Alma 26: 11-12

"I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God. Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in [the Raleigh North Carolina Mission], for which we will praise his name forever."

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

S.M.I.L.E!

"But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer.."


S.M.I.L.E!


  While teaching an investigator he apologized to us for talking about the feelings and/or "energy" that he notices then we teach him and about life in general. We told him that we enjoy hearing he's prospective. In fact, we love it more than most other people because he is willing to put "logic" aside and actually feel if it's right. He then said something very profaned to me. He said that he used to be very logical but he realized that what truly matters is his happiness. 

  What is the purpose of the Gospel? The purpose of the Gospel is to help us focus on what truly matters.. Our happiness! "O, my beloved brethren, remember the awfulness in transgressing against that Holy God, and also the awfulness of yielding to the enticings of that cunning one. Remember, to be carnally-minded is death, and to be spiritually-minded is life eternal." (2 Nephi 9:39) 

   In a missionary meeting I said that we need to smile and be happy because we are living The Gospel of Jesus Christ we are sharing the the message of the Savior. Which comes from our Heavenly Father's plan for our happiness. Jesus said "..ye shall sit down in the kingdom of my Father; yea, your joy shall be full, even as the Father hath given me fullness of joy; and ye shall be even as I and I am even as the Father.." (3 Nephi 28:10) 

Spiritually
Minded
Is
Life
Eternal

Monday, April 6, 2015

Think Outwardly

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)


Think Outwardly

  Thinking outwardly is something our Savior, Jesus Christ always did. The scriptures have various accounts of him caring for others more than himself. His whole life was (and is) devoted to the lives of others. His example is a powerful message to us on how we should treat our brothers and sisters.

  Forgetting ourselves is not the easiest especially when helping others doesn't directly effect or benefit us (I'm using "us" to make me feel better about myself). Well, at least we think it doesn't. But in reality thinking outwardly is a benefit over thinking inwardly. As we become self centered our prospective of the world around us is completely depended on what directly effects us. This is a form of not acting but being acted upon by the world. However, as we think outwardly and try to effect the world around us in a positive way our prospective of the world is based on what we are doing to help others. (Which is something we can control and act upon) Verses waiting for the world to gave us something.



How will you forget yourself this week?

Monday, March 30, 2015

He is Risen

"He is not here, but is risen.." (Luke 24:6) "He is not here: for he is risen.." (Matthew 28:6) "..He had risen from the dead.." (Ether 12:7) "..Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him." (Mark 16:16) "..Christ shall have risen from the dead he shall show himself unto you.." (2 Nephi 26:1) "And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him.." (Doctine and Covenants 18:12)

He is Risen

  The seasons are changing again. It's neat to look at the trees with all the leaves fallen off of them. They seem as if their completely lifeless. Then out of no where they seem to receive life again. I wonder how it was like to be one of the disciples of Christ during his earthly ministry. They had no doubt that he lived. They had no doubt that he died. I can only imagine how Thomas felt when he touched the marks on Jesus' hands and no more doubted that he lives again.


  This season lets remember the true meaning of Easter. Lets remember that Jesus Christ the Savior and Redeemer of the world lives. And #BecauseHeLives, he is here for you. Here's a link a video about the resurrection of Jesus.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Blessings!

"There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated" (Doctrine and Covenants 130:20)



I love rain! The sound of it and wetness of it. I love getting rained on. I love singing and dancing in the rain it's fun! "okay, okay we get it you like rain.. why do you bring this up?" That's a great question. Lets compare rain to the blessings from God. President Dieter F. Uchtdor said,

 “Part of our challenge is, I think, that we imagine that God has all of His blessings locked in a huge cloud up in heaven, refusing to give them to us unless we comply with some strict, paternalistic requirements He has set up. But the commandments aren't like that at all. In reality, Heavenly Father is constantly raining blessings upon us. It is our fear, doubt, and sin that, like an umbrella, block these blessings from reaching us. “His commandments are the loving instructions and the divine help for us to close the umbrella so we can receive the shower of heavenly blessings.
   As we not only follow the "big" commandments of God but the little things like reading our scriptures, saying our daily prayers, and attending church we will be soaked in our Heavenly Father's eternal blessings!

        How will you drop your umbrella this week? 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Grease Lightnin'!

"Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life."
      (2 Nephi 31:20) 

Grease Lightnin'!
 
Dat hair Doe!
  It's time for a blast to my past life. I love musicals! I've been in a few. One of which was Grease. I remember the countless hours the cast would spend on practicing songs, dances, and lines for every scene. One night, rehearsals were going longer then expected. We were practicing the scene for Grease Lightnin' over and over and over! The cast was done. I was sick of it too. I just wanted to get home. However, I knew that complaining about it and letting it waver my performance wasn't going to make it go any faster. I decided to enjoy the circumstance and just kept on rehearsing the scene with all the energy I could muster. After going over the scene a few more times our director stop us and said that all of you are going to have to put your heart into it like Elder Cronin if you want to be done soon. Everyone in the scene then stepped up and we finished after doing the scene a couple more times.

  I share this experience not only to brag about myself but to demonstrate the idea of enduring to the end. I think that some may view it to be something negative or something not enjoyable. But that's just not the case it's really all about prospective. Will enduring to the end always be easy? Probably not. The question is. Will you let your perfect brightness of hope falter when the going gets tough?




Will y'all joyfully endure with me?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Friends

  "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Friends

  Friends, how on earth can we go through life without friends? We can't, and be happy. One of the greatest things we can learn while on the earth is how to be a good friend. I'm grateful for all the friends that I've had through out my life. My brother was my first friend and my cousins followed close behind him. Other friends that I really needed when I was a younger, young men were my friends Kade, Nathan, Wesley, Eric, and Taylor. (In no particular order) I love these amazing individuals. I don't know where I would be without them. Sure, there were moments that I was frustrated with them. I'm sure there's been uncountable times that I caused frustration. What's important is these men taught me how to be a good friend. Their examples kept me going with their various skills and talents they taught me much and I hope I did the same for them.

  Since, I've been on my mission I have learned that a true friend will let his friends know of the greatest friend he has. My greatest friend is my Savior, Jesus Christ. Without him I am nothing. It's through my relationship with him that I've really come to know who I am and who I can become. Like all the my friends he is an example to me. He showed me the way to Eternal Life and is helping me everyday with the guidance of my other friend the Holy Ghost. Jesus Christ is a friend to all. His Atonement was done for you, me and for everyone who as ever and will ever walked the earth. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Agency

  "Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.(2 Nephi 2:27)

Agency 

  Our Father in heaven has blessed us with so much we can't even begin to count but one of the most important things he has blessed us with is agency. Agency or the power to make choices/act is beautiful this means God has given all His children the chance to follow Him. When Jesus said to his soon to be disciples "..Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Mattew 4:19) They had the choice to act and follow him or not to. Jesus Christ invites all men to follow him, to choose him. To walk in his foot steps. To be what he wants you to be. Elder D. Todd Christofferson said.

 "God will not act to make us something we do not choose by our actions to become. Truly He loves us, and because He loves us, He neither compels nor abandons us. Rather He helps and guides us. Indeed, the real manifestation of God’s love is His commandments."

  Like the commandment "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48) We indeed are not perfect wherefore we must act with faith in Christ who can make all things possible. Lets not give up on ourselves the power to change is a gift from a Loving Heavenly Father.




How will you exercise you agency this week?