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Guest Stand: Becoming a ‘Mom-onary’ to Your Children!

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When I was a little girl, my Aunt was called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was the first sister missionary to serve in my family. It had such an impact on me, and I knew I wanted to serve just like she did. The Lord had a different plan for me; I met my husband. We’re now raising four incredible children. Yet, I have never lost that desire to serve and teach the gospel. I confess, until recently, I had never made a connection between missionary work and motherhood.

 

 

Called to be a “Mom-onary”

A few months ago, the thought came to me that I needed to focus my family more on the plain Preach My Gospeland precious truths of the gospel. I felt a sense of urgency to reinforce our foundation in the simple doctrine of Jesus Christ. I desired my children to be truly converted. As I prayed and asked the Lord how he wanted me to approach this, the missionary manual “Preach My Gospel” came to my mind. If this is the source that the Lord’s missionaries use to teach new investigators the gospel, then I should use it to teach my family. I felt called to the Motherhood Mission and my children have become my investigators.

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The Battle Rages On – Will We Engage?

Family reading Friend magazineWe have reached 2019 and the start of a new home-centered and Church-supported plan for teaching from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Come, Follow Me. A change of this magnitude can be accompanied by trepidation and uncertainty, but consistently moving forward with faith will help us be successful as we take our place as the prime gospel teachers of our children.

Why the Change?

In his opening address in the October 2018 General Conference, President Nelson said, “The adversary is increasing his attacks on faith and upon us and our families at an exponential rate. To survive spiritually, we need counterstrategies and proactive plans. Accordingly, we now want to put in place organizational adjustments that will further fortify our members and their families.”

Consider the words he used: “attacks,” “survive,” “counterstrategies,” “proactive plans,” “fortify.” These are battle terms, and it makes perfect sense. The War in Heaven continues to rage on the earth today and we cannot afford to have an “all is well in Zion” attitude. The adversary has increased his attacks on the righteous and on families and we need to fight back. The prophet is calling upon us to take an active role in opposing the efforts of the adversary by being proactive in strengthening our families and ensuring the gospel is taught in our homes. This is a matter of spiritual survival. Continue reading

It’s My Golden Anniversary!

 

June 7, 1968. I was eight years old. My mother and father and I were dressed in white. Our next door neighbors, the Fizzy’s, were there with their three children. There were a few other people sitting in the folding chairs in front of the font. I didn’t really know them, but they were smiling at me.  The missionaries were there, I knew them. They had been at our home many times over the past couple of months. They had taught my family lessons about Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, and the Book of Mormon. They had thrown me and some of the other neighborhood kids into our pool over and over and over again, but wouldn’t come swimming with us no matter how much we begged. My Dad’s former high school English teacher, Willis Waite, baptized all three of us.

An excerpt from my Mother’s journal.

Truthfully, and sadly, that’s all I remember about the day that I was baptized. But,  remembering the covenants I made that day is far more important than all the details surrounding it. (We didn’t take one picture that day. I know, I can’t believe it either. The photo to the right was taken the month after we were baptized.) Continue reading

What is Your Defining Moment?

bonnie-oscarson-1190455-galleryIn the Sunday Morning Session of General Conference (April 2016), Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson shared the story of a young mother who, while her son was being sent via Life Flight to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, she could see the Draper, Jordan River, Oquirrh Mountain, and Salt Lake City Temples all at once. As she was looking at those four Houses of the Lord the thought came to her, “Do you believe it or not?” This woman thought about all she had learned about temples, and knew that yes, she did believe it. At the end of the story, Sister Oscarson said, “This defining moment for Michele confirmed to her that what she had been taught all of her life was more than just words; it is true.”

That sentence caused me to ask myself, “What is your defining moment?” I immediately thought of a youth conference I attended when I was 16 years old. I got sick during the conference and missed almost an entire day of activities. We were camping, and the only access to medical help was a simple first-aid trailer. After taking care of everything physically, I was offered a priesthood blessing, which I accepted. That blessing went beyond a healing blessing and I heard some very special things. Continue reading