How can I strengthen my family?

20 August 2017

It’s early Sunday morning. I just woke up from a pretty great stretch of sleep, like 5-6 hours! So I am feeling rejuvenated and awake. 

With Apollo’s two top teeth, and now with us having a cold, sleep the past couple weeks has been not so great and verrrry interrupted. So, to sleep for hours without waking up… I feel on top of the world! :) Actually, I just feel awake enough to finish studying for and preparing my young women’s lesson for today. 

The theme for the month of August is marriage and family, and my lesson for class today is: HOW CAN I STRENGTHEN MY FAMILY?

It has been great preparing for this lesson and there have been some excellent talks from general conference that I’ve listened to that were very helpful to me. 

In Praise of Those Who Save by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Defenders of the Family Proclamation by Bonnie L. Oscarson

More Diligent and Concerned at Homer by David A. Bednar

There’s nothing more important than our families and I’m grateful for the love in my home and family. Here’s a couple quotes that remind me of what I can do to strengthen my family:

If we look for imperfections in our spouse or irritations in our marriage, we will certainly find them, because everyone has some. On the other hand, if we look for the good, we will surely find it, because everyone has many good qualities too.


We really do find what we look for. 

And this. 

We may share the same gene pool, but we are not the same. We have unique spirits. We are influenced in different ways by our experiences. And each of us ends up different as a result.

Rather than attempting to force everyone into a mold of our own making, we can choose to celebrate these differences and appreciate them for adding richness and constant surprises to our lives.

And it all comes down to Christlike love. 

As we emulate the Savior’s love, He will surely bless and prosper our righteous efforts to save our marriages and strengthen our families.

May the Lord bless you in your untiring and righteous efforts to be numbered among those who save.

Another thing that stuck out to me was a picture I saw on Facebook this morning. It was of people living in great poverty, maybe even a refugee camp, I’m not sure. And the words said: remember the life you complain about is the life others dream of. 

A good reminder to count your blessings and recognize all the good around us!

And here’s a sweet picture of me and my boys from my mom’s birthday the other day. I busted out all our red plaid and Apollo’s adorable shoes and my dad took a couple quick pictures of us outside. PRECIOUS. 

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