Monday, September 20, 2010

we're off on a mission

Tonight for Family Home Evening we decided to make up a Family Mission Statement! And, let me tell you, it was awesome! It's something I've been thinking about since our Bishop mentioned it in January! Needless to say, I probably should have mentioned something about not procrastinating in there. Oh well. Anyway, first we had an Avery-age lesson about following the prophet (gearing up for General Conference!! If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check out mormon.org) we sat down and wrote out all of the ways we want to be described by others and the values that we want to have and the things that are important to us (we got ideas from FranklinCovey.com) and things like that. We even decided to choose and incorporate a Family Scripture (you know, like missionaries do on their mission plaques?!) Then Klayton sat down with all of our ideas and started to write it out. He decided to go for a Declaration of Independence theme, which I laughed at at first, but wound up loving!! It's definitely a work in progress (aren't we all? haha), but I thought I'd share it. Let me know what you think!

Tietjen Family Mission Statement

We, the members of the Tietjen Family, in order to create a more perfect home, set forth our values and traditions: 

We recognize God's hand in every part of our lives. We seek His will through humble prayer and careful scripture study. 
We love Jesus Christ. As Nephi did, we "talk of Christ, rejoice in Christ, and preach of Christ, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins" (2 Nephi 25:26). We show our belief in His gospel by eschewing sin, selfishness and contention. We give all that we have in service to those in need.
We seek the promptings of the Holy Ghost. We ensure its presence by propriety in our thoughts, speech, and actions.  
We love each other. We build our home every day through honesty, respect and humility. We are friendly, healthy, hard-working, economical and reflective. We share our time, our feelings, our ideas and our happiness within the safety of these walls. 

Through faith, repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ, our family will be together forever in love, work and play.

4 comments:

Mr. and Mrs. Briggs said...

What a great idea!!!!!! You need to be quoted because that was amazing. You are such a fabulous writer!

Mandy said...

Aww thanks Meagan! We had a surprising amount of fun putting it together and I can't wait until we get it printed out and framed... Which will probably take another 9 months.

Josh, Lundyn and Quincy Stuart said...

Love, love, love this. Hope you're family is doing great!

Shells said...

This is such a great idea. I love the mission statement you came up with, awesome!