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October 11 –– Ostracizing God’s Sovereignty. Luke 17:20-21 “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (more…)

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March 12 – God’s Gift of Grace. Ephesians 2:8-9; “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

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Psalm 115:1; “Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.”

2015 Mormon Stat Report 01Putting Things in Perspective

Last week we posted an article on the Church’s vital stat report they presented at their April General Conference, and as we saw their numbers didn’t look all that great. Within a few days of posting the article, I kept coming across other articles painting a picture of even worse news.

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Witnessing Tip of the Day April 2April 4 – John 3:30-31; “He must increase, but I must decrease. 31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.”

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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, April 2015; “Blessings of the Temple”; “As I think of temples, my thoughts turn to the many blessings we receive therein. As we enter through the doors of the temple, we leave behind us the distractions and confusion of the world. Inside this sacred sanctuary, we find beauty and order. There is rest for our souls and a respite from the cares of our lives.

As we attend the temple, there can come to us a dimension of spirituality and a feeling of peace whichThomas Monson will transcend any other feeling which could come into the human heart. We will grasp the true meaning of the words of the Savior when He said: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27)…My brothers and sisters, in our lives we will have temptations; we will have trials and challenges. As we go to the temple, as we remember the covenants we make there, we will be better able to overcome those temptations and to bear our trials. In the temple we can find peace.” – President Thomas S. Monson

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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, April 2015, “The Priesthood—a Sacred Gift”; “I echo the spirit of that special hymn and say to you: Come, all ye sons of God who have received the priesthood, letThomas Monson us consider our callings; let us reflect on our responsibilities; let us determine our duty; and let us follow Jesus Christ, our Lord. While we may differ in age, in custom, or in nationality, we are united as one in our priesthood callings. …

Brethren, each of us has been entrusted with one of the most precious gifts ever bestowed upon mankind. As we honor our priesthood and live our lives so that we are at all times worthy, the blessings of the priesthood will flow through us. …

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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, April 2015, “Yes, We Can and Will Win!”; “We cannot allow ourselves to be confused by popular messages that are easily accepted by the world and that contradictulisses-soares the doctrine and true principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of these worldly messages represent nothing more than an attempt of our society to justify sin. …All of us can receive the strength to choose the right if we seek the Lord and place all our trust and faith in Him. …

… Because of the wave of confusion and doubts spreading throughout the world today, we must hold ever more tightly to our testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Then will our ability to defend truth and justice greatly increase. We will win the daily battles against evil, and, rather than fall on the battlefields of life, we will rally others to the Master’s standards.

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GeneraMormon Decisions 10l Conference, April 2015, “The Lord Is My Light”; “If the grim realities you are facing at this time seem dark and heavy and almost unbearable, remember that in the soul-wrenching darkness of Gethsemane and the incomprehensible torture and pain of Calvary, the SaviorQLCook accomplished the Atonement, which resolves the most terrible burdens that can occur in this life. He did it for you, and He did it for me. He did it because He loves us and because He obeys and loves His Father. We will be rescued from death…

Our protections in this life and for eternity will be in individual and family righteousness, Church ordinances, and following the Savior. This is our refuge from the storm. For those who feel they are alone, you can stand resolutely in righteousness knowing that the Atonement will protect and bless you beyond your ability to fully understand.

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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, April 2015, “Choose to Believe”; “The decision to believe is the most important choice we ever make. It shapes all of our other decisions. …Belief and testimonyl-whitney-clayton and faith are not passive principles. They do not just happen to us. Belief is something we choose—we hope for it, we work for it, and we sacrifice for it. We will not accidentally come to believe in the Savior and His gospel any more than we will accidentally pray or pay tithing. We actively choose to believe, just like we choose to keep other commandments. …” – Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Presidency of the Seventy

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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, April 2015, “The Parable of the Sower”; “The parable of the sower warns us of circumstances and attitudes that can keep anyone who has received the seed of the gospel message from bringing forth a goodly harvest…We have the seed of the gospeldallin-h-oaks word. It is up to each of us to set the priorities and to do the things that make our soil good and our harvest plentiful. We must seek to be firmly rooted and converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ (see Colossians 2:6–7). We ensure this conversion by prayer, by scripture reading, by serving, and by regularly partaking of the sacrament to always have His Spirit to be with us. We must also seek that mighty change of heart (see Alma 5:12–14) that replaces evil desires and selfish concerns with the love of God and the desire to serve Him and His children.” – Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, April 2015, “The Eternal Perspective of the Gospel”; “The Father’s desire is to give everyone the opportunity to receive a fulness of joy. Latter-day revelations rafael-e-pinoshow that our Heavenly Father created a great plan of happiness for all His children, a very special plan so that we can return to live with Him. …

… Understanding the plan will help people keep the commandments, make better decisions, and have the right motivation…The eternal perspective of the gospel leads us to understand the place that we occupy in God’s plan, to accept difficulties and progress through them, to make decisions, and to center our lives on our divine potential…” – Elder Rafael E. Pino of the Seventy

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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, April 2015, “The Gift of Grace”; “A powerful expression of [Christ’s] love is what the scriptures often call the grace of God…We cannot earn our way into heaven; the demands of justice stand as a barrier, which we are powerless to overcome on our own.

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The grace of God is our great and everlasting hope. …

But the grace of God does not merely restore us to our previous innocent state. If salvation means only erasing our mistakes and sins, then salvation—as wonderful as it is—does not fulfill the Father’s aspirations for us. His aim is much higher: He wants His sons and daughters to become like Him…It is by God’s amazing grace that His children can overcome the undercurrents and quicksands of the deceiver, rise above sin, and “are perfect[ed] in Christ” (Moroni 10:32).” – President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency

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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, April 2015, “Priesthood and Personal Prayer”; “With your acceptance of the priesthood, you received the right to speak and to act in the name of God.

That right will only become a reality as you receive inspiration from God. Only then will you behenry eyring able to speak in His name. And only then can you act in His name…All of us must speak and act in the name of God in moments where our unaided judgment will not be enough without inspiration. Those moments can come upon us where there is not time to make preparation. …

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GenerMormon Decisions 10al Conference, April 2015, “Why Marriage and Family Matters—Everywhere in the World”; “We … believe that strong traditional families are not only the basic units of a stable society, a stable economy, and a stable culture of values—but that they are also the basicL Tom Perry units of eternity and of the kingdom and government of God. . . .

It is because of our belief that marriages and families are eternal that we, as a church, want to be a leader and a participant in worldwide movements to strengthen them. …

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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, April 2015, “Fatherhood—Our Eternal Destiny”; “Should we not … develop a clear vision of our eternal destiny, particularly the one Heavenly Father wants us to achieve—eternal fatherhood? Let our eternal destiny drive all of our decisions. Regardless of how difficult those decisions may be, Father will sustain us. …

Fathers, … every day you are teaching your children what it means to be a father. You are laying a foundation for the next generation. Your sons will learn how to be husbands and fathers by observing the way you fulfill these roles. …

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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, “The Family Is of God,” April 2015; “We each belong to and are needed in the family of God. Earthly families all look different…membership in the family of carole-m-stephensGod is not contingent upon any kind of status— … Our opportunity as covenant-keeping daughters of God is not just to learn from our own challenges; it is to unite in empathy and compassion as we support other members of the family of God in their struggles, as we have covenanted to do. …God wants us to be one. God needs us to be one—covenant-keeping daughters united in the diversities of our individual lives who desire to learn all that is needed to be back in His presence, sealed to Him as part of His eternal family.

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henry eyringGeneral Conference, ‘The Comforter,’ April 2015; “The burdens His faithful servants must carry in life are made lighter by His Atonement…You have seen such tests in the lives of good people you love. You have felt a desire to help them. There is a reason for your feeling of compassion for them.

You are a covenant member of the Church of Jesus Christ. A great change began in your heart when you came into the Church. You made a covenant, and you received a promise that began changing your very nature…

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LDS Church News and Announcements-2015We gathered a few quotes from the General Conference the LDS Church held this past weekend and wanted to share what we thought were the most newsworthy with you!

Later this week I’ll be publishing an article on an e-mail I received from a dear Christian friend who actually watched the Saturday morning session. She wrote to give me her insights on the main points she picked out. I highly value the insight of those who’ve never been Mormon and like to include their biblical wisdom with Mormons to provide a different perspective.

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