I finally got the General Conference talks and a few others uploaded to my iPod and have been listening to a few of them while multi-tasking at work. I’m excited to do this and "feed myself" spiritually. I plan to make it part of my routine during the day or in the morning – this way I can get that nutrition and then think about it throughout the day.
I also downloaded "Jesus the Christ" by James E. Talmage and have started listening to that too. One thing it’s made me think about is our opportunity to become Gods. It’s made me wonder if we will all have to play the roll of a Savior in our eternal progression. I know this question may not be a valid one but it just seems like, in order to understand fully what that must be like, going through it would seem to be one of the steps to become like our Heavenly Father. Again, I know it sounds way out there but it was one thought I’ve had while listening to "Jesus the Christ".
Here are a few of the things I have noticed in the General Conference Talks:
- Serving in the Temple expands the vision of temple covenants and temple preparation. Sheparding Saints to the temple is eternally important.
- It’s important to ask myself everyday: How has the Lord blessed my family today?
- Our homes need to be a place as sacred as the Temple
- What we watch
- What we listen to
- How we talk to one another
- What we do in our spare time
- How we serve one another
- Cleanliness and order
These are things I’ve thought about in regards to making our home a temple-like place.
I worked really hard today to not get mad or overeact to Caleb and Madi’s whining. I’ve been a lot less patient lately, I think a lot of that has to do with being a bit idle at work and wasting quite a bit of time on Facebook. I really need to filter and make sure I’m not falling in to former paths that lead to nowhere worthwhile.
I’m grateful for the 12 Step Program that helps me recognize these tendencies. The reason I feel I do waste this time has to do with stress, anxiety, and not having a clear direction on where I’m going, not being very well organized.
I love the Gospel. I’m not sure how I could even live without the direction it gives me. I’m already a sinner but would most likely be so much worse off.
I love Becky. Tonight we used our campfire ring for the first time (I hadn’t been able to get the top off because of the winter expansion). It was really fun, although I worried about the neighbors some. We roasted marshmellows and the kids seemed to really like it. I’m sure we’ll do it again soon.
Finally, tomorrow is our Varsity Triathlon. I’m going to be doing an 8.5 mile bike ride and am excited about that. Brian Manwarring and his wife will be doing the swim and run. We have 6 other boys who are going to be "attempting" to do the race as teams too.
Well, good night!