Aug 29, 2016

Please always remember

Many times in the Book of Mormon it was mentioned that... "we people are easy to do iniquity and slow to remember God". We know what is right but still we choose the opposite. When we face big problems and challenges, we blame God or we question Him. When we accomplished great things, we tend to boast and think too much of ourselves.

I would like to give emphasis on the importance of remembering the Lord in all things as I believe it is an expression of our love, respect, reverence and gratitude to Him. 

As the  middle child in the family where I was born, as a child until my adolescence I experienced 5 school transfers mostly because we can't afford financially that all of us are in private school. Maybe I wasn't that lucky to stay or it was just what the circumstance has asked me to do. The adjustments were not easy yet I never complained. It made me sad every transfer but I kept moving on as I so love school. I have learned to balance my quest for both spiritual and secular learning. I have learned to trust that the Lord will take care of me...and He did. I was a consistent honor student since elementary up to College. Because of the challenges I have faced, I considered my accomplishments as the Lord's way of comforting me. I always tell myself that it was not me but the Lord. 

I do not want to forget that I depend on the Lord in all things for in the first place "He has created me, and has kept and preserved me and has caused me to rejoice, and has granted that I should live... He is preserving me from day to day, by lending me breath, that I may live and move and do according to my own will, and even supporting me from one moment to another" (Mosiah 2:20-21)

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-Irene




Aug 24, 2016

The river flows in you

Okay. First thing, I do not have a phone right now because for some unknown reasons my LG G5 phone which I got a month ago overheated while I was charging it in the car after a super fun family outing at Wilson River. Booo!! I know, right? (sadness) I lost the very awesome videos of us having fun playing in the water. But hey, it is not the end of the world...for me. Thankfully, the replacement phone is on the way now. Yay!! yeyyy!! I know I am showing optimism here. :)

I have enjoyed watching the kids show off their swimming styles! We brought the most awesome beach ball! Kev had so much fun floating while hugging it. "I feel like a kid when I was doing that :D", Kev said. Catch the ball was fun as well! The kids also made lots and lots of bubbles which the wind blew magically all over the place. It was really cool!

In this life, in whatever situation we're in, I believe we can always learn something spiritual. The river flows constantly in one direction. It reminded me  of the prophet Lehi in the Book of Mormon when the Lord commanded him to take his family into the wilderness for their safety and more purpose. After three days of traveling, they paused and stayed in a valley by the side of a river. Lehi named the river "Laman" after his son. The river empties into the fountain of the Red Sea. As a loving and thoughtful father, Lehi said unto Laman..."O that thou mightest be like unto this river, continually running into the fountain of all righteousness!".  (1 Nephi 2:9)




As we keep the commandments wholeheartedly, we mature spiritually. We experience that spiritual elevation that will lead us to becoming like our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother.




Good night,
-Irene



                                                                                 



                                                                         




Aug 15, 2016

I Love Me!

I heard people said, "if you know how to love yourself then you know how to love others". Another thing I heard was, "remember who you are". We are children of a loving Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother.

In one of our family night activities, we sat together and made a list of the good things the kids like about themselves. It was fun helping them identify and realize the kind of persons they are.







After the activity, Kev and I posted the papers on the walls of the kids' bedrooms. It's such a wonderful feeling we have whenever we see them look at their list smiling while reading them. 




-Irene







Aug 7, 2016

My Body is a Temple of God

Today in primary at church, Emma gave a talk on "My Body is a Temple of God". That is actually their theme for this month. I am so grateful for the teaching helps we are receiving from my children's teachers. I received an email from a member of the primary presidency about the topics they will be discussing regarding the theme.. 

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?... The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are" (1 Corinthians 3:16-17) 
  • My body is a temple.
  • Dressing modestly shows respect for Heavenly Father and myself.
  • Living the Word of Wisdom shows respect for my body.
  • Reading, watching, and listening to wholesome things keeps my mind clean. 
Then she shared a short story about a 4 year old boy with cerebral palsy that she used to work with. This little boy did not have use of his right hand. One day, as she was working with him, the little boy looked at her and said, "Did you know Satan doesn't have a body? But I do and I have to work really hard with my body." 

This little boys testimony is very touching. It made her realize that although we may not have perfect bodies, they are gifts from God. Our bodies house our spirits and so we should treat our bodies like temples.














Aug 4, 2016

What matters most are the memories

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One of the things that I learned about children was, yes, material things make them happy BUT temporarily. What truly makes them happy is the TIME you spend with them. The QUALITY time you spend with them will never be forgotten for love was felt deep within their hearts. As they get older they will appreciate more and more the teachings and examples you have shown them as their parents... mom or dad. When the action was right and the intention was pure, the spirit of the Lord will bear witness of its truthfulness. For the fruits of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith., meekness, temperance. (Galatians 5:22-23)

I feel blessed to be surrounded by wonderful parents who I look up to for being good influence to their children. I greatly admire how they uphold their precious beliefs. In this darkened world where immorality, uncleanness, immodesty, addictions and so on... have become a normal trend. My greatest fear and sorrow is to see my children be involved in any of these things.

The prophets have emphasized the importance of making our homes a "refuge", a shelter from the "storm". Consistent family prayer, reading the scriptures and family home evening are some of the powerful ways to make our children strong amidst temptations and trials. CONSISTENCY is the key to success.

We pray for strength and inspiration as we nurture our children according to the gospel of Christ.

-Irene and Kev