"A choice mother wrote: 'How did the pioneer women … respond to the challenges of their day? They listened to their prophet’s voice and followed him because they knew he spoke the will of the Lord. They met the challenges and reaped great blessings because of their faith and obedience. Their first priorities were not security, nice homes, or an easy life. … No sacrifice was too great for them to make for their precious husbands and children.'” * ~Richard G. Scott
The subject of my family's eternal exaltation has been on my mind a lot lately, beginning with my eldest daughter getting her patriarchal blessing, and continuing on with recent lessons in Relief Society and Family Home Evening.
With this important topic laying heavy on my mind, I am finding that so many things I've been worrying about and pondering on have fallen by the wayside. Plans have changed, stresses have been released, and priorities are coming into focus.
"Sisters, you are each like the lioness at the gate. This means that there has to be some prioritizing. I was taught years ago that when our priorities are out of order, we lose power. If we need power and influence to carry out our mission, then our priorities have to be straight."~ Julie B. BeckPriorities
"Taking care of our posterity takes precedence over all other things. 'Do you see the panorama of this family?' he said. 'Think of the achievement of purpose our family has come to the earth to perform. A vision of our family is the vision of our purpose before the Lord.'"
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Rachel is the happy mother of eleven children between the ages of 17 and one year old. Now in her twelfth year of homeschooling, she continues to be an enthusiastic advocate for Thomas Jefferson Education principles and has spoken at several homeschool and TJEd conferences. She enjoys Shakespeare, designing and sewing Renaissance costumes, and both singing and reading with her family. She blogs at Thoughts From The Hearth and at Old Fashioned Motherhood .