Wednesday, September 30, 2009

General Conference Activities October 2009

Yea!!! General Conference is on its way! I am excited to hear the wonderful messages this time around and I am back yet again with a General Conference Prep Post in hopes to help us all to include our children more in conference and to gain more out of it ourselves.

First, enjoy this great video about listening to our Prophet's voice. It is from the Friend's main page and is just about a minute long.


video

Now here are a few ideas and printables to help keep your children involved and part of General Conference:

PRINTABLES

General Authority Ties by Amber McNeil

General Conference Packet by Melanie Day

General Conference Activity Cards by Melanie Day

Conference Coloring Book by Jennifer Lund

GAMES

Conference Chase by Ondrea Slade

LDS Bingo - printable bingo boards

Let us all prepare ourselves and our families for this General Conference:
"Decide now to make general conference a priority in your life. Decide to listen carefully and follow the teachings that are given. Listen to or read the talks more than once to better understand and follow the counsel. By doing these things, the gates of hell will not prevail against you, the powers of darkness will be dispersed from before you, and the heavens will shake for your good." - Elder Paul V. Johnson, "The Blessings of General Conference", Ensign, Nov. 2005, 50.

Friday, September 25, 2009

General Relief Society Meeting: September 2009

I am really looking forward to this meeting. There is always so much to glean from the wonderful messages shared. I just thought I'd post a reminder here that "the general Relief Society meeting will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2009, in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City at 6:00 p.m. mountain daylight time". I'm a little late in posting this so that is TOMORROW!
I hope we will all take the time to listen to a "member of the First Presidency, as well as the members of the Relief Society general presidency." I always seem to come away feeling rejuvenated, more dedicated, and ready to tackle whatever comes my way. I am excited for a meeting just for women that allows a moment to reflect and recharge. Whoo-hoo!!!

To watch the meeting online live or at a later time click HERE.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

What Matters Most

A few days have gone by since the passing of my wonderful Grandpa. He was a very good man. He was so concerned with everyone around him. He was always so selfless and loving. Countless times I received checks in the mail from him for no reason at all when I needed them the most. He was so in tune to the Spirit. Although he was old in age his death came suddenly and unexpectedly. I will miss him.

With his passing and the timely watching of this video I have been drawn to reflect upon "what matters most". Just now I sit here thinking of my Grandpa, listening to President Monson's words as I type, along with the wonderful sound of my young family in the background and am reminded so profoundly of what matters most.

Let us always remember "what is important and what is not." Let us show our loved ones how much we love and appreciate them. Let us cherish them.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Scripture Share: Word of Honor

Every Monday night as part of Family Home Evening we have a moment for a "Scripture Share" from our personal studies. For the last long time it seems that no one (my husband and I) has had anything to share and this is not because we aren't reading but by the time Monday rolls around the thoughts I had during the week have already slipped or I simply didn't focus during the week like I should. I hope to periodically share some scripture insights or thoughts or questions here on my blog to help me to remember the thoughts that I have and to share them with my family when FHE rolls around each week. I'd love to hear what you have to share from your weeks scripture studies as well.

This weeks scripture share actually comes from many weeks back in my studies but it has still been on my mind so I thought I'd start here.

As I was reading in Alma 44 I was incredibly impressed by a leader in the Book of Mormon who was not righteous but who had a very admirable characteristic - His word was his word. In our world these days this characteristic is slipping and often non-existent. Do you always keep your word? To your spouse? To your children? When you say you will or will not do something is your word as good as done?

In Alma 44:6-7 it reads, "6 Yea, and this is not all; I command you by all the desires which ye have for life, that ye deliver up your weapons of war unto us, and we will seek not your blood, but we will spare your lives, if ye will go your way and come not again to war against us.

7 And now, if ye do not this, behold, ye are in our hands, and I will command my men that they shall fall upon you, and inflict the wounds of death in your bodies, that ye may become extinct; and then we will see who shall have power over this people; yea, we will see who shall be brought into bondage.

So Moroni clearly states here that if they do not deliver up their weapons and promise to never come against them in war they plan to make them extinct. That is a scary thought. Now in our day most people would probably deliver up their weapons and say that they would not come again to war but all the while be planning their attack in that very moment. But listen to Zerahemnah's response in verse 8:

8 And now it came to pass that when Zerahemnah had heard these sayings he came forth and delivered up his sword and his cimeter, and his bow into the hands of Moroni, and said unto him: Behold, here are our weapons of war; we will deliver them up unto you, but we will not suffer ourselves to take an oath unto you, which we know that we shall break, and also our children; but take our weapons of war, and suffer that we may depart into the wilderness; otherwise we will retain our swords, and we will perish or conquer."

Even this wicked leader held his word in high regard. What an admirable characteristic. I think we all could learn from this scriptural account a little about keeping our word. It is such a necessary characteristic to have today. We all make covenants with our Heavenly Father. We all make promises to our children or our spouse. We all accept upon us responsibilities in church callings or within our communities. We all set personal goals and declarations that may only be known to us. In all of these situations the keeping of our word is so important.

As I thought about Zerahemnah I was reminded of the words of Karl G. Maeser:

"I have been asked what I mean by my word of honor. I will tell you. Place me behind prison walls-- ever so high, ever so thick, reaching ever so far into the ground - there is a possibility that in some way or another I will escape; but stand me on a floor and draw a chalk line around me and have me give my word of honor never to cross it. Can I get out of the Circle? No. Never! I would die first."

Let us all be more accountable for our word. Let us all hold our word in higher regard. We will become a more honest and covenant keeping people to God, ourselves, and our family and friends if we will always keep a promise, always tell the truth, always keep the covenants that we make, and always remain accountable for an agreemant we make. Let us learn from a not so righteous leader that our word is important.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Mormon Myths Made Simple

This is a wonderful video that simply explains and clarifies the many myths that are out there about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To watch more videos like this visit MormonsMadeSimple.com .