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FHE –Spiritual Safety

FHE –Spiritual Safety

This was a very easy and fun Family Home Evening.

We thought of 5 things we can do each day to keep up spiritually safe. We wrote each one on a paper plate.  (scripture study, prayer, being worthy of and listening to the Holy Ghost, keeping the commandments, repentance, …).   You could add more, but I wanted us to help each other and be a little squished.  :)

The first person laid the plate down and stepped on it.  We made a trail and then the last person had to pick up the last plate and pass it forward to the front person.

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We then tried to get across our driveway by only stepping on the paper plates.  We have 7 people in our family, so we had to help one another along.  When we got a little wobbly, huddling together, my husband decided to be an ‘unseen’ angel that helps us along our path.

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FHE Love

FHE Love

My 14-year-old daughter did FHE last night.  She did a great job, so I thought I’d pass along the FHE.

She had prepared an opening song, lesson, scripture, story, and dessert.

Usually we each do a part of FHE, but she did it all this time.

 

Song:  “Give Said the Little Stream”

Scripture:  Mosiah 2:17

Story:  The Candy Bomber.  My daughter made little parachutes with candy attached after she told the story.  http://www.capmembers.com/media/cms/Uncle_Wiggly_Halvorsen_Story_LR_E5143D25300A3.pdf

Then she gave us a piece of papers, where we each wrote a goal of how we can serve more at home, at school, at church, and in our community specifically.

For dessert, she had made pudding.

She served it with a long spoon.

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We couldn’t reach our own mouths.

Then we learned to serve and help others.

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General Conference

General Conference

I can’t wait for General Conference!

I made a poster for my children inspired from this blog:

http://www.jonlund.com/blog/Lunds/Jens_Blog/Entries/2012/9/16_General_Conference_Center_Board_2.0.html

and this one

http://tiffkeetch.blogspot.com/2012/06/our-general-conference-center.html

She has the printouts as well.

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I laminated it to make it last for several conferences.

President Monson’s Challenge

President Monson’s Challenge

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President Thomas S. Monson challenges all to take a personal, diligent, significant quest for an abundant life.

He talks about the ABCs —
A for attitude,
B for believe—in yourself, in those around you, and in eternal principles.
C is for courage:
-“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide on, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
-There will be times when you will be frightened and discouraged. You may feel that you are defeated. The odds of obtaining victory may appear overwhelming. At times you may feel like David trying to fight Goliath. But remember—David did win!
-Courage is required to make an initial thrust toward one’s coveted goal, but even greater courage is called for when one stumbles and must make a second effort to achieve.
-Have the determination to make the effort, the single-mindedness to work toward a worthy goal, and the courage not only to face the challenges that inevitably come but also to make a second effort, should such be required.

Jan 2012


 

Testimonies of the First Presidency and the Twelve

Testimonies of the First Presidency and the Twelve

President Thomas S. Monson:  “My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith. I declare that God lives and that He hears and answers our prayers. His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior and our Redeemer. Heaven’s blessings await us.”

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Henry B. Eyring:  “We knew our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son before we came into this life. We felt peace with Them then, and we long to be with Them again, with our families and those we love.”

Dieter F. Uchtdorf:  “I testify that God is in His heaven. He lives. He knows and loves you. He is mindful of you. He hears your prayers and

knows the desires of your heart. He is filled with infinite love for you.”

 

Boyd K. Packer:  “I bear testimony that Jesus is the Christ. He lives. He directs and leads this Church. Of this I bear solemn testimony.”

L. Tom Perry:  “I know that God lives. I know that we are all His children and that He loves us. I know that He sent His Son to the world to be an atoning sacrifice for all mankind, and those who embrace His gospel and follow Him will enjoy eternal life, the greatest of all gifts of God.”

Russell M. Nelson:  “Wherever I walk, it is my divine calling and sacred privilege to bear fervent testimony of Jesus the Christ. He lives! I love him. Eagerly I follow him, and willingly I offer my life in his service. As his special witness, I solemnly teach of him. I testify of him.”

Dallin H. Oaks:  “I testify that He lives and loves us. I testify that as the Light and Life of the World, He has provided the way for us to return to our heavenly home to enjoy the associations and highest blessings of God our Eternal Father, even eternal life, the greatest of all the gifts of God.”

M. Russell Ballard:  “This is His gospel. He lived for us, and He died for us, because He loves us. I love Him more deeply and powerfully than I can find words to express. He is my Lord, my Savior, my Redeemer, and my friend.”

Richard G. Scott:  “I testify that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is a resurrected being of perfect love and compassion. I witness that He gave His life that we might live eternally with Him and our Father in Heaven and our loved ones….  I know that the Savior lives.”

Robert D. Hales:    “I know that Jesus Christ lives. I know that He guides and directs His   Church by revelation through His prophet in this very day and time. If we   will have faith in our Savior, He will see us through our trials.  He lives and knows and loves each one of   us. He so much wants to bless us if we will come unto Him.”

Jeffrey R. Holland:  “I testify that Jesus is the Christ.  I testify of His prophets, seers, and revelators… are at work now, under the guidance of the Savior of us all, in and for our very needful day.”

David A. Bednar:  “I declare my apostolic witness that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ, our living Redeemer and Savior…The heavens are not closed. God speaks to us individually and to the world through the authorized leaders of His latter-day kingdom upon the earth.”

Quentin L. Cook:  “I, with you, am eternally grateful to Jesus Christ, the rescuer of mankind. I bear witness that He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world.”

D. Todd Christofferson:  “I testify that through Christ you will become holy, as He and our Father are holy.   I know Jesus Christ as the living, resurrected Son of God.”

Neil L. Andersen:  “I do know with perfect and certain clarity through the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, the Beloved Son of God.”

Chosen Generation Quotes

Chosen Generation Quotes

It is not difficult to understand why the great God of heaven has reserved these special spirits for the final work of the kingdom prior to his millennial reign… This generation will face trials and troubles that will exceed those of their pioneer forebears. Our generation has had periods of some respite from the foe. The future generation will have little or none… This is a chosen generation… I believe todays’ [Church’s youth] will lead the youth of the world through the most trying time in history. VAUGHN J. FEATHERSTONE

I meet young people everywhere who are wonderful and faithful; youth who want to do the right thing and who indicate the reality of what I have been saying for a long time, that we’ve never had a better generation of young people in the Church than we have today. They are faithful. They are active. They’re knowledgeable. They are a great generation, notwithstanding the environment in which many of them are growing up. GORDON B. HINCKLEY

Truly, my dear young friends, you are a chosen generation. I hope you will never forget it. I hope you will never take it for granted. I hope there will grow in your hearts an overpowering sense of gratitude to God, who has made it possible for you to come upon the earth in this marvelous season of the world’s history. GORDON B. HINCKLEY

…I return to Peter’s great statement as I make a plea and offer – a challenge: ‘Ye are a chosen generation.’ How very true that is. Notwithstanding all of the problems that we have, this, I believe, is the greatest age in the history of the world. And you young people of this generation are a part of it. You are the beneficiaries of it. Its fruits are here to bless your lives if you will grasp them and live worthy of them… Truly, my dear young friends, you are a chosen generation. I hope you will never forget it. I hope you will never take it for granted. I hope there will grow in your hearts an overpowering sense of gratitude to God, who has made it possible for you to come upon the earth in this marvelous season of the world’s history. GORDON B. HINCKLEY

For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the Second Coming. Every previous gospel dispensation has drifted into apostasy, but ours will not…. God has saved for the final inning some of his strongest children, who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly. And that is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God….” Make no mistake about it you are a marked generation. EZRA TAFT BENSON

All through the ages prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it…this is a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short time than there is of us. EZRA TAFT BENSON

…this generation of [youth] is going to do deeds never done before. You are going to accomplish the seemingly impossible because you are on His errand. Your generation will fight the greatest army of Satanic hosts ever assembled. You will be severely out numbered. You will need a deep and abiding faith in Christ to survive-and you will survive. The Lord and his servants will triumph, we do know that. Letter to the Youth of the Church, 9 May 1981

My brothers and sisters, we are a chosen generation. This is the greatest season in the history of the world and we have been blessed to come forward at this time, this greatest of times, of discovery. This is the grandest age of all. During my lifetime, there have been more scientific discoveries than in all the generations that preceded it, and you and I are upon the earth at this time. Beyond all this, we live in a time when the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored. This is the dispensation of the fullness of times, when all that the Lord placed upon the earth in prior generations has come forth in this generation, to bless those of us who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. How thankful we ought to be! How anxious we ought to be to do that which the Lord would have us do. Out of the gratitude which we have in our hearts, we ought to be willing to do anything that He asks us–to live the Word of Wisdom, to pay our tithes and offerings to be active in the Church, to carry responsibilities, to reach out to those who come into the Church and help them and friendship them that they may remain true and faithful. My brothers and sisters, “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood. GORDON B. HINCKLEY

You are of the finest generation that has come to earth. You have prepared yourself well in the premortal existence and have been selected to come forth in this singularly important time in the unfolding of Father in Heaven’s plan. I am deeply moved to be in your presence. I realize that the majority of you do not have the slightest idea of how truly capable, noble, and wonderful you are. RICHARD G. SCOTT 1996
Though we have rightly applauded our ancestors for their spiritual achievements (and do not and must not discount them now), those of us who prevail today will have done no small thing. The special spirits who have been reserved to live in this time of challenges and who overcome will one day be praised for their stamina by those who pulled handcarts. NEAL A. MAXWELL

The simple fact is that our Father did not recommend Eve or Moses or Nephi or countless other magnificent exemplars for this dispensation—He recommended you and me. Do you think God would have left the last days to chance by sending men and women He couldn’t count on? A common theme of patriarchal blessings given to men and women your age is that you were sent now because our Father’s most trustworthy children would be needed in the final, decisive battle for righteousness. That is who you are, and it is who you have always been. SHERI DEW

God has reserved spirits for this dispensation who have the courage and determination to face the world, and all the powers of the evil one, visible and invisible, to proclaim the Gospel, and maintain the truth, and establish and build up the Zion of our God, fearless of all consequences. He has sent these spirits in this generation to lay the foundation of Zion never more to be overthrown, and to raise up a seed that will be righteous, and that will honor God, and honor him supremely, and be obedient to him under all circumstances. GEORGE Q. CANNON (Frist Presidency)

God reserved spirits for this dispensation who would have the courage and the determination to face the world and all the powers of the evil one…and who would build up the Zion of our God, fearless of all consequences. SHERI DEW

We are entering the final stages of a great war. And because of your personal history, you were entrusted to come to the earth in these last days to do again what you did before—to once again choose good over evil, exercise exceedingly great faith, and perform good works—and to do so in behalf of the kingdom of God on the earth and your fellowman! JAMES J. HAMULA

God has saved for the final inning some of His strongest … children, who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly. THOMAS S. MONSON

Ours is the responsibility to be worthy of all the glorious blessings our Father in Heaven has in store for us. THOMAS S. MONSON

You are … of great faith. You brought your faith with you when you came to the earth. Alma teaches us that in the premortal realms you exhibited “exceeding faith and good works.” You fought with your faith and testimony to defend the plan that was presented by God. You knew the plan was good, and you knew that the Savior would do what He said He would do—because you knew Him! You stood with Him, and you were eager for your opportunity to come to earth. You knew what was going to be required of you. You knew it would be difficult, and yet you were confident not only that you could accomplish your divine mission but that you could make a difference.

You are “choice spirits who were reserved to come forth in the fulness of times to take part in laying the foundations of the great latter-day work, including the building of the temples and the performance of ordinances therein.”

You cannot be a generation of young women who are content to fit in. You must have the courage to stand out, to “arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations.” ELAINE S. DALTON

Do you think for a moment that Heavenly Father would have sent one of His children to this earth by accident, without the possibility of a significant work to perform?…

My dear friends, you are a royal generation. You were preserved to come to the earth in this time for a special purpose. Not just a few of you, but all of you. There are things for each of you to do that no one else can do as well as you. …If you will let Him, I testify that our Father in Heaven will walk with you through the journey of life and inspire you to know your special purpose here. H. BURKE PETERSON

Mothers and Fathers

President Ezra Taft Benson has offered ten specific suggestions for mothers as they guide their precious children:

1. Take time to always be at the crossroads in the lives of your children, whether they be six or sixteen.
2. Take time to be a real friend to your children.
3. Take time to read to your children.
4. Take time to pray with your children.
5. Take time to have a meaningful weekly home evening.
6. Take time to be together at mealtimes as often as possible.
7. Take time daily to read the scriptures together as a family.
8. Take time to do things together as a family.
9. Take time to teach your children.
10. Take time to truly love your children.
President Ezra Taft Benson has offered ten specific suggestions for fathers:
1. Give father’s blessings to your children.
2. Personally direct family prayers, daily scripture reading, and weekly family home evenings.
3. Whenever possible, attend Church meetings together as a family.
4. Go on daddy-daughter dates and father-and-sons’ outings with your children.
5. Build traditions of family vacations and trips and outings.
6. Have regular one-on-one visits with your children.
7. Teach your children to work, and show them the value of working toward a worthy goal.
8. Encourage good music and art and literature in your homes.
9. As distances allow, regularly attend the temple with your wife.
10. Have your children see your joy and satisfaction in service to the Church.