Saturday, June 16, 2012

Notes from my Institute Class

“Here, then, is eternal life—to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done before you, namely, by going from one small degree to another, and from a small capacity to a great one; from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are able to dwell in everlasting burnings, and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power. And I want you to know that God, in the last days, while certain individuals are proclaiming His name, is not trifling with you or me.”
Joseph Smith, The King Follett Sermon

“Above all, start by separating yourself from people, materials, and circumstances that will harm you. As those battling something like alcoholism know, the pull of proximity can be fatal. So too in moral matters. Like Joseph in the presence of Potiphar’s wife,  just run—run as far away as you can get from whatever or whoever it is that beguiles you. And please, when fleeing the scene of temptation, do not leave a forwarding address.”
JEFFREY R. HOLLAND, Place No More for the Enemy of My Soul

“A family needs a father to anchor it,” Elder L. Tom Perry

Ephesians 6:12
 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ether 12:6
 6 And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.

Hebrews 11:1
 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith comes by hearing. Hearing requires effort
Faith without works is dead

Pled, perform, communicate and Act

1 Kings 18:1 (controlling the elements)
 1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

“Faith is not only a feeling; it is a decision.” ELDER NEIL L. ANDERSEN

“Don't you quit. You keep walking, you keep trying, there is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon. Some come late. Some don't come until heaven. But for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. It will be alright in the end. Trust God and believe in Good Things to Come.”
― Jeffrey R. Holland

In a relationship, assume the good, doubt the bad.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-2
 1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Through the atonement life will be fair
“The religion embraced by the Latter-day Saints, if only slightly understood, prompts them to search diligently after knowledge. There is no other people in existence more eager to see, hear, learn, and understand truth” (JD 8:6).

What should we do the keep the Holy Ghost with us?

Keep the commandments
Pray for Guidance
Attend church
Partake of the Sacrament
Do not take harmful substances
Do not violate the law of chastity
We pray to show our love for God

Why do we not receive inspiration or revelation when requested?
The answer is left to our own judgment. We must Reach conclusions and make decisions
There is not a right or wrong to ever question
Or you are asking between alternatives that are equally acceptable

How can we recognize answers?
Repeated thoughts
It will be intellectually sound in your mind
And you will have good feeling in your heart. We must bring the heart and mind together
Your mind can trick you and your heart can trick you but not to two together.

D&C 8:2-3
 2 Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.
 3 Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation; behold, this is the spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground.

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