We had a blast at Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon during on of our many hikes we took as a family during the summertime. It was a pretty warm day, but you couldn't tell when you were standing close to the falls. The cool mist felt delightful! It was a very easy 8-10 hike, well worth it. Everyone had a blast. I am so thankful we live in Utah where there are so many places we can hike and visit that are easy, close and so beautiful!
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Last month Scott spoke in church with the topic, "Patterns of Righteousness" This went right along with Jackson's, Will's and my talk that were giver the same morning. Here is Scott's. It is so well written, so inspiring and worth the read. I took notes as he spoke. He brings up a lot of great ideas and things for me to work on. Enjoy!
Monday, August 25, 2014
I'm usually thrilled to send my boys off to school, but this year it seemed summer was just too short. I am happy that school has started and new adventures for the boys will too. As I'm sitting here blogging, Preston is still sleeping (9:30am) and Nathan is sitting at the bar drawing and eating cereal. It's SO quiet. I will be able to get my long to-do list accomplished...finally!!
Last night, the boys gathered their new outfits together and loaded their backpacks with school supplies. We made teacher gifts and their lunches. Then we talked as a family about the upcoming year and each of their goals. Scott was also able to give each son a blessing, and we ended the night with a huge feast dinner (steak, potatoes, corn on the cob and watermelon with a brownie sundae dessert). We capped it all off with family prayer and a family hug.
Will is 14, starting at Olympus High School in the 10th grade.
Jackson is 12 and starting his 8th grade at Evergreen Jr. High.
Tyler is 10 and heading to the 6th grade at Rosecrest Elementary.
Gavin is 8 and in the 3rd grade at Rosecrest Elementary.
Brigham is 6 and starting the 1st grade at Rosecrest Elementary.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Yesterday was a super busy day with football season starting for three of the boys, but we managed to squeeze in a colorful and fun 5k before the madness began! Our family has participated in the Color Run several times, and we've loved it every time. Only Will, Brigham and I were able to participate in yesterday's fun race. Here are some highlights...
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I heard the most amazing, powerful talk this afternoon at BYU Education Week by Elder Bednar. Wow. It was a poignant talk directing members of the church to use the internet and social media as often as we can in a positive and uplifting way, to sweep the earth as with a flood. We need to share the goodness.
Elder Bednar spoke on four main points that all LDS members should remember as we immerse ourselves in the social media world.
1. Be authentic (trustworthy) and consistent.
2. Edify and uplift. Be courageous and bold, but not overbearing.
3. Respect intellectual property. LDS.org and recently opened a media library filled with usable quotes, pictures and videos that we can use.
4. Be wise and Vigilant. Protect yourself and your family.
"What has been accomplished thus far in this dispensation
communicating gospel messages through social media
channels is a good beginning—but only a small trickle. I now
extend to you the invitation to help transform the trickle into
Beginning at this place on this day, I exhort you to sweep
the earth with messages filled with righteousness and truth
—messages that are authentic, edifying, and praiseworthy—
and literally sweep the earth as with a flood."
While sharing bits of our faith and testimonies with other members of the church "we can sweep the earth as with a flood" that edify and uplift other people around the world. Always aware of the possibilities and pitfalls of the use of the internet and social media sites. Doesn't this get you excited! Doesn't this motivate you to do more, to be better!
I'm on Facebook, Twitter Pinterest and Instagram. I try never to be negative about anything (I have broken this rule once or twice in the past 8 years...). I hardly ever speak on my religious views, if I do I'm re-posting/re tweeting/blogging about something else someone said. This talk has lit a fire over my bum to use these great media sites and share my thoughts, feelings and testimony. "The Doors to the world are literally opened wide" for all of us to take advantage of. Quoting Elder M. Russell Ballard, "digital technologies should be servants not masters."
Remember at Easter time when the LDS church put out the video "Because of Him" and all of a sudden social media was filled with #BecauseOfHim hash tags with added testimonials and pictures? It was awesome. A little earlier than that the church posted out there #DidYouThinkToPray with pictures that all started with "I pray when..." That too was incredibly powerful.
All the brethren have a Facebook account, did you know that? Elder Ballard, Elder Holland and Elder Bednar are all on Twitter. How cool is that! Add these brethren to your accounts so you can often see uplifting, inspirational updates from them.
The talk in its entirety has not yet been published in a video form, but you can read his talk HERE.
“Try to imagine the impact we can have as hundreds of thousands and millions of members of the Lord’s restored Church contribute in seemingly small ways to the rising floodwaters. May our many small, individual efforts produce a rainfall of righteousness and truth that gradually swells a multitude of streams and rivers —and ultimately becomes a flood that sweeps the earth.”
I challenge each and everyone of you to take Elder Bednar's message to heart and add your water to make the flood stronger.