Why don’t the elect go near the tree of life?
The world is laden with distractions that can deceive even the elect, causing them to be casual in living their covenants—thus leading them near the tree, but not to it.
Why did the River Run near the tree but not to it?
The scriptures describe that this river “ran along” the path yet passed only “near” the tree, not to it. The world is laden with distractions that can deceive even the elect, causing them to be casual in living their covenants—thus leading them near the tree, but not to it.
How can temptation and casualness lead us away from the Covenant path?
Temptation and casualness can cause us to subtly divert our course into the darkness of the world and away from the covenant path. For the times when this might happen, our beloved prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, has urged us to get back on the covenant path and to do so quickly.
What is the path that leads to the tree of life?
There is a path that leads to the tree of life, to Christ. It is strait and narrow, strict and exact. God’s commandments are strict but not restrictive. They protect us from spiritual and physical danger and prevent us from getting lost. Obedience builds faith in Christ. Faith is a principle of action and power.
Who said “O God bless me that I shall not lose my testimony and keep faithful to the end”?
Shortly before President Heber J. Grant passed away, one of the Brethren visited his home. Before he left, President Grant prayed, “O God, bless me that I shall not lose my testimony and keep faithful to the end!” 1 After nearly 27 years as President of the Church, this was his fervent prayer.
What is the test of discipleship?
Brothers and sisters, enduring to the end is the great test of discipleship. Our daily discipleship will determine our eternal destiny. Awaken unto God, cling to truth, keep your sacred temple covenants, and stay by the tree! I bear witness of the resurrected, living Christ. I know that He lives.
What does the tree of life represent in Lehi’s dream?
2. Come unto Christ and Be Perfected in Him. The tree of life is the central focus in Lehi’s dream. Everything points to the tree of life. The tree represents Christ, who is the clear manifestation of the love of God. The fruit is His infinite Atonement and is great evidence of God’s love.
What to do if you lose the spirit?
If you lose the Spirit, you are lost. Don’t be distracted and deceived. True disciples continue to awaken unto God each day in meaningful personal prayer, earnest scripture study, personal obedience, and selfless service. Stay by the tree and stay awake.
Is tribulation inevitable?
It’s easy to be distracted, wander off the path, and get lost. Tribulation is an inevitable and indispensable part of our eternal progression. When adversity comes, don’t let something you don’t fully understand unravel everything you do know.
How many children did Brems have?
He and his wife, Sadie, had eight children, many of whom were the same ages as those in our family. After Frances and I were married and moved from the ward, we saw Brother and Sister Brems and members of their family at weddings and funerals, as well as at ward reunions. In 1968, Brother Brems lost his wife, Sadie.
What does Jesus say about us?
He alone touches our tortured souls with His comforting words: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
When we lean to our own understanding, we lean away from our Savior?
When we spiritually lean to our own understanding, we lean away from our Savior. If we lean, we are not centered; we are not balanced; we are not focused on Christ. Sisters, remember, in our premortal life we stood with the Savior. We trusted Him.
What does “lean not unto thine own understanding” mean?
In English the word lean has a connotation of physically listing or moving to one side. When we physically lean toward one side or another, we move off center, we are out of balance, and we tip.
How did Jesus overcome the world?
And because of Him, because of His infinite Atonement, we all have great cause to trust, knowing that ultimately all will be well. Sisters, each of us can trust in the Lord and lean not. We can center our lives on the Savior by coming to know Him, and He will direct our paths.
What does Genesis 3:16 mean?
If you read it, here’s what Elder Bruce Hafen says: “Genesis 3:16 states that Adam is to “rule over” Eve, but. . . over in “rule over” uses the Hebrew bet, which means ruling with, not ruling over. . . . The concept of interdependent equal partners is well-grounded in the doctrine of the restored gospel.” 5.
What does the fruit of the first tree symbolize?
And that the fruit of the First Tree symbolizes the gift that women give to every soul that chose the plan of Christ. It symbolizes the role and power of women in the Great Plan of Happiness. It was not, in this view, right or proper for Adam to partake first of the fruit of the First Tree.
Do LDS believe in the fall?
Let me just mention three points before we really get into it in detail. Number one: the LDS do not believe that the Fall was a great tragedy. Rather, we believe that the Fall was foreordained, that it was for our progression, and that in that perspective, the Fall was a blessing.
Did the LDS believe Eve sinned?
Number two, we the LDS do not believe that Eve sinned in partaking of the fruit of the First Tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And number three, because we do not believe Eve sinned, we also do not believe that Eve was punished for her role in partaking of the fruit, but rather rewarded.
What is the enabling and strengthening aspect of the Atonement?
Thus, the enabling and strengthening aspect of the Atonement helps us to see and to do and to become good in ways that we could never recognize or accomplish with our limited mortal capacity. I testify and witness that the enabling power of the Savior’s Atonement is real.
Is the Book of Mormon a keystone of the Mormon Church?
By the power of that priesthood, families truly can be together forever. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and the keystone of our religion. And, brothers and sisters, the heavens are not closed. God speaks—to us individually and to the leaders of His latter-day kingdom on earth.
Blind Date Fiasco
Little mishaps and embarrassments are a part of life, but Elder Wirthlin was always good to remind us to laugh at these little moments, even in general conference.
Who could forget when President Monson, in his first conference as the Prophet, demonstrated a skill hardly any Church members knew he possessed—the ability to wiggle his ears!
A Sailor Blessing the Sacrament
In this priceless talk, Elder Eyring went off script for a few moments as he indulged in some of the memories of his past living in a “tough neighborhood.”
With a dash of wildlife and heaps of adventure, President Packer shared this incredible story that became so popular it was turned into a seminary video.
He Refused to Let Me Fall
This story is bound to get your adrenaline pumping! I love the intensity and eloquence of Elder Holland’s many memorable stories.
While humorous, this story leaves a lasting impression on the listener of how judging others can distort our perceptions.
Singing in Japanese
I never thought I would get the chance to hear Boyd K. Packer sing a nursery song in Japanese. To watch the song, skip to 6:13 in the talk.