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Join host Mark Williams as he speaks with David Morgan and Jared Miller about Scripture Power. 0:00 Intro 06:05 Jared Miller: reimagining the Book of Mormon as told through modern-day paintings 28:33 David Morgan: increasing the power of scriptures in your life ________ What speakers would you like to hear from? What topics do you want us to discuss? Let us know at http://turtle.link/share ________ Enjoy this fireside? Download the Our Turtle House app and access thousands of hours of fun and inspirational firesides, talks, devotionals, and podcasts that your whole family will enjoy! Get the app here: http://turtle.link/app ________ Hear more about scriptures: https://youtu.be/DVGucwdpe7Y #ourturtlehouse #digitalfiresides #scripturepower

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[Music] hello everyone and welcome to tonight's our turtle house digital fireside my name is mark williams i'm your host and we're so excited to have you back for another fireside tonight we've got some fantastic speakers i'll introduce in just a few minutes but before we get there if you have not yet please go to turtle.link slash app And download the our turtle house app it's totally free available on your respective app stores and you've got so much you've got access to so many amazing talks and content and from some of your favorite speakers like john by the way hank smith meg johnson and so many more so go check that out and let us know your ideas for future speakers and topics because we pull all of our ideas for These firesides from you guys so go to turtle.link share and let us know what you're thinking so that we can create these firesides on topics that are important to you with speakers that you're excited to hear from tonight we're going to have our speakers come on in just a few minutes but before we do let's look at some of the feedback that we got from some of you just this last week first We've got jean who says or gene who says we watch you from vancouver island canada and love love love you guys and the fireside thank you so much gene that's so awesome thank you so much for tuning in from vancouver island canada that's uh i'm so excited that uh you're finding value in these firesides and that you that that you tune in every week we also heard from nola who said Thank you so much for putting these on our 12 year old really looks forward to them every week we feel motivated to be better and and become something more nola thank you so much for thank you so much for tuning in on these firesides we're glad that they've been a blessing to you and your family okay with that let's go ahead and introduce our topic for tonight which is scripture Power from karen karen thank you so much for sending in that idea and we've got some fantastic speakers who i are perfect for this topic our first speaker is a graduate of brigham and university with a doctorate in counseling psychology he has worked as a psychologist in private practice for almost 20 years almost 30 years ago he married his best friend and they've had six children together in addition to Two daughters-in-law and three grandchildren he's the author of several books on gospel and mental health topics and he's convinced that the gospel of jesus christ holds multiple keys to resolving mental health issues his favorite hobby is going to disneyland and he has been over 100 times let's welcome david morgan david so glad to have you on today so good to see you too and uh we were Just talking before we started the fireside that you know it's it's great that disneyland's opened back up and and uh i think just a couple days ago you bought you bought your tickets right just yeah i did yeah i um got my tickets a couple days ago and so hopefully i i i mean i've always prayed for kova to end but now i'm really praying for it to end no now your fingers are really crossed i Don't need another surge here oh i love it i love it well thank you so much again for being on the fire side tonight my pleasure and our next speaker loves helping people find ways to see the book of mormon in a new light so that it can help strengthen their faith in christ and with that in mind he started an art project called my scriptures that aims to bring the scriptures to Life these amazing art books combine joseph smith's original translation with artwork that reimagines the event in a contemporary world this novel approach helps people see themselves within the story and it opens the pages of the book of mormon to new insights and questions that helps peoples people experience the sacred text like never never before prior to founding my scriptures he led Teams of artists to win both national and international ad awards as the creative director for connect marketing and while running influent design he studied art at the art institute of chicago he has an mba from byu and a phd in organizational behavior from the university of washington his research has been published in top tier business journals and has been covered by various media Outlets including the harvest bid harvard business review and the huffington post he recently returned from living overseas in cambodia and malaysia with his wife and their six children let's welcome jared miller jared thank you so much for being on the fireside as well hey thank you so much it's i'm i'm excited to be here and uh just an update we've we've now Added one more so there's seven children oh my goodness i i don't want to leave that last one out no don't don't leave the last one out that's awesome congratulations that's so awesome i love that well thank you both so much for being here on the fire side tonight i can i can tell that this is going to be a fantastic conversation on scriptures and the power that they Can bring to us on our lives so with that let's start with an opening prayer by david go ahead and take that away heavenly father we're grateful to be here um on this sabbath day and grateful for the blessings that we enjoy we're thankful for the gospel in our lives we're grateful for this platform we're able to share our Testimonies with so many and pray that thy spirit might be with us this evening as we talk about the scriptures about the the word that that has given us through ancient modern prophets we pray that our words will be inspiring to others we're so thankful for the gospel jesus christ we're thankful for our savior particularly for his atoning sacrifice for his amazing example and for his Tender care of us please bless us that we can always remember him and that we can do the things he has commanded us so that we can have the joy and happiness that he desires for us and we ask these things in the name of jesus christ amen amen thank you so much david okay we'll have uh that's it we're a small but mighty army tonight so we'll have david go backstage for a few minutes and get to hang out with jared Jared you've had just from your bio you can tell that you've had quite quite the variety of experiences throughout your career being able to live in cambodia and and working on different ad campaigns and a phd in organizational design and so i'm excited to to hear more especially with with regards to the scripture power i'm excited to hear more about your experience with my scriptures and and how that came about and and I've seen some of the artwork and and so i'm excited to hear hear your story about that yeah i i'm excited to talk to you and and tell you a little bit of about that whole experience um and it's it's been a great adventure and and an exciting process i love it well i can't wait to to hear about it so go ahead and take it away my friend all right So for five years i studied organizational behavior how to make employees more effective how to help them be happier live more fulfilled work lives i examined research exploring environmental conditions personal characteristics asked my own questions and conducted my own research looking into the workplace experiences that people have and after years of research i came to one simple conclusion And that while management could make adjustments to the work and environment that affect engagement and performance true change occurred by helping people live the principles of christ taught two thousand years ago um in retrospect that that conclusion isn't too surprising uh as we live the principles of jesus christ our lives improve so the question then Is how do we best help ourselves and others learn the principles of christ well thankfully joseph smith and dozens of other prophets and apostles have given us the answer to quote joseph smith i told the brethren the book of mormon was the most correct of any book on earth and a man will get nearer to god by abiding by its precept Than any other book now i'm not sure if you guys experienced this but in the word that i or words actually that i lived in i'd occasionally walk by primary and as i was walking by i'd hear the kids enthusiastically singing scripture power and they'd be holding up their scriptures in the air um well it was awesome well the book of mormon is foretold to change the earth both on A micro and a macro level and that right there is the power of the scriptures on a micro level for individuals elder stevenson recently said and you can look at dozens of other similar quotes but he said the book of mormon is the engine that powers conversion and a change of heart leading us closer to christ then while zooming out to see the big picture we're told by President ezra taft benson that the book of mormon is the instrument that god designed to sweep the earth as with a flood to gather out his elect it's the instrument that god designed with such a prophetic destiny it's unsurprising that elder bruce r mcconkie stated that a few men on earth either in or out of the church have caught the vision Of what the book of mormon is all about so inspired by these words i began asking myself well why why aren't more people reading the book of mormon why aren't people just coming to the book of mormon interested in and soaking it up so putting on my research hat i began examining that question and conducting experiments and surveys To better understand the problem i invited over a thousand people throughout the us and these are not members of of the church to read the book and then i followed up by asking why they did or didn't read and what i found was that eight out of ten of those people fell into two groups uh one of those groups felt like the book of mormon didn't Really provide them any personal value they were either atheist or belong to another religion and and uh didn't feel like that book would be helpful to them the second group uh frankly thought it was boring uh they said either it wasn't interesting enough or it was too long or um etc they just weren't even interested in in giving it a A try and so armed with this information i thought if i could somehow flip those misconceptions if we could point more people to the book of mormon and help them just give it an honest chance maybe we could change lives and open hearts if instead of trying to convince people hey the book of mormon is really important it's going to change your life If instead we attracted people to the book of mormon so they thought huh i want to read a little bit about that book and maybe we could do something so uh we started working on this project where we're taking the book of mormon starting with the book of human and creating art books that place the scriptures in an alternative contemporary setting to help Readers better see themselves in the book and see the book in a completely new light a way that they've never seen it before um so here's for example in the first chapter of heelman uh we see coryantomer's army in the background storming zarahemla and in a moment everything changes for thousands these weren't just words on a page like they're they are for you and I it was their lives completely turned upside down before their kids finished a handful of french fries fortunate mothers clung to their children unseen by the advancing enemies and unfortunate others were slaughtered in the street or thrown into prison chaos and fear rage throughout so as you can see in the painting there's a young mother who has her children next to her and she's Gazing upward and and so she's asking us what we would do in in such a situation when confronted with unexpected tragedy how we act when things seem hopeless where will we look now i i want to make a brief disclaimer i frankly don't know what they wore or what buildings look like during helaman's time but what i know is that the prophets both old and new have asked us to place Ourselves in the scriptures scriptures to liken them to ourselves and when we see things from a new perspective they become interesting to us they become engaging we gain new insights and it touches our lives in new ways so uh here's a second image we have after um many of the lamanites are converted uh miraculously when Lehigh and nephi go and teach them and afterwards these laminites go and and share their testimony with everyone proclaim their conversion story so here we have a picture of of one of the lamanites and he's uh drawing a mural uh painting a mural about his conversion story um and here is one more image that we've worked on and here we see pahoran's wife lying on the ground and And sorrow mourning her her husband's death um and in this picture she's unaware of just what she's going to go through over the next year because when we read the scriptures what we see is she has one of the roughest years i think anybody has gone through she sees after her husband dies she sees three of her sons battle for the Judgment seat one of those sons is murdered another son is tried for treason and then the third son is brutally killed by the lamanites and um so all these images try to help us see the book of mormon see the text and you can uh we unfortunately don't have time to read the verses um that go with each of of these stories Now but um all of these texts kind of try to or images try to open our eyes to see the book of mormon in a new way and to get people who might not be interested in the book of mormon to open their hearts and and attract them to read it now one of the beauties of the book of mormon is that again and again we see a pattern of what happens during difficult times when Nephi is asked to get the plates or when he's tied up on the boat or when alma and amulek are thrown in prison these stories are repeated so when we go through hard times we know where to look because we know what the outcome is when we're thrown into the fire or when the way is shut and when mountainous sand dunes surround us and the Egyptian army is closing in and all that's before us is is the red sea we know that all isn't lost a miracle will be found now the miracle isn't that we're standing in flames of fire and and don't have sic skin that's singed or it's not even that we escape freedom across the ocean floor it's that faith in our father's love makes us Unafraid of the terror lying before us in his perfect love we fling fear away why because we know who we are and we know what our relationship is with god and then when we know those things we like peter can rejoice in our suffering or like joseph in liberty jail know that all our suffering will give us experience and be for our good for we know who we are and jacob quoting Isaiah called us to look from the rock from which you are hewn to look to our spiritual heritage and so who are we well let me tell you we are the children of the prophets our spiritual parents are lehi and sariah who left wealth and comfort to follow a call from heaven our parents are enos and aaron who Devoted their lives to help their enemies our parents are the people of ammon who faced a hostile army with nothing more than grateful praises to a god that redeemed their souls the book of mormon teaches us that we are children of one who left the safety of heaven to come to earth as a vulnerable baby lying in a manger The one who took upon him the weight of saving the whole world who unabashedly stared down darkness and death in the very jaws of hell and then undaunted submitted himself to all the evil abuses and shame and spitting and into the hands of of the vile and the vengeful to drink a cup so bitter and putrid that all others turned away without flinching he stepped forward When we turned back we are his children hewn from the same rock and the blood that was freely spilled for us that is the spiritual spirited the spiritual heritage coursing through the blood in our veins that is who we are that is who the book of mormon reminds us we are and that is the power of the book of mormon so some of you might say well that that isn't me i've fallen short too many Times for you i want to remind you of something that's repeated in the book of mormon not once not twice but it's told five times his hand is stretched out still for our father in heaven doesn't need perfect children he needs brave children who fearlessly take up the cross and humbly repenting are made perfect through christ So i want to illustrate this through one final story found in the book of mormon as a missionary i read this story in 35 11 of christ coming to the american america literally hundreds of times but it wasn't until years later that i realized this story isn't just about christ coming to the americas it's an allegory for each of our spiritual Journey it's a story of how we are taken line upon line to come to know christ as our personal savior so it begins with the people of battlefield talking and they hear a noise that pierces them to the center they hear the voice again and again and have have you ever wondered why did the lord speak to him three times why not two or four or six Well i imagine that each time had a specific meaning the first time it catches their attention and makes them stop they feel it to their their very core and the next time they're they hear it up somewhere and are able to figure out where it comes from for the third time which then their laser focused on hearing what that voice Says and yet when they hear it they understand the words but they don't understand it when the savior comes down it says that they think they thought that they saw an angel but then christ comes and and reaches out both hands and shows the signs of us his suffering he announces that he was the anointed one whom the prophets testified that he Is the light and the life of the world and that he suffered for us i have drunk out of the cup the bitter cup which the father hath given me and have glorified the father and taking upon me the sins of the world which i have suffered the will of the father in all things from the beginning and then the multitude falls to the earth now then perhaps the most sacred thing in The whole experience happens he calls them one by one to come and feel the prince and the scars in his head christ wanted the people to have physical contact with the emblems of his suffering and it came to pass that the multitude went forth and thrust their hands into his side and did feel the prince of the nails in his hands and his feet And this they did do going forward one by one until they had all gone forth now please know what happened next when they had all gone forth and had witness for themselves they did cry out with one accord saying hosanna blessed be the name of the most high god and they did fall down at the feet of jesus and to worship him Now notice what happened the second time the second time these people fell to jesus's feet and they did worship him they didn't uh and the first time we don't really know why they felt to his feet they could have fallen to his feet for a number of reasons fear ah pure pressure we don't know but the second time they fell down to worship him so what's the difference between the two Reactions the second time they cried out in unison hosanna which means save us now but why were these people crying out hosanna these were the righteous remnant crying out for salvation now president thomas griffith suggests a possible answer he said that although they the people had been obedient perhaps they had not yet come to know him as Their savior because they had not felt the need to be saved they had lived lives filled with good works they knew jesus as god as exemplar maybe even as friends but maybe they didn't know him as their personal continual savior their prayer wasn't thank you for sending us in the past and reminding of us that by your presence today no their Prayer was a current plea hosanna save us now it was this event that led to a transfer formation like none other in history that allowed people to patiently wait upon the lord until there was peace and harmony for generations so the question is how can we have this transformation in our own lives how can we recognize christ as our savior and see this change in our Own lives how can we feel the prince in his hands and in his feet and thrust our hands into his side how can we come in contact with the emblems of christ's suffering well today a young man dressed in white came to you and offered those emblems and so as you and i each week come in contact with the emblems of christ's suffering i pray that you and i might experience That transformation and my cry with our souls hosanna this is the power of the book of mormon and i leave these things in the name of jesus christ amen amen jared thank you so much that was that was such a powerful talk and i loved how you talked about how both in the scriptures and whether it's with the sacrament or the savior you know having The the people feel the nail marks in his hands and his feet and his side that that this gospel is so individual and that that everything is meant to have where we can have an individual relationship with the savior even even the the weekly sacrament you know where where it's an individual moment where we're partaking of of the bread and of the water and where we can we can Build that relationship with the savior thank you so much for for sharing sharing that perspective and and i love the the artwork that you shared as well that was fantastic thanks it is amazing that christ loves us all individually it's despite how many of us there are he knows us all and loves us i love this idea of you know likening the scriptures to ourselves um as you know where we talk as it talks About in first nephi and how you are um taking these really two-dimensional characters and making them three-dimensional that was when i taught seminary that was one of the things i loved to do was to kind of make these people come alive to the students because they're just like us they have depth and breadth we just don't see them i loved pahoran's wife she's not mentioned in the scriptures But she obviously existed right because pahoran had three sons and they had to come from somewhere right so um but yeah yeah considering you know the murder of her husband and of her and then that um i hadn't even thought about that but what grief she must have gone through and so i love this idea of the back stories of these people and um i think it helps us uh It just helps us appreciate the scriptures a little better when we think that they were they were just like us they had day-to-day difficulties and trials successes and failures um and and like i said making that more three-dimensional is remarkable so that sounds great i'm excited for your project oh thanks i appreciate it it it it's true i mean These were people just like you and me with their own struggles with their own challenges and and the book of mormon shows us ways that we can solve our own problems yeah and i'm looking forward to hearing what you have to say and and yeah the insights that you have to offer well i don't have any art i can't draw so i can be funny i'll do that Is really really well done and uh like i said i look forward to that and you're right i think that people need to there's more to the book of mormon than people realize and it really is um you know as the keystone of our religion and you know as the scriptures talk about it's to sweep the earth as a flood right it's what it's the the tool for missionary work today And so anything we can do to make that more um to kind of bring out those um those stories and those characters i think is gonna be a blessing to um members into the church into the world totally and i think it's big too because we all we all learn in different ways and different things stand out to different people some people are you know they learn better from Listening or from reading or from seeing you know and so i think that uh i think it'll be a valuable addition to help strengthen people's testimonies so thank you so much for for being willing to come on and share share that with us this is fantastic thanks for having me you bet we'll go ahead and move to our final speaker of the evening david it's always a pleasure having you Uh having you on these firesides with us glad to have you back my friend i'm glad to be here so go i'll i'm i i know you've got a lot that you want to share so i'll just have you go ahead and take it away sounds great thank you so um i love the idea of scripture power and as jared talked about uh you know people sing the kids singing it um actually this is just a funny aside There is a woman in our steak by the last name of powers and she is an amazing person uh and she taught primary for years and the kids would always instead of singing scripture power they would sing sister powers that's what they thought it was so they'd raise their fists they sister powers keeps me safe from sin and she probably did she's probably not watching but she should So uh if you hear that that's uh that's for you let's talk about the idea of just power in general so power the latin root of power means to be able to do something so to have the ability to do something and a lot of times when we think about power we think about that's something that kind of happens to us from the outside like we're infused with some sort of of Power or ability but and that can happen for sure but most of the time power is developed from inside uh it's it's like a muscle it's like uh physical strength and as it gets exercised it increases over time um regardless of where power comes from whether it's comes from you know from god and just kind of infused into us or whether it Comes from our own building strength over time if we don't act then it's useless i'll show you my so you you guys have one of these it's a phone and you can have a full charge on this thing but until you turn it on it doesn't do any good this thing can be full of power full of charge but if you don't do anything if you don't act then it's completely Useless it's just a brick so when we talk about power today i want you to think about that it's not just a matter of being of having ability but it's a matter of acting on that ability as well so let me share my screen with you and here see there we go perfect so we have a quote here from elder bednar he says understanding that faith is a principle of action and of power Inspires us to exercise our moral agency in compliance with gospel truth invites the redeeming and strengthening powers of the savior's atonement into our lives and enlarges the power within us whereby we are agents and to ourselves this idea of faith being a principle of action and power comes from lectures on faith uh which that probably joseph smith wrote there may have been some other Authors to that as well but joseph certainly talked about that idea mildred bednar talks about this quite a bit if you ever hear elder benner talk there's always some sort of invitation he's always asking us to act because he knows that that's where the power comes from is when we choose to do something about what we've learned So in his quote here he talks about two types of power there's that the strengthening power of the savior's atonement that comes into us and then he says the power within us that comes from our moral agency that that right and that um ability that we have to choose between good and evil is is ours and that's our power to act so um let's talk about three things today Of how the scriptures can help us get power in our lives so we'll go to the first one here first principle is the scriptures provide invitations to act you're going to see that throughout scripture you're going to see it in the form of commandments which are kind of general unto all of us or as you read and study the scriptures you're going to feel impressions things that You're not going to see on the page but you're going to feel things that you think you should do as a result of your study an example last night we had the full-time missionaries over and they were teaching us a lesson and as they finished the lesson i felt something that i needed to do and it wasn't in scripture it's you can't find anywhere in the book of mormon or the standard works but it's Something very specific that i need to do in my current calling that's going to help with missionary work and so that if i choose to act on that which i will uh then that is going to be a blessing to me and we're going to find that throughout scripture now let's let's uh do a mental health angle on this as mark mentioned earlier i'm a Psychologist and so i'm always thinking about this stuff so let's say that you struggle with anxiety and um and you worry about you know those sorts of things so let me show you the next slide here and then you come across this in the scriptures as you're reading doctrine covenant 6 36 look unto me in every thought doubt not fear not this is the savior talking so He's saying look unto him and every thought doubt not fear not that's an invitation he's saying focus yourself on me don't doubt and don't fear well don't fear means stop having anxiety right it's the opposite of that um this isn't going to happen on its own you might read that scripture and feel a good warm feeling or get a confirmation that it's true but until you act on it you're not going To have any real power associated with it so what if the next time that you felt a serious rush of anxiety you tried to apply this scripture and you said okay in the middle of my my future tripping or my panic attack or whatever it is let me focus on the savior let me think about the promises he's made to me let me think about the promises he's fulfilled in my life already let me Think about all the things that he's done for me all the amazing things and the strength that he's given me and see if that affects your anxiety at all i'm not suggesting your anxiety is going to completely go away in that moment and and thinking about this in the moment is probably not going to to stop a panic attack dead in its tracks but i think That as we focus on the savior that is going to have an effect and we're going to have a greater measure of peace than we would have otherwise had that's that strengthening aspect of it it's this idea of a muscle when you have those anxious experiences if you choose to do what the scripture says and to focus on the savior and try not to fear the more you do that the greater power You're going have and you're gonna find you're gonna have more power over your anxiety over time because you're applying what the scripture says so that's what i mean about there being invitations in the scriptures look for those and and don't just gloss over them think wait a minute here's the lord is asking me to do something how can i apply that in my life what do i need to do to um instigate this And then what effect is it going to have so that's the first principle let's talk about number two um the scriptures help align our beliefs with truth this is a really important concept um because what happens is that when we experience emotions oftentimes we feel like our emotions are in control of us especially if you like anxiety and Depression very very common mental health issues and most people who have those experiences who have like clinical disorders in those areas they will tell you that they feel that those emotions are just overpowering that they can't break out of their depression they can't break out of their anxiety and they feel like the emotion is Running the show i totally get that and and i think in those cases it is true however um the emotion is not where it starts the emotion is actually where it ends this is where it starts this is from what's called cognitive theory in psychology it's a very simple principle and it suggests that and it's true it doesn't just suggest It's true that there is an event that happens there is a belief or a thought that's associated with that event and then there's a subsequent emotion and any emotion that you feel is going to follow this process now we can't really control the events that happen in our lives a lot of stuff is going to happen that is outside of our control and so you know we just have to deal With that the emotion is the last thing to happen we can't really control that where we can intervene is at the belief stage we can get in and we can change the belief that's associated with the event let me give you an example so let's say you're at work and your boss comes to you and is particularly critical of something you did so that's the event you got criticized Chewed out by your boss what's the emotion well it's going to depend on the belief let's say your belief is i'm a loser i can't do anything right and i'm definitely going to get fired because of this well the resulting emotions are going to be fear and sadness and worry and panic and those sorts of things and those are reasonable emotions if you think you're going to get fired or if You really are a loser now what if the thought or the belief was hmm that's constructive criticism that's an opportunity for me to look at my performance and to do something better about it now what's the emotion well the emotion is probably encouragement and resolve and hey i'm gonna do something better with my life than what i'm doing with right now You have to intervene at that belief stage so how do the scriptures relate to that if you believe something that's untrue then you're going to have the emotions that are not necessarily um i don't want to say accurate because our emotions they are just what they are but you're gonna have emotions that are probably more distressing than they have to be if you believe something is untrue um Look at this scripture here and i'll read you the whole thing um actually i won't i just have the first part remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of god and the savior goes on after this in section 18 to talk about his atonement and how much he suffered on our behalf our worth is amazing it is 100 percent it can never be diminished by anything that we do Or anything that we say we are always completely worthwhile to our heavenly father so if you have a belief that says you're worthless that you're no good that is contrary to the belief that you find in doctrinal covenants section 18 which is right the scriptures are correct your belief is incorrect so what we need to do is we need to look at our beliefs and then we Need to align them with the truths that we find in scripture the scriptures are full of teachings about how amazing that we are how our futures are going to be awesome um how we're going to be redeemed that's all that's all it talks about yet here we are you know in distress and worried about what's going to happen and thinking oh tomorrow's going to be terrible it's going to be horrible the scriptures Don't teach that we bel if we believe tomorrow is going to be terrible then we are believing something incorrect and the emotional experience we have because of that is going to be more distressing than if we believed something that was correct about how tomorrow is going to be so as you read the scriptures that provides opportunity for you to look at your beliefs about Yourself or about your situation compare them to what the scriptures teach and then you need to adjust your beliefs so that they're more consistent with what the scriptures say that's how we can get more power over our emotions and over our situations is by actually believing and understanding truth and the scriptures are full of that so as you read your scriptures as you study them and as you come to Um you find those principles check and see if there's anything in your mind and in your heart that is inconsistent with those and if there are things then try to correct those all right and third principle is the scriptures give us strength to endure um this kind of goes the first two principles are is back to the idea of exercising a muscle and that you have to do something in Order to gain strength this principle is back to that principle that elder bednar talked about the first principle in his quote where he said sometimes it's just the enabling power of the savior's atonement and that we get blessed with the strength that is kind of beyond our capacities something we haven't earned or haven't exercised that we need in the moment and the script the scriptures can give Us power to do that um it's kind of like if you use the example of of exercise if you ever done weight lifting in order to get stronger in weightlifting you have to push you have to lift weights that are heavier than you can actually do um and so and the only way you can do that effectively is to have what's called a spotter you have someone who's there who just Provides a little bit of effort in order to do that and bench press is the easiest way to think about that you're laying there on your back and you're pushing this bar up with this weight on it and it's just too much and you can't quite get it up so that person that spotter just barely puts their fingertips on the bar and they just lift ever so gently in order to give you just enough lift in Order to get that bench up or that bar up um and and back in the cradle so that is kind of what our heavenly father does for us at times he expects us to use all of our effort and power but then sometimes he needs to kick in a little more there's a great story in mosiah chapter 23 and 24 this is alma the elder it's after his conversion after abinadi and he has fled He's in exile but he's teaching the gospel because he believed what a binary had to say and he's got converts there's hundreds of them and he baptizes them at the waters of mormon they're doing everything they're supposed to and then they run into a group of hostiles and it actually happens to be some of the former priests of noah amulon in specific And he probably would was no friend of alma and so they take the the um the alma people into bondage they make them carry these heavy burdens so just slaves all day with these huge burdens on their backs and they are um they're agonizing because of this and they're saying they're praying to god saying why please deliver us from this Well the amulenites have had it with their prayers and they say one more prayer to you guys and we're gonna kill you on the spot so they stopped praying vocally they continue to pray in their hearts and what the lord does is he chooses to relieve their burdens let's go to this uh next scripture in messiah 24 14 and the lord says to almi says i will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders That even you cannot feel them upon your backs even while you are in bondage so the lord was good to his word and the burdens became light they couldn't even feel them i want to see this how this happened in in real life and when we get to the big screen in heaven and we get to see all the cool events from scripture history i want to see this i mean because you know like well they load Like 500 pounds on this guy's back and it's like a like a fly hey throw some more on can i have some more uh just because the lord had relieved those burdens what i find interesting is that although he relieved the burden he did not deliver them from bondage and there was a time where a time in between when the burdens were heavy and between when they were delivered from bondage where they were Still burdened they couldn't feel the burdens but they weren't free they were still stuck there being slaves to amulet and his followers but that's the power to endure sometimes that burden that we carry is important um in fact i believe that's true i think that uh you know we need some sort of load to carry in life in order for us to gain the spiritual Strength that we need to move forward elder bednar talks about this about the burden being the blessing you can think about the pioneers in their hand carts and how they um they pulled it pulled and pushed those across the planes there are accounts where people talked about how they felt strength how they felt like someone pushing their hand card says when they couldn't go any further That they felt someone pushing from behind and there was no one back there surely it was the lord sending help to um to get them he didn't relieve the burden he didn't magically transport them to the salt lake valley he said your hand card is still heavy i'm not going to take the load out but i'll help you push it and i think that's what we go through in life as our heavenly father Helps us with that as we study our scriptures as we um as we ponder upon them as we've been asked to by our prophet we are going to get spiritual strength it is the gift and blessing that we get from being obedient to do that if you are not taking time to read your scriptures on a daily basis please start that habit if you don't have much time It doesn't take much time take two or three minutes use the audio version on the um on the gospel library app you can listen to it while you're commuting somewhere listen to something out of the book of mormon or come follow me there's so many ways to get the scriptures in our lives and it's going to give us power but we have to do something about it that power is not going to come to you automatically You have to qualify for the blessing that's not going to has because heavenly father is mean or anything like that he just knows the value of um of our action and exercising our our agency in righteousness that then leads to the blessing all right let's review the final um the three things that we talked about uh first is acting in righteousness so follow those invitations that you get Either that are literally in the scriptures or the ones that come to you personally through your scripture study number two align your beliefs with truth make sure that the things that you believe about yourself and about others are consistent with the truths taught in the scriptures and number three obey in faith do what heavenly father has asked choose to make the sacrifice to study And ponder the scriptures and then get the power that comes from those from the blessing from your heavenly father because of that if you have any questions for me i'll show you one last thing here and if and actually if you want a copy of these slides with my notes attached you can have them um so that's how you can find me at ldspycologist.com Or on instagram an lds psychologist so i have all these slides with a brief description of what we talked about so if you like that uh just reach out to me and i'll be happy to hand them to you and i'll just conclude my testimony that i know that there's power in the scriptures there's power in them that can come to us just as a gift from heavenly father from being obedient and then there's power that we develop Over time as we learn and apply the things that are taught there i love the scriptures i love the book of mormon particularly literally my favorite book on the earth i know that it's true i know that um and i'm grateful for the sacrifices that were made to to bring these scriptures to us and a lot of people paid heavy price for us to have what we have today that is so conveniently given to us And and quite frankly it's the least we can do uh even just to honor them to uh to crack them open every day and to learn and to read and to gain that knowledge that heavenly father wants us to have and i say that in the name of jesus christ amen amen david that's fantastic and i loved there's a few things that really stood out to me throughout uh throughout your Talk but i think one of the ones that really hit homeless that burdens aren't the burdens are uncomfortable they're hard but that in the long view that they can be huge blessings for us and uh and that heavenly father the lord is is there to help us push our hand carts or whatever it is that he's not necessarily going to take things away But he's going to make it so that we can we can make it through so thank you so much for sharing that that was really fantastic the last thing we want heavenly father to do is take away our burdens um and and we ask for it all the time right you know just take this away just just you know relieve me of this burden and and i know he probably agonizes when we ask him that because we're his children he loves us and he's like i Would love nothing more than to make it easier but you don't understand this is what's going to get you to where you need to go and if i take this out then it's it's nothing it's like going to the gym and lifting a weight bar that has no weight on it you know that's fantastic you can do it all day long but it doesn't get you anywhere but it Doesn't get you anywhere and so he really he understands that um and so i'm grateful that he doesn't answer at least my prayers when i say make this easier he's like nah now i'll give you some strength maybe but uh yeah make it easier yeah one of the things i really loved about that was how you took scripture verses and made them concretely Applicable uh to action and at the end of the day that's that's it's like what he said the scriptures have strength when we use them in our lives if we're just reading our scriptures i mean well they're not going to help much but you showed how we can use the scriptures in our lives to make our lives better and i love that i i think that's that's great thank you Yeah it's critical to understand that because it really is it's like a fully charged phone that's not turned on right i mean we need to until we act and do something about it and it's not going to get any better and that's i've found that just to be more and more prevalent lately just this feeling of i can't do something because of x y or z sometimes it's because of a mental health issue i Can't do this i'm not capable of doing this and i go i i don't know about that i think there's always something we can do that yeah there's always something we can do uh and and i think the more we do that the stronger we become i love that that i love that that totally makes sense and and really really brings everything Together so thank you so much for again for being on the fire side tonight david and for sharing your perspective and it's it's really both of you have brought so much of the spirit to to the fireside tonight so thank you both again for being with us we'll close things with a closing prayer by jared and then just like we do in most weeks we'll hang out for a few extra minutes And chat for a little bit you're welcome to hang out with us as well wherever you're tuning in from otherwise we'll see you next week for another our turtle house digital fire sign so that uh we'll have that closing prayer by jared dear heavenly father we're so thankful for the spirit that was here we're thankful for the scriptures and the power that the book of mormon Brings in our lives and uh we're thankful for the inspiration that thou gives us through the spirit and most especially we're thankful for the life of christ and for the sacrifice that he made father help us to look for ways to reflect thy love and the example of my son and share by light with others and we say these things in the name of jesus christ amen [Music] amen [Music] well thank you guys again for being on the fire side this has been so fun talking about scriptures talking about your art uh but i do i do want to ask you jared where you've you've traveled a lot you guys lived in cambodia for a while what was that like living in in Cambodia i've never been there before but i've heard it's amazing yeah so uh i actually served a mission there of course before and when my wife first came to me and was like hey why don't what about moving to cambodia i thought yeah that might not be a good idea for kids [Music] we prayed about it and felt that it was The right thing to do and the people there are just amazing it was one of the most incredible uh life decisions that i've ever made we got to see these faithful saints who would who would give anything uh to serve the lord and and really just got to learn from them and and what they had to offer it was it was really cool and we Also had uh our kids got to interact and uh be a part of that community and give them a perspective that they could never have in in america it was it was america amazing once you get out of uh once you get out of the us and canada it's completely eye-opening and and the people out there are just really amazing we got you know amazing people here too but Um we had elder bednard at our state conference a few years ago and he was assigned over africa at the time and he could not stop talking about the african saints and just how amazing they were i mean it made us all feel a little bit bad you know that we weren't quite as great with the african states and i don't think we are isn't there there's going to be a temple in cambodia Right yeah yeah uh president nelson actually came uh and announced it while we were there so every we lived in one of the cities kind of uh about uh i don't know seven hour drive away and so everybody in in the branches got together and we took a bus all all together down to see the Announcement it was awesome and and i've seen the renderings and it's like architecturally it's consistent with cambodian architecture right i mean like oh it's awesome yeah it's it's beautiful oh it it is and the saints are so excited they're looking forward to to getting temple work done for their families and it's it's great Where's the closest temple to cambodia now uh right now it's hong kong they they usually go up oh okay and that's that's a good flight yeah and that's been closed for a couple years yeah yeah my wife actually got to be one of the last people to go through we had a temple trip up there and and my wife was one of the last people To be in there before it closed it was cool how far is it from cambodia to hong kong um i have no clue i think it's a i think it's a good three hour flight or so also it's not you don't drive there you go no i i could not walk there you could walk right not like the uh the the saints the pioneer stains yeah you can walk anywhere if you've got enough time i guess but uh Most places everything's within walking distance if you have enough time that's amazing yeah yeah it's a good it's a good two or three hour flight is that and and what and mark where do you live i'm in utah so not not very exotic in comparison but i mean right i mean you know you you drive to work and you probably pass four temples right you know oh yeah you know and so which is great i Mean we need that many just because there's so many saints that live there but um and here i'm in vancouver washington and we have the portland temple which is just about a 40-minute drive from where we're at right yeah and um we don't understand what these saints go through just you know that they're so remote from temples and i love that the brethren are focused on getting temples closer to the people i Just think that's amazing i can't believe that they're announcing so many that's the the big thing in general conference anymore is to listen to the the dozens in the 20 temples that are going to be announced it's amazing the most that's ever well and what was interesting about that is that there was another it was a year where they announced like 17 over the course of a year But they're that's the most the most number of temples that have ever been announced in one session of general conference which is still just mind-blowing so excited for uh for the people of cambodia and everybody else who's who's getting temples is so awesome yeah we're excited for him it'll be exciting to to see the doors open and see the saints flood in yeah And and i do love how the church really seems to to try to bring in some of the local flair you know or your local architecture and everything for all the designs i mean even even in philadelphia that it's one of my favorite uh temples just because it looks kind of colonial and you're inside and there's so much hardwood and and everything it's just beautiful as Beautiful inside as it is outside and just feels like it's it's part of pennsylvania it's part of you know philadelphia it's it's awesome yeah it is cool how the the church is really conscious of of making sure that the different cultures get infused into the into the into the temple and it's not a it's not a pioneer corridor of you know idaho arizona church anymore i mean it's uh It's worldwide and um i loved in the last general conference with was it sunday morning when not only they had the uh one of the hymns was kind of a medley of of different um different people from different cultures singing and then they had the primary children from i think korea were singing which was awesome and then all of the talks that morning Were from people who were not us-based and i thought that's it's perfect you know that we are um the world you know you don't realize until you travel abroad that how similar we actually are i was a i served a mission in mexico and and i didn't know much about you know the mexican people and when i got there they were just like me you know i was like oh this guy's Just like my friend my friend john and this guy's just like or this woman's just like my friend uh sylvia you know all that depth we we view people as so unidimensional just like we do in the scriptures and we reduce them to one kind of single um thing like like race or color or something like that and nothing could be further from the truth it's they're we're all so diverse and so i love that Uh the church is recognizing that and hopefully we'll get on board with that and see our brothers and sisters of different you know different types that uh you know we're all basically the same one of the things i loved in in traveling to these different places and it hasn't mattered where we've moved as soon as we move somewhere The ward opens you up or the branch opens you up or opens up to be part of your family totally yeah it's just this incredible uh community and it's such a cool experience to see that happen when you go to michigan or you go to uh chicago or you go to malaysia or you go to cambodia saints all over the world live the gospel of christ And they have their hearts open to let you in and you have your heart open to let them in and it's it's beautiful it's awesome i'm so glad to be a part of this organization totally there was one time there was one time i was traveling in thailand and it was the week after general conference and and so we showed up me and my friend that we were traveling together and we Showed up for church but because of where thailand is they were watching general conference the week after just because of timing-wise and stuff like that and and they're like no come on in and and so the the branch was all together for a big potluck and so they fed us and we all we became friends with a bunch of them and it was it was it was awesome so just just a Great example of what what you just talked about you know that that it really is such a wonderful worldwide community and wouldn't have it any other way i love it totally so well thank you guys so much for being here on the fireside tonight and for all of you who are still watching thank you so much for tuning in wherever you are in the world and for being a part of these digital Firesides we love putting them on for you and hope that you felt the spirit and felt found value in tonight's fireside with that we'll close things up and see you next week for another our turtle house digital fireside thanks so much for tuning in everybody good morning hey thanks thanks so much for tuning in to tonight's fireside if you want to hear 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