November 20, 2012 Matthew 7 By Nancy Baird

Audio November 20, 2012 Lesson 11

Matthew 7


“Many sophisticated people love to say that they are cynical, that ours is a cynical age.  They flatter themselves: they do not believe nothing, they believe anything.  Ours is not an age of unbelief.  It is an age of arrogant gullibility.”
Michael Novak, “All Things Are Not Relative,”  speech given at Westminster Abbey,       London, 1994.

“It is impossible.  It cannot be done.  If the Great Spirit that made man would give him a new heart, he could do as you say, but not else.”
Indian Chief Tedynscung, Chief of the Delaware Indians in North America, in 1780,        speaking of the Golden Rule.

“There is something about [the] awareness of right and wrong that enhances our humanity, our morality, our dignity as human beings…At some level we want to know that what we do matters…we all want to be judged.  We want to be taken seriously as moral creatures…
I am convinced that every human being has an existential need for significance…That’s why it is such a thrill when we get our name in the paper…We do incredible things.  We go into medical research, we write books…to know we matter.  We also do terrible things…assassinate the president and commit other heinous crimes…”
Rabbi Harold Kushner, Devotional BYU, BYU Today, February 1995, 19-29.

“I have found that if I tell everything I know and explain every experience that I have had, the Lord will not trust me.”
Marion G. Romney, Church Employees Lecture Series, 18 Jan. 1980.  

Why would we not, as Neal Maxwell said, “break free of our old selves – the provincial, constraining, complaining…selves,” and yield ourselves to God.
Neal Maxwell, “Willing to Submit,” Ensign, May 1985, 71.

November 13, 2012 Matthew 6 Luke 11 – by Diane Adair

Audio November 13, 2012

Matthew 6
Luke 11


“Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee, take away this cup from me…Jesus’ request was not theater…Even so, Jesus maintained this sublime submissiveness, Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.”…while bearing our sins, our infirmities, our sicknesses and bringing to pass the Atonement Jesus became the perfect Shepherd…Indeed we are in His hands, and what hallowed hands.  The wondrous and glorious Atonement is the central act in all of human history.  It was the hinge on which all else that finally matters turned.  But it turned upon Jesus’ spiritual submissiveness.  May we now, in our time and turn, be willing to submit…”    Neal A. Maxwell

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can.  He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends and pour out peace.”
President Ezra Taft Benson

In considering such beauty of the atonement…we are reminded that this relationship between Christ and His Father is one of the sweetest and most moving themes running through the Saviors’ ministry.  Jesus’ entire being, His complete purpose was centered in pleasing His Father and obeying His will; Of Him He seemed always to be thinking; to Him He seemed always to be praying.  He needed no crisis, no discouraging shift in events to direct His hopes heavenward.  He was already instinctively longingly looking that way.   Jeffrey R. Holland