Thursday, August 27, 2015


LDS temples are dedicated to the Lord by selected Church Authorities for the performance of sacred ordinances. These ordinances are outward demonstrations of an inner commitment to God. We show this commitment by covenants we make with Him during these special ceremonies and by adhering to those covenants from then on. The crowning ordinance that takes place in temples is that of sealing families so they can last beyond the grave and into eternity. My greatest feelings of joy have come from making and keeping temple covenants.
(Article Submitted by Joshua Foster)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Blessings in Disguise

My husband will be starting his grad program this fall. Although I feel so blessed for this opportunity, there was a lot of fear and anxiety mixed in there as well. We are moving ten hours away from both of our parents. I can no longer depend on my parents for their constant Sunday dinners, random game nights, or a much needed face to face conversation without planning ahead of time and saving money for it. We are also moving out of a ward I had grown wonderful relationships with and feel loved and welcomed in.
On top of this anxiety, we weren’t hearing back from the “affordable” housing units the University subsidizes for. At this time, we had only asked for their cheapest option so that we could still live on one income. We finally started looking at other options since we had to move in three weeks and we didn’t have a place to live yet. We realized that the university’s most expensive options were still several hundred dollars cheaper than the cheapest option outside of their complex. We signed up for other, pricier, options with the university.
During this time, we had fasted, prayed (pleaded), and researched for housing options.
On top of our move, my mom and dad had to fly to Japan to support a demanding trial for my grandmother. My little sister came and lived with us while they were gone.
Have I mentioned that a couple weeks before this had happened, I had dislocated my knee and heavily sprained my right elbow?
To sum up, I was stressed.
During the most intense part of our struggle, I was able to attend girl’s camp. This was my Heavenly Father’s gift to me. The wonderful leaders who had prepared for this were the angels who wrapped up the gift and brought it to me. I am forever grateful. If I could explain how I felt inside…it would probably be a ragged dress that drooped lazily on a hanger while I dragged the hem across the dirty floor. And girl’s camp was the bright new dress to help straighten my drooping shoulders.
I was only able to attend girl’s camp because my knee and elbow was healing fast enough for me to attend and this led to me being able to heal my spirit.
My little sister was there to do little errands for me around the house and keep me giggling the way only sisters know how.
Our research of other housing options had made us aware of how blessed we were even when we got the most expensive option at the university’s housing complex (we haven’t stopped thanking our Heavenly Father since!).
And I had felt the love and care of those around me as they served me during my injury.

Although I don’t wish any trials on any one of you, I do know that Heavenly Father had given me blessings only I could have seen through my trials. I may not understand or have recognized all of His blessings throughout this time in my life, but these blessings were enough to let me know that God lives. That He loves us. He is looking out for us in all aspects of our lives. He knows where we are needed and will guide us there through any methods. You may be going through a trial right now. You may not understand why you’re going through it. You may even be tempted to wonder if Heavenly Father cares for you or even knows you. If this is the case, I hope you may find hope through my experience. And find hope through the atonement of Jesus Christ to get you through your trials. I also pray that you may be able to see your blessings, even blessings in disguise, to help you along your journey.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Roles of Men and Women in the Family

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches that optimal happiness comes as a result of family life. The church further teaches that families were designed by God to consist of a mother, a father, and children. As parents, such men and women have unique roles. Each role is special and essential. Fathers have the charge to support financially, protect physically, and preside, while a mother's central responsibility is in the nurture of their children. The church understands that adaptation may be necessary under less than ideal circumstances.
For example, a mother may need to sacrifice time spent with children in order to provide financially in place of a bedridden husband. Or a father may need to stay at home and watch the children as he job searches, while the mother holds a temporary job in the meantime.
Even so, we know of at least one characteristic to the family unit that God has declared through living prophets to be unchangeable. Namely, that marriage is between a man and a woman. This does not mean, however, that we are unkind to those who disagree. We believe in treating everyone with love and respect.
In addition, we love those whose desire it is to marry and have children, but who do not accomplish these goals despite their best efforts. They are not held accountable for this, and they will yet enjoy every opportunity of ideal family circumstances in the next life if they are faithful in mortality.
Please follow the link below for a one page, but detailed proclamation from former First Presidency members and Twelve Apostles of our church regarding the sacred principles mentioned above. Please also feel free to enjoy the video below, which highlights one of the important aspects of parenthood

(Article submitted by Joshua Foster)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Why is the Family Important?

The family is ordained of God and is central to His plan for the eternal destiny of His children. This divine plan makes it possible for individuals to return to His presence and for families to be united eternally.  In The Family: A Proclimation to the World it states at the beginning that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. 

David O. McKay stated that "No other success can compensate for failure in the home"  It's no stretch to say that a person has a serious advantage in life if they come from a loving, supportive home. Many people still succeed though they come from less-than-ideal family situations, but having our basic needs met, knowing that our parents love us and learning life lessons at home make all the challenges of day-to-day living that much easier to face. Likely, as an adult you want a happy home for your family.

This is no coincidence. God organizes us into families so that we can grow up in happiness and safety, and so that we can learn to love others selflessly—the key to true joy. Within the family is the best place to learn to love others the way Heavenly Father loves each one of us.

God's Church exists to help families gain eternal blessings. We believe the greatest blessing He gives us is the ability to return to live with Him in heaven with our families. We follow our Heavenly Father's will because that is how we earn this blessing.

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