I absolutely love the talks given in General Conference, CES Firesides, etc. But what I love doing even more is
1) PRiNTiNG THeM ouT
2) MaRKiNG THeM aLL uP
(in a non-destructive, mark all the goodies kind of way)
Well today I read this one.
It's by KRiSTeN M. OaKS
(wife of Dallin H.)
Both of them just spoke on the 11th in a CES FiReSiDe.
That's where this one comes from :)
Now I know the title of her talk is
"To THe SiNGLeS oF THe CHuRCH"
and it definitely is a good one for that group of people.
But really there are some gems for the not so single people too.
Here are some GeMS I found.
Along with some goals I set.
I'm hoping that by putting them up here I'll have more motivation to follow through with them.
THe 5 TRuTHS
TRuTH #1: THe LoRD LoVeS US, He ANSWeRS oUR PRaYeRS, aND He DeLiGHTS iN BLeSSiNG THoSe WHo KeeP HiS CoMMaNDMeNTS. Maybe I'm the only one that feels like this is such an easy thing to forget. Maybe not. But I think that as life goes on it's easy to get comfortable. To feel like you really aren't struggling; and it's very possible that you aren't at that time. But then we slip into this place where we stop doing the things we need to. Not necessarily that we are doing anything wrong; we just aren't doing the things we've been taught we should. Then when it comes time that you do need help, you've forgotten what to do. Maybe it's just me. I'm thinking it's probably not though.
GoaL #1: THINK ABOUT THE DECISIONS I'M MAKING. Don't just fly by the seat of my pants. I know every decision may not be black and white. But I also know that making rushed decisions can be a very bad thing. I want to step back and think about what I'm doing and what the consequences might be.
TRuTH #2: We aRe NoT SaVeD iN iSoLaTioN. This one I know was said exactly for me. I'm a girl who is completely content hanging out at home just keeping myself occupied. As a matter of fact I usually prefer it. But that is not how we are supposed to live. We were sent to this earth to be a blessing to the people we come in contact with. Which is where the next goal comes in to place.
GoaL #2: WHENEVER I AM CONTENT AT HOME, WITH NO REAL REASON FOR BEING THERE, FIND SOMETHING TO DO FOR SOMEONE ELSE.
TRuTH #3: oUR ReSPoNSiBiLiTy iS To BeCoMe THe BeST DiSCiPLeS oF CHRiST We CaN BeCoMe. She said something I absolutely loved when she was expounding on this truth. While talking about an experience she had had, she said "Those words were a call to action for me to make my life wonderful regardless of any situation or difficulty I faced."
GoaL #3: TO DO JUST THAT. MAKE MY LIFE WONDERFUL REGARDLESS OF ANY SITUATION OR DIFFICULTY I FACE. I know that's not easy, but I also know that living a life feeling sorry for yourself is much worse. It's so much easier to play the victim. I want to look for the best in every situation I'm in.
TRuTH #4: LeaRN To ReCoGNiZe THe WHiSPeRiNGS oF THe HoLY GHoST iN YouR LiFe.
GoaL #4: RECOGNIZE AND ELIMINATE THE THINGS THAT WOULD DISTRACT ME FROM FEELING THE SPIRIT.
TRuTH #5: aLL SiNGLeS SHouLD ReMaiN aCTiVe MeMBeRS oF THe CHURCH. It's sad to know that most members of the church are lost during this early adulthood stage. I think that this truth has a lot to do with it though. The easiest way to feel misplaced is to not attend things your ward does; wether it be going to church, FHE or even the activities. It also makes it very easy to slip.
GoaL #5: DON'T JUST BE ACTIVE, BUT BE A PROACTIVE MEMBER IN MY WARD.
Really though, take 15 minutes and read the talk.
I promise you'll get way more out of it that what I just summarized.
And to anyone who made it all the way to the bottom;
I would love ideas on how you would accomplish these goals.
I've got some good ideas but the more the merrier!
Besides, someone else reading may be just as curious :)