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The Spirit of Christ

I can so see one of my own boys doing just such a thing…

I am deeply humbled.  My family has been through a lot over the past 18 months, largely due to the recession, and I have so many close friends and even family members who have also gone through…and many of whom are still enduring…some very difficult times.  The effects of this recession have been very widespread, but still I wonder if I don’t know a disproportionate number of people within my circle who have been GREATLY affected by the housing crash and recession.  Humility is a good thing though, and necessary to truly grasp the meaning of Christmas, the Spirit of Christ.

The challenge is to come to humility on our own, rather than waiting for our circumstances to bring us to it.  There are some who are affluent, yet very humble in their affluence…and there are some who are of more humble circumstances, yet very prideful in that state, and vice versa.  And there are some, like me, who have been brought to new depths of humility unwittingly, through our trials and challenges.  It is my hope, going forward, that the lessons I have learned of late will leave an indelible impression upon my soul, so that I may retain my humility even as I overcome my humbling circumstances.

ALMA 32

13 And now, because ye are compelled to be humble blessed are ye; for a man sometimes, if he is compelled to be humble, seeketh repentance…

14 And now, as I said unto you, that because ye were compelled to be humble ye were blessed, do ye not suppose that they are more blessed who truly humble themselves because of the word?

15 Yea, he that truly humbleth himself, and repenteth of his sins, and endureth to the end, the same shall be blessed—yea, much more blessed than they who are compelled to be humble because of their exceeding poverty.

16 Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble; or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God…

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25 For I do not mean that ye all of you have been compelled to humble yourselves; for I verily believe that there are some among you who would humble themselves, let them be in whatsoever circumstances they might.

Christmas is truly a time of humility.  Just as the Christ child was born in the most humble of circumstances, we ourselves discover our own state of lowliness as we come to realize that we must rely on Him for redemption, and for PEACE.

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The hardest, and longest, lesson I have learned thus far in my life is that I cannot plan my life to go exactly the way I want it to.  It has been such a long lesson because I seem to keep on having to learn it over and over again…why can’t I just get it already and stop being surprised when the perfectly planned life scenarios I create for myself spin out of my control?   I doubt there is a person alive who has created a vision for his or her life early on and then experienced it play out immaculately through the decades.  Why should I be any different?  And yet, time and again I find myself mourning the lost opportunities of dreams that stubbornly refuse to become realities.  I am not, innately, a real roll with the punches kind of girl, but I have gotten a little better over time at the whole when life gives you lemons, make lemonade thing.  Anyway, Elder Wirthlin’s words here, Come What May and Love It, are the very reminder that I need right now.

I have a lot of friends who are going through, or have recently gone through, some very trying times.  It is sometimes very difficult to see the long view when in the midst of strife, but it is so important that we focus on the knowledge that the Lord’s plans for our lives are always better than the plans we make ourselves.  We must always trust in Him, and love life…whatever it brings…along the way.

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Last Sunday a great lesson on preparedness was taught in my Relief Society by our Stake Relief Society Presidency.  One of the presidency members told us that they had decided it would be a great experience for our ward Relief Society if we all ran a marathon together, so…they had signed us all up for one the following week.Obviously, she wasn’t serious.  But she made a great point and set up the rest of her remarks, on the parable of the Ten Virgins, very well.

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My Ward Relief Society is embarking on this reading challenge together:  The Book of Mormon, in sixty days.

The challenge begins today.

Join me if you like; you can find the reading schedule by clicking on the “Continue Reading” tag below.

“I offer a challenge to members of the Church throughout the world and to our friends everywhere to read or reread the Book of Mormon.  Without reservation, I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living of the Son of God.”  Gordon B. Hinckley

“The moment you begin a serious study of the Book of Mormon, you will find greater power to resist temptation.  You will find the power to avoid deception.  You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path.  When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance.”  Ezra Taft Benson

“I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein.  The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration will depart.  Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom.  Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents.  Righteousness will increase.  Faith, hope, and charity–the pure love of Christ–will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy and happiness.”  Marion G. Romney

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