President Gordon B. Hinckley's Challenge and Promise
President Gordon B. Hinckley said in a
worldwide leadership training meeting:
“I am convinced there is no other organization anywhere to match the Relief Society of this Church.
If they will be UNITED and speak with ONE VOICE,
Their STRENGTH will be INCALCULABLE!”
10 January 2004, 20
Relief Society - A Restoration of an Ancient Form
“A Restoration of an Ancient Pattern”
Although the name may be modern date,
the institution is of ANCIENT ORIGIN.
We were told by our martyred prophet
that the same organization EXISTED
in the church ANCIENTLY.”
Eliza R. Snow
(Published in: “Daughters in My Kingdom”)
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Sister Julie B. Beck: A refuge in these difficult days
Church News staff writer
Thursday, January 19, 2012
January 18, 2012
I am no parenting expert, that much is so ridiculously obvious I really didn't even need to say it. But on occasion, I am capable of making an astute observation that helps me out in my chosen profession.
Before I became a parent, I would have sworn up and down, side to side and on a stack of chocolate that I would never yell at my children. Like, never ever.
While perhaps I may not be raise my voice all the time, and I certainly never yell mean and terrible things at them, on occasion the volume on my voice box does get away from me. Once I had done it, it was easy to do again. Seems like one you cross that line, it's so hard to back step across it.
Dang. I hereby vote for do-overs! And start-overs! And popovers! Wait....
But still, I try. I really do try.
One evening, as I was preparing dinner, the boys started going at it. They were flinging angry comments back and forth and it was escalating fast.
The girls decided they just couldn't be left out and had to throw in a few choice words of their own, which only fueled the situation.
I have taken to yelling above such noise to get every one's attention, but I really hate doing that. It does nothing to diffuse the situation, it only makes me upset and the kids, while they may break up the fighting, still remain in bad spirits. Still, it's often just the reaction that springs up.
Well on this particular night, I did something that I had no idea I was even going to do until I was doing it.
Speaking calmly and just loud enough to be heard so the kids knew I was talking, I said:
"You know, I think Alayna is really cute when she smiles."
A couple of the kids stopped yelling and turned to me.
"And I really think Jacob has the best laugh ever."
It was seriously incredible. At this point all of the kids stopped what they were doing and stood watching me, obviously waiting to hear what I was going to say about the next child.
"I think Joseph can say some of the sweetest things when he wants to."
A smile here, a giggle there.
"And Savannah is the best helper ever. She is just so great."
I said all this while still calmly preparing the food.
There were several seconds of silence before the kids turned back to each other. Savannah started doing her homework quietly, the boys went off to play, and Alayna went back to her coloring.
There really wasn't any kind of grand acknowledgement of what happened, except to myself. The kids stopped fighting, everyone was in a better mood, and I didn't even have to raise my voice.
The power of kind words.
Do I do this all the time? No. Should I do this more often? Definitely. Will it work every time? Most likely not.
But it won't hurt to try.
"Be patient with yourself. Perfection comes not in this life, but in the next life. Don't demand things that are unreasonable, but demand of yourself improvement. As you let the Lord help you through that He will make the difference." - Elder Russell M. Nelson
- Have a POSITIVE ATTITUDE
- BELIEVE in YOURSELF
- Face CHALLENGES with COURAGE
- Inner attitude of MY MIND – can change the OUTER ASPECT of MY LIFE!
- Do the BEST I can…
- Choose to be HAPPY – no matter WHAT my circumstances – PEACE and CONTENTMENT will be my BLESSING…
- I can NOT control what TESTS come my way…for I will need to be PROVED…and will be TESTED in ALL THINGS…but, I can ADJUST my ATTITUDE…and CHOOSE how I am going to HANDLE my challenge…
- I am to BELIEVE IN ME!
- I am to BELIEVE in OTHERS!
- I am to BELIEVE in ETERNAL PRINCIPLES!
- I must SERVE my God…with ZEAL!
- “MY LIFE IS MY MESSAGE!” --- Gandhi
- The ABUNDANT LIFE WILL BE MINE!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
Monday, January 2, 2012
Our lesson was based on the Preface of "Daughters in My Kingdom"...
I was struck by the statement Sister Emma Smith made in the first Relief Society meeting...She said, "We are going to do something extraordinary."
As I pondered on HOW do we accomplished the "extraordinary"...I felt the answer was found in the Book of Mormon...
Speaking of the sons of Mosiah after a 14 year mission:
Alma 17 - VERSE 2 ... "they were still his brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed STRONG in the KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH; for they were men of a SOUND UNDERSTANDING and they had SEARCHED the SCRIPTURES DILIGENTLY, that they might KNOW the WORD OF GOD."
VERSE 3... "But this is not all; they had given themselves to MUCH PRAYER and FASTING; therefore they had the SPIRIT of PROPHECY, and the SPIRIT of REVELATION, and when they TAUGHT, they TAUGHT with POWER and AUTHORITY of GOD."
This dear sisters is the FORMULA to becoming:
- STRONG in the KNOWLEDGE of the truth and of SOUND UNDERSTANDING - we SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES!
- To have the SPIRIT of PROPHECY and REVELATION and to be able to TEACH with POWER and AUTHORITY OF GOD - we must PRAY OFTEN and FAST OFTEN...
Alma also taught: “By small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” (Alma 37:6)
We collectively and individually can and will do "extraordinary things…