The video above is collaboration from several faith groups- to everyone who has a mother, is a mother, or who simply 'mothers' others!
For Mothers' Day, my Primary counselors and I compiled some things from Primary this last year, below. I hope you enjoy them!
Overheard in our Primary:
v In the opening prayer on February 3: “and please bless the Superbowl.”
v “Choose the person with the blue shirt and the purple & black tie!” (said the boy with the blue shirt and the purple & black tie).
v Family rules they’ve volunteered: “No jumping on the bed” (then four others exclaimed, “Hey, that’s a rule at my house, too!”), “Laugh a lot”, “No dropping food on the floor for the dog”, “Don’t run through the house and scare the cat.”, “No wasting time”.
v “I know my mom and dad love me ‘cause they play Monopoly with me even though they hate it”
v “Why are you so old?” (When Crystal told the children she might not always remember their names because she’s old.)
v On a counselor's first Sunday in the presidency, one boy offered, “Smell my feet. No, really, smell my feet!”
v During a lesson on praying: “Yeah, you can send smoke signals too because they go up to heaven.”
v “But I don’t want to be a cow!” (assigning roles for the Nativity)
v Right after saying the prayer in Opening Exercises: “That was fun! Can I do it again?”
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The children have been writing down ways that they know Heavenly Father loves them and watches over them- come see our bulletin board! It’s covered with these paper hearts. Here’s what some of them say:
v He helped me…
…be thankful for my presents…
…feel better when I crashed
…be OK with having to pick up dog poop
…find my special pen
… be kind at my birthday party
… pray and be good so I won’t get mad
v He comforted me when I was locked out of the house this weekend
v He answers my prayers- my aunt was safe in surgery
v We can be resurrected too
v He created me
v I’ll get to see my fish again
v Jesus will come back
v He watches over my cousin on a mission
v I can live with Heavenly Father again
v He gave me my baby sister
v My hermit crabs
v He helped my mom when she lost her finger
v Having... …a sun …my teacher …my family …missionaries …my pets …life …Jesus
Happy Mothers’ Day!
Tonight I stood in the kitchen with my 10-year-old daughter; I kneaded bread rhythmically on the counter while she prepared pumpkin for the first time, scooping out seeds, cutting carefully into cubes to be steamed. We had music playing in the corner, Handel's masterpiece "Messiah" emanating from a pink Barbie CD player. Nevermind that my daughter was in charge of the pumpkin because she'd poked holes in it with a pencil (a smiley face, but now it wouldn't store through the winter) or that it was 11pm and both of us would have liked to been asleep. Some days the schedule just goes out the window. But as I showed her what to do - and not do!- then watched while she eagerly and carefully cut the pumpkin- I had the feeling I think every mother gets every now and again. The feeling that this is what life is about. Joy in learning. Joy in being with family. Joy in seeing abilities and confidence bloom in someone you love. Joy in working together, in passing skills on to the next generation, and in helping them see the results of honest effort. Joy in beautiful music and gratitude for those who created such uplifting works. Joy in my Savior, his life and example.
Joy to the world! -for all these joys are available to everyone to some degree.
If you'd like to hear the whole Messiah-
which is the best way to hear and understand its message-
here you go.
Notice the music above is over two hours long... it's the entire work. Handel wrote this in only 24 days- hundreds of pages of music for choir and instruments. It was written to help the listeners understand more about Jesus Christ, the Messiah. The lyrics are taken directly from the Old and New Testament, and go through His life, from before his birth, clear through his sufferings, Atonement, resurrection, and glory. A good, short video giving some of the background can be found here
, or see a fantastic blog post here
. I love to feel the power of the music and the message. At one point while this music was being composed, a friend came to visit and found Handel sobbing with emotion after writing the Hallelujah chorus. Handel is quoted as saying "I did think I did see all heaven before me and the great God himself." It is customary to stand while that chorus is sung... but did you know the chorus is referring to Christ's Second Coming? The scriptures this chorus comes from are Revelations 19:6, 16
, and 11:15
. It, like the "Christmas" song Joy To the World
(which Handel wrote the music for), are really a celebration of the future day when Christ rules as the righteous King of kings. (You can read more about the background of the custom of standing here
He signed the work "S.D.G
": Soli Deo gloria, or "glory to God alone".
Most people claim the best-known bit, the "Hallelujah Chorus", as their favorite, but the two below are my
Cute as a button! My mother-in-law sent this today. As far as I could find on the Internet, the source is unknown.
WHY GOD MADE MOMS
Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:
Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house...
3. To help us out of “there” when we were getting born.
How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.
What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.
Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.
What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs?
Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.
Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.
What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them...
2. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
3. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.
What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Moms don't have spare time.
2. She pays bills all day long.
What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet.
If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.
When looking for the "Cookie and a Kiss" poem I posted last week, I ran across some excellent, related, prose. Considering that this week is our ward's annual "Primary Program" and I'm in charge of it, and that I'm trying to get my cookbook file sent to the publisher, here's an easy post: a list of the 'recipes' I loved:
Recipe For Preserving Children
1 large grassy field
1/2 dozen children
2 or 3 puppies
1 brook, and some pebbles
Into the field pour the children and puppies allowing to mix well. Pour brook over the pebbles until slightly frothy, into which all are dipped at regular intervals.
When children are nicely browned, soak in a warm bath. When dry, serve with milk and fresh baked gingerbread.
1 heaping portion of true love
1 heaping cup of perfect trust and confidence
1 heaping cup of tenderness (the most tender available)
1 heaping cup of good humour (a little extra won't hurt)
1 tablespoon of good spirits (the more spirited the better)
1 heaping cup of unselfishness
a dash of interest in all He does
1 good helping of work - to avoid this would spoil the flavour.
Mix all ingredients with a pint of sympathy and understanding combined. Flavour with loving companionship. Bake well all of your life. Frost with kisses, fond hopes and tender words.
This cake keeps well and should be served often.
Recipe for Happiness:
Take a cup of kindness
Add a dash of charity
Mix with understanding
And a bit of courtesy
Top it off with patience
Sprinkle liberally with cheer
Serve generously to everyone
You meet throughout the year
A housewife, no matter how big the family is can always find some time to be alone....by doing the dishes.
Images of a Mother
4 years of age:
My mommy can do everything!
8 years of age:
My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 years of age:
My Mother doesn't really know everything.
14 years of age:
Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either.
16 years of age:
Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.
18 years of age:
That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 years of age:
Well, she might know a little bit about it.
35 years of age:
~ Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 years of age:
~ Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 years of age:
~ Wish I could talk it over with Mom...