Monday, February 25, 2008

General Priesthood Meeting

This last Sunday, 24 February, we had general priesthood mtg with the stake. We learned many things but the lesson that hit me last night was that we need to call upon Christ for help when we are tempted.

Short sweet and to the point, when you stumble, trip, fall, or have fallen we need to call to out our Saviour, who will succor (see definition below) us and help us immediately, trust in him and he will come to your aid.

From Websters Dictionary we find that the word succor means, "from Latin succurrere to run to the rescue, bring aid." We find this in the scriptures many times.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


1. Does the Bible contain all of God's word?
(2 Nephi 29 [pp. 109-111].)
2. Who were the "other sheep" referred to by Jesus as recorded in John 10:16?
(3 Nephi 15:13-24 [pp. 437-38].)
3. How can a person know that the Book of Mormon is true?
(Moroni 10:3-5 [p. 529].)
4. How can a desire to believe develop into strong faith?
(Alma 32 [pp. 288-91].)
5. What is the purpose of man's existence?
(2 Nephi 2:25 [p. 59].)
6. How can God be both just and merciful?
(Alma 42 [pp. 311-13].)
7. What happens to our spirits at death?
(Alma 40:11-14 [p. 308].)
8. How can a person turn his personal weaknesses into strengths?
(Ether 12:27 [p. 510].)
9. What happened in America when Jesus was born in Bethlehem?
(3 Nephi 1:15-21 [p. 408].)
10. What happened in America when Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem?
(3 Nephi 8:5-23 [pp. 422-23].)
11. What do we witness "unto the Father" by being baptized?
(2 Nephi 31:10-14 [pp. 113-114].)
12. Why was Jesus Christ baptized?
(2 Nephi 31:4-9 [p. 113J.)
13. Just what is the gospel of Jesus Christ? How did the Savior explain what it is?
(3 Nephi 27:13-21 [p. 459] -)
14. Why was the atonement of Jesus Christ necessary?
(2 Nephi 9:4-14 [pp. 72-74]; Alma 34:8-17 [pp. 293-941.)
15. To what extent are men accountable for their choices and their actions?
(2 Nephi 9:25-27 [p. 75]; 2 Nephi 2:27 [p. 59]; Helaman 14:30-31 [p. 403].)
16. Do little children need repentance and baptism?
(Moroni 8:1-24 [pp. 525-26].)
17. Does the Lord always* protect the righteous from the unrighteous?
(Alma 60:12-13 [p. 359].)
18. How did a prophet who lived 600 B.c. describe our day?
(2 Nephi 28 [pp. 106-109].)
19. What should we pray about?
(Alma 34:17-28 [pp. 294-95].)
20. Why should we not procrastinate our repentance?
(Alma 34:30-41 [pp. 295-96] .)
21. What will our bodies be like in the resurrection?
(Alma 40:23 [p. 309].)
22. Are we saved by grace, by works, or both?
(2 Nephi 25:23 [pp. 99-100].)
23. In a world with so many conflicting voices, how can a person judge what is good and what is evil?
(Moroni 7:14-19 [p. 522].)

The Sanctity of Womanhood

"Satan has unleashed a seductive campaign
to undermine the sanctity of womanhood, to
deceive the daughters of God and divert
them from their divine destiny. He well
knows women are the compassionate, self-
sacrificing, loving power that binds together
the human family. He would focus their
interests solely on their physical attributes
and rob them of their exalting roles as wives
and mothers.
"...Will you begin a private crusade to
help young women understand how precious
they are to God and attractive to you as they
magnify their feminine traits and divinely
given attributes of womanhood? You might
even help mold the character and devotion
of your own future eternal companion."
{Elder Richard G. Scott, "The Sanctity of Womanhood,"
Ensign, May 2000, pg. 36, 37.}

Bear Your Testimony

Some tips for you when it come to bearing your testimony:
1. Always testify
2. Be simple and direct
3. Use the Savior's name
4. Be humble, dignified,
and powerful in testimony
5. Be sincere

Butt prints in the Sand

(A parody of Footprints in the Sand)
One night I had a wondrous dream,
One set of footprints there was seen,
The footprints of my precious Lord,
But mine were not along the shore.
But then some stranger prints appeared,
And I asked the Lord, "What have we here?"
Those prints are large and round and neat,
"But Lord, they are too big for feet."
"My child," He said in somber tones,
"For miles I carried you alone.
I challenged you to walk in faith,
But you refused and made me wait."
"You disobeyed, you would not grow,
The walk of faith, you would not know,
So I got tired, I got fed up,
And there I dropped you on your butt."
"Because in life, there comes a time,
When one must fight, and one must climb,
When one must rise and take a stand,
Or leave their butt prints in the sand."

Enjoy this courtesy of my friend Jason Nelson from the
Great Kentucky Louisville Mission. (GKLM)

Did It "Please" Father in Heaven to "Bruise" His Son?

Isaiah 53:10. Did It "Please" Father in Heaven to "Bruise" His Son?

Obviously God was not pleased with the way men treated Jesus, but he was pleased with His son's "offering for sin" (Isaiah 53:10). The Atonement met the strictest demands of God's innate justice and made forgiveness and mercy possible on certain terms.
Elder Melvin J. Ballard explained why it pleased God not to interfere: "In that hour I think I can see our dear Father behind the veil looking upon these dying struggles until even he could not endure it any longer; and like the mother who bids farewell to her dying child, has to be taken out of the room, so as not to look upon the last struggles, so He bowed his head, and hid in some part of His universe, his great heart almost breaking for the love that he had for his Son, Oh, in that moment when he might have saved his Son, I thank him and praise him that he did not fail us, for he had not only the love of his Son in mind, but he also had love for us. I rejoice that he did not interfere, and that his love for us made it possible for him to endure to look upon the sufferings of His Son and give him finally to us, our Savior and our Redeemer. Without him, without his sacrifice, we would have remained, and we would never have come glorified into His presence. And so this is what it cost, in part, for our Father In Heaven to give the gift of his Son unto men."
(Bryant S. Hinckley, Sermons and Missionary Services, Melvin Joseph Ballard, pp. 154-55.)