"No One Can Take a Woman's Place" - Mother's Day Lesson for Church

I taught the lesson on Mother's Day in church At first I considered using a newly published book, "Christ's Gifts to Women," as the basis for my lesson, but I was led to do something different.  I still wanted to highlight this beautiful book.  The artwork is wonderful and so are the messages.

As a Relief Society Presidency we wanted to make sure to include ALL women in the lesson on Mother's Day and focus on the blessings of being a woman and the blessings of having women in our lives who have "mothered" us in so many different ways. I decided to post my lesson in case someone else needs an idea for a lesson to give on Mother's Day.

"No One Can Take a Woman's Place"

I want to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day. At times the words ‘mother’ and ‘motherhood’ have divided rather than united us. Some of us feel guilty about having children who didn’t turn out the way we had hoped and prayed; some of us had mothers who were abusive, unloving, bad examples; some of us fiercely miss our mothers who have passed away; some of us haven’t been given the opportunity to have children. Motherhood can be a tender subject that can evoke strong emotion, ranging from great joy to great heartache.

As daughters of our Heavenly Father, and as daughters of Eve, we are all mothers, and we have always been mothers. It is the essence of who we are as women. It defines our very identity, our divine stature and nature, and the unique traits and talents that our Father in Heaven gave us. We tend to equate motherhood with maternity, but in the Lord’s language the word mother has layers of meaning. Eve was called “the mother of all living” before she ever bore a child. Moses 4:26 says, “And Adam called his wife’s name Eve because she was the mother of all living; for thus have I the Lord God, called the first of all women, which are many.” The Lord does nothing with a short-range view; our motherhood began before we were born. Motherhood is more than the bearing of children, though it is certainly that.

Prophets have taught the doctrine of motherhood again and again, without the slightest variation. What does this doctrine mean to all women? That motherhood is divine and eternal and core to the nature of every woman. It is the work of the women of God. Elder Matthew Cowley of the Quorum of the Twelve taught that “women are born with an inherent right, an inherent authority, to be the saviors of human souls…the regenerating force in the lives of God’s children.” Motherhood has an unparalleled role in helping God’s children keep their second estate.

For reasons known only to the Lord, some women are required to wait to have children. The delay and the disappointment are not easy for any righteous woman. But the Lord’s timetable doesn’t change our very nature. We are all needed as mothers; all around us are those who need to be loved and led, nurtured and mentored. The spiritual rewards of mothering are available to all. Few of us reach our potential without the nurturing of mothers—the mothers who bore us and the mothers we have been blessed to have as grandmothers, aunts, Primary teachers, visiting teachers, youth leaders, neighbors, and friends. These mothers in Israel have loved us, encouraged us, and helped us build a sense of confidence, safety and security while they have shown us where to find peace and truth.

I would like to spend the rest of our class time in celebrating and expressing our gratitude for the women in our lives who have mothered us in various ways.  There are too many to count so we are only going to focus on five and while we read the following scriptures I would like you to think of the women who have blessed you or someone you know.  I would love to have you share some of your thoughts and feelings if you feel prompted to do so.

1. The first word to discuss is the word "Bear" Hannah is cannot bear or have a child and is depressed.  Read Scripture #1:  
1 Samuel 1:10-11, 17-20.  Do you know the story of your birth? Would someone like to share a story about your birth mother's gift of life to you, or someone you know? 

2. The second word is the word "Nurture" with D&C 121: 41-42. Read Scripture #2. Bonnie D. Parkin said that nurturing feels like the words in these verses. Who are the women that have nurtured you? Tell about someone who mothered you by nurturing you.

3. The third word is the word "Protect" by reading 1 Nephi 5:7-9. Read Scripture #3
 Women always want to protect others, especially children.  How has a woman protected you? Do you know of a prayer or prayers for your protection? Tell about a woman "mothering" you by protecting you or praying for you.

4. The fourth word is the word "Teach" by reading Alma 56: 47-48. This is about the 2000 Young Stripling Warriors that volunteered to go to war in the Book of Mormon. Read Scripture #4. 
One of the main jobs of a woman is teaching the gospel. Who has mothered you by teaching you about faith? What did she teach you? Share your experience about this woman.

5. The fifth and last word is "Lead." In Proverbs 31:10 it says: “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Read scripture #5: 2 Nephi 31: 9-10. As Jesus Christ showed, the best leading is by example. Share an example of a virtuous woman whose influence and example has touched you.

Closing: This quote is by Sheri Dew from her book, “No one can take yourplace.” The chapter is: "Are We Not All Mothers?" She was a counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency.  She wasn't married and she didn't have children.

“Every one of us has an overarching obligation to model righteous womanhood because our youth may not see it anywhere else. Every sister in Relief Society, which is the most significant community of women on this side of the veil, is responsible to help mother someone--beginning, of course, with the children in our own families but extending far beyond. Every one of us can show by word and by deed that the work of women in the Lord's kingdom is magnificent and holy. I repeat: We are all mothers in Israel, and our calling is to love and help lead the rising generation through the dangerous streets of mortality.  Motherhood is not only about those we have borne, but also about those we are willing to bear with. Every woman can show by word and by deed that the work of women in the Lord’s kingdom is magnificent and holy. And our work influences not only the here and now, but reaches into the eternities.”

“Mother” is the word that will define a righteous woman made perfect in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom. Let us stand united and steadfast as mothers in Israel and as women of God. As mothers we have a sacred stewardship and a holy crown in the kingdom of God. 
No one can take a woman's place.   No one can fill your shoes or serve those around them like you can.  You have been born at this place and time with your sphere of influence for a reason.  No one can take your special place in this world.  We love you, the Lord loves you.  I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
  • wrote the title of the lesson on the top of the chalkboard: "No one can Take a Woman's Place." 
  • I had five printed signs with the words: Bear, Nurture, Protect, Teach, Lead and the scriptures for each one printed under the word.  I put these under the lesson title the chalkboard.  
  • handed out the five scripture references to individuals in the class to be ready to read when I asked for them. 

Dual Enrollment. Earn High School & College Credit at the Same Time!

My daughter, Sydney, took advantage of Dual Enrollment during her junior and senior years in Utah.  She graduated high school with one year's worth of college credit.  The only thing we had to pay for were the books.  It was a valuable way to help her along the path to finishing college early with much less expense.  Dual enrollment generally refers to high school students taking college courses.  If these students pass their college classes, they receive credit that is applied toward their high school diploma and toward a college degree or certificate.  Hopefully more parents will find out about this option and take advantage of the opportunities available to them.
The state of Georgia has dual enrollment or joint enrollment available (more information here) but they usually don't promote it.  The schools in Georgia love to push Advanced Placement (AP) classes instead.  I don't know if it's a money thing or what, but you would have to have some sort of inside knowledge to even ask a high school counselor about the option of "dual enrollment."  It is paid for with funds from the state ACCEL program.

Previously you had to be enrolled in an accredited homeschool to take advantage of the ACCEL program, but that has now changed.  ACCEL funds are now available to traditional homeschoolers for Dual Enrollment.  At their quarterly meeting on May 11, 2012, the Board of Commissioners of GSFC approved a change in ACCEL regulations to define Eligible High School as: "any public or private secondary educational institution, including unaccredited Home Study or Home School programs".  This is effective beginning with the Fall term of 2012. A homeschool student no longer needs to be enrolled in an accredited homeschool program to qualify for Dual Enrollment funding.   However, there are some changes to the level of funding for everyone. ACCEL funds will pay the full tuition charge, but it will no longer pay for fees or provide a book allowance. Funding for private colleges has not changed. More information is here.

There is a wonderful article about the benefits of dual enrollment titled, "When choosing high school classes, why not pick college instead?" by Rob Jenkins, an associate professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College.  You can read it here.

2012 Relief Society Auxiliary Leadership Training

During the Relief Society training, Julie Beck, former General Relief Society President, said,
“Sometimes we think taking care of a family is like dealing out cards. But it’s not that way. You can’t give everyone an even cut of the deck, every time. Sometimes you have a need and you go to that need. Sometimes a certain child gets more help than the others.”
Julie Beck then said.
             “And for all you women who say you’ll never be enough? Well, that is true.”
Then she continued,
“But it’s okay. Because we have the Atonement in our lives. And the Savior makes up the difference for all our inadequacies and imperfections, the things we miss and regret, the things we need help doing. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and his power in our lives, will get us through the difficult journey.”

"Model Mondays" Dressing Your Truth Outfit of the Day #1

My friend Stacey is hosting a "Model Mondays" on her blog RealSouthernLiving.   
Please link up anything that shows off how beautiful you are or your beautiful creations.
Ideas to Model: Your great fashion style, home d├ęcor designs, family, photography, crafts, DIY projects, etc.! Click on the Logo to find out more.
My Outfit of the Day is a plum knot-front dress I got from Kohls.
My earrings and necklace are from the Dressing Your Truth Store.
I found my plum high heals at TJMaxx.
Learn more about Dressing Your Truth here.

Coconut Oil

There are all sorts of uses for Coconut Oil.  I have been using it in my cooking because it is natural and a great replacement for the "man-made" oils that are not good for us.  Coconut oil also has a long storage life, and doesn't go rancid like other oils.  Coconut oil has a long shelf life-- 5 years when properly stored in cool, dark place, coconut oil is ideal for food storage, and does not have to be refrigerated (see a chart comparing oils here).  You can use it in place of butter and cooking oils.

Coconut oil is also a natural antibiotic so you can use it to improve your immune system and put it on cuts.

One of the most interesting findings is how coconut oil can help Alzheimer's patients.  I have a great-grandmother who had Alzheimer's.  It is such a sad thing to watch someone's memory deteriorate so much that they aren't the person you used to know.  Here is an article and video about using coconut oil to help Alzheimer's.  Here's another article with some information at the end about Alzheimer's and how eating man-made oils contributes to it (read here).

I have a friend who has been using it for her teeth and gums. It is called "oil pulling" (learn more here.)  She said her husband was having gum disease and he started "oil pulling" and his gums are getting better.

Want to look like supermodel Miranda Kerr -  shiny hair, trim figure, clear skin? Eat lots of coconut oil says the beautiful Australian and new mother who says that she has been consuming it since she was 14. “I will not go a day without coconut oil. I personally take four tablespoons per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea.” Here's the article.

Here is a great Blog post about 122 Uses for Coconut Oil

Special Price! - Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label - 2 pints - Buy 1 Get 1 FREE!

Book - Virgin Coconut Oil Book Revised Edition

Pure Coconut Oil - 1 gallon

The Body Code and The Emotion Code

Much of our suffering in life is due to negative false beliefs that create struggle in three areas:




It is amazing how Energy Healing can help you discover and remove the underlying causes of emotional and physical disease, allowing the body to heal itself.  

I am Emotion Code Certified, and I own the Body Code program.  

I've been using these energy healing methods to help friends, family, and clients.  

I've used both for a number of years and I was going to certify as a Body Code Practitioner until I found a different healing modality called the INNERgy Method (created by Jennifer Dayley).  

The INNERgy Method not only includes the same features as the Emotion and Body Code it adds in even more and is SO MUCH FASTER! 

After I had an INNERgy Healing session I was so impressed, I decided I wanted to learn it myself. 

Now I also do Energy Healing Sessions.  
Go to my website: www.EasyEnergyHealing.com

With one 50 minute session using this method gets to the core of negative dark issues and removes them, then replaces them with positive affirmations.  

A BIG thing missing from The Emotion/Body Code is the replacement of the bad with the good and I think that is a huge KEY in feeling so much better after a session.

I don't have to test each individual trapped emotion/section like I do with the other programs.  
One session using the INNERgy method can remove a Heart wall and lots of emotions, everything we can do with Emotion Code and Body Code PLUS more. 

Success Stories
Morning sickness is a disconnection between the fetus and the mother.  I tested the connections between the mother's brain and the fetus, the umbilical cord, the amniotic fluid, and the placenta. The connections go both ways, so there are eight different connections to test for.  

This woman had seven that were disconnected.  She was also having an issue with dehydration.  I reconnected the ones that weren't connected using The Body Code and then emailed her the results and asked her to check and see how she was feeling during the next few days.  She wrote back and said she was feeling better! 

Read more success stories HERE

Energy Moves at the speed of light...
and the INNERgy method heals in the speed of light.  I am so grateful for both the Emotion/Body Code because they taught me about muscle testing and how to get rid of trapped emotions. They were stepping stones to my learning this faster method of Energy Healing.  

Schedule a session today.  You'll be blown away with how amazing and simple Energy Healing can be!

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