I read the first section of the children's edition of "Celebrating A Christ-Centered Easter" this morning. It references Matthew 21:6-10. It says, "And the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them, and brought... the colt, and put on them their clothes, and they set him thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way. And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?" This section of the book focuses on celebrating our Savior. After further explination on the scripture above, it reads, "On the first Easter, people found ways to celebrate Jesus. Could you?" How can you celebrate Jesus this upcoming Easter? Painting eggs and eating candy is a fun tradition, don't get me wrong, but what can we do to focus on our Savior? Leave ideas below!
Today we're sharing Part 5 of our Beauty of Holiness series* on thesmallseed.com! We had the chance to chat with Courtney Casper, who shares with us which scriptural figure most inspires her to follow a path toward God, how she felt God's holiness in her life again after years of doubt and anger, and a quick tip for blocking out darkness or doubt.
Check out a brief excerpt below and use the link in our profile bio to read the full interview!
What can taking time to be holy do for our relationships with others? How has it affected your relationships?
Choosing to take time to create holiness within ourselves has transformed my marriage. It’s not something I speak about much, but it’s the absolute truth, and I feel like I need to offer that to anyone who is struggling in their own marriage. We were a little bit broken and not sure how to mend the hurt, until we decided that we would become closer to God individually, with faith that it would bring us back together in a new and holy way. Honestly, I was skeptical at first. But through my mustard-seed-sized faith, and both of our commitments to God and each other, miracles surrounded us and it changed our relationship into something I never knew was possible. It took time, persistence, and figuring it out, but creating holiness within ourselves, brought wholeness to our marriage. — Courtney Casper @courtneycasper.letters
*We are featuring 7 candid interviews with women of various religious faiths throughout the month. We hope that as you study the scriptures and ponder on the theme of holiness, you will find inspiration in the experiences of these women for how you can seek holiness in the daily moments of your own life situations.
President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) observed: “Love … is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Yet it is more than the end of the rainbow. Love is at the beginning also, and from it springs the beauty that arches across the sky on a stormy day. Love is the security for which children weep, the yearning of youth, the adhesive that binds marriage, and the lubricant that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through death. How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, church, and neighbors.” Love is the very essence of the gospel, the noblest attribute of the human soul. Love is the remedy for ailing families, ill communities, and sick nations. Love is a smile, a wave, a kind comment, and a compliment. Love is sacrifice, service, and selflessness.
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Hi Group, In Ether 9:1-15, Akish overthrew the kingdom. The Lord warned King Omer, in a dream, to take his family & leave the kingdom before Akish's secret society killed them. Jared, son of Omer, had been appointed king, & allowed his daughter to marry Akish. Akish, in turn, had his father in law Jared killed & took the throne. Evil Akish imprisoned & starved his own son to death. His other sons waged war against him & gave the kingdom back to Omer, who passed it on to his son Emer. In V16-27, righteous King Emer saw & recognized Christ. The Jaredites prospered under his rule. (This shows the importance of righteous leaders). The Lord poured out His blessings on the "choice land" & commanded, "whoso should possess the land should possess it unto the Lord, or they should be destroyed." Emer's throne passed to his son Coriantum, then Com, & then to Heth who embraced secret combinations & killed his father. In V28-34, prophets cried repentance to the wicked Jaredites, foretelling of a famine, & Heth had them killed. The Lord caused a drought, then poisonous serpents. When the people began to perish in famine, they turned to God & repented. The famine was lifted by the power of the Lord. Application today? After enduring severe trials & consequences for their actions, the Jaredites were sufficiently humbled & "compelled" to return to the Lord. (V35). By the Lord’s power, the land was blessed with rain which ended the famine. Likewise, spiritual famines are removed & blessings flow when we are sufficiently humble & obedient before the Lord. The prophet Alma taught, "Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble..." (Alma 32:16). Question: Are we a “humble" people, or are we a people who must be “compelled to be humble?” With love, Dawna
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Puede que no veamos nuestra fe como algo grande y poderoso, pero eso está lejos de la verdad. Incluso un poquito de fe puede llevarnos a hacer grandes cosas. Debemos dejar que esa fe trabaje dentro de nosotros, trabajar dentro de las palabras que decimos y las acciones que tomamos, y permitir que esa fe nos permita ser más como el Salvador. #JamesEFaust#LDSChurch
Photo #2 from the self conscious private folder im hesitant to post. This taken with a 10-stop nd filter on a tripod with a 16-35mm filter. The shutter was open 30 seconds. @framingzion
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Some late-night reading from the word of God:
I prayed to the Lord and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him. — Psalms 34:4-7 (NLT)
You must ask for God's help. Even when you have done so, it may seem to you for a long time that no help, or less help than you need, is being given. Never mind. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again. ― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
General Conference is less than 2 weeks away! I always love the inspiring messages but it is the soul stirring music I want to focus on tonight—especially the congregational hymns. I love the chance to stand and sing the beloved hymns of Zion with saints from all around the world.
A couple years ago I read an article detailing the most frequently sung hymns during conference and they are:
No. 5 High on the Mountain Top
No. 6 Redeemer of Israel
No. 19 We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet
No. 66 Rejoice, the Lord is King
No. 83 Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah
No. 85 How Firm a Foundation
So we’re spending the days leading up to conference reviewing these hymns as a family (with our kids using wooden spoons as batons 😂) and it just makes me so excited.
And speaking of music—I’ve put a link in my profile to my favorite general conference musical number ever. This selection was a tender mercy for me and I can’t listen without tears welling up in my eyes. Music is powerful! 🎶
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There is always someone near you that you can serve.
A simple, when done honestly and truthfully, yet great service to others is a smile or compliment. Truly, it's these small things that people notice. Talk kindly to others and be patient with them - you would want others to treat you a such.
If you've read this far - thank you! CHALLENGE:
For now, because you're probably home, tag someone you haven't talked to in a while, or someone that the spirit brings to mind, and say something kind or whatever you feel like you should!
Now, if you're not at home, maybe you're out on the town - follow the spirit and find someone that needs you!
You'll be a blessing in the lives of others and you'll be blessed by your Father who is in heaven.
Good luck! You've got this!
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"Sí, al que se arrepiente y ejerce la fe y produce buenas obras y ora continuamente sin cesar, a este le es permitido conocer los misterios de Dios; sí, a este le será permitido revelar cosas que nunca han sido reveladas; sí, y a este le será concedido llevar a miles de almas al arrepentimiento, así como a nosotros se nos ha permitido traer a estos nuestros hermanos al arrepentimiento." (Alma 26:22)
Choose to converse with your Father in Heaven often. Make time every day to share your thoughts and feelings with Him.…We talk to God through prayer. He most often communicates back to us through His written word. To know what the voice of the Divine sounds and feels like, read His words, study the scriptures, and ponder them. Make them an integral part of everyday life.…Don’t yield to Satan’s lie that you don’t have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it! — Richard G. Scott, from the section A Sacred Space For Daily Communion With God in this week's study guide
Have you picked a challenge to work on this week, as outlined in our study guide? One challenge was to prayerfully choose a section in this week’s study and make a plan of how to implement changes in your life that will bring you closer to Christ in that area of life.
How can you create an environment for personal study that is conducive to the Holy Spirit?
How can you make individual and family prayer “nonnegotiable priorities” in your life? If you don’t currently have a good system in place for regular prayer and study, what would work better?
I am a hot mess of imperfection. That’s why I believe in Christ. Today on the blog I’m talking about Mormons and Christianity. If you’ve ever wondered if Mormons are Christians, give it a read. I’m setting the record straight. ❤️ #sharegoodness
This is one of my very FAVORITE quotes! Before leaving my mission to return home, my Mission President asked me to think about the Savior daily. He counseled with me that Jesus Christ should always be in our thoughts. There hasn’t been a day that has gone by where I haven’t thought of this counsel. Some days, I do great and others not so much. When I do have Christ in my heart and thoughts, I can handle life better. When I’m stressed or frustrated with things, it’s usually because I’m only thinking of myself. Funny how that works. Have a GREAT day!
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Hi Group, In Ether 8:1-16, Jaredite King Omer reigned & begat Jared who rebelled & overthrew his father. When Jared lost the kingdom to Omer's sons Esrom & Coriantumr, Jared's fair daughter devised a secret plan to dance for for Akish, a friend of King Omer. When Akish asked Jared to marry his daughter, Jared required the head of King Omer as payment for his daughter’s hand. Akish in turn created a secret society (combination), to kill King Omer. Inspired by the devil, Akish & his secret combination of friends & kin, took oaths, leading the people astray. (Ancient Semitic oaths dating back to Cain). In V17-25, regarding secret combinations, (secret organizations & gangs), Moroni declared the following: They are wicked & abominable in God's sight. God never works in secret combinations, especially those that shed blood. Secret combinations caused the destruction of the Jaredite & Nephite people. Nations that use secret combinations for gain, power, bloodshed & vengeance, will be destroyed. Moroni exhorted Gentiles to awake to a sense of the awful situation, repent & purge secret combinations that seek to destroy God given freedom, & murder God's prophets. Application today? Moroni was commanded by God to warn latter day nations of the dangers of secret combinations & the importance of purging them from society. Latter day Prophet Pres. Ezra Taft Benson stated, "wickedness is rapidly expanding in every segment of our society...Secret combinations lusting for power, gain, & glory are flourishing...as the forces of evil increase under Lucifer’s leadership, & as the forces of good increase under the leadership of Jesus Christ, there will be growing battles..." (Oct. 1988). As battle lines are perpetually drawn between good & evil, may we be valiant & vigilant forces that “do good continually," & purge evil wherever it is found. “May come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.” (V26), With love, Dawna
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Nueva vida. Amigas nuevas, son mis ejemplo a seguir.. lo unico que queda es ser feliz y una nefelibata. #instagram#insta#ldschurch
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Cuando hacemos a Cristo el centro de nuestras vidas, todo lo demás caera en su lugar. Cuando hacemos a Cristo el centro de nuestras vidas, no significa que todos nuestros desafíos y pruebas desaparecerán, pero tendremos la fuerza y la fe para enfrentarlos. #AnneCPingree#LDSChurch