Happy Memorial Day!
This has been a very difficult week, due to some personal and health issues for some of our wonderful elders. As a result, I'm cheering myself up by sharing some of the quotes and stories I've been writing down over the last few years. I hope you like them, too.
As people come up out of the waters of baptism, we hope they see the spires of the temple.
As [missionaries] teach the doctrine of Jesus Christ to the people, they need to apply it to themselves.
Endure to the end, continue in faith, be repentant, be service-minded.
Learn the doctrines of the gospel, and how to extend the invitation, and you will reap the blessings.
In the timeline of the Restoration, the only thing that preceded the Book of Mormon was the First Vision.
Sister Christensen (Uganda
(After commenting on cultural traditions) In the Church we don't have to bow down to men: we stand side by side with them.
Sister Donnelly (Madagascar - she's originally from the UK)
When something niggly happens to the elders, I like to jolly them along. They've got all those knocks: I'm going to be their sunshine.
Sister Taylor (Kenya)
When you go to war, you take your weapon. The Book of Mormon is my weapon in life.
Focus on the Master; anchor to the atonement. Let His spirit walk with the missionaries and make them master teachers.
Somewhere out there is a young Jeff Holland, who doesn't know what he's doing, doesn't know where he's been, and certainly doesn't know where he's going - and your are arriving in the nick of time.
Every truth that a missionary teaches is only an appendage to the atonement.
[Preach My Gospel] was designed beyond the veil and put together here.
(See D&C 8:3) Moses led the children of Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground just as the gospel can lead us through the dangers of today's world in safety. We show [others] the way to the dry ground.
We are here to help sad people find happiness.
Using your agency to be receptive and to participate makes it possible to be taught by the Spirit.
Alma gave up all the power and prestige of being the chief judge...to become a missionary.
When you're on the Lord's errand you're entitled to the Lord's help.
The word "atonement" is mentioned once in the King James Bible - and 39 times in the Book of Mormon.
We can understand the Restoration only as we understand the Biblical doctrines that needed to be restored.
The Book of Mormon restores, underscores, and clarifies Biblical doctrine.
Christlike attributes are essential to becoming a successful missionary [or saint!]; they are a gift from God, and cannot be developed without His help.
An intellectual conversion is important, but not as important as a conversion of the heart.
In Leicester, England, an inscription on the outside wall of an old church reads, "In the year 1654 when all things were, throughout this nation, either demolished or profaned, Sir Robert Shirley, Baronet, founded and built this church. He it is whose singular praise it is to have done the best things in the
worst times, and to have hoped them in the most calamitous."
A sister at Durban Stake conference told a story about a tour in heaven given by an angel. The first stop was a very large, crowded room full of angels writing things down. This was the order center - prayers and requests from people all over the world.
The second stop was another large, busy room, with angels filling packages and envelopes. This was the delivery center - blessings and answers going out in answer to prayers.
The last stop was a tiny room with only one angel. sitting a leisure. This was the acknowledgement center - where thanks and gratitude are recorded.
I'm definitely going to try keeping that 3rd angel busier...
GOOD NIGHT AROUND THE WORLD
NETHERLANDS: Goeden nagt
AUSTRALIA: Night, mate
USA: Good night
GERMANY: Gute nacht
SOUTH AFRICA: Are the doors locked, are the windows closed. is the car put away, is the alarm activated and have you fed the Rottweilers? Sleep tight, and dont worry about the lights, Eskom will put them out.