Monthly Archives: August 2015

By Their Fruits

Matt 7One of my favorite Bible stories is that of the prophet Elijah and the priest of Baal. Elijah was a prophet during a time of great wickedness among the Israelites. They had a wicked King, King Ahab and his wife Queen Jezebel. Jezebel made an order that all the prophets of God must be killed, but Obadiah, the King’s servant, hid 100 of the prophets instead of killing them. Most of the Israelites no longer followed God, but worshiped idols instead. In time, when the people would not repent, the Lord sent a famine upon the land. It did not rain, their crops did not grow, many of their animals died. When the Lord felt like it was time to end the famine he sent Elijah to the king. Elijah told Ahab to gather all of the people of Israel and all of the Priests of Baal and other false priests that ate at Jezebel’s table. Knowing Elijah to be a powerful prophet, Ahab obeyed.

Elijah told the people they would know who the true God was that day.

Elijah had the priests prepare a bull for a sacrifice. When they did, he told them to use no fire, but to call on their God to bring fire down from heaven. The priests prayed to Baal and nothing happened. They cut themselves, as the scripture said was their custom, and nothing happened. Continue reading

Historic: Top Mormon Women Leaders to Serve on Key Priesthood Councils

LDS Church: Top Women Leaders to Serve on Key Priesthood CouncilsSister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women’s general president shared historic news affecting the women of the Church’s visibility, value and voice within the highest councils of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Mormon)

I still vividly remember President Thomas S. Monson announcing the lowered missionary age for young women. Today I witnessed another significant moment – I received an invitation to participate as a member of the Missionary Executive Council. I am honored. This is one of three key councils of the Church, each led by members of the Twelve. Sister Linda Burton will now serve on the Priesthood and Family Executive Council and Sister Rosemary Wixom will be on the Temple and Family History Executive Council.

What a great time to be a woman in the Church where our voices are needed and valued more than ever. I am grateful for the opportunity to add my perspective and experience to this council as we work together to spread the message of the restored Gospel.

Of this breaking and historic news, Tad Welch from the Deseret News reports:

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LDS Women: A Force for Good in Social Media

We all know the power of social media when it’s used to the fullest potential. Not only does social media connect us together, it also helps us share our faith and experiences. In short, it helps us share goodness with one another and the world around us.  While it can be overwhelming to know where to begin, it certainly helps to see how other LDS women around the world are tapping into this power.

Pacific LDS WomenAn inspiring example of this comes from a young New Zealand woman of Tuvaluan heritage named Kaveinga Anilli Lisati. She had never written a blog post before, but felt the need for a blog focusing on faith-filled stories from the Pacific Islands. She is following Elder David A. Bednar‘s apostalic call to flood the earth with goodness on social media. And, as one reader put it, “I feel the push from the apostles and prophets more so now to SPEAK up and using social media for what is right and not stand idly by.” We couldn’t agree more! LDS women are indeed feeling a renewed push by inspired apostles and prophets to speak up, stand up, and use social media for righteous purposes.

Mormon Women Stand has many LDS women in its community from all over the world, and will continue to unite with other LDS women one blog post and one Facebook post at a time. We will keep flooding the earth with the words of prophets, apostles, Jesus Christ, pure doctrine, and our Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation on social media. We’re in! Are you?
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Not My Will, But Thine

farmMany people have shared stories with me over the years of times when they prayed, and the answer was “no.” Some were devastated when Heavenly Father answered in the negative; others just wondered why the answer was what it was. I was reading a story in the August 2015 Ensign, “The Example of a Faithful Father,” by Judson H. Flower, Jr., and it reminded me of a time in my own life when the answer was no.

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The Seer Stone, Faith, and Miracles

Church-Releases-Original-Book-of-Mormon-Manuscript-and-Seer-Stone-Photo--600x357The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a 1,000 page, two-volume book containing the Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon. In conjunction with the release of the printer’s manuscript project, the Church posted an article about seership, seer stones, and their roles in translation and revelation. The article is scheduled to be published in print in the Church’s October 2015 issue of the Ensign magazine.

According to Trent Toon, at the Deseret News:

“Images of the seer stone will be placed at the new priesthood restoration site that is being completed in Harmony, Pennsylvania, and will be dedicated Sept. 19 by President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Snow said. Images of the seer stone will also be available in the Church History Museum, which is being renovated and will be opened a week before general conference in October.”

Since that time, many people have either been excited to see the pictures of the stone or have been critical of the Church for keeping this part of the history hidden for nearly 200 years. I’ve heard one person express interest and love for the Church, because as he put it, “I am a very visual person.” Another person, said in disbelief, “I’ve never found a magic stone.” Many others have talked about how the Church has kept this as a secret part of its history. Continue reading

Three Elect Ladies

emma-hale-smith-lee-richards-82669-galleryI’m sitting in the sunshine. It’s cold and windy outside. Rain, and possibly snow is expected, and yet I live in the sub-tropics of Australia. Yes, it’s winter here.

I’m home from church because I’m unwell. Sitting here I have been thinking about women I’ve known during my life. Women who faced all kinds of challenges, and what I learned from them.

I served in several Relief Society presidencies and had the opportunity to minister to and grow to love older sisters in my ward. I’d like to tell you about three of them. Continue reading

A Crowded Boat

primary-class-609711-galleryYou grew up in the Church, attended Primary. Your father baptised you when you were eight. Soon you graduated, and went on to Young Women’s, where you eagerly completed the Personal Progress program. You were diligent in living a gospel centered life. You tried your best in every calling and went the extra mile in service. You did well at school, got a part-time job, and saved your money. As soon as you could, you held a temple recommend.

brisbane-australia-temple-lds-766362-galleryYour dreams came true. A wonderful young man came into your life. He had honourably returned from a mission. You had a beautiful courtship and then marriage in the temple. You were surrounded by family—his family and yours—and the day was beautiful.

Later, you welcomed a new member of the family as your first child arrived. The years rolled by, more children came along. You were a happy mother. Some of the stresses that go with young motherhood were yours, but you had a strong family and good friends. Your husband did well in school, and secured a good job. Everything was good. Continue reading