“Ours is not a secondhand religion. We cannot receive the blessings of the gospel merely by observing the good that others do.” President Uchtdorf
“As parents, we should remember that our lives may be the book from the family library which the children most treasure. Are our examples worthy of emulation? Do we live in such a way that a son or a daughter may say, ‘I want to follow my dad,’ or ‘I want to be like my mother’? Unlike the book on the library shelf, the covers of which shield its contents, our lives cannot be closed. Parents, we truly are an open book in the library of learning of our homes.” President Thomas S. Monson
I found these two quotes today as I was preparing a lesson. They both hit me very profoundly. Matt and I had a lengthy discussion about it and feel very strongly about being the best examples to our children as we can be. They are watching and learning from us constantly, even when we don't think they are. The past month we have been teaching them a lot about helping others and doing things without expecting something in return. The older boys helped with our Ward's Day of Service and told me how good they felt helping our neighbors. What a hard job this parenting stuff is! I feel like we will never be able to teach them all the things they need to know. Matt and I both know that having the Spirit in our home and taking it day by day is what we need to do. I love my family so much. I am so thankful for the blessings we receive by going to the temple, attending church and living our lives in accordance to the Gospel. Some days its a bigger struggle, but we know that help and comfort is there when our knees hit the floor. I am so thankful for Matt and the way he leads our family. I'm thankful that he is a worthy priesthood holder. I am very thankful for his father and the example he was/is to him throughout his life and teaching him how to be a worthy man. I am so glad to be sealed to my family forever. I work at it every day to make sure it stays that way. Sometimes it would be so easy to give in and let the ways of the world take over our lives and take those blessings and promises away. There is no way I'm going to let that happen!! I made promises to myself, Matt and my Heavenly Father and I'm going to keep them with every fiber of my being. There is no greater blessing than being together as a family.
Pine Wood Derby
1 hour ago