Happy are Ye If Ye Do Them

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A presentation given on October 31, 2010 by Bishop Mike Fitzgerald, Mapleton 12th Ward (see http://www.putonthearmoroflight.com).

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Happy are Ye If Ye Do Them

  1. 1. Happy Are Ye If Ye Do Them October 31, 2010
  2. 2. Finding Love that Lasts
  3. 3. Love Respect Trust
  4. 4. Without the foundation of respect and trust, love cannot grow.
  5. 5. Respect does not require agreement, but it does require patience, kindness and boundaries.
  6. 6. Trust in relationships is impossible without respect.
  7. 7. “It is better to be trusted than to be loved.” —David O. McKay
  8. 8. Lasting, romantic love is impossible without the foundation of respect and trust.
  9. 9. “Love one another as I have loved you.” —John 13:34
  10. 10. Respect honors sacred boundaries, both before and after marriage.
  11. 11. “And that which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness.” —D&C 50:23
  12. 12. Respect is always both affirming and validating. It always builds up.
  13. 13. The Fortress that Protects Love
  14. 14. Chastity is the fortress that protects love—love of God, love of others and of self.
  15. 15. Too often, our first impulse is to pleasure not purity.
  16. 16. Keeping the law of chastity is critically important to the stability of all our relationships.
  17. 17. Chastity is first secured within the boundaries of thought and intent.
  18. 18. Inappropriate images, real or virtual, most often tempt men.
  19. 19. Inappropriate words, spoken or written, most often tempt women.
  20. 20. High personal standards protect us from temptation.
  21. 21. Those standards also encourage us to keep the commandments.
  22. 22. Keeping the commandments protects love and chastity.
  23. 23. Modesty in thought, word, action and dress also protects chastity.
  24. 24. Standards Commandments Modesty Chastity: The Fortress
  25. 25. Pride
  26. 26. “Pride is a deadly cancer. It is a gateway sin.” —Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  27. 27. The night of sin is always preceded by the dusk of pride.
  28. 28. Pride is the fruit of disdain–disdain for others and for God.
  29. 29. Pride is self-deception and the first treason against self.
  30. 30. Gratitude is the solvent that dissolves pride.
  31. 31. You cannot feel grateful without also feeling humble.
  32. 32. Humility opens the door that pride closes.
  33. 33. Guilt
  34. 34. Guilt often triggers pride.
  35. 35. Guilt can provoke us to blame others for our troubles and to blame our behavior on others.
  36. 36. Guilt offers us two choices: blame or personal responsibility.
  37. 37. Guilt is a call to positive action, a call to positive change.
  38. 38. Two Paths
  39. 39. We have a choice between two paths in our communication.
  40. 40. Those paths start with either self-awareness and self-betrayal.
  41. 41. Self-betrayal Pride Judgment Blame Anger Division Dissolution Hatred War Self-awareness Humility Patience Responsibility Joy Unity Resolution Love Peace
  42. 42. What path are you on in your communication?
  43. 43. Unmet Needs
  44. 44. “Jesus saw sin as wrong but also was able to see sin as springing from deep and unmet needs on the part of the sinner.” —Spencer W. Kimball
  45. 45. Nothing speaks louder to a person than their unmet needs.
  46. 46. Unmet needs speak louder than laws, rules, commandments, those who love us, the appeal of reason or common sense.
  47. 47. We each must patiently discover how to meet those genuine needs, either for others and for ourselves.
  48. 48. In Malice Be Ye Children
  49. 49. Children bring us joy just by being themselves.
  50. 50. “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” —Matthew 18:4
  51. 51. “Be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.” —1 Corinthians 14:20
  52. 52. Sin is despair, and despair is not being willing to one’s true self. —Kierkegaard
  53. 53. We cannot be completely at peace without being our true selves.
  54. 54. Testimony
  55. 55. Doubt is the servant of neglect.
  56. 56. Testimony is always the fruit of faith in action.
  57. 57. “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” —Jeremiah 29:13
  58. 58. Recovering from a Personal Drought
  59. 59. We know what to do, but don’t always know how to do it.
  60. 60. Observing our devotions to God with real intent makes all the difference.
  61. 61. Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi’s counsel to the Carey Idaho Stake (Ensign, May 2007).
  62. 62. 1. Faithfully pay an honest tithe, both young and old.
  63. 63. 2. Humbly hold regular individual and family prayers.
  64. 64. 3. Devotedly have daily personal and family scripture study.
  65. 65. 4. Thankfully keep the Sabbath day holy.
  66. 66. 5. Gratefully go to the temple often, there offering thanksgiving.
  67. 67. 6. Willingly sustain and follow…leaders.
  68. 68. 7. Hold a…fast, including everyone …who would like to participate.
  69. 69. The Master’s great success formula from Hartman Rector, Jr. (Ensign, May 1979).
  70. 70. First, believe you can do it.
  71. 71. Second, look to the Lord for your blessings.
  72. 72. Third, make the sacrifice.
  73. 73. Fourth, expect a miracle.
  74. 74. And fifth, receive the miracle with great humility.
  75. 75. In Conclusion
  76. 76. Respect, trust, and love one another.
  77. 77. Overcome pride through gratitude and humility.
  78. 78. Guilt is a gift to help us overcome sin and weakness.
  79. 79. Follow the path to peace in all your communication.
  80. 80. Be your true, best self.
  81. 81. Strengthen your testimony by putting your faith into action.
  82. 82. Overcome personal drought by yielding your heart to God.
  83. 83. “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” —John 13:17
  84. 84. God bless you all!

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