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General Conference Recap

Every six months (in April and October) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds a worldwide church meeting called general conference. The meeting last for 10 hours over the course of two days. During general conference, we receive counsel from our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, his apostles, and other church leaders. General conference is broadcast on TV, the radio, and online. The talks are then available afterwards on lds.org to read and study. We believe that if we follow the counsel given in the sermons at general conference that our lives will be blessed. As we listen to general conference, we believe that God can speak to our hearts through the Holy Ghost. Everyone can receive their own personalized counsel during general conference.

After pondering and reading over my notes from conference, two things stuck out to me:

1) Be a Mom

2) Be a Missionary

…. Be a Mother Missionary.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson gave a talk about the influence of a good women. He talked about his grandma and how she “never learned how to drive a car, but she knew how to help boys become priesthood men.” He also posed the question from Neal A. Maxwell “Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congress?”

Also during the conference, our prophet announced that our church has reached 15 million members and have currently have over 80,000 full-time missionaries.

President Monson said that “Now is the time for members and missionaries to come together to work together to labor in the Lord’s vineyard to bring souls unto him.” He also quoted a past prophet, President McKay saying, “Every member a missionary.”

A couple days before general conference, I got a few of my friends in our ward together for a temple trip. We dressed up our 2 year-old sons as little missionaries and took pictures of them. Aren’t they cute?

I learned during conference being a mother is being a missionary. Mothers in the church are teaching their kids to be future missionaries. Our homes should be like the MTC. Even at this young age, we teach our kids about God and His Son Jesus Christ. We also teach them that they are children of God and that God loves them very much. We teach our kids how to pray to God and how to receive answers to their prayers. We teach them good morals such as sharing their cookies and serving others.

We teach them the reason why they are on earth is to be happy and in order to be truly happy we have to follow of the commandments of God the best we can. We, as mothers, prepare our kids to choose to be baptized when they are eight year old. We teach them that we make mistakes but because of Jesus Christ’s atonement we can change and be a better person.

We prepare our sons to receive the priesthood when they turn twelve and go on missions when they turn eighteen.

We teach our children that the temple is the house of God and we go there to make promises to God to be the best person we can be. We teach them that the temple is where families can be sealed together forever. We are teaching our children to be future missionaries but most importantly we are teaching them to become good husbands/fathers and wives/mothers.

I felt like Heavenly Father was telling me “Don’t worry if your kids take up all your time… it’s what you’re suppose to be doing. Taking care of your kids is the most important form of missionary work!”

So then I asked myself the question “Why do I do missionary work?” For me it is because I know that God lives and Jesus Christ lives. I know that by obeying God’s commandments and following His prophets we are truly happy. Throughout the years my faith has been tested but I still know this day that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s true church. I know that the fullness of the gospel has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I love my kids and I want to share with them everything I know to be true.

Why do you do missionary work? What did you learn during conference? Please share with me what you learned! Feel free to share, pin, Facebook these images.

Missionaries loves cookies! It was the only way we got them to sit still and special thanks for all the moms for letting me use their kids. 🙂

Can’t forget my newest little future missionary:

Here are some fun graphics I made:

Here’s a behind the scenes picture of the moms. It’s so hard to get five 2 year-old to sit still! 🙂

Preston England Temple Pictures

The Dublin Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints went on a temple trip in March. The stake spent a whole day traveling to get the temple by taking the ferry and bus. Then they spent the entire week doing temple work all day long. The temple patrons and their families can stay at the temple accommodations which is like a hotel.  The temple only charges 11 pounds per person per night.  My husband called it EFY for adults. 🙂

I’ve never had to travel so far to go to the temple since I’m from Salt Lake City. It was so nice to be able to go to the temple again! I haven’t been for three months. Every time I go to the temple I can feel the peace and comfort of the Holy Ghost. I’m so grateful that I can go to the temple to pray to God and ponder about life’s questions.

Can’t help but to add some pictures of little Micah. 🙂

Happy 18 Months Micah!

I can’t believe Micah is now 18 months. Woot! He is old enough to go to Nursery at church now. How exciting! Now we just need a bunch of nursery aged kids to move into the branch so there can actually be a nursery. 🙂

At 18 months Micah likes:

  • Lasagna, Ham Fried Rice, Pesto, Eggs, Sandwiches and Cold Cereal (He could live off of cereal)
  • European Chocolate, Ice Cream, and Cheesecake
  • Push Cars, Buggies and Trolleys (aka Shopping Cart in the USA)
  • Knock on doors on our street like a missionary
  • Chasing the seagulls and pigeons
  • Go down the slide and be on the swing
  • Conduct music in church and FHE
  • Ipad (he’s a little obsessed)
  • Gigglebellies and Other YouTube videos
  • To read books (sometimes we have to read all his books before he goes to bed)
  • To pray!

Micah can say:

  • In English: Mama, Dad, Ball, Car, Dog, Baby, Whee!, No, Oh oh, Temple, Jesus, Ipad, Moo, Quack Quack, Oink Oink
  • In Portuguese: Agua, Orar, Pexies

Micah can sign:

  • Milk, Airplane, Teddy, Bus, Pray, Book, Spider, Telephone, Hello/Bye, “Yay!”
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Wheels on the Bus
  • Popcorn Popping
  • Jesus Wants me for a Sunbeam
  • Patty Cake
  • Hop you Bunnies
  • Do you Ears Hang Low
  • This Little Piggy
  • Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
  • When You’re Happy and You Know It

Micah can point out:

  • Bellybutton, Ears, Nose, Head, Shoulder, Knee, Fingers (he thinks his fingers bunnies), Toes (he thinks his toes are piggies)

Micah can follow instructions:

  • Set the table
  • Put groceries in the fridge
  • Find his shoes, socks, and jacket
  • Put laundry in the washer
  • Put something in the trash
  • Go wash your hands
  • Go to the potty
  • Go brush your teeth (He loves brushing his teeth!)
  • Clean up
  • Blow on the food, it’s hot
  • It’s time to say “Bye Bye”
  • It’s “Night Night” time

Micah can answer:

  • Are you hungry?
  • Do you want some juice?
  • Are you tired?
  • Do you want to take a bath? (In Chinese)
  • Do you want some milk? (In Chinese)

Here is are the pictures I took of at 18 months photo shoot. I’m very please by how these pictures turned out!

I Love to See the Temple

I can’t help but writing another post about temples!

I recently took these pictures for a neighbor. Her daughter is turning 8 and she is going to get baptized and they wanted pictures for a baptism invitation. We believe that age 8 is the age of accountability and we don’t believe in infant baptism. We believe that all children who pass away before they are 8 are all saved without the need of baptism (reference D&C 137:10).

All others who die without baptism will eventually get the chance to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Spirit World. We do baptisms for the dead for our ancestors in the temples. We believe in agency therefore the people we do baptisms for will be able to choose for themselves whether or not to accept the ordinance. We do not impose baptism on anyone dead or alive.

When we are baptize, we commit to follow our Savior Jesus Christ. Our past sins and transgressions are washed away. We commit to do the best we can to follow all the commandments and repent when we make mistakes. We promise to comfort those who need of comfort and stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things and in all places (reference Mosiah 18:9).

Remember to check out the Brigham City Temple Open House before Sept 15, 2012 if you want to go inside a temple and see what happens inside!

Baby Cardigan Onesie Tutorial Photoshoot

I did this photo shoot for my friend’s blog and her baby cardigan tutorial got over 1k hits on Pinterest in one day! Wow! Enjoy her tutorial and the pictures here.

Nerdy Baby Vest Overalls

Can you tell I’m a little picture happy lately? I took these pictures for my friend Heather’s blog www.feathersflights.com. The tutorial to make this baby nerdy sweater vest will be up on her blog tomorrow! Enjoy.

Big Family Pictures

This is the biggest group I’ve ever done. I learned a few things…

  1. Photographers need to be assertive and have a loud voice.
  2. Don’t rush!
  3. Learn names so you can position people and get their attention. It works a lot better than “Hey you back there!”
  4. Don’t use a portrait lens for a group picture! Some of the pictures were out of focus because I forgot to change lens. 😦
  5. Kiddies get tired so take their pictures first.
  6. Bring benches and chairs for a nice effect. It’s all about the poses and props.
  7. If you can’t see me then I can’t see you! Find a window!
  8. Have fun!
  9. Take pictures after 4 pm.
  10. Pray for good weather (Overcast, no wind, and no rain)! If it’s sunny find shade!!