Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Our Great Privilege and Responsibility- To receive light and knowledgeto the perfect day




 "If we want to have the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, we must find time to slow down, ponder, pray, and live so we are worthy to receive and act upon His promptings. We will avoid major mistakes if we heed His warnings. It is our privilege as members to receive light and knowledge from Him even to the perfect day." (We Follow Jesus Christ - Quentin L. Cook, http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2010/04/we-follow-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

But no one has failed who keeps trying and keeps praying.



“Because She Is a Mother” - Jeffrey R. Holland https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1997/04/because-she-is-a-mother?lang=eng

Sometimes the decision of a child or a grandchild will break your heart. Sometimes expectations won’t immediately be met. Every mother and father worries about that. Even that beloved and wonderfully successful parent President Joseph F. Smith pled, “Oh! God, let me not lose my own.”8 That is every parent’s cry, and in it is something of every parent’s fear. But no one has failed who keeps trying and keeps praying. You have every right to receive encouragement and to know in the end your children will call your name blessed, just like those generations of foremothers before you who hoped your same hopes and felt your same fears.

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The mercy and grace of Jesus Christ are not limited to sins



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"The mercy and grace of Jesus Christ are not limited to those who commit sins either of commission or omission, but they encompass the promise of everlasting peace to all who will accept and follow Him and His teachings. His mercy is the mighty healer, even to the wounded innocent."

Reading The Reason for Our Hope - By President Boyd K. Packer in Voice Dream http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/the-reason-for-our-hope?lang=eng

Enjoy the journey

How much of life do we miss waiting for rainbows - Uchtdorf



"How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking God that there is rain?" (Grateful in Any Circumstances - By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/grateful-in-any-circumstances?lang=eng)

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Seek the higher ground - Temple


"...seek the higher ground—the refuge and eternal protection of the temple."

Reading We Follow Jesus Christ - Quentin L. Cook in Voice Dream http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2010/04/we-follow-jesus-christ?lang=eng

We step into the sphere we are worthy to enter

In death we die to this world and step through the veil into the sphere we are worthy to enter. Gordon B. Hinckley https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2005/04/the-great-things-which-god-has-revealed?lang=eng

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Before you judge - walk a mile in their shoes



Before you judge someone, walk a mile in someone their shoes.

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The grass isnt always greener on the other side

The right path is always uphill



President Eyring's mother always told him, “If you are on the right path, it will always be uphill.”

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How much more need have we to be baptized



2 Nephi 31:5
And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water! 

Baptism - If this be the desire of your hearts


Mosiah 18:8-10
8 ...Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God [explain what witness means, include testifier of God] at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life--
10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you? https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/18?lang=eng

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Eye of Faith


Chauncey Riddle - Working By Faith is Mental Exertion

http://chaunceyriddle.com/missionary-conference/working-by-faith-is-mental-exertion/

Training the mind.
The goal of mind training is to have an eye single to the Glory of God. The eye in question is the mind’s eye, the eye of our understanding and intentions. It is God’s purpose to teach us how to look upon our surroundings in this world and see things as they really are (as opposed to believing the lies of the adversary). To do this we must test every bit of information we receive by the Holy Spirit, to see if how we are seeing, hearing, sensing and believing is true. This is difficult at first, but as we practice doing this it can become almost automatic. We are training ourselves to look upon all things with the help of God, to see things as he sees them. By this means we come to understand truly what is going on around us in order to to diagnose the problems at hand correctly.
To train our intentions is to work with ourselves until we desire nothing but the glory of God. This is intense mental effort, for we must be ever scrutinizing our intent and motives, being guided by our conscience whether our motives are pure and selfless or not. When the work of God becomes the only thing we really care about, then we can begin to work for the glory of God with all of our heart, might, mind and strength.
In the process of attempting to make our eye single to the glory of God, we may find that our heart is not pure, and that we cannot go all the way to having an eye single because our heart will not tolerate that dedication. It is then our privilege to apply to God for a new heart. When we have done all that we can do with our present heart, have trained our mind to attend to the things of God and our body to be as faithful to God as we can, then, since we have then done all we can to have faith, the grace of God can come to us and make up the difference. As we receive instruction from God to do so, we can receive a new, pure heart which will enable us to have our eye completely single to the glory of God. A pure heart and an eye (mind) single make it possible for us to become faith-full, to have perfect faith.
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Glory of God = Light of Christ - Attracted by Faith

I will come to you



John 14:18-21
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. http://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/14?lang=eng

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Path of the just - shineth unto the perfect day.

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Jesus like lightning in a summer storm, grasp us as we fall


That first Easter sequence of Atonement and Resurrection constitutes the most consequential moment, the most generous gift, the most excruciating pain, and the most majestic manifestation of pure love ever to be demonstrated in the history of this world. Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, suffered, died, and rose from death in order that He could, like lightning in a summer storm, grasp us as we fall, hold us with His might, and through our obedience to His commandments, lift us to eternal life.

Reading Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet - By Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in Voice Dream http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2015/04/where-justice-love-and-mercy-meet?lang=eng

Monday, March 06, 2017

For after your testimony- comes God's testimony


Doctrine and Covenants 88:89-91
89 For after your testimony cometh the testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and men shall fall upon the ground and shall not be able to stand.
90 And also cometh the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds.
91 And all things shall be in commotion; and surely, men’s hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/88?lang=eng

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Prophet- man of maturity and judgment



President Hinckley “Isn’t it wonderful to have a man of maturity at the head, a man of judgment who isn’t blown about by every wind of doctrine?” (broadcast on Apr. 7, 1996).

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Faith: Principle of Power



Joseph Smith - Lectures on Faith

12 And as faith is the moving cause of all action in temporal concerns, so it is in spiritual...

13 ...But faith is not only the principle of action, but of power, also, in all intelligent beings, whether in heaven, or on earth.

17 Who cannot see, that if God framed the worlds by faith, that it is by faith that he exercises power over them, and that faith is the principle of power? And that if the principle of power, it must be so in man as well as in the Deity? This is the testimony of all the sacred writers, and the lesson which they have been endeavoring to teach to man.

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Faith: Principle of Action



Joseph Smith taught us in the Lectures on Faith:

9 From this we learn, that faith is the assurance which men have of the existence of things which they have not seen; and the principle of action in all intelligent beings.

Be not ashamed


1 Peter 4:12-19
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/1-pet/4?lang=eng

Burdens made light


Matthew 11:28-30
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/11?lang=eng

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The Teacher is Always Quite During the Test


When you are going through difficulty and wonder where GOD is, remember that the teacher is always quite during the test.

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Put away all your false traditions


"I say to all those who are disposed to set up stakes for the Almighty, You will come short of the glory of God. To become a joint heir of the heirship of the Son, one must put away all his false traditions.”

“The great thing for us to know is to comprehend what God did institute before the foundation of the world. Who knows it? It is the constitutional disposition of mankind to set up stakes and set bounds to the works and ways of the Almighty. … That which hath been hid from before the foundation of the world is revealed to babes and sucklings in the last days [see D&C 128:18].”

Teachings: Joseph Smith Chapter 22: Gaining Knowledge of Eternal Truths


Monday, February 27, 2017

I am merciful and gracious unto those who fear me



Doctrine and Covenants 76:5
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. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/76?lang=eng

Saturday, February 25, 2017

True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior


“True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior.

“The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior. ... That is why we stress so forcefully the study of the doctrines of the gospel”
Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. (“Little Children,” Ensign, Nov. 1986, 17).

Friday, February 24, 2017

All things denote there is a God


Alma 30:44
But Alma said unto him: Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God? Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Deny the Spirit -Deny the Blessings


If you choose to deny the spirit by not asking, you choose to deny the blessings that The Lord would otherwise have in store for you.
Boyd K Packer