Parenthood is a Sacred Duty
*pictures are from the media files on lds.org.
There were so many beautiful pictures of Mothers loving their children on lds.org. I thought it would be impactful to have a collage showing daily opportunities we have to show our love. It is so easy to get caught up in the craziness of this life. We are all so busy. This month's message is such a great reminder about what is truly important.
Susan W. Tanner, former Young Women general president, taught: “Our Father in Heaven exemplifies the pattern we should follow. He loves us, teaches us, is patient with us, and entrusts us with our agency. … Sometimes discipline, which means ‘to teach,’ is confused with criticism. Children—as well as people of all ages—improve behavior from love and encouragement more than from fault-finding.”
Nurturing Families Together
I couldn't decide between these two quotes so I decided to make them both! I love love love the idea of our homes being "Laboratories of God's Love." I like the analogy too because the things going on in labs are not always perfect! There is a lot of trial and error and learning from mistakes. Isn't that how our homes are? We are experimenting at times to figure out how to parent each child the best way we can.
The second quote from Sister Burton asks us to consider how often we INTENTIONALLY speak kind words to each other. I love this question. It inspires me to try harder. It inspires me to think about each of my family members individually and to think of something specific that they need to hear.
Enjoy your last month of summer!
I choose this quote from the June message because I loved the word "bind" that Sister Burton used to describe our relationship with our Heavenly Father and Jesus. Here is the definition of "bind"
If you think about regularly attending the temple and remembering and honoring our covenants as a way to secure ourselves tightly to our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ I think it is a powerful visual. Also, the second definition describes binding as becoming one single mass..or becoming one with Heavenly Father and the Savior. Beautiful symbolism!
It's never easy to pick just one thought from General Conference to share with your sisters. Hopefully one of these speaks to you!
The beautiful vintage lace backgrounds were found on FreePik.com here
Created In God's Image
I made one small change to the last quote from this month's message. I added a "should" in the first sentence only because I think it is a great reminder that this is something we should do but we aren't perfect at it. I love the first question..."How does knowing that each person is created in God's image help us in our association with others?" Even when it's tough we need to remember that everyone, ourselves included is a divine, worthy child of God.
What an appropriate topic for February's message. I tried to make it very Valentine's Day-ish :)
I heard the triangle analogy years ago in my college Institute class. It made sense to me then but now as a married woman it means so much more. I have a testimony that this concept is so true and so important.
As a committed covenant-making couple works diligently on their relationship with the Savior they move closer to each other. I would be willing to guess that most couples are not always directly across from each other on this triangle. We all move at our own pace and our testimonies are our own. I think it's important to recognize that part of having a strong marriage is learning patience, forgiveness and unconditional love.
I included this image of a couple because they are reaching for each other. They haven't turned their back on the other if their progression isn't the same. I believe that our relationship with the Savior is our first priority and our eternal families is a close, close second.
Due to our own life experiences all of us are in different spots on this triangle. I would suggest being conscientious of your sisters and their individual needs. I have lived as a married, divorced, single and re-married female in the LDS church. Throughout these different "marital titles" one thing remained the same and that was my focus on the Savior and my personal relationship with Him. No matter what that can be our constant.
Now being remarried I am again focused on both the apex of the triangle (The Savior) as well as my partner's journey across from me. We try to work together, we try to reach for each other and lift each other along the way. No two journeys are the same and we should love each other for our similarities and try to grow from our differences.
Happy Valentines Day to all of you. :)
I love the question "Who could be blessed by your compassion?" instead of the obvious people I might think of, I want to think a little deeper. I want to think on the uncomfortable side of things...maybe the people who could be blessed the most by our compassion are the ones who we think deserve it the least. Maybe it's the driver who cuts you off, maybe it's a co-worker who is always against you. Maybe it's someone who has hurt you...badly. I think if I can offer compassion when it's difficult I will grow immensely and BOTH of us will be blessed.
Christ is the ultimate example of compassion and kindness to all; especially those who did not deserve it. I hope I can follow the Savior's example and extend my love and compassion to ALL!
Better late than never! I went on two trips at the beginning of the month so I'm a little late getting this out for September! I chose a background with a bit of a fall/autumn feel to it. In Utah, the leaves are beginning to change and it is so beautiful.
I love the message this month. It's such a good reminder that we have the ability to tap into the Power and Glory of God through our covenants. We can be strengthened, empowered and protected. Who doesn't need that!?
This is one of my ultimate goals in this life. True self control is such a sign of strength. I think when we have a strong relationship with our Savior we are truly EMPOWERED! Empowered to be meek, to be strong, serene, and in control.
Happy August! :)
I'm a little late getting this posted for the month! If you have already finished your VT, good for you! :)
I enjoyed reading this story about President Monson and the sacrifice he made very early in his church leadership. This saying really hit home with me. I have found this to be true in my life. It may not always make sense, it may not always be easy, but obedience is always the right choice!
Happy New Year!
**Please Note: Due to different versions of power point the slides may need to be adjusted after you download them. Please go through the power point before your lesson to make sure the pictures and the text are formatted correctly! I just opened a file I made using my laptop with my iPad and the font was different, colors were different and some of the pictures were in the wrong place. It may take a little tweeking! :)**
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