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TV Fast-The Presentation

For a Family Home Evening we decided that we would present the idea of fasting from electronics.  We opened a discussion by reading from an article titled A Question of Time, by Elder F. Burton Howard.  In the article he asks a series of questions about television watching.  Some of the questions I liked were: Does the television have its own room? Do you like it better than your brother?  Does it come with you to dinner? etc.  We asked the questions to the kids and listened to what they collectively said.  When I asked the questions: Do your parents spend more time with it than they do with you? Do they spend more money on it than they do on you? I was amazed to hear them answer "Yes!"  I realized that it is not just the kids who are too preoccupied with electronics that Derek and I need to cut them out too.

One of the questions Elder Burton asked was: Could you live without TV for a week? How about a month? All the kids answered yes to this as well.  That gave me hope, that…
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TV Fast-The Rules

Derek and I needed to come up with the rules:

Until the end of the school year (5 weeks) we would not have any electronics for entertainment purposes.We would allow school work to be done on the computer as well as email and such.This rule includes all electronic devices.Computers and phones would shut down at 10:00.Phones would still be plugged into the parents bedroom at night.

To help us live by these rules we did the following:

Derek and I deleted all our games on our phones.Derek also took away all the power cords to the televisions so that they could not be used while mom and dad were gone.Derek and I would also adhere to the rules and refrain from being on our phones too much during family time.We also obtained a Parent Control Software that we put on all the devices and computers that mom can control.We also put a time limit on the amount of social media that could be used. Up next: The Presentation

TV Fast-Preperation

We actually began by not talking about electronics.  The kids had asked to learn time management so for 2 Family Home Evenings we studied time management from the Self-Reliance My Foundations Manuel.  This helped them get into their minds the ideas of priorities, that there is a certain amount of  time in our lives and we have to decide how to use that time.

I was particularly touched by a chapter in President Eyring's book: Because He First Loved Us.  In the chapter titled Child of Promise Pres. Eyring quotes Pres. Brigham Young:
With regard to our property, as I have told you many times, the property which we inherit from our Heavenly Father is our time, and the power to choose in the disposition of the same. This is the real capital that is bequeathed unto us by our Heavenly Father; all the rest is what he may be pleased to add unto us. To direct, to counsel and to advise in the disposition of our time, pertains to our calling as God’s servants, according to the wisdom which he h…

TV Fast-The Decision

In December 2016 I felt a growing desire to increase the love in our family; to make the "family central" to our plan as it is to the Lord's. (The Family: A Proclamation to the World)

I knew that the only way to change how I felt about my family would be to study the words of God.  On several occasions I had studied about the family and had tried to implement things but couldn't ever feel like my heart was being changed.  I decided that this time would be different that this time I would study the Book of Mormon and read the entire thing looking for examples and scriptures and anything that could be applied to the family.

I found a blue Book of Mormon on our shelf that my Grandparents had given me years ago, opened it up and wrote the following words:

Today I begin a serious study of the family.  We are told that "the family is central to the creator's plan for His children."  I do not feel that I am making my family central to my life.  My goals are:

Maddie's Baptism/Improving Prayer

Maddison was baptized on Saturday!!

We are so proud of her and the choice that she made to become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 Her daddy baptized her.  The water was very cold but she was very brave.  After being put under the water she jumped back up and left the font.  She was so cold.  There were two other kids who also go baptized.  One of the speakers afterwards said that he truly saw the children of the latter days "springing" out of the water.

Maddie's Shopkin Party/Time as an Investment

Maddie Celebrated her 8th Birthday on Friday!  She had a Shopkin Party and had so much fun!!

Elizabeth and Samantha really put the party on.  We got the house decorated and then the girls took over.  What amazing daughters I have.

On Monday for Family Home Evening we talked about the 5 Love Languages.  I had us all take a test so that we could discover what our love language is and be able to help each other feel loved. The results were very eyeopening.

Derek--Physical Touch and Quality Time
Lexia--Words of Affirmation and Quality Time
Elizabeth--Words of Afirmation and Quality Time
John Derek--Quality Time and Receiving Gifts
Samantha--Quality Time and Receiving Gifts
Maddison--Quality Time and Receiving Gifts
Michael--Quality Time and Receiving Gifts

WOW!  Did you notice a pattern?  This really hit me hard.  These were not the ways I wanted my kids to feel loved.  They probably feel loved those ways because those expressions of love are not given out as often as service and words …

Hike/Atonement of Jesus Christ

Derek took me for a hike Saturday.  It was a wonderful date.  So nice to be in nature, get some exercise, and talk to my best friend.  He is the best!!  I am so grateful to be his wife.

This morning was one of those mornings where I had so much I wanted to accomplish and no way to get it all done.  But I was on track getting dressed to go Visiting Teaching when I had the prompting that I really needed to prepare a lesson.  I couldn't just wing it.  I had been prompted to do this all day yesterday and kept putting it off.  So I looked at the clock and realized I had an extra 5 min. and decided that would be enough time.  I prayed and then found my Ensign and began to read.

Now I had read this message at least twice and had it read to me by my visiting teachers but it wasn't until I sat down and tried to focus and tried to see what the Lord wanted me to learn that I was truly taught.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said:

"The Savior's …