Sunday, July 14, 2013


There Is No Substitute for Work

Building a strong family takes hard work, and part of that work is teaching our children how to work. Though some may see work as something to avoid, the gospel teaches that working for and with our families brings great blessings. God Himself calls His plan for His children “my work and my glory” (Moses 1:39).
 On Saturday, we all got to work.
Leeli wasn't feeling terrific, but she made short work of organizing several of our closets and cupboards.  It was a little shocking to discover how many products were past their expiration date.
Morning Boy had his first driving lesson
The rest of us sweated it out in the yard.
What we thought would be a quick 20 minute team effort turned into a three hour tour.  No one complained.
I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that there were almost tears when we told everyone they could stop.  The little working boy admitted that he liked it when we ALL worked together.  It was as good as having a party--he didn't want it to end.
We know someone else like that... he's living the dream:
From the very beginning, the Lord commanded Adam to till the earth and have dominion over the beasts of the field, to eat his bread by the sweat of his brow. I have always been interested in how often the scriptures have admonished us to cease to be idle and to be productive in all of our labors. … Teaching children the joy of honest labor is one of the greatest of all gifts you can bestow upon them.”
-L. Tom Perry
Work builds and refines character, creates beauty, and is the instrument of our service to one another and to God.
Reflections on a Consecrated Life
-D. Todd Christofferson
It's not always everyone's first choice,
but we recognize that
 Hard work brings happiness to our family life.


Jo Jo said...

The best for last, 'fer sure! You need to blow that last one up for his office.

ellen said...

It's the party/work house.

LL said...

We don't smile that much when we work outside.