I’ve been writing biographies of people in early Mormon history recently. As I’ve written about the same time period and the same events from the points of view of many different people, I’ve become aware of just how important attitude is. The right attitude can change not just your life, but the lives of those around you. The wrong attitude can harm you, but it can have a devastating impact on the lives of others as well.
“Thoughts mold your features. Thoughts lift your soul heavenward or drag you toward hell… As nothing reveals character like the company we like and keep, so nothing foretells futurity like the thoughts over which we brood. … To have the approval of your conscience when you are alone with your thoughts is like being in the company of true and loving friends. To merit your own self-respect gives strength to character. Conscience is the link that binds your soul to the spirit of God.” –David O. McKay, “Developing Character”, Ensign, Oct. 2001June 30, 2008 by Julia G · Leave a Comment
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Years ago, as I was preparing to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints, I was told a story that had a powerful influence upon not only my mission, but also the rest of my life.
Yesterday in Sacrament Meeting at church, the topic our assigned speakers spoke on was Love. More specifically they spoke on loving God, and loving our neighbors, which is the greatest of all the commandments!
Last week, in my Singles ward, our Sacrament talks were given by two of our Stake High Counselors. One of the talks was on the power of prayer. During his talk he quoted part of hymn #142
Right now my mother is reading Pollyanna to my youngest sister. They are both enjoying it immensely, just as I did when I first discovered this written story. There are many great lessons that can be gleaned from this children’s classic.
When I was a little girl I used to have the most terrifying nightmares, every night. It got to the point where I would do anything to be able to avoid sleep.
This Easter Season, I have spent much time contemplating the record in the New Testament about the interactions, and teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ. This morning I have spent time pondering the story of Mary and Martha, and how it applies to us Single Adults today.
A couple of weeks ago my younger sister (younger by six ½ years) got married in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple. Since that day, I cannot count the number of times that I have been asked, “So, how does it feel to have your younger sister married before you?”
Some people believe in destiny, others believe that everything is a matter of chance, I believe in foreordination. I believe that we were each called to do a specific work in our lives, our own personal missions to move forward the work of the Lord. (Of course, this foreordination is still subject to our agency, or the choices we make. If we fail to qualify, by our choices, for the missions we were called to do, then another will be chosen to do so in our place. For God’s work will not be frustrated. Although, I cannot help but think that no one could fulfill your mission like you could.)