Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) The Father's in my life....My Dad, my husband, my boys (future fathers), my brother, and my brother-in-laws.  
What a blessing they are to me.

2) Those men who have passed on that have been an influence in my life...my Grandpa Meyers, my Grandpa Zimmerman, and my Father-in-law, Gene.  I love them and miss them more than words can say.

Goals for the Day:

1) Wish my husband Happy Father's Day
2) Bake my treats
3) Cut Caramels
4) Ice my treats
5) Write a letter to Curtis
6) Write my blog post
7) Visit my Dad
8) Dinner for the family
9) Get my things ready for work tomorrow
10) Paint my project piece...I never got the chance yesterday, I was too busy doing other things.

From the Camera:
From the Heart:

Yesterday Danielle and I went out to check out this store we have heard a lot about.  We went, we saw, we left the place hotter then we were before we walked into the place...no air conditioning.  We saw things we liked, but they were well out of our price range and we would have needed a truck to get them home...AND more importantly, my husband and my son would have killed me if I came home with more doors.  LOL!  While we were getting ready to get into the car, Kyle text me.  We picked Kyle up from his Gym and had to stop for gas too.  We tried to pull into the gas station at Stapley and Southern, but it was too full, so we went down the road to Gilbert and Southern.  While I was pumping the gas this white car pulled into the spot across from where we were.  The woman driver's son proceeded to try and pump gas when this tow truck came and rammed into their car.  The female driver immediately turned on the car and put it into reverse with the gas pump still in her gas tank.  The tow truck dropped his tow bar and pushed his way forward following the women and proceeded to scoop up only half of the front of her car.  At first I thought it was a domestic dispute or a road rage episode gone wrong or something.  Then it dawned on me that this was a repo situation.  The driver of the white car jumped out of the snare of the tow bar and as she did she popped the driver's side tire.  She managed to escape from the tow truck driver and proceeded down Gilbert Road towards the freeway with the tow truck right on her tail.  She also left her two teenage boys, and her 6 or 7 year old daughter at the gas station.  After watching this whole thing play out right in front of me, my first instinct was to collect her son and at least give him a ride, not knowing there were two other children involved.  I immediately left my two adult children and my car and proceeded into the gas station to offer my help to the young man, but when I saw the little girl there beside him, I was shocked and my heart sank!  
Yes, I know this mother was in the wrong for holding on to the car when the company must have had a court order to repo the car.  Yes, I know she put us all in danger when she turned on her car, especially as she backed up from the pump with the gas hose still in her car.  Yes, I know she left her children stranded at the gas station.  BUT, I didn't know for sure what all of this was.  It still could have been a domestic dispute or a road rage issue....who really knows???  That being said, my heart went out to this woman and her three children and I had to offer to help.  When I asked the young man if he needed a ride he immediately said no, but I kept asking.  He still refused and said his girlfriend was on her way to pick them up.  Meanwhile, his mother in the white car had pulled back into the gas station to try and pick the three children up with the tow truck hot on her tail, a flat tire, and the heat of the day beating down on her along with the stress of it all.  

So, why am I telling you this?  Because sometimes random acts of kindness just come up.  You have to be ready to offer help at a moments notice.  Look around you, where can you offer your assistance today, and go for it!

From the Kitchen:


Ingredients
  • 1 pouch chocolate chip cookie mix
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup hot fudge topping
  • 1 quart (4 cups) cookie dough ice cream, slightly softened
Directions
  1. Blend cookie mix, butter and water; reserve 1/2 cup dough. Press remaining dough into greased and floured 9-inch pie plate. Bake at 350°F for 14 to 16 minutes or until golden brown on edge. Cool on cooling rack 10 minutes.
  2. Roll reserved dough into 16-1/2-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet; press slightly to flatten. Bake at 350°F 6 to 8 minutes or until set.
  3. Spoon about 1/4 cup fudge topping onto bottom crust. Spoon ice cream into crust. Freeze at least 2 hours. Place cookies on pie by pressing them in at an angle. Microwave remaining 1/4 cup fudge topping uncovered 30 seconds on High; drizzle over pie.

From the Spirit:
The Book of Mormon contains powerful examples of how to be better latter-day fathers.
In a day of growing cultural confusion about the duties and roles of parents, Latter-day Saints have been blessed with a valuable blueprint for familial living and loving. Knowing that the Book of Mormon was written for our day, I have often turned to it for guidance. Within its pages I have found answers to questions about parenting and have discovered wonderful examples to emulate.
The Book of Mormon illustrates the powerful influence for good or evil a father can be to his children. It is full of stories of generations that became fully entrenched in wickedness because they followed after the wicked “traditions of their fathers” (Mosiah 1:5Alma 9:16Alma 17:15). And it contains many examples of fathers who, through righteous traditions and teachings, influenced for good their children and descendants.
These righteous fathers, many of them prophets of God, taught their children the gospel and prepared them for lives of service and righteousness. Book of Mormon prophets were powerful leaders who presided over the Church and the sacred records handed down from father to son. Their examples show the truthfulness of counsel we have received from modern prophets.
“Fatherhood is not a matter of station or wealth,” said President Ezra Taft Benson. “It is a matter of desire, diligence, and determination to see one’s family exalted in the celestial kingdom. If that prize is lost, nothing else really matters” (Ensign, May 1981, p. 36).

A theme of fatherhood weaves itself throughout the powerful drama of the Book of Mormon. The many dimensions of fatherhood delineated in the Book of Mormon provide examples of the following guidelines and ideals that can be of great worth in forging relationships with our children.

Righteous Examples

The Book of Mormon contains numerous stories of righteous fathers who set positive examples for their children. A good illustration is the life of King Benjamin. The scriptures tell us that he was a “holy man” who “did reign over his people in righteousness” (W of M 1:17) and who labored “with all the might of his body and the faculty of his whole soul” to establish peace (W of M 1:18).
King Benjamin taught his three sons the language of his fathers so that they might “know concerning the prophecies which had been spoken by the mouths of their fathers” (Mosiah 1:2). And he taught them about the records engraved upon the plates of brass (seeMosiah 1:3).
King Benjamin exemplified righteousness through word and deed. Rather than burden his people with taxes, he worked to support himself (see Mosiah 2:14). He reminded his sons and people that he had spent his days in their service, and he hoped that they might learn that “when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God” (Mosiah 2:17).
He showed how to walk with “a clear conscience before God” (Mosiah 2:27), inspiring others to charity, repentance, and covenants of obedience. The righteous reign of his son Mosiah is a testament to the power of King Benjamin’s example.

Receiving Revelation

After their repentance and conversion, the sons of Mosiah asked their father for permission to go among the Lamanites to preach. Mosiah was concerned for their safety, so he “went and inquired of the Lord. …
“And the Lord said unto Mosiah: Let them go up, for many shall believe on their words, … and I will deliver thy sons out of the hands of the Lamanites” (Mosiah 28:6–7).
Fathers have an important responsibility to oversee the physical and spiritual well-being of their children. Like Book of Mormon fathers, today’s fathers are entitled to revelation—if they seek it and live worthy to receive it.

Teaching with the Spirit

Nephi recounted the great power behind his father’s admonitions to his wayward sons, Laman and Lemuel.
“And it came to pass that my father did speak unto them in the valley of Lemuel, with power, being filled with the Spirit, until their frames did shake before him. And he did confound them, that they durst not utter against him; wherefore, they did as he commanded them” (1 Ne. 2:14).
We are told in the Doctrine and Covenants, “If ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach” (D&C 42:14). The Spirit is essential to effective teaching—especially in the home.
Jacob’s relationship with his son Enos illustrates an important facet of a spiritual teacher. From Enos, we learn that Jacob must have made the gospel a regular topic of conversation. Enos wrote: “Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the words which I hadoften heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart” (Enos 1:3; emphasis added).
Jacob’s tireless efforts to teach his son paid off, for his words moved Enos to pray fervently for a remission of his sins. Not only were Enos’s sins forgiven, but the Lord covenanted with him that a record of the Nephite people would be preserved and brought forth in due time (see Enos 1:12–13, 16). As a result of his experience, Enos “went about among the people of Nephi, prophesying of things to come, and testifying of the things which [he] had heard and seen” (Enos 1:19).

Never Giving Up on Children

Some of the most moving and inspiring stories in the Book of Mormon tell of fathers who helped wayward sons. Alma, a great spiritual leader, founded the Church in his day and was loved by many. Despite Alma’s great influence among the people, one of his own sons, Alma the Younger, was “numbered among the unbelievers” and “became a very wicked and an idolatrous man” (Mosiah 27:8). He was responsible for leading away many of his father’s followers.
One day, while Alma the Younger was “going about rebelling against God” (Mosiah 27:11), an angel of the Lord declared unto him, “Behold, the Lord hath heard the prayers of his people, and also the prayers of his servant, Alma, who is thy father; for he has prayed with much faith concerning thee that thou mightest be brought to the knowledge of the truth; therefore, for this purpose have I come to convince thee of the power and authority of God” (Mosiah 27:14).
Alma never gave up on his son. He didn’t force him to do what is right, but he exercised faith in his behalf. Sometimes we may feel that the challenge of rearing children may be beyond our personal abilities, but we can always turn to our Father in Heaven for help. To give up on a wayward child is to doubt our Father’s ability to intervene and work miracles.

Surrogate Fathers

One of the most touching stories of fatherhood in the Book of Mormon is not about a biological father at all. Helaman was a great surrogate father to the two thousand Ammonite warriors. These young men agreed to go to battle if Helaman would lead them. We can only guess at the love and respect they had for him.
In a letter to Moroni, Helaman told of a discussion he had with these stripling warriors before their first battle: “For as I had ever called them my sons (for they were all of them very young) even so they said unto me: Father, behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; …
“And they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives” (Alma 56:46–47).
The world is full of many modern-day Helamans who, as stepfathers, grandfathers, or uncles, as Scoutmasters, bishops, or home teachers, as neighbors and youth leaders, reach out and bless the lives of those in need of a father.

Leaving Eternal Legacies

We live in a day when many fathers are working at a fevered pace to build material legacies of homes, boats, and bank accounts for their children. Exemplary Book of Mormon fathers, on the other hand, show us the importance of leaving legacies that cannot be cankered by rust.
What more could we hope for than to leave our children the spiritual tools, the self-control, and the faith to become witnesses and disciples of Jesus Christ? Lehi and his sons Nephi and Jacob, Jacob and his son Enos, King Benjamin and his three sons, Mosiah and his four sons, Alma and his sons, Helaman and his sons Lehi and Nephi, and Mormon and his son Moroni all came to know the joys of discipleship and discipline.
The sons of righteous Book of Mormon fathers were grateful they had been taught in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Enos 1:1), which led them to Jesus Christ.

Great Fathers Are Great Sons

The first story that came to my mind as I began to study fatherhood in the Book of Mormon took place the day Nephi broke his bow in the wilderness. Faced with the prospect of starvation, even Lehi joined in murmuring “against the Lord his God” (1 Ne. 16:20).
Rather than murmur, Nephi made another bow, approached his father, and asked, “Whither shall I go to obtain food?” (1 Ne. 16:23.)
Of this incident, Elder Marion D. Hanks of the Seventy said, “I count this one of the really significant lessons of life in the book. … A son who had strength enough, and humility enough, and manliness enough to go to his wavering superior and say, ‘You ask God, will you?’ because somehow he knew this is how you make men strong, that wise confidence in men builds them. Lehi asked God and God told him, and Lehi’s leadership was restored” (BYU Speeches of the Year, 4 May 1960, p. 7).
The greatest example of a son honoring his father is the Savior himself. From his example we learn of the eternal nature of fatherhood. Jesus Christ is a grown, wise, perfect man. Yet he will always be his Father’s son, and he will always honor and love his Father.
From Christ’s visit to the American continent we learn two important keys of being good sons to our earthly father as well as to our Father in Heaven.
First, we can go to our father for counsel. The Savior set a beautiful example of this when he called the little children before him and prayed to his Father for them. He was a son who knew how to talk to his Father.
The scriptures record, “And behold he prayed unto the Father, and the things which he prayed cannot be written. …
“The eye hath never seen, neither hath the ear heard, before, so great and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father” (3 Ne. 17:15–16).
We should be willing to submit to our father’s righteous counsel and honor him by our deeds. Christ is the perfect example of this. When he appeared to the Nephites, he said, “I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning” (3 Ne. 11:11).
Like fathers and sons in the Book of Mormon, we live in troubled times. Never have great fathers been more needed and seemingly more rare. As we examine more closely the Book of Mormon’s priceless blueprint for fatherhood, we can receive yet another witness that this great scripture was written for our generation, that our Father in Heaven is aware of our challenges, and that he has given latter-day fathers guidelines to help them successfully rear their children.
From the Schmidt's:

Since this post is all ready SUPER long, I'll make this short and sweet with a few photos of the Fathers in my life...
My husband
My Dad.

From the Missionary:

We showed these shoes to our missionaries. Our son Peter wore these on his mission and they certainly display some amazing effort. After seeing a photo of these shoes, Sister Stephanie Steiner, Elder Daniel Stainer's mom sent this quote to us,
"I think that only the boy who wore shoes like that knows what they really represent. It's more than miles; more than the tough, rocky, dirt roads of a mission. They represent love and change and tears and hope and prayers and joy and homesickness and service and sorrow and commitment and laughter and peace. They are a 'silent journal'. As mothers and fathers we know some of the stories, but I think that most of them are known only between the missionary and the shoes and are too special to share. To me, the shoes do speak words, I hear them say, 'This is MY testimony and MY witness and I shared it with all who would listen.' May Heavenly Father bless His children who wear those shoes."
We are grateful for all our missionaries who display effort in everything they do.

(This is President and Sister Morgan - Elder Schmidt's Mission President.  Their mission will be coming to an end soon.)
Consecrated missionaries give it their all! Be able to say, "I gave it my all!" Doctrine and Covenants 123:17;
"Therefore, dearly beloved brethren (and sisters), let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed." 
As a fully consecrated missionary we need to lock our arms with those who have gone before and serve together with the strength of prophets and apostles.

Here is the post our oldest son's Mission President's Wife posted on their mission blog about our son's shoes.....

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012


MY MISSIONARY SHOES

At the departing Fireside, I shared a story called, "My Missionary Shoes". I've lots of requests for copies. And then when we went bowling with the departing missionaries, I observed this pair of shoes belonging to Elder Kyle Schmidt. I couldn't resist. What a Hero.




My Shoes

 I had a cool experience the other day. In the transfers I was listening to the testimony of one of the new gringos. I looked at his shoes and then I looked at mine. Tears came to my eyes. His shoes were brand new and shiny-- just like the elder with his ammo ready to work. Mine were old and beat up but with a world of experience--just like the elder wearing them. I started thinking of my shoes. They've passed though two sewing jobs, four sole replacements, and an infinite amount of paint jobs. They've passed through the halls of the MTC, pounded the paved streets of Guatemala City, and kicked up dust in the small village of Amatitlan. They've carried Books of Mormon, pamphlets, and sacks of vegetables and corn. They've tracked through sun, rain, mud and ash. They've witnessed the visit of an Apostle, the work of the mission president, and most important, the conversion and baptism of many humble Lamanites. They love to play B-Ball with the youth, soccer with the street kids, walk to Charles and rest under the bed at night. They've been in the jaws of a dog and within the walls of the Temple. They see miracles constantly and go through heaven and hell daily. They have passed though many unexpected things and uncountable beautiful experiences-- the most beautiful this world can provide. But most important is that through all this walking, sweating, crying and laughing they have followed a path that has led them to eternal happiness. They have followed the same path two beat-up sandals followed in Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago. They have followed the path of "The Master." They have taken up their cross for the love of the Guatemalan people just as those two sandals, covered in blood, took up their cross for the love of all mankind. And, just as those sandals, these two shoes have found that as they have lost their life in the service of others they have truly found themselves. They have found and eternal joy bigger than this world can provide. They have found that it's not what's on the outside that counts but what's inside the soul. And despite all they've been through, their favorite time and place is early in the morning or late at night, face down on the cement floor, praying to their eternal and loving Father, and their Brother and Master who showed the path for all shoes to follow back to their creator, their Savior, who paved that path with blood and tears, making it possible for all to return. These shoes aren't just for two years but are ready to walk to the ends of the earth and through all eternities to follow that path and help others to find it. I love these shoes and I love my Savior. I know he lives! I love this work! I remember a story Brigham Young told. He was visiting a young lady on her deathbed. She had given up all her hopes for the future and her schooling at a very young age to go to work to support herself and her brother when their mother died and left them orphans. She had spent her short life working with her hands to feed her brothers. She asked Pres. Young how the Lord would know that she is His. Pres. Young said, "Show Him your hands." When I return to my Maker, I'm going to show him my shoes. 

--Author Unknown
Elder Curtis Schmidt may or may not come home with shoes like the one's in either set of photos, but we know he will feel the exact same way about his time spent in his own pair of missionary shoes, and will want to keep them as his own little reminder of his time as a missionary just like his older brother has.  (I should put them in some kind of case or have them bronzed or something.  Kyle says no, that's a stupid idea....oh well, I guess he likes them just the way they are.) 

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