Episode 9

10 Tools for Successful Discipleship

Hello and welcome to the Latter-day Disciples Podcast. This is episode 9. Today, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and more importantly than my thoughts, some of the things that prophets, apostles, scripture and our Savior himself has told us about who we are and how we are going to do the work that lies ahead.  I think that we’re all fairly aware at this point, if you’ve been listening to the podcast, I talk a lot about some of the responsibilities that lie ahead of us; those that are currently present, such as gathering scattered Israel and fulfilling as much as we can, the Abrahamic covenants that were made to the fathers, everything from that to, in the future, building New Jerusalem and preparing a home for the Savior and for the Saints. And sometimes we have a hard time figuring out how I’m going to get from here to there.  This has been something that I particularly have encountered in the last year or so is seeing myself and where I am and knowing my flaws and my weaknesses and my temptations and my failures. And knowing what I want to become and knowing this work that I want to be a part of, and there’s a huge gap between those things. At least at first glance, there’s a huge gap. But we have been given every single tool that we need to be successful. In our discipleship generally, but particularly in being disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in the last days. Ezra Taft Benson said, “For nearly 6000 years God has held you in reserve, to make your appearance in the final days before the Second coming of the Lord. Every previous gospel dispensation has drifted into apostasy, but ours will not. God has saved for the final inning some of his strongest children who will help bear off the Kingdom triumphantly. Make no mistake about it, you are a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short period of time as there is of us. Never before on the face of this earth have the forces of evil and the forces of good been as well organized. Each day we personally make many decisions that show where our support will go. The final outcome is certain. The forces of righteousness will finally win. What remains to be seen is where each of us personally, now and in the future, will stand in this fight, and how tall we will stand. Will we be true to our Last Days foreordained mission?” It’s an amazing question, for myself and for so many others who I know, many of you listening to this podcast, the answer that we want to give is a resounding yes! We want to fulfill the covenants that we made premortally.

Today, I want to share some tools that are already in our toolkit and how they will be a part of the work that we have to do now, on a daily basis, and in the future.  I understand that the tasks that lie ahead of us are daunting. Never before in my life, personally, have I been more aware of my inadequacies and the fallenness of my natural self as I’ve been trying to reach for this potential. Part of that is the adversary, because he doesn’t want us to be successful. Part of it is just the nature of being fallen humans at this point in time. And I think that sometimes it really feels like the odds are stacked against us when in reality the odds are overwhelmingly in our favor. So let’s go through, we’ve got ten specific tools today to talk about. That is not all of the tools, not even close, but hopefully this will give you a good idea of things that you have already been given that are going to help you be successful, both with the things that you are currently dealing with right now in your own individual lives, and in whatever lies ahead for the chosen of the Lord. 

1 - Understand the Role of Premortality

So first things first, Norman W. Gardner said, “In our premortal life we were taught lessons that prepared us to assist Heavenly Father in bringing about the salvation of his children. We also had the agency to follow and obey God. Some of Father’s children distinguished themselves through their exceeding faith and good works, being more foreordained or given assignments to serve in specific ways on earth. In our case, our faith and good works qualified us to be foreordained to come forth right now, in the winding up scenes of the last days, with the call to prepare the world for the Second Coming.”  And we did not come unprepared!  Just as he said, in premortality we were taught lessons. What were the lessons that we were taught? Well, certainly they were the things that we needed to know and the early renditions of skills and propensities we needed to have in order to be successful. When I was at school, in college at BYU, I took an entrepreneurship class as a part of the business program that I was a part of and in that class they had us take what’s called the strengthsfinder assessment by Gallup. It is not a personality test, but rather it identifies what your top strengths are from a list of,  I want to say, almost 40 different strengths.  I remember the person that came in that was kind of educating us on the assessment before we took it and one of the things that they said that was so powerful to me is, they said that these strengths are the things that you developed in premortality, in preparation for your earthly mission. In the gospel according to Meghan, I personally think that we had to have some foreknowledge of what we were getting ourselves into, we weren’t gonna understand it on a physical or emotional level yet because we didn’t have that capability, but Heavenly Father operates by the law of common consent and so I think that we knew to a degree some of the challenges that we were gonna face. And we prepared accordingly. I see this distinctly in my husband. I loved this assessment so much that I made everyone I know take it, so that they could identify and see what the strengths were that they possessed and had honed, starting in premortality. My husband’s came back and his top five strengths, and this might be slightly out of order, but his biggest strength is adaptability. So funny to me, because that just looks like never having a plan and it drove me crazy as his wife. It was good for me to reframe it in the context of, ‘this is actually a strength, it’s important to be adaptable’. But he had adaptability, communication, WOO, which is, Winning Others Over; he’s a people person, he’s a social butterfly. He’s crazy like that. So am I, actually. That’s a strength that we have in common. Who knew? And then also competition. And another strength that I can’t remember and he’ll give me flack for later, but anyway, these things might have just appeared to be words on a paper, or, you know, I’m just telling you that these are what his strengths are. You don’t know him, but I know him. And knowing his life, I have come to appreciate  so much that these strengths have been survival skills for him. They have absolutely made him more equal to some of the challenges that he has faced throughout his entire life. Now, all of our strengths also have downsides, right? Like one of mine is responsibility, which could be translated to ‘I don’t know how to take a break’,  but for the most part I truly believe in wisdom and with individual coaching from our Savior, we used the time before we came here wisely. And the good news for us living in the last days is, we had more time in premortality than so many other spiritual children of Heavenly Father did. So from that angle we come better prepared than perhaps any other generation,  which is so exciting and empowering to know. 

2- Love the Laws of God

Alright, tool number 2. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that God instituted laws whereby we could have a privilege to advance like him. God’s greatest blessings are reserved for those who obey his laws, as he explained, “For all who will have a blessing in my hand shall abide the law which was appointed for that blessing. God’s laws are motivated entirely by his infinite love for us and his desire for us to become all we can become.” That was President Nelson in the address he gave, The Love and Laws of God. And I love the laws of God! They are our safeguards. They eliminate so many situations that could otherwise result in pain or distraction or sorrow, or just otherwise unnecessary challenges. If we can flip the narrative around commandments and instead of looking at them like an imposed list of dues and don’ts by a God who simply requires our adherence, we will begin to find the power that comes from commandments. I like thinking about the Word of Wisdom. Every commandment has promises attached to it, but this one is so obvious. And what does it say? It says if you do these things, the destroying angels shall pass by you. We live in a time when there are more destroying angels than there have been previously sent among the children of men. And so how important is it for us to adhere to the commandments that God has given and to find the blessings and defined protection in them? As we do so, we will be empowered and strengthened in ways that we currently, I believe, cannot fully perceive.  

3- The Gift of the Holy Ghost

Tool number three is the gift of the Holy Ghost, perhaps one of the most under appreciated gifts, in some ways, that we are given. When we are baptized and then confirmed as a member of the Church, we have hands laid upon our head and with priesthood authority, we are told to receive the Holy Ghost, which rather than a passive declaration that ensures the descendancy of the third member of the Godhead upon us is a daily admonition for us to turn to Him and to seek to learn from God directly. In Doctrine and Covenants 121 it says, “This is the promised day when the Lord shall give unto us knowledge by his Holy Spirit, when by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost we shall gain knowledge that has not been revealed since the world was until now.” And there is more knowledge ahead. There are still so many blessings and so much information that we have not yet even tapped into in the restored Church. This is the day of which Joseph Smith said, “God hath not revealed anything to Joseph, but what he will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them.” When it’s talking about the least saint, it’s talking about me and maybe you would agree that it’s also talking about you. And essentially what Joseph Smith is saying there is that there is nothing that the Prophet of God can get to know that we also cannot understand and learn through the Holy Ghost. That is astounding! What do you want to know? Sometimes I fear that we get so caught up in the answers we’ve been given that we forget to have more questions. And if we allow the Holy Ghost to be our tutor, he truly will educate us in all things; what we need to do and what we want to know. Our God is one who wants to share information with us, which I am so grateful for and personally what I’ve been learning lately is that if I want to know something, one, I can find it out and two, as soon as I get an answer, I’ll get three more questions to take  to the Lord  to receive answers  through the Holy Ghost. There’s no end to the depth of truth that we can know. And I’m so grateful that we’ve been given a gift whereby we can know it. If you’re struggling right now with perceiving what is true,  understanding how God would have you behave and how to navigate the very choppy waters that we’re all navigating right now, turn to the gift of the Holy Spirit which has been given to you and find answers, because you can. Bruce R. McConkie said, “We look forward to that glorious Millennial Day when they shall teach no more every man his neighbor and every man his brother, saying ‘Know, thou the Lord? For they shall all know me, from the least of them, unto the greatest of them saith the Lord.’ The most important thing that we can learn through the Holy Spirit is how to find the Lord; how to find access to him, how to find his face and how to know him. And that is available to the least saint. 

4- The Gift of Revelation

Next one is the gift of revelation, and obviously this is one that President Nelson hit hard on in his talk, Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives. Bruce R McConkie, again, in his talk called, Thou Shall Receive Revelation, “The Lord wants all his children to gain light and truth and knowledge from on high. It is his will that we pierce the veil, and rend the heavens, and see the visions of eternity. By his own mouth he has given us this promise, ‘It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins, and cometh unto me and calleth on my name and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face, and know that I am.’  Such is his promise to us here and now, while we yet dwell as mortals. In a world of sorrow and sin, it is our privilege, even now, the privilege of all who hold the holy priesthood, if we will strip ourselves from jealousies and fears and humble ourselves before him as he is said, to have the veil rent and see him and know that he is.” We’ve already learned from our Prophet the importance of personal revelation. This combines with the last tool, that of the gift of the Holy Ghost, and he has said that it will be impossible to survive spiritually without this degree of light and truth coming into our lives,  regularly, all day long from the Spirit. I am just astounded at, again, the promises of the Lord to reveal everything to us. If we but seek and obey. It’s unbelievably amazing. 

5- Gifts of the Spirit

Okay, next one, still kind of in the same vein of thought here, but these are all separate tools that just have so many blessings attached to them. Next one is gifts of the spirit. “There are many gifts and every man is given a gift by the spirit of God.” We are clearly instructed that each of us is given a gift or gifts. Do you know what gift you have been given? Are we seeking to understand our gifts and if we do understand them, are we seeking more gifts? To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby.” The phrase that ‘all may be profited thereby’ is a very important concept to understand about the gifts of the spirit. The gifts given to each individual are given not only for the one who receives, but also for those who can benefit when the gift is shared with others. We are not going to do the work by ourselves. I kind of get a giggle out of some of the attitudes of people who are so faithful and diligent and are really interested in being prepared for whatever lies ahead. And sometimes I feel like there’s a tendency to take it too far, to the point where there’s an individualistic, ‘it’s gonna be me against the world’ sort of attitude that is developed. And you guys, it’s just not true. We’re not gonna survive that way. We are going to survive by interdependency on one another. And that includes interdependency of our gifts! We are meant to be a blessing to other people and we can’t do that if we’re too busy worrying about just ourselves. Of the sacred gifts of the spirit, one that I believe has an impact on each of our lives is the gift of prophecy or revelation. This gift is different from the priesthood office of prophet. The gift of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul taught that Christians should desire spiritual gifts but rather that you might prophecy, meaning to testify of the Savior. President Joseph Fielding Smith taught that all members of the church should seek for the gift of prophecy for their own guidance. Every church member, if faithful, has the right to receive revelation for his or her personal blessing. The gift of prophecy is so fascinating to me because it always comes back to that. It always comes back to the gift of prophecy and if you were to study, you would find that so many of the Book of Mormon prophets and beyond, relied upon this gift of prophecy, which again is the testimony of Jesus. And that testimony extends to the point where we receive spiritual knowledge and can thereby perceive what events might be applicable to us in the future. It’s amazing.


6- Utilize the Gift of the Atonement

Alright, next one. This one is our safety net and it is the essence of our Savior’s, Atonement for all of us who struggle and fail. I’m raising my hand right now! “The ordinary soul, struggling against temptation, failing and repenting and failing again and repenting, but always determined to keep his covenants can still expect one day to hear. ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant.’” This is Boyd K. Packer. And I am so grateful for that, because the fact of the matter is, that in our quest to be the best disciples we can possibly be, we are undoubtedly, at times, going to fall short. God is using us as humans to do his work. And our perfection is still pending. The good news is that as we rely on our Savior, we will be made strong. We can overcome temptation and our natural persons, indeed we can become like the prophets of old, who were worthy to work with and walk beside our Savior, Jesus Christ, who were sanctified unto the renewing of their bodies through priesthood ordinances and covenants. And who became more than they otherwise could have been by themselves. That is the promise of the gift of repentance. If you are listening to this and thinking ‘I’m just not good enough’, this is the gift that I would use to tell you that you’re wrong. You are good enough! The Savior is making us good enough. He does not have the expectation of any of us being capable of doing his work without him!  That’s just not how this is gonna go, and I’m so thankful because without him I can do nothing. And yet, with him, I can do everything. 

7- A Living Prophet

Next is the gift of a living prophet. Prophets see ahead. They see the harrowing dangers the adversary has placed or will yet place in our path. Prophets also foresee the grand possibilities and privileges awaiting those who listen with the intent to obey. You may not always understand every declaration of a living prophet, but when you know a prophet is a prophet, you can approach the Lord in humility and faith and ask for your own witness about whatever his prophet has proclaimed. That’s, Stand As True Millennials, (President Russell M. Nelson, October 2016 Liahona) which is another talk that I absolutely love. I’m with President Nelson, I really hated being called by the term millennial until I changed the meaning and put it in a gospel context. When I have any doubts or struggles with my testimony of the fact that we have a living prophet, I love to recall when we had the Solemn Assembly and sustained President Nelson as the living Prophet and Seer and Revelator in the church today, holding all of the keys necessary to do all of the work, now and in our future. As I remember that I know with surety that he is a true prophet. It is going to become increasingly less popular to follow the prophet. I hope that this is something that we understand and are appropriately preparing for. Right now it’s becoming a little bit more unpopular to be a member of the Church. But it’s going to become a lot harder to say that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ. We’ll have conversations in the future about why that will be and some of the signs of the times that are yet in the pipeline that are evidence of this and that are the reason that we know that it will not be easy to be a member of the Church. Regardless, as we follow the Prophet, we will have the information and the guidance and the witness of our Savior through that representative role that we need to endure tribulation and to endure great persecution, should we have to face it.  I’m so thankful because I think it would be nearly impossible if we didn’t have that person that we can look to and rely on and know that they are speaking on behalf of the Savior.

8 - The Scriptures

Next, I want to talk about the scriptures. I have fallen more in love with the scriptures in the last year than I think I ever have before. I have read almost daily the scriptures in some capacity, since I was a child.  This is a very well ingrained habit for me at this point, and yet I am only now learning how important it is to feast upon the words of Christ. I’m only now seeing how all of the scripture is all written about us! It’s all written for us. Every book of scripture deals heavily with the last days; the conditions of humanity, the signs of the times, covenants that the Lord made and that are now being filled, experiences that the saints will have. Everything is detailed in every book of scripture. It’s marvelous to me. I am learning how, you know, regardless of my consistency with reading the scriptures, I have not appropriately esteemed them as I should have. Again, what does it mean to feast on the words of Christ?  How can we apply that in our busy daily lives? The depth of the doctrine and the truthfulness and the guidance and the immediate applicability of virtually all scripture is amazing to me. But we can only tap into that so much as we choose to do so. This tool is one like the liahona, that will work according to the heed we give it. If you want to know personal revelation for yourself, turn to the scriptures. If you want to know on a broader level, turn to the scriptures. It’s all right there and again, it’s mind blowing to me how my perception of scriptures have changed just in the last little while as I’ve actually turned to them with the intent to feast and not just to check something off of my To Do List. I hope we can all figure out how to do that, and I certainly am still learning. I really want you to though, because eventually we’ll be able to get more scripture! We still have the records of the lost Ten Tribes of Israel that we don’t have in front of us just yet. And I want it! I want it bad, because their story is  gonna be the most amazing. And I just hope that we are turning to the scriptures and tapping into the power that we can find there to educate us and prepare us for whatever lies ahead. 

9- The Priesthood

The next tool is the priesthood, and perhaps a little bit controversially, I don’t struggle with this because I believe what President Nelson has said when he said that the restoration of the priesthood is just as relevant to any woman as it is to any man. And that because it has been restored to both covenant keeping women and men, we both have access to all the spiritual blessings of the church. Or to all of the spiritual treasures the Lord has for his children. I have never felt deprived simply because I can’t hold a particular office in the priesthood. Perhaps that’s because I already have too much on my plate and I don’t really want to even though I know I totally could. With everything, aside from the fact that that’s not how the Lord has set up the scaffolding that is the church right now, but regardless of that, by virtue of my temple covenants I can exercise the priesthood. And I’m learning how to do that.  President Nelson has pleaded with women to learn how to exercise and access priesthood power. He has even said that it is our right to draw liberally upon the Savior’s power through virtue of our covenants. I had an experience with my daughter a couple of years ago where she was in really excruciating pain, she had super bad constipation. Dad gave her a blessing, it wasn’t really doing it. And I was just kneeling by her bed, she was so uncomfortable. It was heartbreaking. You know, she’s just wiggling and she’s hot and you can tell that her abdomen is just causing her so much pain and she’s crying and I just felt so strongly the spirit settle on us in that situation. I held her hand, and I prayed what I would call a priesthood prayer. That is not just a passive request but that was truly I believe, tapping into the power that I have right to tap into, as her mother. In that priesthood prayer I asked that the blessing she had already received would be enacted upon her and that through my faith the blessings that she had already been promised through the priesthood blessing would now become active on her behalf. And I kid you not, she immediately fell asleep and was at peace. None of this is to toot my own horn. None of this is to suggest that this is the pattern by which women access the priesthood. But I want to make it very clear, first off to all the men, that they should be honoring the gift that they’ve been given and striving for righteousness daily, and to put off the worldly things that we all have a tendency to fall into; to become saints and to exercise that priesthood righteously. And then to the women, I echo President Nelson, who has asked us and pleaded with us to strive to understand this power and how we can tap into it. Most likely the way that you do it might not be the way that I do it, but regardless, we all need priesthood power for the journey that lies ahead.

10- Obedience to Our Covenants

Last thing, and again in relation to the topic of priesthood is our temple covenants. When I was in primary, I was asked to recite a scripture. I was probably five or younger at the time, and my mom was adamant that I was going to memorize the scripture. She’s not pushy. Ever. But she has very strong opinions about public speaking and I think she was determined that I was going to be a good public speaker and I was going to be eloquent and not reliant on her whispering in my ear to do this. So we practiced for a couple of weeks, preparing for the big moment where I get to stand at the portable podium in front of the fifty children and recite this scripture.  I remember the scripture to this day! I have zero scriptures memorized, you guys. I have phrases here and there, but that’s about it. But I kid you not, I have Doctrine and Covenants section 82, verse 10 memorized,   “I, the Lord am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.” The power of covenants is such to which, through our full obedience, we bind God to us to a degree that he can not but bless us with whatever blessings are relevant to obedience in our degree of adherence to those covenants. This is true power for all of us. Every woman and man who makes covenants with God and keeps those covenants, and who participates worthily in priesthood ordinances has direct access to the power of God. Think about the power of God. What can’t he do? And what if you wielded that power? And I know the next thought is, ‘There’s no way. There’s no way that that promise is really real to me. I could not part the Red Sea.’  Except the fact that you could. Those who are endowed in the House of the Lord received a gift of God’s priesthood power by virtue of their covenant along with the gift of knowledge of how to draw upon that power. When I was preparing for General Conference last year in October of 2021, I wanted to know what more I needed to do to prepare; for my life in general and also for the things that I felt were coming.  I was so spiritually elevated by President Nelson’s address because he answered my question! He said, “My dear brothers and sisters, these are the latter days. If you and I are to withstand the forthcoming perils and pressures, it is imperative that we each have a firm spiritual foundation built upon the rock of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. So I ask each of you how firm is your foundation? And what reinforcements to your testimony and understanding of the gospel are needed? The temple lies at the center of strengthening our faith and spiritual fortitude because the Savior and His Doctrine are the very heart of the temple. Everything taught in the temple, through instruction and through the Spirit, increases our understanding of Jesus Christ. His essential ordinances bind us to Him through sacred priesthood covenants. Then, as we keep our covenants, He endows us with His healing, strengthening power.  And oh, how we will need his power in the days ahead.”


Oil for Your Lamp

For the oil in your lamp today I just wanted to share a quick PSA about signs of the times and how you can know that the signs we are seeing are significant in revealing to us the closeness of the Savior’s Second Coming.  Signs have always been seen; from the beginning of time there have been wars and rumors of wars, there have been wonders in the heavens, tumults in the earth and wickedness has been a prevalent condition of mankind literally since Adam and Eve had children. How do we know that the signs that we are seeing are evidence that the Lord is actually coming soon? Because, frankly, as soon as he left, the apostles thought that he was coming back. There are a couple of different things that I want to turn to; first off is President Nelson, our prophet, if you haven’t listened to episode six that we did on the roles of the houses, the tribes of Israel, you definitely need to tune into that because Brother Baron is amazing. One of the things that he shared is that he did a study comparing references to the Second Coming across all of the different prophets of the church and what he found was, save Joseph Smith, who talked a lot about the Second Coming, President Nelson has talked more about the Second Coming than any other prophet. This is the person that we are supposed to be looking to to understand the hour that we are in.  I’m not suggesting that that means that he knows for sure when He is coming,  although he might.  Or that this is hardcore evidence that the Second Coming is right around the corner, but what I am suggesting is, we are supposed to be listening to and following the prophet and if you follow what he’s been talking about, you should be aware of what hour we are in. 

The next thing is that signs in and of themselves have always been present but what we are seeing now is not just individual signs, it is a culmination of signs with increasing intensity.  In a lot of the descriptive and illustrative language used by John the Revelator, when he wrote Revelation, he describes (the time) prior to the Second Coming like a woman in labor.  I’ve had three children. Most people, if you’ve had your own children be born or seen other children be born or know of someone who has been in labor, then you know that there is early labor, where, okay, there is a contraction here and there. And then as things progress and get closer to delivery, the contractions get harder, they get faster, they get stronger, they get more painful until they are literally right on top of each other and there is no discernment between individual contractions.  That is what we are seeing with signs of the times right now.  Every day there are signs and you can discern that for yourself.  Go look at current events. Take the Spirit with you.  Don’t let it make you afraid, but just witness how many things we can appropriately link to scripture.  It will blow your mind.

And then the last thing is personal revelation. We know that no man knows the hour when the Lord is coming. But we also have been told to study the signs so that we are not taken by surprise as a homeowner who is robbed in the middle of the night; which means that, as we study the signs, we can receive information from the Holy Ghost, through the spirit that indicates to us where we are, how close we are getting and most importantly, what we need to be doing in preparation.  I testify that we can be the recipients of great knowledge as we strive to view the events we are witnessing in the context of the great and eternal plan of God, of the 7,000 years of earth life and especially as the winding up scenes preceding his coming.  In Joseph Smith’s translation of Matthew, when the Lord is talking about his Second Coming, Christ says, “Although the days will come that heaven and earth shall pass away, yet my words shall not pass away but all shall be fulfilled.  And whoso treasure up my word shall not be deceived, for the Son of Man shall come. And he shall send his angels before him with the great sound of a trumpet and they shall gather together the remainder of his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.  So likewise, mine elect will when they shall see all these things they shall know that he is near, even at the doors. And what I say unto one, I say unto all men. Watch, therefore, for you know not what hour your Lord doth come, therefore be ye also ready, for in such hour as ye think not, the son of man cometh.”  I find so much comfort knowing that it’s not a vain effort to strive to perceive and understand where we are in relation to the history of this world and the events that are soon coming.  In fact, that is wise and that is following the declared command from our Savior.  So, I just want to leave that with you, as you are striving to understand for yourself the things that lie in store, know that you can receive revelation and perhaps the most powerful thing you can turn to understand is to ask the Lord in faith.  You’re not going to be told the hour or the day or the year but you can know if the things that you are perceiving are truly signs and if we might, in good faith, anticipate the Savior coming in our lifetime. Obviously, I could be wrong and I’m very open to that because, frankly, it would be easier if he weren’t.  But I truly believe that we are here on purpose, for a reason, that many of us have covenanted with the Lord to prepare the world for Him.  I hope that we take that seriously and not procrastinate the day of our repentance or the day of our taking responsibility for the things we have premortally covenanted to do. Whatever lies ahead, I’m excited for it because I know that whatever comes is ushering my Savior.  There is nothing more joyous to me than the thought of His coming and seeing His face.  Thank you guys so much!  Have a great week. 

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In His Steps,” Ezra Taft Benson, March 1979

What We Know about Premortal Life,” Norman W. Gardner, February 2015

Strengths Finder Assessment

The Laws and Love of God.” Russell M. Nelson, 2019

D&C 121:26

Jeremiah 31:34

D&C 93:1

D&C 67:10

D&C 46:11-12

1 Cor. 14:1

Church History and Modern Revelation, 2 vols. [1953], 1:201

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled,” Boyd K. Packer, October 1966

Stand As True Millenials,” Russell M. Nelson, October 2016

D&C 68:2–4

D&C 1:20

Spiritual Treasures” Russell M. Nelson, October 2019

The Temple and Your Spiritual Foundation” Russell M. Nelson, October 2021


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