Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

I'll get around to figuring out what I want for this new year, as far as goals are concerned.  I kind of botched my goals from last year.  But for right now, I read this quote this morning and I love it.  Not only does it make me think about all that I need to be teaching my children, but I love how it speaks to me as well.  President Ezra Taft Benson was the prophet of the church when I was A's age.  He was talking to me and my generation.  I felt special.  I still do.  I am now the mother of seven future heroes that he is referring to.  I remember hearing how I was reserved 'til now for birth and how I felt when I heard that.  So with that.  This is my goal for the year.  Raising heroes full of faith, confidence and conviction so that they might go and prepare the world for the coming of the Savior.  

"For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the Second Coming of the Lord. Every previous gospel dispensation has drifted into apostasy, but ours will not. True, there will be some individuals who will fall away; but the kingdom of God will remain intact to welcome the return of its head--even Jesus Christ. While our generation will be comparable in wickedness to the days of Noah, when the Lord cleansed the earth by flood, there is a major difference this time. It is that God has saved for the final inning some of his strongest children, who will help bear off the Kingdom triumphantly. And that is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God.

All through the ages the prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it--you are a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short period of time as there is of us. Never before on the face of this earth have the forces of evil and the forces of good been as well organized. Now is the great day of the devil's power, with the greatest mass murderers of all time living among us. But now is also the great day of the Lord's power, with the greatest number ever of priesthood holders on the earth. And the showdown is fast approaching.

Each day the forces of evil and the forces of good pick up new recruits. Each day we personally make many decisions that show where our support will go. The final outcome is certain--the forces of righteousness will finally win. What remains to be seen is where each of us personally, now and in the future, will stand in this fight--and how tall we will stand. Will we be true to our last-days, foreordained mission?

Great battles can make great heroes, but heroes will make great battle. You will never have a better opportunity to be a greater hero in a more crucial battle than in the battle you will face today and in the immediate future. Be warned that some of the greatest battles you will face will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul."

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