Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Why Not Ask? Excellent talk about asking for spiritual gifts!

I love this talk! It's worth watching or reading more than once. 

Click here to watch or read the whole talk. 

Here are some of my favorite quotes from this talk: 

Wisdom is a valuable spiritual gift, and the Lord is happy when we seek it. In the epistle of James, we read, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God" (James 1:5). This counsel applies to all the gifts of the Spirit; we are invited to ask God for any that we lack. We can ask for faith, for discernment, for personal revelation--for any spiritual gift. 
Heavenly Father is much more generous than most of His children realize. He is never annoyed at us for asking for divine help. On the contrary, He "giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not". (James 1:5) "Upbraideth not" means God won't scold us for asking. 
These personal gifts are often mentioned in our patriarchal blessings, so I would encourage each of you to review your blessing often. However, keep in mind that Church members are not limited to just one gift or to those listed in a patriarchal blessing. We can seek and ask for more--as long as we remember what the gifts are for. They are to be used for the building of the kingdom, "for the benefit of the children of God" (D&C 46:26). 
...If I notice a brother or sister who magnifies a gift of the Spirit, I am invited to seek that same gift myself. This is the only place in the scriptures where we are actually instructed to "covet." If you have a roommate, a sibling, a mission companion, or a spouse who really seems to understand the scriptures, you can covet that gift yourself and then ask for it. 
Several years ago, Apostle Marvin J. Ashton spoke about spiritual gifts at general conference. He explained that there were many more gifts available to the Saints than those which are listed in the scriptures. He cited several other gifts for us to consider, including "the gift of asking; the gift of listening; ... the gift of avoiding contention; the gift of being agreeable," the gift to calm others, and the gift to care (Marvin J. Ashton, "There Are Many Gifts," Ensign, Nov. 1987). Brothers and sisters, the list is "endless in number and infinite in variety" (Bruce R. McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, 371). 
As you search the scriptures, you will discover that Saints in every dispensation have been blessed with marvelous gifts of the Spirit. Reading about their lives can motivate us to "desire spiritual gifts," which is exactly what the Lord wants us to do. 
Would you like the gift of recall or the gift of courage or the gift of dreams? Why not ask? I testify that the Lord won't scold you for asking. ... Our Heavenly Father is willing to give us what we need to help us progress and become like Him--and to help us build the kingdom.
Does a member have to be perfect to ask for spiritual gifts? The Lord answered that question in the scriptures. He explained that gifts are given for the benefit of "those who love me and keep all my commandments," and then he added, "And him that seeketh so to do" (D&C 46:9). That likely includes all of us here today. 
After we have asked the Lord "What lack I yet?" and after we have received an answer from the Spirit, then we will know for sure what we need to improve. Then we can come boldly before the throne of God and ask for the gift that would help us overcome our weakness. In this way, our weaknesses will truly become our strengths. 

Here is a list of the spiritual gifts Elder Lawrence mentioned in this talk: 

  • Wisdom 
  • Faith, unwavering faith  
  • Discernment
  • Personal revelation 
  • Charity
  • Faith to heal, gift of healing
  • Faith to be healed 
  • Working of miracles 
  • Prophesy 
  • Tongues
  • Teach
  • Beholding of angels and ministering spirits 
  • Patience
  • Loyalty
  • Dreams 
  • Asking 
  • Quick to observe 
  • Recall 
  • Courage 
  • Remembering names
  • Gift to govern children 
  • Gift to organize your household 
  • Peacemaker
  • Fearless
  • Creative ideas
  • Understand and expound the scriptures 
  • Gift of making friends 
  • Good listener
  • Gifted problem solver
  • Organization
  • Cheerful heart 
  • Optimism and hope 
  • Composing music 
  • Inspirational singing 
  • Relating to children 
  • Knowledge 
There are beautiful stories in this talk. I highly recommend you watch or read the whole talk here. 

Click here for more quotes about spiritual gifts. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

How to Deal with Doubts

How do you protect your faith when so many are doubting or losing theirs?

This video has five points to help you deal with questions in a faith-filled way rather than a doubting way. It includes a simple object lesson FHE you can use to teach your family how to deal with doubts. 


Here are the quotes and scriptures I use in the video. 

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“It’s natural to have questions. … There are few members of the Church who, at one time or another, have not wrestled with serious or sensitive questions.” (“Come, Join with Us,” Ensign, Nov. 2013)

Elder Tad Callister
"...Some questions are simply more important than others in discovering the truth. If you come to know that Joseph Smith restored the biblical teachings and ordinances discussed tonight, if you come to know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the same fruits as Christ’s original Church, or if you come to know that the Book of Mormon is of divine origin, then you know that Joseph Smith is a prophet. And if Joseph Smith is a prophet, then this is the only true and living Church upon the face of the whole earth. At that point, all other questions pale in comparison. It is like the Supreme Court ruling on an issue. All decisions of lower courts to the contrary become immaterial. Likewise, all questions of the critics, however probing or puzzling or entertaining they may be, become immaterial in the equation of truth. Why? Because you have already answered the key questions—the critical questions, the transcending questions—that are the foundational pillars for knowing the truth.

"Suffice it to say, I can live with some human imperfections, even among prophets of God—that is to be expected in mortal beings. I can live with some alleged scientific findings contrary to the Book of Mormon; time will correct those. And I can live with some seeming historical anomalies; they are minor in the total landscape of truth. But I cannot live without the doctrinal truths and ordinances restored by Joseph Smith, I cannot live without the priesthood of God to bless my family, and I cannot live without knowing my wife and children are sealed to me for eternity. That is the choice we face—a few unanswered questions on one hand versus a host of doctrinal certainties and the power of God on the other. And for me, and I hope for you, the choice is an easy one and a rational one. (Elder Tad R. Callister, "What Is the Blueprint of Christ's Church?" CES Devotional for Young Adults, January 12, 2014).

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“Honestly acknowledge your questions and your concerns, but first and forever fan the flame of your faith…  Be kind regarding human frailty—your own as well as that of those who serve with you in a Church led by volunteer, mortal men and women. Except in the case of His only perfect Begotten Son, imperfect people are all God has ever had to work with. That must be terribly frustrating to Him, but He deals with it. So should we. And when you see imperfection, remember that the limitation is not in the divinity of the work. As one gifted writer has suggested, when the infinite fulness is poured forth, it is not the oil’s fault if there is some loss because finite vessels can’t quite contain it all.10 Those finite vessels include you and me, so be patient and kind and forgiving.” (“Lord, I believe,” Ensign, May 2013)

“Not all gospel questions have answers—yet—but they will come. In the meantime, I have a question. What conceivable historical or doctrinal or procedural issue that may arise among any group could ever overshadow or negate one’s consuming spiritual conviction regarding the Father’s merciful plan of salvation; His Only Begotten Son’s birth, mission, Atonement, and Resurrection; the reality of the First Vision; the restoration of the priesthood; the receipt of divine revelation, both personally and institutionally; the soul-shaping spirit and moving power of the Book of Mormon; the awe and majesty of the temple endowment; one’s own personal experience with true miracles; and on and on and on? Talk about a question! It is a mystery to me how those majestic, eternal, first-level truths so central to the grandeur of the whole gospel message can be set aside or completely dismissed by some in favor of obsessing over second- or third- or fourth-level pieces of that whole. To me, this is, in words attributed to Edith Wharton, truly being trapped in 'the thick of thin things.'

"I readily acknowledge the very legitimate inquiries of many who are perfectly honest in heart. I also readily acknowledge that everyone has some gospel question or other yet to be answered. … At the end of the day, all of us must make distinctions between the greater and the lesser elements of our testimony. For me the greater pillars include those majestic truths mentioned earlier, their irreplaceable centrality in my life, and the realization that I simply could not live, I could not go on without them or without the blessings I have known or without the promises we have all been given in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (“Be Not Afraid, Only Believe,” Address to CES Religious Educators. February 6, 2015)

Other resources to help you or loved ones deal with questions or doubts

Books about dealing with doubts. I haven't read these myself, but they've been recommended by others. 

When I surveyed others what they use to deal with unanswered questions, here are their responses: 

  • Prayer
  • Fasting 
  • Study patriarchal blessing
  • Priesthood blessing 
  • Book of Mormon
  • Love 
  • Gratitude journal 
  • Serving 
  • Remember when you received witness of the truth 
  • Remember it's about God, not people
  • Spirit
  • Desperation 
  • Holy habits 
  • People of faith
  • General conference talks 
  • Remember what God has done for you 
  • Holy music 

Click here for more about dealing with unanswered questions, like women and the priesthood. 

Feel free to leave a comment below with your suggestions of resources or ways to preserve your faith in a world of doubts. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Scholarship Giveaway for Fall Retreat!

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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    Monday, August 7, 2017

    If you don't ask, you won't receive.

    My life is immersed in the concept of personal revelation these days. 

    I'm finding quote after quote about the topic. 

    This one was worth making a meme. I love it.

    Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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    Becky has a strong testimony of how “small and simple” holy habits bring “great things to pass.”  Becky loves helping people connect with and receive God's guidance, to become and do what He put them on earth to become and do. Having overcome many challenges herself, she loves helping people overcome obstacles in their path and improve their mindset, emotions, relationships, habits, to reach their goals and live their life purpose. She loves helping people access God’s power to do things that before looked impossible. 

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    Tuesday, July 11, 2017

    Quotes about Temple Blessings for Families with Wayward Children

    Here is our beautiful Ogden, Utah temple. My husband, son, and I got to volunteer at the open house three years ago after the reconstruction. Four of our five children got to participate in the cultural celebration, and one son got to shake President Monson's hand there! We are quite smitten with our temple. 

    This list of quotes was shared at my recent stake conference by a man who has worked with general authorities in the temple building department. I loved the quotes and asked for a copy of them. 

    "When a seal is put upon the father and mother, it secures their posterity, so that they CANNOT be lost, but will be saved by virtue of the covenant of their father and mother " (Joseph Smith, From Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith) 

    "The covenant sealed on the foreheads of the parents secure the children from falling and they shall all sit upon thrones as one with the godhead, join heirs of God with Jesus Christ"  (Joseph Smith, From "Words of Joseph Smith") 

    " The prophet Joseph Smith declared, and he never taught more comforting doctrine, that the eternal sealing of faithful parents and the divine promises made to them for valiant service in the cause of truth, would save not only themselves, but likewise their posterity. Though some of the sheep may wander, the eye of the Shepherd is upon them, and sooner or later they will feel the tentacles of Divine Providence reaching out after them and drawing them back to the fold.  Either in this life or in the life to come, THEY WILL RETURN. They will have to pay their debt to justice;  they will suffer for their sins, and may tread a thorny path; but if it leads them at last, like the penitent prodigal, to a loving and forgiving father's heart and home, they painful experience will not have been in vain.  Pray for your careless and disobedient children; HOLD ON TO THEM WITH YOUR FAITH.  Hope on, trust on, till you see the salvation of God"  (Quoted Joseph Smith in Conf Report, April 1929, 110) 

    "The measure of our success as parents will not rest solely on how our children turn out.  That judgment would be just only if we could raise our families in a perfectly moral environment, and that now is not possible.  It is not uncommon for responsible parents to lose one of their children, for a time, to influences over which they have no control.  They agonize over rebellious sons and daughters.  They are puzzled over why they are so helpless when they have tried so hard to do what they should.  It is my conviction that those wicked influences one day will be overruled...we cannot overemphasize the value of temple marriage, the binding ties of the sealing ordinance and the standards of worthiness required of them.  WHEN PARENTS KEEP THE COVENANTS THEY HAVE MADE AT THE ALTAR OF THE TEMPLE, THEIR CHILDREN WILL BE FOREVER BOUND TO THEM"  (Joseph Smith quoted in 1992 April Conference report, emphasis added) 

    "In answer to the question to what degree can righteous parents, fathers and mothers who have entered into and keep sacred covenants, affect and effect the salvation of their posterity, President Brigham Young taught,  "Let the father and mother, who are members of this Church and kingdom take a righteous course and strive to do good all their lives; if they have one child or one hundred children, if they conduct themselves towards them as they should, binding them to the Lord by their faith and prayers,  I CARE NOT WHERE THOSE CHILDREN GO, they are bound up to their parents by an everlasting tie, and no power on earth or hell can separate them from their parents in eternity; they will return again to the fountain from whence they sprang"  (Brigham Young, Journal of discourses) 

    "Those born under the covenant, throughout all eternity, are the children of their parents and NOTHING except the unpardonable sin, can break this tie."  (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation) 

    "God has fulfilled his promises to us, and our prospects are grand and glorious.  Yes, in the next life we will have our wives, and our sons and daughters.  If we do not get them all at once, WE WILL HAVE THEM SOME TIME...You that are mourning about your children straying away will have your sons and your daughters.  If you succeed in passing through these trials and afflictions and receive a resurrection, you will, by the power of the priesthood, work and labor, as the Son of God has, UNTIL YOU GET ALL YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS IN THE PATH OF EXALTATION AND GLORY.  THIS IS JUST AS SURE AS THAT THE SUN ROSE THIS MORNIGN OVER YONDER MOUNTAINS.  Therefore, mourn not because all your sons and daughters do not follow in the path that you have marked out to them, or give heed to your counsel.  INASMUCH AS WE SUCCEED IN SECURING ETERNAL GLORY, AND STAND AS SAVIORS, AND AS KINGS AND PRIEST TO OUR GOD, WE WILL SAVE OUR POSTERITY...God will have His own way in His own time, and He will accomplish His purposes in the salvation of His sons and daughters...God bless you, brethren and sisters. DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED is the word I wish to pass to you." (President Lorenzo Snow, emphasis added) 

    "Because of the temple sealing you parents of the willful and the wayward, don't give up.  Don't cast them off!  They are NOT utterly lost.  The shepherd will find his sheep.  They were his before they were yours long before he entrusted them to your care; and you cannot begin to love them as he loves them.  Only the fullness of knowledge brings the fullness of accountability.  Our heavenly Father is far more merciful, infinitely more charitable, than even the best of his servants, and the Everlasting gospel is mightier in power to save than our narrow finite minds can comprehend." (Elder Orson F Whitney) 

    “It is the constitutional disposition of mankind to set up stakes and set bounds to the works and ways of the Almighty.  I say to all those who are disposed to set up stakes for the Almighty, you will come short of the glory of god.  Our Heavenly Father is more liberal in His views, and boundless in His mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive.” (Smith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith)

    "I promise you that all who faithfully attend to temple work will be blessed beyond measure, your families will draw closer to the Lord, UNSEEN ANGELS WILL WATCH OVER YOUR LOVED ONES WHEN SATANIC FORCES TEMPT THEM, the veil will be thin, and great spiritual experiences will distill upon this people. (Vaughn J. Featherstone, emphasis added) 

    "The time will come when even the elect will begin to lose hope if they do not come often to the temples. All that we do in the temples ties to the Atonement. I believe that Saints will come to the temple not only to do temple work but also to find a God-given haven of peace." (Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone, "The Incomparable Christ: Our Master and Model" p. 3-6) 
    The Salt Lake City, Utah temple is where my husband and I were sealed 26 years ago!

    The following statements are from Carol B. Thomas, 1st counselor in the Young Women General Presidency said at the May 1999 General Conference: 

    1. GOING TO THE TEMPLE OFTEN PROVIDES BALANCE IN OUR LIVES.  She quotes Pres. Hinckley "If there were more temple work done in the church, there would be less selfishness, less contention, less demeaning of others.  The whole church would increasingly be lifted to greater heights of spirituality, love for one another, and obedience to the commandments of God." 

    2.  THE SPIRITUAL ATMOSPHERE OF THE TEMPLE CURBS OUR APPETITE FOR WORLDLY THINGS.  When we attend frequently, we no longer have such a need to wear the latest fashion, and we are not so easily drawn to the entertainment of the world. 

    3.  THE TEMPLE IS A PLACE OF REVELATION.  Elder John A. Widsoe said, "At the most unexpected moments, in or out of the temple will come to us, as a revelation, the solution of the problems that vex our is a place where revelations may be expected." 

    4.  ONE OF THE BIGGEST LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED IS THAT SATAN WILL TRY TO KEEP US FROM GOING TO THE TEMPLE.  I remember reading of a warning given by the president of the Logan Temple that Satan and his followers will "whisper in the ears of the people persuading them not to go to the temple."  Body K. Packer said.  "Temple work brings so much resistance because it is the source of so much spiritual power to the Latter-Day Saints."

    Click here for more quotes about blessings of the temple, and a family home evening lesson idea.

    Click here for "Hope for Parents of Wayward Children" by President Packer.

    Click here for "Faithful Parents and Wayward Children: Sustaining Hope While Overcoming Misunderstanding" by Elder Bednar.

    Sunday, July 9, 2017

    Two favorite quotes about the Holy Ghost

    Today in church I'm teaching about the Holy Ghost. 

    This week I'm teaching a free online class with over 1,800 people in it. 

    I'm honored to help people connect more with this dear friend, the Holy Ghost. 

    Here are two of my favorite quotes about the Holy Ghost. 
    Sheri Dew said, “The gift of the Holy Ghost is a gift of power. The Holy Ghost inspires and heals, guides and warns, enhances our natural capacities, inspires charity and humility, makes us smarter than we are, strengthens us during trials, testifies of the Father and the Son, and shows us “all things” that we should do (2 Nephi 32:5). No wonder President Hinckley has said: “There is no greater blessing that can come into our lives than . . . the companionship of the Holy Spirit” (“You Were Born to Lead, You Were Born for Glory,” BYU Devotional, December 9, 2003, Quoting Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, 259).
    Parley P. Pratt said, “The gift of the Holy Ghost … quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands and purifies all the natural passions and affections; and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires, develops, cultivates and matures all the fine-toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings, and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness, and charity. It develops beauty of person, form and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation, and social feeling. It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens, and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being” (Key to the Science of Theology, 9th ed. [1965], 101).

    Click here for more about personal revelation. 

    Saturday, July 8, 2017

    Are the scriptures the ultimate source of knowledge?

    This is something our Church is often criticized for. 

    But I love it. 

    I love that God loves us so much that He keeps giving us guidance and direction for our day, for our circumstances. 

    Noah couldn't rely on Adam's revelation for how to build an ark. 

    Moses couldn't rely on Noah's revelation for how to free Israel. 

    Peter couldn't rely on Gideon's revelation for how to catch more fish. 

    I love that God speaks to use today, both as a church, and as individuals. 

    It's one of my favorite blessings. 

    Click here for Elder Oaks' whole talk. 

    Click here for Elder Oaks' talk on Two Lines of Communication, about personal revelation and priesthood revelation. 

    Click here for more about personal revelation.