Just a Thought

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"Why waste your time, your talents, your means, your influence in following something that will perish and pass away, when you could devote yourselves to a thing that will stand forever?  For this church and kingdom, to which you belong, will abide and continue in time, in eternity, while endless ages roll along, and you with it will become mightier and more powerful; while the things of this world will pass away and perish, and will not abide in nor after the resurrection, saith the Lord our God." 
 - - President Joseph F. Smith, CR June 1919 - - 


Targeting our Youth

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My husband and I recently watched a very intriguing Frontline newscast about Facebook and it's threat to our youth.  My favorite part was this montage comparing Hunger Games to this widespread social media site.  Watch it!  :-)

As I watched this I was awestruck by the way youth are targeted as free advertising agents for companies.  Smart idea for the companies, but the kids are buying into the idea that they are getting stuff (popularity, "likes," sponsors, etc.) when really they are getting nothing!  This is a great way for the adversary to distract these kids from what is really important, from reading their true potential. I realized that night just how vulnerable our youth can be.

Well, the next day sitting in sacrament meeting I was struck with another thought.  Looking at the program in sacrament meeting I saw the announcement, "Under the direction of the First Presidency all youth ages 12 and up were invited to attend the adult session of stake conference." I reflected on the night before where I had just watched the first General Women's Meeting of the church with my two daughters.  We were surrounded by beautiful young women that night!

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Then it struck me. 

The Lord is addressing the youth as well! 

I remember a quote I read by Hugh Nibley which basically said the pull will be equal on both sides or agency will no longer exist.  The pull is equal on both sides!  Just as the adversary is ramping up his game plan and knowing where to hit, the Lord is doing likewise.  He knows the true potential of these kids and He is going to do all that lies within His power to ensure that they are prepared and have the right tools to fight this raging battle!

How awesome it is to live at a time when the fight is coming to a head.  How exciting to watch the Lord strengthen His people, if we will but heed and hearken!  On the flip side, how daunting it is to be a parent at this time, hoping that correct principles are being taught in our homes so our own youth are equipped to fight the battle.  The pressures are high, but on the Lord's side there will be victory!


Take a Moment to Pause

From our Most Recent Light in the Wilderness Discussion:

Nature is a Testament of God's Existence

"Nature's role is to arrest man's attention so he can hear the voice from Heaven."

Have you ever thought of the trees and skies and grasses finding joy in their creation because of their obedience to God?  It's an intriguing thought.

Abraham 4:16-18 reads:
And the Gods organized the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night;  with the lesser light they set the stars also;  And the Gods set them in the expanse of the heavens, to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to cause to divide the light from the darkness.  And the Gods watched those things which they had ordered until they obeyed (italics added).

"Until they obeyed."  This implies that even the grass and trees, animals and waters were subject to learning obedience to the Lord.  Just as a gardener plants a tree and then conditions it to grow the way he wants it to (using ropes or whatever), the Lord must have acted similarly in the creation of the world.


"All things testify of Him, but we must become aware."

How do we become more aware of the God's hand in our lives, awakening our spiritual sensitivities?  M. Catherine Thomas talks about the need to become more aware of our inner spirit.

We also need to spend time training our minds and bodies.  For instance, I take yoga classes and love them.  When I am faithfully attending my classes a couple of times a week, I notice I start to bend differently and even think differently in stressful situations.  Training time outside of "the moment" will help us to become more aware when in the moment.

We also can start listening and acting more upon the thoughts we do receive.  As we do so we can better attune ourselves with the Lord's plan in our lives.  President Monson has honed this one perfectly!

Seeing Through Spiritual Eyes

The coolest part of this chapter, for me, was reading about a blind man, Jacques Lusseyran, and his experiences with discovering light within himself though he was immersed in a world of darkness.  We all are in a darkened world.  And yet, "When filled with the Holy Ghost we can see more than with the natural eye (p. 122)."

"[Lusseryan] discovered that the light he was able to perceive changed with his own inner emotional state (p. 124)."  We, too, can attune ourselves so closely with Heaven that we see with more light.  The interactions we have with others becomes more genuine and filled with love.  The choices we make daily become more in alignment with God's purposes.  Through training our spiritual minds, we can become more like our Savior.

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"To slow down and let Nature distill within us begins to open the unseen world where the secrets of happiness flourish, where abound 'the mysteries and peaceable things - that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal.'"  - M. Catherine Thomas, 118


Women's Retreat: Seek Learning

You're All Invited! 

If you live in this area (or even if you don't), consider joining us for our 2nd Annual Women's Retreat

The theme will be Seek Learning with great workshops and our Saturday morning devotional.  There is food provided by an excellent cook, crafting for those who like that sort of thing, and of course, lots of fun and laughter late into the night!

If you're interested check out our Retreat Brochure, the deadline's coming up fast! 

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