I am excited to be taking part in the 3rd Annual LDS Writer Blogfest today. Thank you Kayeleen for inviting me! Each participant (links below) has been asked to highlight a talk from the
LDS General Conference that was held March 31 and April 1. Several talks stood out to me, and many had a deep impact. For this reason, I will highlight a few of the talks that deal with a topic that is constantly on my mind.
President Thomas S. Monson, prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said in his talk The Race of Life, "Everywhere people are in a hurry...In this fast-paced life, do we ever pause for moments of meditation—even thoughts of timeless truths?
Said the Savior:
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
I want to focus on the importance of families, a topic heavily emphasized in conference. "In family relationships love is really spelled T.I.M.E." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
In his talk That the Lost May be Found Elder M. Russell Ballard of the quorum of the twelve apostles said that “Societies at large are strengthened as families grow stronger. Commitments to family and values are the basic cause. So what can we do to not become lost? First, may I suggest that we prioritize. Put everything you do outside the home in subjection to and in support of what happens inside your home. Remember President Harold B. Lee’s counsel that “the most important … work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own homes” and President David O. McKay’s timeless “No other success can compensate for failure in the home”
I believe this. My dad did many amazing things. He was successful in athletics and his career. Many people knew him. Awards and recognition followed many of his efforts. Seven years ago he passed away and sadly, people don’t mention him as much as they did when he was alive and soon after he passed. A lot of people have forgotten about him. But I will never forget.
What is a priority? It is so very easy to make to-do lists, write out our goals, or even think about what matters most to us. But are we really prioritizing? A good test I have for myself is to ask the question, “Where am I spending the most of my time?” That can be a scary question to ask because I believe the answer to that question is invariably our first prioity. I believe our priorities are determined by where we choose to place our thoughts, desires and actions. Yikes!
Elder Boyd K. Packer gave a talk titled And a Little Child Shall Lead Them in which he said, “One of the great discoveries of parenthood is that we learn far more about what really matters from our children than we ever did from our parents. We come to recognize the truth in Isaiah’s prophecy that “a little child shall lead them.”
Family time is sacred time and should be protected and respected."
I have learned so much from my children. Being their mom is my greatest blessing and responsibility. Limiting television, Internet, and other distractions can be a challenge, but it’s worth it. Going for a walk, playing at the park or getting down on their level to play My Little Ponies makes all the difference to these little kiddos! This is something I continually need and want to work on: putting my children first!
Check out these other bloggers participating in the
LDS Writer Blogfest:
Julie Coulter Bellon
Krista Van Dolzer