


We decided to make this lesson one of our Joint YW lessons that we teach monthly.  In trying to decide how to best approach this lesson I felt to use the example of the sunflower as a symbol of following "The SON-Jesus Christ"  As the sunflowers follow the sun as part of their creation. 
 Here's my lesson:



I want to tell you today about Sunflowers.  As  a young girl, my Dad would grow Sunflowers in  our garden.  They are such interesting plants as they start as a simple seed, but as they grow they seem to have this great purpose about them. 
One is to grow sunflower seeds,  and the other is to “Follow the Sun”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower

Did you know when a Sunflower is young it follows the sun.  In the morning it faces the East, and by Sunset it is facing the West.  Everyday, it seeks the sunlight and faces towards it so that it can soak up the most light.  As the sunflower matures it stays firm and steadfast in the direction where it receives the most light.  As it receives light it grow and progresses becoming brighter and brighter  and producing wonderful 'fruit' called sunflower seeds.  If plants don’t receive light, they wither and die. 
Discussion:  Now how can we compare ourselves to a sunflower? 

  • What light do we need to grow and progress?  [The Savior is our light.  We need to turn our faces towards Him.  We need Him.  Without His light in our lives everyday, we will suffer.  We won’t grow and progress to become like Him.  ]


Chalkboard & yw participation:What are some of the things we must do in order to be filled with this light of "the SON" --the Son of God? Use these quotes to hand out to the YW.  See {Light and Growth, Lynn A. Mickelson, Sept. 2004 Ensign}

Faith



We must have faith in the Lord. The prophet Alma compares the word of God to a seed and challenges us to begin with a desire to believe; then, when the seed begins to sprout in our hearts, our understanding will be enlightened and our faith will grow (see Alma 32:27–30). Faith opens the windows of our hearts to the light of Christ and chases darkness from us. As our faith increases, we grow toward the light, and our capacity to receive that light is magnified (see D&C 50:24).

Prayer
We must pray. The Lord’s instructions are explicit: we must ask, seek, and knock to receive the promises He has made to us .  Any great outpouring of light has always been given in answer to prayer. The Nephites experienced this when the Savior visited them: “And it came to pass that Jesus blessed them as they did pray unto him; and his countenance did smile upon them, and the light of his countenance did shine upon them, and behold they were as white as the countenance and also the garments of Jesus; and behold the whiteness thereof did exceed all the whiteness, yea, even there could be nothing upon earth so white as the whiteness thereof” (3 Ne. 19:25). Daily prayer keeps our eye single to His glory and facing toward the light.
We must repent of our sins. Sin limits light. As we follow the counsel of the Lord and repent of our sins, we open the way for the infusion of light.

We must keep covenants  The covenant of baptism by water is a prerequisite to receiving the light that accompanies the gift of the Holy Ghost. Each week we may renew this sacred covenant as we partake of the sacrament, thereby increasing our access to the Savior’s light.
We must look to our patriarchal blessings. Our patriarchal blessings can be a significant source of light.  We must seek the light that the Lord has personally promised each of us and live up to the heritage to which we have been called.
Follow the Prophet
We must follow the prophet. As we follow the prophet, we can enjoy blessings similar to that which the children of Israel were given: “And the Lord went before them … to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light” (Ex. 13:21). The prophet reflects the light of the Lord, which can guide us as we travel along our mortal journey.

Read our scriptures: Scriptures are like {packets of light} that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high. They can become the key to open the channel to communion with our Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. –Elder Richard G. Scott,{The Power of Scripture}

Discussion" The Sunflower produces seeds that can be enjoyed by all.  What could the seeds represent in our lives as we follow Jesus Christ?  Write on the chalk board

Have the Young Women look up the following Scriptures:

2 Nephi 31:10  And he said unto the children of men: aFollow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we bfollow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father?

3 Nephi 27:27 And know ye that aye shall be bjudges of this people, according to the judgment which I shall give unto you, which shall be just. Therefore, what cmanner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even das I am.

John 13:15 For I have given you an aexample, that ye should do as I have done to you.

Moroni 7: 48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, apray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true bfollowers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall cbe like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be dpurified even as he is pure. Amen.

 As we partake of the sacrament every Sunday we are reminded to follow the example of Jesus Christ, but it is sometimes easy to become distracted by worldly influences throughout the week.

Group discussion:  What can we do to follow Christ’s example all week long?
What can we do to influence our friends, family, and others to better follow the Savior’s
example?
You are My Hands
(President Uchtodorf, May 2010 Ensign)
"A story is told that during the bombing of a city in World War II, a large statue of Jesus Christ was severely damaged. When the townspeople found the statue among the rubble, they mourned because it had been a beloved symbol of their faith and of God’s presence in their lives.
Experts were able to repair most of the statue, but its hands had been damaged so severely that they could not be restored. Some suggested that they hire a sculptor to make new hands, but others wanted to leave it as it was—a permanent reminder of the tragedy of war. Ultimately, the statue remained without hands. However, the people of the city added on the base of the statue of Jesus Christ a sign with these words: “You are my hands.”
As we emulate His perfect example, our hands can become His hands; our eyes, His eyes; our heart, His heart.
May we all become the Savior's hands, eyes, and heart as we follow Him I promise you that as we expose our lives to greater light, we will continue to grow spiritually, and the light within us will grow “brighter and brighter until the perfect day” (D&C 50:24).
Bear Testimony.

This is the handout I used. 


 

                                                                 Learn from the sunflower-
Follow the light that the Savior provides.
Gain strength from Him and His teachings.
Stand firm in your convictions. 
Share His light with others.
Follow ‘The Son’