Sunday, March 28, 2010
One woman in Sacrament meeting talked about the difference between enduring something and enduring it well. Boy did I need to hear that! I really haven't been enduring this trial well the past few weeks. Then in Sunday School we talked about Joseph who was sold into Egypt (Genesis 39-45). Talk about a man who endured his many trials well! To be sold as a slave by your brothers. And the scriptures say that God was with him, that's amazing! To have God with you you have to have a good attitude. God doesn't dwell with those who murmur and complain all of the time. I sure need to be more like that. We also talked about how you could look at Joseph's life and see God's hand in it. God was able to save so many people because of Joseph. That part of the story helped me to look at my life. To see God in my life. It helped me remember some things about my trial. The last few priesthood blessings I've been given, I was told that I could help many people because of the knowledge I've gained thought this trial. It truly is amazing how many people I have come in contact with who have struggled with their health the same way I have. Then I remembered how I've felt when I was able to help them. To give them hope. If I have to go through something so I can help others then it isn't so bad. Now I just have to remember that on my harder days.
In Relief Society the lesson was on the Book of Mormon and the power that you get when you read and study it. With my calling I had the opportunity to teach and that made me study more. The past few weeks I haven't been studying, just reading. The lesson reminded me that I need to study it more. Then I can call on the powers of Heaven for help because I'll have the spirit with me more. I'll be more ready to hear when the answers come. After all the Lord never said it would be easy, He only said it would be worth it.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Inside the eggs are things that remind us of the Savior and some scriptures. Here is a list of the things that we use. I'm sure there are many more things you can use.
Toothpicks in the shape of a cross and John 19:17
A small band aid (Healing) and Matt 8:7-8,13,16
Mud and John 9
Apiece of bread and Mark 6:30-44
A cotton ball (sheep) and John 10:27
A picture of a heart and Moroni 7:48
A small nail and 3 Nephi 11:14
Small white cloth and John 11:1-6,11,14,17-44
Picture of Jesus and Matt 28:6
A piece of paper with this written on it: Name 5 blessing you have because of the Savior.
A piece of paper with this written on it: Go outside and see how many things you can see that are miracles like the Savior's Resurrection (ie Tulips, buried in fall and in the spring turn into flowers/bloom again, a little egg inside a nest becomes a baby bird)
Leave one empty (my purple one), after it is opened read the story of the Empty Easter Egg and the Empty tomb, "What was in Jeremy's Egg?" By Ida Mae Kemple.
When they open the Purple one on Easter Sunday we read the story and then give a lesson on the Resurrection. It really is a wonderful way to start Easter Sunday.
Second, we have the Easter Bunny come Friday night. The kids wake up and find their baskets, play with their toys, do our Easter Egg hunt, roll our colored Easter eggs down the hill, and do all of the traditional things on Saturday. That way they are not missing out on the fun worldly things. Don't get me wrong I love all of that stuff, I do tons of it, just as long as they know the real reason behind the holiday. And this way we get all of that out of the way so on Sunday we talk more about Jesus.
If you come up with other things to go into the eggs please share them with me. And may you have a wonderful holiday celebrating our Savior's Miracle.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
"Faith, hope, and charity complement each other, and as one increases, the others grow as well. Hope comes of faith, for without faith, there is no hope. In like manner faith comes of hope, for faith is "the substance of things hoped for."
Hope is critical to both faith and charity. When disobedience, disappointment, and procrastination erode faith, hope is there to uphold our faith. When frustration and impatience challenge charity, hope braces our resolve and urges us to care for our fellowmen even without expectation of reward. The brighter our hope the greater our faith. The stronger our hope, the purer our charity.
The things we hope for lead us to faith, while the things we hope in lead us to charity. The three qualities-faith, hope, and charity-working together, grounded on the truth and light of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, lead us to abound in good works."
I love that because it helps me not only too see how faith and hope work together, but also to see that we need and must have all three together. President Uchtdorf explains more in his talk about how the three make up a three legged stool. That analogy makes so much sense to me. When you have all three of them they lead "us to abound in good works". Isn't that just wonderful?!