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May the whisper of the angels
Wake you from your prayerful sleep
Warn you of unknown dangers
And of promises you must keep

pondering Ephraim’s Rescue

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This parable tells of our Father’s plan:
The good seeds are come of the Son of Man
Born of God’s kingdom, they are the wheat
Prepared and planted among Satan’s seeds
Which are tares, disceptively, so, until the end
When the angel’s great harvest will begin
And all those who offend or do iniquity
Will be burned with the tares, all,  for equity
Though there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth
For God, the Son of Man will have saved the good wheat

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As President Boyd K. Packer taught this morning, Satan cannot directly take a life. That is one of many things he cannot do. But apparently his effort to stop the work will be reasonably well served if he can just bind the tongue of the faithful. Brethren, if that is the case, I am looking tonight for men young and old who care enough about this battle between good and evil to sign on and speak up. We are at war, and for these next few minutes, I want to be a one-man recruiting station.

Do I need to hum a few bars of “We Are All Enlisted”? You know, the line about “We are waiting now for soldiers; who’ll volunteer?” Of course, the great thing about this call to arms is that we ask not for volunteers to fire a rifle or throw a hand grenade. No, we want battalions who will take as their weapons “every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God.” So I am looking tonight for missionaries who will not voluntarily bind their tongues but will, with the Spirit of the Lord and the power of their priesthood, open their mouths and speak miracles. Such speech, the early brethren taught, would be the means by which faith’s “mightiest works have been, and will be, performed.”

Satan cannot take a life
Nor can he stop “the work”
He can lure us away from light
And turn each into a jerk

He can bind up the tongue
That some miracles cease
As there is much to be done
Our efforts must increase

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Guilty until you prove otherwise
Tourists of Mexico beware
Don’t count on witnesses or using bribes
Corruption is everywhere!

She’s Out! Yeah!  There are some pretty happy kids right now.

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Do not go backward on the Lord
In this thing you cannot afford
Be assured you will be taken
Snared by Satan fallen, shaken

Isa. 28: 13

• • •
13 But the word of the Lord was 
unto them precept upon precept, 
precept upon precept; line upon line, 
line upon line; here a little, 
and there a little; that they might go, 
and fall backward, and be broken, 
and snared, and taken

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Reflecting on the Savior
Kindles our fire of faith
It strengthens us to labor
And endure what we must face

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A woman walking about
Fell into a pit so deep
She had no way to get out
And laid down and began to weep
A passerby chanced to walk by
She raised herself up and cried out for help
He saw immediately what to try
And lowered a ladder and went down himself
The Only Begotten provides the means
That we might escape from the pit
When we sin, repentance is what we need
To call upon the Lord and profit

“A [woman] walking along a road fell into a pit so deep [she] could not climb out. No matter what [she] did, [she] could not get out by [herself]. The [woman] called for help and rejoiced when a kind passerby heard [her] and lowered a ladder down into the pit. This allowed [her] to climb out of the pit and regain [her] freedom.
“We are like the [woman] in the pit. Sinning is like falling into the pit, and we can’t get out by ourselves. Just as the kind passerby heard the [woman’s] cry for help, Heavenly Father sent his Only Begotten Son to provide the means of escape. Jesus Christ’s atonement could be compared to lowering a ladder into the pit; it gives us the means to climb out.”10 But the Savior does more than lower the ladder, He “comes down into the pit and makes it possible for us to use the ladder to escape.”11 “Just as the [woman] in the pit had to climb up the ladder, we must repent of our sins and obey the gospel principles and ordinances to climb out of our pit and make the Atonement work in our lives. Thus, after all we can do, the Atonement makes it possible for us to become worthy to return to Heavenly Father’s presence.”12
Is Faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ Written in Our Hearts?
By Linda K. Burton
Relief Society General President

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