Wednesday, April 23, 2014

LDS General Conference - Saturday Words of Wisdom (April 2014)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
holds General Conference twice a year.
6 months ago
I shared with you some of my favorite quotes or highlights from the October 2013 Conference,
& now I would like to share with you my highlights from the April 2014 Conference...

I've been slacking on getting my highlights up because we're moving in a week.
Yep, that's right.
Una semana...
I'll have Sunday's highlights up when I finish writing that post,
but as of right now
there's no knowing when that will be.

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 all word for word.

Defending your faith requires courage & courtesy on your part.
- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

You may wonder if taking a religious stand is worth it.
Yes, it is worth it!
- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Hate is an ugly word.
-Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

The bumper sticker question, 'What Would Jesus Do?' will not always bring a popular response.
-Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Christlike love is the greatest need we have on this planet.
- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Pure Christlike love flowing from true righteousness can change the world.
- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Defend your beliefs with courtesy & compassion, but defend them.
- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

It is so very important for us to focus on what matters most
because temporal things can be taken from us at any moment.
- Elder Ronald A. Rasband

It's our responsibility to serve others & make each other's burdens light.
- Elder Ronald A. Rasband

We should value & love what the Savior loves.
- Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Christ was always thinking of others.
- Elder Carlos H. Amado

Intimate feelings were designed to help us want to marry & have children.
Part of why we're here on Earth is to learn to control those mortal feelings.
- Sister Linda S. Reeves

We need to counsel with our children & youth on an ongoing basis with love, patience, & understanding.
- Sister Linda S. Reeves

Pornography damages lives.
How do we protect our children & youth?
The greatest filter is the personal & eternal filter of a strong testimony of Jesus Christ
& of our Heavenly Father's love for us.
- Sister Linda S. Reeves

It's okay if the house is a mess & the kids are still in their pajamas.
The only things that need to be accomplished are daily scripture study & prayer,
as well as weekly family home evenings.
- Sister Linda S. Reeves

We must want to change our hearts & desires
& be humble enough to ask for the help necessary.
- Sister Linda S. Reeves

The worst whirlwinds are the temptations of the adversary.
Repentance will subdue the winds of sin.
- Elder Neil L. Andersen

The whirlwinds in your youth can increase your spiritual roots
preparing you for your years ahead.
- Elder Neil L. Andersen

Challenges will come to you,
but as you trust in God they will strengthen your faith.
- Elder Neil L. Andersen

Sometimes you have to stand alone.
Stand in holy places & be not moved.
Doctrine & Covenants 87:8
- Elder Neil L. Andersen

In the Gospel of Jesus Christ there is no room for bullying or ridicule.
- Elder Neil L. Andersen

As you live righteously year after year,
your experiences will confirm to you again & again
that Jesus is the Christ.
- Elder Neil L. Andersen

Whoever you are & wherever you may be,
you hold in your hands the happiness of more people than you can imagine.
- President Henry B. Eyring

Duties must sometimes be difficult
because their purpose is to move us along the path
to live forever with Heavenly Father.
- President Henry B. Eyring

You cannot force righteousness.
- President Henry B. Eyring

If you let Christ lead your family,
all things will work out.
- President Henry B. Eyring

Faith is the anecdote for fear.
- Elder Russell M. Nelson

Are we securely tied to God so that our faith shows
or are we actually tied to something else?
Let your faith show.
- Elder Russell M. Nelson

Too many people look only at their bank balance for peace.
- Elder Russell M. Nelson

All truth emanates from God.
- Elder Russell M. Nelson

Keeping divine commandments brings blessings, every time.
- Elder Russell M. Nelson

Wrong is never right.
- Elder Russell M. Nelson

We must be sure to sincerely love those we want to help in righteousness
so they can begin to develop confidence in God's love.
- Elder Richard G. Scott

Love & trust are very important when helping others grow in the Gospel.
- Elder Richard G. Scott

We best serve our Father in Heaven by righteously following Christ's example.
- Elder Richard G. Scott

Don't participate in selective obedience,
but be 100% obedient to God's commandments.
- Elder Robert D. Hales

Why do we choose to be disobedient when we know the eternal consequences of sin?
- Elder Robert D. Hales

Follow the signs to reach your destination instead of mindlessly following others.
- Elder Claudio D. Zivic

We need to get to the point where we have a desire to keep the commandments
rather than be constantly reminded to stay on the path.
- Elder Claudio D. Zivic

Destructive words can take a situation from hazardous to fatal.
- Elder W. Craig Zwick

We need to cultivate respect for each other
& try to understand the other person's perspective.
- Elder W. Craig Zwick

Practice asking what's going through their mind & listen.
Have empathy for the feelings & context of others.
- Elder W. Craig Zwick

Family history work is essential in connecting eternal families.
- Elder Quentin L. Cook

Our family history centers are now in our homes.
- Elder Quentin L. Cook

Families should hold family tree gatherings
& do family history work together as a family after church.
- Elder Quentin L. Cook

The eternally significant blessing of uniting our own families is is almost beyond comprehension.
- Elder Quentin L. Cook

Family commitments & expectations should be at the top of our priorities.
- Elder Quentin L. Cook

Since I didn't share everything
I encourage you to listen to or read the other wonderful words spoken at Conference...

Saturday morning:
Welcome to Conference by President Thomas S. Monson
The Cost--and Blessings--of Discipleship by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
The Joyful Burden of Discipleship by Elder Ronald A. Rasband
Christ the Redeemer by Elder Carlos H. Amado
Protection from Pornography - A Christ-Focused Home by Sister Linda S. Reeves
Spiritual Whirlwinds by Elder Neil L. Andersen
A Priceless Heritage of Hope by President Henry B. Eyring

Saturday afternoon:
Let Your Faith Show by Elder Russell M. Nelson
"I Have Given You an Example" by Elder Richard G. Scott
"If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments" by Elder Robert D. Hales
Let's Not Take the Wrong Way by Elder Claudio D. Zivic
What Are You Thinking? by Elder W. Craig Zwick
Roots and Branches by Elder Quentin L. Cook

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Easy Cheesy White Chicken Enchilada Casserole

A few months ago,
my friend Lisa from Pebbles & Piggytails posted a recipe
We tried it for dinner a while back & absolutely loved it!

My pregnant mind started thinking of different variations of it that we could try since it's so simple...
Hubby even had an awesome idea that I'm going to withhold for now
since I'm sure I'll post about it later!
This dinner was another one of those weird pregnancy thoughts
that turned out to be wonderfully delicious!

They fall madly in love.
Easy Cheesy.

25-30 corn tortillas
2 cups cooked chicken (diced or shredded)
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp chicken base
1 can diced green chiles
3/4 cup cheddar cheese separated (1/2 cup & 1/4 cup)
2 cups monterey jack cheese

Chop tortillas into bite sized pieces. Heat water with chicken base in the microwave 30 seconds at a time until chicken base is fully melted. Mix together heavy whipping cream, sour cream, & chicken base melted in water. Add chicken, green chiles, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, & tortillas then mix well. Pour mixture into a 9x13 casserole dish and sprinkle with monterey jack cheese & remaining 1/4 cup cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until lightly browned.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Nervous. Stressed. Excited.

Remember when I mentioned that we are moving again?
That's happening in about 3 weeks!
I'm nervous/stressed/excited.

I've nervous because
we haven't listed our current home yet.
We don't want to get stuck with two mortgage payments
& are trying to stay optimistic that it will sell quickly once we list it.
Help me think happy thoughts!

I'm stressed because
there is still so much to do.
Plenty to pack & clean,
Easter to celebrate,
& Little Dudeman's birthday is the same week as our close date.
I've already decided that it will only be a family party this year,
but do we celebrate it before we move or after?
Our entire family has been sick & miserable this past week
so we didn't get very much done in regards to getting the house ready to sell.
It's like a vicious cycle...
If I focus on keeping up with the laundry, dishes, & clutter
then I get no packing or deep cleaning done.
If I focus on packing & deep cleaning
our laundry & dish piles become mountains
& the kids take over the house.
I can't win.
It doesn't help that I've been getting exhausted so easily with this pregnancy.

I'm excited because
we have a new adventure ahead of us!
I will really miss our friends here,
(including the squirrel family that lives in our backyard)
but I am excited to make new friends as well.
I'm excited because my sister is graduating soon & we'll get to see family!
I'm excited because our Tennessee trip is just around the corner & we can see more family!
I'm excited because our little family is going to be growing in 4 months!
I can't wait to meet our new little lady (:
But with everything we have going on,
I highly encourage her to stay nice & comfy until August!

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