Monday, October 16, 2017

Early to bed, early to rise can open the windows of revelation

There are some amazing blessings from following God's counsel to sleep early and commune with Him in the morning. 

Here are the quotes I shared in the video. 

D&C 88:124 — “Retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary, arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.”

Elder Joe J. Christensen: 
“Nowhere do the scriptures say… ‘Retire early unless you happen to be a night person.’” He also said, ‘The world is a more beautiful place early in the morning. Life is so much more calm. Much more can be accomplished in a shorter amount of time.” (“Making Your Home a Missionary Training Center,” Joe J. and Barbara K. Christensen, 33-34)

Elder Harold B. Lee gave advice to Marion G. Romney as new apostle: 
“If you are going to be successful as a General Authority, you will need to be inspired. You will need to receive revelation. I will give you one piece of advice: Go to bed early and get up early. If you do, your body and mind will become rested and then in the quiet of those early morning hours, you will receive more flashes of inspiration and insight than at any other time of the day.” Romney: “From that day on, I put that counsel into practice, and I know it works.” (“One Step at a Time,” Joe J. Christensen, 125)

When a general authority mentioned in a stake conference that he got up very early every morning, someone asked him how many of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve did that. “They all do.” (“Achieving Your Life Mission,” Randal A. Wright, 172)

Mark 1:35John 8:2 — Christ rising early to commune with God.

Boyd K. Packer: 
“When I’m under pressure, you won’t find me burning the midnight oil. I’d much rather be in bed early and getting up in the wee hours of the morning, when I can be close to Him who guides this work. … I counsel our children to do their critical studying in the early hours of the morning when they’re fresh and alert, rather than to fight physical weariness and mental exhaustion at night.” (“Teach Ye Diligently,” 245)

Source of the earthquake story:

What if you're in the trenches of young parenthood and you're up with babies? 

This is in response to a father of four children ages five and under. He was asking my advice about how to manage time with the Lord early in the morning if he is up in the night helping with the babies. I've also received similar questions from moms who are up nursing babies or their children already wake up very early. Here was my reply to this good father:

Oh, what a good dad and husband you are!! I think in your situation, just make time for the Lord as early as you can in the day. If that means on your commute to work you're listening intently to the Book of Mormon, or on your first morning break at work, or you're spending part of your lunch break with the Lord, whatever that looks like for you. That stage doesn't last forever, I promise! I would write down the question of when is the best time for you to commune with the Lord and bring that to Him in prayer and scripture study, and see what answers you get. It may be several options or ideas, so on one day plan A will work, and on the next day plan B will work. I'd love to hear the answers you receive!

You are in such a special and important stage of parenthood. God would not want you to guilt or shame yourself because you're so busy feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the sick and needy of God's children in your own home. THAT is a very sacred work! He will help you fit in time with Him if you ask. I know He will. It may not look ideal, but ask Him to magnify it and make it enough and He will!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Join us for 10 more AMAZING talks in 10 weeks!

We are ready for a second round of studying AMAZING talks in our free Facebook group 12 Talks in 12 Weeks! 

This time we're studying 10 talks in 10 weeks, October 8 through December 10, 2017. 

Talk #13 is "A Plea to My Sisters" from President Nelson 

This Sunday I'll do a Facebook live video in the group with my favorite takeaways from talk #1. 

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We simply study one wonderful talk each week, and share your favorite takeaways any time you like! See the pinned post in the group for how the group works. 

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Six tactics of Satan from one powerful story. And how to cast him out.

Check out what I discovered in Moses chapter one today. 

And what President Packer shared about it. 

Click here for a post with seven keys for overcoming evil influence from Moses chapter one. 

Click here for Elder Holland's take on this story. 

Click here for a post about resisting the fiery darts of negative thoughts.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Our FHE last night. What are your "rudder habits?"

Here is the short video where President Monson told about the "unsinkable" battleship in which the enemy found its weak spot. 

You are not your problems! Three lies the devil tells us.

Grrr, the devil is so tricky. He gets so many of us with these three lies. 

If you ever think these three things, remind yourself that those are lies, and then tell yourself the TRUTH about you. 

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

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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

    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.