Friday, August 5, 2011

May Issue: Conferencisms

Just a reminder to keep reading the Conference talks in the May issue of the Ensign! I recently read "Establishing a Christ Centered Home" by Richard J. Maynes of the Seventy. I remember listening to his talk during conference and the poem he shared really struck me. Before reciting the poem he said, "The responsibility for establishing a Christ-centered home lies with both parents and children. Parents are responsible to teach their children in love and righteousness. Parents will be held accountable before the Lord in how they perform their sacred responsibilities. Parents teach their children with words and through example."

Sunday, July 31, 2011

July Issue: Living Water

This article, Drink Deeply of the Living Water, has really made me think about what kind of effort I am willing to put forth to partake of the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I love this experience shared by Mathew Heaps of Welfare services: "I will always be grateful to a woman in Kenya, Africa, who taught me about willingness to work to obtain water. I met her at a celebration following the installation of a well in her community. With gratitude she told me that the new well would cut her daily nine-mile (14 km) trip to get water to a one-mile (1.6 km) trip. She was overjoyed at the opportunities that would now be hers.

I couldn’t help but think how I would feel if I had to walk a mile to get water. I was impressed that she put everything—from housework to gardening—aside while she made her journey to fetch water. She knew she couldn’t complete the other tasks without that water. I thought about how heavy her burden was. Carrying water takes strength and endurance. Yet, for the sake of her family, she was willing to walk nine miles every day to get it.

I wonder if we who get clean water from taps in our homes sometimes expect to come unto Christ with the same ease as turning a knob to get a glass of water. Or are we willing to put aside other tasks, even important ones, to seek to know Jesus Christ and His Father?"What is the living water?

  • The living water is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • "The fountain of living waters...[is] a representation of the love of God" (1 Nephi 11:25).
  • Living water can bring us "everlasting life" (John 4:14; D&C 63:23).
How does the living water bless us?
  • The living water heals us through the power of the Holy Ghost.
  • The living water nourishes and sustains us.
  • The living water brings peace and joy.
What are you willing to set aside each day to "drink of the water"?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

July Issue: Fasting Journal

On pg. 73, in the section called Small and Simple Things, there is a short side bar written by Renee Harding about keeping a "fasting journal." She says, "Fasting used to be difficult for me - until I began keeping a fasting journal. Now before I begin each fast, I write down a specific purpose for my fast. Throughout my fast, I jot down relevant things that transpire; thoughts, feelings, and impressions that come into my mind and heart; and scriptural references that especially pertain to the purpose of my fast."
I really love this idea! It reminded me of my "temple journal." A couple of years ago a good friend of mine gave me a very nice leather journal - you know, the kind you're afraid to write in! After tucking it away for several months the thought came to my mind to use it as a "temple journal" to record my feelings each time I attend the temple. I try to keep the journal in my temple bag, so that right after I come out of the temple, I take a few minutes (before I go home because I know I'll never get it done once I'm home) to write any thoughts, feelings and impressions that came to me while I was in the temple. I'm not always consistent, so I'm thankful for this short article that has reminded me the importance of recording spiritual impressions.
"By small and simple things are great things brought to pass" (Alma 37:6).

Sunday, July 24, 2011

July Issue: Faith to Answer

"Faith to Answer the Call" by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland is a beautiful article with some incredible stories of faith filled pioneers. Today is one of my favorite days of the year - Pioneer Day. The pioneers have a special place in my heart. I truly honor, respect, and admire their faith, courage, and determination. I never tire of hearing their stories filled with trial, tribulation, and triumph.

Elder Holland teaches, "Little wonder that faith always has been and always will be the first and abiding principle of the gospel and of our work. I don't know how else mothers and fathers could leave those babies in those makeshift graves on the plains and then, with one last look, weep their way forward toward Zion. I don't know how else a woman like Belle Smith could set her children at the edge of a cliff and muscle her wagon down the perilous incline. I don't know how else Samuel Claridge could sell all he owned and head off to build Zion in the desolate Muddy Mission. The fundamental driving force in these stories is faith - rock-ribbed, furnace refined, event-filled, spiritually girded faith that is the very Church and kingdom of God and that when you are called, you go." He concludes with this, "We must have faith in this work - faith in what all believers are called to do, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in our Father in Heaven. We need to conform our will to Theirs and then make that will rock-ribbed and pioneer strong indeed."

To learn more about the stories referenced above, and to honor the pioneers today, read Elder Holland's article and several others in the July issue of the Ensign.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

July Issue: Islands of Faith

There are so many powerful articles in the July issue, I'm not sure where to start. (Should have started a lot earlier in the month - blogging is not so easy in the summer)!
I chose this article because it is beyond my imagination that there are people in the world who live like this. It is so humbling and inspiring.
It begins like this, "Nelson and Dora Coila live on an island - not a typical island made of solid rock jutting up from an ocean or lake - but a tiny island they made themselves of nothing more than floating reeds on Lake Titicaca in Peru." - An island they made themselves!!
This article teaches valuable lessons about consistency and diligence. Click here to see a photo gallery of these people and their hand made island. The images are beautiful. Then click here to read the article. It is worth ten minutes of your day!
Elder Rasband of the Presidency of the Seventy had the opportunity to visit the islands and shared his experience in a General Conference message in April 2008. Click here to learn what he teaches about "special experiences that are building blocks for our testimonies."

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

May Issue: Conferencisms

Last night for FHE we hiked Ensign Peak. It is a leg burner for sure! This quote comes from a talk by Paul V. Johnson of the seventy about overcoming trials and challenges. I love when he said, "Sometimes we want to have growth without challenges and to develop without any struggle. But growth cannot come by taking the easy way."

Thursday, June 9, 2011

June Issue: Commitment to Modesty

This article in the June issue is the story of how one mom taught the importance of modesty to her daughter. After being sealed in the temple to her husband and children she "went through her wardrobe and gave away most of her clothing. But she considered it a small sacrifice. She knew the blessings of the temple were better than any of those clothes."
After reading this article I realized that it is so important to teach my children about the blessings that come from obedience, and that dressing modestly is a way to prepare to go to the Temple.
I love this video about one young woman who is making a difference!

{I have more plans for May Issue Conferencisms. Luckily according to the challenge we have until the next General Conference to read the May issue!}

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May Issue: Conferencisms

Elder Holland's talks are always so powerful, and motivational. He is always so genuine with his emotions and full of so much love. If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, it is worth 15 minutes of your time. Better yet, go watch it here!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

May Issue: Conferencisms

Sister Dalton gave an excellent address to the young women called "Guardians of Virtue." She counseled the young women to "write a list of things you will always do, and things you will never do. Then live your list." What great council! An excellent talk for Family Home Evening!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May Issue: Conferencisms

I read this talk last night: Become as a Little Child. It reminded me of my all time favorite picture of my kids and the countless lessons I have learned from each of them.

Friday, May 13, 2011

May Issue: Conferencisms

Elder Scott's talk was one of my favorites.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

May Issue: Conferencisms

Well, I have to admit, I haven't been as diligent on my Ensign reading as of late! The April issue was a challenge for me to read. But I did get through it on a recent flight to California. I had read most of the short articles, so for the hour and twenty minutes on the plane I buckled down and finished it up. I am grateful to have read it and found many insightful things. I guess I'd better re-dedicate myself to the challenge so I can share what I learn as I go.
For the month of May, I have a new idea. This issue is the Conference Issue from the April Sessions of General Conference. I absolutely loved listening to all of the talks, and have re-listened to several of them already. My idea is to come up with photographs to go with quotes from the talks. I love the little "sayings and phrases" found in the messages and thought this would be a good way to share some of my favorites. I'll call them "Conferencisms" - not really a word, but I guess it'll work. Here's my first attempt...(click on the image to see it larger scale)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

April Issue: He is not here, but is Risen

The First Presidency message this month teaches the beautiful message of the Resurrection of Christ. President Monson said, "No words in Christendom mean more to me than those spoken by the angel to the weeping Mary Magdalene and the other Mary as they approached the tomb to care for the body of their Lord: 'Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.'"

I love this quote from President Monson as well - he said, "I testify He is a teacher of truth - but He is more than a teacher. He is the exemplar of the perfect life - but He is more than an exemplar. He is the great physician - but He is more than a physician. He is the literal Savior of the world, the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, the Holy One of Israel, even the risen Lord who declared, 'I am the first and the last; I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain; I am your advocate with the Father.'"
Knowing that Jesus Christ lives gives me so much hope. Knowing that He has fulfilled His mission, that all people will be resurrected, gives me so much peace. Knowing that He set the perfect example gives me guidance and direction. Knowing that He descended below all things gives me strength to overcome all things.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

March Issue: Relief Society

You may think I have slacked in my duties of reading the Ensign because of the lack of blog posts! Fortunately I have been reading. Unfortunately I have had a few other projects that have been a bit consuming, so my blogging time has been pretty limited!
In this issue there is a great article written by Elder Holland and his wife called "Charity Never Faileth: A Discussion on Relief Society." They share many great insights on the importance of Relief Society in the lives of the women of the church. Elder Holland said, "[Relief Society] is not a program per se. It is the gospel - the gospel in action in the lives of our remarkable women." I love that - The Gospel in Action!
I also love this quote from Sister Holland: "No other organization in the world is going to be more helpful in the future than Relief Society. We need to rally the women of the Church to their calling as leaders and as "captains" of the welfare of children, especially now as we see families crumbling."
I am currently serving in Relief Society as the Activities Committee Chairperson. Other than being a visiting teacher, this is my first calling in Relief Society, and I'm beginning to truly understand the importance of this organization in the lives of women.
This video is something I created for our Birthday Social. It teaches a little about the history of Relief Society, as well as our responsibilities as sisters in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March Issue: Looking for the Good

The First Presidency Message by President Uchtdorf this month reminds us that we have a choice to look for the good or bad in people. He teaches that "there is no end to the creativity, ingenuity, and tenacity of those who look for reasons to criticize. They cannot seem to release their grip on grudges. They gossip and find fault with others. They nurse wounds for decades, taking every opportunity to tear down and demean others. This is not pleasing to the Lord, 'for where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work' (James 3:16)."

"Some look at this glass and see it as half full. Others see it has half empty. How you see it is up to you."

I think it's not only important to look for the good in other people, but to look for the good in every condition or experience in life. The more we look for the good, the happier our lives will be.

Monday, February 28, 2011

February Issue: Pause & Take Inventory

This article was used as the reference for one of our Sacrament Meeting talks yesterday. I was reminded what a powerful message it has.
"Some parents become so expert at filling every physical desire for their children that they begin to suppose that all is well in this life and that their eternal stewardship is progressing right on schedule...I believe that we must pause and take a careful inventory to determine how well our families are doing spiritually. We could ask how well are we feeding, nurturing, training, and exercising the spirits of our children...Remember, eternity is now, not a vague, distant future. We prepare each day, right now, for eternal life. If we are not preparing for eternal life, we are preparing for something else, perhaps something far less." - M. Russell Ballard

That is my favorite quote from the article. I think it is so powerful. When I pause and take inventory, I realize that I could and should be doing more to spiritually strengthen my family - especially my children. One key for me is to make sure I fix dinner each night. I have found that if we sit down and have dinner together, it is natural to go straight from dinner to scriptures and family prayer.

I think for the month of March, I am going to be more consistent with these responsibilities and duties.

Friday, February 25, 2011

February Issue: Repentance, Atonement, Grace

These two articles, "The Atonement Makes Repentance Possible" and "His Grace is Sufficient" are wonderful articles.
The repentance process is outlined for us:
  • Have Faith
  • Recognize sin and feel sorrow
  • Confess
  • Abandon the sin
  • Make Restitution
  • Forgive others who have sinned against you
I learned two great lessons in these articles. The first came from this quote, "Sometimes we sin by doing something we know is wrong, but sometimes we sin by failing to do what we know is right."
The second came from the story about a mom who realized that she was letting Satan influence her life through her lack of patience for her children. I struggle with patience. But I have realized that if I try to put my needs and desires aside, I do have more patience for my kids and their needs and desires.
I know that when I am frustrated or angry with them the Spirit will not be with me or in our home. It is a weakness I am working on daily.
"Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. He said of His suffering, "[It] caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit" (D&C 19:18)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

March Issue: Jump Start

The March issue is published! Click here for the online table of contents. The magazine should be in your mail box soon. Mine came today - it looks like another great issue! Get a jump start!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February Issue: Joy

The First Presidency message this month has the same charge it had last month. Missionary Work!

"And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!" - D&C 18:16

I think a powerful statement is made when, on page 8 of the February issue you will find the exact same message from President Monson printed in the January issue. It is no wonder what the Prophet is trying to tell us! Click here to see what latter-day Prophets have taught about preparing to serve a full time mission.

This cute young lady is leaving to serve a full time mission tomorrow! I am so excited for her. I have known her for many years, in fact she used to baby sit my kids when they were little! I know she will be a great missionary.

President Eyring reminds us that missionary work is not just for full time missionaries. He said, "Members are to have the power to find those the Lord has prepared for the missionaries to teach. We need to exercise our faith that the Lord has prepared people around us to be taught. He knows who they are and when they are ready, and He can guide us to them by the power of the Holy Ghost and give us words to invite them to be taught."

Friday, February 11, 2011

February Issue: Helping Children Feel Safe

This is my grandpa... He is very close to the veil today, and will soon be on the other side. We love him dearly, and my kids have been blessed to know him and build a loving relationship with him. I took them to see him last night - maybe for the last time. It was difficult to watch them hug and kiss him with tears streaming down their faces.

This article teaches parents how to help their children feel safe in difficult times such as this.

"How do we bring that peace into the lives of children who are growing up in trying, troubling times?...The best and most meaningful resources are found within the home where faithful, devoted parents and supportive brothers and sisters love one another and teach one another of their divine nature." - M. Russell Ballard

I am so blessed to know that life is eternal. It is such a comfort to me that I can reassure my children that we will see our grandpa again. I can teach them about the plan of salvation and eternal families.

"Children will receive an added measure of comfort and stability as you and they live by the words of the prophets and continue the practices that bring peace into the home, such as family and personal prayer, scripture study, and temple worship." (Feb. issue pg. 17)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

February Issue: Voice of the Spirit

The February issue is packed full with great articles. Four of them go hand in hand and would be great to use for a family home evening lesson. "Learning to Hear and Understand the Spirit," "Check the Tire," "Revelation Pouring Down from Heaven," and "Finding Answers."

Elder Bruce R. McConkie said, "Men ought - above all things in this world - to seek for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. There is nothing as important as having the companionship of the Holy Ghost. There is no price too high, no labor too onerous, no struggle too severe, no sacrifice too great, if out of it all we receive and enjoy the gift of the Holy Ghost."

I love to go to the temple to more clearly hear the voice of the Spirit...

Friday, January 28, 2011

January Issue: Visiting Teaching

The article is actually called, "Home Teachers who made a Difference." I really loved this article about real life experiences of families whose home teachers made a difference in their lives. As I read through the article it made me think about my responsibility as a visiting teacher. President David O. McKay gave a strong statement about the responsibilities and duties of a home teacher. I decided to replace the phrase "home teaching" with "visiting teaching" and I think it applies just as strongly to the sisters.

"Visiting teaching is one of our most urgent and most rewarding opportunities to nurture and inspire, to counsel and direct our Father's children. It is a divine service, a divine call. It is our duty as visiting teachers to carry the divine spirit into every home and heart." - David O. McKay.
"As visiting teachers listen to the inspiration they receive through the Holy Ghost, Heavenly Father can direct them to proivide individual, personalized guidance and service to each of his children." - January Ensign, pg. 33

If you haven't had the opportunity to go visiting teaching yet this month, you still have a few days left! At least make a quick phone call to check up on your sisters, and make your appointment for next month now! I really do love visiting teaching!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

January Issue: Prayer

"Prayer is a supernal gift of our Father in Heaven to every soul. Think of it: the absolute Supreme Being, the most all-knowing, all-powerful personage, encourages you and me, as insignificant as we are, to converse with Him as our Father. It matters not our circumstance, be we humble or arrogant, poor or rich, free or enslaved, learned or ignorant, loved or forsaken, we can address Him. We need no appointment. Our supplication can be brief or can occupy all the time needed. It can be an extended expression of love and gratitude or an urgent plea for help. He has created numberless cosmos and populated them with worlds, yet you and I can talk with Him personally and He will ever answer." - Richard G. Scott

We used this message "The Restoring Power of Prayer" for FHE last night, and tied in an article from the Friend titled, "Wilford's Prayer." Sweet and Simple.

Last week, we had a good experience of an "urgent plea for help" being answered for our family. Ian had lost his ipod at school. It was a gift given to him recently by his grandparents. He was devastated, and so were the other kids. Megan even offered to give hers to him. I felt sick knowing that he had lost it. I knew the only thing we could do was pray. So we knelt down as a family and fervently asked Heavenly Father to help Ian find his ipod. Ian came up to me later that night still in tears. I told him that all we could do was have faith in our prayers, and be grateful we at least had that. He went to bed with a heavy heart. The next morning I checked my email before waking the kids, and found a message from the school principle that the ipod had been found. I knew that our prayers had been answered.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

February Issue: Jump Start

The February issue of the Ensign is published at! Click here to view the table of contents for this issue and get started on your reading! Hopefully the magazine will be in your mail box this week.

Friday, January 21, 2011

January Issue: Hope

Two articles that go hand in hand in this issue are "Ancient Exmples, Modern Promises" and "Make Yours a Great Life". These articles teach two key gospel principles, not only for members of the church, but for all people. Faith and Hope. In Moroni 7:42 it says, "Wherefore if a man have faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope."

The articles teach from the lives of 5 ancient examples in scriptures, and one modern day prophet - Joseph Smith. All who suffered difficult trials and circumstances and all who trusted in Heavenly Father and His plan. They had great faith and tremendous hope. Here are just three of them:

Joseph of Egypt: "...forcefully taken from his home at 17 and thrust into foreign lands...13 years of undesirable situations...imprisoned until the age of 30. Instead of choosing to rebel, pout, or curse God, Joseph exercised remarkable faith. As a result he was tremendously blessed."

Abraham: "The Lord commanded Abraham to sacrifice his long awaited son Isaac. Abraham was obedient. His love for his son was great, but he loved the Lord above all else. Abraham's faithfulness was rewarded not only with the life of his son but also with innumerable posterity and other blessings."

Mary: "She was from humble beginnings and probably wondered about her future. Her espoused husband couldn't find a decent place for her to give birth to her son, and later because people wanted to kill her baby, the young family had to flee to another country."

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin said, "If we approach adversities wisely, our hardest times can be times of greatest growth, which in turn can lead toward times of greatest happiness."

President Uchtdorf said, "There may be times when we must make a courageous decision to hope even when everything around us contradicts [our] hope."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January Issue: FHE with Teens

There is a great article on pg. 18 called Successful Family Home Evenings with Teens.
Here are the bullet points from the article:
  • Keep it Simple
  • Be Consistent
  • Plan Ahead and Seek Guidance
  • Customize Lessons for Your Family
  • Give Them A Chance to Teach Younger Children
  • Teach from Your Own Experiences
For FHE this week we asked Ian (age 13) to share what he is working on for his Deacon Duty to God Award. This is a great resource for young men to find lessons to teach for FHE. Most of what they have to do in this program requires sharing what they learn with parents, leaders, or family. So teaching our FHE lesson was the perfect place for him to do this. He did a great job. Canyon even said it was "one of his favorite lessons, and wished we could have more just like it!"

"Each family prayer, each episode of family scripture study, and each family home evening is a brush stroke on the canvas of our souls. No one event may appear to be very impressive or memorable. But just as the yellow and gold and brown strokes of paint complement each other and produce an impressive masterpiece, so our consistency in doing seemingly small things can lead to significant spiritual results. 'Wherefore be not weary in well doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great' (D&C 64:33). Consistency is a key principle as we lay the foundation of a great work in our individual lives and as we become more diligent and concerned in our own homes."
- David A. Bednar

Thursday, January 13, 2011

January Issue: The Essence of the Gospel

"At the final day the Savior will not ask about the nature of our callings. He will not inquire about our material possessions or fame. He will ask if we ministered to the sick, gave food and drink to the hungry, visited those in prison, or gave succor to the weak (see Mathew 25:31-40). When we reach out to assist the least of Heavenly Father's children, we do it unto Him (see Mathew 25:40). That is the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ." - Joseph B. Wirthlin

This painting of the "Healing at the Pool of Bethesda" is one of my favorite Carl Bloch paintings.
What I learned by reading this article (pg. 62) is that the story of the healing (see John 5:1-9) not only teaches about the healing powers of Jesus Christ, but gives us the pattern to follow that we may be instruments in His hands as we serve others.

The article outlines the 5 steps Christ teaches through this miracle: 1. He looked for one in need 2. He listened without criticism 3. He often gave anonymously 4. He understood and acknowledged grief or disease 5. He followed up with the sufferer.

I LOVE this Mormon Message:
Is there someone whose spirit you could lift?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

January Issue: Heritage

On pg. 56 of the January issue is an article called, "So They Will Know Their Heritage."  This is an article I would definitely not have read if it weren't for the challenge.  I'm not sure what it is about the words "family history" or "genealogy" but they both give me a knot in my stomach because it's not something I work on and I know I should.
After reading the article, I felt like there was something I could do and that really needs to be done.  So for FHE last night, we read part of this article together, and I taught my family that it is just as important for us to preserve our own history, as it is for us to search out our family history.
Over the years, I have collected pictures, and other memorabilia for each of my kids and stored it all in plastic totes. (What a mess!)

Last night we set a goal for the kids to get their important documents, pictures, and other favorite memories organized into a binder.  Something like this...

They really do love looking through their old photographs, and funny things they have saved.  We all had a good laugh at their kindergarten "self portraits" and stories they wrote about our family.  Here is a picture of each of us you might find in our personal histories...

Friday, January 7, 2011

January Issue:

"If you follow the history of the Church, our methodology has always been to go to the town square and preach the gospel. Today the town square is the Internet." - M. Russell Ballard
When I imagine a gathering at a "town square" I see a group of people with energy and enthusiasm, talking and sharing, smiling and enjoying life. I love that we can all be a part of this "gathering" on the internet as we join
The church has a goal of 100,000 member profiles entered in by the end of this year. At the end of 2010 there were over 25,000 profiles. Any adult member of the Church can create a profile. I did it! It was so easy! Visit and create your profile today.

This particular video on the site is one that I relate to so well! Go check it out! Although I haven't had to move away from my home and the people I love, I do love photography and the outlet it gives me from my responsibilities!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

January Issue: The Scriptures

"Through the words of the scriptures we can come to know and love our Heavenly Father and the Savior Jesus Christ. We can read Their commandments and, as a result, learn to see the difference between right and wrong. We gain strength to resist temptation to sin. We increase our desire to obey God's laws. The scriptures comfort us and teach us while we are on earth, and they show us the way back to our heavenly home." {pg. 14}

I have recently found a new way to read, study, and mark my scriptures. The new has created a system to highlight, tag, and journal as you read your scriptures. If you click on menu, and look under the "study" section, you will see a link to "my study notebook". (You will need your membership record number to set up an account). Once your account is created, you can click on the menu again, and go to "scriptures". Select the book you'd like to read from (At the bottom of the screen, make sure that "study mode" is turned on). When you find a verse you'd like to mark, highlight it and and small window will open up to show you the options of highlighting, tagging, and recording your own thoughts. Once you click "save" the verse will be documented in your study notebook. Click "open notebook" at the bottom or your screen and you will find it there. You can edit your tags, highlights and notes right from your notebook. You can also record journal entries in your study notebook.

It is awesome! Go check it out, and start studying today! Make it part of your New Year's Resolutions!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

January Issue: FHE Lesson

For FHE last night we read the message from President Monson called, "The Lord needs missionaries." We were impressed that he called missionary work a "Priesthood Duty" and an "obligation the Lord expects." We hope that our boys will choose to serve missions.

January Issue: Quote

"I like to think of adversity as the wind that blows the kite. The stronger it blows, the higher the kite can fly." {pg. 71, Dealing with Adversity}
This quote made me think about the other end of the kite. If we don't hold tight to the string, the kite will be taken away by the wind and likely lost or damaged. When we face adversity, what keeps us grounded? For me it's the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Scriptures. Prayer. Temple Attendance. Covenants.