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The Way to Grow Spiritually

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A mother teaching her young child.

Scripture Lesson: 1 Peter 2: 2-3
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby: if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

The following seven things that help to ensure a baby’s good health can be adopted and applied to a Christian’s spiritual growth as well:

1. Daily Food. Take in “the sincere milk of the word” through study and meditation.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. ~ Joshua 1:8

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ~ 2 Timothy 2:15

2. Fresh Air. Pray often or you will faint. Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; there was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: and there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? ~ Luke 18:1-8

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

3. Regular Exercise. Put into practice what you learn in God’s Word.

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. ~ James 1:22-25

4. Adequate Rest. Rely on God at all times in simple faith.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. ~ Psalm 37:7

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. ~ Matthew 11:28-30

5. Clean Surroundings. Avoid evil company and whatever will weaken you spiritually.

There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him. An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends. A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass. The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord. ~ Proverbs 16:25-33

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repayed. ~ Proverbs 13:20-21

Let not then your good be evil spoken of: for the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. ~ Romans 14:16-19

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:33-34

6. Loving Care. Be an active part of the Church where you can benefit from teaching and fellowship.

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. ~ Hebrews 10:25

7. Periodic Checkups. Regularly examine your spiritual health. (1 Corinthians 11:28)

For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:26-30

*If we neglect any of these rules, our progress will be hindered.

A mother and her children.

But grow in the grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. – 2 Peter 3:18

The idea of God isn’t true

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This article has been shared here by permission of the author, Matt Lemmon. The original article can be found at the8ways2.com

For most of us, something deep down inside tells us there is a greater power. We sense there is something bigger than us. All that you have to do is look up at all the miraculous clusters of stars and galaxies.  Look into the eyes of a baby.  Look down into a microscope and watch as cells individually multiply and heal. So no, this isn’t about Atheism.

Mother and Daughter Hawaii

What or who is God? Philosophers and common men and women have pondered that thought since the beginning of time. Native Americans have called God the great spirit. Hindus believe in the plurality of gods in different shapes and forms. Ancient Egyptians believed God was the sun that was born in the day and died at night. All of these ideas are fascinating, but false. Even the idea of God isn’t true. Let me explain.

Many people view God as a power, a mist, a. . . .

Matt LemmonMatt Lemmon is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is the author of the blog the8ways2.com. He is also a Nursing student, and is married to Kayla Lemmon, who has been writing a blog called “all our lemony things” since August 2013. Matt was featured on the cover of the October 2014 issue of LDS Life & Times. You can contact Matt at 8ways2@gmail.com.

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The Realities of Living with a Mental Illness

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Contemplating Life

Hello everyone! This is the second part of a series of articles that I will be writing about the sensitive subject of living with the realities of having a mental illness. As I mentioned in part one of this series, there are many diverse types of mental illnesses which include bi polar, schizophrenia, clinical depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder), and autism. It is my hope and prayer that the information that I will be sharing will help educate church members and their leaders (regardless of faith, denomination, or affiliation) about how they can recognize a person with a mental illness, and some of the things that they can do to help that person cope with his or her struggle.

Life is a Reality, Not an Illusion

Man on dock contemplating balance

I am a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was baptized almost four years ago, on 26 March 2011. When I first met the missionaries and began taking the gospel discussions, I was living in a group home and dealing with many personal issues. I somehow had the preconceived idea that if I got baptized and became a member of the Church, I would be really spiritual, and all the issues that I was dealing with at the time would simply disappear.

I was under the delusion that once a person gets baptized all of his or her pre-existing problems  and conditions (including mental illness) no longer exist. After all, the scriptures clearly teach us, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). To a certain extent my life has been changed for the better, but the reality is that I still struggle with the same mental illness that I began dealing with at 5 years of age known as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). I live my life dealing with 30 or more different personalities which is a major challenge, but one of the major things having been baptized has taught me is that life is REAL, not an illusion. After many years, I am finally able to come to terms with the pointed question posed by Justin Alcala, a remarkable author, poet and freelance writer, “Which is the true nightmare, the horrific dream that you have in your sleep or the dissatisfied reality that awaits you when you awake?”

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Jesus Christ - The Good Shepherd

I believe that there are many sincere Christian people who live under the same delusion that I once did. They live the elusive dream of a life that will be paved with smooth roads to travel and a plethora of sweet-smelling roses to line the pathways now that they have been saved or baptized.

I am not insinuating that life is all doom and gloom. It definitely is not. I understand the power of the Atonement and all that Christ did for us at Calvary. I further understand that because of His infinite Atonement, if we are faithful, obedient, and endure to the end, one day we will return to our Heavenly Father and indeed all things will be made new. For now, while here in mortality, some of us have physical challenges and abnormalities which we must learn to cope with. However, we need not be alone in our struggles. The Savior beckons to us:

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).

What I am trying to get people to understand is that struggles in life – such as mental illnesses – are real and can even affect the life of even the most faithful Christian. Accepting Christ and being baptized is not a cure-all, but it does help to make the journey through life easier to endure. I know this to be true as I came from a life of sexual abuse and hard-core drug addiction. I still struggle with nightmares of the daily sexual abuse at a young age by my father who is a Baptist minister. As for the drug addiction, I have been clean and sober since 25 October 2007.

I used to put my faith in a powdered substance, but now I put my faith and trust in the Lord. I have a strong testimony that I know it was the Lord who delivered me from drug addiction and the deviant lifestyle that accompanied it. I realize that in this life I may never be delivered from my mental illness, but if I am faithful, the Lord will make a way for me to cope with it. Like the Apostle Paul, the Lord has promised me that His grace is enough.

Hebrews 11:1 reminds me, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I am living my life walking by faith and doing the best that I can to be faithful and immovable. It is a very painful and devastating process, but I have faith that the Lord will give me the necessary strength and endurance to run the race of life to the end. I may feel like an outcast at times, but I am often reminded that during His earthly ministry, the Savior’s focus was on those who were sick and in need of a physician (the outcasts), not those who were whole. Although, that is not to say that He does not care for each of us as individuals, for He does. ” Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).

Karlyn Kay Stebbins
August 19,2014
Founder of The Conqueror Foundation

Karlyn Kay Stebbins’ Biography:

Karlyn Kay Stebbins is a guest writer for Morsels Of Bread. She is an addictions counselor and works in a drug rehabilitation center. She has a double major in Sociology and Psychology, and a minor in Communications. She is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having been baptized on 26 March 2011. Her hobbies are reading and writing. She also enjoys spending time with her son and his friends. She is also the Founder of The Conqueror Foundation and has a blog called “Reflection Pays” where she shares her insights.

Charles Stanley ~ Seeking The Lord

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As believers, we should be seeking God because He is certainly seeking us. He desires to sit on the throne in each of our hearts.

All for the Glory and Praise of The Heavenly Father … Jesus is the only way to be reconciled with God. He is waiting to meet you today, whoever you are and wherever you are … Do you know Jesus?