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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Wisdom Scripture Chain

Matthew 10:16
Jacob 6:12
Alma 18:16
Alma 48:11-17
Mormon 9:28
Doctrine & Covenants 111:11

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sacrament Challenge Day 2

3 Nephi 18
Christ invites the reader to a sacrament meeting. As people arrive they are greeted and invited to be seated. Christ authorizes the sacrament to be prepared. A thought comes to mind,what should one be doing while waiting for the sacrament to be blessed and passed? Thoughts are to be centered on the reason for the attendance. Preparing mentally for that opportunity. 

Then as the bread is passed, Christ tells us that we are baring our testimony to the Father that we will always remember him. In turn there is a blessing that we will have the spirit to be with us. Water is been passed to the apostles and then to the multitude. That represents our willingness to keep the Commandments. That we are humble enough to repent. That leads to being willing to utilize the atonement and remember the great lasting sacrifice of the master. 

Nephi records that if we are willing to do these things that were built on the sure foundation. However, if we vary from being obedient and penitent then we are on shaky sandy ground.

Partaking of the sacrament one realizes that he must always watch and pray. Meaning, that we have to always be vigilant. Avoiding temptations that the adversary throws away. We have to be willing to stand up for truth and righteousness. We have to recognize the true light that comes from following the ultimate example, Jesus Christ.

A word of caution about the sacrament, it must be taken worthily. The person partaking of the sacrament must be willing to recognize that it is a honor and not a right. 

Christ knows us and he knows how to give us what we need. That is the beauty of the atonement. We must be willing to accept his wonderfully amazing sacrifice.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sacrament Challenge

Take out a sheet of paper and write on it "what does the sacrament mean to me?"
Take a scripture a day and write down your thoughts.

The purpose is to have a better more prepared for experience during the sacrament on Sunday.

Day 1
Matthew 26
 The chapter opens on a woman who came in with expensive oils and anointed the Savior. Then it speaks of Judas and his treacherous act of betrayal. The Savior sends the apostles to to find a place where they may celebrate the Passover.  Then the scene shifts to Gethsemane. 

In just the first 16 verses two very distinct things happen. The woman who anointed the Savior had so much respect for him brought her finest ointments to treat to the master. The apostles did not understand what she had done. On a first glance one might have the same reaction as the apostles. But think about where her heart was. Her heart was centered on serving one whom she held in high regard. One who would change the world. She was being a humble servant. Her heart was centered on following the master.
Just a few short verses latter we see how a little bit of pride gets in the way and changes the heart of one who knew the gospel teachings. Judas Iscariot had witnessed the miracles wrought by Jesus. Yet, with greed in his heart he accepted payment of thirty pieces of silver. His heart was set on worldly things. He wanted marterial wealth rather than eternal blessings.

So, then that begs the question...where does your heart lie?

I love how the Savior offer the sacrament and then asks the brethren to go with him to Gethsemane. In verse 38 he is weighed down with sorrow. He asks them to watch with him. I wonder what they were thinking in that moment. I wonder how I would respond. I wonder if they really understood the gravity of the time. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

The canoe trip of life - Lessons from the River

Put a fat unfit middle aged man in the middle of canoe give him a paddle and that creates the makings of some great stories. If nothing else a very interesting visual and the start to a billon jokes. But that's where the story starts. 

I purpose that life is like a canoe trip. It starts with the planning. The leader says let's go on a short trip. Everyone gets really excited. Summer is coming the water will be warm enough. It will show us how we need to improve. But most important...experience will be gained. 

So, the day of the event arrives. The boys are excited, the adults are excited. Leaders and experienced adults show up to take the inexperienced down life's river. So, we have a little instruction, take a few pictures and then it is time to get in the boats. Yes, canoes come in all sizes but we put the big guys in the skinny canoes just to get more of a laugh. 

The canoes are loaded and then are launched into the river. There is always going to be a learning curve especially when there is a fat guy in the boat learning to balance and paddle at the same time. With a experienced lake canoe driver...( driving a canoe on a lake is different than navigating a river.) So, both the guide and the fat guy are learning together. 

There are times when no matter what is done the canoe is going to drift every way but where the desired area is. During these times a little patience is required to get canoe to go where it is needed. And sometimes there is that sneaker current that catches the canoes  off guard and the balance that the fat guy had mastered falters and the canoe tips causing the unbalanced to jump off the boat. It is during these times that one should remember to just keep calm. The water is scary but manageable. All that is needed is a hand to make it to shore. At this point although cold and wet it is important to get back in the boat. Keep going down the river. 

Recognize, that when we loose our balance and end up out of the boat consequences are going to happen. We can make choices that will help us. However, we can not choose our consequences to  our actions. If we get out of the boat we are going to be wet. If we are not wearing safety gear tragedy is learking near. No, matter the consequence of our actions...we can always get back in the boat and start the process of getting dry and fixing broken equipment. 

Eventually, there will come a time when we come around the final bend and it's time to beach the vessel. There is a sense of accomplishment. A recognition that leaders are helpful. Even when sometimes we may not want them near. One recognizes that the river has had twists and turns, gone fast and slow. Overall, it allowed stories to be shared, friendships to be made, Experience to be had and the fat man to realize that there is more to life than what he has allowed inside his little bubble. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Recognizing The Hand Of The Lord - Part 1

This is a very broad topic. On the surface it may seem very simple however upon a in depth study the topic is like a hydra dragon. Once one question is answered the query developes more questions.

How exactly does the Lord bare his hand in your life? Have you ever stopped to ponder how much the Lord is already apart of your life? How much more could he be in your life? In primary the song is sung:
Whenever I touch a velvet rose, or look at the blue blue sky, whenever I feel the rain on my face or the wind as it rushes by.  All of these things help us to know that Heavenly Father loves and knows each one of us on a very personal level.

2nd Nephi 1:5-6; 10:22
Nephi discribes that the Lord leads his people where he needs them. There will be trials that test the  faith of those who choose to follow the Master. However, along with those trials come the sweet blessings and promises directly from the Father.  The Father knows what we need, when we need it. The job of the individual is to recognize where these blessings come from. Once they recognize the hand of God working in their lives they are able to then ask for guidance, assistance and the comfort that only comes from the heavens.

Some of the ways that one is able to recognize the hand of the Lord is in doing good. The other is to seek after the examples of those who would be our leaders. Both, are broad ambiguous statements to be sure. Grab your scriptures and let's create two scripture chains.

Doing Good
Ezra 8:22
When seeking God, He longs to bless. He is a safety net that will bring peace if it is sought for. If when one is about their daily activity they just need to look inward. Why are they doing what they are. Is the activity being performed leading to bless their lives or build the kingdom of God. If not the anger of the Father is kindled and the individual is subject to his power and wrath.

Romans 8:28
Everything that is done should be with one goal in mind. That is, to lead all men back to the Father. Are the thoughts being entertained leading those around you to be a little better. All things work for Good, as one works to serve the Father.

Doctrine & Covenants 6:13
When engaged in service to and around one another it brings to fruition the blessing of eternal life. The great blessing of living with the Father is ours when the seeds of faith are allowed to blossom.

Doctrine & Covenants 90:24
The seeds of the faith are Searching Dilligently, Praying Always, Believeing, Walking up rightly remembering our covenants. Searching is always looking to the scriptures, studying the words of the current prophets, taking the time to ponder in your heart the thoughts that come form this great process. Always ask questions. Take your heart to our Heavenly Father. It may be hard to swallow but the answers that come may not be the things that want to be heard. Sometimes understanding does not come all at once. It is during these times that a true test of faith comes.

1 Nephi 17:1-3
One way that one can reach out to see and recognize the hand of God is to recognize that the trials come. The reaction to that trial is where the Holy Ghost is manifest. There is where faith is exercised. In the trial comes the blessing as well. Heaven will send the comforter as one is keeping their end of the bargain.

2Nephi 1:5-6
Great promises flow when covenants are kept. It is when the individual learns to recognize that the Lord is in charge that real blessings and truths are revealed.

Ether 12:41
Each one of us have examples that can be looked to. The savior is the ultimate example to pattern ones life after. God has blessed the world with living prophets and apostles who share with us his mind and will for our day. They offer a great way to cultivate a relationship with the father.

Doctrine & Covenants 88:63
When the individual turns his heart to the Father and earnestly reaches out to him; then the Father reaches back and the relationship truly begins to be a two way street.

Each night what blessing it is to evaluate and ponder on the day's events. As this is done you will see just how much the hand of God has been working in YOUR life.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Does God Really Love Me?

Thoughts swirl when this question is asked. It really is a non sequitur. All things  denote that there is a God. When asked this question thoughts are turned inward and focus is placed squarely on the individual.
When speaking to Zeezrom Alma taught truth when he said we are all going to die. That is undisputed. Humans are born and humans will die. What comes in between the start and the end is what matters most. It is here where we find out how much love the Father has for us. Again Alma tells Zeezrom that because God loves us angels are sent to teach us. They are sent to help navigate the sinner. All we have to do is accept that help. 
The help needed is only offered by the Master, even Jesus Christ.
Through him the atonement is administered. Through  him we are brought back to the father on condition that we repent. That we work hard doing righteous things. 
It is easy to see just how much love God the father has for me! It with wondering awe and gratitude that I look to him who knows me personally and has provided a path for me to return to his presence.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Christlike Attributes - Knowledge

Becoming more like Christ is gaining as much knowledge as is possible. That comes from multiple sources we live in a classroom. Life, just living is a grand experience. What are we doing with that life? Are we utilizing everything that is given to us. 
Are we reaping the most blessings in the time that has been allotted to us? Each must answer that question on his or her own. The parable of the talents comes to mind. Are we seeking to expand our horizons? Or are we hiding them not willing to use them for fear that we might loose them? 
Each has much to give. That is what makes this life so great. We can learn something from everyone that we come in contact with. 
Where do you gain knowledge? Where do you seek for answers? They are available sometimes in the most unlikely places. Truth is truth as I have recently heard from a bishop. Sources of light are available to each of us. As we share our light we gain light from others. 
Some time ago a brother went out on ministering visits. He was assigned a brother whose family had not attended in years. There was not a welcome for the visit. The brother was turned away. He returned as requested by the local leadership. Each time the same reaction. The brother went each time with love in his heart. He went with a desire to bring another to Jesus Christ. What ended up happening was a change in the brother. His testimony only grew. His love for the savior grew. He knew he could do hard things through this experience. His hard work did finally pay off. The family did allow him in. The family continued to grow in the gospel. All from a faithful servant willing to share what he had come to know. 
Knowledge gained must be shared. It is of no use if it is not shared with others. Imagine if a young boy had not shared his knowledge of the Savior and his Father in heaven coming to visit him. Imagine if Lehi had not shared his knowledge of the destruction of Jerusalem and stayed there. What if Paul failed to listen to Christ that day on the road to Damascus. Each shared vital knowledge to get us where we are today. 
What are you willing to share? Knowledge is gained and sown. Share yours today!