Thursday, June 23, 2016

"In Praise of Those Who Save" -- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Joseph Smith restored the precious truth that marriages and families are meant to be eternal.”

 “Strong marriage and family relationships require constant, intentional work.”

 Reflect on your own marriage and family relationships. (With children, parents, siblings, etc.) What can you personally do to increase the love and strengthen the relationship?

 “Great marriages are built brick by brick, day after day, over a lifetime… If it appears to take forever, remember: happy marriages are meant to last forever!”

 “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln

 “There is not one solution that covers every situation. Those who save their families are successful because they counsel with their spouse and family, seek the will of the Lord, and listen for the promptings of the Holy Ghost. They know that what is right for one family may not be right for another.”

 Come with your own ideas and personal experiences on how to strengthen family relationships and bring everyone closer to each other and to their Savior!

 Natalie Buttars

Saturday, June 4, 2016

"Bear Up Their Burdens With Ease"


Elder David A. Bednar in his April 2015 General Conference talk ("Bear Up Their Burdens With Ease") stated, "Most of us know that when we do things wrong and need help to overcome the effects of sin in our lives, the Savior has made it possible for us to become clean through His redeeming power. BUT do we also understand that the Atonement is for faithful men and women who are striving to become better and serve more faithfully? I wonder if we fail to fully acknowledge this strengthening aspect of the Atonement in our lives and mistakenly believe we must carry our load alone, through sheer grit, will power, and discipline and with our obviously limited capabilities."

Tomorrow in Relief Society we will study this General Conference talk about the strengthening power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus Christ invites all of us to "Come unto me ... For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

What does it mean to "yoke" ourselves with the Savior? How do we do this?

Elder Bednar gives Mosiah 24:13-15 as an example of the Savior's promise, "For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." What happened to the people of Alma? How did they feel the Savior's promise?

I look forward to discussing this ever so important topic with you tomorrow in Relief Society.

Sister Marstella