Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Living the Law of Consecration and Building Up Zion

In our home we've been doing an in-depth study of the Law of Consecration and what it really means for us today.  Here, we share a few of our favorite messages in hopes that you, too, will make this a sincere study as "Zion cannot be built up unless it is by the principles of the law of the celestial kingdom..." D&C 105:5

“The word stewardship calls to mind the Lord’s law of consecration (see, for example, D&C 42:32, 53), which has an economic role but, more than that, is an application of celestial law to life here and now (see D&C 105:5)… True success in this life comes in consecrating our lives—that is, our time and choices—to God’s purposes (see John 17:1, 4; D&C 19:19). In so doing, we permit Him to raise us to our highest destiny.” (Reflections on a Consecrated Life – Elder D. Todd Christofferson)

White Sego Lily - State Flower
Law of Consecration - Scriptural Passages 
Living the Principles of the Law of Consecration
Swallowed Up in the Will of the Father - Neal A Maxwell
Consecrate Thy Performance - Neal A Maxwell 
Settle This in Your Hearts - Neal A Maxwell
Reflections on a Consecrated Life - D. Todd Christofferson
Obedience, Consecration and Sacrifice - Bruce R. McConkie 
Opportunities to Do Good - President Henry B. Eyring 
Are We Not All Beggars - Jeffrey R. Holland
D&C Student Manual - Consecration and Stewardship
Gospel Doctrine Teachers Manual - Law of Consecration
Old Testament Study Guide - Be Holy for I am Holy

BYU Speeches:
The Law of Consecration  - Victor L. Brown
Moving Toward and Under the Law of Consecration - Alvin R. Dyer
Law of Consecration - Hugh Nibley (Approaching Zion)
What is Zion?  A Distant View - Hugh Nibley (Approaching Zion)

The Doctrine and Covenants is the handbook for building Zion, and the revelations recorded therein are as timely and applicable in the current day as they were when Jesus Christ gave them to the Prophet Joseph Smith and others. (capsulized sentiment from Sunday School General Presidency)

Symbolism of Sego Lily, Utah State Flower

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Marriage Therapy for Issues of Intimacy and Sexual Addiction

As most of you know we are very careful as to what we post on here.  We get lots of requests to help people with their books, music, crafts etc.  Over the years we've had to limit those outreaches because of time constraints and also because we are very careful as to posting things of light and truth that bless, strengthen and uplift.

Marriage is ordained of God

That being said, we know that many are dealing with all sort of issues in their marriages.  Most of us are aware of the power of the adversary whose desire is to destroy homes and families.

As a site that seeks to share messages of hope that Strengthen Home and Family - we are particular to sharing truths from the brethren, the scriptures, and as guided by the Holy Spirit.

Keeping that in mind, we agreed to post a message from a therapist with offices in Provo and SLC, UT who specializes in helping couples dealing with issues that affect their marital intimacy, including those with sexual addictions.

We can't personally endorse this therapist - but...told him that we would share his book and his website in hopes that it might be of help to someone.

As in all things, we strongly urge you to seek the Spirit's guidance in all that you do and in seeking the right path for you if you are looking for help.  There are many church resources available to those dealing with these types of issues and we know that the Lord would like to bless your sacred union - and He will do so as you turn to Him humbly and sincerely, seeking His guidance.

Book; What Your Parents Didn't Tell You; an LDS Guide
Website: Couples Healing; Intimacy/Sexual Therapy

About Dr. Anthony Hughes:

Dr. Hughes is an LDS therapist, author, professor, and business owner. He recently wrote the book What Your Parents Didn't Tell You about Sex: An LDS Guide to Sexual Intimacy and has offices in Utah and Salt Lake County where they specialize in sex therapy. He is a graduate of BYU's Ph.D. marriage and family therapy program and has taught sex therapy at BYU and is a faculty member at Argosy University teaching courses on human sexuality.

Monday, May 18, 2015

FREE - LDS Mission Prep App - from Mormon Mom and BYU Professor

We share this great new campaign in hopes that many will find it to be helpful and useful.  Mormon Moms often have a way of seeing a need and...filling it.  We congratulate Julianne and her husband Kerry Muhlestein, and wish them the very best in this gift to others!  We're all about service as our site, too, has been a labor of love!
Julianne Muhlestein, a Mormon Mom with 6 children, from Orem, Utah, was inspired by an experience she had while preparing her oldest son for a mission. She spent her own money to begin a project to create a free missionary prep challenge app to get LDS youth excited about preparing for a mission.  

The app is a game of fun and unique challenges (similar to the ALS ice bucket challenge that went viral) that works within a youth's existing Facebook friends network as well as other popular social media networks.  Youth accept challenges from friends and in turn, challenge other friends to complete the same challenges. Completed challenges are rewarded with badges and points and youth can compete with other youth using the app.

Youth Challenges Game for LDS Mission Prep.

Julianne has worked tirelessly for several months, assisted by her husband, a religion professor at BYU, and other faculty, parents of youth, and many other youth to make sure the challenges are engaging and exciting enough for teens to become engaged, yet still very effective at preparing them for the challenges of full time missionary service.

The project has created a lot of buzz and excitement in her ward, stake and community. With all of the feedback, the project has grown into something beyond her own means and the volunteer efforts of many other to complete without additional funding. No one will make a profit from this project - it will be a free app.

Share with youth and friends; and...donate to help in this wonderful project.

Julianne has launched a Kickstarter campaign to increase awareness for the project and to raise additional funds necessary to complete it, which launched this afternoon.

Details and a video of the campaign can be found at:  KickStarter:LDSMissionPrep

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Selfish or Selfless?

Today we discuss Selfishness and Selflessness.  Where do find ourselves in this category?  Perhaps it's a good time to examine ourselves; our thoughts, desires, and intents.

A new book by Kim Kardashian has just been released called 'Selfish' along with another one entitled "Unselfish, by Paul D. Parkinson."

Most of us know that selfishness is never happiness.  And, as Mary Ellen Edmunds once put it 'you can never get enough of what you don't need - because what you don't need never satisfies.'  I love her (Mary Ellen) and the beautiful messages she's shared over the years.  And, her book "You can never get enough of what you don't need" is one of my favorites.

Anyway, Paul D. Parkinson has it right in his new compiled book of 99 stories UNSELFISH people and the amazing things they've done to help others.  You'll probably be as deeply moved as I was with their integrity, unselfishness, and the ways that their lives have been filled with love and joy as they have forgotten themselves - and helped others' (many of whom were in great need).  -- I blogged about that last week here: "Unselfish"'s a Meridian Magazine article by Wally Goddard (whom I highly revere) that teaches us more about this current situation; with these two books, and what we can learn from it.  It's an excellent article.  Here are a few excerpts:

If we were to step outside our cultural din, we could ask: How does God see all this? Is it harmless entertainment? Does it provide innocent escapism? Or is it Satan’s siren song to lure us away from holiness and happiness? Is it evidence that we, as a people, have suffered a moral inversion?

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)

We may have been so swallowed up in a culture of celebrity that we have forgotten many important things. For example, God loves quiet, unassuming service. He is more impressed by the parent who reads a story to a child than a star who leads today’s most popular movie. He likely doesn’t much care how many followers we have on social media, but likely does care a great deal when we offer kind words and loving service to others. That is the currency of heaven.

Greatest happiness is to be found in wholesome family life

I know that 'right is right even if no one is doing it' and 'wrong is always wrong even if everyone is doing it'.  Along with that is the understanding that truth is truth and God is the right way - even if many have been blinded along the path and have lost their way.

We know that because of wickedness in the last days - there would come a time when the Lord would have to speak to the world through natural disasters - and the like - because the people wouldn't otherwise listen or heed.

We see these things happening in our day and the whole call is to 'repent and turn unto the Lord' so that we can be blessed, protected, and find peace amidst the turmoil as we help others' along the way.

None of us want to see others' suffering.  That's why we send out our missionaries and share our own beliefs online - in order that we might 'bring some soul unto Christ'.  We can plead and invite - but we can't force; nor would we want to.  But, we do strongly seek to invite all to 'come and see' - so that they might learn a better way; a way of peace and harmony - when one knows that they are doing the right things and not destroying other souls and leading them into paths of darkness (which is what all selfishness leads to.)

True happiness can only be found through selfless service

The 'better way' to live is found in selfless service and kindness to others', laboring to help those in need, and raising up children in the ways of the Lord.

Satan's greatest tactics are the love and seeking of wealth, power and popularity.  We know from scripture and history how easily many have be lead away into dark paths because they chose to follow the philosophies of the world - rather than following the light of Christ.

I hope that if any read this post - they'll not 'cast it aside because of their 'unbelief' rather, 'give way to a portion of my words' and 'consider on the blessed and happy state of those who keep the commandments of the Lord.'

We're all in this together.  We're here to see if we'll help one another or if we'll make a 'stumbling block' for our neighbor.

I'm grateful for those who do much good, who help people, who find ways to relieve suffering and poverty and to feed and clothe those in need.  I am hopeful that we can focus on that, and on SO MANY who daily, selflessly, lead good lives and will never make the news.  They are the real heroes of the story.
 - Unselfish

We'd do well to emulate the example of the Savior who taught us the way to go; to love our neighbor and to Love God.   His life was filled with LIGHT and He will lead us safely to that light - and peace - if we choose Him over the things of this world.

He is the 'Living Water' to quench our thirsty souls....

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Quotes for Mother's Day

Quotes for Mother's Day:

We know there is no greater calling than motherhood and womanhood.  We thank the Lord for allowing us the privilege and pray we may be equal to the tasks - as they are great.  But, in the strength of the Lord, we can do all things.  - Phillipians 4:13

Importance of Womanhood and Motherhood:
(These are the ideals to which we strive)

"Women who make a house a home make a far greater contribution to society than those who command large armies or stand at the head of impressive corporations.  Who can put a price tag on the influence a mother has on her children, a grandmother on her posterity, or aunts and sisters on their extended family."  - President Gordon B. Hinckley, 'Standing for Something'

"May I suggest that the mothers of today have no greater opportunity and no more serious challenge than to do all they can to strengthen the (home)." -President Gordon B. Hinckley, 'Standing for Something'

Motherhood “the highest, holiest service … assumed by mankind.” 1

"You... (mothers) have been “called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of … exceeding faith and good works, … having chosen good.” Therefore you are “called with a holy calling.” (Alma 13:3.)   - Mary F. Foulger

"To mothers raising children alone, remember that you and the Lord constitute a majority. As your arms encircle your little ones, his arms are there, too. Feel secure, for his arms are lengthened out toward us all the day long."  - Mary F. Foulger

"For those who have not yet borne a child—exercise motherhood. Let your arms be an extension of the Savior’s in providing love and security for all his children."  - Mary F. Foulger

Motherhood “the highest, holiest service … assumed by mankind.” 1

"...Satan has declared war on motherhood. He knows that those who rock the cradle can rock his earthly empire. And he knows that without righteous mothers loving and leading the next generation, the kingdom of God will fail."  - Sheri Dew 

"As daughters of our Heavenly Father, and as daughters of Eve, we are all mothers and we have always been mothers. And we each have the responsibility to love and help lead the rising generation. How will our young women learn to live as women of God unless they see what women of God look like, meaning what we wear, watch, and read; how we fill our time and our minds; how we face temptation and uncertainty; where we find true joy; and why modesty and femininity are hallmarks of righteous women? How will our young men learn to value women of God if we don’t show them the virtue of our virtues?"  - Sheri Dew

"...And if the day comes when we are the only women on earth who find nobility and divinity in motherhood, so be it. For mother is the word that will define a righteous woman made perfect in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom, a woman who has qualified for eternal increase in posterity, wisdom, joy, and influence."  - Sheri Dew

"A woman with a mother heart has a testimony of the restored gospel, and she teaches the principles of the gospel without equivocation. She is keeping sacred covenants made in holy temples. Her talents and skills are shared unselfishly. She gains as much education as her circumstances will allow, improving her mind and spirit with the desire to teach what she learns to the generations who follow her."  - Julie B. Beck

"Female roles did not begin on earth, and they do not end here. A woman who treasures motherhood on earth will treasure motherhood in the world to come, and “where [her] treasure is, there will [her] heart be also” (Matt. 6:21)." - Julie B. Beck

The Lord has trusted women with the divine mission of motherhood.

"Mothers who know desire to bear children. the culture of the gospel we still believe in having children. Prophets, seers, and revelators who were sustained at this conference have declared that “God’s commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force.  President Ezra Taft Benson taught that young couples should not postpone having children and that “in the eternal perspective, children—not possessions, not position, not prestige—are our greatest jewels.” - Mothers Who Know

Happy Mother's Day to 'Women Who Know'!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Impeccable With Your Word

Some years ago I read a chapter in a book entitled "Impeccable with your word."  It left a deep impression on my mind as to the importance of our clear and honest communication.

We don't see much of it in the news or with our politicians or even in some local communication.  Yet, the importance of it in home and family life, with those we love and in our neighborhoods and with friends, is still vital for peace and harmony within our lives.
Following the 'Son'

God has taught us to be honest, virtuous, worthy, clean and pure.  These are His traits and the traits we must have if we are to live with Him again.

It's no wonder that the world has it all backwards and that, in doing so, things are in a mess.

I often wonder why most of those who are interviewed as our voted-in representatives can't be clear in their communication.  No, it's not that they 'can't', it's that they 'won't.'  If they're asked a 'yes' or 'no' question, they skirt around it and often never answer it.

We need not wonder why some of the rising generation do the same.  They haven't had the 'honest Abe' examples to teach them right from wrong.

But, we can do so in our own homes.  We can apologize when we're wrong, we can (and must) share truths and examples of honesty, integrity, selflessness, kindness, hope, virtue, love and service.  We must teach our children to honor and respect those around them, to see the good in people, and to always seek for truth - no matter what else is happening around them.

Their best examples must come from us and from those who share our beliefs and who walk in the admonition of the Lord.  The 'humble followers' of Christ will not usually make the news - but, they are the true heroes to whom we look for examples and guidance.

As we seek to be more 'impeccable' with our own words - we can follow the example of the disciples of Christ who 'did not multiply many words'.  3 Nephi 19:24