Thursday, November 13, 2014

Joseph Fielding Smith, Ch. 21, "Proclaiming the Gospel to the World"

In a talk given last April, Elder Anderson said, " If you’re not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart." 

We can each think of many blessings that are in our lives because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each one of us has different circumstances and different spheres of influence. Regardless of our situation, we can all be missionaries. Sometimes sharing the gospel can feel intimidating or awkward. I testify that as we pray for missionary opportunities, the Lord will make weaknesses into strengths. Conversations that once felt awkward will feel natural. Friends who once seemed disinterested will ask questions. When we trust in the Lord and make personal missionary goals, we will see miracles in our lives.

Each of us has the power and potential to "be a force and a power and influence that would break down opposition and would prepare people to receive the light of the everlasting Gospel." As we become anxiously engaged in this work, Joseph Fielding Smith promises, "there will radiate from this community . . . an influence that would be irresistible" (Smith p. 269)

Claira Wilson

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Joseph Fielding Smith, Ch. 20, "Love & Concern for All Our Father's Children"

If we love the Lord with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind, and our neighbors as ourselves, then there is nothing more to be desired. Then we will be in hormony with the total of sacred law. These words, spoken by Joseph Fielding Smith, are few and simple and yet seem to say it all. This is amazing that there is nothing more to be desired. The world would be in harmony with God's law and we all would be worthy to live in the presence of God. Really sisters, this lesson is profound. I'm so grateful to have had this lesson put before me and to be tried and tested in living it. Isn't the Gospel just great!! I look forward to sharing a few thoughts and getting your thoughts as well.

Karen Armstrong