Thursday, January 28, 2016
Here we are, another week has passed. I feel like I am really struggling to keep up with life. There is work and kids and school and life. Sometimes it just seems like too much but I need to realize that it is just as important to be patient with myself as it is to be patient with other people. I have chosen to focus on the attribute of patience and I am not progressing as quickly as I would like. That is okay! Baby steps. Line upon line. Precept on precept. Here a little and there a little. Last week when I did a blog post you couldn't read the heading for my blog because the picture wasn't the right size so I changed the picture this week. I love this picture. It is called "Friends Set You Free"! Even though it is not a perfect comparison, I thought it went well with the saying at the top. It reads,"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." As I am trying to learn patience it feels like a journey of a thousand miles. I feel like I try and fail and try and fail and try and fail again but each time I fail and try again I am a little farther than I was the last time I tried and failed. Heavenly Father only asks that we give our all and that He will fill in the rest. I keep trying and trying again and each time I need just a little less help, a little less help from on high. I really enjoyed a scripture I read in our group today in our gathering. It is Alma 44:4 "Now ye see that this is the true faith of God; yea, ye see that God will support, and keep, and preserve us, so long as we are faithful unto him, and unto our faith, and our religion; and never will the Lord suffer that we shall be destroyed except we should fall into transgression and deny our faith." I love this because it lets me know that I don't have to be perfect. I have to try and I have to have faith. God will support, keep and preserve me if I do those things. I know if I continue to work toward having more patience, He will help me achieve my righteous desires.
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Saturday, January 16, 2016
So for this last week's "gathering" I had volunteered to be the lead student for the math class. We do the math class the first hour. My friend was signed up to teach for the second hour. She had a family emergency and even though she was in class, she was not able to teach. Our missionary asked me half way through the math class if I could be the lead student of the Book of Mormon class too. I told him I was totally unprepared but if he wanted me to I would. I said "Just tell me what to do and I will do it." We talked for just a few minutes in between classes and amazingly enough I wasn't really freaking out. I had said a prayer before I went to class to have the Spirit and to be calm and to be able to teach what Heavenly Father wanted me to. I knew He would help me do what I had been asked to do. Last semester for my "becoming" project I had chosen to become more prayerful. I feel like it has stayed with me even though the semester is over. I think it went well and I truly felt guided on what to say. Most of the class had no idea I hadn't planned on teaching from the beginning. As far as this week of class goes I was really touched by the "Attributes of Christ" assignment. I really liked finding specific scriptures that applied to the attribute I chose, which was patience. My favorite reference was Alma 7:23. Even though this was not in the scripture block for the week I felt it was the most moving of the passages I read on patience. The verse reads, "And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive." This scripture has always reminded me of the 13th Article of Faith. I think it is also a perfect example of the Study Skill "lists". I really like lists and how they organize things into a like group. These attributes are all intertwined and it gives me things to strive for.
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Saturday, December 5, 2015
I am making another post for my FDREL 121 class. I really enjoyed the lead student's presentation this week. He showed some clips of a living scripture video about Alma the younger. I am really having a similar experience as Alma. Even though it is not my child, it is the person I was supposed to spend eternity with. About a year ago my husband of 18 years left me with no warning but a text at 2:30 in the morning. It was such a shock and I had a difficult time processing what was really happening. It has been a difficult year but I am getting far enough away from the shock now that I have more perspective. I was just telling a friend of mine yesterday that I don't hate him. I hate Satan. My ex has been hijacked by Satan. He left everything that Heavenly Father had blessed him with for the pleasures of the world. He has adopted the philosophy, "Eat, Drink and be Merry for tomorrow we die!" Having a family and responsibilities was just too much effort. He wants to just enjoy life and do what he wants to do when he wants to do it. What he doesn't realize is that as time goes by he will have nothing to show for his "fun". He has lost the trust of his wife and children as it says in the scriptures. It is very important that we remember what is important in this life. I know this post is for our religion class but it seems to intertwine with our GS 120 class. We were learning about family relationships in that class this week. Even in the proclamation to the family it talks about how our family relationships are central to our Creator's plan. Our family is our most precious gift. I am grateful for the example that Alma set as he never gave up on his son. Even though there is no chance of reconciling with my ex I do hope the best for him and hope eventually he decides to come back to the gospel. All we can do is love those that wander and set a good example.
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Saturday, November 21, 2015
This week for my religion class the assigned reading was Enos - Mosiah 3. These are some of my favorite chapters. I am inspired by Enos's sincerity as he pleads for forgiveness. I enjoy reading the counsel from Jarom, Omni and Mormon. I love the first few chapters of Mosiah. I had a seminary teacher who talked about how when it came time for general conference he would make tents in his living room facing the television so that they could listen to the prophet like the people had listened to King Benjamin as he stood on the tower. This was a very vivid memory for me. I remember it even now, twenty one years later. I think about it every conference. I love to listen to the prophet and general authorities speak. I believe that they are true messengers from Heavenly Father and that they are His mouth here on earth that can speak the things He would have us know. They give us guidance to help us navigate the perils of this world. I am so grateful for the scriptures and for a living prophet. I am grateful to know that Heavenly Father still speaks to His children today. If we listen to the counsel given to us in the scriptures and by the prophet and to the promptings given to us by the Holy Ghost, I know we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again.
Posted by Staffords at 8:21 PM
Saturday, November 7, 2015
I found this week's assigned reading to be very thought provoking The assignment was 2 Nephi 28-33. I really enjoyed discussing 2 Nephi 28:19-22. It is talking about Satan and all the ways he tries to entice us to follow him. The lead student gave us the definition of pernicious. Pernicious means "having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way." That is definitely the way Satan works. He is not going to just get someone to rob a bank but he can slowly get us to stop saying our prayers or going to church. This leaves the door open to start doing things we would have never considered doing before and then it becomes a downward spiral. Eventually we could get to the point where we really would rob a bank or at least steal. In verse 21 it says that "the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them carefully down to hell." I think it is interesting that he leads us carefully down to hell. There is a quote that I find very profound. It says,"The devil does not come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you've ever wished for. Pray for wisdom and discernment." In the "Digging Deeper" videos, there was one called "Feast Upon The Words of Christ". It talked about a quote from Pres. Benson that pointed out one of the purposes of The Book of Mormon is to expose the enemies of Christ. Here are some examples of Satan's lies: There is no God. God is no longer a God of Miracles. Eat, drink and be merry. He teacheth a man not to pray. He stirs the children of me to anger against that which is good. With everything going on in the world, the only way to survive is to cling to the gospel and to the teachings of Christ. We must rely on the Spirit to guide us and direct us through the figurative darkness. We must have faith and trust in our Prophet. He will not, he cannot, lead us astray. If we will do these things then we will receive the promise found in 2 Nephi 31:20. "Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life." This has always been my favorite scripture because I feel like it sums up all the teachings of the gospel and the plan of salvation in one verse. I want to live my life so that I can return and live with my family and my Heavenly Father again. That is all that really matters in the end!
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Friday, October 23, 2015
The reading assignment for this week was 2 Nephi Chapters 9-16. I had a difficult time getting through these chapters. They are "Isaiah" chapters. That has always intimidated me. The lead student, Ruth Anne, showed us a book by John Bytheway called "Isaiah for Airheads." I think I really need to get that book. She says it has really helped her. I might not have gotten as much as I had hoped out of my reading for the week but I really did enjoy the gathering. I learned a lot from the study skill Ruth Anne presented. She chose "Principles and Doctrine." She gave us a handout (pictured below) that really had some great points. My favorite are the points of what doctrine and principles are. Doctrine is: synonymous with the truths of salvation, unchanging truth, eternal laws and fundamental beliefs. Principles are: enduring truth, laws, rules that lead to obedience to God and they are portable. I liked the discussion the class had about how principles are portable. They are true anytime, anywhere and in any circumstance. Ruth Anne said how grateful she was to be able to teach the lesson and how much she personally learned and gained from it. I will definitely be looking for more principles and doctrine in my daily reading.
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Friday, October 9, 2015
This has been a really fun excuse to get on to my blog. I haven't posted in 4 years. Life has sure changed a lot in those 4 years. Due to the changes in the last year I am now working more than part time, after being a stay at home mom for 12 years, and have entered the Pathway program with the intention of finishing my degree. I am excited to share what I have learned from this week's class. The reading assignment for this week was 1 Nephi 15-22. Nephi had built the boat and they were traveling by sea. Laman and Lemuel became angry and bound Nephi to a pole. Nephi was very concerned about the fate of the ship and the family. He knew that they were not worthy of the guidance of Heavenly Father when they were being wicked. The Liahona was no longer working and the ship was without direction. He had been bound so long that his arms and legs were sore and swollen. One of the most important things I learned was that through all of these trials and afflictions Nephi did not murmur. He praised God in gratitude. My classmate used an example of how when he was doing his classwork, he tried swiping the screen of his iPad and it didn't immediately cooperate. He was frustrated and began complaining. He compared that to Nephi and his real difficulties. He talked about how he wanted to become more like Nephi. Our lead student also talked about wanting to be like Nephi. He talked about how Nephi was Christlike. I realized for the first time that one of the ways that Nephi was Christlike was that he gave honor and glory to his earthly Father and his Heavenly Father. He never took the credit himself for anything. Christ also gave all the glory to his Father. We should all strive to be more Christlike in all ways but this was a similarity between Christ and Nephi that I had never seen before.
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