Sunday, September 29, 2013

General Relief Society Broadcast 2013 Thoughts

I'm not going to lie...I didn't catch much of the General Relief Society broadcast last night. I had plans to watch with my mother and sisters, but the stomach flu overcame me and my children, so our plans turned into crackers, water, and sleeping near the toilet. Not much of a glamorous or spiritual evening like I was hoping for. :(

However, I did listen to the broadcast this morning (since I couldn't make it to church either...dang flu! Go away!) and was amazed at the importance of the messages for me in my life right now. Note after note, spiritual revelation after revelation, I learned what Heavenly Father wanted me to learn this morning.

I loved the focus of making and keeping covenants. I loved that we were taught how to teach our children to keep simple promises to prepare to make baptismal and temple covenants. I appreciated how much love I felt from the sisters and from President Monson, and how reassuring their words of peace and comfort were. I learned that when I am struggling with loving or serving one of my sisters (in RS or elsewhere), I need to turn to Heavenly Father to ask Him what I should do; after all, these women are His children and He knows their needs.

Here are three quotes that stood out to me in particular this morning:

"We go to the temple to make covenants with Heavenly Father. We return home to keep them."

"You aren't tied down any more. You are free."

"Keeping covenants is essential for true happiness."

I have been experiencing some discouragement in my life, feeling like I will never have the true happiness that I desire. The talks I heard today reminded me that I can have the true happiness I want and seek for as I keep my covenants. I keep them, in the sense that I don't to anything "wrong" in my life, but I know I can magnify my talents and abilities and serve more and truly keep my covenants. I need to put my covenant-keeping as a priority and attend the temple more. I am not tied down by my sins or problems of the past; I am free to live the life that God has given me and achieve my full potential.

I know that our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, is a true prophet of God. I know that the Relief Society presidency has been called by revelation to inspire, uplift, and teach the women of the Church how to be more Christlike and more obedient. I know that the Spirit of God was present during the broadcast, and I am humbled by the things He taught me. I know that the Church is true.

What messages stood out to you the most during the broadcast?


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5 comments:

  1. I REALLY, REALLY love your printables especially since I'm the only active Mormon in my family. It's nice 4 me 2b able 2 still show them church related things & get likes & comments on my Fb account. My only question/suggestion is that my family has genetic eye issues & certain colors are hard 2c. If I had 2 pick 1 color that is hardest for us all 2 see I'd say that peachy/nude. Out of the 3 newest 1's you made the only 1 we can use is the middle 1 cuz the writing is in black. I've tried on past quotes to just not say anything but, I(we) REALLY love the Temple 1 this time & is there any way I can get it in another color? Like sage green, any darker green, any blue from baby/sky blue to navy? Or if you can tell me how 2 change the color w/o messing w/ your copyright stuff & still give you the proper credit. Sorry for the novel but, I just don't want my family 2 miss out on anything I can share even if they aren't going 2 church @ the moment I know they still believe. Your site just helps me keep them updated & informed w/o pushing religion down their throats. D

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet compliments! I'm so glad that my printables are appreciated and blessing your life and your family. I'm sorry about doing most of these prints in a tough-to-read color! I have updated all three of them to be darker colors. Hopefully that works better for you and your family! If you need any other prints I have created color-updated, please email me and we can get that worked out for you!! Enjoy conference!

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  2. Hello! I love your printables! I am homeschooling and would love to learn how you make these, so I can put some up in our school room! What program do you use? How did you learn how to make them?

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    1. Hi! Thank you! I took a graphic design class in college and have been obsessed with graphic design ever since! I have learned a lot from Googling how to do something and watching videos and going through tutorials. I use Adobe Illustrator CS5 and get a lot of fonts from places like www.dafont.com. I have seen pins on Pinterest that have tutorials on how to use online picture/quote makers, but I don't have any links off the bat for you. Feel free to send me an email if you have more questions!

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