I am teaching Relief Society tomorrow and decided to make a handout for all the sisters. Since it's the first Sunday, I can pick what topic to teach
I thought about something patriotic, but that just didn't feel right. Then I thought about temples or prayer, but I still didn't feel like that is what I needed to teach the sisters about.
I prayed and decided to read some Ensign articles to see if I had any inspiration.
I decided to take a look at last year's July Ensign. I read an article that talked about fasting and I knew that that is what I needed to talk about.
I have truly enjoyed reading all the scriptures, and talks about Fasting. It has helped me realize that I need to be better at fasting. I am excited for fast Sunday tomorrow and a little nervous to teach. :)
One talk that I really loved and got alot of material from was
In his talk Elder Bowen discusses 5 principles of True Fasting. As I read his talk I realized I was denying myself and my family blessings by not always having a proper fast. I decided to make a handout for all the sisters in my ward to keep in their scriptures or somewhere in their home to help remind them what a True Fast really is.
There are 2 sides to my handout: the front side has the 5 principles listed and the back side is ways to incorporate the principles into your fast.
Renee Harding, North Carolina, USA
Fasting used to be difficult for me—until I began keeping a fasting journal. Now, before I begin each fast, I write down a specific purpose for my fast. For example, I might write, “Because I am so nervous about my new calling as Beehive adviser, I am fasting and praying that the Lord will bless me to be calm, confident, and composed tomorrow when I teach my first lesson.”
Throughout my fast, I jot down relevant things that transpire; thoughts, feelings, and impressions that come into my mind and heart; and scriptural references that especially pertain to the purpose of my fast.
As I share my desires with Heavenly Father, He often blesses me in ways I had not imagined. What might otherwise seem to be random events in my life are clearly linked when I write them down and see how they all contribute to my growth and development. Since 1996, when I first began keeping a fasting journal, I have seen how Heavenly Father has blessed my life. I testify of the incredible spiritual power of fasting and praying and consider fasting an opportunity for “rejoicing and prayer” ()