Thursday, June 27, 2013

Don't Give Up What You Most Want in Life

Elder Richard G. Scott gave an amazing talk called "Jesus Christ, Our Redeemer" back in 1997. He spoke about how it is only through Jesus Christ that we can have true happiness in this life and in eternity. If we keep His commandments, repent, get baptized, and endure to the end, we will find true happiness--TRUE happiness, not a shallow replica.

Eternal happiness is a concept that I find is difficult for some of us to understand. We think we are truly happy in this life (and maybe we are, in some ways), but because of the choices we are making, we are sacrificing eternal blessings that could be ours. Drinking alcohol may make someone happy now, but it prevents that person from entering the temple and making covenants with God so that their family can be together forever.

Elder Scott said in his talk, "Don’t give up what you most want in life for something you think you want now."

This is my own personal struggle today--giving up something now in order to secure blessings in the future. Sometimes it is hard to push aside the things that seem important "now" for things that are eternal, but it is so essential to our happiness! I know that I am happier when I put aside the things of "now" for the things of the future.

Yesterday I thought that getting some tasks done was more important than studying the scriptures more fully or spending time with my kids--was I right? Probably not. In fact, I know it was not the right choice because of how I felt afterward. I did not feel fulfilled, but felt emptier. I missed out on far greater things (playing with my children, the chance to make my husband laugh, learning more about our Savior's plan of happiness) because I was selfishly trying to accomplish things that didn't matter.

Don’t give up what you most want in life for something you think you want now. I'm living by this from now on.

What can you give up "now" to get what you want most in life?

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Monday, June 24, 2013

No Challenge Too Difficult With Faith

Challenges are everywhere. We are counseled to have faith in God during our trials. Faith is a choice, and it must be sought after and developed. Thus, we are responsible for our own faith. We are also responsible for our lack of faith. The choice is yours.

I’d like to share an example of a woman who is exercising her faith—she is choosing to have faith:

While serving in Iowa, my husband trained a missionary named Dallin, and Dallin was a wonderful guy. Not only was he an exceptional missionary, but he was humble and fun and made everyone around him happy. He married his long-time sweetheart, Amy, this past November, and Ivan and I were privileged to be at their sealing. It was a beautiful ceremony, and the love that Dallin and Amy had for one another was evident.

Unfortunately, tragedy fell upon their family. Just a week or two after finding out they were expecting their first child, Dallin was critically injured in a car accident. This was a few weeks ago. He was placed in an induced coma and the doctors were unsure if he would survive.

This horrible event could have crushed the faith of Amy and their extended families. But instead of asking questions like, “Why has God abandoned us?” or, “How could a loving God let such bad things happen to such a good person?” they turned to their faith to get them through their trial. Amy has sat by Dallin’s side with extreme faith and confidence that her husband will survive. She has prayed, born her testimony, and tried to share uplifting stories about Dallin with all of her friends and family. She trusts that the Lord will heal him and so she is acting in faith. She is not passively waiting by, but she is moving forward as if the Lord has already granted her the miracle she so desperately desires.

Because of her faith and the faith of friends and family (and even thousands of strangers), Dallin is making incredible progress. He is not only awake from his coma, but he is improving miraculously. He is able to play the piano a bit, talk more, remember more, and do a lot more physically. Dallin still has a long way to go to reach a full recovery, but he is astounding everyone around him.

My friends, I have no doubt that much of his recovery is due to the faith of his wife. She knows the power of the Atonement and knows that only Christ can heal us on this earth. Doubt, fear, or anger would not bring her or her husband the peace or miracles they need, and so she avoids them. She has a positive attitude, prays constantly, and keeps her covenants.

Amy is exercising her faith. She is choosing to have faith. We can make the same choice every day.

President Gordon B. Hinckley said, "There is no obstacle too great, no challenge too difficult, that we cannot meet with faith."

Amy and Dallin are great examples of living this quote, and inspire me to be better. To hear their story and see Dallin's progress, please follow them at

How has faith helped you overcome a trial in your life?

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Monday, June 17, 2013

4th of July Party Printables and Thoughts About Freedom

Have you found and visited the "I Dig Pinterest" blog yet? My friend, Christine, gathers ideas that she likes from Pinterest and then tries them out with her family. She posts her results, recipes, ideas, and creations there every week. Christine asked me to design some party printables for her readers and followers to help celebrate the 4th of July, so I created some cupcake toppers, a few food tent labels, and a banner that says "Let Freedom Ring" that you can print and decorate with--for FREE! Check out Christine's original post here to see some other creative ideas for the cupcake toppers! Her ideas are so cute!

I think the 4th of July is such a great holiday. Besides the fact that my husband gets the day off to spend with the family, it's a fantastic reminder of the freedoms and liberties that my family and I get to enjoy as citizens of the United States of America. We have the privilege to work, worship however we'd like, and have safety and protection in the towns and cities we live in.

Freedom is something that our Heavenly Father wants each of His children to have. The scriptures teach us that the Spirit of God is the spirit of freedom (Alma 61:15) and that if we follow Christ, we will be a free people (D&C 38:22). Moroni gloried in the freedom of his country (Alma 48:11), because he knew that his people would be more righteous and closer to Christ if they were able to have the freedom to worship. Many righteous people in the scriptures fought for their freedom, as well as soldiers who have fought for the freedoms in our time.

I am grateful for freedom. I am grateful for the independence of our beautiful country. Let freedom ring!

What are you doing to celebrate the 4th of July with your family?

My good friend already printed her banner and hung it on her mantel!

 Download all of the 4th of July party printables here!
(The printables are in .pdf format)

Let me know what you think, and feel free to share links to photos or posts about how you used these! Also, would you like to see more party printables? Leave me a comment below! And don't forget to check out the "God Bless America" free 4th of July print here.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

God Bless America

God Bless America. What more can I say? I desire the blessings of my Heavenly Father to be poured out upon this land that I live in and love. I pray for the safety of my country, as well as the safety of other countries. The USA is not above the rest--we know that all men are created equal. Safety, liberty, and happiness should be granted to all citizens in whatever land they may live in.

I am grateful that our Founding Fathers believed in God and implemented freedoms in the Constitution that have allowed me to worship as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that they were inspired men. I pray that our political leaders will remember the freedoms that we were given because of faith in God, and pray that God's name will never be removed from our hearts as Americans.

How has the freedom to worship blessed your life?

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