By julieann
9/27/2006 1:08:51 PM
Mosiah 4:30 — But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not.
I read this verse this morning and the phrase "O man, remember, and perish not" really stood our to me. What does it take to remember so that I do not perish?
Just what the verse said. It takes watching our thoughts, words and deeds. And how do we get thoughts? Well, thoughts come to us from what we read or see, places we go, activities we do, our enviornment, and the feelings we have. so if we are able to share negative feelings with out letting them build up and continue to sit in our minds, if we are able to read good uplifting books or articles, if we are able to keep our enviornment where the spirit can dwell, then we should be able to keep our thoughts in pretty good check.

Elder Boyd K Packer said, "Probably the greatest challenge and the most difficult thing you will face in mortal life is to learn to control your thoughts.

Because of my husbands addiction, I have a hard time keeping my thoughts focussed on the future. They often linger in the past and the terrible things that have happened. My thoughts are often focussed on the pain and anguish I have felt and continue to feel when my thoughts let me go there.

But this verse also made me think what do I need to remember. I need to remember that I am a child of God. I need to remember what my purpose here is, remember my Savior, taking upon himself all the iniquities of mankind including mine and my husbands, remember how good it feels to be filled with the spirit, remember to love and serve others, remember what it feels like to have joy and happiness, remember I am fighting for my agency and freedom from sin. There are so many things to remember, but I am sure if I can just even remember one of these things, and let my thoughts dwell upon it, my thoughtS can be good, my deeds can be good, my words can be good and I will not perish because I REMEMBERED!


good reminder    
"Thanks for that thought. I too find myself dwelling in the past at times, and living in fear somewhat that the sufferings of the past will just keep repeating themselves until I am too numb to feel it. But yet, there are GOOD things to remember. I'll make myself a commitment this week to switch the focus of my reminiscing from the negative to the positive. Thank-you for this reminder."
posted at 21:12:50 on September 29, 2006 by andie

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"Jesus rejected temptation. When confronted by the great tempter himself, Jesus "[yielded] not to the temptation‚ÄĚ. He countered with scripture. Gospel commandments and standards are our protection also, and like the Savior, we may draw strength from the scriptures to resist temptation."

— D. Todd Christofferson

General Conference October 2006