Stance: Studies on the Family

Brigham Young University Student Journal

Category: Spiritual (page 2 of 2)

Sabbath Message: Whom Will Ye Serve?

“[C]hoose you this day whom ye will serve . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).family-walking-along-beach-1117003-print

I’m not sharing this scripture because it is my favorite, or because it changed my life when I memorized it in Seminary. I think this is one of my dad’s favorite scriptures, and I remember enjoying it when I read it for the first time in Seminary. But it’s never been one of those scriptures that stuck with me. It’s never been my go-to scripture.family-prayer

Although it has never been that scripture for me, someday I want it to be one of the most applicable and meaningful scriptures in my repertoire. Someday, when I have a family with little children who depend on me for so much—I will want this scripture to have meaning. When I have a family I will teach my children the gospel of Christ. I will teach them right from wrong. I will train and guide them in all that they need to know. I will teach them who to serve. When I have a family, we will serve the Lord.

—Shelby Olsen, Stance

Sabbath Day Message: He is the Gift

What are you Thankful for?

This time of year it can seem almost cheesy to express gratitude, however there is a good reason this holiday is all about giving thanks.

Happiness cannot be achieved through the acquisition of temporal desires and “keeping up with the Jones’.” True happiness comes only through faith, love, and obedience in our Father and Heaven and our relationships with His children. Each of God’s commandments are part of His plan of Happiness –a plan which shows us how to be happy.

images“Oh give thanks to the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

One commandment we are given is to be thankful. When you focus on the things you have to be grateful for, and when you express your gratitude to your God and to those around you, you prove to yourself that you have much to be happy about.

Thomas S. Monson teaches this concept better than I ever could in his talk “An Attitude of Gratitude.

During this season, take the time to kneel down before your Father in Heaven, and express a prayer of gratitude. You’ll find that doing so will make this holiday season full of more happiness than it can bring on its own.

By Janai Skiles, Social Media Director

Sabbath Message: General Conference

We are half-way through General Conference! What have you learned? Share your thoughts on twitter and facebook and #LDSconf.

Watch General Conference Live on LDS.org!

Catch up on Saturday sessions, Priesthood, and the General Women’s Meeting here.

“What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.” Doctrine and Covenants 1:38

From your Social Media Adviser, Janai Gariety

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