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No Sacrifice Is Too Great

Challenge: Go to the temple--no excuses.

Not Just a Tithing Slip

The top of a tithing slip reads "Tithing and Other Offerings." Most of us are good tithe payers, but we usually forget about the "other offerings" besides fast offerings. The other funds listed on a tithing slip are:
Ward missionary: helps young men in your ward serving missions elsewhereGeneral missionary: helps missionaries all over the world, including their training at MTCsBook of Mormon: pays for printing and other costsHumanitarian aid: helps people in need worldwide, especially after natural disastersTemple construction: pays for building temples and buying the lands upon which they are builtPerpetual education: helps people escape poverty by loaning them funds to get an educationOther (specify): for example, a newly established one is the general temple patron assistance fund, which helps people who are poor or far away get to the temple so they can receive their ordinances Of course regular tithes go to these funds and much more as well, but we have the op…

Not-So-Obvious Addictions

When we think of addiction, we think of drugs, alcohol, pornography, and gambling. While these addictions may be the most severe and evil, they are not the only ones that can control our lives. Elder M. Russell Ballard said in Conference of October 2010, "Remember, brothers and sisters, any kind of addiction is to surrender to something, thus relinquishing agency and becoming dependent. Thus, video-gaming and texting on cell phones need to be added to the list." These activities are only two on a long list of not-so-obvious addictions: Facebook, blogs, and any other online activity that monopolizes your timeWorkShoppingFoodExercise and dietingTV and moviesDating and romanceGames on your phone, iPod, tablet, or computerMusic Anything can become an addiction if it takes over your time and willpower; it does not have to be overtly sinful, like drugs. Remember, there is opposition in all things, meaning everything can be good or evil depending on how you use it. Be aware of Sat…

Priesthood Power vs. Keys

President Joseph F. Smith explained:
The Priesthood in general is the authority given to man to act for God. Every man that has been ordained to any degree of the Priesthood, has this authority dedicated to him.

But it is necessary that every act performed under this authority, shall be done at the proper time and place, in the proper way, and after the proper order. The power of directing these labors constitute the keys of the Priesthood. In their fullness, these keys are held by only one person at a time, the prophet and president of The Church. He may delegate any portion of this power to another, in which case that person holds the keys of that particular labor. Thus, the president of a temple, the president of a stake, the bishop of a ward, the president of a mission, the president of a quorum, each holds the keys of the labors performed in that particular body or locality. His Priesthood is not increased by this special appointment, for a seventy who presides over a mission ha…