Monday, April 4, 2016

LDS General Conference (April 2016 - Saturday)


This weekend is the 186th annual General Conference
I've shared my highlights in the past,
but it's been a while.
Now that my brain isn't quite as foggy,
I can type up my notes easier...

Here are my highlights from Saturday morning & afternoon sessions.
Prepare to be spiritually uplifted (:
Keep in mind these are my hurried notes & they are not necessarily word for word.

If you listen with the Spirit,
you will find your heart strengthened & your capacity to love the Lord increased.
- President Henry B. Eyring

"Draw near unto me and and I will draw near unto you;
seek me diligently and ye shall find me;
ask, and ye shall receive;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you."
- President Henry B. Eyring

How did they know to say the things I needed to hear?
The promise that the Lord will give us words in the very moment applies especially to testimony.
- President Henry B. Eyring

We live in a noisy & busy world.
If we are not careful, the things of this world can drown out the things of the Spirit.
- Sister Mary R. Durham

Children have a natural desire to be good.
- Sister Mary R. Durham

How do we as parents increase the spiritual capacity of our little ones?
1. We can bring to their attention when they are hearing & feeling the Spirit.
2. We can prepare our home & our children to feel the still, small voice.
3. We can help our children understand how the Spirit speaks to them.
- Sister Mary R. Durham

The best immersion setting for a spiritual education is in the home
where spiritual principles can form the basis for daily living.
- Sister Mary R. Durham

Immersing our families in the Spirit will keep our children's hearts open to His influence.
- Sister Mary R. Durham

We need not fear as we see our children enter the water of life.
We have taught them to live with the guiding light of the Holy Ghost.
- Sister Mary R. Durham

Without lyrics, most of us in this conference could sing "I Am a Child of God"...
But do we really KNOW it?
- Elder Donald L. Hallstrom

God allows some earthly suffering because He knows that it will bless us.
Our hardships have eternal purpose.
- Elder Donald L. Hallstrom

"Ultimately all keys of the priesthood are held by the Lord Jesus Christ, whose priesthood it is.
He is the one who determines what keys are delegated to mortals & how those keys will be used."
- Elder Gary E. Stephenson

How to "find the keys"
1. Prepare for missionary service
2. Attend the temple
3. Go forward with faith
- Elder Gary E. Stevenson

The Lord won't leave us stranded without keys to return home.
- Elder Gary E. Stevenson

There is not a soul alive who will not at one time or another be the victim
to someone else's careless actions, hurtful conduct, or even sinful behavior.
- Elder Kevin R. Duncan

We can forgive & we can be free.
An unforgiving heart harbors so much needless pain.
- Elder Kevin R. Duncan

As we strive to forgive others,
let us also try to remember that we are all growing spiritually,
but we are all at different levels.
- Elder Kevin R. Duncan

Can you imagine how our families, communities, & the world at large might change
if we all tried to see each other as God sees us?
- Elder Kevin R. Duncan

Some of the greatest sermons are preached through the singing of music.
- Elder Steven E. Snow

Be Thou Humble (Hymn #130)
- Elder Steven R. Snow

As we raise our children, we need to help them remain humble as they mature into adulthood.
We need them to learn to take joy in the success of siblings & friends.
- Elder Steven R. Snow

We must all strive to become more humble.
Humility is essential to gain the blessings of the gospel.
- Elder Steven R. Snow

"How does one get humble?
To me, one must constantly be reminded of his dependence.
On whom dependent?
On the Lord.
How remind one's self?
By real, constant, worshipful, grateful prayer."
- Elder Steven E. Snow

God is more pleased with repentant sinners who are trying to draw closer to Him
than with self-righteous fault finding individuals who don't realize how badly they need to repent.
- Elder Dale G. Renlund

Jesus did not say IF rain descends,
IF floods come,
& IF winds blow,
but WHEN.
No one is immune from life's challenges.
We all need the safety that comes from partaking of the sacrament.
- Elder Dale G. Renlund

Our present circumstances may not change,
but through God's compassion, kindness, & love,
we will all receive more than we deserve,
more than we can ever earn,
& more than we could ever hope for.
- Elder Dale G. Renlund

Questions are an indication of a further desire to learn;
to add to those truths already in place in our testimonies.
- Elder Ronald A. Rasband

We need to help each other find Heavenly Father's answers through the guidance of the Spirit.
- Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Don't be afraid to ask questions.
They are the very foundation of the Restoration itself.
- Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Choose to follow the Lord while the world is going in another direction.
- Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Are you standing with the leaders of the church in a darkening world
so that you might spread the Light of Christ?
- Elder Ronald A. Rasband

God loves children.
He loves all children.
- Elder Neil L. Andersen

As I learned the principles of the gospel & studied the Book of Mormon,
it was as though I was remembering things I already knew but had forgotten.
- Elder Neil L. Andersen

While a child's Earthly situation may not be ideal,
a child's spiritual DNA is perfect
because one's true identity is as a son or daughter of God.
- Elder Neil L. Andersen

We need to reach out to the youth who feel alone, left behind, or outside the fence.
Let us think about them, welcome them, embrace them,
and do everything we can to strengthen their love for the Savior.
- Elder Neil L. Andersen

"For the Son of man is come to save that which is lost. ...
... Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish."
Matthew 18:11,14
As we go to the rescue, God gives us power, encouragement, & blessings.
- Elder Mervyn B. Arnold

Four principles that will help in our rescue efforts:
1. We must not delay going to the rescue
2. We must never give up
3. How great shall be your joy if you bring save it be one soul unto Christ
4. No matter our age we are all called to go to the rescue
- Elder Mervyn B. Arnold

I invite each of you to heed the Savior's call to go to the rescue.
We can do it!
- Elder Mervyn B. Arnold

The Lord raised up prophets, seers, & revelators to guide His kingdom in these latter days.
Yes, God revealed Himself to man again.
The darkness that covered the Earth began to dissipate.
- Elder Jairo Mazzagardi

"...Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold..."
John 10:16
3 Nephi 15:21-22
- Elder Jairo Mazzagardi

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him."
James 1:5
He cares about His children & answers our prayers.
- Elder Jairo Mazzagardi

The ordinance of the sacrament is a holy & repeated invitation
to repent sincerely & to be renewed spiritually.
- Elder David A. Bednar

The irony of being parents is that we tend to really get good at it after our children are grown.
- Elder M. Russell Ballard

Family councils will counter the impact of modern technology
that often distracts us & also tends to bring evil right into our homes.
Electronic devices need to be turned off
so everyone can look at & listen to each other.
- Elder M. Russell Ballard

Four types of family councils:
1. General - entire family
2. Executive - father & mother
3. Limited - parents & one child
4. One on one - one parent & one child
- Elder M. Russell Ballard

Never retire without kneeling together,
holding hands,
& saying your prayers.
- Elder M. Russell Ballard

Schedule councils in advance
so children can anticipate & look forward to special time alone with mom or dad.
- Elder M. Russell Ballard

Children desperately need parents willing to listen to them.
- Elder M. Russell Ballard

With Heavenly Father & our Savior's help we can make our homes a little bit of Heaven on Earth.
- Elder M. Russell Ballard

Combined with prayer, a family council will invite the Spirit of the Lord.
Inviting the Lord to be part of our councils through prayer will help us grow closer together.
"Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings; and he will direct thee for good..."
Alma 37:37
- Elder M. Russell Ballard

A family council that is patterned after the councils in heaven,
filled with Christlike love & guided by the Lord's Spirit
will help us to protect our family from distractions that can steal our precious time together
& protect us from the evils of the world.
- Elder M. Russell Ballard

Family councils will assist us to be more successful & happy in our precious relationships within the walls of our home.
- Elder M. Russell Ballard

Since I didn't share everything
I encourage you to listen to or read the other wonderful words spoken at Conference...
(I'll get the links up once they're available)

Saturday morning:
Where Two or Three Are Gathered by President Henry B. Eyring
A Child's Guiding Gift by Sister Mary R. Durham
I Am a Child of God by Elder Donald L. Hallstrom
Where Are the Keys and Authority of the Priesthood? by Elder Gary E. Stevenson
The Healing Ointment of Forgiveness by Elder Kevin R. Duncan
Be Thou Humble by Elder Steven E. Snow
"That I Might Draw All Men unto Me" by Elder Dale G. Renlund

Saturday afternoon:
Standing with the Leaders of the Church by Elder Ronald A. Rasband
Whoso Receiveth Them, Receiveth Me by Elder Neil L. Andersen
To the Rescue: We Can Do It by Elder Mervyn B. Arnold
The Sacred Place of Restoration by Elder Jairo Mazzagardi
Always Retain a Remission of Your Sins by Elder David A. Bednar
Family Councils by Elder M. Russell Ballard

xoxo
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Monday, August 31, 2015

831

My husband wrote this back in 2004.
Yeah... He's pretty awesome (;
8 - 3 - 1

Eight letters, well...seven different ones.
So completely inconsequential.
Already in this little story they have all been used.
Twenty six letters in our alphabet,
what would make these so special?
Their arrangement,
into three words.
These three words have the power to change lives
when used correctly.
Over 350,000 words in our language,
and these three among them.
No other words share the same power as these do.
These words must not be thrown around freely,
there has to be meaning and feeling behind them
or they will lose their power.
Only the special ones,
dear to your heart
must hear these words.
These three words have only one meaning.
They are used individually every day in everyone's lives,
but only when they are combined together
do they achieve this one unambiguous meaning.
It can be very difficult to master this ancient power,
but once you do,
your life and the life of the person you share these words with
will be changed
forever.
This may be a very small change
or it may be a course-altering change.
One will not know until the words have been used.
What are these powerful words?
Oh I'm sure you've figured it out by now.

Eight letters, three words, one meaning.

-JTH-

xoxo
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Friday, June 19, 2015

Saturday Dishes - Less than 30 minutes


This week's theme is:
< 30 minutes

Let's round up all of our recipes
that take less than 30 minutes from start to finish!

If you're new to the party
welcome to Saturday Dishes
where every week is a new theme...
Your job is to post your recipes that coincide with that theme!
Easy peasy, right?

Don't have a recipe that goes with the theme?
No worries!
Just sit back, relax, enjoy the other posts,
& be sure to check out the index & upcoming themes
to see what you can post in future weeks!

Saturday Dishes is hosted by:
- Marissa @ Life is Fantasmic -
FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest ♥ Bloglovin' ♥ SoundCloud

Stay a while & check out my blog!
I love seeing new faces & new followers on social media,
& comments make me smile (:

Last week's theme was Father's Day!
Here were a few of my faves...

5 Ways to Tell Dad You Love Him (Without Actually Saying It) from Pebbles and Piggytails


Superhero Dad Printable Hershey Bar Wrappers from Smart Party Planning


Bacon Explosion from Cooking with Carlee

If you were featured
feel free to grab a button!

Life Is Fantasmic

Next week's theme is:
Cold Summery Treats
so come back next week to share yours!

Now on to the linky...
Link up your recipes that take less than 30 minutes,
visit other posts,
& make new friends!

Keep spreading the word so we can see new faces at the party!
If you'd like to be a guest host send me an email so that I can get you on the calendar,
& let me know what themes you would like to see in the future.
I'd love to use your ideas!

By linking up at Saturday Dishes, you are giving permission for Life is Fantasmic to feature your posts with one image on social media with links back to you.


xoxo
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Saturday Dishes - Father's Day

I'd like to give a huge shout out to Cristina from A Bountiful Love
for being such an awesome guest host last weekend!
Thanks so much!!!

If anyone else would like to be a guest host
send me an email so that I can get you on the calendar,
& let me know what themes you would like to see in the future.
I'd love to use your ideas!


This week's theme is:
Father's Day

I know Father's Day isn't until next weekend
but it won't hurt to have ideas a week in advance, right? (;
Share all of Dad's favorite foods & gift ideas with us today!

If you're new to the party
welcome to Saturday Dishes
where every week is a new theme...
Your job is to post your recipes that coincide with that theme!
Easy peasy, right?

Don't have a recipe that goes with the theme?
No worries!
Just sit back, relax, enjoy the other posts,
& be sure to check out the index & upcoming themes
to see what you can post in future weeks!

Saturday Dishes is hosted by:
- Marissa @ Life is Fantasmic -
FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest ♥ Bloglovin' ♥ SoundCloud

Stay a while & check out my blog!
I love seeing new faces & new followers on social media,
& comments make me smile (:

Last week's theme was Potluck!
Here were a few of my faves...

Baked Ziti from Olives-n-Okra 


Peachy Keen Salad from Lorraine's Resources and Rewards


Triple Layer Brownies from Yesterfood


If you were featured
feel free to grab a button!

Life Is Fantasmic

Next week's theme is:
< 30
so come back next week to share your recipes
that take less than thirty minutes from start to finish!

Now on to the linky...
Link up your Father's Day recipes & gift ideas,
visit other posts,
& make new friends!

Keep spreading the word so we can see new faces at the party!

By linking up at Saturday Dishes, you are giving permission for Life is Fantasmic to feature your posts with one image on social media with links back to you.


xoxo
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Friday, June 5, 2015

Saturday Dishes - Potluck


This week's theme is:
Potluck

We're having a potluck this week
& YOU'RE INVITED!!!
Link up your favorite potluck recipes!

Here's what to post:
A-F (Main Dishes)
G-L (Sides & Salads)
M-R (Desserts)
S-Z (Drinks)

Totally kidding!
You don't have to go by that list.
Bring whatever recipes you want to share (;

If you're new to the party
welcome to Saturday Dishes
where every week is a new theme...
Your job is to post your recipes that coincide with that theme!
Easy peasy, right?

Don't have a recipe that goes with the theme?
No worries!
Just sit back, relax, enjoy the other posts,
& be sure to check out the index & upcoming themes
to see what you can post in future weeks!

Saturday Dishes is hosted by:
- Marissa @ Life is Fantasmic -
FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest ♥ Bloglovin' ♥ SoundCloud

& this week we have a special guest host as well!

- Cristina @ A Bountiful Love -
Facebook ♥ Twitter ♥ Google+ ♥ Pinterest ♥ Bloglovin' ♥ Instagram

Stay a while & check out our blogs!
We love seeing new faces & new followers on social media,
& comments make us smile (:

Last week's theme was Salads!
Here were a few of my faves...

Definitely going to be making this soon!

Those grilled peaches sound amazing!

Doritos Taco Salad from Pebbles and Piggytails
Can't go wrong with a taco salad!

Cristina's faves may be different than mine
so check out A Bountiful Love to see her features as well!

If you were featured
feel free to grab a button!

Life Is Fantasmic

Next week's theme is:
Father's Day
so come back next week to share your Fathers' Favorites
as well as any gift ideas you may have!

Now on to the linky...
Link up your perfect potluck recipes,
visit other posts,
& make new friends!

Keep spreading the word so we can see new faces at the party!
If you'd like to be a guest host send me an email so that I can get you on the calendar,
& let me know what themes you would like to see in the future.
I'd love to use your ideas!

By linking up at Saturday Dishes, you are giving permission for Life is Fantasmic to feature your posts with one image on social media with links back to you.


xoxo
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Saturday Dishes - Salads

Sorry the party is starting a couple days late.
I was getting ready for a garage sale all of last week & I am utterly exhausted.
We had 11 tables set up in our garage.
ELEVEN!
I'm still trying to recuperate.


This week's theme is:
Salads

Share your leafy green goodness,
potato salads,
pasta salads,
fruit salads
& more
at this week's party!

If you're new to the party
welcome to Saturday Dishes
where every week is a new theme...
Your job is to post your recipes that coincide with that theme!
Easy peasy, right?

Don't have a recipe that goes with the theme?
No worries!
Just sit back, relax, enjoy the other posts,
& be sure to check out the index & upcoming themes
to see what you can post in future weeks!

Saturday Dishes is hosted by:
- Marissa @ Life is Fantasmic -
FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest ♥ Bloglovin' ♥ SoundCloud

Stay a while & check out my blog!
I love seeing new faces & new followers on social media,
& comments make me smile (:

Last week's theme was Memorial Day.
Double features at the next party.
Exhausted, remember?

Next week's theme is:
Potluck
so come back next week to share your perfect potluck dishes!

Now on to the linky...
Link up your scrumptious salads,
visit other posts,
& make new friends!

Keep spreading the word so we can see new faces at the party!
If you'd like to be a guest host send me an email so that I can get you on the calendar,
& let me know what themes you would like to see in the future.
I'd love to use your ideas!

By linking up at Saturday Dishes, you are giving permission for Life is Fantasmic to feature your posts with one image on social media with links back to you.


xoxo
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Friday, May 22, 2015

Saturday Dishes - Memorial Day


This week's theme is:
Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!
Please share your favorite Memorial Day meals
or some recipes that were handed down by loved ones that have passed.

If you're new to the party
welcome to Saturday Dishes
where every week is a new theme...
Your job is to post your recipes that coincide with that theme!
Easy peasy, right?

Don't have a recipe that goes with the theme?
No worries!
Just sit back, relax, enjoy the other posts,
& be sure to check out the index & upcoming themes
to see what you can post in future weeks!

Saturday Dishes is hosted by:
- Marissa @ Life is Fantasmic -
FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest ♥ Bloglovin' ♥ SoundCloud

Stay a while & check out my blog!
I love seeing new faces & new followers on social media,
& comments make me smile (:

Last week's theme was Beans!
Here were a few of my faves...


Memorial Day Baked Beans from Lorraine's Resources and Rewards


Cheesy Black Beans & Rice from A Bountiful Love


Slow Cooker Baked Beans from Yesterfood


Crockpot Refried Beans from Glo's Kitchen


If you were featured
feel free to grab a button!

Life Is Fantasmic

Next week's theme is:
Salads
so come back next week to share your scrumptious salads!

Now on to the linky...
Link up your Memorial Day recipes,
visit other posts,
& make new friends!

Keep spreading the word so we can see new faces at the party!
If you'd like to be a guest host send me an email so that I can get you on the calendar,
& let me know what themes you would like to see in the future.
I'd love to use your ideas!

By linking up at Saturday Dishes, you are giving permission for Life is Fantasmic to feature your posts with one image on social media with links back to you.


xoxo
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