I was blessed to be asked to teach the Relief Society lesson in my ward this last week. It was the fourth Sunday and the conference talk that my bishop picked to be taught was "The Infinite Power of Hope" by President Dieter Uchtdorf. It was a really difficult talk for me to work into a lesson, there is a lot of information and honestly in parts of the talk I had a very hard time differentiating between hope (as it is defined in the talk) and faith. However, I did finally get through it and I gave a lesson, my mom helped me with part of the lesson, she suggested that I have each person in the class share their hopes for the coming year. It was neat to hear all of the different things that the women in my ward are hoping for, from "running fast" to completing to genealogy projects, from hope for the conversion of a husband to hope that the hearts of siblings fallen away would be softened, the span of hopes was interesting to hear and it was a neat way to get to know the women in the ward a little better. The idea got me thinking about my hopes for the new year...
I hope that Bobby and I are able to continue preparing to go to the temple so that our family can be sealed together. I hope that Bobby returns home safely to me and Punk from his deployemnt. I hope that I continue to work on becoming a better wife and mother everyday and that I never loose sight of the things that are most important in my life.
One of the things that we discussed in my lesson was that hope must lead us to action. I hope that I don't forget that and that I remember to take action to make positive things happen in my life and in the lives of those people I love everyday.
What do you hope for the new year?