Monday, March 27, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: Deuteronomy 2:4-5

Today's Favorite Verse: Deuteronomy 2:4-5
"And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore:
Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession."

I pondered on what good advice this is. Even if people are afraid of me for whatever reason, I am not to meddle with them. It is best to leave people alone. In the long run that will be a protection to me. The same goes for any group of people. A better man will not show dominance or power over weaker people, or those they have no direction from the Lord to interfere with. We do not know what the Lord may have promised them. The business we need to be about is God's will for us.

Day 730

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Celebrating My Most Treasured Possession: The Book of Mormon

Taking time today to celebrate the 187th anniversary of the Book of Mormon. March 26, 1830 the first edition of the Book of Mormon was published in English. Since then the Book of Mormon has been translated into 110 languages, and more than 170 million copies have been printed. The Bible and the Book of Mormon are complementary books of scripture, both testifying of the mission and Messiahship of Jesus Christ and God’s plan for mankind.

To celebrate this event I am watching a video that came out 30 years ago. In 1987 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released "How Rare a Possession: The Book of Mormon" I loved it then, I love it now. The Book of Mormon is one of my most treasured possessions. After the video I will read the parting words of Nephi in 2 Nephi 31-33. He speaks on the doctrine of Christ. I love these words. The spirit tells me they are true.

Today's Favorite Verse: Deuteronomy 1:30

Today's Favorite Verse: Deuteronomy 1:30
"The Lord your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;"

I pondered on how Israel saw miraculous things. They saw the plagues that came upon Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea. They saw a pillar of fire by night, and a cloud to lead them during the day. They saw manna come from heaven to feed them, and the rock that gushed forth water. None of these amazing things have I seen. Yet, I believe it happened to them. So when this verse says God goeth before you, and will fight for you, I can take that promise, just like Israel did. If he could do all these amazing things for them, he can do amazing things for me. I sat in gratitude for all the amazing things that he has done for me. It doesn't matter how big a miracle is, a miracle is still a miracle. I have been so blessed.

Day 729

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: Numbers 36:5

Today's Favorite Verse: Numbers 36:5
"And Moses command the children of Israel according to the word of the Lord, saying, The tribe of the sons of Joseph hath said well."

The land is being divided into inheritances and the brothers of Zelophehad, that had died without sons, is to have an inheritance given to his daughters. Now the chief families of this tribe come to Moses in concern that the daughters will marry outside of the tribe and the inheritance will be lost. Moses then inquires of the Lord on the matter. I love how the Lord tells them "The tribe of the sons of Joseph hath said well."  I pondered on how needful it is, in supporting our leaders, to bring to mind things that concern us. It is often when we express our concerns that matters are taken to the Lord and council can be given. After the Lord has spoken then it is my place to be obedient.

"Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day." (Alma 37:37)

Day 728