Signs & Questions for our Times

A presentation given by Wendy Watson Nelson. My notes are truly all over the map, but hopefully it will jog the memories of my cohorts who attended and maybe provide a nugget or two for others reading. None of these notes come close to actually being there.

What is it going to take to get yourself past the point you currently are?
  • we may have to pay a price
  • develop and obtain spiritual strengths and skills
  • screen our lives so that it's increasingly pure
1 Peter 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:Wendy shared an image (not this one, one she took on safari, this image is from the web) of a leopard that had walked by their open safari vehicle. It was right on her side of the vehicle. She was busy snapping photos as it walked past. Her companions mentioned that they didn't like the way that leopard had had been watching her. She didn't really understand what they meant until she saw her photos developed. Indeed the leopard had been staring directly at her. She likened that situation to our lives... when you are in the situation you may not realize how close you are to danger. What is waiting to devour you?

The adversary does not want you to recognize the warning signs. She shared a number of real signs she had seen in her travels around the world:
Reminded of Thomas S. Monson's direction from conference: "My beloved friends, under no circumstances allow yourselves to become trapped in the viewing of pornography, one of the most effective of Satan’s enticements. And if you have allowed yourself to become involved in this behavior, cease now. Seek the help you need to overcome and to change the direction of your life. Take the steps necessary to get back on the strait and narrow, and then stay there."

What does this blue stop sign communicate that the red one doesn't? Calmly consider stopping, but if you don't no worries man! Pull out an air mattress and stay awhile. It's a conflicting message. Do we send ourselves conflicting messages?Secure earthquake zone. Can you feel something unsettled in your life? Are you pretending it's just not there...are you waiting for the "big one" but are unprepared to deal with it. We need to fortify ourselves. Have prepared anticipation.

Are we asking ourselves spiritual why me questions? Why do I have to do this calling? When will someone do that for me? How come my family doesn't do that when I ask? etc. etc.

The Holy Ghost cannot attend pity parties.

Instead... ask yourself: What can I learn from this? What can I still learn? How can I be my true self through this trial?

Recognize the truths that are specific to you. True Self Living.
PREMORTAL COMMITMENTS - think premortal bucket list or "things to do on earth"
Your spirit knows what is on that list!

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