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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Posted by David B at 7:48 PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
I think we all sense the stready moral decline of the United States and the world in general. Ruth Bell Graham, wife of Billy Graham famously said, “If God doesn't judge America, He'll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah." We have seen some and can expect increasingly political and social pressure on the Church of Jesus Christ as the Church chooses to take a stand on moral issues in an increasingly immoral world.
During this past General Conference, President Dallin H. Oaks stated that the Church will take a firm stand on social and moral issues when they impact the Plan of Salvation. In many other instances, regarding the politics of New York, Kirtland, Missouri, Nauvoo, and Utah; the Church has endured considerable adversity and been an example of being a peacemaker and enduring persecution with patience. The Church moved away from initial race integration fearing being labeled abolitionists and to make peace with our Missouri neighbors. We moved away from polygamy as a social welfare system to make peace with an antagonistic, secular Utah Territorial government.
Elder Uchtdorf talked about “weltschmertz” which is a great German compound word that refers to the “the sadness caused by brooding on how the world is inferior to what we think it ought to be.” Elder Uchtdorf taught that the remedy to this dispair is to dedicate ourselves to the Lord's cause and in doing so we can find that our lives are full of purpose meaning and peace.
In the face of greater impending adversity and judgement, President Russell M. Nelson delivered the perfect spiritual advice. As God’s people, first and foremost, we must remember and never forget the name by which we are called— the name of Jesus Christ. What we call ourselves and what others call us is a big deal. We cannot forget Jesus Christ in our Church’s name because this is the only name by which we can hope to be saved.
Rabbi Chaim Richman talks about the Book of Exodus (Shemot = names). According to him, Jewish Rabbi's say that Hashem delivered Israel from Egypt even in their idolatry because they had kept their Hebrew names, language, clothing and identity. According to Rabbi Richman, remembering their names brought Israel deliverance from Egypt.
Our leaders are focusing us on the most basic fundamental principles so that, despite our failings, we may also qualify for deliverance: 1. our name 2. sabbath day observance 3. ministering. 4. home-centered learning.
Posted by David B at 7:48 AM
LDS Conference Saturday Morning
Home-Centered Church and Gospel Learning
We can do hard things
God expects hard things of us
Forgiveness, Illness, church service
Look like, sound like, and act live disciples of the Lord.
The Savior faced hards thing 1Ne 19:9
Christ is the foundation of Zion
Small and simple things
Make homes sanctuaries of faith
It is more than okay to bring children into this wicked world. We don’t have to fear.
“They that be with us are more than those that be with them”
Prayer can bring down blessings.
Stand in Holy Places: homes, church, temples = safe places.
We must receive revelation to combat false doctrines.
We need to live gospel to receive revelation.
Be able, worthy, and qualified and we will be not troubled.
We need not fear if we are on the covenant path.
Secular learning is not the only source of truth.
The Church is standing up for family values because they are essential for God’s plan of salvation.
Keep on the covenant path.
LDS Conference Saturday Afternoon
King Ahad vs Elijah.
How long do ye halt between two opinions? 1King18
If He exists? Worship Him, If it is true then follow it
The Gospel should be the defining focus of our life.
The President of the Church possesses and excises all gift and keys bestowed upon the church.
The prophet has the gift of prophetic seer-ship.
Be a force for good in the world
Develop righteous patterns and habits
Christ is the only name by which salvation happens
We must take His name upon us.
Life is not vanity
weltschmertz = “The sadness caused by brooding on how the world is inferior to what we think it ought to be”
Those who dedicate themselves to the Lord's cause find their lives are full of purpose meaning and peace.
Discipleship begins with three words:
Believe, love, do.
LDS Conference Sunday Morning
Joseph F Smith revelation on the redemption of the dead.
Develop a shepherd’s heart.
Feed Christ’s sheep. Be angels.
Jump in the pool and swim towards those who need you.
Unrestrained anger can be more destructive than the injury that provoked it.
Those grievances have far exceeded their expiration date.
Forsake and forgive offense and be peacemakers.
Share the gospel. Ask if others want to know more. Be latter-day gatherers.
Richard Norby- Brussels Airport
In life we will taste the sweet and the bitter.
Like the 2000 Stripling Warriors, none were lost but they all received many wounds.
Nurse the wounds of others.
Even the prophet is beloved of God but not spared pain and trials.
Do not exclude Christ’s name from His Church.
What’s in a name? everything.
Israel was delivered because they did not forget the name by which they were called.
LDS Conference Sunday Afternoon
Christ will be with us in our trials
If we are willing to take Christ’s name.
When we serve God
speak for God
Feelings in our heart: meek, lowliness in heart, charity
We need to understand Gods true nature in order to have faith in Him.
Take upon ourselves Christ’s name.
God is well aware of our afflictions
Repentance is part of Gods plan.
God will help us return to the gospel path.
Choose repentance. Our choices determine who we are.
If there is anything in your life that you need to consider, now is the time.
Holier approach to caring for others.
Be a faithful sheep dog.
Look to the future with optimism.
Visit the temple often to preserve the fire of conversion.
Posted by David B at 7:19 AM
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Posted by David B at 10:02 AM
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Job vs. Career vs. Family vs. Christ vs. Meaning
Men vs. Women on agreeableness. Peterson teaches women assertiveness training. Ruth thinks most men could use agreeableness training.
Should gay couples raise children?
Crime and Aggression
Pareto Distribution = Matthew Principle
Bible Series: Temple and Ressurection
12 Rules for Life
Posted by David B at 5:01 PM
Monday, September 24, 2018
Posted by David B at 3:08 PM