Monday, May 23, 2011

Resurgence of Homemaking in the Church

At our Dothan Home
Did You Know...
Some of the skills required for a homemaking career include:
1.  Managing time, energy, and resources (including money)
2.  Communicating effectively
3.  Housekeeping
4.  Cooking skills and nutrition
5.  Sewing, mending, and handicrafts
6.  Making wise decisions
7.  Keeping abreast of the times
8.  Applying first aid and sound health principles
9.  Making a home a place of beauty
10. Providing an atmosphere of learning, cultural refinement, recreation, service, and spirituality
11. Mothering, child care and guidance and
12. Becoming a responsive, supportive, and loving companion and wife. (I believe I got this a long time ago from one of my favorite websites --you can also find Christy's Clipart on Facebook).

Hopefully this Homemaker's Journal will incorporate all of these.

"Obviously the more highly refined the skills and attributes a woman brings to the home, the more nourishing and enriching her home will be.  Some of these skills can be learned in the home.  Some can be learned by self-study, service to others, and/or in a formal academic institution."  (Ensign, 12/77, p. 56) 

There has been a resurgence, (in my opinion), in the general Relief Society of stressing homemaking skills and mothers as teachers.  I could be wrong, but this has been sorely lacking in the last twenty years (or since they decided to dispose of “Homemaking Meetings.”) 

This resurgence, I believe, began when Sister Julie B. Beck was called as the new general Relief Society president.  Sister Beck reiterated our roles as women when she said, “I have a testimony gained from pondering and studying the scriptures of a plan of happiness given to us by our Father in Heaven.  That plan has a part for His daughters.  We have the female half to take care of, and if we don't do our part, no one else is going to do it for us.

“The half of our Father's plan that creates life, that nurtures souls, that promotes growth, that influences everything else was given to us.  We can't delegate it.  We can't pass it off to anyone.  It's ours.  We can refuse it, we can deny it, but it's still our part, and we're accountable for it.  There will come a day when we will all remember what we knew before we were born.  We will remember that we fought in a great conflict for this privilege.  How do we meet this responsibility?  We daily put our energies into the work that is uniquely ours to do.  ~Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president ("Understand the Divine Roles of Women," Ensign, 2/09).

What's going on in the White House isn't as important as what's going on in your house.  ~Barbara Bush

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