Thursday, September 22, 2016

"Family Councils" Elder M. Russell Ballard

“A family council, when conducted with love and with Christlike attributes, will counter the impact of modern technology that often distracts us from spending quality time with each other and also tends to bring evil right into our homes.”

There are at least four types of family counsels.

1. Full Family Council
     a. Includes all family members
2. Executive Family Council
     a. Includes only the parents
3. Limited Family Council
     a. Includes both parents and an individual child
4. One-on-one Family Council
     a. Includes one parent and one child

“Everyone can adapt a family council to take advantage of this divine pattern established by our loving Heavenly Father.”

“Combined with prayer, a family council will invite the presence of the Savior, as He promised: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

If any of you hold family councils in your own homes, we would love to hear your experiences and what benefits you have seen in your life and the lives of your family. From reading and studying this talk, I can see the benefits of implementing this in our lives.

~Sister Buttars

Friday, September 2, 2016

"Saving Your Life"

The lesson for Sunday is taken from a talk by D. Todd Christofferson titled “Saving Your Life”. This is a very profound talk with great insights to our daily living. Please take a moment to read it.

From the talk:
Jesus Christ speaking to Peter declared: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

We will be talking about the Lord’s seemingly paradoxical declaration that “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” It teaches a powerful, far-reaching doctrine that we need to understand and apply.

The greatest illustration of saving one’s life by losing it is this: “O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.” In giving His life, Christ not only saved His own—He saved the lives of all of us. He made it possible for us to exchange what would otherwise have been an ultimately futile mortal life for eternal life.

-Sister Armstrong