13 Weeks of FHE / 13 Articles of Faith

13 Weeks of FHE - 13 Articles of Faith

13 Weeks of FHE
13 Articles of Faith

Family Home Evening is set aside by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as each Monday.  Mormon Families use this time for games, spiritual lessons, a treat, or other wholesome activities.  My family strives to do this, but falls short.  I have decided that we would really strive for 13-weeks to do Family Home Evening each week.  During this time, we would cover the 13 Articles of Faith.  My children are 7, 5, and 3 years old.  It’s a bit hard to get something that keeps all of their attentions.  I am going to do one post each week on these Family Home Evening ideas, in hopes that others will be inspired to spend time together in their families.

Articles on each of the 13 Weeks of FHE: 13 Articles of Faith
The First Article of Faith
The Second Article of Faith
The Third Article of Faith  /  The Third Article of Faith Review
The Fourth Article of Faith
The Fifth Article of Faith
The Sixth Article of Faith
The Seventh Article of Faith
The Eighth Article of Faith
The Ninth Article of Faith
The Tenth Article of Faith
The Eleventh Article of Faith
The Twelfth Article of Faith
The Thirteen Article of Faith

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Mikey's Testimony

Last week, my 5 1/2 year old Mikey decided that he wanted to go bear his testimony at Church the next time he could.  Remembering the council given regarding this, I did not encourage it, although I didn’t tell him he couldn’t either.  Sunday came and we were at Church.  I was in the hallway with Hannah, who was tired and cranky.  Amanda came out to tell me that Mikey was going to bear his testimony.  I came back into the Chapel and saw Mikey on the 2nd step to go up to the puplit.  He looked around and wasn’t sure what to do and then turned around and saw me.  He walked back down to see me.  We sat down and he told me that he wanted to go bear his testimony.  He then asked me if he was allowed to.  I told him that the Church has told us that little kids should bear their testimony in Primary and in the home.  I then asked him if he still wanted to.  He did.  He proceeded to tell me that he wanted me to come up with him, but not to say anything.  He and I walked to the very front pew and saw there for a minute until the person speaking finished their testimony.  Mikey then walked up to the stage and sat down by himself.  He wanted until it was his turn and then walked to the pulpit.  He spoke very clearly and loud enough for everyone to hear him, but he didn’t scream into the microphone.  He said “Hi, my name is Mikey and I know this Church is true and I love my family.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

As I sat and listen to him, I thought of the scripture Luke 19:39-40:

“And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.”

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Joshisms

Josh, my fun 3-year old has had some pretty funny statements recently and wanted to make sure that I have them recorded.

He gave Amanda a Mother’s Day Card and “wrote” in it. He very proudly wanted Mommy to know what it said “I Love Daddy”! 🙂

We went to Macayo’s a month or so ago. On the way, I asked the kids if they were excited to go eat there, to which they said yes. I asked Josh what his favorite thing at Macayo’s was. He replied “The Food.” 🙂

Man, I love this kid!

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What I'd do with a $20 million lottery win

Note: I will be starting college again March 1st.  I will be attending Western Governors University.  I originally wrote this for a scholarship from Yakezie.com to help pay for college. but was about 3 hours late turning it in.  I think I did a pretty good job so I figured I’d post it here.

I believe that if I would to win a $20 million dollar lottery, while portions of my life would change, overall, my life wouldn’t change very much.  Upon winning the lottery, I would immediately call my dear sweet wife.  She is a stay at home mom to our three beautiful children.  My wife and I would go out to dinner so we could discuss our financial plan.  The next day, I would write a check and pay off the mortgage.    I would also write a check to my Church for 10% of the winnings.  Of course, the government would also take 30-40% in taxes.  This would leave me with about $10 million dollars. I would take the money and divide it up into various bank accounts so that no one bank was above the FDIC coverage limit (I have had several banks that I have dealt with fail).   I would tell my family, but I don’t think I would tell many, if any, other people.  There just isn’t a smart reason to tell non-family members.  They would either think I’m bragging, or want to borrow money from me.   I do think I would take a weeks’ vacation from work and go on a nice trip with my family.  When we got back (or perhaps before we go), I would setup trust accounts for each of my 3 children for college, fully funding, with some extra, their anticipated college expenses.  I would then purchase some real estate and rent out the properties, to help bring long term income into my family.  I would talk to my parents and my wife’s parents about paying off their home mortgages, thus bringing some financial peace to them.  I would keep $5 million dollars in good growth mutual funds to allow this money to keep growing.  By having this money grow at 6%-10% annually, I would bring in at least $300,000.00 annually that we can live on without touching the remaining $5 million.

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Mr. Right and Mrs. Wrong

I had told Amanda something was going to happen, but she didn’t believe my warning. Later, she acknowledged I was right. I got her to admit that I am ALWAYS right, after which she called me Mr. Right. Mikey looked at Amanda and said “Hello, Mrs. Wrong”. We all laughed.

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My Testimony

I’d like to take a moment now at the beginning of the year to share with you my testimony of Jesus Christ.

I know that God lives.  He loves me and He loves you.  He loves us so much that He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to earth.  He came not because He had to, but because He wanted to.  Christ wanted to come, to save us from our sins.  Because of the atonement of Jesus Christ, I can be forgiven of my sins.  All I have to do is ask Him.  He does require us to do as He says, but He also knows that we will mess up.  As long as I keep trying, He will forgive me and allow me back into His presence.  I know that because of His atonement, all mankind will be resurrected.   I am among the weakest of His servants, but I so proud that He has trusted me enough to allow me to hold  His priesthood, so that I can be His servant and exercise His priesthood power.  I am so lucky to have such a wonderful and beautiful wife.  By following the Lord’s commandments, I know that I will be able to be with my dear Amanda for all eternity.  I am so happy, yet humbled that He intrusted me with my 3 beautiful children, for before they were my children, they were God’s and I know that He has not given up His parenteral rights to them.  I strive everyday to be a father worthy of these children and to strive to live up to His example.

These things I write in the Holy Name of He who saves all mankind, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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New Years Resolutions

Good bye 2010.  You were an interesting year.  The best thing that happened during 2010 was the birth of my beautiful princess, Hannah.

Welcome 2011.  I wonder what you have in store for me this year.  I have been (other than the last couple weeks of December) pretty good the last couple of months of exercising more.  I’m planning on continuing that this year and would like to lose 25-pounds this year.  I studied and passed Comptia’s Security+ exam during December.  I applied last night for Western Governors University and want to work on getting my Bachelors of Information Technology this year.  I want to clean up my garage so I can park a car in it again.  I want to use my Frontsight classes that I purchased a few months ago.

I’m sure there are other things I’d like to do this year, but here’s a good start!

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