Happy Sunday Everyone!
How was your Sabbath day so far? I learned so much in church today. I feel that I went with an empty cup and I left with it running over. I took notes during all the talks and in all the classes. I will share some of my thoughts. I also made a little display for this month's Visiting Teaching lesson in Relief Society. You can learn more about the Visiting Teaching program HERE. I am so grateful that it is in place and that all of the sisters in our congregation are cared for and watched over.
You can click HERE to read the entire Visiting Message for the month of August. We have a new message every month.
Isn't this such a pretty picture? I was going through the many pictures on our phones and found this one. It was when my husband and I were visiting Salt Lake City, Utah. The temple is in the background.
Today we first heard from two of our missionaries who I have posted pictures of before, Elder Bolin and Elder Peterson. Elder Bolin spoke of missionary work. He encouraged us to go out and meet our neighbors and to serve them.
He quoted Mosiah 2:14…
"And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God."
Elder Peterson asked us to keep praying for the missionaries. He also talked about Elder Holland's talk "If you love me, feed my sheep." Click HERE to read that full message.
Here is a picture of these two missionaries that I have shared with you before…
We next heard from two members of our ward (congregation) who have just returned from serving overseas in the military. They both spoke of Repentance and Forgiveness. They both shared personal examples in their lives.
In Relief Society Sister Mackey taught the lesson on the talk given by our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, called "Obedience Brings Blessings". You can watch it below if you have time. I cannot wait to have an entire weekend listening to the words of our church leaders. I always come away from General Conference feeling uplifted and wanting to be a better person.
This Saturday is our General Relief Society meeting. I invite all of you to watch it with me! You can click HERE to see the times and the website where you can watch the broadcast.
Okay, let's get on to today's reading. I cannot believe we are finishing up the book of Helaman already! What did you think? I'd love to hear your comments. Feel free to e-mail me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can leave a comment below.
In chapter 14 Samuel the Lamanites speaks of the signs and wonders that will happen during the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ and during his death and resurrection. I have many favorite verses from this chapter but here are a couple I would like to highlight.
"And now remember, remember, my brethren, that whosoever perisheth, perisheth unto himself; and whosoever doeth iniquity, doeth it unto himself; for behold, ye are free; ye are permitted to act for yourselves; for behold, God hath given unto you a knowledge and he hath made you free."
"He hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you; or ye can do evil, and have that which is evil restored unto you."
I love these verses because they talk about our agency. I found this great lesson on Agency in the Gospel Principles book on lds.org. It will explain what we believe about our freedom to choose.
We learn that from the preachings of Samuel the Lamanite there are many Nephites who believe and repent of their sins. It is amazing how much good one person can do. If you don't think that you can make a difference look at all these great examples in the scriptures.
I hope you all have a great night! I've got to get to bed. I have an early morning tomorrow as I am taking my oldest daughter to our church's Seminary at 6:00 am.