Friday, March 13, 2020

Strengthening Our Faith.

Canceled:
*Church volunteer meetings
*Lottie's Spring soccer season
*Parent meetings
*Claire's college Study Abroad to Europe ;(
*Oliver & Jane's FFA dairy competition
*Campouts
*Football workouts for Oliver
(and all after school/extracurricular activities)
*Church baptisms (Lottie is supposed to get baptized next month
We're keeping our fingers crossed)
*And, possibly school (I bet we find out next week)
**AND to top it all off, today is FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!!!!!!**

With all of these crazy closures and cancellations, 
I can't help but wonder who's driving this thing?
I mean, I KNOW who's driving---the Lord is of course, but who's
determining all of these crazy restrictions down here on earth?
Do we really need to panic this much?
Toilet paper, Clorox products, and beans and rice
have vanished from the grocery stores!!
Am I naive to wonder these things?
All I know is that THIS TALK by our prophet
Russell M. Nelson has been a huge comfort, especially these words:
"We live in a time of turmoil. Earthquakes and tsunamis wreak 
devastation, governments collapse, economic stresses are severe, 
the family is under attack, and divorce rates are rising. 
We have great cause for concern. 
But we do not need to let our fears displace our faith. 
We can combat those fears by strengthening our faith.
Start with your children. You parents bear the primary responsibility
 to strengthen their faith. Let them feel your faith, 
even when sore trials come upon you. Let your faith be focused on our 
loving Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son, 
the Lord Jesus Christ. Teach that faith with deep conviction... 
How you deal with life’s trials is part of the development of your faith. 
Strength comes when you remember that you have a divine nature, 
an inheritance of infinite worth.
President Thomas S. Monson has given us his prophetic witness.
 He said: “I testify to you that our promised blessings are beyond measure. 
Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may 
pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our
 love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort 
and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk
 uprightly and keep the commandments.”
Be of good cheer. 
The Nielson's in The White House are prepared to hunker down,
and see this Conorasvirus through!
Last night around the dinner table we all joked that
we're are sure glad we all love each other since all these
closures etc, mean more time together at home!
Sign me up!
Stay safe!!