Blessed are the Meek/Gentle

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. –   KJV

Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. – NSAB

So, what’s the difference between meek and gentle and how is the Greek word that was translated –

Well the Greek word translate to mild, i.e. (by implication) humble — meek.

Aristotle’s account of it for the word meek as the character of one who has the passion of resentment under control, and who is therefore tranquil and untroubled, as in part determining the popular use of the word, and in part also explaining the beatitude.

Or, as In Strong’s Greek concordance #4239 it refers to Praus as being mild or gentle, but it is not suggesting weakness but instead the way power is handled. It is “strength under control”. It is demonstrating power without undue harshness. The English language does not have a word that translates conveying both gentleness and power together.

I like to think of being meek or mild as having control over my emotions. That I don’t have to beep the person that just cut me off, or yell at the TV when I see the pain that is going on in the world.  But rather, I think and ponder before I react, and when I react it will always be with kindness and understanding, a more Christ-like approach.

Think of the Savior and how he reacted to adversity – he didn’t lash out, but he answer with kindness and love. Should we do no less.

What does it mean to inherit the earth – I did some searches and found this article which I find most informative – It equate inherit the earth to mean inherit the land – the promised land – Please read it – its very cool –





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Beatitude # 2 Blessed are they that mourn, they will be comforted

Beatitude # 2 Blessed are they that mourn, they will be comforted –

So, what does it mean to mourn –let’s see what the dictionary says:

  • To feel or express grief or sorrow.
  • To feel or express deep regret for: mourned the wasted years.
  • To grieve over (someone who has died).
  • To utter sorrowfully.
  • To be anxious, care about, yearn, mourn;


When we sin, all these feelings come about because when we sin we separate ourselves from the Lord. We mourn our sins because they can lead us to a spiritual death. We worry, we are anxious, we feel deep regret for those sins we have hidden from ourselves and others deeply under our beds.

When we finally come around to recognizing our sins and what those sins have done to us and to those that we love, we finally come to realize that we can’t do this ourselves, we realize that the only way to be free from our sins is to come unto the Savior and accept His sacrifice – we finally understand that he has paid the prices for our sins.

As we start to work though the repentance process, we begin to start feeling the love the Savior. We are comforted by His the loving arms. He has paid our debt for our sins.

As we mourn our sins, repent and turn our life over to Heavenly Father He accepts us because of the sacrifice of his Son.

Here we can see how it can relate to sin – we have such grief that we cannot hid it from ourselves.

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Beatitude #1 Blessed are the poor in spirit

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

What is meant by “Poor in Spirit”?

Here are some thoughts on it –

Billy Graham says – “Simply this: We must be humble in our spirits. If you put the word “humble” in place of the word “poor,” you will understand what He meant.

In other words, when we come to God, we must realize our own sin and our spiritual emptiness and poverty. We must not be self-satisfied or proud in our hearts, thinking we don’t really need God. If we are, God cannot bless us. The Bible says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

Pride can take all kinds of forms, but the worst is spiritual pride. Often the richer we are in things, the poorer we are in our hearts. Have you faced your own need of Christ? Do you realize that you are a sinner and need God’s forgiveness? Don’t let pride or anything else get in the way, but turn to Christ in humility and faith—and He will bless you and save you.”

An LDS Bible Study manual say “The idea of being poor in spirit is presented here as the opposite of being proud.  Humility is the issue in this verse, and if that humility brings one to the gospel of the Lamb, then the one who is poor (humble) will certainly be blessed.”

As Elder Wells of the LDS Seventy has said in 1987 –

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5:3.) We all agree that being poor economically is not usually a desired blessing, but here the Savior refers to humility and subjecting oneself to the Lord in all things…

Both the Joseph Smith Translation and the Book of Mormon accounts of this beatitude indicate that a person who is poor in spirit is blessed when he comes unto Christ.

In Catholic article we read

“How could we comprehend the poverty of spirit as stipulated in the beatitude? Interestingly, the Greek word pto-chos used for poor in the beatitude refers to a destitute who lives on begging in absolute and abject poverty. The Hebrew equivalent for the poor is ani and ebio – n, which would describe a poor man who is humble, helpless and having no worldly power or influence to protect him. Being poor, God alone is his hope and he completely relies on God for his daily living. Could this mean that to be a true Christian or a follower of Jesus one needs to dispossess himself and become a destitute for the sake of the Kingdom of God?”

From these we can gather that to be poor in spirit is to be humble before the Lord – not one who boast on what they have – spiritually being humble is recognizing that all that we are is because of the blessing of the Lord – nothing that we do or say, not in one tiny bit, can make us great in the sight of the Lord.

Our Jewish brother and sister we have

I find interesting that they say that the Beatitudes are presented in a progressive order, that each one builds on the previous one.

“Thus, the poor in spirit become mourners over their sinful condition. Humbled, they deeply care for righteousness and find it in the sacrifice of Yeshua who showed them mercy. As they become merciful, they learn to see beyond appearances to behold inner beauty in everyone. Hatred and strife griefs their hearts, so they become peacemakers. Ultimately, however, their passion makes they misunderstood and mistrusted, and therefore they become subject to persecution”

This is really a beautiful way to think of them and in such a new way for me – Its always good to look at things from the scriptures in different ways, to try and understand what is being said, how its being said and how it is being received.

The scriptures are not one-dimensional meaning that they don’t have but one meaning or purpose but rather they are multidimensional with different meaning for different people at different times and circumstances. Praise the Name of the Lord!!

From our Muslim Brother and Sisters –

Μακάριοι (makarioi) – Adjective, nominative plural, masculine of Μακάριος (makarios) meaning:blessed; happy; fortunate; lucky; better off (Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament, Friberg, Miller). The Matthean Scholar Ulrich Luz argues that the term in ancient (Koine) Greek can hardly be distinguished from εϋδαιμων meaninghappy. He argues that the term blessed as used by most other translations is a religious term often associated with the hereafter, while these beatitudes refer to people here and now (Ulrich Luz Hermeneia Commentary Series of Matthew).

This is the first verse which begins Matthew’s Beatitudes. Jesus is blessing or giving glad tidings to the poor, and to them he is promising the kingdom of heaven. This is supported by its parallel in Luke’s Gospel, who writes the poor rather than poor of spirit in Matthew. Such a teaching is also present in the Hadith (sayings) of the Prophet of Islam (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

Narrated Sahl bin Sa’d As-Sa’id: A man passed by Allah’s Apostle and the Prophet asked a man sitting beside him, “What is your opinion about this (man)?” He replied, “This (man) is from the noble class of people. By Allah, if he should ask for a lady’s hand in marriage, he ought to be given her in marriage, and if he intercedes for somebody, his intercession will be accepted. Allah’s Apostle kept quiet, and then another man passed by and Allah’s Apostle asked the same man again, “What is your opinion about this one?” He said, “O Allah’s Apostle! This person is one of the poor Muslims. If he should ask for a lady’s hand in marriage, no one will accept him, and if he intercedes for somebody, no one will accept his intercession, and if he talks, no one will listen to his talk.” Then Allah’s Apostle said, “This (man) is better than such a large number of the first type (i.e. rich men) as to fill the earth” (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 76, Number 454).

What do these all have in common?

What we find in these commentaries is that the poor in spirit are those who are not arrogant in their faith or their position in life, they are not overly proud in what they have – they are the ones that depend on the Savior, their God for all that they have.

Being poor in spirit is also not judging others spirituality. We all need to remember that as we judge others so we will be judged. So let us judge not at all – so that the Lord will have mercy in us

It would be for our benefit and our goal to become one of the poor in spirit – that does not mean that we walk around with a frown on our face or looking for piety – we should recognize where all good gifts come from and find peace and joy from that knowledge, as it will bring us unto the kingdom.  That is only in our Heavenly Father – Our God, Our Savior.






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The Eight Beatitudes of Our Lord and Savior

Ever since I was a young lad I have loved our Savior Jesus Christ. I went to Catholic school, Our Lady Help of Christians in East Orange, New Jersey between 1956 and 1964 (Kindergarten to 8th grade) – I loved the Nuns – they were Sisters of Charity – I never had any bad Nun stories, they loved us so much and I was so very happy being there learning of God loves for us.

One of the things we had to memorized were the “Beatitudes found in the 5th Chapter of Matthew. They are as follows:

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Each of the Beatitudes is beautiful and can stand on it own, we would be truly blessed – actually truly happy if we were to follow just one. Just think of how happy we would be if we were to keep two, or three or even all eight of them.

For the next eight weeks or so I would like to write about and discuss each one –

To start off with I’d like to determine just who his audience was at that time and what did they think after they were taught?

According to Matthew 5:1-2 When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying

From this I gather that Jesus and his disciple – the 12 apostles – were walking and crowds of people must have head that he was in the area. So when Jesus noticed them he and the 12 went up into the mountain to teach them.

In addition to that in Luke 6:17-49 Luke says a large crowd of disciples and a great throng of people were attendance.

Bottom line – Jesus taught the beatitudes to all people – they are meant for people in all times and all places – we have no excuse for saying it was a different time – It was just as rough as we have now.

What did the people think – well at the and of the sermon they mentioned that people were amazed because he taught with authority. Maybe they were so use to preachers teaching their own version of the Law and the Prophets – however, Jesus took it so much further – something people could relate with. The Beatitudes presented a new set of Christian ideals that focus on love and humility rather than force and exaction.

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One Day – One Life

Every day is the first day of the rest of our lives, so the old adage is – Every day is a fresh new beginning – a new start.

What went on before us is in the past and we would do best to learn from it as it should not and must not define us.

We learn and grow from each of our life’s experiences,  good and bad, happy and sad.  However, each day we put into place what we have learned the days before.  We grow from the pervious days, we keep what is good and throw out what doesn’t do us well.

Sometimes we have to think like that every moment, making a fresh start every time. If we make a mistake just count to five and start again.

Remember we need not let the bad or sad define who we are.  We are ever changing and ever creating.  We lean form everything.

That is why it is so important that we Act and not be Acted upon see

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Work We Must – The Eternal Principle of Work

I’m here today to present to you one of the most powerful principles or may I say gifts that has been given to us – It’s really a joyful one – one that will make you so very happy and content to be in this world today.

One that will make all your troubles and woes go away – one that will engulf you with the spirit in your life, you’ll wonder just why you hadn’t picked up on it before.

Sadly, many in the world today and even more unfortunately many that follow the Savior avoid it as much as possible – they see it as a necessary ill of living in this world –

Many will embrace it and feel the power and love that comes with this gift. –

Many will find self-satisfaction in it and many will see it as endless torment

We just need to remember that it’s a gift from our Loving Heavenly Father – A gift that he gave us before we came to earth and one that will continue long after we have passed on.

One that will bring us closer to our Heavenly Parents and Jesus. It will bring us closer to our families, our neighbors, strangers that we meet, and some people that we will only meet in the next life.

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ taught us how to use this gift by their example and teachings-

It is with this gift that if we use it properly we can be the Lords hands and feet while making us more Christ like.

What is this great gift?  As we just heard – it is work –not just going through the motions work, but hard sweat producing work.  Sometimes we will hate it and other times we will love it.

“The Eternal Principle of Work”

and right there in the topic we learn something – 1- Work is eternal and 2 Work is a principle.

 So, what do we mean by eternal –  without beginning and without end – you know – like eternal –

And what are Principles:

Well principles are guidelines on how we act on doctrines- Elder Bednar says that principles provide direction. Correct principles do not change. Principles answer the question of “What”.

Work is a principle – it is the what we do to follow the doctrines of the Gospel–

We should remember that Doctrines and Principles are eternal and never change.

However, the application of the principles can change from time to time while the doctrines or principles do not.

This talk is too short to discuss this and it can get rather deep and should be contemplated to really understand.

So, what exactly is work – Work is any activity involving mental or physical effort done to achieve a purpose or result.

God had a purpose when he created a world for us to live in, – His work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man – and the Lord also gave us the Great Plan Happiness in which we learn by working.

When the Lord put Adam and Eve in the garden they were instructed to tend the garden, and when they fell, Adam was commanded to work by the sweat of his brow –  President Uchtdorf has told us that there is no retirement plan in doing the Lord’s work.

Alma worked to build the kingdom, Paul worked to spread the good news, Brigham Young worked to get the saint to Utah, and we would do well to follow their example.

My mom was Scotch Irish and my dad Italian and that is a wonderful mix for both work and passion – mom taught me by example the meaning of hard work, my dad taught me humor and compassion for others –

Just as my mom and dad taught me by example, so our heavenly parents and Jesus taught us by their example – unlike the gods of mythology, they did not sit around doing nothing, eating the fruits of those that worked for them.  They worked teaching us, creating this world and the universe, Jesus worked as a carpenter, he then worked teaching us his gospel –  We need to always remember their examples.

 In the Church, no individual who can work is excused from working. This principle refers to more than paid employment – it applies to all types of work.  We are all able to do some kind of work in the Kingdom.

Brigham Young taught the early saints – that we are not to waste our time here upon the earth, that after suitable rest and relaxation there should not be time spent in idleness, but that we should strive to improve our minds and to increase in faith that we may grow in the knowledge of the truth.

“Our Heavenly Father loves us so completely that he has given us the commandment to work. This is one of the keys to eternal life. He knows that we will learn more, grow more, and achieve more from a life of industry than from a life of ease”

We are encouraged to work with a happy and cheerful attitude. Learn to love your work. Learn to say, “This is my work and my glory, not my doom.

We all need to find purpose in what we do, whether it’s working to provide for your family, doing chores around the house and garden, of even your calling or service for others.

I find that in life we need to know what our purpose is, hopefully its more than just getting through another miserable day.

I believe strongly that we each need a mission statement, this is a document where we declare what our values, goals and purpose are – It’s about what we believe and stand for, it’s the who we are and the what that drives us.

It’s a document that you can look at and say – Yes! that is what I stand for and who I am.  Let’s say it’s the WHY of US – It’s also good to have a family mission statement

Always find purpose in everything that you do – not only will it satisfy you it will build character –

No matter what we do – become the very best at it – it doesn’t matter if we clean up poop from dog kennels or are the CEO of a major corporation. Just as in the parable of the talents – those that are faithful in the little things will be given greater things –

Let’s say that you do clean dog cages for a living (which I did) take pride in making the cages the cleanest ever, that will make the dogs happy – and happy dogs get adopted – Dogs bring happiness to people – and there will be love in their home. All because you clean the cage.

Apply this logic to whatever you do – see beyond the work, look to what the result can be –

I work at NIH – we do wonderful work there helping mankind – I fix computers, those computers are used by the researchers and medical staff – they are working to find better ways to cure diseases. So, in a small way I contribute to the finding those cures. When I walk the halls of NIH and see the patients, I know that what I do is helping them, and I smile, I smile a lot.

We may never know the results from the work we do or the people that benefit from that work – but if we will continue to do our best we will have happiness in the work.

Remember that life is more than the here and now, life continues after death, and our choices here do have eternal consequences.

Work is one of those choices that will last into the eternities. Dedication to a good work ethics will help us to the develop the attributes of godliness, self-discipline, and integrity.

While we do not know what kind of work we will be doing in the hereafter, we can be assured that we will be working, not just hanging around playing video games.What we do know is that we will be judged according to our works in this life. And I really don’t want to be judge on how good I got at playing “Call of Duty”

And who knows, maybe there are a few new worlds that we can help create.

In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen



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Respect – Civility – Tolerance

What ever happen to agreeing to disagree and trying to work things out?  What ever happened to having respect for others? Shouldn’t we have respect for all life on this one planet that we inhabit, human or otherwise. Shouldn’t we all try to get along with each other?

 What is Respect?

 Respect is thinking and acting in a positive way about yourself or others, respect is thinking and acting in a way that shows others that you care about their feelings and their well-being.  Respect is seeing the good in all and that each of us are important and needed.

 Why Civility?

 Civility is politeness and courtesy in behavior and speech.  It used to be that our parents and teachers taught us to be civil with others even when we disagreed with whatever they were saying or doing.  Being civil allows us to first get our emotions in check and allows us to think clearly so that we can first understand why the other person is acting the way that they are.

 If we start out by calling the other person names, insulting them, telling them that they are wrong we will never get to the point of respecting each other no less change or influence any one.


 All this is the willingness to tolerate something that we do not agree with. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and cultural Organization states – “Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s culture, our forms of expression and ways of being human”

 Tolerance is not a one-way street where only one group can claim it.  There are some that say we must be tolerant of one group of people while not respecting or being tolerant of another group.

 This is where  Respect – Civility – Tolerance come into play – We should develop respect for all people and life on this earth and where we disagree with something that we will have the civility to discuss it and see if we can get a clearer understanding of the issue. Hopefully we can find common ground and places where we can agree and work together for the common good for all.  And if we find that we cannot agree, that we are able to have tolerance for whatever it is that we disagree about.

 We need to practice peace, love and happiness –



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The Joy in being Humbled

I was thinking the other day, will there ever be a time when I won’t need to be humbled by the Lord to keep me in sync with the gospel truths, knowing and doing the Lord’s will. What I mean to say is that every time the Lord humbles me, I stay humble for awhile, but then the woes and cares of the world find their way back into my mind and life. I end up worrying about those many things that are of my own creation – debt, weight gain, having to work, will people like me, etc. then I get so worked up trying to solve these things that I completely forgot about focusing on those things that really matter most – the spiritual things, prayer, service, Temple, callings, etc. So what is a guy to do.

I was in sacrament meeting the other day and listened to the opening hymns, “Lord, I Would Follow Thee”. The first lines of each verse grab me and impressed my heart. They were:

Savior, May I learn to love thee
Who am I to judge another
I would be my brothers keeper
Savior, May I love my brother

The other day I needed the Lords help, I really needed it – I prayed for help and guidance, I asked my wife for her prayers and also our local missionaries. The Lord humbled me by His answering the prayers. I knew that it was the Lords work that enable me to do. That which I needed to do. And when I realized it – my heart was so soften and full of appreciation that I could not wait to show the Lord by my actions that I knew that it was his blessing to me.

That is when I realized what it really means to be humble and the blessings that come from a humble heart.

The Humble Heart knows no pain, no guilt, no fear
The Humble Heart has joy and love for all, patiences for all, compassion for all
The Humble Heart gives us the strength to do the Lords will and accomplish that which is hard for us to do.
The Lord loves a Humble Heart

I have been humbled many times in my life by the Lord, and each time I learn something new. I only wish that I would continue to learn without having to be humbled. I wish I had the faith to go several steps into the darkness as President Boyd K. Packer would always talk about.

“Faith, to be faith, must center around something that is not known. Faith, to be faith, must go beyond that for which there is confirming evidence. Faith, to be faith, must go into the unknown. Faith, to be faith, must walk to the edge of the light, and then a few steps into the darkness. If everything has to be known, if everything has to be explained, if everything has to be certified, then there is no need for faith. Indeed, there is no room for it.” (Elder Boyd K. Packer, “What is Faith,” Faith, Deseret Book Company, 1983, p. 42)

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Why All the Fuss over Trump

Here we are with a new President and it seems that every time I turn on the news more people are protesting the new administration.  And while there are many that are peacefully protesting, there are many that are not.  So much for this famous peaceful transfer of power that we were so famous for.

I believe that we must hold the elected representatives in this country to a high standard when it comes honestly, integrity, and kindness. They have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Regardless of how one feels about the outcome of the election, it’s over, said and done.  One person was elected, the other lost.  End of story, or is it.

I don’t believe that many of the protester are looking for some sort of coup because they think the election was stolen or they simple disagree with the new guy.  I would pray, hope that they still believe in the U.S. Constitution and our form of government – Many have sacrificed everything so that we can live in freedom.

However, I believe that there are many that would support a violent coup and take down our government, I fell that many are looking for some form of anarchy.

As it is often said – Freedom is not free and with Freedom comes responsibilities.  As Eleanor Roosevelt said- “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.”

So, what kind of Government does the United States have?  Many say that we are a democracy, but we are really a Constitutional Republic –

I believe it’s important, very important that we all understand this and what it means so be part of it – The US Constitution set in motion how things will be done –

As a constitutional republic, the United States government is controlled by its Constitution, which sets forth the relative political power of the people, the federal government and the state governments. As a federal republic, the power ultimately sits with the people through their ability to elect their federal and state representatives. The federal government is restricted by the sharing of power with the states as delineated in the Constitution. Although some people like to call the United States a democracy, this is technically not the case because people do not directly control legislation, but only do so through their elected representatives. (Source –

We also have a document that goes hand in hand the Constitution call the Bill of Rights, which is,

When the U.S. Constitution was originally written and ratified, it contained a set of blueprints for the government of the United States but did not contain any specific protections for the people. This was a major point of contention for many of the framers of the Constitution, as they had just finished fighting a war to gain independence from a tyrannical government. Finally, a compromise was reached that allowed passage of the Constitution. A series of amendments would be proposed immediately after passage that would provide certain guarantees for the citizens of the country.

Seventeen amendments were proposed, and 12 of these were sent to the states for approval. On Dec. 15, 1791, 10 amendments were ratified by the states, creating the Bill of Rights as it is known today. Some of the most well-known protections granted by these amendments include freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the right to a trial by jury and the protection from unlawful search and seizure of property. (Source,

I guess the button line is that we first need to know what we have and how it was developed – What was the Vision of the Founding Fathers.

So Maybe the we need to teach it in the schools, in the home, take time out and see what the Nation/country is all about –

Read the Declaration of Independence – Study it and it words – Look for the story behind it, and the lives that were given up for it.  Then study the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  Once we understand these documents, and we all have a responsibility to understand them, then we can work on getting our government back on track.

Remember, we are a constitutional republic, and if we don’t like those that were voted to represent us, then vote them out.  That is how change will take place.

Change will not take place if we sling hate.

An educated citizen, one that things with their head and not their emotions is how we can fix this broken and divide country.

PREAMBLE of the Constitution of the United States

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.




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The Beauty of Fast and Testimony Meeting

What is “Fast and Testimony” meeting? Simply, it’s a Sunday meeting held once a month, normally on the first Sunday of the month, where members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint meet while fasting and bear their testimonies to each other. The money they save from fasting two meal is donated to the church to help others.

While attending such a meeting in my home Ward I was uplifted spiritually, and I really needed it.

I had developed a habit of taking notes during all the church meetings I attend, this way I can ponder on the talks that were given. Sometimes I write my thoughts on what the speaker is saying, so it makes more sense to me – or I feel inspire to ponder on what I fell the Lord is directing me in. I enjoy doing this  however,  I normally don’t take notes during Testimony meetings, but that Sunday I did and here are some of them.

  • We need to have a strategy on how we intend to defend ourselves and our families from the fiery darts of the adversary. Protecting our families is one of the most important things we can do – the Lord and the Scripture are how we can learn to do it.
  • Many people expressed their testimony that the Church is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.
  • The Lord speaks to all of us and knows us perfectly. If we come to Him He will empower us with the ability and strength we need.
  • Getting back to the basic things of the gospel is critical in our lives – remembering to pray, ponder and study the scriptures each day.
  • We are children of a Loving Heavenly Father and he has sent us here, He has not forgotten us, but watches over us. His Son Jesus Christ atoned for all of our sins. All we need to do is accept it, its a gift.
  • The Gift of the Holy Ghost is given to all baptized members of the Church and will guide us if we only listen and obey the commandments.
  • There is power in pray and fasting, many have first-hand accounts of how the prays and fasting for others has helped them
  • We get strengths from bearing our testimonies and serving in the church.
  • God lives and loves each one of us – He speaks to us, calls us to do missionary work to help bring others to the truthfulness of the restored gospel.

While I didn’t get up myself, here are a few of my thoughts during the meeting

  • While taking the Sacrament this came into my mind “It is because of the atonement that each day we can have a new start, a fresh beginning. Our Lord Jesus Christ has paid the price. The blood that was shed on that fateful day was for me and others who fall short each day – the Body and Blood was given freely so I MAY LIVE. Repentance is a blessing, its paying my part (as if I could ever) and the Lord has paid the rest.  We all come to Sacrament meeting because we believe and we Love.
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