Monday, July 30, 2012

Abide in the Lord's Territory

I like Elder Soares. Chris used this talk in FHE and did a great job.
"You can't be right by doing wrong; you can't be wrong by doing right ... to sow in the Spirit means that all our thoughts, words, and actions must elevate us to the level of the divinity of our heavenly parents."

Monday, July 23, 2012

Laborers in the Vineyard

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland always give such great talks. This one was another.
The formula of faith is to hold on, work on, see it through, and let the distress of earlier hours- real or imagined- fall away in the abundance of the final reward."

Monday, July 16, 2012

Single Parents and Families Under Covenant

With Gabriel's deployment I found great comfort in this talk by Elder Baxter.
"it is through the hardships of life that we grow toward godhood as our character is shaped in the crucible of affliction, as the events of life take place ... along the way you will obtain compensatory blessings, even if they are not immediately apparent ... although you often feel alone, in truth you are never totally on your own. As you move forward in patience and faith, Providence will move with you; heaven will bestow its needful blessings"

Families Under Covenant
This talk by Elder Eyring was superb! 
for all the priesthood, a great work ahead is to lead in saving the part of Israel for which we are or will be responsible, OUR FAMILIES ... Let me suggest four things you can do as a priesthood father to lift and lead your family home again to be with Heavenly Father and the Savior. 
 "First gain and keep a sure witness that the keys of the priesthood are with us and held by the President of the Church.
"Second, .. love your wife ... choose .. to put her happiness above your own, I promise you that your love for her will increase.
"Third, enlist the entire family to love each other. President Ezra Taft Benson taught, 'in an eternal sense, salvation is a family affair'
"Fourth, lead your family in the Lord's way when discipline is needed." 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Mountains to Climb

Pres Eyring is such an inspiration! As G's deployment is this week and I've been reading mroe and more and studying more and more to make sure I have a sure foundation to be able to have the Spirit to protect my children, to ensure my husband's protection, and to have the strength to carry on in FHE, scripture study, and family prayer on my own.
You and I have faith that the way to rise through and above trials is to believe that there is a "balm of Gilead" and that the Lord has promised, "I will not forsake thee' ... a foundation of faith in the reality of those promises takes time to build.. If the foundation of faith is not embedded in our hearts, the power to endure will crumble."

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Teaching Children to Understand/He Truly Loves Us

We recently read this in FHE. I love love love this talk!  G loved the talk so much he printed out some printouts for all of us to put into our scriptures. We do this now and then, glue quotes, preach my gospel lessons outlines, the family proclamation, etc into the extra pages of our scriptures.

the Lord instructs parents to teach their children to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost... Teaching our children to understand is more than just imparting information. It's helping our children get the doctrine into their hearts in a way that it becomes part of their very being and is reflected in their attitudes and behavior throughout their lives.

This next talk was a bit confusing. I think Elder Keolliker had a lot to say in a short time. But I was able glean out a few thoughts.
"How can we help each individual develop a desire to know more about Heavenly Father? How do we help them feel His Spirit? How can we help them know that we love them?... Two scriptures stand out in my mind that can help us find our way through [the distractions of the world] and feel the power of God's love.