"Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times, He is with us. He has promised that this will never change....May we have a commitment to our Heavenly Father that does not ebb and flow with the years or the crises of our lives. We should not need to experience difficulties for us to remember Him, and we should not be driven to humility before giving Him our faith and trust. May we ever strive to be close to our Heavenly Father. To do so, we must pray to Him and listen to Him every day. We truly need Him every hour, whether they be hours of sunshine or of rain. May His promise ever be our watchword: 'I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee' [Joshua 1:5]
-President Thomas S. Monson
Monday, April 28, 2014
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Friday, April 11, 2014
When we make life a grand production, our children become audience members and their appetite for entertainment grows. Are we creating a generation of people who cannot find the beauty in the mundane?
Do we want to teach our children that the magic of life is something that comes beautifully gift-wrapped -- or that magic is something you discover on your own?
Planning elaborate events, daily crafts, and expensive vacations isn't harmful for children. But if the desire to do so comes from a place of pressure or even a belief that the aforementioned are a necessary part of one's youth, it's time to reevaluate.
A childhood without Pinterest crafts can be magical. A childhood without a single vacation can be magical. The magic we speak of and so desperately want our children to taste isn't of our creation, and therefore is not ours to dole out as we please. It is discovered in quiet moments by a brook or under the slide at the park, and in the innocent laughter of a life just beginning.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
"...and let it be a delightful habitation for man, and a resting-place for the weary traveler..." -doctrine & covenants 124:60
i was just flipping through my journal and i came across this scripture that i had written down. It was just after visiting my parents home. They've really created a welcoming and enchanting place to be. I'd love to do the same. I would love our home to be a haven. I hope it already is, at least for our kids. I know our son asked the other day, "will we get to live in this house when we die? I want to always live here." I tried to explain to him that when we die we will be "home" a home that we don't remember now but when we go there we will remember it and will be happy to be there.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
"Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some." -Charles Dickens