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May we unclutter our lives … discard the feeling of frantic nothingness for a sense of completeness … look to the Lord for help
with prioritization.
Author: Christy Russon, Source: "Finding Order" Stake Conference - Sat Session - 3, Nov 2007, Provo TabernacleSaved by mlsscaress in aid less lord complete empty frantic clutter prioritization 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Sometimes we view life as a buffet, I'll have some of this and some of that and we fill our plates to over capacity. Sometimes we're not even sure what we're experiencing because we're trying so many things out and we end up feeling empty. In our frantic effort we may end up missing the whole concept. We should organize ourselves and take steps in the following three areas:
1- Identify limiters
2- Be willing to trade up- get rid of that which is good for what is ultimately better
3- Rely on the Lord
Author: Kara Russen - BYU 41st stake member, Source: Stake Conference - Sat Session - 3, Nov 2007, Provo TabernacleSaved by mlsscaress in faith experience capacity empty buffet limiters tradeup rely frantic 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
It was near the end of winter semester. I completed my finals and was preparing to return home to the other side of the island. My scholarship did not cover the spring term, and I was prepared to work for the spring and summer to save some money for the fall semester. On the day I was prepared to leave campus, I received a note in my mailbox from Brother Gary Smith, my Book of Mormon teacher. He wanted to see me. I returned to my dorm room, where I received another note stating Brother Gary Smith wanted to see me. I thought to myself, “Why would he want to see me? Will Brother Smith give me an F grade for religion? No one ever fails religion.”

I dropped by his office, and the secretary mentioned that Brother Smith was at the Seasider, a mini-caf� on campus. I found him, and, as we talked, Brother Smith proceeded to tell me how I knew the Church was true and that it was time for me to join the Church. I looked at him amazed, and I wondered what he had been drinking.

He continued and said, “From what I’m about to tell you, either one of two things will happen. You will join the Church right away or it will take you awhile.” He quoted a scripture in Ether that states:

And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith. [Ether 12:6]

I thought, “What does this scripture have to do with me?”

Brother Smith explained that he believed I was waiting for some type of miracle or vision to take place before I would join the Church. He said, “You need to act upon what you already know to be true before you will receive a greater witness. ‘Wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial [or exercise] of your faith.’”

Brother Smith was right. I thought, “Why can’t I receive a vision like the Prophet Joseph Smith?” I wanted a greater witness. Well, it took me awhile to join the Church.

I returned to the other side of the island and started to hang out with my friends. Toward the end of the summer I began to feel somewhat empty, confused, and uncertain. I was missing school and the wonderful feelings I had felt at BYU–Hawaii.
Author: PETER M. JOHNSON, Source: Faith, Family, and Friendship - devotional address was given o...Saved by mlsscaress in faith action conversion miracle missionarywork witness confused certainty empty 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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