Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Rising Generation

My husband keeps a daily gratitude journal, inspired by President Eyring's October 2007 General Conference talk, Oh Remember, Remember.

Here's today's post:

Yesterday, I summarized for you Elder Nelson's reminders from our Stake Conference. This was similar to the counsel he gave your mother when she was set apart to be on the Young Women Board. He wants us to teach the children in Primary to Understand.

Look at Section 68:25

And again, inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents.

Note that the verse does not say teach the children. Teaching is an activity. It tells parents to teach them to understand. Understanding is an outcome.

In my personal study, I am on 2 Nephi 32. Note the counsel in verses 3 and 5:

3 Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.

4 Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.

5 For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.

Now if you review the 16 point checklist from yesterday, does it make you want to approach this challenge any differently?

And here is my response:

I was reading about the 'rising generation' in Mosiah on Sunday. Poor King Benjamin and Prophet Alma had children who worked against the church! Why? Mosiah 26:1-3 - They couldn't understand the words of the prophet. Why couldn't they understand? because they didn't believe.

That sounds like a scary downward cycle - how do we prevent it?

First - they only need a desire to believe to get started towards understanding (Alma 32:27).

President Packer, said in his General Conference talk, that he relied on his parents testimony at first. He believed because he knew his parents believed.

Do our children know that we know? "We do not doubt our mothers knew it." (Stripling warriors - Alma 56:48).

We have a great responsibility - first to make sure our children (and grandchildren) know that we know. And second - to help them transition to their own understanding and firm testimony (see 1 Nephi 10:17-19). General Conference was all about how to do that.

One last thought - prayers of parents are powerful. We pray for each of you every day - that you will be nudged by the spirit to grow closer and closer to God. We know you can do that by studying the Book of Mormon, following the prophets, staying obedient to the commandments, and praying.

Alma Sr's prayers were so powerful that God sent an angel and an earthquake to scare his son back into obedience. Read about it in Mosiah 27.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fancy Pumpkins with Kids

Halloween is so fun with kids - especially 3 year old little boys.

Five of our seventeen grandchildren fit that description - so I went a little crazy this year decorating. I love the looks on their faces as they walk into our house and see spiders and witches and pumpkins.

They are all so different in their reactions - some love to turn out the lights and say "turn on the scary music!" Others say, "nooooooo!" as they cuddle with grandma.

Some of us gathered Sunday to celebrate a birthday and Canadian Thanksgiving. I thought I'd try out a litte Halloween craft - and it worked out pretty well.


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(The last three pictures are my pumpkins - Grandma's can have fun too)


Buy plastic pumpkins at a craft store (mine were from Michaels Craft @ half price). You can spray paint them any color you like. Then use puff paints (for fabrics), acrylics, glue gun, jewels - and just have fun designing and creating.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I love this scripture from 2 Nephi 5:27:

"And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness."

The big question is:  How do we live after the manner of happiness?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Trial of Faith

Reid does a daily Book of Mormon thought for the family. Today it was from Ether 12:6

And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.

Reid asked the question: What do you believe the phrase "trial of your faith" means?

To me, it means to be completely committed, sometimes to the point where you can't turn back.

I have a favorite movie clip that illustrates this leap of faith - From Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade:

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It's interesting that last month's home teaching message (July 2011), by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, was about this same principle. It's titled "Brother, I'm Committed."  Here's a quote:

"Commitment is a little like diving into the water. Either you are committed or you are not. Either you are moving forward or you are standing still. There’s no halfway. We all face moments of decision that change the rest of our lives. As members of the Church, we must ask ourselves, “Will I dive in or just stand at the edge? Will I step forward or merely test the temperature of the water with my toes?”

One more scripture on this interesting topic.

In 1 Nephi ll, Nephi is on the verge of viewing a series of visions unfolding his father's prophecies and revealing all that will take place in the future. However, before this can happen, Nephi must express his unshakeable faith. Here's the conversation between Nephi and the Spirit:

1 For it came to pass after I had desired to know the things that my father had seen, and believing that the Lord was able to make them known unto me, as I sat pondering in mine heart I was caught away in the Spirit of the Lord, yea, into an exceedingly high mountain, which I never had before seen, and upon which I never had before set my foot.

2 And the Spirit said unto me: Behold, what desirest thou?

3 And I said: I desire to behold the things which my father saw.

4 And the Spirit said unto me: Believest thou that thy father saw the tree of which he hath spoken?

5 And I said: Yea, thou knowest that I believe all the words of my father.

6 And when I had spoken these words, the Spirit cried with a loud voice, saying: Hosanna to the Lord, the most high God; for he is God over all the earth, yea, even above all. And blessed art thou, Nephi, because thou believest in the Son of the most high God; wherefore, thou shalt behold the things which thou hast desired.

I'll finish this topic with a quote Reid shared in today's message:

Elder Holland expanded upon this thought in the following quote: "Preparatory faith is formed by experiences in the past, by the know, which provides a basis for belief. But redemptive faith must often be exercises toward experiences in the future, the unknown, which provides an opportunity for the miraculous. Exacting faith, mountain-moving faith, faith like that of the brother of Jared, precedes the miracle and knowledge. He had to believe before God spoke. He had to act before the ability to complete that action was apparent. He had to commit to the complete experience in advance of even the first segment of its realization. Faith is to agree unconditionally, and in advance to whatever conditions God may require in both the near and distant future. (Christ and the New Covenant, 18-19)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dallin's 12th Birthday!

Dallin turned 12 last Tuesday, but we had a family party today (Sunday) to attend his priesthood ordination and to enjoy a meal at his house after church.

It was a great day!

This was our first grandson to receive the priesthood. It will be a long time before we experience this again because Cooper, our next grandson, is only 5.

We took a few quiet(ish) moments and reviewed statements about the priesthood in Handbook 2: Administering the Church. I love this book! Fortunately it's available to everyone online.

Here are a few ideas we shared from the handbook.

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the power and authority of God. It has always existed and will continue to exist without end (see Alma 13:7–8D&C 84:17–18). Through the priesthood, God created and governs the heavens and the earth. Through this power, He exalts His obedient children, bringing to pass “the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39; see also D&C 84:35–38).

In mortality, the priesthood is the power and authority that God gives to man to act in all things necessary for the salvation of God’s children. The blessings of the priesthood are available to all who receive the gospel.

What are priesthood keys?

Priesthood keys are the authority God has given to priesthood leaders to direct, control, and govern the use of His priesthood on earth. The exercise of priesthood authority is governed by those who hold its keys (see D&C 65:281:2124:123). Those who hold priesthood keys have the right to preside over and direct the Church within a jurisdiction.

How do you magnify the priesthood?

Priesthood holders magnify their callings as they minister in their own homes and to other Saints and as they conscientiously fulfill assigned responsibilities. The Lord counseled, “Let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence” (D&C 107:99). Priesthood holders magnify their callings as they serve with diligence, teach with faith and testimony, and lift, strengthen, and nurture convictions of righteousness in the lives of those for whom they have responsibility.

How can I learn more about the priesthood?

Important scripture passages on the priesthood for leaders to study include Alma 13and Doctrine and Covenants 132084107121, and 124.  (President Uchtdorf suggested reading most of these sections in his recent priesthood talk "Your Potential, Your Privilege").

Food and Fun too

We had a little birthday party after church. I made a family entertaining standard - mini chocolate cheesecakes (recipe here).

Dallin liked his present - a Stomp Rocket

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Baby Julia

We are cleaning out old files and I came across a stack of emails from Joelle when she just had baby Julia. I love this story from November 18, 1998.

"Julia's bedtime is still a traumatic experience every night.  She cries and sobs. Tonight I read and prayed with her and then put her in bed and told her that if she got out I would put her in the crib. She stayed crying for about 10 minutes and then came in here sobbing with her Book of Mormon story book, crying "read Lehi mommy, read Lehi!"

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New family foodie blog

We have so many food lovers in our family that we started a blog to share favorite recipes and reviews.

It's called Robison Yum

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A Mother's Day thought

Proverbs 23:22 -  Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

from me :)

Actually - this is the thought I want to share:

"To be a righteous woman during the winding up scenes on this earth, before the second coming of our Savior, is an especially nobel calling. The righteous woman's strength and influence today can be tenfold what it might be in more tranquil times. She has been placed here to help, to enrich, to protect, and to guard the home - which is society's basic and most noble institution. Other institutions in society may falter and even fail, but the righteous woman can help to save the home, which may be the last and only sanctuary some mortals know in the midst of storms and strife." Pres. Spencer W. Kimball

Friday, April 29, 2011

A house in my home town

This gorgeous room is in the Irwin Millar home - Columbus, Indiana (my birthplace).

My Mom worked with Irwin Millar in the 50s. He was a great businessman and philanthropist. His foundation paid architectural fees for public buildings making Columbus a modern architecture destination.

Take a look!

The Irwin Millar house - article and photos in the Indianapolis Star

It's now available for tours.

We had a similar Saarinen table and tulip chair set when I was growing up. I can't believe we got rid of it because it was so heavy to move!

I think I need more color in my house,

Monday, April 25, 2011

Blooming in my garden

The deer love my garden - but they don't like daffodils. Yay!

My Grandma and Grandpa Schultz had a beautiful garden in Chicago, where I grew up, with meandering paths through beds of daffodils. I still remember walking those paths as a child, examining each unique blossom, and just soaking in the beauty.

So - here's a start on my daffodil garden.

Just look at their gorgeous faces!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Old animal lover picture

I came across this while cleaning off my desk today. It's from my days as a zookeeper.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Here's what happens when you give a camera to 2 year old JJ

10 pictures of JJ's thumb

cool angle of the camera strap

a few interesting compositions

half a Sylie

Half a Grandma

Sylie tummy

A few good shots

pretty mommy

the beach

lady in a bikini next door

a great shadow shot

but then JJ decided he was holding the camera wrong - so he turned it around

very nice reflection composition

Great work JJ!