Help us resolve to be a little better than we have in the past. Reach out to our fellow members, and those not of our faith. People struggle daily with challenges; let us extend a helping hand. Visit elderly and homebound people to help them know they matter. Let us be people of Honesty and Integrity, trying to do good in all times and places. Let us all be more valiant disciples than we were at the beginning of conference.
Why are LDS people so eager to share their church and beliefs?
This is, and always will be, a Missionary church. We have been commanded to “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them int he name of the father and the son and of the holy ghost.”, and we take this commandment seriously.
We believe the same Church that Jesus set up in the New Testiment is our church, restored in latter days. We’re not here to sell a project, or get bonus points. We don’t just want to increase the numbers of the church. We simply want everyone to know of the restored truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This isn’t just a spiritual duty, but we want to show everyone who important these truths are to us. We eagerly want to give others the thing that helps us when we are hurt, or lost, or afraid.
In The Book of Mormon, there is a story about a Prophet, Lehi, saw a vision of the Tree of Life. He ate the fruit, and found how good it was, and immediately wanted to share it with his family and friends. The fruit is a symbol of the Gospel and Atonement of Jesus Christ. When we find something we love, we only want to share it with others
Another Book of Mormon example is the story of Enos. When he obtained forgiveness from Heavenly Father, he immediately wanted to share it with other tribes he lived with.
We want to share it because of the positive effects that it has had in our lives.
There are many currents pushing us different ways in our own life. Beware of the riptides that will pull you away from the church. Stay with the ones that keep you close to god.
If friends or associates are trying to pull you away from the church, perhapse set them aside for a while. ”Behold y are little children, and ye cannot bear all things now.”
There is nothing wrong with searching for Truth. Most of the D&C comes from people asking questions, honestly wanting to know the truth. ”If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that Giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.” John 1:5.
Our choices affect more than just us. If we choose to follow the Gospel, we can influence others to follow, but if we make poor decisions, we can also influence others to do so. Our examples, if we are not careful, can influence others to be carried away in spiritual riptides, to fall away from the church.
We must set our course firmly in the eternal current. Always ask yourself, “Are my decisions firmly palnted in the rich soil of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?”
we must never trifle with sacred things.
We must make sure every individual is ministered to by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Personal ministry is discovering needs, then tending to them. First observe, then serve.
Be like unto the Good Samaritan. Personal ministry blesses others lives. General principles are good, but Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know us individually, and will place those who can serve us best in our path.
We can serve those around us, and become Jesus’ undershepherds. We can also work on Family History.
We can all be instruments in his hands, to everyone who is around us.
Frequent small corrections are easier to make than few, large course corrections. Small changes can make us be better prepared.
The goal of the church is for a man and wife, and their children to be happy at home. We must faithfully focus on living the Gospel at home. Family activities should far outweigh Church activities.
D&C 128 - For we without our ancestors cannot be made perfect.
Family History includes not just the past, but our present and our future, through our decedents. Sharing pictures and stories of family with the younger generation is part of Family History work. This work CAN and SHOULD be done by all members.
Do temple work for family names. It is to be done for the benefit of ourselves, and our dead. Experience the spirit of Elijah. We must not sacrifice exaltations for earthly interests.
The difference between happiness and misery usually comes down to an error of only a few degrees.
Will the blessings in your patriarchal blessing be fulfilled the way you are living now? It’s not always a decision between right and wrong, but a choice between what is Good and what is Better.
1. We need to consider our Options with the end in mind. Making decisions that can impact our lives without considering consequences can have risks. We must project possibilities into the future. Lehi, Moses, and Joseph Smith are all good examples of looking forward.
2. We need to be prepared for the challenges that will come. The good roads in life are almost never the easiest. Difficulties still arise when we do the right. We have to learn to leave our comfort zones.
God Wants us to grow and achieve our potential. We all have the opportunity to learn and grow, and we are counciled to gain as much education as possible.
3. We need to share this vision with the people we love. When we take a certain path, people we love will be affected, and sometimes they will join us. The journey is much easier with those you love standing by you and supporting you.
Just because things are going well doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t look around and see if there is something better.
Principles of opposition came with the fall of Adam and Eve. Good & evil, turmoil & peace, etc.
4 tools for Peace in Mortality:
1. Prayer.Choose to talk to Heavenly Father daily. Talk to him about everything. Include him in every aspect of your daily life. It should be a non-negotial priority
2. Study the Scriptures. Heavenly Father often communicates back with us with his written word. Study and Ponder on the scriptures daily. Also a non-negotial priority. It is more important than any other daily activity, other than prayer.
3. Weekly Family Home Evening. Don’t let other obligations become more important. The Gospel needs to be taught formally and informally. Bear testimony to your family, because it is a safe environment. Develope traditions, and just talk to each other.
4. Go to the Temple. It is the most peaceful place on earth. Schedule a regular time, and let nothing prevent you. Ponder and pray about the feelings and revelations you have in the temple. Seek Christ there.
Peace will not come from the outside world, but from your heart and your family, and your relationship with god. These steps will not free you from challenges, but it will fuel you to get through them well.
These will all help us Come Unto Him, and accept His gifts of his atonement.
1. Stay in the boat. the church is like a boat. It is the old ship Zion, don’t jump out in the middle of the ocean. She will carry us safely to the harbor. Be continuously converted.
River Guides are like Prophets and teachers today. Church leaders do no live in a bubble, they are not out of touch.
2. Always wear a life jacket. Searching the scriptures diligently. live and love the doctrine. gain a testimony of the doctrine.
3. Hold on with both hands. avoid becoming distracted. Don’t lose focus on the central principles of the gospel. Rely on the testimonies of prophets. Don’t focus on the questions or doubts. It’s good to have questions and seek greater understanding. But don’t let them become your greatest concern.
Bear one another’s burdens. If you do fall out of the boat, people are always there to help you back in.
"What manner of men ought ye to be? …Yea, even as I am." -Jesus Christ
We must emulate His actions, and follow His examples. He is the Way, the truth, and the light.
Jesus faced many of the same disappointments and challenges we face now. He lamented over the evil of the world, he cried and felt loss when his friend died, and he was tempted by Satan. Jesus resisted each temptation. He was tortured on the cross, and he got through it with grace.
D&C 29:39 - “And it must needs be that the devil should tempt the children of men, or they could not be agents unto themselves”
We can serve others. He healed those who were afflicted. He prayed, and so can we. We must be humble, righteous, and pure in heart. He commands us to be Peacemakers.
We must place Christ at the center of our lives. He strove to give us Eternal Life, and we must accept this gift through repentance and obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
As we walk the path of our Savior, we may have peace and joy. We can have a home of love, and tenderness, and peace.
"Ponder the path of thy feet." -Proverbs