It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Favorite talks from LDS Conference
Love your enemies; bless them that curse you, pray for them that hurt you, pray for them that despitefully use you. The pure love of Christ removes the scales of resentment and wrath. Flawed and imperfect mortals who have potential and worth, because God loves us so much, we must love and FORGIVE each other.
Do you Gossip? Even when what you say is true? Do you exclude, push away or punish others because of something they have done? Do you wish to cause harm to someone? Stop it! He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone. Let us put down our stones. Be kind, forgive, and talk peacefully with one another. Give and it shall be given unto you. Show
Kindness, peace and charity, return good for evil. Do not seek revenge or wrath for others. If thine enemy hunger feed him, if he be thirsty give him drink, be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good. It is the merciful who obtain mercy.
- Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf My favorite talk from General Conference!
Russell M. Nelson-
My wife and I Express our Gratitude and love to you.
My wife and I visited an Aquarium with lots of colorful vibrant fish. I asked who feeds them. A young women replied; I do. Have they thanked
you? She indicated; Not yet. Likewise, there are people oblivious of their Creator. Who live
their lives each day without believing in their Creator, or they believe the earth
was a result of a big bang somewhere. Can a printing press print a book by a
big explosion? Wouldn't it be wonderful if all the children of God could be
aware of God’s providence and love? Let us give thanks to God. God is the
Father of our spirit. He has a glorified perfected body of flesh and bone. We
were created in the image of God. The necessities of food, water and air were
given us as gifts from our Heavenly Father. For these gifts-Thanks, be to God.
Marriage and Family are ordained of God. The family is the most important
social unit of the kingdom of God. The plan of happiness addresses-the natural
yearning for endless association with beloved members of one’s family. My work
and my glory is to bring about the immortality and eternal life of man. Whoso
believeth in him might not perish, but have everlasting his life. Jesus Christ
came to redeem the Lord’s children. Ressurection and immortality became a
reality. I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, though he
were dead, yet shall he live. For he that believeth in me shall never die!
Thanks be to God!
Our Heavenly Father loves each of his children.
Gift of your own Physical Body, eyes are connected to the
brain, the heart, the bodies defense system. In response to infection, responds
with antibodies. The body heals its cuts bruises and broken bones. Capacity for
reproduction is one of the sacred gifts of God. Great spiritual strength is
given to many who are frail and have physical changes. If the body’s capacity
for normal function, our creator provided for aging, death is part of life. To return
to God through the gateway we call death, is a joy for those who are prepared
to meet him. Bodies and spirits, limb and joint will be united again never to
be separated again. Our spirits lived in the pre-mortal realm and exists after
the body dies; it provides the soul with animation and personality. Your spirit
has; love, compassion, kindness, forgiveness. Spiritual strength is Baptism,
The gift of the Holy Ghost, The Covenant of Eternal Marriage in the Temple. God
is our eternal Father. His son Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. For
these Spiritual Gifts, thanks be to God.
Dispensation given by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
appeared to Jesus Christ. We are under covenenant to teach the gospel to every
nation, tongue and people. King Benjamin’s Address--Believe in God, that he is,
he created all things in Heaven and in earth. Repent in your sins and forsake
them, ask in sincerity in your heart that he forgive you. If you believe in
them, see that ye do them.
Access to the atonement helps us to live eternally with God,
Jesus Christ and our Families.
For these gifts and covenants-, Thanks be to God.
Ronald A. Rasband- Paxton our Grandson was born with a chromosomal
deletion. For reasons unknown some persons are born with disabilities, all of
our bodies are subject to disease and death. A perfect body is not needed in
this life. Some of the sweetest spirits are espoused in frail frames. With
infinite love and everlasting compassion, Heavenly Father loves you and your
precious one. Why must we send our loved ones home early? Plan of Happiness,
this life is training for eternal exaltation. That process means tests and
trials. Trusting in God’s will is central to our mortality. We draw on Christ’s
atonement when there are questions and few answers. Have ye any that are sick
or afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither, I will heal them. Are there any
of you who are afflicted in any way? For I have compassion of you, my bowels
are moved with mercy. All the multitude went forth. He did heal them every one
as they were brought forth to him. God’s works are being manifested through
them. I have a great appreciation for those loving parents who bear heartbreak
who has developed a serious mental or physical disability.
The parents submit cheerfully to all the events of the child’s
life. The worth of this tiny soul is so great-- to those who were so carefully
watching over him. Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.
What the worth of the soul is both physically and spiritually to God. Mortal Angels and Immortal Angels- being
interested in the lives around us. Praying for each other, bringing over meals,
doing laundry, taking siblings to their activities, offering hugs and kindness.
The overwhelming joy that service and love. One cannot participate in helping
others, without experiencing a rich blessing himself. Our caring, loving savior
will always be there for us. I will not leave you comfortless. I will come unto
you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
We are all enlisted till the conflict is o’er
Happy are we, Happy are we.
Soldiers in the army, there’s a bright crown in store.
We shall win and wear it by and by
Reach out to those who are afflicted or hurt in any way.
President Monson- Eternal Truths, which will enrich our
lives and save our home. People are in a hurry, jet powered air packs,
vacations are enjoyed & familes visited. Roadways and railways everywhere
carry people everywhere who seem to rush about the business of the day. What
should we have for dinner. Should we sign Johnny up for soccer? Slow down and
Our family is what is really important we can sense it. This grandmother got her hair done twice a
week and cherished her earthly prized possessions. She had little time for her
grandchildren, so concerned about her prized possessions. Her mortal life was
in jeopardy, she realized what was most precious to her. What matters in our
lives how we live it. Lay not for yourselves treasures on earth, but lay up for
yourselves treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is there will your
heart be also. The soul of man reaches heavenward in our times of need. Where
did we come from. Why are we here. Where do we go after we leave this life?
These questions transcend mortality. We are the offspring of God. The Lord has
declared that the spirit and the body are the soul of man. The spirit is the
offspring of God. The Father of Spirits. The spirits of all man and others;
women and children. Wordsworth; our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting, the soul
that riseth with us hath elsewhere setting another star, we come from God who
is our own. Heaven lies about us in our infancy. Parents ponder their
responsibility to reach and inspire their children. Children and youth ask the
question why am I here? We gain an opportunity to prove ourselves in order to
qualify for all God has prepared for us to receive. Been given a body of flesh
and bones, and the gift of agency. We discern between good and evil. There are
consequences attached to our actions. Obedience to God’s commandments, in my
father’s house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you, that where I
am there shall ye be also. The need to reach heavenward for assistance. God our
Father and Jesus Christ our Lord have marked the way to perfection. Beckon us
to the eternities and to become perfect as they are perfect. Let us run with
patience the race that is before. The prize belongs to him who endures to the
We have been provided divine attributes to guide our
journey. We have been given the power to think, reason and to achieve. Receive
from our Heavenly Father Guidance to insure our safe return. The words of the
Lord and the words of the Prophets to help us successfully cross our mortal
mission. The pain of sickness, the failing of summer, the approach of autumn,
the chill of winter, and the experience of death. If a man die, shall he live
again? The question always return. Death comes to all mankind. Comes to the
aged. Sometimes it hushes the laughter of little children. Is death the end of
It is she, and yet it is not she. It is changed, she is not
the same. What could be gone, if it not the soul. Death is not what some people
imagine. It is like going to another room. Where we greet our brothers and
sisters and friends who have gone before. The spirits of all man, whether they
be good or evil are taken home to that God that gave them life. The spirits of
the righteous are received in happiness called paradise, where they shall rest
from all their troubles, care and sorrow.
Why seek ye the living among the dead. He is not here for he
is risen. We shall all be resurrected. Celestial Glory we seek, the presence of
God we desire to dwell, a forever family in which we want membership.