Tuesday, July 10, 2018

It's official! New business name...

(Note: I'm not sure why sometimes Blogger has these crazy formats that won't be fixed no matter what I do. But have appreciated Blogger as a free source for my blog the past handful of years, and I'm excited to move over to a new website!)

It's official!
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  • New branding, check.
  • New Facebook business page name, check.
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  • The website designers are working their magic, and soon that will be new too!
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

As evil increases so does a compensatory spiritual power for the righteous.

An old Chinese fable shared by Elder George A. Smith: 

“A man travelling through the country came to a large city, very rich and splendid; he looked at it and said to his guide, ‘This must be a very righteous people, for I can only see but one little devil in this great city.’

“The guide replied, ‘You do not understand, sir. This city is so perfectly given up to wickedness … that it requires but one devil to keep them all in subjection.’

“Travelling on a little farther, he came to a rugged path and saw an old man trying to get up the hill side, surrounded by seven great, big, coarse-looking devils.

“‘Why,’ says the traveller, ‘this must be a tremendously wicked old man! See how many devils there are around him!’

“‘This,’ replied the guide, ‘is the only righteous man in the country; and there are seven of the biggest devils trying to turn him out of his path, and they all cannot do it.’” (Journal of Discourses, 5:363–64.)

Quoted by Carlos E. Asay, "Opposition to the Work of God," Ensign, Nov. 1981.

Also, here is the source for the quote meme above: 

The Prophet Joseph Smith related from his own experience, “The nearer a person approaches the Lord, a greater power will be manifested by the adversary to prevent the accomplishment of His purposes” (in Orson F. Whitney, Life of Heber C. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1967, p. 132).

On the other hand, here's some good news. Elder Neil L. Andersen said:  

"As evil increases in the world, there is a compensatory spiritual power for the righteous. As the world slides from its spiritual moorings, the Lord prepares the way for those who seek Him, offering them greater assurance, greater confirmation, and greater confidence in the spiritual direction they are traveling. The gift of the Holy Ghost becomes a brighter light in the emerging twilight. ... My brothers and sisters, as evil increases in the world, there is a compensatory power, an additional spiritual endowment, a revelatory gift for the righteous." ("A Compensatory Spiritual Power for the Righteous," BYU Devotional, August 18, 2015, emphasis added)

Click here for a post of Elder Holland sharing that evil influences are real and that by using God's power we can cast them out.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Are you listening to the right voice? And a great FHE object lesson...

I've had three opportunities to teach this concept this week.

Now I want to share it with you. 

Here's the object lesson. Be sure to attach it to a piece of cardboard so your family members or students can't  move it around to reverse engineer it. 

Here's my little drawing of the watchman on the tower who can see what we can't see that is coming between now and the Savior's Second Coming. 

The city of Carcassonne, France. Elder and Sister Anderson spoke about this city and analogized it to our day in General Conference and BYU Women's Conference, respectively. 

Click here to join the free Facebook group called Heaven Journaling 101. Be sure to watch the video in the pinned post that teaches how to do a "heaven journaling sandwich." 

Tonight's worldwide devotional from President and Sister Nelson was a wave of spiritual power!

Oh. My. Goodness. 

Tonight's worldwide devotional was one of the most POWERFUL things I have ever watched. 


I invite you to watch it. And take notes. 

You'll be extremely glad you did. 

And if you're like me, grab some Kleenex because you'll be feeling the Spirit for sure. (The devotional starts at the one-hour mark.)

I really hope they release a transcript of this because there were so many AMAZING quotables. 


Click here for eight other amazing talks by President Russell M. Nelson, and 11 talks by Sister Nelson, plus their books. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Is God Remodeling You?

I first heard Elder Neal Maxwell quote this beautiful parable from C.S. Lewis when I felt deeply depressed.

I was sitting in the upper rows of the BYU Marriott Center, tears streaming down my face.

This morning I mentioned this parable in a training I gave. And I mentioned how remodeling always requires sacrifice and makes a mess, but it's so worth it to be remodeled by God.

Then I saw that the LDS Church had created this cute little video about the parable.

I LOVE C.S. Lewis for being so ahead of his time, and for this parable that came at the exact moment I needed it.

"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense.
"What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself."

- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: Touchstone, 1996), pp. 175–176. http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/webfm_send/75

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Wanna do a 90-day Book of Mormon challenge starting tomorrow?

Several years ago I started a 90-day Book of Mormon challenge group. 

Now that I have other things going on, Julie McCrite Cosgrove does a great job managing the group. 

She's starting the 90-day challenge again TOMORROW! 

Wanna join and share your takeaways with others who also love the Book of Mormon? This book has changed my life over and over. Let it change yours!

Click here to join the group. 

Click here for blog posts I wrote as I did this Book of Mormon challenge a few years ago. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

We reached a million page views, on Mother's Day!

Thank you, everyone, for helping my blog reach a million page views! 

And on Mother's Day even! 

It's kinda funny because I'm in the process of choosing a new name for my business, so this was a fun farewell to the name Purpose Driven Motherhood. I'm still ruminating and praying over the new name - lots of fun options!

Here was the count early morning on Mother's Day. 

Here was the count the next day. Thank you for helping us reach this fun landmark! 

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Yes, women can register too! I did!

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Three short videos for Mother's Day ... Get a Kleenex

The first one is "Just a Mom" from the LDS Church.

Next is "You Made Me a Mom" by Story of This Life. 

And last is a music video, "Becoming Me" from Matthew West, one of my favorite Christian musicians. 

Happy Mother's Day to my mom and all the wonderful mothers out there! 

And the future mothers too!

I know Mother's Day is joyful for some, and for some it can bring heartache. My heart goes out to you either way, and I love you! <3

For my friends who want to be mothers but aren't yet, here are a couple of articles that may bring some peace. 

- Are We Not All Mothers? By Sheri Dew 

- The Idea of “Mothers in Zion” Made Me Mad—Until I Learned What It Meant By Sharon Eubank, an LDS.org blog post published a couple days ago

Giving my webinar in pajama bottoms?

Haha! My daughter saw my outfit after I gave an online training this morning and showed me this picture. 

Yes, I am indeed dressed up on top with pajamas and socks on bottom!

Monday, May 7, 2018

I followed a prompting that saved two lives

Want motivation to do temple service? Check out these powerful promises!

Here's what we did for FHE last night. 

We did this same activity a few years ago, and It was great to study these quotes, adding a couple more, and reboot our motivation!
  • Divide up the quotes and have each person mark the blessings they found in their quotes.
  • Take turns going around the room listing the blessings they found in their quotes. 
  • List those blessings on a dry erase board if you have one. 
  • Then invite each person to choose their top blessings that they're most grateful for and circle those. 
  • We invited each person to ask Heavenly Father in a prayer and in their journal, right there, how often He would have that person do temple work and/or family history work. I got a clear answer, and I'm really motivated to get back to my former weekly temple trips that I love!! 

See how many promised blessings you can count...

You leave the temple better than when you arrived. 

"You'll leave the temple better than you arrived.  I promise." (President Gordon B. Hinckley, St. George Regional Conference, Nov. 14, 2002, in Deseret News excerpt).

“In the temple, the precious plan of God is taught. It is in the temple that eternal covenants are made. The temple lifts us, exalts us, stands as a beacon for all to see, and points us toward celestial glory. It is the house of God. All that occurs within the walls of the temple is uplifting and ennobling” (President Thomas S. Monson, “Blessings of the Temple,” Ensign, Nov. 2010). 

"I would admonish you to go [to the temple] often. The temple is a place where you can find peace. There we receive a renewed dedication to the gospel and a strengthened resolve to keep the commandments...experience the sanctifying influence of the Spirit of the Lord" (President Monson, “Until We Meet Again,” Ensign, May 2009).

“I hope that everyone gets to the temple on a regular basis. I hope your children over 12 years of age have the opportunity of going to the temple to be baptized for the dead. If we are a temple-going people, we will be a better people, we will be better fathers and husbands, we will be better wives and mothers. I know your lives are busy. I know that you have much to do. But I make you a promise that if you will go to the house of the Lord, you will be blessed, life will be better for you. Now, please, please, my beloved brethren and sisters, avail yourselves of the great opportunity to go to the Lord’s house and thereby partake of all of the marvelous blessings that are yours to be received there” (President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, July 1997, quoting Fireside, Lima, Peru, 9 Nov. 1996).

Temple work transforms our character. 

"In the temple, through the power of the Holy Spirit, knowledge is transformed into virtues.  A person who attends the temple regularly grows more patient, more long-suffering, and charitable.  He becomes more diligent, more committed, and more dedicated.  He develops a greater capacity to love his wife and children and to respect the good qualities and the rights of others.  He develops a greater sense of values, becoming more honorable and upright in his dealings and less critical of others.  In the temple knowledge is transformed into feelings of the heart, resulting in actions that build character.  Thus, the family is strengthened and the community is uplifted to the extent of his influence" (Royden G. Derrick, Temple in the Last Days, p. 53)

Our beloved new Ogden, Utah temple. We're thrilled to have it back in about ten days! Our son receives his temple endowment the day it opens, September 23rd in preparation for his mission to Paris, France. My husband and I were honored to clean the grounds before the open house, usher in the open house, and then walk through with our family and neighbors. 

Temple work brings revelation to solve problems

Prayers are answered, revelation occurs, and instruction by the Spirit takes place in the holy temples of the Lord” (President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, May 1988).

I promise you that, with increased attendance in the temples of our God, you shall receive increased personal revelation to bless your life as you bless those who have died" (President Ezra T. Benson, Conference Report, April 1987, p. 108).

I believe that the busy person on the farm, in the shop, in the office, or in the household, who has his worries and troubles, can solve his problems better and more quickly in the house of the Lord than anywhere else. If he will … [do] the temple work for himself and for his dead, he will confer a mighty blessing upon those who have gone before, and … a blessing will come to him, for at the most unexpected moments, in or out of the temple will come to him, as a revelation, the solution of the problems that vex his life. That is the gift that comes to those who enter the temple properly. (Elder John A. Widtsoe, “Temple Worship,” The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, Apr. 1921, pp. 63–64.)

“Elder Widtsoe pointed out that ‘whoever seeks to help those on the other side [through temple work] receives help in return in all the affairs of life.”  Can the temple’s lively powers affect our daily life and even our livelihood?   “I can think of no better preparation for one’s labor on the farm, in the office, wherever it may be, than to spend a few hours in the temple, to partake of its spirit and to give oneself unselfishly for the benefit of those who have gone beyond the veil.’  The temple radiates.  It sends blessings to both sides of the veil” (Wayne E. Brickey, quoting John A. Widtsoe, in 101 Powerful Promises from Latter Day Prophets, p. 103).

“In modern revelation, the Lord likened his house to a tower (D&C 101:41-45).  It is a perfect comparison.  Many of us have gone to the temple perplexed by some problem or decision and while there received even more than a prompting or even an answer. We received a grander view.  We saw we had not seen before.  We understood the situation afresh because we could see so far.  In the Lord’s high tower, we are not distracted by the stresses and confusion below. We are presented only with those things that matter forever.  The landscape stretches in every direction” (Wayne E. Brickey, 101 Powerful Promises from Latter Day Prophets, p. 103).

Temple work blesses homes and families.

The path from the temple to the home of man is divinely brilliant.  Every home penetrated by the temple spirit enlightens, cheers, and comforts every member of the household.  The peace we covet is found in such homes” (John A. Widtsoe, “The House of the Lord,” Improvement Era, April 1936, 228).

“The house of the Lord...has a major part to play in our homes. It cleanses, soothes, and vitalizes with its own special oil. The temple of God invites us and appoints us to keep progressing until we become like him.  And it endows us with power to do so (D&C 105: 11-12). There is a big difference between the home that is networked with the temple by service ‘as often as person circumstances will allow’ and the home that is orphaned by its mother home” (Wayne E. Brickey, 101 Powerful Promises from Latter Day Prophets, 102).

“There exists a righteous unity between the temple and the home. Understanding the eternal nature of the temple will draw you to your family; understanding the eternal nature of the family will draw you to the temple” (Gary E. Stevenson, “Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples,” Ensign, May 2009).

“Imagine that you are opening your front door and walking inside your home. What do you see, and how do you feel? Is it a place of love, peace, and refuge from the world, as is the temple? Is it clean and orderly? As you walk through the rooms of your home, do you see uplifting images which include appropriate pictures of the temple and the Savior? Is your bedroom or sleeping area a place for personal prayer? Is your gathering area or kitchen a place where food is prepared and enjoyed together, allowing uplifting conversation and family time? Are scriptures found in a room where the family can study, pray, and learn together? Can you find your personal gospel study space? Does the music you hear or the entertainment you see, online or otherwise, offend the Spirit? Is the conversation uplifting and without contention? That concludes our tour. Perhaps you, as I, found a few spots that need some ‘home improvement’—hopefully not an ‘extreme home makeover’” (Gary E. Stevenson, “Sacred Homes, Sacred Temples,” Ensign, May 2009).

“The ultimate purpose of all we teach is to unite parents and children in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ... that they are happy at home, sealed in an eternal marriage, linked to their generations, and assured exaltation in the presence of our Heavenly Father” (Elder Boyd K. Packer, “The Shield of Faith,” Ensign, May 1995).

“What is it that is more important than attending and participating in the ordinances of the temple?  What activity could have a greater impact and provide more joy and profound happiness for a couple than worshiping together in the temple? “ (Elder Richard G. Scott, “Temple Worship: The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need,” Ensign, May 2009).

Temples give us the honor of being Saviors on Mount Zion to our ancestors.

“[When we do temple work] for those who have gone beyond the veil...we expect no thanks, nor do we have the assurance that they will accept that which we offer. However, we serve, and in that process we attain that which comes of no other effort: we literally become Saviors on mount Zion. As our Savior gave His life as a vicarious sacrifice for us, so we, in some small measure do the same when we perform proxy work in the temple for those who have no means of moving forward unless something is done for them by those of us here on the earth” (President Monson, “Until We Meet Again,” Ensign, May 2009).

 "Now let me say something to all who can worthily go to the house of the Lord.  When you attend the temple and perform the ordinances that pertain to the house of the Lord, certain blessings will come to you: You will receive the spirit of Elijah, which will turn your hearts to your spouse, to your children, and to your forebears.  You will love your family with a deeper love than you have loved before.  You will be endowed with power from on high as the Lord has promised" (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 254).

Temple work brings angels to help us. 

"...Thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them" (President Joseph Smith, Dedication Prayer of the Kirtland Temple, Doctrine and Covenants 109:22).

Temples push back and helps us overcome darkness. 

"Every time a temple is dedicated to the Lord , the darkness pushes further back, prison doors are opened and light comes into the world." (President Spencer W. Kimball, Church News, Jan. 27, 2001)

“Every foundation stone that is laid for a temple, and every temple completed …lessens the power of Satan on the earth, and increases the power of God and Godliness” (President George Q. Cannon, Logan Temple cornerstone ceremony, 19 Sept. 1877; quoted in Nolan Porter Olsen, Logan Temple: The First 100 Years [1978], 34 in David E. Sorensen, "Small Temples-- Large Blessings"). 

"Brigham Young prophesied: 'It was revealed to me in the commencement of this Church, that the Church would spread, prosper, grow and extend, and that in proportion to the spread of the Gospel among the nations of the earth, so would the power of Satan rise' (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe (1954), 72). Our days are not unexpected days, and the Lord has provided for our spiritual safety and for the safety of our students. As evil increases in the world, there is a compensatory power of revelation and spiritual gifts given to the righteous. The Lord gives us added power as we are willing to remain righteous in a wicked world. ...The blessings of the temple are one compensatory gift to this generation. ... There is spiritual power in tying our youth more completely to their fathers" " (Elder Neil L. Anderson, "A Classroom of Faith, Hope, and Charity, CES Broadcast, Feb. 28, 2014). 

“Do you young people want a sure way to eliminate the influence of the adversary in your life? Immerse yourself in searching for your ancestors, prepare their names for the sacred vicarious ordinances available in the temple, and then go to the temple to stand as proxy for them to receive the ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. As you grow older, you will be able to participate in receiving the other ordinances as well. I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life” (Elder Richard G. Scott, “The Joy of Redeeming the Dead,” 93–94).

Prioritize making time for the temple. 

"...Attend the temple on a regular basis. Make sure in your planning that you include a visit to the temple as often as personal circumstances will allow. I promise you that your personal spirituality, relationship with your husband or wife and family relationships will be blessed and strengthened as you regularly attend the temple." (Howard W. Hunter, Church News, Sept. 24, 1994)

“When a temple is conveniently nearby, small things may interrupt your plans to go to the temple.  Set specific goals, considering your circumstances, of when you can and will participate in the temple ordinances.  Then do not allow anything to interfere with that plan. Fourteen years ago I decided to attend the temple and complete an ordinance at least once a week.  When I am traveling I make up the missed visits in order to achieve that objective.   I have kept that resolve, and it has changed my life profoundly” (Elder Richard G. Scott, “Temple Worship: The Source of Strength and Power in Times of Need,” Ensign, May 2009).

"My dear brothers and sisters, construction of these temples may not change your life, but your time in the temple surely will. In that spirit, I bless you to identify those things you can set aside so you can spend more time in the temple." (President Russell M. Nelson, "Let Us All Press On," Ensign, May 2018) 

Keep our focus on the temple.

"Some people want to keep one hand on the wall of the temple while touching the world's 'unclean things' (Alma 5:57) with the other hand.  We must put both hands on the temple and hold on for dear life.  One hand is not even almost enough" (Bruce C. Hafen, "The Atonement: All for All," Ensign, May 2004).

Go here for ways to get your family excited about family history and temple work. 

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Monday, April 30, 2018

My crazy family yesterday in sacrament meeting...

Me to whispering teens: Shhh....
Me to giggling teens: Shhh...
Me, Mike, and all three teens: The entire row giggling when one brother ties the other brother's tie around his armpit.
We notice two rows around us giggling.
When Grace and I sang in choir seats and Grace made the mistake to look at Gabe making faces at her: Busting up with giggles.
Lady standing next to Grace: Busting up with giggles.
Me to whispering and giggling teens: Shhh...
Me to neighbors in rows in front and behind us after the meeting: Sorry our teenagers were as loud as toddlers today.
Neighbors to me: No worries, we were noisy too. We get it. Smiles.
Me and Mike to each other: When they all move out, we'll be able to hear all of church, but we're really gonna miss this...