Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I Love Winter

I really enjoy the winter. I'm not a "winter" person by nature (I grew up near the beach and far preferred it over the snowy days in the mountains), but after my mission and as I have gotten older, I appreciate the snow and the cold in a different way. I love watching my kids play in the snow and throw snowballs and build snowmen. I love seeing their little noses and cheeks turn red, and I love how beautiful the snow makes everything look.

The snow is melting quickly here, although I anticipate that we will get a lot more this winter. I'm hoping we do! (My yard looks horrible without it! Haha)

The first scripture that comes to mind when I think of winter and snow is Isaiah 1:18 - "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."

I am so grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ that promises us that WE CAN BE FORGIVEN of our sins. To know that they can all be washed away, that they can be "as white as snow" again, is one of the most beautiful blessings I could ever imagine. I hope that my children learn and appreciate the symbolism of snow through the winter season.

What is your favorite part about winter?

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This print goes with a set of three other prints: "I Love Spring," "I Love Summer," and "I Love Fall." Get one for every season!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Come Unto Christ

The 2014 Mutual Theme for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is "Come Unto Christ." The theme is based on the scripture: “Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness” (Moroni 10:32).

My stake is focusing on "Hastening the Work" this year, and one of the things they continually mention is that they want each member in our stake to have a missionary experience. The experience doesn't have to be baptizing someone, or even having a friend take discussions; they want each person to help someone come unto Christ. I am going to focus on helping the women I visit teach to come closer to Christ this month.

The youth theme this year is focusing on helping the youth to develop relationships with their Savior, and this includes helping friends and family to do the same. I am excited to see the youth in my ward and stake grow closer to Christ as they learn more about Him, obey the commandments, and deny themselves of all ungodliness and embrace lives of happiness, purity, and faithful living.

These two printables are more for the Young Women than the Young Men (probably a little too girly for those Deacons...), but they highlight the beauty and serenity that each Young Woman can feel as they come closer to the Savior of the world. I know that coming unto Christ is the best thing that each person can do, and I am grateful for the personal relationship I have with Him.

What are you doing this year to come unto Christ?

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Unshakable Faith

I think the Lord works in very mysterious ways sometimes. It seems as if we finally reach a moment where things seem to be going just right, then a trial comes upon us. Have you ever wondered why? I sure have!

Henry B. Eyring gave an amazing talk in General Conference of April 2012 called "Mountains to Climb." (You should see this powerful Mormon Message made from the talk here.) One thing he said in his talk is: "Now, I wish to encourage those who are in the midst of hard trials, who feel their faith may be fading under the onslaught of troubles. Trouble itself can be your way to strengthen and finally gain unshakable faith."

I really believe this is true. I believe that hard times give us the opportunity to test our faith. The more we rely on God in these tough times, the more we recognize His hand and feel of His mercy and love. Our faith really does become "unshakable" as we become the benefactors of godly miracles. God knows what He is doing–He is helping us to reach our full, divine potential. He is giving us a chance to think about, turn to, and feel the grace of the atonement of Christ. He is building us to BE godly.

How have trials helped you to gain unshakable faith?

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(Sorry, I originally forgot to make the download public! It should be working fine now. Thanks for all of your support!)