Families Can Be Together Forever

June 18th, 2009 by Alex  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  2 Comments

Tonight as I rocked my daughter to bed, we sang “Families Can Be Together Forever“. Even though it’s a children’s song, it has the effect of bringing a feeling of peace to the room. What a great reminder it was of basic truths that are so important. It’s great that such a powerful message can be conveyed through simple music. It also serves as a reminder, do I personally follow God’s plan so that I can share my life with my family for all eternity?

Room in the Inn

May 21st, 2009 by Alex  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  Write Comment

My apologies for the cheesy title, but apparently you’re still reading. In the past several days, we’ve started a major decluttering project. This is certainly easier now that I’m done with school, but it still takes some motivation to get started. For the past couple of months, Julia and I have been casually looking around at houses “just to see what the market is like” and “for fun”. I put those in quotes because that’s what I always said when we went around doing it, but before too long I started daydreaming about having a big house with lots of room for all our stuff and plenty of space for our little girls to play.

Eventually I realized that we’re not ready for a house yet, and we don’t really need one. What we need for all of our stuff is a home. For some of our stuff that home is not our home. With too much stuff around, things tend to get in the way and make the whole house seem smaller. We plan on storing some of our things and getting rid of lots more. We’re learning that “guilt is not a reason to keep something“.

Although it’s still underway, we’ve made lots of good progress. Our food storage area is much more manageable, and now everything that had been there is in its proper home. We’re looking forward to making more progress on this in the coming weeks.

A Family First Aid Kit

April 2nd, 2009 by Alex  |  Published in Preparedness  |  Write Comment

Unclutterer has featured a great post about making a family first aid kit. This would make a great family project, and it could definitely come in handy. It’s especially nice to have things like this all in one place, because I can’t count how many times I’ve had to look for an item on this list and not found it.

What’s Your Favorite Scripture?

February 10th, 2009 by Alex  |  Published in Scriptures, Testimony  |  4 Comments

Beth asks “what’s your favorite scripture?” I’m going to bend the rules and use two that have been favorites for a while. By themselves they are both great scriptures, but together they have a deeper meaning, I think. Here they are:

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Joshua 1:9

And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

Behold, I will show unto the Gentiles their weakness, and I will show unto them that faith, hope and charity bringeth unto me—the fountain of all righteousness.

Ether 12:27-28

These scriptures both share the message of humility. Joshua 1:9 is something of a “go and do” scripture, but it has a little more meaning to me, and I even chose it for my missionary plaque. Ether 12 is a chapter that helped me a lot as a missionary, and it has helped me a lot since then as well. In my mind, returning to the Lord and displaying humility is one of the most important lessons that we can learn (and re-learn!) in our lives, because it brings other things along with it. Together, these scriptures both show us that as we trust in the Lord and lean on Him, he will lift us up and strengthen us. This didn’t just apply to Joshua or Moroni, either – this promise has been repeated to us as well.

If you haven’t already shared a favorite scripture or scriptures, feel free to do it in the comments here, in your own blog, or over on Beth’s post.

Where do I find the time?

February 6th, 2009 by Alex  |  Published in Goals, Habits, Mormonism, Spirituality  |  1 Comment

Life is busy. The to-do list is growing. Where do I find the time to do the things that I know are important, but just don’t fit into a day? Often it’s about compromises, but I’m trying to learn to make routines that combine the things that are important to me. For example, if I want to go on a walk, I can take along my MP3 player loaded with a book on tape or the scriptures. Since I just finished listening to an audiobook in the car, I need something new. I think I’ve finally graduated from the radio, because I get annoyed by the fact that even the stations I listened to in high school play more music I don’t like than music I do like. These are just two situations where I can incorporate something spiritual to that list, such as listening to Jesus the Christ or the Book of Mormon, both of which are free at audio.lds.org. Take a look at that site, because it’s full of great things to listen to that you can download for free. Adding little spiritual activities into a routine is a great way to promote those important goals off the to-do list and into habits.