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FDREL 122 L11 Putting It All Together

What have I learned this week?  Two things:

  1. I need to study my scripture EVERY day.
  2. Heed to counsel of the prophets.

As this week began, I was totally on top of reading my scriptures every day.  This was actually my goal for my attributes of Christ project that I am working on.  I failed.  I started Thursday by taking my kids to school and then heading to town to complete my weekly errands.  When I got back home, I got everything put away and then settled down in front of the television, simply not feeling like studying.  Friday came around and I didn’t get to my scriptures either.  As I forced myself into the office this morning to get my school work done for the week, I realized that Satan is working overtime here at my house to keep me from growing and learning in Christ.  I saw last week as I was diligent with my studies that I was doing well and felt focused and accomplished.  This week, I feel defeated even though I am getting my work done on time, it is not my habit to put everything off until Saturday and then have six or seven assignments to complete.  I feel stressed and overwhelmed.  With these feelings, really I am getting a whispering from the Spirit that I am doing well and need to pay a little more attention to when the adversary is working on me.  I am succeeding in growing in Christ, therefore, Satan is working harder at pulling me away.  Therefore, even though I feel defeated, I am winning. I get to call this a win in my book because I can now see what has happened to me and I can watch for more of this in the future as Satan tries to pull me down.

From the Book of Ether this week, I learned that the right way will always be to heed to counsel of our prophets.  According to “True to the Faith” prophets are “men called to speak for the Lord” and that “they make known God’s will.”  In Doctrine and Covenants 21:5 we read regarding prophets “For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.” This is the Lord telling us to listen to the counsel of the prophets, for what they speak is from Him.  How many times have I heard the living prophet speak and then take notes, but not apply his direction into my life?  I don’t know.  I really have only watched/attended General Conference for a couple of years, but that should be enough.

What jumps to my mind is the recent talk by President Thomas S Monson to rescue our brother and sisters.  How many sheep are there that could be counted in the fold if they but turn their lives over to Christ?  How many of us have family members living in the same house or even across the world that are struggling, yet are stubborn as Coriantumr was?  My answer and learned lesson for the week is this: hope and faith.  Hope leads to faith and by having hope for these sheep, we can show them our faith.  With our faith, we can pray for them and offer to pray with them that they may return to or come into the fold of the Jesus Christ.  I have a new calling that hasn’t been announced yet at church, so I won’t go into too  much detail here, but this is just fitting for me this week.  I will have a hand in the rescuing the lost and helping them with comfort and care.  I needed to know this week how very important the one is to our Heavenly Father, and it doesn’t matter if that one is me, one of my family members, or the person begging on the corner.  The one that is lost may apply to anyone and I need to have my heart in tune with Him in order to help as I have been called.

I am so grateful for the lessons this week and the understanding of how important it is to heed the counsel of our prophets, both of old and modern.  I am grateful for my understanding of The Plan of Salvation and for my part in His work.

I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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FDREL 122 L09 Putting It All Together

This is an assignment that I normally put off until the end of the week, but I am so excited about writing this, that I am just going to get it done.  I love this gospel.  I love that Heavenly Father answers prayers and I love the sweet soft method that the Holy Ghost uses to teach us.

Yesterday was Monday, and therefore, we had Family Home Evening (FHE).  It happened to be my turn to lead the lesson and I was excited to be able to share what I had learned earlier in the day.  Unfortunately, I was in a bit of confusion about what I had read as I had never heard or understood this particular event before.  I sent my Sunday School teacher (who is also my previous bishop)  a message searching for clarification, but didn’t receive and answer before FHE, so I taught another lesson instead.   Well after FHE was over, I received that reply that I had been waiting for and had my thoughts confirmed; Jesus Christ came back to minister to the Nephites (at least the 12) after the three days of ministering.  Why did I not know this before?  I was, and still am, in awe.  I knew for certain that Christ came to the Nephites as a resurrected being and taught and ministered unto the people, He healed them, He taught them to pray, He administered the sacrament.  But never, not once, had I heard or understood that He came back again to the earth to continue His work.  The possibilities in my mind are endless at this point.

To share where my thoughts came from, I read 3 Nephi 26.  Verse 13 reads: “Therefore, I would that ye should behold that the Lord truly did teach the people, for the space of three days; and after that he did show himself unto them oft, and did break bread oft, and bless it, and give it unto them.”  What a great thought to ponder, that He would descend again to administer and partake of the sacrament with His people.  Could you fathom the thought of Him descending in three short weeks on Easter Sunday and sit in the front row to partake of the sacrament, or to excuse one of the Priests so that it was He blessing the sacrament?  Tears fill my eyes.

While I did go on to teach a FHE lesson regarding this week’s topics, I really do believe that the fact that Jesus Christ descended again oft is the highlight of my learning this week.  However, here is my FHE lesson:

Hymn 180 lead by the Sister Missionaries

Opening Prayer:  Second eldest daughter

Scripture: 3 Nephi 27:5-6

Lesson: Watched Mormon Message Refiner’s Fire, discussed what the process is of the fire and also what fuller’s soap is and what the intention is behind the fuller.  I then made sure that each member of my family understood that at the Second Coming, that Jesus will be both the refiner and the fuller.  I then moved the discussion over to 3 Nephi 27: 5-6 and read a quote from Elder Robert D Hales: “When we are baptized, we take upon ourselves the sacred name of Jesus Christ.  Taking upon us His name is one of the most significant experiences we have in life.  Yet sometime we pass through that experience without having a full understanding.” “How many of our children – how many of us- really understand that when we were baptized, we took upon us not only the name of Christ but also the law of obedience?  Each week in sacrament meeting we promise to remember the atoning sacrifice of our Savior as we renew our baptismal covenant.  We promise to do as the Savior did- to be obedient to the Father and always keep His commandments.  The blessing we receive in return is to always have His Spirit to be with us.” (General Conference, October 2000)

Following this, I asked each member of our family what we could do to be more obedient and to work harder in our lives to take upon us the name of our Savior.  I asked the Sister Missionaries to share a couple of their experiences with us on how it is to really walk around every where you go with Jesus Christ’s name on your chest.  How would each of us walk and behave if every where we were, His name was there on your chest.  Would we behave differently?

We then closed with a prayer by my oldest daughter and enjoyed treats that our toddler helped prepare.

I love this gospel (I know I already said it, but I really do.)  I love answered prayers and I love learning line upon line.  He knows when we are ready to take on more, He know when we are prepared and this week, I know that I clearly was, because He taught me.

I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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L07 FDREL 122 Putting It All Together

How do you put it all together when you’re talking about Jesus Christ coming to talk to the people?  I’m not really sure, but I do know that as I have made lists of Christ’s teachings and have used the visualization to place myself in the scenario of sitting as His feet; I have felt the Holy Ghost whispering to me over and over again the last two weeks.

Additionally, I was on vacation for a week and I learned so much from my vacation time.  I was gently reminded of how much I love my children and it was put right in my face just how much my husband loves me.  I was reminded that I am a child of God and that He does answer prayers.  I know that my Heavenly Father and my Savior will bend over backwards to help people stay on the straight and narrow path and be counted as one of theirs.  I

My husband, is a member of the church, but he is not endowed and it has been a tender subject in our home for over a year now.  He has been through temple prep classes, he loves it when the missionaries are in our home and share lessons and FHE with us on Monday evenings.  He attends most of his meetings, but has not wanted to go to the temple.  And he has not been able to communicate to me why it is that he felt that he didn’t want to go.

I have been praying for my husband each and every day, that Heavenly Father would provide him guidance and help him make his way to the temple so that we could be sealed together for time and all eternity.  I don’t know that I have ever wanted something so badly.

When I came home from vacation (my husband wasn’t able to go) the house was immaculate, my husband had done many building projects and tiny little things that I have been wanting to have done around the house.  He had the older kids really help out to make sure that everything was as perfect as it could be for my arrival.  My husband must have had an epiphany while I was gone.  The love that he displayed through his acts of service and the tenderness that I could hear in his words left me in awe.

The following day,  after everything kind of settled in and I had time to ponder, I realized that it was time to ask him about the temple again.  And so, with great courage, I asked him if he was ready to be sealed for time and all eternity, and he said yes.  I don’t know that a temple trip will happen next month, or even in the next few, but what I do know is that Heavenly Father answers prayers.  My husband’s heart has been softened and he has felt the need to go to the temple.  The feelings of love and the understanding of need to cherish ones spouse can only come from Christ, and I am so very thankful that He is ever present in our daily lives.

I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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L05 FDREL 122 Putting It All Together

This week, what I really loved learning was of how Nephi, the son of Helaman, was so much like Jesus Christ.  I loved knowing this so when I was reading the verses, I could envision the faith and passion of Nephi.

On Monday night, during Family Home Evening, my husband took his turn giving the lesson.  We are currently going through the missionary member lessons again at the direction of our Stake Presidency.  With this, we had the missionaries present (as we do most Monday nights) and my husband gave the lesson on The Plan of Salvation.  Our conversation turned to that of Jesus Christ.  I took this opportunity to share with my family the similarities between Nephi and Christ.

I read to my family Helaman 10.  In this chapter we read that Nephi wanders and ponders and as he does so, Heavenly Father speaks directly to him.  Nephi is told that he is blessed because of his diligence to declare the word of God to the people and because of his diligence and faithfulness, he is made might in many ways by God.  Nephi is given the power seal things upon the earth and whatever he seals on earth will also be sealed in heaven.  He is given great powers of destruction and also powers to heal (which we learn in Helaman 16).

What I love most about the reading this week which was Helaman 10 through Helaman 16 is that Samuel and Nephi are so diligent and faithful that they are protected by the hand of the Lord.  These men go and do.  These men weep for their fellow men and they rejoice at the conversions of many.  The people of this time frame were a blessed people having two prophets to preach repentance unto them and to show them the path which is right.

Closing our FHE meeting, I shared my testimony with my family and told them how that I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that the Book of Mormon speaks to my heart.  I let them each know that as we read and study our scriptures and that as we ponder as Nephi did, we can grow closer to our Heavenly Father.  By pondering our thoughts, we can have answers to our prayers and know that we are on the path of righteousness as the Spirit whispers to us.

I am so grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am grateful to have the Book of Mormon to study.  I love the way that the words speak to my heart and that my soul rejoices as I learn and grow from my scripture studies.  I pray that as you may read this post that something inspires you so that you know that you are a child of God.

In the name of Jesus Christ, my Redeemer, Amen.

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FDREL 122; L03 Putting It All Together

This week?  What have I learned?  What do I want to share with others?

I learned this week that preparation is necessary in life.  When one chooses not to be mindful of their obligations and not prepare for them, it makes it very difficult to maintain a balanced life.  I watched two different classmates this week stand to be lead student, one whom did not understand the material and ended up being a poor leader and another that did not even recall that they were supposed to be the lead student.  The latter ended up being a poorly presentation with lack of structure.  These were both great examples to me of why it is important to be prepared and knowledgeable.

Aside from these two reminders, I was able to have a sweet tender mercy this week from Heavenly Father.  He sent the Holy Ghost to me while in gathering last night to bring me peace.  I was struggling in class after I felt dismissed and was having a difficult time participating in discussion because of my own feelings.  This served as a reminder to me that Moroni was a prophet of God and that he was a great and fearless leader of both men of God and men of the sword.  I felt a sweeping sensation of the Spirit through my soul and was reminded that He loves each and every one of us that strive to live the commandments that he has given.

While we studied “the war chapters” this week in our scripture reading, I learned a lot of valuable information that includes: how to be persistent, how to be diligent, how to love others, how to be humble, how to be a child of God, how to wear the armor of God, how to put family and liberty at the top of my priority list, and most importantly why it is important to me to live a Christ centered life.   These war chapters have so much to teach even though we read about death and destruction throughout most of them.  The men leading the way for freedom before Christ was born, were men of honesty, integrity, family, and most of all they were men of God.

I don’t know how more to share my feelings of great love for my Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ.  I have been sent the Holy Ghost this week to confirm and strengthen my testimony that He lives and that He is the head of His church of which I am a member.  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints is here on the Earth today for every human to learn of Christ and accept his invitation to come unto him.  I am very thankful for the missionaries that came into my home 15 years ago and offer His love to me.  I am grateful for my membership in the church and for all that I am given because of Christ’s love for me.

I write this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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FDREL 122 L01 Putting It All Together

This was an exhausting week.  It seems like each day something has pulled at me and made my day feel like it has spun out of control to some extent.  I don’t mean that each day I felt like I was falling apart, but they certainly all had their challenges.

Here’s what I really learned this week as I thought a lot about the Zoramites and how diligent Alma and Amulek were in teaching them: I learned that the more you stay focused on what it is that you need to do to become more Christ like, the more that the adversary works to pull you away.  I have had a very hard time feeling the Spirit with me this week and I believe that some diligence on my part is to blame.  I very well know that when you focus your efforts in becoming more Christ like, that the devil puts in overtime to try to prevent you from doing so.  I worked hard on financial planning and staying on budget this week which has been very successful.  I worked hard to ensure that our family held Family Home Evening and read family scriptures each night this week, which was successful.  I have tried to have a prayer in my heart throughout the day, which used to be very easy, and this week, it feels like it has been impossible.  Each time that I stop to think about having a prayer in my heart, something interrupts me.  It has been a very odd week, but I have been successful in other areas.

Going back to the Zoramites, and what lead me down the previous paragraph is how perverted the ways of the Lord became in their eyes.  What I love so much about this weeks reading is Amulek teaching the Zoramites.  Amulek shares that the only way to receive salvation is through Christ and that unless His atonement is made, all of mankind shall die.  The plan of redemption is explained in simple terms and we learn that this life is where we need to work to ensure that we will again return to live with our Heavenly Father.  Additionally, I really learned from Alma’s prayer in Alma 31.  Alma’s prayer was deliberate and specific, and I would like to try and ensure that my prayers follow this wonderful example.

Lastly, I learned through the Holy Ghost, who confirmed to my mind that I should be working on obedience to commandments for my Attributes of Christ project for the next few weeks.  I am comforted to know that even though I haven’t been able to feel Him as much as I would have liked throughout this week, that He is still there and answering my prayers.

I leave this post with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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