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Diamonds of Truth

“There are ‘diamonds of truth’ in the pages of the Old Testament. We refer to some of these diamonds as gospel doctrines and principles.”

~ Elder Richard G. Scott, in Four Fundamentals for Those Who Teach and Inspire Youth

“Doctrines and principles are fundamental, unchanging truths of the gospel and can guide us in making decisions. Understanding and applying doctrines and principles of the gospel bring blessings, deepen our conversion, and help us become more like the Savior.”

~ Old Testament Home Study Seminary manual, Unit 1, Day 4, pg. 2

The Comforter

President Henry B. Eyring recently spoke on The Comforter (another name for the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit) and he said some really profound things that I am still thinking on, so I thought I would share them with you!

“…you have felt He knows you and loves you. You have felt His love for those seated around you. They are your sisters, spirit daughters of our Heavenly Father. He cares for them as He cares for you. He understands all their sorrows. He wants to succor them.

My message to you tonight is that you can and must be an important part of His giving comfort to those who need comfort. You can play your part best if you know more of how He answers those prayers for help.

Many are praying to Heavenly Father for relief, for help in carrying their burdens of grief, loneliness, and fear. Heavenly Father hears those prayers and understands their needs. He and His Beloved Son, the resurrected Jesus Christ, have promised help. …

The burdens His faithful servants must carry in life are made lighter by His Atonement. The burden of sin can be taken away, but the trials of mortal life for good people can still be heavy burdens.

You have seen such tests in the lives of good people you love. You have felt a desire to help them. There is a reason for your feeling of compassion for them.

You are a covenant member of the Church of Jesus Christ. A great change began in your heart when you came into the Church. You made a covenant, and you received a promise that began changing your very nature. …

That is why you have a feeling to want to help a person struggling to move forward under a load of grief and difficulty. You promised that you would help the Lord make their burdens light and be comforted. You were given the power to help lighten those loads when you received the gift of the Holy Ghost. …

I have seen that miracle time and time again. We lighten the loads of others best by helping the Lord strengthen them. That is why the Lord included in our charge to comfort others the command to be His witnesses at all times and in all places. …

His love never fails, and we never will cease to feel in our hearts the urge “to mourn with those that mourn … and comfort those that stand in need of comfort.” Nor will the peace He promises ever leave us as we serve others for Him.”

 To see the entire message, click here.

Did this message help you see or feel differently about service and comforting those that mourn? Leave a comment!

Express the Joy of Being a Mother!

“Each of us has a part to play in the plan, and each of us is equally valued in the eyes of the Lord. We should remember that a loving Heavenly Father is aware of our righteous desires and will honor His promises that nothing will be withheld from those who faithfully keep their covenants. Heavenly Father has a mission and plan for each of us, but He also has His own timetable. One of the hardest challenges in this life is to have faith in the Lord’s timing. It’s a good idea to have an alternative plan in mind, which helps us to be covenant-keeping, charitable, and righteous women who build the kingdom of God no matter which way our lives go. We need to teach our daughters to aim for the ideal but plan for contingencies. … 

We eagerly teach our children to aim high in this life. We want to make sure that our daughters know that they have the potential to achieve and be whatever they can imagine. We hope they will love learning, be educated, talented, and maybe even become the next Marie Curie or Eliza R. Snow.

Do we also teach our sons and daughters there is no greater honor, no more elevated title, and no more important role in this life than that of mother or father? I would hope that as we encourage our children to reach for the very best in this life that we also teach them to honor and exalt the roles that mothers and fathers play in Heavenly Father’s plan.

We need to take a term which is sometimes spoken of with derision and elevate it. It is the term homemaker. All of us—women, men, youth, and children, single or married—can work at being homemakers. We should “make our homes” places of order, refuge, holiness, and safety. Our homes should be places where the Spirit of the Lord is felt in rich abundance and where the scriptures and the gospel are studied, taught, and lived. What a difference it would make in the world if all people would see themselves as makers of righteous homes.”

~ Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women General President

To see the whole message, click here.

A friend and I recently had a discussion about this topic – that somehow in the midst of the “have-to’s” of motherhood, we forget to show the “want-to” part of being mothers and that it is our greatest joy. So this was a good reminder for me to express the happiness that being a parent actually brings to my life – and to evaluate where we are in making our home a righteous refuge.

How do you show your love of parenthood or make your home a refuge from the world? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

The Family Is of God

“Our Father has a family. It’s me! It’s you, all others too: we are His children. He sent each one of us to earth, through birth, to live and learn here in families. God gave us families to help us become what He wants us to be. This is how He shares His love, for the family is of God.”

~ words from The Family Is of God

From the Family Proclamation, we learn, “In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father.” In that realm, we learned about our eternal female identity. We knew that we were each “a beloved … daughter of heavenly parents.”

Our mortal journey to earth did not change those truths. We each belong to and are needed in the family of God. Earthly families all look different. And while we do the best we can to create strong traditional families, membership in the family of God is not contingent upon any kind of status—marital status, parental status, financial status, social status, or even the kind of status we post on social media.

We belong. “We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him.”3

Our opportunity as covenant-keeping daughters of God is not just to learn from our own challenges; it is to unite in empathy and compassion as we support other members of the family of God in their struggles, as we have covenanted to do.

When we do so, we also come to understand and trust that the Savior knows the difficulties of the way and can guide us through whatever sorrows and disappointments may come. He is true charity, and His love “endureth forever”—in part through us as we follow Him.

As daughters of God and disciples of Jesus Christ, we then “act according to those sympathies which God has planted” in our hearts. Our sphere of influence isn’t limited to our own family members.

As we use our time in mortality to study and apply the Savior’s teachings, we become more like Him. We come to understand that He is the way—the only way—we can overcome mortal challenges, be healed, and return back to our heavenly home.”

~ Sister Carole M. Stephens, 1st Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency

To view or read the entire message, click here.

Filling Our Homes With Light and Truth

“Satan knows that in order for us and our families to withstand the pressures of the world, we must be filled with light and gospel truth. So he does everything in his power to dilute, distort, and destroy the truth of the gospel and to keep us separated from that truth.

Many of us have been baptized and have received the gift of the Holy Ghost, whose role it is to reveal and teach the truth of all things. With the responsibility to seek truth, to live the truth as we know, and to share and defend the truth.

One place where we seek best to be filled with light and truth is in our own homes. Families are the Lord’s workshop on earth to help us learn and live the gospel. We come into our families with a sacred duty to help strengthen each other spiritually.

Strong eternal families and Spirit-filled homes do not just happen. They take great effort, they take time, and they take every member of the family doing his or her part. Every home is different, but every home where just one individual seeks for truth can make a difference.”

~ Sister Cheryl A. Esplin, 2nd Counselor in the Primary General Presidency

To view or read the whole message, click here.

A Tower of Strength

“Prayer is a great tower of strength, a pillar of unending righteousness, a mighty force that moves mountains and saves souls. Through it the sick are healed, the dead are raised, and the Holy Spirit is poured out without measure upon the faithful.”

~ Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “Patterns of Prayer,” Ensign, May 1982, 32.

He Will Listen

“I tell you this: God cares about you. He will listen, and he will answer your personal questions. The answers to your prayers will come in His own way and in His own time, and therefore, you need to learn to listen to His voice.”

~ President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Receiving A Testimony of Light and Truth,” Ensign, Nov. 2014, 21.