2015 Moms’ Retreat theme:

Small and Simple Things

August 14 & 15th 2015


Ben Behunin

Ben Behunin

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Also Featuring

Jenny Phillips 

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Cabin Mothers

Cabin A1:
Emily Clawson and Deborah Raymond

Cabin A2:
Mary Ann Johnson and Jodie Palmer

Cabin A3:
Grace Edwards and Ali Eisenach

Cabin B4:
Rebecca Akester and Jennifer Konold

Cabin B5:
Roslyn Geertsen and Mikkel Williams

Cabin B6:
Kaisie Alba and Katie Hansen

Cabin C7:
Michelle Kelly and Debbie Rinquest

Cabin C8:
Emily Bryar and Jennifer Hoffman

Cabin C9:
Becky Edwards and Susan Baird

Board Members

Melanie Ballard, Founder and Director
Tammi Michaelis, Director
Kelli Poll, Director
Andrea Ellis
Annette Jones
Brandi Palmer
Brooke Sadler
Catherine Scott
Corine Hart
Jacquie Ostler
Jenny Curtis
Katelynn Michaelis
Kim Davis
Linda Robbins
Sara Jentzsch
Shauna Kaiserman

2015 Inspiration Opportunities

In the weeks leading up to the Moms’ Retreat, we explored and wrote about the 2015 theme:

By Small and Simple Things are Great Things Brought to Pass

Each week there was a journal entry or “Inspiration Opportunity” question to write about. These inspiration opportunities were for you–you did not turn them in, and no one else read them. They were suggestions, a starting point for you to receive your own personal inspiration for your life, questions and challenges. The following list includes the questions we encouraged you to write on and “Additions Insights.”

Week 1: June 1st

In my life what do I see as my “great things”? (What is God’s Definition of “Great”?)

Additional Insight: Sometimes we mislabel the truly great things in life, seeing them as normal, uneventful, and perhaps even mundane. If we can ponder over what God has called “great” we may see things in our own life differently and value them more. Great doesn’t have to mean that we gain other’s admiration or the praise of the masses. It doesn’t mean that it has to be as big and bold as a superhero. Great things in life are things that are important. . . important because they nurture even one of God’s children, important because they affect the salvation of individuals, important because of His love for us.

Week 2: June 8th

In my life what do I see as my “small and simple things”?

Additional Insight: It’s helpful to review the small and simple things that are done frequently that bring power. For example: “I told my children and husband that I loved them today, I tidied the home, I made dinner, I spent time with God through prayer, scripture studying and pondering, I gave warm happy smiles and encouragement, throughout the day.” Mother Teresa’s quote, Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love, reminds us that power lies in the love, more than the deed. Truly, small things with great love bring about great things.

Week 3: June 15th

What great things are my “small and simple things” leading me to?

Additional Insight: Sometimes we don’t do the “small and simple” things because we forget what “great” things we are working for. These might include: Eternal Life with our family, companionship with the Savior, answers to our most difficult problems, fulfilling our life missions, achieving the impossible. Keeping the the “great things” in mind helps us put our tasks and demands in perspective and choose the things moment to moment that will get us what we really want.

Week 4: June 22nd

What small and simple things has God already asked me to do?

Additional Insight: We usually don’t receive additional light and truth until we have honored what we have already been given. What has your Heavenly Father already asked you to do, either by personal inspiration or by the voice of his servants? Perhaps is it: scripture study, prayer, Family Home Evening, temple worship, or keeping the Sabbath day holy. The key to receiving great light and truth is to prove yourself by honoring the small and simple things He has already given.

Week 5: June 29th

Am I tempted to accomplish the great things without the small and simple things?

Additional Insight: So often the “small and simple” things are not exciting. . . they are not glamorous. . . they are not seen or praised by others. . . they don’t seem to be making a difference in our own lives or in the lives of others. As we learn about having a God-given mission to perform that no one else can do, we may feel an excitement to discover and fulfill it–to do something grand, something that will change the world, something that others will praise. We may be tempted to skip the small and simple and go straight to the grand, but this is not the Lord’s way. Truly all the great and grand things that have been done have their basis on the humble consistent small and simple things.

Week 6: July 6th

Why are the small and simple things so hard to consistently do?

Additional Insight: Why do we often have to rededicate ourselves over and over again to reading scriptures, praying, being patient, exercising, etc? If the tasks are small and simple we often think they should take no effort, but that just isn’t the case.

Week 7: July 13th

Why are “small and simple” things so powerful?

“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. It is the small everyday deeds of the ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings

Week 8: July 20th

How do I know what “small and simple things” God would have me do? What are they?

Additional Insight: One of the biggest keys to life is learning to listen to and understand inspiration. It might be helpful to think back over your life and the inspiration you have received, how it came, when it came, why it came, and what happened as you followed it. How often was the inspiration about “small and simple” things. Being able to recognize when God is speaking to you, clearly understanding what He is telling you, and following through with obedience, will propel your life into tremendous and abundant progress and happiness.

Week 9: July 27th

How do I know what “great” things God would have me do? How do I accomplish them?

Additional Insight: Finally, here is a writing that gives the opportunity to think about the Great Things we are to do instead of the small and simple. I firmly believe that each one of you have at least one, if not several great and grand things to achieve–missions to perform in this life. Great and grand is the definition of our day, and we were reserved for this day. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE YOUR CONTRIBUTION! Never reduce your impact by succumbing to doubt, or fear. Your task is to find out what God would have you do, and how to do it.

Week 10: August 3rd

How do I find joy in the “small and simple things” that seem like drudgery?

Additional Insight: “The things you take for granted someone else is praying for.” The life of a mother is full of mundane tasks and situations. Think of the power you would have in finding joy in the “drudgery.” To cheerfully clean a dirty toilet, . . . because you have a toilet . . . because you have people you love that use that toilet . . . because you have the ability to clean. What is your drudgery, and how do you turn it into joy?

Week 11: August 10th

Review all your “Inspiration Opportunities” in preparation for the Moms’ Retreat and then ask “What else does Thou want me to know?”