Tuesday, July 19, 2016

My Favorite Scripture of all Time

2 Nephi 31: 20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life (The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ)

At BYU during my first term, my BofM teacher Bro. Somerfeldt asked me to memorize this verse and knowing it completely changed and uplifted my outlook on life. I finally knew that I didn't have to be perfect in this life to live with Heavenly Father again in the next life.  I simply need to feast on his word daily, repent daily, pray to my Father in Heaven, follow my Savior,  listen to the Holy Ghost and never stop trying to be better.

I am so excited thst this same scripture verse is also the theme for the Young Men and Young Women program this whole year

I borrowed Morning Glory's bracelet with the reference and message engraved unto the charms on it yesterday. It felt so good to wear it all day and remember how I felt when thus a rupture first became so meaningful in my life and how much more it means to me today.

Be Inspired,

Janelle Joy 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

I stand for my Freedom of Choice and Accountability

Listening to Elder D. Todd Christofferson speak inspires me to be willing to learn more about what freedom really is. It made me realize that July is the perfect month to be working on Young Women Personal Progress value Choice and Accountability.  Goal #3 states:

Agency, or the ability to choose, is one of God’s greatest gifts to His children. Read about agency in Joshua 24:152 Nephi 2; and Doctrine and Covenants 82:2–10 

How am I doing at respecting the beliefs and feelings of my immediate family members? Do I give them the same freedom I expect from my government? Or is their freedom "under fire" in my home? 

I want my home to be a place of peace and freedom.

Be Inspired,

Janelle Joy

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

My Testimony of Scripture Study and Prayer

I have been completing my own Personal Progress goals along with Morning Glory as she works on her Young Women program.  The first experience goal in the Choice and Accountability section focuses on the importance of daily scripture study and prayer to enable all of us to make decisions which lead to happiness.  It required me to think back and notice how my decisions have been shaped by my choice to always study and pray.  I am so thankful I made that choice as a little, tiny primary girl, even before I was old enough to be baptized.

Without scripture study and prayer, I would make many wrong decisions in my life. My major in college would have been focused on English instead of mostly on family. I would not have known it was important for my mission on earth to finish college and get married instead of going on a full time mission. I would not have married Robert.
I would not have known it was right to stay with him when things got really tough. I may have given in to well meaning advice that my own health was more important and I would not have my three girls.
I would have lost confidence in myself, especially when I felt overcome with health challenges and anxiety and depression.
I would not have known that full time school instead of home school was right for Morning Glory and which schools she should attend. I would not have known when it was time to turn those decisions over to her. I would not have known When it was right for me to leave my parents and live in California and later when it was right to move to St. George. I would not have known when it was important for me to stay home with my girls full time and when it was important for me to work at The Learning Center for Families. I would not have recovered from the grief of losing my baby Benjamin and my other little lost ones.

My life is truly only what it is because of scripture study and prayer

Be Inspired,

Janelle Joy


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