A place to come read, share, and learn more about our Savior with me this semester as I study the Book of Mormon.
"So the way to deliverance always requires humility in order for the Lord to be able to lead us by the hand where He wants to take us through our troubles and on to sanctification." -Henry B. Eyring
What a great chapter. Wanna know why I think so? Well, it's because the chapter heading itself is beautiful And when there is a beautiful chapter heading, all you can do is brace yourself for the verses that will ensue, because they are always the most eloquent and powerful chapters.
For example, Alma 31.
Chapter Heading :
Alma heads a mission to reclaim the apostate Zoramites—The Zoramites deny Christ, believe in a false concept of election, and worship with set prayers—The missionaries are filled with the Holy Spirit—Theirafflictions are swallowed up in the joy of Christ. About 74 B.C.
Beautiful isn't it?
I am crazy about the imagery here. The thought that our pains and afflictions are literally absolved through the atonement. That they are "swallowed up" not in misery and guilt but in "the joy of Christ."
And the rest of the chapter is simply stuffed full of more power phrases throughout. Here are some of my favorites. I love Alma.
31 O Lord, my heart is exceedingly sorrowful; wilt thou comfort my soul in Christ. O Lord, wilt thou grant unto me that I may have strength, that I may suffer with patience these afflictions which shall come upon me, because of the iniquity of this people.
35 Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee.
38 And the Lord provided for them that they should hunger not, neither should they thirst; yea, and he also gave them strength, that they should suffer no manner of afflictions, saveit were swallowed up in the joy of Christ. Now this was according to the prayer of Alma; and this because he prayed in faith.
Once upon a time my parents created a joint Facebook account.
(They are really hip, potentially even more so than their 18 year old daughter)
Yesterday my mum informed me that she deleted their account, because it wasn't necessary. It was a distraction and an epic time waster. Everything she said was merely echoing thoughts I have had for quite some time, but I have never taken the 20 seconds of courage to cut out the superfluous in my life. Well today, I am taking a step in the right direction. No, I will not be deleting Facebook. As much as I would like to, I just love people too much! So many of my friends live in other states, even other countries, and Facebook is the only medium through which we keep in touch. But I am taking the advice of Elder Oaks as well as the example of my parents to heart. I intend to sprinkle my time with little doses of good things, like the fabulous Facebook and the beautiful Pinterest. But as Elder Oaks says,
"We have to forego some good things in order to choose others that are better or best because they develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and strengthen our families."
And that is exactly what I plan to do. I am going to cut back on the "good" and quadruple the "better" and "best" in my life. So many of the good and fun things that I spend so much time on won't bring me closer to my Heavenly Father, and if I want to be a true instrument in His hands, I am going to have to cut back on the wasted time and consecrate my life to the Lord. So there it is friends. I have pressed "publish" and sent my commitment to be better out into the vast world that is the internet.
Which means I am holding myself accountable to all of you.
I am a sucker for anything vintage. I like old things, old-looking things, and even old people. More often than not I would take old over new. 'Old' to me represents things that are comfortable, lived-in, and unchanging. However, today I am choosing to embrace the new. I am not a huge fan of change, but I am working every day to be more accepting of it. So many new things are entering my life. A new year, a new semester, new goals, new classes, new friends, new perspectives, new decisions, new information, new opportunities, new responsibilities, new everything!
The talk that I have been studying over and over again to help me on this journey of becoming a better person and embracing change is entitled "The Best is Yet to Be" by Elder Jeffrey Holland. If you have a moment, please read it. It offers an eloquent perspective on change and the role that faith plays in the process of accepting and even loving the inevitable changes in our lives.
He opens this talk with the following statement,
The start of a new year is the traditional time to take stock of our lives and see where we are going, measured against the backdrop of where we have been. I don’t want to talk about New Year’s resolutions, but I do want to talk about the past and the future, with an eye toward any time of transition and change in our lives—and those moments come virtually every day.
I love this.
As we head into 2012, I would hope that we are doing so with much excitement about the treasures the Lord has in store for us, and that we recognize this new year as the true blessing it is. The blessing of a fresh start and opportunity to be better instruments in the Lord's hands.
Part with 2011 with gratitude for lessons learned, and welcome 2012 with a gracious and hopeful heart.
Cheers to the new year!