3 Ways to Spice Up Your Scripture Study

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100520504-spicesReturned missionaries often report the first thing to go when they get home is their scripture study. Media, work, dating, school and other activities begin to consume our life. Think about how many times we check social media in a day but forget to check with God.

Why do you think that is? Is it because media can be so visually stimulating or is it because your scripture study is stale? Do you find yourself reading half a sleep or getting 5 versus in before you go to bed? Do you multi-task your workout while listening to the scriptures on your headphones or forget altogether?

 

If this is how we study then the scriptures don’t stand a chance. Here are three ways to help spice up your scripture study.
1. Follow along with student manuals. A few years ago I studied the Doctrine and Covenants student manual in addition to my scripture study. After reading D&C 67:10, I read the commentary in the student manual—a quote from Joseph Smith in regards to the principle taught in verse 10 completely changed how I wanted to live my life. It literally changed how I live my personal life, lead my family and serve in the church. Read it for yourself and you’ll understand why the manual was so impactful.

2. Spend time memorizing a scripture. Did you memorize scriptures on your mission? I memorized over a 100 on my mission. With each new scripture I felt like I was gaining greater insight, understanding and power of the doctrine taught. Each word expanded into light and truth. Do you remember Elder Durrant’s talk in October 2015 conference? #Ponderize. Let’s get back to it and memorize or ponderize it up.

3. Be creative! This last one is going to include a variety of other ideas. Use journal writing in your scripture study. Read every cross reference. Read out loud. Study by topic. Mark your scriptures up. Write a short talk based on what you studied. Read the scriptures in a different language. Set goals. Create a scripture study club (I’m just making stuff up now).

Hopefully this gives you some ideas. Just don’t let it go stale. Nobody likes feasting on anything that is stale.
Comment and let us know what you do to spice up your scripture study.

5 Tips to Move Forward With Your Career

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I am going to be frankly honest: when people ask me about my career, it makes me nervous. And stressed. Why so? When I started working for the 25th month, I learned that they focus on five areas for the return missionary that can help them in their lives: financial freedom, goal setting, maintaining spiritual habits, dating & courtship, and establishing a career. Inwardly, I groaned when I heard this last subject because I thought “yet another moment when I feel nervous and stressed about the future.” I would love to avoid it, but that’s not an option.

I will explain my story of where I am at now, then provide a few ideas of how to overcome the stress and look forward to the future.

I began my collegiate studies at Brigham Young University – Idaho during the fall of 2012. Unsure of what I really wanted, but knowing that I had performed remarkably well in flute solo competitions during high school, I decided to pursue a flute performance music major. Usually freshman tend to take the general foundation courses then later move on to courses in their field of study, but as I was eagerly awaiting my college music courses, I registered for several of these classes my first semester. It was enjoyable and I learned much, to say the least, but something felt wrong. It’s difficult to explain, but as I spent hours in the practice rooms, I simply felt that I was lacking something. That I needed to do something more in my life. Besides, I could only see two options of studying music: being an educator or simply performing. Somehow these seemed less appealing and less exciting than it had a year before.

Meanwhile, all the general English 101 courses were filled, and I wanted to maintain my writing skills, so I hastily registered for a communication writing class. I never would have thought that a single class could change my life, but I was wrong. The professor worked side by side with me, and often complimented my writing. I was floored when he said I was a good writer and I should continue to write. I loved the class and learned to love the style of writing we learned, but I still was not convinced that I wanted to write for a living. However, I did feel that this was the direction I needed to head, so at the end of my first semester, I changed my major to communications, public relations emphasis.

A mission and a couple of classes later, I took my first public relations course. I have never left any class feeling so excited and happy! I even enjoyed the homework! I can look back now and see the difference between my first semester music courses and my public relations class. I truly feel that studying public relations is what I need. So why, you may ask, do I get nervous and stressed when people ask me what I want to do for my career? I still am unsure about what exactly I’m  going to do. However, as I’ve thought about it and evaluated my situation many times, I have thought of several tips to continue forward.

  1. SPEAK WITH CAREER PROFESSIONALS- Be inquisitive and ask professionals about what they do. What do they love the most? What do they dislike? Ask about advice in pursuing that field. Simply talking to people will help funnel what you are interested in pursuing.
  2. WHATEVER YOU ARE CURRENTLY DOING, DO IT WITH DEDICATION – Perhaps you are still stuck at an old job and are looking for a new opening. Maybe you are regretting taking that finance or chemistry or creative writing class. Does it seem like you are just wasting your time? I am sure that at some point, we have all felt like that, but these actually turn out to be some of the best learning experiences. I have learned so much patience and hard work and perseverance during these situations.
  3. BE HAPPY WHERE YOU ARE AT – Simply stating, you decide whether to be happy or not. Abraham Lincoln said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Some situations are difficult, but deciding to be happy and having a positive outlook can definitely help. When I decide to be happy, I have more hope for the future and that I will have success in my career.
  4. PERSONALITY TEST- The better you know yourself, the easier it will be to select a career. A career test can also be beneficial, but sometimes when someone or something else tells you what you are good at, it makes it easier to make a decision. At the latest 25th Month event, we took a career test, and it predicted that my ideal career is exactly aligned with the goals and dreams that I had earlier established that day. I never would have imagined that my goals and my dreams could eventually become my career.
  5. KEEP GOING! Whatever your situation is and whatever you are doing, don’t stop! Keep moving! I have found that as I keep studying and moving towards my degree, I am discovering little by little more of the area where I want to focus. If nothing else, I know what areas I do NOT want to pursue. I believe that it is hard to decide what you want to do when you have stopped yourself from studying or simply actively looking. So keep going and looking forward with hope. As President Thomas S. Monson said, “The future is as bright as your faith.”

CHOOSE A SIDE

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How did we get here?

Society in 2016 is vastly different when compared to how things used to be even just 50 years ago. Some things are much better than they were, for example, much of the world’s population walk around with mini computers in their pockets that allow them to access more books, knowledge, and information than anyone in the history of time.

Think about that, people 50 years ago or 2000 years ago all had to carry books around with them in order to read something about the past or read something visionary about the future.

It seems like for the grand majority of day to day life we can figure it out by asking Google, “How to ____________.” No matter if you want to learn how to cook a meal, or climb Mount Everest, there is usually a step-by-step tutorial on how to make it happen.

On the other hand some of the differences between today’s society and the past are not so favorable.

We have heard the Apostles of the Lord for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints say many times that the moral standards of society and the church used to be fairly aligned and that now the societal beliefs differ a great deal from those of the Latter Day Saint teachings.

How is it that in such a short period of time our society has decided to call good evil and evil good.

The principle that bothers me the most is the concept of neutrality.

I saw an animated video on Facebook a couple months ago that was teaching what makes a person wise. The video depicted an obviously angry man and showed how he micro managed people, judged people negatively, and had a general condescension toward others which all hinged on the fact that he had opinions.

The second man was shown to be wise in direct contrast to the first man due to his calm personality. This man was shown in Zen-like poses where he remained absolutely neutral when it came to any decisions.

Our society today teaches us that it is better to be neutral, accepting others regardless of what they do than to take a side regarding most topics. Society also teaches us that we should never tell anyone that they are wrong, and by so doing we cross a treacherous line.

All of this neutrality makes me sick.

I have always believed that we are to love ALL people, for it causes our God pain when we hate our own blood. (Moses 7:33) In addition as we have true love for others our actions will be aligned to link arms with each other and create better societies.

We should care about others on a deep level no matter who a person is, for that is what the Savior not only taught, but DID. I feel like loving others truly and deeply is one of the ultimate identifiers of real disciples of Christ. So I do not say “love others” flippantly.

Now, as we love others is it not our duty to help lift others with that love?

Lifting others begins with standing on firm and solid ground. You must have a conviction, a testimony, of all you claim to know.

For if you stand on a large pile of neutral jello you won’t be able to lift someone else let alone have the desire to lift others.

This life is about agency, therefore if people choose a path for themselves it is ultimately their decision. This is not to say that we look at others condescendingly when they do not make the same choices we make.

We make choices all the time that hurt other people’s feelings, and frankly, hurt our Heavenly Father’s feelings too. But God does not start treating us as a doofus when we make a wrong choice. He loves us all the same.

The key to this subject is that God also does not bend his rules or relax his expectations of us either. And that is how God’s love is evident to us and how his love lifts us up!

God has standards, rules, guidelines, and maps to help us become what he expects us to be.

And contrary to popular belief, God does not sit in some nebulous neutral land, taking no action in our lives and having no interest in our success…

He reaches out to you more than you might ever understand. EVERY DAY!

It has been almost 8 years since I have seen one of my best friends. Shane and I grew up together in the same stake throughout our youth and after we both served missions we became roommates.

He and I had shared some of the best times together as young single adults. After he met the girl who would become his wife he decided to become a Police Officer. During his tenure as a Police Officer he was one of the most trustworthy and respected men in his department.

One night he received the startling call that shots were fired and he was needed as backup. As he raced to aid his fellow officer, a drunk driver veered into Shane’s police car smashing him into a pole.

That was the night when Shane’s spirit went home to the God who gave him life (Alma 40:11)

…leaving his wife, daughter, family and friends with an incredible void.

It has been a process to forgive the man responsible for this tragedy, and I still pray for Shane’s wife, daughter and immediate family.

In this case the man who made a few wrong decisions is no less deserving of love than the other man in this true story.

It is easier to see how important rules, regulations, and morals are when a person’s life is on the line.

Maybe if the man hadn’t had anything to drink that night, maybe if he hadn’t decided to drive, maybe if my friend was driving a little more cautiously…

Maybe things would have turned out differently.

If everyone would follow the rules, things would be so much better for all of us.

Society seems to have a huge problem with what is wrong or bad in an effort to make nothing wrong or bad unless it comes down to sever cases involving death.

The fact of the matter is that there is good AND bad. Right and wrong DO exist in this world even though popular media tells you that you are wise for staying neutral and not having opinions, beliefs, or convictions.

So STAND UP! CHOOSE A SIDE!

Have an opinion! Have beliefs! Have convictions! Because having conviction is so much more important than swaying in any direction the wind decides to blow.

I realize that some beliefs are wrong. Yep I said it, wrong. People shouldn’t hate others based upon skin color. People shouldn’t hate others, PERIOD. But I always hold a higher level of respect for a person who lives in uncompromising congruence with their beliefs as opposed to someone whose goal is to be neutral.

Having convictions and beliefs does not mean we shouldn’t analyze them from time to time, or even adopt new ones if they are based upon God’s truths. It also does not mean that we should force everyone else to have our beliefs.

God doesn’t force us even though he is right.

God wants every one of his children back after our lives are over here on this earth. He has never been able to take from us our ability to choose, nor will he. And so he works, stretches out his hand, opens doors, and closes doors in effort to help us choose a side…

To CHOOSE HIS SIDE.

 

Bryan Hatch
Co-Founder of 25th Month

What Leads a Returned Missionary to Spiritual Death?

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Falling backwardsWe know from our research about 40% of returned missionaries have a period of inactivity. Some return to the church and others never do. How does a returned missionary who has served for either 18 or 24 months end up falling into spiritual destruction?

 
No Church Calling
I have often heard missionaries as they prepared to go home comment, “When I get home I am avoiding a calling, I need a break.” Not having a calling and responsibility is almost certain spiritual death for a returned missionary. Think about it. You’ve been serving 24/7 for either 18 or 24 months straight. You had an identity which gave you power and authority from God. You lived a standard that would keep you worthy of immense privilege. Now you are home with no “title” and you might even wonder what your purpose is now since you no longer wear the badge of honor. You may question why should I study so hard, I am not teaching anyone. Why should I pray so much, no one needs my help. So on and so on.

The first thing you should do when you come home is go straight to your Bishop and ask him for a calling. Take no breaks! If you are without a calling find a way to serve in any capacity you can in the Kingdom of God. There is no shortage of need. It will be one of your most important steps continuing on the straight and narrow.

Idleness
Remember how busy your days were as a missionary? I remember thinking I could write a book on being a missionary after just one day. Now do you remember your first few weeks home? Maybe you had a job lined up and school ready to go with a special someone waiting. Rarely is this the case for most returned missionaries. We often find ourselves waiting for school to start, looking for a job and wondering who will be our first date. We learn in the Book of Mormon that the Lamanites “became an idle people, full of mischief and subtlety” (2 Nephi 5:24). Idleness leads to mischief, doubt, and selfishness. In speaking to the elders located at Independence, Missouri on August 8th of 1831, the Lord commanded the elders of the church, “Thou shalt not idle away thy time” (D&C 60:13). Idleness is the Devils playground.

Instead, find yourself “anxiously engaged in a good cause” (D&C 58:27). Don’t wait for good to come to you; go find good to do each and every day. Just as Ammon did when he served the king of the Lamanites. After the servants reported to the king that Ammon had cut off the arms of their enemies, the king inquired of Ammons whereabouts. Where did they find him? Tending to the Kings’ horses. Just because you have done a great work as Ammon had done by serving the king doesn’t mean now you become idle in your activities. Be faithful as Ammon was and tend to all the commands of God.

Falling Backwards Into Old Habits
Many of us leave behind old habits when we go to serve our missions. I had many companions who decided to serve later in their life. This may have been due to challenges with the law of chastity, word of wisdom or lacking faith.

I remember when I came home and all my friends were non-members. I realized that nothing had changed for them. They were still playing video games and hanging out on the weekends. Although, most had now taken up drinking since their dreams of becoming collegiate or professional athletes had now come to an end. While I didn’t pick up the habit of drinking I did fall back into old habits of the music I listened to, the movies and T.V. shows I watched and video games I played. I had left my mission with so much ambition and desire and in a few short months I was significantly back tracking. I had let the new habits of daily scripture study and prayer fall by the wayside. I found myself confused, alone and frustrated.

Those old habits will be waiting for you upon your return. You will need to replace them with the habits you created on your mission and with new ones you want in your future. One of the best tools to use to help is a SCHEDULE. Just as you scheduled your day on your mission you need to schedule your days at home. If not, the old habits will be waiting to fill your time.

Scriptures to Wrest
Placing the scriptures to wrest (rest) is one of the quickest habits to go after coming home. After being home for a few short months I asked myself during a Sacrament meeting, did I even read my scriptures this week?

To wrest the scriptures is to twist them or force an incorrect interpretation on them. Alma used this wording when speaking to the people of Ammonihah. He said, “Behold the scriptures are before you; if ye will wrest them it shall be to your own destruction” (Alma 13:20). I would like to add to Alma’s teaching and say that if we drop the W to wrest that we will have the same results. If we REST the scriptures or do not study them it is to our own destruction. You would be hard pressed to find an RM who left the church and spent time everyday reading from the scriptures and particularly from the Book of Mormon.
Make sure scripture study and prayer are your number one priority each morning. If you win the morning, you win the day.

Summary
President Gordon B. Hinckley taught the members of the church that every new convert needs three things.
1. A friend. Home and visiting teachers.
2. An assignment. Calling in the church.
3. Constantly nourished by the good word of God. Scripture study.

If this is what you taught your new converts on your mission then shouldn’t you abide its teaching as well? We are all becoming converted to Christ.

Don’t fall backwards, move forward!

What I wish I Knew About Dating as a Recent RM

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“How did you start talking and even going out with, you know, the ‘other kind’ when you got back?” This question made me laugh, as I remembered my dates during the first few weeks after returning from serving a mission in Brazil for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I had anticipated asking my friend what kind of adjustments were hard for him when returning, but he beat me to it. I shouldn’t have been surprised at his question though; dating is on most of our minds.

During a full-time mission, missionaries follow strict rules, such as refraining from dating or pursuing such relationships to focus on serving others and teaching about Jesus Christ. As much as missionaries grow and develop a love for the people wherever they served, adjusting to the social scene usually takes a while.

Back to the question which my friend asked me. I answered that I knew I needed to date. The first few dates were a little awkward, spending one-on-one time with someone with the opposite sex, trying to enjoy it, while for the past 18 months it was something I specifically avoided. But eventually, you have to face reality. Hugging instead of giving handshakes, trying to not flinch when someone gives you a pat on the back, etc.

What I found is that dating can be fun! Something I’ve learned from going on many dates since being home from a mission is that I don’t have to go on the date expecting to marry the guy. However, as I relax and be myself, I can get to know him better and not worry about the future.

Through the 25th Month, I’ve learned much more about how to have more effective and even fun dates! Some of these include:

  • If someone asks you on a date, go out with them even if you are not initially interested. (That is of course, excluding people you feel are creepy or around whom you feel unsafe.)
  • Stop “hanging out.” Be more open to go on dates, rather than chillin’ with friends or hanging at home.
  • Go on one-on-one dates. Group dates can be fun, but one-on-one dates really let you get to know your date better.
  • Be all the way there. Just because you are physically there does not mean you should be thinking about other things.
  • Pay attention to you date (see above note). Listen to what he or she says and respond as though it was incredibly interesting. Your date will appreciate your attention.
  • Ask open-ended questions. (example: What is one of your favorite life experiences?) When your date asks a closed question, explain your answer!
  • Set goals! Going on regular dates will help you know what you want in a companion.

The biggest thing I learned for myself though, is not to stress or obsess over dating or finding “the one.” Life is all about balance. Yes, I should date, but I don’t want to consume my life with it and let my happiness depend on my relationship success. (If I do obsess, by the time I am seriously dating someone or married, about what else will I think?) So yes, date, but don’t worry too much. As long as you are keeping the commandments and doing what’s right, the Lord will bless you. The first dates back from the mission may be awkward or even uncomfortable, but as you keep dating, you will have fun and maybe even meet that special someone.

 

Why Date? For Singles, In Relationships, AND Married–PLUS Date night Ideas

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“Dating” is one of those words that can bring a lot of fond memories or dreaded nightmares. Either way, dating is essential to finding your eternal companion AND continually strengthen your relationship with your eternal companion. The process can be challenging at times with schedules, interests and personalities BUT, it can be a whole lot of fun as well. Bryan Hatch from 25th Month says, “You Should be dating! If you’re SINGLE, date a LOT to find out how AWESOME people are. If you’re MARRIED, date your spouse a LOT to find out how AWESOME of a person your spouse is!”

The Strength of Youth explains that the purpose for dating is to create lasting friendships AND find your eternal companion (For the Strength of Youth).

SINGLES and Those in RELATIONSHIPS:dating

“May I speak frankly? The track that leads to marriage passes through the terrain called dating! Dating is the opportunity for lengthy conversations. When you date, learn everything you can about each other. Get to know each other’s families when possible. Are your goals compatible? Do you share the same feelings about the commandments, the Savior, the priesthood, the temple, parenting, callings in the Church, and serving other? Have you observed one another under stress, responding to success and failure, resisting anger, and dealing with setbacks? Does the person you are dating tear others down or build them up?

“Speaking plainly, please don’t date all through your 20s just to ‘have a good time,’ thus delaying marriage in favor of other interests and activities. Why? Because dating and marriage aren’t final destinations. They are the gateway to where you ultimately want to go.

“Your responsibility now is to be worthy of the person you want to marry. If you want to marry a wholesome, attractive, honest, happy, hardworking, spiritual person, be that kind of person. If you are that person and you are not married, be patient.” (Meeting the Challenges of today’s World, Elder Robert D. Hales)

MARRIED:old couple dating

“Marriage brings greater possibilities for happiness than does any other human relationship. Yet some married couples fall short of their full potential. They let their romance become rusty, take each other for granted, allow other interests or clouds of neglect to obscure the vision of what their marriage really could be. Marriages would be happier if nurtured more carefully (Nurturing Marriage, Russell M. Nelson).” One way to nurture your marriage is through DATING!

Lori Cluff Schade, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, wrote “The quality of your marriage is influencing your children, whether you realize it or not. As you and your spouse work to improve your relationship, your children will be blessed… Introduce an element of novelty into your dating. There is research suggesting that couples who intentionally date by seeking new experiences often achieve improved relationship quality. This requires creativity and effort, NOT MONEY” (Blessing Our Children by Improving Our Marriages, Lori Cluff Schade).

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Wise Men Still Seek Him: What does it mean?

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Their Journey

Wise men journeyed from the East to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. … When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when … they saw the young child with Mary his mother, they fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.’  (Matt. 2:2, 10-11)

Our Journey

knockThe prophet Jeremiah counseled, “Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13) “The formula for finding Jesus has always been and ever will be the same–the earnest and sincere prayer of a humble and pure heart… Before we can successfully undertake a personal search for Jesus, we must first prepare time for him in our lives and room for him in our hearts. In these busy days there are many who have time for golf, time for shopping, time for work, time for play–but no time for Christ. Lovely homes dot the land and provide rooms for eating, rooms for sleeping, playrooms, sewing rooms, television rooms, but no room for Christ.” (The Search for Jesus, President Monson)

Their Gifts

wise-mens-gifts“Why did the Wise men bring Jesus such rare gifts? Most scholars agree that the gifts were symbolic. The gold symbolized Jesus’s kingship, frankincense His divinity, and myrrh His suffering and death, since myrrh was a substance used to perfume dead bodies before burial.” (We Three Kings, New Era)

The Bible Dictionary summarizes the Church’s belief about the Wise Men: “They were righteous men sent on an errand to witness the presence of the Son of God on the earth.”

Our Gifts

our gift“When we find him, will we be prepared as were the wise men of old to provide gifts from our many treasures? they presented gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These are not the gifts Jesus asks of us. From the treasure of our hearts Jesus asks that we give of ourselves: ‘Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind’ (D&C 64:34).” (The Search for Jesus, President Monson)

Give of Ourselves

“Isn’t it true that we often get so busy? And, sad to say, we even wear our busyness as a badge of honor, as though being busy, by itself, was an accomplishment or sign of a superior life… Is it? I think of our Lord and Exemplar, Jesus Christ… I see the compassionate and caring Son of God purposefully living each day. When He interacted with those around Him, they felt important and loved… He blessed them, ministered to them. he lifted them up, healed them. He gave them the precious gift of HIS TIME.” (To Give of Ourselves, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/4″][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OcQXpZwRKY”][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/4″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Hallelujah–Recognizing The Gift Inside You. Lindsey Stirling Shares Her Talent and Testimony

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[vc_column_text]linsdey StirlingLindsey Stirling shared a beautiful rendition of Hallelujah in response to the media challenge #ASaviorIsBorn. The music video reminisce a few of her past performances, showing understanding that she is who she is AND has become who she has become, thanks to our creator and Savior, Jesus Christ.  At the end of the music video, Lindsey shares her sweet testimony of the Savior and how He is the one person that ALWAYS see the beauty within us.

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25th Month Academy Live — Recap

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[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]We had such an AWESOME time at our 25th Month Academy Live on August 24th & 25th, 2015. We were among some amazing young adults who were so excited to learn and grow. We heard from outstanding professionals in our career segment, had two phenomenal guest speakers [Lyane and Kerby], were taught the 6 key principles for success after the mission from both our co-founders, ate amazingly well, and had a whole lot of fun while doing it! Here’s the photos from the event as well as some testimonials from the group.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_text_separator title=”Testimonial”][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/140904234″][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/2″][vc_text_separator title=”Photo Recap”][vc_video link=”https://vimeo.com/141965894″][/vc_column][/vc_row]