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Collards is green my dog's name is Blue and I'm so lucky to have a sweet thang like you. You move like the bass, which excite me in May. You ain't got no scales but I luv you anyway. You have som'a yore teeth, for which I am proud; I hold my head high when we're in a crowd. Like a good roll of duct tape yo're there fer yore man, to patch up life's troubles and fix what you can. Yo're as cute as a junebug a-buzzin' overhead. You ain't mean like those far ants I found in my bed. Cut from the best cloth like a plaid flannel shirt, you spark up my life more than a fresh load of dirt. Some men git roses on that special day from the cooler at Kroger. "That's impressive," I say. Some men buy fine diamonds from a flea market booth. "Diamonds are forever,“ they explain, suave and couth. But for this man, honey, these jest won't do. Cause yo're too special, you sweet thang you. I got you a gift, without taste nor odor, more useful than diamonds... IT'S A NEW TROLLIN' MOTOR!! My Favorite Valentine By Jim Brown
Exodus And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? And they said, The God of the Hebrews hath met with us: let us go, we pray thee, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice unto the LORD our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword. And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, to let the people rest from their works? get you unto your burdens. And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens. And Pharaoh commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people, and their officers, saying, Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves. Let there more work be laid upon the men, that they may labour therein; and let them not regard vain words.
Savior’s invitation… Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matt. 11:28-30.)
Brigham Young They who try to serve God and still cling to the spirit of the world, have got on two yokes--the yoke of Jesus and the yoke of the devil, and they will have plenty to do. They will have a warfare inside and outside, and the labor will be very galling, for they are directly in opposition one to the other. Cast off the yoke of the enemy, and put on the yoke of Christ, and you will say that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. This I know by experience. [JD 16:123]
Question What is the Yoke of Jesus?
Brigham Young …the person that wears the yoke of Jesus and bears his burden [is the one who] loves the cause of truth and righteousness more than all else. The person that wears the yoke of Jesus…has communication with the heavens, finds his yoke easy and his burden light; he is master of it. … … all that men can imagine and a million times more, God has in store for us. If we are faithful, all is ours. If we trample sin and iniquity under our feet, then we are the masters, which makes the yoke easy and the burden light.
Pathway to Exaltation New Converts (and Teenagers) Conversion Or Taking on “His Yoke”
Elder Neal A. Maxwell Happily, the commandment ‘Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart’ (Matt. 11:29) is a principle which carries an accompanying and compensating promise from Jesus: ‘and ye shall find rest unto your souls.’ This is a very special form of rest resulting from the shedding of certain needless burdens: fatiguing insincerity, exhausting hypocrisy, and the strength-sapping quest for recognition, praise, and power. Those of us who fall short, in one way or another, often do so because we carry such unnecessary and heavy baggage. Being overloaded, we sometimes stumble, and then we feel sorry for ourselves.” (The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book, 34-35.)
Elder Gene R. Cook Sacred Pattern Here? Clearly, we must teach our children to keep the commandments. If we have taught them to turn their hearts to the Lord and to feel the promptings of the Spirit, teaching them to keep the commandments of the Lord will be relatively simple. Also, as children watch their parents living the commandments, they will see, feel, and know the importance of so doing. They will experience the blessings that come from keeping the commandments in a faithful family and thus will not have to be convinced or go through a period of rebelliousness. Still, they do need to be taught. 1- First, we see… 2- Second, we feel… 3- Third, we know… 4- Fourth, we understand…
Last Week’s Story The Christopher Williams family was struck late Friday, in Salt Lake, when a Jeep Cherokee traveling south on 2000 East slammed into the family's northbound Volkswagen Jetta beneath the Interstate 80 overpass. The SUV flipped, and the driver, who suffered minor scrapes and bruises, fled on foot. The sedan suffered heavy passenger-side damage, killing the pregnant mother, Michelle Williams, 41, and two of her children: Ben, 11, and Anna, 9. The surviving father and 6- year-old boy, Sam, were transported in extremely critical condition to Salt Lake City hospitals. The couple's other son, Michael, 14, was not in the car. Family spokesman James Wood said the father – an LDS bishop in the Crystal Heights 2nd Ward - has improved considerably since the crash. His son, however, remains in the intensive care unit at Primary Children's Medical Center with bleeding and swelling of the brain, a broken collar bone and cracked ribs. From his hospital bed, Christopher Williams asked for a prayer - not for himself, but for the teenage driver who police say smashed into his family sedan, killing his wife and two of his children. At Williams' request, the 17-year-old's name was added to the prayer roll of an LDS temple, hoping to give some comfort to a teen now jailed on suspicion of automobile homicide. "I don't know of anyone who believes in the redemption more than Chris Williams," said lifelong friend…
Now, The Rest of the Story To those who wonder how Chris Williams was so quick to forgive the teenager who crashed into his car Friday, killing his wife and two children, consider this: When Williams was 16, he accidentally struck and killed a 4-year-old boy in the Avenues. On July 18, 1981, when he was going to his job as an orderly at LDS Hospital, two young boys ran from between parked cars and onto 8th Avenue… Williams' car struck both boys, who were brothers. James B. Forster, 4, died three days later at Primary Children's Medical Center. His 3-year-old brother survived. Police said Williams was traveling about 20 mph. "He had absolutely no chance to react," said Williams' father, Paul Williams, in an interview on Monday. As a result of that accident, said Paul Winterton, a longtime friend, Williams "knows exactly what this young man [in Friday's accident] is going through." Following the 1981 accident, "People showered [Williams] with forgiveness and kindness," said Winterton.