Refiner’s fire

Yesterday the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints released a new video. It’s pretty powerful. Here it is:

 

Also, the Pope is having a “Vatican Summit on Marriage” Here is the link to President Henry B Eyring’s address transcript.

Hope everyone is having a great week!!

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About Personal Responsibility

The talk I read this morning is “Free Forever, to Act for Themselves” by Elder D. Todd Christofferson.

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If you know me, you know that I am all about personal responsibility.The reason for that is, I use to allow/make others make all of my decisions, and therefore I could blame them when my life went wrong. A few years ago, I got into a program where I learned about the amazingly huge amount of freedom that comes from taking personal responsibility for my actions!! When I take responsibility for my decisions and actions, even if things don’t turn out like I thought they should, or wanted them to, I still have freedom!

Elder Christofferson says:

It is God’s will that we be free men and women enabled to rise to our full potential both temporally and spiritually.

But God intends that His children should act according to the moral agency He has given them, “that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.”2 It is His plan and His will that we have the principal decision-making role in our own life’s drama.

So God does not save us “just as we are,” first, because “just as we are” we are unclean, and “no unclean thing can dwell … in his presence; for, in the language of Adam, Man of Holiness is his name, and the name of his Only Begotten is the Son of Man [of Holiness].”4 And second, God will not act to make us something we do not choose by our actions to become. Truly He loves us, and because He loves us, He neither compels nor abandons us. Rather He helps and guides us. Indeed, the real manifestation of God’s love is His commandments.

And I think this might be my favorite part:

Christ died not to save indiscriminately but to offer repentance. We rely “wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save”19 in the process of repentance, but acting to repent is a self-willed change. So by making repentance a condition for receiving the gift of grace, God enables us to retain responsibility for ourselves. Repentance respects and sustains our moral agency: “And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption.”20

I personally have used repentance to make my life so much better than I ever thought it could be. I continue to use the Atonement in my life daily!

And some may not like it, but “I” love this:

A God who makes no demands is the functional equivalent of a God who does not exist.

A world without God, the living God who establishes moral laws to govern and perfect His children, is also a world without ultimate truth or justice. It is a world where moral relativism reigns supreme.

I believe that God remains active in the lives of those that seek Him out. I love the relationship that I have with Heavenly Father today!!

In matters both temporal and spiritual, the opportunity to assume personal responsibility is a God-given gift without which we cannot realize our full potential as daughters and sons of God. Personal accountability becomes both a right and a duty that we must constantly defend; it has been under assault since before the Creation. We must defend accountability against persons and programs that would (sometimes with the best of intentions) make us dependent. And we must defend it against our own inclinations to avoid the work that is required to cultivate talents, abilities, and Christlike character.

I work daily to keep this relationship as good as it can be!

This is a great talk! You should go read or listen to it all!!

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I hope that you all have a Magnificent Monday!!  (((HUGS)))

 

 

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Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease

There is a talk from this past April’s LDS General Conference that I want to reference today.

It is:  Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease  by Elder David A. Bednar

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The unique burdens in each of our lives help us to rely upon the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah.

He also says:

We are not and never need be alone. We can press forward in our daily lives with heavenly help. Through the Savior’s Atonement we can receive capacity and “strength beyond [our] own” (“Lord, I Would Follow Thee,”Hymns, no. 220). As the Lord declared, “Therefore, continue your journey and let your hearts rejoice; for behold, and lo, I am with you even unto the end” (D&C 100:12).

and:

Not only does the Atonement of Jesus Christ overcome the effects of the Fall of Adam and make possible the remission of our individual sins and transgressions, but His Atonement also enables us to do good and become better in ways that stretch far beyond our mortal capacities. Most of us know that when we do things wrong and need help to overcome the effects of sin in our lives, the Savior has made it possible for us to become clean through His redeeming power. But do we also understand that the Atonement is for faithful men and women who are obedient, worthy, and conscientious and who are striving to become better and serve more faithfully? I wonder if we fail to fully acknowledge this strengthening aspect of the Atonement in our lives and mistakenly believe we must carry our load all alone—through sheer grit, willpower, and discipline and with our obviously limited capacities.

 

Go check  out this talk yourself. You will learn lots.  I have a personal testimony of the wonderful gift of repentance that Jesus gives. I have and do utilize the atonement in my life daily!! I love my Savior and He love me! He also knows and loves you!! Take some time to get to know Him!!! It is worth it!!

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Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence

BY ELDER JÖRG KLEBINGAT

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By applying the Atonement of Jesus Christ, you can begin increasing your spiritual confidence today if you are willing to listen and act.

The adversary knows that faith in Christ—the kind of faith that produces a steady stream of tender mercies and even mighty miracles—goes hand in hand with a personal confidence that you are striving to choose the right. For that reason he will seek access to your heart to tell you lies—lies that Heavenly Father is disappointed in you, that the Atonement is beyond your reach, that there is no point in even trying, that everyone else is better than you, that you are unworthy, and a thousand variations of that same evil theme.

As long as you allow these voices to chisel away at your soul, you can’t approach the throne of God with real confidence. Whatever you do, whatever you pray for, whatever hopes for a miracle you may have, there will always be just enough self-doubt chipping away at your faith—not only your faith in God but also your confidence in yourself. Living the gospel in this manner is no fun, nor is it very healthy. Above all, it is completely unnecessary! The decision to change is yours—and yours alone.

  1. Take responsibility for your own spiritual well-being..
  1. Take responsibility for your own physical well-being.
  1. Embrace voluntary, wholehearted obedience as part of your life. Also, do the right things for the right reasons.
  2. Become really, really good at repenting thoroughly and quickly.
  1. Become really, really good at forgiving.  “I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men” (D&C 64:10). Forgive everyone, everything, all the time, or at least strive to do so, thus allowing forgiveness into your own life.
  1. Accept trials, setbacks, and “surprises” as part of your mortal experience.

No matter what your current status, the very moment you voluntarily choose honest, joyful, daily repentance by striving to simply do and be your very best, the Savior’s Atonement envelops and follows you, as it were, wherever you go. Living in this manner, you can truly “always retain a remission of your sins” (Mosiah 4:12) every hour of every day, every second of every minute, and thus be fully clean and acceptable before God all the time.

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I, Patty, testify to you that I know of the truth of the above 6 things for myself!  I have been doing these things to some extent since September of  and more and more until this very day. Truly have a testimony of the Savior’s atoning love and sacrifice for us! I know that He loves me, and you, individually!! I know that He forgives no matter how very far I had gotten away from Him!! I know that no matter how far away I thought I was from Heavenly Father and Jesus, they had their hand outreached and waiting for me the moment I realized I needed them! They are waiting for you too!! I truly know of the wonderful cleansing of repentance through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. All of my feelings of guilt and regret have been washed away by my Savior. (Now, understand, that my head still brings them up occasionally to torment me, but that IS NOT from my Savior)  If you have the need to repent, turn to Jesus Christ and you too can take advantage of His Atonement. He wants you to!!

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Happy Veteran’s Day

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THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining, Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, you soldier, How shall I deal with you ? Have you always turned the other cheek ? To My Church have you been true?”

The soldier squared his shoulders and said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t. Because those of us who carry guns, Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough. And sometimes I’ve been violent, Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny, That wasn’t mine to keep… Though I worked a lot of overtime, When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God, forgive me, I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place, Among the people here. They never wanted me around, Except to calm their fears.

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord, It needn’t be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don’t, I’ll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne, Where the saints had often trod. As the soldier waited quietly, For the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, you soldier, You’ve borne your burdens well. Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets, You’ve done your time in Hell.”

~Author Unknown~

I copied that from a friend’s Facebook page.

 

 

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Happy Monday!!

I watched a great talk this morning.  Sharing Your Light  by Neill F. Marriott. I really enjoyed it. You should take the time to listen to it also.

I also watched Finding Lasting Peace and Building Eternal Families by Elder L Tom Perry. It was great!!

I am very busy with the 3 grand children today, but I just wanted to say hello and give you a little update.

Little Mister is finally better after his minor surgery. Thanking Heavenly Father for that every day!!

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And here is one by Elder Neil L. Anderson  NLA1

I really like this song and I hope you do also!!

 

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A Beautiful Life – Donny & Marie Osmond

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Had to reblog this one too, thanks again Mormon Soprano!! I love Donnie & Marie also!!!

Originally posted on MORMON SOPRANO:

It’s time for a little bit country and a little bit Rock-n-Roll! Here’s a happy song for our Thanksgiving playlist by none other than the legendary sibling duo Donny & Marie Osmond! The Osmond family are legend. They’ve been called “Mormon royalty” more than once (which always makes me laugh). I grew up watching the Donny & Marie Show (my secret crush was actually on little brother Jimmy, who was closer to my age). The Osmond clan from Provo, Utah has had their share of triumph and tragedy, but despite it all they continue to keep their faith and share their gifts with the world. I truly adore them! I love the message of this song. No matter how hard things may be, when there is Someone beside us to guide and love us, that’s all we really need. It isA Beautiful Life.

This performance was produced by the Hallmark Channel for their 2012 Thanksgiving special on The Marie Show

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Thanksgiving Song – Mary Chapin Carpenter

pattypooh67:

Beautiful song. Thanks Mormon Soprano!!

Originally posted on MORMON SOPRANO:

Today’s song for our Thanksgiving countdown playlist comes from Five-time Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter. Over the course of her career Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. She’s the real deal, and this song is a beautiful tribute to Thanksgiving! It is found on her holiday album “Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas“.

Mary’s lyrics are warm and cozy. They speak of home, family, light and love… I especially like the sweet beckoning call to “Come in, away from sorrow”. Enjoy! - MoSop

“A grateful heart … comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives.”

- Thomas S. Monson

Thanksgiving Song – Mary Chapin Carpenter LYRICS

Grateful for each hand we hold
Gathered round this table.
From far and near we travel home,
Blessed that…

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Forget About Feelings, Real Love Is A Deliberate Choice

pattypooh67:

This is my truth too!!

Originally posted on Seth Adam Smith:

Love Is A Choice

Love is a choice.

My wife and I have known each other since high school, but didn’t date until much later. We had only dated a couple of weeks before we realized that we were madly in love and wanted to get married.

I was all for it! I even suggested a spontaneous, immediate wedding in Vegas. (Seriously.) Kim, however, was a bit more practical about the whole thing. She wanted to take time to plan it all out.

I felt deflated. “We’re so different,” I said. “You like to plan, while I like to be spontaneous.”

Kim’s eyes widened. “I can be spontaneous!” she said, hurriedly. “I can totally be spontaneous. You just have to tell me in advance when you want to be spontaneous, and I will write it down in my planner…”

I gave her a strange look. She was totally serious! Clearly, Kim did not understand…

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Lets all be happy!!

Today I am extremely busy with Little Mister and Master J, so while they sleep for a minute I am going to post a few inspirational memes to make your day happier!!

th (1)    dontgiveupJRH

bednar atonement   NLA wisdom

christlike love JRH  thanksgiving-daily-hinckley

haroldblee  forgiveness

integrity1   humility-is-concerned

comfortJRH  943717_436974576414447_1501148514_n

Some are new, others are favorites of mine that life me up!! I hope they lift you also, if you needed it today!

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