Monday, February 20, 2017

[sacred music]

Preparing a Sunday School lesson and reading Elder Oaks' talk "Worship Through Music" from October 1994 General Conference. 
Sacred music is so powerful! So grateful to have such beautiful music to uplift and edify us. Music can touch our hearts so powerfully. Here's an experience from Elder Oaks' life:

Last spring some of our children and fourteen of our grandchildren had a family outing in the mountains. One of our activities was a meeting to share experiences and testimonies. We gathered at the appointed time, but the little people were only gathered in body. The large spirits in those little bodies were clamoring for more of the exciting outdoor activities they had been enjoying. The cabin where we met was too small to contain them, and it seemed as if a dozen restless children and their outcries were ricocheting off the walls in every direction. Grandparents will appreciate the apprehension I felt at trying to sponsor something serious in that setting.
Suddenly the instinctive wisdom of young mothers rescued our efforts. Two mothers began to sing a song familiar to the children. Others joined in, and within a few minutes the mood had changed and all spirits were subdued and receptive to spiritual things. I offered a silent prayer of thanks for hymns and for mothers who know how to use them!

Friday, January 27, 2017

[fruits of the Spirit]

Sorry, my neglected spiritual blog. Just not enough time for everything I want to do. Life is busy, busy. 

I have always loved this scripture and decided to make a handout of it for my lesson. 
So often people wonder if they have the Spirit or not. The answer is simple: if you enjoy these sweet, fresh "fruits" in your life, you have the Spirit. If you have the opposite of these, you might want to repent and get back to enjoying these fruits again.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

[we find, they teach]

We properly pray for the safety and success of the full-time missionaries throughout the world. And a common element in many of our prayers is a request that the missionaries will be led to individuals and families who are prepared to receive the message of the Restoration. But ultimately it is my responsibility and your responsibility to find people for the missionaries to teach. Missionaries are full-time teachers; you and I are full-time finders. And you and I as lifelong missionaries should not be praying for the full-time missionaries to do our work!

If you and I would truly pray and ask in faith... we would pray with the expectation to act and not just to express—then the work of proclaiming the gospel would move forward in a remarkable way. 

Elder David A. Bednar
April 2008 General Conference
"Ask in Faith"

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

[October 2016 General Conference printables]

I'm updating the hallway bulletin board at church with quotes from the October General Conference.
These would work well as visiting teaching message printables for November as well.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

[selfishness never is happiness]

The horrible nastiness of the U.S. election made me think of President Hinckley's book "Standing for Something - 10 neglected virtues that will heal our hearts and homes" and I decided to reread it. How needed in the world right now are good old values and morals. I miss President Hinckley. He helped me so much in my life. When 9-11 happened, for example, his words and optimism brought comfort and peace to me. How grateful I am for him and his cheerful outlook on life.

I find it interesting that all religions seem to teach this same thing. I'm also reading a book called The Book of Joy in which Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu talk about joy and happiness and they say the exact same thing. Selfishness never is happiness. We are happy when we look past our own self and look to help and serve others.