Monday, June 26, 2017

Sanctify yourselves

For my Sunday School lesson I showed two videos and the messages they conveyed were really good. 

So, here are the two videos with a picture quote for each one.



Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you. Joshua 3:5




When faith replaces doubt, when selfless service eliminates selfish striving, the power of God isinebrings to pass His purposes. Thomas S. Monson



Craig

Saturday, June 24, 2017

If you want revelation - Do your homework


Revelation is oftentimes misunderstood. 

Doctrine and Covenants 9:7-8
7 Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.
8 But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/9?lang=eng

Even though we have this counsel from the Lord to Oliver Cowdry, I belief that we do too much supposing that He would just give it to us because we asked. After all the Lord had said repeatedly, "ask and you shall receive." Well there is more to the equation than just asking, we must seek and knock.

3 Nephi 14:7
7 Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/14?lang=eng. 

There is a requirement of effort on our part. I love this teaching from President Harold B. Lee to Elder Eyring.


Then he gave me the lesson, which I now give to you, in about these words: “Hal, when we had  
done all we knew how to do, when we had our backs to the wall, then God gave us the revelation. Hal,  
if you want to get revelation, do your homework.” 
President Harold B. Lee to Elder Eyring 
Henry B. Eyring 
Speeches—Waiting Upon the Lord 
http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=775 

So, as we seek for revelation in our lives let's put in the effort and do our homework and then will the heavens part as we shall receive revelation and divine guidance.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Salvation is not a cheap experience


I love Elder Holland and love this message. How true it is. We need to realize that hard things and hard times refine us into and qualify us for Celestial glory, through the grace of Jesus Christ.


My mother gave a talk in sacrament meeting several weeks ago and I loved a story she told. It is a great story showing how, hard experiences are needed to qualify ourselves. Here is the story:

Certain Women - By Linda K. Burton https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/04/certain-women?lang=eng
Certain Covenant-Keeping Women of the Restoration: Willing to Sacrifice

Anciently, certain women sacrificed as they testified and lived the teachings of Jesus. Certain women in the early days of the Restoration did the same. Drusilla Hendricks and her family were among those who, as new converts, suffered during the persecution of the Saints in Clay County, Missouri. Her husband was permanently paralyzed during the Battle of Crooked River. She was left to care for him as well as provide for her family.

“At one particularly distressing time, when the family was out of food, she remembered that a voice told her, ‘Hold on, for the Lord will provide.’”

When her son was needed to volunteer for the Mormon Battalion, at first Drusilla resisted and wrestled in prayer with Heavenly Father until “it was as though a voice said to her, ‘Do you not want the highest glory?’ She answered naturally, ‘Yes,’ and the voice continued, ‘How do you think to gain it save by making the greatest sacrifices?’”



We learn from this certain woman that covenant-keeping discipleship requires our willingness to sacrifice.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Fight hunger


My 6 yr old son, Eyring, wanted to make a picture quote so badly and finally a few days ago I helped him make this quote. He loves it and is super excited for it. He found the quote from an old ensign picture quote. I hope you enjoy it!!

Greatest Father of them all - Let us obey and honor Him


Happy Father's day to all you Father's or there. As I thought about great fathers, my mind was drawn out in love and appreciation to our Father in Heaven. In church, a scripture I love was mentioned in a talk. 

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/3?lang=eng

I can only imagine what that would be like. I love Abraham and Isaac and the lesson taught through their experience. Abraham received from God a promise of seed that could not be numbered, and yet his wife was barren. Then after countless prayers and wondering how such a promise was to be fulfilled, his wife was blessed with a son in her old age. After many years of thanksgiving and enjoying the anticipated means to fulfill the promise given by God, God commands him to sacrifice his son on the alter. Interestingly, earlier in Abraham's life, God sent an angel to stop his father from offering himself as a sacrifice. He surely must have been confused and sad at this command from the Lord, and wondered how then would the promise be fulfilled. And yet he had sufficient faith to perform the sacrifice, and according to some Apocrypha writings Isaac was not a child and submitted willingly to the command of the Lord. Thankfully, the Lord was just testing Abraham. Ultimately, we learn to a very small degree, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son." 

This Father's day, let us remember our earthly father's and of course, the greatest Father of them all, even God the Father, and have the courage to obey and honor Him at all times and in all places that we may be in. 

Craig.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

May your conscience grow increasingly


November 11, 2016 D. Todd Christofferson wrote the below on Facebook and I thought it was so good. We must be unmovable in our obedience to Light of Christ that is in us all and known as our conscience. Enjoy his post. 


Last Friday I had the chance to speak to young adults at the Orem Institute of Religion. I shared with them the unique experience I had to serve as the law clerk for the Honorable John J. Sirica. My term of service coincided with the Watergate trials and proceedings handled by Judge Sirica. This gave me a “ringside seat” to a unique epoch in U.S. history that enabled me to learn some crucial life lessons at the outset of my career.
 
Most of the Watergate defendants were basically decent people, good spouses and parents, competent professionals. What is it that caused or permitted them to go seriously offtrack? What protects you or me, in our lives, our marriages, our families, and our school and vocational endeavors, from tragically destructive errors or even criminal conduct?
 
The answer to these questions lies in the critical role of what we call conscience. A widely shared understanding of right and wrong underlies the moral framework and laws that govern conduct in society. For me, that is confirmed by statements in scripture. For example, in Moroni 7:15–16 it reads: “It is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain … as the daylight is from the dark night. For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil.”
 
Over the generations, religion has served to identify and deepen understanding of fundamental (I would say divinely ordained) moral laws. Of course, I am not saying that any particular religion or faith tradition should have a right to dictate the morals of society, but the religious voice is critical. No society has succeeded in maintaining moral life without it. For just societies to endure, religious voices must be heard.
 
May your voice in support of eternal truths and moral principles be heard. May your own conscience grow increasingly firm and refined. And may there never be a Watergate in your personal history.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tomorrow is always better if we serve the Lord


What a great talk by Henry B. Eyring. Below is a few paragraphs to that talk. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2007/04/this-day?lang=eng

"For those who are discouraged by their circumstances and are therefore tempted to feel they cannot serve the Lord this day, I make you two promises. Hard as things seem today, they will be better in the next day if you choose to serve the Lord this day with your whole heart. Your circumstances may not be improved in all the ways which you desire. But you will have been given new strength to carry your burdens and new confidence that when your burdens become too heavy, the Lord, whom you have served, will carry what you cannot. He knows how. He prepared long ago. He suffered your infirmities and your sorrows when He was in the flesh so that He would know how to succor you.

"The other promise I make to you is that by choosing to serve Him this day, you will feel His love and grow to love Him more. You may remember the scripture:

“I say unto you, I would that ye should remember to retain the name written always in your hearts … that ye hear and know the voice by which ye shall be called, and also, the name by which he shall call you.

“For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?”9

"By serving Him this day, you will come to know Him better. You will feel His love and appreciation. You would not want to delay receiving that blessing. And feeling His love will draw you back to His service, wiping away both complacency and discouragement.

"As you serve Him, you will come to know better the voice by which you shall be called. When you go to sleep at the end of a day, the words may come back in memory: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things.”10 I pray for that benediction on this day, on every day, and on our lives."

Background image by: Dom Haughton https://flic.kr/p/TTcLT2