Friday, February 25, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Dieter F. Uchtdorf said that:If you were to fly a plane there are many instances that you would be faced with turbulence. Turbulence, like our personal trials, shakes us, threatens to throw us off our course, and potentially to crash. Some reactions to this situation could be similar to the reactions to trials we face in our personal lives. If we were to apply the tactics mentioned earlier the results would be disastrous.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Sometimes we see the diffulties in life as a broken escalater, and fail to move on, because of discouragement. It is better to remember that a broken escalater is just a set of stairs. There are times in everyone's lives that give us the option to stand on a broken escalater, or to climb some stairs. It may require us put forth a little more effort, but it is far more rewarding to climb stairs than to wait for a broken escalater.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
2And upon the top of these ridges of earth he caused that there should be timbers, yea, works of timbers built up to the height of a man, round about the cities.
3And he caused that upon those works of timbers there should be a frame of pickets built upon the timbers round about; and they were strong and high.
4And he caused towers to be erected that overlooked those works of pickets, and he caused places of security to be built upon those towers, that the stones and the arrows of the Lamanites could not hurt them.
5And they were prepared that they could cast stones from the top thereof, according to their pleasure and their strength, and slay him who should attempt to approach near the walls of the city.
6Thus Moroni did prepare strongholds against the coming of their enemies, round about every city in all the land."
Just as Moroni made preparations to defend his people we too can make preparations for our own homes, to make them safe havens from the evils in the world. Some of the most powerful things we can do to protect us from the things that drag us down in life are the simplest.
Some of the things we can do to fortify our homes are to:
- Study the scriptures regularly. The words of God are a special gift that hasn't always been so readily available. If we study the scriptures for ourselves, we will grow closer to our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ.
- Attending church. When we attend church we are surrounded by others who are seeking to improve their lives, and we can share of that spirit that comes from that desire, and become spiritually uplifted.
- Praying personally and as a family. When we pray personally we strengthen our relationship with our Heavenly Father. When we pray as a family we strengthen that bond as a unit.
These are only a few things, but there are many more. It is my testimony that when we work to fortify our homes, and strengthen our families that we are happier, better people. I know that we have been given families to strengthen each other in this life, and that it is our responsibility to protect that gift.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
responsibility that continues to this day. The scriptures repeat that God is the same, and that his ways don't change. If this is to be true it would only make sense that this tradition of preaching his word around the Earth would continue. I have left my home for two years so that I may spread the joy I have felt through knowing my Heavenly Father, and his son, Jesus Christ. This message is for all, and the sharing of this message is the best thing that I can be doing in my life right now. I have seen the change that the gospel of Jesus Christ can have in people, and it motivates me everyday to get up and hopefully inspire people to follow their Savior, Jesus Christ.God called his apostles and prophets in ancient times to go and spread his gospel, and this is a sacred
In a talk by Elder L. Tom Perry he quotes:
In a talk by Elder L. Tom Perry he quotes:
"'Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.' (John 21:15.)
Then the question a second and third time. And finally, Peter, being grieved, replied to the Lord, 'Thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.' (John 21:17.)
Finally Peter understood: 'when thou art converted'—a condition carries with it a responsibility to do something with that conversion, to feed the sheep of the Savior. The real value of our commitment through our conversion is when it is interpreted into action, when something results from that which has occurred from knowing the Lord."
Missionary work is a outward expression of a individual's love for God, and their love for their fellow man. I want to show my love for my Lord and Savior, and so I serve as a missionary.