gratitude.

3 10 2010

We are in between sessions of conference right now and I can’t stop thinking about President Monson’s talk.
Wow.

Isn’t it crazy how you can hear hundreds of talks about the same exact topics, yet they seem to touch you differently each time.
I love it.
I’m glad that we get reminded frequently about the basics. I need it.

President Monson’s talk reminded me of a quote I just read earlier this morning before the session started.

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for.” (Joseph Addison)

I have a lot to be grateful for.


I have been blessed with ALL 3 essentials to happiness.

Something to do:
I have a wonderful job that I love.
I have skills and talents that I can dedicate time to improving.

Something to love:
I have a beautiful wife who is my best friend.
I have been blessed with a truly amazing family who I owe much to.
I have friends that I love with all my heart.

Something to hope for:
I have been blessed with the Gospel in my life. The Gospel gives me the greatest hope of all. I hope to someday return to the presence of God to dwell forever with all of my friends and family.

“…eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.” (D&C 14:7)

Take a quiet moment today and think about the blessings you have. Even if you are in the midst of the most difficult and trying time of your life you will be able to find that you have been blessed more than you realize.

? What’s been your favorite conference talk?





truman madsen.

21 06 2010

I gave myself a challenge to listen to a church talk each week – instead of choosing a standard conference talk I decided to start Joseph Smith The Prophet by Truman G. Madsen.

If you have not listened to this talk you need to go get it NOW!

You can buy a copy from Deseret Book OR you can find it online for FREE and download it.

It is one of the best profiles of the prophet Joseph Smith I have heard yet.

In case you don’t know who Bro. Madsen is here’s a quick bio from his web site: Madsen Bio

He has done profiles on each of the prophets since the Restoration.

The Joseph Smith profile is one of my favorites and has given me a tremendous appreciation for our first prophet.

Bro. Madsen just made a comment that really hit me this morning – he said that the Joseph Smith said that the people of the church can know exactly what he knew if they would just ask.

He said to “weary the Lord until He blesses you“.

Bro. Madsen made a comment that many times we stop asking the Lord for certain things because we feel bad for bothering him or feel like it might not be important enough.

WRONG!

We need to keep asking.

Bro. Madsen used the story of the importunate widow who never relents in pleading her case before the unjust judge until finally he gives in and says give her what she wants.

“Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” (Luke 18:8)

I need to become more diligent about asking for the things I need.
Heavenly Father wants to see that I am willing to go the extra mile in my willingness to ask for the things I stand in need of.

? Are you willing to “weary the Lord” in your prayers?





come listen to a prophets voice.

3 04 2010

We never had cable or satellite while I was growing up. Whenever it was time for General Conference we would go to the Stake Center and sit in those awful folding metal chairs for 2 hours.

Ugh.

I was never a big fan. I usually passed the time doodling.

I’m 26 now. I’m back at home and we have DirecTV. I’m sitting on the couch in a pair of shorts and no shirt (my back is sunburned and has blistered so I’m letting it air out) with my laptop on my lap!

Times have changed.

My attitude has changed. My attention span has changed. (slightly)

“Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secrets unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7)

I feel like I need to pay attention to everything that is said because it’s like a preview into the next 6 months. General Conference is kinda like a heads up for what’s coming…

I guess I better stop blogging and get back to listening…








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