Thursday, June 29, 2017

Relationships

Wayne's fond of saying "technology never works" and right now I tend to agree with him (although "never" is a bit strong). I'm clearing out my church bag and wanted to add a conference quote to my online study notes on lds.org, but it's not letting me. So, here it goes so I can throw away the scrap of paper and still find the quote again someday.

"Our precious relationships with families, friends, the Lord, and His restored Church are among the things that matter most in life. Because these relationships are so important, they should be cherished, protected, and nurtured."

Elder M. Russell Ballard, October 2016 general conference

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Change to Improve

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“Most of us have had some experience with self-improvement efforts. My experience has taught me this about how people and organizations improve: the best place to look is for small changes we could make in things we do often. There is power in steadiness and repetition. And if we can be led by inspiration to choose the right small things to change, consistent obedience will bring great improvement.”
“The Lord Will Multiply the Harvest” [an evening with Elder Henry B. Eyring, Feb. 6, 1998], 3

Here's a devotional address by Brother Wahlquist that gives ideas on how to put this principle into action. It's worth reading and pondering.

And that reminds me of a general conference talk by Elder Larry R. Lawrence, "What Lack I Yet?"

While looking for a picture, I discovered this idea even has an identifiable term - Kaizen. Isn't it great to be able to learn something new?

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Mormon.org Profiles

Wayne made a random comment as he walked out the door to work this morning that prompted me to check my profile on mormon.org. It's been a while since I wrote it, so I decided I ought to update it. I also searched to see if other family members had created a profile, and when I found several, I figured it would be a good idea to put them all in one place. Maybe after seeing this, they'll decide to update theirs as well.

 Becky

 Megan

 David

 Brad

 Cody

 Jeff

If you don't have a profile, I'd encourage you to create one. That's what Dad's going to do for FHE next week!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Thoughts at a Baptism

Wayne gave the closing remarks at a baptism in our ward last week, and I thought I would record my notes so I can remember them in the future. These were geared to an eight-year-old girl.

After referring to Mosiah 18:8 and 2 Nephi 31:19-20 he encouraged her to set some goals:
  1. Read the Book of Mormon every day.
  2. Pray every day.
  3. Obey her parents every day.
  4. Be kind to her brother and sister every day.
  5. Be respectful of her toys and belongs every day.
  6. Help around the house every day.
As we try to keep the commandments and follow Jesus' example and stay close to Heavenly Father every day, we will stay on the path to return to him.

Also, her grandmother talked about the Three Bears of Baptism, something I'd never heard of before but has been around for a while. It was actually kind of cute - Bear one another's burdens, Bear the name of Christ, Bear testimony of him.