Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Everlasting Beginnings

I'm pretty behind on my LDS Printables, but let me tell ya, life has been crazy around here! We are moving again (this will be the 8th time in the last 4 1/2 years), so my house is a tad bit chaotic. Hopefully things will settle down once we get into our new place and get unpacked.

In the meantime, please don't hesitate to email me or leave a comment of your favorite quotes from the April 2015 General Conference. I would love to hear the messages that stood out to you the most.

Today's quote is from a talk given LAST April (2014) by Dieter F. Uchtdorf entitled "Grateful in Any Circumstances." He says, "How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings."

Aren't you grateful for that knowledge, too? How else could we survive the trials and hardships of this life without this fact? I love knowing that NO MATTER WHAT happens in mortality, if we are keeping the commandments of God, I will with my family FOREVER. Everlasting beginnings...

How has this knowledge blessed your life?

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Gift of the Holy Ghost

Last night I lay awake in my bed, stressed about so many things going on in my life. I started to feel anxious, angry, emotional, and a little sad. In the midst of my mind running a million miles an hour, a gentle reminder from deep within stirred my soul, and comforted me. The Holy Ghost sent peace to my heart. My mind rested, and I was then able to sleep soundly and comfortably.

Elder Faust and Elder Wirthlin combined their thoughts into a wonderful quote: "...the gift of the Holy Ghost 'is the greatest guarantor of inward peace in our unstable world.'"

I am grateful for the gift of the Holy Ghost, and I testify that it truly does bring peace at the times when we need it most. I can't imagine life without this gift, and I can't imagine the fears and stresses that would overcome me if I didn't have the Holy Spirit's constant companionship.

I hope that we can all ask for and feel peace through the Holy Ghost in times of turbulence, and that we can share this knowledge with others.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Loving Words

Lately, I have noticed an unfortunate trend in our society–-so many people are eager to say something cruel, harsh, negative, or controversial. They want to be the first to gossip about, make fun of, or criticize others and their decisions. Especially with the ability to hide behind a social media profile, people are saying anything that comes to their minds. It is definitely a trend that I do NOT want to be a part of.

When I think about the Savior, I think of all the good and kind things He had to say. He taught truth and lived truth. He kept His mouth shut at times, reprimanded in love at other times, but mostly told people how much He loved them and desired for them to return to live with Heavenly Father. Christ spoke with charity, setting an example for us to do the same.

Next time you are itching to post a negative comment on a friend's status update, share your opinion about an outfit a certain person was wearing, or even speak with your children who may be frustrating you, remember the words of a familiar hymn: "Perhaps today there are loving words which Jesus would have me speak."

You may never know how much good you will do by sharing a kind and loving word. But I can almost assure you that you won't ever regret choosing loving words over unkind words.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Come Unto Christ

I love the Book of Mormon. One of the greatest messages that stands out to me as I read is the call for us as individuals to come unto Christ. That message was the youth theme last year, and I'm sure that the youth were so blessed by the teachings they received that catered to the Savior. As I study the life of Christ, I see over and over again how much He desires each of us to follow Him, be like Him, and believe in Him.

In Omni 1:26 we read, "And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved."

I love how this scripture outlines that coming to Christ is the way to have salvation and redemption. It also explains that we have to continue to believe, fast, pray, and endure throughout our lives to fully partake of His salvation. It is a great reminder that our faith requires a little bit of a sacrifice on our part--essentially, He wants our "whole souls." The more I have tried to offer my whole soul to the Savior, the more peace and freedom I have felt in my life, and the closer I have felt to the Redeemer.

I am so grateful for the wisdom and knowledge I gain as I read the scriptures, and I have a strong testimony of the love of Christ. I hope and pray that we can all grow closer to Him this year, that we may experience His salvation.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Rise Up, O Men of God

If any of you have followed my blog over the last few years, you probably noticed my 8 month absence from LDS Printables. My husband and I moved across the country with our small children for a summer internship, and shortly after moving back to finish school we had our 3rd child, a sweet baby girl. My time and resources were dramatically depleted by the new baby and by two crazy toddlers running around, so my printables and website were pushed to the back burner for awhile. I am just now getting back to a stable schedule where I can exercise some creativity and get new printables online for you. If you have emailed me or sent me a message via Facebook or left a comment, I am working on responding to everyone now. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

I often worry about raising my children in a society with ever-changing values, and although I worry more (perhaps) about my daughters, I also worry about my son. My adorable little boy is innocent now, but he will be exposed to society's skewed perspective on what it means to be a "real man." I hope and pray that my husband and I can teach him to be a "real man" in God's eyes: a man of God.

One of the first examples I think of when I think of a man of God is Captain Moroni. Alma 48:17 tells us: "Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men." Isn't that incredible? If all men were like Moroni, the powers of hell would be shaken FOREVER. But why? What made Moroni so different, so worthy of such a compliment? 

Alma 48:11-13 says: "...Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery; Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people. Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to defend his people, his rights, and his country, and his religion, even to the loss of his blood."

If I were to read between the lines a bit, I would presume Moroni lived the 13th Article of Faith perfectly: "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul-We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

Alma 48:18-19 also tells us, "Behold, he was a man like unto Ammon, the son of Mosiah, yea, and even the other sons of Mosiah, yea, and also Alma and his sons, for they were all men of God. Now behold, Helaman and his brethren were no less serviceable unto the people than was Moroni; for they did preach the word of God, and they did baptize unto repentance all men whosoever would hearken unto their words."

Along with my husband, these are the men I want my son to look up to as his heroes. These are the role models, examples, and missionaries that I want to teach my son to be like. I hope and pray that as my son studies the gospel, he will learn to be a real man--a man of God.

The hymn "Rise Up, O Men of God" invites the men in the world to unite together in righteousness.

Rise Up, O Men of God
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and soul and mind and strength
To serve the King of Kings.
Rise up, O men of God,
In one united throng.
Bring in the day of brotherhood
And end the night of wrong.
Rise up, O men of God!
Tread where his feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of Man,
Rise up, O men of God!
Rise up! Rise up! Rise up!

Let us teach our sons to be like Moroni, the sons of Mosiah, and the other heroes in the scriptures. Let us encourage them to rise up, to be better than the world, to value the freedom and welfare of others more than their own desires.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Belated General Conference Printables - April 2014

It can't really be the end of June already...can it?? I had so many plans to get these General Conference quotes up during conference weekend. Sigh. Unfortunately, moving across the country with two toddlers consumed my life for the last few months! Oh well! Better late than never, right?
I am very grateful for living prophets and apostles who guide us in this crazy world that we live in. I trust that they have our best interests at heart, and I trust that they will approach the Lord to receive the teachings we need in our day and in our time. I know that God lives and that Christ is the head of the Church, and that He reveals His doctrine through the living prophet. I feel blessed to have been able to listen to conference and learn more about all of the things I should be doing better in my life, and to restore my hope and faith in my Savior and His plan for me and my family.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the April 2014 LDS General Conference (in no particular order):

"Pure Christlike love flowing from true righteousness can change the world."

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Henry B. Eyring - A Priceless Heritage of Hope
"...you hold in your hands the happiness of more people than you can now imagine."

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Neil. L. Andersen - Spiritual Whirlwinds
"Families are the treasure of heaven."

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President Thomas S. Monson, quoting Jabari Parker's father -
"Just be the same person you are in the dark that you are in the light."

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Dieter F. Uchtdorf - Grateful in Any Circumstance
"Gratitude is a catalyst to all Christlike attributes"

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(I'm hoping to post some more quotes soon...but don't hold your breath. My memory is shot these days with my pregnant brain!)

What were some of your favorite quotes that I missed? I'd love your suggestions~!
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bad Days Will Come to an End

Hello friends! It has been awhile since I have posted a printable--sorry! Life has been so crazy and busy and full that I have not had much time to sit down and ponder on my next free print. My husband graduated from college and we moved across the country for an internship, so I'm in a new place with new friends and a new lifestyle, and I haven't quite gotten a routine down yet! A new friend of mine found out that I was the woman behind LDS Printables, and chastised me (humorously) for not posting for such a long time. So here I am again, with a brand new print and some thoughts on a wonderful talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.

In a talk given to BYU students in 2008, Elder Holland shared his thoughts, testimony, and feelings about Liberty Jail and the prophet Joseph Smith's experiences there. I don't know about you, but every time I hear or read something written by Elder Holland, I can feel his testimony. It is so profound and so real. I loved this quote about how our own "Liberty Jail" experiences can bless each of us:

"...you can have sacred, revelatory, profoundly instructive experiences with the Lord in any situation you are in. Indeed, you can have sacred, revelatory, profoundly instructive experiences with the Lord in the most miserable experiences of your life—in the worst settings, while enduring the most painful injustices, when facing the most insurmountable odds and opposition you have ever faced."

I believe that this is true. I have been in some of those horrible settings, and I have experienced some of the most sacred and beautiful spiritual moments and joys during them. At this point in my life, I am not living in a "miserable" experience, but all times in life can present their shares of hardships. It is reaffirming to me to know that I truly can still have amazing experiences and receive great revelation when life isn't perfect.

Also in this talk, Elder Holland bears a wonderful testimony, which is the quote on this printable today: "I testify that bad days come to an end, that faith always triumphs, and that heavenly promises are always kept."

I am so grateful for living and past prophets and apostles who have taught us the Lord's true gospel and way for obtaining eternal happiness. I know that God WILL keep His heavenly promises!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

All About Easter

Easter is coming in the middle of all of my life craziness: my husband graduates from college, we are going on our honeymoon (finally--we've been married for over three years and have 2.5 kids...), and we are moving across the country for the summer, so before all of the above happens, we have to be moved out of our rental and have everything cleaned. We are in for a lot of busy happiness!

I want to start to celebrate Easter NOW so that I am not too overwhelmed on Easter Sunday to truly worship my Savior. It is He that we celebrate on Easter; not a bunny, not an egg hunt, not decorations or candy or baskets; we joy in Christ the Lord.

Easter to me is about the atonement. It is about the resurrection. It is about the love that one divine Man had for me and for my fellow mankind--the love that was so strong and so powerful that it overcame death itself. Easter is a day to extend our gratitude to the One who gave it all.

I am so grateful for Christ and for His sacrifice for us. I know that He lives, and that we all will live again because of His resurrection. I am glad that as Christians we celebrate Him on Easter and have the chance to be more like Him and recommit ourselves to following His teachings.

(Having said all this, I still plan to do an Easter egg hunt and Easter baskets for my kids, but I will do those things on the day before Easter, not on Easter Sunday. What kind of LDS trinkets or things do you put in your kids' Easter baskets?? I need ideas!)

Have a wonderful Easter, and enjoy these two Easter subway art prints!
How do you and your family remember to keep Christ as the focus on Easter?

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Truth About Luck

With St. Patrick's Day just a few days away, I have been thinking a lot about luck and how to teach my children what "luck" really is. Is luck getting the right job at the right time? Is luck happening to win a raffle at a party? Is luck finding money on the ground, right when you need it? I guess each person can interpret these things in their own way, but many of them I feel are blessings that the Lord wants us to have.

"Luckily," I came across this amazing quote from President Spencer W. Kimball that teaches us the truth about luck:

"Remember also that if you succeed, it isn’t because of luck. Success comes from faith and work and prayer and from constant righteous effort" (read talk here).

I love that in President Kimball's description of luck, he focuses on us consistently doing the right things. I find that the "luckiest" times of my life are the times I am striving to be consistent in gospel living, which helps me to know even more that I am being blessed for my efforts. I can teach my children to be consistent in righteousness, to pray, and to trust that God will give them what they need as they are striving to live His will.

Despite my lack of strong belief in "luck," I never hesitate to say, "Good luck!" to friends and family...but I usually add in, "I'm praying for you!" (Hey, can't hurt to add a little luck and blessing both, eh?)

Happy St. Patrick's day, my friends!

What are you doing with your family to celebrate St. Patrick's day?

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fear and Faith Cannot Coexist

It is so easy to get discouraged, isn't it? For me, it is far too easy to fear the future, to fear getting through the day, to fear an event...anything! My family is preparing for a potential move across the country, which would take us away from our extended family and close friends and put us in a completely unfamiliar place. I have allowed fear to enter my heart so many times with questions like, "How can I do it?" and, "How can we afford it?" and, "Why would we leave this place where we are so comfortable?" I try to make a little room for faith, knowing that God has a plan for me and my family and that everything will probably be fine, but my fears push it out much too quickly.

In a talk entitled "You Know Enough," Elder Neil L. Andersen said, "Fear and faith cannot coexist in our hearts at the same time."

I know what he said is true, but that doesn't make it less difficult to push out the fears and have complete faith, especially when everything looks so uncertain or unfamiliar...or scary. However, I know there have been times in my life (my mission, getting married, having kids, etc.) where there were plenty of fears that could have overcome me, but my faith was so much stronger.

Maybe I just need to do things to gain a little more faith. :)

I often think about the apostle Peter, who once walked on water because he trusted Christ so much, but then began to sink because he let fear enter his heart. What made him stop believing? What was it that caused him to doubt the Savior, who was right in front of him? Perhaps it was a lesson to him, an opportunity to reach his hand out to the Savior and cry for help to save his life, which maybe we all need at some point. But wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all have as much faith as Peter started out with?

What do you do to keep your fears out of your heart so there is room for faith?

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