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Teaching our Children to be Reverent

A must read talk from Elder Dallin H. Oaks: { Sacrament Meeting and the Sacrament } Teaching our children to be reverent at church is one of the most important lessons we can teach. Our example is paramount. What is reverence?   Reverence is about respect and is a form of worship.  Elder Hales has taught, "Reverence invites revelation." We know it is important.  We were taught to fold our arms and be quiet at church since we were born.  We go to extremes to keep our children quiet during Sacrament Meeting.   We make quiet books, bring Cheerios, their favorite small quiet toy, colors, papers, gum, fruit snacks, and anything we can scrounge up in our bags that might be entertaining,  etc.  Of coarse this didn't exist when we were starting out, but i-pads .  What ever it takes that is quiet we let them do.  Just get through sacrament meeting as reverently as possible.  Of coarse there are the un-planned noises or out bursts that always seem to happen during the m

The Family is Ordained of God

"I believe in the family where there is a husband who regards his companion as his greatest asset and treats her accordingly;  Where there is a wife who looks upon her husband as her anchor and strength... The cultivation of such a home requires effort and energy, forgiveness and patience, love, and endurance and sacrifice; but it is worth all of these and more."- Gordon B. Hinckley This quote was found on the back of an Ensign magazine.  I don't know the date.  I framed it and it has hung in my bedroom for years.  I love this and aspire to have that kind of marriage and family. It is much like the marriage and family values described in  The  Family: A Proclamation to the World : " The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in fami

Becoming Like the Brother of Jared

I am still thinking about  the Brother of Jared. {This goes along with my earlier post: What I have Learned from the Brother of Jared } I am reading the book of Ether very carefully and pretty slow so I can capture all the good stuff. This scripture has been with me for a few days as I have been mulling it over in my mind on HOW I can personally become like this: Ether 4: 7 " And in that day that they shall exercise a faith in me, saith the Lord, even as the brother of Jared did , that they may become b sanctified in me, then will I c manifest unto them the things which the brother of Jared saw, even to the unfolding unto them all my d revelations , saith Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the e Father of the heavens and of the earth, and all things that in them are." Can I become like the Brother of Jared was? Can I  ever have enough faith like that?   The answer is yes.  I can.  And you can. We all can. But like the Brother of Jared, we have to pay the pri

What I have learned from the Brother of Jared

I love the story of the Brother of Jared from the Book of Mormon It gives us a glimpse into the lives of people who seem very real (they could be you and me) who lived at the time of one the most pivotal events in the world The Tower of Babel Sometimes I wish I could have been a fly on the wall back then just to be able to observe that whole scene unfold.   I have always had one question:   Did they REALLY , seriously believe they could build a tower high enough to reach heaven?   Really?   Well, I guess they did because they were doing it! Which is where the brother of Jared comes in.   Well, actually he comes in when the Lord is confounding the languages and scattering the people.   This had to be a time of great chaos and panic. Ether 1: 34   talks about some of the spiritual and physical features of the Brother of Jared: ·          He was large and mighty ( I would guess mighty both physically and spiritually) ·          The Lord LOVED him ·          He had

A Powerful People

" God wants a powerful people " Sheri Dew, God Wants a Powerful People   He needs "mothers who know" and he needs exemplary fathers, and sons and daughters who are being raised up "to know".   He needs husbands and wives who have not just "been to the temple"...but who "go to the temple".   He needs pure, righteous, obedient people, who both qualify for and have access to the gift and power of the Holy Ghost and the priesthood.  He needs a people who don't just own scriptures, and carry them to church in designer scripture totes, but a people who READ them, study them and live by them.  In other words , He needs a people who know, that they know , that they know { see this talk:Knowing that We Know} We can be that people . And the temple has a lot to do with it. Here is a great scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 109: 22 which is part of the Kirtland Temple Dedication, but applies so much to us today.  

The List

I realized today that I no longer have to remind my two youngest, Ashley and Jamee to make their bed because they have their "list" yes that does say "get brest" hopefully you can see the correction in orange pen to "drest" They don't need me to remind them anymore, they just check their "list" to see what they have to do next.  Then they give themselves a sticker!  My work is essentially done. It is a great plan until they lose "the list"   which could very well happen after school today.  Until then, I am going to enjoy this. 

We Can Clearly See Between Right and Wrong

To end our year of The 13th Article of Faith we chose a black and white  theme to go perfectly with the theme: We Can Clearly See Between Right and Wrong We called one of our YW advisors to be a  program specialist, helping us out with planning New Beginnings and YW in Excellence.  She is an amazing decorator, as you can tell!    Food zebra cakes white chocolate dipped oreos chocolate cupcakes with white frosting white/ black gum balls {they were left-over from a wedding} Dress-code Sunday best for everyone. Leaders in all black and white to emphasize the theme This was our table{before anyone showed up} for the YW to display what they had accompished over the year in Personal Progress Handouts Sunglasses Our program outline Skit : Shades of Grey- performed by the young women -- this was originally a camp skit from the Jenny Phillips website   ( if you are interested in the skit, please email me and I can share th

Young Women Sacrament Meeting Program

Just wanted to pass along something great... This is something we have done in our Young Womens that has had a powerful effect on our young women and our whole ward.   It is similar to a Primary program where you have music with speaking in between. Having done both  Primary Programs and Young Women programs.  I have found the YW programs to be much easier to put together. Because the YW are older, everything is easier.  You basically have to learn the songs which we practiced each Sunday starting in the fall with the program in the Spring. Should we do a YW Program? * I would say yes!   It will be worth it and the YW will remember the songs and the spirit they felt participating for a long time afterward. * The Young Women can pass of a project in various areas *Young Women who play musical instruments such as the piano, flute, violin, harp, or voice can share their talents.  (check the church handbook for musical instruments in Sacrament meeting) * It is a great way