Thursday, April 13, 2017

Who wants to study my 12 favorite talks in 12 weeks?

I am giddy with excitement! 

These 12 talks are from various places like conference, worldwide devotionals, and BYU devotionals. These 12 favorite powerhouse talks boost our faith that with God we can do impossible things. They emphasize the supreme importance of putting God and family first. They help us be excited about living in the last days, where we get to live our life missions to help the world get ready for the Second Coming! As a blogger, former LDS seminary and institute teacher and now a life coach, I'm all about helping people overcome obstacles and access God's power to reach their goals and live their life missions, and I've gathered some powerhouse talks over the years that are begging to be shared and change some lives!

Click here to join the Facebook group where you'll get a power packed talk each week for the next 12 weeks. 

Here is how it works for the next twelve weeks.

1. On Mondays I'll post this week's talk. I'll give a printable version that you can mark up with numbered paragraphs so you can easily reference them like, "Paragraph 16 was my favorite because..." I'll also include a link to watch the talk.

2. All week long until the following Monday please feel free to post your favorite takeaways from the talk. Ideas of ways to post:

  • Type a post with your favorite takeaways from the talk. 
  • Post a picture of your favorite paragraphs all marked up and notes in the margins.
  • Post a video of you sharing how much the talk meant to you and what you plan to do about it. 
  • Find or create a quote meme of a favorite quote from the talk.
  • Post a goal you set from something you learned in the talk. 
  • Share other scripture stories or talks or quotes that the talk reminded you of. Making connections like that is awesome! 
  • If you use the talk in an FHE lesson, please post your ideas and how your family responded.
  • Comment on others' posts.
  • If you're a blogger, you can blog about the talk and post your blog post here. 
  • No obligation to post in the Facebook group, just if you desire.

3. On the following Monday I'll do a Facebook Live video sharing my favorite takeaways, and announcing the next talk.

4. Some have expressed interest in a live study group. If you'd like to do that, feel free to post your desire here and others can join your group. With several hundred people, it's too big for me to facilitate a live study group online or on a conference call, but you're more than welcome to form your own smaller weekly study groups!

5. Please use this opportunity to spread goodness using the internet, as Elder Bednar and Elder Ballard have counseled. Feel free to share this group on your own Facebook page and invite others to join. Also each week I invite you to post your favorite takeaways from that talk on your own Facebook page. Just think, with hundreds (or thousands) of people studying and sharing powerhouse truth and light online, what good that will do!

Click here to join the Facebook group! 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Four of Satan's Tactics and How to Fight Back

If you want to win the war, you've got to know your enemy's tactics. 

Because his wicked enemy kept upgrading his war tactics, Captain Moroni kept upgrading his defenses. He sent spies out regularly to see what the enemy was doing. We can learn a lot from Captain Moroni.

Although I used to feel bored reading the war chapters (see around Alma 43-60) now that I see them as a symbol of our war today between Satan and God, I get excited to read those chapters! I even used two colored pens to mark the tactics of both sides of the war.

These are some of the markings in the war chapters of Alma. 

Here are three examples from the scriptures of God's light overcoming Satan's darkness.
1. Satan tried to stop Joseph Smith right before he was about to do something great for God's kingdom. It wasn't until Joseph called upon God that Satan left (See Joseph Smith History 1:15).
2. Moses was visited by Jehovah and then by Satan, and kept telling Satan to go away, but he wouldn't leave. It wasn't until Moses used the name of the Only Begotten that Satan finally left (See Moses chapter 1).
3. In this month's Ensign, Elder Larry Lawrence shares how in the New Testament Christ cast out Satan and then quoted scripture.
In all three instances, God's light pushed away darkness.

Elder Lawrence shares four of Satan's tactics and how we can fight back:
  1. Temptation
  2. Lies and deception
  3. Contention
  4. Discouragement
I like this quote about the power of casting out Satan with the word of God.

"You have the right to tell Satan to leave when you are confronted with temptation. ... Scriptural verses can become an arsenal of spiritual ammunition. When you are tempted, you can recite commandments. ... Scripture power not only intimidates Satan, but it also brings the Spirit into your hear, reassures you, and fortifies you against temptation."

Click here to read Elder Lawrence's full article in this month's Ensign.

Click here for a post about seven ways to overcome evil influences from Moses chapter 1.
Click here for a post about resisting the fiery darts of negative thoughts.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My new way of studying scriptures for a huge boost of faith!

I've taught and blogged many methods to "scuba dive" in the scriptures, but this is a brand new method that I've just been inspired to use. 

And it's so fun! 

If you'd like a boost to your faith, courage, and strength to do things that seem hard or even impossible, use this method. You're gonna love it!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Four Ways to Get More from General Conference Afterward!

Listening to conference is good. Feeling the Spirit bear witness that what you learned is true is even better. And doing something to act on what you learned is best.

Elder Hales said: "The greatest blessings of general conference come to us after the conference is over. Remember the pattern recorded frequently in scripture: we gather to hear the words of the Lord, and we return to our homes to live them" ("General Conference: Strengthening Faith and Testimony," Ensign, Nov. 2013). 

President Monson said, 
"The aim is to inspire the individual to THINK about, FEEL about, and then DO something about living gospel principles" ("Thou Art a Teacher Come From God," Conference Report, Oct. 1970).

Here are four ideas that can help you with the DO part after General Conference. 

1. Make a commitment to study the talks for the next six months.

Click here for the printable checkoff chart above that's just the right size for a bookmark or vision board goal. (Note: When I created the chart the only topics listed were from the women's meeting. If you check back in a few days I may have an updated version with topics by all the talks.)

There is power and protection in studying words of the living prophets and apostles, especially the most current words. My friend's motto is "A Conference talk a day!" It's easier than EVER to make General Conference part of our daily lives! The talks are already online to watch, listen, print, or download!  

We can listen while driving, exercising, cooking, cleaning, getting ready in the morning, or read online or on various phone apps. We can even read the actual paper Ensign when it comes in the mail, or purchase one from Deseret Book. Also, feel free to use this printable notes chart to help you gather your thoughts and favorite parts of each talk as you study them over the next six months. 

2. Set simple goals as a family of what you'll DO from what you learned. 

We like to have a follow-up family discussion after conference where we brainstorm what each person's take-aways were, and what they feel the Lord wants them to DO from what they learned. We did this Sunday night at the dinner table. You could also do it during family home evening. 

I like to start this process by reviewing my own notes with a highlighter, and jotting a list of possible goals for me and my family on a separate page. Then during our FHE discussion on this, I use my notes to jog our kids' memories and helps them start saying things they liked about certain talks. 

As people throw out ideas of what they may want to DO from what they learned, I write this brainstorm list on my journal, along with an initial next to each idea to note who said what. A dry erase board would be a great tool for this too. I add my own ideas from my summary chart that I want to act on soon. Then I read the list aloud, seeing if anyone wants to add more ideas, and invite each person to choose one or two goals they feel to work on the most. I highlight those. (It would be good to make some kind of reminder for each person's bedroom...we'll work on that.)  

This simple tool helps us follow up with the "do" part by reviewing, setting goals, and having each person choose one or two main things to focus on. I never can stick to only one or two. Maybe I would keep my goals better each time if I did! 

3. Have family home evening lessons from General Conference talks for the next six months. 

We don't use these every week, just some weeks. We like to buy a conference Ensign for each family member so we can use them during FHE lessons about conference talks, encouraging people to read and mark up their own copies. The printable summary above would be a great way to help family members choose which talk they want to study and teach when it's their turn to teach. 

If your kids are older (maybe ten and older) here is an easy way to teach FHE from a conference talk. 

  1. Have everyone bring their copy of the conference Ensign and a highlighter, or their mobile device. Encourage everyone to mark what stands out to them. 
  2. Have family members take turns reading several paragraphs at a time. After each person's turn, have them give a summary of what they read (makes them THINK about), and if they can, find a principle (truth)  we can use in life. 
  3. Once the whole talk is read, ask people to share their take-aways. What stood out? What do they think God wants them to DO with what they learned?  Invite the family to set a goal for that week/month, or individuals to set their own goals. Write them down on something to post where people can see it. 
  4. A great way to end each lesson is to encourage family members to bear their testimony of what they know about the topic. Bearing testimony invites the Spirit to testify to everyone that what they said is true. That's the FEEL part of President Monson's counsel above. 

4. Each family member can choose favorite quote memes from conference. 

These memes will be all over social media for the next while. You can already find some here and here. Let each family member choose one or more of their favorite quotes, and print them to place them wherever people choose in the home. Dollar store frames are great for this. This makes a great visiting teaching gift each month, using a dollar store frame where the pictures are easily removed and replaced each month. 

What works for you to follow up and act on what you learned at General Conference? 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Scripture Power FHE and Printable Quote List

Easy Five Step FHE about the Power of Scriptures 

1. Hand out a quote list and pen to each person.

2. Take turns reading the quotes as each person underlines the promised blessings of scripture study. Stop and discuss each quote as desired.  

3. Invite anyone who desires to share their testimony or a personal experience about the power of scripture study. 

4. Invite each person to set a goal to upgrade their scripture study. A good place to write the goal is on the top of the quote list, and hang it somewhere where they will see it easily. Ideas for goals include: 

  • Hold family scripture study every day.
  • A teen may set a goal to study scriptures consistently for 10-15 minutes a day.
  • Listen to a conference talk each day while getting ready for the day or commuting to work.
  • Listen to the Book of Mormon during exercise. 
  • Say a prayer before each time I study that I'll feel the Spirit teach me personally as I study. 
  • Start a scripture journal where I write about a verse that stands out to me, or write a question, and answers I find as I study. (See here for more about that.)
5. Sing the song Scripture Power, inviting family members to pay attention to the words of the song. 

Click here for the printable quote list. 

Below are the quotes on the list above. They're my favorite quotes about the power of the scriptures.

Linda S. Reeves
Coupled with prayer, the Book of Mormon carries the power to protect families, strengthen relationships, and give personal confidence before the Lord(Protection from Pornography -- A Christ-Focused Home, General Conference, April 2014)

President Gordon B. Hinckley 
Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will [read the Book of Mormon], regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God. (A Testimony Vibrant and True, Ensign, August, 2005)

I hope that for you [reading the scriptures] will become something far more enjoyable than a duty; that, rather, it will become a love affair with the word of God. I promise you that as you read, your minds will be enlightened and your spirits will be lifted. At first it may seem tedious, but that will change into awondrous experience with thoughts and words of things divine. (The Light Within You, General Conference, April 1995)

President Ezra Taft Benson
I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein.
1) The spirit of reverence will increase;
2) mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow.
3) The spirit of contention will depart.
4) Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom.
5) Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of 
        their parents.
6) Righteousness will increase.
7) Faith,  
 8) hope, and  
9) charity – the pure love of Christ – will abound in our homes and 
        lives, bringing in their wake
10) peace, 
11) joy, and  
12) happiness.
(The Book of Mormon -- Keystone of our Religion, General Conference, Nov. 1986, Quoting Marion G. Romney, numbers added) 

There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find thepower to stay on the strait and narrow path. (The Book of Mormon -- Keystone of our Religion, General Conference, Nov. 1986) 

President Spencer W. Kimball
I find that when I get casual in my relationships with divinity and when it seems that no divine ear is listening and no divine voice is speaking, that I am far, far away. If I immerse myself in the scriptures the distance narrows and the spirituality returns. I find myself loving more intensely those whom I must love with all my heart and mind and strength, and loving them more, I find it easier to abide their counsel. ... I find that all I need to do to increase my love for my Maker and the gospel and the Church and my brethren is to read the scriptures. (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, 135)

The Prophet Joseph Smith
The Book of Mormon [is] the most correct of any book on earth, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book. (History of the Church, 4:461)

Friday, March 24, 2017

"Life on Purpose" group mentoring program and SCHOLARSHIP!

I have a scholarship to give! 
Comment below why you'd like to win!

You may know that I've been mentoring people as a business for the past year and I LOVE what I do! I'm getting ready to start my first group mentoring program in a couple weeks and I'm stoked! We have a wonderful group ready to go, but I feel like there are more people who are supposed to be part of it. If you feel that might be you, here is a video that explains the program. Check in with God to see if it's right for you, and let me know if you have any questions about it. To get the two free bonuses, registration is due Monday. Whomever is supposed to be part of this, it will rock your world! Help you gain clarity and intuition about your life missions, set specific goals about it, have key assignments and accountability groups and systems to help you push past obstacles and reach those goals, and transform inside in the process! And the women already signed up are AMAZING, so this group will be fantastic! 

Program Includes 
  • Twelve weekly one-hour trainings 
  • Focus on three goals in 90 days
  • Power-packed habits and routines 
  • Key assignments and accountability systems to help you move forward faster 
  • Private online group for support and encouragement 

Available Bonuses
  • Girlfriends’ kickoff lunch and four-hour training catered by Chipotle ($397 value) 
  • Free sixty-minute one-on-one mentoring appointment with Becky ($200 value)
  • Your choice of Becky’s class for free ($297 value) 
  • Master Your Influence event ticket free ($227 value)   
When and Where
  • Saturday, April 8, 8 AM to 12 PM: Girlfriends' kickoff brunch and training 
  • Saturdays, April 15 to June 24 from 7-8 AM: Weekly online trainings

12 Week Transformational Program for $2400 
Only 997 with code PURPOSE
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About Becky 

  • Becky Edwards brings a unique combination of mentor/life coach, professional organizer, emotional release and energy worker, spiritual tools, health tools, and  intuition. Her transformation toolbox is overflowing.
  • Presenter and blogger with over 600,000 page views. 
  • Spoke at BYU Women’s Conference. 
  • Has overcame challenges such as depression, body issues including an eating disorder, focus and memory issues, and chronic chaos. 
  • Loves sharing simple yet powerful tools that help people upgrade and heal their thinking, emotions, relationships, habits, success, intuition and connection to God.
  • Mentored people in creating businesses, becoming mentors or presenters, energy and mood, getting organized, simple systems for eating healthy, gluten-free and dairy-free eating, from depression to freedom, upgrading money thermostat and income, healing relationships and marriage, moving from body hate to body love and gratitude, creating consistent routines, positive thought programming, forgiving self for past mistakes, increased connection with God and intuition, moving past obstacles like fear and doubt to reach big goals, moving up the levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, changing how people see and talk about self.
  • Coach for the students in 3 Key Element's Elite Mentoring program. 
  • Taught LDS seminary and institute.
  • Created a system of 25 tools of scripture feasting, 15 tools for power praying.
  • Happy marriage of 25 years, homeschooling mom with five children and three grandchildren.
  • Graduated from BYU studying parenting, marriage, and counseling.
  • Teaches several classes:
    • Overwhelmed to Organized: Don’t Let Clutter Bury Your Dreams
    • Food, Mood, and Energy: Ten Keys to Feeling Great
    • Relationship Upgrade: Healing and Connecting with Those Who Matter Most

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Seven amazing lessons I learned from this painting experience at our retreat


Oh. My. Goodness. This group painting experience is something I will never forget. 

If I get to take one earthly possession with me to heaven, can I take this one?  The video shares these lessons I learned from this fun, sacred, and symbolic experience. 

1. Each person is needed.

2. Every painting has an awkward phase.

3. Hand the paintbrush over to the Master Painter. 

4. Opposition makes the light brighter. 

5. It takes longer but the results are more beautiful. 

6. Stay close to the Master Painter, ask for instructions, and listen. 

Bonus lesson I remembered after making the video

7. With oil painting, you can have as many do-overs as you choose. 
Watercolor isn't that way -- once the paint is on the paper, it's there to stay. But oils can be scraped off, painted over, blended, and they take weeks to dry. Even years later you can go back and change things. What a powerful analogy for the Atonement. We can have a do-over any moment we choose. 

Here is a post about the retreat. 

Pics and Takeaways from our Retreat!

Wow, wow, wow. I just experienced one of the most AMAZING weekends of my life. The Powered with Purpose Retreat was powerful.

The feeling was electric. The women were powerful, beautiful, loving, Christlike souls. The presenters, activities, journaling, and discussions were inspired and inspiring. The healthy food was spectacular. Filled with epiphanies, answers to prayer, connections, healing, transformation, and gaining the clarity and power to take the next steps in fulfilling our God-given missions. 

The Presenters 

This is so cool -- five of our presenters were last minute additions! My husband Mike, Kendra's husband David, my daughter Grace with her friend Jacob Hansen, and Kim Davis were all last minute presenters that we added, and wow, am I glad we did! 

My first presentation was about how God can make impossible things possible for us, and how making our own remember list boosts our faith that because God helped before, He will help us now. 

Here is the beginning of our remember list of people in the scriptures and in history whom God made impossible things possible for. Next we had the women add to their remember list experiences from their own family history, their family, and themselves where God had made impossible things possible. 

Kendra Burton taught us about the healing power of art, music, the Atonement of Christ, and how we can all be instruments in the hands of God to bless His children. This beautiful woman who is filled with sweetness and light is a beautiful example of challenges sanctifying, refining, and purifying a person. 

We spontaneously invited Kendra's dear husband David to share his thoughts about how we chose into our challenges in the pre-earth life, that those can be part of our life mission like it was for the blind man in the New Testament whose mission was to show Christ's power, and that our Patriarchal blessings aren't just a forecast; they're a remembering of what we agreed to before. 

Grace Edwards and Jacob Hansen taught how teens can rise above the stereotype of lazy and entitled to living their purpose, reaching their big dreams, and changing the world. They let the women know of their youth mentoring organization called Lionheart Mentoring that believes in three principles: 1) You have a purpose, 2) No matter your circumstances, you can choose to be free, 3) You have a divine identity and it's time for you to rise to the hero you were born to be.  
My husband Mike wasn't planning on coming until the second evening, but surprised me by stopping by for a while the first evening. He also brought dark chocolate to share with the women! I asked him to share his perspective on living our purpose He said it comes down to taking small actions, one at a time, as God guides your path. I shared with the audience how deeply grateful I am for this man who has believed in me more than I've believed in myself countless times in my journey of living my life missions. 

My second day presentation was on overcoming the walls of negative thoughts that so often keep us from reaching our goals and dreams and living our missions. We learned a simple and powerful tool to overcome those negative thoughts, and three different ways to use the tool -- with paper, with your voice in the moment ("That was so two seconds ago!"), and a game with a sword and pillows!
Leslie Householder taught us about the power of our thoughts and words, and how to develop the rare kind of faith that she named her blog after. It's based on Boyd K. Packer's quote: “There is another kind of faith, rare indeed. This is the kind of faith that causes things to happen. It is the kind of faith that is worthy and prepared and unyielding, and it calls forth things that otherwise would not be. It is the kind of faith that moves people. It is the kind of faith that sometimes moves things. … It comes by gradual growth. It is a marvelous, even a transcendent, power, a power as real and as invisible as electricity. Directed and channeled, it has great effect.”. (“What Is Faith?” in Faith [1983], 42–43) Leslie shared this journal idea of writing your prayer requests to God on the left page and then filling in the ways God supplied those blessings on the right side, dating each entry. We learned many ways of documenting God's hand and communication in our lives this weekend! 

Leslie shared a cool science experiment where plants who received love or hate responded differently to trauma. A great visual of the power of our words.

Charlotte Varble taught us the power of connecting with heaven and being tutored in how to better hear the voice of the Lord. She taught about forgiveness and a simple system of taking inspired daily action steps, making\imperfect action every day. 

Kim Davis was another speaker who was added at the last minute. Our Saturday morning presenter had to cancel last minute, and I had a feeling someone at the retreat was supposed to take some of that time to present but I didn't know who it was. Kim came to me that morning saying she felt inspired to share her presentation of Eternal Warriors' principles of overcoming the "Satanic spin" and "chemical scale." She taught us that the real battle is to keep the Spirit, and when we have the Spirit we can win all our battles! 

My last day presentation was leading a brainstorm of the women's gold nugget takeaways from the retreat. 

Here is most of our list of gold nugget takeaways from the retreat. 

The Activities 

Group Painting with Kendra

The finished painting turned out better than I expected! 

Here is a video I did the next day of a handful of lessons I learned from this beautiful group painting experience. 

Yoga with Amanda 

Amanda also taught us the power of declarations and essential oils to improve our energy.

Declarations with Power Pose, and Sword Pillow Fight Game with Becky 

I blogged about the sword pillow fighting game to overcome negative thoughts here.  It makes a great FHE activity! And I blogged about the mentoring technique we used here. 

A team of angels surrounding someone in a moment of need is a beautiful and sacred sight to behold. 

This was one of the most beautiful moments for me. I love you, Debbie!

Group celebration for a breakthrough we all got to participate in. Sweet. 

Dream Envisioning with Leslie 

It cracked me up how the little kid in many of us got giddy when Leslie told us we could keep the brand new packs of markers! Hehe...

Visualization of Healing Relationship and Communicating with your Body with Becky 

Quote Journaling and Partner Sharing with Becky 

Gold Nugget Power Statement with Becky 

Prize Drawings 

The Amazing Food with Janet, Lana and Becky Wilson

Yay! We got some new converts to green smoothies, and the fact that eating healthy can be beautiful and delicious! There is no question that the clean, high frequency food added to the ability of the women to receive inspiration at the retreat. 

Thanks to our AMAZING women in charge of the healthy food: Lana, Becky, and Janet. 
Janet took charge of the food, and we gushed with gratitude for how amazing it was!

The healthy almond joy bars on the right were raved over! They are an adapted recipe originally from Green Smoothie Girl. The recipe is here on my blog. 

Just look at the colors of these gorgeous, healthy foods!

Eating outside in the gorgeous spring sunshine was a treat!

The Three Precious Babies 

This is my granddaughter Claire. I think she's quite adorable. So does my husband Mike. 

The Beautiful Women 

The Cabin 

We were all impressed with this 18,000 square foot beauty with everything you can imagine, including an indoor pool and hot tub! Here is a link to more pics of the cabin as well as rental info for those interested. 

My Family 

I loved having my family visit in and out of the retreat! 

The Before and After 

Two days before the retreat I spent the afternoon on the temple grounds receiving and writing down inspiration for my presentations at the retreat. I blogged about that sacred experience here. 

When I got home and read through the testimonials I sat there and wept from gratitude at how many prayers were answered, guidance and direction received, connections made, healing and wholeness felt, and people receiving just what they needed.

It was a joy and honor to create this retreat for these beautiful women, many of which I had never met before, and feel that it was more like a reunion. I love each of them!