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The Least of These

The Least of These

And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish. Mosiah 4:16





Characters of Courage: Old Testament

Characters of Courage: Old Testament

by Kathy Penrod

I have had a few people on my mind lately. These aren’t people I have ever met here on this earth but they are of such caliber that they inspire me to be a better person, generations after they lived on earth. Each demonstrates courage differently but equally as noble.  

Good is all around. When we are unable to find it in the world around us we can escape to the scriptures to find the good God meant for us to know.

Moses –

When people think of Moses, they think of the man who led a mass exodus of Israelites out of bondage. They think of a man with unwavering faith who was confident enough in God’s promises to part the Red Sea. Thoughts of Moses often are paired with the 10 commandments and the Law of Moses.

But what is often overlooked is Moses’s insecurities. Specifically, his impairment of speech. In Exodus 4:10 (KJV) it reads: “And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue”

Here is a man that is supposed convince the leader of Egypt to release HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of slaves, call down miracles from Heaven, lead this mass exodus with a population similar to that of Milwaukee Wisconsin (about 600,000 of just men), instill a fear of the God of Israel into mildly committed Hebrews and implement a list of commandments given by God, Himself, to these half-hearted followers.

Moses had to do all this and more, with a speech impediment of some type. At times he had to have his brother speak for him. Yet, in spite of this weakness of his, Moses was hugely influential to the building of God’s kingdom.

Could it be that what we see as weaknesses are actually necessary traits that allows God to work through us?

Joshua –

Joshua led the Israelites after Moses did. Having seen a lot of what Moses faced with this group of people, I have to wonder what his heart felt like when he was given responsibility over them.

Joshua, just like Moses, called down miracles from Heaven. Joshua inspired his people by saying “Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” (Joshua 3:5 KJV)

And then, Joshua asked his army to walk around Jericho a bunch of times. Really quiet like.

I just know there had to be one or two soldiers that questioned what Joshua was asking them to do. But Joshua didn’t waiver. He knew this was God’s will and wasn’t about to change it.

I love his courage and his faith.

Nehemiah –

Nehemiah was the definition of courage. His writings are sandwiched between the Books of Ezra and Esther. It’s so easy to pass by him without realizing his contribution to the world.

The Jewish people had escaped from Babylon and returned to the ruins of their city, Jerusalem. The people were distraught to see the city devastated and the surrounding, formerly protective wall, in piles of rubble.  It was a time when the Jews needed to rebuild physically and spiritually. The wall was not only a necessity in their day but it was also, in my opinion, a symbol of their spiritual strength.

Nehemiah, who at the time, was serving the King of Syria asked for permission to oversee the rebuilding of the wall. Once that permission was granted, Nehemiah went to work. But it wasn’t just as simple as building a massive wall in 52 days (Nehemiah 6:15). As soon as he and those working with him began the rebuilding project, opposition set in like crazy. Nehemiah and his friends were mocked both verbally and physically. At one point, it got so bad that the builders of the wall held their tools in one hand and a defensive weapon in the other hand. It is awe inspiring to me to think of the dedication and bravery inside Nehemiah’s heart.

When taunted and dared to descend from the wall, Nehemiah’s response was classic, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down.” (Nehemiah 6:3)

This guy was so committed to what he was doing that no matter the pressure applied by his adversaries, he was not going to give in. He didn’t care what anyone said or did, he was about the Lord’s work.

I often wonder how I can get to that same place where I can ignore my adversaries and not care what the world thinks. How can I be more like Nehemiah?

 

 

 





Where In Lies My Faith?

Where In Lies My Faith?

"Is our faith focused on simply wanting to be relieved of pain and suffering, or is it firmly centered on God the Father and His holy plan and in Jesus the Christ and His Atonement?"
Elder Donald L. Hallstrom





Of Horses and Mormons

Of Horses and Mormons

Being a Mormon means that you understand that through the Redeeming Atonement of Jesus Christ, you - all of us - can overcome sin and sorrow, pain and grief. It is knowing that by His Grace, you can overcome yourself. Simply put, being a Mormon means being a Christian.





The Greatest Message The World Has Ever Known

The Greatest Message The World Has Ever Known

“A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race”  Joseph Smith





Early

Early

The Lord has an individual road map for each of us. Sometimes it doesn’t look like we expected it would look. Often it is different than what we planned. And, it almost never is the same as a friend’s road map. But always, His path for us will be the best. It will bring us to the greatest possible happiness.





Fathers

Fathers

"We believe in “the ideal of the man who puts his family first.” We believe that “by divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.” We believe that far from being superfluous, fathers are unique and irreplaceable."

D. Todd Christofferson





What is General Conference?

What is General Conference?

God loves us. If He was willing to allow His Son to redeem us with His blood, He wouldn’t disregard that sacrifice by leaving us without direction back to Him. It makes perfect sense that our loving Heavenly Father would give us modern-day prophets to guide us through this mortal journey.





And Still It Stands: The Truth About the Book of Mormon

And Still It Stands: The Truth About the Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon IS the word of God. It records a fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we recognize this book to be sacred. For many of us, it brings great peace and hope in troubling times. 





Wards and Stakes and Temples, Oh My

Wards and Stakes and Temples, Oh My

We live in a worldwide church. There are 15 million of us around the world.  The curriculum for the church is pretty much the same all over. So, a Sunday School lesson on patience taught in Palermo, Italy on the second Sunday of the month, will most likely be taught in Mesa, AZ on that same Sunday… give or take a couple weeks. It takes massive amounts of organization to do this. But the organization doesn’t end with the curriculum.





Why Mortality?

Why Mortality?

God sent us to earth with two beautiful, priceless gifts. Agency, the right to choose our own path and the promise that Jehovah, Jesus Christ, would atone for any and all mistakes – paving a way back to Heaven