Church

This is where you will find me and my family on Sunday.

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Simple Truth

“How we live our lives increases or diminishes our faith.” – Elder Neal A. Anderson, Oct 2015

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St. Louis

Some pics from my trip to St. Louis:

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Keep the Commandments

“God’s commandments are not given to frustrate or to become obstacles to our happiness.  Just the opposite is true.  He who created us and who loves us perfectly knows just what we need and when we need it. In order to obtain the harsh happiness possible.  He has provided  us with guidelines which, if we follow them, will see us through this treacherous mortal journey.”

President Thomas S. Monson, October 2015 Priesthood Session. 

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Be Thou An Example

I, like many others, was inspired by this latest LDS General Conference. It was wonderful to hear so many inspiring messages.  In the Sunday afternoon session brother Devin Durant of the Sunday School Presidency started somewhat of a movement with his talk about ponderizing. The basic idea is to reflect on a scripture for a week.  To think about it,  memorize it,  and ponder hire to apply it to your life.

I have done this type of focused study before and really enjoy it so I decided to start again.

For this week I selected the scripture shared by President Thomas S. Monson:

1 Timothy 4:12

12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

We have been studying charity as a family lately and this scripture contains wonderful counsel on what being charitable actually means.  It’s more than just being nice.  As President Monson said it includes our language, how we see and treat others, and the strength of our faith and commitment to the gospel.

I have always loved Paul’s writings so this will be a good way to begin my focused study or ponderizing.

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Watching General Conference

Nearing the end of a weekend watching LDS General Conference.  A great weekend of faith and family.

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The Blessings of Faith and Righteousness

I am looking forward to LDS General Conference this weekend and have been reading from the previous session.  I love this quote from Elder Cook:

If the grim realities you are facing at this time seem dark and heavy and almost unbearable, remember that in the soul-wrenching darkness of Gethsemane and the incomprehensible torture and pain of Calvary, the Savior accomplished the Atonement, which resolves the most terrible burdens that can occur in this life. He did it for you, and He did it for me. He did it because He loves us and because He obeys and loves His Father. We will be rescued from death—even from the depths of the sea.

Our protections in this life and for eternity will be in individual and family righteousness, Church ordinances, and following the Savior. This is our refuge from the storm.

What a blessing it is to have faith in Christ and “live after the manner of happiness”.

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Morning Light

I love seeing the morning light through the translucent clouds. 

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Christ’s Eternal Love

I too, like Paul, am persuaded.

Romans 8:

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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The Prayer Sandwich

For family home evening #5 and #6 were excited to lead the family through the lesson they learned on Sunday. Using a peanut butter and jelly sandwich they described the pattern of prayer taught by the Lord in the New Testament. 

Bottom bread = call on Heavenly Father
Peanut butter = give thanks for blessings
Jelly = ask for the things we need
Top bread = close in the name of Jesus Christ. 

What a wonderful,  simple way to teach prayer. 

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