Coordinating the Spiritual

2 Nephi 32 and John 3:2-21

I’ve spent the past few days working on implementing more organization into my life. Selecting organizational tools that will help me to unify the different aspects of my life. My concern was the lack of the Spiritual in the process. These two chapters have been a re-orientation of sorts, while allowing me to also see how the tools that I’ve been developing can work with this spiritual focus.

Prayer and the words of Christ will show me what I am to do. My organizational tools, when appropriate, will allow me to put into words those action items that the Spirit dictates to me. My personal aim and vision allows me to give focus to the Spiritual in my own life.  The term “giving Christian father” seems to embody my personal aim.

The fact that I am willing to bring all this before God is evidence of nature of these deeds. “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

I’m in a very good spot this morning!

Defining Myself: Father

The definition/title of a father has held little meaning for me. Thus the term of Heavenly Father, though this is the title of all the titles that God has choosen to assign himself,  holds a lesser significance to me because I do not understand it. I am fairly confident that I am not alone in this.

“A sacred title referring to a man who has begotten or legally adopted a child.” – Father, Mortal from the Guide to the Scriptures (emphasis added)

My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:

For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Proverbs 3:11-12

I am reminded that chastening is another term for purifying.  This causes me to consider that I only should correct a child in whom I delight! How different is that. How important then becomes the urgency to plead with heaven to have unbridled love and compassion for these my children.  Charity is essential to fatherhood.  It cannot be accomplished without it.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

This is similar counsel as what was offered by king Benjamin.

The next two scriptures talk of teaching children after “the learning of my father.” (1 Ne. 1:1, Enos 1:1) Here’s another point of departure from just doing what feels right, to honestly asking myself to define for my own family what I really want my children to learn, and learn well.

Here’s an additional thought from a private communication just received from President Smith (name was changed, but he is member of my current stake presidency):

Bishop Walker is a school teacher who earns a modest income and is striving to do fun activities with his family that don’t cost anything. Bishop Walker is striving to bring up his children with the understanding they don’t need money [to] have fun. So the children don’t feel pressured later when they’re raising their own children and they’ll know they can raise those grandchildren without chasing careers for money only, instead of choosing careers in which they feel fulfilled regardless of the income level. (Name also changed)

Finally, the importance of prayer on behalf of my children is repeated time and time again. (Mosiah 27:14, Moro. 8:2–3)

Action Items:

  • Constantly be praying for charity that I can love my children to a point that I delight in them.
  • Define what I want my children to learn from me.
  • Develop or create fun activities with my children that don’t require money.

Next time that I revisit this, I want to explore more the feelings, characteristics, qualities, and attributes of fatherhood. Focus more on the characteristic and qualities of Heavenly Father, and learn why he wants to be called a Father.

23 Years of Christian Discipleship

I’m reviewing a talk by Elder Jeffery R. Holland entitled “Knowing the Godhead” this morning. Near the end is this good apostle’s witness of Christ and His ransom for our sins.

I bear witness of Jesus Christ, the living Son of the living God, who paid the liberating ransom for your soul and my soul and the soul of every man, woman, and child from Adam to the end of the world.

I attempted to move on, but the Spirit of the Lord (as he often does to me) constrained me again to not look past this point. I then began to consider the duration of my discipleship. As of this writing, I am 23 years old as a disciple of Christ. I’m not nearly the christian that the name itself deserves, but I do feel today as clean and pure as that beautiful season 23 years ago, when I first exercised for myself the redeeming power of Christ’s atoning sacrifice.

In saying that, what I am reminded of is how long, how constant, how real that power to forgive sin that is in Christ has been with me.  I in no wise mean to suggest the my life has been perfect these 23 years, far from it! But what time has proven to be absolutely perfect is this Atonement of Christ. His love and constant ability to forgive sin is perfect. It is unfathomable to me how perfect that power is!

23 years. Ups and downs, rights and lefts, mistakes and mess ups and more.  How constant is this one reality in my life: that Christ’s loving Atonement is never failing.

A Nudge in the Direction of Faith

This morning’s scripture study has been a restoration or a brief nudge in the direction of faith. I’ve study Hebrews 11 along with the accompanying bible video.  For those who have a hope of his glory and the refinement of the righteous, the present challenges offer not guarantee of rest. Many have passed in faith having never see the promises that they were hopeful of.

The Gathering of Scattered Israel

“The Gathering of Scattered Israel,” by Elder Russel M. Nelson, October 2006

There is such a strong spirit about what I am studying this morning. I cannot tell its purpose yet.  As I read about the Lord telling Abraham to get thee out of the land of his father’s inheritance, this resonates deeply and strongly within me. This is much more to learn here.

Thinking more on Ephraim and the covenants promised to his house. The fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant would not be realized until our day. The Book of Mormon is what teaching about the fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant.

3 Nephi 29:3, “ye need not imagine in your hearts that the words which have been spoken are vain, for behold, the Lord will remember his covenant which he hath made”

In 3 Nephi 20:29-34, it talk about the restoration of the house of Israel.  An evidence of their restoration will be their conversion to the Gospel of Christ, and particularly in the manner of their prayers: “and shall pray unto the Father in my name.”

It seems to me as I consider it this morning, that in their prayers will be revealed a key to their restoration.

The Promise of Prayer

I am reminded this morning of promises that the Lord Jesus Christ has made to his faithful disciples.

John 14:13-14 reads: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Matthew 21:21-22 reads: “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Come Unto Christ

No water can swallow the ship where lies the master of ocean, and earth, and skies.

Linger, O blessed Redeemer!
Leave me alone no more,
And with joy I shall make the blest harbor
And rest on the blissful shore.

Come Unto Jesus, Hymn #117

Come unto Jesus, ye heavy laden,
Careworn and fainting, by sin oppressed.
He’ll safely guide you unto that haven
Where all who trust him may rest.
Doctrine and Covenants 10:58, “Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I came unto mine own, and mine own received me not.
“I am the light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.”
Doctrine and Covenants 10:67, “Behold, this is my doctrine—whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church.”
Isaiah 1:18 – Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.


2 Aug 2016 – I was in chapters 11 and 12 today. I find the events of chapter 12 compelling, though they are not full articulated here. I am sure that if I study what others have written about the Savior’s Second Coming at Jerusalem, I will be able to find more information.

“Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” Mark 4:37-41

Mark 4:37-41

The simple account of Christ calming the tempest reminds me that no matter the storm, with Christ in our ship, we shall not sink. It was hard for his disciples to understand that. It is hard for me to see that sometimes too. But faith and fear don’t reside in the same being at the same time. And with Christ, fear need never come near.

“By the Blood of Thy Covenant,” Zechariah 9

“by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.” (vs. 11)

Sweet spiritual impressions cause me to consider that region of the world. This chapter also talks of Ephriam and Judah as instruments in the Lord’s hand and as jewels in the Lord’s crown lifted as an ensign upon his land.