October 2, 2018
Writer: Bryanna Willis
Janell Greenwood spoke at devotional today. Her talk is titled Loosen the String.
The title of her talk comes from a story in her talk.
“Joseph Smith explained this when he told the story of a hunter’s bow being strung too
She shared that because she wasn’t able to go out and
Going to the pool that day helped her avoid having an empty mind that Satan could have taken advantage of.
“You see our choices that we make in wholesome recreation can lead us to greater joy!” Greenwood said. “Let me emphasize that Wholesome Recreation is a
Greenwood said choosing to introduce recreation into families lives will not only bless the
“Parents through intentional application of wholesome recreation can heal relationships, build a child’s resilience, increase adaptability and help build a child’s testimony, helping to prepare their children to bring value to their own lives and the lives of other,” Greenwood said. “This requires intentionality on the part of spouses and parents.”
She encourages single students to start now by building in time for wholesome recreation. She shared a story of a young woman who regularly made time for Family Home Evening, roommate prayer and weekly church meetings. As a
Renewing and Connecting
Greenwood shared that making time for recreation is not accidental. She suggests holding a weekly family home evening, family councils, meals and other traditions that are planned and scheduled.
When students come to her overwhelmed she asks them when was the last time that they did something that brought them joy. She then suggests they take 30 minutes for a walk or run. After they return they are happier and have usually accomplished more work.
To know if something is wholesome Greenwood says to consider three things.
1. Does this bring value to my life?
2. Does this bring value to the lives of others?
3. Can I feel the fruits of the spirit spoken of in Galatians through the activity I am considering?
As with everything she says the Savior is the perfect example. He carefully used His time to minister and connect with people.
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