Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wait For Me by Elisabeth Naughton

Wait for Me
I usually don't read too many story books, but wanted one for the airplane.  My husband got me a Kindle for Christmas, so I found a couple free books to download.  One of them was Wait For Me by Elisabeth Naughton. I am not sure if there is a rating system for books like there is movies.  But I need to figure that out. In general I don't watch rated R movies and this book was borderline rated R.  The storyline was interesting and kept me wanting to read, but I could have done with out all the cussing (especially since I am still working on not cussing) and the sex scene was a little too graphic for my taste. With all that said I was entertained and that is what I wanted to pass the time on the airplane.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

General Conference - November 2012

Twice a year The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints has a conference where the Prophet, Apostles and other leaders speak to the whole church. The older I get the more I appreciate these and look forward to them. It is such a blessing to have a living prophet! The month after the conference the church prints all the talks in the Ensign so we can reread and continue to learn. As I was typing some of my favorite quotes I had a couple thoughts. 1. I would recommend reading all the talks because I had more highlighted than I wanted to type! 2. The Mormon church truly wants us to be happy. 3. Being happy in life takes action on our part. I had finished reading all the talks a little while ago, but forgot to post my thoughts.  Here are just a few of my favorite quotes. 

Can Ye Feel So Now? by Elder Quentin L Cook
"Parents must have the courage to say no, defend truth, and bear powerful testimony."

Of Regrets and Resolution by President Dieter F Uchtdorf
"External circumstances don't really matter or determine our happiness."
"There is something in each day to embrace and cherish."
"Let us resolve to be happy, regardless of circumstances....Resolve to spend more time with those we love. Resolve to strive more earnestly to become the person God wants us to be. Resolve to find happiness, regardless of our circumstances."

Trial of Your Faith by Elder Neil L Andersen
"How do you remain 'steadfast and immovable' during a trial of faith? You immerse yourself int he very things that helped build your core of faith: you exercise faith in Christ, you pray, you ponder the scriptures, you repent, you keep the commandments, and you serve others."
"But our trials need not be spiritually fatal."

Where Is the Pavilion? by President Henry B Eyring
"We can't insist on our timetable when the Lord has His own."
"...but our certain reunion with Him at the judgement bar will be more pleasing if we first do the things that make Him as familiar to us as we are to Him."

Learning with Our Hearts by Elder Walter F Gonzalez
"There is no burden that He cannot ease or remove. He knows about our infirmities and sickness. I promise and testify to you that when all doors seem to be closed, when everything else seems to fail, He will not fail you."

The First Great Commandment by Elder Jeffrey R Holland
"He reminds us that the crowning characteristic of love is always loyalty."
So we have neighbors to bless, children to protect, the poor to lift up, and the truth to defend. We have wrongs to make right, truths to share, and good to do. In short, we have a life of devoted discipleship to give in demonstrating our love of the Lord."

Consider the Blessings by President Thomas S Monson
"I have found that, rather than dwelling on the negative, if we will take a step back and consider the blessings in our lives, including seemingly small, sometimes overlooked blessings, we can find greater happiness."
"...the more we act upon the inspiration and impressions which come to us, the more the Lord will entrust to us His errands."

One Step Closer to the Savior by Russell T Osguthorpe
"Conversion is not a onetime event. It is a lifelong quest to become more like the Savior.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Motherhood Matters by Connie E. Sokol

Motherhood Matters was a great little read. Quick, light hearted and encouraging. I took this book with me on my first vacation away from my daughter. Actually the first time away from her for more than a few hours, so it was a big deal for me! I needed to recharge my battery though.  Reading this book helped me once again realize no moms are perfect and we are not expected to be.  Not sure if you do, but I always have this nagging feeling that I am just not doing good enough for my daughter. Connie writes in her book when she was feeling that way that  "later, I realized...that HE watches over His children. That He constantly fills in the gaps." I am thankful for that!

Favorite quotes:
"It is a humble work and self-sacrifice that we find strength, honor, and valor to keep doing what needs to be done to forward something greater than ourselves - another divine human being."

"Motherhood gives us the opportunity to grow and become infinitely more than we could without it."

"It's vital to remember that the number of children we bear is not as significant as our desire to be a mother and what the Lord desires for our personal and family growth."