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  1. @Moonbeast32 I've had a similar experience with scriptures but I still push myself to read. If I can make it past 10 minutes the feeling usually calms down and I can enjoy scriptures a bit more. What have you found that works for you?
  2. When reading an article today the topic of faith and anxiety in some cases being complimentary attributes was covered. What do you think? We are told to be anxiously engaged in a good cause. What cases is anxiety a strength when paired with faith? Jacob 1 5. For because of faith and great anxiety, it truly had been made manifest unto us concerning our people, what things should happen unto them. 6. And we also had many revelations, and the spirit of much prophecy; wherefore, we knew of Christ and his kingdom, which should come. When reading an article today the topic of faith and anxiety in some cases being complimentary attributes was covered. What do you think? What cases is anxiety a strength when paired with faith? Here's the link to the article if any of you are interested. https://scripturenotes.com/overcoming-fud-through-the-proper-application-of-anxiety
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    Distinguishing Wants from Needs

    I found this on an article I was reading this morning and thought it could add some insight. Here's a link to the article if you want to check it out. https://scripturenotes.com/how-do-i-meet-the-wants-and-needs-of-others D&C 82:17 17. And you are to be equal, or in other words, you are to have equal claims on the properties, for the benefit of managing the concerns of your stewardships, every man according to his wants and his needs, inasmuch as his wants are just— How do we determine if wants are just? In briefly analyzing this, I thought it would be helpful to visualize it this way.
  4. Good point. I asked the site owner and he clarified this for me. When he wrote that he meant just hearing "theory" sounds a lot like holy speculation because we associate theory with speculation. But in this more in-depth article he explains in reality it's a harmonizing of gospel principles like music theory brings together all the principles. It's like the whole thing comes together type of theory, not speculation. He's correcting the wording in the first article to not confuse people. He also said he would probably have done the graphic a little better to reflect this if he'd been thinking more clearly about it when he made the graphic. https://scripturenotes.com/gospel-theory-a-harmony-of-principled-living
  5. To add my 2 cents to this I found an awesome graphic on a site I do my scripture study on. Sometimes I learn more effectively with a visual so here goes. There are eternal laws and doctrines (teachings) rest upon those laws. Principles comes out of doctrines, and “a theory is founded on inferences drawn from principles which have been established on independent evidence” (Webster’s 1828 definition). A theory isn’t a man-made hypothesis like the theory of organic evolution or global warming, but it does feel a lot like holy speculation. What happens if I act on this true principle? What will the result be? A strengthening of faith? To me, I think theory is the perfected understanding that comes from cause and effect relationships. If I do X, then Y happens. There are lots of "If" - "Then" statements in the scriptures I think correlate with this. Here's a link to the site I got this from. It's worth checking out. https://scripturenotes.com/instructed-more-perfectly-in-theory-principle-doctrine-and-law
  6. Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand 1 Nephi 1:1 I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father; and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days; yea, having had a great knowledge of the goodness and the mysteries of God, therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days. 1 Nephi 10:19 For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round. Alma 26:22 Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed; yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance. D&C 84:19 And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God. D&C 10:64 Therefore, I will unfold unto them this great mystery I believe the mysteries are the things that are made mention of but often like Paul says that there were unspeakable things that could not be uttered. I believe the mysteries are the things we week for and dive deeper into asking God for testimony and personal revelation to further understand. I believe our Heavenly Father delights in teaching us more as we are able to bear it. “God hath not revealed anything to Joseph, but what he will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least Saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 149) The Gospel isn't an exclusive club privileged for a few, but anyone who will be obedient can obtain all the promises in the scriptures. For deeper dives on this topic here's a great article https://scripturenotes.com/are-we-seeking-the-mysteries-of-god