"When filled with God’s love, we can do and see and understand things that we could not otherwise do or see or understand. Filled with His love, we can endure pain, quell fear, forgive freely, avoid contention, renew strength, and bless and help others in ways surprising even to us." -John H. Groberg
"The emancipation of women in this mortal sphere does not yet involve priesthood. Women in our great nation enjoy civil rights and liberties like men: they can vote and run for public offices like men: they can own property and drive cars like men; they can frequent public places like men, they can work when, where, and if they please like men; they can smoke, curse, and blaspheme the name of God like men; they can eat, drink, and be merry like men; they can cut their hair like men and wear men's clothes. One thing they cannot do as men—they cannot violate the oath and covenant of the priesthood as some men who bear the priesthood do. Maybe you should thank God for that. If that, dear Sister, gives comfort to your soul, then let me disturb your comfort by reminding you that by reason of your temple experience, you do have certain priesthood covenants to keep and uphold. Had you forgotten them?"
Place the same number of the same fruit or vegetable in a bowl as you have members in your family. (We used potatoes. You can use apples or oranges or zucchini, for example).
Give everyone a blindfold and have them put it on.
Pass the bowl around and have everyone choose a potato. Since I was giving the lesson, I placed an initial using a watercolor marker on each potato after it was chosen.
We gave 2-3 minutes for everyone to examine and get to know their potato with their hands. (30 seconds into it I had to tell everyone that this activity was going to be a silent one because everyone had a silly comment to make).
I gathered the potatoes and then randomly passed them out. The goal was for each person to find "their" potato. I was AMAZED that everyone found 'their' potato! Even the one person who didn't know for sure, ended up with the right one because everyone else knew FOR SURE they had their potato!
We read THIS scripture and invited family members to share experiences of how we have known that God knows us and values us.
A few weeks ago we took a much needed family vacation!!
And I pretty much did everything I normally do at home: fix breakfast, do laundry, watch the 2 year old, make lunch, do laundry, make sure the two year old wasn't putting gadgets down in the toilet, cook dinner, do laundry, make sure the two year old wasn't escaping out the front doors or eating Play-doh.
However, I did get to read THREE books, . . . something I don't normally get to do in such a short amount of time, if at all!"