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Gospel Insights

It's been awhile since I've written about anything churchy, and it's not because I haven't been going or whatever - just nothing has really stood out to me. This weekend, though, we had a stake Relief Society (ie, adult women) activity on Saturday. Most of the stuff was stuff I'd heard before, but there was one class about, oddly enough, housework. (OK, that wasn't the point of the class, but the themes were tied into it. And before anyone goes OMG stereotypical Mormons oppressing women!!!!11!!eleventy! just sit and think - do you know ANYONE who doesn't have to do dishes, fold laundry, etc? Of course not. Everyone's got to do it once in awhile, whether you are an ultrafeminist or supertraditionalist.)

Anyway! So, the speaker started off talking about housework, and then she made the point that when we're scrubbing the bathroom or folding laundry or making dinner or whatever, we're serving our families. And I thought, well, that's kind of a good way to think about it. But then the next part is what really stuck with me.

See, in the Book of Mormon, it says "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." For my non-Mormon friends, in the New Testament Jesus says, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." So, when we are serving our families, we're really serving the Lord. I'm not just folding laundry for my family, I'm folding laundry for the Lord. I'm not just making dinner for my family, I'm making dinner for the Lord. It sounds kind of funny and it's easy to be irreverent with the idea. But I have a hard time doing housework - I really hate it. Thinking of it this way, like there's a higher purpose in all this repetition, makes it a lot easier.

The next tidbit was in Sunday School yesterday. Yes, we're advised to read our scriptures every day, and we usually think of the reasons as being so we learn stuff, so we can receive inspiration from within the scriptures, etc. However, our teacher had the insight that reading the scriptures attunes our mind to God's whisperings, just like reading a bunch of stuff written in Spanish would help you be better able to understand someone speaking it nearby. I thought that was really cool.

Finally, in Relief Society someone shared an idea about prayer: At night, pray only in gratitude - tell Heavenly Father what you are thankful for. Asking for stuff can wait til morning. And be grateful for what seems like a trial - I'm grateful for the laundry monster because it means my kids have clothes to wear, for instance.



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Feb. 2nd, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Neat post-thanks for the spiritual reminders. :-)
Feb. 2nd, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
I'm not religious in the least, but I have to say, I appreciate the reminder that the load of diapers that I just put in the wash, and the dishes I just crammed in the dishwasher, well, that they're not just insignificant chores in my day. I sometimes forget that though I chose to leave my job to be home with Aidan, I am still contributing a great deal to my family. :)
Feb. 2nd, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
thanks for sharing, beth! i love that Scripture. other Bible Scriptures along these lines that have helped me are:

Colossians 3:17 "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men..."

i can't tell you how much these Scriptures have comforted me and changed my attitude over the years. i started consistently repeating those Scriptures to myself when i was working at starbucks and somehow always got stuck with cleaning the bathrooms and mopping the floors at night.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
You bring up very good points and I think everyone needs to be reminded of those things. Thanks for posting those thoughts! :)
Feb. 3rd, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
I am so printing this out and putting it on the fridge :) I love posts like this.
Feb. 4th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
"reading the scriptures attunes our mind to God's whisperings"

That really is inspiring. Thanks very much for your post.
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