My daughter gave a talk today in Primary and this is what she said:
“The For the Strength of Youth had these thoughts on modesty:
“‘Your body is God’s sacred creation.’
“The way you dress ‘can show that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ.’
“‘The way you dress is a reflection of what you are on the inside.’
“‘Never lower your dress standards for any occasion.’
“‘If you are not sure what is appropriate, ask your parents or leaders for help.’”
The lesson was based on The Laborers in the Vineyard talk from conference by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
There is a cost the laborers at the end of the day had to pay before getting hired. They didn't know if they were going to get a job.
Those that come to Christ late have had to go through life without the spirit and have taken consequences for their not coming the Christ sooner.
27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.
Would we be angry if we found out Hitler made it to the celestial kingdom? Or would we be curious of how it was done? What would the Lord have had to do to instigate change in such a man?
22 Yea, and I say unto you that if it were not for the prayers of the righteous, who are now in the land, that ye would even now be visited with utter destruction; yet it would not be by flood, as were the people in the days of Noah, but it would be by famine, and by pestilence, and the sword.
23 But it is by the prayers of the righteous that ye are spared; now therefore, if ye will cast out the righteous from among you then will not the Lord stay his hand; but in his fierce anger he will come out against you; then ye shall be smitten by famine, and by pestilence, and by the sword; and the time is soon at hand except ye repent.
9 And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying: It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him.
Are we acting on what we are told and what are we doing with what we have been told? If we don't learn lesson 1 why would the Lord give us lesson 2. The lord gives us line upon line, little by little.
11 And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.
Our bad choices bind us and we are lead to hell.
We are in the middle act of a three act play. If we don't understand something of act one and three act two doesn't make much sense.
The plan of redemption hinges on faith, repentance, and holy works.
We are given a plan and then are given commandments that if we follow them the plan will work.
Justice is an immutable law. Mercy fulfills the demands of justice.
Today priests are in charge of the sacrament. In the old testament the priests were in charge of the sacrifices at the temple.
A missionary that recently returned from the Texas Lubbock mission.
1 Nephi 3:7
7 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go
and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the
Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall
prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he
2 Nephi 2:27
27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself.
From the Bulletin
“...the Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 4:540)