I was doing my personal scripture reading this evening and this scripture stood out as wisdom we are quickly losing in the world today:
"Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend." (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 4:9)
It always helps to keep things in the proper perspective.
I'm getting a jump-start on conference kits for this upcoming October General Conference because I'm sharing the concept tonight at Relief Society.
(There may have been four or five kids that asked if they could eat the sample kit when I bring it back. And Hammy lamented that conference was still 3 1/2 weeks away.)
All kits have coloring pages from LDS.org from past Friend magazines.
These conference kits will have snacks without food-dye to keep the hyperactivity at a minimum. These treats are something they rarely get, with the exception of the granola bar, and they'll be excited about them.
Those interested will have the conference bingo and Cheerios for markers. I've added pipe cleaners so they can make a Cheerios bracelet if they so please.
Each kit will have a pack of new crayons for the oldest six kids. And the little girls will get 8 crayons (since they think it's fun to snap them in half if they feel they have extras).
I decided to add a quote to the front of the composition book and cover them with paper (if the child prefers that). The oldest four kids will have journals.
If I can get my printer to cooperate, I'm going to print out more tabs to add throughout the journal.
It is discomforting to see how often the virtue of loving the sinner is being replaced by the vice of embracing the sin and vilifying those who eschew it.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks explained this phenomenon well in a talk last year. Here is an excerpt:
"Persons who don’t believe in God or in absolute truth in moral matters can see themselves as the most tolerant of persons. For them, almost anything goes. This belief system can tolerate almost any behavior and almost any person. Unfortunately, some who believe in moral relativism seem to have difficulty tolerating those who insist that there is a God who should be respected and that there are certain moral absolutes that should be observed."
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, "Balancing Truth and Tolerance," Ensign, February 2013, https://www.lds.org/ensign/2013/02/balancing-truth-and-tolerance?lang=eng.
Today we celebrated Bun and Biscuit's birthdays. Bun turned 9 and Biscuit turns 2 tomorrow.
Bun, along with Danny's help, grilled hot dogs at the park for dinner. He also picked up litter to finish one of the last three achievements for his Wolf in Cub Scouts.
All the kids had a fun time playing with sand, playing on the playground, and with bubbles from their goodie bags.
After dinner we came home and for Family Home Evening lesson listened to several examples of children who helped the planet by being humanitarians or environmentalists (the final thing in his Wolf book).
After FHE, we had birthday cake for refreshments. Biscuit was especially in awe at all the chocolate on the cake. Her favorite!