18 April 2016

Creation vs. Evolution

Somehow I stumbled onto a film called Evolution's Achilles Heels and ordered it. I watched it alone the first time and was so excited about it that I told my husband we had to watch it for Family Home Evening, soon. The presentations by these 15 PhD scientists validated everything I've believed about the earth. I just didn't have any scientific proofs to back up my beliefs. just spiritual feelings. Now I have the proofs!

Our youngest son has adopted evolutionary beliefs which worries us because those beliefs lead people away from God. We watched the film last night and had to pause it several times as he exploded in disbelief, which is what happens when deeply held beliefs are challenged. But. We made it through the film and I'm hopeful that seeds were planted that will bear fruit in the future.

11 April 2016

After General Conference

It's been a week now since General Conference. The glow and delicious peace is beginning to fade as the realities of life continue.

I'm attempting to make this year different by studying each talk and writing quotes in a journal dedicated to recording the answers to my conference questions.

My thinking is that by writing down the answers I'll see what actions I need to take to change. For the better, I mean!

The first talk I studied was President Henry B. Eyring's Saturday morning address. I felt so grateful (and got real teary) that I am not alone in my feelings of loss of joy. His counsel was timely and welcome.
"Where and when we feel the closeness of the Savior depend on each of us."
"All us of have had our faith tested by . . . selfish interests that reduced our efforts to cultivate and soften the spiritual depths of our hearts."
". . . make the choices that will create in your heart a more fertile ground for the good word of God to grow and be fruitful."
 ". . . pray with full purpose of heart . . ."
I next chose Elder Steven E. Snow, of the Seventy, whose talk is titled Be Thou Humble.
"Humility is essential to gain the blessings of the gospel."
Towards the end of his address he quotes President Spencer W. Kimball (1895-1985, President 1973-1985).
"How does one get humble? To me, one must constantly be reminded of his dependence. On whom dependent? On the Lord. How remind one's self? By real, constant, worshipful, grateful prayer."
I want to improve! I want to feel joy. I know change is not easy, but I can't reach my goals without it. Following the counsel from leaders gives me a good place to begin.