Monday, October 16, 2017

Value beyond Measure - By Joy D. Jones

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Value beyond Measure - By Joy D. Jones Highlights

President Thomas S. Monson said it perfectly when he quoted these words: “The worth of a soul is its capacity to become as God.”

the Spirit will confirm to each of us individually our divine worth.

Satan is the father of all lies, especially when it comes to misrepresentations about our own divine nature and purpose.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” We can stop comparing our worst to someone else’s best. “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

He that receiveth of God, let him account it of God; and let him rejoice that he is accounted of God worthy to receive.” When we feel the Spirit, as this verse explains, we recognize that what we feel comes from our Heavenly Father. We acknowledge Him and praise Him for blessing us. We then rejoice that we are counted worthy to receive.

Elder Paul E. Koelliker taught, “As we remove the distractions that pull us toward the world and exercise our agency to seek Him, we open our hearts to a celestial force which draws us toward Him.”

He saves us from ourselves.

Let me reemphasize: if the pull of the world is stronger than the faith and trust we have in the Savior, then the pull of the world will prevail every time. If we choose to focus on our negative thoughts and doubt our worth instead of clinging to the Savior, it becomes more difficult to feel the impressions of the Holy Ghost.

While it is often easier to be spiritually passive than it is to put forth the spiritual effort to remember and embrace our divine identity, we cannot afford that indulgence in these latter days.

As the Savior lifts us to higher ground, we can see more clearly not only who we are but also that we are closer to Him than we ever imagined.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Abiding in God and Repairing the Breach - By Neill F. Marriott

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Abiding in God and Repairing the Breach - By Neill F. Marriott Highlights

“We are duty-bound to learn all that God has revealed about himself.”

Some things matter; some things don’t.

A few things last, but most things won’t.

A matter of lasting value to the Father is that we learn of Him, humble ourselves, and grow in obedience to Him through earthly experiences. He wants us to change our selfishness into service, our fears into faith. These lasting matters can test us to our core.

We want to be encircled in the arms of our Heavenly Father’s love and guidance, and so we put His will first and with a broken heart plead that Christ will pour streams of cleansing water into our pitcher. At first it may come drop by drop, but as we seek, ask, and obey, it will come abundantly. This living water will begin to fill us, and brimming with His love, we can tip the pitcher of our soul and share its contents with others who thirst for healing, hope, and belonging. As our inner pitcher becomes clean, our earthly relationships begin to heal.

Sacrifice of our personal agendas is required to make room for the eternal plans of God.

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Drawing near unto the Father can mean learning of His truth through the scriptures, following prophetic counsel, and striving to do His will more completely.

We are divinely designed to give love and be loved, and the deepest love comes when we are one with God. The Book of Mormon invites us to “be reconciled unto [God] through the atonement of Christ.”

Isaiah writes, “The Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.”

The Savior’s Atonement is a conduit for the constant flow of charity from our Father in Heaven. We must choose to abide in this love in order to have charity for all.

When we give our heart to the Father and the Son, we change our world—even if circumstances around us do not change.

Our Father’s infinite love reaches out to us, to bring us back into His glory and joy. He gave His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to repair the breach that gapes wide between us and Him. Reunion with Father in Heaven is the essence of lasting love and eternal purpose. We must make the connection with Him now to learn what really matters, to love as He loves, and to grow to be like Him.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Try try try like Nephi

My sister, Debbie, shared a family home evening lesson she gave to her family. the hero was Nephi, and how he didn't know how he was going to get the brass plates when he started on his journey, but he knew that God had commanded it and so he was determined.

1 Nephi 3:7
And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.

He had faith that God would provide a way for him to accomplish this great feat. Even with the great faith that he had, the Lord tried him and Nephi had many set backs. As a matter of fact, he didn't just ran into a few set backs... oh no, Nephi and his brothers had to flee for their lives on many occations, and yet he still persisted and put his faith and trust in God.

How many times do we have set backs with things that we are working? We need to like Nephi put our faith and trust in God.

My sister went on to tell her young kids that even when things get hard or if you feel you can't do something, we need to try, try, try like Nephi. What great wisdom here in this counsel. She shared how several times she will overhear her kids trying something and having a hard time with it, say to themselves or another sibling, we need to try, try, try like Nephi.

So, let us all do the same and try, try, try like Nephi in actions and in faith.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Heed Them Not - Overcome by Faith

I found this amazing picture on Pinterest and fell in love with it. It is such a visual. The great and spacious building is not some distant building but rather the steps and the balconies are right there taunting us to leave the tree of life with its most white and sweet fruit. If we are not always on the top of our game with our faith, we might just try to  set the fruit down real quick with full intent of coming back to the fruit. Sadly, that path back is not as simple or easy as it may seem at the time, and the danger of not returning at all is great. We MUST NOT HEED THEM. We need to use our faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ, to stay the course and always obey the promptings of the Spirit. Every day we need to get the spirit early through prayer and scripture study and then KEEP IT ALL DAY. We can't afford to lower our guard or even "look" at the spacious building. Remember Lot's wife who looked back either physically or in her heart and she turned to salt. We must keep our eyes and hearts set and focused on Christ and His teachings.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Turn On Your Light - Sharon Eubank

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Turn On Your Light - By Sharon Eubank Highlights

Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.

Among the real heroines in the world who will come into the Church are women who are more concerned with being righteous than with being selfish.

 It will be … female exemplars of the Church [who] will be a significant force in both the numerical and the spiritual growth of the Church in the last days.”

Well, how do we play our part? What should we do? President Kimball refers to five things:

The first is to be righteous. Being righteous doesn’t mean being perfect or never making mistakes. It means developing an inner connection with God, repenting of our sins and mistakes, and freely helping others.

Women who have repented change the course of history.

The second is to be articulate. Being articulate means to clearly express how you feel about something and why.

As the Apostle Peter said, “Be not afraid … ; but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.”

The third is to be different

Innovation and creation are spiritual gifts. When we keep our covenants, it may make us different from others in our culture and society, but it gives us access to inspiration so we can think of different solutions, different approaches, different applications.

We aren’t always going to fit in with the world, but being different in positive ways can be a lifeline to others who are struggling.

we need to practice living the gospel before the emergency so that, unafraid, we will be strong enough to help when others are being swept away by the current.

Gordon B. Hinckley placed where I see it every day. He said: “You don’t … build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen.”

Doctrine and Covenants 49:26–28

“Behold, I say unto you, go forth as I have commanded you; repent of all your sins; ask and ye shall receive; knock and it shall be opened unto you.

“Behold, I will go before you and be your rearward; and I will be in your midst, and you shall not be confounded.

“Behold, I am Jesus Christ, and I come quickly.”

Will your happiness in spite of your trials draw others who are good and noble and who need your friendship? Will you turn on your light?

Thomas S. Monson: “My dear sisters, this is your day, this is your time.”

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Doubt and faith do not exit together

“Where doubt and uncertainty are there faith is not, nor can it be. For doubt and faith do not exist in the same person at the same time; that persons whose minds are under doubts and fears cannot have unshaken confidence; and where unshaken confidence is not the faith is weak.” Joseph Smith, Lectures on Faith

I simply love this quote. It is so important to remember this as we go through trials and challenges in this crazy world we live it.  So often, we get decieved into thinking that our doubt and uncertainty are just what we are feeling at the moment and does not affect or alter our faith and sadly that is what Satan would have us think, for in this state we are in his power. We need to quickly realize that doubt and fear cannot coexist, and when we doubt we are willingly putting our faith aside. We need to use our faith in Christ to stand up boldly for truth, even if we are standing up against ourselves and our own doubt and uncertainty.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Word of Wisdom = Glorious Blessings

“May we care for our bodies and our minds by observing the principles set forth in the Word of Wisdom, a divinely provided plan. With all my heart and soul, I testify of the glorious blessings which await us as we do.” Principles and Promises - By President Thomas S. Monson

First and foremost, let's remember that this is being quoted by the prophet, even the mouthpiece of the Lord on earth, and we should hear it as, "thus sayeth the Lord." Our bodies are the reason we came down to the earth in the first place and the denial of a body is the great punishment of Satan and those that rebelled against God in the great council in heaven. We should be taking really good care of our bodies so that we can learn to use them as we should, in bringing about much righteousness.


Friday, October 6, 2017

A Testimony

A testimony was never designed as an easy thing to gain and/or keep. Nothing worth having was cheaply obtained. Let us be diligent in keeping the commandments, saying our prayers and studying our scriptures, that our testimony will be kept vital and alive.

"It is essential for you to have your own testimony in these difficult times, for the testimonies of others will carry you only so far. However, once obtained, a testimony needs to be kept vital and alive through continued obedience to the commandments of God and through daily prayer and scripture study." Thomas S. Monson

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Absence of divine light

Bearers of Heavenly Light Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Whatever causes our spiritual ailments, they all have one thing in common: the absence of divine light.

Divine light is the light of Christ in all of its various forms. Cast your eyes upon any moment where you fell into temptation, depression, or doubt and you will find that light was rejected, set aside, or covered in order for the enemy of our souls to cast a shadow of darkness upon you, thus allowing the temptation, depression, or doubt to grow.

Recognizing this truth in our lives will help us to protect against it in the future. We need to embrace and love the light. When we love something we do not want to be separated from it. Well do you remember the scripture that says:

3 Nephi 13:24
No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other.

We either serve, love, and hold to the light of Christ or we will find ourselves on the side of and filled with darkness, we simply can't have them both.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Be kind, loving, and charitable

"let us examine our lives and determine to follow the Savior’s example by being kind, loving, and charitable. And as we do so, we will be in a better position to call down the powers of heaven for ourselves, for our families, and for our fellow travelers in this sometimes difficult journey back to our heavenly home."

Thomas S. Monson