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Influenced By the Holy Scriptures

A young couple talked in Sacrament Meeting at church today about the 8th Article of Faith:

“We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.”

She talked about the Bible, how we got it, and why it is important.  She mentioned a quote by one of the General Authorities saying that the Bible is a miracle, and is a great blessing not only to us but that many people have learned from it and improved their lives.  They have led very good lives as they did their best to follow the teachings found in it.  She also pointed out that though we learn about Jesus from all our scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price), it is from the Bible that we learn about Jesus’ mortal life here on the earth, the things He taught, the things He did, etc.

He first brought up the Eskimos.  He said they have many words for “snow”.  There’s snow you use for water, snow you use for building igloos, snow you don’t walk on, and so forth.  Then he said that he thinks of the phrase “search the scriptures” in a similar fashion.  There are many ways to search the scriptures:

  • Memorize – he doesn’t always have time to ponder the scriptures as he is reading them, but has found that when he memorizes a scripture it can pop into his mind later and he has time to dwell on it and think about it.
  • Read – as he reads the scriptures through he sees the storylines unfold.  He read in the Book of Mormon about Alma, and the sons of Mosiah, etc.  He reached Alma 31 where all these great men decided to serve a mission together to teach the gospel to the Lamanites, their enemies.  He was very excited and wanted to continue reading to see what they would teach, etc.  He said it is the ultimate dream!  I totally agreed with him.  I, too, love to share this greatest gift of the gospel whenever I can.  I loved serving a mission when I was a young adult!
  • Study by topic – when he studied about the sacrament, he read in the Bible about where Jesus introduced the sacrament to His disciples, the Last Supper.  Jesus told His disciples to remember, every time that they partook of the sacrament, that He is always with them.
  • Chapter Headings – He said you can read just the chapter headings as they give a pretty good overview of the chapter.  Then you can delve further into the chapter if you find one of particular interest.
  • Watch for parables – he loves to find the parables, or stories, in what he is studying.  Then later he might find another scripture that helps explain a parable even more.  He read in the Bible the story of the judge and the woman who wanted something from him and kept asking and asking until she finally received it.  He didn’t think too much about it, but later when he read where Jesus asked, “What man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, wilt he give him a stone?…If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matt. 7:9, 11) and thought about how great God is and what great gifts He gives to those who ask.
  • Write the stories – writing down the stories and things you learn from the scriptures helps them stick with you better and can help you understand them more.  You can pick up similarities in them, and inspiration can come.
  • Inspiration – sometimes a scripture really hits you when you read it.  It can come to your mind often to help you in your life.  Proverbs 3:5-6 did this for him.  “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
  • Use the dictionary – you find additional insights and meaning as you look up words in the dictionary.  For instance, redeem also means take something bad and make it good again.  This is a great example of what Jesus does for us as The Redeemer.

It was a very inspirational meeting, and an excellent example of why I go to church every Sunday.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings so much additional light into my life.  I love the scriptures and learning more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  Many of the examples given today are things I have felt in my own life.  Hearing about them again reminds me of my own testimony-building experiences and helps me draw closer to God, and to others.

Is it any wonder that Mormons go to church every week?


10 Things That Will Help You Feel Better

Life got you down?  Here are 10 things you can do to feel better and lift your spirits:

  1. Read a good book
  2. Watch an inspirational movie or TV show
  3. Go for a walk
  4. Call a good friend
  5. Write a quick note to someone who is lonely
  6. Listen to some upbeat music
  7. Tackle a job you’ve been putting off
  8. Do a good deed – anonymously
  9. Forgive someone who has offended you
  10. Pour out your soul to your Father in Heaven (talk with Him as you would your best friend!)  🙂

Encouragement To Husbands and Fathers

This morning I read something quite moving and beautiful, addressed to husbands and fathers, indeed to righteous men everywhere!

As I read I felt I should share it, as I know there are millions of husbands, fathers, and single men young and old, who desire to know what they can do to love and help their families, live good lives, find joy, be prepared for that which is to come, and rejoice in doing so.

This is what I read:

“And now my beloved brethren, I have said these things unto you that I might awaken you to a sense of your duty to God, that ye may walk blameless before him, that ye may walk after the holy order of God, after which ye have been received.

“And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.

“And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.

“And may the Lord bless you, and keep your garments spotless, that ye may at last be brought to sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the holy prophets who have been ever since the world began, having your garments spotless even as their garments are spotless, in the kingdom of heaven to go no more out.

“And now my beloved brethren, I have spoken these words unto you according to the Spirit which testifieth in me; and my soul doth exceedingly rejoice, because of the exceeding diligence and heed which ye have given unto my word.

“And now, may the peace of God rest upon you, and upon your houses and lands, and upon your flocks and herds, and all that you possess, your women and your children, according to your faith and good works, from this time forth and forever. And thus I have spoken. Amen.”  Alma 7:22-27.

As I read these words in the Book of Mormon, I pictured the ancient prophet, Alma, meeting with the brethren of the Church of Christ in a special Priesthood meeting.  He loved these men and desired to share with them the words of Christ so they would know how to lead good and wholesome lives, enabled to lead their loved ones and friends back to that God who created them.

Similarly, we have modern-day Priesthood meetings, local, regional, and world-wide, to do the very same thing by the prophet today, Thomas S. Monson, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  God still desires that all His children return to Him, and He has provided His organization and teachings to assist all to come unto Him.

What a beautiful plan!

Husbands, fathers, all men:  here is real encouragement for you in your God-given role as providers, protectors, defenders of the faith, guardians of truth and righteousness, seekers of those lost in the mists of darkness and false teachings of our day.  You have greater resources at your disposal than ever before.  Use them wisely and lead Heavenly Father’s children back to Him and enjoy eternal joy and happiness with them forever and ever.  Amen.

Reading My Father’s Scriptures

I picked up my father’s scriptures and gently thumbed through the pages.  He is gone and I saw them sitting on the shelf.

There was his name in faded, gold, capital letters on both books.  One, the Bible, King James version (my favorite too).  The other, the triple combination of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.  Together these are the scriptures I have learned since my youth, studied as I grew, and loved all my life.

There are some bookmarks in them.  A card with the Old Testament chronology on it, several small pink slips of paper with scriptures and page numbers written on them in green or red ink – 3 Nephi 18:19-20 443, D&C 1:30 pg 3, D&C 88:14, 15, 16 166, and Moses 3:17 [no page number] – and a white slip, Moroni 10:32 531.

I notice a couple small paper clips on select pages, one holds a slip of paper with the generations from Adam to “Methusela oldest man” written in pencil for a lesson he taught sometime in his life.

Searching a little further I see scripture passages underlined, often in red, sometimes in green [funny, I use red, and blue 🙂 ], and sections where there is a red X at the beginning of a passage and then a / at the end, i.e. D&C 9:3-14 “Be patient, my son, for it is wisdom in me…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.”

As I see the little markings throughout the scriptures, I can almost picture him studying a lesson that he will be teaching, marking a passage he heard in a class, or underlining a verse that touched his soul as he studied the scriptures on his own or with my mother.  It warms my heart to read these passages and feel the love and power of God come through to me also as I read them once more, this time realizing that they had special meaning to my father.

I find myself pondering not only on these things that were obviously important to my father, but contemplating also other things that were important to him as evidenced by the way things were left when he passed away, particularly in the garage where things were cleaned off (though now a bit dusty) before being put into the section where they belonged, painting, gardening, electrical, hand tools, power tools, the old radio we always stored in the basement, etc.

And I can’t help but wonder if everything was exactly as he wanted it, or if, like me, some things are simply where they were put down “for now”.  What will people think they know about me by the state of my possessions when I pass on?

Think I’ll go through some of them right now…

Women’s Conference Today!!

Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA....

Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Taken by myself with a Canon 10D and 17-40mm f/4 L lens. This is a 3 segment panorama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Behold, I am Jesus Christ...

Behold, I am Jesus Christ… (Photo credit: was_bedeutet_jemanden)





Today I give you a promise.


I promise you that when you participate in the General Relief Society meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tonight, you will be filled with joy and rejoicing.  You will feel the Spirit of God and receive inspiration from Him to help you in your life.


Go with a prayer in your heart and a question in your mind.  Be open to receiving inspiration from your kind, loving Father in Heaven to answer that question.  Be prepared to seek to know what His will is for you in your life, how you can become all that He would have you become.  You are His child!  That gives you all the good attributes and characteristics you could hope for.  Look for the ones that you can develop at this time of your life, and how to do so.


As you do this you will find new avenues opening up to you.  You will receive greater gifts and knowledge that you have ever had before.  Things will become more clear to you.  You will begin to understand your relationship to your Father in Heaven, and you will love Him more.  You will be strengthened to overcome the problems and trials in your life.  The path through them will become more readily visible.


The little annoyances in life will start to dissipate.  You’ll find yourself feeling happier and more hopeful, despite the circumstances around you!  This will surprise you.  But the feeling of peace will pervade your existence and you will find yourself more drawn to your loving Heavenly Father.


You will desire to keep these feelings alive in you always.  You can have that!  God has given us many resources to enrich our lives.  We can come to know Him better as we pray to Him by talking to Him as we would to our best friend.  He is always near and anxious to hear from us.  He is the “Great Parent of the universe” and stands ready to help and guide us in our lives!


He has given us a living prophet to guide and direct us today.  He has provided His word through sacred scripture, the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.  All contain His words and bring us closer to Him and give us answers in our lives as we study, ponder, and pray about the things we read in them.


He has given us His church so that we can be organized in helping and serving others.  Through the organization of the church we have the principles and ordinances we need to know why we are here, where we came from, what our relationship with God and each other is, where we are going after this life, and to tie ourselves and our families together forever and return to Him who created us and live with Him for all Eternity.


All from watching women’s conference.  Ask and ye shall receive!  🙂




Come With Me To Church!

Knowing that Mom and Dad would probably soon be going to the hospital to have the baby, I offered to take the kids to church with me.  Why bother going to church?  Why worry about it at a time such as this?

That thought crossed my mind as I text messaged the invitation, so as not to disturb this precious yet precarious time in their lives.

Going to church has always been very important to me.  I was raised that way.  You go every week.  You just don’t skip going.  You only miss if you or someone you have to care for is ill.  As a matter of fact, if we went on vacation over the Sabbath, we found the local meetinghouse and attended there.

The benefits of doing this have been astounding.  There is, in fact, a synergetic relationship between going to church and living the commandments of God and the attendant blessings that are bestowed.  And this is because, as it says in the Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21, “There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated – and when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”

One of the benefits I have been blessed with in my life is a steadfast belief in God, our Father in Heaven; never wavering, no matter what the ever-changing and shifting philosophies of society’s latest craze tried to espouse.  I never had to wonder if what was being proclaimed by the news, media, government or social group was truth or not.  I could weigh it against the steadfast teachings of the gospel as taught in the scriptures, the Prophet of God, and in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and know for myself whether it was true or not.  I could pray to a loving God who blessed every one of His children with the Light of Christ so each of them could know for themselves, if they would humble themselves and ask Him in faith.

Moroni 7:16 in the Book of Mormon says:

“16 For behold, the aSpirit of Christ is given to every bman, that he may cknow good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

 17 But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do aevil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.

 18 And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know the alight by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do not judge wrongfully; for with that same bjudgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged.”

I invite you too, to “come to church with me” and feel the things I have felt, learn the things I have learned, and receive the blessings I have received!