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Here's how the five steps worked for me today.
I just studied a recent conference talk "Protection from Pornography -- A Christ-Focused Home" by Linda S. Reeves. Here's how I used the five steps.
1. I printed the talk on paper to read and mark.
Since this is a topic I feel passionate about, and since I loved the talk, I knew this talk would be one I would keep in my file and refer to later, so it's worth printing it.
2. I marked my favorite parts.
3. I boxed in three favorite quotes.
- "I must testify of the blessings of daily scripture study and prayer and weekly family home evening. These are the very practices that help take away stress, give direction to our lives, and add protection to our homes." (I even wrote in the margin by this quote, "I felt the Spirit :)"
- "Filters are useful tools, but the greatest filter in the world, the only one that will ultimately work, is the personal internal filter that comes from a deep and abiding testimony of our Heavenly Father's love and our Savior's atoning sacrifice for each one of us."
- "It is OK if the house is a mess and the children are still in their pajamas and some responsibilities are left undone. The only things that really need to be accomplished in the home are daily scripture study and prayer and weekly family home evening."
4. I wrote this summary phrase at the top.
5. Here are the action items I wrote at the end of the talk.
It was a good reminder of goals I've set before. I'm recommitting to doing better with them.
Here is what action I took immediately.
I called my kiddos together to have a mid-afternoon family devotional. We had slept in, and missed our normal 6:30 AM family scripture study. So after writing down these action items, I took action right away. We sang a hymn, said a family prayer, and for the scripture part, I shared things about this talk -- my favorite quotes, summary, and action list.
Just like happens sometimes with family scripture study, there was grumbling and resistance at the beginning. But by the end, the Spirit was there and everyone was peaceful and participating. Aahhhh. I love that transformation. Touches my heart every time.
The icing on the cake happened at the end of family devotional. My 12 year-old son said:
"Mom, thank you for being strong with your rules... I'm glad you are."
Now this conference talk is imprinted in my heart. I know it. I remember it. I can tell you the main principles, the summary, and how I am applying it. I know it is truth because as I studied it the Spirit witnessed its truthfulness to me. Was it worth investing some extra time to study this talk more deeply?