Sunday, July 27, 2008

Submission to the Eternal Father

There is one mightier than we all. One who knows all and who loves us beyond comprehension. If we but learn to trust and obey we will be will blessed eternally.

"The Savior's perfect submission to the Eternal Father is the very essence of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Christ's example teaches us that a broken heart is an eternal attribute of godliness. When our hearts are broken, we are completely open to the Spirit of God and recognize our dependence on Him for all that we have and all that we are. The sacrifice so entailed is a sacrifice of pride in all its forms. Like malleable clay in the hands of a skilled potter, the brokenhearted can be molded and shaped in the hands of the Master."A broken heart and a contrite spirit are also preconditions to repentance."

Saturday, July 5, 2008

In light of the fact that two more glorious spirits have come to our family, I think it is appropriate to recall what President Brigham Young said concerning parents. It would be wise to remember that once you become a parent you are always be a parent.

Daily Gems
Parents Can Best Teach by Example

"President Brigham Young instructed parents by saying:

"'If each and every one of us who are parents will reflect upon the responsibilities devolving upon us, we shall come to the conclusion that we should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do. We should set them an example that we wish them to imitate.' (Journal of Discourses, 14:192)

"If we are to instill faith in our children, they must see us demonstrate our faith in their young lives. They must see us on our knees daily, asking the Lord for His blessings and expressing our gratitude unto Him. They need to see us using our priesthood to administer to those in need, and to bless our children. They need to see us reverently worshiping in our sacrament meetings. They need to see us cheerfully and willingly giving of our time and talents to the building of the Lord's kingdom here on earth. They need to see us proving our faith by the payment of our tithes and offerings to Him. They need to see us diligently studying and discussing the scriptures to increase our faith and understanding."

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(L. Tom Perry, "Train Up a Child," Ensign, May 1983, 78)