Saturday, April 25, 2015

General Conference and Bowling with the Senior Couples

We've always love general conference and this one was no exception.

We challenged a less active member to come to conference and he came. Saturday, after the first session was over we talked to him. He said, "I had no idea." He went on to tell us that the messages were just what he needed to hear. He said he had many challenges which he had gained strength to handle them better. We talked about how the spirit had touched us both so powerfully. These men and women leaders are truly inspired of God.

Sister Martin said, "I loved several talks that were given this April 2015 General Conference. My favorite talk was We'll Ascend together by Linda K. Burton, General Relief Society President
She told of words of endearment of the Prophet and General authorities and what they said about their wives. I was motivated by the Proverb, “Thee lift me and I’ll lift thee, and we’ll ascend together” that she shared. I thought about my relationship with my spouse and the importance of positive words of affirmation in husband wife relationships. She also said, “seek to complete” rather than compete to “cheer each other on.” I especially like the part to cheer each other on.  I have been blessed with a wonderful husband who encourages me when I get discouraged. I want to do the same for him. 
Here are some good reflective questions to ponder:
When was the last time I sincerely praised my companion?
When was the last time I stopped myself from saying something I knew could be hurtful?’
When was the last time I apologized and humbly asked for forgiveness?

Elder Martin's favorite talk was The Music of The Gospel by Elder Wilford W. Andersen

Some of my favortie lines worth pondering about were:
“I can teach you to dance,” he said, “but you have to hear the music.”

If you’re not hearing the music of the gospel in your home, please remember these two words: keep practicing.

We learn the dance steps with our minds, but we hear the music with our hearts. The dance steps of the gospel are the things we do; the music of the gospel is the joyful spiritual feeling that comes from the Holy Ghost. It brings a change of heart and is the source of all righteous desires. The dance steps require discipline, but the joy of the dance will be experienced only when we come to hear the music.

Click on the links above to read, listen or watch their full messages.

Family Home Evening Bowling night with the couples on the Navy Base. Here are a few fun photos:

Our group ready to start

Sister Martin getting ready...

Watching the ball roll...

Happy, no gutter.

Finally a Strike!

The shock of actually knocking all of the pins down


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