Ponderizing- D&C 50:24

D&C 50:24

24. That which is of God is light; and he that recieveth light, and continueth in God, recieveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day. 

I am so in love with this scripture. I decided to ponderize it after I read The light of the Perfect Day by Elder Larry R. Lawrence (aka Lawrence Lawrence). He says that the objective of our lives is to gain light. “Our spirits grow brighter when we feed them light. As we continue to follow the light our Father sheds on us, we receive more light and we become more like Him.”

I don’t think judgement day is a terrible, gloomy day where we will be hoping and praying that we did enough to make it to heaven, only to find out that we came up short in a few areas, so we’re doomed to Hell forever!

I actually think it’s way more simple than that. I believe we will go where we feel worthy  and that each person will be happy where they are, and, as Elder Lawrence says, “If we have accumulated enough celestial light in our spirits, we will be resurrected with celestial bodies.” So if we have worked to surround ourselves with good, increasing our light, and therefore increasing the spirit, it will be obvious and easy to know where we should be. We will be LIKE Christ, who is the LIGHT of the World.

Focusing on filling my life with light teaches me, again, how to measure the good, better, and best things in my life. What things are filling me with light and what are taking away that light? What things increase that light the most?- those are the things that should be the priority in my life.

Now I say this after a week of just being a plain old slacker, but today I will be taking the sacrament and vowing to do better! To mourn with those that mourn, to comfort those hat stand in need of comfort, to take upon me the name of Christ and to represent Him in all I do, and to do activities that help me to always remember Him. When I do things that increase the light in my life, I am coming one step closer to Christ and remembering Him.

I am so grateful for the Savior. I am grateful for His Atonement. He is behind everything good that I do or that has been done unto me. I am also grateful for His example so that I know what to strive for. ❤️

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Mosiah 26

Mosiah 26

This chapter is really hitting me strongly this morning and I want to write some thoughts.

The heading for Mosiah 26 says, “Many members of the Church are led into sin by unbelievers.” Right when I read that I was confused… In the chapter before they were all getting baptized and were amazed by how God was able to deliver Alma and Limhi from the Lamanites. They heard the words of King Benjamin and Abinadi and were converted.

The last verse in chapter 25 says,

24 And they were called the people of God. And the Lord did pour out his Spirit upon them, and they were blessed, and prospered in the land.

Sounds like they were doing pretty good, so why the sudden change? Mosiah 26:1-3 explains it a little more.

1 Now it came to pass that there were many of the rising generation that could not understand the words of king Benjamin, being little children at the time he spake unto his people; and they did not believe the tradition of their fathers.

2 They did not believe what had been said concerning the resurrection of the dead, neither did they believe concerning the coming of Christ.

3 And now because of their unbelief they could not understand the word of God; and their hearts were hardened.

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Ponderizing: Moroni 7:16-18

Moroni 7: 16-18

 16 For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.

17 But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.

18 And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know the light by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do not judge wrongfully; for with that same judgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged.

A month or so ago, Joe and I were assigned to speak in church (p.s.- we spoke on a Sunday that it was -35 with windchill!! Major blessings for going to church that day.) on this scripture. I became OBSESSED with it, but after a few weeks forgot where it was in the scriptures. This made me so sad, so I decided to ponderize it. I am not memorizing the entire thing, but am memorizing the location, specific themes it mentions, AND my favorite phrases- they are just to good to simplify. Continue reading “Ponderizing: Moroni 7:16-18”

Ponderizing: Mosiah 3:19

In last October’s LDS conference, Devin G. Durrant, first counselor in the Sunday School Presidency, introduced the idea of “ponderizing”! Since he’s the expert, I’ll let him do the explaining:

“So what does it mean to ponderize? I like to say it’s a combination of 80 percent extended pondering and 20 percent memorization.

There are two simple steps:

First, choose a verse of scripture each week and place it where you will see it every day.

Second, read or think of the verse several times each day and ponder the meaning of its words and key phrases throughout the week (read his talk here).”

What a great idea, right?! Since hearing about it, I have been trying to ponderize weekly. Now I’m not saying I have been perfect at it… I definitely have NOT, but the weeks that I do it, my thoughts are uplifted and I use my time better. At times when my thoughts normally wander randomly, I am able to ponder a scripture which allows me to be stay more focused on Christ. Continue reading “Ponderizing: Mosiah 3:19”