Thursday, May 28, 2015

A True Story.

To say that something special is happening this weekend would be an understatement.  My oldest daughter is getting baptized, which is sort of the culmination of everything we've done as a family together over the past 8 years.  Every conversation, every teaching moment, every testimony, every FHE, every question asked and answered, every prayer has been to lead and her to the waters of baptism.

She can recite the Articles of Faith.  She can sing My Gospel Standards.  She can bear her testimony...even in sign language.  She can rattle off many of her favorite scriptures from memory. She knows the prophets and what they are saying today.  She has been well-taught.

But more than that, Scarlett has been prepared and she has had the faith to take her own steps and to grow her own testimony.  She has had the opportunity to make correct choices and time after time she has chosen virtue.  

One of the most striking characteristics of Scarlett (besides her pure joy and sincere compassion for the well-being of others) is the song that springs freely from deep inside of her.  She is a girl who hears and feels the music of the gospel and is ready (as her brother before her) to enter into covenants with the Lord.  She is prepared to live a life dedicated to following the Savior through service to her fellow men...and to follow Him to the very end.

I am so excited for this great, great spirit, and so honored to present her with my husband to the Lord this Saturday as she enters the covenant of baptism!  There's nothing better!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

I know He knows.

Someone asked the question in Sunday School yesterday about why women aren't mentioned much in the scriptures.  Actually, I think it was the teacher who brought this up for discussion.  Some people in class gave ideas about why this is so...they had good answers, which I won't explore here.

But I had my own answer.  The thought that welled up inside of me is this: Only one person is supposed to get the glory in this world, and that is God.  I don't need my name to be written in scripture, because I know God knows what I do in my home day after day.  And that's enough for me.

I am grateful to be a woman in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which contains the fullness of His gospel, and I am grateful for the personal relationship that I have with Him.  (And with that...here come my kids!)

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Music of the Gospel FHE

My two oldest children, aged 7 and 9, started taking piano lessons this year, as did I at their age.  

One of my children loves music and always has.  At her recital, she even sang while she played the piano and had more than a few parents tearing up with her heartfelt performance.

My other child sees his piano lessons as mechanics.  He knows how to hit the right notes, and hits them with precision, but I'm pretty sure he does not feel the music deep down in his soul like my other child does.  And that's ok, for now.  

We all learn things--and even catch on to or learn to love things--in our own way, and often, in our own time.

There is, of course, allowance for that...room and time to grow when it comes to spiritual things.  Heavenly Father has set up earth life this way...with everything we need to progress.  But as parents, of course, we hope that our children will catch on to spiritual things sooner rather than later.

Because of years of hard work in our home, our children are pretty well-versed in the gospel, but knowing gospel teachings and feeling gospel truths are not always the same thing, as Elder Wilford W. Andersen points out in his General Conference talk The Music of the Gospel.

This idea spilled out into a gospel discussion that our family was having one morning last week.  After reading about the parable of the sower during our morning family scripture study, we talked about what we can do to make sure our hearts are fertile ground for gospel truths...which lead us to the idea of "hearing the music of the gospel."

Quoting an old medicine man, Elder Andersen said, "'I can teach you to dance, but you have to hear the music.' 

He continued, "Sometimes in our homes, we successfully teach the dance steps but are not as successful in helping our family members to hear the music.  And as the old medicine man knew well, it is hard to dance without music." 
Even in the best of homes, under the finest instruction, this can happen.

When I was taking piano lessons as a child, from my own mother, I too did not let myself "hear the music".  Learning, and more importantly, practicing the piano was something that I just did not want to do...so I picked up the very most basic skills, and then I quit. My mother did an excellent job of teaching me the notes, but I did not have the desire to hear the music.  That is on me. Being willing to "hear the music" is a choice we each make in life, whether it's acquiring a new skill or acquiring a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

During our family discussion, I asked my children if they understood what it means to "hear the music of the gospel."  They each gave me their version of what this phrase means.

One said, "to feel the spirit," another "to feel good inside," another "to do what Jesus teaches."  I asked them if they have ever heard the music of the gospel.  Each responded in kind and gave examples from their own 6, 7, and 9 year-old experiences, which included the happiness of being baptized all the way to the calm one felt when he prayed that he wouldn't throw up!

I shared with them that I probably hear the music of the gospel just about every day.  I said, "You know when Mom cries, and I say I feel happy, and you guys look at me funny for crying??  Well, those are times when I'm hearing/feeling the music of the gospel."  But times when I'm not trying very hard, not listening hard enough, it's easy for a day or more to go by and not really hear the music.  Those are the times I need to tune out the world more and listen to recognize that gospel music in my life.

Earlier last year, our family was working on our Family Media Plan.  We created an outline of principles that we'd like to guide the decisions we make when it comes to what media we welcome into our home.

I started by showing them a radio with a dial tuner.  I demonstrated how it works.  Each child was given the opportunity to practice tuning the radio to a station of their choice.  At first they heard static, and then after careful listening and fine-tuning, they could hear beautiful music.

This, we learned, is how we practice listening to the voice of the Spirit.  This is what we must do every day of our lives in order to hear the music of the gospel.  The fine-tuning includes daily personal and family prayer, daily personal and family scripture study, weekly family home evening, weekly partaking of the sacrament, and regular temple worship.

When we neglect to do these things, it is easy to fall out of tune with the gospel.  When we do them, especially as parents, our gospel teaching in the home will become much more effective.

Elder Andersen made this clear...before children can hear the music, parents must hear it first, be living in tune with it always, and demonstrate that gospel harmony in the home.

When parents hear the music of the gospel and live in harmony with that music and fill their home with the sweet music of gospel living, children are much better able to hear the music of the gospel as well.  In teaching my children gospel principles of any kind, I am most effective when I am living that gospel principle to the best of my ability.  All the time.  Not half-heartedly, but with all the energy of my soul.

Although I did not take to playing the piano at first, I grew up listening to the beautiful music that my Mom and Dad produced when they played the piano in our home. Their examples, their ability to hear, love, and produce beautiful music in our home day after day, year after year, planted in me the desire to learn to play that music as well, after I did a little maturing of my own!  

The same will be true for our children's spiritual growth.  We cannot and must not force them to "hear the music" of the gospel, but through long-suffering, showing of great love for them, and demonstrating OUR love for the music of the gospel, seeds will be planted that will one day bear spiritual fruit.

When I am doing that, when I am living the gospel consistently and in plain sight of my children...the teaching comes easily.  My passion for the gospel is palatable and transfers to my children contagiously.  

Again, hearing the music is your children's choice, but making sure that your behavior is not blocking the music is yours.

I am so grateful for the Family Home Evening program

One of the biggest blessings that I've noticed over years of holding FHE in our home is that the more we do it, the more FHE spills over into every other facet of our lives.  Gospel discussions can happen any time, any where, and often do.  It does not always need to be structured, perfect, reverent, or pinterest-worthy.  It can be beyond-silly, spontaneous, and hands-on.  Holding FHE each week is an act of obedience that is always acceptable to God and yields great blessings!

Here are some more ways you can gauge whether or not your children are "hearing the music of the gospel" or just going through the motions.  These are things you can do casually or as part of a Family Home Evening:

1. Ask them if they hear it and let them tell you about times they've felt the music of the gospel personally.  This is also nice to do one-on-one together, possibly while going on a walk or doing something calm together.
2. After teaching spiritual lessons to your children, invite them to teach these same lessons to their siblings and observe how these messages are delivered by them.
3. Give children opportunities to make choices with spiritual consequences after they have been taught correct principles.
4. Bear your testimony to them often and hold regular personal interviews, in which they are free to express themselves to you without judgement.
5. Make sure they feel comfortable asking you questions as you can learn just as much from their questions as from their answers.

HAVE MORE IDEAS for helping your children hear the music of the gospel?  Please leave your ideas in a comment on this post...

Family Home Evening 100th anniversary blog event

...go ahead and visit these other bloggers to find more great family home evening lessons based on a talk from the April 2015 General Conference! Be sure to leave them comments thanking them for their hard work in putting the lessons together.

Whitney @ Southern Hope | Jocelyn @ We Talk of Christ | Montserrat @ Cranial Hiccups
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Monday, April 6, 2015

What Did Your Children Learn from Conference?

I hope you had an absolutely wonderful General Conference weekend!  My children amazed me with their ability to sit and listen this time around. I guess that's what NINE years of practice watching all of the sessions together will do for ya!  Either that or they were in a candy coma! :) 

Seriously, though, I think we've all grown *a lot* in the process of watching General Conference together, including/especially myself!  

As I mentioned on Facebook, neither my printer nor my oven were working this weekend, so we kept things very simple!  Just putting that out there...less IS more.  Since we were forced to watch it in our back room, I think there were also less distractions back there...and fewer ways out!

In this post, I'm including pictures of some activities that helped us learn during Conference this weekend.  More than ever, the kids really enjoyed writing notes on the Apostles' talks on our erasable chalk board banner (read more about it here.)  And we kept track of our memorized scriptures quoted during Conference on this big paper on our wall.  

The other activity that proved to be precipitous was writing down every mention of children, stories about children, songs sung from the Children's Songbook, etc.  My children were given this note-taking sheet by their Primary teachers, and boy did they use it, especially on Saturday, when children were spoken of in nearly every talk!

The day/morning following conference, I like to poll my children to see what teachings they remember.  If they take good notes, they usually remember a lot.  Scarlett took good notes.  

This time around, I asked them which talks they'd like to be in charge of teaching to the family during our General Conference lessons.  I wrote down the stories that they volunteered:

This always tells me what they really heard, what stories grabbed their interest, who was paying attention, and how much did they actually retain!  

I'm proud of Autumn for being the first to volunteer a story: "stay by the tree!"  Knowing her like I do, this just made me happy to see her growing in her ability to vocalize her beautiful thoughts.  Guy did not take very many notes, so he struggled to recall three teachings/stories from Conference.  Scarlett, being such a compassionate girl, can't stand to see anyone struggle, so she volunteered some of her notes for Guy to "use" for his answers.  (Sharing her oil, as it were!)

Well, we've had a very adventurous Spring Break so far, and we've got the day off today, so I must be off and doing with my kids!  I wish I could journal/blog about all of my thoughts from the weekend/week previous, but there's no time for that.

I will share the scripture that I read today...as part of my General Conference resolution to "every day, every day, every day" read The Book of Mormon and learn from the living prophets.  I happen to be reading in Jacob 6...might be a good one to read with your families tonight in FHE (as we did this morning!) and think about how it applies to you and General Conference!

7 For behold, after ye have been nourished by the good word of God all the day long, will ye bring forth evil fruit, that ye must be hewn down and cast into the fire?
8 Behold, will ye reject these words? Will ye reject the words of the prophets; and will ye reject all the words which have been spoken concerning Christ, after so many have spoken concerning him; and deny the good word of Christ, and the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and quench the Holy Spirit, and make a mock of the great plan of redemption, which hath been laid for you?

9 Know ye not that if ye will do these things, that the power of the redemption and the resurrection, which is in Christ, will bring you to stand with shame and awful guilt before the bar of God?...
11 O then, my beloved brethren, repent ye, and enter in at the strait gate, and continue in the way which is narrow, until ye shall obtain eternal life.
12 O be wise; what can I say more?
(Jacob 6: 7-12) ‪#‎LDSConf‬

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Grateful for the Glue

I am so grateful for the glue that General Conference has become for our family.  This week, we had to make a decision about our travel plans which meant we might be away from my husband over General Conference weekend.  My children protested vehemently against this option, because, they said, "General Conference is our family's thing that we do together.  We can't watch it without Daddy!"  We felt this power of unity again today as we heard dissenting voices raised against the prophet.  We looked into each other's eyes and sustained our leaders again and again...and we did it together. ‪#‎TogetherForever‬!

What amazing doctrines we heard taught today on the power and purpose of family!  What a blessing it is to be members of Christ's true church on the earth and to know what we know about God's plan of happiness!  Just feeling so grateful for it all!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

A Very Merry UN-birthday to ME!

Earlier this year, I mentioned that my sister had given me a very special UN-birthday present with the instructions to only open it when I was having a gloomy, rotten day.  I loved the sentiment, but I vowed not to open it all year...and thus never give in to having a "bad day."

Well, yesterday, after a "no good, very bad" day, I cried Uncle, and this morning, with my children gathered around me, I finally opened the gift.  (For the record, I managed to wait three months before opening my bad day gift.  I think that's pretty good.)

However, had I known what a treasure lay inside I probably would have been tempted to open it much sooner!

I LOVE fortune cookies, and this was just such a sweet and thoughtful, personal gift for my sister to get for me.  I'm very touched.  Thank you, Dawn!!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

10 Blessings of Studying General Conference as a Family

General Conference really has transformed our family.  Last night, I wasn't sure what to do for FHE, so we did a GC review.  It took me all of five minutes to prepare, and we all generally enjoyed it.  Which, come to think of it, we do these types of mini-reviews all. the. time, so it's nothing out of the ordinary.

That's the thing about studying General Conference as a family regularly, you don't really have to wonder what to do for family home evening.  It's all right there for you!

And there are other blessings.  Let me name a few...

Ten Blessings of Studying General Conference as a Family:

1.  You never need to wonder what to do for FHE:  Don't get me wrong, I think about what we're going to learn/do...a lot.  I'm always brainstorming, but I know exactly where to go for lessons, and I find the best, purest doctrine from which to teach my kids!  And it directly relates to our lives, even before I know that it does.

2.  Your children laugh knowingly whenever someone quotes a Gen Conf talk in church:  I'm pretty sure that this is pretty rare.  I remember one of the first times that my kids' ear perked up in church.  We had just learned about President Uchtdorf's talk on gratitude by drinking from the bottle of bitterness, when the High Council speaker started quoting that talk.  Most of the congregation seemed to be asleep...or, uh, deep in meditation, but my kids' faces lit up at the mention of the "bottle of bitterness" and the "goblet of gratitude".  They were all shaking each other on the back and mouthing the words, "he just said...." and then finishing his quote.  Thumbs up all around!  I'm sure that HC speaker rarely got such an excited reaction to his talk!

3.  You and your children will know the WHY of the gospel.  I have seen my children's testimonies grow exponentially, and when I've asked them a question unrelated to Conference, they often fall back on GC teachings when giving me their reasoning for why we might make certain choices.  One thing I've noticed most in kids who fall away or struggle with their faith in young adulthood, is that they never really grasped the "why" of the gospel.  The "why" doesn't always come easily...it takes spiritual work to understand sometimes.  Studying the words of living prophets is a big part of that spiritual work.

4.  You will feel like you're a part of something big when you watch General Conference.  Since we don't just study, but we memorize the words of living prophets, when GC rolls around, we are totally stoked.  If the speaker refers to a previous teaching or if one of our memorized scriptures is quoted, we get pretty celebratory.  There is a sense of accomplishment for children who "know what the grown-ups are talking about."  Last year, we got to meet a visit General Authority. This was one of the highlights of our year, because my children recognized him from General Conference.  Even though, we live in a remote area, with one of the smallest and most wide-spread stakes in North and South America, we feel connected to saints everywhere when we learn the teachings of Conference.

5.  Your children will come to love the apostles personally and want to follow them. What can I say, my kids have their "favorite" apostles.  Even the youngest ones can remember that President Monson's favorite color is yellow!  Who needs a sports hero, when you can have a fighter pilot, an artist, a baseball star and other "heroes" who also happen to be great men of God, chosen to lead His true church on earth in the last days!

6.  When you bump into the daily problems of life, you'll already have answers, or you'll know just where to look. Studying General Conference has helped us many times by preparing us to make future choices.  One scenario happened when we needed to make a rule change in our media usage.  We were worried about how my son would take it, but weeks previously, we had studied Elder Cook's talk "Beware of Bondage."  When we reviewed the principles he taught, my son saw that our logic was good and based on sound doctrine, so he took the rule change in a very mature way.  (See my article Taming the Media for more on that.)

7.  Your children will know how to prepare lessons, talks, and how to testify to others of the truth.  My daughter can bear a mean testimony straight from the heart that will just floor you.  She's 7.  And all my children can teach a GC Lesson, with little help from me.  Lots of adults struggle to do this, but my kids know how to boil down to 1-2 key points and teach them clearly.  Last Sunday, my son turned to me in Sacrament meeting and showed me a slip of paper he had received last week saying he needed to give a talk in Primary.  I told him he had to do it (although he hoped to get out of it!), because it was his responsibility.  Even though he hadn't technically prepared, he had everything he needed to write the talk about how "God speaks through His prophets."  The testimony and scriptural knowledge was already there.  He had been preparing all along.  He wrote it and gave it.  He's 9.  These are the blessings we want for our families!

8.  When your kids start teaching the lessons, they start doing amazing things that you never knew they could do.  Like when Scarlett decided to come to FHE dressed as her 97-year old self and delivered a priceless speech to her future grandchildren...That was priceless!

9.  Happiness. Memories.  Funny things.  Crying.  Goofiness.  Hard work.  Frustration.  Teaching these things is nothing short of hard, constant work. But along the way there is happiness and silliness and contentedness that you cant really get any other way.

10.  The Spirit will reside in your home...times a million.  If there is one blessings that has permeated out lives most as we've studied General Conference together consistently, it is that the Spirit has become a permanent fixture in our home.  Yes, regular things happen that are bummers, that are frustrating, and hard.  Messes continue, chores still are a battle, but those day to day things don't bring us down.  There is peace and understanding and cooperation between parents and children.  This Spirit is the biggest blessing of studying General Conference together as a family.

This has long been one of my favorite scriptures:

"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
and great shall be the peace of thy children."

Isaiah 54:13

I absolutely know this passage to be true!  And my hope is that all families will experience this peace.  That is why I share all of our adventures in General Conference Lessons on my 
General Conference Lesson page.  If you have any questions about how we do what we do, let me know, I'm happy to help.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Loving Others and Living with Differences by Elder Oaks

In my last post, I told you guys how my dear, dear friend is picking up and moving to Idaho--off for new adventures in midwifery!  So, last night we had them over for dinner and had a rip-roaring good time.

I really love her kids too!  So while they were here killing time on a Sunday, we decided to do a craft after dinner that related to a lesson I wanted to do on Elder Oaks' talk Loving Others and Living with Differences.

Honestly, it was just thrown together on the spot, but we are running out of time to get all of our lessons in before the next General Conference, so we keep moving along, plugging in spiritual thoughts/lessons whenever we have a moment.

We started by making these rain clouds...six children, making rain clouds!  They did great.  We tried to listen to Elder Oaks' talk as we worked, but it was a little hard to hear, so while we did talk about the concept I was trying to teach, we had to talk about it again this morning to get in more of the actual point of our lesson!

And the point that I was attempting to get across was this: Sometimes, people we have relationships with will disagree with us on matters great and small.  These moments can feel like rain clouds, but good things can come out of these interactions if we are wise and know how to conduct ourselves in a loving manner. To prepare ourselves for what we would do in these types of situations, we brainstormed about what we might say or do if we found ourselves in disagreement with someone we know.

One of the children, earlier in the day, had followed her mother's counsel to "walk away" when her brother started making her mad.  We said that was a good thing to do, but it's even better if we can stay with our friends when we disagree and show our love for them.  

We made raindrops that could "fall" from our clouds, and on the back of each rain drop, we wrote some things we would do to show love to someone with whom we may not agree.

Scarlett's list is above: "I will be happy.  I will be kind.  I would not be blue.  I will be loving.  I will not be greedy."  She also wrote, "I will laugh," which I think means she'd find a way to lighten the mood, which is also a good way to nourish a relationship.

These are pretty good mantras to have in our mind as we interact socially with people with whom we strongly disagree on matters of importance to us.

Here is my list: "Express love and admiration often. Play nicely together. Always be kind. Focus on the things on which we do agree. Say, 'I don't agree with you about this, but I love you anyway. And serve those with whom we might have disagreed in the past."  

I know that when we do these things, we can often gain a friend, instead of losing one.  And although it often seems more comfortable to gravitate toward people who think like we do, if we are strong enough to show love for those with whom we disagree, we may find a friendship that can weather any storm!  This is yet another way that we can emulate the Savior.

So that was our semblance of a lesson.  I normally like to get more in-depth with my children, but talking about it over a number of days also helps to peel back the layers of meaning in a talk.  I think this is an important topic for children and adults...an important skill to have in relationships in general.  So, I'm sure we'll talk about it more as the days go on.

Alright, I've got some work to do.  Hope you have a great Monday!

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

a True Friend

This is one of my dearest friends in the whole world.  Her name is Sarah.  She is moving to a galaxy far, far away (Idaho), and I'm very broken up about it.  In fact, when she told me she was moving, I bawled like a baby and thanked her for ruining my Christmas.  And even last week, I cried big ugly-face tears three times in one day just thinking about saying good-bye to her this coming week.

Really good, true friends, who make you a better, happier person, really are a rare find.  And this woman for the past five years or so has been like a sister to me.  She has taken such amazing good care of me and taught me what it means to be a true friend.  

She has listened to me, empathized with me, believed in me, and studied the gospel with me.  She has been my visiting teacher and I have been hers (which provided us with both funny, awkward, and tender moments.)  She has laughed with me and kidnapped me. She has stayed up talking with me til 4 in the morning.

She has showed up at my house with food.  She has done my dishes, watched my children, and shared her best roll recipe.  She has gone berry picking with me and made me accomplice in her secret schemes.

She was even my doula in my labor and birth of my fourth child, so there isn't much that we haven't seen each other through or many situations we haven't seen each other in.  If I had to cross the plains, this is the woman I'd want by my side.

Although her absence will create a void for me, I'm proud of her for seeking after the blessings promised in her patriarchal blessing, by following her dream of becoming a midwife.  But man, am I going to miss her.  

I love you, Sarah...happy trails, my dear friend.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Scripture Study is More Important Than Sleep?

How important, would you say, sleep is to you?

I am a person who tends to *need* sleep like I need oxygen...a lot.  I love sleep, I crave sleep.  I should probably learn to live on less sleep, but it is my thing!

So when I heard Elder Scott say in General Conference that scripture study is more important than sleep, my ears perked right up!

Say what?  Say What?

In his talk "Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority," Elder Scott says this, "Don't yield to Satan's lie that you don't have time to study the scriptures.  Choose to take time to study them.  Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media.  You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God.  If so, do it!"

Well, even in his kind and gentle way, Elder Scott really lays it down.  Every time I listen to that or think of those words, they still stun me just a little bit.  More important that sleep?!...More important than TV (duh!)...More important than school?  Than work?  He really puts things into perspective, doesn't he?

I asked my 6-year-old Autumn to give this lesson to our family, because I thought she'd enjoy making a TV out of a small box and tin foil. And she did, although the TV she constructed doesn't look like any kind of TV she's ever seen...except maybe my grandpa's old TV we've been using in the basement forever...I told her to make knobs and an antenna and she had no idea what I was talking about!  So funny!

Autumn began the lesson as we usually do, by asking everyone to identify Elder Scott on our Apostles name board.  After we had done that, Autumn displayed various items representing the activities that Elder Scott mentions in the quote above.

Next, Autumn called on family members individually to come up and try to figure out what daily activities each item represented: screwdriver (work), homework (school), scriptures (scripture study), a small pillow (sleep), my cell phone (social media/texting), and her homemade TV (TV/video games).

After each item had been correctly identified, the children were asked to place the items on the floor in order of importance.  They knew to put the scriptures first in priority, but debated about where the other activities might fall in relation to one another.

Then we listened to Elder Scott's quote (from above).  We asked them what they thought Elder Scott meant when he said that pondering and studying the scriptures is more important than sleep.  We talked about a future scenario when they might be loaded down with school work and social lives and might find themselves in a situation where they have not read their scriptures...at the end of a long day, will they remember Elder Scott's words and forgo a few winks for a little time in the scriptures?

We also talked a little more about how much Elder Scott loves and knows the scriptures...and how in a previous talk he called a memorized scripture "an enduring friend."

Now, I just wanted to mention in response to a comment that I received yesterday: you'll notice that I don't usually try to teach the entire talk to my children.  Instead, I focus on teaching them what I believe to be the most important points or the most important point that I feel they are capable of remembering and keeping with them.

Also in this case, I tailored the lesson to the teacher as well. I only focused on the one main point that I thought she could easily remember and would enjoy teaching.  

It is so much work just getting young children to take in even a little bit of a talk...focus on what the Spirit tells you your family needs to hear and be happy that you've done that!

Some other key points from Elder Scott's talk include:

1.  Family prayer should be a nonnegotiable priority in your daily life.  Arm your children morning and night with the power of family prayer.

2. Don't yield to Satan's lie that you do not have time to study the scriptures. If you need to reorder your priorities to do so, then, do it! 

3. Decide that on Monday night your family will be together at home for the evening.

4.  Get a temple recommend. Use it often. Don't let anyone or anything prevent you from being there.

For more ideas on teaching General Conference to children, please see our General Conference Lessons page.  You might also want to read my article on LDS.org called "Learning from General Conference as a Family."
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