Our first priority should go to spiritual learning. For us, reading the scriptures would come before reading history books. Prayer would come before memorizing those Spanish verbs. A temple recommend would be worth more than standing first in our graduating class. But it is also clear that spiritual learning would not replace our drive for secular learning. - Henry B. Eyring, “Real-Life Education,” Ensign, April 2009
“Despite the changes which come into our lives and with gratitude in our hearts, may we fill our days-as much as we can-with those things which matter most. May we cherish those we hold dear and express our love to them in word and in deed.”
–Thomas S. Monson, “Finding Joy in the Journey,”, Liahona, Nov 2008, 84-87
Desire leads to faith. Faith leads to action. Action leads to consequences. When the desires are righteous, you will never have to worry about consequences. – Grandpa Tony
“How do we develop desires?
“Few will have the kind of crisis that motivated Aron Ralston, but his experience provides a valuable lesson about developing desires. While Ralston was hiking in a remote canyon in southern Utah, an 800-pound (360 kg) rock shifted suddenly and trapped his right arm. For five lonely days he struggled to free himself.
“When he was about to give up and accept death, he had a vision of a three-year-old boy running toward him and being scooped up with his left arm. Understanding this as a vision of his future son and an assurance that he could still live, Ralston summoned the courage and took drastic action to save his life before his strength ran out.
“He broke the two bones in his trapped right arm and then used the knife in his multitool to cut off that arm. He then summoned the strength to hike five miles (8 km) for help.
“What an example of the power of an overwhelming desire! When we have a vision of what we can become, our desire and our power to act increase enormously.
“Most of us will never face such an extreme crisis, but all of us face potential traps that will prevent progress toward our eternal destiny.
“If our righteous desires are sufficiently intense, they will motivate us to cut and carve ourselves free from addictions and other sinful pressures and priorities that prevent our eternal progress.” - Dallin H. Oaks, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Desire”, April 2011 General Conference Address
Alma 32:27– But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
“In these perilous times, as our youth are faced with this increased adversity, we can learn from others. In the armed forces, particularly in all the navies throughout the world, every seaman understands one phrase that is a clarion call for immediate help, no matter what he is doing or where he is on the ship. The call is ‘All hands on deck.’ Many a battle at sea has been won or lost by the response to this call.
“We–as members of the Church, leaders of youth, anxious fathers, and concerned grandfathers–all need to respond to the call for ‘all hands on deck’ as it pertains to our youth and young single adults. We must all look for opportunities to bless the youth whether or not we are currently closely associated with them. We must continue to teach and fortify fathers and mothers in their divinely declared roles with their children in the home. We must ask ourselves constantly if that extra sporting event, that extra activity or errand outside of the home is more important than families being together at home.
A Time to Talk by Robert Lee Frost
When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, ‘What is it?’
No, not as there is a time talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.
For us this is a great poem about the importance of friendship and relationships in our lives. Sometimes we are the ones that need to put down something to go and strengthen that relationship (i.e. stop doing the dishes for a few minutes, close the computer, etc.), and sometimes we are the one that needs to wander till we can find a friend to talk to. The Lord has give us relationships in life to help and strenghten us when we are strong, but especially when we are weak. If you are feeling weak, look around for that friend who will put down their hoe for you. If you are feeling strong, look around today for those that need your love and support.
A Heart For Children
One hundred years from now
It will not matter What kind of car I drove,
What kind of house I lived in,
How much I had in my bank
Nor what my clothes looked like.
One hundred years from now It will not matter
What kind of school I attended,
What kind of typewriter I used
How large or small my church,
But the world may be …
a little better because..
I was important in the life of a child.
I really liked this poem I came across this morning. It really puts things into perspective with my home and family. As a home maker, am I getting distracted by the sink full of dishes, or am I being distracted by my kids who want to play on the swings outside?? Yes a clean house invites the spirit so I can best teach my children, however, the laundry will always be calling my name… my children may stop calling if I stop taking time for them. It’s so important that we say “yes” to them more and “just a minute” to our chores.
Too often we get caught up in life, and we forget what is really important to us… what should be our number one priority! Our children, and I would add, those around us!. Today I am going to spend an extra 15 minutes with each of my children to let them know I love them and that they are more important than all this other stuff! ~The Husband
Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope (Wikipedia)
When Solo and Skywalker are on the DeathStar and realize Leia is there too Skywalker tries to convince Solo to go and save her. Solo won’t budge until ...
Skywalker: She’s rich.
Skywalker: Rich, Powerful. Look, if you rescue her, the reward would be...
Skywalker: Well, more wealth than you can imagine.
Solo: I don’t know, I can imagine quite a bit.
Skywalker: You’ll get it.
Solo: I better.
Skywalker: You will.
Solo: Alright kid, you better be right about this.
Then later after they rescue her Solo and Leia have a little confrontation.
Solo: Look I ain’t in this for your revolution, and I not in it for you, princess. I expect to be well paid. I’m in it for the money.
Leia: You needen’t worry about your reward. If money is all you love, then that’s what you’ll receive.
I love that last line. If all we are seeking is money… then that is what we will get. This has some other interesting implications for our purpose here on the earth. We need to be seeking the kingdom of God and not seeking for riches. Take a look at the scriptures below for some great insights into wealth in our own lives. You’ll remember later on that Han becomes one of the good guys and get’s his priorities in check, but he struggles throughout the rest of the movies with his desire for worldly fame and prestige! The Lord promises that if we get it right, we shall be rich with eternal life. ~The Husband