I’ve been a little busy this month, but I still wanted to post something for my Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson series of memes. I usually do a more in depth post for each chapter, and plan on resuming that next month. So, here’s a few quotes and memes from Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, this year’s manual for Relief Society and Priesthood. These are for Chapter 7: Joseph Smith, an Instrument in the Hands of the Lord and Chapter 8: The Power of the Word. Most wards will teach these lessons in April, although dates may vary some because of General Conference.
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Chapter 7: Joseph Smith, an Instrument in the Hands of the Lord
“When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” -Joseph Smith (JS—H 1:17.)
“When God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ come to earth, as they did in 1820 when they appeared to the young boy prophet, Joseph Smith, it is not something that concerns only a handful of people. It is a message and a revelation intended for all of our Father’s children living upon the face of the earth. It was the greatest event that has ever happened in this world since the resurrection of the Master. Sometimes I think we are so close to it that we don’t fully appreciate its significance and importance and the magnitude of it.”
“Simultaneous with the early development of the Church was a spirit of opposition and persecution. Wherever the tiny ‘mustard seed’ was planted, attempts were made to frustrate its growth.
“The fourteen-year-old boy stood true against the world. God knew his son when he was chosen. He knew he would be loyal and true even to death.”
Do you have little ones? Here are some coloring pages of the Prophet Joseph Smith from lds.org’s media library.
Success in righteousness, the power to avoid deception and resist temptation, guidance in our daily lives, healing of the soul—these are but a few of the promises the Lord has given to those who will come to His word. Does the Lord promise and not fulfill? Surely if He tells us that these things will come to us if we lay hold upon His word, then the blessings can be ours. And if we do not, then the blessings may be lost. However diligent we may be in other areas, certain blessings are to be found only in the scriptures, only in coming to the word of the Lord and holding fast to it as we make our way through the mists of darkness to the tree of life
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