The missionaries stopped by that to introduce a new missionary. He’s a remarkable guy with a great spirit. The kids enjoyed gathering and listening to him talk about Christ.
I love the way the Book of Mormon prophet Nephi writes about Christ and how we should center or lives on Him. From 2 Nephi 31:21-
Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
I read several passages of scripture today but the one that stuck with me was from John 21:
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Of all He could have said, the Savior conveyed His love for us in the final instructions to His beloved Apostle. “Feed my sheep” is not just a charge to His Apostles, but an expression of the critical importance of the second great commandment. If we love the Savior we show it by loving others.
It’s really as simple as that.
I know what it means to try again. I’ve felt the peace of forgiveness many times in my life and I am always amazed at how quickly the Savior comes when I reach out to Him. Even though I have experienced forgiveness, and know that it is a powerful, real blessing, I appreciate the truth in this quote. Trying again is not agony, it is joy:
“In His mercy, God promises forgiveness when we repent and turn from wickedness—so much so that our sins will not even be mentioned to us. For us, because of the Atonement of Christ and our repentance, we can look at our past deeds and say, “’Twas I; but ’tis not I.” No matter how wicked, we can say, “That’s who I was. But that past wicked self is no longer who I am.
President Thomas S. Monson has taught, “One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.” Even if we’ve been a conscious, deliberate sinner or have repeatedly faced failure and disappointment, the moment we decide to try again, the Atonement of Christ can help us.”
– Elder Dale G. Redlund, Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying, April 2015.
Don’t ever forget that the Savior stands ready to embrace and welcome all who come unto Him.
“Christ is the light to humanity. In that light man sees his way clearly; when it is rejected, the soul of man stumbles in darkness. No person, no group, no nation can achieve true success without following him who said:
“I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12.)
It is a sad thing when individuals and nations extinguish that light—when Christ and his gospel are supplanted by the law of the jungle and the strength of the sword. The chief tragedy in the world at the present time is its disbelief in God’s goodness and its lack of faith in the teachings and doctrines of the gospel.”
– David O. McKay
Daily Message – March 2, 2015
From Elder David A. Bednar, “Bear Up Their Burdens With Ease“, April 2014 Conference.
” The Savior said:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
“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.
“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30).
A yoke is a wooden beam, normally used between a pair of oxen or other animals that enables them to pull together on a load. A yoke places animals side-by-side so they can move together in order to accomplish a task.
Consider the Lord’s uniquely individual invitation to “take my yoke upon you.” Making and keeping sacred covenants yokes us to and with the Lord Jesus Christ. In essence, the Savior is beckoning us to rely upon and pull together with Him, even though our best efforts are not equal to and cannot be compared with His. As we trust in and pull our load with Him during the journey of mortality, truly His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
We are not and never need be alone. We can press forward in our daily lives with heavenly help. Through the Savior’s Atonement we can receive capacity and “strength beyond [our] own” (“Lord, I Would Follow Thee,” Hymns, no. 220). As the Lord declared, “Therefore, continue your journey and let your hearts rejoice; for behold, and lo, I am with you even unto the end” (D&C 100:12).”
Daily Message – February 17th, 2015
I did not keep up my routine last week so it’s been a few days since I posted anything. This morning I have some quiet time in the hotel in Salt Lake City, and naturally I am thinking about family and being away. I do enjoy going to conferences and learning new skills for my work, but I am glad that I do not travel all the time. There was a time when I would leave behind a very upset wife and kids when I left. Now it’s not as hard to leave, but I don’t like being apart.
As I was walking around downtown Salt Lake City last night, particularly around the Temple and other church buildings, I kept thinking how grateful I am for the peace the gospel brings me. I choose to live the gospel because I have hope in Christ and believe that the greatest blessings we desire most come through Him. I also know that those blessings are about the family. Family relationships should not end when this life is over. We have the promise, through Christ, that we can exist after this life as families. This truth brings me the greatest peace.
I love my family and do all that I can for them. I am by no means a perfect father, or even a good one at times, but I am committed to doing my best to ensure we have close relationships here that will not end when we return home after this life. Time apart from my family here just makes the peace that comes from that truth all the more meaningful.