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Thursday Thoughts: Thomas S. Monson

April 5, 2012

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October General Conference 2011

 

This goes along great with Elder Uchtdorf’s advice to stop looking down on others. I Love General Conference. I want to post these great quotes all over my home as reminders to follow the prophet.

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Thursday Thoughts: Joseph Smith

February 23, 2012

‎”It is better to feed ten impostors than to run the risk of turning away one honest petition.” Joseph Smith (Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, vol. 9, ch. 8, p. 226)

“Our Heavenly Father knew what was coming when in this latter day he restored the gospel in its purity. He knew of the apostasy in the world among his children, and that they had departed from the plain truth, and in his great mercy, he revealed this latter-day work. From the country he chose a boy from among the people, and inspired him to begin the work that was destined to revolutionize the religious world. He knew that the world was groping in darkness, and in mercy restored the light. There is no other way that happiness may be enjoyed by the children of men but by lives of righteousness, and people cannot live righteous lives and be out of harmony with truth. There was much truth in the world but it was so mixed with error that the Lord himself told the Prophet Joseph Smith that the men who were the teachers and instructors in the churches taught for doctrine the commandments of men, and warned the boy that he was not to be identified with them. He then restored the gospel, the power of God unto salvation, unto all those who will believe and obey it.”

-President George Albert Smith in Conference Report, Oct. 1916, 46–47

There is a gorgeous film that the church has put out on the life of Joseph Smith.  Wordpress won’t let me embed the video itself, but here’s the link:

Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration

-Kelsie B

Thursday Thoughts

February 16, 2012

Our lesson on Sunday in Relief Society was lesson #3, “Our Testimony of Jesus Christ”.  Here are some words of George Albert Smith as he discusses his testimony of the Savior.

“I have been buoyed up and, as it were, lifted out of myself and given power not  my own to teach the glorious  truths proclaimed by the Redeemer of the world.  I have  not seen Him face to face  but have enjoyed the companionship of His spirit and felt His presence in a way not to be mistaken.  I know that my Redeemer lives and gladly yield my humble efforts to establish His teachings. . .Every fibre of my being vibrates with the knowledge that He lives and some day all men will know it.”

“The Savior died that we might live.  He overcaame death and the grave and holds out to all who obey His teachings the hope of a glorious resurrection. . .I know this is the work of the Lord, that Jesus was indeed our  Savior.”

President Smith passed away on his 81st birthday, April 4, 1951. Duing the final moments of his life, with his family close by, his son asked, “Father, is there something you’d like to say to the family–something special?”

“With a smile, he reaffirmed the testimony  he had shared numerous times throughout  his life: “Yes, only this: I know that my Redeemer liveth; I know that my Redeemer liveth.”

Thursday Thoughts: Living the Abundant Life

January 26, 2012

Sunday’s Lesson was derived from this month’s First Presidency Message in the Ensign.  It was titled Living the Abundant Life and was written by President Thomas S. Monson.

President Monson basically pointed out to us that in this time of making New Years resolutions, we should be making an effort to find joy in our lives.  He wisely suggests 3 simple ways to execute this effort

  1. Attitude- In his Message President Monson shares with us the wise words of Charles Swindoll when he says

“Charles Swindoll—author, educator, and Christian pastor—said: “Attitude, to me, is more important than … the past, … than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.”2

  1. Believe-

“Be honest with yourself, with others, and with your Heavenly Father.”-President Thomas S. Monson

“Don’t limit yourself and don’t let others convince you that you are limited in what you can do. Believe in yourself and then live so as to reach your possibilities.”-President Thomas S. Monson

  1. Courage-

“Courage becomes a worthwhile and meaningful virtue when it is regarded not so much as a willingness to die manfully but as a determination to live decently.”-Thomas S. Monson

“There will be times when you will be frightened and discouraged. You may feel that you are defeated. The odds of obtaining victory may appear overwhelming. At times you may feel like David trying to fight Goliath. But remember—David did win!”-Thomas S. Monson

This is a short message that has so many wonderful insights from our dear prophet.  If you take the time to read it, I know it will benefit you and give you the strength you need to rise to the challenges of your life right now.

For those of you who were not in relief Society this week, WHAT WAS YOUR LESSON ABOUT?

-Posted by Bri Lee

Thursday Thoughts: “Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself”

January 19, 2012

“I do not have an enemy that I know of, and there is no one in the world that I have any enmity towards. All men and all women are my Father’s children, and I have sought during my life to observe the wise direction of the Redeemer of mankind—to love my neighbor as myself. … You will never know how much I love you. I have not words to express it. And I want to feel that way toward every son and every daughter of my Heavenly Father.” 

“… Let us evidence our appreciation of what the Lord has given us by serving Him, and we are serving Him when we do good to His children. Freely we have received, now freely give [see Matthew 10:8]. With hearts warmed with love and kindness for our fellow men, let us press steadily on until the final summons shall come, and we shall meet our record. Then, if we have improved our talents, if we have been honest, true, chaste, benevolent, and charitable, and have sought to uplift every soul with whom we have associated, if we have lived up to the light we have received, and disseminated that light whenever opportunity has presented, how happy we will be and how our hearts will swell with gratitude when we receive from the Maker of heaven and earth that welcome plaudit: “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

Teachings of Presidents of  the Church: George Albert Smith, chapter 2

-Kelsie Belanger

The Importance of a Name

December 1, 2011

For the first time in my life I have had an opportunity to attend Oct 2011 General Conference in Salt Lake.  One of the talks that I found quite memorable was from M. Russell Ballard, “The Importance of a Name.”  He recalls the message given by past talks in May 2011 conference and past letter’s from the First Presidency addressing members and encouraging them to teach the world that the Church is known by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He emphasizes that the full name of the church is important for all to know and he literally breaks down the words and the meanings and their significance and why.  Although “Mormon” is used by our detractors in the days of persecution and has become an acceptable nickname and may be used by members when it is appropriate for brevity or practical reasons, as members we should give emphasis to the full and correct name of the Church itself and avoid and discourage the term “Mormon Church.”

Elder Ballard has shared his response to the question if he belongs to the Mormon Church.  He responds with, “I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.  Because we believe in the Book of Mormon, which is named after an ancient American prophet-leader and is another testament of Jesus Christ, we are sometimes called Mormons.”  He mentions how it is well received and has opened up dialogue to explain the Restoration of the fulness of the gospel in these latter days.

I have had several people, relatives and friends, ask if our family celebrates Christmas or Easter.  Inside my head I am rolling my eyes, but then I realize their lack of knowledge when I explain that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I need to help them connect the dots with Mormons and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Maybe this will help me utilize missionary skills to teach and to share our doctrine with those who inquire.

Kristie

Thursday Thoughts

November 17, 2011

Since our RS lesson this past week was on the Second Coming, I thought this quote from Daughters in My Kingdom by Julie B. Beck was appropriate for all of us to consider.  As times become harder, we will need to qualify for and receive the Spirit more than ever.

“The ability to qualify for , receive, and act on personal revelation is the simple most important skill that can be acquired in this life. . . .It requires a conscious effort to diminish distractions, but having the spirit of revelation makes it possible to prevail over opposition and persist in faith through difficult days and essential routine tasks. . . .When we have done our very best, we may till experience disappointments, but we will not be disappointed in ourselves.  We can feel certain that the Lord is pleased when we feel the Spirit working through us.”  (from the April 2010 General Conference)

Thursday Thoughts by Pam

October 20, 2011

I wasn’t able to be at church this Sunday as you probably know, and so I did not hear the lesson given by my daughter, Kelsie, in RS.  When I asked her for her sources, she told me to look up the last days on LDS,org.  I did, and I have found this quote from Elder Delbert L. Stapeley from a 1975 talk.   He talks about the signs of the times and the scriptural references.  Then he explained our role as Latter Day Saints in these end times.

“Let us be sure we thoroughly understand the most important things we can do to prepare ourselves for our Lord’s second coming to earth and, by our obedience and faithfulness, escape his punishment.

The following are important considerations. We must set our lives and homes in order. This means a searching of our souls, an admittance of wrongdoing, and repentance where needed. It means keeping all of God’s commandments. It means loving our neighbor. It means living an exemplary life. It means being good husbands and wives. It means teaching and training our children in the ways of righteousness. It means being honest in all our doings, in business and at home. It means spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the peoples of the world.

The Lord has said: “I will hasten my work in its time.” (D&C 88:73.)

There is an urgency in his work. Time is getting short. This sense of urgency in promoting the Lord’s kingdom in these last days does not arise out of panic, but out of a desire to move swiftly and surely to establish and strengthen his kingdom among all people who are seeking the light and truth of the gospel, which is God’s plan of life for all his children.

God will hasten his work by opening the heavens and sending heavenly messengers to his prophets to warn his children to prepare themselves to receive their Lord at his second coming.”

 

This statement shows how important the gospel is to the world in these wicked times.   The world is rampant with evil, but our refuge and the world’s refuge is in Jesus Christ and his gospel.   Let us remember to grow strong in the gospel, share it with others whenever we can, and to serve  our fellow men.  That is our defense and offense against the evil in the world.

Thursday Thoughts

October 13, 2011
I was fortunate to be able to teach the Young Women this past Sunday. The lesson was titled The Word of God as a Standard. It taught that as there are ever so changing standards and worldly philosophies in our society, we can always count on our Heavenly Father’s standards to be unchanging and immovable. I find so much comfort in this as I witness so much confusion in our world. I found a great object lesson to make the message of this lesson clear. I took an orange and dropped it in a bowl of water. After a second or two, it floated up to the top. I explained that the skin of the orange was like a life jacket keeping the orange a float. I likened this to the standards of the church.  Then I peeled the orange and asked the girls what they thought would happen if I put it back in the bowl and it sank of course! It was a reminder to us all that the gospel is our protection that brings happiness and clarity to our lives. We would “sink” if we didn’t have the word of God to be used as a standard in coping with the worldly philosophies and challenges around us.

-Marie Hammill

Thursday Thoughts: General Conference

October 6, 2011

When President Monson declared, “Conference is now over,” on Sunday afternoon, I felt an almost tangible sadness. Though conference weekend is long, and it requires a great deal of preparation in order to devote eight hours to watch all of it, at the end, I always know the Lord knows my heart. He knows my weaknesses and my worries. He knows our world and what we need to hear.

This conference was no different. I have been increasingly troubled by the code of conduct that is deemed acceptable. From what is branded entertainment to the role models offered up by the world, I find myself closing off borders in my own little country, denying entrance to pop culture.

President Monson spoke of the changing world, and the changing moral compass, the abandonment of the ethic of self-restraint. He warned of spending our moral capital with the same reckless abandonment as our financial capital. He said that morality is not passe. Our conscience is there to guide us; we are responsible for our actions. Our code of conduct is not negotiable. The Lord’s constancy is something on which we can rely. We must be vigilant in a world that has moved so far from morality.

President Monson urged us to seek the Lord’s help. When we communicate with Heavenly Father through prayer, and work toward the goal of having a relationship with Heavenly Father, we can receive inspiration in order to weather the storms and trials of life.