Sunday, September 30, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
The Parable of Fast Food
I have noticed something about myself. I go through phases where I don’t eat any fast food for a long time and then I don’t have time one day and so I’ll go through a drive through. This makes me once again realize how convenient it is to have someone do the work of preparing food for me, and I waste a lot of money buying things to eat that I could have made for less at home. It’s so much cheaper to buy the ingredients and make the meals yourself, but it is time consuming and sometimes labor intensive.
This can be related to life in this way: we can choose to do things for ourselves and work hard but reap the reward of less money taken, or we can always shirk our responsibility and have others do our work for us. This is the more costly option of the two. Not only do we rob ourselves of much needed work and learning, we create a burden upon others and take away from our spiritual bank. Heavenly Father has taught us that He expects us to do all that we can and then Christ will make up for the rest. How scary is it to think that if we do not do ALL that we can, we have robbed ourselves and burdened someone else along the way!
I sincerely hope that we learn to do things for ourselves when we are young so that instead of creating a burden on those around us, we will be able to give ourselves to the important work Heavenly Father has given us to do here on earth. If we do so, I know that our spiritual banks will be full for our time on earth and for our life to come!
Related scriptures: Genesis 3:19, Moses 4:25, 2 Chronicles 15:7, Proverbs 6:6, Proverbs 10:16, Proverbs 14:23, Proverbs 20:11, Ecclesiastes 5:12, Matthew 25:15, Romans 2:10, 1 Thessalonians 2:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:11, 2 Nephi 5:17, 2 Nephi 9:51, Jacob 1:19, Mosiah 2:14, Mosiah 10:5, Mosiah 23:5, Mosiah 27:5, Alma 10:4, Alma 36:25, D&C 42:42, D&C 58:27, D&C 68:30, D&C 72:17, D&C 82:18.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
The Parable of the Left-over Halloween Candy
I tend to go a bit nuts on buying Halloween candy. I want to be prepared to have a lot on hand to give out to our trick or treaters. The problem is, I usually get more than we need and it ends up staying in our cabinet getting stale until the next year unless I throw it out. I don’t even think about giving it out to other people who may like it but didn’t come to our house to trick or treat!
This is how our testimony can become if we’re not aware. It’s easy to get up on fast Sunday and to share our testimony for those who have come to hear them. It is not so easy to share our testimony with those who may like it, but didn’t come that week but do need it! If we don’t continually share our testimony each day and not just present it to those who come to hear it on fast Sunday. We can do this by living the gospel, talking to those around us about gospel topics that we have a testimony of or just testifying that Christ loves everyone by doing simple acts of service. I hope that instead of letting our testimonies go stale, we share it and don’t waste it and let it become stale!
Related scriptures: John 3:11, Acts 10:42, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, 1 John 4:14, Alma 5:45-46, D&C 17:3, D&C 88:81.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
The Parable of the Leaky Faucet
I’m sure that we’ve all experienced the annoyance of a leaky faucet. It is a simple fix, but if we let it go, it just gets more and more annoying each day. We hear it while we’re lying in bed trying to sleep and it keeps us up. We’re trying to read a favorite book and it breaks our concentration. We are talking on the phone and are unable to concentrate on our conversation because of the distracting leak!
Our sins are the leaky faucets of our spirits. They can be easy to fix, but if we let them go, they become more and more troublesome each day. We will think about them while trying to sleep at night, while trying to relax and while working with others. If we let them go too long, it is too late and we are stuck with our sins. I pray that we will take the time each day to truly repent of our sins so that we can go about our lives with a clear mind and a clear conscious.
Related scriptures: Numbers 5:7, Ezra 10:11, Psalm 38:18, Proverbs 28:13, Mosiah 4:10, D&C 58:42, Isaiah 1:16, Ezekiel 18:30, Hosea 13:14, Matthew 3:2, Mark 1:15, Luke 13:3, Luke 15:7, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, 2 Nephi 9:23, 3 Nephi 11:32, D&C 133:16, Moses 6:57, Article of Faith 4.
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
The Parable of the Expired Milk
I’m sure you’ve all smelled expired milk. It really is not pleasant. I have come to realize that I really don’t need to smell milk to know when it’s bad. I look at the date on the side of the milk and know that if it’s past the date, I need to get rid of it! I shouldn’t have to smell or taste it to see if it’s bad! Someone who has knowledge about the milk already has told me when it’s bad!
This is really applicable to things we choose to do. We know certain things are bad! We don’t have to smell or taste them to know that they aren’t what we should be doing! We have someone with a greater knowledge who lets us know if something isn’t quite right. Actually, we have many someones! We have the Holy Ghost. We have parents. We have righteous leaders. If we listen to them, we won’t have to go through the physical pain of smelling or tasting bad milk!
It is my prayer that as we go through life, we will trust in those with higher knowledge to lead us to do the things that we should and avoid the expired milk experiences that will come our way.
Related scriptures: Joshua 24:15, Psalms 119:30, Isaiah 66:3James 1:27, D&C 37:4, D&C 59:9, .Moses 3:17.