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Easter, Christ’s Atonement, and Offenses


Easter is a celebration of Jesus Christ’s atonement.  And through His atonement, we can overcome the offenses others can cause – intentional or unintentional.

When we feel offended by someone it feels as though we were stabbed to the very heart!  We find ourselves re-living it over and over in our minds.  We can’t take our minds off that event.

It eats at us, we picture different responses to it – most of which are very unpleasant, especially towards the other person.

We feel as though we’d fallen into a constricting tunnel, a funnel really, a bottomless one at that.  You may have felt this at one time or another in your life.

But, because of Jesus Christ, the example He set for us, and His atonement where He also suffered for all our pains, we can look to Him and remember that what others do to us does not define us and does not have to affect us in those ways!

Instead, we have a number of options available to us, i.e.:

  • Most offenses were not even meant to offend.  It is simply the way we interpreted them that caused us to become upset.  We can choose to decide that nothing negative was meant and move on with our lives.
  • Even if the offenses were meant to offend, we have choices for how to deal with them.  We can let it go (thus taking their power to hurt us away from them); talk with the offender to see if we can work out something more constructive in our relationship; we can do something nice for them and totally disarm the offender (or do it without letting anyone know and start healing our own spirits immediately); go and do something we find joyful or engrossing to take our minds off it and thus not feel the pain.
  • One of my own favorite things to do is to turn to prayer.  Talking things over with our kind and loving Father in Heaven can help calm us, puts us in a different state of mind, and invites Him to bless us with His tender mercies and all-powerful love.  (It might take a good long talk, or even several good long talks sometimes.)

This is only a few.  But we are invited to move forward in our lives and not let little hiccups stop our progress.

Use this Easter season to remember Christ’s great love for you.  And pass that love along to others.

Truly celebrate Easter this year!  🙂

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Easter is Almost Here!


Easter is just around the corner.  It is such a wonderful time of the year!

Spring is coming, grass is greening, flowers are blooming, baby chicks and bunnies are everywhere – especially at the stores.  🙂

All these are a reminder of the greatest event that ever happened.  The atonement of Jesus Christ – His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Calvary, His death, and His subsequent resurrection – affects every person.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  John 3:16-17.

Jesus Christ has given everyone, everywhere, the free gift of resurrection, thus doing away with the sting of death.

“But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.”  Mosiah 16:8.

That is the glory of Easter and spring – coming back from death.  And even better, through repentance we can be forgiven for our sins because Jesus Christ paid the price for them.  He has provided a way for us to return to live forever with God, our Eternal Father, and His Son,  Jesus Christ!

I Missed My Friend! :(


We had a wonderful women’s conference on Saturday at Church.

I invited a friend of mine to go, letting her know what a wonderful conference it would be.  These conferences always make you feel so good, they give you hope for the future, gladness in the present, and are inspiring and uplifting!

She accepted and even thanked me for inviting her.  I gave her my phone number and told her to call me when she got there and I would come meet her.

I thought of her often on Saturday, praying for her, and looking around a little now and then while enjoying the wonderful lunch and the great classes.  I never did see her or get a phone call (I’d put it on vibrate and had it in my pocket.

But I picked up one of the pink bookmarks and handmade little hearts they’d made for us to take with us.  The heart is to keep in your purse or pocket and when you touch it, it reminds you that you are loved.  What a cute idea!

Later I went to see my friend and give her the little gifts.  To my surprise, when she saw me she said she had come there and even called me.  But it went to voice mail, so she just dropped off the canned goods she had bought (I totally forgot about that part of it until I arrived there).  😦

I can not believe I totally missed her!  I feel heart-broken.  I checked my phone and don’t see her number on there.

I feel just awful – and I’m vowing NEVER to put my phone on vibrate again!  Not that I use it much anyway, but to totally miss my friend.

I am devastated.  What can I do to keep that from happening again?  Perhaps I need to be paying a little more attention to what is going on around me.  I often go about in my own little world and don’t notice when someone is trying to reach out to me.  I’m too pre- or self-occupied and probably need to see outside my own little world more.

That is something I could try to work on and improve.  And I will keep her in my prayers for having overlooked her.

25 Days of Christ – Day 23


Today I share with you my personal thoughts and feelings about Christmas and Christ.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year.  I love it because of the joy it brings to my heart.  When I see, hear, and feel the many joyous things that this beloved season brings with it, I am reminded of the true meaning, the true spirit of Christmas.

The true spirit of Christmas is Jesus Christ.  Christmas gives us the opportunity to stop and think about Christ, about what He means to us, what He means to the world.  Without Christ there would be no Christmas.  It is His birth into mortality that we celebrate at this time of year.

Christ was the central part, the key piece, of our Father in Heaven’s Plan of Happiness for His children – us.  Before birth we lived with God.  We are His spirit children, He is literally our Father.  When we progressed as far as we could there with Him, He planned for a place where we could learn and grow even more.

He planned a new home where we could receive a physical body (like putting gloves on your hands).  We would experience new things with the senses our bodies have, we would be able to use the agency He gave us to make good decisions and choices, to help others and improve ourselves.

Heavenly Father knew that we would make mistakes and even commit sin.  Therefore He planned a Savior who would be able to atone for our sins when we repent so we would have the opportunity to return to live with Him again.  Our Savior also overcame the bands of death.  Thus, while death is the separation of body and spirit, Christ’s resurrection – or the reuniting of body and spirit – would provide the resurrection as a free gift to all.

Christ gave us commandments, rules to help us live happy and fulfilling lives.  He organized His church to give us the structure to support each other, and to allow us to know and perform the principles and ordinances that we need in order to return to God and live together with Him and with our families for time and all eternity.

Heavenly Father knows you.  He loves you.  He is aware of you and of your situations in life.  He sent His beloved Son, His only begotten in the flesh, to lead and guide us through life, and to show us the way back Home.

Let things things work within your heart.  God is real.  He is not dependent on our belief in Him.  He exists.  And He is close by.  He has given us the opportunity, in fact the commandment, to keep Him uppermost in our thoughts, to talk with Him in prayer as one person talks with another.  Through the Holy Spirit we can feel the Father’s presence.

Through Christ, the 3rd member of the Godhead, God has given us numerous helps and blessings to improve our lives, help us find true happiness, and guide us back into His presence.  Christ organized His church in these latter days through the prophet, Joseph Smith.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is led by Christ himself.  He gave us His priesthood, the authority to act in the name of God, and all the power, authority, principles, and ordinances we would need to tie, or seal, our families together and return to live forever with Heavenly Father in His kingdom.

This is the glorious message of Christmas, the precious gift of Christ.  He is the gift.

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.”

Running the Wrong Way


Suppose you are running a race.  You are doing your very best, running as fast as you can.  

Suddenly, there’s a problem.  :0

You discover that you are running the wrong way!  What do you do?

Would you keep right on going?

No, you are going the wrong way.  If you kept going you wouldn’t get where you want to go, and you wouldn’t win.

So you’d stop what you’re doing, and go the correct way.  And, you would do so quickly!

The same principle applies when you “discover” that you did something wrong.

If you keep on going, you’re not going to get where you really want to go.

But, you may think, it’s too embarrassing to correct.  Or you don’t want to correct because you deserve it, or because no one will know anyway, or because you just don’t want to or it’s just too hard.

But if you really think about it, do any of those excuses really make any sense?  And while it may seem easier to just let it be and keep going as you were, in reality you know that that plan of action really isn’t any good.

Course corrections, otherwise known as repentance or change, are a necessary part of life.  No one makes no mistakes.  So we all have to change, to repent.  Here are the steps of repentance:

  1. Recognize that you did something wrong
  2. Feel sorry for what you did
  3. Admit what you did and ask forgiveness from the person you wronged
  4. Right the wrong, do what you can to make up for it
  5. Learn from the mistake and never do it again

Think of a time when you repented, corrected something you did wrong.  Yes it is hard to repent.  But, how did you feel when you repented?  You felt good inside, like a burden was lifted off your shoulders.  And you were able to move on with your life.  You were a stronger, better, and much happier person for it!

Resolve today that you will change the things in your life that need to be corrected.  And not to stew over them debating whether or not to repent or when.  Just like realizing you’re running the wrong way, quickly repent and get moving in the right direction.  You’ll lose less time, be less stressed, and feel much happier.

Obedience, Protection, and Blessings of God


This is from a beautiful talk given at church a few weeks ago.  I hope you enjoy it and that you find it as informative and inspiring as I did!  🙂

(It is a bit lengthy, but worth every bit)

I am grateful for this opportunity.  I have prayed for guidance, and I hope that there will be at least one thing in my message today that will touch, teach, or inspire you.  I prayed that the Holy Ghost will be with me as I talk, and with you as you listen.

The subject of my talk today is Obedience, the first law of heaven.  Many of the brilliant insights in my talk have come from Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, and from Elder Eldred G. Smith.  I found their teachings to be very wise.

Bruce R. McConkie, who served as an Apostle said, ” Obedience is the first law of heaven, the cornerstone upon which all righteousness and progression rest.”

Joseph B Wirthlin, another apostle, told us, “ Nothing is more important … than obedience to God’s commandments. ”   Every blessing we receive is based on our obedience to that law, upon which it is predicated.

The manual, Preach My Gospel teaches, “”Obedience is an act of faith.  As we obey, we increase in faith, knowledge, wisdom, testimony, protection, and freedom.

“The discipline contained in daily obedience and clean living builds an armor of protection and safety from the temptations that beset us as we proceed through mortality.”

Remember that “it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things.”  The way to grow and learn is by overcoming obstacles.

In his address titled Decisions, Eldred G. Smith spoke about the fact that having Satan here to tempt us is an important part of our Heavenly Father’s plan.  He talked about the War in Heaven, when Lucifer (who we know as Satan) and his followers were cast out.  He points out that they were put here on earth to test us.  “Free agency requires that there must be a choice. There must be an opposing force. There is no growth, no movement, no accomplishment, or progress without overcoming an opposing force.”

Lucifer and his agents provide that opposing force, which make free agency possible for us in this life.

The right to make a decision, is ours, and it is the greatest asset we have on earth.  The Lord will not, cannot, and does not intend to take it away from us. He intends for us to use it. He is constantly advising and teaching us how to use it for our own good and further growth; even to attain eternal life.

Elder Smith continues, “”I would think God would be very unjust to put Lucifer here with all his power, to test us and try us, if he did not give us power to resist or overcome him.”  Remember, Lucifer did not come here of his own choosing. He lost that war in heaven and was put here to do a job, and he is doing a good job.

God is just. Lucifer, then, can do on this earth only what he is permitted to do.

Remember the story of Job? (Who, by the way, I regard to be a very real person…)  Elder Smith points out that in each trial Job was subjected to, Lucifer asked for permission to test him. He was given permission to go just so far, one step at a time.  Job lost his wealth on one test, his family on another, his health on another. Then the Lord gave Satan full control over Job, except he could not destroy his soul.

You may have often thought of how hard it would be to endure all that Job did, but have you stopped to consider the other side?  While he started out strong, one step at a time, Job became more strengthened to withstand all.  He grew more capable and more faithful until there was nothing that Satan could do to pull him from the correct path.

If we are to attain a degree of perfection, we too must come to that stage where, if the Lord desired, he could loose Satan on us with his full power, except not to destroy the soul. If we withstand that, then we will have attained a stage of perfection, even exaltation.

As with Job, so with us.  The Lord will not permit Satan to try us beyond our ability to resist or withstand his efforts, if we will accept The Lord’s help.  Many Prophets and church leaders have echoed that same sentiment, and through prayer you can gain testimony in the knowledge that The Lord does not expect anything of you that you cannot do.

Elder Wirthlin taught, “The commandments of the gospel come from a tender, loving Father who wants us to be happy and to return to His presence.  Heavenly Father gives us laws to make us happy, to protect us, and to help us avoid the inescapable pain and misery that always result when we yield to Satan, and give in to temptation. ‘Wickedness never was happiness.’  God is, indeed, our loving Father.  Everything He does is for our good. He knows all things. He knows us much better than we know ourselves, and He knows what is best for us.”

We live in a world filled with evil. Swirling all around us are the whirlwinds of strife and contention, temptation and sin.  Willing obedience provides lasting protection against Satan’s alluring   and   tantalizing   temptations.

Jesus is our perfect example of obedience. Learn to do as He did when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness. Even though He was weakened by fasting, His answer was quick and firm: The apostle,Elder Neal A. Maxwell said this of the Savior’s example in resisting temptation: “Jesus noticed the tremendous temptations that came to Him, but He did not process and reprocess them. Instead, He rejected them promptly. If we entertain temptations, soon they begin entertaining us!” 

When Satan comes calling, cast him out as quickly as possible. Do not let temptation even begin to entertain you.

Elder Wirthlin continued, “Even though a loving God has provided a pathway to repentance, you simply do not have the time to waste in transgression. Sin wounds the soul; healing slows progress, and takes time that could have been used in productive service and growth. The Lord needs you faithful and worthy, now and in the future, to combat the forces of Satan that are ravaging the earth.

In John 14:15 Jesus said “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”  We show our love for Heavenly Father and Jesus by obeying their commandments. It is by keeping the commandments that we are able to receive all of the blessings of the plan of salvation.

Elder Boyd K. Packer, also an apostle, said: “Obedience to God can be the very highest expression of independence. Just think of giving to him the one thing, the one gift, that he would never take. …

“Obedience—that which God will never take by force—he will accept when freely given. And he will then return to you freedom that you can hardly dream of—the freedom to feel and to know, the freedom to do, and the freedom to be, at least a thousand fold more than we offer him. Strangely enough, the key to freedom is obedience”

As we give to the Lord, we should give in the same manner that we want The Lord to give to us.

In a general conference address, N. Eldon Tanner, who served in the first Presidency, used the subject of tithing to illustrate his point.  He said, “” How would you like the Lord to figure out his blessings on the same basis that you do when you are figuring out your tithing? If you were in deep trouble, had physical or mental illness, or your family were suffering and causing you much concern, would you want him to say, “Well now, just how much can I keep from giving? How close can I figure this blessing?”

If we love our Heavenly Father we will want to obey him. If we find it hard to obey, we should strengthen our love for Him.  Although it may seem like the same answers that we always discuss, there is power and strength by doing things like daily prayer and scripture study because they help us to learn about, and, in turn, love, our Father in Heaven.

President Gordon B. Hinckley, while a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles urged, “Do not let pride stand in your way. The way of the gospel is a simple way. Some of the requirements may appear to you as elementary and unnecessary. Do not spurn them. Humble yourselves and walk in obedience. I promise that the results that follow will be marvelous to behold, and satisfying to experience.”

While Satan would have us believe that Obedience is weakness, or that in will enslave us, that is not the case. Obedience is a great sign of strength and will actually make us free.  Free from sin, guilt and confusion.  Free from worry and doubt.  Free from ignorance, and  free to make intelligent choices.  Free to be advanced in the priesthood.  Free to go on a mission.  Free to marry in the temple.  Free to be blessed and strengthened. Free to return to Heavenly Father.

The Lamanite stripling warriors in the Book of Mormon are an excellent illustration of the blessings that flow from precise obedience. Helaman had formed them into an army of 2,060 young men who fought on the side of the Nephites.  When they were fighting for the Nephites, the Nephites could not lose.

200 of the Stripling Warriors were so badly wounded that they fainted from the loss of blood. When they were carried from the battlefield, it was thought they were dead, but they weren’t. It seemed they could not be killed. They qualified for this mighty miracle by their obedience. Their leader, the prophet Helaman, says of them in Alma 57:21: “They did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness.”

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught: “”The windows of heaven are open wide to the faithful and righteous; nothing closes them faster than disobedience. …”

The obedience of the Stripling Warriors did not mean that they would never experience tough times.  Hard times are a critical part of this life.  They will happen whether we are obedient, or not.  The question is, would we rather have an easier time dealing with difficulties, and be blessed as we grow; or would we prefer to fight against the help we are offered and not progress as we encounter trials?

Elder Wirthlin shared that by obedience to the laws of the gospel, we can lift ourselves above the quagmire of sin that surrounds us in this world.   “In addition to helping you to become better servants of the Lord, obedience to these laws will help you to be better in everything you undertake in life, whether it be your activity in the Church, your family, education, business, profession, science, athletics, or any other worthwhile endeavor. You will be a better family member, and a better friend. You will enjoy your life more; you will be happier and at peace with yourself because you will know that your life is acceptable to your Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.”

He finished by admonishing that, “To achieve your goals in this mortal life and prove yourselves worthy of eternal blessings, learn to obey. There is no other way. Obedience brings great strength and power into your lives. ”