Monday, March 17, 2014

Week 77: Teaching, home, technology

Well this week was Awesome!!!! we had a lot of success, 40 lessons 20 with members and 11 others and well 8 with less actives!! it was pretty awesome!!! Now we just need baptisms now haha!!

A few years ago a small family was being formed starting with the eternal marriage of two people they soon made the decision in Rexburg Idaho to make a family but they weren’t sure how they would do as parents but they said they would try their best. So they decided to bring a son into their world helping him know how much they loved him by creating a home where the spirit could dwell. Soon they brought in another son and then a daughter still trying to build this spiritual home they always dreamed about. They read their scriptures and said their prayers as much as a busy young family could. They wanted to be the pioneers of our day by going back on the Mormon trail to Indiana. They were the only members in their area. They tried their best to share the gospel as the young father went to school and taught the young adults about the gospel. They had another son and well they read and prayed and did everything they could to have everything spiritually. The family started to grow and grow not only in number of people but in clothes sizes. These faithful parents taught their youngsters to grow in the gospel as they baptized their first son and looked to go back on the Mormon trail to the place where Brigham Young said “this is the place”. They built a home of faith and of wood form just bear dirt. They grew and read their scriptures every day in the mornings before starting their days and well they also did the family home evening as much as they could. Family prayer and family time became a need and well they started to feel the peace that the home brought as the outside world was super busy and as they ran to a fro they soon baptized all their kids and they all took upon themselves the name of Christ as well as the home they lived in. They had become a Christ centered home they started to bring in the new technology as their father loved it more and more and this young family has changed a lot from the beginning. they soon had the bishop amongst and then a son leave from their home, and well still looking to make the home perfect. This story is one of my family and well they don’t just have one but two sons out on missions and their sons are now teaching the things they learned in the Walls of their home as kids. What a wonderful family I have.

I was thinking this week of all the many blessing that come for our families. I know I was born in a home where the spirit bound in abundance. Elder Scott and Elder Packer both talked about these types of homes in the last conferences. Elder Scott says, "

Many voices from the world in which we live tell us we should live at a frantic pace. There is always more to do and more to accomplish. Yet deep inside each of us is a need to have a place of refuge where peace and serenity prevail, a place where we can reset, regroup, and reenergize to prepare for future pressures.

The ideal place for that peace is within the walls of our own homes, where we have done all we can to make the Lord Jesus Christ the centerpiece. When He is the center of your home, there is peace and serenity. There is a spirit of assurance that pervades the home, and it is felt by all who dwell there." when Christ is the center of our homes we can feel him more and know he exists more because we can see his blessings. like my family there are many more looking for the spiritual protection that comes thought a Christ centred home. "I’m sure you can identify the fundamental principles that center your home on the Savior. The prophetic counsel to have daily personal and family prayer, daily personal and family scripture study, and weekly family home evening are the essential, weight-bearing beams in the construction of a Christ-centered home. the best ways to protect your family is when the protection is taught within the home. the best price to "buy" our spiritual armor is in the family size. and you can buy this package in the temple as parents are sealed. Elder Packer says " Parents today wonder if there is a safe place to raise children. There is a safe place. It is in a gospel-centered home. We focus on the family in the Church, and we counsel parents everywhere to raise their children in righteousness....

Children taught an understanding of the scriptures early in life will come to know the path they should walk and will be more inclined to remain on that path. Those who stray will have the ability to return and, with help, can find their way back.

The sons of Mosiah fought against the Church for a time but later repented and underwent a dramatic change. In Alma we read, “These sons of Mosiah … had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth; for they were men of a sound understanding and they had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God."" teach your children young, how young is too young? well you should probably started now if you haven't started. I plan on going from the temple marriage that i will have to the house and have the home set to help us start off right and well and when we have our little monsons running around we will have already put in progress our spiritual home. its a Monday you can start off by Family home evening today!! Wee live in
a world where technological advances occur at an astounding pace. It is difficult for many of my generation to keep up with the possibilities. Depending on how technology is used, these advances can be a blessing or a deterrent. Technology, when understood and used for righteous purposes, need not be a threat but rather an enhancement to spiritual communication.

For example, many of us have a personal electronic device that fits into our pocket. We are seldom without its company; we may refer to it many times a day. Unfortunately, these devices can be a source of filth and wasted time. But, used with discipline, this technology can be a tool of protection from the worst of society.

Who could have imagined not very many years ago that the full standard works and years of general conference messages would fit into your pocket? Just having them in your pocket will not protect you, but studying, pondering, and listening to them during quiet moments of each day will enhance communication through the Spirit. If you young people would review a verse of scripture as often as some of you send text messages, you could soon have hundreds of passages of scripture memorized. Those passages would prove to be a powerful source of inspiration and guidance by the Holy Ghost in times of need."

Technology is all around us! And if you use it well it will go for our benefit. a week or so ago I was talking to one of our faithful members who just got a new phone it was cool!! I wish I could of had it haha but we are in the mission tech doesn't matter here that much haha. And well he let me see it I asked if it had the Gospel library app. he said no but look at the screen I asked how was his study of the Scriptures he said man I haven't had time. I went in and I downloaded a free app and said well maybe you cant carry your scriptures everywhere in your backpack but you have this as I set it up I told him to read it in the public transportation and well wherever he was. He thanked me and well I just smiled, he is doing better now at his study but the thing is if you have the coolest latest cell phone it is not complete without the angel Moroni app! I put it right next to a app that he uses non stop here called Whats UP? so ya he is doing better now. The thing is if we build these Christ center homes we will be eternally blessed just like me and my family. I love this church and this work!!!

love you all and hope you all have a great week and day!!!

Elder Jaymes Monson

picts. us watching the rain as it was coming down and us playing around!!

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