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"I liked it even more than when I was a kid". lol

BYU vs. Gonzaga 2015

Elder Holland @ Chapman University

On the topics of Faith, Family, Religious Freedom.

A Nehor/Korihor Blog

This Internet age means we are swamped with ideas that are as old as sand and as corrosive as a salt sea. They will be sold to us appealing to our care for the downtrodden and marginalized—to which we can’t help but emotionally respond. They will suggest that we have been duped into our religious beliefs and that the truly enlightened know better.

Let us not be fooled. Mormon anticipating our dilemma gave us stunning examples of what this deception looks like and advises us, “Oh be wise.”

Maurine Proctor, in her ldsmag article, "What if Nehor and Korihor had a Blog?"

What happened to the brothers of Joseph Smith?

May the Saints who have reaped blessings from what they have sown, never forget the sacrifice, the faith, the unfailing devotion and love of the family of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith.

Susan Evans McCloud, in her article
In Our Lovely Deseret: What happened to the brothers of the Prophet Joseph Smith?

Say 'Yes' to the Good Things

In a new Flemish TV show entitled Ja Jan, a TV host commits to say "yes" to every question asked of him for 60 days.

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Including when he ran into two Mormon missionaries.

Watch the segment on Youtube. It's a wonderful thing to pray with people.

(via ldsliving.com)

Rights and Responsibilities of Free Speech and Religion

Part of humility is also recognizing in modern, complicated, diverse societies, the functioning of these rights, the concern for the protection of these rights calls for each of us to exercise civility and restraint and judgment. And if, in fact, we defend the legal right of a person to insult another’s religion, we’re equally obligated to use our free speech to condemn such insults -- (applause) -- and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with religious communities, particularly religious minorities who are the targets of such attacks. Just because you have the right to say something doesn’t mean the rest of us shouldn’t question those who would insult others in the name of free speech. Because we know that our nations are stronger when people of all faiths feel that they are welcome, that they, too, are full and equal members of our countries.

President Barack Obama, in his remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast

Church's Doctrine on Chastity Will Never Change

Elder Christofferson said some put nondiscrimination and tolerance as the highest possible values in society, above religious liberty—which is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

 

There is a second societal thread that needs attention from religious leaders and Church members, Elder Christofferson added. “That is the way we treat each other. … It is fundamental in our faith that we do all we can to lift and help and bless and serve one another in and out of the Church.”

 

Some voices in society urge those who deal with same-sex attraction to give full rein to their feelings and that the standards of chastity and morality that are taught in the Church are wrong and should not apply in their lives, he said. “Some even suppose that those standards will someday change. That is simply not true,” he said.

 

The Church, he said, must maintain the Lord’s standard because that is the only way “a fulness of happiness” can be found in this life and throughout eternity. This sometimes creates a tension between the central role of marriage and family on the one hand and “the need to bless and serve and heal and help one another” on the other hand, he said.

Elder Christofferson, in a Church News article "Church's Doctrine on Chastity Will Never Change"

This was a great article, with Elder Christofferson showing real wisdom, love, and foresight in treating these complex, sensitive issues.

Seriousness of Purpose

There is a seriousness of purpose that must undergird our approach to life and all our choices.

Elder Quentin L. Cook, in Choose Wisely

Suggestions Toward Spiritual Confidence

  1. Take responsibility for your own spiritual well-being. -- I can choose liberty or death.

  2. Take responsibility for your own physical well-being. -- it's a temple of my very own. Do something about it. Instrument of mind.

  3. Embrace voluntary, wholehearted obedience as part of your life. -- when I do good, I'll feel good; bad when bad.

  4. Become really, really good at repenting thoroughly and quickly. -- joyfully apply the practical, powerful Atonement daily as my lifestyle of choice.

  5. Become really, really good at forgiving. -- don't have bad feelings toward anyone.

  6. Accept trials, setbacks, and “surprises” as part of your mortal experience. -- I am not exempt.

Simply do your very best every day, which will be short, so keep repenting. I can know I am pleasing God despite of my shortcomings.

From Elder Jörg Klebingat's talk, Approaching the Throne of God With Confidence

Who is there among us?

Who is there among us that does not wound his spirit by word, thought, or deed, from Sabbath to Sabbath? We do things for which we are sorry and desire to be forgiven. … The method to obtain forgiveness is … to repent of our sins, to go to those against whom we have sinned or transgressed and obtain their forgiveness and then repair to the sacrament table where, if we have sincerely repented and put ourselves in proper condition, we shall be forgiven, and spiritual healing will come to our souls. …

Elder Melvin J. Ballard, quote in Cheryl A. Esplin's The Sacrament -- A Renewal for the Soul

His Mercy is the Mighty Healer

The mercy and grace of Jesus Christ are not limited to those who commit sins either of commission or omission, but they encompass the promise of everlasting peace to all who will accept and follow Him and His teachings. His mercy is the mighty healer, even to the wounded innocent.

President Boyd K. Packer, in The Reason for Our Hope

A Big Thank You

ridiculous

Hehe, this is ridiculous. From one of our banks.

Influence

It is our duty to concentrate all our influence to make popular that which is sound and good, and unpopular that which is unsound. ‘Tis right, politically, for a man who has influence to use it. … From henceforth I will maintain all the influence I can get.

Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 5:286, quoted in Our Divine Constitution

Compromise

A man at times must compromise. The test is to be found in what he is not willing to compromise, no matter how great the pressure. … This nation cannot go on compromising a little bit of freedom here and a little there without eventually losing it all. It just isn’t good for government to do for people what they can and should do for themselves

Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography, 303, 270, quoted in a Church News article