Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ponderize Moroni 10:32 (24-30 Jan 2016)

I continued with my theme of "come unto Christ" again this week.   Moroni 10:32 is another great scripture on this topic. 
32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
This is one of my favorite scriptures.  I think it is because it leads you through a progression of how you can come to know God.  It is the blueprint for a testimony.  Equally important is that it clearly states what Christ has done for us.  One phrase that resonates with me is that “his grace is sufficient for you”. This is a reminder that none of our sins are beyond the reach of the atonement or beyond the grace of Christ.  

Another reminder in this scripture is that we can be perfected in Christ.  Often we talk about “becoming” perfect someday, as if perfection is the goal.  This could have a tendency for us to think that we can become perfect in ourselves.  However, this scripture reminds us that perfection is achieved when we come unto Christ and are perfected in Him.  If we focus on taking advantage of the atonement and on coming to Christ rather than worrying about if I am somehow good enough, or if I will ever be good enough to become perfect, then we will be able to generate the faith necessary to become perfect through the atonement.   

Here are some cross references for additional study:
Ether 12:29  The Lord works according to our faith
D&C 76:69  Men are made perfect through the atonement of Christ. 
Revelation 22:17  Come and take of the water of life freely
Jacob 1:7  We labored diligently that we might persuade people to come unto Christ. 
Omni 1:26 Come unto Christ and offer your whole souls as an offering. 
Galatians 3:24  The law brings us to Christ.  Justified by faith.  
Philippians 3:14-15 Press forward toward the mark of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ. 
Romans 12:1  Present your body as a living sacrifice
Deut 11:1 Love god and keep his commandments
Mosiah 2:4  Keep the commandments and be filled with love.  
D&C 20:19 Love and serve god.  Worship only Him.  
D&C 59:5-6 Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart.
Romans 6:6 our old man is crucified with Christ 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ponderize Matthew 11:28-30 (17-23 Jan 2016)

This week I decided to continue the theme of looking for scriptures that invite us to come unto Christ.  Matthew 11:28-30 would be high on anyone's list of scriptures on this topic.  
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
There is popular picture of the Savior with a caption on it that says “I never said it would be easy, I only said that it would be worth it”.   That statement does not align with this scripture.  In this scripture, Christ did say that his yoke is easy and his burden is light.  From a purely pragmatic view, if the yoke you are carrying is not easy, then, perhaps, you are yoked with the wrong person.  

We have a tendency to make living the gospel harder than it is.   One of the most well-known examples is when Elisha directed Naaman to wash seven times in the Jordan river to be healed of leprosy.   Naaman almost rejects the healing because it was too simple.  

The second example is when Moses tried to heal the people who had been bitten by the serpents.  All they had to do was to look and they would be healed, but because it was so simple, they refused to look.  

How much prophetic counsel have we rejected because it seems to simple?  How many times have you heard the general authorities give us direct counsel to read our scriptures and to pray?   They have attached promises of significant blessings to those activities, yet some of us reject the counsel in hope of receiving some greater (harder, more challenging, more significant) revelation.  

Perhaps some of us confuse the path we are on with the weather we are experiencing.  We have all made statements about life being hard.  Yes, life can be hard, but that is a statement about the weather, not the path.  Referencing Helaman 5:12 we know that the storms of life will come on both the wicked and the righteous.  Satan will send forth his mighty winds, even his shafts in the whirlwinds.  The things that make weathering the storms easy or hard is who we are yoked with and the path you are traveling.  If we are on the straight and narrow path, then we have the benefit of  a traveling companion, Jesus Christ.   We yoke ourselves to Christ when we take his name upon us, learn of Him, and become meek and lowly in heart.  

Again, taking a pragmatic view of life, if you feel that your burden is too much to bear, then it may be time to examine both your path and your traveling partner.  Satan will abandon you when the going gets tough (Alma 30:60).  His path may lead to temporary fun, but it will always lead you away from the peace that is found in the rest of the Lord.   The rest of the lord is the fullness of his glory.  

Here are some additional cross references for your consideration:
D&C 84:24 - The rest of the Lord is the fulness of his glory
D&C 54:10 - Be patient.  Those who have sought the Lord early shall find rest to their souls.  
Ether 12:41 - Seek Jesus
Alma 37:46 - Don’t be slothful because of the easiness of the way.  Look and live
Alma 13:6 - Follow the prophet and enter into his rest
Hebrews 3:10-11 - If we don’t know the ways of the lord we can’t enter into his rest.  
John 16:33 - Christ overcame the world and brought peace
1 Nephi 16:2 - The guilty taketh the truth to be hard.  
1 Nephi 17:41 - Because of the simpleness or easiness of the task of looking and being healed many rejected it.  
2 Kings 5:2-14 - Naaman almost rejects Elisha’s instructions to be healed because it was so simple.  


Infinite Atonement Scriptures

Recently I finished reading the book "The Infinite Atonement" by Tad R. Callister.  It is an excellent book and I highly recommend it. As I read the book I noticed the number of scriptures he referenced and I decided to annotate each one of them in my Kindle with the intent that I would go back an re-read all of the scriptures.  When I finished the book I downloaded a copy of my annotations in that book from Amazon.  It turned out to be quite a long list of scriptures.

So, in the hope that this list might be a benefit to someone else, here is a list of all of the scriptures referenced in The Infinite Atonement by Tad R. Callister:
2 Nephi 25:26
Moses 5:58
D&C 5:10
D&C 1:38
Mark 4:38–39, 41
Moroni 7:27, 29
John 14:12
1 Kings 17:20–22. Acts 9:39–41; 20:9–13
2 Kings 6:5–6
JST, John 4:1–4
Acts 4:12
3 Nephi 9:21;   D&C 49:5; 76:40–42; Matthew 18:11; Mormon 7:6–7
3 Nephi 27:13–14
D&C 76:40–41
D&C 39:6
Moses 6:62
2 Nephi 2:8
Jacob 4:12
Mosiah 4:6–7
1 Nephi 13:39, 40
Revelation 12:9;   D&C 10:63
2 Nephi 2:23; Moses 5:11
2 Nephi 2:22–23
2 Nephi 2; Alma 42
2 Nephi 2:22–23
Moroni 8
2 Nephi 25:23
Alma 40:23; 3 Nephi 11:13–17
3 Nephi 12:48; 27:27
Moroni 10:30–33
D&C 42:61;   1 Nephi 10:19; D&C 6:7; 11:7
1 Nephi 15:8, 9, 11
D&C 6:11
D&C 121:33
D&C 76:7–8, 10;   Articles of Faith 1:9
3 Nephi 19:33
1 Nephi 15:14
D&C 78:18
D&C 88:49
1 Nephi 15:14
Abraham 3:27
Moses 1:39
1 Corinthians 15:21–22
D&C 76:69
Jacob 4:11;   2 Chronicles 29:24
Galatians 1:4
John 17:24
D&C 98:18
1 Nephi 10:21;   D&C 25:15
John 17:21;   D&C 35:2
John 17:22
John 17:23
2 Nephi 9:9
Moroni 7:41
Hebrews 2:17
2 Nephi 1:15
D&C 6:20
Alma 34:16
Alma 5:33; 2 Nephi 26:25–33
3 Nephi 9:14
2 Nephi 28:32
3 Nephi 10:6
Moses 7:63
Mormon 6:17
Mormon 5:11
Alma 26:15
2 Nephi 9:41.
Mormon 6:17.
Exodus 6:6–7
Genesis 2:17
2 Nephi 2:22–23
2 Nephi 2:12
2 Nephi 2:23
Alma 12:22;   2 Nephi 9:6; Alma 42:6
Genesis 2:17
2 Peter 3:8; Abraham 3:4
Abraham 5:13
D&C 29:41
2 Nephi 9:6;   Helaman 14:16
Moses 4:22–23
Moses 4:25
Moses 5:4
D&C 67:12
JST, Exodus 4:26
Luke 5:8
Mosiah 2:38
Moses 4:14
2 Nephi 2:15
Moses 4:19; Genesis 3:13; 2 Corinthians 11:3
1 Timothy 2:14
D&C 29:40
D&C 29:41
Moses 4:17
Moses 4:18–19
D&C 3:3
D&C 138:39
2 Nephi 2:24
Moses 5:3
Moses 5:9–11
John 16:20
Psalm 30:5
Psalms 16:11
Psalms 51:11
Moses 5:38–39
2 John 1:12
Alma 12:22
Alma 12:31
Genesis 3:4–5;   Alma 42:3
2 Nephi 2:25;   Moses 6:48
Moses 5:11
2 Nephi 2:22–23
Genesis 2:23; Moses 3:23
Abraham 5:17
Genesis 3:16; Moses 4:22
Genesis 3:20; Moses 4:26
Moses 4:26
2 Nephi 2:26
2 Nephi 2:4
Mormon 9:12
Alma 42:9
Helaman 14:16–18; D&C 29:41
2 Nephi 25:23
1 Corinthians 15:22
1 Nephi 10:21
1 Nephi 10:21
2 Nephi 2:10;   Alma 33:22
2 Nephi 9:38
Jacob 6:9;   Mormon 9:5
Alma 12:14–15
Helaman 4:23
Alma 11:43
2 Nephi 9:14
Alma 5:18
Alma 36:13–14
Alma 36:15
Alma 36:17
Alma 36:19
Alma 36:22
Alma 42:23
Alma 11:44
Ether 3:13
Helaman 14:16–18; Alma 12:16;
1 Corinthians 15:22
Alma 11:42; Alma 11:41
D&C 76:71, 77, 86
D&C 76:85
D&C 76:43–44
D&C 76:38
D&C 132:17
D&C 132:19–20, 37
D&C 132:32;   2 Nephi 25:23
Alma 12:20
D&C 29:27–30; 43:33; 76:43–48
2 Nephi 9:7
Alma 34:35
2 Nephi 9:9
2 Nephi 9:9
Mosiah 2:39
1 Corinthians 15:14, 19
Mosiah 16:4;   Mosiah 15:19
Alma 34:9
Alma 42:11
Alma 36:21
2 Nephi 2:8
2 Nephi 9:7
2 Nephi 25:16
Alma 34:10, 12
Alma 34:14
2 Nephi 25:16
D&C 93:17
D&C 122:8
D&C 19:18
D&C 20:17;   D&C 20:28
Alma 26:35
2 Nephi 9:20
Psalm 147:5
John 3:16; 15:13
Ephesians 3:19; D&C 132:20
2 Nephi 1:10; Mosiah 5:3; Helaman 12:1; Moroni 8:3
Mosiah 28:4; 1 Chronicles 16:34
Moroni 8:3
D&C 109:77
Isaiah 9:6
Alma 34:14
1 Nephi 11:16, 26;   2 Nephi 9:53
3 Nephi 1:13
Alma 5:50
Mosiah 3:5
Matthew 7:29
Matthew 4:19
John 19:5
Luke 22:2
Alma 34:14
John 17:2
John 19:10–11
1 Corinthians 15:24
D&C 19:3
Alma 12:15;   Alma 9:28
Colossians 2:9–10;   1 Chronicles 29:12, Psalm 66:7
D&C 93:17; 1 Nephi 1:14; Alma 26:35; D&C 100:1
D&C 132:20
Moroni 10:7
Revelation 5:12
Hebrews 2:14
Alma 7:12
Alma 11:42
John 12:24
Galatians 3:8
Moses 5:58; D&C 20:25–26
Ether 3:13
Mosiah 3:13
Mosiah 3:18
D&C 76:4
Peter 3:9
D&C 104:2
Revelation 13:8;   Moses 7:47
D&C 58:31;   Numbers 23:19
1 Kings 8:56;   Deuteronomy 7:8
Abraham 3:17
Nehemiah 9:32
Judges 2:1
D&C 82:10
Mosiah 2:22
D&C 84:40
Alma 13:3
John 9:2
D&C 29:36; Revelation 12:4
2 Peter 2:4
1 John 3:8
D&C 29:36
Alma 13:5
Abraham 3:22
Moses 5:24
Abraham 3:22–23
1 Nephi 10:21;   1 Nephi 15:33
1 Nephi 10:21;   3 Nephi 27:19; Mormon 7:7; D&C 76:62
2 Nephi 9:38
Acts 9:3–6, 17
3 Nephi 9:13;   3 Nephi 11:23, 37
D&C 138:56
D&C 76:112
D&C 93:38;
1 Peter 3:18–20; 4:6
D&C 138:11
D&C 138:19
D&C 138:58
Helaman 13:38
Alma 34:33;   3 Nephi 27:33
Alma 34:34–35
Mormon 2:15
Hosea 13:14
D&C 56:16;   Jeremiah 8:20; D&C 45:2
D&C 20:26
Hebrews 10:12
Isaiah 51:6; Isaiah 51:8
D&C 29:24
2 Nephi 9:21
Isaiah 51:6;   2 Nephi 8:6
D&C 88:26
Abraham 3:3, 16
Moses 7:48
Psalm 148:13; Revelation 5:7–9, 13
 D&C 128:23;   D&C 77:2–3
Moses 1:33
D&C 76:24
Moses 7:30
D&C 76:18–24
Moses 1:33
Hebrews 1:1–2
D&C 76:42
D&C 76:43
D&C 88:43
D&C 88:46
D&C 88:58–61
D&C 88:60
Moses 7:36
Moses 7:46
2 Nephi 10:3
Moses 7:36
D&C 138:26
3 Nephi 9:16
Matthew 28:12
2 Nephi 2:24
D&C 122:7
D&C 122:8
Hebrews 2:16–17
D&C 88:6
1 Peter 3:18
D&C 19:16
D&C 18:11
John 1:29
 3 Nephi 11:11
1 John 2:2
D&C 76:41
Mosiah 28:4
Mosiah 27:8
1 Timothy 1:13
Alma 13:17
Alma 26:17
Alma 26:3
Alma 24:11
Isaiah 53:12
D&C 88:6
D&C 18:11
Hebrews 6:6; D&C 76:35; 132:27
D&C 88:33
Mosiah 26:26; D&C 88:33
3 Nephi 29:7
D&C 76:43–44
D&C 10:21;   D&C 29:44
Moses 5:18
Alma 42:23–24
D&C 88:6
1 Samuel 16:7
Mosiah 4:7
Alma 11:37;   Matthew 1:21
Mosiah 15:27;   Alma 11:37
Mosiah 15:24
Leviticus 4:13, 20
Mosiah 3:11;   Alma 34:8
2 Nephi 9:25
2 Nephi 9:26
Moroni 8:22; D&C 137:7–10
Moroni 8:8; Moroni 8:20
JST, Matthew 18:11
Mosiah 3:20–21
Isaiah 49:26; Jeremiah 31:34
Habakkuk 2:14; 2 Nephi 30:15
D&C 101:25–29
Moroni 8:8
Mosiah 3:11
2 Nephi 9:21
D&C 88:6; D&C 122:8
Isaiah 53:4,
Isaiah 63:9; D&C 133:53
Alma 7:11
Mosiah 3:7
JST, Matthew 4:2
Luke 4:13
Matthew 27:40
Alma 7:11
Mosiah 3:7
Hebrews 4:15
Mosiah 15:5
D&C 20:22
Hebrews 2:18
D&C 62:1
Exodus 14:12
Luke 5:4
Luke 5:5
Job 2:9
Job 13:15
1 Nephi 4:6
Luke 2:52,
Matthew 26:39
D&C 121:1–2
John 16:32
Matthew 27:46
D&C 122:7–8
D&C 19:18
Hebrews 2:16–17
Hebrews 4:15
Hebrews 2:9
Alma 7:13
2 Nephi 9:5;   Philippians 2:7
Philippians 2:7
Isaiah 53:3
1 Nephi 19:10
Isaiah 50:6
Luke 22:44
Matthew 26:38
Matthew 26:39
Mosiah 3:7;   JST, Luke 22:44
D&C 19:18
Hebrews 9:22;   Hebrews 9:17–18
Leviticus 17:11
1 John 1:7
1 Nephi 12:10
D&C 101:80
Hebrews 9:23
D&C 38:4
D&C 45:4–5
D&C 76:69
Isaiah 33:14;   Revelation 15:2
Luke 22:43
Revelation 12:7
Moses 7:55–56
3 Nephi 1:17
3 Nephi 8:6
3 Nephi 8:21
Exodus 10:21–22
1 Nephi 19:12
D&C 38:12
D&C 19:15
Mosiah 15:8 1875
Hebrews 2:14;   1 Corinthians 15:26
Alma 12:11
Ephesians 6:12
2 Nephi 9:19
Psalm 86:13
2 Nephi 33:6
D&C 138:23; Revelation 20:13
Mosiah 3:7
John 10:17
3 Nephi 11:11
1 Peter 2:24
Colossians 1:20
1 Nephi 11:33
D&C 21:9
Luke 22:43
Matthew 21:9
Luke 23:21
D&C 45:52;   Zechariah 13:6
Mosiah 15:5
3 Nephi 9:16
Matthew 27:40
D&C 76:107; D&C 88:106; D&C 133:50
Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34
Isaiah 64:6, 7
John 1:4; 5:26; 10:15–18
Psalm 69:20
2 Nephi 2:7
3 Nephi 9:20;   D&C 59:8
Hebrews 2:9
Isaiah 53:10; emphasis added;   Mosiah 15:10–11
3 Nephi 17:21
3 Nephi 11:15
Moses 1:28; Ether 3:25
Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34
Mosiah 2:36;   D&C 97:17
Proverbs 15:29
Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34
D&C 19:20
Isaiah 63:3, 5;   D&C 76:107; 88:106; 133:50
JST, Mark 14:36–38
Matthew 26:40
Psalm 69:20
Matthew 26:56
John 16:32;   Mark 14:27
Mormon 8:5
John 19:30
D&C 122:8
Alma 40:8
D&C 38:2;   D&C 130:7
Alma 40:8
Mormon 8:35
Mosiah 3:7
Abraham 3:27
D&C 76:26
Moses 7:28
John 11:35
3 Nephi 27:31–32
Luke 22:15
John 13:1
John 18:4
Mark 15:34
Psalm 22:1; 69:20; Isaiah 63:3
Matthew 27:40
Abraham 3:27
3 Nephi 17:15–17
Matthew 27:55
3 Nephi 28:38;   4 Nephi 1:44
John 5:20
D&C 138:3
Alma 26:15
D&C 133:53
1 Nephi 19:9
1 Nephi 19:9
Revelation 1:5
Romans 5:7–8
Acts 10:38
1 Nephi 21:15
1 Nephi 21:15
1 Nephi 21:16
3 Nephi 1:13
Hebrews 2:17
Alma 7:12
John 15:13
D&C 34:3;   1 John 3:16; Ether 12:33
1 Nephi 11:17
2 Samuel 18:33
Alma 53:15
Luke 22:42
Psalm 22:1
Romans 8:32
John 3:16
1 John 4:9
Jacob 4:5
Genesis 22:2
Genesis 22:6
Genesis 22:7
Genesis 22:8
Abraham 3:27
Genesis 22:12
Hebrews 11:19
D&C 97:28; D&C 104:2
2 Nephi 9:7
Alma 42:23
2 Nephi 9:7
2 Nephi 9:6
Psalm 49:15
Hebrews 2:14
1 Corinthians 10:10
Isaiah 27:1
John 10:18
John 11:25
1 Corinthians 6:14
1 Corinthians 15:43
Jacob 4:11;   2 Nephi 10:25
Mosiah 18:2
Alma 4:14
Mormon 9:13
D&C 132:19–20
Alma 11:45
Alma 40:23
Luke 24:39
Acts 10:41
Romans 6:9
James 2:26
Alma 11:45
Alma 40:23
D&C 45:52;   Zechariah 12:10
Philippians 3:21
Job 14:14
1 Corinthians 15:22
2 Nephi 25:13
Matthew 17:23;   Matthew 16:21
1 Corinthians 15:20
Colossians 1:18
Revelation 1:5
Mosiah 16:7; Alma 11:42
Matthew 27:52
3 Nephi 23:11
2 Nephi 25:13
Hosea 13:14
Alma 27:28
D&C 138:14
Luke 24:1–10
 John 20:11–18
 Luke 24:36–43
John 20:24–29
 Luke 24:13–34
1 Corinthians 15:6
Acts 9:3–9.
Luke 24:48
3 Nephi 11:15
Acts 10:40–41
D&C 76:22
D&C 88:58–61
Matthew 28:6
2 Nephi 25:26
Psalm 23:3
Helaman 5:11
Isaiah 50:2; Alma 7:13
Matthew 9:6
Ephesians 2:1
3 Nephi 9:13
Colossians 1:13
Revelation 12:11
2 Nephi 10:25
Revelation 20:6
D&C 1:31–32
D&C 18:11–12
Helaman 14:18
Mosiah 3:12
Helaman 5:11
Alma 5:12–14
Mosiah 5:2
Alma 19:33
Ezekiel 18:31
Helaman 3:35
Alma 42:30
Alma 30:17
Alma 18:5
D&C 24:2
Alma 39:13
D&C 56:14
Moroni 9:20
1 Nephi 17:45
2 Nephi 4:17, 19
D&C 29:43
D&C 29:42
2 Nephi 2:21
Alma 42:5
Alma 13:17
Alma 13:18
Mosiah 23:9
Mosiah 28:4
D&C 1:3
Alma 9:18
Helaman 13:14
2 Corinthians 7:9–10
Mormon 2:13
Alma 42:29
Alma 42:30
2 Nephi 4:17
Mosiah 28:4
Mosiah 23:9
Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24
Luke 19:8; Leviticus 6:4
Alma 27:8; Helaman 5:17
Mosiah 27:35
Leviticus 5:5; Numbers 5:6–7
Nehemiah 9:3
Psalm 38:18
Matthew 3:6
D&C 19:20
D&C 58:43
Proverbs 28:13
Mosiah 26:29;   D&C 64:7
Mosiah 26:36
Psalm 51:3
D&C 61:2
Alma 22:18
2 Kings 5:14
Alma 42:30
1 John 1:9
Proverbs 28:13
Isaiah 1:18
Leviticus 16:30
Leviticus 23:27–28
Ether 13:10;   Alma 13:11
Psalm 51:2, 7
D&C 29:17
Isaiah 55:7
2 Peter 3:9
1 Kings 21:29
D&C 58:42
Ezekiel 33:16; Ezekiel 18:22
Psalm 25:7
Helaman 14:18
D&C 19:16–17
Alma 33:16
John 14:27
2 Thessalonians 2:16
Alma 33:23
2 Nephi 10:20
Mosiah 4:11
Mosiah 4:2–3
Helaman 5:23, 28, 29, 31
Helaman 5:34, 40, 41, 43, 44, 47
Mosiah 27:27, 29
Alma 36:17–20; Mosiah 27:29
Alma 24:11
Alma 24:10
Enos 1:5–6
John 16:33
Isaiah 59:8
Alma 14:6
1 Timothy 4:2
Mosiah 2:38
1 Nephi 16:2 -2940
Leviticus 26:17; Proverbs 28:1
Psalm 38:6
Job 21:34
Isaiah 57:21
John 14:27
Philippians 4:7
2 Peter 1:2;   Helaman 5:47
Alma 27:18
Psalm 39:7
John 6:67–68
Alma 15:3, 6, 8
Jacob 2:8
Matthew 11:28–29
2 Nephi 26:9
D&C 19:23
Mosiah 15:18
Isaiah 9:6
Enos 1:27; D&C 54:10
Luke 8:43
Luke 8:45
Luke 8:48
Matthew 9:2
D&C 112:4
D&C 108:1
D&C 108:2
D&C 110:5
John 16:33;   D&C 78:18
Alma 38:8
Isaiah 25:4
Isaiah 61:2
Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 7:17
Isaiah 57:15
Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18; Psalm 147:3
Isaiah 61:3
Isaiah 35:10
Alma 7:13
Hebrews 2:17
Isaiah 49:13
Hebrews 4:15
Hebrews 2:18; D&C 62:1
Alma 7:12
2 Corinthians 7:6
1 Peter 5:7
Moroni 9:9
Moroni 9:10
Moroni 9:25
JST, Genesis 15:12
Alma 31:31
Matthew 11:28
Alma 33:23
2 Nephi 26:24
3 Nephi 27:15; James 4:10
D&C 121:41
Alma 5:33; 2 Nephi 26:25
Luke 15:20
Alma 24:2
Alma 24:18–19
Alma 24:20
Alma 24:24–27
Moses 1:39
Hebrews 9:14
D&C 6:36–37
D&C 20:77, 79
2 Nephi 10:20; Mosiah 4:11, 30
Abraham 3:26
Mosiah 3:11; 3 Nephi 6:18
D&C 76:69
Mosiah 3:19
Mosiah 3:19
D&C 88:35 -3255
Ether 12:26–27
Ether 12:23
Ether 12:25
Ether 12:27
Philippians 4:13
Jacob 4:7
James 4:6, 10; 1 Peter 5:5
Isaiah 40:29, 31
Exodus 4:10–14
Moses 6:31
Moses 6:32
Moses 6:42
Moses 6:47
Moses 7:13
2 Corinthians 12:9
D&C 93:12
2 Samuel 22:33
John 10:33
Genesis 17:1
Matthew 5:48
John 17:22–23
Ephesians 4:12–13
John 10:34
Psalm 82:6
Acts 17:28
Romans 8:16–17
Revelation 21:7
2 Timothy 2:12
D&C 76:95
Philippians 3:14
Philippians 3:15
Hebrews 6:1, 3
2 Peter 1:4
3 Nephi 27:27
Philippians 2:5–6
D&C 88:107
1 Peter 5:6
D&C 93:19
D&C 67:13; Hebrews 12:1
Alma 62:41
Revelation 3:21
Moses 7:59
D&C 132:37; D&C 124:19; Moses 7:59
Revelation 2:26
John 3:16
Matthew 5:48
3 Nephi 12:48
2 Nephi 2:26
D&C 132:20
2 Nephi 2:26
Alma 12:31
D&C 132:20
Helaman 14:30
Mosiah 5:8
John 8:36
Galatians 5:1
D&C 98:8; D&C 88:86
2 Nephi 2:16
D&C 29:35; Moses 4:3
2 Nephi 2:26
Moses 6:56
Helaman 14:31; 2 Nephi 2:18, 23; Alma 12:31–32
Genesis 3:22
Moses 5:11
Genesis 3:7
John 8:32
John 8:33
John 8:36
John 16:13
Moses 3:17
2 Nephi 9:10
2 Nephi 9:11–12
2 Nephi 2:26–27
2 Nephi 2:28, 29
2 Nephi 10:23
2 Nephi 2:16
D&C 58:27–28
D&C 88:79
D&C 88:118
Exodus 14:21–29; Joshua 10:12–14; Moses 7:13
Matthew 8:23–27; 1 Kings 18:41–46; Moses 7:13–14
Alma 17:14
D&C 132:20
2 Nephi 2:26
2 Nephi 28:7;   Mormon 8:31
Moses 5:33
2 Nephi 1:13; Alma 12:11
2 Nephi 2:28
2 Nephi 2:29
D&C 98:8
2 Nephi 10:23
2 Nephi 10:24
D&C 82:8–9
John 7:17
Isaiah 28:10
D&C 89:19
D&C 93:28;   D&C 93:39
D&C 130:19
D&C 132:20, 21
D&C 38:22
D&C 138:4
D&C 29:29
2 Nephi 2:26
Mosiah 2:21
2 Nephi 25:23
2 Nephi 25:23
2 Peter 1:3
Ether 2:23
Ether 3:4
John 11:43
John 11:44
Isaiah 55:8–9
Mosiah 4:9
Moses 7:59
1 John 3:2
D&C 93:13
D&C 93:19
D&C 93:20
1 Corinthians 12–14, D&C 46; Moroni 10
1 Corinthians 12:1
D&C 46:1
D&C 46:9
D&C 46:10
Moroni 10:8
1 Corinthians 13:13
Moroni 7:47;   Moroni 8:17
Moroni 7:48
Exodus 4:11
1 Corinthians 12:31
Philippians 3:14
1 Corinthians 14:1
Moroni 10:30
D&C 46:8
Moroni 7:48
Matthew 7:7
3 Nephi 27:27–29
Luke 17:5
Moroni 10:11
JST, 1 Kings 3:8–9
1 Kings 3:10
1 Kings 4:29, 31
Mormon 8:35
Moroni 10:30, 32, 33
Moses 5:7
Alma 34:14; Alma 13:16
Jacob 4:5
Mosiah 13:30, 32; Alma 33:19–20
Genesis 17:4, 7
Mosiah 3:15
Isaiah 1:11
Daniel 10:7
Luke 2:14
Luke 2:8–11
Exodus 12:5; 1 Peter 1:19
Exodus 12:46
Leviticus 22:21
Leviticus 1:3;   Exodus 35:5
1 Peter 1:19
Exodus 30:10
Leviticus 16:30
Hebrews 10:4, 10–12
Exodus 23:19;   Exodus 22:29
Proverbs 3:9; Nehemiah 10:35
1 Corinthians 15:20
Romans 6:3
Romans 6:6
Romans 6:4;   Colossians 2:12
D&C 76:51
Romans 6:4
Romans 6:5
Acts 22:16
2 Nephi 31:17
D&C 19:31
Moses 6:59
Revelation 1:5
1 John 1:7
Judges 2:10
Judges 8:34
Alma 46:8
Hebrews 10:3
Deuteronomy 9:7; Psalm 105:5; 106:7
Joshua 4:7
Exodus 12:14
1 Corinthians 11:24, 26
D&C 20:77, 79; D&C 27:2
3 Nephi 18:7
3 Nephi 20:8
2 Peter 3:1;   2 Peter 1:13
Alma 5:6
Mosiah 4:30
Helaman 5:6–7
Helaman 5:12
Helaman 5:14
1 Corinthians 11:28
Psalm 139:23–24
Psalm 4:4
Joshua 24:22
2 Nephi 26:24
Isaiah 53:5
2 Nephi 31:17
D&C 84:20–22
Galatians 3:24
Luke 1:69
Exodus 30:10
D&C 77:4
Exodus 25:17–22
D&C 93:33
D&C 93:29
Alma 22:14
3 Nephi 12:26
Alma 41:3; 42:14, 30; D&C 10:28
2 Nephi 9:26
Mosiah 2:38
Alma 42:5; Moses 6:62
Alma 12:25, 33; 22:13; 34:16
Alma 42:15
Alma 42:8
2 Nephi 9:6
2 Nephi 9:13
2 Nephi 9:17
D&C 107:84
Alma 4:16
1 Nephi 1:20
Ether 3:4
D&C 88:122
Abraham 5:3
Mosiah 29:26
Alma 1:14; Mosiah 22:1
D&C 26:2;   D&C 28:13
1 Samuel 8:9
Mosiah 29:26
 Mosiah 29:11
Moses 6:57
Abraham 3:19
Mosiah 29:26
Psalm 75:7
Isaiah 33:22
Moroni 10:34
John 5:22
2 Nephi 2:5
2 Nephi 10:24; 2 Nephi 2:8
Titus 3:5
Romans 5:15
2 Nephi 2:4
2 Nephi 26:27
2 Nephi 25:23
Ephesians 2:8–9
Alma 12:34
Nehemiah 9:17
Psalm 86:5
Alma 26:37; D&C 101:9
D&C 41:1
D&C 64:2–3
Isaiah 54:8;   D&C 101:9
1 Nephi 1:14
Alma 34:18
2 Nephi 2:7;   2 Nephi 2:10
Alma 34:16
Alma 34:16
Alma 12:34
Alma 42:15
Hebrews 9:24
1 John 2:1
D&C 45:3–5; Hebrews 7:25
D&C 38:4; 110:4
Alma 33:11
D&C 109:53
Deuteronomy 9:13–29; Exodus 32:10–14
Genesis 18:23–33
D&C 101:9;   Isaiah 54:8
Ether 12:12
Mark 6:5–6; 3 Nephi 19:35
D&C 42:61
D&C 88:40
Mosiah 15:9
Mosiah 15:8
D&C 45:3
1 John 2:1; D&C 38:4; 110:4
D&C 76:68;   2 Timothy 4:1
John 5:27
John 5:30
D&C 101:89
Alma 34:9
Alma 42:15
Matthew 26:53–54
Alma 22:14
Alma 42:12
Psalm 40:1–2
Alma 11:34
Alma 11:37
Mosiah 15:26, 27
Mosiah 4:8
Alma 34:10–13
Matthew 9:28
Moroni 7:27–28
1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23
Matthew 20:28; 1 Timothy 2:6
Alma 34:15
Acts 20:28
3 Nephi 27:14
Alma 34:15
Acts 4:12
Moses 6:5
2 Nephi 31:21
Mosiah 3:17
Isaiah 43:11
1 Nephi 10:6
1 Nephi 13:40
2 Nephi 2:8
2 Nephi 11:6
2 Nephi 25:16, 18
Mosiah 5:8
Mosiah 16:6
Alma 21:9
Alma 34:10, 11
D&C 76:1; D&C 109:4
D&C 82:7
Leviticus 13:45
Luke 17:13
Luke 17:14
Luke 17:16
Luke 17:17
Psalm 30:12
Alma 26:16
D&C 133:52
2 Nephi 25:13

Friday, January 22, 2016

Ponderize Alma 5:33-34 (10-16 Jan 2016)

The scripture I selected for the second week of January 2016 was Alma 5:33-34.  The reason I selected this scripture was that relates to our stake theme of coming unto Christ.
33 Behold, he sendeth an invitation unto all men, for the arms of mercy are extended towards them, and he saith: Repent, and I will receive you. 34 Yea, he saith: Come unto me and ye shall partake of the fruit of the tree of life; yea, ye shall eat and drink of the bread and the waters of life freely;
The Lord extends the invitation to all of us to follow him. This reminds me of the scripture that states that he stands at the door and knocks. (Revelation 3:20).  It also reminds me of the picture of Christ standing at the door and knocking on the door with no handle.  His invitation is for us to come to him. We are all invited.

The phrase that the arms of mercy are extended also brings up the image of the simile used several times in the scriptures where it states that he will gather us as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings.  We have to allow Him to gather us in and protect us.  If we run away when the arms of mercy are extended, then we won’t receive the benefit of his protecting arms.

We know that the fruit of the tree of life is the greatest of all the gifts of God and is the most precious and desirable of all other fruits (1 Nephi 15:36).   God’s greatest gift was manifest when he sent His
Son to redeem his people.  Again, this scripture makes it clear that we must reach out and partake of the fruit.  Just as we have to accept the invitation to come unto him, we also have to reach and partake.  There is no force or coercion.  We simply have to make the choice to come to him.

The metaphor of the bread of life and the living waters is a reminder of the symbolism of the sacrament.  There is a long discussion about this topic in John 6:35-58.  It appears this scripture left the people confused by what the Savior meant.  While we can’t literally eat his flesh and drink his blood, we do it symbolically as a reminder of what he did for us.  The reminder physically helps us think about internalizing our commitment to Christ.  We need to make it a part of us.  As we replace the natural man with the man of Christ, the he replaces our old stony heart with an new heart.

Here are some additional cross references for your consideration:

Ponderize Helaman 5:12 (3-9 Jan 2016)

The scripture I chose for the first week of January 2016 was Helaman 5:12.   I selected this scripture because our bishop selected it as our ward theme for the year.
12.  And now, my sons, remember, 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, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
As I pondered this scripture several thoughts came to me.

There is an important principle that we must understand.   The storms will come.  The scripture assures us that both those who are wicked and those who are righteous are subject to the storm.  We know that God’s people must be tried in all things (D&C 136:31).  We won’t escape it.

With that understanding, look at the two parts of this scripture.  One is our preparation and the second is our reaction.

First, what are we building on?  It says that ye MUST build.  This is both a command and an imperative.  We must build upon something.  It is either the rock or the sand.  Ask yourself, am I a rock person or a sand person?

The second part of this scripture has to do with our reaction to the the storms.  If we are built upon the rock then the devil will have “no power” over us.  Also, we are promised that we “cannot fall”.   By building upon the rock of Christ we are given the power to resist Satan.

There is one more very subtle nuance in this scripture that I noticed.  Think about the condition of the hearts of those who build.  As we build on the the proper foundation, we are turning our hearts to God.  What does he do with it?  He gives us a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26).  We experience that mighty change of heart (Alma 5:14).  So, if we have a sure foundation built upon the rock of Christ, then our hearts are turned to him.  They are new, changed, and soft.   But what about those that build upon the sand?  What happens to their heart?  Without a sure foundation, then you are left to fight the storms alone.   Without the protection of a firm foundation you turn more and more inward as you seek safety from the storms.  This act of turning inward rather than turning to Christ causes a hardness to form on your heart as a protection.  Over time, tour heart becomes “as firm as a stone” (Job 41:24).   With a hard heart we don’t look to God as we ought to (1 Nephi 15:3), and the downward spiral to ward spiritual destruction continues.   Hence, a foundation built upon Christ yields a soft heart.  But, a house built upon a sandy foundation or worse, no foundation; referencing the great and spacious building (1Nephi 8:26), results in a heart that is hard and impenitent.

Here are some additional cross references for consideration:
1 Corinthians 10:4 - Christ is the spiritual rock
Matthew 16:18 - Upon this rock I will build my church
D&C 50:44 - He that builds on the rock of the stone of Israel, the good shepherd, shall never fall.
Matthew 7:24-27 - A wise man builds his house upon a rock.

Leuchtturm vs Moleskine

For the last three years I have been using the Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine.  (See my post about GTD + EN Power Tools).  I have been through 12 of them. I am not dissatisfied with the Moleskin, but after reading the reviews of the Leuchtturm A5 dotted medium notebook on Amazon, I decided to give it a try. Here are my thoughts on the comparison between the two after using the Leuchtturm notebook for about a month.

  • I really like the slightly wider pages of the Leuchtturm.  They are not that much wider, but that extra 0.8 inch is very nice when you are making journal type entries. I often carry it with my iPad mini. The two are perfect companions.
  • I like the fact that the Leuchtturm comes in multiple colors. However, the cover is kind of bland compared to the designs on the Evernote Moleskine. The Moleskine has a bit more flair with it's green ribbon/elastic. I would often get questions about the Moleskine during meetings.
  • The dot grid pages are perfect in the Leuchtturm notebook. This was one of the main reasons I decided to try it. Evernote Moleskine also had a dot grid, but it had significantly more dots. I always felt like the dots on the Moleskine were too dark and there were too many of them. The page felt cluttered. This notebook is fantastic. You hardly notice the dots, but there are enough to keep your lines straight and spaced evenly.
  • The paper definitely has a different feel. The Moleskine paper is smoother than this notebook. At first I wasn't sure I liked it, but now that I've used it I think it is an improvement. Also, I almost always write with a gel pen. I've used these brands of gel pen: Cross, Parker, Pilot and Bic. None of them bleed through. I am not saying that the writing on the other side of the page is not visible through the paper, but is significantly less visible than on the Moleskine paper. When I used the Moleskine I would occasionally get bleed through if I wasn't careful. The paper is an improvement. The paper color is a very light tan. It is a nice color. It reminds me a the color of high quality resume paper.
  • They both have a back pocket to keep small items. The pockets are a nice feature.
  • The Leuchtturm has some really nice features that I like. The lined contents pages in the front are very nice. I used to have to save a few pages in the Moleskine to do a table of contents after I finished the notebook. Also, the fact that the pages are numbered is fantastic. No more numbering the pages. Speaking of pages, this notebook has 10 more pages than the Moleskine. Also, 8 of the pages in the back are perforated so you can tear them out if needed.
  • The Leuchtturm has two ribbons to mark your place in the notebook. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the second ribbon. I almost cut it off, but decided to keep it and see if I found a use for it.
  • The Leuchtturm is sturdy and stiff enough to take notes on your lap. For me, I fill up a notebook about every three months. I don't have any concerns about this notebook holding up for that long.

Overall, I am very satisfied with the Leuchtturm notebook. I think they one-upped Moleskine.  If you are on a quest to find the perfect notebook then you might want to give it a try.

Uganda Children

I don't typically post pictures that I have not taken, but this one is worthy of posting.
This is a picture of my son.  He is serving an LDS mission in the Uganda Kampala Mission.
I love the colors and the expressions on the kid's faces.
  

Ponderize 2016

During the October 2015 LDS General Conference, Elder Devin G. Durrant gave a talk titled "My Heart Pondereth Them Continually"

The scripture he was referencing in the title of his talk comes from 2 Nephi 4:15-16

"15 . . . For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and the profit of my children."
 16 Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.

After the ponderize t-shirt fiasco died down I started thinking about what he said and decided that the idea of memorizing and pondering a scripture each week would be an excellent spiritual goal for 2016.

To help keep me on track I have decided so share some of my thoughts about my weekly scripture verses here on my blog.   I hope it is of some benefit to those who read it.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Life Balance

During a recent discussion about leadership, we watched this plate spinning routine by Erich Brenn.  It is amazing!  The topic was on balancing your life.  The presenter used this video to spark discussion about life balance and how you keep all of the plates in your life spinning at the same time.  



A few thoughts came to me during that discussion.  

My first thought was why do all the plates need to spin?  If you are trying to keep too many plates spinning in your life, maybe it is time to set some of the plates aside for a while.  The scripture came to mind in Ecclesiastes chapter 3, starting in verse 1.  

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.  Ecclesiastes 3:1
It then goes on to explain that there is a time and a place for everything in your life.  If your life feels out of control and you are having trouble keeping all the plates spinning, then think about which plate to take off the stick.  

That leads to a great question.  Which plates should I stop spinning?  When things get hectic, most people have a tendency to stop exercising, give up sleep, start eating poorly, and neglect their spiritual growth.  They think that if they stop doing these things that they will have more time.  Unfortunately, this line of thinking is flawed.  Things like good health and spiritual grown are not plates, but they are (to borrow a military term) force multipliers.   These things make the plates spin better, spin longer, and increase your ability to spin the plates.  


There is no prize for spinning the most plates.  As a final thought, consider Mosiah 4:27.  

And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order. Mosiah 4:27.  
  

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rock Creek Crates

When you find a great product you have to share it with others.  This one falls in the category of "Duh, why didn't I think of this". 

My brother Jed Packer has invented an incredible dog crate. This isn't one of those cheap plastic pieces of junk that you find at Wally's, these crates are built for men with trucks, guns, and dogs. If your dog fits in your purse, you won't be needing one of these, but if you have a dog that knows how to hunt then put your current crate up on e-bay and get one of these.  You will not regret it.  This will be the last dog crate you ever need to buy.