3 Nephi 18 – As Jesus Christ concluded the first day of His ministry among the Nephites, He administered the sacrament. He commanded them to partake of the sacrament, pray to the Father always, and extend fellowship to all people. The Savior promised great blessings to those who obeyed. He then gave the twelve Nephite disciples instructions pertaining to their ministry in the Church. Prior to ascending into heaven, He gave them power to give the gift of the Holy Ghost. I truly have been trying to make the sacrament portion of church more meaningful and of more purpose. In a talk given last week they said to imagine as the Savior was passing the sacrament personally to you. I took this to heart and am truly excited to implement this into my weekly sacrament routine. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles described several appropriate ways to remember the Lord while renewing our covenants through the sacrament:
“We could remember the Savior’s premortal life and all that we know Him to have done. …
“We could remember the simple grandeur of His mortal birth to just a young woman. …
“We could remember Christ’s miracles and His teachings, His healings and His help. …
“… We could remember that Jesus found special joy and happiness in children and said all of us should be more like them. …
“We could remember that Christ called His disciples friends. …
“We could—and should—remember the wonderful things that have come to us in our lives and that ‘all things which are good cometh of Christ’ (Moroni 7:24). …
“On some days we will have cause to remember the unkind treatment He received, the rejection He experienced, and the injustice … He endured. …
“… We can remember that Jesus had to descend below all things before He could ascend above them, and that He suffered pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind that He might be filled with mercy and know how to succor His people in their infirmities” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1995, 90–91; or Ensign, Nov. 1995, 68–69).
I have really enjoyed studying these chapters in my pathway class this week. We learn about the sermon on the mount and I love the teachings. Jesus selected twelve special disciples and testified to the multitude of there divine calling:"Blessed are ye if ye shall give heed unto the words of the twelve show I have chosen form among you to minister unto you, and to be your servants; and unto them I have given power." I loved this because it is true for our day as well. I know the prophet and apostles are ordained of the Lord and we will be blessed it we listen to them. Here are some of the other messages that were taught as well:
Blessed are all they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
Blessed are all they who are persecuted for my name's sake
The scriptures then talk about the salt of the earth and so many other great lessons. I can only imagine what it would have been present at this, to be taught personally by the savior and how amazing that must have been.
This is Jason writing and it's my first time on this blog so bear with me. I recently began a new chapter in my life, which is my goal to finish my education. It is a program called Pathway and it allows me to take classes online and attend a gathering once a week. After three semesters I am able to enroll into BYU-Idaho's online classes. I am very excited about this new adventure and am so grateful for the opportunity it affords me to finish my schooling virtually from home. My favorite part of this class has been the "Becoming Project" we do on a weekly basis. It gives me time to reflect on a lot of things that need improvement in my spiritual journey. For the project we were given the opportunity to choose an attribute to work on for the semester. I chose Faith. Faith is something that I think everyone has room to improve on and it is something that I wanted to really focus on developing. I have such a strong testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but faith is what I believe changes our actions. If we have faith in our Savior and his plan for us, it is not difficult to us to choose him in our everyday actions. The fourth article of faith states: We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. My favorite example of faith in the scriptures is Nephi. When they were commanded to get the plates from Laban, all the odds were against them. Nephi had the faith that the lord would deliver Laban and would make a way for Nephi to accomplish his mission. I know that as I have Faith and grow closer to my Savior that my life will be enriched and that I will be able to handle all of lifes challenges knowing that he is by my side.
Last Friday we first took a flight up to Santa Rosa California for Jason's friend, Broc's funeral. Jason has roped with him out on the rodeo trail for a while and we will always miss his fun personality and roping talent.. the next morning we flew to Maui.. I am so proud of Pres, she did so good on the flights.. I was so nervous, of course she had to have a new toy or snack every 5 minutes but there were no major meltdowns!! So we got to the airport, got a rental car and headed to the jackpot for the guys to rope( this is the only way we got Jason and Randon to Hawaii, there friend goes every year to this roping and they had some extra rooms on their time share so they invited us to come) the guys roped while we went to the hotel.. the next 3 days were spent exploring the island, and laying by the beach and pool. We had so much fun and hopefully we will get to go again next year!!
I wanted good pictures at the hospital so I had Jamie Poort come and take some pictures.. If you need a photographer for anything she is your girl.. She takes amazing pictures and is one of the sweetest people I have ever met. I am so grateful she was willing to come at 3 in the morning, these pictures will be cherished forever.
It's taken me a while to want to try and write about our little Jay Brady Adams.. Mainly because I will never be able to put into words what I have felt and experienced during this time. I am a different person, and will never be the same I used to, some parts for the good and some not. I look at life with much more gratitude than I used to.. so very grateful for my life, for my husband, for my daughter, our son, the gospel, the plan of salvation, our family/friends, and the list goes on.. I have felt every prayer, they have lifted me, and saved me at times. Our prayers were beyond answered, we were given two hours with our sweet son.. two hours that never should have happened.. and every second of those two hours will be cherished until we see him again. We went into the hospital at 9 on wednesday morning the 27.. by 11:40 I was in my room and they inserted a little pill into my cervix to start contractions.. I was induced with Presley so I thought that I knew all about it.. think again.. this little pill caused contractions that were 7 minutes long with 20 seconds in between the contractions.. that is the closest I've ever been to feeling like I was going to die! So they checked me and inserted this pill into me every 4 hours.. After twelve hours of doing this I was only at a 4. Finally at 2 AM I started feeling a change.. I called the nurse and told her the pressure was unbearable and that he was coming.. She called my doctor and told him to come. She checked me and he was on his way.. Since he was so small he could come without any pushing.. My doctor got there, broke my water and two pushes later our little one was here. They put him on my chest and all I could do was cry.. He was so little and was just laying there, I didn't think he had made it alive.. After a few minutes the nurse told us that he had a heartbeat. You could see his heart beating very slowly through the clear omphalocele. Jason and I spent time holding him and loving him. Our families were there and got to meet him. He wasn't able to cry or move, but we could feel of his sweet and tender spirit. His heartbeats continued to get further and further apart until it stopped. I love and miss him so very much. There is and always will be a part of me that is missing. I can't wait for the day that I can hold and be with him again.
We had a very small graveside service with just immediate family. It was perfect and exactly what we wanted. Our bishop spoke and Jason said a beautiful prayer to dedicate the grave.
Just wanted to upload a couple of pictures of my little sunshine.. She is the funniest kid I have ever met and brings so much joy.. I am going to miss her so unbelievably much when I leave to have this little one.
She loves walking around in my shoes and becomes so frustrated that they won't stay on!
Jason and Presley both love the bath, so she got in with him one night.. We added a few bubbles no big deal.. then jason turned on the jetts and the bubbles got a little out of control.. She loved every minute of it.
And heres a couple of pictures just to show you that she doesn't run around in a diaper all the time, we do get her dressed for church!