It’s funny. Every time our church’s General Conference comes around, I get really ambitious in the kitchen.
General Conference is broadcast on TV and I have a rough time sitting in front of the TV without something else to keep my hands busy. So this weekend, while I listened to the speakers, I made:
-Homemade Breakfast Potatoes, Cheesy Scrambled Eggs, and Apple Slices
-Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes, and Carrots (my favorite meal of all time…)
-Chicken Tortilla Soup
-Turkey Soft Tacos
-Bacon Cheese Potato Rounds
-Coffee Cake (my first cake from scratch!)
We invited our friend and her kids over for dinner on Sunday and we all played in the backyard with our dog, Doozer, and picked oranges off of our tree. Even though everyone ate eagerly, there was barely a dent in the feast I managed to compile. It’s ok though. I think it’s awesome to have so much stuff in the fridge to dig into for leftovers!
Getting back to General Conference… =)
A talk that pricked my heart was given by President Boyd K. Packer regarding children and families. Becoming a mother has been on my heart nonstop these days, so here are some excepts that stuck with me.
“It is the challenge of mortality to be a worthy and responsible parent.”
“Husband and wife should understand that their first calling, from which they will never be released, is to one another and then to their children.”
“One of the great discoveries of parenthood is that we learn far more about what really matters from our children then ever we did from our parent. We come to recognize the truth in Issiah’s prophecy that a little child shall lead them.”
“Fathers and mothers, next time you cradle a newborn child in your arms you can have an inner vision of the mysteries and purposes of life. You will better understand why the Church is as it is and why the family is the basic organization in time and all eternity.”
There was also another talk given by Cheryl Esplin about being a parent in Christ’s church.
“Our role as parents is to do all we can to create an atmosphere where our children can feel the spirit and then help them recolonize what they are feeling.”
“We will teach our children to understand as we take advantage of every teaching situation, invite the spirit, set the example, and help them live what they learn.”
This scripture was mentioned in both of these talks.
Children are an heritage of the Lord… Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them. Psalm 127:3, 5
I am fortunate that as I prepare for motherhood, that the Lord is preparing my spirit. He is continually teaching me what a blessing and tremendous responsibility it is to be a parent.
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One parting quote by Elder Neil L. Andersen that I will be turning to again and again.
As we trust in the Savior, promised miracles will occur… As you love Him, trust Him, believe Him, and follow Him, you will feel His love and approval.