We went on exchanges with the st. James ward sisters! It was a blast! I went to there area with sister Moody and sister Veylupek went to our area with Sister Davis. I learned so much from sister Moody. She is a very easy going person. I have been so stressed lately because I want to fix everything and make everyone happy but that is impossible. So Sister Moody helped me a lot. The sisters in this mission are amazing. I love them so much!
We have been practicing singing a lot this week haha we have our Christmas zone conference tomorrow and I'll be in two musical numbers. and in one of them i have a solo! AH!!! what?!?! it's just one line though haha but still! I'm so nervous!!
Also, our stake put on a Christmas nativity at a big park/gallery and it was so cute! Kate and Jared Gross were Joseph and Mary haha it was the best. We got to watch that then we went our for dinner at the old spaghetti factory with bishop and his family! so much fun.
I was read a talk this week that was all about the importance of families and it was so good! It led me to read the family proclamation and then went into preach my gospel and read on how the gospel blesses families. I loved it! It was my favorite study this week. I just really saw how important families really are. Then in the Christmas Devotional someone talked about Mary, Joseph and Jesus and how they are the holy family and we need to strive to be like them. A family with patience, kindness, love, tenderness. We truly are so blessed. We not only have families to bless us and strengthen us but we have an example of what our family could be like and how to make that happen. By living the gospel and applying the teachings of Christ we can develop more Christlike attributes and have a family centered on the things that are the most important. Allowing our families to have happiness, joy, peace, and be together for all of eternity. I am so thankful for my family. I feel so blessed and honored to be with them forever.
This Christmas, spend time with your family and loved ones and cherish the gift that the family is! I love you all so much!!
#sharethegift (you can go to the YouTube page and see a short video on 'share the gift')
A Proclamation to the World
The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day SaintsWe, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.
All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.
In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.
The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife.
We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan.
Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed.
We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.
|members in our ward looking great! they rocked the nativity|
|gingerbread houses we made with a member and investigator haha so fun!|
giving blood last week sort of made my chest pain go crazy and it was bad. but my heart is fine and im good as new!!!
|exchange selfie with sister Veylupek and Moody!|
|Look who i found at the nativity! boom! my girl brimmers!|