Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wise Women: Plan and Prepare

My Mission statement for the kind of Mom I want to be

A Written Plan or mission statement or list etc. for each of the Relief Society Emphasis Points of:




The above links are examples of mine.  Those of you who have visited Mom's MTC might recognize that they are simply the tabs from that blog.  These written statements, as well as the more specific plans I make monthly and daily, help me to remember where I want to keep my focus and help me to reach my most important goals.

What will help you?

Be Inspired,

Janelle Joy

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Truly Tender: Singing "Choose the Right"

As I helped lead the music during the practice for our upcoming primary program, I had a little visitor with me:  Lady Slipper wasn't feeling well enough to go to nursery.  She got very excited when we started to sing songs.  As the practice progressed, I noticed three words repeatedly coming from that cute little mouth even while the songs were finished and the children were giving their small talks:  "choose a wight, choose a wight" (choose the right) over and over again clear until she fell asleep in my arms toward the end of the program.  What a blessing that out of all the songs we sang that day, my little sweetheart picked out the most important thing we have been focusing on all year in primary: Choose the Right.

Be Inspired,

Janelle Joy

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Spiritually Saving: Personal and Family Study Plans

I have really enjoyed creating and following study plans this year.  We don't always accomplish everything on the plan but I have been amazed at the progress and learning added to  my family by having a simple idea each morning of what I want to study with each of my girls during the day and how the Spirit helps me to find ways to teach those planned principles, as well as other unplanned teaching moments that come where I am inspired to teach a different principle.  The plan helps me feel prepared without taking away from the need to be flexible and in tune with the moment.

My study plans generally include scripture master scriptures and the scripture from the primary outline each month, the topics the girls are learning about in primary at church, and some personal goals I have such as teaching the girls about different latter-day prophets each month. 
For ideas and examples click monthly teaching plans.

I also work on personal study goals and a plan to be able to have some scheduled time to study myself and another scheduled time to teach the girls.  See September Mom Study Schedule for an example.

I wouldn't recommend following my plans.  Ask yourself: What are my personal goals? What do I want or feel the need to study personally?  How can I help family members with their study goals? Am I fulfilling my stewardship in teaching all those I have stewardship over?  Then pray for ideas and make a simple plan for a few minutes a day.

Be Inspired,

Janelle Joy

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September 2012 Mini-Mission: Organize and Prepare

aOrganize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a bhouse, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God;"  (Doctrine and Covenants 88:119)

Wise Words: The Greatest Power

"Love is the great power to influence this world.7"
(Teachings of Presidents of the Church: George Albert smith, Chapter 14)

Be Inspired,

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Truly Tender: A Dustpan and a Hairbrush

I was just finishing up sweeping and ready to put away the dustpan when along comes little lady slipper.  She has my large hairbrush in her hand and asks nicely to please have the dustpan.  I watch with a smile on my face as she sweeps the floor for  me with that ingenious new tool.  That might be even cuter than when Ariel uses a fork to brush her hair.

Thanks for helping Lady Slipper!
I love being a Mom!

Be Inspired,

Janelle Joy

Monday, September 3, 2012

Moroni Men: Encourage Others to Keep the Truth Already Gained, and to Continue to Seek More Truth

I like this example of how President George Albert Smith shared the Gospel in a kind and understanding way:

"I was riding on the train one day. My companion in the compartment was a Presbyterian minister, a very pleasant, fine gentleman, and when he gave me the opportunity to do so, I told him I was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ‍ of Latter-day Saints. He was amazed and he looked at me with astonishment. He said, ‘Aren’t you ashamed of yourself to belong to such a group?’
“I smiled at him and said, ‘My brother, I would be ashamed of myself not to belong to that group, knowing what I know.’ Then that gave me the opportunity I desired to talk to him and explain to him some of the things we believe. …
“There was a good man who had no conception of what we were trying to do. We were not there to give him sorrow nor distress; we were trying to help him. And as we talked the situation through I said to him: ‘You have a misconception of the purpose of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in this land. I am here as one of its representatives, and if you will just let me tell you a few things, I think you will feel better towards us.’ I said, ‘First of all, we are asking all you fine people over here to keep all the glorious truths that you have acquired in your churches, that you have absorbed from your scriptures, keep all that, keep all the fine training that you have received in your educational institutions, all the knowledge and truth that you have gained from every source, keep everything that is good in your character that has come to you as a result of your lovely home; keep all the love and the beauty that is in your heart from having lived in so beautiful and wonderful a land. That is all a part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Then let us sit down and share with you some of the things that have not yet come into your lives that have enriched our lives and made us happy. We offer it to you without money and without price. All we ask you to do is hear what we have to say, and if it appeals to you, accept it freely. …’
“That is the attitude of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”2


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