Saturday, March 28, 2009
i should do this morning often...
Thursday, March 5, 2009
- There is a lot of mention of genealogy/temple work and missionary work. This makes me think of the three fold mission of the church. Perhaps it would be effective if I tried harder to ask myself when I start....(I'm trying to think of a better phrase than 'going crazy'...but it's not happening). Anyway...maybe it would be good if I occasionally asked myself if what I was stressing about was in any way proclaiming the gospel, redeeming the dead, or perfecting the saints (at least, the under 4 ft. tall saints in my stewardship).
- There's also a lot of connecting work...to enduring. I think that that is one of the most important things we can do...just keep doing the little things...that way when the big trials come...we have a foundation to fall back on.
- I love the serenity prayer...God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. My grandmother used to have it on some little plaque on her counter. Anyway...we talked in Family Home Evening about how we are responsible for our attitudes, etc. And it just seems that the older my kids get (old being 5 years old...lol), the more I realize there are certain things I can control...and certain things I can't...I can't force my kids to be happy, use the bathroom in the toilet, go to sleep...etc. some things are just in their control...and that's the way it should be. So...my other goal (and I've actually been working on this for awhile...so hopefully it shouldn't be that hard...is to make sure that what I'm trying to 'work' on, is not something that will ultaimately lead to a power struggle, or frustration. Anyway...I'm exhausted, this post has been continuing for the past few days, and I just need to post it already!
I've had the last view of "Put Your Shoulder To The Wheel" stuck in my head like crazy for the past few days...can't even figure out why...but...well, first, here's what it says. It says, "Work and Watch and Fight and Pray". Anyway...and I have been think of those words all week (no joke...pretty sad, huh?). So I thought I'd have fun looking them up and really trying to figure out how I can "work and watch and fight and pray". However, as it is almost 11:30 and my bedtime was an hour and a half ago...I think I'll stop and hopefully...do more tomorrow. *yawn*
Friday, February 20, 2009
From a talk given at the Provo (Utah) Missionary Training Center on 20 June 2000.
"Anyone who does any kind of missionary work will have occasion to ask, Why is this so hard? Why doesn’t it go better? Why can’t our success be more rapid? Why aren’t there more people joining the Church? It is the truth. We believe in angels. We trust in miracles. Why don’t people just flock to the font? Why isn’t the only risk in missionary work that of pneumonia from being soaking wet all day and all night in the baptismal font?
You will have occasion to ask those questions. I have thought about this a great deal. I offer this as my personal feeling. I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never, ever easy for Him? It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. Missionaries and mission leaders have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary.
Now, please don’t misunderstand. I’m not talking about anything anywhere near what Christ experienced. That would be presumptuous and sacrilegious. But I believe that missionaries and investigators, to come to the truth, to come to salvation, to know something of this price that has been paid, will have to pay a token of that same price.
For that reason I don’t believe missionary work has ever been easy, nor that conversion is, nor that retention is, nor that continued faithfulness is. I believe it is supposed to require some effort, something from the depths of our soul.
If He could come forward in the night, kneel down, fall on His face, bleed from every pore, and cry, “Abba, Father (Papa), if this cup can pass, let it pass,” 16 then little wonder that salvation is not a whimsical or easy thing for us. If you wonder if there isn’t an easier way, you should remember you are not the first one to ask that. Someone a lot greater and a lot grander asked a long time ago if there wasn’t an easier way.
The Atonement will carry the missionaries perhaps even more importantly than it will carry the investigators. When you struggle, when you are rejected, when you are spit upon and cast out and made a hiss and a byword, you are standing with the best life this world has ever known, the only pure and perfect life ever lived. You have reason to stand tall and be grateful that the Living Son of the Living God knows all about your sorrows and afflictions. The only way to salvation is through Gethsemane and on to Calvary. The only way to eternity is through Him—the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
I testify that the living God is our Eternal Father and that Jesus Christ is His living and Only Begotten Son in the flesh. I testify that this Jesus, who was slain and hanged on a tree, 17 was the chief Apostle then and is the chief Apostle now, the Great High Priest, the chief cornerstone of His Church in this last and greatest of all dispensations. I testify that He lives, that the whole triumph of the gospel is that He lives, and because He does, so will we.
On that first Resurrection Sunday, Mary Magdalene first thought she saw a gardener. Well, she did—the Gardener who cultivated Eden and who endured Gethsemane. The Gardener who gave us the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley, the cedars of Lebanon, the tree of life.
I declare Him to be the Savior of the world, the Bishop and Shepherd of our souls, the Bright and Morning Star. I know that our garments can be washed white only in the blood of that Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. I know that we are lifted up unto life because He was lifted up unto death, that He bore our griefs and carried our sorrows, and with His stripes we are healed. I bear witness that He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities, that He was a man of sorrows acquainted with grief because upon Him were laid the transgressions of us all. 18
I bear witness that He came from God as a God to bind up the brokenhearted, to dry the tears from every eye, to proclaim liberty to the captive and open the prison doors to them that are bound. 19 I promise that because of your faithful response to the call to spread the gospel, He will bind up your broken hearts, dry your tears, and set you and your families free. That is my missionary promise to you and your missionary message to the world."
Well, Keith just woke up coughing up a storm...and complaining about his knees and ankles hurting...oh well...another late night...
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
First, it talks about how Moses is talking Face to Face with God and God is basically telling him about the great scheme of things. He talks about how He's created all things, tells him about his only Begotten Son who will be the Savior of the world, etc.
- I love how God keeps referring to Moses as "My Son" (vs. 4, 6, 7). He really emphasizes that. I think the more we know who we are...the more everything else falls into place and the easier it is to obey God's commandments...cuz they make sooo much sense if we see ourselves as Children of God.
Then God leaves and Moses is processing all this stuff.
- I love one of the things Moses says (well, especially love). He says, "Now, for this cause I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed." I just think it's so interesting that
Moses has this incredible knowledge now that he is God's Son...but he also realizes that man is
nothing compared the greatness of God that he has just beheld.
Then Moses talks about how God transfigured him for the time so that he could behold him, otherwise he would have withered and died. Then, Satan comes.
- I think it is really interesting the first thing Satan says. He says, "Moses, son of man, worship me." The first thing he attacks is Moses' knowledge of who he is as a child of God! It always makes me think of all the things Satan does to try to convince us that we have no divine nature. He tries so hard to convince us we need to be rich, skinny, beautiful, powerful, , skilled, physically stronger, etc....to have any value...and it's so not true.
- Then I love how Moses responds...he says, "Who art thou? For behold, I am a son of God, in the similitude of his Only Begotten; and where is thy glory, that I should worship thee?" I love it...in the face of such evil, Moses remembers!
He talks about how he was not able to stand in the presence of God in his natural state, but he doesn't seem to have a problem standing in Satan's presence. He talks about how God commanded him to call upon God. Then he commands Satan to leave...multiple times. Satan throws a tantrum, wanting Moses to worship him. Moses receives strength from the Lord, and Satan finally leaves. Then the last half of the chapter God comes again and visits with Moses and tells him all kinds of cool things...but the kids are awake...so I'm going to finish now. What a great morning!