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Unity in the LDS Church

I have heard many times about friends or other people who have to go “church shopping” or “church hopping” when they move to a new place. How they try to find the best pastor, the most exciting worship music, the kindest and best community, or an interpretation of the Gospel that appeals to them the best.

Growing up in the LDS Church, I have never experienced that. And, I am so grateful that I will never have to.

Unity in any church is necessary to become the church of Christ, to embody him, to become Zion.

The LDS Church is world-wide. There are member all over the 6 liveable continents. But, what is even more exciting, is how unified the church is.

The LDS Church is the SAME throughout the world.

The LDS Church is all about organization, unity, and being on the same page. We are all organized the same way–areas, stakes, wards. Each ward is run by a Bishop and his counselors. All the groups are set up the same way. Even the lessons are the same in each congregation–we have a manual. (For more about how the LDS Church is organized and united, click here.) So, if I go on vacation, the congregation I attend will be teaching the exact same thing that my home congregation would. It is so nice to have that knowledge and reassurance. It allows us not only to have a small community, but a world-wide community.  I am so thankful for this.

But, the reason we do this is because God and Christ mandated it. In John 17: “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” Christ and Heavenly Father want us to be one and work together for the same eternally glorified goal, just as they are one in purpose and mind.

I have heard many times about friends or other people who have to go "church shopping" or "church hopping" when they move to a new place.

They want us to be the same, and this unity and organization helps us as mortal men to bring to pass and build up Zion. In Moses 7:18 it says, “And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness.”

However, that is harder to achieve than we think because we are mortal men, prone to our carnal and natural thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, we interpret the Gospel lesson differently than the teacher. Sometimes we get discouraged in our ward. Sometimes we are offended. Sometimes we don’t agree with General Authority policy. We are not yet truly “of one heart and one mind.” A friend of mine, who recently left the church, did so because she felt her ward was a “good ol’ men’s club” who did things weirdly, and didn’t respect the women. Many of the young women in my family’s ward when they lived in Barstow, California, typically wore tank tops and short shorts (which are not up to LDS standards) because of the extreme summer heat.  These differences, these personalities, these actions and reactions hinder us. 

But, although the people of the Church may different throughout the world, the Gospel, the Church is the same. That is because it the Church of Jesus Christ once again restored to the Earth. So, though I may move and may or may not like a congregation for any reason, I still have the reassurance that I am being taught the same as any other congregation. That my activities will be the same. That my leaders are set up the same way. That the church is run the same. And, I cannot tell you how thankful I am that I will never have to “church hop” ever. I have a testimony that this is because the LDS Church truly is the Church of God.

How does your church/sect/denomination show unity and organization? How has that helped you?
 

 

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Book Review | Continuous Conversion

If you have been following my Instagram or Twitter for a while, you know that I have just been raving about The Continuous Conversion by Brad Wilcox. Seriously! This book has been a game changer! As you know, this year, I’ve had a little bit of trial of faith. But, this book has helped me refocus on the plain and precious truths of the Gospel!

To truly believe in your faith, you need to have a real conversion. It is a progress. It takes time. #mormon #lds

Because this book is just so stock full of amazing truths, I’m going to do the same as I did with One Thousand Gifts and just list some of my favorite quotes! But, whether or not you are Mormon, I seriously suggest reading this to focus on Christ, His Grace, His love for us, and His plan for us. (He does include a few chapters on the LDS temples, but I decided to leave those quotes out and focus on ones that other Christians could relate to as well.)

“God isn’t just proving us, He’s improving us.”

“‘I can’t do this Mormon thing,’ a friend told me. ‘I’ve tried and the expectations are just too high.’ And she’s not alone in her thinking. Many people, as they feel themselves falling short of perfection, are tempted to quit trying. But are there only two options? Think of it this way: When a person is learning to play the piano, are the only two options performing at Carnegie Hall or quitting? Similarly, in mortality, are the only two choices being perfect or giving up? No. Growth and development take time. Learning takes practice. Discipleship is a journey, and true conversion is a continuous process.”

“Sometimes finding hope and motivation to keep moving forward…is as simple as going back to core doctrines and refocusing on them through new eyes.”

“True conversion occurs when we stop trying to earn heaven and start trying to learn it. Conversion deepens as we understand the purposes and power of God and recognize how freely He offers His help…Conversion is refined as we nourish our testimonies and bring life to our discipleship. Conversion endures as we draw on the power of Christ’s name and His holy temple. Conversion allows us to reach outward as we serve int he kingdom and juggle life’s many responsibilities.”

To truly believe in your faith, you need to have a real conversion. It is a progress. It takes time. #mormon #lds

“I guess it would be easier if getting a body or getting baptized were our ultimate goals, but those are not the end. They are just a means to the end. Going to the temple and even going to the celestial kingdom are not the ends. They are means to the real end. The ultimate goal is for all of us to become more like our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ.”

“Elder Dallin H Oaks said: ‘The Final Judgement is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts–what we have done. It is an acknowledgement of the final effects of our acts and thoughts–what we have become.”

“We accept the Atonement by faith, which includes repentance, covenants, and ordinancesBaptism and temple ordinances are not attempts to add to the finished works of Christ’s sacrifice. These and other righteous works are extensions of our faith, by-products of our acceptance of Christ, and evidence of Christ working with, in, and through us.”

“How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him?”

“Parents know that children are learning and growing. Their love is bigger than smelly diapers and temper tantrums. They see beyond such moments to the children’s great potential. God must feel the same.”

“Giving up would be rejecting the Atonement. Trying is accepting the Atonement.”

“In the command, ‘Be ye therefore perfect’ (Matthew 5:48), the Greek word that was translated as perfect is teleios, which means ‘finished’. We are finished as we place ourselves in the hands of the ‘finisher of [our] faith’ (Moroni 6:4). As we make covenants with Christ, He offers to be our tender tutor.”

“I visualize grabbing the iron rod as grasping the arm of Jesus Christ. The only way any of us can make it is by holding on to the Savior and being infused with His power.”

“Because of the necessity of agency and choice, we must be the one to grasp, figuratively or literally, the extended had. It is that outreached hand that we call grace.”

“Taking hold of His hand and allowing Him to lift us doesn’t happen automatically or quickly. It is a spiritual skill that has to be learned and relearned, and then, that learning must be continually applied.”

To truly believe in your faith, you need to have a real conversion. It is a progress. It takes time. #mormon #lds

“Occasionally I have seen a man walking near the BYU campus carrying a large cross bearing the words ‘saved by Grace’. He seems to thinks LDS are missing that message. On the contrary, we already acknowledge and agree that we are saved by grace alone. However, we also recognize that being saved by grace is only part of the purpose of Christ’s cross. Christ came to save us by bridging the abyss between humans and the divine, but then what? Salvation assures there is life after death and life after sin, but there also has to be life after salvation! Our goal must include more than returning to and making peace with God. It has to be transformed by Him.” 

“When I focus too long on my inadequacies, I peter out quickly in my quest. When I focus instead on Christ, I find ‘the power of godliness’.”

“The Bible is not religion; it is a history of those who had religion. The religion of those who live within the covers of the Bible centered in living oracles and the ordinances of salvation. Theirs was a religion of prophets and apostles. That is the same religion we enjoy today.”

“My oldest son, Russell, would say, ‘We believe in the exact same Christ you do. We just know Him better.’ How could Russell make such a bold claim? Because we have additional scripture and the words of modern apostles and prophets who testify of Christ and help us come to know Him. It is one thing to believe in Jesus. It is another thing to know Him.”

“Too many LDS were zealously testifying of truth without actually knowing the gospel…Some LDS go through all the right motions without feeling any of the emotions. They settle for rule following instead of religion, for obedience and sacrifice instead of consecration, for testimony instead of conversion, and for cultural Mormonism instead of the soul-transforming fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. IT is time for a little zeal with our knowledge. It is time for a few alarm clocks to ring. ‘Awake and arise, come forth, and do not tarry.’ It’s time for wide-awake discipleship.”

“While serving his mission…my son David once wrote, ‘People need to realize that Christ’s Atonement is not just about giving us a fish, but teaching us to fish. It is not bout feeding us for a day, but rather feeding us for a lifetime–an eternal lifetime.’ If this were not true, then Christ’s suffering could be dismissed as nothing more than a kind but shortsighted act of a friend who is allowing us to turn in His homework with our names on it. Such a good deed might get us a passing grade in the moment, but it wouldn’t teach us anything in the long run.”

You NEED to read this book!
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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

It’s About Families | The LDS Church’s Decision on Children of Homosexual Couples

There is a lot of strong feelings going around both between non-members and members of the LDS church this week because of a recent change in the church’s handbook on how to handle baptism children of same-sex marriage (homosexual couples). I, myself, was initially troubled about this and wrestled my emotions with it. But, now that I’ve had a bit to think, ponder, pray, research, and ask friends of multiple walks of life, I feel more comfortable about it.

The LDS Church's decision regarding children of same-sex (homosexual) couples comes from a place of love and a deep understanding of family

First and foremost, the LDS Church believes that the family unit is the most important building block of humanity. There is a very famous quote we have: “Whatever wounds and breaks the family, wounds and breaks the world; whatever lifts and saves the family, lifts and saves the world.”

Via

The first glimpse anyone got of this new policy change was through newspapers, blogs, and newstations commenting on a leaked information. So, I had to do my research into actual church documents and sites to make sure it wasn’t a hoax. And, as we all know, the media loves to blow things out of proportion and out of context. Here is the actual change:

1) Children living with parents in a same-sex marriage may not receive a name and a blessing.

This is not a required ordinance, but rather, typically the first father’s blessing a child receives, and it begins a church record for the child, as well as the expectation for the child to attend all church services and meetings. It does not exclude these children from receiving blessings of comfort or healing!! Anyone, even non-Mormons, are allowed these if they so chose!

2) Children living with parents in a same-sex marriage may be baptized, confirmed, ordained to the priesthood, and go on a mission under these guidelines:

~ They have approval from the First Presidency
~ They accept all the teachings of the church, including disavowing same-sex marriage (NOT their parents…but members of the Church do believe that acting on homosexual tendencies is a sin)
~ They are of legal age (18) and not living with their same-sex married parents

3) Those participating in same-sex marriages are considered apostates.
Again, this should be no surprise–the church regards acting on homosexuality as a sin…we don’t believe that you are a sinner if you are homosexual, we just believe acting on it is.

After further reading and further thought, I realized this policy is pro-family and pro-gay! Think about it. If *Sally* was adopted by two former Mormons, *Bridget* and *Jane* who had to leave the church because they decided to get married, but wanted *Sally* who is only 8 years old to go to church and be baptized in the LDS church, what tension might that cause at home. At church, *Sally* will be taught that the only appropriate, celestial, God-approved marriage is between one man and one woman, and the only way families can be together forever is by that one man and one woman being sealed for eternity in the LDS temple. *Sally* comes home and realizes that her moms and her won’t be able to be an eternal family and that her moms are sinning. Imagine the inner turmoil *Sally* must have because she absolutely loves her moms and her moms are amazing and kind parents! Can you really expect an 8 year old, or even a minor at any age to take that weight upon them by entering into covenants with the Lord to live and obey all His commandments?  This policy is helping to avoid that.

We believe that families are the most important thing. We want to avoid contention, resentment, and hatred within families that may be in these situations. We don’t want children of same-sex couples to be taught one thing at church and one thing at home that don’t agree with each other. The entire family, children and homosexual parents, are invited to come and worship with us on Sundays and participate in all activities. We want to fellowship them. We want to preserve their families. So, we believe that it would be better for the child to be more mature and understand the Gospel and all it requires of the child before being baptized. It’s not restricting these ordinances and blessings from the child, but it is only delaying it so that they can mature and fully understand the covenants they are to make and keep.

The Church has long been respectful to parental authority and cultural influences. Any child between the ages of 8-18 who wishes to be baptized must have parental approval. Even me, who was born into the church and whose family has been in the church for generations, needed my parents to approve my 8-year-old baptism. There are many polygamous families in the west. They aren’t Mormon and we don’t consider them part of the LDS Church. And yet, these exact same requirements that are now in place for children of same-sex parents have been in place for children of polygamous relationships for decades! This is because if they are baptized into the LDS Church, they must realize that their parents are disobeying God by disobeying the law of the land and participating in polygamy. Imagine the fuel between both parents and children who both believe they are doing the Lord’s will? Also, Muslims have special circumstances too. If a Muslim wants to be baptized into the LDS Church, the Church has to be positive that no jihad or honor killings will occur to that individual or their family. The Church would rather protect their life and the lives of their family rather than increase it’s size.

Going along with that stem of thought, many people see the Church as a “corporation” focusing only on numbers and getting more tithing money. This is a totally false thought. If it was, why this policy that is sure to cause heartache and some people to fight against it?

I am still saddened by the effect of this new policy. Not because I think it was wrong for our leaders to do it, not because I doubt it was God-directed, not because I disagree with it, but because I know it will cause heartache to others who are in this situation. But, that is part of my baptismal covenants: to mourn with those who mourn.

Via

However, I do believe with all my heart, this policy, however worded and however received, comes from a place of love and hope.

My husband has a good friend who is openly gay, but has decided not to act upon it because of his belief in the LDS church. I wanted his opinion on the matter and this is what he told me via Facebook:

I am at peace with the issue. I have no issue with the policy. What I have issue with (and it’s not unique to this) is the anger that surrounds the discussions on it. I hate all the anger on both sides. I have heard it said about same-sex attraction and related issues that this will be one of those sifting issues of our time. People will have to choose a side, the Lord and His servants or the world and its philosophies. It’s sad to say that we may lose members of the church for these kinds of things… But that’s part of the sifting process.

A month ago during General Conference we sustained the brethren as prophets, seers, and revelators. Now we’ve heard something from them that is hard to hear. Whether we feel for the kids, the LGBT community, or whoever, this need not be a destroyer of testimony.

If you are struggling with the new policies, I invite you to read it the words of the prophets and apostles, read the Book of Mormon, read your patriarchal blessing, and then once you’ve immersed yourself in the word of God, pray to Him, as Moroni directs “with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Moroni 10:4)

It is my testimony and my witness that the Lord, through His Holy Spirit, will bless you with a witness of the authority and the validity of His servants if you are true of heart and intent. And as you refresh your witness of the Lord’s servants, you will know that their actions and their decisions in directing the Lord’s kingdom (including instituting the new policies last week) are according to he perfect will of the Lord.

Even if we don’t understand the Lord’s decisions, we can trust that He loves His children and He will never do anything that will be a detriment to their eternal progression and salvation.

I have also asked my good LDS blogger friend, Britt Hanson, for her input. Britt’s father (who no longer attends the LDS Church) just celebrated his same-sex marriage to his partner. So, I thought it’d be interesting to get  her opinion as well.

When Tayler asked me to write a couple of paragraphs for her blog post I thought, hmmm, I can do that. And then I started writing and then it started becoming a novel and then I decided to really just pare what I think down into two parts. Perhaps I will write my own blog post later and include more of what I wrote, or maybe I will just keep my thoughts as a journal entry and never share them. I haven’t decided yet. No matter what I do with the rest of my thoughts, here are the two that I want to share with you today:

I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the TRUE church on the Earth today. I’ve had it manifested to me through the Spirit multiple times, and it has always just felt like “home” to me. I love our leaders, and I believe that they are in direct communication with God. I believe that Christ is at the head of this church. And with this testimony I can weather whatever policies or doctrine or anything else that may come up, “new” or “old”. Because I know this is the true church, and because I also know that “[His] thoughts are not our thoughts”. Even if I do not understand, maybe I’m not meant to.

I understand where people are coming from, I do. At least partly. My own father is gay, and is married to his partner, and I have no ill feelings towards them or anyone else who identifies as gay or lesbian. I’ve had my own experiences with that that I won’t go into. But, from those experiences and from my own knowledge and from my own learning, I know that these new changes are coming from a place of love, not hate. I feel for those that feel otherwise, but I do not feel that way. This was done to keep families together, not tear them apart.

In closing, I want to say one more thing. And that is this: while others may feel like the church will “change their mind” and will be allowing same-sex marriages in the future, etc., I do not believe that at all. One of the core doctrines of the church is that marriage is between a man and a woman. Period. In this current time, same-sex marriage is such a big part of what is happening in our country. You can hardly read anything that doesn’t somehow tie back into LGBT and rights and laws, etc. I’m not saying that spitefully, just as a fact. And so, with this policy change, the church is making 100% clear their stance on gay marriage. Not to be hateful, not to discriminate, but simply to make it clear where we stand. And for that I am grateful. This world is becoming ever increasingly grey, and I’m grateful for the black and white of the Gospel.

Here are some good links with more about this change:
The First Presidency of the LDS Church explains their reasons
Mormonsandgays.org (The church’s official site for homosexual members)
Elder Christofferson’s explanation of the policy (he is one of our leaders)
LDS.net’s 9 Myths about the policy
Deseret News’s coverage on the policy
A Mormon Daughter of Lesbians’s point of view on the policy
A Gay Mormon’s View on the policy
FAIR Mormon’s view on the policy
I love this view of love and trusting in Christ by Danica
It’s True, Isn’t It?

Robert D. Hales
That is why we must study and pray. Having the eternal plan as a goal in our lives, we will make eternal choices. However, we will not make the right eternal choices based solely on our pure intellectual deduction and factual analysis from our own understanding: Prayer and study must be used together to build knowledge and wisdom.

D&C 9:7-8
But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.

Barbara Thompson
The Savior has asked us to do the things which He has done, to bear one another’s burdens, to comfort those who need comfort, to mourn with those who mourn, to feed the hungry, visit the sick, to succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and to “teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.”
Moroni 7:41
And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise.

Dallin H. Oaks
Our Savior experienced and suffered the fulness of all mortal challenges “according to the flesh” so He could know “according to the flesh” how to “succor [which means to give relief or aid to] his people according to their infirmities.” He therefore knows our struggles, our heartaches, our temptations, and our suffering, for He willingly experienced them all as an essential part of His Atonement. And because of this, His Atonement empowers Him to succor us—to give us the strength to bear it all.
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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Book Reivew | From Baptist Preacher to Mormon Teacher

** I received a free copy of the novel from Cedar Forts, Inc. in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

As some of you may know, this year, I’ve had some challenges with my faith. One thing that has hurt it was the knowledge that there has been an influx of Mormons leaving the Church this past year. Some of my friends have even left the church. So, I’ve been trying to refocus on the plain, simple, pure, and true center of the Gospel–Jesus Christ. I’ve been reading books written by Mormons on topics such as grace, faith, Christ, testimony, and overcoming trials of faith.

Since I was born in the Mormon Church, and have never known any differently, I’ve been really interested in converts to my church and their reasons why they left another religion to come to ours. So, when I had the opportunity to read and review From Baptist Preacher to Mormon Teacher by Wain Myers, I was excited and really interested. I had lived about 8 years in Virginia, where the Baptist church flourished. Although I personally never encountered any hate from baptists there, I have had friends who have. One Mormon friend of mine was invited by a Baptist friend of hers to a local baptist church’s “Bring a Mormon friend night” youth activity. The Baptist friend thought it was going to be a bonding experience. But, it turned out to be a Mormon-bashing experience. The Baptist friend profusely apologized to my friend. So, knowing that Myers was a Baptist preacher who turned Mormon really intrigued me!

Wain Myers went from a born again baptism preacher who believed he was doing God's calling to a being a convert of the Mormon church because he believed that God told him he was ministering for the wrong religion.

First of all, let me just say I love the way this is written. It is so conversational. Myers isn’t afraid to share his personal revelations and heart-felt heart-conversations with Heavenly Father. He also isn’t afraid to let his culture, heritage, and fun-filled personality shine through in his writing. There is definitely some Southern humor, as well as Baptist preacher mannerisms in it, which makes it a fun, quick read.

Myers was born to a church-hopping mother in a ghetto area, with a non-present father. But, at a young age, after a sermon at a Baptist Church, he had a clear vision that he was supposed to start teaching the Gospel. So, he spent his life working toward that goal. He became a Baptist Preacher, and he was a dang good one, too. He loved preaching, he loved sharing the word of God. But, he was being paid for it, which never set well with that. And, he believes because of that payment (manna, or temptation from Satan), his life started to spiral down. He was a preacher on Sunday, but during the week, living not how he was supposed to. He finally left his Baptist Church and moved. He met a woman who just emanated the Spirit from her and he had another personal revelation that she was to become his wife. Sebrina was a recent convert to the LDS Church, and he started becoming interested in the Church as he felt God was leading him to it.

Although there were issues Myers felt with the Church, especially the topic of blacks not being able to hold the priesthood before the 1970s, he trusted in God and allowed God to speak to him and let him know the church was true. He related an experience he had before he even thought about the LDS Church similar to Joseph Smith’s first vision: going to a secluded area and asking God which church he was to join. God answered to him none but that He would lead Myers to His true church. When Myers heard the Joseph Smith story, that was an affirmation that the LDS Church was the church he should join.

There were a few quotes that really helped me because they reflected the issues I’ve had with my church recently:

“One of the best things that happened to me while I was trying to find my Father’s straight and narrow path was that my faith in men of God was shattered. It didn’t feel amazing at the time, but now that I look back, it was nothing but amazing. You see, as I sought counsel from preacher after preacher and received heartbreaking answer after heartbreaking answer, I realized that I was looking for God in all the wrong places. It became painfully evident that I wasn’t going to find Him, the real Him, in any of the churches or pastors I was interacting with.
When I found the truth in the LDS Church, I didn’t see its leaders as men of God; I saw them as mortal men searching for answers–just like I was. That’s not to say that they weren’t men of God; that’s just to say that I didn’t expect them to be perfect. I knew that only one man has walked the earth in perfection. I have a clear understanding that we are all prone to mistakes and bad decisions–even Church leaders.” Page 82

 

“When people tell me that they’ve asked God if the LDS Church is true and haven’t received an answer, I know that they aren’t truly relying on God for the answer. Instead, they’re relying on their own understanding for the answer. ….
A young man once said to me, ‘Wain, I don’t get it. There are so many issues and past practices with he LDS Church that are bothersome.’ I responded by pointing out that his issues with the Church are all based on the actions of man, not God. I’ve dealt with–and continue to deal with–the problems I have because my faith is in God, not man. Members of the LDS Church are human and have shortcoming and flaws, just like everyone else. I cant judge them; I’ve got too many of my own weaknesses and sins to correct.” Page 130
 
It is definitely a book worth reading!
To purchase the book:
For more about Wain Myers:

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Full of Friday 10/2

I am so excited for this weekend! Justin, Rhys, and I will be spending it with my family, watching The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Semi-Annual General Conference. General Conference is held twice a year the first weekend of April and October. There are 4 different two-hour sessions between Saturday and Sunday (including one more Saturday evening for the priesthood holders) in which the general leaders of our world-wide church give talks, or sermons, about Christ, the Gospel, and different topics of spiritual edification. It is broadcast on BYUTV, but also streamed live on lds.org. It is a wonderfully uplifting weekend in which we can hear modern-day prophets, seers, and revelators speak through the Spirit of Christ. So, I am officially inviting you to check it out and be edified!

Via

Awesome Moments
1) Rhys climbed up a chain ladder on the playground all by himself…he is so talented, tenacious, and smart!
2) I got a new library book that I am absolutely loving: An American Bride in Kabul: A Memoir by: Phyllis Chesler.
3) I got frozen yogurt with Shannon from Shanndelier.
4) I won yet another giveaway!

Grateful List
1) All the scripture study that I’ve been doing and remember more often to say morning prayers.
2) Dad being willing to babysit Rhys while Justin and I went to a dinner date.
3) The naps I’ve been able to co-sleep with Rhys the past two days (since he’s been sick and needed his Momma).
4) The opportunity to spend this weekend with my family.

Awkward Moments
1) Rhys waking up in the morning with already dried throwup all over his pajamas and crib. Poor boy threw up in the middle of the night. He has been sick the past two days.
2) An old man reading a newspaper at the library near me and my SAT student loudly “Hurumphing” as we were whispering and practicing SAT skills and strategies.

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Looking Forward To
1) General Conference–duh!
2) Getting Rhys back on a solid schedule once he feels better.
3) Seriously taking to heart to lose these last 10 pounds of baby weight.

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.