Thursday, September 12, 2013

Day 60: Alma 56-57

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all having a FAB day!  Karlee went home today.  Boo hoo!  I loved having a friend here for the week.  She is like family to me and it was fun to have a "sister" so close by.  Wish I lived closer to all of my family and close friends.  On another note my 6 year old started his first day of piano.  He has been counting down this day for about a year now.  He loves music, loves to sing, and can already play many songs on the piano.  When I picked him up today his teacher said that he had a natural talent and she was going to run with it!  LOL!  She has taught all of my other 4 children and they are all very talented but Brayden eats, sleeps, and breaths music.  I cannot wait to see him grow in the piano.  He is actually excited to learn and couldn't wait to come home and practice.

Tonight I went to a Relief Society Cooking Class which is held monthly.  This is only the 2nd time I have been able to make it in a year!  I loved it and will try to go every month.  We had a pizza night and made about 5 different types of pizzas and they were ALL super yummy.  One was even Gluten-Free and made with a cauliflower crust!  So unique but I actually loved it.  Of course, for dessert, we had the traditional fruit pizza.  

So thankful for Sister Tew in my ward who opens up her beautiful home every month and takes the time to prepare, cook, and clean up for everyone.

I would like to start today by sharing a song by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Today we are reading chapters 56 and 57 of Alma.  Still going through the wars with the Lamanites and Nephites.  Great stories in there.  Today I will share some of my favorite scriptures which still refer to the 2000 Stripling Warriors.  

Alma 56:3-10
Behold, two thousand of the sons of those men whom Ammon brought down out of the land of Nephi—now ye have known that these were descendants of Laman, who was the eldest son of our father Lehi;
 Now I need not rehearse unto you concerning their traditions or their unbelief, for thou knowest concerning all these things—
 Therefore it sufficeth me that I tell you that two thousand of these young men have taken their weapons of war, and would that I should be their leader; and we have come forth to defend our country.
 And now ye also know concerning the covenant which their fathers made, that they would not take up their weapons of war against their brethren to shed blood.
 But in the twenty and sixth year, when they saw our afflictions and our tribulations for them, they were about to break the covenant which they had made and take up their weapons of war in our defence.
 But I would not suffer them that they should break this covenant which they had made, supposing that God would strengthen us, insomuch that we should not suffer more because of the fulfilling the oath which they had taken.
 But behold, here is one thing in which we may have great joy. For behold, in the twenty and sixth year, I, Helaman, did march at the head of these two thousand young men to the city of Judea, to assist Antipus, whom ye had appointed a leader over the people of that part of the land.
 10 And I did join my two thousand sons, (for they are worthy to be called sons)...
Alma 56:44-48
44 Therefore what say ye, my sons, will ye go against them to battle?
 45 And now I say unto you, my beloved brother Moroni, that never had I seen so great courage, nay, not amongst all the Nephites.
 46 For as I had ever called them my sons (for they were all of them very young) even so they said unto me: Father, behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth; we would not slay our brethren if they would let us alone; therefore let us go, lest they should overpower the army of Antipus.
 47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
 48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.
I love this talk given by Elder Holland.  I needed these words this week.  Being a mom is hard work and I sometimes feel like I don't measure up.  I often go to bed in tears wondering how I am doing.  What a great message of hope.  

I want you all to know how thankful I am to be a mother and also to have the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life.  I don't know how I could do it without His help.  I am so far from perfect but I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can do all things. 

Love you!

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