Monday, March 10, 2014

Sacrifice: It's all about perspective

The best people I know have, throughout their lives, made sacrifices
of various natures. That of a hard working dad and a tender hearted mother
The way they honored their sacred commitment to one another. 
The sacrifice of time and effort they made to make our house a home built on high
moral standards. Teachers of every nature who with inspiration taught
to gain knowledge based on righteousness.
Within in the Gospel of Jesus Christ it seems we are expected to give,
tolerate and sacrifice so much. The lists of tasks, responsibilities
and duties goes on and on.
Within the 'task complete' 'success check-mark' or the 'finally that's
over!' We miss the real treasure of seeing how our sacrifice and
effort has been accepted of The Lord.
These words of our Loving Savior which were pressed upon my heart at a
sacred and pivotal time in my life have been vital to me as I have
continued in the service of The Lord.
"In the end it will seem no sacrifice at all, only a blessing"
The nature of God is that of One who is all- knowing, omnipotent and
merciful. All seeing, all prophesying and all FULFILLING.
His promises are sure and reach far beyond our mortal comprehension.
    This sacred and special time of mortality when we get to grow and
experience, cry, love and overcome; we have to opportunity to find
God's eternal blessings in his simple but steadfast words,
"If ye love me, keep my commandments"
-John 14:15
The commandments are calculated for our ultimate happiness.
When we align our will with Gods, we will see greater power in our
lives to resist temptation and develop Christ like attributes. We will
find eternal joy as we fulfill the sacred roles He has given each of
us, as a friend, a family membrane and most importantly as
a disciple of Jesus Christ.
The blessings from heaven with rain down and be all for our gain.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Good Shepherd

 A major reason I love springtime is because of
all the beautiful new baby animals.
One of my favorites has always been lambs.
The Scriptures often refer to sheep to represent
us as Children of God.
Here, in mortality, we can often get lost and confused
just as sheep may wander away from their flock.
There is a need for a Shepherd.
Shepherds still, as of old, go before the sheep, and the sheep follow,
the master calls and the sheep instantly recognize His voice.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son,
Jesus Christ, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,
but have everlasting life."
-John 3:16
Jesus Christ truly is our Shepherd.
Through His Gospel
He will lead us home back to
our loving Heavenly Father's presence.
He has felt every pain that we will ever feel,
that is why there is no need for us to wander alone.
"and he will take upon him their infirmities,
that his bowels may be filled with mercy,
that he may know according to the flesh how
to succor his people according to their infirmities"
-Alma 7:12
The Saviors invitation is real and it is available to all of us.
Pray to our Heavenly Father in His name
you can have relief to your soul, comfort, guidance and peace.
He knows us and longs to run to our aid when we call.
I am the Good Shepherd, and know my sheep,
and am known of mine.
as the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father:
and I lay down my life for the sheep.
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold:
them also I must bring,
and they shall hear my voice;
and there shall be one fold,and one Shepherd.
-John 10:14-16
 The Book of Mormon is another testament of the
divinity and the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
On the American continent He beckoned the same invitation:
"Will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins,
and be converted, that I may heal you? 
-3 Nephi 9:13
Let Him heal your heart. Trust Him.
He is the Savior and Redeemer of the world and truly
The Good Shepherd.