Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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"This retreat and the connections I’ve made here have been the catalyst for ginormous upgrades in my understanding and growth. The Spirit has been here in abundance and we are going home with our buckets filled, our hearts overflowing, and our determination strengthened. Our vision of our own personal missions and possibilities has been broadened and clarified. Thank you, Becky, for standing in truth, sharing the light, and loving each of us with open arms!"
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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 Edwards is a life coach, speaker (including at BYU Women's Conference), and a blogger at Purpose Driven Motherhood. She has taught LDS institute and seminary, and has created systems of tools for scripture feasting, power praying, and heaven journaling. Becky loves using social media to spread goodness, and has created several Facebook groups of over 1,500 people, one for a Book of Mormon 90 day challenge, one to study and discuss 12 of her favorite talks in 12 weeks, and one for heaven journaling. 

    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. 

    Becky and Mike have been married 26 years. They have five children and three grandchildren. Becky graduated from BYU studying parenting, marriage, and counseling.  

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    I love doing scripture/prayer journaling. When I started I was amazed at the spiritual feeling I felt within and the answers God was giving me. When I record impressions, I am aware of the Holy Ghost speaking to me. If I don't record them, they are soon forgotten. I found that I received answers and impressions every day. It didn't matter what set of scriptures I read or if I was reading a conference talk or other great talk in the Ensign. God and the Holy Ghost speak to me. This is the best tool I have learned about.  It is changing my life daily.  Thank you for sharing this important tool with me and others. - Janet, Utah 
    Prayer journaling for me has helped me to "draw near" unto my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ (see D&C 88:62). It helps me to be more focused and more intentional with what I am asking for. It has changed the way I pray and helps me to spend the time it takes to receive what the Lord would have me receive. Also, I am recognizing that there are blessings out there that are mine, but I have not yet asked for them. I am getting better at claiming the blessings that are mine. - Jada, Idaho 
    I was ready for more intense scripture study, but I didn't know how to take it to the next level. Recording my inspiration and has been very helpful. It is so wonderful to get specific answers to my specific questions, and often it is not what I expected to get. My prayers are more meaningful, my scripture study is more meaningful and my life is more meaningful! I have found the power to overcome destructive habits that have plagued me for years! When my relationship with God is on track I find that my relationships in life are more meaningful and my superficial relationships have less pull on me! - LaRisa, Utah 
    The ability to move forward in faith knowing the course I am pursuing is according to God's will for me (Lectures on Faith). It gives me a good record to refer to when I find my faith waning. Also, when I have my questions written down I know what question God is answering. It helps me make my questions more precise and simple so they are more easily answered. So much more clarity and wisdom received. It is the one thing that has made the most difference in my life. -K'Lyn, Idaho (K'Lyn has been using this tool for seven years so I wasn't the one who introduced her to it.)
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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 lives...it 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. 

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    Amazing Quotes About This Chosen Generation

    This is a challenging time to live. 

    But God sent some of His strongest spirits, who, with God's help, can win this battle against the evil one and help prepare the world for the Savior's Second Coming. 

    Note: I've collected quotes about this topic, but Scott Woodward's collection was bigger than mine, so I'm giving credit to his awesome site. 

    Thomas S. Monson 

    Although there have always been challenges in the world, many of those which you face are unique to this time. But you are some of our Heavenly Father’s strongest children, and He has saved you to come to the earth “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). With His help, you will have the courage to face whatever comes. Though the world may at times appear dark, you have the light of the gospel, which will be as a beacon to guide your way. (Ensign, May 2009)

    In this challenging world, the youth of the Church are the very best ever. (Ensign, April 2005)

    Gordon B. Hinckley 

    God bless you, my dear young friends. You are the best generation we have ever had. You know the gospel better. You are more faithful in your duties. You are stronger to face the temptations which come your way. (Ensign, November 2003, 82)

    First, I want to tell you that I love you. I love you kids, you wonderful young people of this Church. I love you. I believe you are the best generation this Church has ever had. No generation which has gone before measures up to the stature to which you measure up. You are better educated. I think you have greater faith I think you have shown that faith and are showing that faith [more] than any other previous generation. (BYU-Idaho, Oct. 22, 2002)

    Believe in yourselves as sons and daughters of God-men and women with unlimited potential to do good in the world. Believe in personal virtue. There is no substitute for it anywhere under the heavens. Believe in your power to discipline yourselves against the evils that could destroy you. Believe in one another as the greatest generation ever yet to live upon the earth. (CES Fireside for Young Adults, 9 Sept 2001)

    I have every reason to regard you as the greatest generation we’ve ever had in this Church—notwithstanding all of the temptations which you face. (Church News, 4 Sept. 1999, 3)

    Each time I have stood before a group of young people, there has come into my mind the great and prophetic statement made by Peter of old. Said he: "Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light" (1 Pet. 2:9).
    I know of no other statement which more aptly describes you, nor which sets before you a higher ideal by which to shape and guide your lives.... Notwithstanding all of the problems that we have, this, I believe, is the greatest generation in the history of the world. And you young people are a part of it. You are the beneficiaries of it. Its fruits are here to bless your lives if you will grasp them and live worthy of them. (Ensign, May 1992, 69-70)

    Now, I'd like to say just a word to the young people here, you who are in your teens, you wonderful hope of the future, you faithful young Latter-day Saints, you who attend seminary and go to institute, you who are the best generation we have ever had in this Church: Be faithful. Be true. (Mexico City, Mexico, 9 Nov. 1997)

    This is the greatest generation in the history of the world. How wonderful to be born at this time in the history of the earth. I hope you young people are grateful that this is the season of your lives…. You're not just here by chance. You are here under the design of God. (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, 719-720)   

    Howard W. Hunter 

    There has been no generation in the past which has had the promise we have today in the age group between 15 and 25 years. (The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter, 117) 

    It is indeed a pleasure to address you [young people] this evening. It is more than a pleasure. I feel it is a distinct privilege because I realize that you are one of the most remarkable generations of youth that has ever been born.You are a people of destiny. What awaits you is almost beyond our comprehension. If you remain faithful to the Church, God will use your talents to guide his work through one of the most important periods of the world's history, leading toward the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.Are you ready for that destiny? Are you getting ready? Do not suppose that your destiny is limited to your neighborhood, or to your city, or even to your state. Yours is a world destiny. (The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter, 121)

    Ezra Taft Benson 

    For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the Second Coming of the Lord. Every previous gospel dispensation has drifted into apostasy, but ours will not. True, there will be some individuals who will fall away; but the kingdom of God will remain intact to welcome the return of its head--even Jesus Christ. While our generation will be comparable in wickedness to the days of Noah, when the Lord cleansed the earth by flood, there is a major difference this time. It is that God has saved for the final inning some of his strongest children, who will help bear off the Kingdom triumphantly. And that is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God.

    All through the ages the prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it--you are a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short period of time as there is of us. Never before on the face of this earth have the forces of evil and the forces of good been as well organized. Now is the great day of the devil's power, with the greatest mass murderers of all time living among us. But now is also the great day of the Lord's power, with the greatest number ever of priesthood holders on the earth. And the showdown is fast approaching.

    Each day the forces of evil and the forces of good pick up new recruits. Each day we personally make many decisions that show where our support will go. The final outcome is certain--the forces of righteousness will finally win. What remains to be seen is where each of us personally, now and in the future, will stand in this fight--and how tall we will stand. Will we be true to our last-days, foreordained mission? ("In His Steps," Church Educational System Devotional, Anaheim, California, 8 February 1987)

    You are a royal generation. The heavenly grandstands are cheering you on. We are fast coming to the close of this game. The opposition is real and is scoring. But we have scored, we are scoring, and we will score in the future. The Lord is our coach and manager. His team will win, and we can be a valiant part of it if we so desire. Rise up, O youth of Zion! You hardly realize the great divine potential that lies within you. ("In His Steps," Church Educational System Devotional, Anaheim, California, 8 February 1987)

    Young men of the Aaronic Priesthood, you have been born at this time for a sacred and glorious purpose. It is not by chance that you have been reserved to come to earth in this last dispensation of the fulness of times. Your birth at this particular time was foreordained in the eternities. You are to be the royal army of the Lord in the last days. You are “youth of the noble birthright.” (Hymns, 255) In the spiritual battles you are waging, I see you as today’s sons of Helaman…. Live up to your godly potential. Remember who you are and the priesthood that you bear. Be modern-day sons of Helaman. Put on the whole armor of God. (Ensign, May 1986, 43-45)

    Never has the Church had a more choice group of young people than at present, and Satan is well aware of who they are. He is doing everything in his power to thwart them in their destiny. He knows that they have been sent to earth in this crucial period of the world's history to build the kingdom of God and establish Zion in preparation for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, our youth have an awesome challenge. ("Challenges for Leaders of Aaronic Priesthood," Salt Lake City, Utah, 19 September 1979)

    Our young people are not just ordinary people. They are not just run-of-the-mill. They are choice spirits. (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, 554)

    Our young generation, as a group, is even more faithful than the older generation. God has reserved you for the eleventh hour—the great and dreadful day of the Lord. It will be your responsibility not only to help bear off the kingdom of God triumphantly but to save your own soul and strive to save those of your family. ("Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet," in 1980 Devotional Speeches of the Year [Provo, Utah: BYU, 1981], 26)

    You have been born at this time for a sacred and glorious purpose. It is not by chance that you have been reserved to come to earth in this last dispensation of the fulness of times. Your birth at this particular time was foreordained in the eternities. You are to be the royal army of the Lord in the last days. You are "youth of the noble birthright". (Ensign, May 1986, 43)

    I am sure that I am looking into the faces of one of the choicest groups of young people that have ever come to this earth. It is my conviction that in this dispensation some of the choicest spirits of all time are being sent to earth to help bear off the kingdom, to help provide leadership in a time of great need....You are a youth of a noble birthright, but your progenitors cannot save you. Each one of us must work out our salvation individually by making personal choices. We are each personally responsible. (May 24, 1961, BYU Speeches of the Year, 1961, p.3)

    It is my conviction that the finest group of young people that this world has ever known anything about has been born under the covenant into the homes of Latter-day Saint parents. I have a feeling that in many cases at least, these choice spirits have been held back to come forth in this day and age when the gospel is upon the earth in its fulness, and that they have great responsibilities in establishing the kingdom. (CR April 1951)

    Harold B. Lee 

    You, our youth of today, are among the most illustrious spirits to be born into mortality in any age of the world. (The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, 627)

    I remembered something that my wife handed to me from an address given by George Q. Cannon some time ago in which he said some very interesting things which I fully believe. These are a few of his words:     
    And there is this to be taken into consideration, God having predicted the ushering in of the last dispensation, knowing the odds that would have to be contended with in establishing it: God knowing this has reserved in the heavens to come forth at this time the noblest of His spirits, the men and women most capable of carrying out this work, and achieving the grand results the Prophets have predicted should be accomplished in the day and generation, preparatory to the coming of the Son of Man. God knowing this, in His wisdom and foreknowledge has prepared the way beforehand, and there will be men and women brought forth who will carry off this work in the way He designs. (Journal of Discourses, 25:26.)     
    You are among those of whom he was speaking. This is your day and your time. You have been brought forth in the most auspicious time in the history of the world, to help in bringing to pass the preparing of the people to be ready to receive the coming of the Lord. (The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, 626)

    Wilford Woodruff

    The Lord has chosen a small number of choice spirits of sons and daughters out of all the creations of God, who are to inherit this earth; and this company of choice spirits have been kept in the spirit world for six thousand years to come forth in the last days to stand in the flesh in this last dispensation of the fulness of times, to organize the kingdom of God upon the earth, to build it up and to defend it and to receive the eternal and everlasting priesthood [of God]. ("Our Lineage," Topical Outline to the Way to Perfection, (Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1932), p. 4)

    George Q. Cannon 

    God has reserved spirits for this dispensation who have the courage and determination to face the world, and all the powers of the evil one, visible and invisible, to proclaim the Gospel, and maintain the truth, and establish and build up the Zion of our God, fearless of all consequences. He has sent these spirits in this generation to lay the foundation of Zion never more to be overthrown, and to raise up a seed that will be righteous, and that will honor God, and honor him supremely, and be obedient to him under all circumstances. (Journal of Discourses, 11:230)

    And there is this to be taken into consideration, God having predicted the ushering in of the last dispensation, knowing the odds that would have to be contended with in establishing it: God knowing this has reserved in the heavens to come forth at this time the noblest of His spirits, the men and women most capable of carrying out this work, and achieving the grand results the Prophets have predicted should be accomplished in the day and generation, preparatory to the coming of the Son of Man. God knowing this, in His wisdom and foreknowledge has prepared the way beforehand, and there will be men and women brought forth who will carry off this work in the way He designs. (Journal of Discourses 25:26)   

    Boyd K. Packer 

    We notice, as we travel about the Church, that our young people are stronger than heretofore....

    You are better than we were. I have the conviction that against what was surely coming and the prophecies that were given, the Lord has reserved special spirits to bring forth at this time to see that His Church and kingdom are protected and moved forward in the world. ("Lehi's Dream and You," BYU Devotional, 16 January 2007)

    Russell M. Nelson 

    If my fondest wish could be granted, it would be that we could know who we really are, and that we know we come from premortal realms where we were numbered "among the noble and great ones who were chosen in the beginning to be rulers in the Church of God.
    "Even before [we] were born, [we], with many others, received [our] first lessons in the world of spirits and were prepared to come forth in the due time of the Lord to labor in his vineyard for the salvation of the souls of men" (D&C 138:55-56).
    Our precious identity deserves our precious integrity! We must guard it as the priceless prize it is. (Perfection Pending, 29-30)

    You are one of God's noble and great spirits, held in reserve to come to earth at this time (see D&C 86:8-11). In your premortal life you were appointed to help prepare the world for the great gathering of souls that will precede the Lord's second coming. You are one of a covenant people. You are an heir to the promise that all the earth will be blessed by the seed of Abraham and that God's covenant with Abraham will be fulfilled through his lineage in these latter days (see 1 Ne. 15:18; 3 Ne. 20:25). (Perfection Pending, 79)

    Every man who has received the Melchizedek Priesthood has been foreordained from the foundations of the world for that privilege. Every Latter-day Saint woman has been foredetermined to come at this time to participate in partnership in building up the Church and kingdom of God upon the earth as part of the preparation for the second coming of the Lord (Perfection Pending, 206.)

    Click here for a more recent talk about Becoming True Millenials by President Nelson. 

    L. Tom Perry

    You are a chosen generation—saved for this special time in the history of mankind. You have so much to give to add to the growth and development of the families to which you belong. I challenge you to step forward in your family units with that special, enthusiastic spirit of your youth to make the gospel really live in your homes. (Ensign, May 1994, 38).

    Marvin J. Ashton

    I thank God continually for the young men and young women of this generation. I firmly believe that the finest young people that have ever lived in the history of the entire Church are with us today. (Ensign, November 1989, 36)

    Click here on more about being a chosen generation. 

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    Free Class: Heaven Journaling 101

    Heaven Journaling 101 
    Learn the basics of combining the power of 
    prayer, scriptures, writing 
    to open the windows of heaven's revelation 

    FREE class is Wednesday, July 12 at 7 PM MT

    Online class, recording available for two weeks afterward. 

    Click here to register for this FREE class! 

    If someone asked you what ONE habit has brought you closer to God and brought more of God's direction and power into your life, what would you say? 

    I would say this. Scripture journaling and prayer journaling. Okay, that's two. :) 

    I'm on my fourth journal in the last 18 months, and I can't imagine my life without these two holy habits. I love teaching these tools to others. 

    I reached out and there was a LOT of interest, so I'm creating a free class. No catch, I'm just filled with gratitude for how much I've been blessed by these, and would love to share these tools with others. 

    The biggest thing getting in the way of your goals...

    I love this pic! 

    Have you ever noticed that the biggest thing in the way of achieving our goals is our own stuff -- our own self doubts, fears, or lack of confidence? 

    Anything we can do to let go of those negative thoughts and build our faith is a GOOD IDEA.

    Click here for two tools to help overcome your own Goliaths of negative thoughts and doubts. 

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Would you like me to give a free class on my ONE favorite tool that has brought me closer to God?

    If someone asked you what ONE habit has brought you closer to God and brought more of God's direction and power into your life, what would you say?

    I would say this. Scripture journaling and prayer journaling. Okay, that's two. :) 

    I'm on my fourth journal in the last 18 months, and I can't imagine my life without these two holy habits. I love teaching these tools to others. 

    Would you be interested in a free class about them? No catch, I'm just filled with gratitude for how much I've been blessed by these, and would love to share these tools with others. 

    Comment below (or message me on Facebook) and if there's enough interest, I'll create a free one-night class online.

    Wouldn't you love to have your own Liahona?

    Wouldn't it be amazing to have your own personal Liahona? 

    The cool thing is, you can. And here are some quotes that explain how. 

    President Kimball – Conscience is a Liahona for us 

    “You must realize that you have something like the...Liahona, in your own system. ...which we call the conscience” (Conf. Report, Oct. 1976).

    Elder David A. Bednar – The Holy Ghost is a Liahona for us

    “The pointers in the Liahona operated ‘according to the faith and diligence and heed’ (1 Nephi 16:28) of the travelers and failed to work when family members were contentious, rude, slothful, or forgetful (see 1 Nephi 18:12; Alma 37:41, 43). ...The primary purposes of the Liahona were to provide both direction and instruction during a long and demanding journey. The director was a physical instrument that served as an outward indicator of their inner spiritual standing before God...

    “Each of us in this day has been given a spiritual compass that can direct and instruct us during our moral journey...‘The Holy Ghost...will show unto you all things what ye should do.’ (2 Nephi 32:5). The Holy Ghost operates in our lives precisely as the Liahona did for Lehi and his family, according to our faith and diligence and heed.

    “We invite the Holy Ghost into our lives through meaningful personal and family prayer, feasting upon the words of Christ, diligent and exacting obedience, faithfulness and honoring of covenants, and through virtue, humility, and service. And we steadfastly should avoid things that are immodest, coarse, crude, sinful, or evil that cause us to withdraw ourselves from the Holy Ghost” (“That We May Always Have His Spirit to Be with Us,” Ensign, May 2006, 30-31).  

    Alma 37:44-46  
    The words of Christ are a Liahona for us 

    Robert E. Wells – Book of Mormon is a Liahona for us

    “One fascinating peculiarity of the Liahona was that not only did its pointers guide them in the wilderness but ‘a new writing, which was plain to be read’ appeared on the pointers to give them ‘understanding concerning the ways of the Lord; and it was written and changed from time to time, according to their faith, diligence’ and heed (1 Nephi 16:29). Very little is said about this phenomenon. In fact, I can find no further reference to this changeable writing. As I read the Book of Mormon, however, something strange seems to happen to me.  Passages of scriptures that I have read many times in one light seem to change – and suddenly there is a new meaning to that old and familiar scripture. I like to think that the Book of Mormon is truly like the Liahona of old. Not only does it point us in the way of the Lord and to the Lord...but if we are interested enough to read it again and again, from cover to cover, there are times when a ‘new writing’ – plain to be read – seems to appear” (Doctrines of the Book of Mormon, 1991 Sperry Symposium, 13).

    President Monson - Patriarchal blessing is a Liahona for us

    “The same Lord who provided a Liahona for Lehi provides for you and for me today a rare and valuable gift to give direction to our lives, to mark the hazards to our safety, and to chart the way, even safe passage – not to a promised land, but to our heavenly home.  The gift to which I refer is known as your patriarchal blessing” (Ensign, Nov. 1986, 65). 

    More about the Holy Ghost as our Personal Liahona 

    President James E. Faust – Spiritual dead spots  

    “Cellular phones are used for much of the communication in our time. Occasionally, however, we find dead spots where the signal coming to a cell phone fails. This can happen when the cell phone user is in a tunnel or a canyon or when there is other interference. So it is with divine communication. The still, small voice, though still and small, is very powerful. It ‘whispereth through and pierceth all things’ [D&C 85:6]. . . . Perhaps something in our lives prevents us from hearing the message because we are ‘past feeling’ [1 Nephi 17:45]. We often put ourselves in spiritual dead spots—places and situations that block out divine messages. Some of these dead spots include anger, pornography, transgression, selfishness, and other situations that offend the Spirit” (Ensign, May 2004, 67).

    President Boyd K. Packer – Holy Ghost speaks with a voice we feel

    “The Holy Ghost speaks with a voice that you feel more than you hear. It is described as a ‘still small voice’ [D&C 85:6]. And while we speak of ‘listening’ to the whisperings of the Spirit, most often one describes a spiritual prompting by saying, ‘I had a feeling. . . .’
    Revelation comes as words we feel more than hear. Nephi told his wayward brothers, who were visited by an angel, ‘Ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words.’ [1 Nephi 17:45; italics added]” (Ensign, Nov. 1994, 60).

    Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin – We live beneath our privileges with the Holy Ghost 

    “I fear that some members of the Lord’s Church ‘live far beneath our privileges’ with regard to the gift of the Holy Ghost. Some are distracted by the things of the world that block out the influence of the Holy Ghost, preventing them from recognizing spiritual promptings. This is a noisy and busy world that we live in. Remember that being busy is not necessarily being spiritual. If we are not careful, the things of this world can crowd out the things of the Spirit. 

    “Some are spiritually deadened and past feeling because of their choices to commit sin. Others simply hover in spiritual complacency with no desire to rise above themselves and commune with the Infinite. If they would open their hearts to the refining influence of this unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, a glorious new spiritual dimension would come to light. Their eyes would gaze upon a vista scarcely imaginable. They could know for themselves things of the Spirit that are choice, precious, and capable of enlarging the soul, expanding the mind, and filling the heart with inexpressible joy” (Ensign, May 2003).

    Keith B. McMullin – Holy Ghost has the most powerful affect 

    “That which is received of [the Holy Ghost] has a more powerful effect upon the soul than anything else received in any other way.” (Ensign, May 1996, 9).

    Julie B. Beck – Holy Ghost gives personal revelation, most important skill

    “The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life” (Ensign, May 2010). 

    Click here for a printable of the Why, How, and What of Personal Revelation.