2017 Inspiration Opportunities
In the weeks leading up to the Moms’ Retreat, we will continue to explore and write about this year’s theme:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me
Each week there will be a journal entry or “Inspiration Opportunity” question to write about. These inspiration opportunities are for you–you will not turn them in, and no one will ever read them. They are suggestions, a starting point for you to receive your own personal inspiration for your life, questions and challenges. Writing can be a powerful journey–we are excited about the adventure ahead for you.
Please note that we no longer require a writing with registration, as stated in this video. We have moved the focus to these Inspiration Opportunities. We hope you enjoy them!
Inspiration Opportunity Questions
and Additional Insights
A Printable Version (questions only) of the Inspiration Opportunities Page Toppers can be found here.
Week 1 – June 18: How do I feel about my current relationship with Christ? How is it good, and how would I like it to be better?
“My plea is that we will make the sacrifices and have the humility necessary to strengthen the foundations of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Elder Quentin L. Cook, April 2017 General Conference).
Week 2 – June 25: How has Christ strengthened me in the past? How is He strengthening me today?
“As we fill our hearts with the love of Christ, we will awaken with a renewed spiritual freshness and we will walk joyfully, confidently, awake, and alive in the light and glory of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ.” (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, April 2017 General Conference)
Week 3 – July 2: How can remembering the times Christ has strengthened me in the past, help me in this year’s homeschooling challenges?
“We do not walk the path of discipleship alone. ‘The Lord thy God … doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.’ ‘The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.’ In the face of fear, let us find our courage, muster our faith, and have confidence in the promise that ‘no weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.’” (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, April 2017 General Conference)
Week 4 – July 9: Ponder the attributes of Christ. Why can I place my trust in Him?
“Jesus Christ has overcome the world. And because of Him, because of His infinite Atonement, we all have great cause to trust, knowing that ultimately all will be well. Sisters, each of us can trust in the Lord and lean not. We can center our lives on the Savior by coming to know Him, and He will direct our paths. .We are on earth to demonstrate the same trust in Him that allowed us to stand with Jesus Christ when He declared, ‘Here am I, send me’” (Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, April 2017 General Conference).
Week 5 – July 16: How does my humility in Christ open the door to his strength?
“At times, you may long for peace as you face uncertainty and what seem to you to be looming challenges. The sons of Mosiah learned the lesson that the Lord taught to Moroni. It is a guide for us all: ‘If men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all [who] humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them’ (Ether 12:27). Moroni said that when he “heard these words,” he “was comforted” (Ether 12:29). They can be a comfort to all of us. Those who do not see their weaknesses do not progress. Your awareness of your weakness is a blessing as it helps you remain humble and keeps you turning to the Savior. The Spirit not only comforts you, but He is also the agent by which the Atonement works a change in your very nature. Then weak things become strong.” (President Henry B. Eyring, April 2017 General Conference)
Week 6 – July 23: How does my faith in Christ open the door to His strength?
“Faith that motivates us to action gives us more access to His power.” (Elder Ulisses Soares, April 2017 General Conference)
Week 7 – July 30: What current changes do I need to make in order to more fully gain the strength Christ has to offer?
“Another element in drawing the Savior’s power into our lives is to reach up to Him in faith. Such reaching requires diligent, focused effort…When you reach up for the Lord’s power in your life with the same intensity that a drowning person has when grasping and gasping for air, power from Jesus Christ will be yours…” (President Russell M. Nelson, April 2017 General Conference)
Week 8 – August 6: How can I more deeply receive the Savior’s promised gift of peace?
“My message tonight is a simple one. We have all felt peace tonight. All of us would like to feel such peace often within ourselves, in our families, and with the people around us. The Lord promised peace to His disciples as He was about to leave them. He has made the same promise to us. But He said that He would give peace in His way, not in the world’s way. He described His way of sending peace: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:26–27). (President Henry B. Eyring, April 2017 General Conference)
Suggestions/Ideas for Writing.
* Put all your writings in a notebook and bring it to the Moms’ Retreat.
* Ideally you might want to find a time when you have a least 10 minutes of undisturbed, quiet time to write. But even if you have to steal quick moments here and there and in the midst of commotion, any effort you give will bring results.
* Open your heart and mind. You may want to start and end your time with a prayer.
* Remember Heavenly Father loves you and wants to communicate with you. Just start writing, don’t worry about having all your thoughts organized before you begin, write whatever comes to mind and let the thoughts and inspiration flow. Writing is it’s own journey, just take a pen, put it to paper, and see what comes.
We invite you to take these Inspiration Opportunities seriously, as they will be a significant part of your experience not only leading up to the Moms’ Retreat, but at the Retreat as well.