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Christ’s Ideals for Living - LDS Fireside 1 - Balance, Beauty and Brotherhood

  1. 1. CHRIST’S IDEALS FOR LIVING Balance Beauty Brotherhood
  2. 2. Obert C. Tanner ... the word “Ideal” means a gospel standard. As such, an ideal becomes “a way to perfection”, “that which inspires and directs,” “something great and splendid we wish to attain.” ... an ideal is always “the better beyond the best.”
  3. 3. BALANCE John 10:10 “I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly”
  4. 4. CHARLES EDWARD JEFFERSON AMERICAN CONGREGATIONAL CLERGYMAN “But when we come to Jesus we find ourselves in the presence of a man without a flaw. He was enthusiastic, blazing with enthusiasm, but he never became fanatical. He was emotional, men could feel the throbbing of his heart, but he never became hysterical. He was imaginative, full of poetry and music, seeing pictures everywhere, throwing upon everything he touched a light that was never on land or sea, the inspiration and the poet’s dream — but he was never flighty. Continued
  5. 5. CHARLES EDWARD JEFFERSON AMERICAN CONGREGATIONAL CLERGYMAN “He was practical , hard-headed, matter of fact , but he was never prosaic, never dull. He was courageous but never reckless, prudent but never a coward, unique but not eccentric, sympathetic but never sentimental. Great streams of sympathy flowed from his tender heart toward those who needed sympathy, but at the same time streams of lava flowed from the same heart to scorch and overwhelm the workers of iniquity. He was pious, but there is not a trace about him of sanctimoniousness.”
  6. 6. PRESIDENT JAMES E. FAUST SECOND COUNSELLOR IN THE FIRST PRESIDENCY “Balance in large measure is knowing the things that can be changed, putting them in proper perspective, and recognising the things that will not change. And balance also lies in attitude. May our attitude be one of achieving balance and wisdom and understanding in all that we do.”
  7. 7. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5 “Use boldness, but not overbearance; and also see that ye bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love; see that ye refrain from idleness.” Alma 38:12 THE IDEAL OF BALANCE IN SCRIPTURE
  8. 8. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.... For my yolk is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28,30 “... If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24 THE IDEAL OF BALANCE IN CHRIST’S LIFE
  9. 9. ELDER M. RUSSELL BALLARD “Sometimes we need a personal crisis to reinforce in our minds that we really value and cherish. The scriptures are filled with examples of people facing crises before learning how to better serve God and others. Perhaps if you, too, search your hearts and courageously assess the priorities in your life, you may discover, as I did, that you need a better balance among your priorities.” “All of us must come to an honest, open self-examination, and awareness within as to who and what we want to be.”
  10. 10. VIDEO CLIP: BECOME - MORMON MESSAGES 2018 Click the link below to play: https://youtu.be/c96EKdfJvUs 3 minutes 30 seconds
  11. 11. ELDER DONALD L. HALLSTROM GENERAL AUTHORITY SEVENTY “Leading a balanced life is difficult for many. There is not an exact pattern for everyone, and even our own blueprint may change during different phases of our life. However, seeking balance - giving adequate time and effort to each of those things that really matter - is vital to our success in mortal probation. There are certain fundamental responsibilities we cannot neglect without serious consequence.”
  12. 12. THE IDEAL OF BALANCE IN OUR LIFE What limits or stops our achievement of balance in our life? There is a two-fold opposition to a well balanced life: The first is simply our own failure to determine the values we want in life, and how much effort each should receive. The second is the social pressure that favours one or more of these values to the exclusion or neglect of others.
  13. 13. ELDER M. RUSSELL BALLARD “As most of you know, coping with the complex and diverse challenges of everyday life, which is not an easy task, can upset the balance and harmony we seek. Many good people who care a great deal are trying very hard to maintain balance, but they sometimes feel overwhelmed and defeated.” “A life that gets out of balance is much like a car tire that is out of balance. It will make the operation of the car rough and unsafe. Tires in perfect balance can give a smooth and comfortable ride. So it is with life. The ride through mortality can be smoother for us when we strive to stay in balance.”
  14. 14. THE IDEAL OF BALANCE IN MY LIFE As a late teen and early adult, the pressures and reality of life just seemed stressful and overwhelming. Worried to make a wrong decision, constantly evaluating my motives and emotions always seemed to pull me down or consume me. I learnt repeatedly on and since my mission, that laughter is essential to life, bringing things into perspective, avoiding developing situations that can tip us precariously off balance. A person without a sense of humour (as noted by the American Clergyman, Henry Ward Beecher) “is like a wagon without springs—jolted by every pebble in the road.”
  15. 15. ELDER KENNETH JOHNSON OF THE SEVENTY “Our outlook or attitude can sometimes restrict our ability to enjoy life’s greatest opportunities.”
  16. 16. BEAUTY Matthew 6:28 “Consider the lilies of the field...”
  17. 17. JOHN BURROUGHS AMERICAN NATURALIST “... I am in love with this world. ... It has been home. It has been my point of outlook upon the universe. I have not bruised myself against it nor tried to use it ignobly. I have tilled its soils, I have gathered its harvests. I have waited upon its seasons, and always have I reaped what I have sown. While I delved I did not loose sight of the sky overhead. While I gathered its bread and meat for my body, I did not neglect to gather its bread and meat for my soul. Continued
  18. 18. JOHN BURROUGHS AMERICAN NATURALIST “I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heats, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings.”
  19. 19. “... yea the place of Mormon, the waters of Mormon, the forest of Mormon; how beautiful are they to the eyes of them who there came to the knowledge of their Redeemer ...” Mosiah 18:30 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness faith. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 THE IDEAL OF BEAUTY IN SCRIPTURE
  20. 20. THE IDEAL OF BEAUTY IN CHRIST’S LIFE “To him all life was Beauty. The sun upon the hills. The sweeping shadows, and the winding lane. Morning he loved, with dewdrops on the flowers; Evening, with sunset and soft, warm April rain. Friends he found in lepers stumbling to him, Love in those who hate, grace in sinners’ eyes. Dawn he saw with all earth’s new-born glory, Twilight and darkness, and hope in human sighs. Youth was his, and springtime, and music in the trees; Life was his, and sunshine, and the murmuring of the bees; Joy in healing broken hearts; manhood’s noble strife; All the wonder and the beauty of a sacred human life. He walked the common lanes, the city streets he trod, And in his heart was Beauty ... the Beauty born of God.” A.L.C (Unknown)
  21. 21. THE IDEAL OF BEAUTY IN OUR LIFE The ideal of Beauty has three fundamental expressions: Beauty in worship Beauty in character Beauty as an insight into reality
  22. 22. VIDEO CLIP: BEAUTY IN CHARACTER - DEEP BEAUTY Click the link below to play: https://youtu.be/iir9HU2-988 2 minutes 30 seconds
  23. 23. VIRGINIA PETRUCCI AMERICAN ACTRESS AND AUTHOR “It’s my choice to be beautiful. It’s my choice to be ugly. And it’s my choice to decide what those words actually mean.”
  24. 24. THE IDEAL OF BEAUTY IN MY LIFE They say the appreciation of art is in the eye of the beholder. The appreciation of beauty does not enter our soul through our eyes; but grows within and strengthens our hearts. “In the centre of our heart, is a recording chamber, and so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and faith, so long are we young” (Ensign, Nov. 1983 p.25). Beauty must be more than something that is lovely. Our hymn book, with 20 hymns that reference beauty, can strengthen our heart as we learn from and ponder them. Take the time to consider how we can we find “beauty all around” when there is love at home.
  25. 25. ELDER LYNN G. ROBBINS OF THE SEVENTY True beauty “isn’t about cosmetics or clothing. What makes [us] truly attractive comes from [our] heart.”
  26. 26. BROTHERHOOD 2 Peter 1:5-7 “Add to your faith ... brotherly kindness.”
  27. 27. PRESIDENT DAVID O. MCKAY “The spirit of brotherhood prompts service, not conquest; cooperation not exploitation; it involves fair dealing, not fraud or chicanery. It increases in man a greater appreciation of Christ’s value of the individual soul. In short, it makes for a better world...”
  28. 28. “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.” 1 Peter 3:8 “And remember in all things the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, for he that doeth not these things, the same is not my disciple.” Doctrine and Covenants 52:40 THE IDEAL OF BROTHERHOOD IN SCRIPTURE
  29. 29. “And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 8:11 “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world. ... Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Matthew 24:14; 28:19 THE IDEAL OF BROTHERHOOD IN CHRIST’S LIFE
  30. 30. THE IDEAL OF BROTHERHOOD IN OUR LIFE Section 4 of the Doctrine and Covenants reminds us that “the field is white already to harvest”. The field is not a measurable place, it is the whole world. In Matthew 5, Christ taught, “ye are the light of the world” which “cannot be hid.” A single light produces some illumination, but collectively our light floods the earth, expelling darkness and fear. Our light is one of brotherhood, of purpose, of peace. Brotherhood is not instant, it takes time to cultivate, to grow in the spiritual greenhouse before being transferred to a rigorous climate - our town, county or the world.
  31. 31. VIDEO CLIP: WE COME TOGETHER & UNITE AS ONE Click the link below to play: https://youtu.be/_d1nT9BUgfs 2 minutes 38 seconds (edited)
  32. 32. THE IDEAL OF BROTHERHOOD IN MY LIFE I had moved to a new ward. Started a new career whilst still at university studying. My life was on a new path, in turmoil, nothing was stable in my life. I felt so lost and alone. I didn’t fit in at church, I felt overwhelmed by my new job. I felt inadequate. My foster parents were serving a mission abroad in Salt Lake City and yet I craved my mums crispy (burnt) roast potatoes. As the sacrament was being passed, I sobbed so quietly as I had for the last few weeks. I composed myself to offer the closing prayer. After the prayer, a brother commented on my prayer and a friendship and close bond was formed.
  33. 33. IN SUMMARY: BALANCE, BEAUTY, BROTHERHOOD “The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.” Albert Schweitzer “I had slept and dreamed that life was duty, but waked to find that life was beauty.” Author Unknown “Of course, the key to a unified church is a unified soul—one that is at peace with itself and not given to inner conflicts and tensions. So much in our world is calculated to destroy that personal peace…” Howard W. Hunter
  34. 34. VIDEO CLIP: ELDER JEFFREY R. HOLLAND Click the link below to play: https://youtu.be/aZgZjo_YKPA 1 minutes 48 seconds
  35. 35. President David O. McKay “Happiness consists not of having, but of being; not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself. ... Man is the creator of his own happiness. It is the aroma of life, lived in harmony with high ideals.”
  36. 36. CHRIST’S IDEALS FOR LIVING Magnanimity Friendship Steadfastness Sunday 27th May at 7:00pm

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