Sunday, May 08, 2011

Church Services This Week at Anaheim California Fourth Ward May 5-8-2011

When we got to the church building we were surprised to see that the other ward was still in there.  We thought perhaps that the sacrament meetings were last.  It turned out that the Samoan ward met first and they had gotten a new bishopric and were still visiting.

One of the missionaries spoke on the mothers that surround them on their missions.  The mission presidents wife, the women of the ward that feed them at times, the relief society president.

Mosiah 4:15
 15 But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.

Qualities of a righteous mother:
Unconditional love
A teacher - the gospel, how to love, how to be a faithful spouse, how
to be like the savior
A trend setter - be a good example

If the mothers are thrifty, so are their daughters. If the mothers are modest, so are the girls. If the mothers wear flip-flops and other casual clothing to sacrament meeting, so do their daughters.” (M. RUSSELL BALLARD, “Mothers and Daughters”, April 2010 General Conference)

“The onslaught of wickedness against our homes is at once more subtle and more brazen than it has ever been. It is taking its toll among our families. It will be difficult to escape these influences.” (Elder A. Theodore Tuttle, “Covenants, Ordinances, and Service”, April 1984 General Conference)

“Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners.” (The Family: A Proclamation to the World)

While women live in homes under many different circumstances—married, single, widowed, or divorced, some with children and some without—all are beloved of God, and He has a plan for His righteous daughters to receive the highest blessings of eternity.”

“There is no one perfect way to be a good mother. Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. The choice is different and unique for each mother and each family. Many are able to be “full-time moms,” at least during the most formative years of their children’s lives, and many others would like to be. Some may have to work part-or full-time; some may work at home; some may divide their lives into periods of home and family and work. What matters is that a mother loves her children deeply and, in keeping with the devotion she has for God and her husband, prioritizes them above all else.” (Elder M. Russell Ballard, “Daughters of God”, April 2008 General Conference)

Things husbands can do to lighten the load of their wives - From Elder M. Russell Ballard, “Daughters of God”, April 2008 General Conference
-Show extra appreciation
-Find regular times to talk
-Give her a day away
-After work take an active roll with your family

“If she has children, she is a "goodly parent" (1 Nephi 1:1) who lives and teaches standards of behavior exactly in line with the teachings of living prophets.” (Julie B. Beck, A Mother Heart, April 2004 General Conference)

Every girl and woman who makes and keeps sacred covenants can have a mother heart. There is no limit to what a woman with a mother heart can accomplish. Righteous women have changed the course of history and will continue to do so...”  (Julie B. Beck, A Mother Heart, April 2004 General Conference)

“All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.” (The Family: A proclamation to the World)

The explanation I gave that man is the same explanation I give to you if you feel you are an exception to what I have said. As a General Authority, I have the responsibility to preach general principles. When I do, I don’t try to define all the exceptions. There are exceptions to some rules. For example, we believe the commandment is not violated by killing pursuant to a lawful order in an armed conflict. But don’t ask me to give an opinion on your exception. I only teach the general rules. Whether an exception applies to you is your responsibility. You must work that out individually between you and the Lord. (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Dating Versus Hanging Out, Ensign June 2006)

John 19:26-27 - Jesus only ended his earthly mission once his mother was taken care of.
 26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

A monkey trap let's a monkey get his hand in to grab a banana, but does not allow him to get his hand with the banana in it.  The monkey will not let go of the banana and stays trapped.  We often get
ourselves trapped because we find ourselves in a bad situation while chasing something and don't let go of that thing and leave the situation.  Often people go back to that bad situation looking to get that treasure or pleasure again.

President Joseph F. Smith in referring to the rich man Jesus spoke to in Mark 10 said: “The difficulty with the young man [was that] he had great possessions, and he preferred to rely upon his wealth rather than forsake all and follow Christ. … No man can obtain the gift of eternal life unless he is willing to sacrifice all earthly things in order to obtain it” (Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 261)

Word of wisdom
Get enough rest.  Don't rest more than what you need.  Don't work more than you can handle.

We should have more grain than meat, but we should not have more of any of them than our body needs.

From the Bulletin
"Motherhood is more than bearing children.  It is the essence of who
we are as women." - Sheri L. Dew

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