Saturday, February 28, 2015

1 Nephi 21 David Shumway's Notes

vs. 15 - It is almost physically and emotionally possible for a nursing mother to forget her child.

vs. 16 - Jewish custom - women would mark their hands with their children's names or something to remind them constantly of their children.

1 Nephi 22 :17-26 David Shumway's Notes

How do I know if I am a trampler or a follower?

Vs. 17,23, and 25

2 Nephi 1-10 David Shumway's Notes

Lehi's " dysfunctional " family is a powerful lesson to today's struggles in families.  ( 1:13-14 , 2:1-2, 4:25 )

You can be happy in the midst of affliction ( 5:27 )

Even in abuse, death, and divorce

President George W. Bush - 2 Nephi 1:7 

" I ask you to seek a common good beyond your comfort...To serve your Nation, Beginning with your neighbor. I ask you to be citizens: citizens, not spectators; citizens, not subjects; responsible citizens, building communities of service and a nations of character. "

1 Nephi 8 

Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, Nov.2003, p.99-102

" Brothers and sisters, we do not go many hours in our lives without having to decide again 'which way do we face' and whether we will pitch our tents facing Sodom or the holy temple...Since we are thus fully accountable to Him, on Judgment Day we cannot invoke the Fifth Amendment!...The cast of players on this planet for whom the revelations and translations are so pertinent includes those who, in that familiar phrase, are living the 'lives of quiet desperation'. They have now been joined by those lives of noisy, slurping indulgence, wrongly celebrating their capacity to feel and become ' past feeling ', hence, they lick their particular platters in a desperate search for more sensations. Such individuals, however are still not a majority but a ' lesser part ' of the people. Notably at the last day the adversary 'will not support' those who followed him anyway. He cannot. Jesus will triumph majestically, and the adversary's clever constructs, 'pleasing to the carnal mind', will also collapse and 'the fall thereof will be exceedingly great', Even now, one can see in the lives of those prodigals who come to themselves the devil's doctrines dripping in early meltdown. Many having experienced the utter emptiness of lower ways, are in 'preparation to hear the word' and now await being informed of the rescuing revelations and translations...These are so needed by those whose weary hands hang down because they suffer doctrinal anemia, which can be treated by the red blood cells of the Restoration....Meanwhile. let us expect that many will regard us indifferently. Others will see us as quaint or misled. Let us bear the pointing fingers which, ironically, belong to those finally who, being bored, find the 'great and spacious building ' to be a stale and cramped third-class hotel."

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

 Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, 382 

There can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from the home, and every effort made to sanctify and preserve its influence is uplifting to those who toil and sacrifice for its establishment... There is no happiness without service, and there is no greater service than that which converts the home into a divine institution, and which promotes and preserves family life. 

Spencer W. Kimball , Ensign , Nov. 1978

In 1946 I visited Hawaii shortly after a huge tidal wave, where walls of water some forty feet high struck Hilo and the Hamakua coast, and I saw the devastation that resulted. Homes had been overturned and shredded, crushed into splinters like toothpicks; fences and gardens were obliterated; bridges and roads were washed away. Bathtubs, refrigerators, mangled autos lay strewn all about the streets. Where one of our little chapels had stood, nothing remained but the foundation. More than a hundred people lost their lives; as many more were injured; thousands were left homeless. I heard many stories while there of suffering, of heroism, of salvation.
One woman told how she received a telephone message from friends to get out and to leave—that a tidal wave was coming. She looked out to sea and saw the monstrous wave approaching, like a mountain. She and her husband picked up the baby and ran for their lives up the hill. However, two of their little girls were away from home playing near a clump of lauhala trees. They saw the wave coming, ran into the trees, and held tightly with their arms around the tree trunks. The first gigantic wave washed entirely over them, but they held their breath and clung with all their might until the water receded and their heads were again above the water. When the wave receded, they quickly ran up the hill before the succeeding waves came. Together, the family watched from the safety of the hill as their home below disappeared under the pounding of the waves.
We, too, are faced with powerful, destructive forces unleashed by the adversary. Waves of sin, wickedness, immorality, degradation, tyranny, deceitfulness, conspiracy, and dishonesty threaten all of us. They come with great power and speed and will destroy us if we are not watchful.
But a warning is sounded for us. It behooves us to be alert and to listen and flee from the evil for our eternal lives. Without help we cannot stand against it. We must flee to high ground or cling fast to that which can keep us from being swept away. That to which we must cling for safety is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our protection from whatever force the evil one can muster. An inspired Book of Mormon prophet counseled his people: “Remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo” (Hel. 5:12).

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

  President Boyd K. Packer
  Ensign , May 1998, p.72-74

" No man achieves the supernal exalting status of worthy fatherhood except as a gift from his wife."

Marion D. Hanks
 ( In conference report, Oct. 1973, pp. 15-16 : Ensign, Jan. 1974, pp.20-21)

" What is our response when we are offended, misunderstood, unfairly or unkindly treated or sinned against, made an offender for a word, falsely accused, passed over, hurt by those we love, our offerings rejected. Do we resent, become bitter or hold a grudge?Or do we resolve the problem if we can, forgive and rid ourselves of the burden?
                 The nature of our response to such situations may well determine the nature and quality of our lives, here and eternally....But not only our eternal salvation depends upon our willingness and capacity to forgive wrongs committed against us. Our joy and satisfaction in this life, and our true freedom depend upon our doing so.Even if it appears that another may be deserving of our resentment or hatred, non of us can afford the price of resenting or hating, because of what it does to us. If we have felt the gnawing, mordant inroads of these emotions, we know the harm that we suffer.                    It is reported that President Brigham Young once said that he who takes offense when no offense was intended is a fool, and he who take an offense when an offense was intended, is usually a fool. It was then explained that there are two courses of action to follow when one is bitten by a rattle snake. One may in anger, fear, or vengefulness, pursue the creature and kill it, or he will make full haste to get the venom out of his system. If we pursue the latter course we will likely survive, but if we attempt to follow the former, we may not be around long enough to finish it.

1 Nephi 7:10-12
Spencer W. Kimball 
( Circles of Exhalation p.8 )
( Address to seminary and institute personnel, Brigham Young University, 28 June 1968, p.8)

"When you look in the dictionary for the most important word, do you know what it is? It could be 'remember' because all of you have made covenants- you know what to do- and you know how to do it- our greatest need is to remember. That is why everyone goes to sacrament meeting every Sabbath Day- the take the sacrament and to listen to the Priests....that they may always remember Him and keep His commandments, which He has given them....No one should ever forget to go to a Sacrament Meeting. ' Remember' is the word- ' Remember' is the program."

1 Nephi 7:21
David E. Sorensen, CR , April .'03

" I would like to make it clear that forgiveness of sins should not be confused with tolerating evil. In Fact, in the Joseph Smith Translation, the Lord said, " Judge righteous judgement." The Savior asks us to forsake and combat evil in all of it's forms, and although we must forgive a neighbor who injures us, we should still work constructively to prevent that injury from being repeated. A woman who is abused should not seek revenge, but neither should she feel that she can not take further steps to prevent further abuse. A business person treated unfairly in a transaction should not hate the person who was dishonest but could take appropriate steps to remedy the wrong. Forgiveness does not require us to accept or tolerate evil. It does not require us to see the wrong that we see in the world around us or in our own lives, but as we fight against sin, we must not allow hatred or anger to control our thoughts or actions."