Impromptu Baptism/Birth Lesson in Relief Society

August 12, 2014 in Baptism, Sheridan

I love being in the Relief Society Presidency of our ward.

The best part?  Not being the President!!  ;)

I am responsible for the Sunday meetings.

I make sure the teachers have the help and support they need.  On rare occasions it means I get to do a sudden impromptu lesson when a teacher is not being able to make it at the last minute.

The other Sunday after Sacrament Meeting I got a text from the teacher.  She had the flu!!brothers baptismSo I had 30 minutes to prepare a lesson.

Baptism Lesson

I do love to teach.  I also love to prepare, in some ways that is my favorite part of teaching. I learn so much when I am preparing and I feel the spirit.

The lesson was on baptism.  I started reading it and got excited.  The very first section referred to the symbolism between our birth in this life and our rebirth in baptism.  Well you know I love birth.

I looked up some blog posts on The Gift of Giving Life blog, and got the ideas and inspiration I needed to feel good going into the lesson.

However I still felt some hesitation.  Again, I usually practice my lessons at least 2 times before teaching.  No time for that!  So I prayed for help and got the impression that this was the chance to see the power of The Lord’s hand, that He would give me what I need to speak, when I need to speak it.

My Notes

Birth Baptism
1 – Preparation Do you think we prepared in the pre-mortal existence for our earthly birth?  Robyn said, “birth is the crowning event of pre-motal life” Do we do things to prepare for our baptism?  Yes, we prepare or help our kids prepare.
2 – Blessings Body, Light of Christ, New Life, Family Body is cleansed, Holy Ghost, New Life and New Church family
3 – Water, Blood, Spirit Amniotic Fluid, Blood, Our Spirit joining with our body.  Moses 6:59 Allowing them to bust forth from pre-motal state, bathed in pure water, life giving blood and the Spirit. Water – BaptismBlood – Atoning Blood of ChristFire – Gift of the Holy Ghost
4 – Who with? Mother (typically) Father
5 – Choice We chose to come to earth.  Imagine we made covenants before we came to earth in this “ordinance” of birth We choose to get baptized.  Make a covenant in the ordinance.
6 – Sacrifice Requires Sacrifice of Mother to birth her baby. Requires Sacrifice of Savior

Baptism and Birth can be Spiritual

I then talked about how when we set our intentions, we can see the spirituality in everything.  I also shared the experience I had at T3′s baptism.

I think that it went pretty well.  I was glad to have all the participation from the Sisters and of course having been about birth, made it easy!

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Pornography Addiction Prevention – A Great Children’s Book

July 15, 2014 in Motherhood, Sheridan

It may seem strange to talk about this on a birth blog.  With 3 boys, I am always on the lookout for tools, information, support to help them avoid a pornography addiction.  This is a huge problem in today’s society and I would be foolish if I wasn’t proactive about this.

Well, I found a wonderful book that is appropriate for teaching children about pornography and felt I need to share it with the world!

 

Good Pictures, Bad Pictures by, Jenson and Poyner

 

I love that it talks about our brains and how there is a feeling and a thinking brain and how understanding that can help us when we are exposed to pornography.

There is also a 5 step plan of what to do when you are exposed to pornography.

Let’s face it it isn’t about if, but when your child will be exposed to pornography.  When fellow teammates on the school bus are watching porn on their phones and passing it around it becomes an issue you can’t ignore.

This book is appropriate for probably age 5 and up, though it is fairly long and would have to be read over a few days.  I read it to my boys age 8-16 for a Family Home Evening Lesson.  The information was applicable to all.  Though for my 16 year old it may have seemed simple, it was good information.  My 8 year old easily understood it.  The information is presented in a very matter of fact way and is not uncomfortable to present.

It is so important we talk about pornography with our kids.  That we name it when we see it and that they have tools on what to do when they are exposed.

I have lent my copy to some friends with various age kids and all agree it is a must have book for families!

 

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Summer Time is in Full Swing!

July 3, 2014 in Author

All of us authors are in full swing of summer.  For each of us that looks different, but it is keeping us all busy and away from posting on our blog.

We hope you are all enjoying your families and promise to be back to posting more regularly, once summer fun is over!

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Wet Nurses – Have you even nursed someone else’s baby?

May 22, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Sheridan

I had the chance to nurse a family member’s baby, when she was ill.  It was only one time.   It was a newborn and my baby was 1 year old.

20th century

It was weird, because I hadn’t nursed a tiny baby in forever and suddenly my baby seemed HUGE!

It was great, because I was helping someone I loved.

It was normal to me, because it just felt right.

There may be times when we are called upon to nurse a friends baby or a family member’s baby.   Would you do so if the opportunity arose?

Wet Nurse as a job?

This is a whole different type of wet nursing.  I am not opposed to it, but in todays world, there probably is not a large number of such jobs available.  I found a great article in the Williamsburg Magazine about Wet Nurses (search page 19) in historic times. It was interesting to read about the debate about nursing even back then.

 

 

 

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Robyn

My Divine Teacher

May 12, 2014 in Gratitude, meditation, Motherhood, Parenting, Power of Words, Robyn, Thoughts, Uncategorized

“And a little child shall lead them”

Isaiah 11:6

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My posts are just going to be have to be a lot less wordy. I struggle to find the time to write but I really do benefit from processing my thoughts into a post.

I’m grateful for motherhood. It is hard and I struggle with feeling like I am getting much done. Lately I have wanted to be able to put more time into studying my scriptures and meditation. I miss the “aha” moments and stream of revelation in the early morning hours. Alone time is hard to come by. Anyway so about a week ago, I was feeling this way, sitting with my cute little toddler playing on the floor when I had one of those “aha” moments. God reminded me, “She is your divine teacher, learn from her.” I nodded. “I know, I know. Thank you for this reminder,” I answered.  And I also knew that I was being told that I was to be learning from each one of my children.

We are told that we should become like our little children, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4).

I cuddled with my 4 year old in my lap during fast and testimony meeting last Sunday. After several testimonies she leaned into my ear and said, “I just know that He is Risen.” And that was that. So simple, real and authentic. She taught me. We don’t have to be wordy. And I took those words to heart. Simple testimonies. Shorter posts. Thank you Divine Teacher.

“If we have a heart to learn and a willingness to follow the example of children, their divine attributes can hold a key to unlocking our own spiritual growth. ” Jean A. Stevens, Ensign, April 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lani

Giveaway Winners!

May 11, 2014 in Giveaways, Lani, Virtual Book Tour

We hope you enjoyed our Virtual Book Tour 2014! And we want to tell all of you this Mother’s Day… You Are Beautiful! You Are Powerful!

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A big thank you to everyone who contributed blogposts for our Virtual Book Tour! A big thank you to everyone who participated in various ways through the giveaway entries! An extra-big thank you to those who donated prizes! And congratulations to our prize winners!

Our randomly selected Rafflecopter prize winners are….

Prize #1: Wrap-style baby carrier with tree panel…. April L.

Prize #2: Blood-Water-Spirit charm bracelet…. Jennifer H.

Prize #3: Mini-maternity portrait session…. Janice M.

Prize #4: Tree of life pendant necklace…. Brittany H.

Prize #5: Early-bird access to our spiritual childbirth education webinar series….

Melissa G.

Accalia H.

Shelly L.

Watch for an email from me so we can arrange to have your prizes delivered to you!

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Lani

Healing Heartbreak

May 8, 2014 in Adversity, Book reviews, Fertility, Grief, Lani, Loss, miscarriage, Pregnancy, Virtual Book Tour

Today’s Virtual Book Tour post comes from Brittney at Notes from a Been-There Mom. Brittney has shared some of her journey on our blog before–the birth story of her fourth baby, born with a cleft palate. Since that birth, she has experienced multiple heart-breaking miscarriages. Those losses have inspired her to partner with me in creating a book for moms mourning miscarriages: Light in the Mourning. You can read more about that project and how to submit stories HERE.

Three weeks before Brittney's first miscarriage

Three weeks before Brittney’s first miscarriage

Here’s an excerpt from Brittney’s beautiful post today:

Day after day, I walked past a copy of The Gift of Giving Life on my dresser. I felt a pull toward it. The book felt like a warm spot it a cold world. But I couldn’t pick it up. The last thing I wanted to read about was the joy of all those moms with beautiful round bellies birthing their healthy babies. (Clearly it had been a while since I’d visited those pages.)

Finally the book won. I decided I’d read all the ribbon stories I’d always skipped but that was it. (Stories mentioning loss are marked with a ribbon to protect the faint of heart like me.) My heart broke as I read stories of mothers suffering; mothers who endured trials I would have thought unendurable. I felt the greatness, strength and beauty of the authors through their words and suddenly found myself in the best of company. I wanted to change their stories, breathe life into their babies and hold them up. Instead, in their respective times of darkness, these women found peace. They found light. I kept reading.

Brittney’s post brought me to tears. I so appreciate her willingness to share her courageous journey. You can read the rest of her post HERE.

 

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Lani

A Father’s Sacred Support

May 6, 2014 in Book reviews, Dads, Doulas, Giveaways, Lani, Marriage, Midwives, Virtual Book Tour

Today’s Virtual Book Tour post comes from Brooke at Brooke Roundy Photography. Here’s an excerpt:

Personally, my husband WAS my absolute greatest support for both of my births. He was not only emotional support for me, but he massaged my back, provided counter-pressure, was my calming influence (even though he’d tell you that at times he was scared out of his mind ;)), he quite literally held me up when I couldn’t hold myself up. He. Was. Amazing. I did have 3 midwives at my first birth, along with my mom and sister, and then 2 midwives and 2 doulas and my mom and sister at my second birth. But he was my main source of strength and faith.

Here he is with our sweet daughter at 10 days old:

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That guy is actually my big brother. :-) Considering how much joy he took in teasing and pestering me growing up, it’s hard to imagine him as a patient, kind, comforting labor support dude, but what do you know, he was! Makes my birth-loving heart proud when I see fathers step up and provide sacred support to the women they love as they work to bring God’s spirit children here.

You can read the rest of Brooke’s post HERE.

Brooke has generously donated a maternity portrait session as a giveaway for our Virtual Book Tour. If you live in UT or know a pregnant lady who does, head over to our Virtual Book Tour page and enter to win!
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Lani

Don’t Quit, Keep Playing

May 4, 2014 in Adversity, Atonement, Depression, Grace, Lani, Savior, Thoughts

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The Sunday School and Relief Society lessons at church today were so inspiring, and I felt impressed to spill some of my thoughts about those lessons onto paper (or screen) here.

First, for whatever reason, I get really excited when I find scriptures that demonstrate the humanity and weakness of the Lord’s prophets (Mosiah 2:11 and 2 Nephi 4:17, I love you guys). Seeing their struggles helps me let go of shame about my own. Maybe you’ve always known about this time in Moses’ life, but I must have been asleep that day in seminary. I’m not a prophet leading thousands of frustrated people to the Promised Land, but these verses (from Numbers 11) were a gift to me today:

11 And Moses said unto the Lord, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me? . . .

14 I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.

15 And if thou deal thus with me, kill me, I pray thee, out of hand, if I have found favour in thy sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.

The footnote for “out of hand” in the last verse lets us know that it could be translated as “immediately.” So Moses was basically saying, “God, this is too hard. If this is how it’s going to be, please just kill me now.” I turned to my husband, grinned wide, and laughed as I heard those verses. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve uttered words like that to God and my husband on dark days. Moses, you are a guy I can relate to!

Then, in Relief Society, the lesson was about grace. It seems such a hard thing to define something so divine as grace. I still don’t feel that I could necessarily give you a definition of grace. But I loved this story our teacher shared from President Faust about a young piano student:

His mother, wishing to encourage him, “bought tickets for a performance of the great Polish pianist, Paderewski. The night of the concert arrived and the mother and son found their seats near the front of the concert hall. While the mother visited with friends, the boy slipped quietly away.

“Suddenly, it was time for the performance to begin and a single spotlight cut through the darkness of the concert hall to illuminate the grand piano on stage. Only then did the audience notice the little boy on the bench, innocently picking out ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.’

“His mother gasped, but before she could move, Paderewski appeared on stage and quickly moved to the keyboard. He whispered to the boy, ‘Don’t quit. Keep playing.’ And then, leaning over, the master reached down with his left hand and began filling in the bass part. Soon his right arm reached around the other side, encircling the child, to add a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice held the crowd mesmerized.

“In our lives, unpolished though we may be, it is the Master who surrounds us and whispers in our ear, time and time again, ‘Don’t quit. Keep playing.’ And as we do, He augments and supplements until a work of amazing beauty is created. He is right there with all of us, telling us over and over, ‘Keep playing’” (Source).

As I heard this story, my eyes welled up with tears. Sometimes, playing my little “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” feels like the hardest thing in the world. And the Master’s request, “Don’t quit. Keep playing,” feels like the tallest order ever given. Endure to the end? Really? I so often respond, as Moses did, “It is too heavy for me,” and in my darkest moments, “Kill me, I pray thee.”

But grace. Grace.

God told Moses: “Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel. . . . and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone” (Numbers 11:16-17).

Grace comes to us in so many different ways. For me, in my life, grace has so often come to me in the same way it came to Moses here… people. God gives me people to help me bear my burden–doulas to give me counter-pressure through the hardest contractions. In October of 2012, after surviving many months of intense darkness and despair, I wrote a thank you letter to some of the “doulas” who had been the grace that kept me going. To them, I said:

And now, looking back over that valley of heartbreak behind me, I can see just how beautiful it was. Your words and actions have illustrated in vivid detail the beauty and perfection of God’s loving, tender mercies. You have painted a magnificent masterpiece on the canvas of my suffering. If I hadn’t needed you so desperately, I would never have had the privilege of witnessing those countless acts of love and friendship.

Grace is the reason I’m still here. Grace is the reason I haven’t quit. Grace is the reason I keep playing my little song. Grace is the Master turning that feeble song into something beautiful. Grace is God painting a magnificent masterpiece on the canvas of my suffering.

Grace is yours too.

Don’t quit. Keep playing.

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Lani

Transforming Ideas, Changing the World

May 1, 2014 in Book, Book reviews, Divine nature, Jesus Christ, Lani, Motherhood, Pregnancy, Virtual Book Tour

IMG_5455e_thumb[1]Today’s Virtual Book Tour post comes from Bonnie at Whisk ‘em. Bonnie is a “homeschooling mom of 6 with a passion for fashion. And food. And sewing. And fitness. And like a hundred other things.” I met Bonnie online before I met her in person at a Gift of Giving Life Party last year, and I was totally stoked for her when she gave birth to her twins as she had hoped (vaginally). Some of my favorite quotes from Bonnie’s book review:

  • “I believe that this book’s potential to transform our ideas and conceptions about birth is unimaginable!”
  • “If I had all the money in the world, I would buy a copy of this book for every mother and woman I know.”
  • “I couldn’t possible be able to choose my favorite chapter or story in this book but I can say that The Gift of Giving Life completely changed the way that I see and process everything about motherhood.”
  • “I know that the role of Mother is so important and so sacred, that every part of it has a spiritual aspect. . . . As mothers, we are guardians of the gateway between heaven and earth. We have been given both the power and the inclination to create life, with husbands and God as our partners. We can come to know the special connection mothers have with Jesus Christ as we give a portion of our bodies and our blood to bring new life into this world. If we could communicate the importance and sanctity of these truths to the next generation, we could undoubtedly change the world.”
  • “It’s my favorite baby shower gift!

You can read the rest of Bonnie’s post HERE. And check out her Etsy shop HERE.

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