Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mormon Womanhood

Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.  - Margaret Naduald

 What do Mormons believe about Womanhood?

Here are a few segments from a talk given by Sister Margaret Nadauld, which share how we feel about this sacred and important role:

"You can recognize women who are grateful to be a daughter of God by their outward appearance. These women understand their stewardship over their bodies and treat them with dignity. They care for their bodies as they would a holy temple, for they understand the Lord’s teaching: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16). Women who love God would never abuse or deface a temple with graffiti. Nor would they throw open the doors of that holy, dedicated edifice and invite the world to look on. How even more sacred is the body, for it was not made by man. It was formed by God. We are the stewards, the keepers of the cleanliness and purity with which it came from heaven. “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1 Cor. 3:17).

 
Grateful daughters of God guard their bodies carefully, for they know they are the wellspring of life and they reverence life. They don’t uncover their bodies to find favor with the world. They walk in modesty to be in favor with their Father in Heaven. For they know He loves them dearly.
You can recognize women who are grateful to be a daughter of God by their attitude. They know that the errand of angels is given to women, and they desire to be on God’s errand to love His children and minister to them, to teach them the doctrines of salvation, to call them to repentance, to save them in perilous circumstances, to guide them in the performance of His work, to deliver His messages.  They understand that they can bless their Father’s children in their homes and neighborhoods and beyond. Women who are grateful to be daughters of God bring glory to His name.



You can recognize women who are grateful to be a daughter of God by their abilities. They fulfill their divine potential and magnify their God-given gifts. They are capable, strong women who bless families, serve others, and understand that “the glory of God is intelligence” (D&C 93:36). They are women who embrace enduring virtues in order to be all that our Father needs them to be. The prophet Jacob spoke of some of those virtues when he said their “feelings are exceedingly tender and chaste and delicate before God, which thing is pleasing unto God” (Jacob 2:7).


You can recognize women who are grateful to be a daughter of God by their reverence for motherhood, even when that blessing has been withheld from them for a time. In those circumstances, their righteous influence can be a blessing in the lives of children they love. Their exemplary teachings can echo the voice of a faithful home and resonate truth in the hearts of children who need another witness.


Grateful daughters of God love Him and teach their children to love Him without reservation and without resentment. They are like the mothers of Helaman’s youthful army, who had such great faith and “had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them” (Alma 56:47).

When you observe kind and gentle mothers in action, you see women of great strength. Their families can feel a spirit of love and respect and safety when they are near her as she seeks the companionship of the Holy Ghost and the guidance of His Spirit. They are blessed by her wisdom and good judgment. The husbands and children, whose lives they bless, will contribute to the stability of societies all over this world. Grateful daughters of God learn truths from their mothers and grandmothers and aunts. They teach their daughters the joyful art of creating a home. They seek fine educations for their children and have a thirst for knowledge themselves. They help their children develop skills that they can use in serving others. They know that the way they have chosen is not the easy way, but they know it is absolutely worth their finest efforts.


They understand what Elder Neal A. Maxwell meant when he said: “When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men or the peacemaking of women in homes and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses?” 

Daughters of God know that it is the nurturing nature of women that can bring everlasting blessings, and they live to cultivate this divine attribute. Surely when a woman reverences motherhood, her children will arise up and call her blessed (see Prov. 31:28).

  
Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more purity.   - Margaret Nadauld, The Joy of Womanhood



Saturday, April 4, 2015

---- Watch General Conference LIVE! Today and Tomorrow

Today is a day we look forward to all year; one of our very favorite and sacred events which is always extra-special during Easter Season.  It's the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; sometimes referred to as LDS or Mormon.

We invite all of you to watch the sessions live via internet or T.V.
Today and Tomorrow - 10:00 a.m. MST and 2:00 p.m. MST.

We will receive instructions from Living Prophets and Apostles and other church leaders.  What ever in life could be more important than that?

Watch Live HERE:


Read more about the:
General Primary Presidency

Rosemary M. Wixom, 12th General President

Friday, April 3, 2015

---- NO LOST CAUSES -- #BecauseHeLives

He Lives!
And...#BecauseHeLives we, too, shall live again!

WATCH THIS POWERFUL 2:36 min VIDEO:  It's BEAUTIFUL!!!!



“Jesus Christ is more than an important historical figure, He rose on the third day after his death. He lives today. Because he lives, when we seek him, we can find his enabling power and receive the guidance needed to overcome life’s challenges.” - Elder Brent H. Nielson, First Quorum of the Seventy and Assistant Executive Director of the Missionary Department.

This Easter we focus on the living Christ and his desire to help and heal us as we seek and follow him.  I share my own witness as to this reality.  He's helped me overcome things that I could not have overcome on my own; which have been many!

#BecauseHeLives
He is real.  I know He lives and cares deeply for each of us - including for me personally.

I know that He is with us more often than we realize and is ready and willing to help us as we humble ourselves and turn to Him in sincerity of heart.  There are no lost causes with Him.  He is eager to come to our aid and teach us peace. 

I wish, for all of us this Easter season, a time of reflection as to the importance of His life and teachings.  They are the ONLY way back to our Heavenly Home!

With much love,
Heidi

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Husbands Have a Sacred Responsibility

Mostly we talk about motherhood and womanhood on this site.  We share about our personal responsibilities and the blessings that come from taking these seriously and enjoying the fruits of their sacred labors.  But, today we have a beautiful message for Fathers and Husbands.  We know that if and as we each fulfill our God-given 'callings', love and kindness and greater peace will flourish in our homes and in our hearts.  Enjoy this sweet and powerful message:

Husbands Have a Sacred Responsibility:

"If a husband will put his wife’s needs above his own, his love for her will increase....It will take faith and humility to put her interests above your own in the struggles of life, you have the responsibility to provide for and to nurture the family with her while serving others. That can at times consume all the energy and strength you have. Age and illness may increase your wife’s needs. If you choose even then to put her happiness above your own, I promise you that your love for her will increase.”
 -Pres. Henry B. Eyring

Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explains the responsibility that husbands have to love their wives. He says that of all priesthood duties, a husband’s primary responsibility is to his wife.

"So brethren, your foremost priesthood duty is to nurture your marriage—to care for, respect, honor, and love your wife. Be a blessing to her and your children.” 

Another way husbands can be a blessing to their wives is by “keeping alive the spirit of romance in [their] marriage,” Elder Nelson says. “Be considerate and kind in the tender intimacies of your married life. Let your thoughts and actions inspire confidence and trust. Let your words be wholesome and your time together be uplifting. Let nothing in life take priority over your wife—neither work, recreation, nor hobby.” 

Expressions of love and gratitude “do more than acknowledge a kind thought or deed,” Elder Nelson says.  “As grateful partners look for the good in each other and sincerely pay compliments to one another, wives and husbands will strive to become the persons described in those compliments.”

Friday, March 27, 2015

A Little Yellow Cottage....

I'd love the idea of a little yellow comfy cottage with white picket fence, wonderful garden for fresh produce, large front porch for visiting, big tree with tire swing for kids, bright farmhouse kitchen with large table for gatherings with friends and family, abundance of colorful flowers outside, and...a puppy or kitten or two for the children to play with.

Hopes and dreams are wonderful.  Beauty surrounds us.  We are so blessed to have the modern amenities that we do - even if our circumstances aren't currently ideal.

I'm in the middle of remodeling my sites and...came across these photos which made me happy.  I love yellow and I love country.  So, today I thought I'd post and share with you all.