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”)
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
"We really don't know how much good we can do until we put forth the effort to achieve our objectives. Our testimonies can penetrate the hearts of others and can bring to them the blessings which will prevail in this troubled world and which will guide them to exaltation" (The Teachings of Thomas S. Monson, p. 311).
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
How does each of these characteristics prepare us to receive knowledge?
“… Let honesty, and sobriety, and candor, and solemnity, and virtue, and pureness, and meekness, and simplicity crown our heads in every place; and in fine, become as little children, without malice, guile or hypocrisy. And now, brethren, after your tribulations, if you do these things, and exercise fervent prayer and faith in the sight of God always, He shall give unto you knowledge by His Holy Spirit, yea by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost [see D&C 121:26].”
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Becoming A Missionary
by Elder David A. Bednar
Ensign, November 2005, Pg. 47
My beloved brethren, you and I, today and always, are to bless all peoples in all the nations of the earth. You and I, today and always, are to bear witness of Jesus Christ and declare the message of the Restoration. You and I, today and always, are to invite all to receive the ordinances of salvation. Proclaiming the gospel is not a part-time priesthood obligation. It is not simply an activity in which we engage for a limited time or an assignment we must complete as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rather, missionary work is a manifestation of our spiritual identity and heritage. We were foreordained in the premortal existence and born into mortality to fulfill the covenant and promise God made to Abraham. We are here upon the earth at this time to magnify the priesthood and to preach the gospel. That is who we are, and that is why we are here--today and always.
Monday, February 13, 2012
2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
(New Testament | Matthew 17:1 - 5)
3 And it came to pass that while they were thus conversing one with another, they heard a voice as if it came out of heaven; and they cast their eyes round about, for they understood not the voice which they heard; and it was not a harsh voice, neither was it a loud voice; nevertheless, and notwithstanding it being a small voice it did pierce them that did hear to the center, insomuch that there was no part of their frame that it did not cause to quake; yea, it did pierce them to the very soul, and did cause their hearts to burn.
4 And it came to pass that again they heard the voice, and they understood it not.
5 And again the third time they did hear the voice, and did open their ears to hear it; and their eyes were towards the sound thereof; and they did look steadfastly towards heaven, from whence the sound came.
6 And behold, the third time they did understand the voice which they heard; and it said unto them:
7 Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.
(Book of Mormon | 3 Nephi 11:3 - 7)
1 While I was laboring under the extreme difficulties caused by the contests of these parties of religionists, I was one day reading the Epistle of James, first chapter and fifth verse, which reads: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
12 Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God, I did; for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had, I would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible.
13 At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God. I at length came to the determination to "ask of God," concluding that if he gave wisdom to them that lacked wisdom, and would give liberally, and not upbraid, I might venture.
14 So, in accordance with this, my determination to ask of God, I retired to the woods to make the attempt. It was on the morning of a beautiful, clear day, early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty. It was the first time in my life that I had made such an attempt, for amidst all my anxieties I had never as yet made the attempt to pray vocally.
15 After I had retired to the place where I had previously designed to go, having looked around me, and finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God. I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such an astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Thick darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction.
16 But, exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy which had seized upon me, and at the very moment when I was ready to sink into despair and abandon myself to destruction—not to an imaginary ruin, but to the power of some actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous power as I had never before felt in any being—just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.
17 It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!
(Pearl of Great Price | JS-History 1:11 - 17)
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Sunday, February 5, 2012
February 3, 2012
And now you know what kind of deodorant I wear and you've seen my toothbrush.
This feels strangely intimate, and a little awkward.
Does this make us BFF's?
I'm not quick sure where this leaves us. Ah hem....
Anyway, I decided I needed to do something about that mess, so I made these!
Ha! Hence my Hubby's comment about the 60's.
Frames: Pulled out of a storage bucket where they've been sitting for years.
Paint: Had since the dawn of time.
Lace: Given to me ages ago from my mother.
Flower: Had stuffed in the back of my closet for a long time.
So what do ya think?
Well, besides that fact that I have a lot of earrings.
Hmmm... now that I look at these pictures, I'm thinking there's a few colors I'm in need of. Anyone up for a shopping trip?
I've also been organizing my little crafty space that Hubby had built for me in the storage room.
I wish I had a "before" picture because let me tell you, wow. It was bad. No.... seriously. Imagine in the following pictures there was nothing but piles and piles, and more piles of stuff just piled in here.
Did I mention that everything was in piles? Because wow, it was a lot of piles.
The thing about organizing is, despite all the pretty spaces people take pictures of that we drool over and wish we had, I'm sorry. But I can't just run out and blow oodles of money on all the fancy organizing gadgets that are out there amd I am not going to buy pieces of cardboard with a fancy name just so I can wrap stuff around it! So I decided I was going to do the best I could without spending a penny.
This is what I have so far.
Glass jar filled with buttons - Old candle jar that I just scraped and washed all the wax out of.
Shelves - Scrap pieces of sheet rock from when Hubby was working on the family room, stacked on top of some old, small clay flowerpots.
Beads - Baby food jars with spray-painted lids.
Headband holder - Old formula can covered in paper
Boxes - Diaper boxes covered in paper - inside are craft supplies and some items, like the lace, are wrapped around cut up diaper box flaps.
Ribbon Holder - An old dowel rod resting on pinned-up ribbon
Fabric holders - Toilet paper rolls. I know you're thinking that's a whole lot of toilet paper rolls! But I save them for my kids because they like to make stuff out of them.
So I had a few to spare.