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Protect our Families (4×6)

6 March 2014 No Comments Yet

March 2014’s Visiting Teaching message has some great inspirational quotes.

This one particularly stood out to me by President Eyring he said, “Each time you choose to try to live more like the Savior, you will have your testimony strengthened. You will come in time to know for yourself that He is the Light of the World.”

There is one main principle I am reminded of in that quote.

If I act, I will KNOW for myself!

One of my BFFs always reminds me there is a difference between knowing OF something and KNOWING something. What do you think the difference is? I’ve had my son say, “I know, I know, I know,” while I’m trying to teach him how to do something. How could he know if I haven’t shown him or even if he’s never done it before? I know I’ve said that to myself at church a few times during those moments of pride when I think, “didn’t they teach this same lesson 4 weeks ago?” Does that happen to you? I’ve said that so much as a child and as I’m growing up, I slowly realize I actually really only KNOW one thing for sure and that’s the fact that I still have a lot to learn. LOL

My previously mentioned BFF has an amazingly inspiring mother, and she has recently started a “Sister Scriptorian’s Class” (ok, so I named the class because I doubt she would have named it that, she’s too humble. I love alliterations like Pres. Monson and it’s not that I am a scriptorian because I’m still learning but more just because I love the scriptures!) where we get to read the Book of Mormon out loud together with a few other sisters and expound on the different gems we find in the scriptures and even ask questions when we need a little clarification.

All of us have different family dynamics which makes it so eye opening for each of us to learn from each other’s perspectives and I love it. We have a widow, married, divorced parents, born in the covenant, different children’s ages and stages, raised in the church, convert & more variety to spice up our class and experience. One thing rings true, our love for the Gospel and our Savior Jesus Christ.

This class has sisters from 5 different wards now (who originally were all in the same ward except my BFF’s Mother) and reminds me of when Alma and his friends all saw the angle of the Lord, went their separate ways and met up again and Alma said he felt joy “and what added more to his joy, they were still his brethren in the Lord; yea, and they had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God.”  Alma 17:2 These sisters of mine are still my sisters “in the Lord” and I love them! I know of some of their trials and struggles and know it’s not an easy life for any of them but they are all searching the “scriptures diligently that they might know the word of God” and that’s what gives me hope.

Going back to my previous point, we had a class this week and I missed it …because well without going off on another tangent I was babysitting 8 kids and only 2 of them were mine. ;) We were reading 1 Nephi Chapter 17 and I was inspired with the same instruction from that reading as I did from the Visiting Teaching message, see the scriptures below that stood out to me.

“And thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled. And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them, and strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them; wherefore, he did provide means for us while we did sojourn in the wilderness.” 1 Nephi 17:3

“Ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God. Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words; wherefore, he has spoken unto you like unto the voice of thunder, which did cause the earth to shake as if it were to divide asunder.” 1 Nephi 17:45

On my super handy and amazing Scripture Citation App I found this gem: “Some see only sacrifice and limitations in obedience to the commandments of the new and everlasting covenant, but those who live the experience—who give themselves freely and unreservedly to the covenant life—find greater liberty and fulfillment. When we truly understand, we seek more commandments, not fewer. Each new law or commandment we learn and live is like one more rung or step on a ladder that enables us to climb higher and higher. Truly, the gospel life is the good life.” Elder D Todd Christofferson GC April 2009.

The Lord himself has taught us “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”  (John 13:17) (Just do it? That sounds familiar.)

Why can’t I ever seem to do what I know is right? The essentials! Must do the essentials because they will bring me happiness and joy and I’ll be able to resist those weak things in my life.

It also reminds me of how my BFF always says do you KNOW or just KNOW OF OR ABOUT something? (She’s so wise) Knowing has become an action word! Like Faith without works is dead, so is knowing without trying. Knowing without trying, is …. (I can’t find the right comparison there but you get it). Do you know how to make scrambled eggs?  Have I even tried it to know? If I don’t, then I must try, and if I’ve tried, then why don’t I keep it up! (Such a constant struggle to “just do it”) reminds me of my fave quote from Elder Davis A Bednar “It’s one thing to know it’s true, its another thing to consistently be true to what we know. …we need to be converted. Live what we know.” Talks about the Ministry of an Apostle, August 2010 (start the video at the 8 min 20 seconds mark and you’ll learn some insight of how to be converted.)

If we aren’t consistent, if we aren’t living the principles of the gospel and keeping our covenants, the natural man will take over, our weaknesses will be exposed and become weaker, we will lose ourselves and our families will fall apart. This is sooooo close to home because I am from a family who’s parents decided to divorce when I was 16. Without getting into much detail, it’s more than heart breaking! It’s like my grandpa always says, people will always have the same problems when they divorce thinking they will find a “better” spouse, they’ll experience the same hardships when they get remarried unless they are willing to improve ourselves and become better. I love my grandpa, he is so wise!

So, as you can see I was inspired to use this quote in the printable:

“We need to protect our families and be at the forefront together with all people of goodwill in doing everything we can to preserve light, hope, and morality in our communities.”

One of my BFF’s growing up, has a brother who just decided to enlist to serve with the US Marines and well, I felt it would be awesome to have some kind of service men and women in the front helping us to focus on the “protecting” our families part, because who doesn’t just think of protection when you see them.

I am committed to do it!

I designed it using the various graphics especially the Stringbean Family graphics by Lettering Delights & of course edited the graphic to include the perfect message. I added the temple too, did you notice, because we wouldn’t be able to protect our families without the protection that comes from living the covenants made in the Temples of the Lord.

Download 4×6 Protect our Families Card:

Download this month’sProtect our Families in JPG format for printing and give them to the sisters you Visiting Teach & families Home Teach, favorite missionary, even your child would love this too by clicking the image link below.

Instructions:

  1. Click on image & download it. (it’s a jpg)
  2. Print it 4×6 (you might need to adjust your printer settings because if printed at 100% it might be too big), in color on thick cardstock or take/upload the image (jpg file) to your local print shop and have them print it 4×6 on  photo paper like you would regular pictures. Like at Cosco, Walmart, Target, etc.