We are all probably familiar with the 10 Commandments. Whether we believe that they are from God, guidelines to a better life, or a nuisance is up to each of us. As I thought about the commandments God has given us I realized none of us are on the same path. There are at least four different levels of obedience. Let’s use the example of taking cookies out of a cookie jar to demonstrate each level.Continue reading
If we have personal guardian angels then we can suppose we have personal destroying demons.
Our angels whisper “hold on.”
Our demons chant “let go.”Continue reading
“I am tired of holding on,” I say. “I think I will let go now.”
“If you let go, I will continue to hold on,” God replies.Continue reading
Dear, believe in God.
He is there.
Just because you don’t see
He doesn’t care. Continue reading
I think this past spring we were all taught a lesson in the necessity of having a safe refuge to flee to. There are those that already knew this lesson but as a global whole, the rest of us were schooled in this truth. At some point, we all need a refuge to be in to rest, heal, and feel safe.Continue reading
Sometimes my faith is weak and I’m not sure of things. During those moments I rely on my hope. I may not know it to be true but I sure hope it is. Photo taken in southwest Wyoming.
Take heart in this trial you are going through. It is not easy. It may feel like it will break you in a million pieces. And to be honest, maybe it will. But close your eyes and take a deep breath. With this adversity you have been given an opportunity to experience the Atonement of Jesus Christ in a new light. Continue reading
There is the simple but effective trust exercise that involves having one person fall back into the arms of another. It is difficult to do in church though especially when volunteers are in church dress. But another simple exercise of trust might be to ask a a willing volunteer (someone who does not embarrass easily) to stand in front with her eyes closed. Have her hold a bowl and let her know her bowl will be filled. But don’t tell her when and let her stand there while you share a story. Let it take awhile so that she might be tempted to open her eyes to see if you have forgotten about her. Continue reading
by Elder D. Todd Christofferson
and Elder Gerrit W. Gong
This morning I read the account of the people of Alma living in the land of Helam. They had broken apart from the people of King Noah and joined in covenant to live the law of the Lord. They were free, industrious, and happy. But then the Lamanites found them and they were forced to live in bondage. While in bondage their taskmasters were severe and made life difficult for them. The Lord strengthened them so that they could endure their trials and eventually they were delivered from bondage and joined King Mosiah in the land of Zarahemla. (Mosiah 23-24) Continue reading
by President Dallin H. Oaks
Everything we need to know we learned in primary. The primary or standard answers are always the answer because they truly are the answer. Scripture study. Prayer. Church. Temple. These are the things we need to make time for because these small acts done daily, weekly for church attendance, or as often as possible for temple attendance is what will determine our grasp on the iron rod and the pathway to the Tree of Life. Continue reading