Sunday, March 22, 2009


Today has been an especially uplifting Sabbath. To be honest, Sunday wears me out and I generally come home from church exhausted and on the verge of tears - not uplifted. Today was fabulous.

I finally gave my talk on service. I tweaked it a bit so that it wasn't about Christmas, just service. I think the changes made it even better. It went over well. Kristin took my talk literally and brought me a note and plate of cookies this evening.

Sunday School reminded me that Church History is the history of my family and the history of the world. I was reminded that the gospel is woven into the fiber of my being and I would be so very different without it. I was inspired to make the gospel so much a part of my life that it is apparent to everyone who I am. I will study gospel history more diligently.

Relief Society reminded me of the importance of prayer and the simplicity of the gospel. I plan on savoring Elder Bednar's talk over and over again.

To top it off Mommy Bee reminded me of a conversation years ago about spanking. No, I haven't started spanking my children but I don't think that I ask myself if I am parenting as Christ would as often as I used to and not nearly as often as I should. Thanks for the reminder.

"I am satisfied that such punishment in most instances does more damage than good. Children don’t need beating. They need love and encouragement. They need fathers to whom they can look with respect rather than fear. Above all, they need example.”

- Gordon B. Hinckley

1 comment:

Jenny said...

I would have loved to hear that talk from you! I always love your insights and opinions :) I must say though...that spanking doesn't necessarily mean you don't parent the way Christ would parent. I think there are many "right" ways to parent and as long as your children know that you care about them, that is what is important. Children shouldn't live in fear, I agree, and abuse is very common. I love the book "Parenting with Love & Logic". It has a good section on this subject. Of all the books I've read, this one has helped me and my children the most. I do also love that each of us are entitled to teach, discipline and rear our children with the Lord's help any way we choose :) So if not spanking works for you...that's great:)