I was playing in the Gospel Doctrine Sunday School readings today.
Anti-Nephi-Lehies bury weapons by Del Parson.
I love the story of Antipus and the 2,000 Ammonite youth. There he was in the City of Judea, struggling to keep the cities he and his men had taken. Their war with the Lamanites had gone on for the last seven years and they were depressed. Tired in body and spirit and unsure how long they could continue. Probably praying for help.
Perhaps you are in a similar state. Tired in body and spirt through health, or family or financial issues? Praying for a miracle?
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“My Heart the Joy Inherits” (George MacDonald) by Jessica Coupé
Today’s Sabbath Day Thought comes from George MacDonald. He is best known for his children’s fantasy novels—The Princess and the Goblin, The Princess and Curdie and At the Back of the North Wind—yet this Scottish author also wrote over fifty other books including books of sermons, poetry and novels. His works influenced C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, E. Nesbit and Madeleine L’Engle.
You can get his entire works—37 novels and innumerable poems—for less than $3 as an ebook. Most of his work is not read anymore—but hidden in some of his dullest novels (according to C.S. Lewis) are some rare treasures. Read more ›
“The beginning of it all was a quiet hour among his father’s books,” his son wrote in Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret.
The family was away. His mother, visiting friends, had broken off her visit to pray for her son. Meanwhile Hudson, bored with no family home, had picked up a little booklet intending to read until it got “too prosy”.
“As the story merged into something more serious he was arrested by the words: “The finished work of Christ.” Who can explain the mystery of the Holy Spirit’s working? Truth long familiar, though neglected, came back to mind and heart. “Why does the writer use those words?” he questioned.”
So how did God answer the mother’s prayer? By prompting a question that invited the boy to pause and think. Pause and open his mind to the answer. This allowed the Holy Spirit, the still small voice to enter into the pause, to enter in the still and remind the boy of what he had been taught but neglected since childhood.
This led not only to Hudson’s conversion but to the conversion and work of many in China as he founded the Inland China Mission.
As you pray today seeking blessings from the Highest for yourself, family and friends remember the Holy Spirit comes in the still. Take time to question, to pause and receive the fruits of the Spirit.
On the LDS Gospel Library app you have a category called Notes. In the Notes section you can create notebooks. In these notebooks you can create tops and store quotes and scripture passages that you like.
You can also create your own notes and paste text from your clipboard to the notes also. So, for example, if your Patriarchal Blessing was typed up you could copy it to your iPad’s clipboard and then paste it into notes. Or if there is a selection for a BYU speech or an online quote that fits the topic you are studying you could include that also.
Here is how.
Copy Text to Clipboard
If the text you want to add to your Study Notebook is online (at BYU Speeches for example) go to that site and select the text. Command+C to copy (Ctrl+c on windows). If the text is not online but on your computer (such as your Patriarchal Blessing) then you could email or dropbox the text to yourself and copy it as above.
Now it is in your iPad’s memory and you are ready for the next step.
Paste Text into Notebook
1) Open up the LDS Gospel Library app.
2) Tap on Notes
3) Tap on Study
4) Create a Notebook if you don’t already have one. To do this tap the plus button. If you already have notebooks but want to create a new one tap ‘Edit’ at the bottom right. You will then see a plus sign on the bottom left. Tap that to create a new notebook.
4) Tap on your notebook. Tap on Edit in the bottom right. You should see a faint plus sign at the top of the screen. Tap that and a text box will appear where you can paste your text.
5) Tap Save in the top right of the text box.
There. Now you have text in your Notebook from outside the LDS Gospel Study app!
“The less energy it takes to kick-start a positive habit,” Shawn Anchor says in The Happiness Advantage,”the more likely that habit will stick.”
So when the new lesson schedule for Relief Society was handed out I decided to kick-start my potential to read the chapter before Sunday by transferring the schedule from paper (which I was likely to lose) into the LDS Gospel Library itself so I could quickly and easily see the lesson I should be reading.
How did I do that? Using the bookmark feature of the LDS Gospel Library app.
1) Open the LDS Gospel Study app on your iPad.
2) Navigate to the lesson by tapping the Auxiliary/Organization (like Relief Society), then the lesson manual (like Joseph Fielding Smith), then the specific chapter you would like to bookmark.
3) Tap the Bookmark icon in the top right of the app.
4) Tap ‘Add Bookmark’
A red ribbon will appear along with the virtual keyboard letting you type in a name for the bookmark (if you don’t want the title to be the default chapter/talk heading).
6) Type in the date the lsson will be taught along with its name.
7) Tap ‘Done’
There! All organized. Now I can skip the Find-the-Paper step and go directly to reading the material.