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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Not part of my talk
Saturday night I prayed fervently to know the deeper meaning of the phrase in the name of Jesus Christ.  I specifically wanted to connect it somehow with the Atonement.  I asked my Heavenly Father to reveal to me the meaning.  I specifically asked for a dream or some way to understand better the phrase we use so often.  The next morning, I attended my 6:30 am High Council meeting.  The Stake Presidency showed us a video that was from the Apostles training all General Authorities right before General Conference.  They all shared different things as part of the training.  Elder Nelson got up and said these words (from memory)… “Brothers and Sisters, when we use the phrase in the name of Jesus Christ and do things in His name as far as we can tell the scriptures teach us that this means His work and more specifically His Atonement”

I about fell out of my chair.  That was the exact answer I was looking for.  Elder Nelson gave the answer almost 2 months ago, the day before General Conference. The Lord knew I would be giving a talk on this subject, He knew I would be at my meeting and orchestrated a simple answer to my prayers so amazingly!  Needless to say, I was grateful and amazed…

Start of Talk
My fellow brothers and sisters, it is a pleasure to be in your ward this morning… to share some of the things the Lord has placed in my mind and in my heart.  I have a burning testimony of the Savior and His work upon the earth.  We are so privileged to be a part of it…My desire today is to speak, teach and testify of Him whose Gospel this is... and in whose work we are engaged.  My prayer is that you will feel deep down within your souls a greater love for the Savior and a deeper desire to be like Him.  Isn’t that why we are here?  Because we love Him and want to be like Him.

Jesus Christ is known by many names and titles—some of the most common are Jehovah, Son of God, Lord, Redeemer, Messiah, Savior and God. Of the 120 sections in the Doctrine and Covenants that are revelations from Jesus Christ, at least 68 of them He identifies Himself in the 1st verse by a name or title.  Each name and title can convey a different message, principle or teaching to us.  Each name or title can remind us of who He is, what He has done for us and what He will do for us.  Some examples from the Doctrine and Covenants are:

15:1 “Listen to the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and your Redeemer.”

19:1 “I am Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord; yea, even I am he, the beginning and the end, the Redeemer of the world.”

27:1 “Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Lord, your God, and your Redeemer, whose word is quick and powerful.”

29:1 “Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ, your Redeemer, the Great I Am, whose arm of mercy hath atoned for your sins.”

42:1 “Hearken, O ye elders of my church, who have assembled yourselves together in my name, even, Jesus Christ the Son of the living God, the Savior of the world; inasmuch as ye believe on my name and keep my commandments.”

My brothers and sisters, the world has profaned, blasphemed and taken in vain the name of Jesus Christ as well as many of His other names and titles.  However, one of my favorite names or titles for Jesus Christ is SAVIOR.  The world and Satan haven’t figured out a way yet to take that one in vain.  I hope and pray they never do.  He is my Savior… not just from sin, but from mortality.  He saves me daily from my sins, temptations and weaknesses.

I often feel as Peter did in Matthew 14
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
 29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him

He is my Savior, my Lord and my God.

D&C 42:1 also uses the phrases “in my name” and “believe on my name.”  It is not just about the words in these names and titles…there is something else.  The phrase, “in His name” or “in the name of Jesus Christ” means much more.  Consider these verses:

2 Nephi 25:13 “all those who shall believe on his name shall be saved in the kingdom of God.”

Mosiah 3:9 “salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name”

Acts 10:43  “through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins”

Acts 4:12 “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

John 20:31“believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

Matthew 12:21 “And in his name shall the Gentiles trust”

D&C 20:29 “And we know that all men must repent and believe on the name of Jesus Christ, and worship the Father in his name, and endure in faith on his name to the end, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God”

All ordinances are performed in the name of Jesus Christ, except two.  Baptisms and Sealings are performed in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.

We all have the opportunity to invoke the name of Jesus Christ in all talks, prayers, testimonies, lessons….

Why?  What does it mean… What is the Lord conveying to us by these phrases.

Shortly after Adam and Eve were driven from the Garden of Eden.

Moses 5
And he gave unto them commandments, that they should worship the Lord their God, and should offer the firstlings of their flocks, for an offering unto the Lord. And Adam was obedient unto the commandments of the Lord.
 And after many days an angel of the Lord appeared unto Adam, saying: Why dost thou offer sacrifices unto the Lord? And Adam said unto him: I know not, save the Lord commanded me.
 And then the angel spake, saying: This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth.
 Wherefore, thou shalt do all that thou doest in the name of the Son, and thou shalt repent and call upon God in the name of the Son forevermore.

His name is His Atonement.

(This next part came to me like a lightening bolt as I sat on the stand during the sacrament.  As I listened to the prayer, my eyes shot open realizing that we invoke His name twice during the prayer)

Each week when we bless the sacrament, “O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ…” or we ask our Eternal Father through the Atonement of His Son to bless and sanctify the bread, symbols of His Atonement.

Then, we “witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son” or we show our Father that we want to take upon us the Atonement of His Son throughout the coming week.

May I invite you at family prayer tonight to discuss briefly the phrase, “in the name of Jesus Christ” with your children?  Please discuss what it means, what it invokes and the sacred use of it.  Too often in the Church it is the colloquial ending to anything we do.  Too often it is slurred and sped through without meaning.  Too often we don’t think what we are saying.  May we reverence Him and His name, which is His Atonement in all that we do in the Kingdom.

In D&C 35:2 it says “I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was crucified for the sins of the world, even as many as will believe on my name, that they may become the sons of God…”

Many years ago, I had the privilege of touring the Holy Land.  One day as I got on the bus something dawned on me.  I was in a country with Jews, Muslims and Christians…  All fighting, arguing and conflicting with each other.  However, all of them believe in and are striving to follow the same God…Jesus Christ.

Jews worship Jehovah who we know as the pre-mortal Jesus Christ.  They rejected Him as the mortal Jesus.  Some people erroneously think that the Jews worship the Father, but that is incorrect.  They strive to worship the God of the Old Testament, who is Jesus Christ.

Muslims believe in Allah who is God.  Allah is a generic name for God.  Allah is Jesus Christ.  Muslims have no idea that the God they revere and worship actually came to earth and was crucified for their sins.  From the Quran:

“He is God: there is no god other than Him. It is He who knows what is hidden as well as what is in the open, He is the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy. He is God: there is no god other than Him, the Controller, the Holy One, Source of Peace, Granter of Security, Guardian over all, the Almighty, the Compeller, the Truly Great; God is far above anything they consider to be His partner. He is God: the Creator, the Originator, the Shaper. The best names belong to Him. Everything in the heavens and earth glorifies Him: He is the Almighty, the Wise.” [Quran, 59:22-24]

When He comes again, it won’t be too hard for the nations of the earth to accept Him… they already believe in Him, they just don’t realize all He has done for us.  When He comes again Philippians says…

Philippians 2:9-10 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth”

Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ.  May we reverence Him and His name, which is His Atonement in all we do in our lives.

Alma 56: The Power of Families - Cherish Newman

I love this chapter of the Book of Mormon.  I cannot get through it without tears.  The spirit always fills me.

This chapter is about the first battle of the stripling warriors.

The lesson that gets taught to me when I read this chapter is the immense power that righteous families doing their duties and living in faith can have on the world.

The Fathers:  The Ammonite fathers play two huge roles in this story.  First off they are providers. See verse 27
            27 And now it came to pass in the second month of this year, there was brought unto us many provisions from the fathers of those my two thousand sons.

This a first witness to the truth that is in the Family: A Proclamation to the World

            By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.

These Fathers did provide for their families and especially their sons at war.  I have always had a picture in my mind of these fathers gathering their harvests and supplies and making a trek to their sons at war, to do whatever they could to support and provide. 
The one thing they could not do was to protect.  They could not go to war themselves because of a covenant they had made, to bury their weapons of war and never fight again.  So when the Nephites needed help to protect their country the fathers wanted to help, and wondered if they should break their oath.  Instead their sons volunteered to go to war.  Oh what an excruciating trial of faith that must have been.  It would be really hard to leave your family to go to war, but to be asked to send your child in your place, it seems unimaginable. Yet it was the right thing to do.

I do believe there were some fathers that were able to help protect these sons.  (Alma 24) About 13 years before this battle when the Fathers and the Mothers of these boys had been converted and had made their covenant and buried their weapons of war.  Some other Lamanites came to attack these people.  A large group of these fathers went out to meet them.  Not with their weapons, but with their faith.  They knelt in trust of their God and sacrificed their lives for their covenants and their families.  Their sacrifice caused the battle to stop and many Lamanites to be converted.

23 Now when the Lamanites saw that their brethren would not flee from the sword, neither would they turn aside to the right hand or to the left, but that they would lie down and perish, and praised God even in the very act of perishing under the sword—
 24 Now when the Lamanites saw this they did forbear from slaying them; and there were many whose hearts had swollen in them for those of their brethren who had fallen under the sword, for they repented of the things which they had done.
 25 And it came to pass that they threw down their weapons of war, and they would not take them again, for they were stung for the murders which they had committed; and they came down even as their brethren, relying upon the mercies of those whose arms were lifted to slay them.
 26 And it came to pass that the people of God were joined that day by more than the number who had been slain; and those who had been slain were righteous people, therefore we have no reason to doubt but what they were saved.
 27 And there was not a wicked man slain among them; but there were more than a thousand brought to the knowledge of the truth; thus we see that the Lord worketh in many ways to the salvation of his people.

Among our stripling warriors, we had boys who had lost their fathers in that battle, fathers who had been the ultimate example of faith and protection.  There were also probably boys whose fathers had been part of the attacking Lamanites who had converted.  What examples of faith, conversion, and forgiveness.

Alma 56, teaches about the stripling warriors going into battle, for the first time.  They had great faith.

44 Therefore what say ye, my sons, will ye go against them to battle?
 45 And now I say unto you, my beloved brother Moroni, that never had I seen so great courage, nay, not amongst all the Nephites.
 46 For as I had ever called them my sons (for they were all of them very young) even so they said unto me: Father, behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth; we would not slay our brethren if they would let us alone; therefore let us go, lest they should overpower the army of Antipus.
 47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
 48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.

They go into battle.  These young 14-18, boys go into battle.  They go up against adult, seasoned soldiers.  The boys win!  How is this possible?  Obviously the Lord helped them, but what did the Lord do to help them?  I propose that he probably enlightened their minds, gave them clarity, confidence and the ability to think quickly.  I think He also probably strengthened their bodies, more endurance, strength, and quicker reflexes. 
I also think He sent them ministering angels, and specific ones. We know that one of the rights of the priesthood is the “ministering of Angels” which is the daily teaching and help of angels.  These boys held and honored their priesthood; they had the right of angelic help.  Wouldn’t God have sent them angelic help?  What angels would he send?  I felt that the Lord revealed to me that he sent their fathers.  The Lord sent the very same fathers that had been martyred, whose calling it was to protect their sons, even on the other side of the veil.   I saw that the angelic fathers were standing as shields, deflecting blows, and adding resistance to the enemy as shields of protection for these courageous boys.  Oh how beautiful, and merciful of our Lord.  Just like in the Old Testament with Elisha the prophet:

15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
          16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

            This first battle with the stripling warriors turned the tide of the whole Nephite and Lamanite war, from this point on the Lamanites do not gain any ground.  It was the power of the whole family that changed this war and people.  The incredible power of the mother’s (and grandmother’s, sisters) testimonies, nurturing and teachings helped mold the boys into the courageous, valiant and remarkable young men that they were.… they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
 48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.

            The boys’ powers lie in their characters.  They were teachable in the scripture above, they show that they listened and obeyed their mothers.  They also internalized and applied the teachings of their parents.

20 And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all—they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted.
 21 Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him.

Alma 57:21 Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them.

            These powerful and righteous families changed their world.  We are in a war in our times as well, a spiritual war.  I know that the Lord will protect and deliver our children and us.  I testify that as we as mothers are faithful and teach and nurture.  As father’s we teach, protect and provide.  As children we listen, obey and apply, we can be powerful families that will come of conquerors!

I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Written By Dad:

Last night while studying Ether 12, I couldn't get past vs. 19

 19 And there were many whose faith was so exceedingly strong, even before Christ came, who could not be kept from within the veil, but truly saw with their eyes the things which they had beheld with an eye of faith, and they were glad.

And in the next verse it gives the example of the brother of Jared.

My thoughts are this: 
  • It is not necessary to see the Savior or visions
  • Witnessing visions and visitations is a consistent part of the Gospel in all ages
  • The witness of the Holy Ghost is stronger than a visitation from the Savior.
  • The Savior wants to manifest himself to us in very person and tells us how to do so (Exodus 24:9-11, D&C 93:1)
  • I sincerely desire to have a visitation from the Son of God and I have prayed for it on numerous occasions
  • I know it will happen one day whether in private, at death or at the Second Coming
  • In the meantime, I need to seek to increase my faith, be purified and sanctified

Another witness of this truth is found as Lehi, is speaking to his son Jacob:

2 Nephi 2:4
4 And thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory; wherefore, thou art blessed even as they unto whom he shall minister in the flesh; for the Spirit is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. And the way is prepared from the fall of man, and salvation is free

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

There are a few places in scripture where Faith, Hope and Charity are taught together...  Last night as I was studying Ether chapter 12 I realized that these three doctrines were taught in verse 4 but not as clearly as in other places.

4 Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.

Faith leads to Hope... Not the modern definition of a wish but of an assurance and expectation.  Once we truly have Faith in Christ and have Hope for our own exaltation we abound in good works (Charity) to others...

Perhaps one of the best evidences of our own Faith and Hope is how charitable we are...


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Written By: Mom 

Alma 50 insights:

Yesterday Dad and I had lunch with a couple.  They are older than us, and have 4 grown daughters.  They have had 6 Son-in-laws.  5 of those 6 son-in-laws have had pornography addiction.  Two of their daughters have divorced and remarried and even their new husbands have pornography addiction. The father of these 4 girls is a bishop in a Young Single Adult ward, almost all of the issues that come into his office are pornography and 1/3 of those with that issue are young women, even returned missionary young women.   This is scary and so sad to me.  So I have been pondering how to protect my children from this horrible drug.

In reading in Alma 50, the Nephites had just won a huge battle against the Lamanites without losing one Nephite.  It was because the Nephites had fortified the border cities in the land of Ammoniah (which had earlier been totally decimated by the Lamanites).  The Lamanites had then taken their fight to the land of Noah and encountered the same fortifications, however this time because of their pride they attacked anyway and were defeated solidly.
So the Nephites, instead of hanging out in their fortified cities and enjoying their victory, Moroni had them do this in:
50:6 Thus Moroni did prepare strongholds against the coming of their enemies, round about every city in the land

Moroni does not stop there, he then in verses 7, and 8 he drives out any Lamanites in the wilderness next to their borders, had good Nephites inhabit and fortify their borders.

So what does this have to do with pornography?  I felt the revelation today as I read that our spirits, brain, and hearts are the cities that need to be made into strongholds.  Right now, while most of my children are living in my home, Kelly and I can be their generals, and lead them how to fortify against Satan and his artillery of Pornography.

Some ideas of fortification are:
1.      This scripture came to my mind.
45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.
-have only virtuous things in our home.
-inspirational music
-get rid of Netflix
-weekly checks on all devices and computers
-show greater charity in our family
-recognize God more in our daily lives
-be active together as a family
-interviews with the kids consistently

Alma 50:20

 20 Blessed art thou and thy children; and they shall be blessed, inasmuch as they shall keep my commandments they shall prosper in the land. But remember, inasmuch as they will not keep my commandments they shall be cut off from the presence of the Lord.

Friday, May 15, 2015

I had the privilege and honor of teaching Relief Society yesterday for Mother’s day.  These thoughts are what I tried to convey to the Relief Society during my lesson.  My overall impression was it started a little rough but the Spirit was present and stamped it with approval after I got over my nervousness…

Principle #1
I viewed this as a priesthood assignment.  You see the Relief Society presidency prayed and discussed whom they should invite to teach Relief Society.  They decided to ask me to do it.  They called me and asked if I would be willing to teach on Mother’s day. The Relief Society Presidency, under priesthood authority, invited me to fulfill a priesthood assignment of teaching.  This is a unique situation but I wanted to make it clear that it wasn’t just a favor—it was a priesthood duty.

“Thus, it is truly said that Relief Society is not just a class for women but something they belong to—a divinely established appendage to the priesthood.
We are not accustomed to speaking of women having the authority of the priesthood in their Church callings, but what other authority can it be? When a woman—young or old—is set apart to preach the gospel as a full-time missionary, she is given priesthood authority to perform a priesthood function. The same is true when a woman is set apart to function as an officer or teacher in a Church organization under the direction of one who holds the keys of the priesthood. Whoever functions in an office or calling received from one who holds priesthood keys exercises priesthood authority in performing her or his assigned duties” (Elder Dallin H. Oaks,

I spoke of honoring women, that it was both a priesthood duty and a privilege.  I shared this quote on motherhood “Motherhood, is near to divinity.  It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind.  It places her who honors its holy calling and service next to the angels” (President J. Reuben Clark Jr., Oct.1942).

Principle #2
The second principle, which was the main principle I wanted to address, was that the Book of Mormon brings us to Christ (President Benson).  More specifically, it prophesies about the Savior and His mission.  It explains and teaches clearly how the Atonement works.  It helps us to apply the Atonement more intimately and personally.  It gives us hope for daily peace and salvation in eternity.

The Relief Society sister who asked me to teach mentioned that the sisters didn’t want to feel guilty.  A lot of Mother’s day lessons end up making the mom’s feel guilty somehow.  I thought a lot about that and counseled with Cherish on it.  I decided to use the Book of Mormon teachings on the Atonement to help the sisters understand better.

Today, I will teach you in 5 minutes how to be a perfect mother!  Never feel guilt again!  Who is interested?

 32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
 33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.
(Moroni 10:32-33)

How can we become perfect right now?  By coming unto Christ and being perfected with Him.  Him and I are perfect.  His grace is sufficient for my weaknesses.  Just as His Atonement will make up all that I lack for salvation… it will make up all that I lack as a parent.  This doesn’t mean we can be lazy and do anything, it means we don’t have to worry about the things we can’t do… the Savior’s grace is sufficient for those shortcomings.  There is nothing we can’t accomplish if the Savior is my partner.

This doesn’t mean effects are immediate.  Raising children is like investing in real estate.  The return on investment generally happens several years later. 

 33 And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.
Moroni 7:33

If we exercise faith in Him, we will have power to do whatsoever thing is right and good with His help.

What kind of faith do we need to exercise in Him?

23 And he commandeth all men that they must repent, and be baptized in his name, having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.
2 Nephi 9:23

This verse use to scare me—“perfect faith?”  How is that possible?  The meaning is simple.  It must be complete faith… all of our faith… “relying wholly upon the merits of Him…” (2 Nephi 31:19).  We must offer our whole souls to Him.

26 And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.
(Omni 1:26)

If we truly come unto Christ and exercise faith in Him, Satan will still strive to bring us down with feelings of inadequacies.  He will tempt us to feel we just aren’t enough…

Nephi felt that…

17 O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.
18 I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me.
19 And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins;
(2 Nephi 4:17-19)

We all may feel this from time to time.  However, Nephi understands the doctrine well.  After describing these feelings of inadequacy… he says:

19 And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; NEVERTHELESS, I know in whom I have trusted.
 20 My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.
 21 He hath filled me with his love, even unto the consuming of my flesh.
(2 Nephi 4:19-21, capitalization and underlining added)

Despite his weaknesses and shortfalls, Nephi trusted in the Savior.  He knew the Savior would heal, support, make up and save Nephi despite any of His weaknesses.  His grace was sufficient for Nephi.

The Atonement is so powerful to help us, the Book of Mormon illustrates that it can make the vilest of sinners men of God (Mosiah 28:4 and Moroni 48:17-18).

I bear testimony of the Atonement and the power it has to help us in our daily lives.  Let His grace be sufficient for you.  Perhaps instead of wishing you could have 1-2 more hours in a day or getting discouraged because you didn’t complete your to do list for the day… turn to the Savior, ask for an increase of faith and allow His Atonement to work fully in your lives.

Principle #3
The Book of Mormon is the convincing power and evidence of the truthfulness of the Restoration and the Prophet Joseph Smith.

In my opinion, these chapters prove the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon because of their doctrinal complexity.  Even the best theologians today can’t equal the inspired writings of these prophets.  To think that an unlearned, unschooled farm boy at the age of 23 made it up is ridiculous. 
2 Nephi 2 on the Fall and Agency; Alma 42 on the Resurrection; Alma 32 and Ether 12 on Faith;  Mosiah 3 and Alma 7 on the Atonement; and many, many others.

Elder Holland
For 179 years this book has been examined and attacked, denied and deconstructed, targeted and torn apart like perhaps no other book in modern religious history—perhaps like no other book in any religious history. And still it stands. Failed theories about its origins have been born and parroted and have died—from Ethan Smith to Solomon Spaulding to deranged paranoid to cunning genius. None of these frankly pathetic answers for this book has ever withstood examination because there is no other answer than the one Joseph gave as its young unlearned translator. In this I stand with my own great-grandfather, who said simply enough, “No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so.” 10

If anyone is foolish enough or misled enough to reject 531 pages of a heretofore unknown text teeming with literary and Semitic complexity without honestly attempting to account for the origin of those pages—especially without accounting for their powerful witness of Jesus Christ and the profound spiritual impact that witness has had on what is now tens of millions of readers—if that is the case, then such a person, elect or otherwise, has been deceived; and if he or she leaves this Church, it must be done by crawling over or under or around the Book of Mormon to make that exit. In that sense the book is what Christ Himself was said to be: “a stone of stumbling, … a rock of offence,” 11 a barrier in the path of one who wishes not to believe in this work. Witnesses, even witnesses who were for a time hostile to Joseph, testified to their death that they had seen an angel and had handled the plates. “They have been shown unto us by the power of God, and not of man,” they declared. “Wherefore we know of a surety that the work is true.” 12
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Safety for the Soul” October 2009 General Conference

4 months prior to this talk, I went jogging at 5 am.  I recorded in my journal…

“Today I went jogging at 5 am.  When I finished running, I was listening to a really good song.  However, the Spirit whispered to me ‘how can the Lord speak to you with the music playing?’  I immediately turned off the song and received much direction.   The most important thing I received was the Lord telling me that I needed to make a covenant to read from the Book of Mormon every single day for the rest of my life.  I got home, knelt down and did that very thing.”

I signed my name to it in my journal.  Although I haven’t been perfect… this has greatly blessed my life.

10 And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.
 11 And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye—for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are his words, at the last day; and you and I shall stand face to face before his bar; and ye shall know that I have been commanded of him to write these things, notwithstanding my weakness.
(2 Nephi 33:10)

29 And God shall show unto you, that that which I have written is true.

(Moroni 10:29)

Cherish Goes to BYU Women's Conference - Here is what she wrote about it :

I had the awesome experience this last week to attend BYU Women’s Conference, that is put on by BYU and the General Relief Society board. 
My first feeling was “awe” at the sight of 15,000+ lds women, gathering to be fed by the scriptures, leaders, and the spirit.  I attended with 3 of my sisters, Destiny (9 months pregnant with Maverick), Heidi, 7 months pregnant with the twins, and Amy (who felt like she was pregnant J).  Also, Grandma Newman and Cindy.  It was a dream come true! I have wanted to attend Women’s Conference for many years.  Spring is such a busy time for our family with all the sports that I have never felt able to do it, but it all came together so smoothly, that is usually a sign to me that I am where I am supposed to be.

I want to share my overall take away from Women’s Conference.  What I felt was personally revealed to me for my life and family.

Personal Revelation Women's Conference:

1. I will be less stressed and overwhelmed if I make time to do Family History and Temple Work.
21 day experiment.
A.   This was from a talk given by Sister Wendy Wats Nelson (Wife of Elder Nelson).  This was my favorite talk of the whole time.  She spoke of helping some young married women who were feeling very stressed and overwhelmed in their lives.  The inspiration she received was to encourage them to do Family History and Temple Work.  She felt confused by this inspiration because it seemed counter-intuitive to reducing stress.  Yet she followed the inspiration and so did many of the women.  The results proved to me true! The women reported feelings of peace, reduced stress (like weight being lifted), focus and even medication changes. (I am trying this experiment now.)
B.   Sister Nelson also spoke of asking and receiving help from Angels.  She sited Elder Holland’s talk from Conference 2008 called “Ministry of  Angels”. I felt the feeling and had been taught this concept earlier, that you can ask for specific angels and ask them to do specific tasks.  For example I often pray for “warrior angels” to surround and protect my home and children from the “fiery darts” of the adversary.  Also, if one of my children is having a particularly hard time with a test or friends, I will ask for angels to specifically help with those things.  I will sometimes ask for “therapy” angels to help me work out some of my anxiety or depression.
C.   On an interesting note.  Sister Nelson talked about a meeting she spoke in, in Moscow, Russia.  She said that there were about 100 people present.  She felt to ask about how many tribes of Israel were represented.  11 of the 12 tribes were there, all but the tribe of Levi.  She left from that meeting to meet her husband at the airport, she was greeted there by two missionaries who told her that they had found Levi in a missionary, serving there, from Gilbert, Arizona.

2. Our Covenants are like lifelines that keep us spiritually alive.
A.   Just like life saving ventilators and IV’s keep a critically injured person                alive, so too our covenants and the daily acts of faith we perform keep us spiritually alive.
B.   Keeping Covenants is Powerful for our lives! Peace, Protection, Inspiration.  The theme of the whole Conference was on Covenants. Bonnie Oscarson said, “The Covenants are binding, making God our partner in this life….Covenants are an exchange of love between God and us.” D. Todd Christopherson said, “In times of distress, let your covenants be paramount…and obedience exact.”
C.   Pray for specific help to find the time to study the scriptures and do Family History. This presenter (I need to look up her name) talked about waking up an hour earlier each day to study her scriptures, she prayed at night to help her wake up.  She would wake up before the alarm.  In the scriptures we find the answers to our prayers.
D.   The Temple is a lifeline.  In the temple we find quiet, we are cleaned, it changes us.  Bonnie Parkin said, “The Temple curbs our appetite for worldly things.”  Make my home like a temple. Bonnie Oscarson taught that the temple garment is the part of the temple that we get to take home with us.  In the garment we are “wrapped” in the love of our Heavenly Father.
E.   The Sacrament is the most repeated scripture and covenant we make.  We can receive that covenant up to 48 times a year. (Elder Ballard).  There is power in the words and covenant of the Sacrament. My personal goal is to tap into the sacramental power to “always have His spirit to be with me.”
F.    Personal Revelation.  Elder Ballard taught that Personal Revelation is the single best skill we can achieve.

3. Raising children.  I went to about half of my classes on this.  Below are some highlights.
A.   The best way to teach children spiritual and emotional resilience is to model and practice those behaviors myself.  Have my children see me
B.   pray, serve, climb out of distress, keep my covenants, be a woman of conviction.
C.   LISTEN and ask questions.  Listening and allowing the kids to work out their own solutions will benefit them more than my solutions.  If they so ask for solutions then ask them “leading” questions that lead them to solutions.
D.   Let them have their journey.  Allow them to fail in some things to learn.  Teach them to spiritually problem.
Help them to gain confidence, have healthy connections to our family, become socially competent

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Written by Dad 

Growing up I loved playing Tennis!  I would play often with my dad and my cousins.  When I entered High School, I practiced real hard so that I could be on the Tennis team and I made it!  I was so thrilled.  For 3 years I was able to play on the High School team at Hunter High School.  I also played one year in college at Dixie College before my mission.  I loved Tennis so, naturally, I hated the wind.  Every time it was windy it messed up our practices and our matches.  We still had to play even in the windy conditions, so it just created difficulties for us!  For years and years I hated the wind.
The last few years of my life I have begun to appreciate the wind to some degree.  I like the cleansing effect it has as it pushes out all the bad air in our valley.  I like how it cleans leaves, grass and weeds off the pavement.  I like how it brings in a rainstorm or snowstorm for badly needed moisture.  I can understand its value that it brings. 
Yes there are still times I hate the wind like when it ruins the brand new hot tub cover I just installed or breaks one of our trees in half!
Is wind good or bad?
In Ether 6:5, "the Lord God caused that there should be a furious wind blow upon the face of the waters, towards the promised land...” Was the wind good or bad?  Did it help them or hurt them?  Vs. 5 says it blew towards the promised land.  Although the barges had no sails (at least not mentioned) the wind helped push them towards the promised land.  
However, in vs. 5 it says "and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the wind.” The wind caused the boat ride to be quite bumpy as they were tossed around on the waves…this had to be a really rough ride! 
Furthermore, "they were many times buried in the depths of the sea, because of the mountain waves which broke upon them, and also the great and terrible tempests which were caused by the fierceness of the wind” (vs. 6).  The wind was so bad that it caused them to be buried under large waves.  This rough, partially submerged journey seems pretty awful at first, but because "they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them” (vs. 7).   
"And it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land while they were upon the waters; and thus they were driven forth before the wind” (vs. 8).  The wind was actually a great blessing.  It pushed them towards the promised land.  It made waves large enough to bury the ship so it could not be damaged.  It made their trip to the Americas only 344 days where it could have been much longer.
The Jaredites understood this, at least their attitude reflects it… "And they did sing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did thank and praise the Lord all the day long; and when the night came, they did not cease to praise the Lord” (vs. 9).
They could of easily complained, “Why can’t the Lord make this a smoother ride?” or “What is taking so long, we have been in these barges forever!”  Instead, they recognized the Lord was in charge and He knows best.  They were grateful for the journey whatever it entailed.  They expressed their faith and gratitude to the Lord for guiding and blessing their lives.
When the winds come in our lives may we too look for the good, the blessings in disguise.  May we turn to the Lord, praise His holy name and give gratitude for every experience we are able to have knowing that each experience is in reality pushing us towards the promised land of the celestial Kingdom.