I am so blessed to know this simple truth...
"After the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony … which we give of him: That he lives!" We can hear His voice in these revelations. We can witness His hand in our lives. And we can each feel "the joy this sentence gives: 'I know that my Redeemer lives!'"
Saturday nights in the Watt's home are much different than most. Every Saturday night, I am up into the wee hours of the night, creating a primary video for all the kids in my ward to watch. It takes so much time, but I know Heavenly Father has asked me to use my gifts to bless these kids and others that oversee them. In the middle of the night, I could not upload the video to our ward Facebook page. So frustrating because this happens often! I am up so often during the night trying to fix this. This morning I had ward council, today was Brax's farewell, and I had to get Grandma ready all before church! I had no extra time not to have this upload! Last night I said a prayer and just said, "Heavenly Father, I know you want me to do this, and I need your help. Uploading this movie is taking up too much of my time every week! Please show me a different way!" Afterward, I had a thought I never thought of before to do. I tried it, and within 15 minutes, the Facebook site fully uploaded...
When I think of Come Follow Me, the timing when it was inspired to come forth, how it was created, the way it helps strengthen our testimonies, I think it is laid out perfectly for the exciting times ahead. 2019 study of the New Testament...Gaining a better understanding of Jesus Christ so we can become more like him. Jesus Christ is one person who is excepted by most no matter what Christian religion one is. He has turned hearts and helped this world by showing us the way, giving us hope, and helped save us from our imperfections. 2020 with the study of the Book of Mormon...This book distinguishes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and other Christian religions. Studying the Book of Mormon brings Christ to life as we see how his teachings influence the world to become onefold. 2021 the Study of the Doctrine and Covenants and Joseph Smith...Gaining a testimony of this is the foundation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. If we don't have a strong...
"Heavenly Father may have placed those who need us, closest to us, knowing that we are best suited to meet their needs." Bonnie L. Oscarson
I love the thought of this simple statement. Today while listing to a conference talk in 2017, Bonnie L. Oscarson, in her talk "The Needs Before Us," I felt the love of our Heavenly Father in giving us all we need in those around us.
1-Am I listening to the still small voice to bless others? I have been given gifts and talents to bless those around me.
2-Am I calling upon those around me when I need help, knowing they were placed before me to bless my life?
We need each other. I need you, and you need me! So I hope we can all feel his love through the service we give each other.
Do you believe God thinks you are mentally strong, and he trusts you to make your own decisions? I believe he has more faith in us than we do in ourselves!
While reading the "Come Follow Me" lesson for this week in Ether, we learn about the Brother of Jared. The Lord asked the Brother of Jared to take the people to the promised land. God shared with him how to make the barges as unto a tight dish. And he went to work and built the barges according to the instructions of the Lord.
"And it came to pass that the Brother of Jared cried unto the Lord, saying: O Lord, I have performed the work which thou hast commanded me, and I have made the barges accordingly as thou hast directed me. And behold, O Lord, in them there is no light..." God asked the Brother of Jared, "What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels?" The Brother of Jared thought about it for a while. He carved out some rocks out of the mountain that was "Clear as glass." "And I know, O Lord, that thou...
A massive storm was about our city. 10 plus feet of snow covered the land. Some roofs were ripped off houses, while others had snow packed high on them. My roof was not torn off, but a huge pile of snow was packed upon it. In my bedroom above my bed, a part of the roof had been detached and there was a snow tunnel from my room to the top of the 10-foot snow on top of the roof. From my room, I was able to look up through the tunnel to the storm outside. A man, who was out giving help to others, came to my roof and looked down into the snow tunnel leading into my bedroom, and said he could help me. He looked through the big hole and said "See those scriptures sitting on your dresser?" I looked at my nightstand, and there was a set of scriptures I sat next to my bed. He began to tell me, "Look up 2nd Thessalonians, and it will show us what we need to do so we can fix your house".
I woke up immediately from my dream. Me, not being the scriptorium I should be, I asked Shane if there was...
Often when I teach others about expounding their personal revelation, the topic that comes up the most is TRUST. We have to trust that we are receiving it. We can all receive personal revelation. We were created to receive revelation. The Heavens are open to all that believe!
3 Nephi 26: 9-10 is an excellent reminder of the importance
9- And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall be that they shall believe these things then shall the greater things be made manifest on to them.
10- And if it’s so that they will not believe these things, then shall the greater things be withheld from them, and to their condemnation.
The more we trust and believe, the more personal revelation will be given to us. Listen, Trust, and go forward with faith...
When I was younger, my family would go to Lake Powell all the time. We loved to hike Rainbow Arch. It was quite a hike to get there. As we were hiking, we came across an area that had a cove. There were cliffs all around, and at the bottom was a pool of water. My Aunt was on a cliff that was 15 to 20 feet above the water. As she was climbing down the cliff, she fell, hit her head, and fell straight down into the water. Her head was face down in the water as her body was floating on the surface. We all looked at her as she was lifeless in the pool of water. All of a sudden, without even thinking, I jumped into the water, grabbed her and swam her over to the side, and pulled her out of the water. My dad yelled at my brothers and told them to get some help. They had to run back to the trailhead because we had no cell phone then. Because they went and got some help, a helicopter came. We were in a cove, and so it was hard for the helicopter to land. After many tries, it finally landed....
Finding our personal strength is building our house upon the rock. True strength is being grounded and not letting whatever waves come our way take us out. We need to get to a point where reaching in and finding our strength becomes automatic but it can only become automatic when we have experience in our life that give us the opportunity to use this strength.
Have you ever thought that finding your tribe, girlfriends, or sidekick, can be gifts from God. We are not here to walk this earth alone but with others sharing experiences as we all grow in this thing called life.
Finding your tribe takes effort on your part. If you want others to share their life with you, you first have to share your life with them. Are we denying gifts from above because we struggle to receive help from others.
Being vulnerable is one of the hardest traits to learn but as we breakdown these barriers, our live can be filled with beautiful experiences filled with so much love.