Archive for February, 2012

Pass It On

The love that you feel-
You can pass it on
Sharing light bright and real
Of Christ it is strong

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Make the choice. Feel the connection
Between gratitude and happiness.
Endure this life of imperfection
Know through it all- God is blessing us

The Choice to Be Grateful
President Henry B. Eyring
“Our Father in Heaven commands us to be thankful in all things, and He requires that we give thanks for the blessings we receive.  We know that all of His commandments are intended to make us happy, and we also know that to break commandments leads to misery.

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Fear, ridicule, and opposition
Will come before each face
Have courage and re-position,
Stand for the principles you embrace.

Thomas S. Monson
The Call for Courage
 Ensign, May 2004, 54 

Of course, we will face fear, experience ridicule, and meet opposition. Let us have the courage to defy the consensus, the courage to stand for principle. Courage, not compromise, brings the smile of God’s approval. Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully, but also as a determination to live decently. A moral coward is one who is afraid to do what he thinks is right because others will disapprove or laugh. Remember that all men have their fears, but those who face their fears with dignity have courage as well. 

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God does live.
Jesus is His Son;
Whom to us He gave
That the atonement might be won.

Jesus, our Redeemer
Did Mediate for us!
That we might live forever
If we endure life well and trust.

He died upon the cross
And came again to life!
He suffered for each of us,
Our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thomas S. Monson
I Know That My Redeemer Lives!
 Ensign, May 2007, 22–25

 With all my heart and the fervency of my soul, I lift up my voice in testimony as a special witness and declare that God does live. Jesus is His Son, the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. He is our Redeemer; He is our Mediator with the Father. He it was who died on the cross to atone for our sins. He became the firstfruits of the Resurrection. Because He died, all shall live again. “Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives: ‘I know that my Redeemer lives!’ ” May the whole world know it and live by that knowledge. 

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Darkness can visit

As we listen to Satan say
Falsehoods that insist
We are useless or in the way

In our ears he whispers
What will cloud and dim vision
Then discouraged… he answers-
You can be miserable with him

But, with trust in the Lord
There is a path to peace
Service opens up a door

Where darkness then will cease

With our feet firmly planted
In paths of good service
All the peace we have wanted
Freely, He offers us

Finding Peace
President Thomas S. Monson
 Ensign, Mar. 2004

 “Occasionally discouragement may darken our pathway; frustration may be a constant companion. In our ears there may sound the sophistry of Satan as he whispers, “You cannot save the world; your small efforts are meaningless. You haven’t time to be concerned for others.” Trusting in the Lord, let us turn our heads from such falsehoods and make certain our feet are firmly planted in the path of service and our hearts and souls dedicated to follow the example of the Lord. In moments when the light of resolution dims and when the heart grows faint, we can take comfort from His promise: ‘Be not weary in well-doing. … Out of small things proceedeth that which is great. Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind.’” 

“Finding Peace,” Ensign, Mar. 2004

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Something you have done
A hundred times or more
Can still cause joy to run
As you sense what it’s been for

Given to much practice
We find out who we are
 By sharing unique talents
We shine bright like a star

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Looking beyond the mark
My poor neck stretched up high
Wretchedly this did spark
Judgment before my eyes

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