Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mommy Sermons 5-26-2011

We all have those things that we say or think to ourselves. Mommy sermons are those little talks we give in our hearts when no one else is around.  Sometimes we give negative talks and sometimes we give positive ones. I think too often we are more hard on ourselves than we should be.   I really like the sermons that come from other people that many times are just one sentence or small paragraph long, yet, summate or put our little mommy sermons into perspective. 

This mommy Sermon comes from Marjorie Pay Hinckley~

"We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives.  We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us.  we have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something.  we have to learn to be content with what we are."

Monday, May 23, 2011

Be Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Another session title of Women's conference was "Be not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ".  This was a very important session as I felt that in today's world, our church and especially those with religion or morals are put down or persecuted.  It is ever important to speak up for the views and truths we know so those that don't have them will see the light.  The presenter was very outspoken proponent of Proposition 8 in California.  She spoke on how many of the voters did not know the truths about the measure they would be voting on.  The media had distorted it such that the public was unaware about the truth.  She said standing up for something doesn't mean you have to yell,  and tolerance does not mean you have to agree.  She was persecuted and still is to this day but she believes that the Lord has sustained her through these trials because she puts her faith in Him continually.  "We never stand alone in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Be ye not ashamed. "  Be tolerant, but not condoning. 

The subject of proposition 8 is such a controversial one and my blog isn't intended to arouse feelings of hatred or bitterness.  However, my post is more for the message of the session I attended which was sticking up for beliefs.  I re-entered the facebook world some time ago and found that I had "liked" a page that was in defense of traditional marriage.  After learning the creator of the page had changed his position on the subject, I unliked the page and declared publicly my beliefs on my facebook page.  I later found out that a friend that supports marriage equality "Unfriended" me.  While this saddens me, it also gives me evidence of the ever present need to stand for something, even when your friends (or supposed friends) turn their cheeks.  I am not against those that have other beliefs.  I am just standing for mine.  Mine include the family:  One Man, One Woman.  I believe that God has a plan and a purpose in Families.  I believe that the Family is " central to to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children."  ~ Proclamation on the family

Monday, May 16, 2011

headband giveaway

My dear friend is reopening her Etsy shop and is doing a little giveaway on her blog.
Check out The House of Whimsy and take your chance at winning one of her adorable headbands.

While I'm at promoting other peoples blogs and Etsy,
 I think I will put in a plug for my daughter.  She makes adorable purses and is so very talented.  She is creating a way to make a little extra money for her schooling.  I know you will not be disappointed.   Check out her Etsy shop and find out the cool stuff at  MLE's purses  .  

(This one just sold this morning. Hopefully you saw it here and ran over to Etsy to buy it.  Yay, for you! )

Saturday, May 14, 2011

4th session: Education.... and doing hard things

The fourth  session of Women's conference was about Education: the latch key to success.  I liked this quite a bit because it applies to my life today.  My husband suffers from various ailments.  It has threatened the security of his job and requires that I now seek to educate myself for a future role of being the breadwinner.
  The thoughts expressed in this session  were that we need to find things everyday to learn and not just leave our education to chance.  She also suggested that if we don't apply what we learn, it is then that we become a failure.
Involve our kids.  When this sister was going to school, she would have her kids with her in the library as she studied.  She would teach them to look up books by the call number and they would retrieve various books so she wouldn't have to waste time searching for them.  It gave her kids something to do, educated them, and allowed her extra time to study as needed.  They also had times where they would all study together as a family.  No one watched t.v. until everyone was finished with homework, which wasn't very often.  But they learned and studied together and learned a very important concept about schooling.

Obtaining an education after age 40 has been much of a trial and a very hard thing to do.  One thing that has plagued my school year are  extreme allergies.  I have been quite depressed, because not only is going to school hard, but nearly impossible when you feel you want to scratch your eye balls out of the socket.  I've gone through  3-4 boxes of tissue and have used up any pill in the house related to allergy relief.  I have also developed a cough that mimics  pneumonia.  My body was literally worn out from the allergies and the medicines I was taking were making me lethargic. After about 4 weeks of this, I fretted because I knew my finals were approaching and I felt ill prepared.   I broke down and pleaded with Heavenly Father to make me equal to the task of studying for my final exam.  I was concerned because the exam was comprehensive and I knew there was no way in the world I'd remember stuff from 4 months ago.   After praying, I noticed the next two days my allergies relented and I was able to get through the chapters in biology for review.  I was virtually allergy free.

The night before my exam, I woke up numerous times from the same cough that plagued me only days before.  I sighed and begged the question all but audibly,  "Oh no!, I thought you were helping me to get better?" Immediately, the impression hit me as if someone were kneeling at my side and whispering  back in my ear,  "I did help you to get better.  That is why you were able to have relief to study for your exam."   I then knew that Heavenly Father had answered my prayer and was aware of my needs.

I know that in this education process, I have been blessed for what I need to accomplish.  He knows my strengths and weaknesses and I somehow manage to succeed.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

More on BYU Women's Conference

The 3rd  session of Women's Conference I attended was about being extraordinary in our callings in the church:  The presenter was over 80 years old and called to be the Primary President.  She talked about recognizing the potentials in each child and encouraging them.   "There is a place for every child in the church".   She told about a class of young boys that would fight over the isle seat.  They were very disruptive and so she went and told them that they would need to take care of the problem or it would become her problem next week.  Next week came and she found the boys had sort of taken care of the problem.  They had agreed that every 10 min each boy would rotate in the isle seat.  This just wouldn't do and was still disrupting so she and the boys agreed that they would draw names each week who would get to sit in the isle seat.  Her comments about that story were that if we let the kids be involved in the decision making, they will usually come up with or help with a solution.

The other presenter, a news anchor and Stake Young women's President spoke about the Lord not letting his disciples fail in the work they have been called to do.  "He will magnify what you say and do.  He will carry into their hearts the things you say and do."   She recalled a time or two during stake youth conferences where she worried over the plans and fretted if things would come together.  She assured us that this was not "our" work, but it was the Lord's work and if we had done all we could do, He would magifiy our plans and it would work out. This was good advice since I'm serving as Young  Women's President and I worry on a daily basis if I'm making any difference in the lives of these 25 girls. She also told of her daughter being called to be a visiting teacher. The first lady assigned to her was the General Relief Society President.  This young 18 yr old girl was intimidated thinking, "what do I have to offer her?"  The President was very loving about it and the two became very good friends.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Fun treasures from the Quilted Bear

 Boy, I sure love this place. :)

To help me remember what purpose my knees have.

A kitchen gadget that was long over due.  These are so cool !  After you chop something, this helps to  pick it up easier.

A cute frame that I shall paint black and add to our living room.

Fun hair pieces for my girls.  Or Pin for a lapel.  Aren't they just darling!

I'm not usually a scarf person, but this looked like a slim style scarf that would go cute with any of my blue skirts.  We'll see how it goes.

This was a cute hair tie for my daughter who just turned 18.  She loved it!  Anytime this girl likes anything I pick out, I consider it a score. 

I picked this one out for me.  hoping I like it with the clothes already in the closet.  Should I post pictures... yes or no?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Truths I have learned about the small and simple things

"By the small and simple things are great things brought to pass."

Last weekend I had the pleasure and privilege to attend BYU Women's Conference.  This weekend for the last 3 years has become my little retreat away from home to rejuvenate and replenish when the world seems to drain every ounce of good that I've tried to keep in my heart.  It was many reminders to me that life can be good and that I am good.  It let me know I can make it in a world of sorrows and negative emotions that tell me I'm worthless and incapable of being the Woman, mother, and wife that I should be.

I have included my notes both for my remembrance and for your enjoyment. I will post one session every couple of days.  Perhaps you might learn a thing or three.

2nd session:  The Words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.  One presenter, a mother of nine children, told how she and her husband had just started a new business.  For 2.5 years they struggled financially.  They depleted their savings, used nearly all their food storage, and wondered how they would meet the challenges they faced.   She marveled at the peace they continually enjoyed on a daily basis and even asked the Lord how it was that they would continue to feel peace amidst the turmoil they were experiencing.  It was then that the still small voice confirmed a truth to her regarding the peace she had.  The little voice whispered to her that it was because of a commitement she made 27 years ago at the age of 14 that now accounted for the peace she was feeling today.  At age 14, she attended EFY (Especially for Youth- a conference tailored for the youth of the church)  in which a speaker had challenged her to read her scriptures each and every day of her life.  She made a commitment everyday of her life to always read her scriptures and for 27 years has never missed a day.  She also indicated that we didn't need to feel badly that we (me) are not reading the scriptures, or that we are not a failure for not doing it for 27 years.  She said we could start now, today.

Goal:  Start reading the scriptures everyday.  Even if its only one verse.  Someone please do this with me.  Today is May 3rd. Let's see how far we go.