Posts made in October 28th, 2013

The Elders

My two brothers-in-law are currently both serving missions right now. Tyler in Germany and Travis in Finland. I am so blessed to have these two amazing individuals in my life and the example they are setting for my children. This picture was taken over a year ago! Time sure does pass by. This is the letter I wrote to them just two days ago: Elders, I’ve been missing you two like crazy lately! I miss your smiles, your conversations, your presence and most of all your spirit. You two don’t realize just how much you mean to me personally. I just admire you for who you’ve become and have been blown away the last few years the love you have for eachother. I was going through my pictures two days ago and found the gem that is attached. Remember those Sunday walks? Oh how I miss those days. Tyler we have a prayer journal as a family and we have written down all the names of your investigators and as a family have been praying for them. Travis be sure to include names as well for us to pray for too. I really enjoyed Elder Nielsen’s conference talk about “Hastening the Lords game plan”. In it he talked about 3 things we can do. Obviously number one is pray for missionary opportunities eachday. But two was to pray for your missionaries in your ward and those with whom they are teaching. It’s kind of a different thing here in Utah. We see our missionaries that serve in our stake maybe once every 2-3 months. So I’ve decided to use your investigators instead because I have easy access to you guys instead of our missionaries. And finally his last suggestion was to invite them to an activity and just be a friend. This last one reminded me of Elder Allen Haynie when he was our stake president and encouraged us to just be who we are and be friends and invite them into our homes. Being in Utah has its perks but missionary work here is a lot of work. I miss CA and the many opportunities I had to share with others my beliefs but I know Utah has some that still need to be taught. I jut wanted to share with you two my feelings about my Savior. The last 3 months have been really stressful in our marriage and with Trent’s work and just life and without my Savior I don’t know how I could have dealt with the issues I’ve had to deal with. Travis I hope you remember the day you gave me a priesthood blessing I think I was your first one if I’m not mistaken but that day I was very scared for Trent and I doubted and lost faith in him because he was so depressed but once you pronounced that blessing in my behalf my faith was restored immediately and my confidence in him came back and I knew that if I did what I needed to do to support and sustain him all would be well. I’m happy to report that it has been well and we’ve had our ups and downs but overall life is good and we are blessed. I love you boys and I love that my children adore you and miss you and pray each and every day for you. You are cherished in our household. I know God lives and that I am his daughter. I know I am worth it. I know that through my Savior I can be healed and given a second...

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Mason Jar Pumpkins

Last year my Sister-in-law, Liz, gave each of us sisters one of these pumpkins so I decided to add to the collection this season because of the lack of Halloween decor in my house. I bought bigger lids to make the big one and strung them onto floral wire and twisted them together and found sticks in my backyard for the stems. Super easy cute and...

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Relationships by Matt Townsend

Prayer fight Strong, peaceful, confident and imperfect in gods presence When we come down here we don’t feel those attributes here we beat ourselves up. Don’t get caught up in the genders. Your not your job, your kids grade point average, your not their inadequcies Your ever frustrated about your children. Look at the father. “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience we are spiritual beings having a human experience” You are not your disorder. The body and mind and sprit are in a battle. Ony one will bring you the peace it brings to you father in heaven We are in the covenant to save me and to give me some mechanism to always remember him. When you have a battle to do your VT and HT where are you in your body that gives you anxiety? Mind, body, spirit. Mosiah 3:19. Natural man is an enemy to god. It happened since the fall of adam. Adam and Eve noticing their nakedness. Pornogrpahy Adam and body image Eve. Spirit wouldn’t focus on body. The mind noticed it. That’s when all 3 came together and that’s when the birth happened. We sit here on Earth and we aren’t perfect. We are a covenant people. We are one of 15 million people. Why am I here? When was the moment you felt the most alone? Imagine in that moment in your bedroom and you cry. In the middle you feel this peace and the savior is by your side. What does he do? Sits and holds you and pulls you in. That is the spirit of god. How fast did we get there? We remembered him! Fear that he is going to leave? Now is the time to prepare to meet god. Quit wasting your thoughts for tomorrow. Be here right now!! Song of redeeming love scripture.?? What am I worried about If I’m a daughter of god? It helps me deal with life when I’m in the spirit. Work on that first and then address the problems. Own it! Woman thy faith hath made thee whole. Relax! Where do you go when your in a predicament? The Lord. You go to The Lord to change you not them! It was for nephi to kill Laban. **What has The Lord commanded you specifically today to do in your life, family, marriage? Ex. Pray with your family, scripture study, FHE, family dinner, spend one on one time, Jesus looked to his god while he was in the garden. Likewise we need to look up so we can endure. We are just to stay in it We do it over and over again. Why do we have to keep enduring. We are here to be sons and daughters of god. We are to become gods. **Frame our goal in life to find the spirit in our life each day. **A sin is not just an act its an absence of spirit. Think of a family member that’s your biggest test? Imagine it’s done it’s over and they called everyone to church all those you love and in some room you get to walk in and your Savior’s there. He calls your family up and he calls the one up to the savior and The Lord anoints them. Their face has peace. Then the person you’ve struggled with is called up. What does The Lord do to that one? What do you feel witnessing it? That is how you should approach that person. Jesus Christ lives in the covenant. Pres Hinckley marriage advice in the temple “There you go, now you...

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