I have been asked to speak at our ward's "Young Women's in Excellence" program next week. Our YWP is very creative, she is going to decorate everything in black and white... when I asked her the topic, she said, "Black and White, no gray"....
We really have to make up our minds as to which side we are on! We can't just sit on the fence....
It made me think of the song, "Whose on the Lord's side who?" And, the scripture from Joshua, "...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord"
I need some thoughts, scriptures, stories... anything to help with the talk... ANY SUGGESTIONS??? THANKS!
Today I have been reading and studying for my institute class that I teach tomorrow night. I ran across something that I really liked and thought I would share...
Doctrine and Covenants 8:2
"Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart."
We are taught of two major ways, among others, in which the Holy Ghost communicates with us, namely, in our mind and in our heart. There is a difference between the two. In a stake presidents training meeting in the fall of 2000, Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve explained that "heart" deals with general feelings and impressions,
whereas "mind" refers to specific thoughts and instruction.
In other words, "heart" is general and "mind" is very specific. He went on to teach us that an impression to the heart, WHEN FOLLOWED, will lead to more specific instruction to the mind.
Elder Scott used Enos, in the Book of Mormon, as an example. He pointed out that in Enos 1:3, tender feelings about the words and instructions from his father, over the years, sunk deep into Enos' heart. Then in Enos 1:4, Enos acted upon those feelings and left his hunting and turned to God in humble prayer. As a result, very specific teachings and instructions came into his mind.
I just loved that thought... I hope that we will ACT upon the feelings that come to our HEART so that more specific direction can come into our minds!
PS As I sat in the front room studying it was an awesome sight/feeling as my 19 year old son, Dallin who is preparing for his mission (leaves Dec. 7), sat in the office watching conference! I am so grateful for the gospel in our home... and for wonderful children who strive to keep the commandments!
I have a WONDERFUL husband who supports me in everything I do! He is a great father! We are so lucky to have him! I love being with him whether it is an exciting trip to Hawaii or just going out for a quick lunch... okay, I even like sitting on the couch watching TV with him! He is the best! We have been blessed with 5 VERY handsome, VERY kind, VERY competitve (haha) SONS! I have loved going to their sporting events and "cheering" them on to victory over the years. Time flies, I have learned to enjoy each and every day! Life is too short! I have been SO blessed! I have 2 beutiful daughters in law whom I am SO grateful for! They are wonderful and add so much joy to my life! I always wanted a daughter and now I have TWO! AND, we have 2 new grandsons who have stole my heart!!! I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love the youth of the church... trying to help them see the importance of EVERY decision they make! I currently teach institute. I love to play with my kids, GO TO THE BEACH!, garden, go to a movie, go out to eat, travel, and just go out to lunch with my friends!
"You will have significant experiences. I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things. Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you. Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experience." -Gordon B. Hinckley "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." -Robert Brauit "The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache." -Marjorie Pay Hincklely
"Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." -Majorie Pay Hinckley
"How did a nice girl like me get into a mess like this?"-Majorie Pay Hinckley
"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived." -Marjorie Pay Hinckley