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Longing For Inspiration?


Are you longing for something uplifting and inspirational?  Wouldn’t you love to experience real inspiration to help you in your life?  Come right KBYU or lds.org and peak in on the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, insightful messages by great men and women who live good lives and have the spirit of God with them.

General Conference is live today and tomorrow from 10:00am to 12:00pm MST and 2:00pm to 4:00pm MST (April 1 and 2, 2017).  Or find it later at lds.org.  There is also a special meeting for the men tonight at 6:00pm to 7:30pm, and there was a special meeting for women last Saturday, March 25, that will be rebroadcast on KBYU at 8:00am to 9:30am tomorrow morning and is always available at lds.org.

Come, try it and see.  See how you feel.  Learn what God has in store for you.  🙂

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Great Quotes About Women


“As I have said before from this pulpit, when the process of creation occurred, Jehovah, the Creator, under instruction from His Father, first divided the light from the darkness and then separated the land from the waters. There followed the creation of plant life, followed by the creation of animal life. Then came the creation of man, and culminating that act of divinity came the crowning act, the creation of woman.

“Each of you is a daughter of God, endowed with a divine birthright. You need no defense of that position.”  President  October 1996 General Conference

“God placed within women divine qualities of strength, virtue, love, and the willingness to sacrifice to raise future generations of His spirit children.

“A recent United States study asserts that women of all faiths “believe more fervently in God” and attend more religious services than men do. “By virtually every measure they are more religious.”2

“I was not surprised by this result, particularly as I reflected on the preeminent role of families and women in our faith. Our doctrine is clear: Women are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves them. Wives are equal to their husbands. Marriage requires a full partnership where wives and husbands work side by side to meet the needs of the family.”3   April 2011 General Conference

“Your intuition is to do good and to be good, and as you follow the Holy Spirit, your moral authority and influence will grow.”  Elder D. Todd Christofferson October 2013 General Conference

“May your efforts to develop Christlike attributes be successful so that His image may be engraven in your countenance and His attributes manifest in your behavior.”   April 2011 General Conference

“Well, you dear women, I say thanks to you. Thank you for being the kind of people you are and doing the things you do. May the blessings of heaven rest upon you. May your prayers be answered and your hopes and dreams become realities.

“You serve so well in the Church. You think it is so demanding. It is. But with every responsibility fulfilled, there comes a great reward.

“Many of you think you are failures. You feel you cannot do well, that with all of your effort it is not sufficient.

“We all feel that way. I feel that way as I speak to you tonight. I long for, I pray for the power and the capacity to lift you, to inspire you, to thank you, to praise you, and to bring a measure of gladness into your hearts.”  President   October 2003 General Conference

Wonderful Experience – Ft. Collins Temple Open House


I was privileged not only to go tour the new Ft. Collins Temple open house, but to be a tour guide there as well.  What a wonderful experience!

The Temple is the Lord’s house.  And even before I set foot on the Temple grounds I could feel the Lord’s presence – a calm and peaceful feeling.  My worries disappeared as I contemplated the beauties and the feelings of being in the House of God.

Walking in to this sacred and holy place gave me a feeling of profound love and reverence for our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ.  Temples are among the most sacred places on earth.

We learn about our relationship with our Father there, and His plan for our happiness.  We learn more about the way to live so that we may one day return to live with Him again.  We learn why families are so important, and we learn to serve God more fully.

What do we gain by this?

  • We feel true happiness and joy.
  • We learn how to recognize truth and the difference between it and the counterfeit ways and ideas of the opposition who would lead us astray and keep us from true happiness.
  • We learn about the eternal nature of things and our place within them.
  • We are better able to make wise choices in our lives.
  • We understand others better.
  • We receive guidance to bless our lives.
  • We understand how to make course corrections in our lives.
  • We desire to bless others more.
  • We leave the cares and troubles of the world behind.
  • We are blessed to see life from a higher plane and realize that things are not always as they seem.
  • We receive hope for a brighter future.
  • We gain answers to our sincere prayers and desires.

It was wonderful to see all the different people who came to the open house to see the Temple.  Families, the frail, individuals, children, couples, groups, all different, all with their own problems, and seeking their own answers.

The tour ended walking out the front doors of the temple which open to the beautiful fountain and displays of flowers.

There were so many people who lingered there, to see family or friends, enjoy the beauty that surrounded them, gaze up at the majesty of the Temple with the golden Angel Moroni blowing his horn to all nations standing at its pinnacle, and to savor the sweet feelings they had just been immersed in during this beautiful experience.  It brought me great joy just to see all the people enjoying this moment in their lives.

Oh, how I love the Temple!

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?

Inspirational Sacrament Meeting Last Sunday


What a beautiful, and moving, Sacrament Meeting we had Sunday. The theme was about prophets, and both the spoken word and the music helped bring the spirit of God into that meeting and strengthened my testimony of prophets.

The opening hymn, “Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice” , stirred my soul, and I found myself singing with gusto:

“Come, listen to a prophet’s voice,

And hear the word of God,

And in the way of truth rejoice,

And sing for joy aloud.

We’ve found the way the prophets went

Who lived in days of yore.

Another prophet now is sent

This knowledge to restore…”

How blessed we are to not only know about the prophets of old, but to have a living prophet on the earth today. President Thomas S. Monson receives direct revelation from the Lord to guide and direct the church today.  It is such a comfort to know that we have access to know Heavenly Father’s will, and that He knows how we can avoid the pitfalls and not be tossed to and fro with every theory that society can devise.  We can stand firm in the knowledge of eternal truth and hold fast to the iron rod that leads us safely through all confusion, misconceptions, and falsehoods so prevalent in the world.

I know that Heavenly Father is real, that He lives and loves us all. We are His children and He wants us to know the right things to do and the way to return back to Him along with our families and loved ones.  He gave us the scriptures to be our guide so we do not have to wander about, wondering where to find truth.  And He calls prophets to help us prepare for that which is coming and to show us the way to true joy and happiness.

Talking in Church This Sunday


I’ve been asked to speak in Sacrament meeting this Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.  The topic is Christ – The Light of the World.

Speaking in Sacrament meeting is a normal occurrence in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Rather than the bishop (leader of the congregation) giving sermons, he and his counselors ask members of the ward (congregation) to speak, usually assigning them a week or so in advance and giving them the topic to speak on.

Sound scary?

Well, the first thing you do when you are asked to speak (after accepting the invitation) is to pray.  Since this is Christ’s church we want to speak the words He wants us to speak.  In fact, prayer is a great first step for any assignment in the Church (and really in life too).  We ask for guidance on what to prepare, humility to seek His will, and even strength to go through with it and not be too nervous in front of the congregation.  Not that they’re very scary, but it can be hard to get up and speak in front of people, especially when you are concentrating on whether you’ll make a mistake, or not be able to think of what to say, or lose your notes, etc.

But once you concentrate more on gathering your information and thoughts, putting them together in a cohesive manner, and continue to pray for guidance and to say what Heavenly Father would have you say, you start to calm down some and you find that different ideas pop into your mind as well as thoughts on where to look or ask for additional resources.

You also pray for inspiration as to what experiences you’ve had that fit with this topic and what you learned from them.  This can be a real eye-opener as you suddenly see an experience that may have been difficult for you at the time, but now you see it actually helped you in some way.

You look through the scriptures and add a couple to your talk.  It’s amazing the Spirit that you feel as you search the scriptures with real purpose.  You might find an answer or two for yourself that you have been wondering about.

I’m looking forward to speaking about Christ being the light of the world.  That thought permeates so much of life.  Afterall, all good things come from God and Christ.  Talking about good things is always inspirational!

Do you have any thoughts or advice for me as I prepare my talk this week?  🙂

 

 

Callingless


Callingless.  Are you wondering what that means?

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints everyone serves.

We have a lay clergy, so the bishop and even the stake president have regular jobs and handle all their many church responsibilities as “volunteers” on the side.  They don’t get paid for their church service and they serve for a few years and then someone else is “called” to that particular position.

It works that way with all but the uppermost callings in the entire Church.

I have had many different callings in the Church.  You know that most recently I served in the Primary as the pianist.  I loved this calling!  I loved being with the children, watching them learn and grow, feeling the Spirit of God through their heartfelt singing and the sharing of choice experiences they have already had in their tender, young lives.

Now I’ve been “released” from that calling, and am waiting to see what my next calling will be…

I have not been without a calling (I call it ‘callingless’) very often.  It’s actually kind of an odd feeling, having grown up in the Church and not only being involved but also seeing my family and friends very involved in many different positions.

As I patiently (all right, sometimes not so patiently) wait to see what Heavenly Father has in store for me next, I can clearly see the value of every member participating.  It is when we participate with something that we feel more a part of it.  It gives us purpose in life, kind of like working does.

And, because often the calling feels above our reach and/or outside our comfort zone, our callings help us to humble ourselves and turn to Heavenly Father to ask for His guidance.  Some very choice blessings, talents, and friendships have come about in my own life because of that very inspired process.  Weak things have been made strong, my relationship with God has increased, and I have seen marvelous things happen as I diligently strove to faithfully fulfill my callings and do them as my Father in Heaven would want me to.

So, I am looking forward to getting a new calling soon, though I think it may stretch and challenge me, so in the meantime I am praying for the Lord’s blessings and strength to be able to learn quickly and be inspired to fulfill it as He would do if He were here.

How thankful I am for callings in the Church!  🙂