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
If it’s all the same to you
I think I’ll wallow a bit.
This is more than I can handle,
I’m just not very fit. Continue reading
I’m not referring to physical altercations with another person. No, this is a fight within that no one else will witness. I might be generalizing a bit here based on my own experience but I feel like the days of passive faith are over. We’re either in or out. Fence sitters need to fall to one side or the other. And just because you choose a side doesn’t mean you are safe. There may come a day when you will need to fight to keep your faith.
by Elder Richard J. Maynes and Elder Stanley G. Ellis
Another combination but really this one is pretty seamless. It really is almost one talk in two parts (and two speakers). It’s hard to believe it wasn’t planned. Continue reading
by Elder Quentin L. Cook
Valiant: possessing or showing courage or determination (definition by Google search). Continue reading
by Bonnie L. Oscarson
Not to show favoritism or to use this phrase lightly but this was one of my favorite talks this last session. This is our goal with the youth. I have found a lot of youth know a lot of answers but do they actually believe them?
I walked along the path, holding onto the rail so tight. I did what I was taught. I walked and walked. The whole time believing and trusting the best was to come. Never straying from the path or letting go of the rail.
Many mists of darkness came upon me but I never faltered. I never let go. I pressed forward.
by Carole M. Stephens
If you are a follower of this little blog, what I write next will be a bit repetitive. That’s okay. Repetition is key to learning which is fundamental to understanding. And we all need to understand.