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Quick Conference Thought – from “Yielding Our Hearts to God” by Sister Marriott

Posted by Karen on February 1, 2016

In Sister Marriott’s family, they had a motto: “It will all work out.” But she, like all of us, has had experiences that try that motto and seem to strain it beyond use. How can she, and we, continue to have that hope? I really liked her personal response:

Our family motto doesn’t say, “It will all work out now.” It speaks of our hope in the eternal outcome—not necessarily of present results. Scripture says, “Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good.” This doesn’t mean all things are good, but for the meek and faithful, things—both positive and negative—work together for good

I think that last line is wonderfully useful: “This doesn’t mean all things are good, but … things—both positive and negative—work together for good.”

That wording reminds me of Lehi’s counsel to Jacob: “thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain” (2 Nephi 2:2). His promise wasn’t for good things now (or even ahead) but that somehow, the bad would be turned into gain. It also reminds me of the parable of the wheat and the tares: “lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest” (Matthew 13:29-30). Even though it wasn’t time for the wheat and tares to be separated when the servant wanted, in the end the wheat was harvested and stored up.

One of God’s great powers is that no matter what happens on this earth, the future can always be bright. The atonement heals, changes, endures, consecrates, and builds with whatever happens. It’s a great comfort to me that no matter what happens, it can work together for good and His purposes will never fail.

What are your thoughts on this quotation from Sister Marriott’s talk?

 

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“Waiting upon the Lord: Thy Will Be Done,” Elder Robert D. Hales, Oct. 2011 (RS/MP 4th Sunday)

Posted by jennywebb on January 10, 2012

Disclaimer: The following is not intended as a complete study of this conference talk; rather it represents my notes taken during my study of the talk as if I were preparing to teach it. That is, what follows contains what I think are interesting points for discussion in a Relief Society or priesthood lesson.

At first glance, Elder Hales’s talk here seems to be concerned with the Big Questions: Why am I here? Why am I suffering? And while Elder Hales certainly addresses these issues, the answers are not necessarily new or unexpected.

“As we ask these questions, we realize that the purpose of our life on earth is to grow, develop, and be strengthened through our own experiences.”

But Elder Hales takes his talk in an interesting direction with what follows:

“How do we do this? The scriptures give us an answer in one simple phrase: we ‘wait upon the Lord.’”

The underlying question around which the rest of the talk hangs is what it means to wait upon the Lord. And it is certainly a question worth asking. Read the rest of this entry »

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Something new: fourth-Sunday lessons

Posted by jennywebb on January 10, 2012

I know that I have not been an active participant on this blog (other than reading) for quite some time. However, I am hoping to change that somewhat this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hermes at General Conference

Posted by kirkcaudle on April 3, 2010

In Acts 14:11-12 we read:

 When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in human form!” Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker.

 So just who was Hermes?

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