Sunday, October 15, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
Posted by David B at 2:02 PM
Sunday, October 01, 2017
Posted by David B at 9:55 PM
How do we find joy in the face of adversity and natural disasters?
Focus on the Savior Jesus Christ
Christ felt our pains, loss, persecutions, hunger and abuses.
We must trust Gods answers.
God is our source of healing and peace.
God is more concerned with our progress over our comfort.
We have divine potential and royal promise
Building testimony will be better in adversity than an internet post.
Reach out to serve.
Man who fell off a cliff on Mt. Shasta experienced miracles of healing
Another 2 couples who died in plane crash didn't.
Has the day of miracles ceased?
Sometimes there is intervention sometimes not. (Dan 3:17-18)
Are we looking for the wrong kind of miracles?
Spiritual miracles are available to all.
Do not neglect spiritual priorities
Don't forget where we are going and why we are running
Sabbath, Temple, Homes can help us remember.
Change in our nature, little by little.
Covenants and ordinances are the means that God has provided
We dress and act differently in the temple.
Sabbath and Temple are both sacred spaces.
We must bring spirit back to our homes
Don't be overcome by the mundane matters and become partakers of the divine nature.
How do we respond when life provides unexpected paths?
Bro. Shumway blinded on D-day: job, married, bishop, patriarch, mission.
Hope and peace are always available through Christ in any circumstance.
We can only control how we respond to challenges.
God eased the burden of the people of Alma. They turned to the Lord.
Brazen Serpent; those who looked lived
God will support us in our trials and troubles
Scriptures, prayer, blessings, professional counseling, and medication.
Look beyond what we can see
Look beyond assumptions and stereotypes
Offer a reason to hope
Lord looketh upon the heart
Elijah: They that are with us are more
We surround ourselves with those who see as we do
We should be kind but do not need to embrace false ideas
Jesus Christ at the center of our lives will open our eyes
Delete negative thoughts about others
Read the Book of Mormon daily
Sense of optimism and greater love of other
Fear not little flock, do good, perform the work that I commanded you and ye shall inherit the Kingdom of Heaven
Teton Dam: where can we go to help?
Miracle of quiet courage
Pioneers exhibited miracle of faith to build God's Zion.
Yellow Angels: Mormon helping hands in Florida
Greater courage and concern for others
The world will be in commotion in the Last Days.
The Latter-day Saints will be worthy to receive the Lord when He comes.
Doubt not, fear not; pray always and be believing.
Be persistent and consistent in following prophetic counsel.
The best days are ahead for God's Kingdom.
Posted by David B at 10:51 AM
Saturday, September 30, 2017
A rocket's mission is delivering a payload
Christ's atonement is the payload
Priesthood is only useful if payload is delivered
Priesthood is the rocket.
Minor defects can compromise the rocket leading to catastrophic failure.
We have the priesthood to help others, bring others to Christ, teach His commandments, administer His ordinances.
Covenant is like holding water in cupped hands. If we loosen fingers, we can't hold any water.
We can't be casual about our covenants.
Restoration of blessings revokes excommunication.
While you question, remember to do the things you know you should and not do the things you know you shouldn't
Do what is necessary to gain a testimony.
Keep testimony alive
Act by reading the Book of Mormon and giving away our sins
Developing integrity of heart cultivates Gods trust
Integrity engenders trust which brings peace
Never compromise your integrity or take a bribe.
It helps to talk to someone who cares about our struggles
"I would rather wait in line, the stamp machine won't ask me about my arthritis"
Vibrant spiritual health without stagnation.
Spiritual wounds are not incurable.
Healing power of Christ is alive in our day.
The Light of Christ allows us to see things as they really are.
We can then have a perfect brightness of hope.
Honor the priesthood
Beware eroding faith in our leaders
Do not cut the thread that binds you to the prophet
Be faithful like Brigham Young was to Joseph Smith
Posted by David B at 5:39 PM
Beware spiritual eclipses
Use social media to share gospel
Beware time wasting
Beware idealized reality and debilitating comparisons
Beware of pride
The gospel of Jesus Christ is our spiritual light.
Repentance brings happiness, confidence and peace.
True repentance leads to commitment.
Repentance is for saints and sinners
We are all prodigals
Repentance is a lifetime pursuit
Do not procrastinate
Life is short like a British summer
Consider Christ's condescension
Have we been sufficiently humble?
Humility is serving faithful in any calling
Beware the natural man and calls for authenticity as an excuse.
Men are given weaknesses to be humble
Humility is a sign of spiritual strength
God does not work by coincidence but by divine design.
Nephi was led by the spirit not knowing beforehand what he should do.
No weapon can frustrate God's plan of happiness.
God knows the end from the beginning.
God will orchestrate opportunities in our lives.
Right devisions will foster Gods confidence in us.
Agency means we have a choice to follow God's divine design or not.
God knows what we are capable of.
God is in the small details and bigger milestones.
The poor widow gave all her living
The pacific saints show similar faith
Family suffered social stigma, employment
America Samoa contributed to building of their temple joyfully
Diamonds, rubies or scriptures; which is of more value to us?
Study the Book of Mormon: what does it refute, affirm and reveal.
Testifies that Jesus is the Christ
Teaches the doctrines of Christ
Restores plain and previous truths
Answers questions of the soul
Exposes tactics of adversaries
Refutes false doctrines like infant baptism
Proves the heavens are not sealed
We will receive answers to our own questions and overcome personal struggles.
Posted by David B at 2:51 PM
God's Spirit will lead us home
If we seek our Heavenly home and follow the Savior, Our lives will be better but not trouble free
Fruit of the gospel is not material wealth but joy and peace
God will increase our strength
Begin our journey home
Seek to be a blessing to others
God uses the weak and imperfect if we are humble
Natural disasters brings opportunities for service
Whosoever will lose his life shall save it
Service is our purpose
We do not go to church for what we get out of it
Yes learn doctrine and feel inspired but also lift others
Servers and suppliers, not just takers and consumers
Look to Minister to others
The wisdom of God is foolishness to the world
Do not seek the vain things of the world
We should expect mocking and opposition
We should forsake the world
Salvation is an individual matter
Exaltation is a family matter
Sometimes truth causes conflict
Family Proclamation is not just a policy
Show love for all but fearlessly follow our faith
In 1995, the Family Proclamation was inspired and prophetic
It is a test for our generation
God has a work for each of us
Improve our discipleship by serving others
Identify and develop spiritual gifts
Make use of adversity
Tribulation helps us serve others
Avoid distraction and discouragement
Allow God to work through us
Deflect personal praise
"Here am I, send me"
The 5000 hung around wanting to be fed again
Jesus wanted the people to eat His flesh and blood (spiritually) not just the barley loaves
This is a hard saying, who can hear it?
Feast upon the words of Christ
Each torn piece of bread is unique just as our needs, struggles are unique
Internalize the qualities of Christ
Give away all our sins
Gap between our sinfulness and the holiness of God
We must be humble and plead for forgiveness
Christ is the Son of the Man of Holiness
Seek holiness in all we do, think, hear
Be ye therefore perfect
How can we ever measure up
Are covenants just curses and condemnations?
We may not be perfect here but this does not justify our sins
We are all debtors, our debt is incomprehensible
Posted by David B at 11:25 AM
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
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Sunday, August 20, 2017
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Monday, August 14, 2017
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Saturday, July 08, 2017
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Posted by David B at 7:47 AM
Monday, June 19, 2017
The Tabernacle and Holy Temple were constructed so that man could enjoy the Divine Presence (Shechinah). In the Old Testament, the cloud by day an firey pillar by night served as physical protections. In latter-day temples, the covenants of the temple provide spiritual protection from sin and temptation. Covenants are how Heavenly Father is present in our lives. Similarly, our involvement with our children can protect them. Fathers being present and involved in our children's lives will likewise protect them from harm and temptation.
Posted by David B at 2:01 PM
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Posted by David B at 1:29 AM
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
The Idaho Falls Temple was rededicated by President Eyring this last weekend. In keeping with the spirit of the original dedicatory prayer, President Eyring prayed for the preservation of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights and in so doing, preserve our freedom. In 1945, at the original dedication of the Idaho Falls Temple, President George Albert Smith included in the dedicatory prayer these words:
"We thank Thee that Thou has revealed to us that those who gave us our Constitutional form of government were wise in Thy sight and that Thou didst raise them up for the very purpose of putting forth that sacred document....Thou did'st [raise] up wise men for the very purpose of giving us our Constitution.... We pray Thee that Thou wilt inspire good and just men everywhere to be willing to sacrifice for, support and uphold the Constitution and the government set up under it and thereby preserve for man his agency."
But what are the threats to our nation's Constitution? Poverty is the greatest threat to freedom. That is why scripture makes that point that the perfect Zion society has "no poor among them". What is the main driver of poverty? Sexual sin and drug abuse leads to greater poverty via broken families and decreased productivity.
How does poverty threaten freedom? Poverty leads to bloated government welfare programs which usurp our individual rights and liberties. Government welfare exacerbates the problem of poverty by enabling it and never reforms or rehabilitates. Government welfare redistributes without accountability. Fascists and dictators have always come to power promising greater social justice via the redistribution of wealth. (Rome = free bread and circus, Communists, Nazi's, Castro, etc)
Welfare according to James 1:27 is the business of "pure religion". So, if we believe in a separation of church and state, the State needs to get out of the business of religion. Religion needs to do its job by providing welfare and promoting virtue. The US Constitution reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". Well, welfare and marriage are establishments of religion. Ancient Religion addressed welfare, caring for the fatherless and widow using the institution of the family via marriage/polygamy and adoption.
However, we are never going to get anywhere in saving Constitutional Government if all we talk about is limited government, but we do not address the problem of poverty. We cannot convince liberals to support the constitution if they think our solution to poverty is just to "cut everyone off" and have all the single moms and disabled "go get jobs like the rest of us". Unless we address the poverty problem we won't be address the real threat to the Constitution, and we won't be addressing the major concerns of Liberals and Democrats which currently divide our country.
Posted by David B at 12:15 AM