If there is a downside to the digital age it’s that there is none in print.
Class member: My son had gone in to change the pictures on the screensaver to a slideshow of the pictures from our trip.
You have to do the effort.
Class member: Put the memory disk in the TV and look through photos on Sunday afternoon.
It doesn’t do the child any good if they can’t see themselves in the pictures and connect to it. Even if you have it saved it doesn’t do them any good. It has to be made so they can touch it and feel it in their lives.
Class member: We always watch Conference. I have a 13 & 15 year old. They usually sleep through it. I said everyone who takes notes and can tell me their 3 favorite talks and the stories related to them. So last night (FHE) they took turns telling their favorite talks and stories. They loved it. They got their Itunes card.
Your children will always go to the lowest level of your requirement. So don’t expect if you don’t require anything that they will produce it. You have to raise the bar in your expectations. You have to expect that there will be some flack. They will go to the lowest level. Elder Perry story---with a pole vaulter.
Class member: Mine was my husband. We have always made a special treat for the guys at the Priesthood session. I said it stinks that they made the company party on Conference night. The kids didn’t let him miss Priesthood. He missed the party instead. I loved seeing the kids reinforce what we had been teaching.
Class member: I asked my kids which traditions they liked and the ones that they wanted to get rid of. It was surprised at the traditions they wanted to get rid of. While my kids were gone to their Dad’s on Thanksgiving I would decorate the house for Christmas and then we set up the tree for FHE after Thanksgiving. We read a Christmas story every night throughout the month. They loved that one too. It’s funny when you ask them what they like and what they don’t. Sometimes they surprise you in the things they like.
Class member: Mine is the traditions too. It started last week after this class. I have never done ‘Elf on the Shelf’. After this I decided I don’t need to feel guilty. The traditions they care about are the ones we talked about. I gave myself permission to not have to do that or feel guilty.
You have permission to let it go.
Class member: We have a family motto now because of conference. “Hard is good!”
Class member: I have had a lot of trouble with my son. That was a question I went to Conference with. The topic that came to me was service.
Class member: I was sick last week and my husband had to go out of town. I wasn’t able to have it the way I wanted it, but I got to listen to Conference on my own. My friend told me to look on Twitter because they post the best quotes on there. I got the most out of Conference this times. I felt like everyone of the talks spoke to me and my family.
Starting January 1st the curriculum for High Priests and Relief Society will change. We are moving toward studying Conference. The interesting thing is that it was a different Conference. Everyone chose their own topics. They do feel like they are individualized to families. The first Sunday of every month the RS & HP group will be sitting in counsel and will decide what the needs are in that ward and they will find the talks that will address those needs. Each group will decide what they feel like the needs are for that group. Our meetings are going to become very focused on the needs of that unit. Each ward is their own little family and we are going to work towards finding what we can do to meet the needs.
Do you remember Elder Oaks talk it was very pointed! It was the Proclamation on the Family given 25 years ago as a preparation for our time. He said this was the Lord’s church and the Lord’s vision of the family. The church isn’t going to change. It’s interesting to watch how direct he is. He said this is the Lord’s doctrine. You don’t change it or rationalize it. It’s not bad to have questions, but find answers.
The talk by President Eyring where he referred back to President Monson’s talk about reading the Book of Mormon. He has read it for 54 years. He said I felt like I needed to read it with greater intent and seeking different insights. The depth of commitment to the teachings of the prophets as our testimonies grow.
Looking back at receiving the Proclamation on the Family 25 years ago and now it’s really important what we are receiving now for the past year the directive was to “Come Unto Christ”. We talked about the truths of the gospel, but not really focused on the Savior as the main topic. It is now. Becoming focused on the Savior we will see that belittling of the Savior. If you aren’t truly founded in the Savior you could slip and fall. They are telling us how to protect ourselves against what is going to come.
Class member: My parents taught English through the church. They can’t proselyte. It’s growing though.
Class member: Nelson was learning Mandarin. It’s these great men who do what they are inspired to do. I think these examples we need to dig deep.
We think it’s bad right now…this is just the preface. We will need to be individually strong. The Lord always tells us ahead of time what to do.
Find out which talk was giving when they said you should have no tattoos and one ear piercing. (1998) It’s that long ago and now tattoos have become the norm. Back then there were only a few tattoos.
Pay attention to what he is saying now and do it even if you don’t feel like it’s critical. I think the Lord was strengthening the world wide church and now he wants to strengthen individual units.