Nov 8 2011 3 Nephi 8-11 by Nancy Baird


“Suddenly there is a point where religion becomes laughable.  Then you decide that you are nevertheless religious.”
Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, mystic,1968, in Annie Dillard, For the Time Being, 77.)

“Day by day [Latter-day Saints] move closer to the Lord, little realizing they are building a godlike life.  They live quiet lives of goodness, service, and commitment.  They are like the Lamanites, who the Lord said “were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not.”
President Ezra Taft Benson, “A Mighty Change of Heart,” Ensign, Oct. 1989, 5.

“Some things lie too deep for tears.”
Wordsworth, “Ode to Duty”

“When you walk across the field with your mind pure and  holy, then from all the stones, and all growing things, and all animals, the sparks of their souls come out and cling to you, and then they are purified and become a holy fire in you.”
Baal Shem Tov, Jewish Rabbi, mystic, 1760, in Annie Dillard, For the Time Being, 137


Malachi 4:2     “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings.”

Isaiah 57:15
    “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit…”

Isaiah 61:1    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted…”

Isaiah 64:6    “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Matthew 11:29 
   “…I am meek and lowly in heart.”

Ether 12:39
     “And then shall ye know that I have seen Jesus, and that he hath talked with me face to face, and that he told me in plain humility, even as a man telleth another in mine own language, concerning these things.”

John 6:26    “Ye seek me, not because ye saw miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled.”

Nov 1 2011 3 Nephi 1-7 by Diane Adair

 “We can let the events that surround us determine our actions – or we can personally take charge and rule our lives with pure religion.  Pure religion is learning the gospel of Jesus Christ and then putting it into action.”

Marvin J. Ashton Ensign November 1982 p.63

“Surely it should give us to think of how casually we sometimes give to satan, who could not control his own ego in the pre-mortal world, such awful control over our egos here.  We often let the adversary do indirectly now what we refused to let him do directly then.”
Neil A. Maxwell – We will Prove Here With p.45

“We are not expected to resist sin by will power and personal resolve alone… rather as we come to gain that life which is in Christ.  A life that comes as we seek for the spirit of the Lord – we receive the enabling power which extends to us the strength to forsake and overcome a power which we could not have generated on our own.”
Robert C. Millet – The Only Sure Foundation p. 22

“One of the greatest mysteries of mortality is why mankind fails to learn from history.”
L. Tom Perry – Ensign, November 1992 p.16

“What if the day of His coming were tomorrow?  If we knew that we would meet the Lord tomorrow what would we do today?  What confessions would we make?  What practices would we discontinue?  What forgiveness would we extend?  What testimonies would we bear?  If we would do those things then, why not now?  Why not seek peace, while peace can be obtained.”
Dallin H. Oaks – Ensign, May 2004

“Pride creates a noise within us which makes the quiet voice of the spirit hard to hear.”
Henry B. Eyring – Ensign, November 2001 p.16

“A disciple of Christ is one who is learning to be like Christ.  Learning to think, feel and act as he does… No other disciple compares in either requirements or rewards.  It involves the total transformation of a person from the state of the natural man to that of a saint, one who loves the Lord and serves with all his heart, might, mind and strength.”
L. Tom Perry – Ensign, November 2000 p.61