Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snow Shoeing Solo

A couple snow storms have hit Denver and left beautiful powder. I decided on a cold, sunny Tuesday that I was going to dust off the snow shoes we bought FOREVER ago and go snow shoeing.

It was beyond fantastic!

Since injuring my knee it has been difficult to do the types of cardio that really bring me great joy; Zumba, dancing, running and high intensity plyometirics. I LOVE yoga and strength training and am really reaping its benefits but miss making my heart rate sky high. Snow shoeing up a mountain sure got my heart rate up. My breathing was heaving and fast, droplets of sweat were covering my body and I felt so alive among such grandeur and beauty. 

While climbing the mountain and trudging through snow I listened to some inspirational talks. 

I loved the message that Linda Reeves shared. I particularly loved this quotes:

"How do we lead our children to deep conversion and to access our Savior’s Atonement? I love the prophet Nephi’s declaration of what his people did to fortify the youth of his day: “We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, [and] we prophesy of Christ … that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”4

In nature, trees that grow up in a windy environment become stronger. As winds whip around a young sapling, forces inside the tree do two things. First, they stimulate the roots to grow faster and spread farther. Second, the forces in the tree start creating cell structures that actually make the trunk and branches thicker and more flexible to the pressure of the wind. These stronger roots and branches protect the tree from winds that are sure to return.4
You are infinitely more precious to God than a tree. You are His son or His daughter. He made your spirit strong and capable of being resilient to the whirlwinds of life. The whirlwinds in your youth, like the wind against a young tree, can increase your spiritual strength, preparing you for the years ahead.

We can depend on that unfailing desire of the Savior to bring all of Heavenly Father’s spirit children back to their home with Him. Every faithful parent, grandparent, and great-grandparent shares in that desire. Heavenly Father and the Savior are our perfect examples of what we can and must do. They never force righteousness because righteousness must be chosen. They make righteousness discernible to us, and They let us see that its fruits are delicious.

When you as husband and wife recognize the divine design in your union—when you feel deeply that God has brought you to each other—your vision will be expanded and your understanding enhanced.


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