This Sunday we studied Matthew 10-12. I’m trying to summarize a comment made by someone at church:

It’s actually a pretty radical thing to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Think of Socrates and how he was put to death for having different ideas. Imagine the hate and ridicule which came from being a follower of Christ. He was not the Messiah the Jews were expecting to come and set them free and make political changes. He came to shake things up and make spiritual changes. He told His disciples that they would be hated of all men and persecuted and likely killed. That households would be divided because of His teachings. Not exactly a popular religion. He didn’t come to teach us necessarily what we wanted to hear but he came to teach us the higher law.

Matthew 5: 43-44
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

"Spiritual" Things

A few Sunday’s ago the Stake President made a comment and I really loved what He had to say.

He said: “Sometimes He thinks in the church we spend too much time learning about “Spiritual” things. But in reality ALL THINGS ARE SPIRITUAL. Because God created everything! And we should spend more time learning about all areas of His creations. Whether this be through math, science or other areas that we sometimes neglect as being “Spiritual.” Because when we strive to understand His creations we also strive to better understand God.

“Yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.” - Alma 30:44

Weakness vs Pride

In our Sunday Gospel Discussion class someone made the comment about Weakness vs Pride and I love how they described this:

“I think when we have weaknesses we are able to acknowledge them and God is able to help us.” Pride on the other-hand is essentially saying  “Our ways are greater than God’s ways.” And if we shut Him out of our lives, there is not as much that He can do to help us. Though He will always be there waiting. The scriptures often refer to Pride as being the downfall of men, women and even civilizations. Putting down our pride is essentially opening ours ears and being humble enough to recognize we might not always be right. Once our ears are open I believe that is when the transformation and miracles occur. He can’t help us if we aren’t willing to listen.