2016 Theme

On Christmas Eve we talked about how important Christ is in our lives and how as a family, we want to come closer to Him. I suggested that we adopt the following scripture from the Book of Mormon as our theme for this year:

Moroni 10: 32-33

32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.

The goal is to “come unto Christ” through our study, prayer, activities, and actions this year. The grace of Christ is a powerful force for change and I want my children to experience that more fully in their lives. I want them to know He is the one they can always rely on, put their hope and trust in, and know that whatever happens, His light will always shine the way forward.

I look forward to 2016 and the opportunities that lie ahead and will share our journey here.

 

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Happy 2016!

A favorite quote to start off the new year:

“God doesn’t care nearly as much about where you have been as He does about where you are and, with His help, where you are willing to go.”                                                                                                                   -Jeffrey R. Holland.

If you have the time, this is a great talk about resolutions, new beginnings, and hope for the future:

Remember Lot’s Wife

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Concert Master

We were very excited to see #5 sitting in the first chair during the Youth Orchestra concert. She is the first of our kids to be assigned concert master. Her teacher said she had the best form and wanted here there.

Concert

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How to put selfishness in its place

The grateful man sees so much in the world to be thankful for, and with him the good outweighs the evil. Love overpowers jealousy, and light drives darkness out of his life. Pride destroys our gratitude and sets up selfishness in its place. How much happier we are in the presence of a grateful and loving soul, and how careful we should be to cultivate, through the medium of a prayerful life, a thankful attitude toward God and man!”

– Joseph F. Smith

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The Noble Soul

From Live in Thanksgiving Daily by Joseph B. Wirthlin:

“Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful. They tend to brighten all around them. They make others feel better about themselves. They tend to be more humble, more joyful, more likable.”

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What we need most

“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.”
-William James

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Make it count

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”

– Neal A. Maxwell

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