Saturday, July 18, 2015

Our praise for the pioneers is empty if it does not cause inner reflection on our part

In the July Ensign, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf comments "As I think about our pioneer heritage, one of the most moving things that come to mind is the hymn “Come, Come, Ye Saints” (Hymns, no. 30). Those who made the long journey to the Salt Lake Valley often sang this hymn during their trek.
I am very much aware that all was not well with these Saints. They were plagued by sickness, heat, fatigue, cold, fear, hunger, pain, doubt, and even death.
But despite having every reason to shout, “All is not well,” they cultivated an attitude we cannot help but admire today. They looked beyond their troubles to eternal blessings. They were grateful in their circumstances. Despite evidence to the contrary, they sang with all the conviction of their souls, “All is well!”
Our praise for the pioneers is empty if it does not cause inner reflection on our part."
As we reflect on the significant achievements made by the pioneers in our families I hope we can appreciate how their sacrifice and commitment has blessed our lives. And as we do so, may we each reflect on how we can be more compassionate, more hard working, and more optimistic as we exercise faith in our lives in order to benefit our posterity.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Patriotic Duty...Where to Begin?

The American political system affords citizens a wide range of opportunities to participate in and influence the political process. Through voting, writing letters, contributing to campaigns, and even running for office, ordinary people can shape public policy.

The real questions are what do you do? 


Where should you begin? 

This year as you prepare to celebrate your Freedom and contemplate on your patriotic duty, consider taking a free online course like this one:

"An American Citizen's Guide to Government and Politics" 
provided free to everyone courtesy of Brigham Young University's Independent Study program.