It’s that time of year again, folks. The Semi-Annual Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints happened last weekend and here are the nuggets I would like to share with you:
- Our Sunday meeting schedule has been restructured so that we can have a more home-centered, Church supported Gospel study experience.
- A renewed emphasis on the name of our church–The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints–so that we may better represent who we are and whose Church this is.
- We live in a remarkably revelatory time in the restored Church.
- Center yourself in Christ, hold fast to what you already know and wait on further instruction.
- Keep on the covenant path.
- Achieve the conversion the Lord expects you to.
- Establish righteous patterns.
- Know the WHO and WHY of serving the Lord.
- If we will make Jesus Christ the center of our lives, everything else will fall into place.
- Trials happen because this is mortality.
- Pray to the Father to bring you to someone for Him.
- Our Heavenly Father knows how to exalt YOU.
- The Lord requires our help to minister to His flock and gather His sheep.
Wow! And that isn’t all but I didn’t put them all in here. If you watched the conference, then you have probably noted some of these same nuggets and added more of your own as you felt inspired.
Have a peaceful Sabbath Day…
“Angels, shepherds, and Wise Men sought and found peace from their faith in Jesus Christ. So will you. The Savior’s birth is the gift that makes it possible for the Father to give us ‘peace in this world
, and eternal life in the world to come.'”
A friend recently sent to me a copy of a talk entitled “Peace in this Life”, by Henry B. Eyring. What a timely message this is. Our world is in turmoil; oftentimes our personal lives are extremely challenging for many reasons, both within our control and not so much. But amidst whatever trials, challenges, another’s choice that affects our lives, or influences that can impact us on a global level, we can find peace. That one word means so much. Where can we turn for peace? We turn to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate this month. The following quote from this talk was very meaningful to me, as I had just prayed that improving my relationship with my Savior would strengthen me on those days that are especially trying. I hope it helps you and gives you some direction during a difficult time.
“It is only through following the Savior that any of us can find peace and serenity in the trials that will come to all of us.”
And it just now occurred to me that we should remember that our relationship with Jesus Christ, as well as our Heavenly Father, can make the good days even sweeter. They aren’t just there for us on the rough days.
Image from LDS.org.
Our Church holds two conferences annually to our worldwide membership and this year I was actually able to attend the Saturday afternoon session in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. While in Salt Lake I was able to take a really cool picture of the spires of the Salt Lake LDS Temple. As I was preparing a spiritual thought for today, I just really wanted to share the photo I took and also a few thoughts from other conferences that I have watched and taken notes from. Hope you gain something from what I share today:
- It is not the work of the Lord that is frustrated, but the work of man.
- In spite of conditions in the world today, we live in a consecrated time.
- Your calling isn’t about what you’ve done, but what the Lord can do through you.
- Simplify your approach to discipleship–start where you are.
- No matter where we are, we are the Lord’s agents. We are always on His errand.
- We are not aware of what the Savior’s sacrifice has done for us.
- It’s not the trial, it’s the load. Bearing it is necessary on our path to eternal life. Don’t expect to carry it alone.
- Keeping covenants empowers us–stay firmly on the path.
- We were tutored in the pre-existence and were given trials and challenges unique to us.
- Learn to recognize the power of the Atonement in your life.
- The Lord sees weaknesses differently than he does rebellion.
Okay, that’s it for now. Time to get ready for church. Happy Sunday!