Thought: Carson - We learn to endure to the end by learning to finish our current responsibilites, and we simply continue doing it all of our lives. We cannot expect to learn endurance in our later years in we have developed the habit of quitting when things get difficut now. (Robert D. Hales, "Behold, We Count Them Happy Which Endure," Ensign, May 1998, 75)
Scripture: Chad - 1 Nephi 22:31
Lesson: Hebrews 12:1-4; Paul referring to the race of life and why we run the race of life (the reward at the end), what "weights" we should set aside to be able to run better, who we should look to as an example and how we can endure to the end.
Chad then read a story of a pioneer named Stillman Pond who sadly, lost his wife and all 9 of their children as they crossed the plains in 1846. However, Stillman was able to rely on his faith and his knowledge that families are eternal, to help him endure, not quit, and go forward.
After our lesson, Chad and Carson raked up and put leaves into the green can, in preparation for the snow on Tuesday!
For a final note, we moved the big pumpking from the kitchen window (see behind Carson in the first photo of this post) to the front door. Much better!