This is from Elder Dallin H. Oak's conference talk, which was the RS lesson today - and it still has me thinking about all of the silly things I "choose" to occupy my time with, and especially my calling as activities chairman.
>>Elder Richard G. Scott said: " . . . Make sure that the essential needs are met, but do not go overboard in creating so many good things to do that the essential ones are not accomplished. . . . Remember, don't magnify the work to be done—simplify it."7
>>In general conference last year, Elder M. Russell Ballard warned against the deterioration of family relationships that can result when we spend excess time on ineffective activities that yield little spiritual sustenance. He cautioned against complicating our Church service "with needless frills and embellishments that occupy too much time, cost too much money, and sap too much energy. . . . The instruction to magnify our callings is not a command to embellish and complicate them. To innovate does not necessarily mean to expand; very often it means to simplify. . . . What is most important in our Church responsibilities," he said, "is not the statistics that are reported or the meetings that are held but whether or not individual people—ministered to one at a time just as the Savior did—have been lifted and encouraged and ultimately changed."8
So - is my holiday who-bilation "too" much? As well as the TEN blockbuster activities I have planned for 2008?? It seems that everything I'm admired for - no, not just what I'm admired for, but what I truly ENJOY - cute craftiness, decorating, scrapbooking projects, fun recipes, these crazy activities I've been in charge of - all fall under the category of "embellished" and "frivolous". Sigh... I guess I just don't know where to draw the line, between what should be "adequate" versus what I want to be "fabulous".