I love this idea and while I am currently doing 14 day, I wanted y'all to have a chance to start preparing for General Conference!
I created a little printable for you to have for the next 10 days as we prepare, to jot down who you listened to and any thoughts you may have.
If you do decide to do this, I would love to know! Feel free to message me & keep me updated on your progress!
(the download link is down below! or you can get it here)
I will (try) to update this post every day until Saturday, with the talk I listened to!
Talk: Put Your Trust in the Lord
Speaker: Elder M. Russell Ballard
Thoughts: I have so been that member who sometimes avoids opportunities to share the gospel with others. I rarely raise my hand to volunteer and I know that I am missing out on the chance to make a difference in someone else's life. Missionary work is SO important, and I have my entire membership to dedicate thanks to those missionaries. You never stop being a missionary, as my husband who served years before he met me, was the greatest missionary ever and taught me so many things. I know I need to do better & this talk is just what I needed to here.
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
I am what others would call old school. I believe in the traditional household where the man works and provides for his family while the woman stays home and tends to the house and children. (Read about our ttc story)
I take great delight in serving my husband and try to be the best wife I can be to him. I think there is a delusion in being a stay at home wife, as if wives sit at home and spend all of their husband's money. A marriage is a union, where each person serves the other in different aspects. But ultimately we serve the Lord.
As the bible verse above says, just like Christ is the head of the church, the husband is the head of the wife and household. I positively feel we are equal partners in decision making and family matters, but I do think there is a distinction and every household needs someone in the leadership role. My job is to serve my husband & I don't think I would want it any other way.
I think the most important thing to take from this, is to know serving your husband isn't to lose a part of yourself. But instead it is to be more Christ like and remember your marriage was a vow made before God, so treat it as the most precious thing.
The word serve is a commonly misconstrued, as if I am doting on him hand and foot. I believe to serve your husband is more to give as much as he does into the marriage. To serve him is to love him unconditionally and take care of things in the household. We both put in work and 100% of our effort which allows us to work together seamlessly.
While he works for the military, my duties all are related to taking care of our home. I blog, do all the cooking, and keep the house clean. Also, during our first year of marriage I was going to school and I am now planning on going back soon. I also volunteered for my husband's unit and was the FRG leader while in Utah.
There are great sacrifices that come with one spouse staying home, with living off just one income it can cause a little more stress in the marriage. Just remember to keep everything mutual. If he is serving and providing for the home, you need to be serving and providing for the household as well.
Below, I have linked The Family: A Proclamation to the World, which is still one of my favorite things released by the church.
"“...Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”
Wow, did not thing I would ever write that. Well, not any time soon. In our church we have Fast Sundays, every first Sunday of the month. On these Sundays, you are to fast and also during sacrament, everyone has the opportunity to go up there and bear their testimony. I honestly look forward to hearing other people's testimonies, their hilarious jokes or even if they just feel so passionate and shed a tear or two. It's just so inspiring to hear what others feel! This morning I was called in early to speak with our stake president. He asked me if I could pray before our stake conference and I immediately said yes, only to realize we weren't going to be here this next weekend... Or the one after that. I hadn't realized this was our last Sunday before our move! I immediately felt that I need to bear my testimony. It's kind of funny because today is the three month anniversary of my baptism (woot woot!) so if I were to bear my testimony, now was going to be the time.
The weekend is finally upon us! I am so excited to tune in to General Conference this weekend. For those who don't know, general conference happens twice a year, in April and then October. The conference is talks given by church leaders (including our living prophet Thomas S. Monson!!). The conference is held in Salt Lake City and James + I attended this last April. When I went, I wasn’t Mormon or really interested in joining. I more so went to see how it was and it was a great way to learn more. Even though I went in person, I don’t think I appreciated it as much as I would now. Even though we won’t be there in person watching, we will be tuning in online! I have been just reading and pinteresting away at different ideas to prepare for conference and make it have a more lasting impression on us. So, here are a few of my ideas!
Write it down. Hear something you want to remember? Write it down. Last weekend was the women’s conference and I brought a small journal with me. I wrote down what I thought were important thoughts, lessons, and the names of those who spoke. I have a pretty cruddy memory, so for me this is not only to help me remember a few months from now, but also for the weeks to come. One perk of watching online, is you will have more time to write down everything easier.
Hello everyone! So today I decided to switch things up and do a YouTube video. A lot has been going on lately and I am glad I have time to finally sit down and talk/type. I hope you enjoy the video, the quality went a bit fuzzy during editing, so I'll try and work on that! Also, I completely forgot to mention her, but Al Fox Carraway has been a huge inspiration to me. I love reading her blog + just posts on her instagram. On my first day of Institute class, she posted this quote and I cannot express how much this spoke to me!
It is just so spot on and even though taking this semester off and taking Institute instead was not my plan, I know it will bring many, many blessings into my life. I feel like at this point in my life, I am exactly where I need to be. I love learning about our savior + learning more and more about the church I am now a part of. Nonetheless, I hope you guys enjoy my youtube video, I look forward to making more! Take care + God Bless!
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