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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Is it easier to keep the commandments 100% of the time than 98%?

I'm studying this AMAZING talk by Elder Clayton Christensen. You can read it here or watch it here.

You would never know it by the humility this man, but Clayton Christensen is a well known powerhouse in the business industry, a best-selling author, and professor at Harvard Business School. For members of the LDS Church, many know him as the author of The Power of Everyday Missionaries.

In this talk is my ALL-TIME FAVORITE story of personal conversion through the Book of Mormon.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:
It really is easier to keep the commandments 100 percent of the time than it is 98 percent of the time. ... I am grateful that I drew the line in a safe place, and never crossed it. ... My whole life has turned out to be an un-ending stream of extenuating circumstances, and had I crossed that line just that once, then the next time something came up that was so demanding and critical, it would have been so much easier to cross the line again. And when I have been subsequently confronted with opportunities to look at pornography or not pay my tithing, or compromise on others of God’s commandments, this lesson that I learned has been very important. 
The more you learn...the more talents that you develop, the more ways God can shape you to be useful in building his kingdom.
I told [God] that if He would reveal to me that [the Book of Mormon] was true, that I then intended to dedicate my life to building this kingdom.  
When Heavenly Father invited us to seek first the kingdom of God, and promises us that all these other things will be added to us that He was dead serious. That is a promise that we can bank on. And I incite you, my brothers and sisters, that when you find yourself confronted with a conflict between the pursuit of a career and the pursuit of magnifying your calling in the kingdom of God, that if you will believe God, and trust in Him, He will bless you in ways that are beyond your comprehension.
Just imagine that you’re the general of an army, and you’ve got some state-of-the-art-weapons, and you’ve got to decide which of your soldiers you’re going to give these state-of-the-art weapons to. You’ll give your best weapons to those soldiers who are right in the front line, engaged in direct combat with the enemy. Those soldiers who are operating behind the front lines, who are driving the supply trucks and cooking the soup and keeping the records, they won’t need the state-of-the-art weapons because they never really confront the enemy, per say. I realized what had happened to me is I had been released from my mission and had begun engaging in service in the church as a member that most of my assignments were in fact administrative in character, and as they were administrative in character, plain old Clay Christensen, with his plain old talents, was perfectly capable of doing most of the assignments that I was given as an administrator in the Church. But when I made that decision to become again a missionary for the Lord Jesus Christ, it was as if geographically I repositioned myself right on the front line, engaged in direct combat with Satan in this vicious war that he is waging over the souls of the children of men.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Have you heard of the "rare kind of faith?"

“Faith, to be faith, must center around something that is not known. Faith, to be faith, must go beyond that for which there is confirming evidence. Faith, to be faith, must go into the unknown. Faith, to be faith, must walk to the edge of the light, and then a few steps into the darkness. If everything has to be known, if everything has to be explained, if everything has to be certified, then there is no need for faith. Indeed, there is no room for it. …

“There are two kinds of faith. One of them functions ordinarily in the life of every soul. It is the kind of faith born by experience; it gives us certainty that a new day will dawn, that spring will come, that growth will take place. It is the kind of faith that relates us with confidence to that which is scheduled to happen. …

“There is another kind of faith, rare indeed. This is the kind of faith that causes things to happen. It is the kind of faith that is worthy and prepared and unyielding, and it calls forth things that otherwise would not be. It is the kind of faith that moves people. It is the kind of faith that sometimes moves things. … It comes by gradual growth. It is a marvelous, even a transcendent, power, a power as real and as invisible as electricity. Directed and channeled, it has great effect. …

“In a world filled with skepticism and doubt, the expression ‘seeing is believing’ promotes the attitude, ‘You show me, and I will believe.’ We want all of the proof and all of the evidence first. It seems hard to take things on faith.

“When will we learn that in sp
iritual things it works the other way about—that believing is seeing? Spiritual belief precedes spiritual knowledge. When we believe in things that are not seen but are nevertheless true, then we have faith” (President Boyd K. Packer, “What Is Faith?” in Faith [1983], 42–43, emphasis added).

At the risk of offending all you Yoda fans, there's some damage in this message

Yoda shared a false doctrine that our entire generation has been raised with.

Frankly I think it has damaged many of us, and held us back from trying. I see so many people letting perfectionism keep them from making decisions and from moving forward in trying, in taking imperfect action.
"Try" isn't my favorite word ever, because some can use it as a cop out for making a commitment to doing our best. Words I like better are "strive," "practice," "test," 'experiment," "do my best," "I commit to..."
But Elder Holland says we get credit for TRYING:
The great thing about the gospel is we get credit for TRYING, even if we don’t always succeed. ... The Lord blesses those who WANT to improve, who accept the need for commandments and TRY to keep them. (See full quote below.)

Becoming perfect is an eternal principle, but I think Satan high jacked it.
Christ told us both in the Bible and in the Book of Mormon to become perfect. But we all know that no normal mortal human being will ever be perfect in this life. I believe Satan high jacks our quest for eternal perfection by stirring up shame, embarrassment, judgement, or criticism for the mistakes we make in trying, and stirring up fear of making mistakes again. So then we won't try.

Isn't DONE better than PERFECT?
So many people share with me ways perfectionism stops them from moving forward in their projects, their goals, their life missions. If it didn't mean to be perfect, then you could move forward and paint that room, start that blog, get a garden planted this year, create the business you've been inspired to create. Yes, done is ALWAYS better than perfect.

I have a friend who started a business about 14 years ago. He had no business training, but he had a sense of mission to help people. He made a lot of mistakes along the way, cleaned up messes, made apologies, and tried again. This man is now a multi-millionaire and his personal development company has blessed tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of people around the globe with training and mentoring. He moved forward with imperfect action, and his motto became, "test, measure, and adjust."

Around the same time, this man's friend wanted to start a business too, but last I heard, he was still waiting until he had it all figured out before he started. Look at all the ways he missed out on blessing himself, his family, and the people his business would have served by letting perfectionism hold him hostage.

God's plan is NOT a once-and-done, all-or-nothing plan.
It's a line-upon-line plan that means we practice, fall, get up, and practice again.What if a toddler never tried walking until she could walk perfectly? That baby would never walk, run, dance, or ride bikes because of perfectionism. It' sounds ridiculous, but sometimes we hold ourselves back from taking action because we aren't perfect at it yet. What if a song bird never sang until he sang perfectly? We would never hear beautiful birds singing. If a musician waited to play the piano or violin until she could play them perfectly, she would never play.

The ONLY way to make progress is to PRACTICE.

Here's a video I made about letting go of perfectionism.

Here is Elder Holland's full quote, with the "try" words emphasized:
"Only the adversary, the enemy of us all, would try to convince us that the ideals outlined in general conference are depressing and unrealistic, that people don’t really improve, that no one really progresses. And why does Lucifer give that speech? Because he knows he can’t IMPROVE, he can’t PROGRESS, that worlds without end he will never have a bright tomorrow. He is a miserable man bound by eternal limitations, and he wants you to be miserable too. Well, don’t fall for that. With the gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the strength of heaven to help us, we can IMPROVE, and the great thing about the gospel is WE GET CREDIT FOR TRYING, even if we don’t always succeed.
"When there was a controversy in the early Church regarding who was entitled to heaven’s blessings and who wasn’t, the Lord declared to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “Verily I say unto you, [the gifts of God] are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep … my commandments, and [for them] that SEEKETH so to do.” Boy, aren’t we all thankful for that added provision “and … SEEKETH so to do”! That has been a lifesaver because sometimes that is all we can offer! We take some solace in the fact that if God were to reward only the perfectly faithful, He wouldn’t have much of a distribution list.
"Please remember tomorrow, and all the days after that, that the Lord blesses those who WANT to improve, who accept the need for commandments and TRY to keep them, who cherish Christlike virtues and STRIVE to the best of their ability to acquire them. If you stumble in that pursuit, so does everyone; the Savior is there to help you keep going. If you fall, summon His strength. Call out like Alma, “O Jesus, … have mercy on me.” He will help you get back up. He will help you repent, repair, fix whatever you have to fix, and keep going....
"So keep loving. Keep TRYING. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep GROWING. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever" (Elder Holland, "Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among You," Ensign, May, 2016, emphasis added).
You can read Elder Holland's whole talk here.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Last-minute special on our retreat next week, thru Friday or until tickets sell out!

We still have openings for our retreat next week! 

Here is a special through Friday, or until tickets sell out, whichever comes first.

If you feel inspired to be there, click here to register. 

I am excited to have you come!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Would you or I have this kind of courage?

This courageous young woman Marie Cardon defended the truth at the risk of her own life.

Would you or I have that kind of faith or courage?

Bonnie Oscarson is the voice we hear in the video:

"If it is the Lord’s plan, it should also be our plan! ... The Lord needs us to be brave, steadfast, and immovable warriors who will defend His plan and teach the upcoming generations His truths" (Bonnie Oscarson, "Defenders of the Family Proclamation," Ensign, May 2015).

Her story reminds me of President Monson's experience of daring to stand alone.

As we get closer to the Second Coming, we're likely to have more moments where we must stand alone in defending truth.

Each time we practice choosing right even when it's not popular, our ability to choose the unpopular right becomes stronger. It helps to remember to look up, not sideways. We want to be on God's side of the line, no matter what anyone around us chooses.

Are our kids being raised in real life or virtual life? It's an important choice.

Wow, this is sad. This struggle is real. 

We are the first generation to raise children in this age of portable digital devices. We must be careful and deliberate, both for ourselves and our children. 

Also, did you know that the electromagnetic frequencies emitted by these devices are damaging, and that the frequency of the earth is really good for your body? 

God is so smart.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Scholarship Giveaway for Powered with Purpose Retreat!

Who wants to win a scholarship to our Summer Powered with Purpose Retreat? 

To enter, simply go to my Facebook page and find the scholarship post, make a comment below it of why you'd like to come to the retreat, and tag five friends who might be interested in the retreat too. Winners for a 1-day, 2-day, and 3-day scholarship will be announced on Thursday, May 25th.  

Click here for details about the retreat. 

And here's a video of my "why" for creating this retreat. 

Elder Stevensen's foibles... nobody is perfect, so let's not compare!

Oh my goodness, this had me laughing so hard!


It's tempting to compare ourselves to what appears to be others' picture perfect lives.

But this clip of Elder Stevenson's recent keynote address at BYU Women's Conference 2017 is so true to life, at how imperfect life really is, and that we don't need to compare ourselves with others' lives that may look perfect on social media. But now we know better. I love it!

Click here for Elder Stevenon's whole talk.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Talk #4 of 12 -- Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge, by Richard G. Scott

This is a series of my favorite takeaways of some powerhouse talks we are studying together in my Facebook group called 12 Talks in 12 Weeks.

Elder Scott has mentored me in many ways for many years, even though I've never met him in this life. 

I did have the honor of attending his funeral. When I get to the other side of the veil, I'm really excited to give him a big hug and thank him for changing the way I pray, the way I ask for and receive and record personal revelation, the way I teach, the way I study, the way I look for principles. I love this man, and love all that he teaches me! I have a manila folder collection of my favorite talks by Elder Scott. I'll likely keep adding to it as I study others. 

Talk #4 is Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge. 

Click here for a printable talk. 

Click here to watch the talk. 

Here is a video of my favorite takeaways from the talk. 

Here and here are blog posts I wrote about the importance for looking for principles as we study. 


Here are some quote memes from the talk. 

Click here you'd like to join the Facebook group studying and sharing favorite takeaways from these 12 talks.