The Plan

Satan sat at his desk doing paperwork. He hated paperwork but unfortunately, if he was going to destroy the world and every living creature, it was going to take planning. A key quality of his he boasted of every chance he was given was that he was intelligent. So he knew that planning something as grand as the end of an entire world would take careful planning. Planning required paperwork. Which meant he still had work to do even though he was tired and would like to call it a day.

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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: Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives

by President Russell M. Nelson

I used to pray, and to be honest I sometimes still slip into this mode, to let so-and-so “be safe.”  What does that even mean?  Do I really expect all my loved ones to be able to live in some kind of bubble totally protected from the world and make it through unscathed?  This is not a realistic hope and it won’t help anyone I’m praying for. Continue reading

Be Not Deceived

After traversing through a difficult trial that tested the limits of my faith, a church leader read Doctrine and Covenants 112:24-26 to me. Whether he intended to have me read it as a warning because of the actions of others or my own actions I’m still unclear. But it did get me thinking about the verses and led to a personal study. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject of being deceived. Or rather, how I can avoid being deceived in the days that blur the line between fact and fiction, right and wrong, light and dark. Continue reading