Thursday, May 03, 2018

Bright as your faith

This morning Claire and I went on a wet hike in the mountains.
It had rained all night, and the trail was soaked in the morning.
It continued to sprinkle during our hike, but everything smelled so good!
Claire asked questions about what it was like for
 me in high school, what my date dance dresses looked like, 
boyfriends, and the sneaky craft of toilet papering a house.
After our hike, we went and got donuts.  
We felt super healthy.
Later in the afternoon, Mr. Nielson and I took the
 three older kids and served in the temple.
There is nowhere I'd rather be than the temple with my children.
All problems and anxieties transform into faith and trust in God
 and His plan for our family.
Our family is devoted to God even if our future 
doesn't look totally clear to us right now, we know 
"Fear not. Be of good cheer. Your future is as bright as your faith." 
We say this quote every Monday in our family council.
We are reminded of its powerful words and wisdom.
I know my future is bright because I have three beautiful daughters who
shine bright inside and out. They are kind and compassionate to others and
 respect themselves as they act and dress modestly and gracefully.
They care deeply and are aware of others' feelings and comfort. 
I am honored to be their mother.

And because of all that, they will probably 
never ever toilet paper anyone.
And I am OK with that.

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Teachings from RMN:
"Not pursuing your "own pleasure" on the Sabbath requires self-discipline. 
You may have to deny yourself of something you might like. 
If you choose to delight yourself in the Lord, 
you will not permit yourself to treat it as any other day. 
Routine and recreational activities can be done some other time."

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