Here are some notes that I took during Stake Conference this past weekend . . . with some included quotes!
Faith in Adversity
* The Lord’s timing is ALWAYS perfect.
* Through faith inthe Lord, Jesus Christ, He will fill my lack.
* The only limits faith has dwell within me.
* If I have the faith of a mustard seed, I can move mountains. (Mountains = anything that seem too difficult for me).
* Do not let adversity be the center of my life.
* If God is my co-pilot . . . CHANGE PLACES!
"There is the story of two neighboring farmers—one a habitual Sabbath breaker, and the other a faithful observer of the Lord’s day. On one occasion the Sabbath observer severely chastised his neighbor for working his farm on Sundays rather than attending to his religious devotions. This led to an argument and a challenge. “Let us put the matter to a test,” the Sabbath breaker said. “We will select two pieces of ground of equal size and fertility. On them we will plant the same crop. My piece of ground I will work on Sundays, and you will work yours on the other days of the week. Then we will see who gets the greater harvest.
"The challenge was accepted and the conditions were faithfully observed. As the harvest was gathered in, the Sabbath-observing farmer was disappointed to learn that the piece of ground farmed by his neighbor had produced the greater yield. The Sabbath breaker exulted in his apparent triumph and his discrediting of the contention of his faithful neighbor.
“You have forgotten one important thing,” protested the Sabbath observer. “The Lord doesn’t always settle His accounts in October.” -Dean L Larsen (New Era, Feb 1986, 4, italics added).
“How can you and I really expect to glide naively through life, as if to say, ‘Lord, give me experience, but not grief, not sorrow, not pain, not opposition, not betrayal, and certainly not to be forsaken. Keep from me, Lord, all those experiences which made Thee what Thou art! Then let me come and dwell with Thee and fully share Thy joy!’” –Neal A. Maxwell (Ensign, May 1991, 88).
"In living our lives let us never forget that the deeds of our fathers and mothers are theirs, not ours; that their works cannot be counted to our glory; that we can claim no excellence and no place, because of what they did, that we must rise by our own labor, and that labor failing we shall fail. We may claim no honor, no reward, no respect, nor special position or recognition, no credit because of what our fathers were or what they wrought. We stand upon our own feet in our own shoes." - J. Reuben Clark Jr. (New Era, Jul 1975, 8).Marriage
* The doctrine of family began with our Heavenly Parents.
* The most important date on our monthly calendar should be: Friday Night Date Night!
* In making essential decisions there should be unity.
In making non-essential decisions there should be liberty.
In making all decisions there should be charity.
* Do I have the patience with my spouse the Lord has with me?
* The feeling of love (for my spouse) is the fruit of my actions.
* Heavenly Father is an exalted, happily married man!