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Something Different

How are you set apart from others?  Do you have the light of Christ in your life?  Are you living in such a way that others come to know the Savior because they know you?

I know that through our example we can bring others to Christ.

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An Apostle’s words to the youth

We can follow the words of Christ as Elder L. Tom Perry explains in this video.

The Example of Joseph

Jacob’s (Israel’s) Sons:

This is the list of Jacob’s 12 sons in birth order.  In parentheses are the mothers of the sons:

  1. Rueben (Leah)
  2. Simeon (Leah)
  3. Levi (Leah)
  4. Judah (Leah)
  5. Dan (Billah)
  6. Naphtali (Billah)
  7. Gad (Zilpah)
  8. Asher (Zilpah)
  9. Issachar (Zilpah)
  10. Zebulon (Zilpah)
  11. Joseph (Rachel)
  12. Benjamin (Rachel)
Joseph’s brothers
Joseph’s brother’s were envious of him because Jacob, their father, favored him.  It says in Genesis 37:3-4:
“3 Now Israel loved aJoseph more than all his children, because hewas the son of his old age: and he made him a bcoat of manyccolours.

 4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.”

Joseph later explained a couple dreams that he had with his brothers about how He saw all of them bowing to him symbolically.  This only made his brothers dislike him more.  They were envious because of the birthright more than probably anything.

Joseph’s Challenges

Joseph faced many challenges in his life.  Many of these challenges are extremely similar to ones we face or may face today:

  1. Being hated:  Being hated is not an easy thing.  I think it is a natural human tendency to want to be liked to want to have positive attention.  When one is hated as Joseph was by his brothers, he/she often retreats from the opposition or turns to whatever one can to be loved by those who hate them or others.
  2. Being mocked and ridiculed:  Joseph was mocked constantly for the dreams that he had and for perhaps being the ‘goody-two-shoes’ who always did what was asked of him.  Many of us as Christians are mocked for the way we live or the choices we make.  Some people do not understand why we do not participate in certain activities or choose to live certain lifestyles.
  3. ‘Being Sold’:  This is one that I have pondered on for a while.  Joseph’s brothers sold him, for much less than he was worth.  He was and is a son of God, whose worth is far above any monetary means.  Many of us today are sold short or perhaps even sell ourselves short.  We are sons and daughters of God.  We are heirs to His kingdom.
  4. Being talked about:  Joseph was talked about behind his back.  His brothers conspired against him, just as many today are talked about behind their backs.  People find too much joy in picking out the faults of others.  Perhaps we should set the example of always talking positively about others, even our so-called enemies.
“The Lord was with Joseph”
In Genesis 39 there are multiple references to how the Lord was with Joseph.  Even through all the trials that Joseph faced, the Lord was with Him.  The Lord was with him because Joseph kept his covenants.  Joseph kept his birthright by fleeing from evil when faced with Potiphar’s wife and by keeping himself clean and pure.  He truly was a servant of the Lord and lived in such a way that He knew and help others know without a doubt who he was as a son of the Most High God.  Do we live in such a way to do this as well?
We are able to see examples of how the Lord was with Joseph as we read in Genesis 40-41 about him interpreting the dreams of his fellow prisoners, the baker and the butler.  These chapters also explain how he was able to interpret Pharaoh’s  dream because of the Lord.  As a result of these things the Lord blessed him and lifted him up as he was promised.  He was also blessed with a wife and children.
Lessons learned from the example of Joseph
As I reflect on the life of Joseph, I am amazed at his humility and meekness and his ability and desire to do the Lord’s will.  I am also amazed at how he stayed close to the Lord in times of trial and let those times in his life build him up and bring him closer to the Lord rather than tearing him down and bringing him farther away from the Lord.
I am reminded of how each of us has trials and experience hard times that we have the choice of how to react to.  Often times we do not see the ‘big picture’ as we experience our trials.  I know that as I was dealing with depression, I never thought it would be of any good to anyone else around me.  But it has been a blessing in my life to be able to help touch the lives of others.  Just as Joseph was able to come closer to the Lord through His trials, I know that my trials have brought me closer to the Lord and helped me to become more Christ-like.  Perhaps this is the case with you as well.  I am reminded of this quote at the end of the video I will share with you by Jeffrey R. Holland which states:
“When suffering we may in fact be nearer to God than we’ve ever been in our entire lives.  That knowledge can turn every such situation into a would be temple.  Regarding our earthly journey the Lord has promised, ‘I will go before your face.  I will be on your right hand and on your left.  My spirit shall be in your hearts and mine angels round about you to bear you up.’  That is an everlasting declaration of God’s love and care for us.  Including, and perhaps especially, in times of trouble.”

Are we giving our all?

Many times in my life I have pondered how much I am giving of myself to Christ.  How much am I willing to give to truly come unto Christ and be converted?  In the Book of Mormon in Alma 22:15 and 18 as Aaron is teaching Lamoni’s father about coming unto Christ, Lamoni’s father says:

“I will give up all that I possess, yea I will forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy.

I will give away all my sins to know thee (Christ), and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day.”

The widow in the Bible also was willing to give all that she had to know the Savior and to come unto Him.  How much are we willing to give?

An Example of the Believers

1 Timothy 4: 12 says:

 12 Let no man adespise thy youth; but be thou an bexample of the believers, in word, in cconversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, indpurity.

This is a video of a young woman who is an example of the believers.  You and I too can be an example of the believers.

Centering your Life

Do you center your life on Christ?

What does it take to center your life?

Well, first we should ask how one is to center his/her life.  And that is in Christ.  I would like to relate the beginning of a talk by Mary N. Cook titled, “Remember This:  Kindness Begins with Me.”  It starts out:

“A few weeks ago I learned an important lesson from a Laurel (young women age 16-18 in the church) who was the youth speaker in my ward.  I was touched as she confidently taught and testified of Jesus Christ.  she concluded her remarks with this statement:  ‘When I make Jesus Christ the center of my life, my day goes better, I’m kinder to my loved ones, and I am filled with joy.’

I have observed this young woman from a distance over the past few months.  She greets everyone with sparkling eyes and a quick smile.  I’ve watched her rejoice in the success of other youth.  Two Mia Maids (young women age 14-16 in the church) recently reported to me of this young woman’s decision to forfeit her ticket to a movie when she realized that it was not going to be an experience that was ‘virtuous and lovely.’  She is loving, kind, and obedient.  She comes from a single-parent home, and her life has not been without challenges, so I’ve wondered how she maintains her happy, kind spirit.  When this young woman testified, ‘I center my life on Jesus Christ,’ I had the answer.

‘We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men.’  This beautiful list of Christlike attributes, found in the thirteenth article of faith, will prepare us for temple blessings and eternal life.”

Surely, by adding Christ-like attributes to our own attributes we are centering our lives on the Savior.

As we center our lives

I know that as we center our lives on the Savior, Jesus Christ, our days will go better.  Things will not seem so hard to get through because the Lord will be there with us.  He will be there to help share the burden we are carrying.  He truly does love us.

What can you do in your life to center your life more on the Savior?  Truly, He will bless you as you go forward and make those simple changes in your life that would lead you to be more centered on Christ.

What is distracting you from doing this?  Perhaps, we just need to get rid of some distractions in life to really recognize the beauty that is all around us and how that all things truly testify of Christ.  He is our Lord and our Redeemer.  Without Him we are nothing.

What Matters Most in Life?

What is most important in your life?

Life

Life gets so crazy sometimes that we don’t even feel like we are living sometimes.  The days, weeks, months, years fly by and we wonder what happened to all of the time that we once had.

How do we live our lives in such a way that we can focus on what truly matters most?  How did our Savior live His life?  Are we following His example?

The stages of life come and go but through it all the Lord is there for us.  He loves us and wishes for us to share that love with others.  Sometimes, we need to just slow down a little and actually allow ourselves to live.  Other times we just need to get ourselves off the couch, away from the television, unglued from the things of the world to really appreciate the things that God has placed in our lives so that we might be happy.

How do we treat those we love?  How do we treat those who we consider our enemies or those who we do not agree with?

The Savior told us to love our enemies, and bless them that curse us, and pray for them which despitefully use or persecute us.  Do you do this?  How can you improve?

How are you spending the time that you have in your life?  Would you be ready if you died tomorrow?  Why or why not?  This life is the life for men to prepare to meet God as it says in the Book of Mormon in Alma 34:32-33:

“For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.

And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.”

Let us do what we can do now to come unto our Lord; to actually live as He would have us live.  I know that as we do this we will be freed from the chains that bind us down and that we will feel lighter.  The Savior lifts us up to more than we can be.