Saturday, April 8, 2017

IN THE WAR IN HEAVEN YOU CHOSE TO FOLLOW CHRIST AND COME TO EARTH

"Before we were born, we lived with God, the Father of our spirits. All of us on earth are literally brothers and sisters in His family, and each of us is precious to Him."



Here's my sweet baby, fresh from heaven. He has brought so much joy to our family in the last nine months and we're so glad he's here!

With this new addition, and even before, I've been focused on my own little crew so I was debating about not trying to reconnect with the social world - but my friend shared a message with me, The War Goes On, and I thought it was relevant and helpful for our journey, right here and now, here on earth. I hesitate to compare parenting to a battle - but you know how it goes... We can use all the help we can get! I thought it gave insightful ideas for resisting the strategies that try to pull us and our kids down.

I noticed that several of the messages during General Conference focused on this same theme. Between what I can remember, and what I could hear over my children, I decided it's time to refocus on one of the messages each week (or month - we'll see how it goes).

"The world sees birth and death as the beginning and the end. But because of God's holy plan, we know that birth and death are actually just milestones on our journey to eternal life with our Heavenly Father."


Thursday, June 5, 2014

DAUGHTERS IN THE COVENANT

"You were tutored by Heavenly Father before you came into this life. He helped you understand and accept that you would have trials, tests, and opportunities perfectly chosen just for you. You learned that our Father had a plan of happiness to get you safely through those trials and that you would help bring others safely through theirs."

 


I attended the first General Women's Meeting of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with my mom and one of my sisters. We loved being there! All women ages eight and older were invited to attend. Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, the Young Women General President, said of the gathering, "The combined power of our testimonies and faith in Jesus Christ surely constitutes one of the most faith-filled and powerful assemblies of women in the history of the Church, if not the world."

In his message, Daughters in the Covenant, at that meeting, President Henry B. Eyring discussed how it is part of our divine nature as women to nurture and strengthen each other and that we have great potential for good. He said, "Heavenly Father sees not only what you are but also what you may become. ... He sees greater potential in His children than we or even our earthly mothers see in us." He talked about following the examples of great women, like Eve, on our journey home. "God the Father watches over you in love. ... Because he loves you, He will provide the help that you need to move yourself and others upward along the way back to His presence."