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Showing posts from August, 2012

Proclamation Series: Memorizing the Proclamation

The Family: A Proclamation to the World is an inspired document, and is scripture.  It was written by holy prophets for our day and time.  As the title is a proclamation about families for the whole world. This is a powerful and timeless. About 5 years after it was given, my parents called all of their children and challenged us to memorize  the Proclamation. They had just finished memorizing it themselves after being challenged by their Stake President in Stake Conference.  To the inspiration of hundreds, a thirteen-year old girl stood and quoted it in front of their whole stake. There is something to memorizing ....  when we memorize--we internalize. So I accepted my parents challenge and set off to memorize this inspired, but huge document.  I already knew it was true and powerful, but I didn't know it, like I came to know it through this memorizing journey. And it was a journey...of the proclamation becoming apart of me.  One paragraph at a

POWER in the Word

I want to add my witness that scriptures have power to change lives. "Prophets and apostles have assured us that as we face the trials of mortality, we can find strength, comfort, and peace in the gospel of Jesus Christ . President Dieter F. Uchtdorf , Second Counselor in the First Presidency, said, “I testify as an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ … that the gospel is true, and that it offers the answers to all personal and collective challenges the children of God have on this earth today.” 1 Our individual circumstances may vary, but we can each turn to a divine source of power—the scriptures. ” ( 2 Nephi 31:20 )."  (Ensign August 2012, Finding Power in the Scriptures)   Many years ago, I  was a young mother with 4 children under 4.  Two were toddlers, and two were newborn twins.  There is really only one word to describe my life back then... overwhelming!  After all of my help left, (aka, my mom) getting through each day was a hard challenge. When I

Jeffrey R. Holland: Lessons From Liberty Jail

Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail by Liz Lemon Swindle "One of the most trying times in the history of the Church, both in terms of its impact on the Church generally and in the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith personally, occurred during the winter of 1838–39. The Prophet, who bore the brunt of the persecution in that period, had been imprisoned in the ironically named Liberty Jail. Until his martyrdom five and a half years later, there was no more burdensome time in Joseph’s life than this cruel, illegal, and unjustified incarceration." "In the Prophet Joseph’s letters, he spoke of the jail being a “hell, surrounded with demons … where we are compelled to hear nothing but blasphemous oaths, and witness a scene of blasphemy, and drunkenness and hypocrisy, and debaucheries of every description.” 2 “We have … not blankets sufficient to keep us warm; and when we have a fire, we are obliged to have almost a constant smoke,” he said. 3 “Our souls have been bowed do