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Fitly Framed

January 03rd, 2017 by G.

The full gospel is very full.

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January 03rd, 2017 08:30:57

A New Aristocracy

December 13th, 2016 by G.

How can you not check out a general conference talk titled “The New Aristocracy“? (Saturday morning, October 1974, Elder Faust).

It did not disappoint.

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December 13th, 2016 08:28:27

The Rally will Come

December 06th, 2016 by G.

Who’s losing? asks Elder Ashton in the Saturday Morning session of the October 1974 General Conference. Answer: no one. We all will win if we will.

Proper attitude in this crisis-dominated world is a priceless possession. Never before is it more important for all of us to move forward with conviction. We may be behind, but we are not losing if we are moving in the right direction. God will not score our performances until the end of the journey. He who made us expects us to be victorious.

He who made us expects us to be victorious. (more…)

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December 06th, 2016 08:30:11

The Savior’s Program for the Care of the Aged

November 29th, 2016 by G.

Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone spoke on helping the old at the Friday afternoon session of the April 1974 General Conference. It was a very Mormon talk. It had throat-catching personal stuff, and a little chastisement, and some practical programmatic advice. I loved it. I love the Saints and the way they are.

Two things caught my eye. (more…)

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November 29th, 2016 08:30:46

God is Now

November 22nd, 2016 by G.

President Hunter taught that faith and testimony are steps towards experiencing the presence of God . . . in this life.  No need to wait.

He is right.

Those who have seen the face of Christ in mortality are blessed, not because they have seen the face of Christ in mortality, but because they have seen the face of Christ.

My brothers and sisters, I should like to speak of and to a particular group of important individuals. These are they who fully intend, someday, to begin to believe and/or to be active in the Church. But not yet! These are not bad individuals, but good individuals who simply do not know how much better they could be. Such individuals often stay proximate to—but do not participate fully in—the Church. They will not come inside the chapel, but neither do they leave its porch. These are they who need and are needed by the Church, but who, in part, “live without God in the world.”

To such individuals, in the brief, imploring invitation which follows, be assured there is a real craving for your companionship and a genuine need for your unique strengths.

thus Elder Maxwell. (more…)

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November 22nd, 2016 07:37:44

A Wife for All Seasons

November 15th, 2016 by G.

Sunday afternoon, April 1974 General Conference. Elder Maxwell’s first talk. I read it expecting his typical verbal kinesthetics.

Instead, I reverently stopped at this phrase:

Appreciation for a splendid woman, Colleen, a wife for all seasons, who has made our home a haven.

A wife for all seasons. (more…)

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November 15th, 2016 08:30:33

Covering Others with Your Shield

November 08th, 2016 by G.

We were dressed in our home each morning, not only with hats and raincoats and boots to protect us from physical storm, but even more carefully our parents dressed us each day in the armor of God. As we would kneel in family prayer and listen to our father, a bearer of the priesthood, pour out his soul to the Lord for the protection of his family against the fiery darts of the wicked, one more layer was added to our shield of faith. While our shield was being made strong, theirs was always available, for they were available and we knew it.

-thus Elder Perry. (more…)

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November 08th, 2016 07:30:31

Solemn Assemblies and the Communion of the Saints

October 18th, 2016 by G.

The communion of the Saints is a phrase nowhere found in scripture.  But the idea is found there.  Even more, it is found in the lived experience of the Saints.  We soon find a sense of kinship and fellowship with other Saints both living and dead. (more…)

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October 18th, 2016 07:30:20

Momentum, a Theme

October 11th, 2016 by G.

Two points define a line, three points define a theme, and two to three witnesses establish a truth. (more…)

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October 11th, 2016 07:30:59

Pulling Down the Ladder

October 04th, 2016 by G.

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Elder Rasband gave an emotional talk this conference. I paid close attention. He was visibly concerned about one of my own private terrors. (more…)

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October 04th, 2016 07:30:30

Joy in the World, but not of the World

October 03rd, 2016 by G.

I have a love-hate relationship with my cellphone. Sometimes I loath the thing.

Saturday night, sitting outside in the cool dark, reading the latest John C. Wright Cobweb and Moth book in the gentle glow of the screen, I felt reconciled to it. I was eating a ripe apple from my dad’s orchard. In the dark, I could pay full attention to the flavor. My children were asleep. My wife was writing a letter. My happiness was high. (more…)

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October 03rd, 2016 06:25:19

Lone and Dreary, Glorious and Beautiful

September 27th, 2016 by Vader

Ours is a lone and dreary world.

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September 27th, 2016 07:51:55

Love with Rhetorical Jabs

September 27th, 2016 by G.

Hoping to trap Jesus in his utterances, some of the shrewdest of his adversaries posed double-edged questions on political and rabbinic law. One group of Pharisees and Herodians asked him a most diabolic question:

“… Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth. …

“Tell us therefore, … Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?” (Matt. 22:16–17.) If he were to answer yes, he would easily be accused of betraying his heritage among Abraham’s seed, the very group staggering under the oppression of Roman law. If he were to answer no, he would immediately be apprehended as a political agitator. He answered neither, but rather asked to be shown a coin by which such tribute money commonly was paid.

Holding the piece of money up to his accusers, he asked: “Whose is this image and superscription?” Of course, they answered as any child in the street could have: “It is Caesar’s.” With that single question he had taken command of the confrontation. He returned the coin saying: “… Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s” (Matt. 22:20–21), as if to say: “The man’s name and picture are on the coin. Surely it belongs to him. Please be kind enough to return it to its rightful owner.”

Brilliantly he had destroyed the ploy of his oppressors, but that was never his true mission or desire. These, too, were sons of God. These, too, were among those he came to save. He feared for them and loved them even in their malice. As they turned away he added a plea: “… and [render] unto God the things that are God’s.” As the coin bore the image of Caesar, so these and all men bore the image of God, their Heavenly Father. They had been created by him in the likeness of his image, and Jesus was to provide a way for them to return to him. Yet, “When they heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.” (Matt. 22:21–22.)

-from “His Final  Hours,” by Howard W. Hunter (more…)

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September 27th, 2016 07:30:34

In the World Becomes Of the World

September 20th, 2016 by G.

Today’s General Conference talk is To be in the World, but not of the World, by Brother James Cullimore.  It is a topic of repeated need.

May we appreciate the privilege that is ours in living in this time, in the beautiful, wonderful world in which we live. May we let the gospel light guide us that we may be in the world and yet not partake of the evil of the world.

The world is a constant attractor.  The default state–entropy–is that we slip into worldliness.  In the world naturally becomes of the world.  It requires conscious effort to resist.  (more…)

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September 20th, 2016 07:30:17

Freedom from a Troubled Soul

September 13th, 2016 by G.

Certainly the day is here when, if we are to follow in his paths, we must take the weary, lonely, depressed, the troubled soul, and the gospel-hungry by the hand and lift and help.

-thus Marvin J. Ashton, from the Sunday morning session of the October 1973 General Conference.  He is referring to a episode where Jesus took a sick man by the hand and lifted him up. (more…)

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September 13th, 2016 07:30:04