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"Through studying and pondering the scriptures and the words of the latter-day prophets, we can feast upon the words of Christ, and the words will tell us all the things that we should do. (See 2 Ne. 32:3.) Then we must nourish the word and allow it to take root. (See Alma 32:41-43.) After we hearken to the word and hold fast to it, we are promised that temptations and the fiery darts of the adversary will not overpower us. (See 1 Ne. 15:24.) We will be able to recognize the truth when we hear it just as the shepherds and the Wise Men knew when they were told about the Saviors birth. The scriptures are the word of God and a light to us and the world, and we can follow this light as if they were our guiding star." - Betty Jo N. Jepsen, "By Way of Invitation (Alma 5:62)," Ensign (CR), November 1992, p.76

"We can call upon our Heavenly Father in the name of our Savior. Prayer provides an opportunity for us to express gratitude. Taking an inventory of our blessings fills us with hope. 'Pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love.' (Moro. 7:48.)

"We can ask for what we need hour by hour and minute by minute. It is possible to have this personal conversation with our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ by kneeling in prayer, just as surely as if we could kneel beside the manger and see the Savior there." - Betty Jo N. Jepsen, "By Way of Invitation" (Alma 5:62), Ensign (CR), November 1992, p.76

"There may be times when we excuse ourselves for unkindness because we are not feeling our best or our mood is not just right. It is easy to act kindly toward others when things are going well in our lives. But perhaps the real measure of our kindness comes if we can be so when we are tired, disappointed, or suffering because of an unkind deed done to us. Are we kind when all is not well?" - Betty Jo Jepsen, "Kindness—A Part of God's Plan," Ensign (CR), November 1990, p. 91

These are the gifts we bring. The talents we have come from our Heavenly Father, and to honor Him, we can develop and expand them and then return them to Him. All of us possess some talent which we can practice, increase, and offer. Are you regularly practicing your talents? Perhaps your talent is kindness or gratitude. How about being cheerful, helpful, and unselfish? How about practicing that winning smile? The Wise Men brought their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. We can bring our talents. – Betty Jo N. Jepson, “By Way of Invitation (Alma 5:62),” Ensign (CR) November 1992

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