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In the Strength of the Lord

In the Strength of the Lord This whole concept of grace is fairly new to me. For years I have heard the word "grace"in church and while reading my scriptures,  and had no idea what it meant. I am not totally embarrassed to admit that because we all learn line upon line, precept upon precept. We all seem to hear, see, and understand what we are ready to and we all do it at our own pace. What a powerful principle this is.   I know I have not used "this divine means of help and strength, this enabling power,"  like I should have, because I didn't even understand what it was. I think we may get confused and think the Atonement is for sins only, and do not understand it is for good people trying to be better. It also covers all of our emotional pain--all of it. The Lord never intended for us to do it all ourselves and to try to get through life through sheer grit, will power, discipline, and with our many limitations.   The power of the A

Proclamation FHE Chart

  I really wanted a Family Proclamation FHE Chart and to make that the focus of our family home evenings. To read my Proclamation Series go {here} Our previous Family Home Evening board was out-dated and was needing a face-lift. I am not the most creative crafter out there by any means. I am not a scrap-booker, although I have a thing for buying scrap-book paper. The desire is there, I just don't know what to do with it all. I knew I wanted the Proclamation on our chart, front and center. I grabbed my scrapbook paper and pretty much let the creative juices flow. I used my same FHE board and painted it black. You will notice my previous hook holes, which I will need to use again. Grab some Mod Podge and sponge paint brushes. You will notice that I have something under my board. Don't forget this. Mod Podge is not Elmer's Glue, and will not come off of your wood table if you get it on there. I did find that it does come off

A Handbook for our Dad

AS  most of you know, my husband is a little out-numbered in our family.    The first inclination for most of you, is to immediately feel sorry for him.  He has heard the comment about going to the mountains once a month-more times than we can count.  I am pretty sure he feels rather special to be the only man in the house and relishes in having 8 daughters. He always has someone to scratch his back, rub his feet, get him a drink....etc.  So don't feel sorry for him.  On the other side, he is not a passive father sitting on the couch.  He does plenty for them and is very involved in their lives. He is a great spiritual leader in our home and the biggest kid in the house.  He also has had a lot of great ideas in raising our girls, that have been special things he has done just for them. One example is when they turn 16, he takes them on their first date.   It is a big one.   He buys them plane tickets and they fly in an airplane for their first time, to Washinton DC.  We hav

Mothers Who Know

Sometimes I wonder what it would have been like to have been one of the mothers of the 2,000 Stripling Warriors described in the Book of Mormon, Alma Chapter 56. Like Queen Esther, they were the right mothers, at the right time in history, with the right preparation to do what the Lord needed them to do.

The Book of Mormon and the Bible are Both Good Fruit

When I was serving as a missionary in Chile over 20 years ago, one of the main issues, questions, and interests we had with our potential investigators was  THE BOOK of MORMON.   Many of them had never heard of The Book of Mormon before.  We as missionaries shared, taught, and testified daily about the truthfulness of this scripture. A common concern for someone unfamiliar with The Book of Mormon or our church is that we have replaced The Bible.  “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” 2 Corinthians 13:1  Both the Book of Mormon and the  Bible testify of Jesus Christ and  teach the principles of His gospel.  Let me share with you a quote found on "Some people think that because we read the Book of Mormon, we don't read the Bible. That's just not true. It's like saying that we don't eat oranges because we eat apples . Both are good fruit! The Book of Mormon is not a replacement for the Bible. In fact, beca

The Book of Mormon Testifies of Christ

"Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all things which the Lord can comprehend. Mosiah 4:9

Packets of Light: YW Lesson

"Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high."  [ Elder Richard G. Scott, The Power of Scripture ,] photo found {here} Young Women lesson The Power of Scripture [Elder Richard G. Scott, October 2011 General Conference) Ask the YW to describe the qualities of a best friend.  Here are some possible answers they may come up with: 1. They help me with my problems 2. I can trust them, they tell me the truth 3. They make me happy 4. I am better when I am around them 5. They are "always there for me" 6. We have a lot in common 7. The listen to me   "Throughout the ages, Father in Heaven has inspired select men and women to find, through the guidance of the Holy Ghost, solutions to life’s most perplexing problems . He has inspired those authorized servants to record those solutions as a type of handbook for those of His children who have faith in His plan of happines

Young Women Who Know

Teaching our young women to be Young Women Who Know Using Julie B. Beck's landmark talk, Mothers Who Know, the same principles that were taught to us as mothers, can be used and applied in teaching our young women to be strong in who they are right now, and prepare them for their future roles as righteous wives and mothers. Throughout the talk, where ever you see the word "mother", you can insert the words "young women"

Nurturing Our Family Through Food

In The Family a Proclamation to the World    it teaches: "Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children" That one simple declaration has made me reflect over and over again on my role in our home as a "nurturer" I will admit , many years ago, I felt a little gypped that our only declared role was to nurture.  It is such a short one-liner.  Wasn't there more to be had as a mother?  Did we get the short end of the stick? To nurture means: to promote and sustain the growth and development of something, to feed or support, educate or train, nourish, raise, inspire with confidence, give hope or courage to, care for,  rear,bring up from infancy,help develop, help grow...etc Basically it encompasses all we do as mothers, and what we do best.  We have the natural innate tendencies to nurture.  Through nurturing we come to find ourselves and fulfill God's purposes. I have a picture on my wall that is a great reminder to me

What Abraham wanted

Have you ever stopped to think about Abraham? It may sound a little strange, but I actually do.   I really like interesting and powerful people and trying to understand what is behind their *greatness*  Abraham was one of the greatest  to have ever lived. I read this scripture the other day.  I don't ever remember really understanding this verse before, but the other day...all the dots started crossing....and it-made-sense!  {my own thoughts are in red } Abraham 1:2 " And, finding there was greater a happiness and peace and rest for me, I sought for the blessings of the fathers ,  [Abraham's fathers were Adam, Seth, Moses,etc]   and the right [the priesthood]  whereunto I should be ordained to administer the same [ to have the sealing power] having been myself a follower of b righteousness , desiring also to be one who possessed great c knowledge , and to be a greater follower of righteousness, and to possess a greater knowledge, and to be a father of m