Jan 27 16

Marriage Retreats

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Dr. Jeremy Boden and Dr. Wally Goddard are hosting a Hold Me Tight retreat on these dates:

March 4-5
April 15-16

Register now for Early Bird Pricing.

Jan 25 16

The Key to Effective Parenting

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A brilliant psychologist taught: Every child should spend a substantial amount of time with somebody who’s crazy about him or her. There has to be at least one person who has an irrational involvement with that child, someone who thinks that kid is more important than other people’s kids, someone who’s in love with him or her and whom he or she loves in return. (Urie Bronfenbrenner)
Does each of our children have someone who is crazy about him or her?

Apr 9 11

Atonement Video- Was Jacob Austere?

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Some people have thought that Jacob–the first born in the wilderness–was plainspoken and austere. He surprises us!

To view Wally’s latest video on the atonement, click on the link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBi89W3U4ug&feature=channel_video_title

Mar 1 11

Transcript to Lehi’s Farewell

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The following is a transcript to Wally’s video Lehi’s Farewell. If you prefer to watch the video, you may click here.

One of the greatest atonement chapters in all of recorded scripture is that final address given by Lehi to his son Jacob in 2 Nephi 2.

He says in verse 2, “Nevertheless, Jacob, my first-born in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain”. Jacob certainly had an abundance of afflictions. And Lehi knew from experience that when afflictions are combined with faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, they are turned to our gain—to our benefit and growth.

While we said this chapter is addressed to Jacob, we have to suspect that Lehi hoped that other family members who were sitting by listening to this speech might be touched by the message as well.

Let’s think about Lehi’s message in this powerfully poignant moment. He says in verse 3, “I know that thou art redeemed, because of the righteousness of thy Redeemer.” Let’s combine that with verse 5: “And by the law no flesh is justified; or, by the law men are cut off.” The law does not make us righteous. In fact, it makes us unrighteous—it condemns us. So the core concept carried through this great chapter begins and continues through verse 6. “Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth.” Then in verse 8: “Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know”– that we might know—“that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah.”

One of the verses that is often misused from this chapter is verse 11. I think most of my life I misunderstood or underappreciated this verse. In it Lehi says, “For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things.” We often interpret this phrase to mean that there have to be difficulties, there have to be challenges in life. But I think Lehi means that there have to be opposites; there have to be choices. There must be good and evil, light and dark, goodness andevil. There must be self-sufficiency as opposed to God-dependency.

So Lehi sets up a great comparison where he shows that, if you take away those opposites—if you take away that choice—then all mortality just collapses into meaninglessness and stops existing. It is a wonderful line of argumentation that is carefully developed. So for instance, he talks in verse 15, about the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life. And then in verse 16, “Wherefore, man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other.”

In fact throughout all of mortality we are enticed, enticed by God who says, “May I bless you? May I teach you? May I enlarge you?” We are also enticed by Satan who says, “May I make you feel self-sufficient? May I turn you away from God? May I turn you towards meeting your own needs?” This is a very powerful chapter.

May I recommend that you might want to read the commentary by Brent Gardner about this chapter, as well as other chapters in the Book of Mormon. He has written a series called Second Witness, which has six volumes that he calls an analytical and contextual commentary on the Book of Mormon. In that commentary where he talks about 2 Nephi 2, he shows how central that idea of opposites is.

Returning to Lehi, in verse 21 comes a great insight: “And the days of the children of men were prolonged, according to the will of God, that they might repent while in the flesh; wherefore their state became a state of probation, and their time was lengthened…”

Heavenly Father knows that it will take us decades to learn to get past this terrible self-sufficiency that is so much a part of the human condition. And He grants us decades. Day after day, month after month, He invites. He says, “Please come to me and be rescued.”

And then in verses 26-27, the Messiah cometh. “And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon… Wherefore men are free.” But not free in a great American sense—free to do as we please. It means free to choose between those opposites. “All things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil…”

It’s a choice. It’s a choice between opposites. To, day in and day out, turn to Christ and say, “I’m desperate for your help.” Or, in the hands of Satan, keep depending upon ourselves.

One of the most familiar passages in all of scripture is verse 25. “But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. Adam fell that men might be; and men are that they might have joy” (v. 24-25). Adam fell downward and forward to bring us here to earth. But our purpose, even as we suffer and struggle with affliction here, is to return to God and joy. And it can only happen in one way—by choosing to be changed through the atonement

Feb 3 11

Nephi’s Psalm

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Have you ever wondered how Nephi dealt with deep trials? Watch this video by Wally Goddard where he explains how Nephi poured out his heart after his father died. He teaches us how to access the power of the atonement and how the atonement changes our perspectives.

Click here for the video Nephi’s Psalm.

Jan 20 11

Lehi’s Farewell

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Click on the link below to hear Wally Goddard teach from 2 Nephi 2. Learn how Lehi teaches about the atonement through opposition.

http://www.youtube.com/wallygoddard

Jan 4 11

The Tree of Life

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Come learn with Nephi, in this latest video from Wally Goddard, about the greatest of all gifts of God.

You can access this video as well as Wally’s previous videos by clicking on the link below.

The Tree of Life

Jan 1 11

Lehi’s Life Summary

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 “But Behold! The Lord hath redeemed my soul from 

   hell.” ~ 2 Nephi 1:15

Click on the link below to watch Wally Goddard’s new video teaching us not only Lehi’s Summary of his own life, but the great plan of happiness as well.

Lehi’s Life Summary

Dec 30 10

The Great Atonement Videos

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Wally has recently begun recording a series of informal lectures on the great atonement passages. To view the introductory video click the link below:

Great Atonement Passages

Dec 6 10

A New, Free Resource to Help You Live Better and Have Happier Family Relationships

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Do you want to be happier in your life, improve your marriage, or find helpful ideas for raising your children? We all need credible information to strengthen our relationships, but it can be hard to find good information.

The University of Arkansas’s Cooperative Extension Service is offering you a new, free resource: Navigating Life’s Journey. You can sign up to receive weekly e-mails to help you improve your personal well-being and family relationships. The research-based ideas come from family life experts so you can trust that they are credible and will work in your real life. There will also be a practical suggestion of how you can apply the idea to your life.

The e-mails will be short so you can read them quickly during your busy day. If you want more detailed information on the topic, you can click on links in the emails. 

There will be three e-mail series running simultaneously. You can sign up for one, two, or all three of the series on these topics:

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