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Ponderize 1 Nephi 10:17-19 - Power of the Holy Ghost

It does not matter how many times you have read the Book of Mormon you will find something new hidden in a verse that you have read many times.  As I read 1 Nephi 10 I stopped an pondered a couple of phrases in verses 17 and 19.

After hearing about his father's vision of the tree of life, Nephi said in verse 17:

"I, Nephi, was desirous also that I might see, and hear, and know of these things, by the power of the Holy Ghost, which is the gift of God unto all those who diligently seek him..."

Two verses later in verse 19 he restated this idea:

"For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost"

The thing that caught my attention about these two passages was the "Power of the Holy Ghost".  We often talk about the gift of the Holy Ghost, but we don't often talk about the power of the Holy Ghost like we talk about the power of the priesthood.

Think about this quote from Elder …
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Read The Book of Mormon Every Day

I've read the Book of Mormon many times.  I lost count many years ago.  Besides it doesn't really matter.  What does matter is that you read it every day.  During the October 2017 LDS General Conference, several speakers referenced a quote made by President Thomas S. Monson during the April Conference.  He said:

"I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives."

Russell M. Nelson gave a talk titled, "The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It?" In that talk he stated:

"Since President Monson’s challenge six months ago, I have tried to follow his counsel. Among other things, I’ve made lists of what the Book of Mormon is, what it affirms, what it refutes, what it fulfills, what it clarifies, and what it reveals. Looking at the Book of Mormon thro…

Ponderize Mosiah 4:27

Read Mosiah 4:27 and then ask yourself the questions below. 
"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." What are you running after? What is it that you are chasing? Are you chasing a future lifestyle that you could have right now?Is life really a path that we must complete before we die?  What if you stopped viewing life as a path and started viewing it as an experience?  We often visualize the analogy of putting the big rocks of our life into the jar first.  The rocks represent our activities, but what does the jar represent?  Limitations? Time?  What if there was no jar?If someone was to observe my life, what would they list as my priorities?Would they list the first and second great commandments as the first two items on my list of priorities?Do my…

Distraction and Our Divine Roles

The Proclamation to the World on the Family states:  By divine design fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. In this statement there are three key roles for fathers, preside, provide, and protect.
We know that each law has blessings attached (D&C 130:20-21, 132:5).  While we know that not all obedience bring immediate blessings, we do know there is the reassurance of the spirit when we do what is right.  That reassurance can come in many forms, but it must be strong enough to entice us to want to do good with the same level of enticement that Satan is working to get us to do evil.  We know this because there is opposition in all things. (2 Nephi 2:11)  We have to be able to choose.  There has to be an equal choice or, in other words, there has to be enticement for both good and evil so that men have a fair choice. 

What happens when a man fills his responsibility…

Ponderize D&C 11:21 - Seek to obtain

Last Sunday a teacher pointed out a very interesting word in D&C 11:21 that I had glossed over up to this point.  Re-read this scripture and think about the word “obtain” 
"Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men. (D&C 11:21)
What does it mean to “obtain my word”?  In the past I have thought that it simply meant to study your lesson so you are prepared.  
As I thought about that scripture, D&C 84:84 came to mind.  Does this scripture support or contrast with the one in section 11? 
"Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man”  (D&C 84:85)
The two key words from this scripture are “treasure” and “continually”.  The first phrase of that scr…

Ponderize Matthew 21:28-32 - Asking for a release

What do you do when you feel like it is time for you to be released from your church calling?  What do you do?  Can you ask the bishop of your ward for a release?

Referencing Handbook 2 - Chapter 19 under “Releasing Members from Church Callings"

"Releases from Church callings should come by inspiration, except when a person’s change of residence necessitates a release or when a calling is for a specific time period, such as full-time missionary service.
Releases from Church callings are made by the same level of authority that extended the callings."

I can not find anywhere in the handbook where it gives instructions to the members on asking for
releases.  So, what are you to do?  If feelings of frustration, bitterness, or even anger are coming because of you church calling then this is not in harmony with the purpose of the calling.  This can lead to dissension and disputations.  None of this is helpful in building God’s kingdom.

As I pondered this my mind first went …

Ponderize Alma 7:23 - We don’t believe in “moderation in all things”

I realized today that it has been nearly 20 years since I have eaten anything produced by a McDonalds.  I still recall staring at menu at a Mc’D’s in Illinois and realizing that there was nothing on the list of items offered that I wanted to eat.  There was nothing that would make me more healthy, live longer, improve my quality of life, make me feel better, or be a reasonable exchange between what I paid and the product I received.  So, I determined on that day to never go back, and I haven’t.  My only regret is that I didn’t highlight this day  so I could celebrate it as an anniversary each year.
The other day I was talking to someone about a whole food plant based lifestyle and they asked the question, "Aren't we supposed to have moderation in all things?" to defend their attraction to bacon.  The simple answer is "No".  I have found that this statement is commonly used by someone who is attempting to defend a behavior that they know is not healthful.  I have…