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Scriptures: Meaning In Their Depth

This is a General Conference Odyssey post.

The other day I was talking with a friend who was explaining to me her view of the world. She said she liked to be open and learn from whatever was “out there” and she opened her arms wide to show how open she was. I appreciated and understood what she was saying, but the thought came to me that I personally prefer to look deep. I further explained that I’m honestly not interested in what the world has to teach me anymore. People are free to believe what they want, but I have learned that for me I like what the scriptures teach as I find meaning in their depth.  

This week, we are covering the welfare session of the October 1977 General Conference. Pres. Kimball talks about consecration and what this principle asks of members of the church. He says,

“Consecration is the giving of one’s time, talents, and means to care for those in need–whether spiritually or temporally–and in building the Lord’s kingdom.”

We’ve all heard that definition most of our lives and it’s familiar to us. Earlier this year, in Sunday School, we all had a lesson on consecration. I remember hearing from a few different Gospel Doctrine teachers that they really didn’t know how to teach anything new in this lesson. However, at that time, we were all still learning how to use the new supplemental material offered in the manual. And it gives an interesting additional view of this principle and has spurred me to study it further. In the article called “The Law,” we learn a few more details.

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How to Use Lehi’s Vision to be Glad

In the most recent general women’s session of conference, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shared a parable about three sisters. One was always sad, one was always mad, and one was always glad. Their circumstances were very similar, and yet their personal view affected how they felt about life and themselves. It’s pretty obvious that the sister who is glad is the sister that all of us should aspire to be. President Uchtdorf said that all of us share traits with each sister at different times in our lives. The week leading up to the women’s session I was most definitely like the sad sister, and during his entire talk I felt like President Uchtdorf was speaking directly to me. Continue reading

8 Gifts of Truth That Polarize Evil

This is a General Conference Odyssey post for the Priesthood session of October 1976.

 

President Marion G. Romney’s talk was titled: “Your Gift from God,” where he described to us what Peter taught in the New Testament. It inspired me to read 1-2 Peter for myself. Sure enough, I found eight gifts from God. These gifts of truth will polarize evil and shower blessings from heaven.

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Emotions in the Scriptures

In our day, many people proclaim that we must always be happy and positive and if we are not, then we are need help. Emotions have been categorized into negative and positive or good and bad emotions.

The world teaches that happiness, rejoicing, and peace are good and positive emotions and we must seek for them, and that sorrow, anger, and mourning are bad and need to be cured. However, with a careful reading of the standard works of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one can learn that God takes a different view on the matter.

If we can learn the truth about emotions, we will be better equipped to deal with and understand our own.

Let’s look at some scriptures to learn truth about emotions.

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Mothers in the Scriptures

Motherhood isalt-lake-temple-pioneer-family-lds-770842-gallerys one of the most important aspects of the Plan of Salvation. Without it, none of us would be here in our mortal bodies. When discussing mothers and motherhood, I find it fitting to think about and study ancient women who serve as wonderful examples of what kind of mothers and women we should be. Although there are many wonderful women in the scriptures, I have chosen to highlight five: Eve, the Mother of Moses, Namoi, Mary the Mother of Jesus, and Sariah from the Book of Mormon.

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Eve was the very first mortal mother on this earth. She was given the ability to bear children when she partook of the forbidden fruit and was cast out of the Garden of Eden with Adam. She was given the name Eve “because she was the mother of all living.” (Genesis 3:20) In fact, Eve means “life” in Hebrew.

We know from the book of Moses that Adam and Eve had many more children than Cain, Abel and Seth. “And Adam knew his wife and she bare unto him sons and daughters, and they began to multiply and to replenish the earth.” (Moses 5:2) The Book of Moses also goes into a deeper description of the type of woman Eve was. Moses 5:1 says that Eve labored with Adam. In verse 11 Eve says, “Were it not for our transgression we never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.” Then in verse 12 Eve taught her children. Continue reading

Boundaries or Betrayal?

fashion-person-woman-hand-largeEvery year it seems, my mobile phone becomes antiquated and “old.” It might still work for me, but there is always a newer and better version that the phone carrier wants to talk me into.  It might have a bigger screen, better camera, or maybe more memory.  The old phone works, but the new phone is better, faster, easier to use.  The mobile company never tries to deceive me into keeping my old phone, hiding the new and improved one away for only itself.  It actually invites me to try the latest phone, telling me how much more I can do with it and what a wonderful tool it is.

When I think of the first smartphone I had, a BlackBerry that I loved, it was only 7 years ago.  That phone, now 7 years later, is a relic.  My smartphone is now a computer.  I never use my laptop anymore because my phone can do everything.  I design artwork on my phone.  I do banking and email.  I write for my blog.  I do family history work.  I buy books and clothes online.  I make hotel and airline reservations.  I check the weather and road conditions.  I get Twitter feed from the International Space Station.  Why would I want the old phone that only did email and text?

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Boundaries are both natural phenomena and man-made, set by men and by nature. A river draws a boundary and so does a cliff.  A steep canyon creates a boundary, and so does the sea.  One might be careful to think about crossing both.  We place fences around our properties to keep children and pets in and other children and pets out.  We place cattle guards on busy road crossings to protect cows and people.  Homes have thresholds and locks on doors.  Elevator doors close to protect people from falling to their deaths during the trip up a high-rise.  Even people have boundaries and carefully guard their personal space. Continue reading

Pornography: Fortify Our Line of Defense

mormonad-just-looking-1118418-galleryThis past week, I attended a meeting on how to protect our families from pornography, hosted by LDS Social Services. It was a great meeting that gave valuable information without dwelling on the overwhelming weight of this depravity.

 

I went home encouraged that we can all overcome this. We may become as the stripling warriors, who came back wounded, but not one was lost (Alma 56: 55-56). I particularly appreciated the vision of fortifying my home as Moroni did all of the Nephite cities.

 

As a child, I remember hearing people complain how long and boring the book of Alma was. The war chapters were often skipped, or casually glanced over. Today, I have discovered that there is much to learn in these chapters. We are in a war and Moroni shows us in great detail how to fight, how to protect, and how to win. Captain Moroni was fearless when it came to defending his liberty, his wife, and his children.

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What “International Day of the Bible” Means to Me

LDS-scripturesNovember 24th is “International Day of the Bible.” How appropriate to celebrate this day near the day of Thanksgiving, in the United States, where we can show our gratitude for these words that “testify of Him (Jesus Christ). They provide the perfect example of righteousness for us to follow” (Elder L. Tom Perry, Finding Lasting Peace and Building Eternal Families, Oct. 2014 General Conference). Learn more, here, about how you, too, can participate online using hashtag #BibleCelebration.

Years ago, I was preparing a lesson and wanted to find an example from the scriptures. Not thinking I would find anything on food storage, I found a scripture that changed my complete outlook on the messages contained in the scriptures. Luke 12:16-20 is a parable about a man storing an extreme harvest. He decided to build a bigger barn to store all of it, and then he took a nice long break by doing nothing, but partying. The Lord called the man a fool, because he stopped short of enduring to the end.

It’s funny, I had no expectation of finding anything and just happened on this parable, which fit my needs perfectly. I realized, with that experience, and can now testify with countless additional experiences since then, that every possible personal scenario we face in life will have a corollary for us to learn from, or find strength from, in the scriptures. It’s all there waiting for us to discover! The word of God is given to us to live a good life, make good choices, and follow the Good Shepherd back to our heavenly home. And it’s the spirit that inspires us with the beautiful answers we seek. The scriptures have also become very precious to me as I have read and learned about how they were made available to common lay people, like so many of us.

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Richard G. Scott: Because of the Fall

richard-g-scott-largeNot long ago, I was involved in a Facebook discussion concerning single LDS women who want to marry, yet the opportunity is not given to them. Because it’s a commandment to marry, and they desire to keep all the commandments, they feel conflict because of their inability to keep that commandment.

One friend, Becca, recently divorced and remarried, and who has obviously experienced a lot of conflict of her own, commented that she sees this life as imperfect, and often our situations are not ideal, but that is the way mortality is meant to be. She continued explaining that “when Adam and Eve were in the garden, Heavenly Father gave them two commandments that seemed to be conflicting – multiply and replenish the earth, but don’t eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil,” which was the only way to gain the knowledge to be able to multiply and replenish the earth. Becca felt that Heavenly Father continues to give us similar commandments and situations, including that of marrying and bearing children, where we cannot guarantee our ability to fulfill those commandments; therefore, we feel distress because we cannot control the situation.

After the above Facebook conversation, I was, of course, intrigued when during the October 2014 General Conference Richard G. Scott began speaking of Adam and Eve in the garden. He recounted how they had no challenges, pain, or opposition, yet when they transgressed, they became aware of opposition and the difference between good and evil. He explained that “we are able to understand peace because we feel turmoil.” We have to have opposition so that we can grow, or be “stretched,” including those instances when we have little or no control of the situation. In these times of trial, when we feel unsettled and distressed, he reminded us of four powerful tools that will help us find peace: prayer, scriptures, Family Home Evening, and temple worship.

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