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It’s hard not to cry when I talk about the struggles with infertility my husband and I endured. I felt hopeful. I felt like a failure. I felt gratitude for the physicians who worked so hard to help us. I felt shattered with each failed treatment. I felt loved by my family and friends. I felt lonely and desolate in my pain. It was a difficult time. As I searched the scriptures during this time, I noticed there were many couples who suffered from infertility: Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachel, Elkanah and Hannah, and Zachariah and Elisabeth. This surprised me. The Bible covers only a tiny piece of a vast history. Why would God inspire prophets to include so many stories of infertility? This felt like the beginning of an answer to my prayers; there was something here for me to learn. So I decided to study each of the women in these stories, and as I studied, I learned four important lessons that helped me grow and find peace despite my struggles with infertility. . . http://ow.ly/KmHb30lUKQF . . #ShareGoodness #LDS #LDSConf #Mormon #BookOfMormon #Jesus #Christ #Love #MannerOfHappiness #Happiness #Joy #Forgiveness #Peace #Charity #Gospel #Hope #scripture #scriptures #christian #christianity #grace #faith #repentance #baptism #spirit #holyspirit #holyghost #prophet
“We are living in the most crucial era in the history of the world,” said President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “As a Church we need to be doing what the Savior wishes us to do. And as a people we need to be looking and acting like true followers of Jesus Christ.” “If I have learned anything in my life, it is that our ultimate security and our only enduring happiness lies in holding on to the iron rod of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, complete with its covenants and ordinances. When we do so, we can safely navigate through rough waters because we have access to God’s power.” . . http://ow.ly/mJY430lUKHG . . #ShareGoodness #LDS #LDSConf #Mormon #BookOfMormon #Jesus #Christ #Love #MannerOfHappiness #Happiness #Joy #Forgiveness #Peace #Charity #Gospel #Hope #scripture #scriptures #christian #christianity #grace #faith #repentance #baptism #spirit #holyspirit #holyghost #prophet
God knows you personally. . www.mormon.org . #ShareGoodness #LDS #LDSConf #Mormon #BookOfMormon #Jesus #Christ #Love #MannerOfHappiness #Happiness #Joy #Forgiveness #Peace #Charity #Gospel #Hope #scripture #scriptures #christian #christianity #grace #faith #repentance #baptism #spirit #holyspirit #holyghost #prophet
In our discipleship, we have many demands, concerns, and assignments. However, some activities must always be at the heart of our Church membership. “Wherefore,” the Lord commands, “be faithful; stand in the office which I have appointed unto you; succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees.”15 This is the Church in action! This is pure religion! This is the gospel in its true sense as we succor, lift, and strengthen those in spiritual and temporal need! Doing so requires us to visit them and to assist them,16 that their testimonies of faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and His Atonement will be anchored in their hearts. May the Lord help and bless us to treasure our many precious gifts from God, including our membership in His restored Church. I pray we will be filled with love for our Heavenly Father’s children and be able to see their needs and be willing to answer their questions and concerns about the gospel in clear and kind ways that will increase understanding and appreciation for one another. http://ow.ly/HMjF30lSPlS #ShareGoodness #LDS #LDSConf #Mormon #BookOfMormon #Jesus #Christ #Love #MannerOfHappiness #Happiness #Joy #Forgiveness #Peace #Charity #Gospel #Hope #scripture #scriptures #christian #christianity #grace #faith #repentance #baptism #spirit #holyspirit #holyghost #prophet
Ensign “In the scriptures, a flag or standard around which people gather in a unity of purpose or identity. In ancient times an ensign served as a rallying point for soldiers in battle” (Guide to the Scriptures, “Ensign,” scriptures.lds.org). What We Can Learn An ensign: Is raised up. The Lord urges us to look upward, to raise our sights and serve a higher cause—His cause. Gathers. In the last days, the Lord will gather scattered Israel. He has begun this work by restoring His authority and His Church (see D&C 110:11–12), as well as by sending His servants to preach the gospel. They invite people to “gather” by accepting Jesus Christ, obeying Him, making covenants, and assembling in stakes of Zion in their own lands. “The Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ are symbolic ensigns to all nations of the earth” (Guide to the Scriptures, “Ensign,” scriptures.lds.org). Also included in the work of gathering are ordinances performed for deceased ancestors. Rallies an army. We rally to the Lord’s cause by making and keeping covenants, preaching God’s word, keeping His commandments, and serving in His Church. As we minister to one another and stand up for the cause of truth and righteousness, we join the ranks of the Lord’s army. Focuses on a rallying point. The center of our faith, devotion, and service is Jesus Christ. He said, “My Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father” (3 Nephi 27:14). http://ow.ly/7zXa30lQHn8 #ShareGoodness #LDS #LDSConf #Mormon #BookOfMormon #Jesus #Christ #Love #MannerOfHappiness #Happiness #Joy #Forgiveness #Peace #Charity #Gospel #Hope #scripture #scriptures #christian #christianity #grace #faith #repentance #baptism #spirit #holyspirit #holyghost #prophet
Studies show that children become more resilient to the challenges of life when they are familiar with the stories of challenges their own ancestors faced.1 In the Book of Mormon, Helaman also recognized the power of connecting his children to family stories that had been passed down through writing and retelling. He told his sons: “Behold, I have given unto you the names of our first parents who came out of the land of Jerusalem; and this I have done that when you remember your names ye may remember them; and when ye remember them ye may remember their works; and when ye remember their works ye may know how that it is said, and also written, that they were good. “Therefore, my sons, I would that ye should do that which is good, that it may be said of you, and also written, even as it has been said and written of them” (Helaman 5:6–7). http://ow.ly/dD4U30lQH83 #ShareGoodness #LDS #LDSConf #Mormon #BookOfMormon #Jesus #Christ #Love #MannerOfHappiness #Happiness #Joy #Forgiveness #Peace #Charity #Gospel #Hope #scripture #scriptures #christian #christianity #grace #faith #repentance #baptism #spirit #holyspirit #holyghost #prophet
Korihor the anti-Christ taught that “every man fare[s] in this life according to the management of the creature” (Alma 30:17). In other words, the way you handle yourself determines your worth--it’s something you have to earn or prove. But that just isn’t true! Although we should always strive to improve ourselves, “the worth of souls is great in the sight of God” (D&C 18:10) no matter what. Even when you make mistakes, your value isn’t diminished. As Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, taught, “If we sin, we are less worthy, but we are never worth less!” (“Value beyond Measure,” Ensign, Nov. 2017, 14). Though you may often overlook it, there is a spark of divinity in you. It’s there even when you feel overwhelmingly un-divine. And God can see it--always. If you nurture that spark, He can make of you so much more than you believe possible. Your Worth Is Not Conditional https://www.lds.org/languages/eng/content/ensign/2018/09/young-adults/your-worth-is-not-conditional #ShareGoodness #LDS #LDSConf #Mormon #BookOfMormon #Jesus #Christ #Love #MannerOfHappiness #Happiness #Joy #Forgiveness #Peace #Charity #Gospel #Hope #scripture #scriptures #christian #christianity #grace #faith #repentance #baptism #spirit #holyspirit #holyghost #prophet
Learning from the Spirit about my value in God’s eyes has changed me in so many ways. I fell in love with life again. I feel more gratitude for my countless blessings. I feel a huge desire to try harder to do what’s right and believe more in myself and in my dreams. It made me want to be more kind and patient with people around me and brought me closer to the Savior. The voices of the world keep calling and judging, but now I have a strong knowledge of my worth that I never want to forget. That knowledge brought me peace and joy that I want to share with everyone I meet. Through that devotional talk, I learned that even my self-worth and self-confidence need to have a firm foundation in Christ so “that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon [me], it shall have no power over [me] to drag [me] down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which [I am] built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall” (Helaman 5:12). I’m grateful for the Lord and the eternal worth He sees in all of us. I’m grateful for inspired women like Sister Cook who strive to live the gospel and share its wisdom. I’m grateful for this life, for the miracle of our bodies and minds, and for the divinity within each of us. Discovering My Divinity https://www.lds.org/languages/eng/content/ensign/2018/09/young-adults/discovering-my-divinity . . #ShareGoodness #LDS #LDSConf #Mormon #BookOfMormon #Jesus #Christ #Love #MannerOfHappiness #Happiness #Joy #Forgiveness #Peace #Charity #Gospel #Hope #scripture #scriptures #christian #christianity #grace #faith #repentance #baptism #spirit #holyspirit #holyghost #prophet
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Lost in the world, I long to see The Lord, the Savior. He is here. I hear Him. I feel Him. How I wish to meet Him And look into His loving face, To touch Him And be cleansed of my imperfections, As once a woman did. Oh, what joy it would be If also it was said to me, “Arise, O Daughter; Thy faith hath made thee whole.” He stands near, Within my reach. If I, even in my weakness, Reach out for Him, He will bless me. He will empower me. He will strengthen me. He will heal me, As that woman was From long ago. #ShareGoodness #LDS #LDSConf #Mormon #BookOfMormon #Jesus #Christ #Love #MannerOfHappiness #Happiness #Joy #Forgiveness #Peace #Charity #Gospel #Hope #scripture #scriptures #christian #christianity #grace #faith #repentance #baptism #spirit #holyspirit #holyghost #prophet
The experience I had with my married friend that day, as well as several others with peers, leaders, and family members, pointed toward the fallacy that being single meant I must be miserable. I realized I had adopted this attitude myself. I often felt like something was wrong with me or I was a failure if I wasn’t steadily dating somebody. It is my greatest desire to be sealed in the temple for time and all eternity. I know that the sealing ordinance is very important and necessary if we are to become like our Father in Heaven. But as I have pleaded with God in prayer, fasted, and pored over the scriptures, seeking comfort during lonely times, I have also come to know that He has an individual plan for each of our lives and that He will put people in our path at the exact time they need to be there. Some get married young; others get married when they are older. That doesn’t mean that someone is better than someone else for marrying sooner; it just means that Heavenly Father has a plan for each of our lives. There are lessons to be learned during this sojourn in mortality. These lessons are tailored specifically for us in our individual circumstances, and He “who knoweth all things” (2 Nephi 2:24) knows the best way we can learn them. If anything, these custom-made plans for each of our lives show just how much He understands and loves us. #ShareGoodness #LDS #LDSConf #Mormon #BookOfMormon #Jesus #Christ #Love #MannerOfHappiness #Happiness #Joy #Forgiveness #Peace #Charity #Gospel #Hope #scripture #scriptures #christian #christianity #grace #faith #repentance #baptism #spirit #holyspirit #holyghost #prophet http://ow.ly/kbDz30lMWzG
Matthew 5 reads: “And when [Jesus] was set, his disciples came unto him.” Although this certainly includes Christ’s chosen Apostles, the word disciple could encompass more people than the 12 men alone. Disciple means “a follower of Jesus Christ who lives according to Christ’s teachings.” God does not just want bystanders; He wants disciples. He wants us to live the gospel because we lov e and want to serve Him. So, to separate the curious from the serious, He will allow us to climb a “mountain”—He will give us trials that will test our faith. The thought resonated with me, and I realized my problems had little to do with my companion and everything to do with my attitude. I recognized that a part of me had decided to serve a mission because I was curious. I had wanted to learn a new language and visit new places. I had been caught up in the excitement and was not as resilient as I could have been. Therefore, when the first mountain to climb came, I had been spiritually unprepared. I had allowed my testimony to be influenced by those around me because my own foundation of faith wasn’t strong enough. In that moment, I promised Heavenly Father that the actions of others would not influence my faith anymore. I was in charge of my own discipleship, and I should not let my companion’s actions or criticism affect my testimony. I decided to be a serious disciple instead of a curious bystander. I prayed that the Lord would help me gain a stronger testimony so I would not doubt again, even when times were hard. #ShareGoodness #LDS #LDSConf #Mormon #BookOfMormon #Jesus #Christ #Love #MannerOfHappiness #Happiness #Joy #Forgiveness #Peace #Charity #Gospel #Hope #scripture #scriptures #christian #christianity #grace #faith #repentance #baptism #spirit #holyspirit #holyghost http://ow.ly/yUwJ30lLWXk

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