Saturday, February 14, 2009
My Valentine message to you!
As many of you know through being dedicated readers of my blog and reading my profile, I am serving as a missionary for the LDS Addiction Recovery Program. I wanted to share with you my greatest Valentine of the day. This entire day has been filled with kind words and sweet expressions of love from different members of my family. My husband and I started off our day enjoying breakfast together at a restaurant. At Lunchtime, two of my husbands sisters and their spouses & a niece and my husband and I met for lunch together. One traveled from Idaho and one came down from Salt Lake. This evening, one of our children and her family also drove about an hour just to be able to spend a few moments with us for an hour or two before my husband and I had to leave for the evening, because tonight, yes, Valentine evening, my husband and I served as missionaries in one of the Addiction Recovery meetings in the Salt Lake area.
I have to say that tonight was one of the most wonderful meetings I have been to, serving as a missionary. Really good people who have simply made some mistakes, gathered in this meeting and shared the thoughts and feelings that were in their hearts. Hurt, sadness, pain and suffering were shared by everyone there, but in the air, there was still an overwhelming feeling of hope, and that came from our Savior Jesus Christ. As I looked around the room, I saw the faces of our Heavenly Fathers children who jumped for joy at the opportunity of coming to earth in the pre-existence, but after having been here on this earth for many years, have lived some hard and difficult lives. Every participant at this meeting were there because they had the hope in Christ... that His atonement would get them through one more day of sobriety. They suffer, and hope one day at a time.
Throughout this meeting, I was filled with an overwhelming love for these brothers and sisters. All of us come from the very same Heavenly Father, and began our journey in the very same way. It isn't until we arrive on this earth that we even had a clue as to where our paths would lead us and just how difficult the journey ahead mnight be. Some of us stayed on the straight and narrow path, and others took diversions along the way. No matter the diversions some people have taken, or the mistakes that they have made, I still couldn't help but feel such a love and compassion for them. I couldn't help but wonder if this love I was feeling is similar to what our Heavenly Father has for each and every one of his children. I believe that He wants everyone of us back with Him one day. I can't help but feel that He hurts when we hurt, and He morns when He sees His children fall. I also think He must cry tears of joy when He sees his once fallen children, lift themselves up, brush themselves off, repent and start back on their life's journey once again.
Love is what Valentines day is all about, and today for me has been a day jam packed full of love in so many different ways. Family is the best and service is what make this love so sweet, because if we had not been giving service as missionaries to night, we wouldn't have been able to feel such a warm feeling of love that was created through the presence of the Spirit. What a blessing it is to be able to feel the Spirit. I love it and being a missionary is the best! I hope that all of you will have the opportunity to serve a mission for yourself one day. You see, you think you are doing it for the benefit of others, but the blessings and love come back to you ten fold. We are all one big family and family is what life is all about.
One more quick note for those of you who don't know and because this blog post is about this subject.... I also have a blog called "Needing Help with Addiction?" located at http://needinghelpwithaddiction.blogspot.com/ I created it as sort of an extension of the service for those who are either suffering from Addictions or for family and friends of Addicts in particular in areas where they don't have access to this wonderful program of the LDS Church. (This blog isn't in any way an official part of my missionary calling, but I just do it myself to help others who might need it.) I share a weekly message on the particular step we are studying in the Addiction Recovery program guide, and I have lots of helpful resources and links, as well as reading material. If you or anyone you know are struggling with addictions, first go to LDS.org under Home and Family, then to Marriage, Famiy and individual Counseling and then under Addiction recovery program or go directly to this link.... http://www.providentliving.org/content/display/0,11666,6629-1-3414-1,00.html For more inforation and help then you could send them to my blog.
General Conference Talks
General Conference Reports
Proceedings of Recent General Conferences
What shall we give?
An Apostles Easter Thoughts on Christ
This short video is an Important message from the mouths of our Prophets!
July 6 - Pioneer Cooking
Click on this link to take you to the Pioneer Recipes:
I was also thinking that if you were to copy some of these recipes and print them off, that might be a fun handout for the Sisters you Visit Teach!
July 2nd - Diana Lucina Spicer Block
Visiting Teaching Tips, handouts and Ideas
For many years, I have been creating very cute and fun things to take to the ladies I Visit Teach. I have shared from time to time, my ideas with others and they have really appreciated them. I decided that since I do these anyway, I would start doing one every month and then post it on this blog to share with anyone for their Visiting Teaching. I do need to make a disclaimer.... the ideas, thoughts, stories, graphics etc. used are created by me and they are not in any way official LDS Church quotes, handouts or ideas. They are my creations or others as noted, except for the quotes that will come directly from the Monthly Visiting Teaching message found in the Ensign. Also, many thanks to the talented designers of the digital paper and elements that I use to create the beautiful artwork, and handouts you see on my blog.
You can go to http://www.lds.org/ and look up and even print the monthly message if you do not have your own Ensign magazine subscription in English or to choose to read the Liahona or Ensign in a different language go to http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=03103c7ff44f2010VgnVCM1000001f5e340aRCRD&locale=0.
For Spanish you can go to http://www.sud.org.es/
I highly recommend you get your own subscription because you will find a wealth of really good & wholesome, moral reading, that you can't find anywhere else. If you go to http://www.lds.org/ and click on "Gospel Library" then click on "Magazines" you can order your own Ensign, Liahona, New Era, or Friend magazines.
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"Returning to the Past" A Relief Society Activity Idea
I just found your blog. It is so great. I love the idea of the Hearts of Angels. I am trying to figure out how we can use it for our VT conference and incorporate some of the things for our VT interviews. I am a new R/S president and all these things we have to do throughout the year are a little overwhelming. I love all of you ideas. So much work involved, thank you for being willing to share with all of us! I would love anything else you could pass my way.
WE had the thought earlier to use a theme of "Returning to the past" for our activities this year. So all of your old-fashioned pictures will be great to use as invites and handouts.
You might be interested in the idea we had for our B-Day dinner. We always have a progressive dinner in December to the homes of different sisters. We divide them up into about 5 smaller groups and go around to the different sisters homes in the ward. Because of the weather we cancelled it and had it at the church. We decided to do it for our B-Day dinner instead when the weather would be better. We are having the women bring a sack lunch with them and to wear something old, like a grandmothers broach or shawl, or to dress up in the time of the 1800's, and to bring a pint jar with a lid. We will have the sisters make lemonade at the first house and take with them in the jar that they brought, and then go to the next house. At the last house we will have and old fashioned cake to serve like apple walnut cake or something like that.
We still have some details to work out but at the end each member of the presidency will be at a different home and will share a prepared script. It will be written as if they were at the very first R/S meeting when the prophet Joseph Smith organized the R/S with just a handful of women.
Anyway, thank you for sharing what you have! You have a great talent!
Stacey McClellan - Blackfoot, Idaho
SELF RELIANT SISTERS BLOG HAS A GREAT ACTIVITY ABOUT GARDENING WITH KIDS - go to http://selfreliantsisters.blogspot.com/ It is well worth the time and a terriffic idea as Spring is just around the corner! Here is a tiny bit of information that you will see at the site.....
Gardening with Kids has great tips on getting kids started with gardening. Give your child some space; literally! Kids loving having spaces that are all their own, whether it`s their own desk area in the house, or the tent they've created with chairs and blankets in the family room. The same is true for gardening. Dedicate a small plot of the garden just for them. Put a fancy border around it, perhaps purchase one of the stepping stone making kits found at crafts stores in which they can mold their name and make their hand print.
Let them join you at the nursery. Let your kids know you value their opinion. Ask them which kinds of plants, flowers, and vegetables they like. Explain what will work well in your garden and what won't.
Give them (limited) choices. While you're at the nursery, ask them if they'd like pansies or petunias, marigolds or zinnias. This will give them the feeling of power without letting it get out of control.
Remind them money doesn't grow on trees. With older children discuss the budget. Let them help select seeds and blossoming plants at the nursery - and turn it into a math lesson. Let your child do the money calculations; they can tell you when the money runs out.
Let your child do what he will (especially if you have a preschooler). Let him dig, explore, play with bugs. You may be tempted to steer your child in another direction (like actually watering or weeding his garden), but this is a great way for your child to explore this exciting new universe.
Plan, plan, plan. If you have older children, say 8 or 9 or older, let them plot out their own garden on paper. Provide him or her with graph paper, pencils and seed catalogs. Give them a group of flowers and vegetables from which to choose, and then let them draw out their garden.
Get them their own gardening tools. Nothing will motivate your little gardener more than having her own little shovel, her own gardening gloves, and her own watering pail. And don't forget those bright colored rubber boots. You need to go to the site and explore all the rest of the links and ideas.