Monthly Archives: March 2013

We Are the Architects of Our Own Happiness – Bishop Gérald Caussé

I’m months behind in posting this…

Bishop Gérald Caussé, 1st Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric spoke at a CES Devotional back in November. He spoke well (his accent is awesome) about happiness.

Here are my notes:

  • Told story of how he visited Salt Lake City as a young man
  • Life holds lots of surprises
  • Youth is the perfect time to make personal plans
  • Have dreams for the future
  • Life is full of uncertainty; surprises will pop up in your path
  • Uncertainty can led to fear
  • There is a different path than fear and self-indulgence
  • Things good and challenging will happen to you
  • You have control of your own happiness
  •  Principles of Happiness
    1. Recognize your personal worth
      • Each of us has unique worth
      • We are nothing, but we are important to God
      • We are not forgotten
    2. Become who you are
      • If you were to receive a letter form yourself in the past, what would it say?
      • Are we becoming who we wanted to become
      • Brigham Young said the greatest lesson we can learn is to know ourselves
      • We have to know ourselves in order to know god
    3. Trust in God’s promises
      • President Monson has said that the future is as bright as your faith
      • Re-read your patriarchal blessing
      • Reflect on the personal promises in it to you
      • After you have done all in your power, if you don’t get the results you expected, accept God’s will
      • All things are for our good
      • The promises of the Lord help us to get to our final destination
  • If you live in harmony with His gospel, your future will be bright
  • Have goals and work hard at them, and then let Him lead you
  • Trust yourself

Stay on the Lord’s side of the fence

Stay This Side of the Fence closeup

Every summer my family goes up to a small cottage in a place called Buckhorn. It isn’t fancy, but it’s nice to get away. Buckhorn is about half an hour north of Peterborough, and Peterborough has a nice little zoo with a small train that takes you around the property.

It’s funny where we get our inspiration from, but every time I think of Peterborough I think of that train and a small sign on one of the fences.

“Stay this side of the fence”

I think of this often because of the simplicity of it, but how important it really is.

The train moves very slowly, so it seems unlikely that you wouldn’t be able to get out of the way in time. However the train is very heavy, and if you do get stuck, you could be in big trouble. This is kind of like life. If we face temptation, it isn’t because it comes charging at us unexpectedly. We know that it is coming. We can feel or hear the signs. But we probably think we have enough time to get out of the way. We can watch inappropriate movies and feel we’d turn them off if they get really bad. We justify language in music because it has a good beat. We view inappropriate things online because it is “funny”. However, too many people don’t get out of the way in time.

The George Albert Smith manual that we used last year had a good quote about this sort of thing:

“When I have been tempted sometimes to do a certain thing, I have asked myself, ‘Which side of the line am I on?’ If I determined to be on the safe side, the Lord’s side, I would do the right thing every time. So when temptation comes think prayerfully about your problem and the influence of the Lord will aid you to decide wisely. There is safety for us only on the Lord’s side of the line.”

That simple sign can truly save lives!

Stay This Side of the Fence

Mormon Church buys ads in Book of Mormon programme

I’m sure this has been done in many cities where the “Book of Mormon” musical is being presented, but this one is very close to home (I live about an hour away from Toronto).

From the Toronto Star:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hopes patrons who see the runaway hit stage musical The Book of Mormon when it lands in Toronto next month will also check out the scripture that inspired it.

The church, which has no involvement in the frequently blasphemous religious satire, has bought three full-page ads in the Mirvish Productions programme for the show to encourage theatregoers to read the actual Book of Mormon.

“You’ve seen the play . . . now read the book,” says one ad.

“I’ve read the book,” reads another.

“The book is always better,” concludes a third.

Who ya gonna call? (Holy) Ghostbusters!

Here’s another funny one…

I can’t remember where I got this from (otherwise I’d link to the original), but here is a cartoon I’ve had saved for a while. My wife and I love the two Ghostbusters movies. No matter how hard they try, I don’t think Egon, Ray and Peter would be able to catch the Holy Ghost 🙂

holy_ghost

UPDATE: In the comments Braden linked to the original. Apparently it is an xkcd cartoon

Parents losing race to monitor kids’ social media activity: report

I am the parent of 3 kids. The oldest is 10 years old, so we’re just on the verge of starting the teenage years. However, my wife and I both serve with the youth in our ward, and we are well-aware of the dangers online.

Yesterday there was an Associated Press article on the Globe and Mail web site that talked about how hard it is for parents to keep up with all of the various social media sites that their kids can access. One parent said that it used to be that you had the “sex ed” talk with your kids. Now you have to have the “online ed” talk.

I’m still struck by how poor the decision making is sometimes. It’s not like this is new technology. We’ve had several years now of stories of people who have posted, tweeted, or sent information online and it ends up haunting a person. People are fired from jobs, kids are suspended from school, politicians resign in disgrace. How many more examples do we need before people in general, and youth specifically, wise up and start being responsible online?

23 Miraculous Pop Culture Last Suppers

The other day I came across a site that has renderings of “The Last Supper”, but instead of Christ and the Apostles, there are The Simpsons, Star Wars, etc. I know that some people might think this sort of thing is disrespectful, but I think it is all in good fun. I’m impressed with some of the creativity 🙂

Check it out at http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/photos/23-miraculous-pop-culture-last-suppers