Tuesday, April 5, 2016

One Month

One month from today, May 5, 2016 we begin our next Adventure!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Feasting on the Word

This morning I began reading 2 Nephi chapter 2.  I only got to the 2nd verse!
 "Nevertheless, Jacob, my firstborn in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine aafflictions for thy gain."

 The last phrase struck a chord with me and I tried to move on, but kept moving back to it:
"...he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain."

Footnotes:  2a Micah 4:13; 2 Nephi 32:9; TG Affliction

Micah 4:13 "Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt abeat in pieces many people: and I will bconsecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth."

2 Nephi 32: 9  But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.

A question that popped into my head was....is what I consider an affliction the same thing that Heavenly Father considers an affliction?  Am I just a whining brat that doesn't want to deal with any affliction or trial?  Or are my afflictions and trials Heavenly Father's way of teaching me, reminding me, and/or chastening me to do the things I should.

I like the first part of the Micah verse, "Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass:..." 
From this I learn that my aflictions will make me stronger!

From 2 Nephi 32:9 I learn that I need to pray and rely on the Lord more to get through my afflictions!

My realization is that my Heavenly Father loves me, in spite of me being a whining brat. He will be there for me if  I turn to Him, regardless if the affliction I perceive is minor or major.  If it causes His child distress, He will be there for me, and all these things shall give me experience and shall be for my good!

Daily Challenge:  Read all the Scriptures found in the Topical Guide under Affliction!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Well.....no baby showers for Eddie!  We lived through this one!
My only question is....What's next?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I woke up this morning feeling like I had just entered Revenge of the Sith!
But as the day wore on I rememberd that the next chapter is...
A New Hope!!!!
May the Force Be With US!!!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Manti Utah Temple

This morning started with the ground breaking for the new Provo Utah City Center Temple.  It was the first time we attended a temple ground breaking.  We went with Nicholas and Gloria Sheets who are in the new temple district.  We just watched the satelite feed at their ward.  We did drive around the tabernacle/future temple site before and after the ground breaking. 
 Then we headed to Manti!  We love the Manti temple.  Nicholas and Gloria had never been.  We had a wonderful time in Manti!  It was the most beautiful day!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012

In the Leafy Treetops the Birds Sing!

yep! I taught In the Leafy Treetops to Jr. Primary today. They were more reverent today than they have been in a few weeks. Our Primary President took part of sharing time a few weeks ago and had the Jr. Primary help her come up with rules for Primary. She then made two big tablets that look like the ten commandments with the "rules" of Primary on them. Even with the "rules" the last two weeks have been crazy! Last week, I brought giant sunglasses for the Primary Presidency to wear when Jr. Primary is being reverent. They take the glasses off when they aren't being reverent! It worked really well today! I've been trying to make singing time more fun too. Last week, I brought bean bags and a basket. We have the children's names on "ahh sticks" to pick who gets to help! I would pick a child from the "ahh sticks" and they would get to throw the bean bag and try to get it in the basket. If they got 1 in the basket we sang the song once, if they got 2, we sang the song twice, etc. It worked really well...except with the older kids. Yes, I used it with Sr. Primary too. Some didn't want to sing the songs multiple times, so they would try not to make it in the basket...so we decided if they didn't make any in the basket we would still sing the song twice. HA!
Senior Primary has been very reverent the last few weeks! (Not as reverent today!)
So today Jr. Primary was struggling and they did a fun sharing time with them and then it was singing time....how to keep them reverent...yet keep them singing. Last year I made a 9X9X9 box into a large die for the kids to roll to tell them how they're going to sing the song. There are pictures of how we'll sing. One is of a child folding their arms, one is of a flamingo: sing on one leg, there's a monkey with it's eyes closed, Children, which means children sing and the adults don't. There's one they never rolled today that is whisper! and my favorite is a heart...sing with all your heart. I try to explain it that way, so they don't yell...they sing loud, yet reverent. Well, we sang with our arms folded and we sang like flamingos, which isn't easy and not the most reverent, but fun! My favorite and the most amazing was singing all 3 verses of As A Child of God - with all our hearts! We had just sang each verse separately before this, with each verse doing a different thing and they were singing rather ho-hum. When we rolled the heart, I explained how they were supposed to sing. The Presidency at this point all had the sunglasses on and the kids were being pretty reverent. When we sang with all our hearts, they sang all 3 verses so well!!!! It was amazing! After we sang so well, the Counselor over Music got up and added warm fuzzies to the giant jar that is collecting the Reverent warm fuzzies!!! It was truly amazing. The rowdiest kid in Primary sat so still and sang so loud and actually knows the words!!! I was amazed!!!! It was an amazing day! I won't be in Primary for two weeks. General Conference next week and Eddie and I will be gone for Easter, so I have two weeks to think up a new fun, yet reverent way to sing!!!! All suggestions are gladly accepted!!!!
I need to give a shout out to my little Etta! She is the most adorable Sunbeam!!!! When she knows a song, and is paying attention...she can sing louder than the rest of the primary! She loves Nephi's Courage!!!! When the year started and she was new in Primary...she didn't like the activity songs very much. The first week I told the kids we were going to sing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, she actually said, no. Of course we sang anyway and she laughed and laughed. She thought it was so much fun!!! The kids love to sing it faster and faster and I've taught them to sing it kinda backwards...with Eyes, Ears, Mouth and Nose first! She thinks it's hilarious! When I taught in the Leafy Treetops today she kept saying....Now Faster!!!!! It was pretty funny! I told her it wasn't an activity song we sing faster! She makes me laugh and is a joy to have in Primary!
The other fun thing I have taught them is when we sing Fun to Do.... and a few others where you get to add your own motions...is Folding Your Arms! I try to make it the last activity song so their arms are folded when it's sharing time. Now when it's time for that verse...I ask them...what's my favorite thing to do...or ....If I'm happy and I know it....and they all say FOLD YOUR ARMS!!!! I love my calling!!!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Wake for Davy Jones

I held a wake for Davy Jones last Friday, March 3rd. (Eddie had to work!)It was lovely!Some of my nieces and nephews attended! I'm so glad that they wanted to join in with my insanity! We actually had 3 generations in attendance! The Monkees legacy will live on!We had a brief little memorial and then we watched lots of Davy Jones TV.We had snacks! We made pizza too!
It was delicious!
Everyone watching TV!
"Getting Davy Jones" one of the best Brady Bunch episodes.
We watched several Monkee episodes!
Daydream Believer is one of my faves!
Everbody do the "Davy"!
We ended the evening with Banana Splits!