Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith chapter 19
Be in the World But Not of the World
"We should have no part in all its foolishness. We should not partake of its sins and its errors—errors of philosophy and errors of doctrine, errors in regard to government, or whatever those errors may be—we have no part in. " - From the lesson manual
We should not let Satan dig up the garbage in our past, but let it fertilize our life and let us grow. He would rather dig it up and throw it all over us. The atonement allows it to turn to fertilizer and be for our good. The atonement works for changing our sins and also for changing our trials.
Word of Wisdom
The word of wisdom is more than the don'ts.
We don't read the word of wisdom one time and think we have mastered it. The same with the sabbath day or any doctrine. We study them over and over, even if we think we've got it down.
The sabbath is not just the three hours at church. It is the sabbath day not the sabbath three hours.
Old testament lesson 34
3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
Saying "God is love" or "Jesus saves" is great, but the scriptures are so much deeper than that. The atonement is so much deeper than that. Saying that He is as the rain brings an imagery of a part of the atonement. Jesus saves, but one of the ways He saves is by washing us clean as the rain. If we stay inside, the rain had no impact on our body.
We must schedule time for our prayers and our scriptures. We can read the scriptures or pray any time, but we need to put it on the schedule to make sure it gets done everyday, at least once.
Just as the wife described in Hosea had to chose to put away her lovers and cleave to her husband, we can not cling to our agendas and lusts and expect the Lord maintain us.
The lesson referenced Julie B Beck’ April 2007 General Conference talk, Remembering, Repenting, and Changing.
None of us can be an expert in genealogy without first being a novice.
Hope is not a wish. Hope is a level of expectation.
TempleIf we want to visit our neighbor we go to his house. If he is not home we can go back. The more often we go back, the more likely we are to find him. If we want to have spiritual temple experiences and we only go a couple of times a year, then we are less likely to find them. The more we go, the more likely we are to find what we seek.