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MY FAITH

THE POWER OF PRAYER

I’ve always struggled talking with my dad in that I never wanted to go to him with struggles or times when I made mistakes. I just chalk it up to the fear of Him not being proud or letting Him down. However . . . Not Once have I ever forgotten the countless times he reminded me that I could talk to Him about Anything.

As I am writing this an insight came to mind how similar the feelings I feel when I would talk to my dad & when I have talks with my husband. In a pause of thinking about this It’s interesting how the mantle of the priesthood is present in the homes of righteous priesthood holders. On different occasions in speaking with my dad & my husband, I have a hesitation to even speak to them at all in opening up & being vulnerable about what it is that will be discussed. Every time I end up crying & a lot of it is I hate not being able to say what I want to say, share or express without getting emotional. But the light in that, is the special spirit that comes from a worthy priesthood holder to help in administering to a concerned, hurt, or uplifted daughter & wife. Having the influence of a priesthood holder growing up & now in my home makes all the difference in a home & in a marriage.

{TIME OUT}

Story Time- This one time the sister missionaries stopped by our home after a long day of tracking. We invited them inside for some water & I remember this one particular sister plopped in exhaustion on this big chair in our living room & said “Ahhh the Priesthood.” it was hilarious. But Honestly I have often thought about that instance & frequently find myself saying “Ahh the priesthood.” The Priesthood is truly a great blessing & really is the foundation for the spirit in the home. Strive to have the Priesthood in your home & in your life!!

{TIME IN}

My dad taught me what I consider to be the most profound lesson I have ever been taught & one that have an impact on me for eternity. At age four, my dad taught me not only how to pray, but how to communicate with my Father in Heaven. The love & assurance my earthly father taught me, not only heightened my relationship with my Dad; But taught a daughter of a higher power & a love that is worlds without end. I came to Know for myself at a very young age, of the existence of a Heavenly Father & His love for me because of how my Dad loves me.

For that I am indebted to my Father for Reintroducing me to my Heavenly Father.

A journal entry of mine I came across recently that I had recorded during a class a church was this,

April 13, 2014

I am grateful that my parents taught me at a young age how to develop a relationship with my Savior & Heavenly Father through their example. I know I cannot wait to teach my children the same, so that when I myself may fall short as a parent, as I’m sure at times I will . . . The Savior & our Father in Heaven can step in & be a comfort & provide guidance in instances where I may not be able to do so, for whatever the reason.

I am living proof that The Most Meaningful thing you can teach a child is The Power of Prayer. Reintroduce them to their Heavenly Father . . . He will help them with the rest.

MY FAITH

TIME OUT FOR WOMEN

Who’s going!?!
Its for all women & it’s not too late to sign up to come!!
I am so excited to FINALLY go to Time Out For Women. I have wanted to go for years & the time has come. I am so excited for the next few weeks I cannot even tell you…Women’s Conference, weekend after that General Conference, & weekend after that TOFW!! I don’t know if I am prepared for all of this upcoming spiritual craziness but I can tell ya one thing, I need it!!
So excited to be going with my momma & big sis not to mention some girl time!! I’ve been told TOFW is like a weekend women’s EFY. . . I Loved EFY. I cannot wait!! If you happen to be attending the San Antonio TOFW this April come find me!!

MY FAITH

CONFERENCE COUNTDOWN – SESSION 1

How is your countdown to conference going?

Here is my recap & some things I loved from the first session (Saturday morning session of the October 2014 General Conference).

WELCOME TO CONFERENCE- {President Thomas S. Monson}

Most people skip over this & I intended to as well but as per my goal I was going to read every bit of conference. So I did. As I read over the welcome President Monson gave, it confirmed my gratitude in the speakers & just this great conference where we have a rare opportunity to hear from an inspired group of individuals. As President Monson states

…All who have been asked to speak feel a great responsibility in doing so. As we listen, may our hearts be touched & our faith increased…

THE REASON FOR OUR HOPE – {President Boyd K. Packer}

President Packer starts with a story of when he & sister Packer were looking for records of an ancestor at Christ’s College at Oxford. President Packer continues in telling of the experience he had in sharing with the head of the College the truthfulness of the scriptures & how the standard works truly go hand in hand with one another & how they

…are a consistent, harmonious witness to the divinity of the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ—His birth, His life, His teachings, His crucifixion, His resurrection, & His Atonement.

He continues in providing peace in that

…Those who listen to & heed His words & the words of His chosen servants will find peace & understanding even in the midst of great heartache & sorrow.

Touching more on the subject of the Atonement, President Packer states a profound statement of truth

…the true success of the gospel of Jesus Christ will be measured by the spiritual strength of its individual members. We need the strength of conviction that is found in the heart of every loyal disciple of Christ.

If that doesn’t inspire you to strengthen yourself spiritually & to strive for pureness of heart, I don’t know what will. I love that. All I know is that I would want more than anything to be measured than to be on the out of that strength. Not solely for that needed strength but that I too need that strength in my life.

***WHICH WAY DO YOU FACE*** – {Elder Lynn G. Robbins}

READ THIS TALK! This is one of my favorites from this Session & Conference. I could go on & on about this message but seriously just read it!

THE SACRAMENT — A RENEWAL FOR THE SOUL – {Cheryl A. Esplin}

I loved this talk. (You will hear me say that a lot but its because I truly do!) This talk totally touched on & had me reflecting on a past goal that I work on every week in making the sacrament more meaningful in my life. Here are some things that stuck out to me…

‘One of the invitations inherent in the sacramental ordinance is that it be a truly spiritual experience, a holy communion, a renewal for the soul.’ -Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

…The sacrament becomes a spiritually strengthening experience when we listen to the sacrament prayers & recommit to our covenants. To do this we must be willing to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ.

“That means we must see ourselves as His. We will put Him first in our lives. We will want what He wants rather than what we want or what the world teaches us to want.” – President Henry B. Eyring

Sister Esplin midway shares a story of a Young Woman leader who set a goal to focus on the words in the sacrament hymns & prayers; making the sacrament more meaningful in her life & applying all parts of the Atonement as well.  A phrase that stuck out to me was…

…She was forgetting all the times the Savior helped her to be who she needed to be…

Reading this the other day this part stood out to me in a way I never thought it would 6 months ago, because six months ago I was fully unaware we would be moving & that there would be a loss of a child in our near future. Reading those words “the Savior helped her to be who she needed to be”… several times over I reflected upon this & I recorded it on the pages of my copy of the ensign…

I thought I knew the type of mother I wanted to be. I always knew the type of woman I longed to be. But in a short sweet time a loss taught me more about the Atonement & the woman I needed to be, the woman I can be, & the woman I am. I am eternally grateful for that little person & a lesson in Love that will Never be forgotten.

That was something in this whole process of recent trials I came to realize at a very spiritual moment a couple weeks ago, that I have been reminded of daily.

Continuing in Sister Esplins talk she quotes Elder Ballard…

“I am a witness,””That there is a spirit attending the administration of the sacrament that warms the soul from head to foot; you feel the wounds of the spirit being healed, & the load being lifted. Comfort & happiness come to the soul that is worthy & truly desirous of partaking of this spiritual food.”

Lastly she states a sweet image to think about each week when partaking of the sacrament,

Aaronic Priesthood holders represent the Savior when they prepare, bless, & pass the sacrament. As a priesthood holder extends his arm to offer us the sacred emblems, it is as if the Savior Himself were extending His arm of mercy, inviting each one of us to partake of the precious gifts of love made available through His atoning sacrifice — gifts of repentance, forgiveness, comfort, & hope.

RESCUE IN UNITY – {Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong}

Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong gave a beautiful talk in His native tongue of Cantonese, which of course & thankfully was translated into English haha.

{On a side note I am thrilled speakers are now able to speak in their native tongue. It truly speaks of the truth that everyone can smile & feel the spirit the same way no matter the language barrier.}

Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong related in his talk the story in the New Testament of the man with palsy, someone who was not able to move without assistance. He related this account to unity in the church & in life. Something that struck me was when he asked,

…Do we know anyone in our life who is afflicted with spiritual palsy, someone who just cannot come back to the Church by himself or herself? He or She could be one of our children, one of our parents, a spouse, or a friend.

That hit me especially the last word, Friend. I have seen my fair share of friends leave the church or feel inadequate in the gospel & struggle to return. Its been hard to experience that especially when I have been a physical witness to their true strength & pure testimony when it had been borne.

It made me want to just go & shake them & hug them & tell them I love them & so does Heavenly Father & our Savior. The realization that you cannot force someone to do something & sometimes all you can do is just pray. So I do, I have. Everyday I pray for those people who in my life I admire in or out of the gospel because I love them & think about them often.

FREE FOREVER, TO ACT FOR THEMSELVES – {Elder D. Todd Christofferson}

Here is another GO READ NOW talk. Seriously I think I will do a Separate post on each of these talks that I pretty much highlighted & marked up in my hard copy of the ensign. READ IT!!

RECEIVING A TESTIMONY OF LIGHT & TRUTH – {President Dieter F. Uchtdorf}

I’m not kidding when I say GO READ THIS TALK. If you truly open your heart to learning something or to be sensitive to the promptings of the spirit when you are trying to receive an answer, all of these will be amazing to you. But these three that I recommend in this session to GO READ just blew me away. I love blunt speakers who tell it like it is. I just felt that these linked talks just confirmed so much for me personally & were just so inspiring.

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Please I challenge you to Countdown to Conference with me. It does not have to be in the same way but do what works for you no matter your time allowance or restrictions. I know that if you do this, this upcoming conference will be unique to you! I have done previous conference prep things but I am being strict in myself to stick to the preparations I have made. I am in need of strength & continued comfort in my personal life & I have no doubt that the Lord is preparing something special for all of us as well as for me personally, that if I am prepared, I will not miss out on.

I am so excited for conference. I don’t know if I even have one person who reads this blog But to whoever this may come across, I love you. You are Loved more than you can even comprehend. Never doubt that. I will personally call you & tell you how incredible you are. Being receptive to the gospel & the spirit you can truly gain a glimpse of the Love our Father in Heaven & our Savior Jesus Christ have for each & every one of us. When you understand that your Heavenly Father & Savior are aware of You, Know You & Love you, it is easier to love others & see others how they see them. When you have that Love, it fuels a fire in one that has the power to change many through the light of Christ.