When Life Gives you Lemons, Use Them.

I have heard many sayings about Lemons. One that I personally like is, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” It means when you go through hard times, trying to make something good of it, and find something good in it. Well, why I am talking about lemons? Have you ever had an apple, that you cut into pieces and left somewhere for a minute? Have you came back and saw that it was brown? Well, you can choose to do this little project, or you can just scroll down and skip this part. Any who, this is what you are going to need,

  • Two Apples ( Red delicious works best, but any apple kind will work just as well)
  • A halved lemon (Or about a tablespoon of lemon juice)
  • A knife and a cutting board

 Ok, cut the apple in half, and place the two halves on the cutting board, or a paper towel. Squeeze, (or pour) the lemon on top one-half, and leave the other without any. To me, you should wait, 10-15 minutes to see it work, but any amount of time past the 10 minute mark should work well.

 Now, what do you think of when you imagine armor?

To me, I think a suit of armor they have in medieval times, that helped many knights defeat their enemies. 

 Now, the apple that has lemon juice will still be the same, but the one that does not, will be brown. You see, if you wear the armor of God, you will be ok through hard times. If you don’t, then Satan will try to temp you, and make the apple darker. 

 A few scriptures that you should look up are,

Ephesiams 6:11-18

Doctrine Covenants 27:15-18

WEAR THE ARMOR OF GOD! 

-Madie Grace 

 

 

8 Things Church Leaders Have Said About The Youth In This Generation

This is based on an article in the New Era magazine.

“Yours in a CHOSEN GENERATION of destiny…You are His son or His daughter. HE MADE YOUR SPIRIT STRONG AND CAPABLE of being resilient to the whirlwinds of life.”

~ Elder Neil L. Anderson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.( April 2014 General Conference.)

“We encourage young people in the rising generation to see their own potential to build great spiritual strength…Of all the help we can these young people, the greatest will be to let them feel our confidence that they are on the path to the home of God, and that they can make it.”

~ President Henry B. Eyring First Counselor in the First Presidency, ” Help Them on their Way Home,” April 2010 General Conference

“President Thomas S. Monson and all the leaders of the Church LOVE YOU…AND WE REJOICE IN YOUR FAITHFULNESS.”

~President Dieter F. Uchtdorf Second Counselor in the First Presidency. ” Happily Ever After April 2010 General Conference.

“WE HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOU. You are beloved sons and daughters of God and HE IS MINDFUL OF YOU…It is our fervent prayer that you will remain steadfast and valiant.”

~ Message to the Youth from the First Presidency

For the Strength of Youth (2011)

“You have come to this earth at a glorious time. The opportunities before you are nearly limitless.”

~President Thomas S. Monson ” May You Have Courage,” April 2009 General Conference

“As ‘ youth of the noble birthright’ you are literally sons and daughters of God, born at this particular time in the world’s history for a most sacred purpose…YOUTH OF THIS CHURCH ARE TO BE STANDARD BEARERS OF THE LORD AND BEACONS OF LIGHT TO ATTRACT OTHERS TO HIM. Your identity and purpose are unique.”

~President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles ” What will you choose?”

(Ensign 2015)

“I want to say to the vast majority of the youth of the Church whom I meet around the world how extraordinarily proud we are of you…I wish to raise my voice in praise of you, to express my love, my encouragement, and my admiration for you. Your Father in Heaven knows what you can become through faith in Him. You are empowered through the obedience to become a rightful heir in His eternal kingdom.”

~Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles October 2005 General Conference

“I want you to know that President Monson, his counselors, the Twelve Apostles, and the leaders of this Church love you immensely. I can only imagine the love that Heavenly Father and our Savior have for you is so great and so complete but I want you to know that we love you.”

~Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve of the Apostles. ” Face to Face with Elder Rasband, Sister Oscarson and Brother Owen,” January 2016

 I hope you enjoyed these quotes as much as  I did! 

-Madie Grace 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 Ways to Honor Your Mom & Dad

Honoring your parents is a commandment, one of the two most important ones. God has given us parents, who will love and guide us through our lives. They live an example, which we should all try to follow. I remember when I was little, one of my favorite things to do, was listening to stories from my mom’s childhood. Many things now stand out of me, in those little story times that I enjoyed. I loved how they brought us all together, we would all gather on one of the three beds in the room that Emma, Josie, (two of my siblings now aged 10 and 8) and I shared. We would eagerly sit together, waiting for our mom to begin. Sometimes she would tell us stories of Lucky Pot, a little girl who had first came alive in my great grandmother’s stories which she had told my grandmother, she, in turn, had told my mother. Other times, she would tell us stories of her childhood, growing up on a small farm in a really small town near Nashville TN. Another thing I have always enjoyed about these small stories, is that each one had a hidden moral. I would love to listen and try to find it. Each story, had something to teach us, one that she had learned through her example in the story. We can learn from our parents, and we often don’t see as we become teenagers, how much we change and don’t really spend as much time with them. Here are the twenty ways to honor them from the New Era in March 2017.

1. Ignore your phone during dinner or family meetings.

This is very important to me, because often when we gather as a family, my older brother will be on his phone. This is disrespectful to your parents, and also not a very good way to spend time with your family. 

2. Help plan a family home evening.

This one is good too. Can you imagine how proud your parents would be when you teach a Family Home Evening?

3. Give your parents a sincere compliment. Tell them that they are doing a good job.

Parents often work and do other things around the house, that you might take for granted. I remember one time when my mom got sick, I was in charge of cooking and cleaning for eight people. We often take our parents for granted, that I did before I had to all that work, and asked myself, why doesn’t my mom complain more? That was a good lesson in respect for me

4. Cheer up your siblings

Ok, this one, if you are like me, is THE WORST! I am kidding…maybe. Anway, for those who don’t know me, I have five siblings. Aging 16, to almost thirteen months. It is pretty hard keeping up with all of them, as well as getting along with them. I often joke around, in times of trouble, or when something happened, and that helps cheers them up. You can also make up ideas of your own, as well as peppy cards and other fun ideas.

5. Ask your parents about their childhood and teenage years.

I LOVE THIS ONE. Does it ring a bell from earlier in this post? I always loved hearing about how my parents met, it was like a fairytale to me. How my dad was wearing a girly colored shirt, and friendship bracelets. I always laugh, not like I can help it.

6. Talk with your parents about your plans for the future. Ask their opinions.

Some of you may be shy talking about what you want to do when you grow up with your parents, but remember, they are a key part of your future, and can help you achieve your dreams.

7. Control the volume of your voice, even when you are upset.

People often say when you have a teenager, be prepared for a bunch of yelling. Most words that are repeated, “It’s not fair!” Or  “My friend’s parents are letting him\her go!” Well, those are that person’s parents, and each parent can work and do things the way they want. You should make sure to be thinking logical, and remember that your parents have gone through teenage years, and know a little bit more than you do.

8. Share with your parents’ something you learned in Sunday school, other Church meetings, or even during your personal scripture study.

It is fun to share with someone else, and your parents are a great choice. They can also give their personal opinion and thoughts.

9. Pray for your parents one at a time during your personal prayers.

This is important because we want them to have blessings, right?

10. Make a sincere comment or ask a honest question during family scripture study.

If you have questions, don’t feel scared to ask. We were sent to this earth to learn, and most importantly, to gain more knowledge.

11. Make a goal to tell your friends only positive things about your parents.

Maybe you got into an argument with your parents, over a weekend party. When Monday rolls around, you go to school and complain to your friends about how unfair your parents are. You don’t mention how they take care of you, let you go to plenty of other parties, and are always letting you make your own choices. Make sure that you are not blinded by your anger, when around your friends, and make sure to still talk nicely about your parents.

12. Catch yourself before you say something to a sibling that might hurt their feelings.

Your parents often have to comfort your siblings, and it makes more work for them. Also, it hurts your bond with your sibling, words can be forgiven, not forgotten. Remember, the story of the fence, and every time the boy said a bad thing, he would hammer a nail onto it? When he finally quit saying those things, he took out all the nails, the fence wasn’t the same. It says that he learned a good lesson that day. This is like that story.

13. Go grocery shopping with your parents.

I have always loved going grocery shopping, so usually when we go, it is just me and my mom, and we quickly shop, having fun together. You may think of shopping as boring, but it has to be done. Make sure to try to pitch in and help.

14. Pick a family rule that is hard for you to remember, and practice keeping it for a week.

Your parents would be so proud of you when they find out that you have broken the habit of doing something against the household rules!

15. Ask your parents how their day went. Bonus points if you ask about a specific thing you know was making them stressed.

It can help them to get their mind off it, and you can offer your own opinion and advice that might help them solve that problem.

16. Tell your parents you love them.

Remember to do this often, you can write a note, or tell them in person.

17. Tell your parents about your last date or something fun you did with friends lately.

Parents love being a part of your life, and when you share things with them, it makes them feel happy.

18. Spend time doing some of your parent’s favorite activities with them. ( If you don’t know, just ask!)

I know one of my dad’s favorite thing is playing sports with us, such as tennis. I always try to be ready for a game, and ask him to play a lot.

19. Research your family history with your parents, and take family names to the temple. 

This can be fun, and you can have snackes as you do it, and learn more about your ancestors. You can also get blessings for taking them to the temple.

20. Do one of the chores your parents usually reserve for themselves.

Some nights, when my mom seems really tired, I will load the dishwasher, which is one of my least favorite chores, right up there by sweeping. I feel happy for helping her, even if I didn’t usually like the chore.

 Those are the twenty things that the New Era listed, with my own personal opinions below them…

-Madie Grace 

 

 

T.U.R.N. TOWARDS GOD

Thank:  Thank him for being able to have repentance. Elder Holland has taught:  “Repentance is simply the scriptural invitation for growth and improvement and progress and renewal. You can change!” This change is possible through Jesus Christ. Elder Dale G Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has taught  “Repentance is not only possible but also joyful because of our Savior.” We should always thank Heavenly Father and His Son for the opportunity to repent and become a better person.

Understand: Understand what needs improvement. Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has said, “Think about how you’re doing right now in keeping the commandments of God. Do you see something in your life that is less than what you want it to be? Are you struggling with some habit or behavior that is not in harmony with the plan of salvation? If you know of a sin in your life that you do not like, ask your Heavenly Father for help and you will find the inner strength to change.”

Remember: Remember the Savior, Jesus Christ. Repentance and forgiveness are available only through the Savior, so it’s important to keep Him in our thoughts. One important way to do this is taking the sacrament, where we promise to  “always remember him” (D&C 20:77,79)

Notice: Notice what Heavenly Father is doing to help you. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has taught:  “At the end of our day, we kneel again and report back to our Father. We review the events of the day and express heartfelt thanks for the blessings and help we received. We repent and with the assistance of the Spirt of the Lord, identify ways we can do and become better for tomorrow.” Heavenly Father sent His son to atone for our sins, so that we can repent and be forgiven. Turning to God brings love, joy, and peace.

 -Madie Grace 

Resource…(2017 new era magazine)

 

The Sabbath Day – How to make it a priority…

While in church, your phone buzzes. You pull it out and see a new message. Quickly you type a reply. It’s almost like a reflex, after it is sent, you remember where you are: Church.

On Sunday, we are supposed to spend time as a family, and ponder what our church leaders and teacher’s have taught. This was in God’s plan when he made the earth and all that was in it.  Sunday is a day of rest. You may think, well, being on my phone is resting, because I am not out with my friends. You may think that you sacrificed something, but truly, you are still not doing what the Lord had said. On the other six days of the week, we can learn at school, socialize with our friends, and have fun. It shouldn’t be a challenge to put your phone down, on one day of the week, and listen to lessons. In my family, we spend our Sunday as a family. We will sometimes go hiking, and spend valuable time that we are not able to do during the week. Sometimes, when something comes up, and we are not able to go to church…My dad will select someone to prepare a lesson then he/she will teach to the entire family. This way, we are still learning and keeping the sabbath day holy.

I remember a couple years ago, while at church, my brother came home saying that someone had been on their iPad, playing games instead of listening to the lesson. My mom was appalled, the next Sunday, my brother argued about why he could not take his own device to church. This taught me a valuable lesson, even though I did not realize it. You see, by doing something, you can cause an example, good or bad. In this case, it was bad. It caused my brother, to follow the boy’s example, and play or do something else, instead of listening. Church is only three hours of your time, and you should not consider it with dread, but instead, have uplifting thoughts,  thinking about doing the right example. Being the second eldest in my family, I know what it is like to be an example, sometimes it is hard, but thinking of my younger siblings watching me, it makes me want to do better. No matter how early, I always try to rise for church with a smile, even though I’m really not a morning person. I get dressed and help my other siblings as well. We all try in our own way to help us get out the door. With such a large family of eight people, including a baby and a four-year-old, we don’t always make it on time, no matter what our goal is. Yet, we always come, and we always try to make it on time.

I think that the most important part is trying, because that is what counts. My brother recently became a priest, which means he gets to say a prayer over the sacrament. His first prayer he said was Easter Sunday, he messed up once, but then finished very well. This shows that the concept of trying is important no matter what.

Anyway, I got the New Era a few months ago in January, and it listed a few things for this topic. It said…

“You don’t have to be completely disconnected to make your Sabbath day a delight. Check out these tips.

  1. Put your phone on airplane mode during Church meetings. Then you can use your digital scriptures and Come, Follow me outlines without any incoming distractions. Don’t worry, all your messages will be waiting after church. Three hours isn’t that long if you think about it.
  2.  Set a goal to share on a thing you learned from church in a personal text or on social media. It can be a thought you had or a quote or scripture you liked from the lesson.
  3. Mark and take notes on digital scriptures in the Gospel Library app which also lets you put scriptures and quotes in personalized categories by creating tags.
  4. Connect with family or friends who are far away. Take some time to video chat with someone you love.
  5. Do family history using FamilySearch.org  Whether it is indexing or adding stories about relatives, or finding your ancestors, technology makes it so easy. There is even a FamlySearch tree and FamilySearch Memories app to make it easy on mobile devices.
  6. Set goals for the upcoming week and set reminders on your device. It is a great time to set reminders to act on the promptings from the Spirt you received from church.
  7. Start texting in a group where everyone can share scriptures, quotes, or other uplifting messages.
  8. Listen to awesome and uplifting music on the LDS youth music player, or on the Lds Youth app.
  9. You can also download sheet music from the LDS Youth music player. Print it out and learn a new song!
  10. Chances are, you are way more tech savvy than someone else in your family. Teach Dad something about FamilySearch, or teach Grandma how to text.
  11. Did a friend miss church? Shoot him or her a text reminder about upcoming activity
  12. Check out all of the Church’s mobile apps. Sure, there is the Gospel Library, LDS music, and LDS tools, but did you know about the LDS Youth and Bible Videos apps? You can also find an app for a scripture a day or Mormon Messages.
  13. Work on your Personal Progress, or Duty to God online.
  14. Create a profile on Mormon.org. This is for fourteen and older, and you have to have a parents permission.
  15. Download and listen to talks from General Conference
  16. Write about your life! If journaling isn’t your thing set a timer for ten minutes and just write what comes to mind.
  17. Read the lessons for the next week. You can find the manuals in the Gospel Library or LDS.org. Write down your thoughts and questions.
  18. Visit vulonteer.lds.org for simple ways you can serve online. For an example, you can tag images with keywords that you would use to search for them. You can always share your photos for possible Church use.
  19. Use a recorder or a smartphone to record a family member’s phone for record keeping. Think about how cool it will be to listen to it years from now.
  20. Write and send five personal, uplifting messages to people.”

 So there are twenty good things you can do. Some that they did not include, which I thought are…

  1. Plan for the week ahead. Make sure to make time for scripture study and family time. Make sure that you are ready for whatever is coming your way.
  2. Contact a sick member, and make sure that they feel missed. ( It can be Youth, or simply an adult.)
  3. Spend time looking over the magazine of the month. ( My family gets the Church magazine called the New Era, it is full of inspiring posts for Youth, just like this post is based on.)
  4. Try to do some simple acts of kindness for your siblings, or parents. Some examples are as follows: Cooking Dinner, cleaning a room, making a bed, and giving a helping hand.
  5. Make sure that you pray, to ask for guidance for the week ahead, that you might avoid wordly temptations, and be a good example.

 Those are five reasons I came up with, and I am sure if you can find some of your own. Also, don’t be afraid to just turn off your phone/device and divert your sole attention on the lesson.

Since I have a kindle fire, I never bring it church, because it only runs on wifi, and our wifi is a bit spotty. I think if I had a choice, I wouldn’t bring it…

I hope you enjoyed this. Lots to think about before the Sabbath Day! 

-Madie Grace

Today is a great gift…

Today is a gift. They call it the ‘present’ for a reason. Sometimes we can get so busy in our lives, that we unfortunately forget to see everything around us. 

Pretend today is your last day…What would you do? Enjoy every breath you take. Enjoy every sound you hear. Enjoy every step you take. 

I challenge us all to take today, not just as another day, but whereas a great gift from our glorious God

-Autumn 

Let’s be strong in our Faith

I have always loved the topic Faith for some reason. I always loved learning how we can grow our testimonies in Him and become strong in faith. When we stand firm in faith, it helps us stand up for what we believe in. As our Testimonies grow, we will grow too as Young Women. 

While I am still young, I am going to strive to strengthen my testimony. 

-Madie Grace 

Earth day – Help keep the Earth clean 

Some ways we can keep it clean is by always recycling and throwing things in the trash and not on the ground. If you don’t have a recycling bin for your area then you can simply recycle things yourself. Reusing your old things can help the environment. We can also keep the Earth clean by planting things in a garden or protecting the bee’s & butterflies. Let’s all be grateful for this beautiful planet God gave us to live on. 
-Autumn