The full circle of life starts with a child being born, a family becoming eternally bonded through offspring. It seems that the first child brings so much change, but also so much joy, that the desire to have more purpose and to grow as a family increasingly continues. Elder Neil L. Anderson of the Quorom of the Twelve Apostles stated:
“I testify of the great blessing of children and of the happiness they will bring us in this life and in the eternities.”
Blood artist, Trevin Prince, has captured this moment in a joint blood painting with the O+ contribution from all three individuals. It is one distinctly unique way to visually capture this loving relationship. This value of family needs to be shared with more purpose of heart by all in order to help this world better understand and appreciate our eternal nature of family and the blessings it brings. This great artist is doing just that and it inspires the rest of us.
How can you share the value of family through what you do everyday?
“There is only one day that you and I have to live – and that’s today. There is nothing we can do about yesterday except repent, and there may be no tomorrows. The thing for us to do when we arise from our beds as God gives us a new day is to pray that whatever comes to our hands, we will do it to the best of our ability.”
–Harold B. Lee, 11th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
One thing that just irks me is when people dwell on either yesterday or tomorrow, they don’t appreciate today. I love this quote from President Lee because it refocuses our attention on the here and now. Yes, we should definitely learn from what has happened in the past and to certainly prepare for the future, but we can’t successfully live in either. If we cannot accept where we are right now, we will never find happiness.
Scripture reading is so important for us to daily refocus our mindset on the eternal perspective driving our actions. But if you’re like me and you wake up at 5 am in order to hash out a day’s work, it can be difficult to get in that scripture study.
May I recommend a solution? I get daily emails from Latter-Day Light on a daily basis with a short little devotional. They include a scripture and a matching prophetic quote.
Now, I do not suggest this as a complete substitution of your true scripture study or daily reading with family; those are still far more important. However, getting started on a spiritual thought each day helps us to keep that eternal focus throughout the day. Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles stated:
“The discipline of following a scripture-study plan of learning the gospel [is] a wonderful, rewarding experience. The knowledge of the teachings of the scriptures [will] unfold in a glorious way through individual study. . . . Our minds [are] sharpened as we followed the daily practice of individual and companion study. The practice [brings] us closer together as companions and increase[s] our understanding of the doctrines of the kingdom.”
Have you seen that analogy with the mason jar, the apples, and the popcorn? I remember seeing it in Sunday school. The mason jar is the time in your day. The apples are the things we have been admonished to do daily and that are the most important things for ourselves and our families. The popcorn represent all the other little things that we want and like to do, but aren’t necessities. Well, if we fill our mason jar with all the popcorn before the apples, we can’t fit the apples into the jar. But if we put in the apples first, then all the popcorn can fit in around them.
This applies to more than just scripture study, I know. But it’s a good start for someone who’s only “eating” popcorn.
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So while I was looking for a nice image for this post, I came across the most fantastic idea: apple pies in jars! This is the most creative thing! I saw that and thought: I have all these baby food jars at home now, sitting empty, taking up space in my cupboard……and my husband always wants some sorts of sweets available…I’m gonna try this. Then I thought about trying little mini cobblers in there too because they’re much easier to make. So I found these little recipe ideas here.
Try it and have fun.
Listen to President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints share how finding faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will help us have the power to overcome challenges in life. Please watch and think about how you can apply the Savior’s teaching to your own daily struggles. I was touched when the mother in the video finds her son praying; I hope to find my own children doing that which will help me remember to look up as I climb my own mountains.