Most Christians give to the poor and the needy, as Jesus taught see Matthew —46 ; Mark Our members make generous contributions to charities and give personal service and other gifts to the poor and needy.
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In addition, our members fast for two meals each month and donate at least the cost of these meals as a fast offering, which our bishops and branch presidents use to help our needy members. Our fasting to help the hungry is an act of charity and, when done with pure intent, is a spiritual feast. Using funds donated by generous members, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sends food, clothing, and other essentials to relieve the suffering of adults and children all over the world.
These humanitarian donations, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars in the last decade, are made without any consideration of religion, race, or nationality. In addition, more than 31, Church-sponsored volunteers gave more than , hours of service. Our humanitarian assistance to the victims of Hurricane Sandy in the eastern United States included large donations of various resources, plus almost , hours of service in cleanup efforts by about 28, Church members.
Among many other examples last year, we provided , pounds , kg of clothing and shoes for the refugees in the African nation of Chad. During the last quarter century we have assisted nearly 30 million people in countries. In His last biblical teaching, our Savior directed His followers to take His teachings to every nation and every creature. Even when we were a poor and struggling new church with only a few thousand members, our early leaders sent missionaries across the oceans, east and west. As a people, we have continued to teach the Christian message until today our unique missionary program has more than 60, full-time missionaries, plus thousands more who serve part-time.
We have missionaries in over countries and territories worldwide. Under that plan we are all heirs of our heavenly parents. We seek to follow Him and become more like Him, here and hereafter. I testify of our Savior, Jesus Christ, whose teachings and example we seek to follow. He invites all of us who are heavy laden to come unto Him, to learn of Him, to follow Him, and thus to find rest to our souls see Matthew ; I testify of the truth of His message and of the divine mission and authority of His restored Church in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. I think I should revisit this book every once in awhile.
Quotes I liked: "I am a quick study when properly motivated, but unfortunately, I've found that whatever knowledge I thought I had gained in those cram sessions usually didn't stick as well as something that was painfully pressed into my soul over a longer period of time. My body sunk to the floor, and the image of a plane headed for a fiery crash came into my mind. I've never flown a plane, but I have played flight simulator games on the computer that mimic what it would be like in the cockpit.
Whenever I would put the simulated plane into a nosedive, the warning system would audibly give the command to "Pull up! Pull up! After a few hours of pondering and praying as I walked, I slowly felt the comfort I sought; I had avoided a horrific emotional crash. For me, that command to "pull up" became a very helpful phrase to repeat when i felt I was passing through too much and couldn't take it anymore.
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Like so many things of worth, outcomes take time to materialize -- sometimes years and years -- and when I'm in the thick of the trial, I have the worst perspective on that time or when it will end. Nov 16, Annie rated it it was amazing Shelves: memoirs. I would recommend this to anyone with a problem, anyone going through a tough time.
The events Chris Williams experienced, and the decisions he made as a result of them, are humbling to say the least.
Chris Williams is a happily married father of four children, with one on the way. One Friday night in February , after a seemingly normal dinner out, while driving to pick up one son at his friends house, the Williams drove underneath a freeway underpass and were struck by a teenage drunk driver. Chris realizes this instantly as he wakes up in the wrecked car.
The prose is straightforward, honest and simple. There are some flashbacks and asides throughout, including one from when Chris was a teenage boy, and ironically or not has similar tones to his present situation. The perspective that Chris Williams relays is magnificent.
I hope to always remember his message and emulate his example. Side note: I lived by the road where this accident happened. I also remember the Trolley Square shootings that he references in his book.
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I knew many of the places and experiences that were referenced in this story as it took place in my home state. Favorite Quotes Although the press attributed this outcome to what I had said, I knew that the forgiveness and mercy was extended by the Savior, and that I had simply benefited from His strength when He spoke through me. I had experienced my weaknesses when I was left to my own abilities, so I was fully aware of who was in charge of the many miracles that were starting to transpire, of the souls that were being touched, and of the lives that were being changed.
- Spreading Hope.
- The Creek.
- Let It Go: A True Story of Tragedy and Forgiveness - Deseret Book.
- Soul Eviction.
- How to Forgive Someone You Hate?
- o avvocato o morte! (Italian Edition);
- Enemies From Within?
The Savior had suffered all so that we would not have to. He said He would take our burdens, and He repeated the invitation to give them to Him while He ministered in the flesh, and He has since reminded us what He accomplished in the Atonement.
It was immediately given to the Lord at His command, and I instead took upon me His light burden and easy yoke of serving and loving others-having full faith in the Savior and in His ability to bear my heavy burden and to heal my family. May 19, Amber Spencer rated it really liked it. I purposely stay away from books that might wrench at my heart. But I pushed through this one for a book group. It has a lot of hard parts to read if you love anyone if your family, but the story focuses so much more on the growth and love and strength that come to all of us when we turn our burdens over to the Savior and let His healing Atonement penetrate our hearts and lives.
Chris tells the story in an open and honest way - everything isn't easy or fun. It felt real, personal and hopeful. Mar 12, Verona rated it it was amazing.
skinmacerbeaubar.cf Although this book was difficult emotionally to read, it was profound in its teachings. He truly learned first hand about the mercy and love of the Savior for every individual soul on earth through the traumatic accident he and his family endured. His courage and compassion were almost unbelievable to me considering his loss. The way he was able not only to forgive the teen Although this book was difficult emotionally to read, it was profound in its teachings.
The way he was able not only to forgive the teen drunk driver who took half his family through the accident, but he stayed in contact with him and his family. He was concerned about the eternal welfare of this young man, and that he not let this ruin his future life. I was very touched by this true story. My heart and feelings were very tender as Chris told his story and shared what he learned about forgiveness. I already had strong feelings about the need to forgive, but the principles I learned by reading this book, deepened my convictions about this subject.
I want to be forgiven by Jesus Christ for my sins and shortcomings, so I want to forgive and not judge any of God's children. I need the mercy of Jesus Christ and want to show love to my fellowmen as He did. Aug 27, Lauriej rated it really liked it. I was a little nervous reading this book not knowing how hard it might be to read about this tragic event. I remember it so clearly. The desire to read about his great example outweighed the emotional factor though.
The book is written very simply and jumps a bit. That's the only reason I would give it 4 stars. The concept and teachings in it are absolutely 5 stars. I could never imagine what he went through, but he explains the teachings of the Savior so perfectly that it entered my life I was a little nervous reading this book not knowing how hard it might be to read about this tragic event.
I could never imagine what he went through, but he explains the teachings of the Savior so perfectly that it entered my life solidly.