When Differences Occur
If you love someone of course you are going to be kind even when your angry, or at least that is what I think most of us try and do. We all make mistakes and the hope of the Gospel is that through the power of the atonement we are forgiven, and so we forgive others. But what about when your husband did it on purpose and and your really mad? We all know that anger and wrath are never justified, especially in the home because of the eternal nature of the family. Plus the last thing I would want is him to bring up “that” moment for eternity. jk…..but not really. It can be hard in a relationship to be loving even when your partner, friend, or family member has wronged you, but you try to maintain that eternal perspective. Especially when you know that there is a huge difference between loving someone, and being loving.
Continue reading Loving Others and Living With Differences
“As followers of Christ we should live peacefully with others who do not share our values or accept the teachings upon which they are based.” Dallin H. Oaks Quorum of the 12 Apostles
This is the one I will be talking about for the next couple of days. While I will try to stay away from the touchy subjects I hit on with my last post, this talk definitively hits on some of the points that are an issue with me, and more importantly the things that I need to do better.
I’ve been trying to write all night.
Since the new March Issue of the Ensign came out online last night and broke the Internet, (at least the LDS corner of it), The article in question, titled “When Doubts and Questions Arise” wasn’t that bad. I got what he was trying to say…. I just don’t wish he had said something other than “doubts”. “Questioning is fine,” he said, but if a person has doubts that means they refuse to even try the Lords’s way just like Korihor in the book of Mormon. Yup he went there. He compared good members of the Church who maybe have had their testimony rocked a little. Sure they may have doubts about the Gospel, they probably have doubts about themselves, and he compared them to an Antichrist. I somehow don’t think that is going to give a lot of comfort to anyone who is uncertain. Maybe the author’s only intent was to comfort those who haven’t ever had doubts? “Look at us we are being so kind and forgiving to let you have questions, just as long as you don’t ever doubt…oh no don’t do that, because once you doubt you are a son of perdition. Yea I think he could have worded it better. Sooo….
I have sat in front of my computer fighting to write this article. I don’t honestly know how many of you are deep into the Bloggernacle, and in truth it doesn’t matter to me, because I am grateful that you like to come visit my little corner of it sometimes and keep me company. I, personally remember a time before we started calling it the Bloggernacle. I wasn’t an active participant at that time. I was afraid of including my voice, even in comments, because I didn’t think that anyone would be interested in my voice. I still don’t I’ve just gotten old enough at this point to not care.
Continue reading Continuing Revelation – Leaders Are Called of God – Leaders are called by God Part II
“Human judgment and logical thinking will not be enough to get answers to the questions that matter most in life. We need revelation from God.” President Henry B. Eyering, First Counselor in the First Presidency October General Conference 2014 Sunday Morning Session
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was founded by a young man seeking personal revelation. He believed the Apostle James when he testified in the scriptures that “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5
For most members the belief in revelation is almost 2nd nature. Most members accept without much hesitation that The Prophet receives revelation for The Church. They understand and know that the their Stake President guides the Stake he is High Priest over, through the power of revelation. We know that the Bishop extends callings to individuals though revelation. Mother’s and Father’s receive revelation for their children. Elder’s Quorum and Relief Society President’s receive revelation for those they are called to lead. Individual teachers receive revelation regarding what parts of the lesson they should emphasize, what questions the should pose to the class, and who they should call on to speak.
We ask for revelation about where we should go to school, if we should serve a mission, who we should marry, if we should accept a specific job offer, and every other major decision that may be made in someones life.
We ask for simple (can you really call any revelations for God simple? 🙂 ) revelations, such as God leading us to someone who we might be able to serve, to find someone who is prepared to accept the Gospels good news, or who might need a hug or phone call, so that they know they are loved.
Unlike many Churches we believe that Revelation from God to His children, to His Church, is not something that ended. It is not something that was left in the past at the death of the Christ and his Apostles, but is in fact something that is alive and well, occurring throughout the World today as you read this.
Continue reading Continuing Revelation – Profound and Personal (President Henry B Eyering)
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Hey everyone! Sorry that it took me longer to get back on then I had said last time I posted. As usual I was way busier than I was willing to acknowledge, lol. But here I am and I am ready to go. It’s only a few weeks until next conference (Yippeee!) so I obviously won’t be able to cover all of last conference. But I am going to highlight a few of the talks that are really meaningful to me at this point, from October 2014’s Conference. (Here is a link to all of the talks from that conference) As usual I wanted to give you all some time to read over the current talk before I jump into breaking it down. The first talk I am going to be looking at is “Continuing Revelation” by President Henry B. Eyering, First Counselor in the First Presidency, from the Sunday morning session.
Now I do want to give you a general idea of why I picked this talk to be first. A lot has changed in my life over the last year and half since I started this blog, some good, a lot not so much. I have doubted myself, and I even in some really dark moments doubted my testimony. I hope this makes sense, but it wasn’t the things that my testimony was about that I doubted, ie: Christ, The Gospel, The Atonement, The Restoration, The Book of Mormon, etc. I know they are true and real. As real as the computer I am typing on, and as real as you sitting there reading these words. What I doubted was if I had actually had a testimony period.
Continue reading I’m Back – Continuing Revelation by: President Henry B. Eyering
I have often been asked why LDS people are so intent on missionary work and getting people to join the Church. I I think that my answers have often lacked something…..vital, living, meaningful? I get asked that question and a million reasons pop into my head and so I end up stumbling over words that just then become confusing. I might end up talking about “Church callings, home and visiting teaching, full-time missions, weekly family home evenings, temple work, welfare and humanitarian service, and assignments to teach,” I might even bring up, “family history, youth camps, devotionals, scripture study, leadership training, youth activities, early morning seminary, … the Lord’s law of health, the monthly fast to help the poor, and tithing.” These are all wonderful parts of Church that most members’s do, and do joyfully and willingly, but they aren’t the WHY.
They aren’t the reason that the Church now has over 15 million members. It isn’t the reason that “at a time when many churches throughout the world are experiencing significant decreases in numbers, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – though small in comparison to many others – is one of the fastest growing churches in the world.”
The real reasons that people join the Church, the reason that through all of the adversity of the last few years I have fought to come back to the Church and follow the Lord’s commandments, are actually fairly simple (though tremendously profound) and are outlined so beautifully by President Uchtdorf. That is what I will be focusing on this week.
Continue reading “Come, Join With Us” but why? President Deiter F Uchtdorf
I think we can all agree the President Uchtdorf is awesome! I can never decide weather I look more forward to hearing him talk or Elder Holland. And I had every intention of covering this talk at some point in the next couple of months. I actually had a totally different plan for this and the next few weeks but because of some very specific experiences over the last few days, the Spirit made it really clear to me that this was the talk I needed to study.
Fortunately this talk is broken up in amazing sub-headings that I will cover one or two each day this week. But let me explain this week and why I was drawn to this talk specifically. I can’t count how many meme’s I have seen in the weeks since conference quoting in some form or another, “First doubt your doubts, before you doubt your faith.”
I have personally struggled with doubts and weakness in my life. I am saddened, but not ashamed to say that I have doubted my Savior’s love for me, I have doubted if the Atonement applied to me, and I have doubted if I could endure to the end, instead of falling at every challenge and difficulty.
Continue reading “Come Join With Us” by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
I have to say that one of the hardest parts of the last year struggling with my husbands illness has been the judgments of others concerning him and his actions. I know that they are generally have good intentions, and much of the time they are just trying to help. Most people are trying to apply logic to something that is illogical. There have been times where I just stop talking about it. People will ask how I am doing or my husband, and I will give the generic non answer. “We’re doing fine thank you. Just still pushing.” When what I really want to say is. “We’re a mess. He has been locked up in the house for days, because his paranoia is so out of control right now. And when he isn’t locked up he is running away from the house because his rage is so out of control and leaving is the only thing he can do so that he doesn’t take it out on us.” The real response i more often true then the first unfortunately. And how do I explain to someone that I feel blessed that he leaves. That so many that I know going through the same struggles have spouses that are either not thoughtful enough, or are incapable of enough rational thought in those horrible moments to get up and get out of the house. Mine can and does.
Continue reading The Judgments of Others
Talking to a friend the other day I asked her, “Did you ever break something like a plate or a cup, that you then tried to glue back together?”
“Sure,” she replied.
“How did that work?”
“Well it went pretty well, it was a cup and the handle had broken off. I was able to fix it so that it didn’t leak.”
I continued to press. “But did it look the same? Was the fix perfect?”
“Well no,” was her answer. ” It’s not really noticeable, but if you look closely you can see where the break was. And right where the handle connects there is a little chip missing that I couldn’t find.”
“So,” I continued to push my point, “It isn’t the same cup. In a way it is still broken even though you made it serviceable.” Now at this point you may think that I am mean or maybe just like to rub things in, when trying to prove a point, but not really.
Continue reading Hold fast to the perfecting promises of the Atonement