Monday, January 11, 2010


In Church we are taught to have faith in Heavenly Father. we are not told what trials we may have to endure to gain this faith, but we know that through prayer and scriptures, we can gain a closeness to our Heavenly Father that he desires us to have. I was able to teach a lesson in Relief Society yesterday (my birthday) that taught us about Our Heavenly Father. we learned of His attributes, His miracles, His creations and how to grow closer to Him. i felt grateful to be able to teach this lesson and share my thoughts, but mostly i LOVE to hear the experiences of my sisters that i teach. i am able to learn so much from them!

at this time in our ward, we are facing many challenges. there are many battling cancer, broken limbs, we have 9 women that are pregnant and one sister who just miscarried after finding out the sex of her baby and hearing that the baby girl she is carrying will not survive. this woman is my friend. she is strong, beautiful, creative, funny, passionate and caring. the Lord has helped her through the loss of her child, but now she herself is in the ICU in critical condition due to blood poisoning from the amniotic fluid. her family is here to support her husband and be at her side, her two little girls are being shared through out the ward by our generous sisters and meals are being brought in daily. it is amazing to me how truly and unconditionally willing we are to serve each other in times of need.
i know that all things are in the hands of our Heavenly Father. i know that the challenges he places in our lives are to strengthen our testimony and draw us closer to Him. i pray that each of us can be close to Him and know the true miracles that he can perform and have faith to pray to him every day. have faith in Him, grow from His lessons and know that there is a God and He loves us! my prayers are with the Sanders family at this time, i am also praying for my sweet nephew Beckham and my sister and scott that all will be well with him. Rob has a procedure this friday to hopefully get some results on his stomach issues. in the midst of all the gloom, i am very grateful for my family and our health. i am grateful for the gospel in our lives and for the amazing examples my sweet children are to me. we are truly blessed.


the MuLLinS said...

Great post Shanna, your lesson yesterday was perfect! What's up with Beckham??

SHANNA said...

he is losing his balance. they have seen a family doc and now an ENT, but no answers. there next step is a neurologist to have an MRI. we are hopeful that everything is fine.

Rboot said...

In the long run all we can do is pray and have enough faith that whatever the outcome we will be okay with it.

The Tait Family said...

what a great reminder, with our situation also it can be hard to keep the faith but we keep going with broken down cars and etc.... thanks for the reminder.
I never knew robbie had problems with his stomach!

Kim said...

You have such a beautiful family! I came across your blog while I was researching CMV (I have a 6 month old daughter with cCMV)-your Jakob looks like he is doing great! It gives me so much hope.