Friday, March 14, 2014

Lioness at the gate

A woman of faith is fearless. She fears no evil, for God is with her. 5 There is no ambiguity, no uncertain trump in her life. She can live a principled life because she studies the doctrine and teachings of a perfect teacher, the Master. She is a noble example to all who know her. She is less than perfect, of course, not because she doesn’t have perfect principles or the perfect example in Christ, but because she is human. She stays away from the evil influence and the unclean thing, and if it encroaches on her territory, she is as a lioness protecting her cubs. A fearless woman of faith has the courage to talk with her children about practices which would destroy them. They not only hear her discuss her commitment, but they see her commitment in her daily living—in the way she dresses, what she reads and watches, how she spends her leisure time, what she loves and laughs at, whom she attracts, and how she acts at all times, in all things, and in all places. She has a certain style of her own that is attractive and joyful and bright and good. Our little girls and our young women can safely trust in her example. We pray that they too will be fearless as they seek out and promote that which is uplifting and happy and decent, for they are our future.
A Woman of Faith
Margaret D. Nadauld
What is thy mother? A a lioness: Ezekial 19:2
Episode 29 - The Lion and the Lioness
He was born in 1801, she in 1804.  He was a man known for his humor and gruffness, she a woman known for her sobriety and refinement. He preached unforgettable sermons, though he never learned to spell.  She wrote reams of poetry and songs.  This is how Legacy guest Jill Mulvay-Derr discribes Brigham Young and Eliza R. Snow.

What am I supposed to do?
‘Through the thick and the thin of this, and through the occasional tears of it all, I know deep down inside I am doing God’s work. I know that in my motherhood I am in an eternal partnership with Him. I am deeply moved that God finds His ultimate purpose and meaning in being a parent, even if some of His children make Him weep.
“‘It is this realization,’ she says, ‘that I try to recall on those inevitably difficult days when all of this can be a bit overwhelming. Maybe it is precisely our inability and anxiousness that urge us to reach out to Him and enhance His ability to reach back to us. Maybe He secretly hopes we will be anxious,’ she said, ‘and will plead for His help. Then, I believe, He can teach these children directly, through us, but with no resistance offered. I like that idea,’ she concludes. ‘It gives me hope. If I can be right before my Father in Heaven, perhaps His guidance to our children can be unimpeded. Maybe then it can be His work and His glory in a very literal sense’”
Conference Report, Apr. 1997, 47; or Ensign, May 1997, 36
“Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children.”
“As a mother guided by the Lord, you weave a fabric of character in your children from threads of truth through careful instruction and worthy example. You imbue the traits of honesty, faith in God, duty, respect for others, kindness, self-confidence, and the desire to contribute, to learn, and to give in your trusting children’s minds and hearts. No day-care center can do that. It is your sacred right and privilege” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1996, 102; or Ensign, Nov. 1996, 74).
President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, observed, “No teaching is equal, more spiritually rewarding, or more exalting than that of a mother teaching her children” (“Teach the Children,”Ensign, Feb. 2000, 16).


“Each of us is a daughter of heavenly parents, and as part of the house of Israel, we come from royal blood. When we choose our mission, we have power and influence in that royal house and in the Lord’s work. He is depending on us.”

What is happening? Chaos made into Salvation—Plan of God for every contingency. “If they yield to temptation we will provide a Savior for them as we counseled in the beginning.”
How do things happen? Methodically and with great wisdom and order. Nothing allowed to ruin the plan– but agency respected and accommodated for in the blessing of the Savior.
What Blessings are given? Cast Satan out, Light and knowledge, Messengers from my father to teach me, knowledge of good and evil, space to learn and change/repent, progress, grow from grace to grace, and rules to live in Heavenly Fathers kingdom
Who gives the blessings? Messengers from my father, Priesthood holders, Heavenly Father and Jesus give me all that they have as I live by the plan that they have laid out
What powers come to you? Become a queen and priestess unto my husband

Be thou humble and the Lord thy god shall lead thee by the hand and give thee answers to thy prayers.

3 Nephi 18:11 And this shall ye always do to those who repent and are baptized in my name; and ye shall do it in remembrance of my blood, which I have shed for you, that ye may witness unto the Father that ye do always remember me. And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you.
12 And I give unto you a commandment that ye shall do these things. And if ye shall always do these things blessed are ye, for ye are built upon my rock.
13 But whoso among you shall do more or less than these are not built upon my rock, but are built upon a sandy foundation; and when the rain descends, and the floods come, and the winds blow, and beat upon them, they shall fall, and the gates of hell are ready open to receive them.
The Wise Man and the Foolish Man
Children’s Songbook, The Wise Man and the Foolish Man, 281

1. The wise man built his house upon the rock,
The wise man built his house upon the rock,
The wise man built his house upon the rock,
And the rains came tumbling down.

2. The rains came down, and the floods came up,
The rains came down, and the floods came up,
The rains came down, and the floods came up,
And the house on the rock stood still.

3. The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
And the rains came tumbling down.

4. The rains came down, and the floods came up,
The rains came down, and the floods came up,
The rains came down, and the floods came up,
And the house on the sand washed away.

Matthew 7:24–27
Helaman 5:12
When asked how she did FHE and Family Scripture study with her inactive husband and teenagers Sis. Smart my Relief Society president in Maryland said “I saw all the blessings our family was promised for having FHE and family scripture study and I knew I wanted those blessings at all costs. I didn’t let any thing get in the way of me insuring our family was getting those promised blessings.” 

My dear friend who was a single mother of 5 and in school full time and working full time "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. But how do you eat 10 elephants? One bite at a time every Wed, alternating Thursdays, Friday mornings, etc. That is how I feel right now. I am in the trenches looking at elephants. Sometimes I see progress and sometimes I just see enormous elephants that look like they want to eat me!"

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