Sunday, 19 April 2015

O Ye That Embark Devotional

On Sunday night, at 6:30pm, the youth from the Devonport Stake got a call out to go on a mission to rescue. The mission given to the youth was one of great importance: the saving of souls. From the mouths of youth and youth leaders alike the call was given to embark on rescuing the lost and lowly souls of our brothers and sisters. Through the use of past personal experiences, insightful workshops and indepth group discussions, we learned what our rescuing mission entails. We learnt that our brothers and sisters need to be reminded just how much they are loved by us and by their Heavenly Father. They need to know that we want them in our congregations and we want them as our friends. We learnt that our Heavenly Father needs us to be a rock to these people and that we must be spiritually prepared to rescue them. We learnt about the kinds of things people struggle with and how we can counter them, and help them back on the right path. If we happen to feel inadequate for this task, we know that the Lord will not let us fail and he will help us as we strive to bring souls back to his fold. With our 'prep talk' completed we were challenged to go out and go to the rescue! With hearts full of the Spirit, minds full of the knowledge and Heavenly Father on our side, it is now our responsibility to answer the commandment and go and rescue our wayward brothers and sisters and bask in the blessings that our Heavenly Father has for all his faithful children.
Jackson Corona

The recent Youth Devotional focused on helping ourselves and others with the gospel, on coming to their rescue. As Christ taught, we have to feed His sheep. 
The missionaries taught us that questions that we or other people may ask us can always be found within the scriptures. If we pray and earnestly seek these answers, they will be revealed to us. 
Brother Simon Triffitt led a workshop in which he showed us how he prepares for his search and rescue in his work force. Brother Triffitt carries everything in his 30kg pack that he will need for his rescues, and more. Likewise, we need to prepare for every situation with out spiritual toolbox. Our toolboxes are filled with things such as the scriptures, prayer, patriarchal blessings and the Holy Ghost. It is important to keep our personal toolbox topped up so that when we go through trials we can hold fast to our testimonies. By keeping our testimonies strong and bright, we can help rescue others by helping them find their own testimonies, or strengthening their already existing ones. 
We learnt that the people who need rescuing are not just those who are inactive, but also those who may be struggling, sick or lonely. Rescuing others might be scary because we are afraid of rejection, but we have to remember that we are on the Lord's errand and we have to show our love for these people to really help them. 
The main thing that I personally gained from the devotional is that we have to save ourselves and grow our own testimonies before we can help others. We should be motivated by love when rescuing and follow Christ's example of unconditional love.
Georgia Christie

Sunday, 5 April 2015

The First Presidency Easter Message


First Presidency 2015 Easter Message

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following Easter message:
2015 easter message
Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the power of His Resurrection, all of God’s children will be raised unto life eternal. He gave us His Beloved Son as our Savior to make that possible. The Savior in Gethsemane and on Golgotha paid the price of our sins so that we could be cleansed. That purifying can come to those who have faith in Jesus Christ.
The darkness of death is dispelled by the light of revealed truth. “I am the resurrection, and the life,” spoke the Master. “He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” (John 11:25).
The assurance of life beyond the grave provides the peace promised by the Savior when He said to His disciples: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
Thomas S. Monson
Henry B. Eyring
Dieter F. Uchtdorf