Cherry Blossoms and Tooth Aches

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This last week we had the chance to see the cherry blossoms of DC before they all disappeared.

Our roommates came with us, but one of them had his tooth pulled earlier that same day. So he was in pain, and not in the greatest of spirits. I walked with him through the Cherry Blossoms, thanking the Lord for the wonderful blessings I had in my life, and thanking him for watching out for me. My dear friend was a little preoccupied to look on the bright side of things. Understandable.

As you walk through life, do you see the magnificent blossoms of the blessings and tender mercies of the Lord around you?

Or do you focus on the pain?

This life was not meant to be soft and squishy. It was meant to be a little rough, so that we can learn, and grow.

But through these trials, we need to always remember that there is a bright finish, and shining light along the way.

So remember to look heavenward, patiently wait, and strive on. 

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General Conference!

General Conference!

Ever wondered if God still talked to man?

Well, on April 5th and 6th, at 10am MDT, you can listen to his Prophet, Thomas S. Monson, and the General Authorities that preside in his church.

This event is called General Conference, and it happens twice a year.

As you listen to them, you will realize that they are servants of Jesus Christ. Your testimony of our Lord and Savior will deepen and you will feel God’s love in your life.

Are you ready to listen?

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Marriage: Watch and Learn

Marriage: Watch and Learn

A Talk from the April 2013 General Conference. It is filled with much advice on the prospect of marriage. Watch and learn.

Click photo for talk

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mission Life

Mission Life

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This article pretty much describes what I do each and every day, for 2 years. I encourage you to read it to better understand what I am doing, and to help me fulfill my purpose of inviting people to come unto Christ by sending me a message on Facebook, so I can help you and those you know Increase their faith in our Savior.