So here is where I tell you a little about me and my beautiful family. We are a happy family of 6. Theres me and my Husband Sam, our beautiful daughters Olive and Hazel, and my two handsome boys Bennett and Patterson. We are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and we live in beautiful Queensland in Australia.
Just over a year ago, I was a month off having our 4th beautiful baby and my husband was asked to be the Bishop of our Ward. I was left sitting in a pew with 4 kids under 8, one of which was a brand new baby and to say it was/ is hard, is an understatement. Going to Church seemed impossible and getting to church on time, felt like a complete joke. The only thing that kept me coming and making it feel like it was worth even trying was the words of one of our Apostles, Jeffrey R. Holland. Whose words came as a gentle reminder that my best efforts don't go unheard and my 100% is all that is totally acceptable.
“As for punctuality, a late pass will always be lovingly granted to those blessed mothers who, with children and Cheerios and diaper bags trailing in marvellous disarray, are lucky to have made it to church at all."
But once I finally got there, and found a seat, that wasn't too far back that my kids could see the stage and bolt for it, and wasn't too close that Bennett could see his Dad on the stand and try and make a break for him, I was then stuck with the incredible task of keeping my kids quiet enough that those around us could still hear the speakers.
After too many weeks of iPhones and staying behind after church to vacuum our pew due to the irresponsible amount of snacks that had been crushed into the carpet, I decided enough was enough and I needed to find some solutions. I sat down at my computer ready to buy out every LDS themed activity, book, toy, known to man. Only to find that I could count on one hand the options for LDS families here in Australia. I have always been a HUGE fan of Deseret Books, but the waiting time and Shipping costs had me holding back from purchasing.
So I thought, wouldn't it be great if we had a store here in Australia, that would be able to provide resources for LDS families in Australia with an assortment of LDS merchandise. So for all those Mums and Dads out there who are struggling to keep Sacrament gospel focus, for those of you out there, like me, who would love more hands on materials that our children can play and have fun with but still be feeling the gospel teaching, this is the site for you!
Obviously at present our variety is limited as we first begin this journey, but we are talking with numerous brands and companies about stocking their products and will endeavour to provide you with new stock as regularly as we can. But as the times change, and the way we are taught to minister to our children changes, we hope we can support you as you try and change your gospel experience from Church Centred, Home Supported, to the way we are counselled it should be, Home Centred, Church Supported. xx