Happy Sunday Everyone!
Today I taught the lesson in Relief Society. We decided in my presidency that this month's theme would be Music and the scripture would be music related. Here are some of the posters I made to share today. I will also share the talk that I based my lesson on.
Click HERE to read or listen to the talk I used for my lesson.
Tonight we had a GREAT dinner! We invited the missionaries, a return "Cardon" missionary couple, Bryan's nephew and his family, and we also still have Bryan's brother and his family at our house for the weekend. The children performed some church songs for all of us. It was soooo sweet! Here are some of the pictures.
After dinner and the children's songs, the missionaries gave us a great lesson. I am so grateful for the missionaries of our church. They sacrifice 2 years of their lives and serve using our their own funds. If you would like to learn more about the missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints click HERE.
Today we are reading the story about the Zoramites and how Alma, his brethren, two of his sons, and a couple other missionaries including Zeezrom taught them the gospel. Can you believe that Zeezrom is a missionary now?! What a wonderful conversion story he has!
Here are some of my favorite verses from Chapter 31…
"Behold, O God, they cry unto thee, and yet their hearts are swallowed up in their pride. Behold, O God, they cry unto thee with their mouths, while they are puffed up, even to greatness, with the vain things of the world."
"Oh Lord, my heart is exceedingly sorrowful; wilt thou comfort my soul in Christ. O Lord, wilt thou grant unto me that I may have strength, that I may suffer with patience these afflictions which shall come upon me, because of the iniquity of this people."
"Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee."
This is one of my favorite scriptures. How kind of Alma to point out that "their souls are precious". I know that this is true and that Heavenly Father loves ALL of his children. Even those who are choosing to do the wrong thing. It's probably very similar to having our own children. We still love them all but still can be disappointed at some of the choices they make.
"And the Lord provided for them that they should hunger not, neither should they thrust; yea, and he also gave them strength, that they should suffer no manner of afflictions, save it were swallowed up in the joy of Christ. Now this was according to the prayer of Alma; and this because he prayed in faith."
I have so many favorites in Chapter 32 to share with you all. One of the greatest lessons on Faith is explained in this chapter. I am going to share all of the verses here. I would definitely highlight all of these in your scriptures if you haven't' already. I often think about this concept and faith being compared to a seed.
I wanted to share some of the pictures of seeds that I grew into plants this year. As I was growing my garden this year, I thought of these scriptures often.
I wanted to close by sharing my absolute FAVORITE scripture from today's readings and sharing a Primary song called Faith.
"And now as I said concerning faith -- faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true."
Have a great night! Talk with you tomorrow!