Friday, January 22, 2016

January 15, 2016 - Class #1

Welcome back to semester 2!  Congrats to those of you who got 28 days over the break, awesome!  We'll get you added to the Hall of Fame as soon as we get our records together.

Living With Purpose 

Count the number of passes the team in white makes.  How many?  (Answer at the bottom).

Elder Bednar on the Power of Prayer

Answer these questions in your journal: 
*** What would Heavenly Father like me to focus on?

*** How can I have more meaningful prayer?

*** This week I will focus on …….

*** I will ….

War Room Trailer
(If you missed class, we watched half of it, and will finish on 1/29)

"The trouble with most of our prayers is that we give them as if we were picking up the telephone and ordering groceries -- we place our order and hang up. We need to meditate, contemplate, think about what we're praying about.

We are involved in an intense battle. It is a battle between right and wrong, between truth and error, between the design of the Almighty on the one hand and that of Lucifer on the other.

Call upon the Lord. He has extended the invitation, and He will answer. Believe in prayer and the power of prayer." --President Hinckley

Back to the Basketball video: 
There were 21 passes by the white team.  What else did you notice?  Did you notice the elderly woman walk, then moonwalk across the floor?  Did you see the ninja warrior replacing one of the players wearing black and then throw a football?  Did you see the black team put on hats?  

"We typically find what we are looking for. Or, as the scriptures put it, “Seek, and ye shall find” (Luke 11:9). You get what you focus on.

If we are focused on the negative in our lives. That’s all we’ll see. "We may not be able to recognize the spiritual promptings that the Holy Ghost is anxious to give us to direct our lives and to bless others."

If we focus on the things of the Spirit and that which is “virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy” (Articles of Faith 1:13), then we’re less likely to be sidetracked by the temptations and distractions of the world. "The best way to avoid distractions is to have our focus firmly set on our purpose and be anxiously engaged in a good cause." --Randall Ridd

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