GCBC Week 22: Avoiding Sin and Addictions

This week we will study two general conference talks,

“Avoiding the Trap of Sin”
by Elder Jairo Mazzagardi

“We must be alert because small choices can bring great consequences . . . What may appear to be of little importance . . . will make us lose sensitivity little by little, allowing us to do worse things.”

and

“O That Cunning Plan of The Evil One”
by Elder M. Russell Ballard

“If anyone who is addicted has a desire to overcome, then there is a way to spiritual freedom—a way to escape from bondage—a way that is proven. . . . The formula for having our heart, our body, our mind, and our spirit transformed is found in the scriptures.”

What did you learn and/or understand better from these two talks?  What do you think the speakers are asking us to do?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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GCBC Week 15: Cleansing the Inner Vessel

Thank you to those of you who have been diligent with GCBC even when I have not been. The past few weeks have brought on several unexpected circumstances that have demanded large quantities of my time, so thank you for being patient with my very intermittent and lame posting.  🙂

This week’s talk is President Packer’s talk about the power of repentance and of the priesthood to heal especially some of the more common ills and temptations of today’s society.

“Nowhere are the generosity and the kindness and mercy of God more manifest than in repentance.”

“Cleansing the Inner Vessel”

President Boyd K. Packer
President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

I previously wrote a little rant where I shared some of my feelings following much of the “controversy” that was arisen from this talk.  I want to make clear that this forum has never, will never and is not now a place to criticize or question the Lord’s anointed.  While questions may obviously arise, I feel that they should always be taken to the Lord, made an object of prayer and study, and not expressed as criticism.

Having said that, I invite you to look at this talk as directed at your very own life and how it can apply to you personally.  What are the stand-out messages, warnings, counsel, and encouragement that you get out of it?

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