Monday, March 29, 2010

Moroni 7:3

Here is the scripture for today it is Moroni Chapter 7 verse 3. Please read it and reflect upon it and let me know what this scripture means to you in your daily life.

3 Wherefore, I would speak unto you that are of the achurch, that are the peaceable followers of Christ, and that have obtained a sufficient hope by which ye can enter into the drest of the Lord, from this time henceforth until ye shall rest with him in heaven.

Till next time,

Mr. S

I'm Back...

I apologize to everyone for the break since I updated this blog last. A lot of things have been going on and thus some things had to give in order to get everything done. I am sure all the readers of this blog can understand that. :) But I have a new idea and I am going to throw it out to you guys and see what you think about it. I would like to start posting a scripture for thought and comments probably 3 times a week to start then possibly moving up to one a day over time if it catches on. What do you guys think about this idea? Let me know.

Till Next Time,

Mr. S

Monday, October 19, 2009

1 Nephi - Chapter 7 - Versus 1 thru 22

One of the interesting things I took from this chapter was when Nephi stated that he was having to set good examples for his older brothers and he didn't know why he needed to do that. I find it interesting on the dynamics of that statement. Usually when we think of people who are setting examples for us it is our elders or people who are older than us. But as we see many times through out the history of the church that isn't always the case. Look at Joseph Smith he was just a boy when he had his first vision and with this vision came great responsibilities. I am sure in his day that it was hard for people who were older than Joseph to actually listen to him and to know and believe he was a prophet of God. Think about the way we sometimes in our own lives today dispel what children have to say or don't listen to what children are saying because we chalk it up to well they are just kids what could the possibly know... Maybe this is something we should think about the next time we are approached by a child.

Also I found it incredible how once again his brothers and others this time tried to kill him again. It is amazing to me how fickle his brothers are towards Nephi and as he stated in these verses they had even seen an angel and still they doubted and hardened their hearts towards God and still in the end he forgave them. Just think if we had this kind of compassion towards one another in today's world how would this world be a different place for you and I to live in? Do you think it would be a better place?

That is all I have for this time friends but I look forward to your feedback and comments.

Till next time,

Mr. S

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

1 Nephi - Chapter 6 - Versus 1 thru 6

This chapter was a short chapter in the Book of Mormon but I do think there are a few interesting things to point out.

1. Nephi does state that we are descendants from Joseph.

2. Nephi does state what his intent on this earth is and what he sees as his mission to complete while he is on earth.

Why do think Nephi would not give us the genealogy of his fathers? What do you think the purpose of not providing us with that information was?

As always please feel free to leave your comments.

Till next time,

Mr. S

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

1 Nephi - Chapter 5 - Versus 1 thru 22

In this chapter there are two major themes that I picked out.

1. Sariah's lack of faith in Lehi that he was commanded of God to send their sons out to recover the plates. Up to this point in the Book of Mormon we haven't heard to much about any women. There have been mentions of them, but never any mention of their thoughts or fears. Sariah is complaining to Lehi about what he has sent their sons to do and she is doubting him for doing it. She begins to question Lehi if he is truly a man of God or are they wondering in the wilderness because he is crazy? I like that Sariah was able to go and talk to Lehi about her concerns and her feelings even if they were of doubt of him and what he was trying to do. I like that instead of getting mad at Sariah he was able to sit down with her and talk to her about why he was doing what he was doing and that it was important that it be done. I am thankful to see that after they had their conversation that Sariah was able to have enough faith in her husband to wait with him and I am sure comfort not only herself but also Lehi as they waited to see what was going to happen to their sons. I can only imagine the relief Sariah must of felt when she saw her sons come back to them in the wilderness and how that must of strengthen not only her testimony of prayer, but also her faith in God and in her husband.

2. The genealogy of Lehi and his fathers. I can imagine how important this was for Lehi to discover and to know. I think some of us search our whole lives to know where we came from and I think it is important for all of us to realize how important genealogy is to each and every one of us. I know that the church has always told its members how important genealogy is and that we should be diligent in doing our own genealogies to make sure that our ancestors are able to receive the blessings they need but what does that mean to you and I? Does that mean we should just do a couple of generations and call it quits? Or does it mean we should make this a part of lives and do as much as we can while we are here on this earth? I think that it is for all of us to decide but I also think it is very important that at the very least to know how important genealogy is to the Book of Mormon.

So I leave you with these questions:

How can this scripture of Sariah and Lehi be an example to all of us who from time to time have doubts not only about ourselves but about our loved ones?

What does Genealogy mean to you? and how do you make it a part of your life today?

Till next time,

Mr. S

Thursday, August 20, 2009

1 Nephi - Chapter 4 - Versus 1 thru 38

When I was reading over these versus I was impressed at how Nephi didn't want to Laban. He really struggled with if he should kill Laban or not. In the end we know what he decided to do but I can only imagine how hard that must of been on Nephi to have to make that decision. I was also impressed with the thought process that Nephi went through to make this decision. I hope and pray in my own life that if I was ever posed with this same situation I would have the faith and foresight to be able to do what God wanted me to do and to know that what I was doing is right.

My question for the day is this - Have you ever been in a situation like this? If you have do you feel you did the right thing?

Till next time,

Mr. S

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Relief Society Lesson Today

Today in church we had a very good Relief Society Lesson. Before reading the lesson today I wasn't aware of all the things the Relief Society does for the ward. I have always known they are an important part of the ward but I didn't have any idea how they got started or what they did in the early days of the church.

I am very thankful and grateful that such an organization exists in the church. One of the brothers today told a story of when his mother had needed a surgery and was laid up for 3 weeks. During this time his father needed to continue to work to pay the families bills and wasn't able to stay at home with the children. What a pressure and strain that must of put on that family. But he continued his story to talk about how the Relief Society President had heard of this and had made a point to make sure that sisters from the ward rotated through out the day in and out of the house to watch the children, cook meals, and clean the home till their fellow sister could get back on her feet and do these things on her own again for the family. No where else in my life besides the military have I ever seen an organization that takes care of their members like this.

What an inspiration that story was to myself and I am sure the other brothers who were listening to this story. I am very thankful for the Relief Society and all they do for our wards and families each and every day and hope that as I go forward in my journey that I will always remember this story this brother shared with us today and that I will always be able to remember that everyone in the church has something to offer each and everyone of us. I am thankful for the church and for our wards. I pray that each of you will take a moment out of your day to thank your Relief Societies the next time you see them and I pray that as we all go forward we will strive to remember the parts that each of us play not only in our families but also in our wards and in the church.

*Last but not least I would like to ask you to leave a comment about a time in your life when the Relief Society has helped you or your family and what that meant to you.

Till next time,

Mr. S