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Memorizing Scriptures

At the start of this year as I was contemplating what goals we should set for our family, I felt impressed that we should start memorizing scriptures. I was inspired by Elder Richard G. Scott’s conference talk “The Power of Scripture“.  To help us get started we used a 21 day Bible verse memory challenge that I had found online… seemed as good a place to start as any.

The first verse it had us memorize was Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee…”

The girls have really taken to memorizing scriptures. I thought it was something they would resist at first, especially the older ones, but they have been excited to learn each new scripture. 

About 3 weeks and 3 scriptures in, I was sitting in the kitchen and asked Lauren to take something down to the basement for me. I was waiting for her usual response that she couldn’t go down by herself (she is scared to go anywhere by herself, even her own bedroom) when I heard her say “Sure mom” and then repeat to herself “Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee…” as she started down the steps.

I was shocked. My mind started thinking over the past three weeks and how much better Lauren was sleeping at night. She used to stay up hours past her bedtime, afraid to go to sleep (even though she shares a room with Emily and has a nightlight and a string of christmas lights). Now she was going to sleep much easier, sleeping more restfully.

Elder Scott said “Great power can come from memorizing scriptures. To memorize a scripture is to forge a new friendship. It is like discovering a new individual who can help in time of need, give inspiration and comfort, and be a source of motivation for needed change.”

How grateful I am for our new found friendship! What a blessing memorizing scriptures has been for our family.

My new found loves…

I’m in love. Everyday I wake up and think…

Hello bedroom, I love you!

John and I compromised on the color. I like my greens more mossy and he likes his more minty. I wasn’t too sure about the color we finally agreed on, but it turns out I really love it.

Hello new mop, I love you!


Goodbye swiffer that left my floor feeling sticky and had expensive refills and wasteful disposable cleaning clothes! Hello rubbermaid mop! You rock my world!

Hello Mrs. Meyer’s cleaner, I love you!


You work so well, smell so good and are environmentally friendly!

Hello new vacuum, I love you!


You only weigh 13 lbs and make vacuuming so quick and easy. Yes, you have a bag, but I was tired of having  allergy attacks every time I emptied out my old bagless vacuum.

Okay, I admit it… this post is a little pathetic…. but what can I say? I love these things!

Not forgotten…

Five things I love about my dad


  1. He loves to sing. I know I used this one for my mom, but what can I say, my family loves to sing. My dad has a wonderful voice and has sung in the church choir as long as I can remember.

  3. He’s a handy man extraordinaire. Something he learned from his father. He’s an electrician, mechanic, computer repairman, landscaper… you name it.

  5. He’s very smart. (To quote my great-uncle Howard, “God is good. God is fair. To some he gave brains, and to others hair.” J) And growing up, he was always willing to use those brains to help me with my homework.

  7. He is very thoughtful. I remember one time when he was going out of town and he left little love notes all over the house for my mom. So cute!

  9. He has a quiet, gentle nature that is very endearing. Growing up I was always daddy’s little girl. Now he has four grand daughters that are definitely grandpa’s girls. They adore him (as do I). Love you dad!

Because Valentine’s day isn’t too far way…

Five things I love about my mom


  1. She loves to sing. Songs off the radio with a twist. That’s right. Her own unique version with wacky lyrics guaranteed to make anyone smile! It’s really quite a talent, one that she has passed down to all her children (though some of us won’t admit to it!)

  3. Her creativity. She is always working on a project with several more ideas in the works. Sewing, quilting, painting… there’s no end to her creative ideas (or at least not in the 32 years I’ve known her :) )

  5. The way she plays with her grand-children. She likes to get down and dirty. The kids aren’t just playing around her, she’s playing right along with them and they love it!

  7. She’s so friendly and seems comfortable talking to anyone. Not a trait that I inherited, unfortunately, but one that I greatly admire in her.

  9. She is a wonderful friend. Someone I love to call and just chat with. Someone I can always count on to be there for me. Love ya mom!