Tuesday, May 10, 2011

"We are here to mess up!"

I'm not always a fan of Mondays. I really, really love Sundays and sometimes it's hard for me to get back into the routine.

But today was good. After my usual late sleep, I got up and got the kiddos. I helped #3 with homework and then went on a date with her (my new Monday tradition, I hope). We just ran errands and got her a cheap treat (required for dates -- both the cheap part and the treat part).

I made Mexican food for a belated Cinco de Mayo something-or-another (this included my first attempt at homemade guacamole. Yum.)

And then it was Family Home Evening. I wasn't sure what we were going to do, but as is often the case, things unfolded in a beautiful way. #1 was asked to share some of his Duty to God goals. And then I had the thought to ask #3 to share what she learned from her research earlier in the day, which was about antioxidants and how eating a fruit or veggie in each meal (and each snack) can help prevent free radicals from forming (free radicals are formed when we eat fats AND carbs).

Anyway, she looked a little puzzled as to what this had to do with a spiritual lesson, but there was a parallel that hubby and I had noticed earlier in the evening as we talked about the article she had read. According to this research, it's better to eat one fruit or veggie at each meal. The benefits of doing a little in a consistent way seem better than cramming a bunch of fruits and veggies into one sitting.

It brought to mind what Elder Bednar talked about in the 2011 BYU Women's Conference. I wasn't there, but read this article that summed it up.

“I believe many, if not all, of the most satisfying and memorable accomplishments in our homes, in the Church, in our jobs and professions and in our communities will be the product of this important spiritual pattern — of small and simple things,” Elder Bednar said. “We should find great comfort in the fact that ordinary people who faithfully, diligently and consistently do simple things that are right before God will bring forth extraordinary results.” ...

“The spiritual pattern of small and simple things bringing forth great things produces firmness and steadfastness, deepening devotion and more complete conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel,” he said. “As you and I become increasingly steadfast and immovable, we are less prone to zealous and exaggerated spurts of spirituality followed by extended periods of slackness.”

We read Alma 37:6-7, too.

#3 curled up next to me and started to cry. She was feeling bad that she hasn't done so well on her prayer and scripture study. (She's 9.) We encouraged her and told her that God knows that we need help remembering. That's why we have family night, and scripture study, and church meetings and the sacrament, and....

#2 jumped in as we talked about how we are all imperfect in her classic, upbeat, quick and clever way. She stood up and raised her hands above her head as she yelled, "We are here to mess up!"

Yes, I am a blessed momma.

p.s. We had fun tracking the Thanks a Million, Mom ecard to see if it really would make it to a million. It did, after everyone else was asleep.


  1. Great insights here! And I like thinking of living the gospel (one small thing at a time) as a sort of spiritual antioxidant.

    Thanks, Michelle.


  2. sounds great! And what was the health article that she was reading? I'd love to have it. Maybe you can post on FB? Thanks!

  3. Thanks, Sue. It was cool to see how it all sort of fit together. I forgot to add that as I tucked #3 in, she asked me to pick a scripture that had to do with the concept of 'just keep trying' or something like that. The 'don't be weary in well-doing' scripture came to mind. I was stunned when I looked it up and realized that it ended pretty much with the exact words of the Alma scripture -- that through small things great things are brought to pass. (I'm gonna add that to the original post. I must have been tired when I wrote it.)

    It was clear the Spirit was in charge of Family Home Evening. :)

    Summer, I couldn't find an online version of it, but if you Google BYU antioxidant oranges you might find some of their focused research.

  4. just visiting by... I hadn't ever read that quote before, missed byu conf this year, and was SO glad you shared it today. I am going to print it up and hang it here. I often sorrow that we are ...well, a little TOO ordinary, and that what accomplish is a little less than extraordinary. Seeing this, however, has really helped me realize that our ordinary becomes extraordinary, bit by bit, line upon line. Thank you. -Tamar (lymeade.blogspot.com)

  5. I think I am prone to extraordinary spurts of spirituality followed by extended periods of slackness. UH-OH!