Candy and cards on Father's Day and Valentine's Day are nice, but it's the small things in day-to-day life that really make a difference in your relationship and show your husband how much you care.
1. TELL HIM you love him.
2. Make his favorite meal. (Or introduce him to a new recipe that might become his new favorite: check out our manly menu for Father's Day, favorite grilling recipes, and casserole contest winners for inspiration.)
Bishops have an incredibly demanding calling, so how can the rest of the ward give him the support he needs? We asked some bishops we know, and here is what they said.
1. Pray for him specifically, just as you would the prophet. A prayer uttered on behalf of someone, by name, can yield great results.
2. Magnify your calling. When members anxiously go about serving as they are assigned, the Lord blesses not only them but the entire ward with an outpouring of inspiration and unity.
3. The most difficult calling in the ward belongs to the bishop’s wife. Often times, my wife feels like the loneliest person in my ward. I am happy when my ward recognizes my wife’s (and my children’s) sacrifices.
4. Earnestly prepare when asked to speak in Sacrament meeting. Teach with the Spirit.
5. Never ask to be released. If circumstances change that are making it difficult for you to serve, inform your bishop and then allow him to seek inspiration. Don’t short-change yourself of heaven’s blessings because life gets a little hectic.
Pregnancy might make you feel physically self conscious, but you can still feel stylish--and excuse us for thinking that pain does not have to equal beauty.
The sun has come out, and it's time your best swimsuit did too!
Confession: I have a love/hate relationship with my swimsuit. I love it because it means that it’s finally warm! It means fun times with friends and family at the pool. But I hate it because it also means that I’ve got to somehow find a modest swimsuit for my six-foot-tall, imperfect body. Not an easy feat. But this year, the modest swimsuits are everywhere! From Walmart to Lane Bryant, and from Downeast Basics to Target, there is modest swimwear for all body and wallet sizes.
But here is our only disclaimer: all bodies are different. What may be modest on one woman may not be modest on another. We know that some people don’t even like to wear swimsuits to the beach. To each her own! Wear what makes you feel modest and comfortable! But I’m just so glad to have found some swimsuits that won’t plunge down my neckline or show off any midriff. And that won’t wipe out my bank account!
For Mother's Day, we also wanted to consider the impact wives have on their husbands. Who better to look at than our church leaders, who so often mention their wives as a main source of inspiration? If these men's words and interactions with their wives are any indication, these are some amazing women, and their husbands love them dearly.
Frances Beverly Johnson Monson,
in the words of her husband, Thomas S. Monson
“The first day I saw Frances, I knew I’d found the right one.”
(Photo: Frances Monson in 1964. Photo from Deseret News.)
-Thomas S. Monson first saw his wife, Frances, at dance at the U of U. She danced away before he could talk to her, but a few months later he saw her again and determined within himself to take the courage to go meet her.
-They have three children together.