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Efficiency: "The thing that thou doest is not good." (Exodus 18:17)

As I re-read Elder Eyring's April 2017 general conference talk I came across this little gem.  
". . . the Lord’s work is not just to solve problems; it is to build people. So as you walk with Him in priesthood service, you may find that sometimes what seems like the most efficient solution is not the Lord’s preferred solution because it does not allow people to grow." (Henry B. Eyring, "Walk with Me", April 2017 LDS General Conference) 
This statement reminded me of a quote by Stephen R. Covey that I heard a long time ago.  He said.  
“You think effectiveness with people and efficiency with things.” — Stephen R. Covey
Remember the story in Exodus 18:12-26.  Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses, gives Moses some wise council on effective leadership.  The problem was that Moses was spending his entire day sitting as the judge of the people.  Jethro pointed out to him that "The thing that thou doest is not good." (Exodus 18:17).  Jethro then reminded Mos…
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I Was Called, But I Would Not Hear (Alma 10:6)

Many people can relate to Amulek, one of the lesser known people in the Book of Mormon.  After Amulek joined Alma in preaching the gospel to the people of Ammonihah he shared his conversion story with the people and made this profound statement. 
"...for I was called many times and I would not hear; therefore I knew concerning these things, yet I would not know; therefore I went on rebelling against God, in the wickedness of my heart," (Alma 10:6)
When I read the portion of this verse that stated "I would not hear", I immediately thought of a similar scripture in Matthew 11:15
15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Matthew 11:15)
This commandment to "Let him hear" is interesting in light of the discussion in the 121st section of the Doctrine and Covenants starting in verse 34.  
Many are called but few are chosen.   Why?  Because of their hearts.   What's wrong with their hearts? They are set on the things of this world and they aspire to the h…

Ponderize Mosiah 13:11 - Written in your Hearts

When Abinadi was calling King Noah and his priests to repentance he made an profound statement. 

11 And now I read unto you the remainder of the commandments of God, for I perceive that they are not written in your hearts; I perceive that ye have studied and taught iniquity the most part of your lives. (Mosiah 13:11)

This raises two questions:
- What do you have written in your heart?
- What do you study? 

We have difficulty remembering the words of the Lord.  That is why we are told to read the scriptures every day.  What we read, watch, and listen to goes into our spirit and into our hearts the same way that the food we eat affects our physical body.  This is why it is important that we study the best books.  If you study iniquity and teach iniquity, then iniquity will be written in your heart.  The same goes for what you watch and listen to. Remember these words: 

7 And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best boo…

Doin' The Bru

I'm always on the lookout for a new and tasty warm beverage.  I'm not a big chocolate milk fan (because of the milk and the sugar.)  I'm more into things like PostumPero, and fruity herbal teas. Knowing my quest for tasty beverages to warm up on a cold winter's night, my sister suggested I try Crio Bru.  So I gave it a go.

It is a bit more labor intensive that simply heating up some water and stirring in a scoop of powder, but it isn't that difficult.  Here is the method that I have developed over the last year.

First you need a way to heat some water to boiling.  For most people their appliance of choice is to use the microwave.  However, I like to take a bit more European approach.  I love our electric tea kettle and I use it a lot.  It is so simple.  Water in, push button, dump boiling water out.  There are dozens of electric tea kettles on the market and they are not that expensive.

The second item you need is a french press.  Since I had no experience making…

Ponderize Helaman 10:12 - Immediate Obedience

A scripture speaking about the prophet Nephi in the Book of Helaman contains an interesting phrase the we often skip over.   In verse 11 of chapter 10, the Lord commanded Nephi to go and cry repentance to the people.  His response in verse 12 is very instructive.  See if you can pick it out.   
12 And behold, now it came to pass that when the Lord had spoken these words unto Nephi, he did stop and did not go unto his own house, but did return unto the multitudes who were scattered about upon the face of the land, and began to declare unto them the word of the Lord which had been spoken unto him, concerning their destruction if they did not repent.  (Helaman 10:12)
Note the phrase "he did stop and did not go unto is own house, but did return".  We often quote the "go and do" scripture (1 Nephi 3:7) as an example of obedience, but this one gives an additional perspective on a new level of obedience.  He immediately stopped what he was doing, he didn't go home, a…

Ponderize John 10:14 - Does He know me? Do I know Him?

I had the unfortunate opportunity to be in Times Square in New York City on Black Friday 2017.  The details of why I found myself in that crush of people are not important other than to say I had to give up some of my agency to be there.  As I looked around and saw the sea bodies a thought came to my mind that is captured in 3 Nephi 18:31.

". . . I know my sheep, and they are numbered"

I have come to know through personal experience with the Spirit that I am known of Him, but as I struggled through the press of people I couldn't help but wonder if he can really know the millions of people on this earth?  How is that possible?

As I looked through the cross references for the scripture in 3 Nephi, I re-read John 10:14:

"I am the good Shepard, and know my sheep, and am known of mine"

This scripture gives us additional confidence that he knows his sheep, but the second part of the scripture causes me to ponder the questions, Do I know Him?.  He he said that he is &…

Read the Book of Mormon

Here are a few of my favorite quotes about reading the Book of Mormon.

We live in a time of great trouble and wickedness. What will protect us from the sin and evil so prevalent in the world today? I maintain that a strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His gospel will help see us through to safety. If you are not reading the Book of Mormon each day, please do so. If you will read it prayerfully and with a sincere desire to know the truth, the Holy Ghost will manifest its truth to you. (Thomas S. Monson, "The Power of the Book of Mormon", April 2017 LDS General Conference)

Last April, President Thomas S. Monson gave a message that stirred hearts across the world, including mine. He spoke of the power of the Book of Mormon. He urged us to study, ponder, and apply its teachings. He promised that if we dedicated time each day to studying and pondering and kept the commandments the Book of Mormon contains, we would have a vital testimony of its truth, and the resu…