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“Would you like a hot chocolate?”
That’s a favourite phrase I use when missionaries arrive at the mission home for an overnight stay.
Each cup of hot chocolate is made with all the usual ingredients, but above all, it is filled with lots of love.
The most delicate part of the process is the 𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 of the chocolate powder, for the final touches, to make it perfect.
To 𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐭: “put a fine or loose substance through a sieve so as to remove lumps or large particles.”
“To make a close examination of all the parts of something in order to find something or to separate what is useful from what is not.”
At zone conferences last week, I commented on how we are all being “𝒔𝒊𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒅.”
In Luke 22:31-32, at the Last Supper, calling him by his given name, Jesus said…
31. “…Simon, Simon behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may 𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐭 you as wheat.”
To 𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐭 as wheat means to sperate the good grain from the chaff.
In other words, “You’re going to be run through the 𝒔𝒊𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓 Peter. Indeed, you’re going to find out what’s in you Peter.”
In essence, you’re going to be shaken up and bounced around and go through a tough ordeal.
Like Peter, that is especially true in the mission field, where we are all 𝒔𝒊𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒅 as wheat – daily!
The 𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 is done to refine us, and, in the process, we find out what we are made of, by discovering our many weaknesses.
Before that night was out, Peter had denied Christ three times.
32. “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou are converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
As Christ prayed for Peter, likewise many, many others pray on our behalf every single day, “that thy faith fail not.”
For example – mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, church members and leaders, missionary companions, and many others of other faiths too, pray every day for you.
Throughout life, all of us will be 𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐝 and refined.
You will be shaken, stirred and cleansed to make the perfect you.
Yet, like Peter, I know that by following Jesus Christ, you will not fail.
How are you being 𝐬𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐝?
So, what can you do?
The Wisest Guide of All
Where can you turn for peace and tranquillity?
“𝐈𝐟 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝, 𝐤𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐥” said Gordon B. Hinckley.
Prayer itself is an act of faith.
One of my favourite verses of scripture on prayer is found in the Book of Mormon, when Alma the Younger, is counselling his son Helaman…
“Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day” (Alma 37:37)
What a powerful verse about prayer, isn’t it?
And even more so that it’s counsel from a father to his son.
People of integrity say what they mean and mean what they say.
Answers come by submissively aligning our will, to God’s will.
God does not give us what we can handle; He helps us handle what we are given.
Throughout the scriptures the term fasting is frequently combined with prayer.
Sometimes we can forget the power of fasting. Yet it is a precious tool that allows us to change lives.
Fasting magnifies our ability to pray.
“Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” asked Paul in the book of Acts.
We should persistently ask that question in our daily prayers, in order to know what to do.
An act of Faith
As a Christian and as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am so thankful for the powerful gift of prayer and commend it to all.
Hymns 140, the closing verse reads;
“Oh, how praying rests the weary!
Prayer will change the night to day.
So, when life gets dark and dreary,
Don’t forget to pray.”
I have found so much comfort and solace through prayer.
So can you.
Thomas S. Monson said, “Prayer is the passport to spiritual power.”
Why not commune with your Heavenly Father.
Remember, no one stands taller, than when they kneel in prayer…
Why not kneel in prayer to start your day – you won’t regret it!
𝐃𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞?
This week marked a significant anniversary for Monic and I.
12 months ago, we arrived in the Netherlands.
Those months have simply flown by, so incredibly fast.
We have travelled throughout Belgium and the Netherlands, visited with lots of family, reacquainted ourselves with many old friends, made many new friends from all across the world and testified of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in many towns and cities.
Yesterday, we met up with fellow Scot – Mark Stewart, an Area Authority Seventy, as each of us fulfilled assignments to speak at The Hague Stake Conference in Zoetermeer this weekend.
Reflecting this morning, I was reminded of a scripture in Ephesians 2:19.
At the time the Apostle Paul was fearlessly traveling into lots of different lands and meeting many new people.
Writing to the members of the Church, or Saints as they were called and are called today, he reminded members of the Church of the blessings of belonging, when he told them, “Ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.”
What do you think of when you think of “strangers” or “foreigners”?
Mark and I are both Scottish, growing up on opposite sides of the country.
Speaking last night, our mother tongue, dialect, cultural background, and lifestyle may be different from the Dutch, but we were no strangers or foreigners – we were indeed fellowcitizens with the household of God, the Saints, here in the Netherlands.
In our day, in these turbulent times in which we live, strangers and foreigners are coming to us – daily.
We don’t have to look far. They are all around us.
Are you welcoming?
In fact, I was a stranger here not too long ago, yet I have always felt welcome here.
I know that no-one is a stranger to Jesus Christ.
In Romans 8:16-17, the Apostle Paul explains further…
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.”
Try as we may, we cannot separate ourselves from each other.
As children of God, we are not strangers to one another, we are all in fact brothers and sisters.
I hope that we will remember that we are all children of God and part of His family.
Have you ever felt like a stranger?