I wasn't sure I was going to post this, but my sister just posted about gaining a spiritual bulge next year, so I guess I'll put down my goals, too. My basic goal is to increase my spirituality overall, but that's a pretty broad goal so I broke it down a bit. I've just been feeling, recently, that I haven't been getting much out of church and I've been blaming that on Rachel and primary, etc., etc., etc. But then I realized one day that it's no one's fault but my own. If I am prepared then I should be able to "get something" from church meetings and feel the spirit more strongly in my daily life.
#1 Be on time for church. We live like less than a 10 minute walk away and we're still late, almost consistently. Pathetic, I know, but at least we're consistent. We should be able to get there 5 minutes early. Completion of this goal pending on Rachel's behavior Friday mornings...
#2 Memorize the monthly theme and scripture for primary. Since I say them every week and they're short enough for children to recite this shouldn't be a problem.
#3 Have more focused scripture study. I definitely need to just set apart a block of time in my day, preferably when Rachel is either asleep or otherwise occupied. I used to read my scriptures before going to bed and never could understand why anyone would study them in the morning. But now I do...it's just easier to do it before Rachel gets up. But since I don't like to be awake before she wakes up this could be tricky. If all else fails I will just download the audio scriptures and listen to them throughout the day. I did that with General Conference this year and it was kind of nice because I could listen while playing with Rachel or working or cleaning, etc. I also never used to understand why people did this. Now I do. I just listen and Andrew sometimes listens with me and then we talk about it, or I'll remember a certain scripture someone quoted and look that up later, and think about it throughout the day. Obviously I still need to work out some details.
#4 Pray more sincerely. I've already been working on this and I think I might be getting better at it. At any rate it's becoming more natural, which is kind of what my goal is. "As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are his children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7: 7-11)" BD:prayer. I suppose then that this goal is actually to better understand my identity as a daughter of Heavenly Father.
#5 Restart doing indexing for Family History. Since we're a little far away from temples, this is something I would like to set some time apart to do once a week, if not more often. Not that doing indexing can replace temple attendance in any way, but going to the temple on a weekly basis is impossible here. Hopefully we'll be able to get to the temple a few times while we're out here...this summer, possibly....
I don't think I'm going to make any other goals other than those. Of course I'd like to do other things, but I think that if I focus on these things the other things will just fall into place.
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