There is only one reason why I changed my bad attitude when I was 20, and it wasn't because someone told me to.
When I was about 19 years old, I started to have a bunch of "concerned adults" come up to me on a regular basis and tell me that I needed to change this behavior and that behavior so that I'd be able to go on a mission. You know what? They were exactly right. But at the time I wasn't having any of it.
Nothing that anyone could say to me had enough power to change my mind. I was living my life the way I thought it should be lived. I was a "good person," I'd tell myself. Whatever that means. You could tell me that I needed to serve a mission until you were blue in the face and I'd just shake my head and grab my surfboard.
Telling people to change doesn't work. You've got to show them why it would be beneficial for them to change and then that change needs to come from within.
As I grew up in the church, I felt like there were a lot of instructors but not a lot of teachers. (There's a huge difference) Like many other youth, I was stubborn and prideful and all of the things many of the adults told me went through one ear and out the other. They were a bunch of old people, right? What could they possibly know about my situation?
Recently we were sitting in a leadership meeting prior to a stake conference and our stake president quoted President Boyd K. Packer when he said, "True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior." Then he asked us a question: "Do any of you have any experiences that show how President Packer's statement is true?"
Christmas is the time of year for friends, family, fun, and food—and nobody knows those things better than the Six Sisters. Celebrate the season with them and six of their favorite holiday recipes, crafts, and traditions.
The Christmas season is our favorite time of year. The sights and spirit of giving help you to remember what is most important. It can be so hectic trying to cram in family parties, work functions, and shopping for “the perfect gift.” But, it is the perfect time to really reconnect with your family and make memories that you will cherish for years to come. Straight from our family to yours, here are six of our favorite traditions, recipes, tips, and crafts to make your holiday more memorable.
1. Christmas Crafts
It doesn’t feel quite like the holidays until the house smells warm and welcoming and the décor is up! Cinnamon is one of our favorite smells during Christmastime, and these Cinnamon Stick Candles are the perfect way to decorate your home and keep it smelling wonderful.
- Cinnamon sticks
- Tacky strips
Roll tacky strips into small balls and place in a row along the circumference of each candle. Press cinnamon sticks into tacky strip to stick to candle. Continue the whole way around each candle. Finish your cinnamon stick candle by tying a ribbon or strip of fabric around it.
Latter-day Saints use the King James Bible along with other scripture to learn the will and word of God. But while you may know your Bible verses, you probably didn’t know these things about the King James Version of the Bible.
In 1979, the LDS Church published its first edition of the Bible in English, and in 1992, it was officially adopted by the Church as the Bible of preference.
But if you’ve ever looked at the title page of your LDS quad and wondered about King James and his Bible, you’re not alone.
Here are seven things all Latter-day Saints should know about the King James Bible (KJB).
1. The 1611 King James Version of the Bible is actually a composite of several earlier translations, not a new translation of older Greek and Hebrew manuscripts.
While the 47 translators who created the KJB were instructed by King James to consult the older (and closer to the original) Greek and Hebrew texts, they mostly referred to existing versions of the Bible.
Ever wondered what was going on in the world while Joseph Smith was translating, or when the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated? We've done the research for you and found some surprising connections in 19th-century world and church history. Keep an eye out next week for events from the 20th century in part two!
History classes for most of us were all about world events or the history of the country we lived in while church history was only learned, well, in church. But we never really put them together. When you place these two timelines side by side, you may be surprised to find out that Brigham Young sent the first transcontinental telegraph message the same year that the Civil War started, or that the first latter-day Quorum of the 12 was organized the same year famous author Mark Twain was born. Let us know your favorite set of events, or any we left out, in the comments at the end!
Images retrieved from history.com and lds.org
Calls. Texts. Facebook. Dropping off treats. Everything short of hiding in the bushes of the women we visit teach, and we’ve probably tried it. So what should you do when your visiting teachee avoids you? And how can you keep from getting discouraged?
I call, I text, I stop by, and I follow her on social media. But even when I feel my level of friendly “watch care” is teetering on the edge of stalking, I get nothing. Time and time again, I fail. Has the sister I visit teach dropped off the face of the planet? I’ve experienced this feeling frequently throughout my years of visiting teaching. At first, I thought it was me. But, in talking with friends, I realized this kind of reception is common among sisters. So, what’s a woman to do when she gets rejected time and time again?
Here are just a few tips I’ve learned through my colorful history with visiting teacher dodgers.
Think Outside the Box
After cultivating a wonderful friendship with one of my visiting teachees, she simply stopped associating with anyone in our ward at all. She wouldn’t come to any church activities—let alone church on Sundays. This worried me quite a bit because only a couple months before, she had decided to receive her endowments and had gone through the temple. I had hoped that because we were such good friends, she would tell me what the problem really was and what was troubling her. But it was no use. I tried everything. Texts, facebook messages, facebook wall posts, treats on her doorstep, and never so much as a text to tell me that she still acknowledged my existence.