Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Live Right Now

"Choice ias as eternal as we are. Our opportunity to exercise moral agency in mortality is one of God's great gifts. Yet we make many of life's most important choices before we are constitutionally qualified to run for Congress! Faith, marriage, career - these and other important decisions loom as large as an 18-wheeler barrelling toward you at breakneck speed, and you have the uneasy feeling objects in the rearview mirror are even larger than they appear."

"Choices-we may put them off but we can't escape them. choices reveal, define, and refine us. We have the gift of the Holy Ghost. When we make mistakes - and we all do -there is always a way back. And the way back is the way forward."

"We understand neither waiting to be told all things nor doing everythong on our own leads to happiness. Thos who wait for absolute inspiration find themselves paralyzed, sometimes susceptible to deception from uninspired sources. Those who never seek Heavenly Father's inspiration sometimes get what they thought they wanted. You know the expression: "Be careful what you ask for."

"One you really determine to follow that guide, your testimony will grow and you will find provisions set out along the way in unexpected places, as evidence that someone knew that you wold be traveling that way."

"Why was Abraham commanded to go to Mount Moriah and offer his only hope of posterity...Abraham needed to learn something about Abraham."

"Happily, most choices are not Abrahamic tests. But mortal choices let us learn and choose something about ourselves. In a sense, mortality is the ultimate "choose your own adventure." Each choice opens new opportunities to choose and closes others."

"May I share something I've observed about what makes happy couples happy? Happy couples CTR the DTR. They choose the right in defining the relationship. They let the spiritual lead the physical. In ways small and large, whether just starting to date, courting, or during their engagement, happy couples set distinct, appropriate bounds before marriage that bless all aspects of their lives - now and later. Living right now makes possible living happily later."

"Never underestimate seemingly small decisions. This includes how we choose to dress, speak, or otherwise portray ourselves."

"Life doesn't stop while we wait for answers. As a member of our studnet stake put it, "The pioneers received inspiration as the wagon whells turned." Remember the Lord's counsel: Let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power, and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed."

"Get on your knees and ask for help, and then get up and got work, and you'll be able to find your way through almost any situation." - Gordon B. Hinckley

"If you go to bed at 10:00 and get up by 6:00 am, things will work out for you."

"Humbly seeking inspiration while fully obeying all the commandments will hep us determine if we are attracted to that cute girl or guy by spiritual promting or as a response to a Madison Avenue perfume or aftershave. It can help us know when we are giving or receiving a priesthood blessing that what we are saying or hearing is not only what our own heart may earnestly want (or not want) but is in fact the will, mind, word, and voice of the Lord."


First, promptings sometimes open unanticipated opportunites to help others.

Second, promptings sometimes come when our hearts go out to someone else.

Third, promptings sometimes comfort or prepare us for things Heavenly Father knows are coming.

Fourth, promptings sometimes come at the very instnat we need them to help us address questions important to someone else.

"Human choices are inevitably incomplete and incorrect, and they often have unintended, or even sometimes destructive consequences."

"In each of our lives things happen that make us stop and consider what is most important. A heart attack, a near drowning, a suicide - the sudden jolt of death, injury, or major changes make us seek at-one-ment. At these tender moments, the four things that matter most find expression as "thank you", "I loveyou", "please forgive me", and "I forgive you""

-Elder Gong

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