#GiveThanks – President Nelson’s “Message of Hope”

On November 20 at 11 a.m. MST, President Russell M. Nelson broadcast a short message on how to find peace and joy during these difficult times.

He challenged everyone to turn social media into their own “Gratitude Journal” over the next 7 days. He said we should share:

  • What we are grateful for.
  • Who we are grateful for.
  • Why we are grateful.

He promised that those who complete this exercise will be happier and at peace. Please spread this message on social media with your friends using the hashtag #GiveThanks.

With this in mind (and in the spirit of Thanksgiving), please feel free to leave a comment below on what you are grateful for. Use #GiveThanks.

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You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

The gospel of Jesus Christ encompasses ALL truth. Therefore, as followers of Jesus Christ, we should look for truth–anywhere we may find it.

There are lots of good books in the world. There are lots of good churches. There are lots of uplifting things you read on the internet. Seek after these things.

As I read this short article today, I thought about how we are all on different levels of our learning and commitment. Thankfully, a loving Heavenly Father has a custom plan for each of us. All we have to do is reach-0ut to him.

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Learn all basic doctrines of the gospel in one day

Some people spend year and years studying theology to draw themselves closer to God and find their place in the world.

God has a plan for you. You don’t have to spend years and years studying to know it. The gospel is so easy to understand that a child can learn the basics in a single day. Watch the videos below, and you’ll know more about God then 99% of the top theologians in the world today.

The New Testament

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/children/videos/scripture-stories/new-testament?lang=eng

The Book of Mormon

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/children/videos/scripture-stories/book-of-mormon?lang=eng

Doctrine and Covenants

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/children/videos/scripture-stories/doctrine-and-covenants?lang=eng

The Old Testament

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/children/videos/scripture-stories/old-testament?lang=eng

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Let God Prevail

The October 2020 General Conference was amazing! If you missed it, you need to watch it. It will be life changing.

Listen to the words of a living prophet, Russell M. Nelson:

The Lord is gathering those who are willing to let God prevail in their lives. The Lord is gathering those who will choose to let God be the most important influence in their lives.

For centuries, prophets have foretold this gathering, and it is happening right now! As an essential prelude to the Second Coming of the Lord, it is the most important work in the world!

This premillennial gathering is an individual saga of expanding faith and spiritual courage for millions of people. And as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or “latter-day covenant Israel,” we have been charged to assist the Lord with this pivotal work.

President Russell M. Nelson. Let God Prevail.

I am so grateful for President Nelson’s words. They really made me think about how I spend time and whether I am making the Lord first in my life.

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Sister Missionary Dies in Switzerland Hiking Accident

Young men and women all over the world accept the call the share the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. From time to time, we hear of the tragic passing of one of these young men or women.

Why do these young men and women set aside their lives, education, family, and friends to share the gospel? It’s because they have a firm testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

When someone accepts a call to put on a missionary name tag, they accept the call to represent Christ and his restored Church. They are called to serve all.

Thank you, Sister Nielsen and family, and to all of those who have lost a loved one while serving a mission.

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Political Neutrality

When our Savior was on the earth, he was not involved in politics. His church is the same today.

If any member or leader of the church states or implies the the church supports a given political party, they’re incorrect. Please read the church’s official stance on political neutrality.

The church does hold certain positions on political issues. However, it is up to members of the church to decide for themselves who to vote for.

Overall, please remember to “Be kind” and respectful of each other’s political beliefs. Because everyone is a Child of God, we should love everyone regardless of which political party they may choose to affiliate with.

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No greater cause

Don’t lead an aimless life. Live a life of meaning and purpose. There is no greater cause in the world today then the cause of Christ. There is no greater work for you to perform on this earth. God put you here to “make a difference.”

Don’t know where to begin? Here is an article to get you started.

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2019/06/the-greatest-cause-in-history?lang=eng
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What makes us different?

There a lots of Christian churches in the world today. What makes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints different from the rest? We share that the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST.

Yes, that’s right. The same church that Jesus Christ established. We are the only church on the earth today that is lead by HIM. We are lead by a prophet and 12 apostles. These are righteous men who are authorized by HIM to preach his gospel in all the world.

Interested in knowing what the Lord would like you to know? Tune in next week at General Conference.

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Primary Music Favorites

My wife is the Primary President in our ward. Long before Covid-19, we watched a lot of these videos. Now, as we have church at home, we sing a lot of these songs together as a family.

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Keeping the right perspective: Focusing on things that Matter Most

This evening I watched this old General Conference talk by Elder Uchtdorf. In tough times like these, it’s important to focus on “what matters most.”

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