Friday, December 13, 2013

Info and Instructions Page (14 day/week study for conversion) TFOT Handout

I made the decision to make this handout while planning my December TFOT lesson (Be Ye Converted) because I think we forget that each of us have an ongoing need to be actively engaged in increasing our own spiritual conversion.  It is easy to let the world and experiences interrupt our continual learning but conversion must be an ongoing effort to support our testimony in bringing the world the Gospel.  As we prepare for a new year this is a great opportunity to use as a base for spiritual growth.  Some will go through this on a daily basis, and others like myself, will use it as a study guide for 14 weeks.  This was created and inspired by the idea of the 14-day walk with Christ handout from years ago.
I printed all 14 pages in addition to the instructions page, folded them separately and  and put them in a box made using this tutorial.  
In the morning: set aside enough time to open the page for that day. Each day has a set of questions followed by a story, poem, or scripture to help each of you to become more “converted”. Read and PONDER what is written. Try to keep what you read in mind throughout the day. Perhaps take it with you to reread. At the end of the day: evaluate how you did, and write your thoughts and feelings in your journal.

The parable of the sower taught by Jesus is generally considered to describe how the word of the Lord is received by different individuals as it is preached. Consider for a moment how the same parable may apply to you in different circumstances in your life, as you face challenges or come under strong influences. The word, or teachings of the Savior, can come to you in many ways: as you observe others, or through your own prayer or pondering the scriptures, or through the guidance of the Holy Ghost.
As I repeat the explanation that Jesus gave His disciples of the parable of the sower, mentally examine your life. See if there are periods when correct teachings find in you conditions unsuitable to receive them and consequently the promised fruits of happiness, peace, and progress are lost.
“The sower soweth the word. [Some sown] by the way side, but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.”  Could that happen to you, in the wrong environment, with the wrong friendships?
“[Some] on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when … persecution ariseth … immediately they are offended.” Have you ever been in a circumstance when someone proposed something inappropriate and you did nothing to resist it?
“[Some] sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world … and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”  Have there been times when you wanted something so badly that you justified an exception to your standards?
“[Some] sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”  I know this is the way you want to live your life.

How completely you willingly embrace the teachings of the Savior determines how much fruit, as blessings, you will harvest in your life. This parable illustrates that the degree to which you willingly obey those things you know you should do, resisting the rationalization to do otherwise, will determine how truly converted you are, therefore, how fully the Lord can bless you.  True conversion yields the fruit of enduring happiness that can be enjoyed even when the world is in turmoil and most are anything but happy. (Full conversion brings happiness, Richard G. Scott, April 2002 Conference)

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