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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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 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...

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Three Favorite Quotes about the Holy Ghost

Have I mentioned that I LOVE my current calling? 'Cause I do.

I teach the Gospel Essentials class in Sunday School. And I love it. 

With all my past blogging, seminary and institute teaching, and being an avid collector of great quotes and talks, it seems that every lesson topic reminds me of some great things I want to share. 

Today I'm sharing three of my favorite quotes about the Holy Ghost. 

Have I mentioned that I LOVE the Holy Ghost? Studying about, learning how to hear his voice better, and following his promptings? 'Cause I do. 

Personal revelation is my FAVORITE topic to study, teach, and work on in my own life. 

And you know what I LOVE? That our prophet and his wife Wendy also LOVE to talk about personal revelation! 

Here are three of my favorite quotes about the Holy Ghost.

President Russell M. Nelson

"Through the manifestations of the Holy Ghost, the Lord will assist us in all our righteous pursuits. … Imagine the miracle of it! Whatever our Church calling, we can pray to our Heavenly Father and receive guidance and direction, be warned about dangers and distractions, and be enabled to accomplish things we simply could not do on our own. If we will truly receive the Holy Ghost and learn to discern and understand His promptings, we will be guided in matters large and small.
“Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses—yes, the very longings of your heart. And then listen! Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with actions that you are prompted to take. … Repeat this process day after day… 
“Does God really want to speak to you? Yes! … You don’t have to wonder about what is true. You do not have to wonder whom you can safely trust. Through personal revelation, you can receive your own witness…  Regardless of what others may say or do, no one can ever take away a witness borne to your heart and mind about what is true.
“I urge you to stretch beyond your current spiritual ability to receive personal revelation… Oh, there is so much more that your Father in Heaven wants you to know. … In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.… I plead with you to increase your spiritual capacity to receive revelation. Let this Easter Sunday be a defining moment in your life. Choose to do the spiritual work required to enjoy the gift of the Holy Ghost and hear the voice of the Spirit more frequently and more clearly.” (Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives,” Ensign, May, 2018)

Sheri Dew

“The gift of the Holy Ghost is a gift of power. The Holy Ghost inspires and heals, guides and warns, enhances our natural capacities, inspires charity and humility, makes us smarter than we are, strengthens us during trials, testifies of the Father and the Son, and shows us “all things” that we should do (2 Nephi 32:5). No wonder President Hinckley has said: “There is no greater blessing that can come into our lives than . . . the companionship of the Holy Spirit” (Boston Massachusetts Regional Conference, priesthood leadership session, 22 April 1995; quoted in TGBH, 259).
“Because the Holy Ghost will show us everything we should do, it only makes sense to learn how He communicates—or to learn the language of revelation. Our challenge is not getting the Lord to speak to us; our challenge is understanding what He has to say (see D&C 6:14).

Parley P. Pratt

“The gift of the Holy Ghost … quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands and purifies all the natural passions and affections; and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires, develops, cultivates and matures all the fine-toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings, and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness, and charity. It develops beauty of person, form and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation, and social feeling. It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens, and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being” (Parley P. Pratt, Key to the Science of Theology, 9th ed. [1965], 101).

Click here for more quotes about personal revelation. 

Click here to join my free Facebook group Heaven Journaling 101. 

Be sure to click on the pinned post in that Facebook group for a 5-minute training video on how to do a "heaven journaling sandwich." 

Friday, April 27, 2018

My blossom principle: Contrast brings gratitude.

Why do spring blossoms bring so much JOY? 

The delicious aroma, the rich, happy colors, the delightful shapes and sizes. 

Yesterday, I kid you not, I took THREE walks outside to enjoy the gorgeousness! 

Springtime. Blossoms. Aroma. Nature. Fresh air. Sunshine. 

All of it is mana to my soul. 

These are the pictures from the three nature walks I took yesterday. The first was in the morning at a nearby park. 

I couldn't help myself... I am back outside for a second walk in the same day! I love that I have walking to go behind our office!

I took a THIRD walk yestrday, this time with my hubby and granddaughters! I'm addicted to the blossoms! They feed my soul!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Want blessings? Figure out what laws govern those blessings and obey them...

"Blessings are always granted upon obedience to the law upon which those blessings are predicated. I learned in doing surgery that all the prayers in the world could be undone by a single mistake because blessings are predicated upon obedience to laws. Therefore, if you really want a certain blessing, you’d better find out what the laws are that govern that blessing and then work on becoming obedient to those laws (see D&C 130:20–21)."

 Russell M. Nelson, Ensign, June, 2005

Monday, April 16, 2018

I can't get enough of President Nelson's talk on revelation - my favorite quotes and more

Ha! I cracked up when I read the headline from NBC News, from which this photo is shared. "Noted heart surgeon Russell Nelson unlikely to transform Mormon church as new president." Little did they know what a mover and shaker President Nelson is.

Personal revelation is my FAVORITE. 

It's why I created trainings about heaven journaling last summer. It's why I've collected countless quotes about the topic. It's why I'm committed for the rest of my life to get better and better at personal revelation, and to help as many people as I can to do the same.

So, of course, I was RIVETED at President Nelson's recent talk on personal revelation! 

Here are my favorite quotes from his talk. The bolding was added by me.

Said President Lorenzo Snow, “This is the grand privilege of every Latter-day Saint … that it is our right to have the manifestations of the Spirit every day of our lives.”4

Through the manifestations of the Holy Ghost, the Lord will assist us in all our righteous pursuits. I remember in an operating room, I have stood over a patient—unsure how to perform an unprecedented procedure—and experienced the Holy Ghost diagramming the technique in my mind.5

Hooray! President Nelson is teaching the whole church how to do heaven journaling! 

Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses—yes, the very longings of your heart. And then listen! Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with actions that you are prompted to take. As you repeat this process day after day, month after month, year after year, you will “grow into the principle of revelation.”9
Does God really want to speak to you? Yes! “As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course … as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down knowledge from heaven upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints.”10
You don’t have to wonder about what is true.11 You do not have to wonder whom you can safely trust. Through personal revelation, you can receive your own witness that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and that this is the Lord’s Church. Regardless of what others may say or do, no one can ever take away a witness borne to your heart and mind about what is true.
Listen to these urgings from our prophet to pay the price to get better at receiving and acting on personal revelation. 
I urge you to stretch beyond your current spiritual ability to receive personal revelation...
Oh, there is so much more that your Father in Heaven wants you to know. As Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught, “To those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, it is clear that the Father and the Son are giving away the secrets of the universe!13

Nothing opens the heavens quite like the combination of increased purity, exact obedience, earnest seeking, daily feasting on the words of Christ in the Book of Mormon,14 and regular time committed to temple and family history work.

If we are to have any hope of sifting through the myriad of voices and the philosophies of men that attack truth, we must learn to receive revelation.

Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, will perform some of His mightiest works between now and when He comes again. We will see miraculous indications that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, preside over this Church in majesty and glory. But in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.

My beloved brothers and sisters, I plead with you to increase your spiritual capacity to receive revelation. Let this Easter Sunday be a defining moment in your life. 

Choose to do the spiritual work required to enjoy the gift of the Holy Ghost and hear the voice of the Spirit more frequently and more clearly.

Click here to watch, read, or listen to the whole talk Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives.

Click here for more quotes about personal revelation. 

Click here to join my free Facebook group Heaven Journaling 101. 

Be sure to click on the pinned post in that Facebook group for a 5-minute training video on how to do a "heaven journaling sandwich." 

Click here to join my friend Jeanette Brooks' Facebook group of studying 70 talks in 70 days since President Nelson was called to be an apostle.