Yay, we did it!
And vice versa
America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.
This is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is ‘the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth’ according to the word of revelation [D&C 1:30]. Here lies the truth. Here lies the priesthood. Hold to the Church. Do not ever lose sight of the fact that the Church must ever remain preeminent in your lives if you are going to be happy as the years pass. Never let yourselves be found in the position of fighting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You cling to it and be faithful to it. You uphold and sustain it. You teach its doctrine and live by it. And I do not hesitate to say that your lives will be the richer and the happier because of that. You cannot find happiness fighting the work of God. Those who have done so have gone down to a dismal end”
President Gordon B. Hinckley
Ricks College regional conference, Rexburg, Idaho, 29 Oct. 1995).
Poor girl. :)
This is a great devotional speech from Kerry Muhlestein, someone educated in Egyptology.
His thoughts and examples about the Book of Abraham are great, but it is his personal witness of the power of continuing revelation today and his encouragement to seek it for ourselves that is most moving.
Here are some of my favorite excerpts that I pulled out after watching it once:
While the world has very definite opinions about how we come to “know” something, I would like to contrast the world’s method with what God has to say about how we come to “know” things as they really are.
As I see it, there are at least two ways in which we often confuse the difference between really “knowing” things, as we only can with God’s help, and thinking we “know” things, as we often do using man’s methods. The first way this confusion arises is that we make assumptions without realizing we have done so. Frequently, we create problems for ourselves by making incorrect assumptions about the Church, its policies, and history. For example, members of the Church sometimes make incorrect assumptions about the infallibility of prophets or other church leaders, the reasons behind Church practices, or what principles will never vary as opposed to practices that can and often will change. Most of the time, we do not even realize that we have made such assumptions. We would all be wise if we tried to be more aware of when we were making assumptions.
Yet sadly, before we had come to understand that our earlier position on human sacrifice was wrong, some members of the Church lost their testimony over this very issue. They trusted in something they “knew” from the academic process more than that which had been learned by revelation. By the time the academic process began to catch up to revelation, it was too late; they had left the Church and were no longer in a spiritual condition to receive the kind of inspiration that could bring them back. In reality, it is never too late, and I still hold hope that they will one day see their error. As time goes on, it seems less likely that they will because they have put their trust in the arm of flesh rather than God. I wish they had listened to Peter, who cautioned the saints “seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness” (2 Peter 3:17).
Now think of that. Many people have lost their testimony over issues that arise from this faulty assumption about the source of the Book of Abraham. Some still struggle with it today. Their struggles are based on putting an inordinate amount of trust in a limited method (the academic process) and, in this case, on a faulty application of that limited method. At some point, they had received knowledge through personal revelation that Joseph Smith was an inspired prophet of God, but when they learned of something that seemed contrary through a different process, through man’s process, they abandoned the knowledge gained from God and trusted more in man’s limited abilities to learn. As a result, they have done what Paul predicted many would do when he said, “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?” (Galatians 4:9).
This last one was him quoting President Packer:
It is an easy thing fora man with extensive academic training to measure the Church using as his standard the principles he has been taught in his professional training. In my mind, it ought to be the other way around. A member of the Church ought always, particularly if he is pursuing extensive academic studies, to judge the professions of man against the revealed word of the Lord
President Boyd K. Packer The Mantle Is Far, Far Greater Than the Intellect
What matters most is what lasts the longest talk by M. Russell Ballard
You can hang on, whatever the assault and affliction, because you have paid the price to — figuratively, at least—see the face of God and live.
Elder Holland, in Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence
You smell that? Take a deep breath through the nose. Really let that seep in. What are you getting? Because to me, that's part man-smell, and the other part is really bad man-smell. I don't know why, but overall it just smells like the color brown. Your thoughts?
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