Saturday, December 16, 2017

We Become New Creatures

What an amazing picture by Yongsung Kim. I heard this said in my recent Regional Conference and liked it and waited for the right picture to come along. I think that this picture is a perfect fit. Let us follow Him with all our hearts and our whole souls.

2 Nephi 25:29
And now behold, I say unto you that the right way is to believe in Christ, and deny him not; and Christ is the Holy One of Israel; wherefore ye must bow down before him, and worship him with all your might, mind, and strength, and your whole soul; and if ye do this ye shall in nowise be cast out.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Terrible as an army with banners

This is part of the Kirkland Temple dedicatory prayer, and it is so powerful. Enjoy!!

Doctrine and Covenants 109:71-77
71 Remember, O Lord, the presidents, even all the presidents of thy church, that thy right hand may exalt them, with all their families, and their immediate connections, that their names may be perpetuated and had in everlasting remembrance from generation to generation.
72 Remember all thy church, O Lord, with all their families, and all their immediate connections, with all their sick and afflicted ones, with all the poor and meek of the earth; that the kingdom, which thou hast set up without hands, may become a great mountain and fill the whole earth;
73 That thy church may come forth out of the wilderness of darkness, and shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners;
74 And be adorned as a bride for that day when thou shalt unveil the heavens, and cause the mountains to flow down at thy presence, and the valleys to be exalted, the rough places made smooth; that thy glory may fill the earth;
75 That when the trump shall sound for the dead, we shall be caught up in the cloud to meet thee, that we may ever be with the Lord;
76 That our garments may be pure, that we may be clothed upon with robes of righteousness, with palms in our hands, and crowns of glory upon our heads, and reap eternal joy for all our sufferings.
77 O Lord God Almighty, hear us in these our petitions, and answer us from heaven, thy holy habitation, where thou sittest enthroned, with glory, honor, power, majesty, might, dominion, truth, justice, judgment, mercy, and an infinity of fulness, from everlasting to everlasting.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

God Does Notice Us

"God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs." Bonnie L. Oscarson quoting Spencer W. Kimball. How true this is.  We need to show gratitude to all that come to our aid when we are in need. And also remember to lend a hand, and be the one that meets another's needs. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Knowledge Comes by Obeying

Reading A Voice of Warning / Or, an introduction to the faith and doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Voice Dream. What an amazing book. I loved this quote from it, "Thus, faith comes by hearing, and knowledge by obeying." The act of obeying is so powerful. Think of it in terms of working out. I could have all the faith in the world that if I worked out everyday my muscles would get stronger, and I could have that faith till doomsday with no results, untill I take action and obey and then my faith is no longer, because knowledge has replaced it through my obedience. Alma put it this way:

Alma 32:21, 27-36
21 And now as I said concerning faith--faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.
27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves--It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
29 Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea; nevertheless it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.
30 But behold, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you must needs say that the seed is good; for behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow. And now, behold, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith: for ye will say I know that this is a good seed; for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to grow.
31 And now, behold, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto you, Yea; for every seed bringeth forth unto its own likeness.
32 Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good, but if it groweth not, behold it is not good, therefore it is cast away.
33 And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good.
34 And now, behold, is your knowledge perfect? Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that thing, and your faith is dormant; and this because you know, for ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know that it hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and your mind doth begin to expand.
35 O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea, because it is light; and whatsoever is light, is good, because it is discernible, therefore ye must know that it is good; and now behold, after ye have tasted this light is your knowledge perfect?
36 Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither must ye lay aside your faith, for ye have only exercised your faith to plant the seed that ye might try the experiment to know if the seed was good.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Learn of Me

I was just messing around durning sacrament meeting and came up with this. I think it is pretty good looking. Mostly, it got me thinking about what it would be like to be taught personally at the feet of the Savior. I can't think of any better way to be taught. As I pondered that throughout the day, the thought came with great force, that we don't have to yearn for that time because we can be taught at His feet, now, if we will but just live the Gospel with all our hearts. 

Doctrine and Covenants 76:5-10
5 For thus saith the Lord--I, the Lord, am merciful and gracious unto those who fear me, and delight to honor those who serve me in righteousness and in truth unto the end.
6 Great shall be their reward and eternal shall be their glory.
7 And to them will I reveal all mysteries, yea, all the hidden mysteries of my kingdom from days of old, and for ages to come, will I make known unto them the good pleasure of my will concerning all things pertaining to my kingdom.
8 Yea, even the wonders of eternity shall they know, and things to come will I show them, even the things of many generations.
9 And their wisdom shall be great, and their understanding reach to heaven; and before them the wisdom of the wise shall perish, and the understanding of the prudent shall come to naught.
10 For by my Spirit will I enlighten them, and by my power will I make known unto them the secrets of my will--yea, even those things which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor yet entered into the heart of man.

Friday, December 8, 2017

No Disputations

Yesterday, I came across this scripture from my scripture study and it really jumped out to me.

3 Nephi 18:34
And I give you these commandments because of the disputations which have been among you. And blessed are ye if ye have no disputations among you.

I love the truth contained in the the scriptures and specifically the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is so plain and straight forward and helps to eliminate disputations. I invite all to read it and to see for themselves. Click here to get a free copy sent to you.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Plan and the Proclamation - By Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Reading The Plan and the Proclamation - By Elder Dallin H. Oaks in Voice Dream

The Plan and the Proclamation - By Elder Dallin H. Oaks Highlights

In a parable, Jesus described those who “[hear] the word” but become “unfruitful” when that word is “choke[d]” by “the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches” (Matthew 13:22). Later, Jesus corrected Peter for not savoring “the things that be of God, but those that be of men,” declaring, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Matthew 16:23, 26). In His final teachings in mortality, He told His Apostles, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, … the world hateth you” (John 15:19; see also John 17:14, 16).

The Apostle James taught that “the friendship of the world is enmity with God[.] Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4).

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God created this earth according to His plan to provide His spirit children a place to experience mortality as a necessary step toward the glories He desires for all His children. While there are various kingdoms and glories, our Heavenly Father’s ultimate desire for His children is what President Monson called “eternal life in the kingdom of God,” which is exaltation in families. This is more than salvation. President Russell M. Nelson has reminded us, “In God’s eternal plan, salvation is an individual matter; [but] exaltation is a family matter.”

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those who strive for exaltation must make personal choices in family life according to the Lord’s way whenever that differs from the world’s way.

Latter-day Saints who understand God’s plan of salvation have a unique worldview that helps them see the reason for God’s commandments, the unchangeable nature of His required ordinances, and the fundamental role of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

But whatever the cause of conflict with those who do not understand or believe God’s plan, those who do understand are always commanded to choose the Lord’s way instead of the world’s way.

We have witnessed a rapid and increasing public acceptance of cohabitation without marriage and of same-sex marriage. The corresponding media advocacy, education, and even occupational requirements pose difficult challenges for Latter-day Saints. We must try to balance the competing demands of following the gospel law in our personal lives and teachings, even as we seek to show love for all. In doing so we sometimes face, but need not fear, what Isaiah called “the reproach of men.”

Forty years ago, President Ezra Taft Benson taught that “every generation has its tests and its chance to stand and prove itself.” I believe our attitude toward and use of the family proclamation is one of those tests for this generation. I pray for all Latter-day Saints to stand firm in that test.

I close with President Gordon B. Hinckley’s teachings uttered two years after the family proclamation was announced. He said: “I see a wonderful future in a very uncertain world. If we will cling to our values, if we will build on our inheritance, if we will walk in obedience before the Lord, if we will simply live the gospel, we will be blessed in a magnificent and wonderful way. We will be looked upon as a peculiar people who have found the key to a peculiar happiness.”

Monday, November 27, 2017

Why do we doubt?

The story of Peter walking on water, then fearing the waves and thunder, and finally the Savior catching him up out of the water, has always been precious to me. The saviors words, “wherefore didst thou doubt?“ is a call and plea to all to put our trust in the Lord and doubt not that he is able to and will protect us from all hazard outside of His will for us. Sometimes we to falter and waiver in the midst of so much evidence like Peter, saw the Savior on the water, the Savior told him to come unto Him on the water, and he started to walk on the water. Now that’s a lot of evidence to put your trust in the Lord, and yet he feared, doubted, and faltered in his faith.  

The interesting thing, is that it simply does not have to be like this. The Scriptures are laid before us and we have access to the greatest power on earth or in heaven, even the light of Christ, and the power of the Holy Ghost, which is a third member of the Godhead. Just a few quick scriptures:

John 1:9
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

Doctrine and Covenants 93:2
And that I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world;

It should be explicitly clear that the Light of Christ was given to all men born into the world, now let's get a glimpse into it's power.

Doctrine and Covenants 84:46-47
And the Spirit giveth light to every man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit.
47 And every one that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit cometh unto God, even the Father.

Doctrine and Covenants 88:12-13
12 Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space--
13 The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.

Wow, with literally the power of God with us, “wherefore didst thou doubt?“ Let us move forward with great faith and put our trust in the Lord and be the means of doing much good in this generation. Doctrine and Covenants 6:8. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Scriptures Overcome Contention

This morning I was wondering up with fighting children. I felt like going out there and getting mad at everyone for fighting, but the spirit had a different plan. I found myself rallying the children together for scripture study instead. It was amazing, because I just said whoever wants to do scripture study, come on, and they all came. Ashlyn had found a few scriptures she wanted to make quotes out of and so I thought it would be fun to do some scripture study and then make a few quotes from them. The below quotes are the fruits of our labors, and I am pleased to say that as we studied there was very little contention and a very peaceful feeling prevailed. Today was a testament to how the study of scriptures can overcome contention and invite the Spirit into the home. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Choose to be grateful

What an amazing Thanksgiving! At times like this, I can't not be grateful for everything in my life. Even though today was amazing, it was not with our fair share of obstacles. With 9 children, even heaven can be bumpy. 😂 This quote was a good quote that I wish I had in my tool belt today, it would have come in handy. Let us be more grateful, positive and full of faith and decide today and everyday to:

Choose to be grateful 
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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