Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Feeling the love last night

There were red and pink everywhere last night.

It was our monthly Relief Society meeting at church, 
for all us women.
I look forward to going every month, but especially every February 
because Valentine's is my favorite holiday.

My most favorite RS meetings are when we have speakers, 
and last night we got to have FOUR.
One speaker challenged us to ask in prayer each day 
where we can be used "in just one little place." 

She said even when we are busy with our families 
and all we are trying to get done, 
we need to be aware of the people and needs around us.
Another speaker quoted "May we do a little better…." from 
President Monson. She talked about how years ago when she had 
newborn twins. There were 2 occasions when she was very 
overwhelmed and needed help and called her neighbor. Somehow 
this neighbor dropped whatever she was doing and came and 
helped her. These twins are all grown up now but she still 
remembers the help she was given by her neighbor.

We were given the idea of when we get a letter in the mail that is 
not ours…instead of returning it to the mailman, walk it over to 
the house it belongs to and meet the neighbor this way. 

One speaker shared how she was feeling anger towards a relative 
because of some choices he made. Then she realized that 
she needed to "just love him like the Savior loves us. 
Not conditional love, but just love him."

She also shared this quote:
"Your Heavenly Father loves you----each of you. That love never changes. It is not influenced by 
your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank 
account. It is not changed by your talents or abilities. It is simply there. It is there for you when 
you are sad or happy, or discouraged or hopeful. God's love is there for you whether or not you 
feel you deserve love. It is simply always there."  Thomas S Monson.

Of all the decor last night, this was my favorite….
You would never know there are two brown doors 
behind all that crepe paper.

So festive and lovie looking.

And how thoughtful was this! Just a few of us in the ward 
are Gluten Free, but we were not forgotten!

(I would sure love to have one of these chalkboard pictures. 
Does anyone know where I might buy one?)

We were challenged to each take a basket 
and put something fun in it and give to a neighbor.

I just though of one more idea from last night. 
A young mom of SIX, said a "huge blessing" in her home has been letting the kids 
take a turn each week staying up 30 minutes longer to have time alone with the parents, 
playing a board game or whatever. 


Anonymous said...

Thank you for such a sweet blog post!! I also thought the night was FULL of wonderful ways to just show love!! I made that chalkboard sign just FYI. :) All you need is chalkboard spray paint, a picture frame, and I used foam board for the inside. We made them at the Ward RS Activity last October!! I can help you if you want to make one! I LOVE MINE! Another way is to buy a door from an old cabinet and spray or paint the inside with the chalkboard spray and then paint the frame part whatever color you want. I have both and can show you! I am glad you enjoyed it!! ~ Sister Bird

Karen Mortensen said...

What a wonderful night.

Rebecca said...

What a fun RS. I would like this type meeting!
I am not into crafts, etc. So this is what I would like!

Amanda said...

Oh how I miss my Clovis ward!!! What a beautiful night! I feel like I was there with your beautiful post. That quote of President Benson's is one of my favorites! And I know who made that cute heart with flower rosettes! 3 of us made them together. Yes, I miss my Clovis sisters!! I even see a few of them in your picture! Thank you for sharing!

Scrapally said...

ack. I was signed in under Amanda again when I made my comment. She uses my laptop sometimes and I don't realize I'm under her sign in. ha ha.

Anna said...

It was a wonderful evening. I appreciate the work of those who did the decorating and those who spoke. It was all very inspiring.