Follow the Prophet

He pointed out the observation that members of the church that leave the church don’t usually join another church.

Why is that?…. It’s worth thinking about.

Have we ever really considered why having a physical body is so important?

Elder Bednar

I invite you to consider with me one particular element of these answers. Have we ever really considered why having a physical body is so important? Now, I know we can all say the right words when answering the question about why we are here on the earth, but do we really understand why a body is so central to the Father’s plan of happiness? Do we perhaps recite this answer so frequently and routinely that we fail to recognize its true importance? I would like for us to dig a bit deeper into this eternally important question about why a body is so important. Ultimately the answer affects everything we do: what we think, how we act, where we go, what we eat, what we drink, and what we wear and how we look.

https://www.lds.org/ensign/2001/09/ye-are-the-temple-of-god?lang=eng

Reasons:

  • Provide additional bodies for spiritual children to become more like God
  • Be able to do work

Paragraph 3 of “The Family” :

IN THE PREMORTAL REALM, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshipped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally.

  • Be able to do ordinances
  • Gain experience towards perfection
    • cannot obtain perfection without a body
  • Become a parent to become like our Heavenly Father
    • Discover a ‘new sense of love’ once one becomes a parent
  • Learn selflessness, patience, sacrifice, teamwork,
  • Teaches us pain- learning, emotionally and gains empathy

 

President Packer, Elder Bednar, and the 20 Mark note story

Elder Bednar

Our physical bodies make possible a breadth, a depth, and an intensity of experience that simply could not be obtained in our premortal existence. Thus, our relationships with other people, our capacity to recognize and act in accordance with truth, and our ability to obey the principles and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ are amplified through our physical bodies. In the school of mortality, we experience tenderness, love, kindness, happiness, sorrow, disappointment, pain, and even the challenges of physical limitations in ways that prepare us for eternity. Simply stated, there are lessons we must learn and experiences we must have, as the scriptures describe, “according to the flesh” (1 Nephi 19:6;Alma 7:12–13)……

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2013/04/we-believe-in-being-chaste?lang=eng

President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has taught, “Our spirit and our body are combined in such a way that our body becomes an instrument of our mind and the foundation of our character.”3Thus, our relationships with other people, our capacity to recognize and act in accordance with truth, and our ability to obey the principles and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ are amplified through our physical bodies. In the classroom of mortality, we experience tenderness, love, kindness, happiness, sorrow, disappointment, pain, and even the challenges of physical limitations in ways that prepare us for eternity. Simply stated, there are lessons we must learn and experiences we must have, as the scriptures describe, “according to the flesh” (1 Nephi 19:6;Alma 7:12–13).

https://www.lds.org/ensign/2010/06/things-as-they-really-are?lang=eng

Texting is for information, never for relationships.

There isn’t a physical body, with emotion and feelings and social connection.

Satan is pleased when we spend out time glued to a computer screen, because it has no emotion or feelings. There is no feeling there. But we think that it is real (pornography, excessive video games, social media, etc)

He’s trying to disconnect you from the thing that he will never have- a body.

Guard your time together and your physical touch with your life.

When people argue, the last thing you want to do is be together. That is what the Adversary wants you to do- be away from each other.

2 Ne 2:27-29

Moses 6:53-54

Moses 6:49, 55

Mosiah 3:19

Mosiah 16:3-6

Write down your favorite:

  • App
    • Does it connect you with people?
  • Tv show
    • Does it connect you with others or bring you away?
  • Movie
  • Internet Sites
  • Music
  • Video games
  • Books

DUAL NATURE OF MAN

Man has a dual nature; one, related to the earthly or animal life; the other, akin to the divine. Whether a man remains satisfied within what we designate the animal world, satisfied with what the animal world will give him, yielding without effort to the whim of his appetites and passions and slipping farther and farther into the realm of indulgence, or whether, through self-mastery, he rises toward intellectual, moral, and spiritual enjoyments depends upon the kind of choice he makes every day, nay, every hour of his life.

-President David O McKay

http://scriptures.byu.edu/gettalk.php?ID=378

 

When asked what do you have the least, most people would say time.

Do we realize that we have more time than anyone else that has ever lived on the planet?

  • Microwaves
  • VCR, DVD player

We are the most complaining generation when it comes to time.

Why?

Because we don’t use our time to do the things of God.

 

Elder Bednar

We should also endeavor to discern when we “withdraw [ourselves] from the Spirit of the Lord, that it may have no place in [us] to guide [us] in wisdom’s paths that [we] may be blessed, prospered, and preserved” (Mosiah 2:36). Precisely because the promised blessing is that we may always have His Spirit to be with us, we should attend to and learn from the choices and influences that separate us from the Holy Spirit.

The standard is clear. If something we think, see, hear, or do distances us from the Holy Ghost, then we should stop thinking, seeing, hearing, or doing that thing. If that which is intended to entertain, for example, alienates us from the Holy Spirit, then certainly that type of entertainment is not for us. Because the Spirit cannot abide that which is vulgar, crude, or immodest, then clearly such things are not for us. Because we estrange the Spirit of the Lord when we engage in activities we know we should shun, then such things definitely are not for us.

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2006/04/that-we-may-always-have-his-spirit-to-be-with-us?lang=eng

 

You DO have time!

You have time to do the things that mean something to you.

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