Sunday, November 7, 2010

Another Quick Weekend

I had another quick wonderful weekend. It did entail only 4 1/2 hours of work this morning, but that's it. It is amazing how fast it flew by. Saturday I was up at the crack of dawn or so it felt that way. I headed down to the temple and took in a session with some friends before we made our way to the sealing room for some other friends sealing of their cute little family. It was a wonderful experience. It is always amazing to me how Heavenly Father slips in little bits of inspiration in those quite moments when you are least expecting it and when you think you have put things to rest. I think He does this to let us know that He is aware of us, our situations, the desires of our hearts, and that He is in charge. I also came away with some insight on what I needed to teach the sisters in my ward today. I have known I had this topic since January. I figured it would be quite easy, but over the past few months I haven't been able to bring things together. It is always humbling to me how when I get up to teach it just flows perfectly and the prayers I have prayed to be able to teach what the sisters in my ward need to be taught gets accomplished. My topic was on increasing our knowledge. I took most of my lesson from the Brigham Young Manuel Learning by Study and by Faith. But my favorite part was from President Uchtdorf's talk from the Priesthood session of the Oct. 2009 conference. This is what he said, I think it applies just as much to women as well, "Education is not so much the filling of a bucket as the lighting of a fire. For members of the Church, education is not merely a good idea—it’s a commandment. We are to learn “of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must shortly come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad.”
Joseph Smith loved learning even though he had few opportunities for formal education. In his journals, he spoke happily of days spent in study and often expressed his love of learning.
Joseph taught the Saints that knowledge was a necessary part of our mortal journey, for “a man is saved no faster than he [gains] knowledge,” and that “whatever principle of intelligence we attain … in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.” During challenging times, it is even more important to learn. The Prophet Joseph taught, “Knowledge does away with darkness, [anxiety], and doubt; for these cannot exist where knowledge is.” Brethren, you have a duty to learn as much as you can. Please encourage your families, your quorum members, everyone to learn and become better educated. If formal education is not available, do not allow that to prevent you from acquiring all the knowledge you can. Under such circumstances, the best books, in a sense, can become your “university”—a classroom that is always open and admits all who apply. Strive to increase your knowledge of all that is “virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy.” Seek knowledge “by study and also by faith.” Seek with a humble spirit and contrite heart. As you apply the spiritual dimension of faith to your study—even of temporal things—you can amplify your intellectual capacity, for “if your eye be single to [God’s] glory, your whole [body] shall be filled with light, … and [comprehend] all things.”
In our learning, let us not neglect the fountain of revelation. The scriptures and the words of modern-day apostles and prophets are the sources of wisdom, divine knowledge, and personal revelation to help us find answers to all the challenges in life. Let us learn of Christ; let us seek out that knowledge which leads to peace, truth, and the sublime mysteries of eternity."
I did have a great evening with friends last night. Oh, I am so blessed with an abundance of wonderful friends. And of course it is always nice when Boise State pulls off the kind of win they did yesterday.
This evening after putting up the rest of my Christmas decorations in my family room as I have yet to put any in other rooms, I decided I would pay one of the sisters I VT a surprise visit. I took over some hot chocolate and a thought. As soon as I got there, this sisters VT partner texted me and then called to see if I was home because she was sitting in my driveway. I told her where I was and so she came over. We sat together and drank hot chocolate on this cold evening and had a wonderful chat. Life is so great and I am so blessed!

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