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How to Keep the Sabbath Day Holy on Vacation

With summer trips coming, it's important we prepare for the Sabbath while on vacation. Just because we rest from our worldly cares does not mean we should forget about Sunday! It is very easy to keep the Sabbath Day holy while on vacation:
If possible, try not to travel on Sunday so you can attend church and not have to buy food or gas. Find a church building and meeting times on lds.org. If you must travel on Sunday, try to arrange your travel plans so that you can still attend an early sacrament meeting if possible.If you cannot attend church because you have to travel or there are no meetinghouses nearby, hold your own devotional services at your hotel. Sing songs, pray, and read the scriptures or General Conference talks. Then spend time together playing games or watching LDS movies.Listen to the scriptures, LDS music, or General Conference talks in the car or on the plane.If you are visiting family, go to church with them--even if they are of a different faith. My family alw…

"Betimes"

Doctrine and Covenants 121:41-44 says,
"No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
"By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile—
"Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;
"That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death."

Most people interpret betimes as sometimes, but that is incorrect. The Institute manual explains, "Many people assume the word betimes means “occasionally” or “sometimes,” but this is not its primary meaning. To reprove betimes means to do so “at an early time, . . . in good time, in due time; while there is yet time, before it is too late, . . . in a shor…

The Holy Grail

Ever wonder how the story of the Holy Grail began? Why people believed there was a cup from which they could drink and live forever? I did, and here is the answer.

One day when Jesus was teaching the people, He said,
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. . . .
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and that bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:47, 51-54) The Jews' response shows they did not understand what Jesus meant. Then, before Jesus was crucified, He dined with His apostles an…