Friday, March 14, 2008

Lightbringer

I learned something new this morning! Which shouldn't be surprising, because I'm always learning new things, but this was unexpected.

In seminary today we studied Isaiah 13-14. For one of the activities I gave the kids a few references and told them to come up with at least eight different names or titles for Satan. Their list included "Lightbringer" and "Son of the Morning" which surprised me. I had gone over the scriptures yesterday and didn't see any names with nice, positive connotations. So we looked up "Lucifer" in the Bible Dictionary and discovered that it literally means the Shining One. That was Satan's name before his rebellion. It shows me the hope Heavenly Father originally had for him.

The whole purpose of learning about Satan is so we can be prepared to stand strong in the face of temptation. There are a lot of scriptures to help us with that. Just a few include 1 Corinthians 10:13 (God will not suffer you to be tempted above what you are able), Joshua 24:15 (choose you this day whom ye will serve), Moroni 7:16-17 (good comes from Christ, evil comes from Satan), and the class favorite: D&C 10:5 (pray always that you may conquer Satan).

Then we came up with names and titles for Christ: Savior, Redeemer, Lord of Hosts, Holy One of Israel, Immanuel, Lamb of God, Only Begotten, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Lord Jehovah, Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Even though our discussion just scratched the surface, it was enough to see the Spirit testify to these youth that they know who the real "light bringer" is, and that they have a responsibility to follow the Savior and be a shining example for others.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Melancholy Musings

I was all ready to figure out something new and try adding links to this page, but I keep getting a "page not found" message. So, I guess I'll try a round-about way, which is a common occurrence around here. It's been a kind of a "blah" week, probably because I miss my husband. However, he's off doing what he does, and he even got a mid-week break to visit our friends in Prague. Check out the pictures they took here.

My goal for the week was to clean our room and go through the closets. That was depressing. I found so many unfinished projects stuffed in the corners. I also discovered a box of bottled tomatoes that are so old they are now rotten. Lesson learned - change the labels on the boxes! But now the job is done. We can walk into the closets, there are five boxes to give away, the garbage can is full, and I don't have to worry about the job for another five years!!!