I was asked to speak in my ward on Sunday for Mother’s Day. I actually like pubic speaking and enjoy preparing talks. However, this talk was particularly hard to write. All week I felt the pressure to be perfect and to give a perfect talk or risk offending someone in the ward. Throw in some social media drama (not of my making) and I was on my way to a nervous breakdown by Saturday night. I prayed a lot to try and find some peace and I had a break through on what to talk about and how to say it. “Just testify of the gospel and share your testimony for the uplifting of the sisters in your ward who are struggling with heavy burdens.”
President Nelson released this video today inviting members of the church and all people of faith in fasting for relief from the Covid19 pandemic. Will you join us?
General Conference is a month away. Six months ago, in his closing address of October General Conference, Pres. Nelson invited us to prepare for April Conference by studying the Restoration of the Gospel.
If you have yet to start your preparations (ahem, that’d be me), you still have time. My friend Montserrat Wadsworth has written a 30 day study guide over on her blog, A Gospel Centered Home. She has some great ideas to get you started.
If you get emails from the Church, you’ve probably seen this already. If not here is a link to the announcement for changes in how the Church will advance girls and boys throught the Young Women program and the Aaronic Priesthood quorums.
Beginning in January 2019, children will complete Primary and begin attending Sunday School and the Beehive class or deacons quorum as age-groups, not on their individual 12th birthdays as they have in the past.
In addition, young men will be eligible to be ordained to a priesthood office in January of the year they turn 12, 14, and 16, and youth will be eligible to obtain a limited-use temple recommend beginning in January of the year they turn 12—based on their “individual worthiness, readiness, and personal circumstances.”
The announcement has a few more details. We encourage you to read through this announcement, and let us know what you think in the comments. It’s exciting times to be a member of the Lord’s church. My husband just remarked he wished Pres. Nelson would slow down just a smidge, not all of us are as fast and good at skiing as he is.
This week there are two broadcasts from the Church that you will want to tune into watch.
Friday, June 1st, 7:30 MDT the Be One concert, which commemorates the 40th anniversary of the revelation on the priesthood, will be broadcast from the Conference Center on Temple Square. Featured performers include, Gladys Knight, Alex Boyé, the Bonner family, the Unity Gospel Choir International, and members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The broadcast will be live on the Church satellite system, LDS.org, MoTab.org, mormonchannel.org, Facebook, Instagram, Mormon Channel for Roku, and the Mormon Channel on YouTube.
Next Sunday, June 3rd, Pres. and Sister Nelson will be speaking at a worldwide devotional for youth. Pres. Nelson has given us all an assignment of reading from The Book of Mormon everyday and to ask in our prayers to have our hearts prepared to receive what the Lord would have us learn from the broadcast.
If you miss either of these programs, they will be avalible for streaming at broadcasts.lds.org shortly after they end.
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