Friday, February 17, 2017

The Parable of the Truck Driver

My seminary teacher has shared a great story with us on several occasions. Since it teaches such an important concept, I decided to share it with you.

A company was hiring truck drivers to carry loads of huge logs up and down a dangerous, winding mountain road. The drivers would need to be very cautious and precise so that they would not fall off the edge of the road.

Three men applied for a position. The first one told the interviewer, "I'm such a skilled driver that I can drive just one foot away from the edge of the road and not fall off." The interviewer thought this sounded all right, but called in the second applicant.

The second man said, "I'm such a precise driver, I can drive within six inches from the edge and be totally fine!" The interviewer shrugged, thinking Six inches...wow...and called in the third and final applicant.

The third man said simply, "I will stay as far away from the edge of the road as I possibly can."

Guess who got hired?

We need to stay as far from the edge as we possibly can! Especially among youth, a popular question is, "How close can I get to the line without actually sinning?" The problem with that is that it is MUCH easier to cross that line when you're close to it. If you're far, far away, and intend to stay there, then it is much easier to stay there!

My family enjoys this Youth Mormon Message that emphasizes this point with another analogy:


Friday, December 23, 2016

The Greatest King

Right now I'm listening to the Live Christmas Music Stream on Mormon Channel. It's a fantastic way to bring the spirit of the season into your home!

One of my favorite Christmas songs was just playing: 'What Child Is This?' My favorite line in the song is near the beginning of the third verse - "the King of Kings salvation brings". This basically sums up the whole song and its meaning. Christ was the KING OF KINGS, and yet He had to be humbled and "descend below them all" (D&C 122:8) to bring us salvation.

What does that tell us about the greatest King? The greatest King is humble, He loves His people enough to suffer all their trials and problems so that He can "succor" (Alma 7:12) them. This is one of the best messages of Christmas to me.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Monday, November 28, 2016

25 Days, In 25 Ways!

Boy, has it been too long! I hope you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families, friends, and food! There are so many beautiful blessings in the world to be grateful for!

And now we are heading full-swing into the Christmas season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On December 1st, the Church will begin its initiative to #LIGHTtheWORLD - for 25 days, in 25 ways! Every day there is another way to help share Christ's LIGHT! For example, December 1st is "Bearing One Another's Burdens".

So GO LIGHT THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Connecting the Plan of Salvation and Missionary Work

I've heard lots of people talk about how the Plan of Salvation and missionary work are totally intertwined, and I've understood that, on a pretty basic level. But today I kept thinking about it, and I'd like to share my thoughts with you...

I recently heard a great talk by John Bytheway. He shared this scenario (I'm paraphrasing):

"Imagine if suddenly everyone heard a voice, as if from a loudspeaker. It says, 'Attention everyone. We regret to inform you that the Plan of Salvation has failed.' Pause. 'You may now resume your purposeless existence.'"

Wouldn't that be awful? Think about it. All of us, in the backs of our minds, know that there is a reason for our existence and that we can return to Heavenly Father because of and through repentance and the Atonement. But if the Plan of Salvation weren't in place, I know I wouldn't be living the way I am now! I would be living like there's no consequences and no heavenly home to reach for, no greater purpose. I wouldn't be happy. I'd be wondering what the point of life is.

But we all know that most of Heavenly Father's children aren't aware of Him, or of their purpose and potential.

This is why we need to share the gospel! In Mosiah 28, verse 3, it talks about the sons of Mosiah, preparing to serve missions after repenting of their sins. It says: "Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble."

This is how we need to feel! We need to be reaching out to our brothers and sisters and sharing our amazing knowledge with them, or we'll be held accountable!!! So the next time someone starts a talk about missionary work and you're ready to fall asleep, you just might want to take them a little more seriously...

Friday, September 9, 2016

Find Courage to...

President Monson recently posted the following on his Facebook page:

Courage may be necessary for you to believe; it will at times be necessary as you obey. It will most certainly be required as you endure until that day when you will leave this mortal existence.
I have spoken over the years with many individuals who have told me, “I have so many problems, such real concerns. I’m overwhelmed with the challenges of life. What can I do?”
I have offered to them, and I now offer to you, this specific suggestion: seek heavenly guidance one day at a time. Life by the yard is hard; by the inch it’s a cinch. Each of us can be true for just one day—and then one more and then one more after that—until we’ve lived a lifetime guided by the Spirit, a lifetime close to the Lord, a lifetime of good deeds and righteousness.
The Savior promised, “Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.”

This was excerpted from President Monson's talk "Believe, Endure, and Obey" from the April 2012 general conference. I know that for me, personally, this is a good reminder that can be applied to not only believing, but other things Heavenly Father wants us to do to obtain blessings.

Sometimes I know I need to ask Heavenly Father to help me be better and grow a stronger testimony, but I hesitate because I feel unable or perhaps not really willing to do my part. Everyone struggles with things that they know they need Heavenly Father's help for, but feel like they will have to do so much themselves that it isn't really worth it. But President Monson says right there that you just need to do it one day at a time! Have the COURAGE to ask Heavenly Father each day in your morning prayers to help you see just one or two ways that day that you can improve. At night, think about your day and where you've seen how you've improved. Then thank Heavenly Father! At the end of a week, two weeks, a month, a year, look back and see how much Heavenly Father has helped you accomplish goals, become better, and BELIEVE! Then keep going! This is a wonderful pattern for life.

In Alma 37:6-7, it says, "Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls." This is so true! If we try to reach greater heights one step at a time, it will be so much more effective and be much easier than attempting to do it all at once!

Have a wonderful evening!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Special Experience

Almost a month and a half ago, I had the most amazing opportunity to receive my patriarchal blessing from my grandpa. It was a very special experience, and I could tell that the Lord was speaking to me. I felt His love and His Spirit strongly.

I encourage you to ready yourself to receive your blessing, if you haven't already. When you receive it is between you and the Lord. Don't feel pressure to get it just because everybody else is. But no matter when you decide to receive it, I promise that it is one of the best things that will ever happen to you.

You can find out more about these special blessings at lds.org, and complete an experience about them in Individual Worth!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

2017 Mutual Theme Announced!

On August 1st, the Church announced the Mutual theme for 2017! I am SO excited about this theme - and I think you will be too!!!!! The scripture is James 1:5-6. Sound familiar???  It should. If that's not ringing a bell, let me give you the full text:

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

You probably recognize it by now as the scripture that Joseph Smith read and was inspired by. That inspiration led to the First Vision and eventually the Restoration of the Gospel of Christ!!!!!!!! What a wonderful theme for the youth, who are now very close to the same age as Joseph was when he read this scripture! :)

Let me know what you think of the new theme in the comments, and let others know by sharing!

This post was originally published on Marigold Girls.