Monday, October 29, 2012

Family Home Evening - The Light of Christ

We watched this video for Family Home Evening.

In fact, we watched it twice.

The first time was just to watch.

The second time we watched it with the intention of taking notes about what we felt and what we learned so we could share it with each other.

And while we shared, I was very impressed with what our children were taught- even down to the six year old!

Here is just a snippet of what I learned from this short video:

* Light > Darkness
* Light = warmth
* Darkness = coolness/cold
* Darkness CANNOT overrule Light, for even a pinprick of light will dispell darkness
* Yielding to the Light of Christ = more and more brightness
* Not yielding to the Light of Christ = dimmer light, even to the extinguishing of it

Alma the Younger's experience found in Alma 36 is an excellent example of how the tiniest of light, even his remembering that his father prophesied of Jesus Christ opened Alma's mind and heart to more light.

For when Alma's mind caught a hold of that memory, he cries within his heart "O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy upon me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death."

And that when Light fills him with the SAME amount of joy that was as exceeding as his pain.

I also thought about the death of the Savior.

The very Light of the World was taken. And for at least for three days the earth was covered in a vapor of darkness. Light could not be seen.

But darkness CANNOT overrule Light.

And three days later, not only did Light return, but He also brought forth the morning of the glorious resurrection. The assurance that death is NOT the end and that the darkness of the grave will have no victory.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

We Welcome Solicitors

So I've been meaning to do this for a very, very, very long time.

But I hadn't - until today.

And this is what you'll find on my front door . . .

I am SO excited to see what happens!!!

I'll let you know!


We are members of
The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints!
When you solicit to us, we will share with you eternal truths regarding
the restored gospel of Jesus Christ!!

Along with a gospel discussion of your choice (listed below), you will be given a card
that will give you an opportunity to learn
more about the doctrines of our faith!

The Atonement of Jesus Christ


The Doctrine of Christ

Eternal Families

Latter-day Prophets

The Law of Chastity

The Plan of Salvation

Redeeming the Dead

The Restoration

The Word of Wisdom

We look forward in sharing with you why
the gospel of Jesus Christ makes us happy!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tidbit Tuesday - Leaders and Followers

" . . .What happens in cultural decline both leaders and followers are really accountable. Historically, of course, it is easy to criticize bad leaders, but we should not give followers a free pass. Otherwise, in their rationalization of their degeneration they may say they were just following orders, while the leader was just ordering followers! However, much more is required of followers in a democratic society wherein individual character matters so much in both leaders and followers."

-Neal A. Maxwell

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Every Knee Shall Bow

I believe that every person has something they hold deep within their heart.

Like a righteous desire that has not yet come to fruition


a shattered dream


temptations shunned when no one was around


an ugly regret


a hidden, but shareable talent


a terrible secret


kindly acts of service never revealed . . .

And I've been thinking that perhaps it's not just what we know about Him that will bring every knee to bow and every tongue confess that He IS the Christ, the very Son of God.

Perhaps, it will also be when He reveals to us that which we hold so deep within our hearts that will bring us to our knees - and humbly to His feet.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tidbit Tuesday - Self-Improvement

The most important cause of our lifetime is our families. If we will devote ourselves to this cause, we will improve every other aspect of our lives.

-Russell M. Ballard