Friday, September 15, 2017

When Christ comes - we must be doing His work


When Christ comes, we must be doing His work,
and we must be living His teachings. He must recognize us
quickly and easily as truly being His disciples.
Jeffrey R. Holland

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude


"We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude." Thomas S. Monson

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Gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues


"If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues." Thomas S. Monson


More fully keep thyself unspotted from the world


Doctrine and Covenants 59:9
And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day; https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/59?lang=eng

The Sabbath is one of the most important commandments in the entire gospel plan

"The Lord declares that to qualify to enter his presence we must live by every word that proceeds forth from his mouth (see D&C 84:44), and the law of the Sabbath is one of the most important in the entire gospel plan." Mark E. Petersen https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1975/04/the-sabbath-day?lang=eng

Sanctify yourselves




Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you. Joshua 3:5

When faith replaces doubt



When faith replaces doubt, when selfless service eliminates selfish striving, the power of God brings to pass His purposes. Thomas S. Monson



Revelation is oftentimes misunderstood



Revelation is oftentimes misunderstood. 

Doctrine and Covenants 9:7-8
7 Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.
8 But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/9?lang=eng

If you want revelation - Do your homework

I love this teaching from President Harold B. Lee to Elder Eyring.


Then he gave me the lesson, which I now give to you, in about these words: “Hal, when we had  
done all we knew how to do, when we had our backs to the wall, then God gave us the revelation. Hal,  
if you want to get revelation, do your homework.” 
President Harold B. Lee to Elder Eyring 
Henry B. Eyring 
Speeches—Waiting Upon the Lord 

Salvation is not a cheap experience

Do you not want the highest glory



Certain Women - By Linda K. Burton https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/04/certain-women?lang=eng
Certain Covenant-Keeping Women of the Restoration: Willing to Sacrifice

Anciently, certain women sacrificed as they testified and lived the teachings of Jesus. Certain women in the early days of the Restoration did the same. Drusilla Hendricks and her family were among those who, as new converts, suffered during the persecution of the Saints in Clay County, Missouri. Her husband was permanently paralyzed during the Battle of Crooked River. She was left to care for him as well as provide for her family.

“At one particularly distressing time, when the family was out of food, she remembered that a voice told her, ‘Hold on, for the Lord will provide.’”

When her son was needed to volunteer for the Mormon Battalion, at first Drusilla resisted and wrestled in prayer with Heavenly Father until “it was as though a voice said to her, ‘Do you not want the highest glory?’ She answered naturally, ‘Yes,’ and the voice continued, ‘How do you think to gain it save by making the greatest sacrifices?’”

Salvation is not a cheap experience


May your conscience grow increasingly



November 11, 2016 D. Todd Christofferson wrote the below on Facebook and I thought it was so good. We must be unmovable in our obedience to Light of Christ that is in us all and known as our conscience. Enjoy his post. 

 
"May your voice in support of eternal truths and moral principles be heard. May your own conscience grow increasingly firm and refined. And may there never be a Watergate in your personal history."

Hard as things seem today


What a great talk by Henry B. Eyring. Below is a few paragraphs to that talk. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2007/04/this-day?lang=eng

"For those who are discouraged by their circumstances and are therefore tempted to feel they cannot serve the Lord this day, I make you two promises. Hard as things seem today, they will be better in the next day if you choose to serve the Lord this day with your whole heart. Your circumstances may not be improved in all the ways which you desire. But you will have been given new strength to carry your burdens and new confidence that when your burdens become too heavy, the Lord, whom you have served, will carry what you cannot. He knows how. He prepared long ago. He suffered your infirmities and your sorrows when He was in the flesh so that He would know how to succor you.

Tomorrow is always better if we serve the Lord

Avoid pride - follow the prophet



2 Kings 5:13
13 And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some agreatthing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?


If all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni


Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.

Behold, he was a man like unto Ammon, the son of Mosiah, yea, and even the other sons of Mosiah, yea, and also Alma and his sons, for they were all men of God. Alma 48:17-18


The nearer man approaches perfection

Background image by: Craig Conover, a digital painting I made of a dream I had several years ago.

"We consider that God has created man with a mind capable of instruction, and a faculty which may be enlarged in proportion to the heed and diligence given to the light communicated from heaven to the intellect; and that the nearer man approaches perfection, the clearer are his views, and the greater his enjoyments, till he has overcome the evils of his life and lost every desire for sin; and like the ancients, arrives at that point of faith where he is wrapped in the power and glory of his Maker and is caught up to dwell with Him. Joseph Smith https://www.lds.org/manual/teachings-joseph-smith/chapter-17?lang=eng


One who can control his thoughts has conquered himself


"Probably the greatest challenge to people of any age, particularly young people, and the most difficult thing you will face in mortal life is to learn to control your thoughts. As a man "thinketh in his heart, so is he." (Prov. 23:7.) One who can control his thoughts has conquered himself."  Boyd K. Packer Inspiring Music- Worthy Thoughts


Noah before the flood - Joseph before the fire



Lorenzo Snow reported a day when someone came and asked Joseph Smith, “Who are you?” To which he replied, “Noah came before the flood. I have come before the fire.” http://scottwoodward.org/MyClasses/2013-PGP/PPT/8-Moses%208--Noah%20and%20the%20Flood.pptx

The Touch of the Master's Hand



The Touch of the Master's Hand

'Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
      Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
      But held it up with a smile.
"What am I bidden, good folks," he cried,
    "Who'll start the bidding for me?"
"A dollar, a dollar. Then two! Only two?
      Two dollars, and who'll make it three?"

"Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
      Going for three…" But no,
From the room, far back, a grey-haired man
      Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then wiping the dust from the old violin,
      And tightening the loosened strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet,
      As a caroling angel sings.

The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
      With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said: "What am I bid for the old violin?"
      And he held it up with the bow.
"A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two?
      Two thousand! And who'll make it three?
Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice,
    And going and gone," said he.

The people cheered, but some of them cried,
    "We do not quite understand.
What changed its worth?" Swift came the reply:
    "The touch of the Master's hand."
And many a man with life out of tune,
      And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd
      Much like the old violin.

A "mess of pottage," a glass of wine,
    A game — and he travels on.
He is "going" once, and "going" twice,
    He's "going" and almost "gone."
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd
    Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
    By the touch of the Master's hand.

Myra 'Brooks' Welch

Myra Welch would say that she heard a speaker address a group of students on the power of God to bring out the best in people. She said she herself became filled with light and that “Touch of the Master’s Hand” was written in 30 minutes!.
The finished poem was sent anonymously to the editor of her local church news bulletin. She felt it was a gift from God and didn’t need her name on it.

We need women who know


Russell M. Nelson - A Plea to My Sisters
"Today, let me add that we need women who know how to make important things happen by their faith and who are courageous defenders of morality and families in a sin-sick world. We need women who are devoted to shepherding God’s children along the covenant path toward exaltation; women who know how to receive personal revelation, who understand the power and peace of the temple endowment; women who know how to call upon the powers of heaven to protect and strengthen children and families; women who teach fearlessly." https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/10/a-plea-to-my-sisters?lang=eng

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Seek the Face of the Lord Always


"Seek the Face of the Lord Always"
Elder Bruce R. McConkie
of the Quorum of the Twelve
(excerpts from The Promised Messiah, Chapter 31, p.575-595) 

"If we keep the commandments and are true and faithful in all things, we shall inherit eternal life in our Father's kingdom. Those who attain this high state of glory and exaltation shall dwell in the presence of God. They shall see his face and converse with him mouth to mouth. They shall know him in the full sense of the word because they have become like him. And all who are now living those laws to the full which will enable them to go where God and Christ are, and there enjoy eternal association with them—that is, all those who are now living in its entirety the law of the celestial kingdom—are already qualified to see the Lord. The attainment of such a state of righteousness and perfection is the object and end toward which all of the Lord's people are striving. We seek to see the face of the Lord while we yet dwell in mortality, and we seek to dwell with him everlastingly in the eternal kingdoms that are prepared."

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Only name whereby salvation can come



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. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/3?lang=eng

We will be going backwards



“Acquaint Thyself with Him, and Be at Peace” George P. Lee

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.

We need to take the time to worship


 
“Acquaint Thyself with Him, and Be at Peace”
George P. Lee

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).


Friday, July 21, 2017

I will make my hands like those From Galilee



His Hands by Kenneth Cope.
"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."


Christ became perfect through overcoming


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)


Strength and struggle go together


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)

Learn to overcome the flesh

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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.”


If thou shalt ask - thou shalt receive revelation upon 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 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1991/10/reverence-invites-revelation?lang=eng

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