Christ Centered Conversations – What are they?

I was listening to a talk by Elder Holland that really had nothing to do with Christ Centered Conversations, however, The Spirit put thoughts in my mind about conversations and fruits of the spirit. Looking back now he was giving a talk so maybe him talking (aka conversations) made these thoughts come to mind. So I am here to talk about what I think a “Christ Centered Conversation” is. I wanted to talk about the scripture in The Book of Galatians 5:22-23. It reads:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law.”

I believe as the scriptures say that anything that is good comes from God. I think any conversation we have with others if it has these fruits of the spirit is a Christ Centered Conversation. If you read the For Strength of Youth Pamphlet about language we gain some insight:

“How you communicate should reflect who you are as a son or daughter of God. Clean and intelligent language is evidence of a bright and wholesome mind. Good language that uplifts, encourages, and compliments others invites the Spirit to be with you. Our words, like our deeds, should be filled with faith, hope, and charity

How we choose to speak and the conversations we have can all be Christ Centered without having said Christ’s name once and that is because good fruits invite His Spirit to be in that conversation and The Spirit will uplift, testify, and edify in those conversations. I believe we can have these conversations because we are His disciples. As we seek to do his will his Spirit accompanies us. Have these conversations at dinner with your family, with your friends, teachers, and those you meet around you. One of the best pieces of marriage advice I ever got was tp “remember who you are speaking too”. EVERYONE is a Child of God so remember that our conversations should treat, uplift, and edify their value and worth as a Child of God.

Thanks for reading & I hope that you find more Christ Centered Conversations in your life.

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Elder Bednar spoke in a priesthood leadership meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina in February of 2016. He said something that I wasn’t sure I agreed with at first, “Balance is a false notion, you can only do one thing at one time”. He stated that by definition if we are at work, then we are neglecting family or vice versa when we are at home we are by definition neglecting work. So then how do you balance all your responsibilities? Watch this video by Elder Bednar:

Isn’t it a great video? I just loved that he pointed out that “The plates never spin at exactly the same speed at exactly the same time.” We can’t do everything, we can’t have them all spinning at the same time, so with that being said some days you spin one plate and some days you spin another- or you are finding balance. 

I know you have heard before as I have many times, that when you put the Lord first everything falls into place. I do believe this, however, I also believe it takes practice and work. Taking Elder Bednar’s advice from the video he says that over time a plate gets a spin and this ensures that it does not fall off and break. We just have to remember to not forget to continually spin the other plates. 

Recently I have undergone a studying routine for my exam coming up at the end of February. I have had to find balance on when to spin my plates which include, health coaching, training, studying for the exam, calling, work, and home life. That can seem like a lot to take on but I just focus on adding time to spin a plate (whatever plate it may be) a little at a time. Remember this scripture:

“Behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass…” (Alma 37:6) 

One day at a time, one spin at a time & you got this. 

Endless Torment and Punishment

Wow- its been a minute sine I have written a blog post. However I thought I would share what I learned today in my studies for Come Follow Me. My sister asked me the other day “Do we believe in Hell?” and it was a fair question, I think in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints its not entirely clearly taught (just my opinion-not fact). So I told her in response that I think of Hell as being anywhere God and my family are not. Anyways needless to say this conversation primed me for studies this week.

In D&C 19:4-12 it talks about “Endless & Eternal Punishment”. I learned something and its that the term endless and eternal refer to the source of punishment rather than the duration. I always thought that endless and eternal punishment meant forever and I thought how could this be possible with such a loving God? But when I heard this clarification I realized that this means that those who are punished or have not repented do have an opportunity to repent. Elder James E. Talmage taught: “To hell there in an exit as well as an entrance. Hell is no place to which a vindictive judge sends prisoners to suffer and to be punished principally for his glory; but it is a place prepared for teaching, the disciplining of those who failed to learn here upon the earth what they should have learned…..No man will be kept in hell longer than necessary to bring him to a fitness for something better. When he reaches that stage the prison doors will open and there will be rejoicing among the host who welcome him into a better state.”
Needless to say I was grateful to know that we can always progress and become like our Savior.

Press Forward Saints

Hi there. Kevin here to write a blog post this week. I wanted to share my thoughts on this week’s Come Follow Me readings.

After the loss of the 116 manuscript pages of the Book of Mormon translation, Joseph Smith and his newly appointed scribe addressed the issue. “The logical thing might be to go back and retranslate that portion,” (Come Follow Me 2021).

The problem was, the record wasn’t Joseph’s to translate however he wanted – it was to be done by the gift and power of God. He thought he was calling the shots but the record was the Lord’s property and down to this day, The Book of Mormon belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we read the Book of Mormon, we are getting taught by Jesus Christ. When we read the Doctrine and Covenants, we are sitting in on a masterclass with the Master.

Regarding the 116 lost pages, I have studied and contemplated that event in Church history a lot lately. What I’ve learned from it? Keep moving forward. Keep truckin’ on!

In other words, Press Forward!

“Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.”

2 Nephi 31:20

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We began the Book of Mormon Podcast in September of 2019 (called the “Stanfillcast” in the earliest episodes, before we knew what it would become). It has become a wonderful way for us to express our testimonies of the Savior and work together on something each week as a couple.

Kevin Stanfill is an author, fitness enthusiast, disciple learner, and father. Kevin has always been a seeker of truth. He was baptized at the age of 18 and served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Idaho Pocatello Mission. His favorite scripture is Moroni 9:6.

Shelbi Stanfill is a licensed master’s social worker (LMSW), health coach, and mom. Shelbi worked for six months as part of the Disney College Program at the Orlando, FL Animal Kingdom Park. Her experiences there with missionary work led her to accept an assignment in the mission field. She served in the Texas McAllen Mission. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6.

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Samuel Raubenheimer

I was Born in East London, South Africa. I lived there till I was five and then moved to Botswana. I lived in Botswana for two years before moving to the United States, where I have lived in Utah for 14 years now. After almost drowning at the age of two and being put into swim lessons, I have competitively swam from the age of five. I am the oldest of seven children. I served a mission in the Texas Fort Worth Mission and came home at the beginning of 2020. I attend UVU and I am majoring in Math. I enjoy studying and learning new things, and I especially love digging into scriptures that talk about Gods love for His children.

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Where is your focus?

It’s been awhile since I wrote a blog post, there are many reasons I could give as to why not but the main reason is I did not make it a priority. However, this past week I knew I needed to write about something but was not sure what to write about. I forget where I was when I heard someone talking (probably at church) and they said something along the lines of “Satan wants you to look at that “one thing” you do not have & only focus on that. 

It got me thinking about perspective and these words spoken made me think of an illustration I saw once. Picture two circles, one is a VERY big circle of everything you know and have been blessed with and the other is a very tiny circle of the things you do not know and have not been blessed with–are you following? (I wish I had a picture to show but I could only find the one below)

So, that smaller circle of what you don’t have, that is where Satan will get you to focus in on and it makes you forget EVERYTHING else you had in that big huge circle of blessings & knowledge. Isn’t that crazy? 

We need to remember that what is in that little circle is not worth giving up everything we have in our big circle- don’t forget it. Choose to focus on the blessings, gifts, talents, and everything you have VS what you do not have because that is how ingratitude creeps in and Satan comes in and just adds a little disappointment, sadness, and thoughts in at a time. 

Ask yourself where your focus is and re-align to recognize the blessings and goodness of God in your life and I promise as you do this- your perspective & mood will change.