Friday, January 29, 2010

The Greatest Service

Joseph F. Smith said: “There can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from the home, and every effort made to sanctify and preserve its influence is uplifting to those who toil and sacrifice for its establishment. Men and women often seek to substitute some other life for that of the home; they would make themselves believe that the home means restraint; that the highest liberty is the fullest opportunity to move about at will. There is no happiness without service, and there is no service greater than that which converts the home into a divine institution, and which promotes and preserves family life” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith [1998], 382).

I know this is absolutely true! The world teaches that the home means restraint, that the highest liberty is the fullest opportunity to move about at will. But this is a lie. It may seem true, but it is not. The great things that we do in our homes are not published in the headlines. We are not given awards and medals and many days there is no recognition for great deeds and accomplishments that are taking place. But that is why it is so essential to have the burning knowledge inside of you that the work you are doing as parents is vital and of the utmost importance.

This knowledge and faith that this work is true will get you through the hard days. There are hard days, but they are really only as hard as we let them be through our mind and through our faith. Faith empowers us and soon we find that because of our faith we are blessed and empowered through the Lord to be able to handle things. We are given additional strength to endure, to do, and to love. When we start to love, it is because the Lord blesses us with His love, then life becomes a success and is so fulfilling and joyful!

We must have faith in the Lord and what he has told us through the prophets and through the witness of the Spirit. This is the way we can carry on! Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ brings miracles.

1 comment:

  1. My medals are 3 babies who smell yummy after tubby time and give me a big kiss goodnight! That to me is better than any other award I could ever be given!