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He is the Light. He is the gift.

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“At the focal point of all human history, a point illuminated by a new star in the heavens revealed for just such a purpose, probably no other mortal watched–none but a poor young carpenter, a beautiful virgin mother, and silent stabled animals who had not the power to utter the sacredness they had seen. Shepherds would soon arrive, and later wise men from the East. Later yet the memory of that night would bring Santa Claus and Frosty and Rudolph–and all would be welcome. But first and forever there was just a little family, without toys or trees of tinsel. With a baby–that’s how Christmas began.

It is for the baby that we should in chorus: “Hark! The herald angels sing Glory to the newborn King! … Mild he lays his glory by, born that man no more may die; Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth.”

– Jeffery R. Holland

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1 Nephi 13 – BOMSG

What is the “Great and Abominable” church?

“It is incorrect to think that any particular church or denomination is the “great and abominable” church mentioned by Nephi. Any group of people that follows Satan’s ways are part of the kingdom of the devil and are enemies of Christ and His Church. They are like those who live in the great and spacious building seen in Lehi’s dream.”

Match the Headline with the verse (Look at all the cool things Nephi tells us about the future!)

vs 12 – Columbus sails for New World

vs 13 – Pilgrims Sail the the New World for Religious Freedom

vs 14 – Native Americans driven from their homes

vs 15 – Gentiles Prosper in the Americas

vs 17 – Ships cross 3,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean

vs 19 – Although Outnumber, Revolutionary Armies Victorious

1. What did Nephi see would happen to the Bible, after it was written by the prophets and apostles, that would cause the Gentiles to “stumble”?

Many of the truths of the gospel were omitted from the Bible by the great and abominable church. This caused the Gentiles to stumble.

2. What would the Lord do for Nephi’s seed, or descendants, when the Gentiles came to the Americas?

He would spare any of Nephi’s seed that had been mixed with his brothers’.

3. What would the Lord do to help the Gentiles, the Jews, the descendants of Lehi, and members of His Church today learn the true gospel?

He brought forth the Book of Mormon! He would visit them and bring them the truth of the gospel. He will make known the plain and precious things that were taken from them.

4. How does the message of verse 37 apply to you and your future decisions?

Bringing forth Zion doesn’t necessarily mean being called and set apart as a full-time missionary. As Paul said, we must be “example[s] of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” We need to seek seek opportunities to bring the gospel to those around us. If we do this and endure our trial well, we will be lifted up at the last day and we will live with our Father in Heaven again 🙂

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My Thoughts on “Ordain Women”

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58056757-78/kelly-dehlin-font-mormon.html.csp

If you haven’t read this article from the Salt Lake Tribune titled “Founder of Mormon women’s group threatened with excommunication,” you should give it a read.

It’s so obvious that “Ordain Women” does not understand what this church is about and how it works. By petitioning the leaders, they are petitioning God. The prophets and apostles of our church do not make up the laws and ordinances of our church off a whim, or along with their personal beliefs. They speak and commune with God to learn what He sees best for us.

It’s sad to see these women getting so caught up in one small aspect of the gospel and telling the church to “get with the times.” They’re so blinded by their own stubbornness that they can’t see they are being lead far, far away from the teachings of our Father in Heaven. There are several talks and even books written about women’s roles in the priesthood.

So many times in the Book of Mormon it talks about these men and women that have fallen away because of a simple misunderstanding or they were offended. Satan is real, guys. He is so real. I saw this quote once that said, “The best trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he does not exist.” And it’s so true. Being unfaithful begins the same way as being faithful. A little seed is planted and if you water it and care for it, it will grow. What’s crazy is weeds grow a lot faster than flowers.

The prophets and apostles speak directly with God. Whether or not you chose to believe that is up to you. But I know that that is true. God has a plan for all of us, both individually and collectively as a people. All he asks is that we follow his commandments. It’s okay to have questions about the teachings of the church, but once those questions consume you and become doubts, as President Uchtdorf said, “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith.” I know God lives and loves us. Each and every single one of us. “Keep the commandments and ye shall prosper in the land.” – like every chapter in the BOM.

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Mocking

Today I read in Helaman chapter four, verse 12. There’s a phrase in that verse that really stood out to me, “making a mock of that which was sacred.” The thought came to my mind that so often we think of “mocking that which is sacred” as making fun of Christ or jokes about the temple. And don’t get me wrong, these things are very sacred and should not in any way be mocked. However, often times we don’t realize other things are being mocked. Whether it be by ourself or laughing at things others say or participating in media arguments.

Some things we may not realize count as “sacred” in the sense of the verse are marriage, intimacy, bearing children, and the defamation of women and the body in general. In Howard W. Hunter’s October 1994 talk titled Being a Righteous Husband and Father he states, “With a knowledge of the plan of salvation as a foundation, a man who holds the priesthood looks upon marriage as a sacred privilege and obligation.” The definition of marriage and what is correct and incorrect is being mocked and scorned.

The same thought goes for intimacy. Casual sex is becoming more and more common. People are having affairs, getting divorced, and sleeping around. The sacredness and joy that comes from being physically intimate with your spouse is being defamed and destroyed. In accordance with casual sex, abortions are becoming greatly common and even popular. The precious life of a child is being thrown away and shamed.

Heavenly Father has warned us time and time again that he will not tolerate the destruction of His church. Now I’m not saying that anyone who gets divorced or sleeps around or has an abortion is going to Hell. Not at all. Just that we need to be away of the things we find truly sacred and stand up and not be afraid to share with the world that these things are sacred and should not be mocked.

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Redeemer by Paul Cardall

“And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: they faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.” –Luke 8:40-48

“We have all been injured and known the desire to be healed. Whether those hurts are physical, emotional, or spiritual, Christ beckons us to His presence to be healed. Here, the woman reaches towards the prayer shawl, tallit, or garment of Christ, and touching the threads of his garment she was healed. Hers was an act of faith. By reaching out to Christ, she made a covenant to follow Him, and in return He healed her. See[sic] did not sit idly by the wayside, but actively sought out Christ.

While we will endure hardships and injuries in this life, there is peace to be found in following Christ. By doing so, we open the way for the atonement to heal our pains so that we too many ‘go in peace’.”
–“Thread of Faith”, Howard Lyon