Sunday, June 08, 2008
First of all - we have 1:00 church. This is right in the middle of nap time for Hunter, and is when Gabe generally eats lunch - and when I get a nap out of him if I'm lucky (and most of the time I'm not). And for some reason having 1:00 church we are always late (although the last few weeks we've done better). It's like all morning long we think, "We don't have church until later - we have enough time to lay around in our jammies, eat a nice breakfast, rest, play, etc." And then suddenly - it's time to leave for church - and we're late! And in our ward if you aren't like 1/2 hour early - you sit in hard chairs in the back...or possibly in the hall!
Sacrament meeting is a struggle every week - but this week was one for the record-books. It was Ward Conference - so I was looking forward to hearing from our stake leaders. Our stake president is SO great - and I LOVE hearing his counsel. Anyway - Gabe is still working on the potty training (and if anyone has any advice - I'd love to hear it - we're not making much progress...) and at the beginning of the meeting announced to the entire ward that he needed to go potty (that kid is LOUD!). So Cory took him out to go, and then I took him a few minutes later and that continued..... Well - Sacrament Meeting is what - an hour and 10 minutes long? Gabe continued needing to go out FIVE different times. I'm proud to say he stayed dry through the meeting. I'm less happy to announce that I missed most of what was taught....
Taking our kids to church is one of those things I do hoping that blessings will come of it. I hope that someday our children will realize that even though it was difficult most weeks - we were there at church. I hope somewhere along the line they get something out of it all - but for now, that's yet to be seen...
Since it was Ward Conference they announced statistics for our ward. We have are the 2nd largest ward in our stake, and our primary is by far the largest in the stake (it's huge!) They said that there are SIXTY infants in the ward as of last week - that is children under the age of 18 months! That means in a year our nursery is going to be BURSTING at the seams! Wow!
And lastly, Gabe had a cough and couldn't go to nursery, so Cory took him and Hunter back home. I stayed and got to go to Relief Society - which I never get to do because I'm in the YW presidency. But the stake leaders taught our youth and I got to enjoy the Stake President's message in Relief Society. How wonderful it was to be spiritually fed by one of our leaders. I could feel of the love of our leaders, and more importantly my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. It was a touching meeting and I felt somewhat re-charged - more-so than normal.
Anyway - where is this post going (other than on and on....?) I just want to say how grateful I am for the gospel. Sure, it can be hard to get to church sometimes. There are weeks when the weather is gorgeous and we'd rather be out playing, or weeks when it seems easier to stay home with the kids than to fight them through the meetings. But I do know that is where we belong on Sunday. And I know that I have a HUGE responsibility to my kids to have them there, and to teach them how important the church, and the gospel is. I have a testimony of the gospel and I hope and pray that I can teach my children so they too can have a testimony of our Savior and His plan for us. I hope your Sunday was wonderful!
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