Monday, May 29, 2017

We will not forget

What is memorial day, it is a day to remember those that fought and died for our freedoms. I have the utmost respect and love for those who have served our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice, even their own lives, in defense of our liberty. 

The Savior said in John 15:13, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." This Memorial Day we honor those who had this great love and sealed it with their own blood. As I thought about these men, my mind was also drawn to others throughout history who also had this love and freely gave their lives for their friends and the cause of freedom and righteousness. Below are just a few to also remember this Memorial Day and everyday.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Only name whereby salvation can come

This week's meme for my Sunday School class. This is such a powerful scripture. Let us always remember and bare testimony to the world about this Jesus Christ.

Mosiah 3:17
And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.

Acquaint Thyself with Him, and Be at Peace - George P. Lee Highlights

The most important responsibility that the Lord has ever laid upon us is that of making the best and the most of our lives. If we make the worst of times the best of times, we will be going directly toward heaven, but if we make the best of times the worst of times, we will be going backwards. We all know and are quite aware of the Lord’s miracles, teachings, and doctrines. We know of his example; yet sometimes we live far away from that example. We live in the very best of times, yet we may be far from living his teachings and doctrines.

His simple message was “Follow me” (Luke 9:59). He asked us to follow him in his teachings, to follow him in his righteousness, and to follow him in his love for others. Unfortunately and sadly, many have not followed him; rather, they have followed those who could find no room for his teachings, his miracles, or his doctrines. Many have made no room for him because their lives are loaded down with sin and pleasures. Others have made room for their physical comforts; they have made room to expand their educational opportunities; but they have crowded him out. Some have made room to work more hours to accumulate material possessions; still others have made room to multiply their luxury and increase their leisure time and have made room for more sports and entertainment, but they have made no room for him. They have made room for many violations of the Sabbath day, but they have made no room for the Savior of the world—our Redeemer and Master.

We need to take the time to worship, to meditate, and to develop a more personal relationship with the Lord. We need to get acquainted with his teachings. We need to fill our hearts with the things of the Spirit. We need to be more practical and to begin to think today what Jesus thought. We can fill our minds with our Heavenly Father’s purpose and our hearts with an understanding of his ways. We can open the door of our soul and make room for the Savior to come in. The door of our heart can still be opened from within. Our invitation to the Lord to enter our hearts must come from the inside. The inspired counsel from the prophet Job should be ringing in our ears. He said, “Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace” (Job 22:21).

My prayer, my brothers and sisters, is that we will make the worst of times the very best of times by making room for the Redeemer of the world in our personal lives. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

I will make my hands

My sister wanted me to make a picture quote out of this part of the song, His Hands by Kenneth Cope. I absolutely love this song and I was honored to try and find a picture that went well with these words. I found both of these and I couldn't decide which one I liked more. 

Lately I have really been working hard at becoming more like my Savior. And these words are perfect for the journey that I have taken upon myself. How often do we think that we would like to do more to be more Christlike and then nothing happens, no action is taken. We need to make a plan and then execute that plan. What will you do today to become more like our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and make our hands like his. 

"Although I'm not yet as I would be, he has shown me how I could be, I will make my hands like those From Galilee."


Monday, May 22, 2017

Exaltation made possible through the gift of bodies

I added picture quotes for a talk I wrote back in 2007. Talk source:


I have been doing a lot of studying and pondering the things that I have been learning about. It is amazing how when we dedicate ourselves to study, prayer, and pondering how the Spirit will distill upon us and solidify our learning or take it to new heights. I am thankful for such a gift from my Father in heaven. This morning I was taught about the importance of our bodies. I realized how important our bodies are to exalt ourselves. Because we have been given bodies we have the means to perfect ourselves and become gods. It is important to note that we of ourselves can not exalt ourselves but because the Savior has paid the price for us it is now left to us to decide to rise or fall and we have all that we need to achieve our desires.

Spencer W Kimball said, "It seems that evil is always about us. It has been speculated by one of the earlier Brethren that there are hundreds of evil spirits working against each of us. Accordingly, we must be alert constantly. We catalogue our weaknesses and move in against them to overcome them. Christ became perfect through overcoming. Only as we overcome shall we become perfect and move toward godhood. As I have indicated previously, the time to do this is now, in mortality." (Miracle of Forgiveness, Life Seeks Perfection)

I love how he said that we must overcome and in a previous chapter he quoted Ralph Parlette who said, "Strength and struggle go together. The supreme reward of struggle is strength. Life is a battle and the greatest joy is to overcome. The pursuit of easy things makes men weak. Do not equip yourselves with superior power and hope to escape the responsibility and work. It cannot be done. It is following the lines of least resistance that makes rivers and men crooked." (Miracle of Forgiveness, Abandonment of sin)

To put the two together, in order to overcome we must not take the road of lest resistance, we must constantly be growing and striving to become better. If we do slip into a path of little resistance we must immediate repent.

Background image by: Jan Wallin

Elder Melvin J. Ballard said about repentance, “A man may receive the priesthood and all its privileges and blessings, but until he learns to overcome the flesh, his temper, his tongue, his disposition to indulge in the things God has forbidden, he cannot come into the celestial kingdom of God-he must overcome either in this life or in the life to come. But this life is the time in which men are to repent. Do not let any of us imagine that we can go down to the grave not having overcome the corruptions of the flesh and then lose in the grave all our sins and evil tendencies. They will be with us. They will be with the spirit when separated from the body.

Clearly it is difficult to repent in the spirit world of sins involving physical habits and actions. There one has spirit and mind but not the physical power to overcome a physical habit.”

I have heard people say that the Lord will not keep someone out of the Celestial kingdom for cussing or whatever it may be and this was just answered. If we do not overcome all the temptations of the evil one while in this live we must suffer and overcome them in the life to come before we may enter the Celestial kingdom. He also tells us that it is not easy to repent in the life to come. We are told this in the scriptures.

Alma 34:31-34
31 Yea, I would that ye would come forth and harden not your hearts any longer; for behold, now is the time and the day of your salvation; and therefore, if ye will repent and harden not your hearts, immediately shall the great plan of redemption be brought about unto you.
32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.
34 Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.

Also we are told what suffering will be required for those that choose to not repent,

Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-18
16 For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;
17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;
18 Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit--and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink

Now that we know that we must repent while in this life and rise to new heights that we may be able to again come into the presence of our Father in Heaven, Spencer W Kimball said,

“All that has been said and written on this subject should warn the worthy from the beginning not to get entangled in iniquity, but it should not be construed to suggest that it is futile to start again when one has reverted to sin. Being a god in embryo with the seeds of godhood neatly tucked away in him, and with the power to become a god eventually, man need not despair. He should not give up. If he has had problems and slipped from the path of rectitude and right, he must stop in his headlong slipping and turn and transform himself. He must begin again. If he slips, he must regain his footing and protect himself from further slipping and return to the sin no more. If in his weakness he fails time and time again, he still should not despair but should make each new effort stronger than the last.”

The journey upward to our Father in Heaven requires all our energy. It is not easy, and we must be careful that we choose wisely when choosing our master. “No man can aserve 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. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon” (3 Nephi 13:24 and Matthew 6:24). Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explains how this is true, Satan “ties strings to the mind and body so that he can manipulate one like a puppet” (Ensign, May 1986, p. 11). Likewise, Bishop Victor L. Brown, former Presiding Bishop, warned us that “if Satan could but capture our minds, he would have won the battle and the war” (Ensign, Nov. 1974, p. 104). Although this may seem scary and overwhelming at times, the Prophet Joseph Smith taught us that those with bodies have power over those, including Satan, without bodies. “The devil has no power over us only as we permit him,” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 181). So we have all the power within us to rise above evil and choose the true master and our creator and live forever with Him. We learn from the scriptures, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Now in Alma we find the key to not being tempted above that we can bear, “But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering” (Alma 13:28). We can clearly see that there is great effort required on our part to come unto God and to prepare ourselves against all the fiery darts of the adversary, but we can do it and we must put forth the effort required so that we can return with honor to our Savior.

I would like to bear my testimony that I am forever grateful to my Father in Heaven for giving me such a gift as my body. For because he has given me this body, with that comes power over evil spirits and those who serve them. I am thankful for the power of prayer in which comes the power to control our bodies in ways which seem impossible without that help from on high. I know that if we would take extra time daily to spend a few more moments communing with our Heavenly Father and His Christ that we will find with us greater strength and greater happiness, and one day we will find ourselves back in Their presence wrapped in their joy and glory. Not only will we be wrapped in their joy and glory but it will be sweet unto us because we have overcome the world and been sanctified by fire and we will delight in all things that are righteous and despise all sin. I further testify that we can obtain such joy and love of righteousness in this life as did Captain Moroni, for if we were like him than “the very powers of hell would [be] shaken forever; yea, the bdevil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.” I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

Written by Craig Conover on 11/7/07.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ask and receive revelation, knowledge, and mysteries

This week's Sunday School class picture quote. We learned about reverence and it's importance in receiving revelation. 

“If thou shalt ask, thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things--that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal.” (D&C 42:61.) 

Here is a great Conference talk on the subject. Reverence Invites Revelation

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

3 words that define who you want to be

Brendon Burchard technique: Pick three words that define who you want to be, and then put a reminder in your phone and repeat these words each day. 

A few weeks ago, I started having my kids pick their three words and whenever I see them, I ask them to repeat their three words. It has been really fun. Well on Friday, I texted my 15 year old to text me back her three words. She was the last to jump on the three words bandwagon, and she was at school, but I knew she would look for any excuse to not focus on school. Sure enough, a few minutes later she texted me her words. I was really excited because I knew what I was planning. I took her three words and made this picture quote out of them. I sent it to her, and I think I surprised her with it. :) She seemed to really love it. I am making one for each of my girls and then I am going to print them off and frame them. That way they can always look at them while they are getting dressed or just chilling in their rooms. I also made mobile wallpaper versions so they could save them to their phones or devises. 

If anyone would like one for themselves or for their children, just email me the three words, what signature you want instead of "Love Dad," and just a little bit about yourself or your child that would help me find the right picture as background. I will email it back once I finish it.

I have 9 kids so check back frequently to see all of their three words picture quotes. 






Kamryn 4 yrs old:

Brinley 2 yrs old:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time to Ponderize. Romans 8:14

Background image by: Joe Davies

Let me just say how much I love this scripture. It is so simple and yet profound all wrapped up together in just 17 words. 

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

If we learned nothing except how to be "led by the Spirit of God," we would have learned enough in this life, hence, "they are the sons of God." First of all to be led is more than knowledge of the destination, but rather, it is knowledge with obedient action. Let's define it. 

Google defines led as: past and past participle of lead.

Which signifies that the leading was in the past and thus successful. Looking now at lead, which is what the Holy Ghost is and will be doing for us. Pay attention to the definitions and the synonyms.

1. cause (a person or animal) to go with one by holding them by the hand, a halter, a rope, etc., while moving forward.
2. be in charge or command of.
synonyms: be the leader of, be the head of, preside over, head, command, govern, rule, be in charge of, be in command of, be in control of, run, control, direct, be at the helm of; 

And where would the Holy Spirit lead us to? Directly to our Father in Heaven and our Savior, Jesus Christ, in the Celestial kingdom. Which is why we would be the sons of God, because we would have qualified to be led by the Holy Spirit back to the Father to inherit all that the Father hath and to be joint heirs with Christ.

Romans 8:17
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Now that we have a better understanding of the Ponderize scripture, let us ponder the deep meanings and have it settle into our souls so that we begin today to be obedient to the voice of the Lord in our own minds and hearts. 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lessons that don't challenge us rarely change us

I made this quote like a week ago and am finally posting it. I simply love this quote and picture combination. Nephi is such an example and hero to me. After being tied up and mocked by his brothers for 4 days, they finally freed him because they feared they were about to be swallowed up by the great waves. 

"And it came to pass after they had loosed me, behold, I took the compass, and it did work whither I desired it. And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord; and after I had prayed the winds did cease, and the storm did cease, and there was a great calm." 1 Nephi 18:21

By the wording of this scripture we understand the spiritual state of Nephi. The compass, or liahona, only worked by faith and he was righteous enough to ask for a miracle and be heard and have his petition answered. 

I always assume (due to his righteous state) that Nephi didn't get mad, but "frankly forgive them all that they had done" (1 Nephi 7:21), like he had previously done when they sought to take away his life. I would have reacted differently and been so mad if I was Nephi, but he took the more Christlike way, how amazing. This situation challenged Nephi, and because he was up for the challenge, it changed him. In order for us to become like our Savior, we too must accept the challenges that are before us so that they too can change us. 

Lessons that don't challenge us, rarely change us. Brad Wilcox, "Changed through His Grace."


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Draw near unto me

Here is the weekly picture quote for my Sunday Class.

Doctrine and Covenants 88:63
63 Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017


I just finished the book, "Changed through His grace" by Brad Wilcox. I am loving the Deseret Bookshelf Plus App with my 30 day trial of unlimited audio. This book has been simply amazing. It is a must read. It explores all aspects of grace and most importantly will improve your testimony in the grace of the Savior, as it has increased mine. 

I love these lines from hymn 197: O Savior, Thou Who Wearest a Crown, "the very foes who slay thee, have access to thy grace."

We are never beyond the grace of God. Let us not procrastinate any more, and come unto Christ with all our heart, might, mind, and strength and we will be blessed with His grace.

For more information on the relationship between grace and works, please read this post:


Friday, May 12, 2017

Sacrament - one of the greatest blessings

As we prepare for the Sabbath day tomorrow, this quote will help to put the sacrament in its real light. 

“It is one of the greatest blessings we could enjoy, to come before the Lord, and before the angels, and before each other, to witness that we remember that the Lord Jesus Christ has died for us. This proves to the Father that we remember our covenants, that we love his Gospel, that we love to keep his commandments” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young [1997], 151).

If you enjoyed that quote go read the full article:

“Offer Up Thy Sacraments upon My Holy Day” (D&C 59:9) - Ensign Sept. 1998 - ensign


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Called to serve - Assigned to labor

Look at this adorable couple!!! My parents started their first of many missions together. Their excitement to serve the Lord is contagious. I am so very proud of them. My dad is not as mobile as he once was and so that restricted their options in where they could serve. They truly didn't care where they served, they just wanted to serve. They are doing a service mission here locally. They are the embodiment of David A. Bednar's talk in this last conference. A few days ago on Facebook, Bednar recapped the message of his talk, how it has been received, and the need for everyone to not wait for a call but rather be good member missionaries now. Enjoy his Facebook post. 

"In the month since I delivered my general conference address, several of you mentioned that at some point you had been concerned about your mission call or later reassignment. May I emphasize again the difference between the phrases “called to serve” and “assigned to labor.” The first is a call to serve as a full-time missionary in the Lord’s restored Church. The second is an assignment to labor in a specific place and mission.

"In the culture of the Church, we often talk of being called to serve in a country such as Argentina, Poland, Korea, or the United States. But a missionary is not called to a place; rather, he or she is called to serve. As the Lord declared through the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1829, “If ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work.”

"Some are unable to serve as a full-time missionary for physical, emotional, or other reasons. Not a single member of the Church should carry an unnecessary burden of misunderstanding, uncertainty, anguish, or guilt about an assignment to labor, a reassignment, an honorable early release, or an inability to serve because of extenuating circumstances.

"We need not receive an official call to be a life-time missionary. All around you, every day, are friends and neighbors “who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it” (D&C 123:12). As you are directed by the Spirit, you can share a thought, an invitation, a text or tweet that will introduce your friends to the truths of the restored gospel. You need not and should not wait for an official call to become anxiously engaged in missionary work.

"To be engaged in His service is one of the greatest blessings we can ever receive. I witness that the Savior knows and is mindful of each of us one by one and name by name."

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Prophets speak the word of God when moved upon by the Holy Ghost

Weekly picture quote for my Sunday School class. 

Doctrine and Covenants 68:4
And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.

Image by: Jarno Lindroos
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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Grace to exalt us requires our best efforts

Image by: Eric Henderson

Romans 6:1-2
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

On the topic of grace, there are two extremes, on opposite sides of the scale. The first extreme is believing that only through grace are we saved and that works are of no/little value or benefit in our salvation. The other extreme is that we are saved by our works. Grace actually doesn't even appear on that scale for it is not a ratio of grace to works, but rather both extremes exist harmoniously. The secret is that there are many levels of grace and we must qualify for increased grace. 

First and foremost let's look at the last command of the Savior as he gave the beatitudes.

Matthew 5:48
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Now, let's compare that will His closing command to the Nephites during His beatitudes sermon to them.

3 Nephi 12:48
Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

We are here on earth to progress, through our experiences, to become like the stature of Christ.

Ephesians 4:13
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

So, how do we come "unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ?" First let's look at how Christ accomplished it and came unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of His Father.

Doctrine and Covenants 93:13
13 And he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness;

Do you see the secret; the levels of grace? His sinless life qualified him to go from grace to grace until He received a fullness. A few verses down we see how this applies to us.

Doctrine and Covenants 93:19-20
19 I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship, and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness.
20 For if you keep my commandments you shall receive of his fulness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father; therefore, I say unto you, you shall receive grace for grace.

It is so exciting, this is how and what we worship. We are to receive a fullness of Christ which is the fullness of the Father. In order for us to receive grace for grace, we must keep His commandments which requires a significant amount of effort and work on our part, but it is not working on our own, but rather we are yoked with Christ, and receive grace for grace along the way which strengthens us and allows us to perform an even greater work. Thus as you can see, grace and works are not separate entities but rather they coexist and only through grace are we capable of performing greater works and yet all glory be to the Father for the grace that strengths and exalts us.

So, to recap, to come unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ and the Father, we must keep the commandments (works) and yet the only way to accomplish this is to be strengthened by and through grace and to go from grace to grace which empowers us to keep all the commandments of God and thus we come unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ, and become like Him in mind and in deed. And all of this is brought about by grace as we do all we can do because then grace will strengthen us to do it again and the process repeats itself until we are like Christ, by His grace. So, we are saved by grace and exalted by works made possible only by and through grace.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

God intends for us to outgrow ourselves

This quote is a favorite of mine from the movie, Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration. 

"Some small creature made that shell,... layer by layer until they finally outgrew it. Maybe God intends for us to outgrow ourselves too."

What a great analogy to apply a snail and his shell, to us as God's children. We live in this world and we have our worldly or carnal bodies, desires, and passions. As we progress, we too must outgrow these carnal things and be born of and live by the Spirit, thus we becoming new creatures, with new bodies, desires, and passions that are centered on Christ and filled with His Spirit, light, and glory.

Let us put forth the necessary effort and faith to undergo this great change through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.


If ye love me

From my journal back on September 4, 2016. This class was just amazing. As I was teaching my class I was blessed with the companionship of the Holy Ghost and as I taught them, the Holy Ghost literally filled my mouth with what to say. I was enjoying it so much because of how much I was learning, I was sad when class was over. One example was:

John 14:15

15 ¶If ye love me, keep my commandments.

I was told to ask them, "Why?", "How is it that if we love God, we will keep His commandments?" They didn't really know what to say to that. 

I was told to ask them, "Why do you love your parents?" Then the answers started to flow: protection, food, home, because they love us, they want us to be happy, etc...

Next, I asked, "And why do we love God?" All the same answers, they started to connect the analogy together. But then the real answer came, someone said, the Plan of Salvation. I then explained that God wants nothing more than for us to become like Him and live the life that He lives. I then shared the scripture in Moses 1:39 "For behold, this is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." I explained that God also knew that in order to become like Him and live His life, that we had to progress properly or we could not become like Him. I went thru how we had to keep our first estate, receive a body, and keep our second estate with honor. God knew that in order to keep our second estate with honor, we needed to become sanctified and purified and so He gave us commandments that we had to follow to be able to qualify ourselves to be sanctified and purified by the atonement of Jesus Christ. 

With this understanding, they could understand that if we love Him, we would want to become like Him, just as we want to become a good father or mother like our parents. They also realized that by virtue of us being here in this life, we kept our first estate and rejoiced for the chance to become like God one day, and so now we get to put that pre-existence rejoicing to the test and keep the commandments. We keep the commandments because we love and trust that God knows how it is that we can return to Him and therefore that the commandments He had given are for that purpose. Therefore we follow them because by so doing we become transformed into His child and eventually we will become like Him.