May 31, 2015

"Differences"

·         New Testament
There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. 
 
“Differences”
 
cji
6/1/15
 
One within sacred communion
living the life of righteousness
protected and held precious
daughters and sons of Father
innocent and naïve of the world
much as the infant just born
knowing and trusting the Lord
keeping pure and clean each
yet a change takes place
differences occur in all
somewhere the world seen
opening one’s eyes to more
temptations, evils, choices
differences found in life
keeping one’s honor/values
eternally covenanted forever
choosing the right always
differences found in truth!
 
 
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Home Teaching Message June 2015



FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE


Families Can Be Together Forever


By President Henry B. Eyring


First Counselor in the First Presidency


 

The priesthood power to bind families eternally is one of the greatest gifts of God. Every person who understands the plan of salvation longs for that lasting blessing. Only in sealing ceremonies performed in dedicated temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does God offer the promise that families can be bound together forever.

The priesthood keys that make this possible were restored to the earth by the prophet Elijah to Joseph Smith in the Kirtland Temple. Those priesthood keys have been passed in an unbroken line through living prophets in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the present day.

The Savior in His mortal ministry spoke of the power to seal families in words to Peter, His chief Apostle, when He said, “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19).

It is only in the celestial kingdom that we can live in families forever. There we can be in families in the presence of our Heavenly Father and the Savior. The Prophet Joseph Smith described that wonderful experience this way in the Doctrine and Covenants:

“When the Savior shall appear we shall see him as he is. We shall see that he is a man like ourselves.

“And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy” (D&C 130:1–2).

This scripture suggests that we can with confidence aim for a heavenly standard in our relationships within our families. We can care enough about our familymembers, living and dead, to do all that we can to offer them the priesthood ordinances that will bind us in heaven.

Many of you, young and old, are doing that. You have looked for names of ancestors who have not yet received the ordinances that can seal you together.

Almost all of you have living relatives who have not been sealed in families by priesthood power. Many have living relatives who have received priesthood ordinances but are not keeping the covenants they made with God. God will bless you that you will be able to help reach out to all of those relatives in faith. You have a promise that the Lord makes to His disciples who go to bring others to Him:

“And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up” (D&C 84:88).

From my office window I see brides and grooms every day having their pictures taken among beautiful flowers and shooting fountains. The groom often carries his bride in his arms, at least for a few staggering steps, while the photographer shoots wedding pictures. Every time I see that, I think of couples I have known who in time—sometimes in a very short time after their wedding day—had to carry each other in other ways when life became hard. Jobs can be lost. Children can be born with great challenges. Illness can come. And then, habits of having done unto others as we would have them do unto us—when it was easier—will make us heroes and heroines in those trying times when it takes more than we thought we had in us.

We owe our families the kind of relationship we can take into the presence of God. We must try not to give offense or take offense. We can determine to forgive quickly and fully. We can try to seek the happiness of others above our own. We can be kind in our speech. As we try to do all these things, we will invite the Holy Ghost into our families and into our lives.

My assurance to you is that, with the Lord’s help and with repentant hearts, we can catch a glimpse in this life of the kind of life we want to have forever. Heavenly Father loves us. He wants us back with Him. The Savior, through the power of His Atonement, makes possible the change in our hearts we need to make in order to enter holy temples, make covenants we can then keep, and in time live in families forever in celestial glory—home again.

Teaching from This Message


As you share the doctrine of eternal families, consider what Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has said: “Always seek to strengthen families. Teach with a vision of the importance of families being sealed in the temple. … When you have the vision of the sealing ordinances of the temple, you will help build the kingdom of God on earth” (“I Have Given You an Example,” Liahona, May 2014, 34). How can you help those you teach develop a vision of the importance of being sealed in the temple? Invite those who have not yet been sealed to discuss steps they could take toward that ordinance. Invite those who have been sealed to discuss how they can keep the vision of their eternal family and work to improve their relationships with one another.

Youth


Eternally Linked to My Family


By Laura Burton

The author lives in Utah, USA.

When I was adopted at age three, my birth mother allowed the adoption to be finalized only if my parents agreed to have my Church ordinances done after I turned 12. She thought I needed to be old enough to make the choice for myself, but it was really difficult to wait.

Yes, it was hard to see many of my friends get baptized when they turned eight, but what was even harder was knowing I couldn’t be sealed to my adoptive parentsand five older siblings until I was 12. I was scared that something would happen to me and I wouldn’t be able to be sealed to them.

As my 12th birthday approached, we began planning for my baptism and sealing to my family. My parents let me choose which temple we would be sealed in. I had always thought that the San Diego California Temple was the most beautiful, so my entire family agreed to drive to California for the sealing.

I couldn’t wait to become an eternal family with my parents and siblings. During my sealing, I felt the Spirit so strongly that it is hard to put into words. Now that I am finally sealed to my family, my feelings of worry have been replaced with comfort and peace, knowing I am now eternally linked to them.

Children


Looking to the Temple


President Eyring explains that because of the priesthood, we have the chance to go to the temple to be sealed together with our family for eternity. Draw or find a picture of your favorite temple and keep it in a place where you will see it every day. Make a list of how you will prepare to go to the temple someday.



 

 

“Forever is Eternal”

 

cji

6/1/15

 

Families formed within marriage

women and men and children

entering the Temple as a one

invited into the Lord’s home

sacred ordinances to make

great the blessing bounded

fulfilling the Commandments

cleaving together to be one

millennium of time this done

lost to so many for centuries

restored in these latter-days

families can be together forever

forever is eternal (1 Peter 3:7)

heirs with Father and Son

families sealed in the Temple!

 

Copyright © 2015 – cji


20150601 Visiting Teaching June 2015


 

VISITING TEACHING MESSAGE     


Divine Attributes of Jesus Christ: Virtue




Faith, Family, Relief

This is part of a series of Visiting Teaching Messages featuring divine attributes of the Savior.

“Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven” (D&C 121:45).

What is virtue? President James E. Faust (1920–2007) said: “Virtue in its fuller sense encompasses all traits of righteousness that help us form our character.”1President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) added: “Love of God is the root of all virtue, of all goodness, of all strength of character.”2

Of the relationship between women and virtue, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “Women bring with them into the world a certain virtue, a divine gift that makes them adept at instilling such qualities as faith, courage, empathy, and refinement in relationships and in cultures. …

“Sisters, of all your associations, it is your relationship with God, your Heavenly Father, who is the source of your moral power, that you must always put first in your life. Remember that Jesus’s power came through His single-minded devotion to the will of the Father. … Strive to be that kind of disciple of the Father and the Son, and your influence will never fade.”3

Additional Scriptures





Detail from Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole, by Walter Rane

From the Scriptures


Today, virtuous women, full of faith, reach out to the Savior. In Luke 8 we read of a woman who had an issue of blood for 12 years that could not be healed. She sought healing when she “came behind [Christ], and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood [stopped]. … And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue4is gone out of me.” This virtuous faithful woman fell down before Him, declaring “unto him before all the people” that “she had touched him” and “was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole” (seeLuke 8:43–48; see also 6:17–19).

Through His virtue,5 Christ can heal, enable, strengthen, comfort, and cheer when we choose with courage and faith to reach out to Him.

Consider This


How does virtue empower and strengthen us?

 

 

 

“Controlling Thoughts”

 

cji

6/1/15

 

Compelling is the interference

seeking for space and time

entering within our minds

some invited most never

we’ve to take full control

virtue to garnish thoughts

being faithful and virtuous

calling upon Father in prayer

gaining grace to thus endure!

 

Copyright © 2015 – cji

 

May 30, 2015

“Inherent Virtue”



“Inherent Virtue”

 

cji

5/31/15

 

One arises in the morning

kneeling each in prayer

thankful and grateful

understanding obedience

inherent virtue understood

thus keeping the Sabbath

with honor and valor

which one are we today

with inherent virtue

or lacking the light

understanding not!

 

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May 29, 2015

“Lodging in Eternity”



“Lodging in Eternity”

 

cji

5/30/15

 

Preparing mansions above

to return to live with Father

each tailored to individual

prepared by the Savior

spoken in the Scriptures

mansions unneeded taught

religions called Christian

religions of the worldly

spirits only after death

for some nothing there

while the Savior taught

‘go to prepare a mansion’

lodging in eternity offered

why then most to deny

denying anything after death

never to return to Father

having no mansion for them!

 

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May 28, 2015

“Very Tender Feelings”



“Very Tender Feelings”

 

cji

5/29/15

 

Stem to the bloom

soft petals in the sun

sensitive to the heat/cold

following the sun in the sky

while men/women the Son

very tender feelings known

once all having such felt

families in prayer knelt

great love wisdom grown

today that is all done

political correctness why

righteousness to fold

acting as if evil won

infants dead in the womb;

 

Very tender feelings known

under storms struck hard

still in life able to survive

families continue to revive

avoiding evil’s many shard

right/wrong reeling’s shown;

 

Each person have choices

to choose the right done

still the few follow the Son

amid the vilest voices!

 

 

Copyright © 2015 – cji

 


May 27, 2015

“Thank You!”



“Thank You!”

 

cji

5/28/15

 

How many times and ways

one can express a thank you

within heartfelt meaning

sharing of the loving caring

remembering the tears shed

embracing the storms/calms

each time expressing this love

never to be the last forever

as each day we say it again

dawn and eve to our Father

every always to our friends

some but a moment once

others for a lifetime known

sharing this tender thought

expressing a grateful tear

of your service to Father

forever, forever and ever!

 

 

Copyright © 2015 – cji


May 25, 2015

“Ensured” (by Father)



“Ensured”

(by Father)

 

cji

5/26/15

 

We’ve the Scriptures

clear and concise

without mysteries

or for interpretation

man/woman’s wisdom

selling cures for pelf

offering salvation

or at least survival

denying plagues

or weapons to miss

just to be saved

but always to invest

buy my products

to beat the wars

to avoid the judgment

all for a bit of pelf

denying Scriptures

and eternal Salvation

ensured by Father

clear and concise

within the Prophets!

 

Copyright © 2015 – cji


May 24, 2015

“Religion and Government”



“Religion and Government”

 

cji

5/25/15

 

Compatible for good government

one to rule within laws voted

the other teaches values/good

worth within a society of virtues

once the majority choose the right

forming a nation to a greatness

churches and righteous people

honest people voted to decide

now what – loss of the churches

breaking down the family values

video games–loud music chaotic

worldly choices without religion

government without morals

dominion without rules laws

violating our Constitution

greatness turning to spoil

religion and government

no longer compatible today!

 

90 seconds with a Harvard Professor


 

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