"[It was] a zoo unlike any zoo we had seen before. Rather than wander past cages of sleepy animals, visitors were invited to enter the pens and pet the animals. Following the trainer, we made our way into the enclosure prepared for the large lions and petted them while they seemed to ignore us.
"I asked the trainers how they had convinced those giant beasts to not eat us. They called my attention to several little dogs that likewise inhabited the pens. When the lions were small, those yappy dogs chased the lions mercilessly and nipped at their heels. The lion cubs became accustomed to cowering in the corner, afraid of the dogs.
"When the lions grew, they continued to cower in fear. With the flick of a paw, they could easily have sent those dogs flying, but the lions didn’t see themselves as they really were. They were unaware of their regal identity and potential.
"We all face pesky little dogs that steal our confidence and keep us cowering in figurative corners."
The presenters today each gave us tools to avoid the "yappy dogs" and how to strengthen ourselves and our families so that we can remember who we are - ROYALTY!
We started off the day with Powerful Practices Produce Powerful Days with Livia Pewtress.
Livia brought a wealth of information! She brought in a basket full of things, I felt like it was Christmas and couldn’t wait to get started. :)
Here are just a few things she does or has done with her children:
Next presentation was Standing as a Witness with Tammy Ward. She said, "We have not been saved for thousands of years to live in the Latter Days to sit quietly by on the sidelines. We must Boldly stand as a witness for Jesus Christ." Tammy shows us how to stand boldly for Christ by:
The day concluded with Language is a Gift of Love with Marlene Fletcher. She teaches us some ways to improve the art of communication in our home. She has a plaque in her home that says, “Life is a Journey, we learn as we go, take the good and let the rest go.” It helps remind her family that some things don’t need to be held on to. She also has some great tips:
Too often we cower in fear of those "yappy dogs," those negative voices saying we can't or shouldn't or don't remember the things of Eternity. Let us use our mighty paws and send those thoughts flying far away and stand up, boldly declaring who and whose we are and then go and do the things Christ has prepared for us to do!
Hi, we're Thom & Tresta, the interviewers for this conference. Here are some of our experiences and thoughts.