Friday, April 03, 2020

Lottie and GC!

(More on Lottie and her birthday and
her baptism next week!)

Well, folks, this is it, the weekend the Nielson family 
(and ALL Latter-Day Saints) have all been waiting for:
In preparation for this special weekend, the Nielson family has 
been on a full-week social media fast.  
We've given up Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, games, 
movies, TV shows, and anything that is distracting or that could
take away from our preparation to hear our
 Prophet spoke to us this weekend.
For me, it wasn't too hard; in fact, it was refreshing!
  I've been weaning off Instagram for months now,
 I hardly check it, and when I do, I limit my time. 
I like to post, mainly for a personal record and also for my 
 sister Lucy and mom...and probably my brother Andrew, 
father-in-law Russ, and maybe Katy? 
(I don't know who else in my family follows me.
But I get so exhausted and weighed down
 by negative and unnecessary comments from strangers
 that taking frequent breaks is good for my emotional state.

 I love this quote by President Nelson:
"If you are paying more attention
 to feeds from social media than you are to the whisperings of the Spirit,
 then you are putting yourself at spiritual risk—as well as the 
risk of experiencing intense loneliness and depression."
I don't want to ignore the Holy Ghost.
I don't want to have intense, lonely feelings,
I don't want to be depressed, and I certainly don't want 
to put me at spiritual risk!

Spiritual Enlightenment: The Prophet Joseph Smith
"There is no dispute about what Joseph Smith accomplished,
 only how he did what he did and why. 
And there are few options. 
He was either pretender or prophet. 
Either he did what he did alone, or he had the help of heaven.
 Look at the evidence, but look at all of the evidence,
 the entire mosaic of his life, not any single piece. 
Most importantly, do as young Joseph and "ask … God, 
that giveth to all men liberally, 
and upbraideth not; and it shall be given [you].""

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