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I Know Who I Am

This has always been one of my favorite songs, but my favorite part of this video is the testimonies of the youth who were involved! When I was their age, I would have been way too worried about what people think to do something like this. But, in the words of my mission president, Jack R. Christianson, “I’d rather be a happy nerd than an unhappy cool dude!”

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Looking Forward, To What?

This morning while I was studying the Book of Mormon, Alma asked me a great question in Alma 5:15: Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality… to stand before God to be cjudged…? 16 I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye ablessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?

He really made me think for a minute. I definitely look forward to things to come with hope and enthusiasm, but I don’t know that I’ve ever sat down and visualized myself meeting Heavenly Father.

“Visualization is a fabulously powerful technique well known to top performing athletes and other professionals at the top of their game. It is the process of visualizing in your mind what ever it is you want to achieve.

So for example, a sprint runner would visualize himself winning his race, he would view his success in his mind, he would experience in minute detail every aspect of the race, from a perfect start, to a perfectly timed finish. By the time he gets to the real race, he’s already won it several times… The pattern of success is firmly imprinted in his mind. When the start gun fires, everything will run to his internal script automatically. This gives a powerful advantage.

The interesting thing for us is that this technique works for anything that we want to do, visualizing yourself achieving success at whatever it is you want to achieve, dramatically improves your chances of achieving it… These benefits have been proven by many experiments… When you can visualize the path to what you want, you must of course be prepared to actually walk it in the real world.”

(http://www.vitalaffirmations.com/visualization.htm)

As we visualize the day we arrive to recieve judgment for our mortal works, we can anticipate changes that need to be made, ahead of time. By making little adjustments now, we can finetune the “day of the race” until we can confidently walk through life with the knowledge that we are prepared to be held accountable.

More Than Just a Book

“Has the fact that we have had the Book of Mormon with us for over a century and a half made it seem less significant to us today? Do we remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon? In the Bible we have the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word testament is the English rendering of a Greek word that can also be translated as covenant. Is this what the Lord meant when He called the Book of Mormon the “new covenant”[in D&C 84]? It is indeed another testament or witness of Jesus. This is one of the reasons why we have recently added the words “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” to the title of the Book of Mormon.” –President Ezra Taft Benson

I’ve never thought of reading the Book of Mormon as a covenant before, but when I read this talk by President Benson this morning, it was like a lightbulb went off for me! What is a covenant? A two way promise between me and my Heavenly Father.

If we promise to “read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in [our] hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true.”, then His promise to us is that, “those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3–5.)

But wait! There’s more! As usual, His promise gets better if you keep reading to find out that, “Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah.”-Introduction to the Book of Mormon

Making and keeping covenants is one of the most important things we can do in this life. I’d never thought of studying the scriptures as such, but now I’m THAT much more motivated to do it diligently and enthusiastically!

He started it!

In the Book of Mormon, there are two chapters that I find amusing, humbling, and instructive. In the first chapter, Alma 60, the fearless, righteous Captain Moroni writes a letter to his government leaders, scathingly denouncing the lack of support he’s been recieving for his troops, who are starving, dying in battle, and still doing their best to defend their nation. Moroni accuses the government of being lazy traitors who are living in comfort at the expense of their citizens.

In the second chapter, Alma 61, the governor, Pahoran, replies. Pahoran calmly explains that he hasn’t forgotten Moroni and his men, that he’s doing his best, but that he’s been occupied with rebellious uprising in the capitol. Rather than taking offense at the censure of Moroni, Pahoran expresses love and understanding and suggests that they work together to improve the situation for everyone. As they forgive each other and join forces, they are able to succeed.

I can really identify with Moroni in this exchange. There are many times when I jump to a conclusion before I know all of the facts. Imagine if Pahoran had just taken offense at Moroni’s letter and replied with equal animosity? What if Moroni hadn’t had the humility to acknowledge his mistake? Things could have gotten a lot worse.

Most offense arises from misunderstanding. If we could take the time to humble ourselves and find out where the other person is coming from, a lot of conflicts could be easily avoided. And if we do jump the gun like Moroni did, it’s never too late to turn it around and remember that what’s important isn’t necessarily who is right, but what is right.