Yesterday was a great day: I met with Jason in the morning and then got a lot of stuff done for HS, CO, and MM. Ever since the meeting Becky and I had on Monday, I’ve felt so focused and determined and things have seemed to start falling in to place a bit more.
AD is ready to move forward with the AS website, which will be good timing. I met with them yesterday and things seemed to go really well.
I’ve decided to focus on industries for my consulting work: dance and dermatology are two I’m starting with since I have experience in both and can show people what I’ve done. I’ve been creating a sales packet and have been mapping out ways to find the best contacts, speak at conventions, and network, network, network! It feels really good and I know I’ll be blessed as long as I always strive to put God’s will first in my life – make study and prayer a top priority in my day EVERY day.
I feel, as I’ve stated many times before, that my lustful tendencies are a good measuring stick on the direction I’m facing. If I’m having a hard time with the “chin-up” approach, I need to reassess who’s will I’m choosing to follow and pray for help from Heavenly Father. For me, it all starts with pride and then go’s straight to lustful tendencies, which then leads to everything else.
I chose to study the talk from Conference today titled “Obedience to the Prophets” by Claudio R. M. Costa. I thought it would be fitting to study this talk in conjunction with the story of Jonah and the Whale. I think it shows that even prophets have to repent and follow the words of the Lord if they want to be safe in this life and saved in the life here after.
Prophet: “A person who has been called by and speaks for God. As a messenger of God, a prophet receives commandments, prophecies, and revelations from God” (“Prophet,” scriptures.lds.org; see also Bible Dictionary, “Prophet”)
We are told that “surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7). We learn from this scripture that the Lord will reveal to His prophets absolutely anything that He feels is necessary to communicate to us. He will reveal His will to us, and He will instruct us through His prophets.
“The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works” (“Fourteen Fundamentals,” 26).
“The prophet will never lead the Church astray” (“Fourteen Fundamentals,” 27).
President Wilford Woodruff said: “The Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as President of this Church to lead you astray. It is not in the programme. It is not in the mind of God. If I were to attempt that, the Lord would remove me out of my place, and so He will any other man who attempts to lead the children of men astray from the oracles of God and from their duty” (Official Declaration 1.)
The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know” (“Fourteen Fundamentals,” 27, 28).
The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich. . . .
I enjoyed reading this talk: it confirms my understanding that the General Conference talks are modern day living scriptures – they are the “How To Live Life” manual for right now.
Things I’m Grateful for Today
- that we went to the clubhouse and got to exercise and swim a bit
- that I could play with the kids in the pool
- that I was able to meet with AD yesterday and it appears things are headed in the right direction with new site
- that Becky and I had a productive night last night getting the tree set up and decorated with the kids
- that I was able to do my study in the morning before leaving for Idaho
- that I have a plan to study in Idaho and am aware of the situations I have potential to get in to there