Wednesday, April 10, 2019

10 Quotes about the Adversary from our Prophet's Recent Conference Talk




Wow... I had already noticed how many times the adversary was mentioned in last week's general conference, but I was astounded how many times our prophet mentioned this in his priesthood session talk called, "We Can Do Better and Be Better."

So astounded that I opened a notebook to start counting.



Here are ten quotes that stood out to me about the enemy's tactics and how to win this war.

How can we win a war without understanding the enemy's tactics?



Quotes from President Nelson:

1. We need to do better and be better because we are in a battle. The battle with sin is real.

2. The adversary is quadrupling his efforts to disrupt testimonies and impede the work of the Lord. (I added the emphasis here...Did anyone else notice that word?)

3. He is arming his minions with potent weapons to keep us from partaking of the joy and love of the Lord.

4. Repentance is the key to avoiding misery inflicted by traps of the adversary.

5. Many, if not most, of the temptations he puts in our path cause us to abuse our bodies or the bodies of others. Because Satan is miserable without a body, he wants us to be miserable because of ours.

6. The forces of evil have never raged more forcefully than they do today.

7. As servants of the Lord, we cannot be asleep while this battle rages.

8. After millennia of practicing his cunning arts, the adversary is experienced and incorrigible.

9. Gratefully, the priesthood we hold is far stronger than are the wiles of the adversary.

10. Make your focus on daily repentance so integral to your life that you can exercise the priesthood with greater power than ever before. This is the only way you will keep yourself and your family spiritually safe in the challenging days ahead.


Here are five of Satan's tactics from one powerful story. And how to cast him out.



Here are some of my thoughts about the Book of Mormon war chapters and how they parallel the war we are in today.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Please watch: "I am a Latter-day Saint, I am LGBTQ, and This is What I Know"

Please watch and feel the Spirit of this video showing the faith of these amazing LGTBQ members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 





I have gotten to know some of the people in this video, one of them being my dear friend and neighbor, and my heart has grown bigger because of knowing them! 

I love what Elder Ballard said about all of us being more kind, inclusive, and understanding of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters: 


"I want anyone who is a member of the Church who is gay or lesbian to know I believe you have a place in the kingdom and I recognize that sometimes it may be difficult for you to see where you fit in the Lord’s Church, but you do.  
"We need to listen to and understand what our LGBT brothers and sisters are feeling and experiencing. 
"Certainly, we must do better than we have done in the past so that all members feel they have a spiritual home where their brothers and sisters love them and where they have a place to worship and serve the Lord." ("Questions and Answers," BYU Devotional, Nov. 14, 2017)


Here is a blog post of my experience attending my first North Star fireside, and how it changed my heart for the better. 


This was the first North Star event I attended in October 2018. It impacted me so much that I wrote a blog post about it. My neighbors, Ann and Brigit Pack, as well as Becky Mackintosh are with me after the fireside. Each one has a heart of gold!


Here are a few pictures of the North Star Conference where I had the honor of speaking a couple days ago. 


I had the honor of teaching my LGTBQ brothers and sisters that God loves them, God has a mission for them which He will help them fulfill, and God wants to speak to them (ie. Heaven Journaling!). 

This is one of many wonderful, new friends I made that day. Jen Thatcher is a BYU professor who teaches the Marriage and Family class and came to the conference to better understand, love and serve our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. I met a bishop, a young women president, and others who came there, like me, to better understand, love and serve. 

Ganel-Lyn Condie was the closing keynote speaker on Friday of the conference. I felt a special bond with her because her moving into a keynote position was the reason I got a last-minute invitation to speak in the break-out session she was going to speak in. And because we're so much alike. 

Another new friend, Rebecca Silva, shared her story of her son coming out five years ago, the grieving process LDS parents go through when that happens, and how to love, serve, and rely on the foundation of Christ through those times. 

A delightful young gay man, Stephen Tadlock, who enjoyed my class. I loved hearing how much this young man loves fashion, and brought six different scarves for this two-day event, just in case. He gave me permission to share his picture. 

What is North Star International?
"North Star is a faith-affirming resource for Latter-day Saints addressing sexual orientation and gender identity, who desire to live in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrines and values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We seek to empower these individuals and help them educate themselves, their family, friends, and Church leaders as they strive to become integrated more fully and lovingly into the Church community." (Taken from the text below their Youtube video above.)




Friday, February 22, 2019

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Life After Birth - A Parable by Útmutató a Léleknek



In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one has ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”

LIFE AFTER BIRTH – A PARABLE BY ÚTMUTATÓ A LÉLEKNEK

Two Video Interviews about Effective Prayers for Extraordinary Results

My friend Scott Wilhite interviewed me about ways to make our prayers reach more than the ceiling, how to receive more answers from heaven, and how to build our faith that God can work miracles in our lives. 

Enjoy! And please subscribe to his Youtube channel. He's a great guy! 





Monday, February 4, 2019

Win More Battles by Understanding Satan's Tactics

"Jesus Tempted" by Carl Heinrich Bloch 

Since this week we are studying the temptations of Christ in Come, Follow Me, I wanted to share some gems of resources I've gathered about overcoming the influence of the adversary.




Here are several blog posts and a video I've created about this topic. 

1. Seven Keys for Overcoming the Adversary from Moses Chapter One 

2. Four of Satan's Tactics and How to Fight Back 


3. Is it possible to slay the Goliaths of negative thoughts in your mind? Yes, and here are two tools that work.


4. Five of Satan's tactics from one powerful story, and how to cast him out (Video below) 


Did you know Satan tempted Christ with four different temptations, not just three like it appears?  

Let's check out Matthew 4:1-11. 

1. Turn stones to bread. For us this may mean any appetite of the flesh - addictions of food, sugar, smoking, alcohol, drugs, pornography. 

2. Cast yourself down and let a bunch of angels catch you. For us, this might represent using priesthood or our spiritual gifts for inappropriate reasons. 

3. You can have all the kindgoms and glory of the world if you worship me. (What?? Jesus created all those things. How does that temptation make any sense? I guess that's silly to assume Satan always makes sense.) For us, this could represent our daily challenge of continually choosing between Christ and Satan. 

Now here's the surprise fourth temptation I didn't even notice until I watched this video today: 

4. "IF thou be the Son of God..."  

That last one is a doozy. Before every single temptation he gives to Christ, Satan inserts that one first. He even used that one with Christ on the cross. 

Isn't that exactly how Satan works today? He loves to attack our identity and our connection with God. 

IF God loved you, He wouldn't let bad things happen in your life. 

IF you were worthy, you'd never have a temptation thought enter your mind. So you're never worthy. 

IF you were perfect, God would love you. So he must not love you. 

IF you were good enough, you'd always get straight A's. So you're never good enough. 

IF you want to be beautiful, you'd look like an anorexic model. So you're never beautiful. 

Watch for it and see if you notice Satan planting thoughts of attacking your identity - you being a beloved, divine son or daughter of God with amazing gifts, talents, potential, and divine missions to accomplish. 

And notice he loves to attack our connection to God - He doesn't love you unless you're perfect. You're not worthy to pray. You've gone too far, and so on. 



Saturday, February 2, 2019

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

21 Tips to Upgrade our Spiritual Learning (with printable quote list)



I am giddy about teaching the first adult Sunday School lesson with our new Come, Follow Me curriculum tomorrow! 

As a former seminary and institute teacher, the intro and first lesson remind me of meaty trainings I received of how to get the gospel down into our hearts by inviting ACTIVE LEARNING. 

I am THRILLED all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will now be learning these concepts! 

Click here for a free printable version of the quote handout I'm giving my class. 

The quotes are also listed below. I used a paper cutter to trim the edges so we can tape it into the front cover of our manuals and keep writing our own ideas on the back throughout the year. 



A) Ask QUESTIONS

  1. “To ask and to answer questions is at the heart of all learning and all teaching.” (Henry B. Eyring, CES Broadcast, Feb. 6, 1998)
  2. "I plead with each of you to . . . take your questions directly to your Heavenly Father in prayer.  Ask Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, to guide you. You can learn for yourself . . . how to receive personal revelation. And nothing will make a bigger difference in your life than that!" (Russell M. Nelson, "Hope of Israel," Worldwide Youth Devotional, June 3, 2018)
  3. "What can happen as you follow a course of searching the scriptures for answers to your life dilemmas? Your confidence will begin to grow because you will know where to find answers to your problems. You will be far less stressed when yet another problem arises because you will know where to go for guidance and direction. . . . You will truly experience His words showing you all things that you should do." (Wendy Watson Nelson, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life [2010], 142)




B) Be worthy of and pray for the SPIRIT to teach and testify of truth

  1. "The real teacher is the Spirit. I am not the teacher, and you are not the teachers." (Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, June 2007)
  2. “The spiritual strength sufficient for our youth to stand firm just a few years ago will soon not be enough. . . . The pure gospel of Jesus Christ must go down into the hearts of young people by the power of the Holy Ghost. . . . Our aim must be for them to become truly converted to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ while they are young.” (Henry B. Eyring, Ensign, Sept. 2004)
  3. "The Spirit not only informs and increases mutual understanding, it convinces!" (Neal A. Maxwell, “Teaching by the Spirit—‘The Language of Inspiration’” Teaching Seminary: Preservice Readings (2004), 35–40)
  4. "Ask for the Spirit to be with you as you seek an answer to your one question for that day. Picture the Holy Ghost being right there with you as you read.” (Wendy Watson Nelson, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life [2010], 139
  5. "The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life." (Julie Beck, "And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit," Ensign, May 2010)




C) Consistently feast on the SCRIPTURES

  1. "The scriptures are not the ultimate source of knowledge, but what precedes the ultimate source. The ultimate knowledge comes by revelation. . . .The scriptures can be a Urim and Thummim to assist each of us to receive personal revelation." (Dallin H. Oaks, "Scripture Reading and Revelation," Ensign, Jan. 1995)
  2. "Never let a day go by without holding family prayer and family scripture study. Put this, the Lord's program, to the test; and see if it does not bless your home with greater peace, hope, love, and faith." (L. Tom Perry, "Back to Gospel Basics," Ensign, May 1993)
  3. "Don't yield to Satan's lie that you don't have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it!" (Richard G. Scott, "Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority," Ensign, Nov. 2014)




D) Deepen your understanding with WRITING  

  1. "Do you want to know how to get the most benefit from this time together? Write down the impressions you feel. . . . Spiritual moments in life often come when it seems difficult to record them. Yet that special effort to crystalize in a permanent record sacred impressions of the Holy Spirit is powerfully rewarded. Begin now even if you have to borrow paper and pencil to do it." (Elder Richard G. Scott, "To Live Well Amid Worldly Decay," BYU-Idaho Devotional, Feb. 24, 2004)
  2. "Those who earnestly seek help through prayer and scripture study often have a paper and pencil nearby to write questions and record impressions and ideas." (Julie B. Beck, "And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit," Ensign, May 2010)
  3. “Record your thoughts and feelings. There are many ways to record the impressions that come to you as you study. For example, you could mark a meaningful word or phrase and record your thoughts as a note in your scriptures. You could also keep a journal of the insights, feelings, and impressions you receive.” (Come, Follow Me -- For Individuals and Families, New Testament 2019, viii)




E) Engage - ACT on your promptings

  1. “The goal of gospel teaching … is not to ‘pour information’ into the minds of class members. … The aim is to inspire the individual to think about, feel about, and then do something about living gospel principles(Thomas S. Monson, Conf. Report, Oct. 1970, 107)
  2. “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26)
  3. "Just as pondering the scriptures invites the companionship of the Holy Ghost, so does doing the things we have been told to do and doing them promptly. We are promised that the scriptures and the Holy Ghost will tell us all things that we should do. When we go and do what we have been told and do it the best we can, we qualify for more instructions of what to do. If we do not act, we will not receive further instructions." (Henry B. Eyring, "Raising the Bar," BYU-Idaho Devotional, Jan. 25, 2005)
  4. "I believe that you can leave the most precious, personal direction of the Spirit unheard because you do not respond to, record, and apply the first promptings that come to you." (Richard G. Scott, "To Acquire Spiritual Guidance," Ensign, Nov. 2009)


F) Faith over doubts - MANAGE DOUBTS so faith wins

  1. “Anyone who doubts [the scriptures or the living prophets]—and none are discouraged from personal doubt—can verify the authenticity and content of the message by checking it with the official source, by personal revelation." (Dallin H. Oaks, BYU Studies, vol. 44:4 [2005], 170)
  2. "Once there has been genuine illumination, beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing. If it was right when you prayed about it and trusted it and lived for it, it is right now. Don't give up when the pressure mounts. . . . Don't give in. Certainly don't give in to that being who is bent on the destruction of your happiness. He wants everyone to be miserable like unto himself. Face your doubts. Master your fears. 'Cast not away therefore your confidence.' Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you." (Jeffrey R. Holland, "Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence," BYU Devotional, Mar. 2, 1999)
  3. “When we have unresolved questions, our challenge doesn't lie in what we think we know. It lies in what we don't yet know. . . . Questions are not just good, they are vital, because the ensuing spiritual wrestle leads to answers, to knowledge, and to revelation. And it also leads to greater faith.  Men and women of faith are expected to have faith. While the Lord will reveal many things to us, He has never told His covenant people everything about everything. We are admonished to ‘doubt not, but be believing’ (Mormon 9:27-29). But ‘doubting not’ does not mean understanding everything. Doubting is not synonymous with having questions. To doubt is to reject truth and faith. As covenant sons and daughters, we are required to have faith, live by faith, ‘ask in faith, nothing wavering’ (James 1:5-6), and ‘overcome by faith’ (D&C 76:53).” (Sheri Dew, “Will You Engage...Wrestle, BYU Devot. May 17, 2016)



Sunday, December 16, 2018

Two Heaven Journaling books just in time for Christmas! On sale through Tuesday!


(Note: I normally wouldn't post about business on Sunday, but I was awoken in the night, reminded that there are people who follow my blog but not my Facebook or email, and would have missed this opportunity, so I made an exception to my normal rule.) 





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I've had the honor of seeing it change THOUSANDS of lives. 

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We launched the Heaven Journaling books on Friday, and on Saturday, my little home office became a shipping station! Thank you to all of you who have ordered books for yourselves and for gifts, and especially to those who keep sharing how powerful of a tool Heaven Journaling had been in your lives. 💖💖💖 JOY!! 💖💖💖