Loving Others and Living with Differences : Dallin H. Oaks

“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.

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Continuing Revelation – Leaders Are Called of God – Leaders are called by God Part II

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. 

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Continuing Revelation – Profound and Personal (President Henry B Eyering)

“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. 

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Happy Conference Season! April 2015 General Conference

It’s that time of year again!

That’s right everyone. It is almost April once again. Time to pull out those conference notebooks (seriously if you don’t have one just go get one), start writing down questions, pulling out the pictures of the Apostles so that your kids can remember what they all look like, and if you are like my family

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I’m Back – Continuing Revelation by: President Henry B. Eyering

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.

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Some Important Thoughts and Next Weeks Discussion

Full armor of GodI haven’t written nearly as much as I wanted to this week. It’s been just one of those weeks, but I have still been studying, as reading Elder Hales talk. And before I move on with what I will be studying next week, there are a couple of things that I would like to point out from this talk. Each one could absolutely been it’s own post, but I go behind and I must press forward, because I know me and know if I get caught up in the “I should haves” I will stop moving forward. So things that I found important and/or valuable from this talk.

The General Authorities are not assigned talks for Conference. I had sort of assumed they where or at least a “it would be great if you talked about….” but nope.  “Over weeks and months, often through sleepless night, we wait upon the Lord. Through Fasting, praying studying, and pondering, we learn the message the He wants us to give.” (emphasis added). Not that I wish them sleepless nights, but I love the idea that they struggle with what to say just like I do when asked to speak in Sacrament.

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“General Conference: Strengthening Faith and Testimony” by Elder Robert D. Hales

StudyA new week a new talk. I think that most of you will see the obvious importance of this talk. We have been told that watching a studying General Conference is important.  Throughout numerous trials in my life, though activity and inactivity, I have always watched Conference.  The council has also been given to us to prepare for conference. To search in our minds the questions that we need answered . To pray and to take notes during Conference and then to study the talks between one Conference and the next.

“For the next six months, your conference edition of the Ensign should stand next to your standard works and be  referred to frequently. As my dear friend and brother Harold B. Lee said, we should let these conference addresses “be the guide to [our] walk and talk during the next six months. These are the important matters the Lord sees fit to  reveal to this people in this day” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1946, p. 68).” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1988/04/come-unto-christ-and-be-perfected-in-him

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The Judgments of Others

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.

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“Though we may feel like a broken vessel”

The reason that I picked this talk to be my first to discuss is because it touched so many people so deeply. People I know, people who are my friends. So many that I know struggle with mental illness. I struggle with mental illness, both personally and in my family.  A year ago while watching General Conference, I had no idea that in just over a month my husband would try and commit suicide. Try and almost succeed. From my own experience I understand the hopelessness and despair that metal illness can bring, and now I understand the hopelessness and despair that can come to those who love someone who is suffering.

So often as both the suffer and watching someone I love suffer I have felt broken and damaged. I have even had moments were I have felt that maybe the Atonement didn’t apply to me. This was a suffering no one could understand. It wasn’t spoken about and the difficulties associated with it where often not spoken about at Church or spoken of in hushed tones. Elder Holland changed that for so many during this conference. He brought it out of the closet in a profound and wonderful way. Of course if you are anything like me any time Elder Holland talks it is a wonderful experience.  But this was special and unique for so many.

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A Journey Into Modern Revelation

I don’t know what made this conference different. We have been told to prayerfully prepare for conference for as long as I can remember. To pray and ask the Lord to revel to us what we should know, has always been the direction give to us.  I’ve just never done it. I have always watched conference. I always read my conference edition of the Ensign cover to cover as soon as it shows up.

So as all the pre-conference hype began this year, I really don’t know what was different.  Maybe it was because I have a friend that is taking the missionary lessons, so I wanted to be a good example. Maybe it was because I am preparing to return to the temple in the next two months. Maybe it was none of these things and the Spirit simply softened my heart to be more obedient. Regardless of the reason, I decided to prepare to watch conference. 

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