Sis Snow gave the lesson today and she used the talk - Forget Me Not by Pres. Uchtdorf.
She began by telling us a little about her home improvement project these last couple of weeks and how important the little pieces are in the process, the plumbing, etc to make the whole thing overall work.
(Don't worry it all ties in)
There may be times when we feel small and insignificant but Heavenly Father knows each of us. It's by small and simple means are great things brought to pass. Just like the plumbing fixtures and parts in Sis. Snows remodeling project, Heavenly Father needs each of us to make everything work. We are significant to Him.
Pres. Uchtdorf reminds us of this with the Forget me Knot flowers.
1. First, forget not to be patient with yourself. I want to tell you something that I hope you will take in the right way: God is fully aware that you and I are not perfect. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Be thankful for all the small successes in your home, your family relationships, your education and livelihood, your Church participation and personal improvement. Our journey toward perfection is long, but we can find wonder and delight in even the tiniest steps in the journey.
Question: How can I be more patient with myself and others today?
2. Second, forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice. An acceptable sacrifice is when we give up something good for something of far greater worth. Every person and situation is different, and a good sacrifice in one instance might be a foolish sacrifice in another. We can ask ourselves, "Am I committing my time and energies to the things that matter most?" There are so many good things to do, but we can't do all of them.
Question: How can I grow to learn this different in my life?
3. Third, forget not to be happy now. So many people today are waiting for their own golden ticket - the ticket that they believe holds the key to happiness they have always dreamed about. There is nothing wrong with righteous yearnings - we hope and seek after these things that are "virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy." The problems comes when we put our happiness on hold as we wait for some future event - our golden ticket to appear. Never stop striving for the best that is within you. Never stop hoping for all the righteous desires of your heart. But don't close your eyes and heart to the simple and elegant beauties of each day's ordinary moments that make up a rich, well-lived life.
Question: How can I be happier today? What can I try to let go?
4. Fourth, forget not the "why" of the gospel. My dear sisters, the gospel of Jesus Christ is not an obligation; it is a pathway leading to happiness and peace in this life and glory and inexpressible fulfillment in the life to come. When we understand why our Heavenly Father has given us permission for living, remember why we committed to making it a foundational part of our lives, the gospel ceases to become a burden and, instead, becomes a joy and delight.
Question: What is the reason I live the gospel?
5. Fifth, forget not that the Lord loves you. Sisters, wherever you are, whatever your circumstances maybe, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. If fact, He loves you with an infinite love.
God loves you because you are His Child. He loves you even though at times you may feel lonely or make mistakes. The love of God and the power of the restored gospel are redemptive and saving. You are closer to heaven then you suppose.
Question: How has the Lord shown His love for me today?
Thank you Sis Snow for the wonderful lesson and reminder!
- Sis. Pyrah