Monday, September 26, 2011

The Funky Funks

This week during class, I really enjoyed learning about different theories surrounding the family. I really liked learning about the "family systems theory." Basically, this theory discusses why events happen within the family by looking at the family as a whole unit; however, it also examines the subsets or "smaller units" within the family. This theory suggests that the most important subsystem in a family is the parental unit. Without the parental figures I have had in my life, our family would not be FUNKIEST FUNK FAMILY on the planet!

Daddy Funk: I have never met a more selfless person in my life. Any chance he gets, he is serving others. Not only does he mowe his lawn every Saturday, but mowes two or three extra lawns for the widows who have difficulty getting around. When he talks to someone, he looks straight into their eyes and listens with his heart. As I have watched him over the years, I realize that he is the kind of person that I hope to someday become. He has such a strong testimony, a love for everyone he meets, and knows how to make you feel like you're the most important person in the world. I know he is very busy with his church callings and work, but I have always know that I am a priority in his life. He knows how to talk to anyone and remembers EVERYONES name! I couldn't ask for a better role model in my life.

Momma Funk: She has always been my best friend. If ever I have a question or a concern, I always feel like I can talk to her; she seems to always knows the answer. She is a wonderful example of always giving everything she has to the Lord. Ever since I was little, I have watched her read her scriptures, say her prayers, and write in her journal every single day. She inspires me to want to be better and gain a stronger testimony. She is constantly serving those around her; she is always inviting people into our home, making dinner for those in need, and taking time to talk to those who may be lonely. She's such a cool mom! So crafty and up on all of the latest trends. Not only is she a cool mom, but she is so fun! I remember doing all sorts of fun and creative activities when I was growing up; eating dinner in the bathtub, building forts, late night icecream runs, driving by boy's houses I liked, etc.

I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing people in my life; I seriously don't know how I got so blessed. Recently married, I now have the opportunity to have the influence of Todd and Lynette in my life. They are the best in-laws anyone could ask for. Not only have they made me feel so special and loved, but they have helped me to feel so welcome into their home and family. The trials and hard times they have gone through have made their testimonies so strong! You can't help but feel of Christ's love when you're with them. I feel the spirit so strong as I enter into their home. They always show concern for everyone around them and serve others constantly. I love watching them down on the floor playing with their grandkids! It makes me smile just thinking about what a lucky gal I am!

I feel so blessed to have such wonderful examples surrounding me! My testimony has grown so much concerning the importance of family! I can't wait until the day that I get to start a family of my own!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Making Small Corrections

This week in class we have been talking about deception portrayed through media: articles, websites, magazines, commercials, and research. It is so important that we always get our information from a credible source. This made me think about the many deceiving traps of Satan. Satan tries and tempts us in ways that may seem small and insignificant at the time. However, this is how he gets us off of the track that leads back to our Heavenly Father. It is so important that we obey even the small things so that we are kept on the path of righteousness.

I've heard this thought compared to driving on the freeway. Imagine driving on the freeway. Now think about how many small corrections are make with the steering wheel in order to keep in the traffic lane. If you didn't make these small corrections every couple of seconds, it would be impossible to stay in the traffic lane. It is so important that we do all of the "small things" in order to keep us from drifting into "other lanes."

One of those "small corrections" I have had to make in my own life is family home evening. Dayne and I haven't been the best about remembering to have family home evening every Monday night. However, a couple of weeks ago it hit me just how important family home evening should be in our home. Ever since we have taken the time on Monday night to have FHE, I have noticed an extra added measure of peace in our home. I have also noticed that our relationship has grown stronger with each other and our Heavenly Father. I know that FHE will not only bless our lives, but the life of our future family.

Just as we must always make sure the information coming from the media is provided by a credible source, it is so important that we realize that our Heavenly Father is always a perfect credible source. We must always listen to His promptings and follow His plan by doing the small and simple things to keep us in the right lane of traffic. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It's all about family

This semester I am taking a family relations class. As part of the class, we get the wonderful opportunity to discuss our thoughts and insights regarding "the family" in a blog (hence that will be what my blog will be talking about). I can't believe that it has been almost nine months since I was married to my sweetheart. Although we are not perfect people and our marriage is not perfect, these nine months have been the happiest of my life. I am so grateful for the opportunity I get to journey through life with my best friend, Dayne.

I have grown to gain such a strong testimony of the importance of the family in my own life. I can't wait for the opportunity to start a family of my own. This week I have been pondering the wonderful opportunity we have to create a family. I feel so blessed that our Heavenly Father trusts us to raise and teach our children in the ways of the gospel. Being a primary teacher, I have learned so much about the gospel. It is such a wonderful blessing to have the opportunity to share the gospel in a simple matter with children that I love. My eyes have been opened and my heart has been so touched as I have seen the wonderful example my primary class is to me. I am amazed every week at their testimonies and knowledge of the gospel. I can't wait until I have the opportunity to raise one of God's children. I feel so blessed to have the ability to create a life and become a mother one day. I hope you all enjoy this Mormon Message video on the opportunity we all have to create.

Check it out! I promise you won't regret it: