Christlike love can change the world

“Pure Christlike love flowing from righteousness can change the world.” #ElderHolland #LDSConf

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Find people just like you who happen to be mormon

PassAlongCardDid you know that by visiting Mormon.org you can find people just like you who happen to be Mormon? Thousands of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from around the world have created personal profiles where they share about their lives, interests, and faith. You can search by gender, location, age, ethnicity, and more. You can also read their responses to common questions asked about the LDS faith.

While you’re there, you can also chat live with missionaries ready to answer your questions or locate the nearest chapel if you would like to visit a Sunday service. Visitors are always welcome!

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Come unto Christ

2014_1I’m so grateful for Christ. It brings meaning to my day to know that He knows, and He cares. This year, the youth of the church will be participating in lessons and activities focused on the scripture found in The Book of Mormon, Moroni 10:32, which says,

Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

We all need to regularly consider the invitation to come unto Christ. As we do, we find we’re not so alone, and there’s great, eternal potential for all of God’s children if we just follow the admonition in this verse.

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Rise Up

“Rise up and follow in the footsteps of our Redeemer and Savior, and one day you will look back and be filled with eternal gratitude that you chose to trust the Atonement and its power to lift you up and give you strength.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf, #LDSConf, October 2013

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Finding Joy in the Journey

Our family loves to take road trips. I don’t mean “hey, let’s load up the kids and put 30 miles on the van” road trips. I mean road trips of epic proportion. As in cross-country, six bags of cherry Twizzlers, at least one kid will get sick, listening to the same playlist until -we-never-want-to-hear-it-again times, and daily “he got to sit there yesterday” rants kind of road trips.

road tripDespite the occasional tiffs, drowsiness, and inconveniences, we LOVE a good journey. We get to spend uninterrupted time together as a family. We get to practice manners and being considerate (with varying degrees of success). We get to see and experience new things that we never would by staying in our own zip code. We get to meet new people and see old friends. We get to be silly together and not care who sees. We get to learn how to be quiet in hotels while at the same time jumping from one hotel bed to another.

Find Joy in the JourneyIt’s totally cliché, I know, to refer to life as a journey. But you know what? It’s totally true. Our Heavenly Father sent us here to experience mortality, to gain experience and knowledge, and learn to love and serve. Most days, I’m grateful for that. Some days are “ask me tomorrow” days. I believe the Lord has prophets upon the earth to help us along the journey, the “road trips” of our life. Here’s what one of them said,

This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now. – Thomas S. Monson, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, October 2008 in a talk called “Finding Joy in the Journey

This weekend is special for Latter-day Saints as we gather together, both in person and virtually, to attend General Conference. It’s not only for members of the church; it’s available online, live and on-demand, to everyone. It’s the time when the Lord’s prophets, apostles, and other church leaders speak to us. It lifts broken spirits. It encourages the hesitant. It blesses the willing. Most importantly for me, it reminds me that God loves me enough to not send me on this journey without guidance or direction.

And we consume plenty of Twizzlers while watching.

To learn more about General Conference and how you can watch it this weekend, click here.

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Blueprint for Doing Good

Technology BlueprintIn our day, technology can be overwhelming and, unfortunately, often misused in ways that are destructive to individuals, families, and our spirits. However, there is enormous power to bless lives when using technology for doing good. It just takes some thought and planning… a blueprint for doing good.

Virtual Realities

David Bednar, an apostle in the Church, gave a talk entitled “Things as They Really Are” in which he asks us to consider two questions relating to use of technology:

  1. Does the use of various technologies and media invite or impede the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost in your life?
  2. Does the time you spend using various technologies and media enlarge or restrict your capacity to live, to love, and to serve in meaningful ways?

In this abbreviated video, he teaches that we need to be mindful of not letting “virtual realities” cloud our vision of real relationships, both with those around us and with our Heavenly Father.

Technology and Transparency

When it comes to technology use and relationships, transparency is necessary. Elder L. Whitney Clayton reminded us that “there are no secrets about relevant matters in marriages based on mutual respect and transparency. Husbands and wives make…decisions…together, and both have access to all information. Loyalty is a form of respect. Prophets teach that successful marriage partners are ‘fiercely loyal’ to each other. They keep their social media use fully worthy in every way. They permit themselves no secret Internet experiences. They freely share with each other their social network passwords. They do not look at the virtual profiles of anyone in any way that might betray the sacred trust of their spouse. They never do or say anything that approaches the appearance of impropriety, either virtually or physically. Watch and learn: terrific marriages are completely respectful, transparent, and loyal.

Serving Others through Technology

“Neglect not the gift that is in thee” 1 Timothy 4:14. Many people have tremendous talent with technology. Some have an amazing grasp on what makes technology work (or not), and can serve others when help is needed. I am not one of those people who understand how things work, but I was flattered a while back when a senior citizen with whom I’m acquainted called one day and asked me to help her fix her VCR (yes, VCR). That was something I could do. Probably not a considerable technological talent, but I was happy to help.

Others are gifted photographers, writers, organizers, creators, decorators, teachers, cooks, child-raisers, etc, and do much good sharing those talents online and by teaching those skills to others. Others still may not be tech savvy but have time to serve. They can do great good for others by using technology as a means to that end. If you have time to give and looking for ways to serve, you may consider checking out The Vineyard, an online platform where a variety of service opportunities are just a click away. You can get there here: https://vineyard.lds.org.

Lifting Others through Technology

Sadly, gone are the days when good neighbor notes were left on doorsteps and “it’s been a while” letters in envelopes frequented our mailboxes. However, technology enables us to reach out to those we love, those who need lifting, and those who are searching. It just takes a few minutes to send a text or an email, or to go online and share your belief in Christ with others. Is there someone’s load can you lighten today? Technology can help you do it.

See how this young woman did just that…all at the right time and the right place.


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Looking for inspiration?

In Biblical times, prophets and apostles spoke as the Lord’s mouthpieces upon the earth. They issued words of encouragement and warning. They taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Prophets and apostles are upon the earth again, in our day. Twice each year, Mormons come together, both in person and online, for a General Conference. At this conference, Church leaders, both male and female, address us on a variety of topics.  And General Conference is a time for all who desire to hear Gospel messages and inspiration relevant to us today. All are welcome. You can watch and listen online at conference.lds.org October 5-6, 2013. Come see what the Lord would have YOU hear.