Last night while studying CFM, we read the scripture D&C 58:3. 15 years ago, when we moved into our current home, it seemed like all of our financial stuff came to a halt! Our house payment rose, Shane bought really expensive equipment for the office, we lost a tuuuuun of money in an investment, and then on top of that we had the 2008 crash, and our office dropped 40%!!! So we went through one of the most challenging years where we gained a testimony of fast offerings.
I remember one time after we had received a check from an outstanding payment at work. Shane came home and gave me some money, and told me I could go shopping. I remember walking into the Dollar Store, and a thought came to me "I can buy anything in this store I wanted!" It had been so long that I could buy something I wanted just because!
As we were studying this verse, I brought up that we learned so much even though it was one of the most challenging times in our lives. Shane looked at me and said, "What did we...
Have you ever heard of the Lemonade Story? Ok, well, actually, it's the Ice Tea Story, but since I don't drink ice tea, I switched it to the Lemonade Story!
Get Yourself Some Girlfriends...
Young and newly married, I relaxed under a pecan tree on a hot Texas summer day, drinking lemonade and getting to know my new sister-in-law, Estelle. Not much older than I, but already the mother of three, Estelle seemed to be experienced and wise.
"Get yourself some girlfriends," she advised, clinking the ice cubes in her glass, "You are going to need girlfriends. Go places with them; do things with them." What a funny piece of advice, I thought. Hadn't I just gotten married? Hadn't I just joined the couple-world? I was a married woman, for goodness sake, not a young girl who needed girlfriends. But I listened to this new sister-in-law. So I got myself some girlfriends.
As the years tumbled by, one after another, gradually, I came to understand that Estella knew what she was talking about. I...
Wow! I can't believe this was two years ago. Then, emotionally and spiritually, I was stretched thin. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life! But, putting on this conference, I had to find the strength I didn't even know I had.
I would love to tell you that everything went perfectly, but it didn't! But how it turned out was exactly how Heavenly Father wanted it. If everything went perfectly, then I wouldn't have learned all that I did.
I remember one day I was in the parking garage of the Salt Palace. Shane and I both went there to pay a portion of the rental fee. Shane forgot something in the car, so I went down to get it by myself. I was so stressed, so overwhelmed, so defeated that I wanted to disappear, I wanted to crumble to the ground and not get up! I could not go forward anymore. The conference was only 5 weeks away, and we had only sold around 100 tickets; our goal was 1500! Why was I put in this situation? Why was I so impressed by the Spirit to take...
If we could only find the courage to live the life we were divinely inspired to live! This week with the Come Follow Me it talks about Spiritual gifts. We are all given spiritual gifts, and we are all to use them differently. These gifts help us to bless others.
About 12 years ago, I went to a Relief Society night, and we learned how to knit. I had never knitted in my life! When I left that meeting, I had no idea how going that night would change me forever. A gift was given to me, but I loved most the spiritual gifts that came along with it! Stitches, patterns, products all came to me in my head, and I was only doing with my hands what was shown. My hands feely moved through the movements as I created beautiful work. I often said that this was not my work, but God was using me to create this work.
One night I had a dream, and in the dream, my children's preschool teacher, who passed away, was there. She began to tell me that she needed me to create a hat for her granddaughter. She...
I think life is amazing! Something so small can create life with only the essentials life naturally gives us. Packed in a little seed is everything it needs to create life and produce something amazing! We are just like this. Our bodies are amazing. So many things our bodies do, and we don't even have to think about it. Over the last few weeks, I have dug deeper into my health, and I have learned more about how amazing our bodies are. I feel so blessed every day for the power we each hold inside!
I love this from this week's Come Follow Me! What a powerful reminder!
Suppose we could only remember this every day! I fell into this trap long ago of not knowing what my purpose was, was I making a difference, did I matter!!!
Finding opportunities to see God's hands in our lives every day helps us be optimistic about what lies ahead.
I met with a client, and the Spirit whispered to me that she doesn't know or feel his love. Not knowing the love from Heavenly Father Keeps us in a cycle of living for the past and not for today or the possibilities of tomorrow.
We must never forget that God knows us, and He knows what we can achieve.
Go forward with faith, knowing he has great promises and blessings ahead.
I am so blessed to know this simple truth...
"After the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony … which we give of him: That he lives!" We can hear His voice in these revelations. We can witness His hand in our lives. And we can each feel "the joy this sentence gives: 'I know that my Redeemer lives!'"
Saturday nights in the Watt's home are much different than most. Every Saturday night, I am up into the wee hours of the night, creating a primary video for all the kids in my ward to watch. It takes so much time, but I know Heavenly Father has asked me to use my gifts to bless these kids and others that oversee them. In the middle of the night, I could not upload the video to our ward Facebook page. So frustrating because this happens often! I am up so often during the night trying to fix this. This morning I had ward council, today was Brax's farewell, and I had to get Grandma ready all before church! I had no extra time not to have this upload! Last night I said a prayer and just said, "Heavenly Father, I know you want me to do this, and I need your help. Uploading this movie is taking up too much of my time every week! Please show me a different way!" Afterward, I had a thought I never thought of before to do. I tried it, and within 15 minutes, the Facebook site fully uploaded...
When I think of Come Follow Me, the timing when it was inspired to come forth, how it was created, the way it helps strengthen our testimonies, I think it is laid out perfectly for the exciting times ahead. 2019 study of the New Testament...Gaining a better understanding of Jesus Christ so we can become more like him. Jesus Christ is one person who is excepted by most no matter what Christian religion one is. He has turned hearts and helped this world by showing us the way, giving us hope, and helped save us from our imperfections. 2020 with the study of the Book of Mormon...This book distinguishes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and other Christian religions. Studying the Book of Mormon brings Christ to life as we see how his teachings influence the world to become onefold. 2021 the Study of the Doctrine and Covenants and Joseph Smith...Gaining a testimony of this is the foundation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. If we don't have a strong...
"Heavenly Father may have placed those who need us, closest to us, knowing that we are best suited to meet their needs." Bonnie L. Oscarson
I love the thought of this simple statement. Today while listing to a conference talk in 2017, Bonnie L. Oscarson, in her talk "The Needs Before Us," I felt the love of our Heavenly Father in giving us all we need in those around us.
1-Am I listening to the still small voice to bless others? I have been given gifts and talents to bless those around me.
2-Am I calling upon those around me when I need help, knowing they were placed before me to bless my life?
We need each other. I need you, and you need me! So I hope we can all feel his love through the service we give each other.