Tuesday, May 31, 2011
2. Ask yourself, Are there things in my life I should start, stop, or continue doing? Seemingly small actions or attitudes carried on over time can set important long-term trajectories. "Out of small things proceedeth that which is great"
3. Study the lives of the great prophets, including Abraham. As how you increase your understanding, trust, and experience with the Lord so as to be prepared for challenges and opportunites in your life.
4. Review circumstances in which you recieved guiding promptings and how you responded to those promptings.
5. Count your many blessings. Look for ways to add "thank you", "I love you", "Please forgive me", and "I forgive you" to your daily life.
"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""
Monday, May 30, 2011
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This post has actually been saved for a while and I have taken my sweet time getting back to it!
Saturday, May 7, 2011
- It is good advice to slow down a little, steady the course, and focus on the essentials when experiencing adverse conditions.
- It's surprising how easy it is to ignore this lesson when it comes to applying these principles in our own daily lives. When stress levels rise, when distress appears, when tragedy strikes, too often we attempt to keep up the same frantic pace or even accelerate, thinking somehow that the more rushed our pace, the better off we will be.
- Because they unnecessarily complicate thier lives, they often feel increased frustration, diminished joy, and too little sense of meaning in their lives.
- "There is more to live than increaseing its speed"
- "We have to forego some good things in order to choose oterhs that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families" - Elder Dallin H. Oaks.
- There is beauty and clarity that comes form cimplicity that we sometimes do not appreciate in our thirst for intricate solutions.
- "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Leonardo da Vinci
- Printed material, wide-ranging media sources, electronic tools and gadgets - all helpful if used properly - can become hurtful diversions or heartless chambers of isolation.
- My dear brother and sisters, we would do well to slow down a little, proceed at the optimum speed for our circumstances, focus on the significant, lift up our eyes, and truly see the things that matter most.
- As we open our hearts to the influence of the Holy Spririt, our lives become more stable and secure. We experience greater peace and joy, and fulfillment as we give our best to live according to God's eternal plan and keep His commandments.
- To strengthen our time with God, we need some meaningul time along with Him. Quietly focusing on daily personal prayer and scripture study, always aiming to be worthy of a current temple recommend-these will be some wise investments of our time and efforts to draw closer to our Heavenly Father. Let us heed the invitation in Psalms: "Be still, and know that I am God."
- Family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time. We talk with, rather than about, each other.
- We build relationships with fellowmen one person at a time - by being sensitive to the needs of others, serving them, and giving of our time and talents.
- STRENGTH COMES NOT FROM FRANTIC ACTIVITY BUT FROM BEING SETTLES ON A FIRM FOUNDATIONS OF TRUTH AND LIGHT.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
- Self-mastery … is the ultimate test of our character
- Self-mastery requires self-determination and strength of character. It enhances our own gifts and talents in a remarkable way.
- Every human soul...has the challenge of controlling his or her thoughts, appetites, speech, temper, and desires.
- Willpower is necessary so that irritations do not take over our emotions.
- Self-mastery is a challenge for every individual. Only we can control our appetites and passions. Self-mastery cannot be bought by money or fame. It is the ultimate test of our character. It requires climbing out of the deep valleys of our lives and scaling our own Mount Everests.
- Often that which is seen...is more powerful and persuasive than what is said.
- Men and women often attempt to gain notice and approval of the group from whom they seek acceptance. Such peer pressure may cause them to do things they would not otherwise do. This is acting out of weakness, not strength.
- self-mastery is doing those things we should do and not doing those things we should not do. It requires strength, willpower, and honesty.
- I now turn to mastery of our own private thoughts. In this realm, conscience is the only referee that can blow the whistle when we get out of control. If not bridled, our thoughts can run wild. Our minds are a part of us that really require discipline and control. I believe reading the scriptures is the best washing machine for unclean or uncontrolled thoughts. For those who are eligible and worthy, the sanctity of the holy temple can lift our thoughts above the earthy.
- “language is the dress of thought”
- “My strength is as the strength of ten, / Because my heart is pure.”
- “That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
- President David O. McKay once said: “Spirituality is the consciousness of victory over self, and of communion with the Infinite. Spirituality impels one to conquer difficulties and acquire more and more strength. To feel one’s faculties unfolding and truth expanding the soul is one of life’s sublimest experiences.”
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
"Love is what inspired our Heavenly Father to create our spirits; it is what led our Savior to the Garden of Gethsemane to make Himself a ransom for our sins. Love is the grand motive of the plan of salvation; it is the source of happiness, the ever-renewing spring of healing, the precious fountain of hope. As we extend our hands and hearts toward others in Christlike love, something wonderful happens to us. Our own spirits become healed, more refined, and stronger. We become happier, more peaceful, and more receptive to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit."
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
- We do not always think in an accurate way about . One of the incorrect and irrational attitudes we tend to have is that is merely a mystical feeling, a mysterious power that takes over; and when it comes, we “fall into it,” helpless to control it. We are prone to think that it can vanish as mysteriously as it came and that we are helpless to prevent its leaving.
- We need to stop thinking of as a mysterious power that has control over us. We need to think of as a way to treat other people, rather than as something that happens to us; then we will begin to have power over our loving.
- One of the most important things to look for in a marriage partner is the extent to which that person is able to express .
- in preparing ourselves for marriage, one of the most essential characteristics to incorporate within ourselves is the ability to give as well as to receive it.
- The more we give a child in his younger years, the more ability he will have to give throughout his adulthood.
- We need to stop thinking that it is wrong for a person to Bible doesn’t say, “ thy neighbour instead of thyself”; it says, “ thy neighbour thyself.” himself. The
- to feel alone is not enough—it must also be expressed.
- A loving person respects other persons. A part of respecting people is not to force them.
- A loving person responds to others.
- Loving is empathizing, trying to understand how the other person feels and letting him know that we understand.
- A loving person has concern for the welfare, progress, and happiness of the loved one.
- Loving is giving. It is the giving of material things to others, but even more important, it is the giving of one’s time.
- A true gift of is one that is given with no strings attached; it is given with no concern about what will be received in return.
- Who is richer: he who has much or he who gives much? The giver is the richer, for he always receives for having given.
- A person who is not willing to receive deprives others of giving. Receiving is an important part of loving.
- Loving is forgiving. A loving person forgives one who has wronged him, and he also forgives himself for mistakes he has made.
- Another word for is charity.
- A loving person suffers long and is kind. His is of long duration; he envies not. He is not puffed up. Arrogance, boastfulness, and conceit are not his ways; he is humble. A loving person does not behave himself unseemly; he thinks no evil; he bears all things; he endures all things; and he is not easily provoked to anger. A loving person does not hold a grudge against others; he realizes that to do so is to bring more harm to himself than to them.
- It involves caring, respecting, responding, empathizing, having concern, giving, receiving, sharing, forgiving. Notice that these words we are using are verbs, and verbs denote action. Loving requires action.
- A person who says to another, “You have killed all the I ever had for you,” does not understand the art of loving, because nothing can kill ; if it dies, it commits suicide, because is not a measure of the one being loved, but of the one doing the loving.
- it is not just a feeling—it is a way of treating a person.
- If a person is mature in his ways of loving, then for him is not blind. Mature sees not less; but because it sees more, it is willing to see less.
- Maybe you are wondering if you are really in with your partner, if the two of you have a genuine that will stand the test of time. If there is admiration between you, if you agree on most things, if you cooperate instead of compete, you are probably in . If you feel comfortable together and can relax and be natural, you are probably in .
- does not consist of gazing into one another’s eyes, but of looking outward in the same direction.