Christ Teaches in The Temple

Because he lives Tuesday
Each day this week, as part of the Church’s #BecauseHeLives Easter initiative, there will be a new question, meme, and/or video that members can share with their friends. Today is Tuesday of the Holy Week and the question that was shared is,

“On Tuesday, during the last week of His mortal life, Jesus Christ answered questions from accusers and disciples alike. What questions can we find answers to today because He lives? Find out at http://mor.mn/2puvc.”

Last year on my personal blog I did a series of blog posts about the last week of the life of the savior. I wrote the following,

“Jesus Christ taught in the temple on this day, about the Last Days, His Second Coming, and the gospel. I have often wondered how Christ must have felt these last days trying to teach as many people and get them to understand. I’m sure it’s similar to how I felt the last weeks of my mission. I just did not have time to mess around and I worked! I have this memory of my companion and I running from blok to blok trying to share the gospel with whoever would listen to us — which was not many people, but we felt pressed to find as many people and try to teach them.”

One of the things the Savior taught this day is found in Matthew 23: 37-38, which reads, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.”

I don’t want to live in a desolate house, or a place without the Lord and the teachings of God. I also have this image in my mind, when I read this passage, of how very much our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us, and want us to follow them. They are waiting right there for us. The question is, will we hearken their call and go? Accepting the invitation of coming unto Christ, is a active choice we make. We choose to follow Him. We choose to take His yoke upon us. We choose to enter into His rest, which is not just sitting around waiting for things to happen, but rather actively participating in the Gospel and actively reaching out to others and inviting them to come with us.

I invite you to find the answers to your questions by following Jesus Christ and learning of Him.

The things Christ taught on this day can be found in the following scriptures:
Matthew 23 & 24
Mark 12 & 13
Luke 20 & 21
John 12

Christ Cleanses the Temple

Because he lives monday

Each day this week, as part of the Church’s #BecauseHeLives Easter initiative, there will be a new question, meme, and/or video that members can share with their friends. Today is Monday of the Holy Week and the question that was shared is,

“How can the events of Monday, during the last week of Jesus Christ’s mortal life, give us strength today? To find out, visit http://mor.mn/2pmnr

Today in our family’s morning “scripture-picture” discussion we talked about how Christ cleansed the temple, and how when we go to the temple we need to prepare to be reverent. My small children had so many questions, “Why were there noisy people at the temple? Why weren’t the people reverent? Was Jesus mad at those people?” I love that my six and three year old sons have these questions. I love the fact that we can sit and discuss them and that they are curious and want to learn about their Savior.

Happy Monday!

#Mormon General Conference #WomensSession

Around the world, Mormon women and girls 8 and older are meeting to participate in the first session of Spring General Conference. These four missionaries enjoyed the pre-conference social at the Annandale Stake Center in Virginia.

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Conducting: President Linda K. Burton

Choir: Family Choir from Holladay, Utah

Opening Hymn: Choir and Congregation singing How Firm a Foundation Continue reading

Ideal Family Size? Do Two Kids Make Sense?

Stick FamilyA recent family e-mail chain got hijacked in royal fashion. One intriguing bit that came out was a discussion of the number of children that are appropriate in a family.

Much energy has been devoted at the global and national level to explaining that the world is over-populated and that resource scarcity will cause dire problems in the future. Even my infrequent posts here about water could be interpreted to indicate that children should be few in any responsible family.

Ironically, there is reason to believe that it is precisely responsible families who should have many children. In this case, let’s allow the definition of many to be four. Why would 4+ kids make sense for a socially responsible family? Continue reading

LDS Social Media: Sharing Conference and #BecauseHeLives

April General Conference is just a day away. The Women’s Session will start things off Saturday, March 28th, at 6pm mountain time. All women and girls age 8 and up are invited to attend. The Session will be broadcast to stake centers and/or local unit buildings. You can also watch on LDS.org, MormonChannel.org, BYUtv.org, and YouTube.com.

Are you planning to share General Conference online? I love the gathering of LDS people on social media during Conference. It’s such an exciting time to be alive and a member of the Church. One thing I will mention that always makes me roll my eyes a bit is when people apologize for sharing the messages of Conference on social media. STOP! Just stop! Share Conference without apology!

This week a friend exclaimed on her Facebook page that she did not “get” hashtags, and therefore felt old (even though she is not even 30). A hashtag is a short one or two word description that allows you to find other posts on the topic. If you click on a hashtag on social media, you will be taken to a live feed of all the posts with that tag. And a word about whole sentence hashtags, just please stop with those.

Here are some helpful hashtags to use when sharing General Conference online:

#LDSConf
#WomensSession
#PriesthoodSession
#Mormon
#ShareGoodness
#TwitterStake (if you’re on Twitter)

The Church will release its new Easter initiative, #BecauseHeLives, on Saturday, March 28th as well. This video is powerful and beautiful. Share it with the #BecauseHeLives hashtag during this Holy Week, and this Easter season.

General Conference also falls on Easter this year. I love it when this happens. This happy confluence always seems to bring even more of the spirit to General Conference.

We hope you enjoy Conference. Make sure to come back here to The Millennial Star to talk about what you’ve learned.