I don’t know. Like should it be a scripture I really like? or a mission scripture? I don’t want it to be cliche, but cliches are cliche for a reason. I don’t know. My ward needs it as soon as possible, gah.
Alma 29:9 (and 10) has been my favorite for a long time and will probably be on my plaque, so that one gets my vote (if perhaps the peanut gallery’s votes count at all)
My friend looked up Mormon T-shirts, showed one to me that said “This is my P-day shirt”, and asked what it meant.
I found it funny, then got to explain a little about missionary daily life. And she kept asking questions, like how long they proselyte, and upon hearing 10am-9pm (according to Preach My Gospel), she was amazed at the sacrifice that they give.
As well as being a good missionary moment, I also had the chance to ponder about how amazing the missionaries are that are currently serving. I’d say when you see a missionary, give them a hug, but you should probably just shake their hand and thank them for their service.
To introduce myself, my name is Elder Nebeker. I am writing on behalf of a mutual friend, her name is Karen Jackson. I have had the opportunity over the last little while, to become very well acquainted with her. She is as I am sure you will agree, a very special young lady. Karen has asked me to write and tell you about the latest commitment that she has made in her life. She just didn’t know how to tell you!
Over the past little while, Karen and I have developed a very special relationship with Christ, and with each other. We have united forces and faith, to help fulfill her desires and my goal. Two days after the birth of our Lord (April 8) I posed a question that will no doubt, change the path of her mortal probation. And eventually the state of her eternities.
It is a decision that came after much time and communion with our Heavenly Father. This major decision in her life will no doubt, bring much happiness to the three of us. I’m sure that you know of the covenant that is mentioned in the 132nd section of the Doctrine and Covenants where it says, ‘For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then ye are damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory.’ Elder, now I hope that you don’t think that we have done this without you in mind. We have wondered how to tell you this for quite some time. So we just decided to stop beating around the bush and tell you. I’m sure that it shows in the letters. The commitment has been made, the date has been set, and we are going to go for it. We hope that we have your best wishes.
Elder, this is something that must happen to the best of us. I am sorry that it had to happen while you were out on your mission. But, I hope that this will not affect your missionary work in a negative way. Karen and I have been seeing each other 3 to 4 times a week. As we have met, we have had those special feelings that must come in order to make the decision that she has. Elder, I wish that I could tell you in person, I feel that this is the right thing for us to do. I am sure that as you pray to our Heavenly Father, you will also come to the knowledge and the conviction that what we are about to do is the will of our Heavenly Father.
I hope that you are not getting the wrong idea. We are already starting to prepare for the event. She has started to invite people to it. The date that we have set is May 13, 1982. This will be the day that Karen Jackson will become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Elder Davis, in other words she is going to be baptized a member of the church.
She is ready and more than willing. Maybe what I should do is to tell you a little bit of the background of what has been going on up here. On April 6, Karen called us here in the mission office and asked if she could take the missionary discussions. We said we would work her in. The very first night that we met with her the spirit was one of the Lord. That of truth and peace. She accepted the invitation to follow the Savior into the waters of baptism. Elder, you are very fortunate to have a girl like that. She will be ready and fully prepared to be yours for the eternities.
She will be baptized in your ward, and your father will perform the baptism. Elder Burk, another missionary that has been working with her will confirm her into the church. Congratulations on your diligence in the field. You have been a very effective and influential part of her life. I can see that she is very much in love with you and what you stand for. May this bring much happiness to your day, and may you find and share the blessings of this with a new investigator.
Buddies in the Gospel,
Elders Nebeker and Burk
P.S. Sorry for the Dear John on the front.
~The letter was received 2 days before her baptism. We were married 3 months after I returned home from the mission.
Sister Scott has been called to be a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Iquitos, Peru mission. She will teach the gospel in the Spanish language. She is to report to the MTC in March.
I feel like perhaps I get a little more stressed out about my calling than I should get. I mean, I can handle when things go wrong like last week, but it terrifies me to no end to have to contact three people a week for spotlights. Especially when they don’t respond to FB messages, and I’m forced to look up their numbers like a creeper and text them about it.
If you want the perfect example in faith, consider the faith your Savior had in you that if He paid the price, you would make use of the atonement he performed thousands of years ago—and that he would do it all over again even if you were the only one on earth to save.
It applies to everyone, so I figured I’d share it.
I wanted to thank you for sharing your experience about whether or not to go on a mission. It was a reminder to me of how truly personal Heavenly Father is with us. He places us in situations and sends people into our paths in just the right ways and then gives us the chance to make decisions. I'm probably not saying any of this right, but I really wanted to say thank you.
Oh no, don’t worry about it, it makes perfect sense.
Heavenly Father is so good to us (sometimes we just need to look a little closer, but His tender mercies are always there.) I love how personal He is with us. Just like a mortal father who understand the differences between his children and wants them all to succeed, He caters to our personal weaknesses and strengths.
And how blessed we are to have each other! Imagine all the prayers that could be answered by our efforts to help those we can every day! It’s amazing how intricate His plans work out where we are able to help one another.
You’re so welcome, and thank you for letting me know I’m not just typing for the sake of typing! Have a great day!
Guys, I’m crying right now. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness.
I read this article, and I got to the last bullet, and I started crying. I was about to read on, but instead I slipped off the bed into the most uncomfortable kneeling position I’ve ever been in, and uttered a prayer that probably didn’t make much sense.
I’m going to type more about it, but it might take a while and I just wanted to share right now because this is major.
So I got into a class I had been waitlisted for. I wanted to take this certain class (New Testament) from a specific teacher, because I have her right now for Pearl of Great Price, and she’s so amazing. I’ve mentioned a few things I’ve learned in this class, but I think there is enough I’ve learned from her to group her with Brother Rockwood and Brother Diamond.
Alrighty, I’m just going to hide my notes. People with crude usernames keep showing up, and that’s not what I want to see. So if you reply to something, I may not see it. But my ask box will always be open!
On the way home from a fireside (by the way, that was the first time stepping into a chapel for the first time in months, and I realized that chapels have a very distinct smell. But I digress.) we were driving FHE dad home, and he began to ask questions. I had kept quiet in the back up to that point because I’m not a big talker, but he directed the questions at both my roommate and me, and I love answering questions (that aren’t small talk. I can only answer where I’m from and what major I’m in so many times.) My roommate stopped answering the questions (as I later found out because she has had conversations like that with him before, and I guess she just doesn’t find it as interesting.)
Questions varied from “What is important for an investigator to be baptized?” to “If the investigator has a job requiring Sunday working, should s/he still get baptized?”
They made me think, but I think I came up with some decent answers. It was slightly intimidating because he’s recently off his mission, so I was wondering if I was talking nonsense. But he said that I gave really good answers (to which I started high-fiving myself internally) and he asked if I was planning on going on a mission.
Guys, I haven’t wanted to go a mission this badly in ages. I freaking loved answering those questions. If anyone just wants to chat about the gospel, then heck yes I want to talk with you. (Of course, for those trolling with the intent of being nasty, I don’t want to Bible bash.) It can be like this guy, who was asking for the opinions of people who haven’t served missions - he was just curious what others thought or would do in certain situations.
Is working on Personal Progress on Sundays breaking the Sabbath?
I know this sounds like a silly question, but I’ve never completed Personal Progress and I’d rather spend my Sundays doing that than being online or whatever… I don’t imagine that it would be but I’d like to cover my bases.
Christ taught that the Sabbath was a time for doing good, not simply abstaining from work. Personal Progress is loaded with Sabbath- friendly activities.
Heck yes Personal Progress is a good Sabbath day activity! I have spent many Sabbath days doing a bunch of PP things; it invites the Spirit and makes Sabbath days very gospel-focused.
The Religious Health-O-Meter evaluates the overall health of America’s eleven largest religious organizations by comparing combined factors related to happiness and devotion.Each religious organization was ordered from highest to lowest by percentage of membership that meet the requirement in six categories. Each religion was scored on a scale from 1 to 11 (11 being the highest rank) for each of the six categories. Hindus, for example, scored a ‘10’ in the wealth category for having the second-highest percentage of wealthy members, whereas Evangelical Christians received a ‘4.’ The results were tallied from each of the six categories, giving each religion a composite score. The scores don’t reflect an actual indication of a religious people’s happiness and devotion, but simply make a comparison of each religion’s potential well-being to the others’. Statistics were drawn from the Pew Research Religious Landscape Survey: http://religions.pewforum.org/comparisons
My mission, depending on how the last transfer works out, will be 567 days. Plus the 12 days until I leave for Mexico City is 579. Think I can find 579 uplifting/religious posts to put on the queue for this blog while I’m gone?
Eh maybe that’s a pipe dream but I’ll at least put a good amount on there. ;)
A page from the BoM and the most recent conference talks should get you close, right? (Maybe leaking into other scriptures/sessions of GenCon…)
“Every attempt to reflect upon the Atonement, to study it, to embrace it, to express appreciation for it, however small or feeble it may be, will kindle the fires of faith and work its miracle towards a more Christlike life. It is an inescapable consequence of so doing. We become like those things we habitually love and admire. And thus, as we study Christ’s life and live his teachings, we become more like him.”—Tad R. Callister, The Infinite Atonement
““Well, that’s just the way I am.” If you want to talk about discouragement, that phrase is one that discourages me. Though not a swearing man, I am always sorely tempted to try my hand when I hear that. Please spare me your speeches about ‘That’s just the way I am.’”
“The Atonement is not a doctrine that lends itself to some singular approach, like a universal formula. It must be felt, not just “figured”; internalized, not just analyzed. The pursuit of this doctrine requires the total person, for the Atonement of Jesus Christ is the most supernal, mind-expanding, passionate doctrine this world or universe will ever know.”—Tad R. Callister, The Infinite Atonement
“The unpardonable sin is an informed, calculated, irreversible rejection of the Savior and his atoning sacrifice. To then claim that the Atonement is not infinite would be to argue that the son who rejected his father’s bequest was robbed of his inheritance. Suffice it to say, to reject a gift is not to disprove its existence.”—Tad R. Callister, The Infinite Atonement
So my home teachers came over yesterday, and they talked about Elder Oak’s talk and how we need to prioritize our lives.
I was asked how I could better prioritize my life, and I mentioned that perhaps a routine of studying the scriptures would help me more (I do my scripture study at varying times which can lead to me forgetting if I had done it that day or not.)
One of my teachers later mentioned that he studies the scriptures by topic, saying that in the last part of his mission he would take a blank BoM, write a question/topic in the front, and mark what he learned about the topic while reading it. He did this four times before leaving his mission, and he said he learned so much.
And, because my home teachers are fantastic, they gave me on of their copies of the Ensign (they were handed out in Priesthood but not in Relief Society for some reason).
As I was about to pull out my highlighter and start reading it, I remembered his way of studying. Therefore, I’m going to approach my reading of the general conference talks by asking a question before each reread.
I’d like to invite you to join me - I think it will definitely help a whole lot when it comes to studying the words of these Brethren and Sisters. We need to read the conference talks constantly; imagine how many times we can read through them all before the next conference, where we can start over again!
My first question is a basic one - What are the things we are commanded to do right now?
Other questions might include searching for certain topics (prayer, the Atonement, etc.), what do I need to work on, what are topics I’d like to further study in the scriptures, what quotes would go well in a Tumblr post, etc.
I’d like to hear your progress, thoughts, suggestions, and more! Happy studying!
“Don’t give up. Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead—a lot of it. You keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.”—Jeffrey R. Holland (via agreaterwork)
“Obviously, many people live their lives far from the situations they planned and hoped for when they were children. This gives us all the more reason to turn to the Savior, whose message is not just “Come unto me” but “Come as you are.” He doesn’t say, “Go get your act together and then come back when you fit the mold.” He says, in essence, “Let’s start right where you are and go from there.” Christ doesn’t wait to offer blessings until our families look like happy groups whose pictures appear in the Ensign magazine or in TV commercials. He doesn’t require us to fit any mold before He is willing to mold us.”—Brad Wilcox, The Continuous Atonement
companioncube76 said: Just because your life is awesome doesn’t mean you have to know your future. Contrariwise, just because your life stinks doesn’t mean you can’t have a plan for the future. Any combination is possible.
I’m sorry if you’re tired of me being bipolar by saying how freaking awesome my life is right now and how hard it is for me to make decisions about the future. It honestly confuses me, too. However, I’m not sure who to tell, so I just keep throwing it here.
The Jazz Ensemble [continue long title] concert was excellent. I went because a) my home teacher played one of the trumpets and 2) my FHE dad offered my roommate and me to go with them.
The beginning totally caught everyone off guard. There was a guy coming from beneath the stage and basically introducing a “great piece of work” like great artists such as Beethoven and Bach. You could tell that it would be a sarcastic response, but “The Fox” was the last song you’d expect to be the opener. (There were costumes and all, the conductor being decked out in full fox costume).
A mix of Vocal Point (second time seeing them in a week, they did basically the same songs, just fewer), some stand up comedy (from a member of the band, he made lots of jokes about being the third trombone as well as making jokes about the shadiness of Costco), some fantastic juggling, and of course, some bagpipes. (A guy in my ward was one of the bagpipers as well.)
Tonight was hilarious and great in general. I freaking love BYU guys.
You know the promoted posts that occasionally pop up? I just saw one, and for some reason I thought I was looking in the tumblrstake tag. I was wondering how they managed to find that tag out of all the popular tags out there.