Daughter

Power Communication Lines

April 1972. Pres Spencer W Kimball’s message resonated with me this morning. Trent and I have not been connected as well as we should have. The last 4 weeks while I was training hard for my cert and other things I’ve neglected him and his needs. He has been a single dad and has taken over for me a lot. Pres Kimball talked about a field he saw in Argentina where he saw poles burned, grass burned, dragging posts, all because of a match that was dropped and the field took to a blaze. We are like the power lines if we are leaning, sagging or not functioning to our full capacity we can lose the ground and crumble. Lack of communication. Wires and poles are down. Lots of static. Lost tempers and were angry. Misunderstandings. I’ve had sagging lines of communication and burned wires. Started out in a blaze of glory when we just got married. Then life happens miscommunication happens and so then the wires need to be...

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Finished BofM for Virtue project

I did an intense 30 day challenge to read the Book of Mormon for my virtue project for my personal progress. It was an incredible month of December! I listened to alot it through mormon channel but I finished. I was excited to share with my children my goal and hope to continue in my effort to be an example to them by reading each night. The month of January I’m going to focus more on study and...

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Study console

I’ve decided that scripture study works while my kids eat their breakfast so I made room for the study console that holds our study materials to be put by the kitchen table. Plus I’ve been trying this new idea of having morning devotionals with the chart below we shall see how it goes. I’ve got scriptures, church magazines, For the Strength of Youth pamphlets, gospel art kit that has pictures of the scripture stories, family history books, preach my gospel, and church music...

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The Hymnbook

In our church meetings the hymnbook: Invites the spirit Creates a feeling of reverence Unifies the congregation Provides a way to offer praise Moves us to repentance and good works Builds testimonies and faith Comforts the weary and consoles the mourning Inspires us to endure to the end Within our families the hymnbook: Helps us when we speak to our children Fills our homes with the sound of worthy music Brings a spirit of beauty and peace It can inspire love and unity among family members Teach children to love hymns during FHE, scripture study, work, play, travel In our personal lives the hymnbook: Lifts our spirit Gives us courage and moves us to action Fills our souls with heavenly thoughts Helps withstand temptations Sing a hymn if you feel tempted Memorize them and study the scriptures that reverence...

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Stand in Awe and Be Still

I got food poisoning this morning and it’s been brutal. So as I have layed around all day I’ve been listened to The Mormon Channel At first it was music then I changed it to Susan Jones who was speaking at a 2009 BYU Woman’s conference. It wasn’t just by chance I knew I needed to hear this talk today. In the previous post I read from President Benson and how we are to read to our children the scriptures individually. Well she mentioned this in her talk and the importance it can have on your children and she shared her sons personal story about it. She was having a hard time with one of her children and she came across a scripture in D&C 5:24 in speaking of Martin Harris but applies today here to our children that if they don’t humble themselves before him and pray with full sincerity of heart then he won’t grant unto him his wants. I don’t know why this simple story hit me as hard as it did but I’m not far from having teenagers and the hard things that they are going to experience in life. And if they don’t have a backbone to the scriptures and to prayer they will have a much harder time here. I made a vow 2 nights ago to Trent that I would read to the children each night from the scriptures individually and so far I’ve done it once. Last night I didn’t do it but it needs to be done. Besides what mother wouldn’t want that alone time with their children? I look forward to this...

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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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