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 

November 6, 2012 Matthew 5 – by Nancy Baird

 Audio November 6, 2012

Matthew 5


“I have now reigned about fifty years in victory or peace, beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies and respected by my allies.  Riches and honor, power and pleasure have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanted to my felicity.  In this situation I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot:  they amount to 14.”
Abd-er-Rahman III of Spain, A.D. 960.

“Beyond comfort lie grace, mystery, and adventure… pain may point the way toward a greater wholeness and become a potent force in the healing of …suffering.”
Rachel Naomi Remen, Kitchen Table Wisdom, 75.

“A man’s reach should exceed his grasp.  Or what’s a heaven for?”
Robert Browning, “Andrea del Sarto.”