Sister Dibb’s talk in General asked members of the Church to be bold in declaring their membership and commitment to the Church and its message. I created this graphic to represent the theme cheap viagra of her talk.
LDS General Conference Infographic – March 29th, 2012
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I came across an infographic today that gives some information about LDS General Conference. Twice each year, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide come together either
in person or through th
e use of technology to receive instruction from Church leaders.
This infographic was produced by the
Church to give a
visual explanation of the magnitude of General Conference.
Education a Spiritual Endeavor – March 20th, 2012
One of my favorite scriptures in the Doctrine and Covenants explains the importance of learning, and places within the reach of humans a recipe for increasing intelligence.
Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.
And if a person
gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the life to come.
This makes the acquisition of knowledge a spiritual pursuit. Learning through diligence and obedience places a person closer to the ultimate goal of God’s offspring: becoming like He is. That’s why many Latter-day Saints prefer to send their children to private schools, where teachers and curriculum are held more accountable than in public schools and closely match the learning preferences of parents. Where private schools are not practical, many LDS parents home school their kids so that they can be more involved with the learning process. They
can integrate spiritual with secular learning, and they can ensure that their children are not held to a pace (often slower) that doesn’t push them to their potential.
The Purpose of Life – March 15th, 2012
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Through out history many individuals have asked questions such as what is the purpose of life? Or why do we exist? Many people have asked these questions and many have tried to answer these questions through different mediums of thought such as philosophy and science.
But just like any question about life and our purpose the answers to these questions can only come from the source of all truth—a Supreme Being or in other words from God.
To understand our purpose we must first understand God’s purpose which is found in the Book of Moses:
“For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.“(Moses 1:39).
Everything God does and says is meant for our benefit not just in this life, but in the life after our life here on earth or in other words life on into the
eternities. Knowing that about God then begs the question that is the topic of this blog post—what is our purpose in life? In the Doctrine and Covenants we learn this about our purpose:
“Behold , this is your work to keep my commandments, yea, with all your might, mind and strength” (Doctrine and Convenants 11:20).
Following the commandments given to us from God acts as a path or a guide that aids us in returning back to Him. Before we lived here on earth we lived with God. We learn in the Old Testament that God knew Jeremiah the prophet before he was born:
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5).
Like Jeremiah, God knew us because we lived with him before being born into this life on earth. When we were born we were born into a life that was in a fallen state because of the Fall. The Fall occurred when Adam and Eve partook of the fruit God forbade them to eat. As a result they were cast out of the Garden of Eden away from the presence of God where they faced the trials of a mortal life (Genesis 3).
The very trials that all human kind face because of the Fall are to test us to see if we will keep the commandments that God has given us. God also knew, even before the Fall occurred, that we would fall short in keeping His commandments and so He provided a way back to Him by sending His Son Jesus Christ to give his life as a ransom for us all.
Jesus Christ was born in the meridian of time as the literal Son of God. He came because:
“…God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life“. (John 3:16).
In a book of modern day scripture called the Book of Mormon, an ancient prophet named Alma teaches about what is termed as the Atonement:
“…he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy… the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might blot out their trangression…” (The Book of Mormon, Alma 7:12,13).
If we will place our faith in Jesus Christ and repent the Atonement can become active in our lives and we can become reconciled to God and return to live with Him again.
In essence the purpose of life is to do what God wants us to do, which is to keep His commandments. When we do this we contribute to God’s purpose by making correct choices. When our choices fall short of what God wants us to do, we can repent, change our beliefs or attitudes, and try again.
There is a way to reconcile ourselves with God through the Atonement. The Atonement becomes active in our lives when we change our behavior that goes against God or in other words when we repent. Repentance takes faith in Jesus Christ. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). At the beginning, we may not have full knowledge of the outcome when we put our faith in Christ and repent, but Christ has promised us that “…whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).