Every now and then, I stalk Mormon mom blogs, including www.nieniedialogues.com, the blog of Stephanie Nielson. Not long ago, she shared the following:
Last week our prophet (RMN), President Nelson spoke to the youth (parents and leaders too) of the Church and invited them to do five things that will help know who they are and what their plan and role is on this earth:
*Hold a seven-day fast from social media.
*Make a weekly sacrifice of time to the Lord for three weeks.
*Keep on the covenant path. If you are off, repent and get back on the path.
*Pray daily that all of God’s children might receive the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
*Stand out. Be different. Be a light. Give to a friend one copy of the booklet For the Strength of Youth.
Whenever this sort of thing pops up, I feel a bit envious that LDS leadership is providing specific suggested steps for its followers. I pray for the Holy Father’s intentions each month and I listen to my bishop when he asks for prayers on specific topics, too. But I don’t ever remember receiving this kind of directive from Church leadership. Does anyone else notice or experience this?