Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Magnifying the priesthood
There was once a family of frogs that lived by a pond. There were all sorts of good, healthy bugs there for them to eat at the pond, like crickets, flies, mosquitoes and water skippers. Some of the little frogs, however, liked to eat ladybugs. The ladybugs were easy to catch, and the red and white shells were sweet like candy. But this wasn’t good. The ladybugs were friends to the frogs and helped keep the pond free of pests. Plus, the ladybugs weren’t very healthy for frogs to eat.
The father frog was very worried, and he thought long and hard about what to do. Then, he had an idea. He smashed up some red berries and gathered some white dust. With it, he painted himself to look like a giant ladybug, and he hopped around for a week with a sign that said: “Don’t eat our friends the ladybugs.” The little frogs were amazed at this and realized how important the ladybugs were to their father. They never ate another one.
You can see that this father frog magnified his responsibility to teach the little frogs by making sure they understood what was right. Magnifying one’s calling means to go the extra mile in fulfilling your responsibilities. Now you will see I obviously had a hard time magnifying this talk. But we need to work diligently and very hard on magnifying every calling we ever get. Prophet Gordon B Hinkley once said.
“To every officer, to every teacher in this Church who acts in a priesthood office, there comes the sacred responsibility of magnifying that priesthood calling.”
He also refers to magnifying as looking through binoculars and how they can enlarge and improve any object. But when we don’t magnify our calling it is like looking through the other side of the binoculars. It makes it farther away and doesn’t improve or enlarge an object. But shrinks it and makes it harder to focus.
When I received the Aaronic Priesthood a few months ago, there was a lot I didn’t know about what I should be doing. Luckily, there were experienced Deacons in our quorum who showed me the ropes on the basics, like how to pass the sacrament and collect fast offerings. Now, I need to magnify my calling by helping teach other new Deacons and being as good an example as I can for those in primary. But the most important thing I can do to magnify my calling is to build my own testimony. The better I understand the gospel, the more I will understand how I can contribute to the important work of the Church in whatever way the Lord wants me to.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
So I learned a lot about Cinco de Mayo these past few weeks. My Mexican neighbor, Alma, informed me that it's really only celebrated here in the USA, because we view it as Mexico finally becoming independent, but they celebrate their independence in the fall sometime. Anyway... We made some empanadas (more Argentine than Mexican) and the kids all enjoyed them, so now we're going to have to make them more often! That's ok, because I've found a place that sells the dough -- that's the hard part for me -- and the woman at the store spoke very good english. Then in Ethan's kindergarten class we had a fiesta and made tissue paper flowers, ate fried bananas, learned the Mexican Hat Dance and broke a Pinata! Talk about crazy fun. What a great day!
Monday, May 5, 2008
We finally found a place for Brady and Jaime to stay when they move out here next month! We are excited to have them move to our neck of the woods. Hopefully Brady will adjust to the little bit of the commute that he will have for the next couple years. They will be 5-8 minutes away from us, but it is in a nice neighborhood with a great back yard where Jaime can turn the kids loose!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
On Wednesday night I had my dance performance. I took a Jazz dance class this year and our dance was a Harry Potter dance. I looked like this: white shirt, red and blue striped tie, blue jumper, black cape, blue tights and black jazz shoes. We wore our hair in a pony tail and my mom barely got my hair in one, she used lots of bobby pins. The good thing is our dance costume is the same as my school uniform so I get to wear my costume to school tomorrow!