|Photography: Jamee Edwards|
Dress: H&M / Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden (black version linked but a similar green version here) / Necklace: Old similar here (ON SALE!), here / Lips: Nars-Dragon Girl
I think we can all relate that with the holidays being so busy we find ourselves getting caught up in all the holiday noise, and forget the true meaning of Christmas. As I have said in a previous post that I am a convert to the LDS church, and have been an active member for 11 years (conversion story here). With having religion being the central part of my life I try to make a conscious effort to remember the meaning of Christmas which is remembering the Saviors birth, and how he has influenced my life. When thinking about what to get my mother in law this Christmas I decided that I wanted to give her something that would promote spiritual growth. I came up with this idea randomly last week when I stumbled in Home Goods looking for wrapping paper. With wrapping paper in hand I was waiting in the checkout line when I looked over to see a journal saying on the cover "be still and know that I am God.". Initially it was the cute pink cover with gold lettering that caught my eye, and the killer deal of $5 made me decide to step out of line to take a deeper look into this journal (I couldn't find the exact one online but here are similar ones from the same brand here and here). When flipping through the pages I noticed that each entry included a verse from the bible. I had this sudden urge that I needed to buy this for my mother in law.
With being a Latter Day Saint church leaders always encourage members to read, and study the scriptures daily to deepen our understanding of the gospel. During the beginning of the year goals are set to read scriptures daily, and even have a scripture study guideline to show where you need to be each day. I decided that this journal would be such a great gift to give my mother in law not because it's a physical object I can wrap for Christmas Eve, but a way to ignite a fire to study everyday, and keep a written record of her testimony, spiritual reflection, quotes, and much much more. Since the journal was filled with scriptures from the bible, I went ahead and wrote down scriptures from the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and General Conference talks through out the journal. I wrote randomly through the pages of the journal to show my love for the gospel, and to give a personal touch to the gift.
Seek not for riches but for wisdom, and behold, the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold, he that hath eternal life is rich. ~ D&C 6:7