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prosperity is a promised blessing that follows belief (faith) and obedience (2 Chronicles 20:20; 2 Nephi 4:4)

"... Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe in His prophets, so shall ye prosper ." 2 Chronicles 20:20 " Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land; and inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from my presence ." 2 Nephi 4:4

knowledge and testimony come through obedience (Heber C. Kimball; John 7:17)

There are a great many things, probably, that are taught you from this stand—that is, from individuals. They are taught to you; and you, probably, have not got faith and confidence in them. Well, now, I do not care whether you have or not: if you will go and do as you are told, you shall have a knowledge, although you had not a particle of faith when you began. That is curious religion; but there is no knowledge on any other principle, only by obedience. Heber C. Kimball Journal of Discourses 6:30   17  If any man will  a do  his  b will , he shall  c know  of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or  whether  I speak of myself. John 7:17

Lessons from Jonah and the great fish, the omniscience and omnipotence of God (Jonah; D&C 3; Joseph Smith; Maxwell)

15  So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.   17  Now the  Lord  had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish  a three  days and three nights. Jonah 1:15, 17 Consider what this incident from the life of Jonah teaches us about the Lord, about His omniscience and His power to accomplish His purposes.  The great fish that swallowed Jonah would have been "prepared" many, many years previously by the Lord, whether through His use of evolution, genetics, etc. or otherwise.  In other words, we may safely assume that this fish was NOT just magically "poofed" out of nowhere just prior to its appearance in the water at the moment it swallowed Jonah.  Rather, it was born and grew to maturity, over the course of many years... In addition, consider the fact that this "great fish" was in the exact place and at exactly the right time to be able to swallow Jonah, save Jon

"I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee" (Monson, Joshua 1:5)

"Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times, He is with us. He has promised that this will never change." —Thomas S. Monson, " "I Will Not Fail Thee, nor Forsake Thee" " There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with  a Moses ,  so  I will be  b with thee : I will not fail thee, nor  c forsake  thee. Joshua 1:5

the new covenant (Jeremiah 31)

  31  ¶Behold, the days come, saith the  Lord , that I will make a  a new   b covenant  with the house of  c Israel , and with the house of Judah:   32  Not according to the  a covenant  that I made with their fathers in the day  that  I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the  Lord :   33  But this  shall be  the  a covenant  that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the  Lord , I will put my  b law  in their inward parts, and write it in their  c hearts ; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.   34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the  Lord : for they shall all  a know  me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the  Lord : for I will forgive their  b iniquity , and I will remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:31-34

"Remember Lot's Wife" (Holland)

As a scriptural theme for this discussion, I have chosen the second-shortest verse in all of holy scripture. I am told that the shortest verse—a verse that every missionary memorizes and holds ready in case he is called on spontaneously in a zone conference—is John 11:35: “Jesus wept.” Elders, here is a second option, another shortie that will dazzle your mission president in case you are called on two zone conferences in a row. It is Luke 17:32, where the Savior cautions, “Remember Lot’s wife.” Hmmm. What did He mean by such an enigmatic little phrase? To find out, I suppose we need to do as He suggested. Let’s recall who Lot’s wife was. The original story, of course, comes to us out of the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, when the Lord, having had as much as He could stand of the worst that men and women could do, told Lot and his family to flee because those cities were about to be destroyed. “Escape for thy life,” the Lord said, “ look not behind thee  . . . ; escape to the mou

Nibley on the Atonement

HUGH NIBLEY, “The Atonement of Jesus Christ,”  Ensign,  July, Aug., Sept., Oct., 1990:                                                                                                PART 1: http://www.lds.org/ensign/1990/07/the-atonement-of-jesus-christ-part-1 PART 2:  http://www.lds.org/ensign/1990/08/the-atonement-of-jesus-christ-part-2 PART 3:  http://www.lds.org/ensign/1990/09/the-atonement-of-jesus-christ-part-3 PART 4:  http://www.lds.org/ensign/1990/10/the-atonement-of-jesus-christ-part-4

Good tidings of great joy...(Luke 2)

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11 https://www.lds.org/bible-videos/videos/glad-tidings-of-great-joy-the-birth-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng