Sunday, October 30, 2011

GC Notes - Elder Alonso, October 2011

GCBC, Week 5

- He is the perfect example. Whenever we’re wondering what to do, all we have to do is study His life and His example.
- Service is our way to rescue others.
- I need to serve others as quickly as I would look for a lost child. Because maybe they ARE lost, waiting for me to find them.
- Simply ACT.
- He blessed them one by one. We’re asked to do the same.
- Do the right thing at the right time WITHOUT DELAY.

I LOVE to serve others. I'm not happy if I can't help someone! I'm so grateful for all the opportunities I have to serve others. And I hope that I'm humble enough to allow others to serve me, as well. That's a little harder for me, but others need to experience the joy of service, too! :)

GC Notes - Elder Clayton, October 2011

- God has a work for ME (and you!) to do - what is it? how can we figure that out? (patriarchal blessing...)
- We have scarcely scratched the surface, even with 14 million members. We EACH have a work to do!
- Our most important message is that there IS a Savior.
- I need to bear my testimony more, in every day activities.

I do know that Christ IS our Savior!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

GC Notes - Sister Thompson, October 2011

NOTES FOR GCBC - Barbara Thompson, "Personal Revelation and Testimony"

- personal revelation is how we gain our testimony
- personal revelation guides us (how do we know what to do in life without it?)
- "have ye inquired of the Lord?" - have I?
- to receive - desire to receive, not harden our hearts, ask in faith, diligently keep the commandments
- study D&C 6
- most often, it will come as we study the scriptures, listen to prophets, seek to live a righteous life - I need to do these things if I want revelation
- be humble and faithful
- seek for wisdom instead of power
- seek guidance from the Holy Ghost
- your soul is satisfied when you are filled with the Spirit (formula for contentment)
- "It is our testimony, combined with our faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ, and our knowledge of the Plan of Salvation which helps get us through these times of trial and hardship."
- "The testimony kept me."
- we must nourish and strengthen our testimony to keep it strong
- sometimes the Spirit is so delicate that we may not be conscious of it - to me, that means I need to be more aware of everything around me and in me - the Spirit isn't going to yell messages to me

I know the Lord can and WILL guide each of us as we seek His guidance and try to do what He asks us to do.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Are 'Mormons' Christians? YES!

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe in Jesus Christ and all that He did for us. 
I'm a Mormon AND a Christian.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

GC Notes - Elder Scott, October 2011

I've neglected this blog for way too long! As I listened to Conference last week, I made a goal that I would try to use the Internet as a tool to bring myself and others closer to Christ.

I'm grateful to others that do the same. Steph at Diapers and Divinity is one of those. She's been doing a General Conference Book Club for several Conferences now, and I've decided to join in the discussion this time around. So every week, I'm going to copy and paste the notes I make as I re-read/listen to each talk.

This week is Elder Scott's talk, "The Power of Scripture." What an amazing man!!!

My notes:

- the scriptures are a handbook for us - guidance for us
- the scriptures are pure truth
- "Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high."
- they're how we communicate with God and Christ
- learning, pondering, searching, memorizing - like filling a filing cabinet with friends, values, and truths
- "Great power can come from memorizing scriptures."
- pondering scriptures gives a great deal of direction to life
- the scriptures can heal emotional challenges
- we need to read them over and over again because they take on new meanings, as we're going through new trials/experiences
- all the scriptures are important, not just the Book of Mormon
** - I love that he shows by example - he quoted by memory a scripture from each part of the standard works
- "Those who consistently read the Book of Mormon are blessed with an added measure of the spirit of the Lord."
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