Friday, March 27, 2015

Saving Power

        The temple is our we can obtain the blessings that Heavenly Father wants us to receive. Covenants are made in the temple, to help families be together forever. We have to work to be worthy of those blessings and to keep our covenants throughout our lives so that we can be together with our favorite people forever, our families.
        "We can trust Heavenly Father...." I love all that Elder Gong says. Becoming an eternal family means change. We have to change and become what our Father wants us to be and we can put of fear and have faith in Him.
        Elder Orson F. Whitney said,
                                    The Prophet Joseph Smith declared----and he never taught
                                     more comforting doctrine--that the eternal sealings of faithful
                                    parents and the divine promises made to them for valiant
                                    service in the Cause of Truth, would save not only themselves,
                                    but likewise their posterity. Though some of the sheep may
                                    wander, the eye of the Shepherd is upon them, and sooner or
                                    later they will feel the tentacles of Divine Providence reaching
                                    out after them and drawing them back to the fold. Either in this
                                    life or the life to come, they will return. They will have to pay
                                    their debt to justice; they will suffer for their sins; and may tread
                                    a thorny path; but if it leads them at last, like the penitent Prodigal,
                                    to a loving and forgiving father's heart and home, the painful
                                   experience will not have been in vain. Pray for your careless and
                                   disobedient children; hold on to them with your faith. Hope on,
                                   trust on, till you see the salvation of God.
      Now, there is a lot said in that quote, but the most important thing that I get from it is that we, ourselves, need to be dedicated to the Lord and to our families. Parents, do good, do things in the goodness of your children. Know that it is not your "fault" how ever they decide to live their lives. Stay strong and always, always be sure that your children know that they are loved by their parents. Siblings, be sure that your brothers and sisters always, always know that you love them. If it is 'hard' to love them, find something to love and be sure that they know that you have found love for them.

    What is a covenant and what are covenants that we make with the Father?
    I am so grateful for covenants and grateful that Heavenly Father trusts us with eternal truths and with the blessings of the gospel. I am so HAPPY that I am a daughter of God and that I am able to find Him and follow Him. I want to be known as a Covenant Keeper.

                                                       Just one last thought!

(In regards to Chapter 16 of the text, "Successful Marriages and Families: Proclamation Principles and Research Perspectives")

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