Joseph Fielding Smith changed John Bytheway's life in five words when he said, "We read scriptures too fast." Check out these five "sermons in a sentence" from the scriptures that could change your life, too!
1. Redemption cometh
"Teach them that redemption cometh through Christ the Lord, who is the very Eternal Father. Amen." -Mosiah 16:15
Only two words, a prophecy full of hope. “Redemption cometh” is a promise that has been anticipated and relied on by God’s children for millennia. Ancient prophets spoke before Jesus came. Many believed the hopeful words of Abinadi and others who prophesied that “redemption cometh”—a promise that everything that had been spoken about the coming Redeemer for four millennia would, one day, come to pass.
Redemption cometh from sin, redemption cometh from death, redemption cometh for the whole house of Israel. Today, modern prophets speak thousands of years after Jesus’ atoning work was completed. Nevertheless, we often find ourselves wading through difficulty, trials, sin, and other stresses of earth life, all of which are covered by the Atonement. So, even in the latter days, the words redemption cometh bring peace, hope, and a promise of divine relief.
2. Here am I, send me
What happens when you know what you're supposed to do, but don't want to do it? Angela explains the steps to accepting and acting on difficult decisions.
I’m dealing with a big decision that is just messing with my head. My loved ones have spent hours giving me advice on the issue, but I still feel unsure of what to do. This uncertainty is causing me a lot of emotional pain and angst.
Finally, tonight, I talked to my parents. My dad gave me advice that I didn’t want to hear, but it sounds (and deep down feels) right. How do I start following his advice when my mind and heart still feel so torn? I feel stuck in this place of indecision. Any advice?
I Want Peace
Dear I Want Peace,
1. You have to make a decision. More painful than making the wrong decision is living in the land of indecision. We’re happiest when we’re doing something, acting for ourselves, in charge of our lives – even if our circumstances aren’t rosy and perfect. You will feel better as soon as you make a choice and commit to it.
2. Make a plan, work your plan. Strong plans lead to success. Is your brain fuzzy about what to do because you don’t have a plan? Maybe you think you have a plan, but have you written it down? Take the time to do that. What’s step one? What’s step two? Be specific, provide room for flexibility and write it down.
For those families involved in adoption, a little understanding goes a long way. Find out what you can do to help support these special families in and out of the Church.
Adoptive parent Terra Cooper embraces the birthmother of her child. Photo courtesy of Brittany Cascio
For Tarrin Philpott, years of diagnosed “unexplained infertility” led her and her husband, Tyrell, to adoption. And it was a shift in strategy and heart.
“Adoption is emotional,” Philpott says. “A big change has to take place. Instead of pregnancy and birth, your mindset changes from a child who shares your DNA to a child who comes in a way we had never previously considered. I had to let go of the family I had envisioned my whole life (a large family, children who looked like me) and accept the new vision for my family. I felt like Tyrell made the shift easily, but I was emotional about it. It was tough making choices about ethnicity and health in our adoption profile. We ultimately left many of those decisions to our Heavenly Father, knowing that we weren’t looking for any baby, we were looking for our baby—the baby meant for us. And He would help guide us to him or her.”
Though everyone knows his name, most people know surprisingly little about Christopher Columbus and the way he shaped the modern world. Fewer still appreciate the role he played in the Restoration and the opening of the last dispensation.
At noon on the Ides of March, 1493, a small wooden ship rode the rising tide up the Río Tinto and into the harbor of Palos, Spain. She wasn’t much of a ship—her deck was only about 55 feet long. She was weathered but solidly built and appeared to be newly caulked. She was named the Santa Clara, but was usually called the Niña after her owner, Juan Niño of Moguer. The Niña had last been seen in Palos on August 3, 1492, sailing down the ebb tide with two other ships, the Santa María and the Pinta as part of an attempt to reach the Orient by sailing west across the uncharted waters.
A crowd quickly gathered to meet the crew as they rowed to shore in a small boat. The most momentous sea voyage in history ended where it began, at a small village on the Atlantic coast of Spain. The town of Palos de la Frontera remains relatively unknown, but the name of the Genoese sea captain who returned there is one of the most widely recognized names in history: Christopher Columbus.
“A Man among the Gentiles”
In recent decades, the story of Columbus has been largely forgotten. He has become not so much a person as a symbol of all that has gone wrong in the modern world. He has become politically incorrect in every way, to the point where on many college campuses, the former Columbus Day holiday has been renamed “fall break.” But for Latter-day Saints, Columbus will always have special place.
Today (October 8th) is Elder M. Russell Ballard's 86th birthday! Learn more about the life of this amazing apostle here.
Photo from lds.org.
1. Elder Ballard's nickname in college was "the bishop." When Elder Ballard was attending the University of Utah, he was known by his fraternity brothers as "the bishop." He got his nickname in part because his friends knew that he would live true to his standards and beliefs, no matter what happened.
2. Elder Ballard kids that getting his wife to marry him was "the greatest sales job [he] ever did." met his wife at a school dance, where they danced for approximately 30 seconds, he said. Soon afterward, they began courting. He knew he wanted to marry her from the beginning, but, according to him, she didn't feel the same way. Elder Ballard, who had worked in car sales, added, "I kid her now that getting her to agree to marry me was the greatest sales job I ever did."