Monday, October 7, 2013

More From This Weekend

The weather this weekend provided us with a beautiful backdrop for nostalgia-in-the-making.

In addition to our family watermelon toss (click here if you missed that), we brought all the rest of the pumpkins and winter squash up from the garden.

I don't think we'll starve this winter.

We took a walk as a family to visit the horses around the corner, too.

Samson and Rosa LOVE my children carrots.

We also watched all eight hours of General Conference this weekend. Those three right there were so touched by Elder Jeffery R. Holland's talk. With the gamut of OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Tourette's Syndrome among them, they felt he was speaking directly to them. As a mother whose tears have soaked her pillow many a night- whose prayers on her children's behalf have been drawn out of the deepest part of her soul, I felt he was speaking directly to me.
"If you're the one afflicted or a caregiver to such, try not to be overwhelmed with the size of your task. Don't assume you can fix everything, but fix what you can."

"If the bitter cup does not pass, drink it, and be strong- trusting in happier days ahead."

Elder Holland also referred to Stephanie Neilson and all that she has so gracefully endured. She is such a tremendous example of strength. If you don't know her incredible story, watch this short video or visit her blog here.

Finally, in all these sometimes staggeringly hard things, Elder Holland reminded us of the power of Christ's atonement.
“Of greatest assurance in such a plan is that a Savior was promised, a Redeemer, who through our faith in Him would lift us triumphantly over those tests and trials, even though the cost to do so would be unfathomable for both the Father who sent Him and the Son who came. It is only an appreciation of this divine love that will make our own lesser suffering first bearable, then understandable, and finally redemptive.”
There is a plan and as we turn toward our Savior, relying on Him, our hardships can work for our eternal good.

Unfamiliar with General Conference? Go here to learn more.
Then, watch the most recent broadcast here.

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