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16 September 2006 @ 02:40 pm
"A covenant is a mutual exchange of enforceable promises.... Gospel covenants are made between God and man. The terms are stipulated by the Lord. Gospel covenants have been given to us by revelation. He has given us those covenants and ordinances that are essential to bring us back into his presence."
- A. Theodore Tuttle (Ensign, May 1984, pp. 24-25.)
10 September 2006 @ 11:26 pm
"I think [forgiveness] may be the greatest virtue on earth, and certainly the most needed. There is so much of meanness and abuse, of intolerance and hatred. There is so great a need for repentance and forgiveness. It is the great principle emphasized in all of scripture, both ancient and modern. Somehow forgiveness, with love and tolerance, accomplishes miracles that can happen in no other way."

- Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Nov. 2005, 81)
06 September 2006 @ 07:55 am
Pure religion is learning the gospel of Jesus Christ and then putting it into action. Nothing will ever be of real benefit to us until it is incorporated into our own lives.
- Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, November 1982, p. 63.)

"Certainly what we are is more important than what we have or what is said of us"
- Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, May 1979, p. 68.)

"The gospel is one of harmony, unity, and agreement. It must be presented in love, and with glad tidings, by those who are calm."
- Marvin J. Ashton (Ensign, November 1987, p. 22.)
31 August 2006 @ 11:55 pm
Sunflowers always face the sun. In the morning, they face east. By evening, they have
turned west. They follow the sun as it crosses each day?s sky, so they can gather in as
much sun as possible. We can be like sunflowers, and turn to the SON, Jesus Christ, and gather spiritual light from him.

A sunflower's seed will grow almost anywhere. You, too, can bloom and grow where you are planted. By desiring to believe and by studying the scriptures prayerfully, you will nurture your personal gospel seed.

As the sunflower grows, small birds soon appear, surround by protecting leaves. Like those leaves, your parents, Young Women leaders, and teachers surround you, and love you, and protect you, and help your budding testimony grow.

As a sunflower grows taller, its stalk grows thicker, for it must support the large flower that will soon be full of seeds. So your spiritual stalk must grow, and your testimony will
grow stronger as you prayerfully read the scriptures that teach of Jesus Christ and strive
to become like him.

When the sunflower bud opens, bright yellow petals form, and its head becomes a golden crown. The blessings of its growth at last begin to show. And, having been born of a seed, it now produces seeds of its own that nourish people, animals and birds. Your testimony will likewise produce its own new seeds, and you will nourish family, friends and others who will see the Son reflected, like a golden crown, in you, for you have become like Him.

So turn to the Son. Open your heart to His light. Seek it first thing each morning. Follow
its warmth across each day?s sky, and let its comfort be the last thing you feel each
night. Then, when the evening of your life?s last setting comes, you will arise to a
glorious new morning and turn again to Him and he will see His image in your countenance.
26 August 2006 @ 02:16 pm
- new journal -

i felt like making a wallpaper for my journal, but it didn't fit here. i used a picture i took of my scriptures and manuals i use during my personal study time. aaaaand, i've been wanting to create a journal for my spiritual growth, thoughts, ramblings, studies, testimony, etc. i'll still be writing in this one, of course! [though i realize i've been a loser in the lj-updating department]

if you'd like to add my other journal that i'll be sharing in, feel free! i'll be writing daily thoughts, what i learn in my scripture study, mission preparation, thoughts on beliefs, my preach my gospel manual, my online byu mission prep courses, things i learn, prayers, etc. i will probably use it when i go on my mission as well to have people post my letters home and such.

i'd love to have anyone add it. whether you're lds, non-religious, curious, or just plain like me ;)
- feel free -

23 August 2006 @ 10:22 am
Integrity is honesty,
And loyalty to God,
With strong and firm commitment
To grasp the Iron Rod.
It's standing firm and stalwart,
Adhering to the truth,
Against the goes of heaven,
While you are in your youth.

It's having a commitment
To live the gospel plan,
while keeping 'self" unsullied,
Unmarried by mortal man.
It's keeping your own passions
From getting out of hand,
And showing by your actions,
That YOU are in command.

It's being incorruptible
By Satan's worldly ways,
Or mankind's carnal nature,
Through all your living days.
It's proving you are able
To stand the test of time,
Unyielding and unwavering,
With every step you climb.

Integrity's important
To all who here would be
sons and daughters unto God
For all eternity.
So let us be committed
To our integrity,
That it will last throughout all time,
And through eternity.

--Heart thoughts by Jim Lee
21 August 2006 @ 11:40 am
Rest Assured
It’s so comforting to hear the Lord’s voice and read of his love for you. (See D&C 33:16.)

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“Mormonad,” New Era, May 1997, 19
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20 August 2006 @ 09:08 pm
"The more perfect one becomes, the less he is inclined to speak of the imperfections of others"
- Ray L. Christensen (CR, April 1956, p.114.)

"A true measure of one's devotion to a principle is measured not by what he professes, but by what he manifests day by day."
- Elder Ray L. Christensen
19 August 2006 @ 06:14 pm
A third grade teacher taped a picture of a barnyard to her chalkboard, and on the desk in front of it were treats for her students. She told the class to come up to the picture and
invited them to find the cow in it. When they found the cow, they were to take their seats. When everyone had found the cow they would all share the treats.

There was not much action among the students for a moment, then one boy said he had found the cow and sat down.

One after another, the young students found the cow in the picture and took their seats.

Finally, a boy and girl stood at the chalkboard, still looking for the cow. Quietly, shyly, the girl said, "I see it," and sat down.

The boy fidgeted nervously. The teacher prodded him. "Can't you see the cow?" She asked impatiently.

The boy, tearfully, admitted he could not. The teacher turned to the class, her arm on the child's shoulder, and said, "Here is an honest boy. There is no cow in the picture."

Peer pressure has such an overwhelming impact on our choices.
16 August 2006 @ 05:40 pm
A poet said, “Flowers were put in the world to administer delight, and beautify the earth.“ The greatest poet the world has ever known loved flowers. He said, “Consider the lilies of the field; they toil not, neither do they spin, yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. “ And because he loved flowers so much, He resolved that some day—it would be in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times; to plant a beautiful flower garden. The place was to be in a land choice above all other lands. And the name of the gardener should be Joseph. The main roots of the garden were to be prayer and revelation—prayer for those who lacked wisdom, and revelation to answer that prayer.

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