Monday, September 12, 2011

Care to read?

Two posts in one day? Maybe this will become a new hobby of mine...I guess a small disclaimer on my part to begin, people who know me well describe me as being fairly blunt and/or curt. I enjoy being open with others, I just hope that I can keep the things that are very personal to me within the appropriate arena, while sharing other things that can promote reflection and discussion. A quote in Preach My Gospel by Elder Richard G. Scott says that “spiritually sensitive information should be kept in a sacred place that communicates to the Lord how you treasure it." I truly believe that this is a powerful way to show the Lord how much you appreciate the knowledge that one gains through the Holy Ghost. How often do I kneel before my Father in Heaven and thank Him for the truths that I have learned throughout the day? For example, yesterday in church my bishop dedicated a portion of his talk to the word "strait" as Nephi used it to describe "the path which leads to eternal life." (2 Nephi 31:18) My bishop stated that we often confuse the word strait with straight. Straight is a path that moves in one direction with no curve or bend. Strait on the other hand is a narrow or tight path. I have heard this distinction made before on other occasions, but yesterday was the first time that I visualized what was being taught. With the word being strait it changes much of the meaning for that verse. The path of life is not meant to be a straight line from point A to point B. It is meant to have turns, and bends, valleys and climbs. Our own individual journey through life may be so unpredictable and changing that it causes our nauseous spirits to plead for the ride to stop. However I believe that as we hold faithful to the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we will remain on this tight path and find eternal happiness. The journey may appear less thrilling with the guidelines that surround moral and clean living, but someday we will look back and realize how much protection those standards provided us. I believe in Jesus Christ, and hope that I can be a more consistent and true follower of him at all times.

It's official, I blog

This is my first post in a blog. For my family relations class we have been asked to start a blog and write down impressions and ideas that we have about topics regarding families. To tell you the truth I am really excited about this. I love to keep a study journal of things I learn, especially from the scriptures. I see this as an opportunity to take the things I love and share them with others. Having a personal journal is great, but in the past I have had many times when I wanted to discuss my ideas with others to get a different perspective. This has been the first homework assignment in a while that I have been excited about.