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Book of Mormon Study - Conference Talk

Today I decided to read two conference talks.  If I don't increase my reading, I will not finish this Conference issue before the next one comes out.  today I read A Witness by President Henry B. Eyring and Waiting upon the Lord: Thy Will Be Done by Elder Robert D. Hales.

President Eyring said that the Book of Mormon makes things clear and leads us to eternal life.  I have found this to be true.  He points out how the Book of Mormon teaches us, through word and example, that as members of the Lord's church we promise to become more charitable, to become a witness of God, and to endure to the end.

I was reminded of the testimony of my Bishop this morning... about service and helping those in our ward in need of just a little extra.  President Eying's example was King Benjamin, who taught that "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of you God.  I know that I feel more charity in general the more I try to serve others around me.

The part of his talk that I've been obsessing over is this, "Parents who struggle to get a witness of the Savior into the heart of a child will be helped as they seek for a way to bring the words and the spirit of the Book of Mormon into the home and all the lives in their family."

Gosh!  I hope so!  I mourn for my Chad.  His anger and sadness are heart breaking.

On the up side, there has been a change in my home since I've started to "daily feast from the Book of Mormon" and blogging about it.

Chad hasn't made any major changes, but every once in a while there is a little glimmer of light... he's quiet and respectful during family scripture reading and prayer... he wants to do more activities with the family... he finally sees the value of an education and has been talking college plans... or is considering finally cleaning his room so he can earn his driver's permit.  He even tried out for a school play and got a descent part.  Weird.  But I know it's because I am doing what I can to feast on the Book of Mormon and receive inspiration as to just how to reach him.  President Eyring's comment was like a blast of wind in my sail and I feel like the effort is worth continuing... enduring.

My study, this time around, has helped me "to build faith..." and to "draw closer to God..."

I must say, reading and recording my thoughts, has been the greatest gift I've ever given myself.

Elder Robert D. Hales on the purpose of this life is to grow, develop, and strengthen through our experiences.

I think the most enlightening fact I learned was that to wait, means to have hope and to trust.  To wait requires faith, patience, humility, meekness, long-suffering, keeping the commandments, and enduring to the end.  It means planting a seed.  It means praying.  It means to ponder and to receive answers through the Holy Ghost.  It meas to stand fast  and to press forward.  It means relying on the merits of Christ.  It means to be immovable in keeping the commandments.

This talk also encouraged and up lifted me as I struggle with the feeling of loss and hopelessness concerning my loved ones that stray from the Savior.

What a great personal study today.  I needed that.

What did you learn?

Comments

  1. Wendy, you are a great woman and so inspiring! It's wonderful that all the little good things we do are rewarded. Yeah for baby steps. Thank you for sharing your feelings on this talk.

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  2. Here are some quotes from Mathhew Richardson. I also have to hurry to finish before the next conference comes. My pattern is to simply get a paragraph or two from each talk that meant something to me. Elder Richardson talked about teaching by the Spirit, and it seems like a perfect fit to what I needed to learn today.

    Elder Richardson:

    All parents leaders and teachers have the responsibility to teach by the spirit. They should not teach in front of the Spirit, or behind the Spirit, but by the Spirit so that the Spirit can teach the truth unrestrained.

    To conduct ourselves after the manner of the Holy Ghost means that we may need to change our way of teaching to emulate the way the Holy Ghost teaches . As we align our manner with the Holy Ghost’s manner, then the Holy Ghost an teach and testify without restraint.

    First the Holy Ghost teaches individuals in a very personal way. Those who teach after the manner of the Spirit understand they teach people not lessons. As such, they overcome the urge to cover everything in a manual or teach all they have learned on the subject and focus instead on those thing that their family or class members need to know and do.

    Second, the Holy Ghost teaches by inviting, prompting, encouraging and inspiring us to act. Parents who mirror the workings of the Holy Ghost create homes where families learn to value rather than just learn about values. In like manner, rather than just talking about doctrines, teachers help learners understand and live gospel doctrines. The Holy Ghost is unrestrained as individuals exercise their agency appropriately.

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