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A New Way to Think About Service


Sunday I went to the Gospel Essentials class during Sunday School at church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).  The lesson was about service, and giving service to others as Jesus Christ did.

The local missionaries were teaching the lesson, and they started by telling the story of a church member who lived in Alaska.  This brother (man) lived quite some distance from the church, so would leave Saturday night to be able to get there in time for church Sunday morning.  Talk about dedication!  And I have heard of others who did whatever it takes to be able to attend church services.

One day a General Authority from the Church came to visit this ward (congregation).  He heard about this brother and asked to see him before he left.  When they met, the General Authority said to this brother that he lived too far away to give service to the ward, i.e. he couldn’t do his Home Teaching.

This got me to thinking.  Whereas I was impressed at the lengths this brother went to to go to church, now I thought about the service we give in the church and that living far away would definitely cut down on how much you would be able to provide.  And I wondered if this brother considered moving closer to town so he could be of greater service.

From there I went on to thinking about my own circumstances and the amount of service I give.  I find I have my own limitations such as family needs, working full-time, etc., that do not allow me to serve as much as I would like to do.  And I have always chalked it up to doing what I can with what I have.

But perhaps there are some things I can do differently, or think about in a different way, to be able to serve more as Jesus did.  An interesting thought.

The missionaries didn’t know the end of the story, whether the brother changed anything or what, but it is a beginning to my story as I consider what more I can do to be of greater service to Heavenly Father and His children.  🙂

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Blessings of Using Language Wisely


Here is a great quote about how our words and our language can affect others, as well as ourselves:

“Watch constantly for that which is worthy and noble in your fellowman.  It makes a person better to see and speak of good in his neighbor; while there is unbounded delight in observing the effect that a few words of appreciation and encouragement have upon men, women, and children with whom we associate.”  Joseph F. Smith, previous President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Just think what type of world we would have if everyone watched for the “worthy and noble” in others!  This would have all kinds of benefits:

  • You would see good that is happening all around you.
  • You would think about good more often.
  • It would give you ideas for how you can do good for others.
  • You would feel good more often.
  • Your problems would not seem as monumental – perhaps even turning from mountains into molehills.
  • You would start enjoying life again.
  • Others would react better to you and to others.
  • People would want to be around you more.
  • Life would be worth living.

What can you add to this list?

All of this would be compounded when we add respectful language to, and about, God.  For He pours blessings upon all those who remember Him, who pray (talk to) Him, and who use His name with reverence and respect.

God, your Father in Heaven, waits to bless you.  All you have to do is ask.  Talk with Him as you would with a loving father.  And be mindful of the ways you use His name.  And He will send so many blessings upon you that you will not have the capacity to hold them all.  Try it and see.  🙂

Giving Thanks Improves Communication Skills


Yesterday I talked a little about how important our communications are, especially the words we choose to use, and how this fits in perfectly as we celebrate Thanksgiving.  We are giving thanks, or being grateful, for our blessings, and our thoughts turn to God in appreciation for what we have.

As we think of the things we have and appreciate them, our hearts become softened for we are no longer being so selfish about our belongings.

And as we extend those thoughts to more than just what we own and appreciate people around us, the freedoms to do as we choose to do, the talents God has given us that we can practice and expand upon, as well as the good things in life that have helped us make good decisions and receive the naturally-following good consequences of those decisions, our hearts become enlarged even more and we begin to see and truly appreciate God’s hand in our lives as well as the lives of those around us.

As we give substance to all these things, we become more God-like (which is usually referred to as more Christ-like).  Then we find that our communication with, to, and about others becomes more substantial and meaningful.  We find ourselves watching and picking the right words to use, then graduating on to improved language skills as we interact with others, refining our abilities and sensibilities and drop all signs of course or even inappropriate words and phrases.

As we give thanks to our Father in Heaven and increase our communications, we’ll find that our relationships are strengthened, our self-esteem improved, and our confidence waxes stronger and stronger as our relationship with God and Christ improve.

And we’ll say, “Ah, life is good!”  🙂

I Am Doing Great


For the first time in a few weeks I was able to attend the full 3 hours in Church today!  As I was walking down the hall afterwards, someone said hi and asked me how I was doing.

I replied, “Good”, and then I thought, “I am in Church, so of course I am doing great!”  I love The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and attending my church meetings brings me happiness, hope, and helps me be prepared for the week ahead.

I go to church because it is such a good way to feel closer to my Father in Heaven and to His Son, Jesus Christ.  At church we talk about things we can do to be closer to Them every day, and not just on Sundays.  We learn how Christ’s teachings fit into our lives today, and that by doing the things He did we can have the success that He had.

In the Church we are led by a living Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.  But he is not the leader of the Church.  Jesus Christ is.  That’s why we are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Christ leads and guides the Church.  He speaks to His Prophet and His Apostles, giving them His will for us in our day.

Jesus knows how we can be successful, and gives us His loving guidance that shows us the path to happiness and eternal safety.  As we follow His guidance and keep His commandments, we are better able to live happy lives and help our families return to Him.  Jesus Christ is the only way back to God.  His greatest desire is to have everyone return to live with Him and His Father in joy and happiness forever.

He knows how we can not only get through life, no matter how difficult, but also how to do so joyfully despite the trials and sorrows we experience here.

I love Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, and I am so thankful to know about Them, my relationship with Them and with the people throughout the world, and for the blessings that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ brings to us in our day.

Tell me about your relationship with God.  🙂

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 Ways to Build Your Faith


Here are 10 things you can do to increase your faith:

  1. Start by wanting to have faith – desire
  2. Pray and ask your Father in Heaven to grant you faith
  3. Read stories in the scriptures of people who had faith
  4. Find stories outside the scriptures of people who had faith
  5. Talk to someone you know who has great faith
  6. Recognize the hand of God in other people’s lives
  7. Look back at your life and see where God had a hand in what happened
  8. Increase the power of prayer by also fasting to increase your faith
  9. Exercise your faith by trusting God and acknowledging Him
  10. “Be still, and know that I am God” Psalms 46:10

Want To Feel Better?


You don’t even have to feel down.  You don’t HAVE to be wondering what’s wrong in your life.  No need to be worried about the state society and the world are in.

Whether you are on top of the world or not.

You will always feel better when you tune in to the LDS semi-annual, worldwide General Conference!  And it starts in about 2 hours.  But…

In the meantime, or anytime, you can go and watch previous conferences and feel the same uplifting and joyful feelings that you do when you watch it happen live.

This is another great blessing we have available to us from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons).  It is proof that God, your Heavenly Father, loves you and all His children and does not leave us to wander alone and unsure through life.

In fact, it is quite the opposite.  It is a feast for the soul!  A veritable smorgasbord of hope, joy, peace, comfort, and love that will always leave you a better person that before.  Guaranteed.

God loves His children and has given us so much good in the world.  And today we have more goodness and happiness to surround ourselves with than any other time throughout the history of the world!  Although we live in a tough time in many ways, we also live in the best of times in more ways.

“How?” you may ask.

Come and see.  You can participate at any time.  Try it and see.  🙂

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