Monday, May 22, 2017

Scholarship Giveaway for Powered with Purpose Retreat!


Who wants to win a scholarship to our Summer Powered with Purpose Retreat? 

To enter, simply go to my Facebook page and find the scholarship post, make a comment below it of why you'd like to come to the retreat, and tag five friends who might be interested in the retreat too. Winners for a 1-day, 2-day, and 3-day scholarship will be announced on Thursday, May 25th.  

Click here for details about the retreat. 



And here's a video of my "why" for creating this retreat. 







Elder Stevensen's foibles... nobody is perfect, so let's not compare!



Oh my goodness, this had me laughing so hard!


video


It's tempting to compare ourselves to what appears to be others' picture perfect lives.

But this clip of Elder Stevenson's recent keynote address at BYU Women's Conference 2017 is so true to life, at how imperfect life really is, and that we don't need to compare ourselves with others' lives that may look perfect on social media. But now we know better. I love it!

Click here for Elder Stevenon's whole talk.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Talk #4 of 12 -- Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge, by Richard G. Scott

This is a series of my favorite takeaways of some powerhouse talks we are studying together in my Facebook group called 12 Talks in 12 Weeks.

Elder Scott has mentored me in many ways for many years, even though I've never met him in this life. 

I did have the honor of attending his funeral. When I get to the other side of the veil, I'm really excited to give him a big hug and thank him for changing the way I pray, the way I ask for and receive and record personal revelation, the way I teach, the way I study, the way I look for principles. I love this man, and love all that he teaches me! I have a manila folder collection of my favorite talks by Elder Scott. I'll likely keep adding to it as I study others. 





Talk #4 is Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge. 

Click here for a printable talk. 

Click here to watch the talk. 

Here is a video of my favorite takeaways from the talk. 



Here and here are blog posts I wrote about the importance for looking for principles as we study. 


 

Here are some quote memes from the talk. 








Click here you'd like to join the Facebook group studying and sharing favorite takeaways from these 12 talks. 



Monday, May 15, 2017

Mormon Ad Contest Entries and Winner! "Before tech...connect!"

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest! Here are the entries, and the winner is announced at the end. It was hard to choose! 


Tammy Zufelt- Thomas

These pictures I took at the Salt Lake Temple and Visitors Center make me feel so connect to Christ, and remember covenants, unconditional Love and acceptance, they tell me I am enough right where I am, and that I can continue to come to him and grow in Christ....(the picture of praying/scriptures is from the internet). When I saw you doing this, It prompted me to find this photo on my computer again and I felt so much hope when I did, it was something I REALLY needed this week, so thank you for the push! This isn't really Mormon ad(ish) but it was a nice reminder to me anyway. Can't wait to see what others do, and see who wins your lovely gift!
Oléa Gough

Becky Edwards, I love your slogan about connecting with God before anything else! As I thought about what spending time in my scriptures does for me more than any social media or technology can do I just kept thinking how as I read and pray and spend time with Him it's like getting a heavenly hug. My scriptures are like love letters to me. They are a way I can connect with Him and open up a conduit for Him to connect with me. Suddenly I remembered this picture that someone posted last week (sorry, I can't remember who it was) but I think it is the PERFECT image to go with your slogan! I'm so grateful to the woman who shared it because it has lingered in my mind since the time I saw it.



Suqi Zheng


This was when my son almost one year old.He is such a laughing and happy boy.I think life should be like that, always feel happy and smile even life is full of all the challenges.







Susan Chamberlain 
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Cloe Jones





Jasmine Turner







I chose two winners...

Oléa Gough




and Jasmine Turner





Congratulations Olea and Jasmine! You'll each be receiving an oil lamp from Jerusalem!



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Celebrating Mother's Day with Recent Family Pics

I'm a photo girl. Everyone who knows me well knows I love taking pictures. I spent some time on Mother's Day enjoying recent family pics and gathering them into a blog post that celebrates family. Since our eldest child, Malia, is going through a divorce, she and her girls moved in a couple months ago, and these pics are from the last couple months.


I told Mike he gets Grandpa of the Year award for this! He babysat the three grand daughters so we could attend the temple, and walked them several blocks for an errand at Wal-mart. At the temple I kept finding myself smiling thinking of this adorable scene. 

Watching my teenage boys love their cute nieces melts my heart! 

Malia and the girlies


Gabe's 15th birthday

Hyrum's 15th birthday. Many people don't believe they're twins because they look so different!

Acting out singing "Once There Was a Snowman." 

Quick road trip to see Adam perform in BYU-Idaho Chamber Choir
Watching General Conference

General Conference 


Family devotional!

Grandma cooking lessons! 

Family dinner!

Family dishes dance party!

Watching Adam sing at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square 

Singing Happy Birthday to Zia on her fourth birthday
  
Gabe is a fun ballroom dancer! 

My parents took the girls to their ward fund raiser carnival for face painting and games
  
Picnic lunch in the backyard

Dropping off Gabe at Elevation, a leadership camp in Southern Utah 
 
Grace's 18th birthday party at our favorite Chines restaurant, The Mandarin in Bountiful, Utah 









Malia and I attended a Simply Divine Eating retreat at Bear Lake 



Malia giving me a back rub at the retreat.

This little cutie pie was a heart melter at the retreat. I love that she has smiley eyes when she smiles like her grandma! 
Me with the grand daughters before speaking at a young adult fireside in Provo

Malia and the girlies 

Malia teaching the girls to make probiotic water kefir

Grace presented at a Female Entrepreneur Conference at Thanksgiving Point the day before her 18th birthday!

Grace takes a selfie with little Claire every morning! She has lived with us from being two months old and is now four months old, so it's fun that she has a daily log of her growth. 

Mike and Grace both gave short presentations at my first Powered with Purpose retreat in Utah County. 

Baby Claire on Mother's Day 
Papa on Mother's Day