Hearts of the Children …

I wanted to look up the option for printing a family tree fan. Totally cool! This is the simple one from FamilySearch.org. Simple.Screen Shot 2013-06-30 at 9.16.05 PM“Remember that the names which will be so difficult to find are of real people to whom you owe your existence in this world and whom you will meet again in the spirit world. When you were baptized, your ancestors looked down on you with hope. Perhaps after centuries, they rejoiced to see one of their descendants make a covenant to find them and to offer them freedom. In your reunion, you will see in their eyes either gratitude or terrible disappointment. Their hearts are bound to you. Their hope is in your hands. You will have more than your own strength as you choose to labor on to find them.” —Henry B. Eyring, “Hearts Bound Together,” Ensign, May 2005

This is Jimmy’s simple family tree fan. This shows his grandmother’s biological line.
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This one shows his grandmother’s adopted line. I’m not sure why they are different. I thought these were both feeding from the same information. Sounds like a mystery that needs to be solved.Screen Shot 2013-06-30 at 11.25.15 PM

Miss Hannah told me she LOVES family history stuff. She loves seeing all the names and pictures and knowing about the people. I’m excited to figure out what we’re doing and get our family going with this. It may take a few years to figure it out and get the kids involved.

The 6th ward did the neatest youth conference. They set a goal for the youth to research and take 250 family names to the temple for baptisms. They learned how to research from a sister in the ward who works at the family history library in SLC. Some of the youth were completely caught up in the family history work. So neat! I saw their goal and thought they had aimed waaaaay too high. Little did I know (doubting Heather!) that they would exceed their goal by almost 20 names. The youth picked 4 temples to go to over a period of a few days and they did the baptisms. Super way to teach the youth!

I think Hannah will find this word cloud interesting. These names come from Smith & Price lines. The larger the word, the more common it is on the family tree.cloud “Do you young people want a sure way to eliminate the influence of the adversary in your life? Immerse yourself in searching for your ancestors, prepare their names for the sacred vicarious ordinances available in the temple, and then go to the temple to stand as proxy for them to receive the ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. As you grow older, you will be able to participate in receiving the other ordinances as well. I can think of no greater protection from the influence of the adversary in your life.” – Elder Scott Oct 2012, The Joy of Redeeming the Dead

I love this stuff. It inspires my heart. Now, I just need to figure out what I’m doing and how to research. Once we get our chart linked together appropriately, I want to print both Smith & Price lines on a huge fan to hang in the home. Hearts of the children turn to their fathers!

Happy & Holy

Saw this image on a general conference video and you just can’t help but feel happy with him. He was talking about Spencer W. Kimball, “Give me this mountain. Give me these challenges.” There is JOY in the gospel… even in challenges. This I must remember.Screen Shot 2013-06-16 at 3.08.10 PM

Jimmy and I went to ward temple night yesterday to do sealings at the Jordan River Temple. As we sat in the sealing session, I thought about how blessed we are to have such a peaceful, holy building to attend. How many people in the world have the opportunity to feel that special spirit in the temple? How many people would be so uplifted and blessed if they would adjust their life to be able to spend more time in the temple? We are so blessed to have this Holy House of God.

Temple Blessings

The temple was grand today. I drove the slightly more peaceful drive to Oquirrh Mountain temple instead of Mt. Timp. The flowers were lovely.
IMG_20130511_102849-webThe temple workers were cheerful. I had such sweet and sincere sisters serving in the initiatory. They made me giggle inside because of their sparkle. It is so quiet in the temple. It is so different than my home with 5 noisy children. I had to pry my eyes open with tooth picks to stay awake. I wanted to just curl up on a couch and sleep for a few hours. Think of all the glorious temple spirit I would absorb. But alas… I didn’t sleep. But I did enjoy the stillness.IMG_20130511_103011-webWhile I was waiting for my turn, I opened up the Bible to read for a bit. The page I opened up to was Psalms 138. It spoke to me.psalms 138I’m so grateful for the Holy Spirit that connects with our spirit to comfort and teaches. I love doing initiatories because it reminds me of all the blessings I have been annointed with. We are so blessed. This is a reason to rejoice… the knowledge that God blesses us and watches over in very specific ways. This strengthens me to know that with God, I can do all things.

A Temple in Sight

ne13apr49-000-always-have-the-temple-in-your-sightsOh how I love this poster from the back page of the April 2013 New Era. I want a huge print of it in my home. What a perfect message for all of us.

A Sunday Drive

Collages5Well… it was a day.

6 a.m. – Tru woke in all his glory.

7:30 a.m. – appointment with the new stake president for Jimmy to receive a new calling – Stake Clerk

9:00 – Heather goes to InstaCare for the most ridiculous injury… mechanical pencil lead lodged in heel of foot. Seriously? It was the perfect storm for that lead to puncture my foot instead of just breaking. So dumb – and painful. Doctor digs and digs and still can’t get it out. Why was pencil lead on the carpet anyways? Does anyone vacuum around here?

10:00 Stake Conference. Sorry, but 5 kids and I stayed home. I can’t hobble around with 5 kids who have colds and are coughing out a lung.

Afternoon: Jimmy finally came home… He was gone most of the weekend setting up the broadcast for Stake Conference. Elder Russell M. Nelson came which was really neat. Our stake was split and we are in the new stake. It was busy for Jimmy… he came home and crashed on the couch in his suit. He is a good man.

Evening: Went on a Sunday drive with the Fam. We drove to Provo to see the City Center Temple up on stilts. Saw the MTC which is on overload right now. Potty Break at the bYu. Green Grass. Provo Temple and the glorious mountains. Blue Skies. Sunshine.

I was going to take a picture of the temple and realized the camera had reversed and was on me. It made me laugh to see me and the car so I was silly and took a picture with me and Jimmy and my reflection. Hardy-har.

Hannah finally started reading Harry Potter this weekend. She doesn’t know what to think about Snape. Tru always cracks us up with his upside down sunglasses. Our drive was a good end to the day.

Utah Temple Tour: Manti

Once upon a time – in 2008… we started the Smith Family Utah Temple Tour… in hopes that we could make it to most of the temples in Utah. Well… we finally made it to Manti. On our 8 hour drive home, we went up 89… and came to Manti at sunset. It was fun to go up and down the 71 steps on the Samuel the Lamanite Wall. There were many great rocks to climb on. What a lovely temple on the hill.02 february 2013 instagram7

Armed with Righteousness

My friend Katie shared this quote by Barbara Bush on facebook today. I LOVE it!Yes, what happens in our country affects us each and every day … but in the end, TRUTH WILL PREVAIL … our success as a family depends on our personal righteousness. Oh how I want us to BE STRONG.

These are the latter days. Heavenly Father knew things would get tough so he gave us tools to be faithful. This year our family has been focusing on Temples – and building a little temple fund to donate to the Church. I hope my children realize that the Temple strengthens us with might … to do right … no matter what is going on around us.

It will take strong people to battle those in the tall and spacious building. I’m excited for our 2013 Family Theme: Armed with Righteousness.
This is a perfect time to teach our kids about being courageous for all that is virtuous and true. I feel an urgency to focus on this even more than we have. These are desperate times. Satan is a booger and is fighting hard. But we can fight harder because GOOD is stronger…. it’s eternal.

Teaching spiritual preparedness, temporal preparedness, hard work, sacrifice, faith in Jesus Christ, optimism (i know – you’re doubting my optimism after that last Presidential Election post of mine). But there is more we can do to teach our little barnlings to be STRONG in righteousness.

I love this challenge for myself as a mother.

Salt Lake City Cemetery & Temple Square

I really loved this activity. Jimmy had taken a tour of this cemetery with his team at work. He found a map that showed where many church leaders were buried.

We saw the gravesites of Wilford Woodruff, Joseph F. Smith, Gordon B. Hinckley, Spencer W. Kimball, Howard W. Hunter, John Taylor, Heber J. Grant. We found Truman O. Angell – Architect of the SLC Temple & Jimmy’s former Stake President, Truman G. Madsen (who died when I was pregnant with Truman – Hence we thought of that name).

James E. Talmage had an interesting story behind his gravestone. He had a theory about the difference between the granite and limestone and thus he designed his gravestone. “His gravestone at the Salt Lake City Cemetery is an unusual geological phenomenon, a “xenolith” (rock within a rock)—dark limestone engulfed in granite.”

Spencer W. Kimball had 2 huge pieces of petrified wood by his grave, reminiscent of his Arizona youth.

It was also sweet to think of the dear wives of these prophets… brave and faithful women, indeed.
After the cemetery, we got a bite to eat at City Creek and walked over to temple square. As we walked out of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, an Asian woman was smiling so big and had her video camera filming our family. She seemed so delighted at our comical family. Luckily, everyone was well-behaved at that moment. The kids had just spied the temple all light up in the night sky. They loved it.

We went over to the visitor’s center to see the Christus. Abraham especially loves hearing the scriptures read up there. Max recognized the echo in that room and said, “I – LOVE – JES-US – AND – HE – LOVES – ME.” Or something like that. ‘Liza picked up on the echo and started squawking. We zipped out of there so quickly since our kids started making so much noise. Ay-Ay-Ay!

We got everyone in bed a little late but it was a fun evening together as a family.

Carry On, Carry On, Carry On

I somehow thought I was so clever to come up with this take on the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. I’m sure someone already thought of it, but if not, perhaps someone will enjoy it in their home. Now up in the etsy shop (which I’m supposed to be closing but can’t for some reason).

And just for record sake… I had this idea to create some custom Missionary art.

Does LIGHT and TRUTH make me a changed person?

remember a while back when I asked the question…
“How does knowing who you are, as a child of God, affect your every day, your every moment?”
It was the direction I was heading for my R.S. lesson.

Well… it broadened and morphed into this …

I really liked researching this topic.

A: Plan of Salvation, Divine Nature, Eternal Life, Marriage Sealing, Agency, Prophets of God, The Atonement, Baptism, The Priesthood, Repentance, Sacrifice, Atonement, Service, Honesty, Obedience, Temple Work, Communication with God through Prayer. There are many more, just peek in the Gospel Principles book.

A: Study, Witness of the Holy Ghost “By the Power of the Holy Ghost, ye may know the truth of all things.” Moroni 10:5

How often do we think about these marvelous truths throughout our day? Do we recognize how blessed we are to have this LIGHT?

Then I shared a few examples of Latter-day saint pioneers who recognized the blessings of LIGHT and TRUTH and let it positively affect their daily life.

Q: What can we do daily to WALK IN THE LIGHT OF TRUTH?
A: so many things … a few we talked about are on this handout.

Q: WHAT ARE THE Blessings that come when I fill my mind & heart with LIGHT … and ACT on that Truth?
A: “Consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual.” Mosiah 2:41

Basically, I have been thinking about all the gospel knowledge/testimony I have received. Do I really live differently than others in the world because of the LIGHT I have received. Is it reflected in my attitude about my daily life?

I fear I often don’t live up to the responsibility I have to reflect all that LIGHT and TRUTH … putting it into Action. But this lesson was a good one for me – to start getting on the right track.

p.s. never fail… when I teach a lesson, I have a goober hard time with that very thing in the next week or two. I’ve decided this is one of two things… Satan tries his darndest to discourage us because he knows we have just born testimony of a very important gospel principle. or … Heavenly Father gives us a challenge to conquer to see how firmly we believe it. Wow – climbing mountains over here.

Next Lesson Topic:
Yep … life is hard … so, where does JOY fit in?