Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Truths I Know: We Are Children of God

     In this post yesterday I shared a little bit about what "Mormon" General Conference is and who will be speaking. Because it is coming up this weekend, I thought I would share some of my favorite teachings from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints through snippets from the most recent General Conference that took place in April 2014. 

     The first teaching I will talk about is that we are all children of God.

     In Genesis 1:26-27 it says, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over ... all the earth... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

     "Mormons" believe that we (everyone, not simply members of our faith) are literal sons and daughters of God, which is why we also refer to Him as our Heavenly Father. 

     "One eternal truth that I have come to know is that God lives. He is our Father. We are His children... Of all the other titles that He could have used, He chose to be called 'Father.'" 
             ~ From a sermon given by a modern-day apostle of Jesus Christ, President Boyd K. Packer, entitled The Witness

     I echo the truths shared through word and song in April. I know that we are each children of God, and that He loves us. He is mindful of us. If we are mindful of Him we will see that He is in the details of our everyday lives. 

     This video was also shared at the conference in April. I love it because it shows God's children from all over the world, in many different languages, testifying of their divine heritage through song.

Here are the lyrics to the song they are singing:

1. I am a child of God,
And he has sent me here,
Has given me an earthly home
With parents kind and dear.

2. I am a child of God,
And so my needs are great;
Help me to understand his words
Before it grows too late.

3. I am a child of God.
Rich blessings are in store;
If I but learn to do his will,
I'll live with him once more.

4. I am a child of God.
His promises are sure;
Celestial glory shall be mine
If I can but endure.

Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do
To live with him someday.

     We can communicate with Him through prayer. I know He listens. He waits anxiously to hear from us, and He always answers our prayers.

     We will be hearing His word through His prophets this weekend. Please join us!

     The upcoming session of this conference will be held on Saturday, October 4th at 10am - 12pm MDT and 2pm - 4pm MDT, as well as Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 10am - 12pm MDT and 2pm - 4pm MDT.  (MDT = Mountain Daylight Time)

     Watch or listen to any or all sessions here

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What is Mormon General Conference?

     This weekend is the 184th Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

     What is this General Conference? Well, as "Mormons," or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that just like in Biblical times, God has chosen prophets and apostles to speak His will in modern times. These prophets and apostles, along with other men and women in leadership positions in the church who have sought heaven's help in preparing their sermons, speak to us semiannually (each April and October) in what we call "General Conference."

     As it says in the Bible, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7) I know this to be true. God does not leave us alone in this difficult world. He continually provides us with direction and peace through the words of His latter-day prophets. To read the words from past General Conferences all the way back to 1971, go here.

     The upcoming session of this conference will be held on Saturday, October 4th at 10am - 12pm MDT and 2pm - 4pm MDT, as well as Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 10am - 12pm MDT and 2pm - 4pm MDT.  (MDT = Mountain Daylight Time)

     This video tells more about this conference:

     I always find comfort in the words shared at these meetings, and I invite you to share in that comfort with me. Watch or listen to the program live hereIt will be broadcast in 26 different languages, and it is completely free, with no strings attached.

     The meetings consist not only of beautiful sermons, but of uplifting music. No matter your situation in life, there will be something for you. So please, join us!


Friday, September 26, 2014


     This morning I got the kids breakfast then headed back into my room to get ready for the day. As soon as I stepped into the bathroom to brush my teeth, I heard both of the kids yelling for me. Sam half-jokingly said to me, "You know, you sure are lucky. I'm sure there are lots of people in the world who would love to be as popular as you - with people screaming their name all the time." We both laughed, but it's absolutely true. I am so blessed to have these three cuties call me Mom, no matter how loudly they tend to do it.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

How Great Thou Art

     Lack of sleep is one of the hardest parts of motherhood for me. I have always needed a lot of sleep to be a decent human being, and though I am getting better at running (and being kind) on less sleep, it is still tough for me. All three of my kids are sick right now, so this week has involved lots of middle-of-the-night snuggles, most of which have taken place in the bathroom with a hot shower running so that the steam can unclog stuffy noses and help coughs - which means I have been running on low in the sleep department lately. 

     This morning around 5, Jonah woke up. By the time I took care of his stuffy nose and got him fed and back in bed, it was time for Sam to get up so he could be at work early. A large part of me wanted to crawl back under the covers and go back to sleep, but I decided to get up and jump in the shower instead. 

     I got dressed, and soon after that Sam was on his way out the door. I gave him a kiss and said goodbye to him from the porch. As he opened the car door, he told me to come look at the stars. We live a little ways out of town, so the stars are easily visible without the glare of city lights around us. As I looked up at the beautiful night sky, the first verse of the hymn "How Great Thou Art" came to my mind: 

Oh Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed;

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

image from here.
     God created such a beautiful world for us to enjoy, and I am so grateful for the opportunity I had this morning to feel of His love through one of His stunning creations. This reminder of His love for me has helped me to be a more patient mother than I might otherwise be today, even though I am incredibly tired.

One of my favorite renditions of the hymn.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

While I Was Nursing... Continued.

He was totally soaked...

...and totally happy. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Jonah's Trip to Arizona: A Photo Essay

Jonah had fun in Arizona. He got to spend some time with his grandparents, aunts and uncles. 

Hyrum and Micah called going shirtless going "Jonah style" since he was only in a diaper.

On Sunday I took our bags downstairs and was going to take another trip to go get Jonah. When I came back upstairs my first thought was "Where's Jonah?" Then I saw his little feet. Silly boy.

When Sam and the kids picked us up from the airport I expected Ellie and Nathan to be excited to see us, but I didn't anticipate how excited Jonah would be to see his big brother and sister. He was all smiles and giggles.

Ellie insisted that she had to hold him right then.

So of course Nathan insisted on holding him too.

(He really was happy... I promise.)

We had a great trip, but it is always good to be home.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Planes, Puke and Peaches.

Jonah and I are currently in Arizona for the weekend to see my brother Ben before he leaves for his mission in a few weeks. It's been fun to be by myself with Jonah - to be able to focus my full attention on him. Our flight out of Idaho Falls was delayed, so we got to spend a little extra time in the airport.

Jonah got to play on the floor (it's pretty hard to keep him on his blanket since he crawls and rolls like crazy) and take a nap in the carrier.

He was totally good on the plane, which was a huge relief. He was exhausted by the time we got to my parents' house, so I changed him into his jammies and was going to feed him. He refused his cereal, which was unusual for him, but I chalked it up to him being too tired and decided to nurse him and put him to bed. After I nursed him I put him up to my shoulder and he threw up. A TON. I guess guzzling two bottles down in the airport wasn't the best for his stomach... At least he felt a whole lot better after it all came up. 

I couldn't believe how much he threw up. It was all over the chair I was sitting on, he was completely soaked, and it was all over me. On (and down) my shirt front and back, and the same with my pants. No wonder he didn't really want to eat. Poor guy!

After a good night's sleep, little man's belly was ready to try something new. He got to try one of the peaches my mom and I were canning.

I think it's safe to say he liked them - he was smiles the entire time. I sure love my little guy.

And I miss my other two (well... and Sam of course!)