The Howards' Journal: Step Back

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This journal entry was written by Randall and Nicola at the beginning of their sixth week studying Act in Doctrine, a new book written by Elder David Bednar.

We have been on a family vacation for the past week and what a joy it has been to spend so much time with the family! We have seen new places, had new experiences, tasted new foods and really enjoyed spending time with each other. Along with these wonderful experiences we have found ourselves reflecting, and what feels like “stepping back” from our normal lives and seeing things from a different perspective. Reading in Act in Doctrine, the analogy of the wheat field picture sprang to life for us.

As we read about how looking too closely at a picture only shows a range of brush strokes, while stepping back a beautiful picture presents itself. Our lives have been focused on the “here and now” and we seem to move from one important thing to the next. On occasion, we find ourselves thinking that the only important things are what is in front of us at that point in time. It has been enlightening to understand better there is a bigger picture, this realisation has come through reading Act in Doctrine and being able to apply those principles as well as being in a position to “take time” with the family to get that clearer picture.

We strive to provide a home where prayers, blessings, cooperation, respect and love abide. Some of the small things that we try to achieve daily seem to almost be not worth the effort. It can become difficult to identify the benefit of having daily prayer, scripture readings and doing the same things over and over. As we read how “each family prayer, each episode of family scripture study, and each family home evening is a brush stroke on the canvas of our souls” we felt exactly what Elder Bednar said, “no one event may appear to be very impressive or memorable,” with hindsight we can see more clearly the blessings in our family.

We love the gospel and we are grateful for the blessings it brings to our family.

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