The theme this year for our stake Relief Society is "Be ye strong." This theme is repeated several times throughout the scriptures where the Lord is encouraging His children to stay strong, and lean on His power to withstand the trials of life.
In Ephesians 6:10 it states, “Be ye strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” In Joshua 1:9 the Lord commands us to "Be strong and of good courage: be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
In all of our daily lives we are constantly bombarded and weighed down with worries, hurts, fears and trials. How comforting it is to know that our God is with us as we take every step through life's journey. How reassuring it is to hear his voice saying "Be ye strong, I am with thee."
This year our stake newsletters, meetings, and activities will focus on several ways we as women of faith can become personally stronger. The areas we have chosen to focus on are increasing our strength; spiritually, physically, financially, and building personal resilience and self reliance. This newsletter and the next will focus on safeguarding our health and the health of our families by taking a proactive approach to physical wellness through healthy nutrition and physical fitness.
In D&C 38:15 it states "Therefore, be ye strong from henceforth, fear not, for the kingdom is yours. How grateful we are for this reminder from our Father to be ever strong that we may reap His promised blessings and the rights to dwell in His kingdom.
May the Lord continue to bless you and your family.
Love, Shannon, Lori, Sammy, and Jan
Activities for Families
By Sister Lori Berrett
While playing organized sports is always a good way to stay fit as a family, don't limit yourselves to just football, baseball, basketball, and other ballgames. Just tossing a Frisbee around on a Saturday afternoon is a great way to get started. Maybe the whole family can take karate lessons at the local Y. Or combine household chores and exercise. Hold contests to see who can sweep the carpets the fastest, or wax the floors, or rake the leaves. Find something to hold everyone's interest and this will make it easier to sustain an active lifestyle.
Flexibility is the key to any successful exercise and fitness program, especially one that you are trying to do as a family. Remember to choose some activities that don't take a lot of extra time and can be done in a variety
Be aware that modern technology contributes towards decreased physical activity; therefore it’s essential that time for regular exercise is scheduled.
Design an exercise routine and complementary nutritional plan specifically designed to help achieve your unique fitness goal.
Always begin any intensive exercise session with a gradual warm-up such as stretching and/or light cardiovascular activity.
When you stretch, stretch properly, and stretch your entire body.
Wear comfortable, appropriate gear while exercising.
When lifting weights, ensure the proper technique is used. It’s better to lift lighter weights correctly than to lift heavier weights incorrectly.
How long does it take for a healthy diet to lower cholesterol?
The correct answer is: 3 months
How much exercise does it take to lower cholesterol?
The correct answer is: 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least 4 days a week
What's the next step if diet and exercise don't lower your cholesterol?
The correct answer is: Start medication, and continue diet and exercise.