Sunday, April 22, 2007

Service to others

Matthew 25:40

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Weak things become strong

And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.

Ether 12:27

This is one of my favorite verses. I may have a lot of flaws, but everything is for a reason. God takes these weaknesses and makes them strengths; I just have to be humble and patient, and serve Him the best that I can. The Lord knows I'm trying, and He'll help me with whatever I need that I fall short on. The same goes for all of us. If we humble ourselves before God, imagine what kind of strength He can give us! This is truth, and I say it in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Monday, April 9, 2007

He is risen!

And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

Mark 16:6-7

This is what it's all about. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, bled and died for us, that we may not be forever caught in the bounds of physical and spiritual death. He Atoned for our sins and redeemed all mankind, with only the greatest love for those whom He was serving. He rose on the third day, having broken the shackles of death. Christ lives today, and He loves all of us. I know this without any shadow of a doubt, and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Monday, April 2, 2007

But the lashing of the tounge breaketh the bones....

This talk was my favorite! I usually don't take notes because I get distracted easy. So I pay attention and use other people's notes.

So in advance, Thankyou Nathan.

"Jeffrey R. Holland
Words are sacred, and must be spoken with constraint of the Spirit.
The stroke of the whip makes marks in the flesh, but the stroke of the tongue breaks bones.
Some things we say are destructive and venomous.
Verbal and emotional abuse ought not to be.
There is no place for abrasive expression.
What we say, how we say it, and when we say it is crucial to the growth of a child.
Don't "compare" your children.
Negative speaking flows from negative thinking.
The spirit of the gospel is optimistic.
Speak hopefully and encouragingly, including about yourself.
No misfortune is so bad that whining about it won't make it worse.
"Speak with a new tongue"--Our words should be filled with faith, hope, and charity."

I love how he says that "Some things we say are destructive and venomous." That puts it into perspective for me. I don't know about you. I can recall about all of the hurtfull things I have said to my sister out of spite and wanting to make her feel pain, (I know I'm vicious). And yet I hope that she can find it in her heart to forgive me someday. I love her. I wished that I never said those things, cause my little sister is doing the same thing I did to her. NO HUMAN BEING DESERVES TO BE TREATED THIS WAY! Although I do, after making my sister feel that kind of torment, I deserve the same pain, only worse.

Words lash deeper than the flesh. I know this because you can't peirce the soul with a knife. You can't perice it with a fork, a shouvel, a spoon, a cassette tape, a dimond drill, a sowrd. Your soul is not tangable as man's flesh is, therefore what can hurt it? What can damage such a precious thing? What can destrroy such a priceless person if not a knife? or any other sharp flesh peircing object?

Venemous words and sin can only destroy the soul. Words of hatred, degradation, negative thought destroy the divine soul that God created. Our Heavnly Father is more than torn, more than ripped, from the fact that his own children would speak such venomous and degrading words to each other. Why would any child of God choose to harm not only a Son or Daughter of God, but their own brother or sister in such a way that devastates the soul? that tears all hope and love and will to do and follow all that is right?

We are here on earth to build one another and love and nurture eachother. What is wrong with mankind doing the exact opposite of one of our purposes here on earth? Why is this earth so full of pride? Why must one man be more than the other? Are we not all children of God, are we all not Sons and Daughters of the Divine? If we truly are his children are we really truly trying to be like him and his perfect example? If we were put here to become like him, then shouldn't we try? Its not 'The Perfect Saints', it's 'The Perfecting of the Saints'.

If the gosple is true, what else matters?

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Sunday afternoon session

Well, Conference has come to a close until October. We had some good talks to wrap it up:

L. Tom Perry
The Aaronic Priesthood is valuable training for a lifetime of service.
The First Vision revealed to us that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are two separate beings, and both have bodies of flesh and bone.
The Lord brought forth the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ and a sacred companion to the Bible.
The Church of Jesus Christ is once again on the earth, organized by the Lord today the same as it was two-thousand years ago.
The fulness of the gospel and the keys to the Priesthood have been restored.
This is the time spoken of by ancient prophets that shall immediately precede the coming of Jesus Christ and His reign on the earth.

Henry B. Eyring
Don't procrastinate your repentance and service.
Serving the Lord invites the Holy Ghost to be with us.
The Holy Ghost is a cleanser of sin.
Start early. This is as true for a day as it is for a life.
Complacency is a danger to all of us.
We will have days enough, as long as we use them.
If you serve the Lord, you will be given the strength to bear all your burdens.
By serving the Lord, you will come to know Him better.

Gary J. Coleman
The Godhead is three separate beings.
Revelations have replaced the errors of man-made doctrine.
The Lord directs His Church through His apostles and prophets today.
The Book of Mormon is a sacred record, written by prophets of God to persuade men to come unto Christ.
The Lord still speaks today.
Every Priesthood holder in this Church can trace his Priesthood directly back to Jesus Christ.
Mormons are Christian.

Charles W. Dahlquist II (to the youth)
We are a chosen generation.
We should "be on the Lord's side."
We are faced with modern-day Goliaths.
The Lord has given us families, prophets, and standards to help us keep the commandments; we are not alone.
Control your thoughts.
Have a hymn memorized so that you may replace inappropriate thoughts with it.
If you remain on the Lord's side of the line, the adversary cannot get to you.

Yoshihiko Kikuchi
The Lord asks for only a small portion of our increase.
Go to the temple often, fast, and pay your tithing.
Tithing is not so much a matter of money, but of faith and obedience.
When you pay an honest tithe, the Lord will bless you greatly for it.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Satan wants us to think we are beyond forgiveness when we sin.
Satan tries to counterfeit the work of the Lord in order to deceive; he even misuses words from the scriptures.
God loves all His children unconditionally.
The Atonement assures us that sin is not a "point of no return."
Repentance and forgiveness are as real as sin.
It is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.
Faith in Christ will change our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that are not in harmony with the Lord's teachings.
God will wipe away the tears of anguish, remorse, and guilt.
If we stay true and faithful, the memory of our sins will become softer over time.
We need to purge our hearts of feelings of bitterness and replace them with the light of Christ.
There's always hope.

Russell M. Nelson
References of repentance are frequent in the Bible and the Book of Mormon.
Confession should be sincere, and not a statement of guilt after being proven wrong.
Thanks to the Atonement, full forgiveness is given to the sinner who truly repents.
All need to repent, both of sins of commission and of omission.
The fruits of repentance are sweet; truth becomes more attractive and things that are praiseworthy become more engaging.
Temples are provided so that families can be together forever.

Gordon B. Hinckley
Husbands, love and treasure your wives.
Wives, encourage and pray for your husbands.
Parents, love and support your children.

I missed some parts of President Hinckley's talk, so if any of you have something I missed there, I'd appreciate it if you left me a comment with whatever I might have missed. :-)

Sunday morning session

I had a bit of a hard time taking notes again . . . the house wasn't as quiet today, so I couldn't focus very well. But, here's what I got from the Sunday morning session:

James E. Faust
Most of us don't think first of forgiveness.
Forgiving others is wholesome and therapeutic.
"God knows what we do not know, and sees what we do not see."
Learning to forgive also has positive physical effects.
We are commanded to forgive all men.
Hatred retards spiritual growth.
Of course, mercy cannot rob justice.
Don't seek revenge; just let justice run its course, then let go.
We need to forgive to be forgiven.

Dallin H. Oaks
Looking at marriage as a mere contract is an evil meriting condemnation.
Eternal marriage does not contemplate divorce.
For most marriage problems, the solution is not divorce, but repentance.
Children are divorce's first victims.
Couples with serious marriage problems should seek counsel from their bishop.
Do all you can to preserve your marriage.
Festering is destructive; forgiving is divine.
Those who counsel with their bishop come out with a stronger marriage.
Personal circumstances vary greatly; in some cases, divorce may get you away from personal danger and abuse.
All things work together for the good of those who love God.
Before marriage there should be dating followed by courtship so you know who you're marrying.

Neil L. Andersen
The cause in which we are laboring is true; the Lord Himself has declared it.
Faith is not only a feeling; it is a decision.
Excuses can impede our progress; our faith brings the work of the Kingdom of God forward.
Many sacrifices are quietly accomplished.

Vicki F. Matsumori
Prayer, persistence, and making and keeping covenants are ways to build faith.
First generation members have the responsibility to teach the next generation.

Glenn L. Pace
Joseph Smith was a true prophet.
Missionaries are trained to help investigators know when they're feeling the Spirit.
Spiritual witnesses can come at a young age.
Read and pray about the Joseph Smith story.
God the Father and Jesus Christ live and stand at the head of this Church today.

M. Russell Ballard
The Bible is a miracle.
Righteous individuals were prompted to write and preserve these records.
The Dark Ages were dark because the light of the gospel was hidden.
Because of the Reformers, the Bible became a household possession; this led to Joseph Smith's family having it.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that same Church which Christ Himself established, restored to the earth in these latter days after the Great Apostacy.
We are Christian--we believe in Christ, who is our salvation. We believe in, love, and revere the Bible (Elder Ballard listed other reasons why we are, in fact, Christian, but I couldn't write them all).
All scripture is given by the inspiration of God.
Do not discount or devalue the Bible.
Our responsibility as Christians is to share all that God has revealed to His children.
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and it confirms and verifies the Bible; converts don't lose their faith in the Bible--it is strengthened.
The prophet and apostles of Jesus Christ are on the earth today.
The Bible leads us all to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior.

Gordon B. Hinckley
Our knowledge of the nature of God comes directly from the experience of Joseph Smith.
God is a being, real and individual.
The Lord hears our prayers and answers them.
Jesus lives; He is the Christ.
Jesus Christ was the only perfect man ever to walk the earth.
After the Resurrection, Christ appeared to the Old World and to the New.
Without the Atonement, life is meaningless.
The Priesthood is the authority given to man to speak and act in God's name.
Temples offer blessings that are found nowhere else, and have to do with the eternal nature of man.

Just one session left. :-D