Thursday, June 30, 2011
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
byVicki F. Matsumori
A Sunbeam teacher wrapped
each of her class members one by one in a blanket
to teach them how the Spirit feels like the
comfort and security of that covering.
A visiting mother also heard the lesson.
Many months later the mother thanked the teacher.
She told how she had been less active
when she accompanied her young daughter to Primary.
Several weeks after the lesson, the mother suffered a miscarriage.
She was overcome with grief when suddenly she felt a great warmth and peace.
It felt like someone had covered her with a warm blanket.
She recognized the reassurance of the
Spirit and knew that Heavenly Father
was aware of her and that He loved her.
When we come to understand the whisperings of the Spirit,
we will be able to hear Him teach us "the peaceable things of the kingdom"
and "all things what we should do."
We will recognize answers to our prayers
and know how to live the gospel more fully each day.
We will be guided and protected.
And we can cultivate this gift in our lives
as we follow those spiritual promptings.
Most importantly, we will feel Him witness to us
of the Father and of the Son.
He loves each of us.
He knows us individually and personally.
He hears the pleadings of our hearts,
and He answers those sincere prayers.
By Elder Neil L. Andersen
We love President Thomas S. Monson, the Lord's prophet.
I will forever remember his kindness as he extended my call last April.
At the conclusion of our interview,
he opened his arms to embrace me. President Monson is a tall man.
As he wrapped his long arms around me and pulled me close,
I felt like a little boy being held in the protective arms of a loving father.
Thomas Monson hugging Brother Joseph Wirthlin
In the months since that experience,
I have thought of the Lord's invitation
to come unto Him and to
spiritually be wrapped in His arms.
He said, "Behold, my arms of mercy are extended towards you,
and whosoever will come,
him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me."
The scriptures speak of His arms being open,
extended, stretched out, and encircling.
They are described as mighty and holy, arms of mercy,
arms of safety, arms of love, "lengthened out all the day long."
We have each felt to some extent these spiritual arms around us.
We have felt His forgiveness, His love and comfort.
The Lord has said, "I am he who comforteth you."
The Lord's desire that we come unto Him and
be wrapped in His arms is often an invitation to repent.
"Behold, he sendeth an invitation unto all men,
for the arms of mercy are extended towards them, and he saith:
Repent, and I will receive you."
He knows. He has felt your pain. He has declared,
"I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands."
The Savior is there, reaching out to each of us, bidding us:
"Come unto me." We can repent. We can!
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery atrial which is to try you,
as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But arejoice, inasmuch as ye are bpartakers of Christ's csufferings; that, when his glory shall be
drevealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
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Monday, June 27, 2011
The Cracked Water Pot
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house,
the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering
only one and a half pots full of water in his master's house.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.
"I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."
"Why?" asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?"
"I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.
The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."
Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.
The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path,
but not on the other pot's side?
That's because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house."
Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots. But if we will allow it, the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Father's table great ~Knowing that in our weakness we find His strength~
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