General Conference thoughts: Cleansed by Repentance

By chance, my daily Book of Mormon reading this morning was Alma 36.  In it is the fatherly counsel Alma gave his oldest son and it included his account of the angel’s visit many years prior.  Alma describes to his son the repentance process and the why of repenting.  His experience, though expedited from the normal process, is a good study because it shows the arc from unrepentant soul to a heart in full contrition. Continue reading

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General Conference thoughts: Come, Follow Me

When I think of the word ‘come’ I think action.  I also think of joining someone else.  Come, for me, is movement toward something or someone else. It’s an invitation to connect or join with someone and not be alone.

The word ‘go’ implies something a little different.  For me anyway.  Although it is also an action word I think of moving away from something.  It is more of a solitude motion. I think of leaving.

Sometimes the Savior used both as one invitation.  In Matthew 19:21 Jesus counsels the rich young ruler to “go and sell that thou hast…and come and follow me.”  What I picture here is first an act of one.  The young man must first demonstrate his commitment by going and doing.  First, he must leave his comfort zone. Once he has taken care of that first lonely step he is then invited to come and join.

In other words, take that first movement to change, to get out of your comfort zone, to make the commitment.  The sincerity of the movement is the first step and you alone can make it.  This action has to come from you.

Once that first step is taken or change is initiated then come.  Come and join others who are on  that same path.  Come, you are not alone.   Move yourself from where you are to somewhere better.  Come is the invitation extended to all.

Come, Follow Me

by President Russell M. Nelson

General Conference thoughts: Christ: The Light That Shines in Darkness

Our eyes are made to find light.  In fact, to do their job they need light.  Stand in a windowless room and turn off the light.  At first, you will see nothing but in a few minutes your eyes do that miraculous thing they do.  They actually adjust so that they can see using small amounts of light.  It’s a cool process that we take for granted. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: General Priesthood Session

Due to space and time, all talks from Saturday’s General Priesthood Session have been combined.

I realize the Book of Mormon war chapters are not an easy read.  My personal experience with them started with excitement and then faded to “Why don’t they ever learn?”  In my opinion, they are some of the most easy applicable to our day.  They contain great lessons and important warnings for us. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Behold the Lamb of God

A small bit of counsel I picked up somewhere along the way in life that I have held onto helps me focus on the Sacrament.  I will pass it along to you to see if it helps you. The ordinance of the Sacrament does not begin with the prayer, it begins with the hymn.  In fact, if we view the hymn as a prelude to the prayer it helps us begin to focus and be reverent.  This means if I arrive late to the meeting and the Sacrament hymn is being sung I wait out in the foyer until the ordinance is complete.  Continue reading