Sunday, June 27, 2010

Things As They Really Are

I dream a lot.

Last night, I had an elaborate (read: uninterrupted) dream (thanks to the rain) in which I was defending the doctrine of the Family.  I stood my ground, and explained my beliefs despite disapproval from my friends in the dream.

When I woke up this morning, I continued reading where I left off last night in the June Ensign.  In his talk, "Things As They Really Are", Elder Bednar quotes President George Q. Cannon who taught:
"God has reserved spirits for this dispensation who have the courage and determination to face the world, and all the powers of the evil one, visible and invisible, to proclaim the gospel and maintain the truth and establish and build up the Zion of our God fearless of all consequences.  He has sent these spirits in this generation to lay the foundation of Zion never more to be overthrown, and to raise up a seed that will be righteous, and that will honor God, and honor Him supremely, and be obedient to Him under all circumstances."

Elder Bednar goes on to wonder if the young people hear this description so often that it has become trite.
It is not lost on me.  

I read this quote to my children over breakfast this morning.  We talked about what it means to honor God, and to honor Him "supremely" in all circumstances.

Elder Bednar continues, "You and I are to be valiant and 'obedient to Him under all circumstances.'  Thus, obedience is the principal weapon upon which the rising generation must rely in the latter-day battle between good and evil."

Time for me to take my valiant ones to church.
Have a great Sunday!


  1. we need valiant mothers to raise the valiant children. good job!

  2. Oh that is one of my favorite talks.

    I've come to find that in my life, those things which you hear again and again to the point of it becoming 'trite' (which is a fabulous word), are those things which you need to dwell on. For most things, I've been able to make them significantly apply to me, and then they are no longer the LDS cliche's. Things such as 'I Am a Child of God' are no longer standard and repetitive to me, thanks to researching and studying the concepts until they hit me with all the profound meaning they embody.

  3. I love that talk!

    Some people wonder why things keep getting repeated over and over and over again. Well, those are the things that we need to work on and live by over and over again. There's so much more to those repeated things if just study and ponder on them. It's so great that you're talking with your children about it at such a young age, I think I'll try that too :-D

  4. obedience is the first law in heaven and obedience is better than sacrifice...

    i was released as RS teacher and is now serving the children, i teach the CTR children and it's always inspiring how children can be so submissive, loving and caring..

    love your garden lady!!