“… life’s personal trials stretch far beyond this pandemic. Future trials could result from an accident, a natural disaster, or an unexpected personal heartache.
“How can we endure such trials? The Lord has told us that “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.”
“Of course, we can store our own reserves of food, water, and savings. But equally crucial is our need to fill our personal spiritual storehouses with faith, truth, and testimony.”
Russell M Nelson, Prophet and Apostle, April 2020 General Conference
Dear friends, have I mentioned that I currently teach (or rather prepare & share) youth Sunday school class at church? Half the youth in the class are mine! It’s a small group!! This week’s lesson is on ‘Why is learning an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan? You can look up the topic on http://www.lds.org/youth – see ‘Come, Follow Me,’ first lesson in February.
I was touched by the talk given as part of the preparation by Dieter F. Uchtdorf, an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. Sharing the example of the ancient Apostles asking the Saviour, “Lord, is it I?” and modern parables, President Uchtdorf explains why we must learn to see ourselves clearly.
seeing ourselves clearly is the beginning of wisdom
And he promises that “as we do so, our bountiful God will lead us by the hand; we will ‘be made strong, and blessed from on high.” Isn’t that wonderful? So I’m going to try to see and work on my mistakes more than the mistakes of others 🙂
Dear friends, the third of the Ten Commandments states “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” (Exodus 20 v7). This is one commandment which many seem to have forgotten but which I strive hard to defend. I’ve had grown men say, you sound like my mother, when I warn them.
So, today I was sat with the structural consultant discussing depth of steel beams versus the ceiling, when he starts slipping in the conversation our Saviour’s name. The second time I remarked, I don’t think we need to bring Jesus into this! He apologised, we continued, then another time, and one look from me (not quite over the top of my spectacles) brought another apology with an explanation. Oh, I don’t swear at home because of my son, so when I’m in the office it all comes out, and anything else would be far worse. I gently replied I’d rather have something worse than the name of the person I worship! Sorted! 🙂 we have to stand up for what is right and let others know what is wrong.