I've recently gotten some flak for not posting...so here goes. I haven't been posting and here is why:
1. Nothing exciting going on around here
2. Ever since having to put Clover down I haven't had much pep, and in fact, have been pretty depressed
3. Life gets busy sometimes
So, now that you have heard my excuses...
I said I would post more on what I learned in the Miracle of Forgiveness...so let's do that, shall we? Here are some of my notes, underlinings, and definitions from Chapter Two:
...our Father waits hopefully, anxious to greet his returning children.
To God who is perfection, cleanliness means moral and personal cleanliness.
...lust is not necessarily limited in its connotation to sexual desire. It can imply any fleshly or worldly appetite or urge carried to excess.
His (meaning Satan) desires to seal each of us his are no less ardent in wickedness than our Father's are in righteousness to attract us to his own eternal kingdom.
It is a smart person, young or old, who will accept advice and counsel from experienced people who know the pitfalls, the crumbling walls, and the cracking dams which bring on destruction.
Whoever else suffers, every sin is against God, for it tends to frustrate the program and purposes of the Almighty. Likewise, every sin is committed against the sinner, for it limits his progress and curtails his development.
Joseph Smith said: "If you wish to go where God is, you must be like God, or possess the principles which God possesses, for if we are not drawing towards God in principle, we are going from him and drawing towards the devil."
...self control, self-mastery, can be substituted for the dominion of sin, and the sinner can move by his own agency toward God rather than under the control of sin toward Satan.
And Chapter Three:
The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none. -Carlyle
There is never a day in any man's life when repentance is not essential to his well-being and eternal progress.
If we are humble and desirous of living the gospel we will come to think of repentance as applying to everything we do in life, whether it be spiritual or temporal in nature. Repentance is for every soul who has not yet reached perfection.
jarrings = bickering (D&C 101:6)
...victory over Satan is attained only by constant vigilance.
impugn=oppose or attack as false or lacking integrity