The Book of Mormon and The Bible

 

 

This week, in my Teachings and Doctrines of the Book of Mormon class, we are reading a lot about the last days.  The chapters we have been assigned to study are Scbripture References:
1 Nephi 13, 2 Nephi 27, 2 Nephi 28, 2 Nephi 29, Mormon 7 

I am being impressed with not only how we need both the testimony of the Bible and the Book of Mormon.  We need to recognize and be humble enough to put down our weapons of war.  These weapons are not just literal weapons but the weapon of words.  I am not saying that we need to be silent in the face of oppression or opposition. We need to call that out but we need to call of these things out in love not in violence.  We need to stop shutting people down; we need to stop centering ourselves. We need to start centering others and the Lord in our thoughts and actions.

Where did we get the Bible from?  The Jews. Have we honored them for the work they have done and the sacrifices they made to give us that great book?  Have we honored the Nephites for the sacrifices and work they performed so we can have the Book of Mormon? And if God has more testimonies and books from all his children, can we accept more testimonies of him?  Can we add our own witness to the work? And what is the work, “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”  “All men are alike unto God, black and white, male or female, bond or free.”  We are called to repent and gather Israel. We are called to know that all is not well in Zion and that is ok. We can work to fix it and as long as we are following the Lord we will be comforted in our trials.

God does not want us to fear Him or each other. He wants us to repent, stop fighting, and lay down our weapons of war.  He wants to unite us; not divide us.  So today say a prayer, sit in meditation, and know that the Lord has your back.  Write down the things that are true and live in those.  Do not fear what man will say; trust in God.

The things that are true for me are:

God is still a God of miracles. Time has not run out. We have more blessings than we recognize. We all have more influence than we know.  We have people around us that need us and we need them. We have opportunities to unite and not divide.  We are not just a political system; we are a collective voice.  We will make mistakes. Our ancestors can help us. History is happening right now.  We need to give our minds and bodies times of rest.  We are enough. We have amazing children who we can teach simply and in truth. Do not teach your children not to trust, to speculate or to complain. Teach them to hope, to problem solve, rejoice, and walk upright in the Lord.

 

 

Pathway Connect: Chastity and The Sanctity of Life (Week 2)

CLICK HERE TO WATCH: Having Children in Faith Video

What doctrines can we teach our children to bless them with healthy views of sexuality and its purposes?

The purposes of sexual relationships within a marriage relationship, specifically within an eternal marriage covenant, are far more enabling and empowering then I had recalled. I loved the talk by Elder Holland, “Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments” and how beautifully symbolic marital intimacy is to our relationship with our own bodies and souls, our relationship of unity with each other, and our relationship with the Lord. Great power comes from that expression of intimacy which is also the means of bringing children into the world.

I also found great comfort in Elder Bednar’s talk, “We Believe in Being Chaste” where he said, “Such relations are not merely a curiosity to be explored, an appetite to be satisfied, or a type of recreation or entertainment to be pursued selfishly. They are not a conquest to be achieved or simply an act to be performed. Rather, they are in mortality one of the ultimate expressions of our divine nature and potential and a way of strengthening emotional and spiritual bonds between husband and wife.” I loved this because it emphasizes what I have found to be one of the greatest blessings of sex in my marriage, the connection and the strength that comes through it. And as our focus is on it’s true power and the relationship with the other person; it will help us to be one.

  • What deepened connections and insights did you feel because of this conversation?
  • I felt reminded of the importance of the relationship being approached in love and care. As a husband and wife, we do need to be united not divided.
  • What did you agree/disagree with in your discussions? How did you handle this?
  • We disagreed that sex can always be a good thing sometimes it can feel like it another way you don’t measure up to your spouse’s expectations. Or some people can take it to the other extreme and be irreverent when it comes to sex. Sex is designed to be fun and pleasurable but also a way of welding our hearts and our lives together.
  • Did anything discussed change your thinking? If so, what and how?
  • When we talk about sex in the gospel, sex can be seen as serious. But sex needs to also be fun. There is much more to it than what happens in the bedroom. Forgetting to kiss, hug, and hold hands throughout the day or days leading up to sex can put a damper on the bedroom.
  • How will you build on this knowledge to strengthen your family (now and/or in the future)?
  • I will remember to cherish my marriage and treat it with great care. To not look for the bad but name all the good. My husband needs me to tell him that he is doing amazingly well and we are a team. Because life isn’t easy; it is a lot of hard work; we need each to come “home” to. Another truth, from an unknown blogger, quoted by Neil L. Andersen, that I need to remember is “We do not make time for children (and marriage) if we can squeeze them in; children (and marriage) is what God gave us time for.”
  • What do you feel inspired to do now that you have read the material and engaged in this conversation?

I feel inspired to write more and share more.

Reference(s) used:

“Souls, Symbols, and Sacraments” Jeffery R. Holland, January 12, 1988, BYU Devotional

“We Believe in Being Chaste” David A. Bednar, April 2013, General Conference

“Children” Neil L. Andersen, October 2011, General Conference

Life is a Test

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Life is a test. This might be an idea you have been taught before. Most likely, in the Mormon (Latter-Day) Saint faith you have heard of this concept. So why is life a test and what is on the test?  And why do we even care whether or not we pass?

Ok, some of my jumbled up thoughts before I find some scriptures that illustrate this concept.  First of all, I think that life is a test to see if we really believe we matter, to see if we can be brave enough to love big, have big faith, see the miracles through the pain, and trust to follow instructions. Often this love, this faith, this hope and instructor is a still small voice inside each of us telling us to forgive, to give someone a hug, that we should walk into the unknown towards something better, to smile and cry at the same time, to stand up for what is right and true, to not always follow the status quo, and that we are beautiful and that we have tremendous worth.

We can try to push this voice down. We may not think we are strong enough. We may not want to wait to see what happens or have hope or faith in the end of the story.  But we are here not to be made small but to progress and progress until we start to believe a little bit more and a little bit more that we matter, that what we do matters, and that everyone matters to someone. And I believe that that BIG SOMEONE is God; our Heavenly Parents, both our Heavenly Father and our Heavenly Mother. We all matter to God and He wants to see us be happy and succeed.

We are not sent to earth just to exist. We are sent here to learn and grow. The test is not one big test at the end or a small test in the beginning. It is all the little tests day by day, year by year, and lifetime by lifetime.  It is also the big test at the end where we can say we made it. We didn’t forget who we are and that life was something to be grateful for. We will also bow before Christ and confess that He is our Savior and that He paid the price for our sins, that He made everything good in the world, and that through following Him, He was our comfort and shield.

Now an interesting discovery was that upon looking for the word test in the scriptures’ index, I did not find the word test, but I did find the three words, testament, testify, and testimony. Those words said see also; New Testament, Old Testment, Witness, Manifest, preach, prove, Record, Verify, faith, Holy Ghost, Know, Knowledge, and Revelation.

Another word for test is choice.  That word feels a little less intimidating and less like I am doomed to fail because it is just a choice, almost just a MOMENT, where I decide between something and sometimes it matters and sometimes it doesn’t.  But I think often it matters more than we realize.

Joshua 24:15Chose you this day whom ye will serve…but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

St. John 6:28-29 Then they said unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

2 Nephi 31:10 (referring to Christ) And he said unto the children of men; Follow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren can we follow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father?

Tests often prepare us for something. And trials can also prepare us to be a blessing to someone else.

Matthew 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat down upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

Helaman 5:12

12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the arock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your bfoundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty cstorm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

This is one of my favorite church primary songs, that I taught the children when I was the President of our church primary a couple of years ago. I hope you enjoy.

Click on the picture below or use the link below to watch the song video.

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2011-12-17-build-an-ark?lang=eng

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Grocery Deals for April 4-April 11

I have decided to occasionally post Grocery deals on my blog again. ProvoSavers went to the wayside.  We tried to start a paid blog and it did not quite work.  So should I post deals on the unpaid ProvoSavers or just occasionally on my personal blog?

Grocery Deals

Rite Aid April 1-7

Nestle Pure Life Water 28 pk. 2/$5

Maceys and Fresh Market April 4-10

Hunt’s 24 oz. Pasta Sauce or American Beauty 16 oz. Pasta 49 cents (with purchase of 6)

Black Pearl 6 oz. Olives 99 cents

Western Family 24 oz. Cottage Cheese $1.49

P&G Buy $30 get $10 back on Paypal or $10 Prepaid Virtual Visa (Spend $30 in one transaction BEFORE taxes and AFTER coupons and discounts) Good deals on Luvs diapers, Tampax tampons, and Charmin Toilet Paper, etc.

Fresh Market Only Caselot Sale April 2-17

Tomato Paste 2/$1

Simply Done 18 Double Roll Bathroom Tissue $4.88

Valu Time 15 Rolls Paper Towels $4.88

Western Family 28 pk. Bottled Water $1.99

Western Family 20 oz. Pineapple 79 cents

Pompeian 68 oz. Extra Virgin Olive Oil $9.99

AND MORE!

Maceys ONLY 2-day sale April 6-7

Freschetta 12 inch Select Varieties Pizza $2.99 (Limit 4)

Rancho Markets

Oranges 5 lbs./$1

Mangoes 3/$1

D’Anjou Pears 59 cents/lb.

Idaho Potatoes 8 lb. bag $1.29

Cilantro and Green Onions 3/$1

Red, Gold, Pink Lady, Granny or Gala Apples 79 cents/lb.

Broccoli Crown or Cauliflower 79 cents/lb.

Medium Avocado 2/$1

Soft Touch Napkins 180 ct. 99 cents

Alpine Charcoal 6.6 lbs. $2.99

Tuesday-Thursday Specials 

Roma Tomatoes 2 lbs./$1

Brown Onions 6 lbs./$1

Celery or Kale 3/$1

Sprouts

Red Seedless Grapes 88 cents/lb.

Gala, Fuji Granny Smith, Braeburn, Red or Golden Delicious 77 cents/lb.

100% Grass Feed Ground Beef $3.49/lb.

Sprouts Rice Cakes 15 ct. 99 cents each

Organic Baby Heirloom Tomatoes 1 dry pint $1.48

Organic Fuji Apples 98 cents/lb.

Organic Green Peppers or Cucumbers 77 cents each

3-day Sale Friday through Sunday (April 6-8)

Hass Avocados 3/$1

Raw Almonds $3.99/lb.

Mild Cheddar Cheese Bulk Cut $1.99/lb.

Chocolate Covered Almonds $3.99/lb.

Mini Seedless Watermelons $1.98

 

 

 

How to Submit a Staples Easy Rebate

Staples Easy Rebates

A couple of days ago, I posted about the 1 cent ream of paper after rebate. Staples does this rebate fairly often; so you don’t need to buy more then one unless you think you will need it.

The problem with rebates is people often fail to submit them.  Intentions are good but life gets hectic and receipts are lost. So here is my quick and dirty tutorial.

Quick and Dirty Tutorial

1.  When you buy your paper do not forget to use your coupon.  This will instantly take $2.99 off your purchase price making the paper $4.80 before tax instead of $7.79.

2. After you pay for the paper.  You will get your receipt and a separate Rebate Receipt that looks like this:

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3. When you get home or asap, get online and go to www.rebate.staples.com.

4. Click on where you bought the paper (In-store),  There will be a box below that says Easy Rebate ID.

5. On the bottom of your Rebate Receipt there is a bar code and under the bar code is a sixteen digit number. That is the 16 digit number you will put in the box to get your rebate.

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6. After that it should be easy!

I hope this helps.

What I Ended Up Getting at CVS Last Week

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My daughter wanted to be in the picture.
Today, I had a fun trip to CVS.  I am not going to go into all the ins and outs of shopping at CVS.  But I just wanted to give an example of how much money you can save there.

I went in with $9 in Extra Care Bucks; which is like CVS currency.  I spent a little over $10 and got $8 in Extra Care Bucks back.

This is what I got:

6 jars of Ragu sauce

1 12.6 ounce bottle of Ajax dishwashing liquid

1 Physician’s Formula Tinted Moisturizer Foundation

2 Jergens tanning lotions

1 tube of Colgate toothpaste

So for less than the price of the Physician’s Formula Foundation, I purchased not only the foundation but many other items I needed as well.  We were all out of pasta sauce; so this sale was the perfect opportunity to stock-up.

Goals Inspired By Priorities

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Relationship with God

-Spend more time in the scriptures

Marriage

– Go on a date this week

– Plan our anniversary date (I am in charge this time)

Family

– Have fun with my kids and teach them to work

– take walks, jump on the trampoline, work in the yard, preschool party,

and have them help me with laundry, and much more (:

Personal

– get ready every day (even if it is 3 pm in the afternoon)

– continue Get Ready for Summer Challenge

– Work on New Blog : Provo Savers, my sister-in-law and my local money-saving blog

– keep my sanity

HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK!

Ye Say, We See; Therefore Your Sin Remaineth

These past few days, I have been reading in the New Testament John 7-9.  Christ teaches us much about judgement in these chapters.  How we should focus on our own sins, that we should not assume if someone has an affliction that they have brought it upon themselves, and how we can recognize those things that are of God.  For instance, Christ healed the man who was blind yet the Pharisees insisted that Christ was a sinner and not of God.

Christ summarizes the last chapter with these last few verses, which I have yet to completely understand.

39 ¶And Jesus said, For ajudgment I am come into this world, that they which bsee not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

 40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

 41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were ablind, ye should have no bsin: but now ye say, We csee; therefore your dsin remaineth.

We need Christ to help us see whether that is physically or spiritually.  Where have you been blind and been made to see?  And where have you said I see when in fact you were spiritually blind.  We can be very farsighted and not see things far off.  And at the same time, we can be nearsighted and think we can see everything around us but we fail to see ourselves.

This is will not change; only true faith can heal that blindness.

My CVS Shopping List

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I love CVS!  I have been waiting for this store to be in my area for a long time and now Provo has one.  If you coupon CVS is one of the easiest drugstores to learn the ropes.  And once you learn the ropes you will save so much money.  It will be embarrassing how excited you are to go get free toothpaste and cheap diapers.  Don’t be embarrassed; I understand.

My Top Deals at CVS 04/12 – 04/18

Going into this week I have $4 ECB and $5 in Beauty Bucks to use on my purchases

(6) Ragu Pasta Sauce 3/$5 and when you spend $10 you get $3 in ExtraCare Bucks back

Total = $7 for 6 jars of Ragu

(1) Colgate Toothpaste (Total, Maxfresh, Enamel Health) $3 you get a $2.50 CVS coupon at the Red Coupon Machine, stack it with 50 cents/ 1 cpn on 04/12 SS = FREE toothpaste

(4) Shea Moisture Baby Eczema Bar Soap – Buy One, Get One Free (reg, 4.99) Use (4) $2/1 coupons in 1/25 RP

Buy (1) $1 Body Wash, Bar Soap, Hand Soap, or Hand Sanitizer

Use $3/11 Body Wash, Bar Soap, Hand Soap, or Hand Sanitizer CVS Store Coupon from Red Coupon Machine

Total = FREE for all 5 items   (Daily Herald did not have the Shea Moisture coupon)

Total $10 plus tax, I will use $9 in ECB and Beauty Bucks, pay $1 plus tax out of pocket for everything and get back $3 in ExtraCare Bucks

Then I will buy at least $10 in Physician’s formula make-up get $7 ECBs back

Buy (1) foundation or mascara $9.99 – $12.49, use $3/$10 Foundation or Mascara CVS coupon and $3 ECBs, pay $4 – $6.49 out of pocket, get $7 in ECBS back

So Total I will spend between $5 – $7.49 out of pocket plus tax and get $7 in ECB back

Some other deals I might grab:

Coca-Cola 20 pk cans $3.50

Ajax 99 cents, use 50 cents/1 CVS coupon from the Red Coupon Machine this week and pay 49 cents

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Scripture of the Week – To Obey is Better Than Sacrifice

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Why should we be obedient?  Because we know we have a loving Heavenly Father who wants what is best for us; He loves us perfectly and can see the consequences of our choices.  He wants us to be happy here and in the eternities.

As we come to understand the nature of God more perfectly, we love him more perfectly.  In the New Testament, 1 John 4:19, John teaches that we love Jesus Christ because he first loved us.  And John 14:15, tells us, “If you love me keep my commandments.”

And what will be the result if we keep these commandments the Lord has given us, John tells us that if we keep his commandments we will abide in Christ’s love.  Just as Christ kept his Father’s commandments and abideth in his love.  Abide has many different definitions: Click here for definitions of ABIDE.

Now if the desire to obey Christ’s commandments is far from your heart today.  Remember Christ’s loves you just as you are.  Come to Him, Learn of Him, come to know who he really is and the desire to obey the commandments will be a natural by product of the love you will feel for Him.