I hope you are having a fabulous week! It's been a strange week here in Oklahoma. We have had a lot of earthquakes in the past few days which we aren't used to. We had over a dozen in just one day! They aren't really bad, just shake you up a little.
Only 4 days left with our reading the Book of Mormon! Thank you for reading it with me! I know that some of you are just joining us and we are so happy to have you! You can start at the beginning by clicking HERE. Please e-mail me at any time if you would like your own copy of the Book of Mormon (no charge, of course). firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also read along with us online by clicking HERE!
Today I read an amazing story on Deseret News about a group of Sister Missionaries serving in the Philippines. If you have a time to read the article I know that you will be uplifted by their faith and courage.
Reading this story just strengthened my testimony about the gospel of Jesus Christ and His servants. I don't know what I would have done under these circumstances but I hope that I would have shown as much faith and strength as these sweet sisters did.
You can click HERE to read how the Mormon church is involved and what you can do to help assist those in need.
I also wanted to share the following video from the Mormon Channel on Youtube.
Today we are still reading in Ether. We will soon read about the destruction of this entire civilization! So crazy how this can even happen….. but it did!
I really love chapter 12 in Ether. So many favorite scriptures. Here are some of them…
"Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God."
There are many wonderful nuggets of wisdom in this one verse.
Hope: I found this video on Hope that I have shared before. What a great reminder of what it means to have hope!
Faith: Of course hope cometh of faith and we are nothing without faith. Jesus Christ, our Savior, is just asking us to trust in Him and we will be okay.
Anchor: Jesus Christ must be our anchor. If we center our lives on our Savior, we can do all things through Him.
Steadfast: Elder Bednar said the following…
How do we become steadfast and immovable?
"A building or structure that is stable and immovable must be built upon a strong foundation. If you and I desire to become steadfast and immovable disciples of the Master, we must build appropriately and effectively upon Him as our foundation.
“And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall” (Helaman 5:12; emphasis added).
The Lord Jesus Christ is the sure foundation, and you and I cannot and will not fall if we build upon Him as our foundation. This is a truly remarkable and faith-promoting promise.
The steps we must follow in building our devotion to and our character upon the foundation of Christ are identified simply and clearly in Helaman 15:
“And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye have witnessed it, that as many of them as are brought to the knowledge of the truth, and to know of the wicked and abominable traditions of their fathers, and are led to believe the holy scriptures, yea, the prophecies of the holy prophets, which are written, which leadeth them to faith on the Lord, and unto repentance, which faith and repentance bringeth a change of heart unto them—
“Therefore, as many as have come to this, ye know of yourselves are firm and steadfast in the faith, and in the thing wherewith they have been made free” (vv. 7–8; emphasis added).
Please notice the specific steps outlined in these two verses. The first step is (1) belief in the teachings and prophecies of the holy prophets as recorded in the scriptures. Such belief (2) fosters faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith in the Savior leads to (3) repentance. Faith in Christ and repentance bring about (4) the mighty change of heart. As many as have diligently and faithfully followed these steps are (5) firm and steadfast in the faith. That is the Lord’s blueprint for becoming steadfast and immovable. I testify that as we ponder and follow in faith the building blocks described in these verses, we will be strengthened and blessed to become steadfast and immovable."
In verse 6 of chapter 12 in Ether Moroni has very wise counsel to give us.
"And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith."
I have to share this video about Al Fox who is also known as "the Tatooed Mormon. What a GREAT story of faith and about her conversion story to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. If you are interested in learning more about my church you can click HERE and have the missionaries visit you, too!
"Wherefore, ye may also have hope, and be partakers of the gift, if ye will but have faith."
The following verse is one that I have highlighted in most of the copies of the Book of Mormon I sent out to you guys. It is very powerful and meaningful to me. I know that the Lord gives us weaknesses so that we can be made strong and that we can rely on the powers of the Atonement to overcome them.
"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."
"And again, I remember that thou hast said that thou hast loved the world, even unto the laying down of thy life for the world, that thou mightest take it again to prepare a place for the children of men.
"And now I know that this love which thou hast had for the children of me is charity; wherefore, except men shall have charity they cannot inherit that place which thou hast prepared in the mansions of thy Father."
I have to close with this post today. I want you to know that I have felt the sweet peace of the Spirit as I shared with you. I hope you all take a minute today to ponder the truths that you've read and ask your Father in Heaven for yourselves if they are true. I know that He is listening and will answer you.
Have a great night! Big hugs!