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RS/MP Chapter 24: Reflections on the Mission of Jesus Christ (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by kirkcaudle on December 13, 2013

For my notes this month I will tackle four of the questions posed in the “Suggestions for Studying and Teaching” section:

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RS/MP Chapter 22: Doing Good to Others (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by kirkcaudle on November 14, 2013

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One Satan’s greatest tricks is to make us question our true identities. Another trick that Satan plays is even coyer though, he makes us question the true identities of others. Satan would have us believe that our lives do not depend on one other and that we should be disconnected to one another. Lorzeno Snow taught:

We are of the same Father in the celestial worlds. … If we knew each other as we should, … our sympathies would be excited more than they are at the present time, and there would be a desire on the part of every individual to study in their own minds how they might do their brethren good, how they might alleviate their sorrows and build them up in truth, how [they might] remove the darkness from their minds. Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Lesson 8: Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by kirkcaudle on April 18, 2013

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The additional scriptures listed at the end of this lesson include 2 Peter 1:2-11. This section of the Biblical text struck me as important and so my thoughts today will be based upon these verses. This chapter deals with the theme of hoping for eternal life, which fits very well with the sub-heading of this lesson, “Righteous Latter-day Saints strive to ‘establish a character before God that could be relied upon in the hour of trial.’” As you read this commentary ask yourself (and perhaps your class if you are a teacher) “how can each of these verses help me improve my own personal character as a disciple of Jesus Christ?” Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Lesson 20: “Temporal Salvation for Ourselves and Others” (George Albert Smith Manual)

Posted by kirkcaudle on October 13, 2012

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When speaking about those in need President Smith said, “They are all [God’s] children. They need us; they need not only our moral support and our religious teaching, but they need food and clothing and bedding and help of all kinds because, in many cases, they haven’t anything left.”

 
The gospel is not just about sitting around a room (or on-line) and talking about doctrine, it is about getting out and doing something. Does this “doing something” save us? No. However, it does show us where our hearts are. “We will discover now whether the love the Savior said should be in our hearts is among us,” President Smith said. I believe that we will discover this when we look inside of ourselves and we are honest about our desire to serve others. We should always be “anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness” (D&C 58:27). Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Lesson 18: “ Stay on the Lord’s Side of the Line” (George Albert Smith Manual)

Posted by kirkcaudle on September 12, 2012

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This lesson is about a choice. Yes, a choice. Actually, the choice. I do not believe that our choices in life are plural. We can sit around and talk about how much we sin or how many hours of church service that we put in every week, but in the end does that really matter? I don’t think so. However, those choices are easy for us to focuses on (for the better or the worse) because they only symptoms of the actual choice. The real choice arrives when it comes to choosing between either following Jesus Christ or following Satan. In a nutshell, will we choose to follow good or evil?

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RS/MP Lesson 2: ““Love Thy Neighbour as Thyself”” (George Albert Smith Manual)

Posted by kirkcaudle on January 6, 2012

The manual starts out with this, “George Albert Smith was well known for his capacity to love others. President J. Reuben Clark Jr., one of his counselors in the First Presidency, said of him: ‘His real name was Love. … He gave his love to everyone he met. He gave his love to all whom he did not meet.’”

 
Reading this made me think about what it means to love someone. Often young people will ask, “how will I know if I love someone enough to marry them?” This, of course, is a fair question. However, I do not think that the question needs to be confined to marriage. Perhaps we can ask, “how do I know if I love people in general?” And further, “how can I tell if my peers (ward, co-workers, friends, etc.) love me?” The easy answer to these questions is based upon actions. Read the rest of this entry »

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