Saturday, December 27, 2008

Laboratory of our own homes

Everything we need to be able to return to our Heavenly Father can be found in the laboratory of our own homes.

I came across this in my files today. It's from a church conference in Montana in 2003. The President reminded the congregation of some simple and important principles. I appreciated the reminder and, of course, need to work on some of them.

5 principles that are vital to the happiness of our families:

1. Speak softly (we seldom get into trouble if we speak softly)
2. Council with the Lord. Seek His help and advice. Take our problems to the Lord. (There are over 700 scriptures, where the Lord asks us to come to Him in our needs.
3. Don't embarrass the members of your family (knowingly)
4. Don't criticize members of your family. Learn to still a critical tongue. (Look for and a
acknowledge the good).
5. Don't be controlling. Heavenly Father is not a controlling Father. All must have agency.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Spirit of the Season

What is the true spirit of the season? We are often reminded to focus on the 'true spirit of the season' yet do we ponder on what that really means and how to really accomplish it?

Can people in third world countries with no gifts experience the 'real' meaning?
Can those who are wealthy have that same blessing? Is it harder for them?

How are we able to not be materialistic when we're surrounded by it on every side?
What has helped YOU most to focus on things of God instead of things of man?

Do we have a gift to offer to the One who has given us everything? Are we willing to give that gift? Is it a priority? Are the things happening in the world today --- meant to remind us of what we should be focusing on?

These are some of the things that I am pondering. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

We rejoice in and prophesy of Christ

I posted a favorite scripture on a kitchen cupboard today; as a reminder for what truly matters this season and as Christmas approaches. I hope it's a reminder to us all of why we are here and what we are meant to do.

"We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remisssion of their sins." 2 Nephi 25:26

Friday, December 5, 2008

Elder Wirthin passing and .....laughter, law of compensation

I love Elder Wirthlin and have felt a real sense of loss at his passing. I haven't always loved him this much but he has grown on me over the past few years and especially with his last talk in General Conference. He reminded us of 4 things that we needed for a happier life and the statement from his mother "Come what may, and love it".

I've given these things much thought over the past few months -- especially since his was the chosen topic for our church Relief Society meeting which I taught last week.

The thing I loved most was his reminder for us of laughter. We need to laugh more and take things less seriously. He laughed so hard when his daughter mistakenly went out to the car with her supposed 'blind date' to quickly run back into the house when she found that he was actually the man who came to get her younger sister as a babysitter for the evening. I loved that he told us about laughing hard with his family when they made one wrong turn after another on vacation.

I also deeply appreciated his comment on the law of compensation as it is very personal and almost sacred to me (and many others).
"The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in His own way. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude."

I hold on to that hope and know that it is the truth.
I miss Elder Wirthlin and hope that I will be worthy to be with him and many other humble men and women of God, in a coming day.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Preparedness Information

I'm putting some preparedness sites here.
Most of us desire to be prepared as we know somewhat of the times ahead.
We need both physical and spiritual preparation.

http://lds.org/ has preparedness information for food storage and quotes by church leaders.

These other sites give information by way of dreams, visions, quotes etc. about the last days.
http://ldslastdays.com/
http://avow.com/ (a voice of warning)

A great blog with much good information is found at http://blog.totallyready.com/

We need not fear if we are prepared --- yet, we must be continually preparing and filling our lamps. Each drop of oil comes from our personal daily righteousness -- a drop at a time (each prayer, scripture study, church and temple attendance, repentance, following Spirit, service etc.)