Thursday, March 23, 2017

Day 7: Opposition in All Things

This is Day 7 a challenging new series of posts. Each post will focus on a way to increase spirituality, focus or efficiency in dealing with life. Each post will provide a speech or essay to read, a 5 question quiz and a personal challenge statement or goal. The hope is that through self-directed learning and some coaching from me, you will grow in refreshing new ways.



Life is a series of tests. Our response determines who we become and how our character develops. "Some of these tests are temptations to sin. Some are mortal challenges apart from personal sin. Some are very great. Some are minor. Some are continuous, and some are mere episodes. None of us is exempt. Opposition permits us to grow toward what our Heavenly Father would have us become." (Dallin H Oaks) We sometimes get discouraged by the nature of the opposition we face. It is easy to blame God for allowing our test to occur but it is better to take responsibility and rise to the challenge. To get a better idea of what exactly is opposition and why we face it...

1. Read the speech

Speech

2. Take the quiz

Quiz

3. Personal Challenge Statement: With God, I am stronger than all the forces that oppose me.

4. Goal: I will list five ways that I have overcome my opposition. I will also acknowledge at least one challenge that I am struggling to overcome.

5. Dig deeper into another blog post on this topic:

Why does God Allow Bad Things to Happen

Image Credit: Flickr/Alberto G

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Day 6: The Transforming Power of Faith

This is Day 6 a challenging new series of posts. Each post will focus on a way to increase spirituality, focus or efficiency in dealing with life. Each post will provide a speech or essay to read, a 5 question quiz and a personal challenge statement or goal. The hope is that through self-directed learning and some coaching from me, you will grow in refreshing new ways.



This series of posts began with the immense value of the soul because that is a great place to begin. With a divine identity of inestimable worth, we begin to understand why God made a Plan of Happiness by which all his children come to Earth, learn and grow, and then return and report. Life is full of choices and challenges. We've talked about staying balance and now we're going to talk about the faith to set out and achieve success. Faith is a principle of action and when applied to true principles it adds strength to our character. A crisis is a defining moment. A person with faith and integrity is much more likely to succeed without becoming fearful and defensive. This speech is called The Transforming Power of Faith and Character by Richard G Scott.

1. Read the Speech (this speech is available in other languages by clicking on the link and then looking at the icon in the upper right corner which says "worldwide")

Speech

2. Take the Quiz

Quiz

3. Personal Challenge Statement: I am working on becoming a person of integrity by choosing to apply true principles in daily life.

4. Goal: I will make a plan to practice faith on a daily basis.

5. Dig deeper by reading other posts on this topic:

Faith Workout

Faith is the Conviction that Moves Us

You Can Have What you Want or You Can Have Something Better

Image credit: Flickr/BK



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Balanced, Righteous Life

This is Day 5 a challenging new series of posts. Each post will focus on a way to increase spirituality, focus or efficiency in dealing with life. Each post will provide a speech or essay to read, a 5 question quiz and a personal challenge statement or goal. The hope is that through self-directed learning and some coaching from me, you will grow in refreshing new ways.


Life is a journey. I begin as a child and grow into adulthood. My identity is formed by my childhood experiences together with my emergence from youth into adulthood and the definitions that I accept about myself. My identity is strongest when it incorporates a knowledge of my divine worth. Next I must have a safe harbor so that the inevitable storms can't sink my ship. Today I want to discuss the idea of balance. No ship will stay afloat if it has too much weight on one side. Balance is an oft-debated topic and it would be difficult to summarize the theories out there. Today I will propose the ideas for staying balanced from the speech The Tradition of a Balanced, Righteous Life by L Tom Perry.

1. Read the Speech

Speech

2. Take the 5-question quiz

Quiz

3. Personal Challenge Statement: I can succeed in all aspects of life as I balance my efforts to feel, learn, do and share.

4. Goal: I will evaluate my life and focus on one way that I can be more balanced.

5. Dig Deeper into other blog posts on this topic:

Prioritize Spirituality

The Greatest Work

Spiritual Self Reliance