Monday, March 21, 2011

Things to Nourish

This was shared yesterday in stake conference by our stake president.  My ward and stake are in a unique situation in that we are all (mainly) students.  Normally Priesthood Leadership is called to someone living in the area.  In the student wards, though, the Bishop and Stake Presidency live anywhere in Utah County.  They both sacrifice so much to travel to serve us.  I feel blessed!

Anyway... back to the point, yesterday our stake president shared three things that need nourishing.  I liked his advice so much, that I thought I would share it to help everyone as we fight through mortality together.

1. Nourish your Physical Selves by having a FOOD STORAGE.  Food storage is the difference fear and peace, between suffering and relief.

2.  Nourish your Spiritual Selves by DAILY BOOK OF MORMON STUDY--both personally, as a couple and as a family.  This will make all the difference in your lives and the difference between a normal marriage and a great one.  Just like you need to be prepared physically, you must be prepared spiritually!

3.  Nourish you Marriage by EXPRESSIONS OF DAILY GRATITUDE.  You have to find things to be grateful for about your spouse and then you have to let them know.  Good gratitude is simply saying thanks.  Better gratitude  is thanking them for something they have done.  Best gratitude is thanking them for who they are.

These are all things we have heard before.  But I loved it!  He connected all of these to the story of Naaman in 2 Kings.  Naaman was not asked to do any one great thing but rather an accumulation of many small, repetitive things.  We are asked the same--it really is by the little (maybe even mundane) parts of life that a testimony is built and a marriage strengthened.  I know we still have areas to improve in too!
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 P.S.  16 months ago today, I married my best friend for time and all eternity.  Life hasn't been perfect since that day but together we working towards perfection and it has definitely been worth it! :D

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