Friday, September 27, 2013

If You Could Hie To Kolob

I love my mom so much! She wrote this song for me so we could perform it together. If You Could Hie To Kolob is my favorite hymn, and this is her arrangement. I usually can't get through it without tearing up. She was truly inspired from a higher source when she wrote this. It's one of those songs that you have to hear live though.  A recording doesn't do it justice! So, I usually listen to it with my headphones blasting. I love you mom! Thank you so much for sharing your talent!

If you could hie to Kolob
In the twinkling of an eye,
And then continue onward
With that same speed to fly,
Do you think that you could ever,
Through all eternity,
Find out the generation
Where Gods began to be?

Or see the grand beginning,
Where space did not extend?
Or view the last creation,
Where Gods and matter end?
Methinks the Spirit whispers,
"No man has found 'pure space,'
Nor seen the outside curtains,
Where nothing has a place." ...

To download the SHEET MUSIC for the PIANO click here.
To download the SHEET MUSIC for the CELLO click here.

To visit my mom's music blog click here.

I love my mom's wording when she explains writing this song.  "The piece beings with contemplation--mysterious almost, but soon gains in strength and urgency, as one reaching desperately to comprehend greater things.  It's the music of a soul yearning for higher understanding."

How grateful I am that our Heavenly Father allows our curious minds to reach a greater understanding when we search it out.  He welcomes our questions and rewards us with inspiration when we do our part of pondering, praying, and studying.  I'm grateful for the mysteries of the gospel that allows us to seek Him out on our own and receive personal revelation allowing our testimonies to grow.  The lyrics to this song inspire me to do just that.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Why Are We Commanded To Keep The Sabbath Day Holy?

Get this week's lesson here.

This survey comes from the Sunday School Course 16 Manual
Download PDF version here.
Or, for the young men, I made a manly version here.

I found an amazing object lesson for this week by MeckMom.  She mentions how our minds, bodies, and spirits all follow a pattern of needing to rest and regenerate.  Try and have a young women memorize a long number and write it down on the chalkboard (example: 2657483619274958).  Impossible, right?  Read the number to her once more, but this time break up the digits into fours (2657-4836-1927-4958).  With the little rests between, our brains are able to gather the information easier.  Our bodies and spirits do the same thing!

I also shared the story President Monson told about Brother Clayton M. Christensen....
When he was 16 years old, Brother Christensen decided, among other things, that he would not play sports on Sunday. Years later, when he attended Oxford University in England, he played center on the basketball team. That year they had an undefeated season and went through to the British equivalent of what in the United States would be the NCAA basketball tournament.

They won their games fairly easily in the tournament, making it to the final four. It was then that Brother Christensen looked at the schedule and, to his absolute horror, saw that the final basketball game was scheduled to be played on a Sunday. He and the team had worked so hard to get where they were, and he was the starting center. He went to his coach with his dilemma. His coach was unsympathetic and told Brother Christensen he expected him to play in the game.
Prior to the final game, however, there was a semifinal game. Unfortunately, the backup center dislocated his shoulder, which increased the pressure on Brother Christensen to play in the final game. He went to his hotel room. He knelt down. He asked his Heavenly Father if it would be all right, just this once, if he played that game on Sunday. He said that before he had finished praying, he received the answer: “Clayton, what are you even asking me for? You know the answer.”
He went to his coach, telling him how sorry he was that he wouldn’t be playing in the final game. Then he went to the Sunday meetings in the local ward while his team played without him. He prayed mightily for their success. They did win.
That fateful, difficult decision was made more than 30 years ago. Brother Christensen has said that as time has passed, he considers it one of the most important decisions he ever made. It would have been very easy to have said, “You know, in general, keeping the Sabbath day holy is the right commandment, but in my particular extenuating circumstance, it’s okay, just this once, if I don’t do it.” However, he says his entire life has turned out to be an unending stream of extenuating circumstances, and had he crossed the line just that once, then the next time something came up that was so demanding and critical, it would have been so much easier to cross the line again. The lesson he learned is that it is easier to keep the commandments 100 percent of the time than it is 98 percent of the time.

Something that has always helped me invite the spirit into my home is uplifting music.  The church website has so many great songs that you can download for free.  I made the girls a CD of Sunday songs they could pop in a CD player, or add as a playlist on their phones to listen to when they're putting on makeup in the morning before church, or throughout the day.  It has EFY songs, MoTab, and a couple songs that my mom wrote as well.

The image I used to print on the CDs came from Melonheadz LDS Illustrations.

I tried to decide what I could do this week to make this lesson stand out.  I realized that when the girls grow up, they probably wont have many days where they look back and remember that one lesson we talked about why we're commanded to keep the sabbath day holy.  BUT... maybe they will remember the day we went to church and ate ICE CREAM SUNDAES!!!!  Then they can associate that memory with feeling the spirit that day, right?

I wish I brought my camera to church.  It was so fun.  I filled little mason jars with sprinkles and cherries and nuts, and we used little DoubleBerry Frozen Yogurt spoons.  Then all the girls piled on chocolate syrup and whipped cream and created their own sundae masterpieces.  I heart ice cream.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Elder Hutchings is HOME!!

The brother has finally come home.

I felt bad because my sister-in-law was ready to have a baby any day, so my older brother's family wasn't able to be there.  So, we had to make the airport as creative as possible to make up for the lack of family.  Luckily, Kenny was welcomed home and greeted by Floof, the sheep.

Wasn't planning on crying, but I couldn't help it.  I was so happy to see my sweet little bro.

Also, fantastic news is that he hasn't changed a bit.  Still the biggest goober I know. (Like, LITERALLY...  He's six and a half feet tall)

And thanks to pinterest, I discovered that, YES, it IS possible to make fancy-pantsy fondant from home.  Behold.... missionary cupcakes.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

How Can I Be In The World And Not Of The World?

Get this week's lesson here.

Just wanted to share one quick though about this lesson...

To me, the absolute best example of someone who was IN the world and not OF the world was Mormon.

I adore Mormon.  He's one of my favorites.  When I read through the first couple chapters in Mormon I feel like he can genuinely relate to what the youth are going through today.  He knows how it feels to stand alone.

-Mormon Chapter One-
1. And now I, Mormon, make a record of the things which I have both seen and heard, and call it the Book of Mormon.
7. The whole face of the land had become covered with buildings, and the people were as numerous almost, as it were the sand of the sea.
13.  But wickedness did prevail upon the face of the whole land, insomuch that the Lord did take away his beloved disciples, and the work of miracles and of healing did cease because of the iniquity of the people.
14.  And there were no gifts from the Lord, and the Holy Ghost did not come upon any, because of their wickedness and unbelief.
15.  And I being fifteen years of age and being somewhat of a sober mind, therefore I was visited of the Lord, and tasted and knew of the goodness of Jesus.
16.  And I did endeavor to preach unto this people, but my mouth was shut, and I was forbidden that I should preach unto them; for behold they had wilfully rebelled agains their God; and the beloved disciples were taken away out of the land, because of their iniquity.
17.  But I did remain among them, but I was forbidden to preach unto them, because of the hardness of their hearts; and because of the hardness of their hearts the land was cursed for their sake.

I could go on and on about Mormon, but I better stop myself.  Here's a couple other great links I found on sugardoodle that work great for this lesson.

Get cute handout here

Get cute object lesson here.

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