Monday, March 16, 2015

Loved this week in my class!

loved Elder Bednar's talk, More Diligent and Concerned at Home.  He talks about three ways we can become more diligent and concerned in our homes and I got some great advice that I felt was tailor made for me and my family! First is expressing love and showing it at home. We are good at that one. Maybe it is easier because I have all girls, but we are pretty affectionate and tell each other we love you all the time. The next one was Bear Testimony and live it. This was so great to know that our testimonies need not be lengthy or eloquent. What a load off. What we don't do is bear testimony at home very often to our kids or vice versa. I had an epiphany! My girls are super shy and quiet, they would never entertain the thought of going up to the pulpit to bear their testimonies in a sacrament meeting. They rarely even speak at church in front of anyone and I have one daughter that won't even participate in the primary programs because she won't speak in front of anyone. I think in a family home evening coming up, we will have a testimony meeting. What a great way to get them used to bearing their testimonies but starting small in front of just our little family. I bear my testimony occasionally and make sure they are paying attention when I do, but I never bear testimony to my husband and Elder Bednar mentions that as well. It is also important that we live what we are testifying to. Another key that I don't think about very often. It may seem dumb as I usually bear testimony about some doctrine or principle I am already passionate about, but sometimes the spirit moves you to get up and share something, we need to remember what we said and take that direction into our lives. Living what we testify about is vital. The last one he says is Be Consistent, which is just smart. Any parent knows that you need to be consistent to make habits and grow and learn. I loved this talk.
This is the first class I have taken that has flown by! I never want it to end. I know it is making me better every week.