Learning as I go

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Location: Taylorsville, Utah, United States

Friday, September 22, 2006

Talmage and the good Samaritan

I just want to post the parable of the good Samaritan and include some quotes from Jesus the Christ.

(Luke 10:30-37)

Talmage says a few things that I think are great,

"Doubtless priest as well as Levite salved his conscience with ample excuse for his inhumane conduct; he may have been in a hurry, or was fearful, perhaps, that the robbers would return and make him also a victim of their outrage. Excuses are easy to find; they spring up as readily and plentifully as weeds by the wayside. When the Samaritan came along he saw the wretched state of the wounded man, he had no excuse for he wanted none. ... The essential difference between the Samaritan and the others was that the one had a compassionate heart, while they were unloving and selfish." (Jesus the Christ pg 431-432)

So this makes me wonder how I can be more loving and less selfish. I think that Satan has a tendency to play on our weaknesses in such a way that we don’t realize it. He tries to trick us into rationalizing things until we don’t even realize we are selfish. I’ve seen myself do this a lot, “I deserve a nice quiet night, so I’m going to do what I want tonight.” Instead of doing what I should do which could be anything.

So I guess I just need to make sure that I focus on who I need to be. I think that at the beginning of every day I need to ask myself this question, “What am I going to do so that by the end of today I am happy with myself?” What choices do I need to make in order to ensure that I’m happy? I know what will make me happy and what won’t. It is very tempting to do certain things and be lazy all day long, but I know that at the end of my day I’ll have wished I had done something else.

Friday, May 26, 2006

I hate stories with endings

I just got home from watching X-men 3. It seems to be the last of a trilogy that I really enjoyed. I hate it when a story I love ends. I read a lot of fantasy books and I hate it when they end too. I always pick up a new one quickly to compensate. I'm excited for Harry Potter book 7, but that will just be another ending. It just makes me sad when things come to an end. Even in life lots of good things come to an end. I was in a great relationship with a girl that ended just a few weeks ago. I have never really liked the idea of beginnings and endings in this sense.

I want you all to know that while things in this life may have a beginning and an ending we do not. The best stories never end they just keep going on forever. This story is the one we are writing without knowing it by the life we live every day. I think it hass to be chronicled somewhere. It is a daily struggle between good and evil. We fight it every day, but even after we win our stories will go on. How great are the blessings of eternity!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

They cannot be written

In 3 Nephi 19:31-35 we read about the prayer of Jesus. This prayer was such that the "tongue cannot speak ..., neither can be written." And yet "the multitude did hear and bear record; and their hearts were open and they did understand in their hearts the words which he prayed."

They understood in their hearts that which they couldn't have spoken or written. I'm wondering what you think this means?

Friday, May 19, 2006

I know, but how?

I had a talk with my friend last night. He is struggling with some things. He doesn’t know how to get back to living righteously. I’ve been there and I tried to give him to help by telling him how I have done things. I have had to rely on the Savior a lot, but haven’t we all. I explained to him how to use the atonement for repenting and in order to have the pains of other peoples sins healed. My family has had to deal with a lot of crap from our past, things that were done to us. Talking to my friend helped me realize just how far my testimony has come.

So here is my question, and maybe it is a dumb one: How do you use the atonement to repent? Also how do you use the atonement to be healed? I know how to use it, but I found out last night that it’s kind of hard to describe to someone.

Friday, May 05, 2006

What's so bad about Helaman?

In Alma 50:37-38 we read that Alma was hesitant to bestow the records on his son Helaman, or at least that he had wanted to bestow them upon Nephihah first. Did he not trust Helaman? Judging from the Alma chapters 36-42 Alma seemed to trust Shiblon more then his other two sons. Why didn’t he confer the records into Shiblon’s hands?

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

D&C 122

In D&C 122 verse 9 we read, "Hold on thy way and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass." What do you think the Lord means by this? "their bounds are set." Who is he talking about, and what does he mean?

What does he mean when he says "hold on thy way and the priesthood shall remain with thee?" Could he have lost the priesthood? I'm really curious about what you all think about this. Because I've never quite understood these last two verses.

He goes on to say, "Thy days are known and they years shall not be numbered less." I think he's talking about eternity here, but I'm not quite sure. What do you think?

Friday, April 14, 2006

I realized something.

Recently we’ve had some problems with one of our roommates. He has been very hard to live with and nobody has put up with it much. He seemed to be acting very immature and none of us knew why. We figured he was just being a jerk and left it at that. Well we had a run in yesterday morning and we both screamed a lot. I even mentioned that we had discussed it as roommates and that if he didn’t change he would have to find a new place to live.
Probably less then an hour later he came out of his room. I was on my way out when he started to talk. He said he needed to apologize to one of my roommates for the way he had been acting. Then he let me know why he was acting the way he was. He admitted that he needed to change the way he acted. I found out that I needed to change as well. My other roommates and I had been doing some things that were hurting his feelings without even knowing we were. I told him I was sorry and promised him that I would try to do better. I realized that he isn’t just my roommate, he is my friend. It all makes sense now and I’m definitely going to try harder in the future.

It’s amazing how tender hearted we all are. I realized that we really need to be more sensitive and careful about how we communicate with each other. It’s times like this that makes me so grateful for the atonement. In 3rd Nephi Chapter 9 verse 13 Christ said, “Will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted that I may heal you?” I feel like I totally hurt my roommate’s feelings. I didn’t realize I was doing it, but I was. I wish that my roommate had an active testimony in the Savior. Then he could be healed by him. So here’s a question for you: Can the atonement work in the life of somebody who doesn’t believe in it? My roommate’s feelings were hurt but things have been reconciled. Do you think that the atonement had a part to play in that?