Cleaving to the Big and the Small Things

 


Melisa wrote this for her ward's Relief Society newsletter and we think it is such a great example of cleaving to both the big and the small things that strengthen us on the gospel path and just plain bring us joy. In the days ahead we want to share with you a great mix of responses we received when sisters in our Stake were asked what "good things" they cleave to in their life. 

As I listened to the wonderful speakers at our Stake Women’s Conference my thoughts kept turning to good things. I began jotting down some of the things I have been cleaving to – my own list of good things. It was easy to think of lots of them, and it surprised me because I haven’t always (i.e. never) been a glass-half-full person. Being positive doesn’t come naturally to me and is something I’ve had to work at. Some of my good things are the same as many of those mentioned by the speakers – scripture, spiritual purpose, the words of modern prophets, faith, service, family. You get the picture. These made my list, but others did to. I’ve held tight and clung to Sunday dinners. Testimony. Camping. Rest. Heaven. Gratitude. A squeeze of lime. Sacrament. Relief Society. Potato chips and cheese. Projects. My heritage. All of these good things have helped me to not just endure, but to "see the glass-half-full" and find incredible joy. To keep “a tight grip” on the rod. To strengthen my faith in and knowledge of a loving Father in Heaven. Sisters, take a few minutes to write down some of those good things that you have been cleaving to. The things that have given you hope. Helped you feel the Spirit. Brought you closer to Christ. And the next time you are feeling overwhelmed or discouraged remind yourself of those good things and cleave unto them even tighter.
~Melisa Eggleston

Golden Nugget -- Brenda Mudgett

 


From a letter written to Brenda, while fighting cancer, from her mother.
"If you could just see the prayers that are going up for you, it would light up the sky. So, be at peace. Know that you are loved. The Lord will be with you, and angels on both sides of the veil.”


Golden Nugget -- Sharon Jeppsen


"Three things I say in my prayer every morning that make all the difference for me. I ask Heavenly Father to help me:
  1. Recognize all the beauty that I can possibly see in the world.
  2. Recognize the beauty that is in the hearts of anyone I come in contact with.
  3. Feel someone who needs my help that day."
~Sharon Jeppsen


 

Golden Nugget -- Carol Conrad

 


"Listen to the Holy Ghost and to the promptings. And, from my personal experience the more you listen, the more the promptings come."
~Carol Conrad


We'd love to hear from you!

 


It was so wonderful to be together physically and virtually for Women's Conference! In the next few days we plan to post some of the little gems from the videos that were part of the program. Beyond that, we want to hear from you!
"What has this past year, or other life experiences, taught you about 'cleaving to every good thing'?"
If you'd be willing to write something for a little post to share, please reach out to Sister McMinn or me here on Facebook or by text. We'd love to continue to draw strength from each other!
Sister McMinn (801)557-0288
Miriam Franson (385)888-0949


Golden Nuggets from Seasoned Sisters


A few "golden nuggets" coming from our "Seasoned Sisters" video at conference. Thanks Sister Campbell for today's!

Look Forward with Faith -- Shauna Cleverly

Life is full of challenges and a variety of trials.  It has been said that perhaps those trials are the very things that qualify us and prepare us for eternal life and exaltation.  I take great comfort in knowing that our Heavenly Father and Savior love us so much, and have promised us that as we do our best and keep our covenants, God will prevail. He has promised, "I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say."  This blessing extends to our family, our children too.  I'm grateful to a loving Heavenly Father who has given us a plan of happiness.  I need not fear, but look forward with faith. I am thankful that God keeps His promises. 

~Shauna Cleverly


"He Did Come to My Aid."

Elizabeth Horrocks Jackson recorded in her journal after her husband passed away while crossing the plains:

“I will not attempt to describe my feeling at finding myself thus left a widow with three children, under such excruciating circumstances. I cannot do it. But I believe the Recording Angel had inscribed it in the archives above, and that my sufferings for the gospel's sake will be sanctified unto me for my good.  I could therefore appeal to the Lord alone-He who had promised to be a husband to the widow and a father to the fatherless. I appealed to Him and He came to my aid.”

Source: Elizabeth Horrocks Jackson Kingsford reminiscences in Utah Pioneer Biographies, 17:92-103. Pioneer Database, history.ChurchofJesusChrist.org

Artwork: “Pioneer Mother” by Megan Rieker


How Can I Better Trust He Will Deliver Me?

 


The true measure of sacrifice isn't so much what one gives to sacrifice — but what one sacrifices to give, said Elder Lynn G. Robbins.

"Faith isn't tested so much when the cupboard is full as when it is bare," said Elder Robbins of the Seventy on Saturday afternoon. "In these defining moments, the crisis doesn't change one's character — it reveals it. The crisis is the test."

Elder Robbins...told the Old Testament story of the impoverished widow of Zarephath who followed the prophet Elijah's urgent request for food despite her exhausted provisions. Because she faithfully followed God's prophet, the widow of Zarephath was blessed and her family had plenty to eat during a time of famine.

"Elijah understood the doctrine that blessings come after the trial of our faith," Elder Robbins said. "He wasn't being selfish. As the Lord's servant, Elijah was there to give, not to take."

How can we cleave to the promises God has made, and trust Him to deliver us as we make our sacrifice(s) for Him?

Source: “Tithing--A Commandment Even for the Destitute,” Lynn G. Robbins, General Conference April 2005, Saturday Afternoon  

Artwork: “The Widow’s Last Bread” by Megan Rieker


A Prophetic Invitation: Cleave to God's Promises

“As you study your scriptures during the next six months, I encourage you to make a list of all that the Lord has promised He will do for covenant Israel. ... Ponder these promises. Talk about them with your family and friends. Then live and watch for these promises to be fulfilled in your own life.”

Source: President Russell M. Nelson, “Let God Prevail,” October 2020, Sunday Morning Session


How I Cleave unto the Work God Has Sent Me to Do -- Lori Cebollero

 

I was asked how I cleave to the work God has sent me here to do with all the distractions of the world. I’ve been pondering this for the last few days and one thing I thought of is prioritizing and making adjustments to my job as a mother of four (three young adults and one teenager). Recently I was able to change to a different part time job that allows me to be home in the morning. This allows our family to change back to reading scriptures in the morning which is working much better as we tend to get busy and distracted in the evenings.

Another way that I try to keep from being too distracted is to think of someone every day I can serve. It might just be a simple text, a phone call, a quick email to my missionary or dropping by the home of a widow who may need a hug. It helps me remember what’s important and not to fill my day with distractions of the world.

~Lori Cebollero


Have Courage Like Esther

Favored by the king, Esther used her influence to save her people from the intrigues of Haman. Esther’s uncle Mordecai said, “and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)  

How can we, like Esther, have the courage to find and cleave to the “great work” Heavenly Father has sent us specifically to do?

Artwork: “Queen Esther” by Minerva Teichert


"What Were You Born to Do?"

“...Let me ask you a question: What were you born to do? How I wish you could watch a 10-minute video of your premortal life on YouTube.

I believe if you could see yourself living with your Heavenly Parents and with Jesus Christ; if you could observe what you did premortally and see yourself making commitments—even covenants—with others, including your mentors and teachers; if you could see yourself courageously responding to attacks on truth and valiantly standing up for Jesus Christ, I believe that every one of you would have the increased power, increased commitment, and eternal perspective to help you overcome any and all of your confusion, doubts, struggles, and problems. All of them!”

Source: Sister Wendy W. Nelson, “Hope of Israel,” Worldwide Youth Devotional, June, 3, 2018


Sacrifice Like Eve

 

Eve said, “Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.” (Moses 5:11)

With a heart willing to sacrifice, Eve’s courageous, singular focus was to fulfill the role she was sent by Heavenly Father to earth to play. What are you willing to sacrifice to become the woman Heavenly Father needs you to become?

Artwork: “Eve’s First Harvest” by Megan Rieker


Cleave Unto Your Great Work

 

“Ask your Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, how He feels about you and your mission here on earth. If you ask with real intent, over time the Spirit will whisper the life-changing truth to you. … I promise you that when you begin to catch even a glimpse of how your Heavenly Father sees you and what He is counting on you to do for Him, your life will never be the same!”

Source: President Russell M. Nelson, “Becoming True Millennials” [worldwide devotional for young adults, Jan. 10, 2016], broadcasts.ChurchofJesusChrist.org