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.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Goodly parents

Day 2 / 1 Nephi 1-2

“The Lord’s tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord, Jesus Christ… The Lord’s tender mercies do not occur randomly or merely by coincidence. Faithfulness, obedience, and humility invite tender mercies into our lives, and it is often the Lord’s timing that enables us to recognize and treasure these important blessings.”
(Elder David A. Bednar)

The first verse in The Book of Mormon is such a powerful statement and so much can be learned from it.
“I Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the
Learning of my father…”
 Parents who “incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding” Proverbs 2:2
 They listened and knew the words of God…”their hearts were opened and they did understand in their hearts the words which were prayed” 3 Nephi 19:33
 Their knowledge was “of their Redeemer and the very points of his doctrine” 1 Nephi 15:14

I too have been born of goodly parents – they have taught me the way of the Lord – they have encouraged me and taught me through their righteous example to listen to and follow the Spirit. Their service to family, friends, and even just acquaintances never ceases. Their love for each other and family is eternal, unconditional love. Their greatest desire is to see and be with all of their family as an eternal family. Everything they do, everything they say, every action they perform expresses this great love that they have for the Lord, for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and for their family. Because of their example, their teachings, their love I too want nothing more than to be encircled in the arms of my family for all eternity as a family unit.

1 Nephi 2:19
“…Blessed art thou, Nephi, because of thy faith, for thou hast sought me diligently, with lowliness of heart.”
 Seeking diligently is a continual process – having a prayer in my heart all day long. Being humble enough to knell morning and night when I address Father in humble prayer thru the Savior Jesus Christ. Knowing that I can’t do it alone. Willing to give back to Him the only thing I can and that is my agency, my free will, my worldly desires, in doing so I will become like Him, worthy of all that He gives to me.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Day one
Preface (Title Page), Introduction, Testimony of Three Witnesses, Testimony of Eight Witnesses, Testimony of Joseph Smith

Three witnesses
 Heard the voice of God – declared truthfulness unto them
 Saw the plates and engravings - shown by power of God
 An angle of God came down from heaven and brought then and laid them before them
 Commanded by the Lord to bear record if it
Eight Witnesses
 Joseph Smith showed them the book and engravings
 They held the book.
 Saw the engravings - appearance of ancient work
 Bear record that Joseph Smith has these records

Joseph Smith
First Visit
o Angle appeared – told Joseph of the book and where it is
Second Visit
o The exact same thing happened second time
o Was told great judgments coming – great desolations by famine, sword, and pestilence – come in this generation.
Third Visit
o Same as second
o Satan would try to tempt me to get plates for riches
o Told plates were to glorify God for building His kingdom

Visits took all night – exhausted unable to work – on way home fell to the ground
 Voice calling my name – same visitor again related all told from last visit – commanded me to go tell my father
 Told my father – he said it was of God and told him to do as he was instructed
 Went to the place where plates were deposited – found the spot – saw all that was in the box but told not to touch it.
 Joseph was instructed to return every yr on this day for instruction until day he would obtain them.
 Each year received instruction and intelligence from on high
 September 22 1827 was given the engravings to protect and translate.

Book of Mormon Reading in 100 days

I am reading the Book of Mormon in 100 days. I want to share some of my thoughts and feelings while I read this wonderful book. I hope I can keep on track. I hope your heart is softened with the things I share.

“ I would like to urge everyone to again read the Book of Mormon…There is nothing we could do of greater importance than to have fortified in our individual lives an unshakable conviction that Jesus is the Christ, the Living Son of the Living God. And, my brothers and sisters, that is the purpose of the coming forth of this remarkable and wonderful book.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley

Friday, August 12, 2011

Book of Mormon

What is the Book of Mormon
Where did the Book of Mormon come from?
Why is it such an important book to me?
Go to this Link and find out for yourself.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Book of Mormon - Keystone to Our Religion

D&C 130
20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.

D&C 82:10
I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise."

Our commitment and devotion to Him will determine the commitment and devotion with which we are willing to obey His commandments.

The story of the Jaredites - building a barge
Ether 2:16,18

Do we do exactly according to the Lord's specifications?

President Ezra Taft Benson Nov 1986

"I want to speak about one of the most significant gifts given to the world in modern times.
This gift was prepared by the hand of the Lord over a period of more than a thousand years
By His own mouth, the mouth of the Savior, He has borne witness "

that it is true (D&C 17:6)
that it contains the truth and His words (D&C 19:26)
that it was translated by power from on high (D&C 20:8
that it contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ (D&C 20:9, 42:12)
that it was given by inspiration and confirmed by the ministering of angles (D&C 20:10)

He gives us solemn warnings about how we receive it. After indication that those who receive the Book of Mormon with faith, working righteousness, will receive a crown of eternal glory (D&C 20:14)

There is a law irrevocably decreed..........

verse 15 "But those who harden their hearts in unbelief, and reject it, it shall turn to their own condemnation"

1832 - early missionaries returned from their fields of labor, the Lord reproved them for treating the Book of Mormon lightly. As a result of that attitude, he said, their minds had been darkened. It had also brought the whole church under condemnation, The Lord said, "And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon" (D&C 84:54-57).

" It is not just that the Book of Mormon teaches us truth, though it indeed does that. It is not just that the Book of Mormon bears testimony of Christ, though it indeed does that, too. But there is something more. There is a power in the book which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of the book. You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. When you begin to hinger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance."

President Marion G. Romney testified of the blessings that can come into the lives of those who will read and study the Book of Mormon.
"The Spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the coulsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity - the pure love of Christ - will abound in our homes and lives bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness

I have a firm belief that reading the Book of Mormon will help us understand who we are why we are here and what we must do to bring peace an joy into our own lives.