Sunday, October 9, 2016

General Conference

Here I go again, few days after. Regular Preparation day today :D HAHA

Not a whole lot happened this week. We just watched the re-broadcast of General Conference and heard important messages from the Prophet and the leaders of the Church. I'm amazed that at their age, they seem pretty stronger than normal. I know that they are blessed because they follow the Law of Health that Heavenly Father gave us.

Like what Prophet Thomas S. Monson said in the Priesthood Session

"Those who are obedient to the Lord’s commandments and who 
faithfully observe the Word of Wisdom are promised particular 
blessings, among which are good health and added physical stamina"

Every commandment we follow, there will be equivalent or greater than promise blessings. It is also through our obedience to the laws and commandments, we can receive blessings.

"20 There is lawirrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
 21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated." - Doctrine and Covenants 130: 20-21
Of course, I have heard talks that I felt special to me that it hit my heart. I can say that they are delicious to my mind and delightful to my soul. I have felt they their talks were really inspired to help each one of us, member of the Church or not.

These are some:

Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?

This does not in any way mean that sin is OK. Sin always has consequences. …

“Abide in My Love”

One of the terms we hear often today is that God’s love is “unconditional.” While in one sense that is true, the descriptor unconditional appears nowhere in scripture. Rather, His love is described in scripture as “great and wonderful love” [D&C 138:3], “perfect love” [1 John 4:18Moroni 8:16], “redeeming love” [Alma 5:26], and “everlasting love” [Jeremiah 31:3]. These are better terms because the word unconditional can convey mistaken impressions about divine love, such as, God tolerates and excuses anything we do because His love is unconditional, or God makes no demands upon us because His love is unconditional, or all are saved in the heavenly kingdom of God because His love is unconditional. God’s love is infinite and it will endure forever, but what it means for each of us depends on how we respond to His love. …
To “continue in” or “abide in” the Savior’s love means to receive His grace and be perfected by it. To receive His grace, we must have faith in Jesus Christ and keep His commandments, including repenting of our sins, being baptized for the remission of sins, receiving the Holy Ghost, and continuing in the path of obedience. …
To abide in God’s love in this sense means to submit fully to His will. It means to accept His correction when needed. … It means to love and serve one another as Jesus has loved and served us. It means to learn “to abide the law of a celestial kingdom” so that we can “abide a celestial glory”

Emissaries to the Church

Brethren, the appeal I am making tonight is for you to lift your vision of home teaching. Please, in newer, better ways see yourselves as emissaries of the Lord to His children. That means leaving behind the tradition of a frantic, law of Moses–like, end-of-the-month calendar in which you rush to give a scripted message from the Church magazines that the family has already read. We would hope, rather, that you will establish an era of genuine, gospel-oriented concern for each member, watching over and caring for each other in compassionate ways, addressing spiritual and temporal needs in any way that helps.

Learn from Alma and Amulek

Today, I would like to ask you to consider two questions:
First: “What can I learn from Alma?” Second: “How am I like Amulek?” 
In whatever position you currently serve—whether you are a deacons quorum president, a stake president, or an Area President—to be successful, you must find your Amuleks. …
While some of us should be looking for an Amulek, for others the question might be “How am I like Amulek?” …
Perhaps, like Amulek, you know in your heart that the Lord has “called [you] many times” but you “would not hear.” …
Our beloved Savior knows where you are. He knows your heart. He wants to rescue you. He will reach out to you. Just open your heart to Him. It is my hope that those who have strayed from the path of discipleship—even by only a few degrees—will contemplate the goodness and grace of God, see with their hearts, learn from Alma and Amulek, and hear the life-changing words of the Savior: “Come, follow me.”

The Great Plan of Redemption

Oh, how I want each of my children, grandchildren, and each of you, my brothers and sisters, to feel the joy and closeness to Heavenly Father and to our Savior as we daily repent of our sins and weaknesses. …
… When we sincerely repent of our sins, they are truly gone—without a trace! I have personally felt joy, relief, and confidence before the Lord as I have sincerely repented.
To me, the greatest miracles in this life are not the parting of the Red Sea, the moving of mountains, or even the healing of the body. The greatest miracle happens as we humbly approach our Father in Heaven in prayer, fervently plead to be forgiven of our sins, and then are cleansed of those sins and changed through the atoning sacrifice of our Savior. 

“If Ye Had Known Me”

 Four essential steps that can help us come to know the Lord are exercising faith in Him, following Him, serving Him, and believing Him.
The exercise of faith in Jesus Christ is relying upon His merits, mercy, and grace. … As our faith in the Lord increases, we trust in Him and have confidence in His power to redeem, heal, and strengthen us. …
The Savior has admonished us to become as He is. … Following the Lord includes emulating Him. We continue to come to know the Lord as we seek through the power of His Atonement to become like Him. …
We more fully come to know the Lord as we serve Him and labor in His kingdom. As we do so, He generously blesses us with heavenly help, spiritual gifts, and increased capacity. …
We come to know the Savior as we do our best to go where He wants us to go, as we strive to say what He wants us to say, and as we become what He wants us to become. …
… Believing Him with our whole soul comes as we press forward along the covenant pathway, surrender our will to His, and submit to His priorities and timing for us.

The Doctrine of Christ

The doctrine of Christ … is the means—the only means—by which we can obtain all the blessings made available to us through Jesus’s Atonement. It is the doctrine of Christ that allows us to access the spiritual power that will lift us from our current spiritual state to a state where we can become perfected like the Savior.

So how can we apply the doctrine of Christ more fully in our lives? One way would be to make a conscious effort each week to prepare for the sacrament by taking some time to prayerfully consider where we most need to improve. We could then bring a sacrifice of at least one thing that keeps us from being like Jesus Christ to the sacrament altar, pleading in faith for help, asking for necessary spiritual gifts, and covenanting to improve during the coming week. As we do so, the Holy Ghost will come into our lives to a greater degree, and we will have additional strength to overcome our imperfections.

I have received many spiritual impressions that I wrote in my Studu journal. Hopefully looking for opportunities to use it in teaching and in sharing the gospel to others.

If you want to read or watch more of the General Conference, you can visit this site

Just Rodel's happy face because he saw... hahahahaha

Rodel's starstruck face HAHA

No comments:

Post a Comment