Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Not so sure if this is true, because it's not from a credible source like a prophet, scholar, or someone like that, but would be nice if it was. Of course, then we'd say things like "Bring on the pain!" or "Have a nice trauma!" I was talking about his in front of a sales lady at Deseret Book in Logan a few years ago, with my friend Heather. We were talking about life and how it was such a trauma and how we should just say "Have a nice trauma!", instead of have a nice life! As we left the sales lady said the trauma quote to us.
Sometimes trauma can make us laugh! Like river rafting in the rain on the Yakima River with some whinny teenagers! Ahh.......the memories! (of a week and a half a go)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
by: Marianne Williamson
Quoted by Nelson Mandela
Sunday, August 9, 2009
God is not hurried along in the Time-stream of this universe any more than an author is hurried along in the imaginary time of his own novel. He has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. He does not have to deal with us in the mass. You are as much alone with Him as if you were the only being He had ever created.
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 148
Saturday, August 8, 2009
- “I do not even believe that there is a single revelation, among the many God has given to the Church, that is perfect in its fulness. The revelations of God contain correct doctrine and principle, so far as they go; but it is impossible for the poor, weak, low, groveling, sinful inhabitants of the earth to receive a revelation from the Almighty in all its perfections. He has to speak to us in a manner to meet the extent of our capacities.” (Brigham Young JD 2:314.)
Behold, I am God and have spoken it; these commandments are of me, and were given unto my servants in their weakness, after the manner of their language, that they might come to understanding. (D&C 1:24.)
(c) Copyright Michael R. Ash 1999. All rights reserved
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Spencer W. Kimball
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Marvin J. Ashton
God made you to be you. He put you where you are in order to serve the people that surround you and to learn from those people. Of all the situations in life, the situation you are in is the very best situation for you.
The problem is that we look around at other people and begin to doubt God. Surely He made a mistake! We should be as energetic as a friend down the street or as pretty as the lady in the grocery store or able to sing like the next door neighbor. We think life would be so much better for us if our children behaved like our sister’s children or that our husband was as considerate as our best friend’s husband. We think we aren’t as capable as the friend who owns the boutique or as the cousin with the Master’s degree. We cower and hide the talents God has given us because we deem them not as good as what everyone else has. What a mistake. Just thinking those thoughts keeps us from discovering what we are supposed to be doing. But more than that thinking that way chokes the joy right out of life!
In 1 Peter 4:10 the King James Bible reads, “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” That same verse in the NRSV Bible reads, “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” And the NIV reads, “”Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."
Between these three translations, you can’t miss the message. Whatever God has given YOU, use it to bless the lives of others. Don’t fret about whether you have more or less or would be better off with something different. The truth is that you have all you need to do what you were sent here to do. So USE it. If you are a good listener, listen. If you have a sense of humor, laugh. If you have a beautiful smile, share it. If you see these wonderful things in others instead of coveting write a note and thank them for making your life better by sharing. If you are healthy, serve others who aren’t. If you struggle with relationships, ask God what you are to learn from it. The list goes on and on. There is a reason and a purpose for everything. Don’t waste time fretting about it. Learn from it. Grow from it. Use it to bless others!It really is great to be you!
Jacob 2:17 Think of your abrethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your bsubstance, that cthey may be rich like unto you.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Voice of the Prophet"I am a rough stone. The sound of the hammer and chisel was never heard on me nor never will be. I desire the learning and wisdom of heaven alone."
Joseph Smith, June 11, 1843
The Prophet's Eternal View
"…I have a father, brothers, children, and friends who have gone to a world of spirits. They are only absent for a moment. They are in the spirit, and we shall soon meet again……When we depart, we shall hail our mothers, fathers, friends, and all whom we love, who have fallen asleep in Jesus……it will be an eternity of felicity." --LDS Church History, Vol. VI, p.316
Could you gaze into Heaven five minutes, you would know more than you would by reading all that was ever written on the subject" - Sermon, October 9, 1843
Get Ye Understanding...In the beginning God didn't rest until He created man in His own image. In the end He won't rest until man creates in himself the likeness of God.
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Our memories are based on our level of understanding of others. Its only when we put our own wants aside we truly can have better memories. Don't let the good memories pass you by because you can only see the bad!
Brian Haskan (SA friend, retired military)
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
It is a common error to feel that testimony means full conversion. We many times equate testimony with a man’s faith. We say, “He has great faith,” meaning that he has a strong testimony, or we say, “He has a strong testimony,” meaning that he has great faith. However, I don’t believe the two are always synonymous. Faith is based on knowledge; it is a hope in that which is not seen which is true. (See Alma 32:21.) Testimony is revealed knowledge.
Hartman Rector Jr., “The Strength of Testimony,” Ensign, May 1974, 109
Monday, June 22, 2009
"A father is a banker provided by nature." -- French Proverb
"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." -- Sigmund Freud
"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." -- Clarence Budington Kelland
"Small boy's definition of Father's Day: It's just like Mother's Day only you don't spend so much." -- Unknown
"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong." -- Charles Wadsworth
Sunday, June 21, 2009
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 121
Friday, June 19, 2009
- Ronald Reagan, December 1981
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
In spite of discouragement and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from the difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser, and happier as a result... Come what may, and love it. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
Sunday, June 14, 2009
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 116
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Beautiful! So well said. I love it. I want to start becoming!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
"If you have problems in your life, don't assume there is something wrong with you. Struggling with those problems is at the very core of life's purpose. As we draw close to God, He will show us our weaknesses and through them make us wiser, stronger."Ensign, May 2004, 97]
[Bruce C. Hafen "The Atonement: All for All,"
Monday, June 1, 2009
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 113-114
David O. McKay
I find this quote scary. There is a guy who tells me I lack confidence. I do in the relationship realm of life. I have not been successful and it seems that my thoughts have effected not just relationships with men, but with everyone. I'm at a point right now, where I really don't know what to do with me.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
— Elder Neal A. Maxwell
How can we truly understand who we are unless we know who we were and what we have the power to become? How can there be real identity without real history? How can one understand his tiny, individual plot without knowing, even a little, about Father's grand, galactic plans?(Ensign, May 1986, p. 35)
— Richard G. Scott
…you may be disturbed because your life may not now fit [the] mold. I promise you that through your obedience and continuing faith in Jesus Christ— along with your understanding of the whole plan of happiness, even if important parts of the plan aren't fulfilled in your life now— a fulness of blessings will be yours in the Lord's due time. I also promise you that you can have significant growth and happiness now. As a daughter or son of God, live whatever portion of the plan is available to you the best you can. Finding Peace, Happiness, and Joy (Salt Lake City 2007)
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
“As with the other principles of the gospel, reverence leads to increased joy.
“We must remember that reverence is not a somber, temporary behavior that we adopt on Sunday. True reverence involves happiness, as well as love, respect, gratitude, and godly fear. It is a virtue that should be part of our way of life. In fact, Latter-day Saints should be the most reverent people in all the earth.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
(Deseret News, Vol. 10, p. 306, October 14, 1860.) (Spencer W. Kimball, fireside address delivered in San Antonio, Texas, 3 Dec. 1977, 24–26).
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
No one wants adversity. Trials, disappointments, sadness, and heartache come to us from two basically different sources. Those who transgress the laws of God will always have those challenges. The other reason for adversity is to accomplish the Lord’s own purposes in our life that we may receive the refinement that comes from testing. It is vitally important for each of us to identify from which of these two sources come our trials and challenges, for the corrective action is very different.
When you face adversity, you can be lead to ask many questions…. What am I to do? What am I do learn from this experience? What am I to change? Whom am I to help? How can I remember my many blessings in times of trial? Willing sacrifice of deeply held personal desires in favor of the will of God is very hard to do. Yet when you pray with real conviction, ‘please let me know Thy will’ and ‘May Thy will be done,’ you are in the strongest position to receive the maximum help from your loving Father.
Richard G. Scott Nov 1995
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Building on His firm foundation requires us to emulate Christ's character. There is no joy nor is there any security in giving Him mere lip service. Emulating Him is the key, and our emerging character is the refined structure of our souls. After all the circumstantial scaffolding comes down, character is what is left.
from Elder Neal A. Maxwell in 2002
Pictured: Oquirrh Mountain Temple in Utah
Sunday, April 19, 2009
In the midst of some of these individualized challenges, however, we may cry out on our small scale as the Savior did on the cross, or as the Prophet did in Liberty Jail. Being in agony, we will pray more earnestly, for cries of agony are not the same as cries of despair.
Our individual experiences may not always be unique, but they are always authentic. God will even take into account our perceptions of, as well as our responses to, our trials. For those of us who do not, for instance, find claustrophobia a challenge, it is difficult to measure the terror that comes to those for whom it is such a challenge. Thus, a friend may seem to struggle unnecessarily long before finally prevailing with regard to a particular principle of the gospel. But for that individual, the struggle was real enough! We need, particularly, to understand with kindness those who are asked o go out to do battle again on a familiar field--on the very battleground where they have already suffered defeat several times. Yet some of our most difficult victories will occur on new terrain--like Joseph's in Egypt--when we do not have the equivalent of a "home court" advantage.
We must remember that, while the Lord reminded the Prophet Joseph Smith that he had not yet suffered as Job, only the Lord can compare crosses!
Neal A. Maxwell
Now let’s talk about those propositions for a moment. Every one of us, in one way or another, great or small, dramatic or incidental, is going to spend a little time in Liberty Jail—spiritually speaking. We will face things we do not want to face for reasons that may not have been our fault. Indeed, we may face difficult circumstances for reasons that were absolutely right and proper, reasons that came because we were trying to keep the commandments of the Lord. We may face persecution; we may endure heartache and separation from loved ones; we may be hungry and cold and forlorn. Yes, before our lives are over we may all be given a little taste of what the prophets faced often in their lives. But the lessons of the winter of 1838–39 teach us that every experience can become a redemptive experience if we remain bonded to our Father in Heaven through that difficulty. These difficult lessons teach us that man’s extremity is God’s opportunity, and if we will be humble and faithful, if we will be believing and not curse God for our problems, He can turn the unfair and inhumane and debilitating prisons of our lives into temples—or at least into a circumstance that can bring comfort and revelation, divine companionship and peace.
Jeffery R. Holland
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
In a sense Joseph Smith and his prophetic successors in this Church answer the challenge Ralph Waldo Emerson put to the students of the Harvard Divinity School 170 years ago this coming summer. To that group of the Protestant best and brightest, the great sage of Concord pled that they teach "that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake."
I testify that the heaven are opened. I testify that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God, that the Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ. I testify that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet, a modern apostle with the keys of the kingdom in his hands, a man upon whom I personally have seen the mantle fall. I testify that the presence of such authorized ministry of Christ has been on the earth. I testify that such a ministry is on the earth again, and it is found in this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign May 2008
We did wait in these difficult circumstances for the space of many months. Alma 58:7
Ye are the children of the prophets. Ye are of the house of Israel, ye are of the covenant which the Father has made with your fathers,.... 3 Nephi 20:25
.....canst thou be humble and meek and conduct thyself wisely before me? Yea, come unto me thy Savior. Amen.
Doctrine and Covenants 19:41
Friday, April 10, 2009
The Saints should always remember that God sees not as man sees; that he does not willingly afflict his children, and that if he requires them to endure present privation and trial, it is that they may escape great tribulations which would otherwise inevitably overtake them. If He deprives them of any present blessing, it is that he may bestow upon them great and more glorious ones
In the gospel of Jesus Christ you have help from both sides of the veil and you must never forget that. When disappointment and discouragement strike, and they will, you remember and never forget that if our eyes could be opened we would see horses and chariots of fire as far as the eye can see riding at reckless speed to come to our protection.
Jeffrey R. Holland
~Joseph F. Smith
No matter how bleak the chapter of our lives may look today, because of the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we may hope and be assured that the ending of the book of our lives will exceed our grandest expectations. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Chorinthians 2:9 Elder Uchtdorf, Oct 2008
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
N. Eldon Tanner
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
"Man-made rules have now legalized that which has been forbidden by God from the dawn of time! Human reasoning has twisted and transformed absolute truth into sound-bite slogans that promote a practice that is consummately wrong."(Abortion: An Assault on the Defenseless)
Russell M. Ballard, Oct '08
Friday, April 3, 2009
"Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays. But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come. No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, in this life or the next, Sunday will come."--Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
(LeGrand Richards, a Marvelous Work and a Wonder, p 3-4) Quotes in General Conference April 1972 by LeGrand Richards
C.S. Lewis, Yours, Jack, p. 45