Confused about grace? Amy H. White and Brad Wilcox teach about it from their 2014 BYU Women's Conference talk, "The Dove of Peace Sings in my Heart, The Flowers of Grace Appear."
In the hymns we learn what grace is and how to access it, but we also learn how to share it with others. Elder D. Todd Christofferson taught, “Jesus is said to have gone about doing good (see Acts 10:38), which included healing the sick and infirm, supplying food to hungry multitudes, and teaching a more excellent way. . . . So may we, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, go about doing good in the redemptive pattern of the Master."
As Christian disciples we forgive others as Christ forgives us. We love others as He loves us. We serve others as He serves us—not in an effort to deserve grace, but in an effort to offer it to others as freely as it is offered to us. Each calling we fulfill, each mission we serve, each dollar we donate, each temple session we attend is not a “work” done in place of faith but an inevitable outgrowth of that faith. We are not trying to earn grace but to return grace for grace. Of what value is Christ’s unearned gift if it goes unused by ourselves and unrecognized by others?
When people disagree with us, or make us feel stupid, or fail to live up to our expectations, the most human response is to resist and reject. Sometimes we do it with anger and often with silence. How do we respond to those who have chosen not to believe in the gospel? We all know someone who has made this decision. Think of your friend or loved one who now thinks differently about things you hold sacred. If you are the one distancing yourself from the Church, think of how your actions affect your loved ones. This is a time when grace is needed on both sides of those relationships. The enabling power of Christ can enable us to see others as people, not objects, special projects, or enemies. Grace given human to human is filled with respect and love. When we are angry or fearful or blaming, we disable relationships. When we see others as people we love and desire to help, we enable relationships.
Adults and children alike are familiar with the humorous, inventive words of Dr. Seuss, but beneath the humor there are a surprising number of gospel truths to be found.
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His words make us giggle, his words make us cry. There's no place for doubt, he's one terrific guy. But whether you're a Who or a Jiggle Micpuff, his words mean much more than the regular stuff. They help us to see worlds out way far into space, and remind us of principles from a heavenly place. So, we hope you enjoy and we hope you will grow from that famous Dr. Seuss who says so much more than you know.
He would use the Grinch to teach about the value of heavenly treasures
The Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a prime example of someone having his heart set on earthly treasures. But when he sneaks into the village of Whoville and takes all of the presents, decorations, and toys that he thinks make the Whos happy, he learns that their happiness comes from somewhere deeper:
For over 20 years, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has been bestowing his apostolic wisdom on the Saints in general conference, devotionals, and firesides. Do you think you’ve heard all of his talks?
Photo from Elder Holland's Facebook page.
Here are some of our favorite Elder Holland talks along with some killer takeaways. Check out his newest book, To My Friends, which features some of his greatest sermons. Available at Deseret Book and DeseretBook.com.
McKay Christensen was a popular college athlete in the 90s and had professional prospects in both baseball and football. But something unprecedented happened when he told scouts, "My mission is not for sale."
Fresh out of high school, teenage athlete McKay Christensen was highly sought after by both baseball and football teams. As a running back, he held the California state record for touchdowns scored. In baseball, his batting average was .500 and he was named to the all-American team.
Everybody wanted him for either sport, but Christensen wanted to go on a mission. He was even offered a $1 million signing bonus to stay home and play Major League Baseball for the California Angels. A million dollars! Christensen's answer was classic—“My mission is not for sale.”
Christensen was called to serve in Japan, but then something unprecedented happened.
The California Angels were so taken with his ability and performance, they drafted him anyway--as the 6th pick in the first round of the amateur draft. As part of the deal, they offered to wait the two years Christensen would spend serving his mission before he would come play.
"I was told there was no way I could serve a mission and still be drafted, and I was anyway," Christensen said in an interview with the Deseret News.
Out of the entire Children’s Songbook, which song is your personal favorite?
When someone asks you what Primary song you like best, you've already got an answer don't you? It seems like everyone has had a favorite, whether or not they even experienced Primary as a child. (My personal favorite will always be the little ditty that starts with "Whenever I hear the song of a bird . . ." So now that you know my favorite, tell us yours!
It was a tough internal struggle, but we’ve narrowed down the whole Children's Songbook to these beloved few. These are definitely some of the most beloved songs that we teach our Primary-age children. But which one is the favorite? We put the vote up to you! Take the poll and tell us which Primary song members love most!