Sunday, October 13, 2013

Strengthening Faith and Testimony By Robert D. Hales

Strengthening Faith and Testimony By Robert D. Hales

Rereading and pondering Elder Robert D. Hales conference talk, he testifies that
we are gathered in His conference and we will hear His words. 
There is much fasting and prayer that goes into each message given, all are for the benefit and blessing of all of Gods children.  He quoted Oliver Cowdery, “You must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right”

Elder Hales promise is that
 if we listen,
we will feel the Spirit well up within us.
He will tell us what we need to do with our life.

 As we ponder each message and ask for guidance we receive the instruction that is needed for ourselves.
These are my thoughts and feelings as I think and pray on Elder Hales Message.

I know that as I grow in my knowledge of the gospel and my love increases for our Savior Jesus Christ I understand what I need to do or change in my life to become closer to my Savior. The process for change is always the same.

Study it out in our mind
Pray for understanding
Apply what we learn

 Sacrifice is an important part of the gospel.
Our Savior gave ALL to His Father.
Am I willing to give ALL as the Savior did?
His way brings JOY, PEACE, HAPPINESS.
The world brings about contention, frustrations, heart ache, pain.

We have the right to personal revelation as we listen and are taught by our leaders. What do we hear and what do we feel. We must make an effort to “experience conference in a setting where the still, small voice of the spirit can be clearly heard, felt and understood” (Elder Hales). This is individual instruction given to us from The Lord.

Elder Hales quoted President Harold B. Lee
“The only safety we have as members of this church is to …
give heed to the words and commandments that the Lord shall give through His prophet.
There will be some things that take patience and faith.
 You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. It may contradict your [personal] views. It may contradict your social views. It may interfere with some of your social life.
if you listen to these things, as if from the mouth of the Lord Himself, with patience and faith, the promise is that ‘the gates of hell shall not prevail against you;… and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you. And cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory’ D&C 21:6.

Elder Hales quoted President Spencer W. Kimball
“I have made up my mind that when I go home from this general conference… there are many, many areas in my life that I can perfect. I have made a mental list of them, and I expect to go to work as soon as we get through.”

Elder Hales
“I testify that those who put their trust in the Lord and heed this counsel in faith will gain great strength to bless themselves and their families for generations to come.”

There a great power in the words of this conference and I hope that each one of you will take into your heart Elder Hales words. Review and ponder over all the messages of conference with a prayer in your heart to hear what the message is for you.

You can view all of this conference here 

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Sleeping Giant

Sister Julie B. Beck (BYU January 17, 2012
“Relief Societies are meant to be a safety and a refuge in these difficult days and to support and strengthen the identity, roles and responsibilities of HF’s daughters.

“What the Lord envisioned regarding RS has not yet been fully utilized. Many Relief Societies are at present much like sleeping giant waiting for you to breathe new life into them.

Inasmuch as the Lord chose to organize us in this way, it is important for us to seek for a greater understanding as to why we are thus organized and then to seek to fulfill the vision He has for us. Being part of the RS organization is a designation for a way of life.”

Are we a sleeping giant waiting for the breath of new life?
We taught, instructed, guided and reminded constantly

Do we understand Visiting Teaching? Is it a sleeping giant?

President Bednar (Increase in Learning)
“Understanding is the keystone that is erected upon the cornerstone of knowledge and precedes intelligence.”

Mosiah 12:27
Ye have not applied your heart to understanding; therefore, ye have not been wise”
Mosiah 2:9
Hearken unto me, and open your ears that ye may hear, and your hearts that ye may understand. And your minds that the mysteries of God may be unfolded to your view.

Open your ears, your hearts and your minds to VT

“the word understanding is described in the scriptures in relation to the heart”

Each of us as beloved daughters of God has a sacred responsibility that comes to us through our membership of this great RS organization.
It is time that we unleash the sleeping giant !!!!!!!!!

Comes from Prophet, Stake Presidency, Bishopric, Ward council and now to you.

The Bishop’s primary responsibility in our ward is the yourth!!!!!!!! It is not his responsibility to be concerned about individual needs of ward members.

This responsibility is going to be placed upon the shoulders of that person whos responsibility it has been. The watchcare of the sisters in our ward has always been will always be and is today the RS VT responsibility.

The purpose of RS is to help God’s children receive all they need to be able to return home to Him.
The motto of RS is Charity The pure love of God.

It is time for each one of us to wake up and fulfill our sacred responsibility for the watch care of that sister you are assigned to.

As the VT you care for and provide everything you can to assist, help teach that sister.
Compassionate Service leader – Sister Renee Anderson, Sister Toby Larson.
You come to me as President of the RS.

Lets not sleep any longer. Lets breath the life of charity into this Austin Ward RS.
We are a circle of sisterhood.
A circle of protection from the evils of the world
A circle of faith
A circle of trust
A circle of friendship
A circle of courage
A circle of comfort
A circle of nurturing
A circle of lifting
A circle of teaching
A circle of love
We are a sisterhood of Charity pure love of God as we share it with each other.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Liahona

1 Nephi 16 continued

16:1 Thou hast declared unto us hard things, more than we are able to bear.
16:2 the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.
 Notes
o Wicked people do not want to know about truth
o Good people know both good and evil
o Evil people don’t know about either
o CS Lewis “When a man is getting better he realizes how bad he is.

16:10 “Lehi beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship”, the spindles would point the way they should travel.

Lehi found a Liahona outside his tent one-day
Left there by a loving father to lead and guide their way
I to have Liahonas and by my side they stay
If I listen and am faithful and willing to obey.

My Liahonas come from God, their light burst forth with flames
To warm the inter most part of my heart, to awaken my eternal soul.
They open my eyes to knowledge, words of prophets within my reach
As I read, study, ponder and pray the sacred message that they teach.

Loving parents were the first ones to take me by the hand
To lift and love and teach me of God’s eternal plan.
Latter-day prophets, leaders, and teachers lead by the Holy Ghost
Are always there to guide me when I need them the very most.

I am grateful for my Liahonas they surround me every day
Weaving in and out of my life in a most unexpected way
God places them where needed to guide me at each bend
So I will find my Savior, my Redeemer, my friend.
Dixie Sly

We all face trials probably everyday of our life. Some are small and some are so large we can’t handle them alone. What we do and how we react plays a big part in what we have to go through to gain or regain help from the Lord.
It was no different for Lehi and his family.

Have ye inquired of The Lord?

Day 7 / 1 Nephi 15-16

“If there is any one thing most needed in this time of tumult and frustration, when men and women and youth and young adults are desperately seeking for answers to the problems which afflict mankind, it is an ‘iron rod’ as a safe guide along the straight path on the way to eternal life.” (President Harold B. Lee)
? How can you ‘hold fast’ to the iron rod?

15:3 Father Lehi spoke many great things
 Hard to understand
 Must inquire of the Lord (if you don’t understand)
 Hardened hearts

15:8 Have ye inquired of the Lord?
15:11 If ye will not harden hearts and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made know unto you.
15:14 …they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer and the very points of his doctrine, that they may know how to come unto him and be saved.
 Rejoice and give praise unto their everlasting God
 Receive strength and nourishment from God
 Accept and come to the true fold of God
15:24 ‘Rod of Iron’ is the word of God
 Hearken unto the word of God
 Hold fast unto the word of God
o Never perish
o Temptations and fiery darts of the adversary will never overpower them unto blindness
o Never lead them to destruction

Go and Do

Day 3 /1 Nephi 3-5
“I have learned not to put question marks but to use exclamation points when calls are issued through inspired channels of priesthood government.” Elder Russell M. Nelson

1 Nephi 3:7
“….I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men save He shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”

This is one scripture I memorized a long time ago, I don’t know why I was able to memorize this one and not all of the scripture mastery scriptures. The Lord must have known that I needed to remember and believe this scripture. I wouldn’t have moved to the mid west if I hadn’t listened to the Spirit and done what we were told. I would not have had the remarkable experience given to me if I had not listened and obeyed. I would not be who I am today without these experiences. My life has truly been blessed over and over again. I am not saying it has been easy! I had to leave my children and their families behind. I have not been able to be part of all the blessings, baptisms, scout advancements, birthdays, holidays, plays, and sport events. Let alone just not being able to watch them grow up and see the different stages of life. I have missed out on a lot! But, I have been blessed abundantly for my willingness to follow the Spirit. This life is such a short time of our existence and my hope is to be with my family throughout all eternity.