Thursday, June 27, 2013

"True Science and True Religion"

For me there has been no serious difficulty in reconciling the principles of true science with the principles of true religion, for both are concerned with the eternal verities of the universe.
Henry Eyring

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Disciple of Jesus Christ

Today is a very special day for me.  My younger sister is going to serve her mission!  It's been a few years since I finished mine in Hong Kong, but it still feels like it wasn't that long ago.  Ever since she received her mission call back in July, I've been mentally going over everything I learned on my mission that I wish I could tell her all in one sitting.

I'll be writing to her as often as I'm able and hope that something I share can help her in her calling as a representative of Jesus Christ.

The Election

The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement Tuesday: 
We congratulate President Obama on winning a second term as President of the United States. 
After a long campaign, this is now a time for Americans to come together. It is a long tradition among Latter-day Saints to pray for our national leaders in our personal prayers and in our congregations. We invite Americans everywhere, whatever their political persuasion, to pray for the President, for his administration and the new Congress as they lead us through difficult and turbulent times. May our national leaders reflect the best in wisdom and judgment as they fulfill the great trust afforded to them by the American people. 
We also commend Governor Romney for engaging at the highest level of our democratic process, which, by its nature, demands so much of those who offer themselves for public service. We wish him and his family every success in their future endeavors.
You can find it here.

I wholeheartedly agree.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Face the Future with Faith

"Difficult days are ahead.  Rarely in the future will it be easy or popular to be a faithful Latter-day Saint.  Each of us will be tested.  The Apostle Paul warned that in the latter days, those who diligently follow the Lord 'shall suffer persecution.'  That very persecution can either crush you into silent weakness or motivate you to be more exemplary and courageous in your daily lives.

"Our beloved President Thomas S. Monson has given us his prophetic witness.  He said: 'I testify to you that our promised blessings are beyond measure.  Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments.'

"President Monson continued: 'My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not.  Be of good cheer.  The future is as bright as your faith.'"

 - Elder Russell M. Nelson, Face the Future with Faith

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Some Thoughts on LDS General Conference

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts an event twice a year called General Conference, with the first one for 2012 in a week - March 31 and April 1.  This is an opportunity for members of the church to gather together throughout the world and receive guidance and counsel from the leaders of the church.  As a member of this church, this is an opportunity for me to receive spiritual guidance from my Heavenly Father through His servants.  It is an opportunity for me to hear living prophets speak, just as in Biblical times.

There is a scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants that I remember learning when I was teenager, but recently rediscovered its significance.  D&C 1:38 says:
What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.
Here's the part that really stood out to me: "...whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same."  I found those four words to be very profound.  Here is the Lord saying that it doesn't matter if He is speaking to us personally or through His servants, it's the same thing.  General Conference is a time for us to hear from His servants, which is really hearing directly from Him.

There was another scripture that stood out to me that I thought went quite well with this one.  In the Book of Mormon, there are several chapters devoted to the account of when the Savior visited the Americas.  The beginning of one of the chapters where the Savior is teaching the people really caught my attention.  3 Nephi 17:3 says:
Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again.
I don't know how many times I've read this before, but I realized that this was the Savior telling those who had been listening to Him teach how they can know for themselves and fully understand what He had been saying.  This struck as something simply amazing!  With General Conference, we have multiple sessions with breaks between each of them.  We have been given time to ponder on the things the speakers talk about, ask Heavenly Father to help us understand, and then prepare our minds for the next session.

Yet, it doesn't have to stop when the last session is over.  It can continue by studying the scriptures.  When the church releases General Conference material, we can go over each talk again and again.  Video, audio, or even text.  With the wonders of technology today, we can carry General Conference with us wherever we go.  We can gain insight into how to deal with the trials in our lives, how we can be of service to those around us, or even just strengthen our own faith and testimony.

General Conference is a wonderful opportunity that only comes twice a year.  The spiritual feast doesn't have to only happen twice a year, though.  We have access to talks from past Conferences as well as the scriptures.  We can hear the voice of the Lord through His servants each and every day of our lives, for it is the same.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Disciple of Jesus Christ

"Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life."
   - 3 Nephi 5:13