“It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It all works out in the end. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.”
I think today I can finally get my medallion. I was supposed to have it a few weeks ago, but it didn’t get ordered until last week. According to my dad, the medallions are here (I’m getting mine alongside a friend that I’ve known since the age of four). Hopefully this means we can get them today.
I ordered a silver one because I like silver a little bit more than gold, but then I realized that this way I can get a gold medallion for my second go. This makes me happier than is necessary I think.
My Personal Progress (Round #2) technically starts today. (First official experience post) I’ve got a couple of people there who seem to be interested in progressing with me. I’m really excited about this project, too, but this time the happiness is definitely expected. I may reblog a few of the things I post there in case anyone wants to join in.
I tend to use my personal Tumblr throughout the week then spend Sunday on my church ones. I’ve realized that it then takes a while to catch up on stuff, and I end up liking posts from five days ago. I also feel happier when on this one. I need to get in the habit of using this one during the week instead of just on Sunday.
I think that wraps up a lot of my thoughts for today. I may add edits later on. Sorry, I just don’t know a better place to share this (other than the Tumblr Stake page on Facebook, but I try to stay away from Facebook and other sites/blogs not related to church when it’s the Sabbath Day).
“Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.
Six days thou shalt labor, and do all thy work.
But the seventh day, the Sabbath of the Lord thy God, thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger stranger that is within thy gates.
For in six days the Lord made heaven and the earth, and the sea, and all that in them is; wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath Day, and hallowed it.”—Mosiah 13:16-20
“My [child], peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.”—D&C 121:7-8
“In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my arock and my fortress.
Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and acruel man.
For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth.
By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.
I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.
Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.
Cast me not off in the time of aold age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.
O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.
Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with areproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.
But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.
I will go in the astrength of the Lord God: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
Thy arighteousness also, O God, is very bhigh, who hast done great things: O God, who is clike unto thee!
Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt aquicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
Thou shalt increase my greatness, and acomfort me on every side.
I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto ashame, that seek my hurt.”—Psalm 71
Elder James E. Talmage tells a story of a bee that flew into his office on a warm summer day. After buzzing through the room several times, the bee failed to find the partly opened window through which it had entered. Elder Talmage understood some things that the bee could not. He knew that if the bee remained trapped in the room, it would die. Hoping to free it, he stepped to the window and opened it wide. He tried to guide the bee out the window. But it would not be guided. He tried harder, but the bee became angry and even stung his hand. The bee persisted in its wild flight and never found the window to its freedom. By the following day, it had died.
There are people in our lives that want to help and guide us in our search for freedom and self-reliance. Are we listening to their counsel and finding the way to true freedom, or are we too busy doing the things we want to do?
“But before ye seek for riches, seek ye for the kingdom of God.
And after ye have obtained a hope in Christ ye shall obtain riches, if ye seek them; and ye will seek them for the intent to do good—to clothe the naked, and feed the hungry, and to liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and afflicted.”—Jacob 2:18-19
“…the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart.
And my soul hungered, and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication foe mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.
And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.
And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away.”—
(I suggest replacing Enos’ name with your own, then reading it.)
For a person to say that homosexuality is right before God, that is denying God’s word. But for a person to say that homosexuals will be damned, that is denying God’s love. And for a person to say that they are suited for heaven because they are heterosexual, well that is just absurd.
“If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”—Isaiah 58:13-14
“And even I, myself, have labored with mine own hands that I might serve you…
Yet, my brethren, I have not done these things that I might boast, neither do I tell these things that thereby I might accuse you; but I tell you these things that ye may know that I can answer a clear conscience before God this day.”—
King Benjamin speaks to his people and notes that he has not made them serve him, but he served with them. Because he worked despite his high position, he will be blessed by God.
So, this isn’t necessarily an LDS post, but rather, and update.
School is getting increasingly harder, therefore, I have less time to gather posts/scriptures. So, while posts may be scarce for a while, I’d encourage you to follow these pretty awesome church blogs I’ve found. (These won’t have links because I don’t have much time and must type quickly. Type the username, then .tumblr.com)
Also, if you’d like to submit an idea or ask me a question, that’d be wonderful!
To make this an LDS type post applying to my personal life, I’m going to get my Personal Progress award on Saturday at a stake YW meeting! I’m very excited!