Sunday, January 4, 2015

Embarking

I am going to give a good positive word for our extremely awesome mutual theme this year.  It is so great!  I am sure you are already all over it, and are aware of how inspired it is.  (as always) I am  inspired by it already!


The visual is a ship, which I feel is so applicable and has many themes that you could pull from.


"Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day." Doctrine and Covenants 4:2

To embark is to go on board a ship or aircraft, but it is also to begin a coarse of action that is especially important or demanding. Like missionary work, like maintaining a building a true testimony, like reading the scriptures daily, like prayer, like staying on the path, like keeping and  making temple covenants, like serving others, like being ready for  Christ's Second Coming, to just name a few .

I love that they put a different theme/picture on each sail of all the ways that we can embark on our own journeys to come unto Christ.  We know as we incorporate these principles into our lives, great things will happen, in our life and in those around us.

This can be personal. Very personal. You can come up with your own reasons for embarking this year. However, I have a feeling they will still be very connected to all the principles that are pictured on the ship's sails.

This can be a great focus not just for the youth, but our whole families, and each of us personally.

Here are some good resources:
 
The entire New Era for January is worth reading and studying and pondering as a family or as a youth group at church.  Each article is another way of how we can "EMBARK" and stay in the ship taking us safely home.  Don't skip any pages. Every page is incredible.
 
 Elder M. Russell Ballard's talk from October 2014  "Stay in the Boat and Hold On!"
 
Let's all EMBARK this year!