But one of the things that just really helped me understand as we go forward with this wonderful lesson was from last October conference. The prophet gave us some very strong counsel on things that we must do to make sure that we are testimony strong, especially for this coming year. He specifically said, I plead with you now to take charge of your own testimony of Jesus Christ and his gospel. Work for it, nurture it so that it will grow. Feed it truth, don’t pollute it with false philosophies of unbelieving men and women as you make the continued strengthening of your testimony of Jesus Christ your highest priority, watch for miracles to happen in your life. As I think about the New Testament, this for me is kind of my mantra for this year, is how am I going to make sure that my testimony of Jesus Christ and his gospel is stronger because of my study of the New Testament? So I want to ask both of you, as you thought about that, overcoming the world and finding rest. Wonderful talk that President Nelson gave us. Were there any specific things? Because he talked a lot about specific things that we can do to strengthen our testimonies.
And so I wanted to see what some of your thoughts were on that. Well, I was shaking in my boots.
When he said watch for miracles in the coming days.
He didn’t say like, years. And I wanted to be so far away and it was just like, but there are miracles all around us. So I’m a little calmer now that I heard him say that.
Did you have any thoughts too?
Well, I did. I think that one of the things that I really loved was what we are willing to give up for our commitment to serve the Lord. And that really touched me. And I love it because the idea of sacrifice was transformed for me when I understood the root of that word, which is sacred. Sacred is the root of the word sacrifice. And sacrifice means giving up to the sacred. And what things in our lives, what things that are not really worthwhile that take time. That sort of deplete our focus on thinking of what we can do to follow the Savior more closely. Are we willing to give up to follow Him?
Oh, I love that because one of the favorite little quotes that he says is give away your favorite sins. And I think all of us have favorite sins that we just don’t want to give up.
He feels so guilty because I have this app on my phone that I love to play when I’m sitting waiting for kids or doing other things. And I know I should delete it.
But I’m having it meditation for you.
I’m a consumer that I shouldn’t do.
I think that it’s important not to be too harsh in the way that we evaluate ourselves in some ways, and yet there may be things that we don’t need and that will open up vistas of time and space to put in things we do need.
I agree. And I do think that as I kind of analyzed his talk and looked at those specific things, I just wanted to share a few of them. He said, of course, give away your favorite sins. Seek for and follow the promptings of the Spirit. Do something good for another person. Repent daily, keep sacred covenants, live the doctrine of Christ, find yourself truth, don’t pollute yourself with false philosophies. Make strengthening your testimony of Jesus Christ your highest priority, which I think is kind of what you were talking about. Annette that we do make it a higher priority in our life, which it.
Has to be a decision because there are so many things fighting to be at the top of our list and we need to consciously evaluate am I putting the savior first? Am I putting following him first?
And then he said, watch for those miracles which we talked about. That might be scary because the fact that we need miracles is kind of mary and then let Him know through your prayers and actions that you are serious about overcoming the world. I love that, that we get the Lord involved. We can’t do this on our own. We can’t. And so it’s only through his help that can we truly overcome those little sins that we become serious in order.
To let Him know we’re serious.
Which is a process in itself, because sometimes we’re not that serious about it. We just want it to be the outside, the things that people see and annoy them.
When you talk about miracles, I recently had a hip replacement and I will say that it reminds me so much of the miracles of Jesus. But you don’t know right away. You have this thing and for a while you don’t feel so great and you’re thinking whoa, what did I do? I hope that it is going to actually work. And then it feels miraculous because you do feel like you’ve gone from being like any of those individuals in the scriptures who came to Jesus, were lame.
Who couldn’t walk and couldn’t walk, could not walk back.
We need to be lowered down because they had an ailment. Suddenly you are able to get up truly as if you were a refreshed human being and that the Saviors had to touch you. I do feel that we do have to recognize the miracles. They may not come in the same way that we read there, but they are still God miracles in our Oliver.
And I see the miracle of physical healing and that miracle of spiritual healing when we’ve been so injured and suddenly we can face a situation and not carry that hurt with us.
Not for us, but also as we do it and the way it transforms our relationship.
And so this is exactly the next one, he says he says, Ask the Lord to enlighten your mind and send the help you need. And that goes right along with that idea of feeling. Also, those positive feelings. Sometimes we have those negative, divisive thoughts that are so much a part of our society right now. And to be able to pray to the Lord and say, I need healing, I need help to be able to have those positive feelings rather than negative. And then the next one, this is the one that I picked to do. We can’t do it all at the same time. I mean, hopefully over a lifetime we can. But this is the one that I picked in my life. It says, Each day, record the thoughts that come in you as you pray, then follow through diligently. Now, I’m not 100%, but I do now because of what the prophet said. I have a journal right next to my bed, and after I pray, I get my journal and I just write one little sentence that is so good. And for me, it’s been such a positive experience, because then I can just quickly look back and say, oh, yeah, I felt that way after I prayed.
Oh, yes, I felt that way. And it’s just constant reminder. Sometimes a prayer and feeling is a miracle.
Marianne I have to say one thing about this because I was thinking about it just today. They used to be very much about writing down your goals and writing and then a little bit less, which I appreciate, because sometimes life is overwhelming and it’s certainly myself. But I will say that this Thanksgiving, I asked everybody to write down something for which they were truly grateful, and I said, and then write down something you’re going to do that will be a blessing to someone else. Yes. And I wrote down some silly thing that we’d made the mix and I was going to give it to three people. Of course, it’s never so easy. You think, oh, that sounds doable doable. Then life crowds in on you. I know that because I wrote it down. I was determined and it happened and what a good feeling it was. So I don’t think you need to map out your life entirely, but this writing down of your impressions, writing down of a small goal, it does exactly.
It makes a huge difference. And then the last point that he made was to spend more time in the Temple and seek to understand how the Temple teaches you to rise above the fallen world that we live in. And of course, his focus so much is on the Temple and covenants. And it’s interesting to me as we think about the New Testament, how the Savior’s life also was so centered around the Temple there in Jerusalem. And we’re going to be talking a lot about the temple in terms of how it affected the Savior’s Ministry, how he taught at the temple, and the things that he taught at the temple. But also this idea. We kind of talked last time about the Old and New Testament and how he gives us the new covenant, the new understanding about temple covenants and what they meant as he brought about this New Testament for the Jews and then for the Gentiles and then for the whole world, which is what we’re going to be talking about. So as I look forward for the New Testament year, I really like to have a theme, just like an.
As the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church), President Russell M. Nelson provides guidance and direction to members through his teachings and counsel.
Some of the advice that President Nelson has given to Latter-day Saints in the past includes:
Living a righteous and virtuous life: President Nelson has emphasized the importance of following the teachings of Jesus Christ and living a life that is pleasing to God. This includes being honest, kind, and charitable, and striving to be obedient to God’s commandments.
Studying the gospel: President Nelson has encouraged members to study the scriptures, including the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and to seek spiritual guidance through prayer. He has also emphasized the importance of learning about the teachings of Jesus Christ and how to apply them in their daily lives.
Strengthening families: President Nelson has encouraged members to focus on building strong, healthy families and to create an environment at home that is conducive to spiritual growth. He has also encouraged parents to teach their children the principles of the gospel and to model good behavior for them.
Serving others: President Nelson has encouraged members to reach out to those in need and to serve others in their communities. He has also emphasized the importance of performing acts of service as a way to show love and compassion to others and to follow the example of Jesus Christ.
Sharing the gospel: President Nelson has encouraged members to share the message of the gospel with others and to be bold in their witness of Jesus Christ. He has also emphasized the importance of being prepared to answer questions and to share their beliefs with kindness and respect.