Tuesday, November 20, 2018

60 seconds




Last night I made pizza for dinner since we skipped out on our
traditional weekend pizza night.
 It feels kind of like the weekend for us anyway
since we are out now for Thanksgiving break.
 After dinner we all sat down for Family Home Evening. 
I passed out a piece of paper and gave everyone 60 seconds to
 write down as many things as they could think of to be thankful for.
Here is what we came up with.
Jesus Christ, God, health, shoes, peace, Christ's Atonement & Resurrection,
 toys, mom's homemade pizza, education, America, freedom, talents, experiences,
life, music, trees, prophets, sister Merayo in New Mexico, 
the gospel, The Book of Mormon, world leaders, 
my bed, good food, books, Hannah, seminary, Holy Ghost, house,
internet, forgiveness, repentance, hope, faith, charity, cars, grocery stores,
lotion, medicine, mom's work she does for me, ancestors, the Bible, shoes, mom!!,
President Nelson, the world we live in, cookies, animals, unicorns, rain,
my birthday, Ada and Riggs, Angus, Narwhals, Kevin the cat, church, 
friends, husband, Christmas, family, baby Jesus, 
candles to light our home, and Hygge,
Then we discussed what each of us had written down in that quick 60 seconds,
and found some common topics on all our lists, but their was
one thing we had all written down: Christ.
He is the reason we have a list of things to be grateful for in the first place.
To close my lesson I also read a beautiful scripture in 
The Book of Mormon (Alma 26:37)

"We see that God is mindful of every people, 
whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, 
and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, 
and my great thanksgiving; yea, 
and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen.

God, our Heavenly Father, loves all of His children wherever they are,
whatever they do, and whatever they believe. 
Yes, I think He is disappointed when people disrespect Him or disobey 
His commandments, but “God is mindful of every people, 
whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, 
and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth”
What a beautiful scripture and promise.
I am thankful for those words and for God's unconditional love
for me, and for my children!
Next Monday for our Family Night, Mr. Nielson and 
I will introduce the new Light the World (#LightTheWorld) 
campaign to the Little Nies.
We do this every year and it's a highlight of our Christmas season.
Check out the 2018 LightTheWorld and get ideas to
personalize your own family plan.