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What thinks Christ of Me?

I am sure you have often wondered as I have how the Savior truly feels about you?  Have you thought about how you truly feel about the Savior?  I love these words from an apostle of the Lord:

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Strong Marriages

Here is a video interview discussion about having strong marriages.  Perhaps you would find it enlightening:

Personal Testimony

My Testimony

I know that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me dearly.  I know that He sent His Son, the Savior, Jesus Christ, to come to the Earth to save each and every one of us.  He atoned for our sins and made it possible for us to live again.

I know that He has restored His gospel to the Earth and that He has given men the priesthood, the power to act in God’s name.  He loves us.  He lifts us higher than we are.

I know that through Him we can accomplish all things.  He is my Savior and Redeemer.  He is in my life each and every day.  He is the one who brings me light, life, and hope.

Faith and Testimony

Testimony and faith grow into beautiful trees as we nurture them with prayer, scripture study, and obedience.

What testimony is…

Before I start talking about how we can build upon our faith and testimony, I want to be sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to what testimony means.  Joseph Fielding Smith said that a testimony:

“is a convincing knowledge given by revelation to (a person) who humbly seeks the truth… Its convincing power is so great that there can be no doubt left in the mind when the Spirit has spoken.  It is the only way that a person can truly know that Jesus is the Christ and that His gospel is true.”

Perhaps you have felt the testimony that you have in your life.

How testimony and faith grow

Henry B. Eyring does an amazing job in explaining this in his talk “Testimony.”  This is what he says:

“Testimony requires the nurturing by the prayer of faith, the hungering for the word of God in the scriptures, and the obedience to the truth we have received.  There is danger in neglecting prayer.  There is danger to our testimony in only casual study and reading of the scriptures.  They are necessary nutrients for our testimony.

You remember the warning from Alma:

‘But if ye neglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment, behold it will not get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, because it hath no root it withers away, and ye pluck it up and cast it out.

Now, this is not because the seed was not good, neither is it because the fruit thereof would not be desirable; but it is because your ground is barren, and ye will not nourish the tree, therefore ye cannot have the fruit thereof’ (Alma 32:38-39).

Feasting on the word of god, heartfelt prayer, and obedience to the Lord’s commandments must be applied evenly and continually for your testimony to grow and prosper.  All of us at times have circumstances beyond our control that interrupt our pattern of scripture study.  There may be periods of time when we choose for some reason not to pray.  There may be commandments that we choose for a time to ignore.

But you will not have your desire for a living testimony granted if you forget the warning and the promise in Alma:

‘And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree of life.

But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.

And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yeah, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.

Then…ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you’ (Alma 32:40-43).”

Is the ground that you plant your seed of testimony and faith barren?  What are you doing to have fertile soil and to nourish the seed of faith and testimony?  I know that as we continually nurture our testimony through scripture study, prayer, and obedience, our lives are enriched and filled with purpose and meaning.

Are We Not All Beggars?

Are we not All Beggars?

Sharing with others and lifting each other up

I would like to share in the post a section of scripture that is found in the Book of Mormon in Mosiah chapter 4 verses 14 through 26.  This section speaks of the importance of helping and serving one another.  It is as follows:

“And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness.

But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.

And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succcor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.

Perhaps thou shalt say:  The man has brought upon himself his misery:  Therefore I will stay my hand and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just–

But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.

For behold, are we not all beggars?  Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?

And behold, even at this time ye have been calling on His name and begging for a remission of your sins.   And has He suffered that ye have begged in vain?  Nay:  He has poured out His Spirit upon you, and has caused that your heart should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.

And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another.

And if ye judge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance, which to whom also your life belongeth; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done.

I say unto you, wo be unto that man, for his substance shall perish with him; and now, I say these things unto those who are rich as pertaining to things of the world.

And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day to day; I mean all you who deny the beggar, because ye have not, I would that ye say in your hearts that:  I give not because I have not, but if I had I would give.

And now, if ye say this in your hearts ye remain guiltless, otherwise ye are condemned; and your condemnation is just for ye covet that which ye have not received.

And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you–that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God–I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants.”

What are you doing to help others?  What are you doing to make yourself in a position so that you are better able to help others?  I know that as we work towards being able to and actually doing this, we come closer to Christ and have greater love and appreciation for those around us.

What Type of Person am I to Be?

What type of person am I to be?

Questioning Ourselves

Perhaps you have asked yourself before what type of person you are supposed to be.  We are told in the scriptures that it is not enough to be good.  Lynn G. Robbins said this concerning who we should be:

“’To be, or not to be’ is actually a very good question.  The Savior posed the question in a far more profound way, making it a vital doctrinal question for each of us: ‘What manner of men (and women) ought ye to be?  Verily I say unto you, even as I am’ (3 Nephi 27:27).  The first-person present tense of the verb be is I Am.  He invites us to take upon us His name and His nature.”

What does it mean for us to take upon us His name and His nature?

Being and Doing

So, what is the difference between being and doing?  What do each of them mean?  Lynn G. Robbins continues in his talk:

“To be and to do are inseparable.  As interdependent doctrines they reinforce and promote each other.  Faith inspires one to pray, for example, and prayer in turn strengthens one’s faith.

The Savior often denounced those who did without being—calling them hypocrites:  ‘This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me’ (Mark 7:6).  To do without to be is hypocrisy, or feigning to be what one is not—a pretender.”

Are you a pretender in your life?  Do you honour the Lord with your lips while your heart is far from Him?

Lynn G. Robbins continues:

“Conversely, to be without to do is void, as in ‘faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone’ (James 2:17).  Be without do really isn’t being—it is self-deception, believing oneself to be good merely because on’e intentions are good.

Do without be—hypocrisy—portrays a false image to others, while be without do portrays a false image to oneself.”

We must be careful in our lives to look for ways that we are doing what we are.  We must be sure that we do and we be.

Checking Ourselves

I love how Robbins talks about to do lists and how we are to check ourselves for progress:

“Many of us create to do lists to remind us of things we want to accomplish.  But people rarely have to be lists.  Why?  To do’s are activities or events that can be checked off the list when done.  To be, however, is never done.  You can’t earn check marks with to be’s.  I can take my wife out for a lovely evening this Friday, which is a to do.  But being a good husband is not an event; it needs to be part of my nature—my character, or who I am.

Or as a parent, when can I check a child off my list as done?  We are never done being good parents, one of the most important things we can teach our children is how to be more like the Savior.”

I think one of the most important things that we can teach anyone is to be like the Savior.  As we ourselves strive to become more like the Savior, we teach others to be more like the Savior as well through our example.  Such great good comes from working to become more like the Savior ourselves.

Perfect Parenting

Parents have a divine heritage to raise spirit sons and daughters of God.

Being a Parent

I am not going to pretend to know much on this subject, but I am going to share some things that I have heard that seem so vitally important to be shared in today’s world.  Parenting is not an easy thing, especially when parents seem to be given unruly or very trying children.  Lynn G. Robbins said this concerning the subject:

“A sweet and obedient child will enroll a father or mother only in Parenting 101.  If you are blessed with a child who tests your patience to the nth degree, you will be enrolled in Parenting 505.  Rather than wonder what you might have done wrong in the premortal life to be so deserving you might consider the more challenging child a blessing and opportunity to become more godlike yourself.  With which child will your patience, long-suffering, and other Christ-like virtues most likely be tested, developed, and refined?  Could it be possible that you need this child as much as this child needs you?”

The Lord knows our needs and the needs of our children.  He loves us and wants what is best for us.  He will help us as we strive to teach our children in His ways.

Discipline

It is important to discipline children to help them to learn the ways of the Lord.  Not only do we teach by example, but we also teach by word.  Lynn G. Robbins had this to say concerning discipline and teaching children in his talk ‘What Manner of Men and Women Ought Ye to Be?:’

“Because be begets do and is the motive behind do, teaching be will improve behavior more effectively than focusing on do will improve behavior.

When children misbehave, let’s say when they quarrel with each other, we often misdirect our discipline on what they did, or the quarreling we observed.  But the do—their behavior—is only a symptom of the unseen motive in their hearts.  We might ask ourselves, ‘What attributes, if understood by the child, would correct this behavior in the future?  Being patient and forgiving when annoyed?  Loving and being a peacemaker?  Taking personal responsibility for one’s actions and not blaming?’

How do parents teach these attributes to their children?  We will never have greater opportunity to teach and show Christ-like attributes to our children than in the way we discipline them.  Discipline comes from the same root word as disciple and implies patience and teaching on our part.  It should not be done in anger.  We can and should discipline the way that Doctrine and Covenants 121 teaches us:  ‘by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; by kindness and pure knowledge’ (verses 41-42).  These are all Christ-like be’s that should be a part of who we, as parents and disciples of Christ, are.

Heavenly Father is there to help us to discipline in love and with Christ-like attributes.  We need only to turn to him in prayer for help.

Teaching Children

I like how Lynn G. Robbins closes his talk.  He says:

“The most important way to teach to be is to be the kind of parents to our children that our Father in Heaven is to us.  He is the one perfect parent, and He has shared with us His parenting manual—the scriptures.”

We have what we need to become good and righteous parents and examples to children.  Surely they are our Father in Heaven’s children as well.  Let us always remember to treat them as sons and daughters of God.