1. "Jesus Kneeling in Prayer and Meditation," by Michael Jarvis Nelson

     

  2. "Faith is the antidote for fear"
    — President Thomas S. Monson
     

  3. How do I strengthen my faith?

    We all ask soul searching questions in our quest for truth. These questions of the soul can be answered with a study of The Book of Mormon. When asking “How do I strengthen my faith?” reference these scriptures:

    "Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea," (Jacob 4:6)

    Alma 32

    Yea, I say unto you, that in the latter times the promises of the Lord have been extended to our brethren, the Lamanites; and notwithstanding the many afflictions which they shall have, and notwithstanding they shall be driven to and fro upon the face of the earth, and be hunted, and shall be smitten and scattered abroad, having no place for refuge, the Lord shall be merciful unto them,” (Helaman 15:12)

    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,” (Ether 12:6)

     

  4. "Ye see that ye have not power to slay me, therefore I finish my message. Yea, and I perceive that it cuts you to your hearts because I tell you the truth concerning your iniquities."
    — Mosiah 13:7
     
  5. Will you be obedient?

     
     

  6. Emblems of the Sacrament

    A few months ago during fast Sunday, I sat in Sacrament meeting and pondered the meaning of the symbols that we partake of: the bread in the water. I wondered why the process has become systematic and why the small portions of each symbol. Obviously there’s the logistics of trying to share the emblems with large groups of people. Clearly we don’t have the resources to provide a full loaf of bread for hundreds of people, or liters of water for everyone to drink.

    It makes sense for us to eat small pieces of bread and small sips of water, but there is a deeper layer of meaning. While we are to partake of the sacrament on a weekly basis it is not meant to fill or sustain us. As much as people wish on fast Sunday, the tiny bite of bread and the little sip of water are not enough to satisfy our hunger.

    That’s symbolic of how the sacrament isn’t meant to satisfy our spiritual hunger. It is not meant to give us all the spiritual nourishment we’ll need for the week. While it is important and necessary for our repentance process, the sacrament is not meant to be the only spiritual experience we have during the week.

    Taking the sacrament is to remind us to always have spiritual experiences; to turn our hearts to the Savior. If we listen to or read the sacrament prayers, we know that it is to remind us of our Savior. These emblems that we partake on weekly basis are to serve as visual cues to inspire us to live as our Savior would live; to keep His commandments and when we do these things we are promised to always have the Spirit with us.

    The nature of the sacrament is to remind and to inspire us; sacrament meeting can be the highlight of our week—often times it is—but we have to put forth our effort during the other days. We have to study the scriptures, pray, and seek to do His will. When we do these things we will grow spiritually.

    Just like you can’t live week to week on bites of bread and sip some water, our spirits can’t live week to week on only the sacrament. If we are to grow into the people our Heavenly Father wants us to be, we have to live as Christ would live every single day.

     

  7. "How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings"
    — President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
     

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  9. "The First Vision," by Gary Smith

     

  10. therealdobbs said: Please, just read the Bible. Maybe some old history.

    I’m kind of confused by what you’re saying because:

    1. I do read the Bible. Like a lot. The four gospels are amazing

    2. Define “old” history. Because in my mind that’s redundant. “New” history is an oxymoron.

    But I have been meaning to read Josephus’s Jewish Antiquities, but I can’t find the time to do so. Until that point I’ll continue to read commentary on what he wrote.

     

  11. "And thus they were instruments in the hands of God in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth, yea, to the knowledge of their Redeemer."
    — Mosiah 27:36
     

  12. Where do I go after this life?

    We all ask soul searching questions in our quest for truth. These questions of the soul can be answered with a study of The Book of Mormon. When asking “Where do I go after this life?” reference these scriptures:

    "Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.

    And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.

    And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of the wicked, yea, who are evil—for behold, they have no part nor portion of the Spirit of the Lord; for behold, they chose evil works rather than good; therefore the spirit of the devil did enter into them, and take possession of their house—and these shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, and this because of their own iniquity, being led captive by the will of the devil.

    Now this is the state of the souls of the wicked, yea, in darkness, and a state of awful, fearful looking for the fiery indignation of the wrath of God upon them; thus they remain in this state, as well as the righteous in paradise, until the time of their resurrection,” (Alma 40:11-14)

     
  13. "Jesus Christ," J. Kirk Richards

     

  14. "Actually, love is the very essence of the gospel and Jesus Christ is our Exemplar. His life was a legacy of love"
    — President Thomas S. Monson
     

  15. Abide with me

    I cherish the hymn, “Abide With Me, ‘Tis Eventide.” Its moving message inspired me to write this FHE lesson, which is now being posted here on tumblr.

    From the dictionary:

    Abide-continue without fading or being lost. Synonyms include: endure, persist, live, dwell

    When we ask the Savior to abide with us, we are asking for an eternal relationship. We want His presence to never fade, and His love to continue to bless us. But respectively, we are also asked to abide in Him, meaning we are to endure, persist, and dwell despite the trials in our lives. Elder Holland has this to say about the word abide:

    “’Abide in me’ is an understandable and beautiful enough concept in the elegant English of the King James Bible, but ‘abide’ is not a word we use much anymore. So I gained even more appreciation for this admonition from the Lord when I was introduced to the translation of this passage in another language. In Spanish that familiar phrase is rendered ‘permaneced en mi.’ Like the English verb ‘abide,’ permanecer means ‘to remain, to stay,’ but even gringos like me can hear the root cognate there of ‘permanence.’ The sense of this then is ‘stay—but stay forever.’ That is the call of the gospel message to Chileans and everyone else in the world. Come, but come to remain. Come with conviction and endurance. Come permanently, for your sake and the sake of all the generations who must follow you, and we will help each other be strong to the very end.” (Elder Holland, “Abide in Me”)

    Abiding in the Church

    The Savior has asked that we abide in Him, reciprocating our plea for Him to abide in us. But how do we abide? Why is it important?

    "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. John 15:4"

    We cannot bear fruit by ourselves. Goodness springs from a greater source. When we align our lives with the Saviors, and become apart of the greater vine, we will bear delicious fruit. Our lives will become greater than just ourselves, and we will inspire goodness in others.

    Our call is to endure our trials and become a part of the gospel. I know that when we do so, He will abide in us. His power will change us for the better, and He will carry our burdens. The hymn brings such power when placed in the understanding that we must abide in Him if we want our Savior to abide with us.

    Abide with me! fast falls the eventide;
    The darkness deepens. Lord, with me abide!

    When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
    Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me!

    Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day.
    Earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away.
    Change and decay in all around I see;
    O thou who changest not, abide with me!

     I need thy presence ev’ry passing hour.
    What but thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?

    Who, like thyself, my guide and stay can be?
    Thru cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me!

    Closing

    In conclusion is this quote from Elder Holland. If you are pricked by this message, and want to learn more, I encourage you to read his talk. It is beautifully eloquent.

    “I testify that that is God’s truth. Christ is everything to us and we are to ‘abide’ in Him permanently, unyieldingly, steadfastly, forever. For the fruit of the gospel to blossom and bless our lives, we must be firmly attached to Him, the Savior of us all, and to this His Church, which bears His holy name. He is the vine that is our true source of strength and the only source of eternal life. In Him we not only will endure but also will prevail and triumph in this holy cause that will never fail us. May we never fail it nor fail Him I pray in the sacred and holy name of Jesus Christ, amen.” (Elder Holland, “Abide in Me”)