Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Roaming Charges

Today I attended the temple.

And there wasn't one. other. place. on earth I would have learned what I learned and felt what I felt.

So imagine my surprise when I walked out of the temple and read this warning message on my phone:

Roaming network: 
Accessing data during trips 
outside the U.S. may result in significantly higher charges. . .
To sign up for a global data plan call global support. . .

All I can say is that after being in the temple I already have access to the best global data plan with unlimited global support!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tidbit Tuesday - Women and the Priesthood

"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?" 

-William J. Critchlow Jr.
General Conference October 1965

Monday, August 19, 2013

Family Home Evening - The Worth of A Soul

We took our lesson from HERE.

Here's what we did:

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.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Books I read while on vacation . . .

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!"

Under a Leafless Tree by Helga Meyer and Lark Evans Galli

The Evolution of Thomas Hall by Kieth Merrill

When Hearts Conjoin by Erin M. Herrin, with Lu Ann Probst Staheli