September 9, 2011

This, That, and the Other

My post today is quite random. Frankly I've been so busy with a big project (see the second item) that I kind of forgot it was my day to post here. Oops!

Instead I'd like to share a few great things you might not have heard about yet.

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With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks coming on Sunday, the Washington Post asked a number of religious leaders to write about faith and 9/11. Our own prophet, President Thomas S. Monson was one of them!  His post  9/11 Destruction Allowed Us to Spiritually Rebuild discusses God's unwavering commitment to us, "We sometimes neglect God. Sometimes we fail to keep the commandments that He gives us to make us happy. Sometimes we fail to commune with Him in prayer. Sometimes we forget to succor the poor and the downtrodden who are also His children. And our forgetfulness is very much to our detriment.

If there is a spiritual lesson to be learned from our experience of that fateful day, it may be that we owe to God the same faithfulness that He gives to us."

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There is another anniversary this month. September 23rd marks the 16th anniversary of The Family: A Proclamation to the world. Won't you come CELEBRATE THE FAMILY with us? For the next two weeks I am teaming up with three other bloggers to host a celebration of The Family: A Proclamation to the World. Visit  Chocolate on my Cranium, The Red Headed Hostess, We Talk of Christ, and Welcome to the Madness every day until Sept. 23rd to read posts discussing all aspects of the proclamation. We have guest bloggers, giveaways, and blog hops for YOU to link your proclamation posts. We know you also feel strongly about your families and have things to say too. Here's the schedule so you can start thinking about your posts:

Monday, Sept. 12th – Family Mission Statements – Do you have a family mission statement? Share it with us! How did you come up with your mission statement?
Thursday, Sept. 15th - Photo Essay:  Photos that "say" something about the Family Proclamation. For example, a picture of your family playing a game with the caption from the proclamation that says, "Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on . . .wholesome recreational activities."
Monday, Sept. 19th – Family Home Evening (FHE) Lessons pertaining to some part of the Proclamation.
Thursday, Sept. 22nd – How the Proclamation has impacted your family personally.
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Lastly, the October issue of the Ensign will be a special issue all about The Book of Mormon. I have had the privlege of previewing a copy and let me tell you

All 84 pages of it. Yup, it's nice and thick! Some of the articles cover: 
  • The Story of the Book of Mormon in pictures with the briefest of summaries for each. And the summary is still four pages long!
  • A wonderful Book of Mormon timeline
  • Testimonies from each of the apostles
  • An article on how to study The Book of Mormon
  • A new musical selection titled: Two Thousand Stripling Warriors
  • Common questions about The Book of Mormon and their answers
and oh, so much more. This will truly be a wonderful tool for families, for missionary work and for teaching. I am already making plans to use it in our homeschool.

Make sure to order extra copies for everyone in your family and to give away. It'll be available online September 20th.

Montserrat enjoys classical music, playing the piano, reading biographies, sewing, and playing a good game of Scrabble. She thinks spending time with her family is truly heaven on earth. You can follow her family's varied adventures at Chocolate on my Cranium.

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