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In a fallen world
Many ills afflict
‘Robbing us of worth’….
A lie we must reject
For… God’s love is perfect!
Hold on, hope on
Believe in the day
Where joy will dawn
And…gloom will fall away
And all will be okay!
May one spark of hope
Flicker all about
And brighten your home
Ridding you of doubt
A lit seed can sprout!
Like the ancient palm seed
That was dormant two-thousand years
A trigger is what you need
That the dark thoughts, in Christ’s light, clears
That life and hope in you appears
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Like a Broken Vessel
 Ensign, November 2013
  1. Ancient Date Palm Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seed Blossoms …

    A 2,000 year old date palm seed from Herod the Great’s fortress that was planted in 2005 has just blossomed for the third time.


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An invitation, humbly born
Of our love for Christ and others.
Will never offend or scorn.
Have faith, brothers and sisters.

This is a responsibility that we sometimes avoid because we fear that an invitation to meet with the missionaries or attend church may offend a neighbor or a friend—or even a member of our own family, like those portrayed in this video. However, an invitation that is born of our love for others and for the Lord Jesus Christ and our desire for the happiness of these friends and family members will never be seen as offensive or judgmental.

Our Responsibility to Invite



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The dark night of the mind in stress
Collided with staggering fatigue
Emotions collapsed, I was depressed
Unable to function, I was in need

Debilitating and so real
I was deeply afflicted with gloom
There was no hope within to feel
Then, God’s mercy and love showed to bloom!

Found in the divine potter’s hands
I felt wrapped in His love all at once
And witness that He understands
He has felt what a dark soul confronts

My suffering became bearable
Through this trial, I know how I am weak
As clay in His hands, I’m more able
To be compassionate, humble, and meek

Now, as the Lord holds me together
I rest from stress on His Sabbath day
As His vessel, His love, I gather
And partake of Him, study, and  pray

As His vessel, His hope, I gather
To help others along the way

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: ‘Like a Broken Vessel’

 Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013

The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,
 Arise, and go down to the apotter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this apotter? saith theLord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

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Always, each soul’s silver lining
Shines upon white clouds above
God matches each tear we are finding
With His own, out of great love

 “Even if you cannot always see that silver lining on your clouds, God can, for He is the very

source of the light you seek. He does love you, and He knows your fears. He hears your

prayers. He is your Heavenly Father, and surely He matches with His own the tears His

children shed.”


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Come to know with certainty
What the Godhead means to you
Each in perfect unity
Has a separate function, too
Our Heavenly Father stands supreme
And cares for us as a tender parent
Through the gift of His Son, much is seen
His mercy and compassion becomes apparent
Through our Lord’s ministry and example
We can come to know who our Savior is
Through His atonement we can sample
Worth, for He suffered and paid for each
This truth is confirmed by the Holy Ghost
As in our hearts and minds we are taught
Through the spirit’s warmth, this heavenly host
Testifies of all light that is sought
Come unto the Father, through the gift of the Son
By way of the Holy Ghost, love is felt
Through the baptismal gate, the journey is begun
Back to Heaven, where with the Godhead we dwelt
  1. “We baptize ‘in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.’ In doing so we are bringing people to the Father through the ministry and Atonement of His Son, with the guidance of the Holy Ghost. We must keep it uppermost in our minds always as we undertake our missions.” —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve

  2. Role of the Godhead Is Paramount in Missionaries’ Teachings

      By R. Scott Lloyd, Church News staff writer

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Always there is absolute horror
At the taking of a life
But giving is another matter
As then, dirty jokes some like


‘… in the significance and sanctity of giving life, some of us are not so responsible, and in the larger world swirling around us we find near criminal irresponsibility. What would in the case of taking life bring absolute horror and demand grim justice, in the case of giving life brings dirty jokes and four-letter lyrics and crass carnality on the silver screen, home-owned or downtown.’  Of Souls, Sermons, and Sacraments  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
BYU 1989 

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She eats of a stranger
And wipes at her mouth
Saying there is no danger
She smiles to pout

Well, it was not murder
Just second to it!
If she’d seen just further
She’d never do this

Selling herself
She becomes much less
Property, flesh
When lives she could bless

‘Is such moral turpitude so wrong? That question has always been asked, usually by the guilty. “Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness” (Proverbs 30:20). No murder here. Well, maybe not. But sexual transgression? “He that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.” Sounds near fatal to me.’ Of Souls, Sermons, and Sacrament  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  BYU 1989

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