#21 – Blessed is the servant whom his Lord. . . shall find so doing

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This short 5 minute video is a tribute to the life of Elder L. Tom Perry.  As you watch this, what is a lesson that you can take from his life?

RAISINS, SODA, AND THE SECOND COMING

To see this magical object lesson, you’ll need a can of soda, a box of raisins, and a clear glass.  Pour the soda into the glass and then put a raisin in the glass.  Guess how many seconds it will take for the raisin to float to the top of the soda.

Joseph Smith-Matthew 1:39-40 – Read these verses and find the answer to this question:

  • How is learning about the events that precede the Second Coming of Jesus Christ like dropping a raisin into a glass of soft drink?Joseph Smith-Matthew 1:46-48
  • Why do you think the Lord doesn’t want us to know the exact time of His Coming?

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#20 – Greater Consecration

HYPOCRITE:

The behavior of people who DO things that they tell others not to do

or

Behavior that doesn’t agree with what someone claims to believe or feel.

 

What is the difference between these two definitions?

Elder Lynn G. Robbins, in his April 2011 Conference address, teaches that there are two types of hypocrites.

1.  Do without be –>portrays a false image to others

2.  Be without do–>portrays a false image to oneself.

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#18 – Become a Star Thrower

Elder David B. Haight shared this story in October 1983 Conference.  As you read through this, look for the characteristics of a STAR THROWER.

starfishLoren Eiseley walked along a stormy beach late one afternoon “with the wind roaring at his back and the seagulls screaming” overhead. Tourists who came to the beach would collect shellfish and sea life tossed up each night, boil them in large kettles, and take the shells home as souvenirs. Eiseley walked far down the beach around a point away from the collectors and saw “a gigantic rainbow of incredible perfection.” Toward its foot he “discerned a human figure … gazing … at something in the sand.”

“In a pool of sand … a starfish had thrust its arms up stiffly and was holding its body away from the stifling mud. … [“Is it still alive?” Eiseley asked.]

“‘Yes,’” [said the man standing in the rainbow] and with a quick … gentle movement he picked up the star and spun it … far out into the sea.

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#16 – Becoming Spiritually Minded Rather Than Spiritually Blinded

Johari_WindowFrom Wikipedia:

The Johari window is a technique created in 1955 by two American psychologists, Joseph Luft (1916–2014) and Harrington Ingham (1914–1995),[1] used to help people better understand their relationship with self and others. It is used primarily in self-help groups and corporate settings as a heuristic exercise.

When performing the exercise, subjects are given a list of 55 adjectives and pick five or six that they feel describe their own personality. Peers of the subject are then given the same list, and each pick five or six adjectives that describe the subject. These adjectives are then mapped onto a grid.[2]

The philosopher Charles Handy calls this concept the Johari House with four rooms. Room 1 is the part of ourselves that we see and others see. Room 2 is the aspects that others see but we are not aware of. Room 4 is the most mysterious room in that the unconscious or subconscious part of us is seen by neither ourselves nor others. Room 3 is our private space, which we know but keep from others.

Which one of the quadrants do you think is the most spiritually dangerous?

Not knowing that we are doing something wrong, but that thing is noticeable to others, is a dangerous place for us to be if we aren’t willing to listen to the counsel of others and make some changes in our lives.  This is what we are going to call today, “Spiritual Blindspots or Spiritual Blindness.” Read more

#8-The Sermon on the Mount: A Blueprint for our Lives

The Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5-7, is a blueprint created by God so we know how to design our lives and return back to Him.

By definition, “A blueprint is a guide for making something — it’s a design or pattern that can be followed.” (vocabulary.com)

Before we look at the blueprint found in the Sermon on the Mount, let’s talk about a real-life example of blueprints and the importance of following them.

As you read through the story of the Provo City Center Temple, hear with your spiritual ears and identify the spiritual parallels between your life and the temple. Read more

#7-Have Miracles Ceased?

A recent nationwide survey found that nearly 8 in 10 Americans “believe that miracles still occur today as [they did] in ancient times.” A third of those surveyed said they had “experienced or witnessed a divine healing.” 4 (U.S. Religious Landscape Survey: Religious Beliefs and Practices: Diverse and Politically Relevant (The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, June 2008), 34, 54, http://religions.pewforum.org/reports#.)

What are you thought on those statistics?  I was rather surprised, thinking that they would be as high as they were.  However, I’m glad to know that 80% believe in miracles, because they in turn have faith and believe in a God.

A MIRACLE:  A miracle has been defined as “a beneficial event brought about through divine power that mortals do not understand and of themselves cannot duplicate.” 1In Daniel H. Ludlow, ed., Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 5 vols. (1992), 2:908. Read more

Lesson #6 – A Devoted Disciple

26_the-calling-of-the-original-twelve-apostles_900x600_72dpi_1“One of the greatest blessings of life and eternity is to be counted as one of the devoted disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.”  James E. Faust, October 2006 Conference

Why do you want to be counted as one of the “devoted disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ”?  What would that mean?  What would that look like?

Today we are going to see the beginnings of the Savior fulfilling his true purpose in coming to earth.

He is going to share with us THE MESSAGE, THE MEANS of spreading the message, and then THE METHODS of getting the message to all the world. Read more