May 10, 2012

President Monson's formula...

"Let us remember President Monson's formula: “You can’t be right by doing wrong; you can’t be wrong by doing right.” {- Ulisses Soares, “Abide in the Lord’s Territory!“, April 2012 General Conference}
I love this quote. 

I've been doing a lot of scripture reading. I actually finished the Book of Mormon a few days ago. I know these words are true yet I still felt impressed to pray and ask. As I finished my prayer, I was filled with the Holy Ghost. I was filled with overwhelming warmth and comfort and know with an assurance, these things are true and that God is real. He hears me, He knows me. 
The other day I came across 3 Nephi 13:24. This scripture is also in the Bible in Matthew 6:24. It reads:
"No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon."
Everyday I am trying to be mindful of my actions and my thoughts. I know when my thoughts are mean or I am quick to anger, it is not of God. I am grateful to have the scriptures to guide me. To gain Christlike characteristics. To find my way back to our Heavenly Father and to reap the blessings of exaltation. To feast upon them so that I may understand service, to have faith, to try with all my might to show love to everyone and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to those around me. As I get older, I am understanding why my parents stressed so much to go to church, to read scriptures and to make good choices. I know who I want to serve and that is God. 

I wanted to know where President Monson's formula originated and what talk it came from. I looked it up and found it. I love this talk addressed to the students of BYU in 2005. It's calledDecisions Determine Destiny. Check it out, it's a GOOD one! 
Of that talk my favorite thing President Monson says is, "I can't stress too strongly that decisions determine destiny. You can't make eternal decisions without eternal consequences."
This I know all too well. Because I chose to make bad decisions back THEN, I am facing the consequences NOW. I know in due time the Lord will deliver me from this personal bondage I feel. The separation I have to endure from my Hola. But I have the utmost faith that with hard work, determination and the Lord's help of course, that I will have my Hola with me once and for all. I am grateful for my trials. I look to them as building blocks and ways to make me stronger. 
I hope and pray that I can teach my children to learn from mistakes made in the past. To teach them that the past is past and that we can learn to make better decision and not to repeat history. I know with the Lord's guidance, I will be able to help mold my beautiful boys into wonderful, faithful men who love the Lord, who will honor their priesthood, who will be willing to serve Him, always stand in Holy places, be good examples to those around them and remain witnesses of God until we can all enter into the kingdom of God as good and faithful servants.

My main goal and purpose in this life is to steer my children unto righteousness. I hope that I can fulfill that duty and privilege. I know with the Lord's help, this task will be much easier. With the Lord ANY task is much easier to endure and with Him ALL things are possible. I hope my kids know that there is true and real power when searching and pondering the scriptures. Power to do good always, power to fight temptation, power to learn and feel the things that are true. I love them with all my heart and hope they feel it everyday. 
I hope you all have a safe weekend and that you continue to feast upon the words of Christ. God is good, ALWAYS!


  1. Thanks for your testimony, Cousin! I can literally feel the Spirit while reading this blog. I truly admire your faith in the Lord and in the gospel. You are a wonderful mother and an inspiration! I love you :)

  2. I love you too cousin! I am grateful amazing people like you are in my life. Please send birthday wishes to your beautiful Naomi. She has got to be one of the best babies ever! 

  3. Tasha Pulou GinesJuly 8, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Thanks T for this post. I really needed it today...

    1. You're welcome Tash! Pleasekiss those beautiful girls for me!!

  4. Hey Talisha! This is Alyson Wolfgramm Ferlin now, but wow, I just saw that you had a blog and checked it out and this one caught my attention! I have to tell you what an inspiration you are and how powerful your words are in this! Your testimony is simple and true and powerful. I love reading anything by Pres. Monson and his Decisions Determine Destination is a motivating and inspiring talk. thank you for your testimony and the wonderful reminders of how loving and merciful our Heavenly Father is and how we can still find happiness and comfort through his Son, Jesus Christ and his Atonement. Talisha you are one gorgeous, faithful person and an awesome mother! Just know what a HUGE example your are to many that know you, and yes I am one of the many! Love you girl and now I think I need to start blogging:)


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