The Simple Truth of Service

24 05 2012

Today, at Daybreak, we had Basic Leadership Training and each manager was asked to prepare a section of the presentation.  I had Guest Services, while the other managers had Interpersonal Skills, Training, and Risk Management.  I used this story for part of my section.



Abide in the Lord’s Territory!

20 05 2012

Abide in the Lord’s Territory
April 2012 Saturday Afternoon session
Elder Ulisses Soares
Of the Seventy

     This was a really good talk.  Looking at it now, I highlighted almost the entire talk.

1. President Thomas S. Monson said, “May I provide a simple formula by which you can measure the choices which contront you.  It’s easy to remember: You can’t be right by doing wrong: You can’t be wrong by doing right.”

What does it mean to do wrong/right.  Elder Soares shares a scripture from Galatians: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint now.  Hopefully I didn’t lose you there.  The reason I shared this scripture is because Elder Soares goes on to add that “To sow in the Spirit means that all our thoughts, words, and actions must elevate us to the level of the divinity of our Heavenly Parents.  However, the scriptures refer to the flesh as the physical or carnal nature of the natural man, which allows people to be influenced by passion, desires, appetites, and drives of the flesh instead of looking for inspiration from the Holy Ghost.  Spirit=good, Flesh=wrong.

2. President George Albert Smith, repeating counsel from his grandfather, once said; “There is a line of demarcation well-defined between the Lord’s territory and the devil’s territory.  If you will stay on the Lord’s side of the line you will be under his influence and will have no desire to do wrong: but if you cross to the devil’s side of that line one inch you are in the tempter’s power and if he is successful, you will not be able to think or even reason properly because you will have lost the Spirit of the Lord.”

Therefor, our daily question must be, “Do my actions place me in the Lord’s or in the enemy’s territory?”

“The Light of Christ together with the companionship of the Holy Ghost must help us determine if our manner of living is placing us in the Lord’s territory or not.  If our attitudes are good, they are inspired of God, for every good thing comes from God.  However, if our attitudes are bad, we are being influenced by the enemy because he persuades men to do evil.”


Robin’s Testimony

Am I on the Lord’s Side?  I know I have that desire.  However, Satan is a tricky one and knows how to make me doubt my self-worth and ability to make those right decisions.  Tonight, I had a talk with an old roommate about this.  Heavenly Father knows exactly where we need to pushed and tried in order to reach our potential.  A diamond becomes a precious stone through years of constant pressure and heat.  We receive this pressure and heat through our trials.  If life were easy, would we grow or stay constant.

I’m Impressed

19 05 2012

At one of my places of employment, we have a very anti-mormon employee.  Supervisors have to keep an eye (or ear) out for him picking arguments.

Today was one of those days.  This employee started an argument with another employee.  This boy is 17 years old and about to graduate college.  I was so impressed with how he was able to quote so many scriptures (both bible and book of mormon)  He was also able to teach with the spirit on his side.  The argumentative employee didn’t lash out at him as much as he usually does.

The boy came to talk to me later about it and asked if he did ok.  For once, I didn’t feel like I needed to break up the argument and I told him that I was very impressed with how he approached everything.  He made an argument, a discussion where both sides felt like they were heard, and each grew from the experience.  I also admitted to him that I have never had a strong habit of reading or studying the scriptures because of the fact that I didn’t grow up with that habit.

I am impressed that even though all of the missionaries we send out are goofballs (what do you expect, they are 19) but with the spirit on their side, they will plant the seeds that are meant to be planted.

I have always been told that I would act as a tool in Heavenly Father’s hands.  How can I be a tool if I don’t prepare.  Heavenly Father can’t put thoughts in my mind if I won’t understand.  I need to do better with scripture study and that will start today.


Sunday School Lesson, Patriarchal Blessings

14 05 2012

My calling in church right now is to be the Sunday School teacher for the 12 and 13-year old class.  The best part of this calling is that I get to be with my husband.

This week the lesson was about patriarchal blessings.  A patriarchal blessing is given only once.  This blessing is given by a patriarch, who is set apart with the priesthood power to be prompted to share with the individual what Heavenly Father wants to be told.  This can include blessings, talents, and so on.

We started with talking about the Liahona (how I thought of the blog title).  I asked the kids how the liahona worked, and if they would appreciate having a personal liahona to show them how to reach their goal of eternal life with Heavenly Father.  Of course, they all said YES!!!

Lehi holding the Liahona

I then set up a Jeopardy set up with categories that involved What, Who, Why, When, and How.  I gave the kids turns to choose different cards that contained questions or quotes to read.  The following will give a few thoughts of each section.


-Quote given by President Monson, “Your patriarchal blessing is yours and yours alone.  It may be brief or lengthy, simple or profound.  Length and language do not a patriarchal blessing make.  It is the Spirit that conveys the true meaning.  Your blessing is not to be folded neatly and tucked away. It is not to be framed or published.  Rather, it is to be read.  It is to be loved.  It is to be followed.  Your patriarchal blessing will see you through the darkest night.  It will guide you through life’s dangers.”

-A patriarchal blessing is an inspired blessing that contains your lineage in the tribe of Israel, promises of blessings you may receive, warnings about particular temptations or weaknesses, talents, or counsel about how a person should live.


-Any worthy member of the Church can receive a patriarchal blessing when he or she is old enough to understand the opportunities and responsibilities that accompany it.

-Quote by President Joseph F. Smith, “It is a stake patriarch’s business and right to bestow blessings upon the people to make promises unto them in the name of the Lord. . .by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to comfort them in the hours of sorrow and trouble, to strengthen their faith by the promises that shall be made to them through the Spirit of God.”


-A patriarchal blessing can help us become happier, and more diligent servants of the Lord.


-Just like the Liahona, a patriarchal blessing is contingent on Faith and Righteousness.  Therefore, a person should receive his patriarchal blessing when he/she is old enough to understand, but young enough to partake in its knowledge.


-To prepare, live righteously, fast, pray, and receive a recommend.

For our next activity. I put together a treasure hunt for the kids.  I decorated a shoe box to be a treasure chest and put cupcakes in it.  The kids were so excited.  The bishop caught us as we were reading one of the clues and totally loved the idea.  After they found the treasure, we had a small talk.  I asked them if they thought they would have found the treasure without any of the clues. (The treasure was outside, by the church sign)  Most of them said no.  I told them they may have found it after a long time, but the clues helped guide them as long as they followed what each clue said.  I compared this to life.  We could get through life and receive our treasure of eternal life, but a patriarchal blessing would help us get there.  We don’t have to walk blind.  Heavenly Father loves us and wants to get back to him.

Final Semester Drama

3 05 2012

I finally got enrolled in my last semester at BYU.  I have kinda been putting this off for awhile.  

Last week I worked with the internship office to get my capstone approved.  I tried to enroll in the class and it wasn’t letting me so I tried to get a hold of my advisor.  That took about two days of emails and phone calls.  

Monday I called and all of a sudden BYU tells me that my ecclesiastical endorsement isn’t good and the add/drop deadline is the next day.  I had less than a day to get everything in order.  I don’t know why they didn’t tell me the week before.  That entire day, I was stressed out trying to get things done.  

Tuesday morning I had an appointment with an advisor to make sure that I was good to go.  When I called to set up the appointment, they asked me if I wanted it on the phone or was I going to come in (I live an hour away).  I told them I would be there. I am tired of being told one thing and then another thing.

Long story, short.  I am now enrolled and paid.  I will graduate in August.  I just need to decide if I want to walk. Any thoughts?

PS. Jared took my picture he got me to be framed.  I should have it back in about two weeks.


Teaching Our Children to Understand

1 05 2012

Cheryl A Esplin
Saturday Morning April 2012 Conference

*Our children are an heritage of the Lord. (Psalm 127:3).  He knows and loves each one with perfect love.  What a sacred responsibility Heavenly Father places upon us as parents to partner with Him in helping His choice spirits become what He knows they can become.

*In a latter-day revelation through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord instructs parents to teach their children to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost.  Notice the Lord doesn’t just say we are to “teach the doctrine”; His instructions are to teach our children to “understand the doctrine.” (See D&C 68)

*Sometimes the most powerful way to teach our children to understand a doctrine is to teach in the context of what they are experiencing right at that moment. . . Just as important are the teaching moments that come as we thoughtfully plan regular occasions such as family prayer, family scripture study, family home evening, and other family activities.

*Learning to fully understand the doctrines of the gospel is a process of a lifetime and comes “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little.” (2 Nephi 28:30)


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