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God doesn’t show Himself at all times. We may have times when we are seeking Him, His guidance or answers and, for a time, it feels like we aren’t hearing anything from heaven. Our faith increases when we endure and trust in Him anyway. He is there–even if we can’t see Him, hear Him, or …

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God doesn’t show Himself at all times. We may have times when we are seeking Him, His guidance or answers and, for a time, it feels like we aren’t hearing anything from heaven. Our faith increases when we endure and trust in Him anyway. He is there–even if we can’t see Him, hear Him, or feel Him for a time.

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1 Kings 18:21

And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him.

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The Still Small Voice | Children’s Songbook, page 106

Through a still small voice, the Spirit speaks to me
To guide me, to save me from the evil I may see.
If I try to do what’s right, he will lead me thru the night,
Direct me, protect me, and give my soul his light.
Listen, listen. The Holy Ghost will whisper.
Listen, listen to the still small voice.

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FOR CHILDREN

Read and Explain: 1 Kings 17:1-6

And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

[The prophet, Elijah, prophesied that there would be no rain in the land for years. This would make it very difficult to grow crops because they would have very little water.]

And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

[The Lord told Elijah to go to a brook or stream to have water and the ravens–birds like large crows–would bring Elijah food to eat.]

So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

[The Lord fulfilled His promises and Elijah drank water from the stream and was brought food to eat morning and night by the birds.]

Teach: Sometimes we are required to go through really hard things. Wouldn’t it be hard to have no water? To have little food? But if we only focus on the trial, we will fail to see the blessings God has provided for us in the middle of the trial.

Ask: What blessings did Elijah receive in the midst of his trial of no rain? [He was told where to go to get food and water–even if it wasn’t in the way he was used to.]

Teach: Sometimes we can feel like God must not be listening to us if He is having us go through hard things. Maybe we are asking for a trial to end (like a drought), but the trial continues. If the trial continues, then God is providing compensatory blessings–or blessings that provide a way for us even if it’s not the way we are used to.

Choose a Quote to Share about Compensatory Blessings:

Elder Richard G. Scott: “Find the compensatory blessings in your life when, in the wisdom of the Lord, He deprives you of something you very much want. To the sightless or hearing impaired, He sharpens the other senses. To the ill, He gives patience, understanding, and increased appreciation for others’ kindness. With the loss of a dear one, He deepens the bonds of love, enriches memories, and kindles hope in a future reunion. You will discover compensatory blessings when you willingly accept the will of the Lord and exercise faith in Him.”

Elder Neil L. Andersen: “As evil increases in the world, there is a compensatory spiritual power for the righteous. . . . as evil increases in the world, there is a compensatory power, an additional spiritual endowment, a revelatory gift for the righteous.”

Elder Neil L. Andersen: “As we are righteous, compensatory blessings always come—even in the most difficult times of our lives.”

Teach: If we haven’t found the blessings that are compensating for the trials in our lives, it isn’t because there aren’t any. God is blessing you. Seek harder to find the gifts and blessings He is providing and it will help you feel gratitude and joy even while you’re going through something hard.

Video: Watch this video about how God provides and comes through even when it seems impossible. Elijah knew that the true God of Israel is the deliverer. No matter how unlikely the circumstances, He can come through for us.

Testify: As Roger Terry put it, “He specializes in miracles, which we might define as things He can do for us that we can’t do for ourselves.”

The miracles may be different than we were expecting, but if we trust that the Lord is mindful of us and our needs, He can provide a way for us to meet all our needs and bring us closer to Him.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: Although Obadiah is only mentioned briefly in these chapters, we know that “Obadiah feared the Lord greatly” (1 Kings 18:3). It seems, in fact, that he feared the Lord more than he feared Jezebel, wife of Ahab who was king of Israel. She used her influence to bring about false worship among the Israelites.

Read: 1 Kings 18:4

When Jezebel cut off the prophets of the Lord . . . Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.

Teach: Jezebel had great power which Obadiah could have feared, but instead he chose to fear God and protect the prophets.

Ask: Have you ever had a time when it was risky to do what was right? Have you ever had to stand up to someone to defend someone else?

Video: Watch this video to see how one person who takes an interest in someone else can make a difference among others. Sometimes it just takes one person to do the right thing, to treat people the right way, to create a wave of change among others. Additionally, sometimes it just takes one friend to be all the difference in someone else’s life.

Teach: In the midst of a terrible drought, the Israelites were turning to the false god Baal, but Elijah wanted them to turn their worship to the true God of Israel. Elijah issues a challenge to the worshippers of Baal. They and Elijah would each prepare a sacrifice to their God. They would bring the bullock, prepare the altar and the wood for the fire, but they would not light the fire. Read the rest of the challenge below.

Read: 1 Kings 18:24

And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.

Teach: After both offerings were prepared, the priests of Baal prayed all morning, but there was no answer, and there was no fire for their offering. Elijah joked that maybe their god was busy or sleeping. They continued to pray until evening and still there was no answer and no fire. Then Elijah prepared the altar for sacrifice.

Read: 1 Kings 18: 32-39

And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.

And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.

Testify: Elijah knew the true God of Israel would show up for the Israelites. Sometimes we also know that Christ is the answer, but we hesitate to commit to Him for fear of offending someone else. Elijah has a response for that, too. He said, “How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him” (1 Kings 18:21).

If we have felt the Holy Spirit, if we have gained a witness for ourselves, no matter how small, then we know who God really is. If we know who He really is, there is no reason to hold back. Go all in. Trust the Lord, and He will deliver you from your trials, too.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Video: Watch this depiction of Elijah the prophet requesting food from the widow of Zarephath.

As moving as this account is, it’s interesting that the widow’s faith was tried further when her son fell ill.

Read: 1 Kings 17:17-24

And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son?

[The woman had seen a miracle before her eyes– the preservation of her life and her son’s life through the barrel of meal and cruse of oil that did not fail. Yet, in her fear, she forgot her blessings and doubted God and His prophet. Do we ever allow our fear to overcome our faith?]

And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. And he cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child’s soul come into him again.

And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.

This dear woman had now witnessed two powerful miracles, but she almost missed or forgot the first one.

Consider or Journal: What miracles are taking place in your life right now that you may be missing because it’s not the miracle you were looking for? God is always blessing us more abundantly than He is trying us. When we see the blessings and miracles, even while the trials rage on, we can have gratitude, peace, and joy.

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Read: 1 Kings 19:11-12

And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Give each of the children something distracting. It could be a ribbon wand for waving, an instrument to play loudly, a pot and spoon to bang, a toy microphone to sing in, etc. Then, have a parent whisper sing the song, “The Holy Ghost” from the Children’s Songbook.

Challenge each child, in turn, to hear the song over all the noise and other distractions. Testify that when we focus on Him and His voice, we can hear Him even in the midst of the world’s noise and distractions. Read more about this idea here.

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Gospel Q&A: What is the Church’s Stance on Medical Marijuana and CBD Oil? https://www.ldsdaily.com/personal-lds-blog/gospel-qa-what-is-the-churchs-stance-on-medical-marijuana-and-cbd-oil/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 17:51:12 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=101633 Gospel Q&A is a series from LDS Daily that strives to answer important gospel questions from readers. Today, we answer the question, “What is the Church’s stance on medical marijuana and CBD oil?” Do you have a question you’d like to see answered? Send us an email at calledtoshare@ldsdaily.com or leave it in the comments …

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Gospel Q&A is a series from LDS Daily that strives to answer important gospel questions from readers. Today, we answer the question, “What is the Church’s stance on medical marijuana and CBD oil?”

Do you have a question you’d like to see answered? Send us an email at calledtoshare@ldsdaily.com or leave it in the comments below.

The Church’s stand on medical marijuana is easy enough to find in the Church handbook under policies. It states that the Church opposes marijuana for recreational use (as with other mind-altering drugs), but that the Church does not oppose marijuana use for medicinal purposes. The patient’s circumstances, however, do need to meet certain criteria before use, including that the use of medical marijuana is deemed “medically necessary by a licensed physician or another legally approved medical provider,” and that the patient “follows the dosage and mode of administration” prescribed by their medical provider.

Additionally, “the Church does not approve of vaping marijuana unless the medical provider has authorized it based on medical necessity,” and, “the Church does not approve of smoking marijuana, including for medical purposes.”

The Church’s stance on CBD oil is not as clearly defined. The standards for youth found in the For the Strength of Youth direct, “Avoid any drink, drug, chemical, or dangerous practice that is used to produce a ‘high’ or other artificial effects that may harm your body or mind.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, CBD oil [or cannabidiol] “is a chemical found in marijuana. CBD doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana that produces a high.” One may conclude, then, that CBD oil is safe and fine, except the Mayo Clinic also states, “another cause for concern is the unreliability of the purity and dosage of CBD in products. A recent study of 84 CBD products bought online showed that more than a quarter of the products contained less CBD than labeled. In addition, THC was found in 18 products.

When the topic of medical marijuana was up for a vote in Utah, the Church issued a statement that included this clarification: “While we are not in a position to evaluate specific medical claims, the Church understands that there are some individuals who may benefit from the medical use of compounds found in marijuana. For that reason, although the Church opposes SB 73, it has raised no objection to SB 89. These two competing pieces of legislation take very different approaches when it comes to issues like access, distribution, control and the potential harm of the hallucinogenic compound, THC.”

According to a Utah dispensary, “This senate bill approved access to cannabis in the cannabidiol (CBD) form” and so, therefore, was not unapproved by the Church or the Word of Wisdom.

While not being unapproved isn’t quite the same thing as being approved, the Church’s stance on SB 89 unfortunately, is about as clear of instructions as we currently have on CBD oil use. Though it may be difficult, it seems the area of CBD oil use is not clearly defined and, therefore, we must be prayerful and judicious about our course of action. We must also be non-judgmental about it if our family, friends, or neighbors make different choices based on their own prayerful considerations.

The Church handbook declares, “There are other harmful substances and practices that are not specified in the Word of Wisdom or by Church leaders. Members should use wisdom and prayerful judgment in making choices to promote their physical, spiritual, and emotional health.”

The handbook also leaves us with this admonition from the Apostle Paul:

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

My advice? Use your agency to choose based on the direction you receive from the Holy Ghost. Best of luck to you.

Disclaimer: While all of my answers will use scriptures and/or words of modern prophets, I do not represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I don’t believe any of my answers are comprehensive. I’m just one person using the gospel I have been blessed with to bring hope, peace, and answers to other seekers of truth.

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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – Thy Kingdom Shall Be Established https://www.ldsdaily.com/home-and-family/fhe-lessons/come-follow-me-fhe-lesson-thy-kingdom-shall-be-established/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 15:33:54 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=101636 Kings and leaders may fail us. We may fail ourselves. But Jesus Christ, our true King, will never fail us. This FHE lesson will help us learn from the lives of King David and King Solomon. Scripture 2 Samuel 7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne …

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Kings and leaders may fail us. We may fail ourselves. But Jesus Christ, our true King, will never fail us. This FHE lesson will help us learn from the lives of King David and King Solomon.

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2 Samuel 7:16

And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

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God Speed the Right | Hymn #106

1. I need thee ev’ry hour,
Most gracious Lord.
No tender voice like thine
Can peace afford.

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I need thee, oh, I need thee;
Ev’ry hour I need thee!
Oh, bless me now, my Savior;
I come to thee!

2. I need thee ev’ry hour;
Stay thou nearby.
Temptations lose their pow’r
When thou art nigh.

3. I need thee ev’ry hour,
In joy or pain.
Come quickly and abide,
Or life is vain.

4. I need thee ev’ry hour,
Most holy One.
Oh, make me thin indeed,
Thou blessed Son!

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FOR CHILDREN

David, the young man who conquered Goliath, was chosen to become king over the Israelites. He had proved himself worthy to receive this appointment from the Lord. After he had power, however, it seemed he began to think that the rules and commandments he had followed before were no longer applicable to him.

Ask: After you’ve been baptized and gotten on the path back to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, have you done all you needed to do? [No!]

After you’ve served a faithful mission, can you stop keeping the commandments? Wasn’t your mission enough? [No!]

After you’ve been married and sealed in the holy temple, are you done? Can you stop honoring God then? [No!]

How long has the Lord said we need to remain faithful? How long are we required to endure?

Read: 2 Nephi 31:20

Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.

Explain: Everybody needs to avoid temptation. Even Jesus Christ was tempted, but He did not yield to temptation. He asks the same of us–even if we are baptized, or returned missionaries, or sealed in the temple. He requires our obedience even if we have a calling with high authority or if we are famous. We learned last week that the Lord looks on the heart. He doesn’t care what we have accomplished. He wants us to be faithful and keep the commandments no matter who we are or how important we think we are. Even King David, king of the Israelites, needed to keep the commandments.

Read: 2 Samuel 11:2

And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

Teach: David was watching Bathsheba (the woman washing herself) when she had little or no clothing on. One form of pornography is looking at pictures of people with little or no clothing on. Watch this video to learn what pornography is, how to avoid it, and what to do when you encounter it.

Video: What Should I Do When I See Pornography?

 

[Parents: Be sure to discuss with your children these steps for how to respond to pornography. If your child has already seen something, respond calmly and with patience and kindness. It is critical that she or he feels safe enough to talk to you so you can help them through this challenge. Be sure they understand that if they accidentally viewed pornography how to clear it from their minds and not to seek it out further. If they have indulged and returned again to pornography, help them understand the joy of repentance and the hope of the Atonement. They are not lost. They can be clean from the filth of pornography through Jesus Christ.]

Testify: It is imperative that we never get complacent and believe that we are incapable of falling into temptation. If we keep the Holy Ghost with us at all times, He can guide us to make good choices and avoid things that will hurt our spirits, confuse our minds, and separate us from God.

It is also imperative that in one way or another, we will all make mistakes and Jesus Christ has prepared a way for us to become clean and return to Him. Repentance is part of God’s plan. It is joyful because it helps us to feel the love of the Lord. We can always repent. Being the Lord’s disciple doesn’t mean we never make mistakes, it means we never stop trying, even after we have made mistakes.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

King David was ruler over all the Israelites. Perhaps he no longer felt accountable to anyone because he was king, but no matter our position, title, or perceived importance, we are all accountable unto God.

Read: 2 Samuel 11:2

And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

Ask: Is there any sin in just happening to see pornography? If all he had done was accidentally see her washing herself, but instead chose to walk away and leave her alone, would there have been any sin or harm in that?

Video: Watch how this video first depicts David looking away–knowing he shouldn’t be watching Bathsheba bathe. Then, watch how his first impulse is ignored and instead he indulges in his lust.

Teach: David lusted after Bathsheba, brought him to his home, and committed adultery. To cover it up, he later sent Bathsheba’s husband to the front lines of war so he would be killed and not find out about the adultery.

Read: 2 Samuel 11:15

And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.

Consider: What led David to this point? There was a brief window between David happening upon something he shouldn’t have seen (not his fault) and acting according to his most base desires. In that window was his moment of opportunity to practice discipline.

Ask: What are some of our moments to practice discipline?
Perhaps you can see someone’s test answers in a class you’re struggling in. What do you do?
Perhaps someone at the store gives you too much change back after a purchase. What do you do?
Maybe you were watching a clean video online, but the next video that comes up is vulgar. What do you do?

Teach: It is not a sin to be tempted, but it is a sin to indulge in temptation. It’s not a sin to have seen Bathsheba. It’s a sin to keep looking. It’s another sin bringing her to the palace. It’s another sin to commit adultery. It’s another sin to cover up the first sins. It’s another sin to send her husband to die. David’s first, seemingly innocuous sin–not just seeing, but looking, watching Bathsheba turned into adultery and essentially murder.

Ask: How do we prevent one bad decision from snowballing into something exponentially worse?

Testify: In the moment of decision, we must practice discipline. Every time we say no, look away, and hum a favorite hymn instead of indulging in sin, our resolve to obey grows stronger. Our discipline grows greater. If, however, we slip up, right now is always the best time to repent. Don’t wait until the sin has snowballed out of control. Repent today. Jesus Christ’s Atonement is always ready for us. He never fails us.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Consider: David, first a faithful young man who defeated the Philistine warrior Goliath and later king of all Israel, is a reminder that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. While not perfect, his story gives us hope in Christ’s unfailing Atonement. There is always hope for us–no matter how far we have fallen. In the words of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:

However late you think you are, however many chances you think you have missed, however many mistakes you feel you have made or talents you think you don’t have, or however far from home and family and God you feel you have traveled, I testify that you have not traveled beyond the reach of divine love. It is not possible for you to sink lower than the infinite light of Christ’s Atonement shines.

Journal: Write down in your journal what the hope of the Atonement means to you.

Following David’s reign, Solomon became his heir. One night, the Lord came to Solomon in a dream and asked him an unusual question.

Read: 1 Kings 3:5

In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

The Lord opened the door asking Solomon what he sought from God.

Consider: If God came to you in a dream and asked you what you wanted from Him, what would you ask for?

Solomon responded thus: Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? – 1 Kings 3:9

Knowing he would be king and judge over the people, Solomon asked for an understanding heart. He asked for discernment.

Why is this gift so crucial?

The Lord has admonished us to be discerning and to seek the gifts that bring us discernment. He has said, “Wherefore, beware lest ye are deceived; and that ye may not be deceived seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given” (D&C 46:8).

How can we increase in discernment? How can we tell the truth from deception in a word filled with so many insidious and pervasive lies?

Quote: George Q. Cannon said:

If any of us are imperfect [we all are], it is our duty to pray for the gift that will make us perfect . . . No man ought to say, “Oh, I cannot help this; it is my nature.” He is not justified in it, for the reason that God has promised to give strength to correct these things, and to give gifts that will eradicate them. If a man lack wisdom, it is his duty to ask God for wisdom. The same with everything else.

What spiritual gift will you ask from the Lord?

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Use this great object lesson from Teaching Children the Gospel about how sin that snowballs out of control binds us. 

Ask for a volunteer. Have the volunteer put their hands together. Wrap one layer of the masking tape around their fingers and thumbs. Ask them if they can break free. Explain that when we first make a mistake or sin we are easily able to break free of its grasp and repent. But Satan knows that if he continues to get us to sin, little by little, eventually the sin will become accepted and then we become bound in captivity to the sin . . . (Wrap the tape around the child’s hands several times, layering one area around the fingers and thumbs.) Ask the child to try and break free from the bindings. They shouldn’t be able to. Satan wants us to be miserable like he is, and he knows that sin binds us in captivity and destroys lives.

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Dear Dads, We Need You https://www.ldsdaily.com/home-and-family/dear-dads-we-need-you/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 22:18:57 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=101580 Dear Fathers, You are so needed. We honor you this upcoming Father’s Day because we know the task set before you is not easy. We know there are often places you would rather be, interests you would rather pursue, and time you might rather spend elsewhere, but home—with your children—is where your impact is needed …

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Dear Fathers,

You are so needed. We honor you this upcoming Father’s Day because we know the task set before you is not easy. We know there are often places you would rather be, interests you would rather pursue, and time you might rather spend elsewhere, but home—with your children—is where your impact is needed most.

We Need Your Strength.

We need fathers who are persistent in the cause of truth. We need you to live with integrity—for your actions to match your words. We need you to be fair and honest in your dealings. We need you to return what was borrowed and replace what was broken.  We need you to get the corners and edges, hoe to the end of the row, and finish what you started.

We need to see you work. You may go to a place of employment, but we also need to see it at home. We need to see that you take responsibility for yourself and your family. We need to see you wash the dishes, clean the toilets, mow the lawn, sweep the floor, fold the laundry, and rake the leaves. We need you to demonstrate the fulfillment that comes from taking responsibility for what is yours and not leaving others to do your work.

We need to see fathers who preside. This will never mean leading through fear. We need your long-suffering, gentleness, meekness, and love unfeigned (D&C 121:41). We need your gentle correction. It will give your children security to know that when they wander, you will find them and lovingly invite them back to the path.

We Need Your Faith.

Fathers, we need to know that the gospel is applicable. That while we may speak of the Golden Rule or the Good Samaritan, you will actually demonstrate what it means to be your brother’s keeper. We need you to pay an honest tithe, visit and tend to your ministering families, and kneel in family prayer. We need to catch you reading your scriptures and watching General Conference. We want to hear times you shared the gospel with others. We want you to teach us what you’ve learned and how the Spirit spoke to you.

We know you won’t be perfect. We need to hear you apologize and own your mistakes. We will love you for being humble and trying again.

We Need Your Joy.

Fathers, life is heavy sometimes. We need to see you still taking some joy in it. We need to see your silly side. We need you to play ball, to stop and check out the cool bug in the yard, to make root beer floats. We need you to help us find the balance between work and fun. We need fathers who will have tea parties and build epic train tracks. We need you to stay up until the teenagers are home and take joy in their safe, innocent fun. We need your jokes, even if they’re dorky. We need fathers who will have a laugh with us, not take themselves too seriously, and who will remember to have “much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured” (Gordon B. Hinckley).

We Need Your Love.

We need a hug when our hearts are broken. We need you to be a safe place to land when the world knocks us down. We need your wisdom and advice through our tough decisions. We need to know you’re rooting for us.

We need to see that your love is unselfish. We need to see you honor women and mothers—your mother and the mother of your children. The way you treat women will be reflected in your daughter’s understanding of her worth and your son’s understanding of his role. It has been said that “Children are great imitators, so give them something great to imitate.” This is what we need, Dads. Someone who will be the hero his children look to as a life-long example.

The task is great. It’s no small thing to put yourself aside and become who your family needs you to be. To all your fathers who aren’t there yet, there is still time. We will most likely still love you, even honor you, but we need more.

And to all you fathers who are trying, stumbling, and trying again—we see you. We honor you. We thank you. In the words of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.”

And so are we.

Happy Father’s Day.

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Gospel Q&A: What Sets The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Apart from Other Christian Churches? https://www.ldsdaily.com/personal-lds-blog/gospel-qa-what-sets-the-church-of-jesus-christ-of-latter-day-saints-apart-from-other-christian-churches/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 18:30:21 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=101539 Gospel Q&A is a series from LDS Daily that strives to answer important gospel questions from readers. Today, we answer the question, “What sets The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints apart from other Christian churches?” Do you have a question you’d like to see answered? Send us an email at calledtoshare@ldsdaily.com or leave …

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Gospel Q&A is a series from LDS Daily that strives to answer important gospel questions from readers. Today, we answer the question, “What sets The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints apart from other Christian churches?”

Do you have a question you’d like to see answered? Send us an email at calledtoshare@ldsdaily.com or leave it in the comments below.

This question can be a little bit sensitive because as followers of Jesus Christ, but more importantly, as children of God, our unity and love for one another grow most when we remember how similar we are without focusing on our differences.

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ, we like to build bridges and create bonds of friendship and inclusion with our friends of other faiths as well as people of all nationalities and races.

We do believe we have some good to bring to the world. President Gordon B. Hinckley, during his time as president of the Church, said, “We recognize the good in all people. We recognize the good in all churches, in their efforts to improve mankind and to teach principles that lead to good, stable, productive living. To people everywhere, we simply say, ‘You bring with you all the good that you have, and let us add to it. That is the principle on which we work.’”

We wouldn’t be sending missionaries throughout the world if we didn’t think we had something valuable to offer our brothers and sisters, but we strive to love, honor, respect, and serve our fellow man throughout the world no matter our differences.

Still, in keeping with President Hinckley’s assertion that we may be able to add something of value to our brothers and sisters, here are three principles and truths The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has to offer.

Priesthood

We believe that we belong to the church of Jesus Christ—the church He founded when He was on the earth. The fullness of His truth, however, was lost for a time. After His Crucifixion, the priesthood authority with which the apostles had been ordained was lost to the earth. This brought about an apostasy—a falling away from the truth Jesus taught. We believe it was prophesied that there would be an apostasy between the time of Christ’s first coming and His second coming (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3). This priesthood authority is needed to lead the Lord’s church, but it was no longer found on the earth.

The way to receive this priesthood authority has not changed since biblical times. Priesthood is conferred from one priesthood holder to another through the laying on of hands. If there were no priesthood holders after the martyrdom of the apostles, then where can modern-day priesthood come from?

Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had this same question. He and Oliver Cowdery had read about the need for baptism but didn’t know who would have the authority to baptize in Christ’s name. Christ Himself went to one with authority (John) to be baptized in the proper manner. John had this authority because his father, Zacharias, was a priest within the temple. He held the priesthood and conferred it on to his son. When Joseph and Oliver prayed to know about baptism and the authority to baptize, John the Baptist descended from heaven to confer that same priesthood (known as the Aaronic priesthood, or the lesser priesthood) upon Joseph and Oliver. Once they had this sacred authority, they were authorized to baptize in Christ’s name, just as John the Baptist had been. John told them, “Upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins” (D&C 13:1).

Later, Peter, James, and John also came to confer the higher priesthood, or the Melchizedek priesthood to increase Joseph’s and Oliver’s priesthood authority.

If you know someone who holds this priesthood, you might ask them to share with you their priesthood line of authority. For example, my husband would say he received the Melchizedek priesthood under the hands of his father, Mark who received it under the hand of his, father, John, etc., etc., who received it under the hand of Joseph Smith, who received it under the hands of Peter, James, and John, who received it under the hands of Jesus Christ. The line is clear and direct. Having the genuine authority to act in Christ’s stead brings about a great many blessings, including our next point.

Covenants and Ordinances

Jesus Christ taught that receiving baptism and the Holy Ghost (being born of the Spirit) are both necessary to join Him in the kingdom of God.

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).

Baptism is required, but as described above, it needs to be done under proper authority. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has this authority. Baptism is the first ordinance and symbolizes the first covenants we make with Heavenly Father.

We also partake of the sacrament as described by the Lord in the Last Supper (whether communion or sacrament, this is common in Christian denominations).

Can a lone Priesthood holder prepare and bless the Sacrament if unable to attend church?

In addition, however, we worship and receive ordinances in the temple. These ordinances are sacred and are not specifically discussed outside of the temple, even among spouses in their own homes, but they include the ability to seal families together forever. While many Christian faiths believe that marriage is “until death do you part,” the Church of Jesus Christ believes that marriage is ordained of God and He honors marriages performed under proper authority—such as in the temple. These ceremonies are called “sealings” because they bind or seal families together. Children are also sealed to their parents (though if the parents were sealed in the temple prior to the children’s birth, they are automatically sealed to their families). Many of us innately believe in forever families. Sealings in the temple under proper priesthood authority make that possible.

A Living Prophet

Since Adam, there have been periods of time when the believers were led by a prophet. These periods are called, “dispensations.”

A dispensation of the gospel is a period of time in which the Lord has at least one authorized servant on the earth who bears the holy priesthood and the keys, and who has a divine commission to dispense the gospel to the inhabitants of the earth.” (Bible Dictionary)

The first dispensation began with Adam, but others followed including those led by Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Moses, and later with Jesus and his apostles. Ephesians 1:10 promises that “in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth.” This dispensation began when Joseph Smith was called by God to be a prophet. “All things,” and all truth revealed in these prior dispensations were restored and continue to be restored to the Lord’s prophet on the earth. Today that man is Russell M. Nelson.

President Nelson invites us to #GiveThanks. Read his full message on the 'healing power of gratitude' - Church News

We are Peculiar

While I maintain that as people of faith or simply as children of God, we have more in common than we have differences, there certainly are some things that make practicing members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unique. We seek to share what we feel are our blessings with others, but we honor all people’s right to live and believe differently. One of the core tenets of our belief states, “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”

If any of these “differences” appeal to you, we invite you as Jesus did to “come and see.” Check out our website for more teachings, or better yet, meet with the missionaries whom can ask your unique questions in real-time. Find some missionaries here: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/comeuntochrist/requests/missionary-visit

Or come and meet with us next Sunday. Go here to find a meeting near you.

If you’re in the neighborhood, I’m happy to save a seat for you.

Disclaimer: While all of my answers will use scriptures and/or words of modern prophets, I do not represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I don’t believe any of my answers are comprehensive. I’m just one person using the gospel I have been blessed with to bring hope, peace, and answers to other seekers of truth.

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The Lord can mold us to become whatever He needs us to be to participate in His work–if we are humble and obedient. This FHE lesson dives into the story of David and Goliath and includes three different lesson plans.

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1 Samuel 17:47

And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.

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God Speed the Right | Hymn #106

1. Now to heav’n our prayer ascending,
God speed the right;
In a noble cause contending,
God speed the right.
Be our zeal in heav’n recorded,
With success on earth rewarded.
God speed the right.
God speed the right.

2. Be that prayer again repeated,
God speed the right;
Ne’er despairing, though defeated,
God speed the right.
Like the great and good in story,
If we fail, we fail with glory.
God speed the right.
God speed the right.

3. Patient, firm, and persevering,
God speed the right;
No event nor danger fearing,
God speed the right.
Pains, nor toils, nor trials heeding,
And in heav’n’s good time succeeding,
God speed the right.
God speed the right.

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FOR CHILDREN

Explain: The Israelites and Philistines were fighting a war. The Israelites’ leader, Saul, was set to go into battle when one of the Philistines came out of his camp and yelled to the Israelites that he would represent the whole army of the Philistines. His name was Goliath. He told the Israelites that they should send out their best soldier and whoever won the battle between Goliath and the Israelite soldier would declare victory for their whole army.

Read: 1 Samuel 17:4, 8-10

And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants, and serve us. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together.

Teach: The Israelites knew this was a better option than losing hundreds or thousands of soldiers in war, but Goliath was not a typical contender. Goliath was six cubits and one span tall. At the time, a cubit represented about 1.5 feet. A span was considered to be half a cubit, or about 9 inches. A man, therefore, who was six cubits and a span tall was approximately 9’9” tall!

Take a piece of string and tape it up nine feet and nine inches. If the ceilings are too low, try going outside to visually show how tall this is. It is almost as tall as a full-sized basketball hoop. He was not a beanpole, nearly 10-foot man either. His coat of armor (not including his helmet, shin guards, etc.) weighed five thousand shekels of brass. In today’s measurements, that’s approximately 125 pounds!

That’s just the coat. [Try to approximate the weight of this for the children to understand. Maybe several children together weigh close to 125. Perhaps use bags of flour, dog food, etc. to demonstrate how heavy 125 pounds is–and this is just the weight of just the coat part of his coat of armor.]

Read: 1 Samuel 17:5

And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.

Goliath had a spearhead that weighed 600 shekels (1 Samuel 17:7) or about 15 pounds. This is nearly the same as two gallons of milk. Imagine putting two gallons of milk on the end of a pole and then throwing it–with good aim–at an enemy. Goliath must have been impossibly strong.

David, on the other hand, was a young shepherd boy.

Ask: Why would God give a task like slaying Goliath to a young boy? [As we see throughout the Old Testament, God performs miracles so incredible that they can only be from Him. If God used an equally strong man to defeat Goliath, it would have been easy to believe the man defeated him by his own strength and cunning, and not through the power of God.]

Read: 1 Samuel 17: 45

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

Teach: David was the youngest son of Jesse. His three oldest brothers had joined the war effort, but David was in charge of keeping the family’s sheep. Jesse sent David to take food to his brothers on the frontlines. When he got there, he heard Goliath taunting the Israelites to send their best warrior to fight against him. The Israelite army was terrified of Goliath. They ran away from him. But when David heard the challenge, he knew Goliath could be defeated–with help from the Lord.

It didn’t matter to God that David was young and so much smaller than Goliath. God knew David had the faith to defeat Goliath.

Ask: Has anyone ever looked at you and thought you couldn’t do something you knew you could do just because you were young or small? God knows what we are capable of because he knows our hearts. The prophet Samuel knew David would become king–even when he was young and weak–because God knew David’s heart.

Read: 1 Samuel 16:7

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Ask: David trusted that the Lord would deliver him, but his brothers, fellow Israelites and all of the Philistines believed he would be defeated. How can we trust God to deliver us even when people around us lack that faith? How can we remain faithful even when we stand alone?

Video: Watch this video to review the story of how David defeated Goliath through faith in the Lord.

Testify: You may feel too weak to overcome your challenges of bullying, fear, worry, tests, tough relationships, and more. Your trials may feel like a giant Goliath standing in front of you. Others may not think you’re big enough or strong enough to overcome your fears and challenges, but with God, all things are possible. He may not remove the challenge (though He sometimes does!), but He will definitely provide a way for you to endure it. If you look to Him and not forget Him in your trials, you will be stronger and more like Him.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: The Israelites came to Samuel the prophet and asked him to appoint a king of Israel. Samuel warned the people of the problems that could come from having a king instead of Judges as they had previously had, but the people insisted they wanted a king.

The Lord allowed for it and directed Samuel to choose Saul as the king of the Israelites. At the time of his call, Saul was “a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he” (1 Samuel 9:2). Saul had great ability and potential. He had the character traits and abilities of a person prepared to be king. God can use our strengths to build His kingdom and serve His people–if we are obedient and faithful to Him.

In time, however, Saul started to become overconfident and arrogant about his abilities and his position as king of Israel.

Explain: God, through the prophet Samuel, commanded Saul to have his armies destroy the Amalekites and all they have. Perhaps they were like the people in Noah’s day because the Lord required that they and all their animals be destroyed–no exceptions. Saul heard these instructions directly, but perhaps he believed himself above the word of the Lord.

Read: 1 Samuel 15:9

But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

Teach: When Samuel questioned Saul about why he had disobeyed the Lord, Saul first admitted no wrongdoing. He told Saul that he had obeyed the word of the Lord.

Ask: Are we ever tempted to say “close enough” when it comes to obeying the Lord (or our parents)?

I fasted for breakfast (instead of two meals/24 hours). That’s close enough.
I came in 15 minutes after curfew. That’s close enough.
I only cheated on a couple of test questions. That’s close enough.
I only stole something no one even cares about. That’s close enough.
I only said hurtful things to my siblings when my mom wasn’t around to hear it. That’s close enough.

Teach: Saul justifies his behavior by claiming that he spared the best of the animals to sacrifice them.

Read: 1 Samuel 15:15

And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.

Teach: Perhaps it is true that Saul spared the animals to offer sacrifice, but that isn’t what God wanted. God does ask sacrifices of us and at this time, animal sacrifices were a part of that. The problem with Saul sparing the animals was not in using the animals for sacrifice. The problem was Saul’s rebellion against the word of the Lord.

Read: 1 Samuel 15:22-23

And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Teach: Saul didn’t seem to think his sin was very serious, but rebellion against the Lord is significant. He also failed to take responsibility for his actions, even though he was in charge of his army and the prophet had told him exactly what to do.

Video: Watch this video clip with a real-life example of the need for taking 100% responsibility.

Testify: God needs his people, especially his leaders, to be humble, obedient, and responsible. When we choose Him over our pride, He can help us to become so much greater than we could ever be on our own.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Consider: When the Lord called Saul, through the prophet Samuel, to be the king of the Israelites, Saul was humble. When he began to think more of himself than of the words of the prophet, he became proud and lost his gift to lead. He was removed from office as king.

Saul went several times through the repentance process, as there is always a way to return to the Lord and be clean, but having our sins forgiven may not always restore the blessings that would have been ours if we had been obedient.

After Samuel told Saul he would lose the kingship for his rebellion, Samuel was remorseful and sought to repent.

Read: 1 Samuel 15:24-25, 30-31

And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord. Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord thy God. So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the Lord.

Consider or Journal: The Lord allowed for Saul’s repentance just as He allows for ours, but He cannot always relieve us from the grief of what we lost when we were disobedient. Heavenly Father forgives sins, but our sins may disqualify us for full-time missionary service. He forgives us if we fall into addiction, but we may still need to live with the consequences of poor health. He is eternally merciful, but choice and its accompanying virtue, accountability, are also eternal.

What would God have me do or stop doing to be eligible to receive His choicest blessings?

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Put up a piece of tape, or use large butcher paper to sketch out just how large Goliath really was. See in the children’s section above for ideas on how to approximate the size and weight of Goliath, his armor, and his weapons.

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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – My Heart Rejoiceth in the Lord https://www.ldsdaily.com/home-and-family/come-follow-me-fhe-lesson-my-heart-rejoiceth-in-the-lord/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 16:45:06 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=101456 The stories of Naomi, Ruth, and Hannah teach us that when we remain humble and loyal to the Lord, He provides a way through our trials and brings us closer to Him. Scripture Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, …

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The stories of Naomi, Ruth, and Hannah teach us that when we remain humble and loyal to the Lord, He provides a way through our trials and brings us closer to Him.

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Ruth 1:16

And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.

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Stand for the Right | Children’s Songbook, pg. 159

Our prophet has some words for you,
And these are the words:
“Be true, be true.”
At work or at play,
In darkness or light,
Be true, be true,
And stand for the right.

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FOR CHILDREN

Teach: Due to a famine in their homeland, Naomi and her husband Elimelech took their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion to Moab. They lived there many years and their sons were married to Orpah and Ruth. In time, each of their husbands passed away leaving Naomi, Orpah, and Ruth as widows. At this time, there weren’t many opportunities for women to make a living or provide for themselves without a husband. Worried that she wouldn’t be able to provide for them, Naomi told Orpah and Ruth that they should return to their families. Orpah agreed and returned home, but Ruth stayed by Naomi’s side.

Naomi had been introduced to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through her husband’s family. She knew her husband’s family had the truth and she didn’t want to leave it. She also worried about how Naomi would provide for herself without support and she didn’t want to leave her alone. Staying with Naomi, however, might mean Ruth would go hungry.

Ask: What sacrifices could you make to be loyal to your family and the gospel? Could you go hungry? Could you be homeless? Ruth was courageous to be loyal even when her circumstances looked grim.

Scripture: Read Ruth 1:16 (found above). Ruth was committed to doing whatever was necessary to stay united with Naomi.

Teach: Naomi took Ruth to Beth-lehem where Naomi’s husband had family. The women asked if they could glean the leftovers from Boaz’s harvest. Gleaning is going in after the harvest to pick the last few fruits or grains left behind. Boaz saw Ruth’s hard work and loyalty to Naomi and told his workers to leave behind extra food so the women would have enough.

Read: Ruth 2:10-12

Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger? And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore. The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.

Ask: It can sometimes seem like it doesn’t matter what we do because no one would notice anyway, but people are watching what we do and say. Have you ever had a time when someone noticed you were different because of your faith and loyalty to the Lord? Have you ever had an example who didn’t know they were your example? Have you ever been that example for someone else?

Video: Watch this video for a visual representation of the scriptural account of Ruth and Naomi.

Testify: Even if the Lord is the only One who notices our loyalty and good works, He will not forget or forsake us. There is always a way out of our desperate situations if we put the Lord first in our lives.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: Hannah was a righteous woman who was unable to have children. Her husband loved her, but she felt great shame that she couldn’t bear him a child. This was made worse by the comments of people around her.

Read: 1 Samuel 1:6 – “And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.”

Ask: Hannah was already suffering because of her trial, but “her adversary” made the situation worse by “provoking” her about it. Have you observed this? Who do you know who is going through something hard, but someone around him or her is making it worse by commenting on it?

Sometimes these comments are on purpose–with the intent to provoke the sufferer–but sometimes they are spoken thoughtlessly, not considering the trials others are going through. Some examples of this might be asking when a couple is going to have a baby (not knowing they are experiencing infertility), or asking a young person when they are getting married (not knowing they experience same-sex attraction). How can we be more supportive of people instead of “provoking” them in their hardships?

Quote: “When you meet someone, treat them as if they were in serious trouble, and you will be right more than half the time.” -President Henry B. Eyring, quoting his district president.

Teach: Eventually, Hannah made an arrangement with the Lord, promising Him that if He gave her a son, she would give the son back to the Lord.

Read: 1 Samuel 1:11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.

Teach: It might not always be right to make a bargain with the Lord, but Hannah’s prayers were not in vain. She prayed with real intent, and she prayed with great sincerity and earnestness. She describes her prayers as having poured out her soul before the Lord (1 Samuel 1:15).

Ask: Do we ever hold back in our prayers? Do we sometimes express what we feel like we should pray, but it lacks sincerity? What would help us be more vulnerable and sincere in our prayers to Heavenly Father?

Testify: The Lord blessed Hannah with children and she kept her word, “loaning” him to the Lord all his life. Through faith and sincere prayers, we can be blessed with miracles. Acting in faith and praying with real intent are how we allow Him to bless us abundantly. Let us have the faith to receive all He desires to bless us with.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Consider: Hannah was a faithful woman who was unable to have children. She prayed with great earnestness and sincerity that she would have a son. She promised the Lord that if He blessed her with a son, she would dedicate his life to the Lord. The Lord answered her prayer and she was blessed with a son, Samuel. After he was weaned, Samuel went to live and train at the temple with Eli. He hadn’t yet learned all the ways of the Lord, but he was obedient.

Read: 1 Samuel 3:2-5

And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.

This happened three times and in the middle of the night Samuel obediently went to the one he thought was calling him and responded with “Here am I.” Eli finally explained that it was the Lord calling him and instead to say, “Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:9).

Consider or Journal: How is the Lord calling you? What small invitations is He extending to you? Are you recognizing where that voice is coming from?

Elder Bednar has said, “Repetition is a vehicle through which the Holy Ghost can enlighten our minds, influence our hearts, and enlarge our understanding.”

What lesson or idea is the Lord repeating to your mind? How can you turn your attention to Him and respond with, “Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth”?

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Gospel Q&A: What is the Abrahamic Covenant? https://www.ldsdaily.com/personal-lds-blog/gospel-qa-what-is-the-abrahamic-covenant/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 21:55:59 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=101431 Gospel Q&A is a series from LDS Daily that strives to answer important gospel questions from readers. Today, we answer the question, “What is the Abrahamic covenant?” Do you have a question you’d like to see answered? Send us an email at calledtoshare@ldsdaily.com or leave it in the comments below. Featured Art | Benjamin West …

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Gospel Q&A is a series from LDS Daily that strives to answer important gospel questions from readers. Today, we answer the question, “What is the Abrahamic covenant?”

Do you have a question you’d like to see answered? Send us an email at calledtoshare@ldsdaily.com or leave it in the comments below.

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President Russell M. Nelson has spoken recently and often about Israel. He taught us that Israel means, “let God prevail,” and has reminded us of the premillennial work of gathering scattered Israel as “the most important work in the world.”

President Nelson further taught that as children of the covenant, it is our obligation to be part of the sacred work of gathering scattered Israel. But what exactly is our promise as children of the Abrahamic covenant?

“Among the promises made to Abraham were the following:

  • His posterity would be numerous (see Genesis 17:5–6Abraham 2:93:14).
  • His seed, or descendants, would receive the gospel and bear the priesthood(see Abraham 2:9).
  • Through the ministry of his seed, ‘all the families of the earth [would] be blessed, even with the blessings of the Gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal’ (Abraham 2:11).” (Source)

Thus, primarily, our obligation as children of the Abrahamic covenant is to spread the gospel first to our own children, and then to the rest of the world. President Nelson taught that the line of Judah was responsible for preparing the world for the first coming of the Lord. “On the other hand,” he stated in a BYU devotional address, “responsibility for preparation of leadership of the world for the second coming of the Lord was assigned to the lineage of Joseph, through Ephraim and Manasseh.”

How Do We Engage in This Great Work?

Obviously, one way to engage in missionary work is to prepare for and serve full-time missions. President Nelson also recently reiterated, “Today I reaffirm strongly that the Lord has asked every worthy, able young man to prepare for and serve a mission. For Latter-day Saint young men, missionary service is a priesthood responsibility. You young men have been reserved for this time when the promised gathering of Israel is taking place. As you serve missions, you play a pivotal role in this unprecedented event!”

He also spoke of the powerful contribution of young women and senior missionaries and invited all to, “Pray to know if the Lord would have you serve a mission.”

Serving a mission is a powerful and needed way to spread the gospel and prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord.

But What Can We Do If We Aren’t Full-Time Missionaries?

Finding names to take to the temple and providing saving ordinances in proxy for our deceased ancestors are critical parts of gathering scattered Israel and keeping our Abrahamic covenant. Many software applications can aid in this process making finding names much easier than you might think. Reach out to a ward or stake family history consultant to get you started.

President Nelson confirmed this by saying, “Missionary work is only the beginning of that blessing. The fulfillment, the consummation, of those blessings comes as those who have entered the waters of baptism perfect their lives to the point that they may enter the holy temple. Receiving an endowment there seals members of the Church to the Abrahamic covenant.”

Whether living or deceased, we want to help all we can receive the priesthood blessings and ordinances available from the temple.

Right Inside the Home

It can be tempting to feel that missionary work done outside of the home is more fulfilling than the missionary work done inside of the home. Don’t fall into the trap of forgetting the need for small and simple things.

As Sister Julie B. Beck explained, simply being a “mother who knows” can wield a mighty influence over the young converts in our own homes.

“When mothers know who they are and who God is and have made covenants with Him, they will have great power and influence for good on their children.”

It was the same man, President David O. McKay, who taught both “Every member a missionary” and “No other success can compensate for failure in the home.” Our very first obligations to share the gospel with all the world start with bringing ourselves and our families to our baptismal and temple covenants.

Through the Abrahamic Covenant, all nations of the earth may be blessed—including ourselves and our families. How gracious is the God of Abraham who has provided a way for us!

Disclaimer: While all of my answers will use scriptures and/or words of modern prophets, I do not represent The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I don’t believe any of my answers are comprehensive. I’m just one person using the gospel I have been blessed with to bring hope, peace, and answers to other seekers of truth.

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How Our Family Dog Taught Us That Love Might Fail, but Charity Never Does https://www.ldsdaily.com/personal-lds-blog/how-our-family-dog-taught-us-that-love-might-fail-but-charity-never-does/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 17:15:05 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=101324

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Some people are dog people. Some people are cat people. And some people weren’t cut out for pets. We had always planned on a dog because we thought it would be a good experience for our children to grow up with that responsibility. We figured when our youngest was out of diapers we might be …

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Some people are dog people. Some people are cat people.

And some people weren’t cut out for pets.

We had always planned on a dog because we thought it would be a good experience for our children to grow up with that responsibility. We figured when our youngest was out of diapers we might be ready to get a dog.

Then, unexpectedly, some friends of ours needed to re-home their dog. It was exactly the sort of dog we had hoped to get—someday. But we weren’t ready yet. I was only pregnant with our youngest. We had years to go before she would be potty trained. Still, I kept feeling a pull toward this dog. My husband was against it until he saw a picture of her. When he did, we were all hooked. She was so sweet and loveable, and just what we wanted—just not yet. We figured we could get past that, so we took over ownership of Bailey.

Bailey was already housebroken, spayed, and she was up-to-date with her shots. She came with a crate, a leash, toys, and even a partial bag of food. We were off to the races.

Our boys were excited, and a little nervous, to have a dog. At first, they were excited to help walk her, bathe her, and play with her, but it didn’t take very long before each of those tasks was a drudgery. I had set up Bailey assignments so that she was fed and watered, played with, and walked every day, but this was rapidly becoming a really sore spot for our family.

To make matters worse, Bailey had some difficult habits. She ran out the door as soon as it opened and wasn’t obedient when called home. She squeezed through every small opening in the backyard fence and since she was 2/3 fluff, she could slip through almost anything. She didn’t heel on walks, often pulling hard at the leash. This made it difficult for younger children to take her out for a walk. She jumped on guests and whined and scratched at the doors if she put away or outside while guests were over. But most challenging of all—she barked. And barked. And barked. And barked. We had tried humane bark collars, but she would rather bark than avoid the bark collar buzz. She loved to bark. Our neighbors weren’t so fond of it. It was becoming a challenge in our relationships with our neighbors.

One particularly difficult day, an elderly woman in the neighborhood rapped on our door and proceeded to yell at my son about our barking dog. Why couldn’t we get her to stop barking? I really didn’t know what more to do, and I certainly didn’t want anyone else yelling at my son about it.

None of these things made Bailey a bad dog. But it did sort of make us bad dog owners. As time progressed, I couldn’t help but feel that Bailey needed and deserved a better family for her. She needed people who knew how to train her. She needed a family who would willingly and gladly walk her and play with her every day. She needed an owner who wasn’t already so beyond overwhelmed with her own responsibilities that she could put in the time and energy for a dog. It was heartbreaking, but my husband and I came to the decision that we needed to let someone else care for Bailey better than we could.

To be honest, I was surprised by my children’s reaction. I thought they might feel a little sad and then be over it quickly. I thought they might feel relieved at not having to clean up after her anymore, or take her on walks, or throw her balls and toys. They hadn’t seemed to enjoy a bit of it. I anticipated a brief display of emotion. That’s all.

So, when the tears wouldn’t stop and we went into recurring days of sadness, I was taken aback. I had no idea it would upset my children so much. They told me how much they loved her and would miss her.

I was also in tears. I was crying for my children’s pain. I was crying out of regret—not regret that we were letting someone else care for her, but regret that we had gotten her in the first place. We weren’t cut out for this.

My tears turned to prayers. My conversation with Heavenly Father went something like this:

Me: “Father, my kids really loved her. But this didn’t work. We couldn’t take good care of Bailey. Bailey deserved better. But look at how they are suffering now. They really did love her. If love never fails, why didn’t this work?”

Father: “Love may fail, but charity never does.”

Me: “Wait, what?”

Father: “Your children have feelings of love for their dog, but they didn’t act on that love. It was love, but it wasn’t charity. It wasn’t Christlike love. Christlike love is actionable. Christlike love serves others. Christlike love makes sacrifices. Christlike love does what the other person [or dog] needs even when they don’t feel like it. Christlike love is selfless. Christlike love is charity. Christlike love never fails. Charity never fails.”

The difference between feelings of love and charitable, Christlike love hit me like a bag of kibble. The same lesson is applied in families, in marriages, in ministering, in wards. It’s not enough to have nice feelings for someone if we won’t selflessly act in those feelings. I’ll always be grateful for Bailey’s part in teaching this lesson to my family.

Love can fail, but charitable, actionable, sacrificial, Christlike love never fails. Some relationships will need both sides to demonstrate this kind of sacrificial love, but if they do, their Christlike love will be enough.

How have your relationships been blessed by sacrificial love?

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Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – The Lord Raised Up a Deliverer https://www.ldsdaily.com/home-and-family/fhe-lessons/come-follow-me-fhe-lesson-the-lord-raised-up-a-deliverer/ Mon, 30 May 2022 05:35:25 +0000 https://www.ldsdaily.com/?p=101382 When the task ahead of us seems insurmountable, remember that Jesus Christ has walked this path before. He knows the way and has prepared a way forward. Featured image by BALAGE BALOGH ARCHAEOLC Scripture Judges 4:14 And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into …

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When the task ahead of us seems insurmountable, remember that Jesus Christ has walked this path before. He knows the way and has prepared a way forward.

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Judges 4:14

And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee?

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I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go | Hymn #270

1. It may not be on the mountain height
Or over the stormy sea,
It may not be at the battle’s front
My Lord will have need of me.
But if, by a still, small voice he calls
To paths that I do not know,
I’ll answer, dear Lord, with my hand in thine:
I’ll go where you want me to go.

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I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord,
Over mountain or plain or sea;
I’ll say what you want me to say, dear Lord;
I’ll be what you want me to be.

2. Perhaps today there are loving words
Which Jesus would have me speak;
There may be now in the paths of sin
Some wand’rer whom I should seek.
O Savior, if thou wilt be my guide,
Tho dark and rugged the way,
My voice shall echo the message sweet:
I’ll say what you want me to say.

3. There’s surely somewhere a lowly place
In earth’s harvest fields so wide
Where I may labor through life’s short day
For Jesus, the Crucified.
So trusting my all to thy tender care,
And knowing thou lovest me,
I’ll do thy will with a heart sincere:
I’ll be what you want me to be.

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FOR CHILDREN

Teach: The children of Israel inherited the promised land and were charged with driving the Canaanites out. The Canaanites worshiped idols and didn’t know the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Before very long, the Israelites turned away from their faith in God.

We are sometimes like the children of Israel. We feel the Lord’s Spirit and commit to making good choices to always have His Spirit with us. Then, something happens–a temptation arises or a trial comes–and our resolve goes out the window.

Ask: Does the Lord give up on us when it takes us a long time to learn something?

Scripture: Judges 2:1 “And an angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.”

Teach: When babies are learning how to walk, they take a few steps forward, but then they fall down. They get back up and try again. As many times as they keep trying, they will keep making progress. Heavenly Father has a lot of patience for us too–as long as we keep getting back up and keep trying.

Quote: “Knowing that the strait and narrow path would be strewn with trials and that failures would be a daily occurrence for us, the Savior paid an infinite price to give us as many chances as it would take to successfully pass our mortal probation.” — Elder Lynn G. Robbins

Scripture: Moroni 6:8 “But as oft as they repented and sought forgiveness, with real intent, they were forgiven.”

Ask: What does repenting with “real intent” mean? Why is it important that our repentance have real intent?

Teach: The Lord will forgive us and give us more chances, but if we are only pretending to be sorry so that we can sin again tomorrow, we are missing the point, and the joy of repentance.

Video: Elder Dale G. Renlund learned the joy of repentance. Watch how in this video.

Testify: God will not walk away from us. We will sometimes walk away from Him because we are human and we are still learning. As long as we keep repenting and keep trying, we can feel the joy of growing ever closer to the Lord.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: The children of Israel had been delivered from Egypt. Then from hunger and thirst. Then from the same foods and fiery serpents. Then from wandering in the wilderness. And yet, each time God delivered them, they would repent for a time and then resume their rebellious ways.

Ask: What patterns do we see exemplified in the children of Israel? Don’t we also have a need for continual repentance?

Quote: Elder Lynn G. Robbins taught, “No one is more on our side than the Savior. He allows us to take and keep retaking His exams. To become like Him will require countless second chances in our day-to-day struggles with the natural man, such as controlling appetites, learning patience and forgiveness, overcoming slothfulness, and avoiding sins of omission, just to name a few. If to err is human nature, how many failures will it take us until our nature is no longer human but divine? Thousands? More likely a million.”

Teach: During one of the Israelites’ periods of rebellion, they became subject to the Canaanite ruler, Jabin. At this time, Deborah the prophetess was the judge over all of Israel. Her counsel was sought as to how to overcome their bondage and she courageously delineated a plan to lure their enemies into the open. Deborah was directing Barak in these war strategies. “Barak was confident that the plan would work only with Deborah’s help. ‘If thou wilt go with me,” he said, “then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go’” (Judges 4:8).

Ask: Have you ever felt like you could do or endure something challenging as long as you had someone you trusted by your side?

How can we learn to trust the Lord this much?

Teach: Deborah did trust the Lord this much. She knew that if they followed the voice and in the footsteps of the Lord that they would be delivered.

Read: Judges 4:14– “And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee?”

Testify: The Lord has walked the path before us. If we trust Him and do His will, He has already made a way for us. When we head out on our own way, rebelling against the Lord, we get stuck in thorns, get lost, and put ourselves in danger. When we walk with Him, we have no need to fear.

Video: Enjoy this video reminder of the peace that comes from following in the path of Jesus Christ.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Read: This short description of Deborah the prophetess, judge over Israel, will give you renewed appreciation for this faithful woman and her commitment to trusting the Lord’s direction for her life and her people.

Consider or Journal: Deborah had a unique mission. What if she had shirked her responsibility as judge of Israel or doubted herself when Barak lacked her same conviction?

How can we stand firm in what we know and who we need to be even when the pressure is high?

Watch: Sheri Dew discusses the importance of being who we say we are. When we are believers of Christ, we can never again be who we were before we believed. Video available to watch here.

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