Saturday, January 20, 2018

No Failure Ever Need be Final

“One of Gods greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.” Thomas S Monson

I have been thinking about this a lot lately. It seems like all around us we all have family members, friends, and/or close acquaintances that are struggling and many of them losing their faith along the way. This quote is so good because it reminds us that the gift of trying again is a great gift from God. Everyday we should thank our Father in Heaven for a new day and another chance to be just a little bit better today than we were yesterday. This life is the time for us to learn to love God and to love to live His life by keeping the commandments He has set forth. If we make a mistake, it is not final, just pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again with renewed resolve that this time is going to be better. We all can come unto Christ in our own way and even by small baby steps, but let's make sure that we are at least stepping toward Him. Let us try again to be better and the Lord will bless us with added strength and determination. He had given us the Light of Christ (our conscience) that will not lead us astray. Let us listen to it's small voice in our minds and then obey and we will find that we can hear better the next time. I love the Gospel of Christ with all my heart and know that we all can try again and when we do, Christ will be there speaking encouragement in your mind and thoughts and guiding you back to Him. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Repentance Is Always Positive - By Stephen W. Owen

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Repentance Is Always Positive - By Stephen W. Owen Highlights

I testify that the Savior Jesus Christ worked out a perfect Atonement and gave us the gift of repentance—our path back to a perfect brightness of hope and a winning life.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson explained: “Without repentance, there is no real progress or improvement in life. … Only through repentance do we gain access to the atoning grace of Jesus Christ and salvation. 

only the Savior can remove our stains and lift our burdens, enabling us to pursue the path of obedience with confidence and strength

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The joy of repentance is more than the joy of living a decent life. It’s the joy of forgiveness, of being clean again, and of drawing closer to God. Once you’ve experienced that joy, no lesser substitute will do.

Brothers and sisters, we are all prodigals. We all have to “come to ourselves”—usually more than once—and choose the path that leads back home. It’s a choice we make daily, throughout our lives.

Repentance both puts us on the right path and keeps us on the right path.

Elder David A. Bednar taught: “Most of us clearly understand that the Atonement is for sinners. I am not so sure, however, that we know and understand that the Atonement is also for saints—for good men and women who are obedient, worthy, and … striving to become better.”

You who are preparing for full-time missions and you who are returning, take note! It is not enough just to gain a testimony; you have to maintain it and strengthen it. As every missionary knows, if you stop pedaling a bicycle, it will fall, and if you stop feeding your testimony, it will weaken. This same principle applies to repentance—it is a lifelong pursuit, not a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

 I testify that the moment we set foot on the path of repentance, we invite the Savior’s redeeming power into our lives. That power will steady our feet, expand our vision, and deepen our resolve to keep moving forward, step by step, until that glorious day when we finally return to our heavenly home and hear our Father in Heaven say to us, “Well done.” In the name of Jesus Christ, amen

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Nakedness before the Lord

Mormon 9:3-5
3 Then will ye longer deny the Christ, or can ye behold the Lamb of God? Do ye suppose that ye shall dwell with him under a consciousness of your guilt? Do ye suppose that ye could be happy to dwell with that holy Being, when your souls are racked with a consciousness of guilt that ye have ever abused his laws?
4 Behold, I say unto you that ye would be more miserable to dwell with a holy and just God, under a consciousness of your filthiness before him, than ye would to dwell with the damned souls in hell.
5 For behold, when ye shall be brought to see your nakedness before God, and also the glory of God, and the holiness of Jesus Christ, it will kindle a flame of unquenchable fire upon you.

Let us not doubt any longer, let us kneel down and pray to the Father in the name of Jesus, so that we will not be naked before God and have the fulfillment of this scripture in our lives. We all should be so grateful that we are yet alive and that we have at least one more day and chance to change our ways and the direction of our path. The Lord is supremely merciful and we are indeed in need of that mercy. Let's not wait even one more second, let's start back on that path and come unto our Savior, even Jesus Christ.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ashlyn’s Miracle

I have wanted to share my daughter, Ashlyn's, miracle for a while now. I have shared it with a few family members, but I feel it can help others and so now I would like to share it on my blog. 

Previous to this miracle, we had been praying to know what to do to help Ashlyn be happier. This was our little girl who in her baby blessing, I had felt inspired to bless her with charity. She is the sweetest girl and our little mommy, but somewhere along the way she changed and without too much detail, she became mean and very cranky. 

On Sep 10, 2017 I woke up and shared with my wife a dream I had that night. This was my second night in a row to have a dream of the last days. I had no idea that my 11 yr old daughter, Ashlyn, was there on our recliner just listening to my dream. Shortly after I shared my dream, Ashlyn asked me, how do we become more righteous. I shared with her the primary answers and went on to another discussion.

As I was making breakfast, Ashlyn asked me if I wanted to hear the dream that she had had that night. Expecting to hear the typical crazy kid dream I have heard a thousand times before, I said sure. 

She then began to share with me in great deal a dream she had of the last days. I was so shocked and impressed with the dream she shared and the courage and obedience she demonstrated in her dream. She then asked me again how she could be more righteous, like really righteous, and I realized she had a notebook and pen in hand and was ready to take notes. Her dream had depicted different groups of girls and their characters and desires and what had happened to them, and she was there asking her dad how to ensure she would not end up like those girls who are less than righteous. She wanted to know how to have safety and protection in her life through living righteously. 

She then asked if we could start waking up at 5:30 in the morning and study the Gospel like we had done in the past. Yesterday, I had already planned on getting back to that anyway and so I told her, yes.

The next morning we got up together, and sure enough, when we sat down, she had her notebook and pen in hand again, and asked the same question. 

Just a quick sidenote: I usually prepare several picture quotes at a time and then wait for the right time to post them. I had prepared this particular quote over a week ago and had not felt good about posting it until yesterday, when after I woke up I felt that I needed to post it today, and so I did.

Back to my daughter; I was about to expound upon the primary answers, when the spirit told me to share with her the quote I had posted yesterday (sadly, I had forgot which one I had posted). So, I pulled up my blog and read the first line, and I was simply in awe, it was truly THE ANSWER TO HER QUESTION. “The key to spiritual growth is obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit.”

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“The key to spiritual growth is obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit. This message needs to be blazoned in the sky in letters a thousand feet tall. We consistently underestimate how great a role obedience plays in our spiritual progression. Spiritually, nothing is possible without it, and everything – absolutely everything – is possible with it.” John Pontius Following the Light of Christ into His Presence

I then started to explain the quote, and she said that she tries to listen but doesn’t know how to tell if it is her thoughts or the spirit. The spirit stepped in again and told me to have her listen to chapter 11 of Journey to the Veil, by John Pontius which was about the the voices in her head. We started to listen to that together, and a few minutes later I heard myself telling her to take my phone and listen to it on her own and prepare a presentation from her notes. She took over 4 pages of notes over an hour and a half, I was so impressed. She came and gave her presentation to me and I gave her some ideas to add to what she had. It was nearly 20 mins of content and she later presented it to many of my children and my wife. 

This experience gave her a fire that I have not seen in any of my children before and she was literally an angel child for several weeks since this miracle. We would wake up and study and during the day, I would catch her teaching the other children how to hear the voice of Christ in their minds. 

I look back and see the hand of the Lord, as He literally guided every step of this miracle. I have so much gratitude to my Savior for guiding me in my journey that I was able to hear the promptings of the spirit, so that my daughter could have this miracle. 

She still goes through many tough times, but now often she can tell when she is getting cranky and asks me to wake up the next morning and study the Gospel again. 

Words can't express my gratitude to my Savior for this miracle and for putting John Pontius in my life. Through his books and teachings, I have gained so many insights and had the process of listening to the voice of Christ in my mind, made clear and powerful. Also, I thank my Lord for helping my Ashlyn in ways that I could not do on my own. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Families who kneel together

"It is a wise and true maxim that families that kneel together stand upright before the Lord!" Ezra Taft Benson

I love the visual of standing together as a family before the Lord. I for one will be gathering my family together to knell before the Lord each day. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Love the person more than the project

"Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved." Thomas S. Monson

It can be easy to get so involved in our projects or life that everything else takes a lower priority. For me, the single most powerful force for change in my life has been learning to hear the voice of Christ speaking to me personally through the Light of Christ. One example is with technology, it is so easy to send a text that you know will have a less than positive effect on the recipient. When we learn to hear Christ telling us "no" through our conscience (Light of Christ), and we then delete that message and instead send one of love, forgiveness, or understanding we learn to put the person to be loved above any project or agenda of our own. Let us all be more receptive of Christ's voice in our lives, and always side with actions of love and kindness.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Be Ye Therefore Perfect—Eventually - By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

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President Russell M. Nelson has taught, here in mortality perfection is still “pending.”

“Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him … ,” Moroni pleads. “Love God with all your might, mind and strength, then … by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ.” Our only hope for true perfection is in receiving it as a gift from heaven—we can’t “earn” it. Thus, the grace of Christ offers us not only salvation from sorrow and sin and death but also salvation from our own persistent self-criticism.

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Jesus uses an unfathomable measurement here because His Atonement is an unfathomable gift given at an incomprehensible cost. That, it seems to me, is at least part of the meaning behind Jesus’s charge to be perfect. We may not be able to demonstrate yet the 10,000-talent perfection the Father and the Son have achieved, but it is not too much for Them to ask us to be a little more godlike in little things, that we speak and act, love and forgive, repent and improve at least at the 100-pence level of perfection, which it is clearly within our ability to do.

 If we persevere, then somewhere in eternity our refinement will be finished and complete—which is the New Testament meaning of perfection.

 I testify that in this and every hour He is, with nail-scarred hands, extending to us that same grace, holding on to us and encouraging us, refusing to let us go until we are safely home in the embrace of Heavenly Parents.

Become our best selves

We had family down for several weeks over the holidays and one activity we did together was rock climbing and repelling. This is my daughter Cessilee, and I was so impressed with the speed she demonstrated as she scaled the mountain. She had to of had one of the fastest, if not the fastest time of all the cousins. She did not allow her fear to get in the way, she just stepped up to the plate and did an amazing job. We too need to put away our fears and sins and just become our best selves. We can only do that as we take up our cross and follow Christ with our whole souls. I testify that as we do that we will have power from on high to become our best selves. 

"Our task is to become our best selves." Thomas S. Monson

Sunday, January 7, 2018

20 Quotes to Commemorate President Thomas S. Monson’s Life

I love Thomas S. Monson. He was such an amazing example of living a Christlike life and I will forever be trying to live as he did. I put together a video with many of the quotes I have made in the past as well as a few new ones and a few that my daughter made as well. I hope you enjoy this tribute to our amazing prophet.

Below are the quotes included in the video.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Succession of the Prophet and President of His Church

Lots of questions are circulating around about when or who will succeed our dear prophet Thomas S. Monson. This quote just rang in my soul when I read it. It really shows with power that God has truly prepared and orchestrated the succession of His mouthpiece on earth. What comfort that brings to my soul. I love Thomas S. Monson and he will be missed greatly. I also feel the peace of knowing that Russell M. Neilson is prepared and capable of carrying that heavy mantle and that the voice of the Lord to His children continues without interruption. 

Here is the article that I read this quote from:

“When President Lee passed he was attended by President Marion G. Romney, his second counselor, and President Spencer W. Kimball, the President of the Council of the Twelve. President N. Eldon Tanner was in Arizona at the time. Brother Romney, as the representative of and counselor to President Lee, was in complete and total charge at the hospital. He gave President Lee a blessing. He felt the spirit of peace and satisfaction, the calm assurance that whatever eventuated would be right. He did not promise President Lee that he would be healed. The President had become ill very rapidly, just in a matter of hours or moments. Shortly after this blessing, he passed away. At the moment he passed, Brother Romney, in harmony with the system and the established tradition and custom of the Church, stepped aside, and President Spencer W. Kimball was then in complete charge and had total direction. President Kimball was at that moment the senior apostle of God on earth. And as the last heartbeat of President Lee ceased, the mantle of leadership passed to President Kimball, whose next heartbeat was that of the living oracle and presiding authority of God on earth. From that moment the Church continued under the direction of President Kimball.” Bruce R. McConkie