This week was Stake Conference, which means we didn't have to plan a lesson - Yay! I really love our class and planning lessons for them, but it is nice to have a break. So because I didn't have to plan a lesson, I spent more time studying the things I wanted to. This week I was reading out of the May Ensign, the General Conference edition. I love to read the articles and reread the conference talks.
In this edition, some questions were asked that made me think.
What can you do each later to help your children look to the savior?
* I personally think that if we are looking to the Savior in the things that we do, and if we vocalize how we are looking to the savior then our children will pick up on that. Family home evening and family scripture study are great (and I an not down playing their importance at all), but how often do your children her you talk about our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ and what they have done for you and how you can honor them by your words and actions. I think that it is the small things that make the biggest impact.
How can you teach them to press forward in Christ even when times are difficult?
* Like I said before, I think it is most important for kids to see how you deal with difficult things and if you turn towards Christ during difficult times. Some people believe that children shouldn't know when things are difficult in their family, and I can see merit in their theory, but I think it is easier for kids to see what you do and learn from example when they know what is going on. My kids know what we are going through and when times are hard, it eases their mind to have an idea of what is going on.
What boundaries does Heavenly Father give us?
* This questions also went in to keeping our kids safe and the blessings we are given from listening to our parents. I feel that the boundaries that God gives us are the 10 commandments, the word of wisdom and all of the other commandments that we are given in the scriptures. The 10 commandments are the basics of logic when living among other people, if we follow the 10 commandments then we can keep peace between us and the people around us. The word of wisdom has helped us to become healthier and avoid addictions to many things. I whole heartedly believe in staying within God's boundaries.
Do you think of the gospel as a wonderful thing?
* Of course, I have been living it for a very long time
What sacrifices are you willing to make to live the gospel?
* Because I have grown up in the Gospel, it hasn't felt like I had to sacrifice (at least most of the time). When I was young, I always wanted a second set of piercings in my ears. My Dad told me that I could when I was 16, a few months before I was 16 the President of the Church (Gordon B. Hinkley) publicly said that it wasn't appropriate for young ladies to have more that one set of earrings. Then when I was dating a guy that I really liked (and had even considered marrying), I realized that he wasn't religious (in fact quite the opposite) and that I wanted to raise my family in the Church and that I wanted religion in my life. Then I met Matt and fell head over heels for him. There have been times that I have been hanging with friends and they were doing things that I wasn't comfortable with (because it did not fit with my beliefs) and I chose to leave. Because I left, my friends thought I didn't want to hang out with them, that can be hard to explain to someone who doesn't share your beliefs.
All in all I love my faith and wouldn't trade it for anything.