How Strong Are Your Roots?

How strong are your roots?
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I can’t think of a time in my life where strong roots in the Gospel of Jesus Christ are needed. I can bet many of you feel the same way. So, how strong are your roots?
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Let’s be honest with ourselves. If we are not rooted deep in the word of Jesus Christ, we will be scorched. We don’t stand a chance against the adversary or the hardships we are going to face if we aren’t submerged deep in the word of the Lord.
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”If we are not rooted in the teachings of the gospel and regular in its practices, any one of us can develop a stony heart, which is stony ground for spiritual seeds.” Elder Oaks.
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I have friends and relatives that I’ve seen come and go. They go strong for a period of time, but for some reason, their roots wither away and die—lack of proper care and nutrition to their soul.
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Let’s refer to Elder Oaks one more time. He talks about deceitfulness and riches.
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”Wherever we are in our spiritual journey—whatever our state of conversion—we are all tempted by this. When attitudes or priorities are fixed on the acquisition, use, or possession of property, we call that materialism.
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So much has been said and written about materialism that little needs to be added here. Those who believe in what has been called the theology of prosperity are suffering from the deceitfulness of riches.
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The possession of wealth or significant income is not a mark of heavenly favor, and their absence is not evidence of heavenly disfavor.”
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The root of all evil is not money but the love of money (see 1 Timothy 6:10).
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There are many things we need to do in order to have deep roots and remain strong. Take an in-depth look into your heart. Are you honest, and do you hear the word of the Lord and keep it?
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We must be praying, studying and applying our scripture reading, serving, and by regularly partaking of the sacrament. This allows for His Spirit to be with us always.
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These things must be done, and we have no wiggle room to neglect them. Hear Him!
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PC: Doc Christensen @altusfineart

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