Saturday, September 21, 2013

Day 67: Helaman 10-11

Hello Everyone!

I hope you have had a great weekend so far!  I wanted to start out today with some uplifting music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  Hope you enjoy it!

"Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee"

Today we are reading in Helaman chapters 10 and 11.  I found the following on

    Helaman 10:1–3. Pondering

  • To ponder is to “meditate and think deeply, often upon the scriptures or other things of God. When combined with prayer, pondering … may bring revelation and understanding” (Guide to the Scriptures, “Ponder”). Nephi and other prophets received revelation while pondering. Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught: “All of us would benefit from time to ponder and meditate. In the quiet moments of personal introspection, the Spirit can teach us much” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1995, 4; or Ensign,Nov. 1995, 6).
  • Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles suggested that a quiet place is conducive to pondering: “Find a retreat of peace and quiet where periodically you can ponder and let the Lord establish the direction of your life” (in Conference Report, Apr. 2001, 8; or Ensign, May 2001, 9).
  • Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared with us the benefits of pondering: “As you ponder and pray about doctrinal principles, the Holy Ghost will speak to your mind and your heart [see D&C 8:2]. From events portrayed in the scriptures, new insights will come and principles relevant to your situation will distill upon your heart”
Here are some of my favorite scriptures from today's reading.

Helaman 10:4-5

Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.
 And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.

    Helaman 10:4–5. “Thou Shalt Not Ask That Which Is Contrary to My Will”

  • Like Nephi, if we learn to ask “in the Spirit” (Helaman 10:17) and according to God’s will, then “it is done even as” we ask (see D&C 46:3050:29–30). President Marion G. Romney (1897–1988) of the First Presidency shared some necessary aspects of proper petitions:
    “When we pray unto the Father in the name of Jesus for specific personal things, we should feel in the very depths of our souls that we are willing to subject our petitions to the will of our Father in heaven. …
    “The time will come when we shall know the will of God before we ask. Then everything for which we pray will be ‘expedient.’ Everything for which we ask will be ‘right.’ That will be when as a result of righteous living, we shall so enjoy the companionship of the spirit that he will dictate what we ask”
I hope you all are enjoying our book club!  I cannot believe that we only have 23 days left to go!  I hope you have a great night!


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