No matter what your marital status is--married, engaged, single and hopeful, or not even looking--find out three steps that God has given us for successful and happier relationships.
I had just received the news through some not-so-subtle hints.
She wasn't interested.
(Insert disappointed sigh here.)
Not that I was counting on it working out, per se, it’s just that . . . well, I was really hoping it might have. Yeah, it was just a crush; yeah, we might have only gone on a couple of dates; yeah, I wasn't super emotionally invested . . . but I was at that point in life where it seemed that nothing was working out. (You know what I mean.) I was frustrated because whenever I liked a great girl, they weren’t interested; and when a great girl liked me, it didn’t seem right.
I was standing on a packed train when I had a prompting to open up to Doctrine & Covenants Section 90. I was not sure exactly what was there, but when I came across verse 24, I realized that God had put in a formula so that my relationships—in my dating life and in my future marriage—would really work! He packaged it up in three simple steps that could help me keep perspective. It filled my heart with hope—and it can fill your heart too.
Step 1: Search Diligently
Dating: We must always be on the lookout. We must go places where we would want our future spouse to be; we must be approachable; we must be open to possibilities; and we must do those things consistently.
Learn more about the doctrine behind what happens when a child wanders from the faith.
I thought I knew something about the depth of divine love and the supernal power of the everlasting covenant when I chose to write When A Child Wanders. The last two decades have, however, sharpened my convictions and deepened my faith. My wife Shauna and I have witnessed miracles as loved ones have been drawn back to the fold, but we still seek with all our hearts for the restoration of each one of our children to full and complete acceptance of the restored gospel. And we trust in the assurance that “Our heavenly Father is more liberal in His views, and boundless in His mercies and blessings, than we are ready to believe or receive” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church 5:136).
Parents who have had a child wander from the fold of the gospel can take solace in the Lord’s promise to them, even when questions about His saving doctrine arise.
Memorable lines and phrases help strengthen any Sunday lesson or sacrament meeting talk. But we're not all poets! Check out this list you can use to help punch up your next Church speaking engagement.
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When searching for resources to help write a talk or lesson, there are a few unique resources we often overlook. Poetry is one of them. And that's a shame—a good poem, or even just a few lines from one, can help a lesson's message stick in our minds long after the meeting is over. (Who can forget President Monson and the "Good Timber" poem in conference?)
Follow the general authorities' example and start using poetry in your talks and lessons with this handy list, sorted by topic. And don't worry about appropriateness—all of these poems have been quoted over the pulpit in conference.
Remember: While not every topic is represented, many poems will work for multiple subjects. Check out something related to your subject to find something that might work.
Still can't find anything? Check out the additional resources at the end of this post for more.
Even though I didn't realize it as a child, my father was teaching me life lessons that prepared me to accept the gospel.
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My dad wasn’t a member of the LDS church. In fact, I’m not sure he was actually a member of any church. He was, however, a man of great faith, who thought that all churches had some truth to them, and enjoyed listening to their various sermons. On any given Sunday, he might attend one or two different churches in our small town in upstate New York.
After I was baptized as a teenager, and as I began to understand gospel principles more fully, I could see that the life philosophy of my father had prepared me in many ways to not just accept the restored gospel, but to understand how to live it.
Before I ever read the scriptures or had heard of living prophets, I was learning the philosophy of my dad, and after all these years, the great lessons he taught me still guide my life.
Sit Quietly and the Answer Will Come to You
My father was a building contractor, and a mechanical engineer. He was also an optimistic, inventive man, who, after pondering a problem for a while, seemed to have the ability to see the solution in his mind. The fact that he didn’t know all the steps to get him from where he was to where he wanted to be never seemed to slow him down.
We all know we should sustain our prophets and apostles. And we pray for them often, but are there other ways to sustain our beloved prophet?
Every time we’re asked to raise our hand to the square to sustain the prophets and apostles—whether in ward conference, stake conference, or general conference—I often ask myself, “How am I sustaining these men more than just raising my hand? What else should I be doing?” Honestly, it has taken some time for me to understand how to truly “sustain” the prophets in my daily life. Because it can be so much more than just your hand in the air for few seconds.
Here are some practical ways to sustain the prophets in addition to praying for them.
Know and follow their recent counsel. This first idea is fairly obvious and comes up in Sunday lessons all the time. But how often do we really take it to heart? I know I could be better at reading the most recent sessions of general conference more than once. Reading them is great. But incorporating them into our lives is better. This is most easily done when we focus on one leader’s counsel for a few days or even weeks. For example, if we’re struggling to become more patient, maybe we could read President Uchtdorf’s talk on patience and then pick a few points to work on for a while. Choosing just one bit of counsel to focus on will make a more lasting change in us—and it will show the Lord that we value and uphold the prophets’ words.