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Following the Guidance of the Lord

Following the Guidance of the Lord

In the Book of Mormon (a book revered as scripture by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”) we learn about an ancient prophet, Lehi, and his family’s journey to a Promised Land in the Americas. On their journey they received a blessing from the Lord, recorded as follows: And it came to pass that as [Lehi] arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness (1 Nephi 16:10). This ball was called the Liahona. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc.(pp 139-141), Gibbons shares more insight on the matter: Following the Little Arrows How did Lehi’s people exercise faith that the spindles... Read the rest of this entry »

Scripture Study Brings Us Closer to Christ

Scripture Study Brings Us Closer  to Christ

Is scripture study important? I believe whole-heatedly that it is! As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”), I follow the counsel from our prophets to be immersed in the scriptures every day. I know that both the Bible and the Book of Mormon are the Word of God, they teach Christ’s teachings, and the very words which we have before us can change souls. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. (pp 136-137), Gibbons teaches the power of scripture study and how it can bless the reader with protection and strength: Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

God Gives Us Trials to Refine Us

God Gives Us Trials to Refine Us

Has anybody ever told you that the best of people go through the hardest trials? Why is that? It is because God is refining His people for a very special purpose. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. (pp 125-126), Gibbons shares what this special purpose is: Testing, Trying, or Proving Jesus is a problem solver. He can do anything. He can fix anything. But He is more than that. If His only concern was to keep us from pain and sorrow, He could institute a millennial condition among us now. In the Millennium, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4). But He is concerned with more than simply eliminating unhappiness. He is not exclusively concerned with ensuring that we are good. The Lord does want us to be happy.... Read the rest of this entry »

How Can I Trust God?

How Can I Trust God?

Do you trust God? And if you do, do you trust Him in your mind and heart? Occasionally God tests us to see if we really do trust Him. A couple of things I like to do when I am in a sticky situation where I need to trust the Father of my spirit is to: 1) think back on my life and reflect on the thought—has He ever let me down? and 2) “try the virtue of the word of God” (Alma 31:5). In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons (a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”),  published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. (pp. 121-122), Gibbons shares doctrine and personal experience that help us realize that we can trust in God with complete assurance in the future. Not one Moment More When you pass through trials for His purposes, as you trust Him, exercise faith in Him, He will help you. That support will generally come step by step, a portion at a time. While... Read the rest of this entry »

Pressing Forward With Faith in Jesus Christ

Pressing Forward With Faith in Jesus Christ

Ever wanted to give up on something? I know I sure have. I remember when I was in little-league baseball (even though I am a girl, I wanted to play with the boys) I wanted to quit one year because it was so hard—and I wasn’t getting any playing time. My parents said I could, but that if I did quit, they would never let me sign up to play again. Because of this, I kept going. I loved baseball, I just didn’t love this particularly hard season. It didn’t get better that season, but I learned a good lesson—keep going! That year passed by, and the next baseball season began, and I was enjoying yet again. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”) I often learn about “enduring to the end,” like how our Mormon pioneer ancestors did. It isn’t always easy, but with the help of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is possible, and it is always worth it! In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only... Read the rest of this entry »

Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid

Have you ever had a fear or a worry? As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon Church” by some) I believe that Jesus Christ has paid the infinite price to make it so we need not ever fear. He has suffered so that we do not have to suffer alone. Obviously we are human, so fear is something we will all have to face—but as we develop, grow and foster our relationship with Jesus Christ our fears will dissipate. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc., Gibbons shares, using scriptural backing, exactly why we need not fear. Be Not Afraid We are not alone. We are never alone. In our darkest hours andour deepest distresses we can go to Him and be “encircled about eternally in the arms of his love” (2 Nephi 1:15). He has promised to love us (1 John 2:5); to speak to us (D&C 8:2); to answer us (3 Nephi 14:7–8); to... Read the rest of this entry »

Jesus Christ is Our Rock

Jesus Christ is Our Rock

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon Church” by many), I am a firm believer that Jesus Christ is my Rock and my Redeemer. I know that with out Him I am nothing, but with Him I can be everything. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc. (pp 145-148), Gibbons shares personal experiences, combined with Mormon beliefs, to enlighten us on the subject of Jesus Christ as our “Rock.” The Rock of Heaven On a summer day when I was sixteen, I went with friends to explore a large cave in Logan Canyon. We took only one flashlight, which I dropped and broke about three fourths of a mile inside the cavern. We were trapped, left without illumination in a situation from which we could not escape on our own. The pathway out was barely safe with a light. In the absolute darkness it was impossible. So we did the only things we could... Read the rest of this entry »

Trust in Jesus Christ His Light Will Illuminate Your Life

Trust in Jesus Christ His Light Will Illuminate Your Life

Have you ever had to trust in God, so much so that your life depended on it? In the Book of Mormon(a book revered as scripture by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, mistakenly called the “Mormon Church” by friends of other faiths) we learn of a prophet, Samuel. Samuel warned a wicked city to repent. They were so wicked that Samuel said that except it were for the righteous few that lived among them, they would have been destroyed. The Gospel Art Picture Kit explains “Samuel declared [to this people] that in five years a sign would indicate that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, had been born. There would be a day, a night, and a day without darkness. A new star would appear, and there would be other signs in heaven. (See Helaman 14:2–6.) The problem was that if this sign didn’t happen, in the time predicted, the wicked people were going to kill all of the followers of Christ. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe,... Read the rest of this entry »

Trust In God and His Omniscience

Trust In God and His Omniscience

Maybe you are like me… It seems every time I pray to be strengthened, in any given area of my life, I then receive a test that tries me deeply—specific to whatever I prayed for. Obviously I need to learn that Christ-like qualities are not handouts given to us at no cost, rather they are earned attributes that have to be worked for. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the “Mormon Church” by friends of other faiths) I know and believe the words of one of our Church leaders, Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy, who said: At times it may seem that our trials are focused on areas of our lives and parts of our souls with which we seem least able to cope. Since personal growth is an intended outcome of these challenges, it should come as no surprise that the trials can be very personal—almost laser guided to our particular needs or weaknesses. (“More Than Conquerors through Him That Loved Us,” Ensign,... Read the rest of this entry »

God Answers Our Prayers

God Answers Our Prayers

Do you believe that God answers the prayers of His children? Or what about your prayers? As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the “Mormon Church” by friends of other faiths) I follow the counsel of my church leaders who teach us to pray everyday—in fact to “pray always” (Doctrine and Covenants 10:5). Because I have followed this counsel, I know and testify that He does answer our prayers—each and every one of them. In a book titled, Be Not Afraid—Only Believe, written by Ted L. Gibbons, and published in 2009 by Cedar Fort, Inc., he gives examples (both ancient and modern) of prayers being answered in the Lord’s “due time”: Fear Not for Thy Prayer Is Heard Zacharias and Elisabeth were good people. “They were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” (Luke 1:6). They were old and “well stricken in years” (Luke 1:7) and were grieved... Read the rest of this entry »