And I’m really looking for some answers here:
If you were going to give a Book of Mormon to someone, and you were going to mark just a couple of verses in it beforehand, what would you choose?
lds.org Notes and Journal feature
Does anyone else have trouble deleting entries? Like something that you highlighted but don’t need anymore?
I use this feature for one specific purpose. I don’t want to drag out all of my various coloured pencils and things that I use to mark my scriptures and have an all-out study session in the middle of Sunday school or when I’m reading on the bus or something. I don’t have room or time and I actually want to hear the next several things the teacher says. So I quickly make notes in the scriptures on my phone and go back to transfer them into my paper scriptures and/or on my blog later. It saves time and it makes me reread things.
So my “notes and journal” is really just a cache of things I need to mark elsewhere. When I’ve transferred something from lds.org I need to delete it from there or else I’ll have no idea what I have and haven’t gotten back to and it becomes pointless.
But almost half of the time when I try to delete something it doesn’t work. It just sits there forever “deleting” and I end up having to log out, sign back in, and redelete it. It’s extremely time consuming and frustrating to the point that I’m rethinking my whole system.
On the Gospel Library app for Windows Phone, you could view the notes and journal right on the phone and it worked swell. I never had a problem with it. But that feature is nonexistent on the version of the app for Android. I’m seriously thinking of carrying around my old phone just for the church app but that seems a bit excessive…
In the gospel of Jesus Christ you have help from both sides of the veil, and you must never forget that. When disappointment and discouragement strike—and they will—you remember and never forget that if our eyes could be opened we would see horses and chariots of fire as far as the eye can see riding at reckless speed to come to our protection (see 2 Kgs. 6:16-17). They will always be there, these armies of heaven, in defense of Abraham’s seed.
Responses to my post about forgiving when it’s hard.
We studied “Mountains to Climb” yesterday in RS and this really stuck out to me. “I was stunned to learn that another woman had forgiven a person who had wronged her for years. I was surprised and asked her why she had chosen to forgive and forget so many years of spiteful abuse. She said quietly, “It was the hardest thing I have ever done, but I just knew I had to do it. So I did.” Her faith that the Savior would forgive her if she forgave others prepared her with a feeling of peace and hope as she faced death just months after she had forgiven her unrepentant adversary.”
That being said, I know it isn’t easy to forgive someone who has hurt you that deeply. And it’s not going to be something that happens over night. It’s something you have to do every single day for the rest of your life, I think. Because that negativity, that hate, it can creep back up on you, even after thinking you were completely…over it, for lack of better word, because I know that is something you’ll never be “over.” Some days, forgiving them will take every ounce of strength you have. But it’s worth it.
I’m not really certain where I was going with this, but I hope it helped, even just a little bit.
Thank you. This really did help. You’re seriously wonderful. :’)
*hug*remember your father in heaven and that you can be with Him forever~!
I really appreciate that, anon. Just knowing that someone bothered to read that and respond makes me feel better.
When it happened, I knew I would have to forgive them. It was hard, but to call myself Christian, I couldn’t hold a grudge. Praying for them helped, and after some time I could see how it worked out for the better
Thank you so much. This response in particular means something to me and I think you know exactly why. Thank you. You’re so right.
In response to your “I want to forgive him” post earlier, I have been thinking of what to say and how to say it for what seems like forever now, and I’m still not sure how to make sure I say it all right.
The thing is, forgiveness isn’t for the other person—they don’t need it from you. The only one we ever need forgiveness from is the One who paid for all of our sins. In paying for our sins, He also took upon himself the pain that our sins cause others.
Forgiving someone who has wronged us is not about granting them clemency from their actions or condoning what they did. It is all about handing the burden we have been given by the sinner to Christ. The price for that burden has already been paid; the weight of the burden has been accepted, and He is offering to take it from us through the avenue of forgiveness. If you have already decided to not pursue legal action, you have already extended a measure of forgiveness to the offender.
From the sounds of it, I would highly suggest talking to your branch president about it. He can help guide you better than anyone here on Tumblr toward a path for forgiving the remaining one.
Best of luck to you!
“Help others in their race of life. Remember that when you help another up a mountain, you are a little nearer the top yourself.”
-Thomas S. Monson
Visiting Teaching Woes
I’m supposed to visit teach three people this summer. Cool, right? I was planning to move past the fact that my visiting teaching went to crap last semester when I found my companion visiting our sisters without me, and just make it awesome for the summer. (I was assuming that I would have the same girl as a companion and I was correct.)
So we’ve been assigned three sisters. One of them is a (presumably inactive?) girl that I’ve never head of and can’t even find on facebook (and I’m definitely not a bad facebook stalker…). And the other two girls aren’t in the branch anymore.
Use boldness, but not overbearance; and also see that ye bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love; see that ye refrain from idleness.
This verse has really been helping me out at work lately, especially in my interactions with customers.
Temple Work Question
With all of the media hubbub lately about LDS posthumous baptisms, the church has been making a point of reiterating the policies for submitting names for proxy temple ordinances. (There was a letter from the First Presidency about it read during all sacrament meetings worldwide last week, everyone who participates in genealogical indexing got an email about it, etc.)
I have’t submitted any names yet and it’s not something I’ll probably do in the super near future (though I’ll do as much of my family tree as I can when I can) but I’ve got a question.
The big issue lately is that people have been submitting names of people who aren’t their own ancestors. They’ve been breaking the clearly stated church rules about submitting names from “unauthorized groups such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims.”
My question is: What other groups are unauthorized? The wording “such as” (and I actually looked up the grammar on this because I’m a nerd and I had to double check myself) indicates that there are more unauthorized groups, but they’re not mentioned. I even downloaded the family history leadership guide to try to find out but it didn’t mention anything about this.
Chances are, if I’m doing work for my own ancestors (with proper approval from their living children if they still have any!), I’m fine. But I’m really curious about this. It’s important information.
Does anyone have any insight about this? Help a sister out?
It just dawned on me…
I know of at least four church members who struggle with self-harm (some of whom are followers of this blog).
The church has a great addiction recovery program. It helps people overcome all kinds of addictions through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s a free and anonymous program run by people who have been through it themselves. I think it’s definitely something worth considering.
Even if you decide that the program’s not for you, or if you just want more information, I’d recommend looking through the manual, which you can download (just like you can download all other church and CES manuals from lds.org) by clicking here.
For a bit of time now, I haven’t been able to use the ask box on anyone’s page. There have been several lovely things that I have wished to express to you guys personally (like today when Alesha asked for uplifting scriptures in her ask box!) but it’s always been a no-go.
I get a message that says “Sorry! That feature isn’t available yet. Please check back later.” But obviously ask boxes are available. I’ve used them before and you guys use them every day. I don’t think my ask box is working either, so if any of you have tried to send me messages I am SO SORRY!! I love you guys and I want to hear from you!
I emailed Tumblr support today and I’m waiting for a response. Have any of you guys experienced this problem? What was the outcome?