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Thursday, August 23, 2012

To a Friend, about Faith


After already finishing a complete re-reading of the Book of Mormon recently this year and then studying all of the Bible Dictionary, Maps, and Pearl of Great Price; I wasn't exactly sure where next to continue with my morning Scripture studies.

My first thought was to perhaps re-read again the New and Old Testament of the King James Bible, but couldn't decide with which one to start.

As I sat in my recliner this morning and thought about that, as well about an email conversation yesterday with a friend, I finally and simply started studying the Doctrine & Covenants again.

Section 1 (the Lord's own Preface, and the only Scripture containing God's own preface), renewed my hope and refreshed my heart.

He promised strength and hope to "the weak and the simple", and if that doesn't describe me, then what does?

He also reaffirmed His forgiveness for us.

Then, in Section 2 and comparing it for the first time, line by line and word by word, with Malachi in the Old Testament, I found information therein that previously was oblivious to me. It also comforted me a great deal in regard to my participation in the Temple.

I feel much better now.


Friday, August 17, 2012

A Prospective Principle of Power

While continuing to struggle with my own inadequacies and frustrated with my constant stumbling, it helped me this morning when I picked up the September issue of the "Liahona" and read the article by Elder D. Todd Christofferson, "Building Faith in Christ".

His words seemed to leap out of the page at me, wherein he pointed out that "the baptismal covenant applies prospectively as well as retrospectively: each time we truly repent, that covenant is reinvigorated and we once again qualify for a remission of sins.".

He went on to say that he was "speaking of faith not only as a principle of action but also as a principle of power" and reminded me again that "out of weakness" all of us can be "made strong".

And so it goes that, once again, I am reminded and strengthened to keep on keeping on.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

What's in Your Wallet?

A new pastor was visiting in the homes of his parishioners.

At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door.

Accordingly, he then took one of his calling cards out of his wallet, wrote 'Revelation 3:20' on the back of it, and stuck it in the door.

When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned.

Added to it was the scripture, 'Genesis 3:10.'

Revelation 3:20 begins 'Behold, I stand at the door and knock.'

Genesis 3:10 reads, 'I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid for I was naked.'

Remember: 'A cheerful heart is good medicine' (Proverbs 17:22)