Just wanted to share how much I enjoyed church today. For the first hour called Sacrament Meeting (where we take of the bread & water representing Christ's body and blood), I really felt the Spirit during the talks given. In the middle of the meeting all of the youth (boys and girls ages 12-18) got up and sang this sweet song. I will see if I can find it for you on Youtube…
I shared this video with you all a couple of weeks ago but I'll share it again today.
Today in Relief Society our lesson was "Faithful, Energetic Service in the Kingdom of God". You can click HERE if you would like to read it, too! It is from the Teachings of the Presidents of the Church, Lorenzo Snow. This was one of my favorite lessons. I love sitting in Relief Society and listening to the sweet sisters as they share their experiences and comments. Here is a picture (with permission) of our dear Sister Collins, who taught today's lesson.
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Today we are reading about the story of Alma the Younger and the Sons of Mosiah.
Here is a great video, in simplistic terms, of the story of Alma the Younger. Sometimes it helps me to get a visual of the basics of the story. I hope this will help you, too!
In chapter 27 I love verses 24-26 where Alma the Younger talks about being born again.
I also found the following which gives me much hope.
A couple more scriptures that popped out to me.
Yea, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him. Yea, even at the last day, when all men shall stand to be judged of him, then shall they confess that he is God; then shall they confess, who live without God in the world, that the judgment of an everlasting punishment is just upon them; and they shall quake, and tremble, and shrink beneath the glance of his all-searching eye.
What great missionaries Alma the Younger and the Sons of Mosiah turned out to be!
publish peace; they did publish good tidings of good; and they did declare unto the people that the Lord reigneth.And how blessed are they! For they did
I hope that my boys also turn out to be wonderful missionaries. I took these pictures of them this morning. My middle boy wasn't quick ready for church yet so he decided to photo bomb his younger brother. LOL!
Chapter 28 is wonderful! We begin with the Sons of Mosiah approaching their father, King Mosiah, with a desire to now go up to the land of the Lamanites and teach them. You have to understand that at this time the Lamanites had a hatred for the Nephites. Can you imagine going up to your worst enemy and teaching them the gospel? This was the desire of their hearts. What great examples these boys are to me.
In verse 3 we read…
"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."
I wanted to share some missionary videos with you all. This past October the prophet of our church, President Thomas S. Monson, announced an age change for the young men and young women in our church. Here is the first video. You will see the shocked and happy faces of the youth in the audience. I remember, as I was watching from my living room, having the same response. I might have shed a few tears as well.
We are truly blessed as we serve. The following is a video of just a portion of the young women who responded to the call of a Prophet of the Lord and decided to serve a mission. The girls serve for 18 months and the boys serve for 2 years.
(These sisters are all out NOW on their missions!)
We end our reading today with the Sons of Mosiah heading off to teach the word of God to the Lamanites and then King Mosiah doing away with kings and establishing a system of judges. He appoints Alma to be the Chief Judge and he is also the High Priest in the land. Mosiah and Alma both die at the end of this chapter. They were both wonderful examples to me and I am grateful I was privileged to learn from them.
I cannot wait to read with you all tomorrow! Big hugs to you all! Please let me know if I can ever do anything for you. You are all in my daily prayers.
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