From the land down under, Wendy Cohen agreed to give us her thoughts on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Filed under: Home and Family, Self-Worth, Supporting the Priesthood
I had the wonderful opportunity of sitting down with a fantastic woman who has enlightened me in a number of ways. I decided I wanted to share with our LDSBlogs.com readers this daughter of God as well. So, please let me introduce you to Jewel Adams: wife, mother and author.
Filed under: Childcare, Discussion of General Relief Society Meetings, Discussion of Relief Society Lessons, Furthering our Education, Home and Family, Homemaking Skills, Marriage, Mother-Daughter Relationships, Provident Living, Running a Household, Service
As women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), we are dedicated to “strengthening marriages, families, and homes.” We live in a day when more than 50% of marriages in our country fail, dividing families, and wrecking homes. Latter-day Saint women are not left to their own devices, or the offerings of a crumbling culture, to fortify the marriage, family, and home. We have a prophet and God uses him to help us strengthen our marriages, families, and homes. We also have the Holy Ghost to help us apply this general counsel to our specific family’s needs.
Filed under: Discussion of Relief Society Lessons, Home and Family, Self-Worth, Teaching Children the Gospel, Teaching our Daughters
As daughters of God, “our lives have meaning, purpose, and direction”. (Relief Society Declaration) God loves all of us, His spirit daughters, and has a plan for our lives, a plan of happiness, also known as the plan of salvation.
Filed under: Being a Stay at Home Mom, Home and Family, Teaching Children the Gospel
Go on, admit it. Every mother’s been there. It’s what we do every single day of our lives. We are faced with this huge task of taking a totally dependent little bundle of joy from point A to point B (where they are a happy, productive adult member of society). Subconsciously, we just know we are failing. Subliminally, we recognize that we’re just making things more difficult for ourselves. Yet, we can’t seem to force ourselves to do things differently. We cling to the silliest things, and let go of some of the most practical. We secretly idolize our own mothers (whether we hate them or not) because they did manage to make it to point B, but we have no real idea how they did it. We openly fear exposure of our inadequacies and keep on going as if we know exactly where we are headed and what we are doing.
There are so many demands on a woman’s time. We live in an age which has taught us that women can be anything that they want. Quite honestly, it’s instilled another belief as well. Not only do women feel more empowered to be anything they had somehow gotten the notion that means they need to “be” everything. Somehow, in the process of empowering women to their natural abilities to excel and come off conqueror in any battle they might find themselves in, we have managed to back ourselves into a corner fighting more battles than anyone could win on their own.
The last paragraph in the Proclamation on the Family is a plea from the first presidency. It is a request for me and for you to act.
When I first joined the church, I was a teenager and the only member in my family. Having never fasted before, the Law of the Fast was a difficult one for me to follow, especially when everyone around me was eating. Nevertheless I persevered in abstaining from food and water, but I don’t think I ever had a purpose in my fast—no blessing I was fasting for. And I wasn’t praying. In reality, I dreaded fasting.
Recently, I’ve heard many talks and lessons about how to strengthen the family. And invariably, most of what I have heard focuses on what we can do as mothers to strengthen our children. Any discussion is usually on what and how to teach our children certain principles.
When we were a young couple just starting out our family, things were easily overwhelming. We had our first 4 children by the time the oldest was 5 years old. Running errands or taking care of tasks was always difficult even when my husband and I decided to “divide and conquer” with one or two each in tow. Nights were often sleepless and there was an endless supply of diapers to change. We couldn’t afford a babysitter or a date and certainly not both in the same month! There was school to finish and jobs to find. And while all of this was going on, I was desperately trying to learn how to cook, clean, teach, and play.