Wednesday, November 14, 2012

living the gospel

   With the cold weather coming in the question of the day is to wear a coat or to just wear a sweater or I think that I will be fine. Sometimes even when its really cold we think that wear a coat is to much hassle and done want to take the time to grab it or that it will cover up my cute outfit its to big a bulky. So instead we deny ourselves the comfort and warmth that the coat would provide.
 It is the same as living the principles of the gospel. The gospel can give us comfort and protection from the cold world. Yet times we don't want to make the effort to live the gospel. We feel that it is to restrictive its a burden or its just not what the everybody else is doing. So instead we suffer with the discomforts that come with not living the gospel.
I Know that as we live the gospel and put our coats on that we can be warm and happy. :) I would much rather live the gospel and wear my coat than not live the gospel and be cold.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Scripture Power

I love the the primary song "Scripture Power." I was a Sunbeam teacher when this song came out. I remember thinking that is catchy. I loved how the kids would sing with such conviction. They would shout the chorus. They loved singing this song.

Because I want to be like the Savior and I can,
I'm reading his instructions im following his plan
because I want the power his words will give to me
I'm changing how I live I'm changing what Ill  be.

Scripture power keeps me safe from sin.
Scripture power is the power to win.
Scripture power! Every day I need
The power that I get each time I read

I’ll find the sword of truth in each scripture that I learn.
I’ll take the shield of faith from these pages that I turn.
I'll wear each vital part of the armor of the Lord,
And fight my daily battles, and win a great reward.

Scripture power keeps me safe from sin.
Scripture power is the power to win.
Scripture power! Every day I need
The power that I get each time I read

I love this song  because every time I read the scriptures especially The Book of Mormon I feel strengthened. On the days where I don't read my scriptures I feel the difference from when I do read.
Will Y'all read every day and get power from your scriptures?

Friday, September 28, 2012

Make the most out of General Conference

With Conference coming up I have been thinking what can i get out of it and how can i make the most out of it. Here are some ways you can make the most of it.
Write a list of Questions.
Concerns or problems you want spiritual direction on. Be specific and list anything.
Pray about the items on your list.
ask specifically to find answers in conference.
Listen for Answers.
Many times direct answers will come in a talk, other times they may come as you listen to the music or prayers. Be open to the spirit.
I know that as you come to conference with questions that you will be guided by the spirit.

Come listen to the prophet

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Making Christ the center of our Lives

The sun is the center of the solar system with all the planets revolving around it. The rotation and revolution ensures our planet's constant light and heat.
The Savior offers us the spiritual light  (truth) and warmth (love) that we need to guide us. To enjoy the full benefit we must keep Him the center of our lives. We can show His importance to us by revolving or lives around Him. Some ways we do this is by praying daily, studying the scriptures, always attending church, also by our daily actions and the way we treat others and serving others and try to do as He would do.
Will you make Christ the center of your life? I know that as you do your life and the lives of those around you will be blessed.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.John 8:12

Friday, August 24, 2012

SoMeTiMeS yOu CoMe OuT cRaWliNg

Once a upon a time in the wonderful land of Bowling Green, Kentucky, my companion and one of our friends decided that we were all going to go on a hike on the the lost river cave trail. We were all having a wonderful time enjoying the beauty of the earth when we came across a ditch with a little steam running through it maybe one inch deep, if that. On the other side of that ditch it was really pretty, there were lots of trees and it look like a great photo op. So I handed my camera to my companion and asked her to take a picture of me on the other side. I walked down the ditch and got to the bottom and tried to jump over to the other side but it was an epic FAIL! I slid down the side of it because in Kentucky they have that clay that, even if it looks dry, it's not and it is very slippery. I tried to crawl back up but I just slid right back down. Finally I realized that it's not worth it so I tried to go back to the other side. It sure was not easy to go back. I would climb up but then slide back down. It happened about three times. Every time I almost got out I would just fall back down. I even called out to my companion for help but she was laughing so hard she could not move. I noticed a small root that was popping out close to the top and I thought to myself, that can't help me get out. By the fourth time I decided, why not, and I used that small root to get me out of the ditch.

You may be thinking to yourself, why is she telling this story? Well after all this happened and we stopped laughing I realized that what I had just gone through was what a lot of people go through in real life. We see the other side and think that its going to be better. So we try to go over but we fall we try to get back up but we fall again and before we know it we are in this pit and we don't know how we are going to get out. I compare the small root that I used to get out to Heavenly Father. You think He cant get out but if you put your faith in Him, He can pull you out of anything. As long as you trust in Him. Sometimes you have to come out crawling but what matters is that you come out. It is something that I have had to learn the hard way. As I have gotten older I have learned that I can lean on Him in all things.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Burying your swords

This is one of my favorite scriptures. It has made me think what do I need to bury that is keeping me from becoming closer to God?

15 Oh, how merciful is our God! And now behold, since it has been as much as we could do to get our stains taken away from us, and our swords are made bright, let us hide them away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God at the last day, or at the day that we shall be brought to stand before him to be judged, that we have not stained our swords in the blood of our brethren since he imparted his word unto us and has made us clean thereby.

16 And now, my brethren, if our brethren seek to destroy us, behold, we will hide away our swords, yea, even we will bury them deep in the earth, that they may be kept bright, as a testimony that we have never used them, at the last day; and if our brethren destroy us, behold, we shall go to our God and shall be saved.

17 And now it came to pass that when the king had made an end of these sayings, and all the people were assembled together, they took their swords, and all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man’s blood, and they did bury them up deep in the earth.

18 And this they did, it being in their view a testimony to God, and also to men, that they never would use weapons again for the shedding of man’s blood; and this they did, vouching and covenanting with God, that rather than shed the blood of their brethren they would give up their own lives; and rather than take away from a brother they would give unto him; and rather than spend their days in idleness they would labor abundantly with their hands.
Alma 24:15-18

As I was reading this I thought to myself what is my sword? What keeps me from having a better relationship with my Heavenly Father? What is keeping me from having a Stronger testimony? What is keeping me from feeling the spirit? For The Anti-Nephi-Lehies it was the swords that they used to kill there brethren. For me it was my attitude and the way I looked at life. As soon I buried the its all about me attitude I felt myself change for the better.
What is your sword that keeps you from coming to church, having a stronger testimony or having a better relationship with your Heavenly Father? Will you bury your sword and act in faith? I know that as you do you will feel his love for you.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Erasers and Repentance

  With school starting I really like this thought about repentance. At the beginning of each school year each student is given an eraser to use. When mistakes are made, the eraser is used to correct the mistake instead of writing over it or just crossing it out. This allows the student to correct the error and learn from it. It would not matter how much of the eraser was left at the end of the year. What matters is that we use the eraser each time we need it. So even if we make lots of errors we can finish the school year successfully.
  As children of God we have been given an eraser to take care of our mistakes. It is repentance. It is important that we don't cover up or ignore our mistakes. We must use the process of repentance to correct the errors in our lives. In the end it will not matter how often we had to rely on repentance. What will matter is whether we repented every time we needed to. By doing this we can finish this life on earth successfully.

Will you repent daily? I know that by repenting daily that your view of yourself and the world changes. I am so grateful that we have repentance because of it we can return to live with Heavenly Father again.
"Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more." D&C 58:42

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Why I decided to serve a mission

 I have always wanted to serve a mission ever since I was a little girl. Both my parents served missions (mom went to Chile and Dad went to Chicago) they have always said that it was the best time in there lives and that I should serve. So ever since I was in primary Ive wanted to serve.
 When I hit my teen years I started thinking that maybe a mission isn't for me. Then all my friends started getting married so I was like maybe I should get married. But that didn't feel right so I started thinking like maybe I could do a mission again. Then I watched the movie "Errand of Angels" as I was watching that movie I got this overwhelming feeling that that's what the Lord wanted me to do. So I was thinking even more about it but just thinking I wasn't going to do anything about it.
 One day my Bishop called me into his office and asked me if I have ever thought about serving a mission. My first thought, how did he know? He said that he felt very inspired to ask me if I would serve a mission and that the five years that he had been bishop he never felt inspired to ask a sister before. I told him that I had been thinking about it and that I would think about it some more.The next Sunday in Sunday school they were talking about bishops and what there duties were and how they are suppose to ask all young men to serve full time missions and they are not to ask young women, then he paused for a moment and says unless they are inspired to. GASP! After I heard that I was like alright I will do it. Right after that I went to my bishops office and said that I wanted to. So the paperwork began. While I was doing my paperwork and getting all the medical stuff worked out I started having second thoughts. I thought a mission cost a lot and with the money I had saved I could buy a car. I had to teach relief society one Sunday and it was on sacrifice and one of the sisters commented and said that when she decided to serve a mission that she had enough money saved up to buy the car of her dreams in full but using that money to pay for her mission was far better than any car out there. It's amazing when the Lord has an errand for you He tells you just what you need to hear.
 Will you pray and ask the Lord what he wants you to do in you life right now? I promise that as you pray and act on what he has asked that you will see so many blessings. As I have done what the Lord has asked of me I have felt so much more joy and peace and i  feel myself becoming who the Lord wants me to.