School Notes from Alabama 1. My son is under a doctor's care and should not take PE today. Please execute him. 2. Please exkuce lisa for being absent she was sick and i had her shot. 3. Dear school: please ecsc's john being absent on jan. 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and also 33. 4. Please excuse roland from p.e. for a few days. Yesterday he fell out of a tree and misplaced his hip. 5. John has been absent because he had two teeth taken out of his face. 6. Megan could not come to school today because she has been bothered by very close veins. 7. Chris will not be in school cus he has an acre in his side. 8. Please excuse ray friday from school. He has very loose vowels. 9. Please excuse jimmy for being. It was his father's fault. 10. I kept Billie home because she had to go Christmas shopping because i don't know what size she wear. 11. Please excuse jennifer for missing school yesterday. We forgot to get the sunday paper off the porch, and when we found it monday. We thought it was sunday.
Elder Bruce Hafen Elder Bruce Hafen Broken Heart Belonging Heart Believing Heart Satanic Seduction At-One-Ment Divine Gravity
Elder Busche When someone understands the full meaning of [God’s love] it is as if the arms of heaven have come to pull out of the mire and darkness of the world, and we begin to see the light. Suddenly we cannot question [who we are] anymore. God’s creations are perfect…and all of us have the innate potential to become like God. The deeper understanding of this reality will continue to grow inside of us and lead us to the security of belonging—not only to the Creator but also to every other child of God. Religious Educator, Spring 2008, p. 5,6
Abinadi And it came to pass that there was a man among them whose name was Abinadi; and he went forth among them, and began to prophesy, saying: Behold, thus saith the Lord, and thus hath he commanded me, saying…
Reminder… [Abinadi] prophesied of many things which are to come, yea, even the coming of Christ. 27 And because he said unto them that Christ was the God, the Father of all things… and that God should come down among the children of men, and take upon him flesh and blood, and go forth upon the face of the earth— Nephi “…the angelspake unto me…and I saw that [the Redeemer] was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world.” (1 Nephi 11:32,33) King Benjamin “ I shall tell you [the things] made known unto me by an angel of God…that the Lord Omnipotent shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay…and he shall be called Jesus Christ” (Mosiah 3:2) Jacob “In the last night, the angel spake unto me that..[Christ] should be his name…and they should crucify him” (2 Nephi 10:3) Alma “…the spirit hath said this to me…he shall be born of Mary, at Jerusalem…and he will take upon him death.” (Alma 7:10,12) Samuel “the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall suffer many things and shall be slain for his people, and behold, an angel of the Lord hath declared it unto me.” (Helaman 13:7)
Abinadi And it came to pass that there was a man among them whose name was Abinadi; and he went forth among them, and began to prophesy, saying: Behold, thus saith the Lord, and thus hath he commanded me, saying… Now the eyes of the people were blinded; therefore they hardened their hearts against the words of Abinadi, and they sought from that time forward to take him… And it came to pass that after the space of two years that Abinadi came among them in disguise, that they knew him not, and began to prophesy among them… And it came to pass that they were angry with him; and they took him and carried him bound before the king, and said unto the king: Behold, we have brought a man before thee who has prophesied evil concerning thy people, and saith that God will destroy them. And it came to pass that king Noah caused that Abinadi should be cast into prison; and he commanded that the priests should gather themselves together that he might hold a council with them what he should do with him. I say unto you, wo be unto you for perverting the ways of the Lord! … Ye have not applied your hearts to understanding; therefore, ye have not been wise. Therefore, what teach ye this people? Can we understand “the Church” but not the Atonement? How could they know “the Law” But not understand the Savior?
Priests of Noah After Abinadi had condemed their sins, what did the Priests ask him? “And it came to pass that one of them said unto him: What meaneth the words which are written, and which have been taught by our fathers, saying: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings; that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good; that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth;” Why this question?
Elder Bednar I find it most interesting in these and many other verses that understanding is linked primarily to the heart. Note that we are not explicitly counseled to apply our minds to understanding. Obviously, we must use our minds and our rational capacity to obtain and evaluate information and to reach appropriate conclusions and judgments. But perhaps the scriptures are suggesting to us that reason and “the arm of flesh” are not sufficient to produce true understanding. Thus, understanding, as the word is used in the scriptures, does not refer solely or even primarily to intellectual or cognitive comprehension. Rather, understanding occurs when what we know in our minds is confirmed as true in our hearts by the witness of the Holy Ghost. … And as testimony and conviction move from our heads to our hearts, we no longer just have information or knowledge—but we begin to understand and seek after the mighty change of heart. Understanding, then, is the result of revelation… This revealed insight about the relationship between the heart and understanding has greatly influenced my approach to gospel learning and study, has affected positively the way Sister Bednar and I teach our children and grandchildren, and has impacted my priesthood service. BYU Fireside, 2007
Elder Maxwell In today's society, at the mere mention of the words obedience and submissiveness hackles rise and people are put on nervous alert. . . . People promptly furnish examples from secular history to illustrate how obedience to unwise authority and servility to bad leaders have caused much human misery and suffering. It is difficult, therefore, to get a hearing for what the words obedience and submissiveness really mean--even when the clarifying phrase, "to God," is attached. ["Not My Will, But Thine" (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988), p. 1]
Elder Holland Let me use an example from what is often considered by foes, and even by some friends, as the most unsavory moment in the entire Book of Mormon. I choose it precisely because there is so much in it that has given offense to many. It is pretty much a bitter cup all the way around. I speak of Nephi's obligation to slay Laban in order to preserve a record, save a people, and ultimately lead to the restoration of the gospel in the dispensation of the fulness of times. How much is hanging in the balance as Nephi stands over the drunken and adversarial Laban I cannot say, but it is a very great deal indeed. The only problem is that we know this, but Nephi does not. And regardless of how much is at stake, how can. he do this thing? He is a good person, perhaps even a well-educated person. He has been taught from the very summit of Sinai "Thou shalt not kill." And he has made gospel covenants. "1 was constrained by the Spirit that I should kill Laban; but . . . I shrunk and would that I might not slay him". A bitter test? A desire to shrink? Sound familiar? We don't know why those plates could not have been obtained some other way--perhaps accidentally left at the plate polishers one night or maybe falling out the back of Laban's chariot on a Sabbath afternoon. For that matter, why didn't Nephi just leave this story out of the book altogether? Why didn't he say something like, "And after much effort and anguish of spirit, I did obtain the plates of Laban and did depart into the wilderness unto the tent of my father?" At the very least he might have buried the account somewhere in the Isaiah chapters, thus guaranteeing that it would have gone undiscovered up to this very day. But there it is, squarely in the beginning of the book--page 8--where even the most casual reader will see it and must deal with it. It is not intended that either Nephi or we be spared the struggle of this account. I believe that story was placed in the very opening verses of a 531-page book and then told in painfully specific detail in order to focus every reader of that record on the absolutely fundamental gospel issue of obedience and submission to the communicated will of the Lord. If Nephi cannot yield to this terribly painful command, if he cannot bring himself to obey, then it is entirely probable that he can never succeed or survive in the tasks that lie just ahead. (BYU Devotional, Jan, 1989)