Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2 Nephi 1

John 19: 1-5

Young Women- God sent women to earth with some qualities in extra capacity. In speaking to Young Women, President Faust observed that femininity is divine adornment of humanity. It finds expression in your capacity to love, your spirituality, delicacy, radiance, sensitivity, creativity, charm, graciousness, gentleness, dignity, and quiet beauty. It manifests differently in each girl or women, but each....possess it. Femininity is part of your inner beauty. Women of God can never be like women of the world. The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women who have fame and fortune; we need more women of faith. We have enough greed; we need more goodness. We have enough vanity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; we need more virtue. We have enough popularity; We need more purity. ( Margret Audauld , Ensign Nov.2000 )

Young Men - Satan is known as the great deceiver. His religion, his philosophy, and his work is based on deception and lies. His objective is to thwart the work of the Lord by misleading us and eventually making us “miserable like unto himself” (2 Ne. 2:27). He would have us believe that he is the man and that his ways bring us to manhood.
By contrast, Jesus voluntarily submitted Himself to the will of the Father. As a result He was betrayed, accused, beaten, and judged. His sacrifice was not mandatory. It was borne out of courage, duty, and love, and it led Him to the bitter cup that caused Him to bleed from every pore. After Pilate had witnessed the enormous suffering and humiliation of Jesus and even argued for His release, he finally succumbed to the demands of the Jews. As he turned Him over for crucifixion, he did so with the simple but defining words, “Behold the man!” (John 19:5). Yes, Jesus is the man. He possesses all characteristics of the true, ideal man. His ways, not Satan’s ways, lead to manhood. Anyone who believes otherwise is already tangling himself up in the everlasting chains of Satan’s deception (see 2 Ne. 28:19).
1. A true man is strong enough to withstand the wiles of Satan. 
2. A true man is humble enough to submit himself to the redemptive powers of the Savior....Real courage includes standing against the evil one, even when we stand alone, often feeling the disdain and ridicule of others. This is courage. This is strength. This is manhood, and it can be tough....
You can describe a man in inches, pound, complexion or physique. But you measure a man by character, compassion, integrity, tenderness and principle. Simply stated, the measure of a man are embedded in his heart and soul, not in physical attributes. ( Bishop Richard Edgley, Ensign Nov. 1999 )

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