Sabbath delight

Dear friends

Mini holiday was fun! Unfortunately I missed the ‘chilly night’ in the weather forecast which had day temperatures of +20c.  And even though I was sandwiched between my daughters, they’d already chosen the superior sleeping bags, and I kept waking up.  Kayaking was great and relaxing – it’s a sheltered spot on the river – neither of the girls capsized this time.

The rest of the weekend has been uplifting.  There was a special Europe (northern) wide broadcast of a live conference from Edinburgh (my second home!) with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, an Apostle of the Lord.  What would an Apostle say specifically to the Latter Day Saints in this part of the world?  Well, it was a warning message – this is a time of sifting – wheat & tares, goats & sheep, wise &foolish – but also one of hope – cling to the iron rod, cling to the word of God, cling to the scriptures.  And the following description from Paul of this time was used a couple of times 2 Timothy 3 vv1-5:

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

But we do not need to fear – we need to have faith in Jesus Christ and know that the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion – if it stands, everything does; and if it falls everything falls; after 185 years of the book, no one has claimed to be it’s author, despite the impact it has on lives and the claim that it’s one of the most important US books.

I have read the Book of Mormon many times – I know it is the word of God. It stands with the Bible as another testament of Jesus Christ. If you’ve not read it, you need to – get a copy and get to know some wonderful prophets of old.

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my way, Thy way

Dear friends
This past month in our youth Sunday school class we’ve been looking at the Apostasy (falling away from truth after the original apostles were killed) and the Restoration of truth (in these last days).
Today’s lesson was on why it’s important to teach true doctrine and to explore this we looked first at what it is not. One of the class gave this example to demonstrate what it’s like if you think you know better than God.
When they began the GCSE maths course, one student always tried to find his own way to solve the problems, rather than relying on the tried and tested methods that the teacher explained to the class. The other students just laughed as their fellow student worked on ‘Joe’s way.’ However, Joe’s way did not always give the right answer but Joe kept trying to perfect his alternative methodology.  Now it is a few weeks to the final GCSE exams and Joe has struggled, failing mock exams as his way is not correct and he does not know the correct method.   
A great analogy of why we need to rely on the source of truth and why, from Alma 31 verse 5:

the word [of God] had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else