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Ponderizing

It amazing how quickly the last 12 weeks had gone. When I took on the ponderizing challenge, I was not sure how long I would continue to do it. I have enjoyed it a lot. About 6 weeks into my posts, however, I made a decision that it would be a short term addition to my scripture study. I had several daily study items and continuing with this could eventually cause a bit of overload. So, my goal became to see it to the end of the year, and here we are.

2015 has been a year of trials and personal growth for me. Not huge trials, but difficult ones for me in my own little world. I would not have gotten through them as well as I did, without daily study and prayer. I am so grateful for the suggestion to uplift my thoughts through focusing on one verse of scripture each week. My plan is, to continue to pick a verse and make it a focus in my thoughts, but I will not be sticking to some specific schedule or posting regularly about it. That being said, I encourage anyone reading this blog, to ponderize the word of God. It is a blessing to feast upon His word. I know it can bring true happiness to your life, because it does to mine.

Happy 2016!

My Personal Creed

I am studying teachings of George Albert Smith, the eighth president of The Church of Jesus Christ, as part of the lessons at church. One of the things that President Smith did, was to write a personal creed for himself of things that he would do in his life. They are all gospel related and they represent how he lived his life as a latter-day saint and a prophet of the Lord, Jesus Christ. I think it so fitting to study his thoughts related to this creed, at this time of year. We tend to be in a state of turning over new leaves and making new goals for ourselves whenever the new year begins. This is the time to come up with out own personal creeds, or our own list of goals for how we can live the life the Lord wants us to live. I plan on starting my list now and developing it over time, depending on the callings and service I can give in my life.

I plan on asking myself some questions to develop my own personal creed.

  • What are the Christ-like qualities that I focus on teaching others (mostly my children)? Am I living these in my own life?
  • What can I do in my life that will entitle me to have true happiness?
  • How can I apply what I learn, so that I am living those principles?
  • What can I do to be a real Latter-day Saint?
  • How can I prepare for the eternal blessings I desire?
  • In what ways can I improve, so that others will see that there is something better out there?
  • What work can I offer which would share my testimony in action?
  • I hope that we all can think of some of the things that we would like to accomplish in this life, which will cause us to be worthy to be called saints and followers of the Savior.

    My Own Preparation

    I’m participating in a program at church, called Celestial University. In this program, we can get “degrees” in different “colleges” and I am the “dean” of the college of Theology. I’m in no way the scholar for anything in this area of study, but I was picked because I make it a point to study and blog about the scriptures and I can be used as a resource. I had previously decided that this would be my area of study, so I was happy to accept. I will probably be writing about a bunch of the things I study for my degree, so there may be a bit that seems different than my normal posts. Mostly, I hope to add to my written testimony (see my recent posts on the writings of Paul here and here).

    One of the goals is to study 5 articles from the Ensign, which is a church magazine for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I plan on studying one article every other week. For this goal, you read an article and then find two ideas learned from it and share these ideas. So, I’m sharing my thoughts with you.

    I picked up this month’s copy of the Ensign yesterday and flipped through it, looking for something that caught my interest. Even though, the message was originally given to young single adults, I decided to read the article titled “Preparing for the Future” by Elder M. Russell Ballard.

    First off, Elder Ballard told the young adults to picture themselves in 20 years. 20 years to them would be about 10 years to me, so I tried to think of where I pictured myself in 10 years time. Unlike those who the message was originally intended for, I have been married in the temple to a loving man and now have three beautiful daughters. I believe that 10 years from now, I will still be a faithful and loving wife, and a happy and healthy mother. I hope that in that time I will have made the effort to add to our family in both quality and quantity. One of the points of this article is to not be afraid of that future. I hope to continue with a trust in my Heavenly Father’s plan for me and my family, without any fear. I’ve been taking some great leaps of faith for the benefit of my family in the last ten years, and so far I have had great opportunities to learn and grow a lot because of them. In 10 years, I want to be actively working to magnify my callings. These callings are both at home, as well as in church. I am finding so much strength in being an active member of the LDS church. In 10 years, I hope to have a better handle on my own self-reliance. This means learning how to cook (from scratch) well enough to keep my family healthy and happy. It also means learning how to garden, can my own foods, have a better food storage that fits our needs, and so on. This is something that I can surely start learning how to be better at now. Becoming more self-reliant, will help me to find greater faith and get rid of any fears I may have.

    Second, he talks about how many young single adults are likely to be away from their parents. Even though I am not as young, and I am not single, I am still away from my parents. One of the great things about the plan of salvation, is that our parents can be our parents forever. They will forever have the responsibility to be there for us and we as their children have the responsibility to honor them and care for them as well. I am grateful for my parents and also for the wonderful modern technologies which allow me to see them often even though we are very far apart. I hope that in 10 years time, I will still be in good contact with my parents and turning to them for strength and knowledge from the wisdom that they have gained in their own lives.

    I think that it is a good thing for us to occasionally look at our lives and think of the goals that we have for ourselves in 10, 20, 30 years or more. I am grateful for the gospel in my life today and I hope and pray that it will continue to be large part of my life in the future.


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