Richard Alger

Personal Online Journal

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

He is the Great Mediator

It's a very difficult thing to go through: to kneel down and desire to speak to my Father in Heaven when I am so lonely or when I am so anguished. It's an interesting conversation to have. He doesn't immediately try to make it better. He listens to me first.. and I thought that was very helpful.  
He allowed me to get that anger off my chest. But inevitably He would come back and teach me about His Son, Jesus Christ. When I did feel anger, or there was just a deep sense of loneliness, I didn't direct that at the person that had caused this. It directed itself at the Savior. ("Forgiveness: My Burden Was Made Light", Forgiveness and the power of Jesus Christ enable a man to survive losing his wife and several children in a car accident, MormonMessages, 28 Jul 2010)
Have I decided what I would do in this case?

Will I allow the Savior to take the pain and grief of what has happened to me. Will I allow Him to take the pain and grief I have caused?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The deepest desire of my heart

From a FB post of Dallin H. Oaks

I received a letter from a woman studying at Harvard University. I was impressed with its content. 
She said, “I am only 26 and I have felt the trial of singleness overtake me.” 
After sharing more in her letter, she concluded: “I was walking home from work one afternoon one year ago, pouring my heart out to God, telling Him my deepest desire was to be a wife and mother. I was stopped in my tracks as a powerful thought and feeling came into my heart and mind. The thought was that I was wrong. The deepest desire of my heart should be discipleship of Jesus Christ and then the second can be to be a wife and mother. My outlook on life has changed since then. I had them switched around. I know all the blessings promised will be mine, but this will happen in the Lord’s time and not mine.” What a powerful thought! 
Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught, “Since faith in the timing of the Lord may be tried, let us learn to say not only, ‘Thy will be done,’ but patiently also, ‘Thy timing be done.’” We may say, “Thy will be done,” but when your heart is aching—perhaps you’re not yet married and you desire to be—it would be wise to also say, “Thy timing be done.” Ask the Lord for continued revelation to guide your life. 
The Lord has His own timetable for His children. In life’s experiences, including marriage, parenthood, and many other things, each timetable will be different. We must have faith and trust in the Lord to know that He is there and that He loves us. All promised blessings will one day be yours.

Monday, June 20, 2016

I Can Be An Elephant Hunter

In one of the talks I listened to recently from Life Leadership, they spoke about being an elephant hunter. They talked about how that occurs sometimes in business. That sometime on a board of directors someone talks about bringing up the elephant in the room. They then said that powerful leaders don't just suggest that there might be an elephant in the room. They are elephant hunters. They seek out the most important issues facing the business.

In the same way, I can be an elephant hunter in all aspects of my life.

I can face the dangers of pornography in my life and in the life of my children and challenge my close friends to do the same. Here is a video that may be helpful to you and your family.

I can take responsibility for my part in the finances of my family and have frank, kind discussions with my wife.

I can take on all the elephants in my life.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I am the Programmer of my Program

Do I sabotage myself daily? I have an opportunity to fill world with what's possible. To be free from the chains of my previous, unhealthy opinions and self-assessments. I am the programmer of my program. I say who I am because I say who I am.

Holy temples are as necessary today as they were in ancient eras

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Truth Shall Set You Free

Joe: How do you know?
Quince: Because she knows the worst thing about me and it's OK.
Joe: It's not just one thing, it's just an idea Joe... um
It's like, you know each other's're deepest, darkest secrets.
Joe: You're deepest darkest secrets?
Quince: Yeah, and then your free.
Joe: Free?
Quince: You're free, you're free to love each other completely, totally. No fear... There's nothing that you don't know about each other and it's, it's OK.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Faith to Reap

I love this quote on the relationship of hope to faith
if you ever find yourselves without enough hope to reach your dreams, don't focus on increasing your hope. Focus on increasing your faith in Christ, and hope will follow automatically.  When we are discouraged, we tend to focus on hope.  Like the high school football coach at halftime, the world would give you a pep talk.  "You can do it." we're told.  "Positive mental attitude." we're told.  "Get out there and go, go, go." But that kind of hope evaporates as soon as we meet with significant challenges.  The hope that comes from faith in Christ is different.  One who has faith in Christ recognizes that even if she or he can't do it, the Savior can.  And from this faith springs the hope that never gives up until the dream comes true.  This is the faith to reap. ("The Faith to Reap" a BYU-Idaho devotional from March 17, 2005 by Elder Wilford W. Andersen)

Thursday, April 07, 2016

“That I Might Draw All Men unto Me”

Out of all the talks of conference, this message has had the most impact.
The concept—“the greater the distance between the giver and the receiver, the more the receiver develops a sense of entitlement”—also has profound spiritual applications. Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, are the ultimate Givers. The more we distance ourselves from Them, the more entitled we feel. We begin to think that we deserve grace and are owed blessings. We are more prone to look around, identify inequities, and feel aggrieved—even offended—by the unfairness we perceive. While the unfairness can range from trivial to gut-wrenching, when we are distant from God, even small inequities loom large. We feel that God has an obligation to fix things—and fix them right now! (“That I Might Draw All Men unto Me”, Dale G. Renlund, Apr 2016)
What is the best way to draw near under God?
To draw closer to the Savior, we must increase our faith in Him, make and keep covenants, and have the Holy Ghost with us. We must also act in faith, responding to the spiritual direction we receive. All of these elements come together in the sacrament. Indeed, the best way I know of to draw closer to God is to prepare conscientiously and partake worthily of the sacrament each week.
As we draw closer to God, the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ will come into our lives. And, as with the disciples on the way to Emmaus, we will find that the Savior has been nearby all along.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Follow Him and Find New Life

Because of Jesus, I will live again, my wife, my parents my children. I have always believed that.

To me, the greater wonder has been the miracle of forgiveness. That his grace can change my heart. Can make in me a new creature that no longer has the disposition for sin.

Every day I get to choose to follow him to trust him to willingly give my will to the Father as he did in Gethsemane and on the cross.
Perhaps the greatest discovery of my life, without question the greatest commitment, came when finally I had the confidence in God that I would loan or yield my agency to him— without compulsion or pressure, without any duress, as a single individual alone, by myself, no counterfeiting, nothing expected other than the privilege. In a sense, speaking figuratively, to take one’s agency, that precious gift which the scriptures make plain is essential to life itself, and say, ‘I will do as you direct,’ is afterward to learn that in so doing you possess it all the more. ("Obedience", Boyd K. Packer, BYU Devotional Dec 1971)