"Anointed, indeed, with the oil of gladness above His fellows, He struggled with and overcame the powers of men and devils, of earth and hell combined; and aided by this superior power of the Godhead, He vanquished death, hell and the grave, and arose triumphant as the Son of God, the very eternal Father, the Messiah, the Prince of peace, the Redeemer, the Savior of the world; having finished and completed the work pertaining to the atonement, which His Father had given Him to do as the Son of God and the Son of man." ---President John Taylor
"The object of Christ's mission to the earth was to offer himself as a sacrifice to redeem mankind from eternal death . . . . He acted strictly in obedience to his Father's will in all things from the beginning, and drank of the bitter cup given him. Herein is brought to light, glory, honour, immortality, and eternal life, with that charity which is greater than faith or hope, for the Lamb of God has hereby performed that for man which [man] could not accomplish himself. . . . There is no being that has power to save the souls of men and give them eternal life, except the Lord Jesus Christ, under the command of His Father." -----President Wilford Woodruff
In answer to Brenda's question..... Here is how I remember the story.
Once upon a time,there was a little 5 year old boy, that had a fiery redheaded temper. also there was an older, teenage sister, that was given the job of baby sitting 3 younger brothers, under the age of 8, while the parents where away for the day. (Most likely at the "oldest" sisters wedding.)
The fiery tempered 5 year old must not have liked something that he was asked to do , because it turned into a match of wills between the teenage sister, (the one in charge) and the fiery tempered 5 year old. (the one not in charge). The fiery tempered 5 year old decided in a fit of anger to stack the odds in his favor, and picked up a near-by pitchfork, and proceeded to chase the teenage sister, with intent of doing bodily harm. As the teenage sister was running away, (it must be noted hear that the 5 year old was a fairly fast runner), the thought occurred to her that "this is silly, I am bigger than him. " so she turned around and took the pitchfork away from him .
Mosiah 28:3. The sons of Mosiah sure had the true missionary spirit. What marvels me the most about them is that they were so wicked. They did go about willfully rebelling against God and the Church. Then, after they repented, they were some of the best missionaries the Church has ever known.
"That Being who dwelt in Heaven, who reigned there before the world was, who created the earth, and who, in the meridian of time, came down to perfect and save that which He had created, has appeared to men in this age. . . . We testify to the whole world that we know, by divine revelation, even through the manifestations of the Holy Ghost, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and that he revealed himself to Joseph Smith as personally as he did to his apostles anciently, after he arose from the tomb, and that he made known unto him [the] heavenly truths by which alone mankind can be saved." ---President Lorenzo Snow
Come, come ye Saints, no toil nor labor fear; But with joy wend your way. Though hard to you this journey may appear, Grace shall be as your day. 'Tis better far for us to strive Our useless cares from us to drive; Do this and joy your hearts will swell -- All is well! All is well!
Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard? 'Tis not so; all is right. Why should we think to earn a great reward If we now shun the fight? Gird up your loins; fresh courage take. Our God will never us forsake; And soon we'll have this tale to tell -- All is well! All is well!
We'll find the place which God for us prepared, Far away in the West, Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid; There the Saints will be blessed. We'll make the air with music ring, Shout praises to our God and King; Above the rest these words we'll tell -- All is well! All is well!
And should we die before our journey's through, Happy day! All is well! We then are free from toil and sorrow too; With the just we shall dwell! But if our lives are spared again To see the Saints their rest obtain, Oh, how we'll make this chorus swell -- All is well! All is well!
"The Holy Spirit of God has spoken to me---not through the ear, not through the eye, but to my spirit, to my living and eternal part,---and has revealed unto me that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. I testify to you that I know that my Redeemer lives. Furthermore, I know that I shall see Him on this earth, and that I shall see Him as He is . . . The Lord has revealed this to me. He has filled my whole spirit with this testimony, until there is no room for doubt." ---President Joseph F. Smith
We had 2 new arrivals to our family on Nov. 14! Carrie had a baby girl. They are naming her Nora Medford. Holly had a baby boy. They are naming him Bennett Strong. I'm sure you can keep an eye on their posts for upcoming pictures of the babies.
"To members of the Church throughout the world, and to peace-lovers everywhere, we say, behold in this Man of Galilee not merely a great Teacher, not merely a peerless Leader, but the Prince of Peace, the Author of Salvation, here and now, literally and truly the Savior of the World! Jesus is the Redeemer of the world, the Savior of mankind, who came to the earth with a divinely appointed mission to die for the redemption of mankind. Jesus Christ is literally the Son of God, the Only Begotten in the flesh. He is our Redeemer, and we worship him." ---President Heber J. Grant
Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side; With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain. Leave to thy God to order and provide; In every change he faithful will remain. Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav'nly Friend Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake To guide the future as he has the past. Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake; All now mysterious shall be bright at last. Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.
Be still, my soul: The hour is hast'ning on When we shall be forever with the Lord, When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone, Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored. Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past, All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
"The Savior died that we might live. He overcame death and the grave and holds out to all who obey His teachings the hope of a glorious resurrection. I have found many in the world who have not known that we believe in the divine mission of our Lord, and I have been let to say upon more than one occasion that there are no people in the world who so well understand the divine mission of Jesus Christ, who so thoroughly believe him to have been the Son of God, who are so confident that at the present time he is enthroned in glory at the right hand of his Father, as the Latter-day Saints." ---President George Albert Smith
"How can we know the way?" asked Thomas, as he sat with his fellow apostles and their Lord at the table after the supper on the memorable night of betrayal; and Christ's divine answer was: "I am the way, the truth, and the life . . ." (John 14:5-6). And so he is! He is the source of our comfort, the inspiration of our life, the author of our salvation. If we want to know our relationship to God, we go to Jesus Christ. If we would know the truth of the immortality of the soul, we have it exemplified in the Savior's resurrection. . . . He is the one Perfect Being who ever walked the earth; the sublimest example of nobility; Godlike in nature; perfect in his love; our Redeemer; our Savior; the immaculate Son of our Eternal Father; the Light, the Life, the Way." ---President David O. McKay
Be thou humble in thy weakness, and the Lord thy God shall lead thee, Shall lead thee by the hand and give thee answer to thy prayers. Be thou humble in thy pleading, and the Lord thy God shall bless thee, Shall bless thee with a sweet and calm assurance that he cares.
Be thou humble in thy calling, and the Lord thy God shall teach thee To serve his children gladly with a pure and gentle love. Be thou humble in thy longing, and the Lord thy God shall take thee, Shall take thee home at last to ever dwell with him above.
We finally got our flu shots. We tried to get our shots at the clinic held in the mall, but we were too young and too healthy. I called the Doctor's office and made an appointment for the shot. The Doctor we go to is a little old man from India. He comes in with a very long needle. He made Kent turn his head. He didn't put any antiseptic on are arms, just jabbed us with the needle. I told Kent when we got out that we had better hurry home and pray! Seriously, we are enjoying our mission. Two of our YSA members just got their mission calls this week. Nofa is going to Romania Bucharest and Ben is going to Argentina Nequen. They will be great missionaries.
Last week's question: What musical group did Kendell rock Natalie to sleep with when she was little? I always thought it was 3 Dog Night, but Kendell seems to think it was Black Dog. Maybe I am wrong and he is right. He was older than I was at the time.
This week's question: Who used to say that "Baker Benny", an Old Maid card, lived in Brenda's drawer?
"Salvation is in Christ. It comes because of the infinite and eternal atonement which he wrought by the shedding of his blood. He is the Son of God, and he came into the world to ransom men from the temporal and spiritual death that came because of what we call the fall. Through his goodness and grace all men will come forth from the grave, to be judged according to the deeds done in the flesh . . . I know that he lives, that he rules in the heavens above and in the earth beneath, and that his purposes shall prevail. He is our Lord and our God. As he himself said to Joseph Smith: 'The Lord is God, and beside him there is no Savior' (D&C 76:1)." ---President Joseph Fielding Smith
"After a long night of searching and days of spiritual preparation that followed, I came to know as a witness more powerful than sight, until I could testify with a surety that defied all doubt, that I knew with every fiber of my soul that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, that He lived, He died, He was resurrected, and today He presides in the heavens, directing the affairs of this church, which bears His name because it preaches His doctrine. I bear that testimony humbly and leave you my witness." ---President Harold B. Lee
I believe in Christ; he is my King! With all my heart to him I'll sing; I'll raise my voice in praise and joy, In grand amens my tongue employ. I believe in Christ; he is God's Son. On earth to dwell his soul did come. He healed the sick, the dead he raised. Good works were his; his name be praised.
I believe in Christ; oh, blessed name! As Mary's Son he came to reign 'Mid mortal men, his earthly kin, To save them from the woes of sin. I believe in Christ, who marked the path, Who did gain all his Father hath, Who said to men: "Come follow me, That ye, my friends, with God may be."
I believe in Christ--my Lord, my God! My feet he plants on gospel sod. I'll worship him with all my might; He is the source of truth and light. I believei n Christ; he ransoms me. From Satan's grasp he sets me free, And I shall live with joy and love In his eternal courts above.
I believe in Christ; he stands supreme! From him I'll gain my fondest dream; And while I strive through grief and pain, His voice is heard: "Ye shall obtain." I believe in Christ; so come what may, With him I'll stand in that great day When on this earth he comes again To rule among the sons of men.
"We place [Jesus Christ] on a pedestal as no other group I know of. To us he is not only the Son of God, he is also a God and we are subject to him. . . . No matter how much we say of him, it is still too little. He is not only the Carpenter, the Nazarene, the Galilean, but Jesus Christ, the God of this earth, the Son of God, but most importantly, our Savior and Redeemer . . . . I add my own testimony, I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he was crucified for the sins of the world. He is my friend, my Savior, my Lord, my God." ---President Spencer W. Kimball
Stephanie and Dave and their 2 kids have been staying with us for a few days. While they were here, Dave fixed our cellar door. It wouldn't stay closed and when Dad tried to hammer it with Mom helping him, the door came right off of the hinges. I took some pictures of the finished product and thought I might share them with you.
"The question is sometimes asked, 'Are Mormons Christians?' We declare the divinity of Jesus Christ. We look to Him as the only source of our salvation. We strive to live His teachings, and we look forward to the time that He shall come again on this earth to rule and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In the words of a Book of Mormon prophet, we say to men today, 'There [is] no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent' (Mosiah 3:17)." ---President Ezra Taft Benson
Most people just sing the hymns, they never really ponder and think about the words. I am going to start a "Hymn for the Week" so we can ponder the words to different hymns. This week's hymn is my all-time favorite hymn. The words to it describe my testimony. I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVES (Hymns, page 136) I know that my Redeemer lives, what comfort this sweet sentence gives. He lives, He lives who once was dead, He lives my ever-living Head. He lives to bless me with His love, He lives to plead for me above. He lives my hungry soul to feed, He lives to bless in time of need.
He lives to grant me rich supply, He lives to guide me with his eye. He lives to comfort me when faint, He lives to hear my soul's complaint. He lives to silence all my fears, He lives to wipe away my tears. He lives to calm my troubled heart, He lives all blessings to impart.
He lives my kind, wise, heavenly Friend, He lives and loves me to the end. He lives and while He lives I'll sing, He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King. He lives and grants me daily breath, He lives and I shall conquer death. He lives my mansion to prepare, He lives to bring me safely there.
He lives all glory to His name, He lives my Savior still the same. Oh sweet, the joy this sentence gives, I know that my Redeemer lives. He lives all glory to His name, He lives my Savior still the same. Oh sweet, the joy this sentence gives, I know that my Redeemer lives.
"And whoso receiveth you, there will I be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up." (D&C 84:88)
"I am grateful . . . for my affiliation with a people who have a firm conviction that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ; and I bear witness to you that the story of the babe born in a manger at Bethlehem is not a myth of the past, but that Jesus, the Son of God was born of Mary into mortality; that he lived among men; that he died upon the cross and was resurrected; that he actually and truly lives today; and that he is a personal being and is the Savior of the world." ---President Howard W. Hunter
"I know that I am not the head of this Church. The Lord Jesus Christ is its head. My mission, my chief responsibility, my greatest honor comes in bearing solemn testimony of His living reality. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who condescended to come into this world of misery, struggle, and pain, to touch men's hearts for good, to teach the way of eternal life, and to give Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. He is 'King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and He shall reign forever and ever' (Handel's Messiah) . . . I bear solemn witness that He lives and stands on the right hand of His Father." ---President Gordon B. Hinckley
"I testify that you will remove barriers to happiness and find greater peace as you make your first allegiance your membership in the Church of Jesus Christ, and His teachings the foundation of your life. Where family or national traditions or customs conflict with the teachings of God, set them aside. Where traditions and customs are in harmony with His teachings, they should be cherished and followed to preserve your culture and heritage. There is one heritage that you need never change. It is that heritage that comes from your being a daughter or son of Father in Heaven." ---Elder Richard G. Scott
"Prayer is a privilege and the soul's sincere desire. We can move beyond routine and "checklist" prayers and engage in meaningful prayer as we appropriately ask in faith and act, as we patiently persevere through the trial of our faith, and as we humbly acknowledge and accept "not my will, but Thine, be done." ---Elder David A. Bednar
We are having Zone Conference tomorrow. We get a General Authority (one of the Seventies). I am really excited. Saturday we spent all day with our YSA Ward working on a house for Habitat for Humanities. We have a great group of young people. Seems like we either work with the young, or the old, nothing in between.
"When doubts arise, when tragedies strike, the quiet voice of faith is heard in the stillness of the night as certain and reassuring as the polar star in the heavens above." ---President Gordon B. Hinckley
When we woke up this morning, Mom noticed something in the trap, so Dad went out and looked and it was a raccoon! That is raccoon #1 for this year. I don't know if we will catch any more, but only time will tell.
Allison has arrived in Taiwan safely. Her mission president called Leisa to let her know that they met Allison at the airport and brought her to the mission home where she met her companion and had an 8-course lunch. She is sleeping now because it is 2 AM there.
Big news! Yvonne's son, Craig, is engaged! Her name is Cadee. I don't know what her last name is. They officially got engaged on July 26. They are planning on getting married on Oct. 10 in the Provo Temple. Congratulations to Craig and Cadee!!