Mormon Centered Thought


Prayer is a type of thought. It’s a lot like meditation — a type of very concentrated mental focus with passionate emotion directed towards a concept or situation, or the lack thereof. But there’s a special X-factor ingredient that makes “prayer” different than meditation or other types of thought. That X-factor is humility. This is the most seemingly contradictory aspect of prayer and what many people dislike about the feeling of praying. “Getting down on your knees” is not about lowering your power or being a weakling, it’s about showing respect for the size and grandeur of what we call existence — it’s about being humble in the presence of the vastness of life, space, and sensation, and acknowledging our extremely limited understanding of what it all really means.
When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.

William Arthur Ward

Learning at Church: 10 Principles Every Teacher Should Know

  1. Counsel with parents, who have the primary role as teachers, to identify needs of class members, and then teach to those needs.
  2. Prepare and teach by the Spirit. Identify questions and learning activities that will provide Spirit-led discussions and nurture class members spiritually.
  3. Teach people, not lessons.
  4. Focus on the core doctrines of the gospel.
  5. Teach one or two key principles in depth rather than trying to cover all the lesson material.
  6. Invite the Spirit by letting everyone participate (see D&C 88:122).
  7. Include a powerful invitation to act—not just something to go home and read but something to go home and live.
  8. Bear your testimony about the doctrine—at the end of the class and whenever the Spirit prompts you.
  9. Live the gospel, and “set in order” your own home (see D&C 93:43–44, 50).
  10. Find ways to let the teaching continue through informal moments in everyday life.
I know you as the youth of the Church, and I understand that you’re not perfect, but you are moving along that road. Have courage. Know that any person who has a body has power over one who has not. Satan is denied a body; so if ever you are confronted with temptations, know that you outrank all those temptations if you will exercise the agency given to Adam and Eve in the garden and passed on to this very generation.
Don’t just tell them so that they can understand, tell them so that they cannot misunderstand.

Marion G. Romney

One of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so.”