We all have a mother. Even Jesus. Happy Mother’s Day.
Mary the mother of Jesus is one of the most beloved women from the New Testament. From the mouth of an angel, Mary was identified as a woman with a divine part in the plan of our Heavenly Father. “And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women” (Luke 1:28).
Although there is not a lot of information about Mary in the New Testament, there are some choice verses that reflect her character. In the first chapter of Luke, we catch a glimpse into the soul of Mary in her own words. “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation” (Luke 1:46-50).
“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace. Whoever will lose his life in the service of God will find eternal life (see Matt. 10:39)”
—President Ezra Taft Benson
“Jesus Christ — Gifts and Expectations”, New Era, May 1975 (emphasis added)
"Recognize limitations; no one can do everything. When you have done the best you can, be satisfied and don’t look back and second-guess, wondering how you could have done more. Be at peace within yourselves. Rather than berate yourself for what you didn’t do, congratulate yourself for what you did."
Love is spelled T-I-M-E. Wonderful inspiration from President Dieter F Uchtdorf’s October 2010 General Conference talk, Of Things That Matter Most. My favorite quote:
In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time. Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home. We talk with, rather than about, each other. We learn from each other, and we appreciate our differences as well as our commonalities. We establish a divine bond with each other as we approach God together through family prayer, gospel study, and Sunday worship.
Extracted from Colombia University’s Conference on Mormonism and American Politics:
With a Mormon candidate for the presidency and the unprecedented media attention given to Mormons recently, this conference takes a broad view of the history of Mormon participation in American political life, from Joseph Smith’s 1844 run for the presidency to the Reed Smoot trials of the early 20th century and to the rise of Ezra Taft Benson during the Eisenhower administration, which ushered in a new era of Mormon identification with the Republican Party.
Speakers included: Randall Balmer, Richard Bushman, Claudia Bushman, Joanna Brooks, Matthew Bowman,Sarah Barringer Gordon, Jan Shipps, Trevor Hill, Meredith LeSueur, David Campbell, Russel Arben Fox, Max Perry Mueller, Philip Barlow, and Peggy Fletcher Stack.
Moderated and organized by Randall Balmer and Jana Riess. Sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.
As important as it is to learn Heavenly Father’s plan for our lives, we sometimes get so caught up in knowing every detail, start to finish, that we become afraid to act. Don’t fall into this trap. Make good choices using your best judgment and move forward with your life. We’re blessed as we make choices. Don’t be afraid to make choices because you are afraid of making mistakes. Don’t be afraid to try new things. In doing so, you will find joy in the journey.
My older daughters have scriptures they received when they were baptized, but my youngest still carts around a missionary copy and *really* wanted something prettier. I thought this tutorial might be useful for new converts as well who might still be saving up for a lifetime set of scriptures :)