Sunday, April 28, 2013

Blessings of the Sacrament

Our lesson in Relief Society today was based on this talk by Brother Clarke from the October 2012 General Conference. He outlines 5 blessings we can receive by partaking of sacrament each week. His fourth one was one of those "ah-ha" moments for me. Again, something I knew, but have never really thought of.

"IV. We Can Receive Inspiration for Solutions to Our Problems
The fourth principle is that we can receive inspiration for solutions to our problems during sacrament meeting. When I was a mission president in Bolivia, my wife, Mary Anne, and I had the blessing of attending a mission presidents’ seminar with President Henry B. Eyring. In that meeting he taught that there are three important ways to prepare to benefit from a meeting. We should come with our problems, humble as children ready to learn, and with the desire to help God’s children. (That's the part that got me.)

As we humbly come to sacrament meeting, we can be blessed to feel impressions for solutions to our daily problems. We must come prepared, be willing to listen, and not be distracted. In the scriptures we read, “But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.” We can know what we should do to solve our problems."

As I read that, it brought back a conversation we had in Gospel Doctrine just a few moments before. Someone made the comment that our spiritual blessings and things don't come without work. We can't pray or get a priesthood blessing (etc. etc.) and just expect the Lord to say "Here ya go!" We must do our part in order to be ready when He does direct us, because He will. 

He always does.

Friday, April 26, 2013


Do you ever get that feeling that something is missing in your life, but you can't figure out what it is?

The last few months I have had this restless feeling. I don't know how else to describe it. I feel like something is missing or that I should be doing something that I am not. I have done the "Sunday School answer" things: prayed, read my scriptures, gone to the temple, etc. Nothing. (Well, not nothing, but not  the answer to THIS problem.)

It's like I am craving something, but can't figure out what it is. Part of it feels like I have this completely plan-free summer with which I can do anything. My soul wants to do something specific, but I don't know what that "something" is...

I am open to suggestions.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dear Boys #11

Dear Cookie Monster, 
I feel like we are over the awkward hump. 
Love, Jess

Dear Dr. Seuss, 
Every time I talk myself into giving up on you, you do something to suck 
me right back in. Stop it.
Love, Jess
PS- Check out Dear Ladies and Gentlemen today. 
Guess which one(s) applies to you??

Dear Anger Management, 
I don't know what has gotten into you the last two weeks, but I like it. Granted you did punch someone in the mouth last week...but there was no blood and you admitted to it. I feel like we are making progress.
Love, Miss Jensen

Dear You, 
Thank you for accepting me back into your fold without asking too many questions. Sorry I have been such a jerk.
Love, Jess

Dear Middle Man, 
"No man... if you wanna date her... You go right ahead and you date her! I mean, knock your self out! You just take her... then date her. Then date the crap out of her!" (Ok, so I changed the wording a little to make it work, but you get the picture).
Love, Hitch

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Behold the Lamb of God

If you have not had a chance to check out this month's Ensign/Liahona you definitely should. It is one of those power packed months. My favorite article has been "Behold the Lamb of God." It was one of those "never-thought-of-it-that-way" articles for me.

I don't know why this section hit me so hard, but it did.

"Before the Savior fulfilled His role as the sacrificial Lamb of God, He met with His apostles at the Last Supper and commemorated Israel's deliverance from Egypt (see Matt. 26:17-20). After the meal, the Lord took two symbolic elements of the Passover - the unleavened bread and the wine - and sanctified them to represent His body and His blood: "Take, eat; this is my body.

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it" (Matt 26:26-27).

The newly instituted sacrament represented a different type of deliverance. Whereas Israel had been delivered from physical bondage, the Savior's impending sacrifice promised deliverance form spiritual and physical death."

We no longer offer animal sacrifices to show our devotion and obedience. We are now require to offer up "a broken heart and a contrite spirit."

(Picture by Greg Olsen)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Dear Boys #10 (Picture Edition)

Dear Dr. Seuss, 
Me, TWICE in the past TWO DAYS!
If you have an owners manual I would LOVE to read it.
Love, Jess

Dear Fix-it Man, 
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Love, Jess

Dear Middle-Man, 
Definitely me and you...thanks for sticking around.
Love, Jess

Dear Boys, 
I miss you already and it's barely been a month. Hurry back to me.
Love, Your biggest fan

Dear Ladies, 
Watch and learn.
Love, The one who thinks you are all beautiful

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Flecks of Gold

What are you filling your pouch with?

Sunday, April 07, 2013

General Conference

Conference weekend is one (ok, two) of my favorites weekends all year. Who doesn't love a chance to hear our Prophet and the apostles speak, teach, and instruct?? 
I love the peace that comes from listening and learning.

D&C 1:38 "
What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same."

If you do not, I invite you to listen today. There are 2 sessions- one at 10:00AM MST and one at 2:00PM MST. You can listen here or if in Utah, watch on KSL5 TV. 

Call Me Old-fashioned

Today's post is going to be a bit more...opinionated (and lengthy)...than usual, but I feel like I really need to share this opinion. I do not want to offend anyone, and I know opinions are going to differ. You are more than welcome to comment and share your opinion, but please be courteous.

There has been much in the media lately about LDS feminist movements (wearing pants to church, praying in General Conference, women holding the priesthood, etc.) I haven't paid much attention until the last couple of weeks. 

Call me old-fashioned, but it kind of bothers me.

I had never even thought about the fact that I wear a dress/skirt to church every week and that women have never prayed in General Conference. I honestly had never noticed these things. I have thought about the whole women and the priesthood thing but again, I have never cared that I don't have the priesthood. 
To be totally honest, I don't want it.

The more I have thought about this and talked about it with several different people it occurred to me as to WHY these things have never bothered me. 

(This is where Jessica's opinion comes into play. If you don't want to hear it, stop reading now. Don't say I didn't warn you.)

The Family: A Proclamation to the World states  that "Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners."

Men and women were placed on this earth for two very important, but very distinct reasons. Men are here to preside and protect. In the Church, they are given the priesthood to help them accomplish that goal. Women are here to have children, and to raise them in righteousness. 
HOWEVER!!! Neither of these things can be accomplished alone. 

As Elder M. Russell Ballard so eloquently stated in his conference address Saturday morning (to listen click here) neither gender can accomplish their job alone. 

"Just as a woman cannot conceive a child without a man, so a man cannot fully exercise the power of the priesthood to establish an eternal family without a woman. In other words, in the eternal perspective both the procreative power and the priesthood power are shared by husband and wife."

The reason these things have never bothered me is because 

And I am 100% ok with that. I know that my purpose on this earth is to get married, have babies, and raise them in the gospel and there is NOTHING I want more. Yes, I have a career and yes, I LOVE my job. But I never expected, or wanted, to teach more than 5 or 6 years (10 at the most) because I want to be home with my children. 
And personally, I think thats where women should be, if HOME.

A friend and I have a joke about wanting nothing more than to be a 50's housewife- the cooking, the cleaning, the apron, the hot chocolate chip cookies, the dinner on the table when my husband gets home from work. 

That is the single greatest thing I could accomplish. 


Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Dear Boys #9

Dear Dr Seuss, 
I am hoping this week is an 
"absence makes the heart grow fonder" type thing.
Love, Jess

Dear Game Player, 
You should really ask my sister out. We are all in favor of this.
Love, Jess

Dear Dr. O, 
I always do everything I can to the best of my ability. However, I am supposed to be a teacher, not a computer tech, yearbook designer, fix-it-all woman. Thank you for explaining that to everyone else.
Love, Miss Jensen

Dear Mr. Perfect, 
You sound like real potatoes with extra cheese on paper. 
Is it too much to hope you are like that in real life too?
Love, Jess

Dear Children, 
I love you all to pieces, but I really needed a break this week. 
I may have gone crazy.
Love, Miss Jensen