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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Thirty Thoughts


from October General Conference 2009~
Thirty thoughts to match my Thirty years :) Will contemplate them more deeply later, for the moment I will just be happy with how much I enjoyed the bits of conference I actually got to hear
(I came home afterwards and read them all online as 4 kids unfortunately impacts my listening ablitlites ;)


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..the influence of the Holy Ghost as “peace, hope, and joy.” ~ Almost always I have also felt a sensation of light.” My favorite description, though, comes from an eight-year-old boy who had just received the Holy Ghost. He said, “It felt like sunshine.”



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“The goal of gospel teaching . . . is not to ‘pour information’ into the minds of class members. . . . The aim is to inspire the individual to think about, feel about, and then do something about living gospel principles



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Learning and teaching are not optional activities in the kingdom of God



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Aim High.


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We should remember that saying “I love you” is only a beginning. We need to say it, we need to mean it, and most importantly we need consistently to show it. We need to both express and demonstrate love.



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As disciples of the Savior, we are not merely striving to know more; rather, we need to consistently do more of what we know is right and become better.



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Love should be our walk and our talk.



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For what we love determines what we seek.
What we seek determines what we think and do.
What we think and do determines who we are—and who we will become



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Love is the guiding light that illuminates the disciple’s path and fills our daily walk with life, meaning, and wonder



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Cultivate a diligent desire to know that God lives.



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This desire leads us to ponder on the things of heaven—to let the evidence of God all around us touch our hearts.


With softened hearts we are prepared to heed the Savior’s call to “search the scriptures” and to humbly learn from them.


We are then ready to ask our Heavenly Father sincerely, in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, if the things we have learned are true. Most of us will not see God, as the prophets have, but the still, small promptings of the Spirit—the thoughts and feelings that the Holy Ghost brings into our minds and hearts—will give us an undeniable knowledge that He lives and that He loves us.



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The Lord does not expect that we do what we cannot achieve.

The command to become perfect, as He is, encourages us to achieve the best of ourselves, to discover and develop the talents and attributes with which we are blessed by a loving Eternal Father



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Security for our families comes from learning self-control, avoiding the excesses of this world, and being temperate in all things. Peace of mind comes from strengthened faith in Jesus Christ


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“I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.” The Savior is there, reaching out to each of us, bidding us: “Come unto me.” We can repent. We can!


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The scriptures do not say that we will forget our forsaken sins in mortality. Rather, they declare that the Lord will forget



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None of us is perfect yet. But we can have frequent assurance that we are following along the way. He leads us, and He beckons for us to follow Him.



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“I do not want to go back to the past; I want to go back to the past way of facing the future.”


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Respect and kindness ultimately give one a better chance at success



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By remaining steadfast, parents so very often suffer and agonize more than the children they endeavor to teach


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The spelling in English of many individual virtues concludes with the letters ity: integrity, humility, charity, spirituality, accountability, civility, fidelity, and the list goes on and on. Relying on literary license, I refer to the virtues ending in ity as the “ity” virtues. “Ity” is a suffix that means quality, state, or degree of being.



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The blessings we experience as members of the Church and the promised blessings of the temple are so good, if we will only reach out and choose to accept them.”


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And what did you do for someone today?



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Whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived



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We try to do what is right because we love and want to please our Father in Heaven, not because someone is forcing us to obey.



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Remember that having religious observance in the home is as important as providing food, clothing, and shelter



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Children who are not taught that they are accountable for their time and talents are increasingly subject to the foolishness and unrighteousness that are so pervasive in the world



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My life cannot implement in action the demands of all the people to whom my heart responds



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Please consider the state of your changed heart. Do you detect any rejection setting in as a result of the tendency of the natural man to become casual? If so, find a place where you too can kneel. Remember, more than mortal years on this earth are at stake. Do not risk forfeiting the fruits of the ultimate operation: eternal salvation and exaltation.



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Easiness and willingness to believe in the word of God comes from a softness of heart. It comes from having a heart that is sensitive to the Holy Ghost. It comes from having a heart that can love. It comes from having a heart that will make and keep sacred covenants. It comes from a soft heart that can feel the power of the Atonement of Christ.



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Love. Healing. Help. Hope. The power of Christ to counter all troubles in all times—including the end of times. That is the safe harbor God wants for us in personal or public days of despair. That is the message with which the Book of Mormon begins, and that is the message with which it ends, calling all to “come unto Christ, and be perfected in him.”

1 comments:

Our little family said...

Conference was wonderful, wasn't it? Did you get to see Elder Holland's talk? It was very powerful. If you didn't get to see it, you can find it online. I know it was going around facebook. He gave a very powerful testimony of the Book of Mormon.

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