Sunday, February 19, 2017

He shall prepare a way


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. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne/3?lang=eng

Song of the righteous is a prayer unto me


Doctrine and Covenants 25:12
For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/25?lang=eng

No good close to evil


  • No good can come from getting close to evil. Like playing with fire, it is too easy to get burned:
James E. Faust, The Great Imitator


There is a place prepared for you - Enos 1:27



Enos 1:27
Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father. Amen. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/enos/1?lang=eng

Friday, February 17, 2017

Our Response Defines Us

"Being a refugee may be a defining moment in the lives of those who are refugees, but being a refugee does not define them. Like countless thousands before them, this will be a period—we hope a short period—in their lives. Some of them will go on to be Nobel laureates, public servants, physicians, scientists, musicians, artists, religious leaders, and contributors in other fields. Indeed, many of them were these things before they lost everything. This moment does not define them, but our response will help define us."

Refuge from the Storm
By Elder Patrick Kearon



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Faith in Christ is Power



Moroni 7:33

33 And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/moro/7?lang=eng


Monday, February 13, 2017

Learning by Faith

Perfect knowledge of Christ, a ressurection, and the world to come.

Jacob 4:12
And now, beloved, marvel not that I tell you these things; for why not speak of the atonement of Christ, and attain to a perfect knowledge of him, as to attain to the knowledge of a resurrection and the world to come? https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/jacob/4?lang=eng


Instructed more perfectly


Doctrine and Covenants 88:77-80
77 And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.
78 Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand;
79 Of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms--
80 That ye may be prepared in all things when I shall send you again to magnify the calling whereunto I have called you, and the mission with which I have commissioned you. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/88?lang=eng


Be Strong, the Lord Will Not Fail Thee


Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/ot/deut/31?lang=eng

If ye lack wisdom, ask of God


James 1:5-6
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/james/1?lang=eng

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Live a Disciples Life


The Truth of God Shall Go Forth
Elder M. Russell Ballard

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/the-truth-of-god-shall-go-forth?lang=eng

This is not to suggest that our challenges today are more severe than the challenges faced by those who have gone before us. They are just different. The Lord isn’t asking us to load up a handcart; He’s asking us to fortify our faith. He isn’t asking us to walk across a continent; He’s asking us to walk across the street to visit our neighbor. He isn’t asking us to give all of our worldly possessions to build a temple; He’s asking us to give of our means and our time despite the pressures of modern living to continue to build temples and then to attend regularly the temples already built. He isn’t asking us to die a martyr’s death; He’s asking us to live a disciple’s life.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

George Washington's Prayer Journal


Wow, what a great prayer from such a great man. Enjoy!

From William Jackson Johnstone, George Washington, the Christian (New York: The Abingdon Press, New York & Cincinnati, 1919), pp. 24-35. (1) Sunday Morning

Almighty God, and most merciful father, who didst command the children of Israel to offer a daily sacrifice to thee, that thereby they might glorify and praise thee for thy protection both night and day, receive, O Lord, my morning sacrifice which I now offer up to thee; I yield thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the danger of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated ot thine own service and for thine own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me, and since thou art a God of pure eyes, and wilt be sanctified in all who draww near unto thee, who doest not regard the sacrifice of fools, nor hear sinners who tread in thy courts, pardon, I beseech thee, my sins, remove them from thy presence, as far as the east is from the west, and accept of me for the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, that when I come into thy temple, and compass thine altar, my prayers may come before thee as incense; and as thou wouldst hear me calling upon thee in my prayers, so give me grace to hear thee calling on me in thy word, that it may be wisdom, righteousness, reconciliation and peace to the saving of the soul in the day of the Lord Jesus. Grant that I may hear it with reverence, receive it with meekness, mingle it with faith, and that it may accomplish in me, Gracious God, the good work for which thou has sent it. Bless my family, kindred, friends and country, be our God & guide this day and for ever for his sake, who lay down in the Grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Born of God


Nevertheless, after wading through much tribulation, repenting nigh unto death, the Lord in mercy hath seen fit to snatch me out of an everlasting burning, and I am born of God.

Mosiah 27:28

Personal Responsibility


"We are all responsible to God for the manner we improve the light and wisdom given by our Lord to enable us to save ourselves." Joseph Smith

Image source: http://spiritualcrusade.blogspot.com/2017/01/personal-responsibility.html

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Daily Gems: Divine Authority to Heal the Sick


Daily Gems
Divine Authority to Heal the Sick
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"When the risen Redeemer appeared to the people of ancient America, He mercifully invited those 'afflicted in any manner' (3 Nephi 17:7) to come unto Him and be healed.

"Marvelously, His divine authority to heal the sick was conferred upon worthy priesthood bearers in earlier dispensations and again in these latter days, when His gospel has been restored in its fulness."

Topics: healing, Savior, authority

(Russell M. Nelson, "Jesus Christ--the Master Healer," Ensign, Nov. 2005, 85)

Friday, March 09, 2007

Youth Gems: Grace for Those Who Are Humble

Gems for Youth
Grace for Those Who Are Humble
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"Should there be anyone who feels he is too weak to do better because of that greatest of fears, the fear of failure, there is no more comforting assurance to be had than the words of the Lord: 'My grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them' (Ether 12:27)."

Topics: humility, grace

(Thomas S. Monson, "Our Sacred Priesthood Trust," Ensign, May 2006, 57)

Young Single Adult Gems: Prayer and Gratitude


Gems for Young Single Adults
Prayer and Gratitude
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"I offer a plea that each of us will seek to live closer to the Lord and to commune with Him more frequently and with increased faith.

"Fathers and mothers, pray over your children. Pray that they may be shielded from the evils of the world. Pray that they may grow in faith and knowledge. Pray that they may be directed toward lives that will be profitable and good. Husbands, pray for your wives. Express unto the Lord your gratitude for them and plead with Him in their behalf. Wives, pray for your husbands. Many of them walk a very difficult road with countless problems and great perplexities. Plead with the Almighty that they may be guided, blessed, protected, inspired in their righteous endeavors. . . .

"Pray for wisdom and understanding as you walk the difficult paths of your lives. If you are determined to do foolish and imprudent things, I think the Lord will not prevent you. But if you seek His wisdom and follow the counsel of the impressions that come to you, I am confident that you will be blessed."

Topics: Faith, family, peace, prayer, gratitude

(Gordon B. Hinckley, "Benediction," Ensign, May 2003, 99-100)

Church History Gems: Honoring the Pioneers


Gems on Church History
Honoring the Pioneers
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"It is not enough to study or reenact the accomplishments of our pioneers. We need to identify the great, eternal principles they applied to achieve all they achieved for our benefit and then apply those principles to the challenges of our day. In that way we honor their pioneering efforts, and we also reaffirm our heritage and strengthen its capacity to bless our own posterity and those millions of our Heavenly Father's children who have yet to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are all pioneers in doing so."

Topic: Pioneers, heritage

(Dallin H. Oaks, "Following the Pioneers," Ensign, Nov. 1997, 72)

Daily Gems: A Time to Prepare

Daily Gems
A Time to Prepare
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"The gospel of Jesus Christ is the plan by which we can become what children of God are supposed to become. This spotless and perfected state will result from a steady succession of covenants, ordinances, and actions, an accumulation of right choices, and from continuing repentance. 'This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God' (Alma 34:32).

"Now is the time for each of us to work toward our personal conversion, toward becoming what our Heavenly Father desires us to become. As we do so, we should remember that our family relationships--even more than our Church callings--are the setting in which the most important part of that development can occur. The conversion we must achieve requires us to be a good husband and father or a good wife and mother. Being a successful Church leader is not enough. Exaltation is an eternal family experience, and it is our mortal family experiences that are best suited to prepare us for it."

Topics: family, conversion, plan of salvation

(Dallin H. Oaks, "The Challenge to Become," Ensign, Nov. 2000, 33)

Family Gems: Parents Should Teach Children the Gospel

Gems on the Family
Parents Should Teach Children the Gospel
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"Teach the gospel and basic values in your home. Establish a love for reading the scriptures together. Too many of our parents are abdicating this responsibility to the Church. While seminary, auxiliaries, and priesthood quorums are important as a supplement to parental gospel instruction, the main responsibility rests in the home. You might want to choose one gospel subject or a family value and then watch for opportunities to teach it. Be wise and do not involve children or yourselves in so many activities out of the home that you are so busy that the Spirit of the Lord cannot be recognized or felt in giving you the promised guidance for yourself and your family."

Topics: family, parenthood

(M. Russell Ballard, "What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest," Ensign, Nov. 2005, 43)

Daily Gems: A Blessing to Guide Your Way

Daily Gems
A Blessing to Guide Your Way
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"A patriarchal blessing is a revelation to the recipient, even a white line down the middle of the road, to protect, inspire, and motivate activity and righteousness. A patriarchal blessing literally contains chapters from your book of eternal possibilities. I say eternal, for just as life is eternal, so is a patriarchal blessing. What may not come to fulfillment in this life may occur in the next. We do not govern God's timetable. 'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.' . . .

"Your patriarchal blessing is yours and yours alone. It may be brief or lengthy, simple or profound. Length and language do not a patriarchal blessing make. It is the Spirit that conveys the true meaning. Your blessing is not to be folded neatly and tucked away. It is not to be framed or published. Rather, it is to be read. It is to be loved. It is to be followed. Your patriarchal blessing will see you through the darkest night. It will guide you through life's dangers. . . . Your patriarchal blessing is to you a personal Liahona to chart your course and guide your way."

Topic: patriarchal blessings

(Thomas S. Monson, "Your Patriarchal Blessing: A Liahona of Light," Ensign, Nov. 1986, 66)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Family Gems: Mission Preparation

Gems on the Family
A Sneak Peek at the March 2007 New Era Issue on Mission Preparation
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"I have attended hundreds of missionary meetings over the years. I love to hear missionaries speak of their love for the Lord, but I also love to hear them speak with great appreciation and love concerning their parents. Boys who had been careless and indifferent stand on their feet and with tears in their eyes thank the Lord for their fathers and their mothers. In these days, what a salutary and wonderful thing it is to hear a strong young man stand up and speak with great feeling concerning his father and his mother, saying things he would never have said before in all of his life. Every boy and girl ought to come home with an increased love for parents."

Topics: Missionary work, testimony, family

Church History Gems: In Good Faith

Gems on Church History
In Good Faith
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"Brigham Young's words concerning his own death and burial are worth noting. After giving instructions concerning where he should be buried, he said, 'There let my earthly house or tabernacle rest in peace, and have a good sleep, until the morning of the first resurrection; no crying or mourning with anyone as I have done my work faithfully and in good faith.' (cited in Preston Nibley, Brigham Young: The Man and His Work, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1936, p. 537.)

"As we reflect on those who have gone before us, and as we consider our present labors for the good of ourselves and others, would that we all might say each day, 'I am doing my work faithfully and in good faith.'"

Topic: faith

(Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Faith of the Pioneers," Ensign, July 1984, 6)

Daily Gems: United in Righteousness

Daily Gems
United in Righteousness
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"I have learned over the years that the strength in a quorum doesn't come from the number of priesthood holders in it. Nor does it come automatically from the age and maturity of the members. Rather, the strength of a quorum comes in large measure from how completely its members are united in righteousness. That unity in a strong quorum of the priesthood is not like anything I have experienced in an athletic team or club or any other organization in the world."

(Henry B. Eyring, "A Priesthood Quorum," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 43)

Young Single Adult Gems: Cast Thy Burdens on the Lord

Gems for Young Single Adults
Cast Thy Burdens on the Lord
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"Why face life's burdens alone, Christ asks, or why face them with temporal support that will quickly falter? To the heavy laden it is Christ's yoke, it is the power and peace of standing side by side with a God that will provide the support, balance and the strength to meet our challenges and endure our tasks here in the hardpan field of mortality."

Topics: Christ, Atonement

(Howard W. Hunter, The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter, ed. Clyde J. Williams (1997), 63)

Daily Gems: To Receive the Blessings of Heaven

Daily Gems
To Receive the Blessings of Heaven
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"Let us be no more tossed to and fro by every worldly wind and doctrine of man (see Ephesians 4:14). We declare to the world that the heavens are open and the truth of God's eternal plan has again been made known to mankind. We live in the dispensation of the fulness of times. We live in a day when we have the witness through the scriptures of the great plan the Lord has given to His children from the beginning of time down to this present and last dispensation. The evidence is well documented; we are not left alone to wander through mortality without knowing of the master plan which the Lord has designed for His children. He has bound Himself by solemn covenant to give us the blessings of heaven according to our obedience to His law. Oh, remember, remember that these things are true, for the Lord God has revealed these eternal truths unto us."

(L. Tom Perry, "The Plan of Salvation," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 72)

Youth Gems: The Miracle of the Atonement

Gems for Youth
The Miracle of the Atonement
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"I [have been] overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for the magnificent principle of repentance and for the Atonement that makes it possible, for the miracle of conversion, for this great Church and its members, and for our missionaries."

Topics: Atonement, repentance

(Richard G. Hinckley, "Repentance, a Blessing of Membership," Ensign, May 2006, 50)

Monday, January 29, 2007

Daily Gems: Mission Preparation

Daily Gems
Mission Preparation
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"We ask tremendous things of missionaries. It is so hard for shy and diffident young people to do the things we sometimes ask them to do. But what a marvelous thing that they try. They have the faith to do, the faith to act, the faith to go forward and make the effort. And what a marvelous gift that is to bring home."

Topics: Missionary work, faith

(President Gordon B. Hinckley, "Gifts to Bring Home from the Mission Field," New Era, March 2007, 3)

Youth Gems: Mission Preparation

Gems for Youth
Mission Preparation
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"You can't take water out of an empty bucket. When missionaries know the gospel and how to teach it, they don't want to do anything else. . . . They have self-confidence and inner strength. There's great power in that kind of preparation. For this reason, I encourage every young man and every young woman to get acquainted with Preach My Gospel. Young people have the obligation to enlighten themselves, to understand for themselves the doctrines of the Restoration. That preparation is every bit as important for a girl as it is for a boy. Whether the young woman gets married or serves a full-time mission, the gospel has to operate in her life."

Topics: Missionary work, study, preparation

(Elder M. Russell Ballard, "How to Prepare to Be a Good Missionary," New Era, March 2007, 8)