Thursday, April 19, 2012

Blessings From Staying Pure!

     I am super grateful for a wonderful lesson that was given on chastity on Sunday! That topic can be really awkward, but it wasn't! I learned valuable truths that taught me so much and I want to share it!

     So on the topic of chastity in Sunday school, a guy related everything to the story found in Alma 47 in the Book of Mormon. (I am going to try and explain this chapter as best as I can haha, but you should read it yourself! It is so powerful!) Quick thing, just so this makes sense is that Lehonti can be referred to as the good guy and Amilickiah as the bad guy!
     So in this chapter Lehonti flees with his army to a high mountain top away from Amilickiah and his army who are trying to murder them! Amilickiah knows he cannot attack Lehonti on the mountain because he is stronger there, so he calls for Lehonti to come down and meet him! But Lehonti knows he will be overpowered there and does not go. However, Amilickiah calls for him 2 more times, still getting rejected! Now on his last try he says he will meet Lehonti half way if he will just come and meet him. Lehonti doesn't now see the harm, and agrees! Amilickiah talks to Lehonti and convinces him to join their armies, that Lehonti can be the main ruler as long as Amilickiah is second in command! Lehonti agrees to it all and it is only a matter of a few days until Amilickiah then poisons Lehonti's food, killing him, and now making him ruler over thee entire army!
     Hope that all makes sense. If it doesn't, go read Alma 47 haha and this next part will make ever more sense!
     So to relate that all to chastity, we are Lehonti, above Amilickiah aka Satan and we know better than to completely immerse ourselves around Satan and his "army"! So when tempted with certain things, we can quickly say no or reject them because we are in our element (on top of the mountain) so to speak and Satan cant get us to give up entirely our safe zone. BUT! He knows he can make actually dangerous things seem okay if he puts a spin on it and does it gradually! Just like how Amilickiah said he would meet Lehonti half way, Satan will do the same! Satan cant get us to all of a sudden abandon all of our values, but he can do it slowly! We slowly do things that aren't okay in the eyes of God, but Satan convinces us that it isn't a big deal, so we justify it! And we keep justifying things until the next thing you know, you are "dead" just like Lehonti...
     It can all be tied with chastity and morality. Satan doesn't try and convinces us that sex out of marriage is okay. He starts by telling us that passionately kissing is okay and then touching is okay and so on and so forth! And along the way we justify our actions until we have gone "all the way" which we would never have done in the beginning.
     What I learned and what I am hopefully trying to tell you, is that Satan is smart. He will work patiently and hard to get you to fall. He has his strategies and will use them to his advantage! Remember in all your actions who you are ultimately following, who you are trying to please, and who you are becoming! We have a Savior who took all our sins upon him so that we dont need to suffer them! If we will just turn to Him, whether we have already gone down the mountain or are still on top of it, He is there for us! He will make us stronger and smarter against the adversary!
     I again hope that all made sense!! I am so grateful for that lesson, absolutely loved it!
Love always,
Not Lehonti haha!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Easter!

Easter Sunday! First Easter I have ever spent without family, but it was alright! Just want to share a story that was shared in Sacrament Meeting, touched me deeply! I know it is long, but I promise it is so worth it! You'll never think of the Atonement in the same way... It's called Seminary Donuts!


There was a boy by the name of Steve who was attending Seminary in Utah. In Utah, Seminary classes are held as part of the curriculum. Brother Christianson taught Seminary at this particular school. He had an open-door policy and would take in any student that had been thrown out of another class as long as they would abide by his rules.

Steve had been kicked out of his sixth period and no other teacher wanted him, so he went into Brother Christianson's Seminary class. Steve was told that he couldn't be late, so he would come in just seconds before the bell rang and he would sit in the very back of the room. He would also be the first to leave after the class was over.

One day, Brother Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him. After class, Brother Christianson pulled Steve aside and said, "You think you're pretty tough, don't you?"

Steve's answer was, "Yeah, I do."

Then Brother Christianson asked, "How many push-ups can you do?"

Steve said, "I do about 200 every night."

"200? That's pretty good, Steve." Brother Christianson said, "Do you think you could do 300?"

Steve replied, "I don't know... I've never done 300 at a time."

"Do you think you could?" again asked Brother Christianson.

"Well, I can try," said Steve.

"Can you do 300 in sets of 10? I need you to do 300 in sets of ten for this to work. Can you do it? I need you to tell me you can do it." Brother Christianson said.

Steve said, "Well... I think I can... yeah, I can do it."

Brother Christianson said, "Good! I need you to do this on Friday."

Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front of the room. When class started, Brother Christianson pulled out a big box of donuts. Now these weren't the normal kinds of donuts. They were the extra fancy BIG kind, with cream centers and frosting swirls. Everyone was pretty excited - it was Friday, the last class of the day, and they were going to get an extra early start on the weekend.

Brother Christianson went to the first girl in the first row and asked, "Cynthia, do you want a donut?" Cynthia said, "Yes." Brother Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, "Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Cynthia can have a donut?"

Steve said, "Sure," and jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten. Then Steve again sat in his desk. Brother Christianson put a donut on Cynthia's desk.

Brother Christianson then went to Joe, the next person, and asked, "Joe, do you want a donut?" Joe said, "Yes." Brother Christianson asked, "Steve would you do ten push-ups so Joe can have a donut?" Steve did ten push-ups; Joe got a donut. And so it went, down the first aisle. Steve did ten pushups for every person before they got their donut. And down the second aisle, till Brother Christianson came to Scott.

Scott was captain of the football team and center of the basketball team. He was very popular and never lacking for female companionship. When Brother Christianson asked, "Scott do you want a donut?"

Scott's reply was "Well, can I do my own pushups?"

Brother Christianson said, "No, Steve has to do them. "

Then Scott said, "Well, I don't want one then."

Brother Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, "Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Scott can have a donut he doesn't want?"

Steve started to do ten push-ups. Scott said, "HEY! I said I didn't want one!"

Brother Christianson said, "Look, this is my classroom, my class, my desks, and my donuts. Just leave it on the desk if you don't want it", and he put a donut on Scott's desk. Now by this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little. He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort to be getting up and down, and a little perspiration appeared around his brow.

Brother Christianson started down the third row. By now, the students were beginning to get a little angry.

Brother Christianson asked Jenny, "Jenny, do you want a donut?" Jenny said, "No". Then Brother Christianson asked Steve, "Steve, would you do ten pushups so Jenny can have a donut that she doesn't want?" Steve did ten; Jenny got a donut.

By now, the students were beginning to say "No" and there were all these uneaten donuts on the desks. Steve was also having to really put forth a lot of effort to get these push-ups done for each donut. There began to be a small pool of sweat on the floor beneath his face, and his arms and brow were beginning to get red because of the physical effort involved.

Brother Christianson asked Robert to watch Steve to make sure he did ten push-ups in a set because he couldn't bear to watch all of Steve's work for all of those uneaten donuts. Robert began to watch Steve closely.

Brother Christianson started down the fourth row. During his class, however, some students had wandered in and sat along the heaters along the sides of the room. When Brother Christianson realized this; he did a quick count and saw that there were now 34 students in the room. He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it.

Brother Christianson went on to the next person, the next, and the next. Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough time. He was taking a lot more time to complete each set.

Steve asked Brother Christianson, "Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?"

Brother Christianson thought for a moment, "Well, they're your push-ups. You can do them any way that you want." And Brother Christianson went on.

A few moments later, Jason came to the room and was about to come in when all the students yelled, "NO! Don't come in! Stay out!" Jason didn't know what was going on.

Steve picked up his head and said, "No, let him come."

Brother Christianson said, "You realize that if Jason comes in you will have to do ten push-ups for him."

Steve said, "Yes, let him come in.

" Brother Christianson said, "Okay, I'll let you get Jason's out of the way right now. Jason, do you want a donut?"

"Yes."

"Steve, will you do ten pushups so that Jason can have a donut?"

Steve did ten push-ups very slowly and with great effort. Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and sat down. Brother Christianson finished the fourth row, then started on those seated on the heaters. Steve's arms were now shaking with each push-up in a struggle to lift him against the force of gravity. Sweat was dropping off his face and, by this time, there was not a dry eye in the room. The very last two girls in the room were cheerleaders and very popular. Brother Christianson went to Linda, the second to last, and asked, "Linda, do you want a donut?"

Linda, too choked up to talk, just shook her head. Brother Christianson asked Steve, "Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn't want?" Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow push-ups for Linda. Then Brother Christianson turned to the last girl, Susan. "Susan, do you want a donut?"

Susan, with tears flowing down her face, asked, "Brother Christianson, can I help him?"

Brother Christianson, with tears of his own, said, "No, he has to do it alone."

"Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Susan can have a donut?" As Steve very slowly finished his last pushup, with the understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him, having done 350 pushups, his arms buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor.

Brother Christianson then said, "And so it was, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, pleaded to the Father, "Into thy hands I commend my spirit", and with the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him, collapsed on the cross and died - even for those that didn't want His gift."

I am so grateful for my Savior and the sacrifice he made for me! I love him and love the gift he freely gives to me and everyone, whether they want it or not!

Love always,
Easter Bunny