Posts made in March, 2013

Garden of Gethsemane Lesson

I was asked by my bishop to share in the 5th Sunday combined lesson with Young Women and Young Men about the experience Christ had in the Garden of Gethsemane. I was overwhelmed at the task because of the nature of the topic. It’s so close and dear to so many of us. I began my thoughts with my experience with the Mormon Channel. I shared how much I listen to it and one day found an answer to my prayer about this talk. They were reading a book and shared this excerpt. It was a paragraph in “Our Search for Happiness” by M Russell Ballard. He talks of a firefighter who goes into a house and saves 5 people and runs back into the house but the people told him that they were all accounted for. The firefighter tells them that he saw one more and he ran back in. Seconds later the house exploded and knew that he couldn’t have made it. A few hours later they found his body huddled over a baby cradle and what lay inside was a baby doll unscratched. Ballard goes on to say, “As I think about such heroism, however, I’m reminded that the most heroic act ever was performed in behalf of all mankind by the Son of God. In a very real sense, all humanity-past, present, and future- was trapped behind a wall of flame that was fueled and fanned by our own faithlessness. Sin separated mortals from God and would do so forever unless a way was found to put out the fires of sin and rescue us from ourselves. The way would not be easy, for it required the vicarious sacrifice of One who was sinless and who was willing to pay the price of sin for all of humanity, now and forever. Thankfully, the most significant role was heroically played by Jesus Christ on two different stages in ancient Jerusalem. The first act was performed quietly, on bended knee in the Garden of Gethsemane.” This Easter season we not only want you to remember his resurrection but also his suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane. I then opened up the scriptural account of this experience and we read and shared together. Matthew 26: 36-46 Luke 22: 39-44 Jesus Christ was utterly alone in the Garden and it had to be so. He calls out “O my Father” in the scriptures. He pled and had great drops of blood. We however will not suffer alone. He walks with us and will be there to yield us up and carry our burdens if we ask for his help. “He’s been there done that” as I like to think of it when I am in the midst of my struggles, weaknesses and trials. I had them recite the 1st verse of “I Stand All Amazed” that verse is so powerful and if we talk heed to its counsel it will be wonderful. The last story is from an Easter packet we just delivered as a Young Women group to various sisters in our ward. We gave them each an Easter tree along with 5 eggs to hang on their tree and a message. I loved this story and wanted to share it with them. It’s called “The Divinity of Jesus Christ” by Elder Orson F Whitney. One night I dreamed—if dream it may be called—that I was in the Garden of Gethsemane, a witness of the Savior’s agony. I saw Him as plainly as I see this congregation. I stood behind a tree in the foreground, where I could see...

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Easter Sunday 2013

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Shooting Practice

Trent was over the moon about this idea of taking us on a family adventure to the woods out in the middle of nowhere and go learn how to shoot a gun. Well today we did it right after we hunted for eggs we headed out to shoot a bunny target. Your browser does not support the video tag Your browser does not support the video...

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TV Easter Egg Hunt

Our new neighborhood Easter egg hunt was incredible. They provided full on toys at this hunt. It was great to get out and meet neighbors outside of church with little kids. Your browser does not support the video...

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Paint spill

Paint was spilled in the cold storage room. But did I yell and get mad, No! Step by step, here a little there a little. I can do this.

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