Monday, January 17, 2011

Scripture Power

One reason I love being part of the Young family is that I have learned so much from each family member and been helped along on my journey. I sent out an e-mail asking for answers to the following questions:
  1. Examples in my life where the scriptures have taught me what I should do
  2. How the teachings from the scriptures have brought me closer to the savior
Here are the responses that were inspiring enough for me to post them on the family blog:

Several years ago I accepted Pres. Hinckleys challenge to read the Book of Mormon - I started kind of late so I had to read 50 pages a day to meet the ending date - I read in Hawaii even - I would read every morning before I road my bike to work - One morning after reading about how the sons of Mosiah were protected I was riding my bike - in the dark - and hit a HUGE highland pothole - As I was flying through the air I knew that angels were there and I was PROTECTED because my fall and slide through the gravel was very SOFT - I was glad that I had been reading the scriptures that morning and knew that I was being blessed - I hope that was what you wanted - Love ya Sally

2 powerful/helpful scriptures in my life have been
1) Phillipians 4:13 -"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." When things are tough and I want to say I quit, this reminds me that I can do it and I need to turn to the Savior because HE is the one who gives me the strength to carry on and succeed.
2) D&C 121:43 - this has been huge to me as a parent and now even as a teacher when being at my wits end with a child or student. I know if I follow this teaching, the outcome will be much better than with any other approach or me reacting to whatever situation it may be.
"Reproving (giving correction) betimes with sharpness (with clarity), when moved upon by the Holy Ghost (not in anger, but when you are being inspired- this means I have to be asking for help and listening for the response); and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved lest he esteem thee to be his enemy. (the child always needs the reassurance the he or she is loved) The Lord's way of giving correction is so much better than punishments or reactions to another's behavior.
Funny story with that - a year or so ago when Chris and Shelly were living with us, Chris was being quite annoyed with little Logan. I listened to him rant for a bit and then quietly said, "Chris, stop. You are trying to reason with a 3 year old and it is not possible. Just love him and show him another way." Grant, listening in, chimed in with "Chris, listen to your mother. She is the reason you are alive today."

I always liked the one about "if ye have not the Spirit, ye shall not teach" because so many times I have been teaching and just blah blah blahing and none of the children are listening BUT when I pray and prepare myself, not only are the children listening, but they are staring at me and their sweet little faces are shining!  I also like the one about "out of small things proceedeth that which is great" because that is why we are here, we small things, to learn and serve and grow and build a wonderful thing out of the small things.  Little blessings keep on adding up every second of the day, and if we stop to realize, we are overwhelmed!
That's my two cents worth!

A scripture that has helped me a lot is Proverbs 3: 5, 6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths." It especially has helped me when things aren't going the way I want them to, or thought they would. We just need to trust that Heavenly Father knows what we need, and we need to be grateful for what we have.

To the wonderful list, I would add this scripture:

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30).

Life can be so crazy sometimes! I love the reminder in this scripture that if we are doing the things that Heavenly Father wants us to, then everything will fall into place--our burdens made light. There are days when rest is all I am longing for! With Christ as our companion we can find it in our hearts, homes and families--we learn to prioritize better. I will never forget a General Conf talk by Dallin H Oaks about this scripture. He goes on to talk about how Christ can heal us, if we let him. It was powerful! And came at a time in my life when I needed to hear that so badly. How grateful I am for the "modern-day scripture" that we are blessed with every 6 months.