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Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

  • Forgiveness had influenced me the most. I have had to repent for some things I've done, and it wasn't easy. I was miserable really. I knew what I had done was wrong and I was embarrassed. When I did repent, I was so happy, and upset at myself for not doing it earlier. God is much more understanding than we sometimes let ourselves think. He wants us to put the past behind us. He wants us to feel good about ourselves. I have also learned that we too need to forgive. Someone did me wrong in the past, and I had this hateful feeling for the longest time, and I hated it! I didn't think I could ever get rid of it! But through a lot of faith, prayer, seeking to serve, understand the person, and learning about the atonement, it became possible. Feelings of hate can consume our life if we are not careful and if we act on them. Christ can help you, and WILL help you if you ask and seek to change your life for the better. Joy and happiness really can be yours. Show more

  • Charity. Showing unconditional love to all men. Showing kindness even - especially! - to those who aren't kind to you. Show more

  • In Doctrine and Covenants 84:106 it reads "And if any man among you be strong in the Spirit, let him take with him him that is weak, that he may be edified in all meekness, that he may become strong also." This revelation was given through Joseph Smith in September of 1832. This is one of my favorite scriptures. It is a call to action for everybody who has a testimony. It is our duty to strengthen those who are at the moment weak in Spirit. Jesus said to Peter "When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." He was speaking to Peter, but it is still relevant to us today. We can do this by making Christ the center of our lives, trying to be like Him, and having a desire for others to share these blessings and redemption which comes only through Jesus Christ. Show more

  • I spent 2 years as a servant and a missionary to the people in France. We were assigned companions to work with. I had one companion who was especially difficult to get along with. He wouldn't clean the apartment or help with cooking. He spoke non-stop about his girlfriend back home. One day I was fed up and wanted to kick him in the face. I went to a quiet place and heard the phrase in my head, "By this shall men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." I knew then that the choice was simple. I could choose to be a disciple of Christ and love my companion (with or without his weaknesses), or not. This simple message that Christ taught melted my heart. I tried from that day on to be a little more patient and understanding of my companion. Show more

  • I have been most influenced by the Savior's admonition to care for the sick, the poor, the needy. I do that when I work with the elderly or give service through volunteer work. I have learned to love my neighbor and to love God. I have also been lifted up by the teaching that I am a child of God, that He loves us, and that His Son died for me. Show more

  • The Atonement and repentance has influenced me deeply. For a long time the word 'repentance' had a negative connotation in my mind. I felt that it was condemning and shameful. But as I've learned more about the Savior and felt His love in my life, I have come to realize that repentance if full of hope and love. We are all imperfect beings who make mistakes all the time. But, the Savior knows that. He loves us right now, as we are, and wants us to become better. He wants that for us because He know that it will make us happier and bring us more joy and allow us to be of better assistance to those around us. I know now that repentance is a life long process to bring us closer to the Savior. Knowing that he performed the Atonement for me individually makes me feel humble, grateful and loved and has changed me and what I want to become. Show more

  •  The Savior has influenced my life. His compassion and love are the shining example I strive to abide by in my life. John chapter 13, verses 14-17 is my favorite account in the life of Christ.... "14. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. 17. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." In this one action and those few words, He gives us an example to follow and a promise of happiness if we do follow Him.   Show more

  • Something I have learned in life is that it is all about progression. Whether I am in the backcountry on a powder day, or dropping into a jump line on a bike I love the adrenaline rush it brings me. I feel that skiing and biking are closely related to life, sometimes you are scared and nervous but you push forward and overcome it. When you come out on top of it, the feeling of overcoming your trials and obstacles is one of the greatest feelings I have experienced. In order to continue these feelings you must continue to progress and keep pushing forward. With the gospel if we stay idle and don't continue to progress then we will fall away. Show more

  • Charity is what I believe the Savior taught that has influenced me most. Not just service but loving others. Christ was always outward centered. He said, "I am the way." (St. John 14:6) Christ is the way to happiness. As we loose ourselves in the service of others, that is the way to happiness in this life. As I have focussed my life on my wife, family, friends, and neighbors I am happy. At times when I am more selfish and become more self focussed I am less happy. I sometimes think the world teaches if you want to be happy do things for yourself; vacation, entertainment, spa treatment etc. However, true and lasting happiness in my life is found in family, service, and loving others. Christ is love. Show more

  • His teaching of "Love one another" has had the most influence in my life. I try to follow his example by treating people kindly and the way that I would want to be treated. Love is the greatest commandment so I try to make it the highest priority in my life. Show more

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