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  1. I'm giving my farewell talk this Sunday and it would be great to get some ideas on some resources I could use or some things I could talk about. The lord requires your full commitment not just a contribution. Thank you for your help
  2. Today’s topic in my talk will be “Personal inspirations- Messages from the Lord.” And believe me, I needed plenty of it for the talk. I apologize beforehand, if I have not received it, boring you =) Joking aside, personal inspiration and revelations do play a significant part in our lives inside the church but it is not exclusively ours as the Lord shares his divine spark, wherever he sees fit to incorporate us and anyone else into his designs. We often tend to forget that a good idea might just be what we prayed for or it is another way for the holy ghost to look out for us. And sometimes a personal message heralds changes, whether it be small or epically on a grand scale. Sometimes we don´t even realize he did. In one example however after the seeds of Christ were brought to Rome, emperor Constantine was marching with his army, and he beheld the sun where he saw a cross of light above it, with a phrase :” In hoc signo vinces.” In this sign, you will conquer. The emperor did not know at first what it meant but in a following night, he had a dream in which our savior explained to him that he should use the sign of the cross against his enemies. So all his soldiers would paint the cross on their shields on the eve before the battle of the Milvian bridge. He achieved victory, which paved the way for the edict of Milan that made Chrisitanity an officially recognized and tolerated religion in the Roman Empire. It was not only a military victory, it was a spiritual one indeed. But I reckon, most of you are more familiar in that regard with Joseph Smith in 1 nephi 8- 12 8 And being thus overcome with the Spirit, he was carried away in a vision, even that he saw the heavens open, and he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God. 9 And it came to pass that he saw One descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his luster was above that of the sun at noon-day. 10 And he also saw twelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament. 11 And they came down and went forth upon the face of the earth; and the first came and stood before my father, and gave unto him a book, and bade him that he should read. 12 And it came to pass that as he read, he was filled with the Spirit of the Lord. Which led to the restoration of the one church on earth. An inspiration that caused multiple ripples throughout the centuries, touching our lives in one way or another. Bible wise we find also people who were inspired to do things. Ranging from Mose to Elijah over to our twelve Apostles in the new testament. Other cultures refer to divine messengers and inspirators as well. Especially in the Greek culture where we find the Muses and their deities as per example Pallas Athena who aids Perseus in his hour of need with the Medusa or Heracles with the Nemeian Lion or Odysseus with his Trojan horse. The examples are legion. We see that inspiration and personal messages from the Lord can take many shapes and forms and sometimes it even asks for sacrifices. But we all know, without sacrifices, there is no victory. Especially over ourselves as complacency is the most diligent of all saboteurs. Personal inspiration does not help you or serve anyone if you choose to ignore it or refuse to exercise agency but even worse at times is, that if it personal inspiration is used when it is frowned upon or even stifled or outright opposed as complacency has gripped some of us and tempt us to be over dogmatic and close our hearts to ideas and revelations that have been carefully laid out for everyone to grasp. and brought to us by the lords chosen vessel John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. We tend to forget that in a world where the Lord takes on a less and less significant meaning. In effect the worldly things surround us and pollute our hearts up to a point how we forgot to listen to the lord even though he shows is things that are important to us. So how much worth has the word of the Lord to us then. We are guilty of unlearning to speak with the Lords, our hearts close and in the wake of this we unwittingly aid the natural man to combat our Lord and savior and his values which we seek to instill into our own hearts and then pass on. How can we do that though, if petty concerns hold us back ? The world has shifted from creation to consuming and we just absorb without reflection. Ideas are killed off or twisted to a point where once a divine spark might have been, it turned to an unliving object in our heart and mind-. Science can be a good example in that regard as people tend to dismiss the hand of the Lord in their work instantly as superstition. but most scientist forget that science is a way to explain God´s miracles and that their achievement are a result through divine inspiration to bring ease to our daily life. Heisenberg, a German chemist said once: the first swallow out of the cup of science is atheism, however at the bottom of the cup you find God." Inspiration can be subtle that gently , like water reaches its destination or it can be like a powerful tailwind that carries you far. But even with a strong wind, a kite has to be lifted up by pulling and running, lest it becomes useless on the ground or even broken. Then they are just missed opportunities that become regrets when we look back in our lives. I believe that my wife Annika which you know to be my personal conduit. My inspriations find a great source through her love. I would also say that it was the greatest inspiration I have been blessed with. Back then when I was still swimming in the shark tank of dating, I joined a plethora of platforms to find my significant other. There was also one obsolete and discfunct obscure church forum that I bothered to sign up once and visit somewhat bi annually. Most of those people online would waste my time by beating around the bush and being dishonest to themselves and to me and there where times where I would disregard messages as spam. Also in the case with a mail from that obscure forum. However, something told me I should open that mail ( I almost never did ) and in following this inspiration the impact to my life was tremendous. I met the love of my life and during our conversations our inspiration lit our hearts up and subsequently we found that we wanted to become husband and wife. And so it came to pass. It may not be on the scale of a roman conquest or the restoration of the church but it sure rocked my world as the Lord intended to and I am glad that I got inspired to read that email, lest I would have missed out on a wonderful person that is far more than I deserve. I consider this the most personal inspiration of my life. I am blessed and thankful. A diabolo, qui est simia dei. Wherever the Lord has a church, the devil has a chapel. Sometimes we receive ideas that are just plain and simple not from the Lord. They tempt you into mischief or into selfish ambitions and Lord knows , I had my fair share of practical jokes and moronic ideas. We can asks ourselves if the ideas that we have, would be pleasing in the eye of the lord and if the answer is no, then we should probably not follow up. Which saves you the trouble of making amends. Brothres and Sisters, an Idea is a powerful thing that comes in shapes and sizes. And they are meant to change your life because the Lord helps us to find our way. We are all but lost. the inspiration and the messages from the Lord are the gentle hands of the shepherd that guides and leads us. And we would do well to heed it and always have care that it is to the greater glory of our lord and to the benefit of our neighbor as we are servants unto the Lord. Proverbs 3 :5-6 5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. As a convert you receive the biggest inspiration and message at the same time if you are willing to open your heart for the messages that could mean an extreme life make over. It took an army of seven sisters to ready the soil for the seed of a divine message to start my life over. At first the thought that my life could be incomplete, seemed to be preposterous and it just motivated me to ridicule the sisters and see it more as an intellectual sparring match. (of course it backfired on me... ) the sisters kept coming and their conviction inspired me to give it a shot. It was a major gamechanger and it turned my life around. It inspires me to pass on the tender mercies I have received to others who need it. Brothers and sisters, I testify to you that, if you learn to listen to the voice in your heart and let that divine spark light you up, you can feel the Lords love for you. There is also a certain excitement as well to see how many people you can affect in the long run if you pass on that divine spark. You will discover potential that you didn´t know it is there because the Lord will unlock it for you when the time is right. I testify that his love for us is true.
  3. I am giving my mission farewell talk in Sacrament Meeting the day after tomorrow and I need help writing my talk!! I know it seems pretty late to start writing it but I am usually pretty good at writing talks, I just have trouble thinking of what to talk about. My topic is on D&C 4 and how "love qualifies you for the work". I'm honestly not entirely sure what that means! I feel like it means that even if you're not the most qualified or educated person, that if you have a sincere love for the people you're teaching that it doesn't matter and the Spirit will take care of the rest. Does that seem accurate? Any tips on giving a good talk would be appreciated, really!! (scriptures, quotes, etc. are also appreciated) Thank you!
  4. I just got assigned my Farewell Topic and it is - How am I using the gospel blueprint (the plan of salvation) to prepare myself for a mission? I just started working on it today and have run into a bit of a block... Does anyone have some good ideas that I could use?
  5. Hey there is a new group for youth in high school to have fun. You can do...anything! Talk about seminary, friends, school, family, church, problems, experiences, etc. Come join! Boys and girls are welcome. Go to: Groups-->Support Group-->Youth Group 14+
  6. Hey everybody, there is a new group for the youth of the Church who are 14 or older. Essentially if you are in high school you can join and talk about...anything. Seminary, school, church, friends, problems, family, etc. Check it out and join if you want! Go to: Groups-->Support Groups-->Youth 14+ *edit to add link* Groups » Youth 14 » LDS Social Network