O Holy Night: Christmas Gift

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Originally posted on MORMON SOPRANO:

Here is a special Christmas video gift for you to enjoy this year, released to the world just in time – with lovely music from award-winning movie composer Robert Allen Elliott and scenes taken from the epic Bible Video series. This new video is stunning and moving, and is the perfect reminder of what Christmas really means. Enjoy! – MoSop

O Holy Night – A Christmas Video

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Some Christmas Videos for you

 

 

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He is the Gift

Here are some videos for you to watch:

 

 

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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Do not Define Me

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“Let the courage define me” LOVE it

Originally posted on FighterZine:

There are many days that that the pain seems to be all I have.  This disease decides what I can do and how I can do it. That is all true but I am learning to pace myself. I am one of one million people who live with chronic pain. But I am also stronger than I ever imagined and I am Courageous.  I know I am not alone I have found The National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association and  I have a mission for our voices to be heard.Not just the pain filled cries but the hope and perserverance. Let courage define me.

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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!!

NLA1

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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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