May 17, 2016 Malachi by Nancy Baird



2 Sam 24:24 “And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.”

“You were always a good man in business, Jacob,” says Scrooge.
The ghost of Jacob Marley replies: “Business!” he said. “Mankind was my business: charity, mercy forbearance, and benevolence were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business.”
from A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens.

“We live on dead people’s heads.”
Annie Dillard, For the Time Being, 124.

Malachi 4:2 “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness rise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.”

“Whatever Jesus lays his hands upon, lives.”
President Howard W. Hunter, Teachings of the Presidents, 150.

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Catholic priest, scientist, d. 1955.

1 Peter 1:3 “…rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

Isaiah 58:10,11,12
“And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy
bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the
foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The
restorer of paths to dwell in.”

May 10 2016 Nehemiah by Diane Adair





“…the best and most clear indication that we are progressing spiritually and coming unto Christ is the way we treat other people.” Marvin J. Ashton, Ensign, May, 1992, p. 20.

The great fact is that the Lord’s spirit is here. His presence permeates the universe.  The presence of our God in the universe is the great truth in the plan of salvation… paraphrased from Neal A. Maxwell.

 Quoted passages about scriptures from “Letters to a Young Mormon,” by Adam S. Miller.

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”
Nelson Mandella

 “The Savior has suffered not just for our iniquities, but also for the inequality, the unfairness, the pain, the anguish, and the emotional distress that so frequently besets us. There is no physical pain, there is no anguish of soul, no suffering of spirit, no infirmity of weakness that you or I ever experience during our mortal journey that the Savior did not experience first.  You and I, in a moment of weakness, will cry out, ‘no one understands, no one knows.” No human being perhaps knows, but the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He felt and understood our feelings even before we did.  And because He paid the ultimate price and bore that burden, He has perfect empathy and He can extend to us His arm of mercy in so many phases of our life.  He can reach out, touch, succor, and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do through relying on only our own power.” Elder David Bednar.

 Thank you for the five years of changing my concept of deity, as rather than a CPA recording all my misdeeds, to a loving Deity who wants me back home.” Lois London, Olympus 4th Ward

 Testimony of Sam Pond, recently returned missionary.

 “The Lord will provide sustenance and support if we are willing to open the door and receive His hand of divine assistance… Imagine the wounds in His hands, His weathered hands, yes, even His hands of torn flesh and physical sacrifice, give our hands greater power and direction.  It is the wonderful Christ who leads us through moments of difficulty.  It is He who bears us up when we need more air to breathe or direction to follow or even more courage to continue.  If we will keep the commandments of God and walk hand and hand with Him in His paths, we will go forward with faith and never feel alone.” Craig Zwick, Ensign, November, 2003, p. 34-36.

 “God be thanked for the matchless gift of His Divine Son.”