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Did You Experience The Inspiration?


Did you take a moment to check out the wonderful General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over the weekend?  If so, you heard something great and inspiring!

Included were songs by the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir, talks by a living Prophet of God, Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ, and other inspired leaders of the Church.

You would have felt, as did I, stirring messages of hope, happiness, and peace in spite of the turmoil that is present in the world today.  The gospel light of Christ shines through it all, and is there for us to grasp and follow.

Where there is the light of Christ, there can be no darkness!

If you missed it, or would like to experience more of it, you can go to lds.org and see and hear the inspiring messages whenever you want.

God did not leave us alone, nor without resources.  He has provided everything that is needed to be able to live a happy and fulfilling life now, and to return to live with Him in the eternities.

Try it and see for yourself.  🙂

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Where To Turn For Peace


The more I hear about what is going on in the world, all over our country, and locally, the more concerned I become about the state of things.  Now granted, most of this comes from the sources that I’m getting my information from as those tend to show the darker and more despairing side of life.  I realize that they do not tell the full story!

I know there is also much good going on in the world, all over our country, and locally.  You have to turn to other sources to get that information.  So, where to turn for peace?

The environment and outcomes that are the consequence of society’s and government’s choices over the last few decades has burdened people everywhere and created dire conditions for many, especially the poor, the vulnerable, the innocent, etc.

Peace is found first, within ourselves.  As we do the things that lead to peace, such as turn our hearts to God, the Great Creator of All Things, Who knows how to bring peace to the world, we begin to feel His comforting and caring Spirit within ourselves.  And then we can begin to share that with our families, friends, and communities, and watch as it begins to spread forth bringing more and more blessings to those in need.

And we can look around for the good that is happening and bring those things into our lives and share them with others.

And we can work to hold those accountable who should be standing up for the children and the innocent.  Society has become too selfish for too long.  No wonder it is what it is today.  Can one really wonder why our laws are so convoluted and full of loopholes?  Why death and destruction are increasing exponentially?  Why people have lost their sense of right and wrong, of chivalry, generosity, sacrificing for others, doing our part to make the world a better place?

Let’s find the good things in life, then help spread their influence, and bring about true peace, starting with ourselves.  🙂

What have you seen or experienced that will help you in this quest?

An Extra Special Christmas Season


For an extra special Christmas season this year, consider joining along in the “Light the world. In 25 ways. Over 25 days” initiative by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ primary organization.  They have put together suggestions of things that children can do daily to celebrate and share the Spirit of Christmas in December.  Check it out at Mormon.org/downloads.

And of course, teens and adults can participate as well!

“‘We are reminding children that Jesus Christ is the light of the world,’ said Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President. By participating in the “Light the World” initiative, children can do the things that help them not only come to know, but also emulate, the Savior.

“’We love the children,’ she said. ‘We have faith in them to be lights. We see their potential and it is grand.’…

“Serving others is ‘not a burden, but a way of life,’ explained Sister Jones, noting that she hopes this campaign will help families realize ‘we don’t do anything without Him.’

“‘When children share their light, they give a beautiful Christmas gift, said Sister Bingham, First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency. ‘You can give a Christmas gift of service—the most powerful gift you can give.’

“Sister Cordon said children can be involved in the campaign in simple ways without spending money. As they do, their hearts will change and they will have different expectations of Christmas; instead of wondering what they will get this year they will say, ‘What are we going to do for someone else today?’

“’We need to bring the Savior into our hearts and into our families,’ she said….’We are all trying to walk the same path that He walked,’ added Sister Cordon.  ‘We are trying to see others the way He sees them,’ said Sister Jones….finding ways to light the world will not be hard.  ‘There are so many sad people in the world.’

“‘These things come natural to children, who are so full of love and compassion,’ said Sister Bingham.”

How about it, are you game?  🙂

Come to the Ft. Collins Temple Open House!!


Fort Collins Colorado Temple  The Fort Collins Colorado temple is now having an open house, from August 19, 2016 through September 10, 2016!

The invitation is open to everyone!  Reserve your free tickets today at https://templeopenhouse.lds.org.

These open houses are done so that anyone who would like to may enter the House of the Lord of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Be aware of the things you feel, not only when you tour an open house, or even as you enter the temple grounds of any of the over 150 temples that dot the land throughout the entire world, but also as you view pictures or contemplate messages of and about these wondrous and sacred edifices.

Come and enjoy the presence of the Lord.  Find answers to your prayers.  Let joy and comfort bless your very soul.  🙂

10 Ways to Show Appreciation for Your Freedom


Memorial Day is the perfect time to think about the freedom we have in our country and to consider how much that freedom cost.  Here are 10 ways you can show your appreciation.

  1. Fly the flag
  2. Visit a military cemetery and pay your respects, or drive through your local cemetery
  3. Say thank you to vets when you see them
  4. Teach your family to appreciate their freedom and to remember the price that was paid for it
  5. Live the best life that you can
  6. Pray for peace
  7. Do your part for peace
  8. Show love and support for your country
  9. Give encouragement and help to someone who has a family member in the military or has lost a family member in the military
  10. Be a force for good

Friends!


My Friend, I want you to know how glad I am that we are both here at the same time and can share this moment together.

I want you to know that you are never alone.  Yes, I know you may sometimes feel as though you are all alone.  I have had those feelings myself too.

Times when a decision has to be made, but the choice is too difficult to be clear, or worse yet, when you know exactly the choice you should make, but it is just too hard to do can leave you feeling very alone and vulnerable!

Perhaps something caught you by surprise and you did not know where to turn for help.  Or the help offered really was not helpful at all.  Others just do not understand.  What is a person to do?

I want you to know that even when there is no one else there with you, you are not alone.  It was never part of the plan to give you nowhere to turn, nothing to choose.

So the next time that you feel alone and have no idea where to turn,

Look up.

Look to heaven and say a prayer, talk to your Heavenly Father as though He were your best friend and was right there next to you.  Explain what is going on, how you feel, what you have done, what you are wrestling with, what you would like to feel, the type of person you would like to become, and anything else you would share with a friend.

Then listen.

The Psalmist wrote, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:10).

After you have gotten everything out and you stop to be still, watch for the feeling that comes.  Although your world may seem to be in great chaos and turmoil, and there certainly can be no peace, see what feeling comes into your heart.

“Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.” (Doctrine and Covenants 8:2).  Look for the calm and peace that God bestows upon His children when they turn to Him and ask for His help.

So, although it may not make any logical sense to feel differently because of all that is going on around you at this moment, realize and enjoy the Spirit of God as you ask for His help.  You can feel peace in the midst of all that is going on.  Beautiful, quiet, calming peace.

It is a gift from your loving Father in Heaven.  He is always there, waiting for you to turn to Him.  Take the first step towards Him, and you will be amazed at what He will do for you.

You are never alone!

25 Days of Christ – Day 22


A beautiful talk given by Richard G. Scott, a modern-day apostle of the Lord, Jesus Christ, regarding forgiveness and many of the things we have talked about in our 25 Days of Christ.  Enjoy the Spirit of Christ as you read:

“Recently, while traveling on an unfamiliar road, I encountered a large temporary sign declaring Rough Road Ahead, and indeed it was. Had I not been warned, that experience would have been disastrous. Life is like that. It’s full of rough spots. Some are tests to make us stronger. Others result from our own disobedience. Helpful warnings in our personal life can also save us from disaster. A damaged road presents the same obstacles to every traveler until others repair it. The highway of life is different. Each one of us encounters unique challenges meant for growth. Also, our own bad choices can put more barriers in the path. Yet we have the capacity to smooth out the way, to fill in the depressions, and to beautify our course. The process is called repentance; the destination is forgiveness.

“If you have ignored warnings and your life has been damaged or disabled by a rough road, there is help available. Through that help you can renew and rebuild your damaged life. You can start over again and change your course from a downward, twisting, disappointing path to a superhighway to peace and happiness.

“I want to help you find that relief. To do that it is necessary to give you some background information that will make the remedy more logical and the steps to healing more meaningful.

“Every incorrect choice we make, every sin we commit is a violation of eternal law. That violation brings negative results we generally soon recognize….They can have a tremendous effect on the quality of our life here and most certainly will powerfully affect it hereafter. We can do nothing of ourselves to satisfy the demands of justice for a broken eternal law. Yet, unless the demands of justice are paid, each of us will suffer endless negative consequences.

“Only the life, teachings, and particularly the atonement of Jesus Christ can release us from this otherwise impossible predicament. Each of us has made mistakes, large or small, which if unresolved will keep us from the presence of God. For this reason, the atonement of Jesus Christ is the single most significant event that ever has or ever will occur. This selfless act of infinite consequence, performed by a single glorified personage, has eternal impact in the life of every son and daughter of our Father in Heaven—without exception. (see Mosiah 5:10-13)  It shatters the bonds of death. It justifies our finally being judged by the Master. (see 2 Nephi 2:10)  It can prevent an eternity under the control of the devil. (see 2 Nephi 9:7-9)  It opens the gates to exaltation and eternal life for all who qualify for forgiveness through repentance and obedience. (see 2 Nephi 2:5-8)

“The Redeemer can settle your individual account with justice and grant forgiveness through the merciful path of repentance. (see Alma 42:15)  Full repentance is absolutely essential for the Atonement to work its complete miracle in your life. By understanding the Atonement, you will see that God is not a jealous being who delights in persecuting those who misstep. He is an absolutely perfect, compassionate, understanding, patient, and forgiving Father. He is willing to entreat, counsel, strengthen, lift, and fortify. He so loves each of us that He was willing to have His perfect, sinless, absolutely obedient, totally righteous Son experience indescribable agony and pain and give Himself in sacrifice for all. (see Helaman 5:9)  Through that atonement we can live in a world where absolute justice reigns in its sphere so the world will have order. But that justice is tempered through mercy attainable by obedience to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

“Which of us is not in need of the miracle of repentance?…Our goal surely must be forgiveness. The only possible path to that goal is repentance, for it is written: ‘There is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. …’

“…Obedience and faith in the Savior give you power to resist temptation. Helaman taught: ‘It is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, … when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to … endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, … whereon if men build they cannot fall.’ (see Helaman 5:12)

“…What is repentance? How is it accomplished? What are its consequences? These may seem to be simple questions, but it is clear that many do not know how to repent.

“In The Miracle of Forgiveness, Spencer W. Kimball gives a superb guide to forgiveness through repentance. It has helped many find their way back. He identifies five essential elements of repentance.

“Sorrow for sin….That will bring healing sorrow and remorse. It will also bring a sincere desire for change and a willingness to submit to every requirement for forgiveness….

“Abandonment of sin. This is an unyielding, permanent resolve to not repeat the transgression. By keeping this commitment, the bitter aftertaste of that sin need not be experienced again….

“Confession of sin. You always need to confess your sins to the Lord. If they are serious transgressions, such as immorality, they need to be confessed to a bishop or stake president….Essential to forgiveness is a willingness to fully disclose to the Lord and, where necessary, His priesthood judge all that you have done. Remember, ‘He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.’ (see Proverbs 28:13)

“Restitution for sin. You must restore as far as possible all that which is stolen, damaged, or defiled. Willing restitution is concrete evidence to the Lord that you are committed to do all you can to repent.

“Obedience to all the commandments. Full obedience brings the complete power of the gospel into your life with strength to focus on the abandonment of specific sins. It includes things you might not initially consider part of repentance, such as attending [church] meetings, paying tithing, giving service, and forgiving others. The Lord said: ‘He that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven.’ (see Doctrine and Covenants 1:32)

“I would add a sixth step: Recognition of the Savior. Of all the necessary steps to repentance, I testify that the most critically important is for you to have a conviction that forgiveness comes because of the Redeemer. It is essential to know that only on His terms can you be forgiven. Witness Alma’s declaration: ‘I was … in the most bitter pain and anguish of soul; and never, until I did cry out unto the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, did I receive a remission of my sins. But … I did cry unto him and I did find peace to my soul.’ (see Alma 38:8)  You will be helped as you exercise faith in Jesus Christ.  That means you trust Him and you trust His teachings. Satan would have you believe that serious transgression cannot be entirely overcome. The Savior gave His life so that the effects of all transgression can be put behind us, save the shedding of innocent blood and the denial of the Holy Ghost.

“The fruit of true repentance is forgiveness, which opens the door to receive all of the covenants and ordinances provided on this earth and to enjoy the resulting blessings. When a repentant soul is baptized, all former sins are forgiven and need not be remembered. When repentance is full and one has been cleansed, there comes a new vision of life and its glorious possibilities. How marvelous the promise of the Lord: ‘Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.’ (Doctrine and Covenants 58:42)  The Lord is and ever will be faithful to His words.

“Do not take comfort in the fact that your transgressions are not known by others. That is like an ostrich with his head buried in the sand. He sees only darkness and feels comfortably hidden. In reality he is ridiculously conspicuous. Likewise our every act is seen by our Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son. They know everything about us.

“Adultery, fornication, committing homosexual acts, and other deviations approaching these in gravity are not acceptable alternate lifestyles. They are serious sins. Committing physical and sexual abuse are major sins. Such grave sins require deep repentance to be forgiven. President Kimball taught: ‘To every forgiveness there is a condition. The plaster must be as wide as the sore. The fasting, the prayers, the humility must be equal to or greater than the sin.’   

“…Sometimes the steps of repentance are initially difficult and painful, like the cleansing of a soiled garment. Yet, they produce purity, peace of mind, self-respect, hope, and finally, a new person with a renewed life and abundance of opportunity.

“This scripture will help you know what to do: ‘Nevertheless they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, … because of their yielding their hearts unto God.’ (Helaman 3:35)

“For your peace now and for everlasting happiness, please repent. Open your heart to the Lord and ask Him to help you. You will earn the blessing of forgiveness, peace, and the knowledge you have been purified and made whole. Find the courage to ask the Lord for strength to repent, now. I solemnly witness that Jesus Christ is the Redeemer. I know that He lives. I testify that He loves you personally and will help you.

“Obtain His forgiveness by repenting, now. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”