After Much Tribulation Cometh the Blessings Come Follow Me Doctrine and Covenants

After Much Tribulation Cometh the Blessings D&C 102-105

All throughout the scriptures I see examples of people having to prove their allegiance to the Lord by living through sometimes unimaginable tests. The hardest thing about these trials of faith is the step that is required into the darkness.  That first act of trust, when there is so much unknown. The willingness to sacrifice when you don't know the outcome.
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For the Salvation of Zion D&C 94-97 Come Follow Me

For the Salvation of Zion - Doctrine and Covenants 94-97

The one thing that I noticed as I was reading this week's lesson, For the Salvation of Zion, is that there are a lot of IFs here.  The Lord has so many blessings in store for us, but there are always requirements for us to qualify for them.
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The Power of Godliness D&C 84 Come Follow Me

The Power of Godliness Doctrine & Covenants 84

There is a lot to learn about "the power of Godliness" and all that it does to prepare us to return to live with Heavenly Father.  The ways that priesthood authority have blessed my life are too numerous to count, and I wouldn't even know where to begin.
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I Will Lead You Along Doctrine and Covenants 77-80

I Will Lead You Along Doctrine & Covenants 77-80

How do I receive personal revelation?  That is the question I was asking myself a lot this week as I studied the Doctrine and Covenants.  Surely the Lord will lead me along, but am I letting Him? While Section 77 and all the things that we can learn about the book of Revelations is exciting and helpful, the bigger message I received, for me personally, is how it is possible to understand the scriptures for myself if I just ask.

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Great Shall Be Their Reward and Eternal Shall Be Their Glory D&C 76

Great Shall Be Their Reward and Eternal Shall Be Their Glory D&C 76

Sometimes when I think about eternity and the idea of making it to the Celestial Kingdom, I overwhelm myself.  It seems like it is so complicated, and that being faithful and being an active member of the Church is so complex that I will never be able to do all that is required.
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Worth the Riches of the Whole Earth D&C 67-70

Worth the Riches of the Whole Earth D&C 67-70

We know that life isn't going to be easy, but sometimes when things are tough it's hard to remember the good in the world and remain cheerful. And that first verse made me wonder if there were blessings that I've missed out on while I sat in a corner wringing my hands about things.
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The Lord Requireth the Heart and a Willing Mind D&C 64-66

The Lord Requireth the Heart and a Willing Mind Doctrine and Covenants 64-66

Do you ever have those moments when you're studying in the scriptures and the message that Heavenly Father has for you is SO personal and SO apparent that it is completely unmistakable?
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Stand as a Witness D&C 14-17 lesson helps

Stand as a Witness Doctrine & Covenants 14-17

It's interesting to contemplate what it must have been like to be one of the men chosen to stand as a witness to the gold plates. This week as I studied Doctrine and Covenants 14-17, it seemed like I had to work extra hard to figure out exactly what the message was for me.
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Upon You My Fellow Servants Come Follow Me

Upon You My Fellow Servants D&C 12-13 and Joseph Smith History 1:66-75

’Twas the voice of an angel from glory, ’twas a message from the Most High! And as we heard we rejoiced, while His love enkindled upon our souls, and we were wrapped in the vision of the Almighty! Where was room for doubt?
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That You May Come Off Conqueror D&C 10-11 Come Follow Me

That You May Come Off Conqueror D&C 10-11

The Lord will heal our broken hearts, and comfort us, and He will answer our prayers if we ask and then actively look for the answers, and the peace and comfort that follow. I am so grateful for my knowledge of this because it can and does change everything.
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Come Unto Christ and Be Perfected in Him

Come Unto Christ and Be Perfected in Him Moroni 10

Moroni's invitation to come unto Christ and be perfected in Him is such a beautiful way to end the Book of Mormon!  I have been thinking this week a lot about the words of Moroni in this closing chapter, and all of the wonderful messages he has for us.
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May Christ Lift Thee Up Moroni 7-9 Lesson Helps

May Christ Lift Thee Up Moroni 7-9

I read an article as part of my weekly study this week about faith, hope and charity and how they are the three most important things in the world.  This lesson, May Christ Lift Thee Up, has had great meaning to me this week, and has caused me to stop and examine my life a little more than normal in order to see where I really stand.
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