Image

Faith

Faith

What is faith?

To have faith is to “hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (see Book of Mormon, Alma 32:21 and Hebrews 11:1). Each day you act upon things you hope for, even before you see the end result. This is similar to faith.

Faith in God is more than a theoretical belief in Him. To have faith in God is to trust Him, to have confidence in Him, and to be willing to act on your belief in Him. It is a principle of action and power.

The Book of Mormon prophet Alma compared faith to a seed. If you plant a seed and nourish it, if it is a good seed it will grow and eventually bear fruit (Alma 32:28-43). It is the same with faith. If you are obedient to God’s commandments, study His word, and have a desire to believe in Christ, faith will grow inside of you.

As this faith grows inside you, It becomes unwavering and a firm foundation. Faith in Christ brings salvation. Because true faith brings results.

The results of true faith is repentance.

That’s tomorrow.

Image

The Doctrine of Jesus Christ

The Doctrine of Jesus Christ

“For behold, this is my work and my glory – to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” – Moses 1:39

God’s whole purpose and work, his glory, is to bring to pass our lives forever, and our happiness forever. All that he as made, does, and will do, is for this purpose. I love to look at the stars when i think of this, to think, that all those little specks of glorious light are for me and you.

Now because God loves us so much, he has given us quite a lot for us to by happy and achieve eternal life. For one, he created us the earth for us to inhabit, and has given us our bodies for us to experience the world we live in. He has also given us our families.

He has also given us a plan. Central to this plan is his son Jesus Christ.

This plan is called the Doctrine or Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is very simple, and only has 5 main steps to follow.

1. Faith

2. Repentance

3. Baptism

4. Receiving the Holy Ghost

5. Enduring to the End

– Return to your Father –

Lets break these down over the next few days.

First off Faith.

Image

Eyes to see

Eyes to see

Click on the photo to watch a super amazing video on Charity.

As you interact with many people each day, Do you take the time to look at them as the Savior does? To look deep into their eyes and to pray to know what that person is in need of, and then to smile and offer a act of kindness, and gesture of love, a helping hand.

Do you have eyes to see the struggles that those you know and love are facing each and every day? Or do you worry about your own sorrow, your own situation, your own “limited” circumstance? Or do you sacrifice your time and love for those around you and serve, with love and charity infused in your actions of pure intent?

Life is hard! But guess what? Everyone is going through trials like you are! So why not lessen another burden and as they see your act of kindness, they may act likewise and help another. And sooner or later, you will be blessed many times in turn.

I testify that as we truly share our love with those around us, We will feel happier in our lives and God will smile down upon us, and shower the blessings as the dew of heaven to our feet.

Image

Making good Timber

Making the most of yourself

Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees.
The further sky, the greater length.
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.

– Douglas Malloch, “Good Timber,” in Sterling W. Sill, Making the Most of Yourself (1971), 23.

Are the trials we face curses that God has places to hedge up our way? Or are they gifts, given to us so that we can strengthen our minds and our hearts to endure and learn?

Many have said the perspective is everything. The way you look at things determine their outcome. But the afflictions we face cannot just be looked at and ignored. They come flying at us, and we must cope and adapt to continue on.

But how? How do we understand each stressful bubble that comes into our lives?

Why not ask someone that understands absolutely everything and knows it all?

That principle is called Prayer.

Prayer – communication with your heavenly father.

It is not complicated, and is not hard. We can pray at any time, and in any place. Just talk to your father who is listening.

As your relationship is strengthened, and you realize who you are (A son or daughter of your Heavenly Father), you will begin to understand that !everything! you face in your life is for your benefit and your experience. It is so that when the time comes far from now and you are to return to your father, you will be so much stronger then when you left.

So learn now that the challenges are supposed to make you stronger. So rely on your father, and let them improve you.

Image

Daily Bread

Daily Bread

An important lesson is to be learned from the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness. The Lord fed them with manna each and every day. He did this so that they would remember him, and realize their dependence on them. As we take the sacrament each week, we remember the Savior and his sacrifice for us. And as we pray each day, we plead with the Lord for help, strength, and understanding. If the Lord really wanted to, He could bless us all at once and we would never have to ask for anything again. But he doesn’t so that we will remember him.

The Strength you are given each day is to be used for good, to be used to serve and love. And as we go good things with our time and strength, we are changed to become more like Jesus Christ. But this change is not an instant one. And we rarely see the changes happen. But when we look back and see the difference on then to now. We will be surprised to see the growth that we have made.

Let us use our time wisely, and constantly rely on the Lord for our strength and assistance.

Click photo for video.

Image

Families come First

Families come First

People who have lived through a disaster never say, “All I could think about during the earthquake was my bank account.” They almost always say, “All I could think about was my wife and children.” It shouldn’t require a disaster for us to know this truth. But too often, we let earning money, chasing pleasure, or even the needs of people outside our families divert our attention. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints families come first.

I testify that god organized us into families so that we can be happy and learn together. I encourage you to show your family the love you have for them through kind words, charitable actions, and service. As you do you will find a joy and peace in your life and with gain much experience needed to have a successful and happy life outside your family.

As I have loved you

jesus-washing-apostles-feet-39588-mobile

Fern attended high school in a small town. She was one of those nice but unnoticed girls who don’t become much but a face on a yearbook page and a name on the rolls. Her family was poor, and they lived out of town. She was not part of the “in crowd,” and the only time her name came up in a conversation of other students was in that mocking, sarcastic way that seems funny when you are young, insecure, and need to ridicule someone else to take the pressure off yourself. Her name became synonymous with anything dumb or out of style. If a thing was unacceptable or ridiculous, the students called it “Ferny.”

Young people can be so cruel.

It was an annual tradition in the school to recognize the student who showed the most school spirit and support for the athletic teams. When the assembly came to honor that student, as expected, they called out the name of one of the more popular girls in the school. She bounced up the aisle smiling and waving to all her friends. But then a miracle happened. As she took the stage, she said, “I can’t accept this award. Yes, I have loved the teams and cheered for them at every game. But Fern has come to every game, too. I came in a nice, warm car surrounded by my happy friends. She came alone and walked all the way—two and a half miles—sometimes in the rain or snow. She had to sit by herself, but I don’t know anyone who cheered with as much spirit as Fern. I would like to nominate her for the most enthusiastic student in the school.”

Fern was escorted to the stage to a spontaneous standing ovation from her fellow students.

Youth can be so kind.

– Robert L. Backman

Click photo for full talk.