Friday, September 30, 2011

"Now, brothers and sisters, we are anxious to listen to the messages which will be presented to us today and tomorrow. Those who will address us have sought heaven’s help and direction as they have prepared their messages. That we may be filled with the Spirit of the Lord and be uplifted and inspired as we listen and learn is my prayer."
-President Thomas S. Monson.

Growing up, I didn't really know that there was General Conference on Saturdays! (No offense mom and dad.) This year, we are going to try things a little different. I mean, how do you have your two squirly children get anything out of conference? Well, you really don't, but you plant the seeds.

Here's my plan.

Saturday: Have conference on, and we will listen. I won't make the kids sit down and watch it, but we will have it on as we play in the living room, and hang around the house.

Sunday: Print out these packets for our children to play with while we listen to conference in the morning, which we eat homemade cinnamon rolls. The afternoon session? Probably treated the same as Saturday - have it on while we enjoy each other as a family.

I want my children to grow up with the prophet's voice being familiar, positive, and loving. I want my children to know that there are sessions on both Saturdays and Sundays. I want to have a special date in the evening of Saturdays with my children while the men are at the priesthood session. We have to start somewhere, right?

Enjoy conference! Even if you aren't a member of the church, or haven't gone to church in a long time, you can still watch it online. You will be amazed at how uplifted and peaceful you will be after watching it. Go here to learn more.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Forget Me Not

Yesterday, I went to our stake Relief Society service project - making blankets, stockings, and bags for an organization called Aviva. They provide children who have been taken from their homes by CPS with the necessities they need while in foster care. Hearing the experiences of these children made my eyes fill up with tears. I knew I was doing a good thing, and it was fun to be there amongst the hustle and bustle.

Afterwards, I watched the General Relief Society broadcast where I heard a talk that I will never forget. President Uchtdorf talked about the little flowers that often get overlooked in a garden because they are small. Our eyes tend to notice the large and beautiful flowers, and don't normally notice these little blue ones - the forget-me-nots.

In his talk, he listed 5 forget-me-not things to remember in my life. My heart was touched, and I felt he was speaking to me. As I talked about in my last post, my life is a little chaotic right now, but soon to slow down with my job setting in. I felt forgotten. Not after this talk. I know I am not forgotten, and I know that I have been given the strength to carry on.

1. Forget not to be patient with yourself.
2. Forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice.
3. Forget not the happiness that surrounds you.
4. Forget not the "why" of the gospel.
5. Forget not that the Lord loves you.

I am reminded that my efforts ARE good enough. What I do each day is important. Even if it's just changing a diaper, playing in my messy living room with my children, or making spaghetti for dinner.

I am reminded to be happy every day, with my children, my husband, and my lot in life. To find joy in my children, as they do in me.

I am also reminded that I am not alone, that I am loved, that I am buoyed up, and that I am the daughter of deity. I am so blessed, and I am happy.