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Gospel Study - Only Upon the Principles of Righteousness
Today I read Only Upon
the Principles of Righteousness by Elder Larry Y. Wilson of the Seventy.
I appreciated that
Elder Wilson reminded us that the right to useanyGod-given authority, which to me includes motherhood and any
calling in the Church. We must “lead by
principles of righteousness.”
Too often we feel as
parents that we must “…compel someone to righteousness who can and should be
exercising his or her own moral agency…”
That is hard to remember. “We
simply cannot force others to do the right thing.”
I have learned from
experience that “compulsion builds resentment.
It conveys mistrust, and it makes people feel incompetent. Learning opportunities are lost when
controlling persons pridefully assume they have all the right answers for
I suffer from this
prideful parenting. Sigh.
“Wise parents prepare
their children to get along without them.”
Well I hope I am doing
that. There are days I wonder. There are also days I dread the day that they
won’t need me anymore. Then, who will I
be? My whole identity is wrapped up in
my identity of “mom”.
Well, I am most
successful when I follow the council in D&C 121:36-37 “only by persuasion, by
long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned…” will I be
able to teach my children to trust God.
Elder Wilson also warned us from waiting to let our children exercise their
“Our children are in
our homes for a limited time. If we wait until they walk out the door to turn
over to them the reins of their moral agency, we have waited too long.”
According to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “the title-page of the Book of Mormon is a literal translation, taken from the very last leaf, on the left hand side of the collection or book of plates, which contained the record which has been translated, the language of the whole running the same as all Hebrew writing in general; and that said title page is not by any means a modern composition, either of mine or of any other man who has lived or does live in this generation” (History of the Church, 1:71).
That means it’s scripture too! That is why today I start my Book of Mormon study with the title page.
I am part of the House of Israel. My children and their children are a part of the House of Israel. This Book is written for me and for them.
I love that the Title page declares that this book is a “gift”… now this book I am marking will become a “gift” for my grandson. How cool is that? I feel like Nephi, writing my testimony of Jesus Christ and of the gospel plan as I study God’s word so …
I have noticed a ton of resistance to dress codes in schools. I have something to say... get over it.
A dress code is not about body shaming. It is not about control. It's not about taking away individuality. The dress code is not about making social divisions. It is not about taking away individual rights.
A dress code is about keeping a professional environment where real work happens. Contrary to popular belief, woman don't get to wear whatever they want when ever they want in "the real world."
Every profession has some kind of dress code. Nurses, doctors, real estate brokers, vets, and even McDonald's workers have a dress code. Even farmers and day labors wear clothing appropriate to the work they do. School is a professional environment where the student's "job" is to be the student - to learn - and the teachers' job is to open the possibilities in young minds and to create an environment where people - all people - can learn. Th…
Today may be the last day of the year, but it was the first day of the month around the Boyack house. Today was Once-a-Month-Cooking day. The funny thing is that it usually ends up lasting longer than a month. Our last big cooking day lasted from September to now. The thing is, I don't always pull from the freezer. Weekend we cook from scratch. However, with my voice lessons in late afternoons and sometimes play practice or performance I am too tired to think about dinner. Making dinner ahead saved me so much money from September to Christmas that I was able to pay for half of Christmas from the savings from the food budget. Plus, we had much healthier meals!
After collecting which recipes we wanted to make, and making a shopping list, John headed to the store around noon. We started the cooking and assembly around 1:00 and ended all the cooking by 7:00. In that time we made 35 dinners. We have the fix-in's in the cupboard to make 15 more quick and easy meals. We …