Sunday, January 10, 2010

Goals for 2010

Since two sick children stayed home today with Scott while I went to church with the middle two, Sacrament meeting was a bit more peaceful than usual. The new bishopric spoke, and I felt an incredible amount of love and respect for each of them. The subjects of their talks were testimony, being careful not to offend but also careful to not take offense (especially as we meld people from two different wards together), and then the Bishop's view of what he wants our ward to work on this year, which is just back to the basics of scripture study, prayer, FHE, temple attendance, and just striving to be more like our Savior.

I'm not very good at actually following through with resolutions that I think might be good for me each year, but it is always a good thing to be reminded of things I can definitely do better with.

As I sang the closing hymn, the spirit touched me and I felt like the words of the song were what I need to work on this year more than anything else, and that if I do, other things will fall into place to help me be happier. May the Lord bless me as I strive to do these things.

“131: More Holiness Give Me,”  
Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, no. 131


1. More holiness give me,
More strivings within,
More patience in suff’ring,
More sorrow for sin,
More faith in my Savior,
More sense of his care,
More joy in his service,
More purpose in prayer.

2. More gratitude give me,
More trust in the Lord,
More pride in his glory,
More hope in his word,
More tears for his sorrows,
More pain at his grief,
More meekness in trial,
More praise for relief.

3. More purity give me,
More strength to o’ercome,
More freedom from earth-stains,
More longing for home.
More fit for the kingdom,
More used would I be,
More blessed and holy—
More, Savior, like thee.

Text and music: Philip Paul Bliss, 1838–1876


Bravone said...

I love this hymn. I hope you do feel peace this year Sarah.

BB said...

Today in church we sung this hymn unexpectedly. I had never heard it sung before but it struck me especially because it has the same tune as hymn 335 - Brightly Beams our Father's Mercy -
So here you go:

1. Should you feel inclined to censure
Faults you may in others view,
Ask your own heart, ere you venture,
If you have not failings, too.
Let not friendly vows be broken;
Rather strive a friend to gain.
Many words in anger spoken
Find their passage home again.

2. Do not, then, in idle pleasure
Trifle with a brother’s fame;
Guard it as a valued treasure,
Sacred as your own good name.
Do not form opinions blindly;
Hastiness to trouble tends;
Those of whom we thought unkindly
Oft become our warmest friends.

Sarah said...

Thanks, Bravone.

Yes, BB, I love that hymn as well. I have used it a couple of times in relief society when it has really fit the lesson perfectly. I'm glad you enjoyed it today.

J G-W said...

Wow! We sang that hymn too last Sunday... One of my favorites.

I just wanted to know I have been thinking about you, and keeping you in my prayers, especially reading these last few posts.

Philip said...


Sorry, for posting this on your blog but I tried emailing you privately a week or so ago and never heard back from you.

I have a friend I would like to introduce you to.

She is an internet friend like you that is married to a bi man and has this knack for breaking problems down into manageable pieces that I think would be very beneficial to you and Scott.

Let me know if you are interested.


Sarah said...

Sorry, Phillip. I see no sign of any email from you, so I don't know what happened to it. Please try again, and I will try emailing you as well for more information.