Loyd J. Ericson

A Quote by Loyd J. Ericson on achievement, christ, circumstances, clarity, desires, direction, feeling, goals, god, growth, heart, idealism, improvement, men, mind, simplicity, understanding, and world

To resolve an issue of improvement of circumstances - to nurture positive growth - the first step is to clearly define and state it in as simple terms as possible. The more concise and clear one's goal is stated - an ideal he desires to achieve - the better he can focus thoughts upon its essentials. One must go beyond what he already understands, by projecting his mind and the feelings of his heart into hitherto unknown areas; and, call upon God for new light upon which to proceed. Such internal direction is available to all persons, because the light of Christ, "was the light of men . . . which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." John 1:4, 9

Loyd J. Ericson

Source: Loyd J. Ericson, The Sower and the Divine Pattern of Progress, Boise, Idaho, 1998

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A Quote by Loyd J. Ericson on adoption, beginning, desires, discontent, idealism, improvement, life, and mind

When one recognizes a discontented desire for improvement in his life, his mind begins to cast about for ways to resolve the issue - to adopt a new ideal to live by - for moving from where he is to where he desires to be.

Loyd J. Ericson

Source: Loyd J. Ericson, The Sower and the Divine Pattern of Progress, Boise, Idaho, 1998

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Loyd J. Ericson on ability, commitment, competition, conflict, direction, emotion, evil, guidance, ideas, life, lust, parenthood, rules, seriousness, solution, spirit, uncertainty, war, weakness, and youth

When confronted with an issue, the stones and thorns in life will reveal a weakness - by unrest within. Sometimes a confusing unrest is caused by the uncertainty of conflicts between external and internal directions. A person often finds himself in a mental and emotional tug-of-war as differing ideas compete for his commitment. The Apostle Paul recommended a solution to this when he counseled: "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh, for the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." (Galatians 5:16,17) Not all external direction is wrong or evil. For instance, our parents gave us specific directions and rules in our childhood and youth to protect us and guide us away from serious misadventures. This direction is usually continued until we gradually demonstrated an ability to act for ourselves.

Loyd J. Ericson

Source: Loyd J. Ericson, The Sower and the Divine Pattern of Progress, Boise, Idaho, 1998

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Loyd J. Ericson on approval, foolishness, god, idealism, inspiration, judgment, meaning, solution, spirit, and spirituality

If the new-found ideal solution to an issue is inspired of God, it will often not make sense to some persons upon whom we have occasionally relied for approval - persons who are sometimes well meaning, but not inspired. The Apostle Paul wrote, "The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man." 1 Corinthians 2:14,15

Loyd J. Ericson

Source: Loyd J. Ericson, The Sower and the Divine Pattern of Progress, Boise, Idaho, 1998

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Loyd J. Ericson on anger, conflict, desires, disappointment, discontent, effort, embarrassment, emotion, existence, expectation, fear, feeling, goals, idealism, mind, perfection, promises, resentment, trying, and world

The term ideal, herein is not used in the sense of an abstract, unattainable perfection; but rather it means a worthy goal that has promise of attainment through appropriate efforts. The gap between where you are and where you desire to be creates a mental and emotional conflict, "a holy discontent" - often called stress in today's world. Normally the first response to stress is to mentally and emotionally run over the outward indications of the conflict - anger, fear, disappointment, resentment, embarrassment, or other such negative feelings. In doing this one's mind is trying to fill the gap between his expectation of what he desires and what actually exists.

Loyd J. Ericson

Source: Loyd J. Ericson, The Sower and the Divine Pattern of Progress, Boise, Idaho, 1998

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Loyd J. Ericson on future, god, inspiration, people, possessions, reality, spirit, present, trust, truth, and understanding

While all people have light, it seems obvious that in possession of the light (understanding of present and future reality) we are not all equal. The only way to obtain new light is to trustfully obey the light of truth already possessed; and, then seek and trust newly inspired insights provided through the Spirit of God.

Loyd J. Ericson

Source: Loyd J. Ericson, The Sower and the Divine Pattern of Progress, Boise, Idaho, 1998

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Loyd J. Ericson on belief, caring, desires, failure, garden, idealism, interest, lust, performance, procrastination, spirituality, understanding, water, and world

When the right thing is understood, but one slackens his performance; then his attention will become commanded by the cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches and the lust of other things. When these things come to dominate one's interest, his performance of the more important spiritual insights will fail. Belief without performance will never produce desired results. It is like planting seeds in your garden, watering the garden until they sprout, then failing to continue to water and weed thereafter. Likewise, a person caught by procrastination in the stony and thorny ground of mere belief, will never reap the fruits of his ideals.

Loyd J. Ericson

Source: Loyd J. Ericson, The Sower and the Divine Pattern of Progress, Boise, Idaho, 1998

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Loyd J. Ericson on choice, circumstances, existence, and facts

The Savior shows us that we either choose to allow ourselves to be acted upon from external influences, or we choose to act for ourselves by internal convictions. In each circumstance we will resolve the issue before us by our choice of which source to follow. This is the most basic fact of our existence.

Loyd J. Ericson

Source: Loyd J. Ericson, The Sower and the Divine Pattern of Progress, Boise, Idaho, 1998

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A Quote by Loyd J. Ericson on acceptance, belief, commitment, confusion, faith, god, ideas, intelligence, language, life, meaning, power, practice, principles, purpose, spirituality, truth, and words

The English language, unfortunately, is not perfect and many words have confusing common usage. Often the passive term belief is confused with the active terms believe and faith. For purposes of this essay - to more clearly distinguish the elements of spiritual conditions - we shall use the word belief in its accepted meaning as mere passive, intellectual acknowledgement of an idea or proposition without conscientiously living ones life according to such belief. On the other hand, believe and faith are herein used in their accepted meanings as equivalent active terms that signify conscientious commitment to act out the principle involved. Brigham Young addressed this confusion of terms when he said, "No living, intelligent being, whether serving God or not, acts without belief. But he must believe the truth, obey the truth, and practice the truth, to obtain the power of God called faith."

Loyd J. Ericson

Source: Loyd J. Ericson, The Sower and the Divine Pattern of Progress, Boise, Idaho, 1998

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Loyd J. Ericson on action, acting, conscience, control, decisions, direction, friendship, idealism, ideas, inspiration, lust, money, popularity, thinking, and words

When one chooses to be directed by his conscientious decisions - thinking and acting according to his divinely inspired ideals - he will be acting for himself with thoughts, words and actions that satisfy his conscience. When unbalanced, a person is likely to become controlled by friends, fashions, public opinion, popular individuals or ideas, carnal lusts of the flesh, or by other externals such as money and things.

Loyd J. Ericson

Source: Loyd J. Ericson, The Sower and the Divine Pattern of Progress, Boise, Idaho, 1998

Contributed by: Zaady

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