Last Sunday we started the new lesson book in Relief Society over President George Albert Smith. I was really impressed by the 11 "ideals" that make up his personal creed. You can read each of the 11 ideals from his personal creed here. I wish I could say that I am already living ALL 11 ideals, but that's not the case. So I'm challenging myself to take one ideal a month which will take me through November and honor that ideal by living it somehow (it will vary each month with each ideal). I will try very hard to do something representing all 11 ideals in the month of December. I will update the blog each month with whatever good deed or service project I have come up with for each month's creed. Writing about my monthly challenges is not to be boastful or prideful, but rather to ensure that I follow through with my challenge. You are welcome to take the same challenge. I would LOVE to hear about how you live each creed!
January's creed: "I will be a friend to the friendless and find joy in ministering to the needs of the poor."
For January's challenge I am going to clean out our cupboards and take all the food we don't need to the local food pantry. I am also giving all of my boys' clothes that they have grown out of to a student I teach who is in need of some basic essentials for her new little one that will be arriving soon. And if I think of anything else I can do I will update the blog.