Monday, March 22, 2010

One Flaw In Women

One Flaw In Women
Women have strengths that amaze men......
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.

They fight for what they believe in..
They stand up to injustice.
They don't take "no" for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards..

They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they
think there is no strength left.

They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what
makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their
family and friends.

Women have vital things to say
and everything to give.


Friday, March 19, 2010

The Creation

Thank you Pamela Campbell for giving us a great lesson on The Creation. Pamela was inspired to have us read the account of the Creation in three different works of scripture.

The account, given by Moses, in the Old Testament had been through many translations and languages and had become quite abridged. With the Heavens opening up to us in this dispensation, we were blessed to receive a more in depth account of that monumental event. In the Books of Moses and Abraham, we gain a better understanding and broader view of how the world we live in, came to be.

Through our additional resources, we learned that Jesus Christ was the main Creator, under the direction of our Father in Heaven. We're taught that all things were created spiritually before they were created physically. We were created in God's image and His creations show His love for us. We have amazing bodies with all these senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, smell) and all these things created for our benefit, "Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul" (D&C 59:18-19)

We learn from Moses that God knows each and every one of His creations and loves them. It is awesome to think about. When the sun gives us warmth, when the rain refreshes the air and feeds the plants, when we can hear birds sing or a baby giggle, when we can smell fresh flowers or taste a piece of delicious fresh fruit, when we can see a magnificent sunset or sunrise or a fully lit moon in a starry sky, all these things are given to us from a loving Father who knows us. It is truly amazing and it is no wonder we were anxious to come here.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mark your calendars

Relief Society temple trip on Thursday, April 22. Baptisms and Endowments.

Relief Society Birthday Party

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

It's Your Choice

Lesson 4 in Gospel Principles opens the discussion of why agency is necessary. Agency is "the right to choose between good and evil and to act for ourselves".

Anyone who has children, or who has taught children, or has been a child, knows that one will never learn how to do something if it is always done for them. We are on this earth to learn and ultimately come back to the presence of the Father. He will not drag us back home. We have to make the choices that put us on the path. Giving us the power to choose allows us to be accountable for our actions and provides the learning experience necessary for our eternal progression.

Satan provides the opposition we need to have a choice. He does not love us and wants to destroy all that is good. To be happy in life, one must choose good over evil. Some would say that choosing to obey God is limiting. For instance, choosing to obey The Word of Wisdom by abstaining from alcohol might appear to limit our ability to have fun and participate in certain social circles. But with every choice there is a consequence that we cannot choose. We know the destructive and enslaving consequences that can abound from drinking alcohol.

If we saw a sign at the beach that warns us of a whirlpool and an admonition to stay out of the water we have several choices. We can ignore the sign and go in the water anyway or we can choose to swim where it is safe, or not swim at all. We are free to make the choice. But if the choice is to ignore the warning we will have limited our other choices when we get caught in the whirlpool's grasp. The right choice opens up many possibilities the wrong choice limits them.

"Heavenly Father will not allow us to be tempted beyond our power to resist." A choice that seems to limit our ability to enjoy life, such as choosing to be morally clean, is actually a choice that gives us more freedom. It is up to us to make the choices that bring us true joy and happiness and put us on the path to eternal progression.

Jesus Christ is the Way

Lesson 3 from Gospel Principles opened the discussion as to why we needed a Savior and The War in Heaven.

We knew we would have to leave our Father's presence and come to this earth to receive a mortal body and be tested. We also learned that "all of us would sin and some of us would lose our way". Like a perfect parent, Heavenly Father knows and loves each one of us. He wanted us to return so he provided a plan to redeem us from sin and allow us to be made clean again.

Two plans of redemption were presented. Knowing that we would need to have the experience to choose for ourselves in order to progress, Jesus Christ offered to come to the earth and pay for the sins we would inevitably commit. He would not do this for his glory but he would give all the glory to God, the Father. Satan, who was called Lucifer, came up with a plan that would take away our agency. He would force us to do what he wanted and take all the glory for himself.

Heavenly Father chose Jesus Christ to be our Savior and Satan rebelled. There was an uprising among the spirits of men. The majority chose to follow Jesus, a third chose to follow Satan. There punishment was their eviction from God's presence and the loss of opportunity to receive a mortal body.

All of us born on this earth chose Jesus' plan. God allowed for Satan and his followers to come here as spirits. Their sole purpose is to entice us to make choices that will keep us from our ultimate goal. Satan and his followers are a miserable lot and they want us to be miserable, too. But they also provide the opposition necessary to give us something to choose between. We chose Jesus in the beginning and we have to continually choose. Every day we have to choose to follow Jesus Christ. His is the only way to exaltation.