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!
The Young Men and Young Women general presidencies have announced that 2 Nephi 31:20 is the Mutual theme for 2016. This scripture lays the groundwork for gaining eternal life. We are invited to press forward with steadfastness, having hope and love at all times. If we will do these things, learn from the words of Christ and endure to the end we will in fact have eternal life! What an awesome promise.
I have put together an image for the theme as well as a "logo" that can be used on anything you'd like! I have also put together a "Theme Defined" poster. I did this last year and had an overwhelmingly positive response. The reason I like to define the terms in the scripture is so the youth can really understand what it is they are reciting! (It's good for us adults too!)
I thought long and hard about what image to use for "Press Forward." I used the hikers last year for "Ye That Embark..." so I didn't want to use that again. I thought what does it mean to "Press Forward"? It brings to my mind a commitment or holding tight and moving at a steady pace. These thoughts brought me to this image and the idea of pressing forward steadfastly by clinging to the rod.
The original image of the hand holding the rod came from a 2010 Mormonad entitled "Get A Grip" (I have included an 8X10 below) The picture was brilliantly taken by David Stoker and it was published in the Ensign and Liahona magazines. I thought this Mormonad was another great way to play off the 2016 theme...I love the "Get A Grip" saying.
I hope these images are helpful as you plan for Christmas gifts, New Beginnings, and many more lessons and activities in the year to come!
In November we get to choose a message from conference. I loved President Uchtdorf's talk on Simplifying the Gospel. I chose one of my favorite quotes for this month's VT message. No matter where we are in life we can START along the path toward salvation. "God will take you as you are at this very moment..."
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!?
For many of our youth school is about to start again. Dating is usually a "hot topic." This lesson is such a great reminder about why our Prophet has asked us to follow certain guidelines. The Church has standards in place not to restrict and bog down our youth but to keep them safe so their futures are full of options and choices. The video "A Brand New Year" is awesome! It is however, 12 minutes long so perhaps you can preview it and select a couple sections to share.
I chose this handout because I think the word "STICK" can apply in 2 ways...first, stick to the standards OR if you don't you could find yourself in a STICKY situation! :)
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! :)
It was very hard to choose out of the many wonderful messages shared in this April's General Conference. We are so blessed to have such amazing church leaders who share such powerful and inspired messages with us. I have chosen to share 2 of my favorites. The quotes are from the following two talks:
The Gift of Grace
Filling Our Homes with Light and Truth
Living without guile.... It isn't something I think about very often! I loved this simple message and the sweet image of children giggling. Their innocence and honesty. Oftentimes children end up teaching adults. The Savior requested that the children be brought to Him. As he wept, he blessed them and said
“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not:
for of such is the kingdom of God."
It can be so hard to be patient! I know for me that is one of my greatest struggles. I appreciated this beautiful reminder that constantly working towards the attributes of patience and long suffering is not just a "nice character trait" it is part of my journey to be more Christlike. :)
**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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