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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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Spiritual Death

“Some young people are amusing themselves to death – spiritual death.“ Dallin H Oaks

This does not only apply for the youth, is adults are just as guilty of close to it. We all need to put down TV, games, Netflix, or whatever your favorite distraction is and start building the kingdom of God. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Living Bread Which Came Down from Heaven - By Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Reading The Living Bread Which Came Down from Heaven - By Elder D. Todd Christofferson in Voice Dream

The Living Bread Which Came Down from Heaven - By Elder D. Todd Christofferson Highlights

“As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.”

To eat His flesh and drink His blood is a striking way of expressing how completely we must bring the Savior into our life—into our very being—that we may be one. How does this happen?

First, we understand that in sacrificing His flesh and blood, Jesus atoned for our sins and overcame death, both physical and spiritual. Clearly, then, we partake of His flesh and drink His blood when we receive from Him the power and blessings of His Atonement.

The doctrine of Christ expresses what we must do to receive atoning grace. It is to believe and have faith in Christ, to repent and be baptized, and to receive the Holy Ghost, “and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost.” This is the gate, our access to the Savior’s atoning grace and to the strait and narrow path leading to His kingdom.

But figuratively eating His flesh and drinking His blood has a further meaning, and that is to internalize the qualities and character of Christ, putting off the natural man and becoming Saints “through the atonement of Christ the Lord.”

As we remember and honor His atoning sacrifice, we should also contemplate His sinless life.

This suggests the need for a mighty striving on our part. We cannot be content to remain as we are but must be moving constantly toward “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” Like King Lamoni’s father in the Book of Mormon, we must be willing to give away all our sins and focus on what the Lord expects of us, individually and together.

To eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ means to pursue holiness. God commands, “Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

If we yearn to dwell in Christ and have Him dwell in us, then holiness is what we seek, in both body and spirit. 

President Thomas S. Monson has stated, “We are the product of all we read, all we view, all we hear and all we think.” We seek holiness as we take up our cross daily.

Sister Carol F. McConkie has observed: “We recognize the multitude of tests, temptations, and tribulations that could pull us away from all that is virtuous and praiseworthy before God. But our mortal experiences offer us the opportunity to choose holiness. Most often it is the sacrifices we make to keep our covenants that sanctify us and make us holy.” And to “the sacrifices we make” I would add the service we give.

President Marion G. Romney wisely explained: “Service is not something we endure on this earth so we can earn the right to live in the celestial kingdom. Service is the very fiber of which an exalted life in the celestial kingdom is made.”

Partaking of the Savior’s flesh and drinking His blood means to put out of our lives anything inconsistent with a Christlike character and to make His attributes our own. 

As a simple but thoughtful hymn urges us:

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;

spend much time in secret with Jesus alone.

By looking to Jesus, like him thou shalt be;

thy friends in thy conduct his likeness shall see.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Power of the Scriptures

This is my daughter, Cessilee, who is 8 years old and who got baptized yesterday. My daughter, Lacie, took this picture and I think it is just stunning, and I had to make a quote out of it. By the way, those are her brand new scriptures and she is super excited to read, ponder, and of course highlight them with her new highlighter pen. 😀

An unfortunate thing happened at her baptism, my mother was asked to give the talk on baptism, had some circumstances that caused her to be late and unable to do the talk. Several months earlier I had given a talk at my nephew's stake baptism, and posted it to my blog and so I agreed to fill in for her. Check out my talk on baptism here,

As the scriptures have been on my mind, I found this great quote to go with the photo of Cessilee. By Richard G. Scott, "Scriptures can calm an agitated soul, giving peace, hope, and a restoration of confidence in one's ability to overcome the challenges of life."

Two recent things have really brought to my mind the power of scriptures. The first was a book that I have been reading called Mr. Mormon, where he used the scriptures and their role in his conversion and then to answer many questions he had through his life. His use of scriptures to show how science process the Gospel was really interesting. The second, was Cessilee's baptism, and the talk that I gave. There are some powerful scriptures on baptism that I shared in my talk. Contained within the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price are such treasures of wisdom and knowledge that not even during a lifetime can all truths be learned or explored. As time goes on, the words will only grow in power and authority and the world should take heed how they treat those words because they will condemn them at the great and last day. For they clearly testify of Christ and his glorious life, mission, and Gospel. This is a plea to all who have read their words to read them again and again, and have them sink deep into their souls. And then, for those who have not yet enjoyed their words, to put off all your doubts and fears and resistance and start today to bask in the power that freely flows from their pages. 

Now, just a quick word to those who have once enjoyed the sweet fruit of the Gospel and have allowed themselves to turn away from the Gospel of Christ, I beg of you to open the scriptures with a new determination and desire to find truth, and God will open them unto you again. Remember, Uchtdorf's counsel, to "doubt your doubts, before you doubt your faith."

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In closing, I just want to bear my testimony that I know that the Gospel of Christ is true and that the scriptures and prayers are the methods whereby we invite the Holy Spirit into our lives, to bear it's witness as a member of the Godhead of the truthfulness of the risen Lord and Savior, even Jesus Christ and His Father who has sent Him. Christ lives and guides me each and every day through his spirit, and my joy is great in the knowledge of which He has given me through the scriptures and in my daily walk with Him. This is a plea to all, to come unto Christ, and enjoy this same and even greater joy that I feel. I love this Gospel and will serve God continually. Join me in this my spiritual crusade to more fully come unto Christ. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

How great is the nothingness of men

I was reading this morning and came across these amazing verses of scripture. As you read them, really ponder these words and let them sink deep into your heart and soul. 

Helaman 12:3-8
3 And thus we see that except the Lord doth chasten his people with many afflictions, yea, except he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with famine and with all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him.
4 O how foolish, and how vain, and how evil, and devilish, and how quick to do iniquity, and how slow to do good, are the children of men; yea, how quick to hearken unto the words of the evil one, and to set their hearts upon the vain things of the world!
5 Yea, how quick to be lifted up in pride; yea, how quick to boast, and do all manner of that which is iniquity; and how slow are they to remember the Lord their God, and to give ear unto his counsels, yea, how slow to walk in wisdom’s paths!
6 Behold, they do not desire that the Lord their God, who hath created them, should rule and reign over them; notwithstanding his great goodness and his mercy towards them, they do set at naught his counsels, and they will not that he should be their guide.
7 O how great is the nothingness of the children of men; yea, even they are less than the dust of the earth.
8 For behold, the dust of the earth moveth hither and thither, to the dividing asunder, at the command of our great and everlasting God.

What do we want as a reward after this life? Do we want to enjoy eternal life or settle for anything less than that? We must decide today. We must not wait or procrastinate the day of our probation.

Helaman 13:38
But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure; yea, for ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head.

What are we seeking for? How are we spending our time while in this life? We must be bold and fearless in our discipleship. We must not deviate from the path, we must also help others to join us on the path. As I write this my heart aches for those that read this and then make no real changes. We can't afford to just coast along any more. The more I learn about Christ and are taught by the spirit about Him and His mission, I feel to shout His name from the house tops and plead for all who hear or read my words to "take massive, determined action" (Tony Robins), and come unto Him. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Needs before Us - By Bonnie L. Oscarson

The Needs before Us - By Bonnie L. Oscarson Highlights

We are often more concerned with how many followers and likes we have than with putting an arm around a friend and showing love, concern, and tangible interest.

if we are not vigilant in how we use our personal devices, we too can begin to turn inward and forget that the essence of living the gospel is service.

We are touched when we see the suffering and great needs of those halfway around the world, but we may fail to see there is a person who needs our friendship sitting right next to us in class.

The impression was this: ‘What you have done is a very good thing. Now go home, walk across the street, and serve your neighbor!’”

How much value is there in fixing the world if the people around us are falling apart and we don’t notice? Heavenly Father may have placed those who need us closest to us, knowing that we are best suited to meet their needs.

President James E. Faust said: “Serving others can begin at almost any age. … It need not be on a grand scale, and it is noblest within the family.”

Showing kindness and concern for your siblings and parents helps create an atmosphere of unity and invites the Spirit into the home. Changing the world begins with strengthening your own family.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson has taught, “A major reason the Lord has a church is to create a community of Saints that will sustain one another in the ‘strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life.’” 

While at times we are called upon to help after a major disaster, on a day-to-day basis we are encouraged to look for opportunities in our own areas to lift and help those in need.

Remember that some of the greatest needs may be those right in front of you. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Beware who you listen to

Mosiah 2:32
But, O my people, beware lest there shall arise contentions among you, and ye list to obey the evil spirit, which was spoken of by my father Mosiah.

It is so easy to fall into contentions and this scripture helps us realize that there is no contention that does not put us into vulnerability with the evil one. Let us watch our words and continue to strive to be more Christlike. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Don't let your past, determine your destiny

Last night at Sunday Dinner I was talking with my brother in law and Father in law about Peter and how he needed to go through what he did and deny Chrust three times to prepare him for the mission he was about to embark. He needed to know what it really meant to be a disciple of Christ in all situations both public and private. My brother in law showed me this picture, and I asked him to send it to me. 

What an awesome picture of Peter in the background. You can almost feel his pain and anguish that he suffered. This morning I searched for the perfect quote to compliment this amazing picture and I found this quote by Confucius, "Don't let your past, determine your destiny." We all have things in our past that we have guilt or remorse over, but we simply can't allow them to determine who we will become our what we will accomplish in life. 

Many times our past is filled with so many mistakes or shortcoming that we have been conditioned that that is who we are and nothing can change that. It reminds me of something I often share with my clients, to help them break free from their part. In training circus elephants they will put a stake in the ground and put a rope around their foot and tie them to the stake. They learn at a young age that they can't break the rope. Interestingly, when they get older and stronger the rope doesn't get bigger, it stays the same size, because but they are so conditioned that they can't break the rope that they won't even try.

We can and must realize that we are not confined by our past nor our strong conditioning. We can and must like Peter rise from the ashes of our past and our conditioning and step into the greatness of our potential. 


Sunday, October 29, 2017

The greatness and genius of America

My brother in law, Randy Roberts, posted this on Facebook today. 

"In the year 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville, the famous French historian, came to our country at the request of the French government to study our penal institutions. He also made a close study of our political and social institutions. In less than ten years, de Tocqueville had become world-famous, as the result of the four-volume work that he wrote, entitled Democracy in America. Here is his own stirring explanation of the greatness of America:

      “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” (Prophets, Principles and National Survival, compiled by Jerreld L. Newquist [Salt Lake City, Publishers Press, 1964], p. 60.)"

It is so true. America became great and remains great because of its reliance on God to protect and preserve it as a free nation. We need to be very careful that we are fighting for our freedoms and building our relationship with God and His son, Jesus Christ, so we can continue to decieve that protection and preservation. 


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Believing Requires Action

I love this quote. We can't afford to be idle in our service and love of our Savior, Jesus Christ. There is a great work before us as we prepare for the second coming and we must be active and take constant action. 


A Yearning for Home - By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Reading A Yearning for Home - By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf in Voice Dream

A Yearning for Home - By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf Highlights

I can’t help but wonder, “Is it possible that human beings have a similar yearning—an inner guidance system, if you will—that draws them to their heavenly home?”

Deep within us is a longing to somehow reach past the veil and embrace Heavenly Parents we once knew and cherished.

But those who do not quench this light within themselves can embark on an incredible journey—a wondrous migration toward heavenly climes.

Yet, no matter your history—if you have faltered, failed, feel broken, bitter, betrayed, or beaten—know that you are not alone. God still calls to you.

The Savior extends His hand to you. And, as He did to those fishermen who stood long ago on the banks of the Sea of Galilee, with infinite love He speaks to you: “Come, follow me.”

Today, let me offer two reasons why we should turn to the Lord.

First, your life will be better.

Second, God will use you to make the lives of others better.

I testify that when we embark upon or continue the incredible journey that leads to God, our lives will be better.

The fires and tumults of mortal life may threaten and frighten, but those who incline their hearts to God will be encircled by His peace. Their joy will not be diminished. They will not be abandoned or forgotten.

Those who heed the inner call and seek God, those who pray, believe, and walk the path the Savior has prepared—even if they stumble along the path at times—receive the consoling assurance that “all things shall work together for [their] good.”

“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.”

Do you yearn to feel within your heart the peace that passes understanding?

Then turn your soul toward the light.

Blessings will come not so much because of your abilities but because of your choices. And the God of the universe will work within and through you, magnifying your humble efforts for His purposes.

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No matter your position in your community or in the Church, God will use you, if you are willing. He will magnify your righteous desires and turn the compassionate actions you sow into a bountiful harvest of goodness.

Discipleship requires our willingness to swim upstream when needed.

The Savior will help you and prepare the way before you, but the commitment to follow Him and keep His commandments must come from you. That is your sole burden, your sole privilege.

The gospel is a transcendent message of hope, happiness, and joy. It is the pathway that leads us home.

As we embrace the gospel in faith and deed, each day and every hour, we will draw a little closer to our God. Our lives will be better, and the Lord will use us in remarkable ways to bless those around us and bring about His eternal purposes. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

You are not alone - God calls you

This morning I put this quote together and then later I saw on Facebook my cousin is struggling today. Her brother committed suicide on Sunday and my heart feels crushed and I can only imagine what she is feeling. I started looking through all my quotes to find something that would help her and then the thought came to me to go read the quote I made this morning, and there it was, exactly what I was looking for. The Lord knew that I needed to make THIS QUOTE at THIS TIME. The Lord truly knows his children and is aware of their needs. 

To my cousin, her family, and anyone that is struggling for whatever reason, YOU ARE NOT ALONE - GOD IS CALLING OUT TO YOU!! 

Reading A Yearning for Home - By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf in Voice Dream

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Three Sisters - By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Reading Three Sisters - By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf in Voice Dream

Three Sisters - By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf Highlights

The first sister saw herself as a victim—as someone who was acted upon. It seemed like one thing after another kept happening to her that made her miserable. 

Dear sisters, why should you surrender your happiness to someone, or a group of someones, who cares very little about you or your happiness?

remember who you are. Remember that you are of the royal house of the kingdom of God, daughters of Heavenly Parents, who reign throughout the universe.

Even when you stumble, even when you turn away from Him, God loves you. If you are feeling lost, abandoned, or forgotten—fear not. The Good Shepherd will find you. He will lift you upon His shoulders. And He will carry you home.

And you will find that there are many reasons not to be sad, for you have an eternal destiny to fulfill.

And because of Him, you can clothe yourselves with robes of eternal glory.

In other words, each group thought of themselves as the “good guys”—fair, kind, and truthful. By contrast, they saw their rivals as the “bad guys”—uninformed, dishonest, even evil.

What did the Savior teach?

“I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.”

She lived joyfully not because her circumstances were joyful but because she was joyful.

Stay on the path!

Never let go of the rod of iron—the word of God!

And when anyone tries to make you ashamed for partaking of the love of God, ignore them.

God’s promises are sure, true, and joyful—now and forever.

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Indeed, “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

I have learned for myself that the path of discipleship in the gospel of Jesus Christ is the way to joy. It is the way to safety and peace. It is the way to truth.

Choosing this path of discipleship will lead to untold happiness and fulfillment of your divine nature.

I leave you my blessing as an Apostle of the Lord that you will find the strength and courage to joyfully thrive as a daughter of God while gladly walking each day on the glorious path of discipleship. In the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Our Religion, Freedom, and Our Family

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Value beyond Measure - By Joy D. Jones

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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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“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.