What is strong in the mind
Get strong inside
The apostle Paul wished for the Ephesians that the Lord grant them "that you may increase in strength and strength within you by His Spirit" (Ephesians 3:16). In the same way, the Church today is about helping people to gain strength within, that is, to become strong within. Our goal is for everyone to feel the security, love and warmth that the gospel conveys. The Savior showed us how to achieve this goal when He proclaimed the following commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your thoughts. … You shall love your neighbor as yourself ”(Matthew 22:37, 39).
We take care that our members become morally strong and shape their characters. This is in full accordance with the following statements of modern prophets and apostles: "Our chief aim is to ... [impart] independence, diligence, thrift, and self-respect."1In the long term, it is our goal to “shape the character of the members,… to keep within them everything that is good, and to let their spirituality blossom. After all, that is the mission and purpose of the church and also the reason why one is a member of it. "2
In order for members to grow internally strong, we may need to make changes to the priorities in the planning and activities of local Church programs. We'll do the Lord's work better when we stick to the revealed principles rather than just doing the prescribed activities.
As we wonder how we can reach out, engage and serve each individual, we must keep reminding ourselves, like on a giant screen, of two important commandments that the Savior gave to all His children, namely, that we love God and should serve him and that we should love and serve our fellow human beings. Planning must begin by tailoring activities to meet the spiritual needs of the members. Among other things, they are given opportunities to participate in meaningful service projects and, if they choose, to participate in cultural, educational, recreational, or social activities approved by priesthood leaders. We must not forget that the success of an activity cannot always be measured by how large it was. Rather, it must be measured by how the activity affects the way the participants conduct their lives. One thing must be very clear: principles are more important than programs, and people are more important than organizations. We are more concerned with conveying principles and guidelines than promoting programs, because we want people to be strengthened inwardly through the Spirit of God.
What we do
How well we do something can best be measured by how we put our inner strength into practice. What really defines our religion is best shown in the way we live. Thomas Carlyle wrote: "A belief ... is worthless as long as it does not influence behavior."3President Harold B. Lee (1899-1973) taught what we must do to be empowered by God and His Spirit. He said, Church membership “must mean more than just being a member of the Church with the correct cards in your pocket, such as a tithe receipt, membership card, temple recommend, and so on. It means that one overcomes the tendency to criticize and constantly strives to put away inner weaknesses and not only to change outward appearances. "4
We understand that many single adult members do not have all of the blessings they desire. Yet they are not in the least worth less than the rest of the members, for they can keep the two great commandments too. Then they will be blessed and strengthened in abundance for it. They can be as spiritually minded as anyone else and dedicate their lives to Master. You can show as much kindness to your fellow human beings as anyone else and feel the great rewards of service. Those who make a serious effort to develop spiritual insight and a testimony can do it.
Everything is spiritual
Members become strong internally when strengthened spiritually. The Galatians were admonished: “Whoever sows trusting in the flesh will reap corruption from the flesh; but whoever sows with trust in the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit ”(Galatians 6: 8). The spiritually oriented solution makes problems disappear, because the spiritual component belongs to the higher law. The Lord said, "For me everything is spiritual, and I have never given you a law that is temporal" (D&C 29:34). But the implementation of these higher laws and the corresponding way of life does not automatically mean that one now also higher right would have. Rather, it is now also expected that you will get higher tasks Fulfills.
We often feel that in order to find our way in this complex and difficult world, we need help that goes beyond our natural gifts and abilities. The prophet Alma clearly stated how it came about that he knew so much: “The Lord has made it known to me through his Holy Spirit” (Alma 5:46). Many people in the world today fear continually for their lives . But if they had inner strength and security, they shouldn't be afraid. The Savior said: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul” (Matthew 10:28).
The healing that we all need so often is the healing of the soul and the spirit. This healing can take place when we allow spiritual admission into our lives. The 7th Article of Faith says that we believe in spiritual gifts, including the gift of healing. In my opinion, this healing applies to both the body and the mind. The Holy Spirit grants peace to the soul. Such spiritual comfort comes through activating spiritual gifts which can be called upon in many ways and which are manifested in a variety of ways. They are abundant, indeed abundant, in the Church today. They arise from humble and appropriate use of the testimony. Christ is the great physician who rose from the dead - "with healing in his wings" (2 Nephi 25:13). This healing comes to us through the Comforter.
If we want to be strong inside, we need to cleanse ourselves inside and eradicate transgression. Whoever gets involved with evil suffers spiritual death. We have no access to the source of spiritual alignment unless we eradicate all transgressions, especially moral transgressions. By this I mean not only sexual sins, but also any form of wrongdoing, including lying, cheating, stealing and deliberately or ruthlessly hurting other people.
Our spiritual feelings
An important facet of the spiritual being in all of us is the silent, sacred realm in which we feel sanctified. This is the area inside us that no one else is allowed to penetrate. This area enables us to get close to the divine, both inside and outside the world. This facet of our being is reserved only for ourselves and our Creator. When we pray we open the door to it. We can withdraw here and ponder. This is where the Holy Spirit can dwell. From here we can contact God. The main cell for charging our spiritual battery is located here, so to speak. But this cell loses its power if we allow sin to creep secretly into our lives. The Romans were admonished: "The pursuit of the flesh leads to death, but the pursuit of the Spirit leads to life and peace" (Romans 8: 6)
As we strive to become strong inside, things that we can touch and own become increasingly less important to us. A wise man once said: “The wealth of the soul is measured by its sensitivity; their poverty from lack of it. "5
The eternal in man
The inner soul outlasts earthly life - with everything that it has preserved. One poet wrote: “Everything in the world is a fleeting shadow - only the human soul is not. The only constant lies in us. "6
It is comforting to know that one who becomes strong inside will see the face of God. The Lord himself said: "It will come to pass that every soul that gives up its sins and comes to me and calls on my name and obeys my voice and keeps my commandments, will see my face and know that I am." (D&C 93: 1.) Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote:
The soul can tear open the sky,
so that God's face is revealed.7
To be strong inside, you have to be very humble. Gideon said of himself: “My clan is the weakest in Manasseh and I am the youngest in my father's house” (Judges 6:15). And it was later Gideon who freed Israel from the hands of the Midianites and thereby made a hero has been.
The Old Testament says: “Moses was a very humble man, more humble than any man on earth” (Numbers 12: 3). Moses is one of the greatest prophets who ever lived; he wrote five books in the Old Testament.
For my quest for inner strength, I would like to express respect, appreciation, and gratitude for the example of the First Presidency and the other General Authorities, and the many good men and women in the Church around the world who stand up to the winds, that blow in their faces and oppose the forces that cause uncertainty, doubt and destruction all around us. Through the Spirit of God they succeed in recognizing false voices that are trying to mislead them and to expose the siren song of the deceivers among us who advocate instant pleasure, oppose a lasting relationship and proclaim that there is only limited responsibility for something Doing wrong. Righteous and holy, these good men and women watch out for dangers and warn others on the watchtower of righteousness, hope and inner peace.
The dark fog that hangs over the streets and paths that we walk in our lives dissipates in the face of the spiritual sunlight that only comes from God. This spiritual sunlight only shines to us when we are diligent and humble in trying to have His spirit with us, for "the Lord demands the heart and a willing mind" (D&C 64:34).
The Spirit of the Lord can always be with us even when we are thrown into the fiery furnace of life. Then everyone can see that we have a holy companion at our side. Nebuchadnezzar had such an experience. He looked into the fiery furnace and exclaimed: “Didn't we throw three men tied up into the fire? ... But I see four men walking freely in the fire. They are unharmed and the fourth looks like the son of a god ”(Daniel 3: 91,92.)
May our inner peace and strength be shown in our thoughts and actions. May we steadfastly believe that everything is possible with God, and may we always remember that everything can be made known to us through the Holy Spirit, provided we are obedient. “But those who sow trusting in the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit” (Galatians 6: 8).
By sowing with trust in the spirit, may we become sustainably inwardly strong through its spirit, for the spiritual disposition is like sunlight - it shines on the impure, but does not itself become impure. May we live so that the spiritual in us can shine through the ordinary, the dirty and the evil and make our soul holy.
For the home teacher
Prayerfully prepare, then present this message using a teaching method that involves your listeners. Here are a few examples:
Ask the family what can be done to strengthen their bodies, such as exercising, eating right, and getting enough sleep. Then have them explain how President Faust said we can become morally strong internally. Share your testimony of how you have managed to overcome uncertainty, doubt, and temptation in this way.
Show the family a battery and discuss how a battery works. How is our mind like a battery? Read the “Our Spiritual Feelings” section and discuss ways we can recharge our spiritual batteries.
Invite the family to briefly explain how we benefit from the sun. Then read the “Spiritual Sunlight” section together. Discuss how spirituality is like sunlight and sin is like dark fog. According to President Faust, how can we bring more spiritual sunlight into our lives?
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