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Christmas

Christmas

“Because He came, there is meaning to our mortal existence.

The Christmas season is a time to reflect and act upon the blessings and opportunities we have because of the birth, life, Atonement, and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As our Heavenly Father “so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16), we express our love toward one another and toward God and his precious Son by giving of ourselves.

So what are you willing to give to those around you. the Lord, and Jesus Christ?

A hand to those in need?

A hand to further the work of the Lord?

A voice to tell those that matter most you love them?

A voice to pray to him who loves you most?

When we take the time to center the Savior in our lives we start to develop his attributes. We start to become more like our Big Brother.

Even though Christmas has past, we should always be looking for opportunities to serve and love the Lord. This should be our biggest priority in the New Year.

I testify that as we start to reach out to those in need around us, we can experience happiness and joy. Even a fullness of joy. That only comes when we serve and love.

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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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With you always

With you always

Doctrine and Covenants 84:88
And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.

This is a scripture has helped me a TON on my mission so far. I can truly testify that you as well as I, are watched over each and every day of our lives, and we need not fear when we have faith in one greater than us.

If you ever feel like you are alone and are lost, know that you can pray at all times, and in all places to one who loves you and cares for you. Because he is your literal spiritual father.

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Forgiveness: My Burden Was Made Light

Forgiveness: My Burden Was Made Light

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This is a amazingly remarkable experience of man who relied on the Atonement.

I am glad of the Plan of Salvation that our Heavenly Father has given us. That I have the knowledge to know that I can live with my family forever in happiness. And all I have to do is follow his commandments. What a simple thing to do for such everlasting happiness.

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Our Responsibility to Rescue

Our Responsibility to Rescue

Every day you make decisions, and each decision, whether you realize it or not, brings you closer or takes you farther away from Christ. And as we strive each and every day to make the correct choices, those around us make decisions as well. Some choose to do the right, while others choose to strive deeper down a dark path.

It is truly sad when those we love make choices that are not in harmony with the Savior’s teachings. What can you do? How can you help those who are Lost, or abandoning hope?

A quote from President Monson:

“Consider the lost among the aged, the widowed, and the sick. All too often they are found in the parched and desolate wilderness of isolation called loneliness. When youth departs, when health declines, when vigor wanes, when the light of hope flickers ever so dimly, they can be succored and sustained by the hand that helps and the heart that knows compassion.”

“There are, of course, others who need rescue. Some struggle with sin while others wander in fear or apathy or ignorance. For whatever reason, they have isolated themselves from activity in the Church. And they will almost certainly remain lost unless there awakens in us—the active members of the Church—a desire to rescue and to save.”

So what can you really do to rescue and save those who need saving?

First, Be an example for them to look too. When you are standing solid on the rock of the Savior, only then can you be steady enough to pull them on without being pulled off.

Second, show them the eternal possibilities that are here for them to give them Joy. Think of the Joy and happiness you have felt as you actively served those around you. Now think of others experiencing that same joy.

Lastly, Love your neighbor as yourself. The best thing you can do is follow Christ’s example and just love them. Each action of love toward them will leave a little bit of the light of Christ to press upon them, and you will see the seeds of renewing faith grow in the fertile ground of your love and the Savior’s charity.

It all hinges on love. When you love Christ, you will have no problem loving everyone. And you will be so willing to serve them. And to rescue the Lost sheep.

I bare my testimony, that as you take the time to seek out those you know that need a helping hand, and take the time to help them, You will feel the greatest joy in the world. There is no greater feeling then the one you get when you have a part in saving a soul.

Who are you thinking of?