Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
by Elder Bruce R. McConkie:
"We don't need to get a complex or get a feeling that you have to be perfect to be saved. You don't There's only been one perfect person, and that's the Lord Jesus, but in order to be saved in the Kingdom of God and in order to pass the test of mortality, what you have to do is get on the straight and narrow path--thus charting a course leading to eternal life--and then, being on that path, pass out of this life in full fellowship. I'm not saying you don't have to be perfect to be saved. If you did, no one would be saved. The way it operates is this you get on the path that's named the "straight and narrow." You do it by entering the gate of repentance and baptism. The straight and narrow path leads from the gate of repentance and baptism, a very great distance, to a reward that's called eternal life. If you're on that path and pressing forward, and you die, you'll never get off the path. There is no such thing as falling off the straight and narrow path in the life to come, and the reason is that this life is the time that is given to men to prepare for eternity. Now is the time and the day of your salvation, so if you're working zealously in this life--though you haven't fully overcome the world and you haven't done all you hope you might do--you're still going to be saved. You don't have to do what Jacob said, 'Go beyond the mark.' You don't have to live a life that's truer than true. You don't have to have an excessive zeal that becomes fanatical and becomes unbalancing. What you have to do is stay in the mainstream of the Church and live as upright and decent people live in the Church--keeping the commandments, paying your tithing, serving in the organizations of the Church, loving the Lord, staying on the straight and narrow path. If you're on that path when death comes--because this is the time and the day appointed, this the probationary estate--you'll never fall of from it, and, for all practical purposes your calling and election is made sure. Now, that isn't the definition of that term, but the end result will be the same. ("The Probationary Test of Mortality," address delivered at the University of Utah Institute of Religion, 10 Jan. 1982)
Thursday, December 4, 2008
This is right after I figured out how to get it's leg out of the fence.
I don't know if you can see this one very well, but this is to show how high the fence is that the little deer was jumping over and got caught in.
This is the little deer after a few minutes. It even let me pet it...obviously still in shock.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Strengthening Each Other
by President Gordon B. Hinckley Ensign Feb 1985 (points of emphasis)
1. It is important to know that each of us gets discouraged on occasion.
2. Each of us should cultivate a sensitivity toward the feelings of others and, when encouragement is needed, make an effort to extend it.
3. We shouldn't waste our time feeling sorry for ourselves.
4. We should try handing out compliments and building up others.
5. The Lord refined and polished each of the Presidents of the Church, letting each one know discouragement and failure and experience illness and sorrow. This great refining process, so evident in our lives, is a part of each of our lives.
another one from President Gordon B. Hinckley (source unknown)
"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he's been robbed. The fact is that most putts don't drop; most beef is tough; most children grow up to be just people; most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual tolerance; most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail-journey...delays...sidetracks...smoke...dust...cinder...and jolts interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride."
The Atonement: All for All
by Elder Bruce C. Hafen
"...So if you have problems in your life, don't assume there is something wrong with you. Struggling with those problems is at the very core of life's purpose. As we draw close to God, he will show us our weaknesses and through them make us wiser, stronger. If you're seeing more of your weaknesses, that just might mean you're moving nearer to God, not farther away."
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Rexburg Temple. (We went to a session on Saturday.)
Dayna. (We were companions for 6 months!)
Me and Katelyn. (Dayna and I taught Katelyn and her family in our last area on the mission.)
Last stop was to visit another one of my college roommates, Heather, and her adorable baby boy Isaac.
Thanks Brandon for this picture of your cute baby boy. Isaac is 2 months old.
Overall it was a really fun weekend. Thanks Vicki and Michael, Dayna and her roommates, and Heather!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008