An Apostle Teaches About The Power Of Prayer

This is a beautiful video, that was inspired by a conference address, that Elder Bednar presented. His talk is entitled "Pray Always".

"Simply stated, prayer is communication to Heavenly Father from His sons and daughters on earth. “As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are his children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part” (Bible Dictionary, “Prayer,” 752).

We are commanded to pray always to the Father in the name of the Son (see 3 Nephi 18:19–20). We are promised that if we pray sincerely for that which is right and good and in accordance with God’s will, we can be blessed, protected, and directed (see 3 Nephi 18:20; D&C 19:38).

Revelation is communication from Heavenly Father to His children on earth. As we ask in faith, we can receive revelation upon revelation and knowledge upon knowledge and come to know the mysteries and peaceable things that bring joy and eternal life (see D&C 42:61). The mysteries are those matters that can only be known and understood by the power of the Holy Ghost (see Harold B. Lee, Ye Are the Light of the World [1974], 211)."

My dear friend, In The Doghouse, has also posted some wonderful counsel that we all received in the Murrieta California Stake, from Elder Bednar personally. Immediately following Elder Bednar's call to The Twelve Apostles, our Stake was his first assignment. The Murrieta, Stake has a very tender spot in our hearts for this particular Apostle of the Lord, Elder David Bednar.


Who Has The Authority To Interpret LDS Doctrine?

"Doctrinal interpretation is the providence of The First Presidency. The Lord has given that stewardship to them by revelation. No teacher has the right to interpret doctrine for the members of the Church." Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of the Prophets

I can't even begin to tell you how strongly I personally feel, about the comments that are made in this video (below) in regards to WHO has the right, and authority to interpret Mormon Doctrine!

As a former Seminary teacher, who loves loves her library of commentaries, by many respectable and credible LDS Church Scholars, I firmly believe that our Prophets are THE final word, when it comes to interpreting scripture.

This may not seem like it would be a controversial topic among members of the Church. It should be a no brainer, right? Unfortunately, it is not. More and more conversations about LDS doctrine, and WHO can interpreted it, are being scrutinized. In my opinion, LDS scholars are being given far too much weight, in this area.

I have a deep love for studying the doctrines of the Church. My personal library will attest to this fact. I am a lover of truth! I can also get into some pretty deep doctrinal conversations, on occasion. In fact, I even love to speculate about some of our doctrines. It can really be fun. Better than going to Disneyland!

However, there is a line that cannot be crossed when it comes to what we embrace and teach in regard to "What is LDS Doctrine"? From the perspective of a teacher, the doctrines of the Church, as explained and interpreted by our prophets, must be kept intact and honored.

My pet peeve, worst excuse about WHO we should or should not look to for correct interpretation of Mormon doctrine, has to be - hands down - when the issue of whether a certain prophet being dead or alive, enters the conversation! Ugh!

What's yours?

Kathryn Skaggs

Note: Please don't leave comments about the "man on the moon", and those of the like. I am talking about common sense doctrines, where the Spirit will readily confirm the teachings of our prophets. I've had too many of those type conversations in my past life, online:-)

FYI: This guy is NOT a Mormon.

Your Ability To CREATE!

In our most recent annual LDS Womens Broadcast, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, delivered his first address to the women of the Church. For me, it was very powerful. He proclaimed that it is "Our birthright—and the purpose of our great voyage on this earth—is to seek and experience eternal happiness."

I was particularly moved by President Uchtdorf's teachings regarding our ability to CREATE...

Make sure and watch this beautiful video YOUR ABILITY TO CREATE!

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.

Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.

Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children.

You might say, “I’m not the creative type. When I sing, I’m always half a tone above or below the note. I cannot draw a line without a ruler. And the only practical use for my homemade bread is as a paperweight or as a doorstop.”

If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that you are spirit daughters of the most creative Being in the universe. Isn’t it remarkable to think that your very spirits are fashioned by an endlessly creative and eternally compassionate God? Think about it—your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination.

But to what end were we created? We were created with the express purpose and potential of experiencing a fulness of joy.4 Our birthright—and the purpose of our great voyage on this earth—is to seek and experience eternal happiness. One of the ways we find this is by creating things.

If you are a mother, you participate with God in His work of creation—not only by providing physical bodies for your children but also by teaching and nurturing them. If you are not a mother now, the creative talents you develop will prepare you for that day, in this life or the next.

You may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us.5 The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.

What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don’t let fear of failure discourage you. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside.

If you still feel incapable of creating, start small. Try to see how many smiles you can create, write a letter of appreciation, learn a new skill, identify a space and beautify it.

Nearly a century and a half ago, President Brigham Young spoke to the Saints of his day. “There is a great work for the Saints to do,” he said. “Progress, and improve upon and make beautiful everything around you. Cultivate the earth, and cultivate your minds. Build cities, adorn your habitations, make gardens, orchards, and vineyards, and render the earth so pleasant that when you look upon your labors you may do so with pleasure, and that angels may delight to come and visit your beautiful locations. In the mean time continually seek to adorn your minds with all the graces of the Spirit of Christ.”6

The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create. That is your opportunity in this life and your destiny in the life to come. Sisters, trust and rely on the Spirit. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you."

You can read the entire talk - "Happiness, Your Heritage".


My Rules For GrandParents

Grandparenting - Top Ten Rules! | Blissfully Domestic

I was recently invited to become a contributor over on the highly successful website, Blissfully Domestic. I will be blogging about none other than GRANDPARENTING, which as many of you know -- is a favorite topic of mine! For now, I have committed to post about once a month. The LDS GrandParent Place is where I blog specifically about being an LDS grandparent.

I decided to start out with a few tips for grandparents, which you could also consider to be RULES. At least that is what I have designated them as... Grandparenting - Top Ten Rules I'll be interested in knowing what you think about MY rules for grandparents?

By the way, if you haven't heard yet - I am expecting two more grandchildren, in about 8 week. Actually, these two new additions have due dates, five days apart. If that's not bad enough, both of my daughters live in two different states -- neither of which, is mine! Any bright ideas? LOL I'm still hoping for a miracle:-)

Since I am kind of a control freak, I've come up with a back-up plan. I'm considering offering a prayer, wherein I request that one daughter be two weeks early, and the other two weeks late. Is that bad? I guess it depends on which daughter you are! LOL

Okay, how about this... you all pray for ME, that I can be in the right place, at the right time -- when and where I am MOST needed?