I Don’t Want to Serve a Mission

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Bro Simon Says:

To my online friends: If you have an extra 3 minutes today, check out this guy’s inspiring post! You will LOVE it ;o)

Originally posted on Hippie To Missionary:

Last week I was not even close to being in the mindset to serve a mission. Then, everything changed.

Every able young man in the LDS church is asked to serve a mission. I never wanted to. I made choices that kept it from being an option. It was never something I planned on doing. Especially not now. I figured it was just too late for me. However, I made a lot of  changes in life. Here I am, 23 years old.I’m serving a mission.

Do I want to? Definitely not. I have an amazing job that allows me to work from home, I’m almost done with a marketing degree, I have finally started pursuing music seriously, I live in an impressive town home, I was finally about to buy a new Subaru to replace my broken vehicle because my finances now allow it, and let’s not forget…. MY…

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#BOMTC Day 46, May 22~Alma 32-33 or Pages 287-293: Nourishing the S.E.E.D. of the Word of God

22 May

Bro Simon Says:

Have you watered your S.E.E.D. today? Read more…

Originally posted on The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge:

#BOMTC Day 46, May 22~Alma 32-33 or Pages 287-293 (2) Click on graphic to read Alma 32-33

Using an analogy of the planting and nourishing of a seed, Alma taught the people who were poor and cast out of the Zoramite synagogues what they must do to receive and nourish faith in the word of God (see Alma 32). Alma invited them (and us) to experiment on the word and to nourish their faith and testimony daily (see Alma 32:27).

Bishop Richard C. Edgley of the Presiding Bishopric taught that faith is a choice:

“Alma’s classic discussion on faith, as recorded in the 32nd chapter of Alma in the Book of Mormon, is a series of choices to ensure the development and the preservation of our faith. Alma gave us a directive to choose. His were words of action initiated by choosing. He used the words awake, arouse, experiment, exercise, desire, work, and plant. Then Alma explained that if we make these choices…

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#BOMTC Day 45, May 21~Alma 30-31 or Pages 280-286: Are You a Puppet or an Instrument?

22 May

Bro Simon Says:

Would you rather be a PUPPET or and INSTRUMENT? Read more…

Originally posted on The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge:

#BOMTC Day 45, May 21~Alma 30-31 or Pages 280-286 (2) Click graphic to read Alma 30-31

Previously we studied about the anti-Christs Sherem (see Jacob 7) and Nehor (see Alma 1). One definition of anti-Christ is “anyone or anything that counterfeits the true gospel plan of salvation and that openly or secretly opposes Christ” (“Antichrist,”). In Alma 30, an anti-Christ named Korihor began to preach that there would be no Christ.

As I read these chapters, one thing that stands to me is how out actions lead us to become either INSTRUMENTS in the hands of God or PUPPETS in the hands of Satan. Alma is an instrument (see Alma 29:9), Korihor is a puppet (Alma 30:60). Think for a moment about the difference between being a puppet and being an instrument. Consider how Alma and Korihor respectively act as an instrument and a puppet as we review their story.

 All Things Denote There Is a God

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Book of Mormon Testimonies

22 May

Prophets and Apostles discuss the importance of gaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon. (3:46)

#BOMTC Day 44, May 20~Alma 26-29 or Pages 273-279: My Brother’s Keeper–Caring for God’s “Peeps”

20 May

Bro Simon Says:

Becoming my brother’s keeper! Read more…

Originally posted on The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge:

#BOMTC Day 44, May 20~Alma 26-29 or Pages 273-279 (2) Click graphic to read Alma 26-29

I once went on a “Father and Son” campout that taught me a difficult, but important lesson. I am the oldest of six children, so one-on-one time with a parent was a precious commodity. I was excited to be able to spend some time with my dad, away from the rest of the family. Luckily, I had a pretty good relationship with my dad. It was during a time when we were struggling financially. There wasn’t much money to go around and I was old enough to know what was going on (~12 years old).

My mom had put together some food for us to enjoy. Nothing really special, but under the circumstances it was a little more special than “the usual”. To my surprise, my dad had invited another boy to come with us on the campout. I didn’t ask why; I was…

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#BOMTC Day 43, May 19~Alma 23-25 or Pages 266-272: “Converted Unto The Lord”

19 May

Bro Simon Says:

How to NEVER FALL AWAY! Read more about becoming CONVERTED UNTO THE LORD…

Originally posted on The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge:

#BOMTC Day 43, May 19~Alma 23-25 or Pages 266-272 (2) Click the graphic to read Alma 23-25

Conversion includes a conscious decision to give up one’s former ways and change to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ. It requires a change in behavior, but it goes beyond behavior; it is a change in our very nature. It is such a significant change that the Lord and His prophets refer to it as a rebirth, a change of heart, and a baptism of fire (see Mosiah 27:25–26).

Conversion seems to be a process, rather than an event, and comes as a result of righteous efforts to follow the Savior. These efforts include exercising faith in Jesus Christ, repenting of sin, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end in faith.

Although conversion is miraculous and life changing, it is a quiet miracle. The Book of Mormon provides descriptions of people who are converted to the Lord:

  • They…

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#BOMTC Day 42, May 18~Alma 20-22 or Pages 259-265: Conversion–Changing Common Creatures into Celestial Citizens

18 May

Bro Simon Says:

CONVERSION changes common creatures into Celestial Citizens! Read more…

Originally posted on The Book of Mormon Translation Challenge:

#BOMTC Day 42, May 18~Alma 20-22 or Pages 259-265 (2)

As recorded in Alma 19–20, King Lamoni experienced a change of heart, leading to the conversion of his wife and many of his people. Ammon and King Lamoni traveled to the land of Middoni to deliver Ammon’s imprisoned brethren. On the way, they encountered Lamoni’s father, who was king over all the Lamanites. The king was astonished by the words of Lamoni and Ammon, by Ammon’s strength, and by Ammon’s love for Lamoni. His heart was softened, and he assured them that Ammon’s brethren would be released from prison. He expressed a desire to learn about the words he had heard from his son and Ammon. Because of Ammon’s testimony and example, many people felt the influence of the Holy Ghost and were taught the gospel and converted.

Aaron, one of Ammon’s brothers, attempted to teach the Amalekites and Amulonites about Jesus Christ and the Atonement, but the people rejected him…

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