Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Day 71: 3 Nephi 4-6

Hello Everyone!

We had another beautiful Fall day today!  Woo hoo!  I hope it stays this way for awhile before it starts getting frigid.  I don't like the cold weather so much.

I want to start today by sharing a beautiful song sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  This is one of my favorite songs they sing.  I hope you feel a sweet peace as you listen to it, too.

I just wanted to share some highlights today found on lds.org.

    3 Nephi 4:10. Faith in God Overcomes Fear

  • The Nephites prepared themselves physically and spiritually to meet Giddianhi’s robbers. As a final act of submission to the Lord, which was misinterpreted by their foes, they fell to the earth and cried unto the Lord. They then stood on their feet and met their enemy with faith in God. (See 3 Nephi 4:8–10.) We too can stand up to our enemies and replace our fears with faith in God.
    Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles wrote concerning the faith that is needed to face the challenges of our day: “Preparing ourselves and our families for the challenges of the coming years will require us to replace fear with faith. We must be able to overcome the fear of enemies who oppose and threaten us. The Lord has said, ‘Fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail’ (

    3 Nephi 5:1–3. Faith Leads to Repentance and All Good Works

  • While serving as a member of the Seventy, Elder John H. Groberg explained the relationship between faith and repentance:
    “If we think deeply, we realize that the first principle—faith in the Lord Jesus Christ—underlies all else; that is, it takes faith in Christ to repent or be baptized or perform any other ordinances of the gospel. Jesus made saving repentance possible and He made baptism meaningful. If we have faith in Him, we will repent and be baptized.
    “If we do not repent, or refuse to be baptized, or are unwilling to keep His commandments, it is because we do not have sufficient faith in Him. Thus, repentance, baptism, and all other principles and ordinances are not entirely separate but are actually extensions of our faith in Christ. Without faith in Him, we do little of eternal value. With faith in Him, our lives become focused on doing things of eternal value” 

    3 Nephi 6:12. Prosperity and Peace Can Lead to Pride

  • During the years immediately prior to the Savior’s personal ministry among the Nephites, the people enjoyed a period of brief prosperity. Unfortunately, this temporal success led to “pride and boastings because of their exceedingly great riches” (3 Nephi 6:10).
    President Henry B. Eyring warned about such challenges in our day: “A little prosperity and peace, or even a turn slightly for the better, can bring us feelings of self-sufficiency. We can feel quickly that we are in control of our lives, that the change for the better is our own doing, not that of a God who communicates to us through the still, small voice of the Spirit. Pride creates a noise within us which makes the quiet voice of the Spirit hard to hear. And soon, in our vanity, we no longer even listen for it. We can come quickly to think we don’t need it” 
I hope you all have a great night!  That is it for today.  I am sooooo tired!  I just finished playing USTA tennis tonight and my Singles match lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes!  I barely won at 7-6 7-5.  Chat with you soon!


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