Missions are Fun

Preston Temple photo taken 21 Nov. 2010

A missionary is someone who leaves his or her home for a little while so others can have their families forever.

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Our Mission Scriptures

Our Mission Scriptures:

"Oh, that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart . . . Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth." Alma 29:1-2 (Book of Mormon)

" . . . be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:58 (Bible)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

What Do You Stand For?

from mormonshare.com/lds-clipart and http://www.JennySmith.net/-Free LDS Handouts

In the scripture above, we read how Captain Moroni posted why he and his people were fighting against the unrighteous Lamanities who wanted to destroy them, the righteous Nephites.  He wanted everyone to know the moral principles, or standards, by which the people who followed God lived.  He also wanted the title of liberty to be flown across their land to remain through the generations as a reminder of what they stood for.

At a recent zone conference, we were asked to spend an hour and meditate on how we want to be known to others.  What is our title or standard?  What will we hold up to the world to declare who we are?  What are our moral principles by which we live?  Answering those questions is harder than it seems.  If we were to die tomorrow, what would our family and friends know about the things that mattered most to us and what motivated us to live as we did?

We encourage everyone to design their own standard.  Ours are a bit rough due to lack of time, but you can make a true work of art if you so desire.  The point is to put what you stand for in a form that is meaningful to you and clearly understood by others.  Have fun!
This is the Crewe District getting ready to design our own standards to share
Elder Blain's Standard or Title of which he hopes to become and by which he will strive to live to be known and remembered - Yes, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.  Alma 26:12

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.   Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:  for I the Lord Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;  Exodus 20:3-5
Sister Blain's Standard or Title - of which I hope to become and by which I will strive to be known and remembered. 

Everything on my standard is connected by the central focus on Jesus Christ, the hope and motivation for life, which radiates from my faith in Christ, love for Him, gratitude for His Atonement and all He has done for us.  The sure knowledge that he lives comes from a very special spiritual witness that I received as a teen when I prayed desperately and in great anguish to know if  He was there and real.  I testify that He loves us and knows us and cares about us individually.  Thus, everything I do has a foundation in trusting our Savior to keep His promises when we are diligent in following Him.  By consecrating my life to Him, I hope to follow his example and do my best to Do What Jesus Did in His life (DWJD).

And also, the voice of the Son came unto me, saying:  He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto me; wherefore, follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do.  2 Nephi 31:12

To be an In Tune Instrument in God's hands, I have to keep the commandments (pray, study the scriptures, etc.).  Striving to be righteous will help me hear and feel the promptings and guidance of the Holy Ghost, which will help me know what things I need to do for Jesus Christ as an instrument in His hands meeting the needs of others through service and love. 

 Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.  Doctrine and Covenants 19:23
My Ultimate Goal and Whole Purpose - To help my family and others to gain Eternal Life and a fullness of JOY!

I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it.  I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.  Alma 29:9

And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  Romans 10:15

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