docbible.net

The Bible and the Book of Mormon

  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Home LDS Writers Specials

Specials

E-mail Print PDF
User Rating: / 0
PoorBest 

This page will be dedicated at writings of very special members of the church, particularly strong in the knowledge of the doctrines and rules of the church. The First writer will be Ron Cappelli, one of my best friends here in USA, but he will have this place not because is my friend, but really because he is very intriguing writer and I am sure you will enjoy his talk, like I hope you will enjoy the next ones. Now anyway   The first one is  Moroni another one  very good and talented writer about Gospel's topics. after his article there is always the other one of brother Ron. Now there is another one from Don Bradborn.

“Cookies in Heaven”
By Moroni, AKA Kelly Bingham

I would like to thank Massimo for this opportunity to express some of my personal thoughts on various LDS subjects. I am fond of Massimo. I like his analysis on gospel topics and theology, and I consider it a privilege to have been asked by him to submit this article for his excellent website.


I love to bake, especially, cookies. I’m actually slightly famous for my chocolate chip cookies. I am always asked to bring them to parties, family occasions, or for no reason at all. It is amazing to me that you can take various ingredients, like bitter salt, or sweet sugar, combine them together, add some heat, and get something so delicious and wonderful.

This is the Christmas season. It’s a time when we all focus on the good in the world. I have decided to write my article about happiness. More specifically, I’m asking the question, “Does God really want us to be happy?” I’m going to answer this question by breaking it down into three parts: 1. Why is there so much sadness in the world, is God trying to punish us? 2. Does God really want us to be happy? And 3. What do we have to be happy about?

People have been asking this question since the beginning of time. If God is so good, why is the world so bad? He must be trying to punish us. The truth is that pain, sadness, sorrow, regret, and tribulation are all necessary parts of God’s plan for us. We learn and grow from our experiences. If we didn’t have trials in our lives, we would not know how to think about or solve problems. If we were happy constantly, we wouldn’t know it. We recognize that we are happy, joyful, and at peace because we compare it to the times when we were not. I have often said, after enduring my own bad times, that God gives us good days to reward us for making it through the bad. Elder Melvin J. Ballard has said:

“Why does the Lord permit us to suffer while in the body? Does that have any part in the divine plan? We never know joy until we have tasted sorrow. Things are only understood by their opposites. To appreciate good we must know what evil is. To have a siege of sickness makes one appreciate health. To live in a mortal body full of pain, of sorrow, decrepitude, and ultimately death, is all a preparation to make one understand what it means when the day shall come that death is swallowed up, that the grave will be no longer a part of man's experiences, but that he is in an immortal body that knows no death, no disease and no decay, a body that is also perfect, without the handicaps that we have experienced in mortality.” (Sermons and Missionary Services of Melvin J. Ballard, p. 181)

Trials and tribulations are also a means of God testing our faith and dedication to Him. This life is a probationary period. We are preparing, through learning and experience to enter back into the Kingdom of God, and inherit Eternal Life. Such blessings cannot be given or be treated lightly. Justice dictates that only those prepared and deserving of these blessings can receive them. If we didn’t have obstacles to overcome we would never have the sense of satisfaction that comes from succeeding or overcoming barriers. If there were nobody suffering, or in need of aid around us, we would never learn the Godlike attributes of charity, caring, or the peace that can only come from making a difference in someone’s life. I can’t remember who said this, but the quote goes something like this, “A man said to God, ‘if you are so good, why is there so much suffering? Why don’t you send help?’ And God responded, “I did, I sent you.”. God sent us to this world not to fend for ourselves, but to help everyone around us. The recent hurricanes and tragedies that took the lives of so many in Central America are heart wrenching. At the same time, it warms a persons soul to see how many people responded to help those affected. People acted in behalf of God either physically, donating time and talents to help them rebuild their town and lives, or they helped by donating the necessities and resources needed. God instilled in each of us the potential, through the gift of free agency, to either fill with world with happiness or sorrow.


“And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God.

And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.”        Moses 5:10-11

This brings me to my next point, God really does want us to be happy. Happiness and peace are our goals here during our probation on Earth, and that can only come through following the guidelines and path that God set forth for us.


“2Nephi 2:25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.”


This is why we are here, so that we “might have joy”. Some people complain that happiness in this world is impossible because God has placed to many restrictions on what we can or can’t do. Sin just seems more fun, and brings more joy. It appears that keeping the commandments, obeying the law of chastity, and keeping the word of wisdom, is just too difficult. They are half right. Sin does seem fun while you are in it. We watch TV and the movies show how much fun people are having while they are having sex and getting drunk. We see how cool smoking or doing drugs can be. Basically, everything we believe in is stomped down, or is portrayed as an unnecessary sacrifice on our part. We should eat, drink, and be merry. But for those of us that have gone through the repentance process, for whatever reason, know that the glamour and fun of sin can be as fake as the movies that portray them. President Spencer W. Kimball stated that,

“Sin has great attraction. Whoever said that sin was not fun? Whoever claimed that Lucifer was not handsome, persuasive, easy, friendly? Whoever said that sin was unattractive, undesirable, or nauseating in its acceptance? Transgression wears elegant gowns and sparkling apparel. It is highly perfumed, has attractive features, a soft voice. It is found in educated circles and sophisticated groups. It provides sweet and comfortable luxuries. Sin is easy and has a big company of bedfellows. It promises immunity from restrictions, temporary freedoms. It can momentarily satisfy hunger, thirst, desire, urges, passions, wants, without immediately paying the price. But, it begins tiny and grows to monumental proportions. It grows drop by drop, inch by inch” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p.15)

And, of course, Alma taught that “sin never was happiness”. The fact is that God’s laws do not limit us at all. In fact, the more we adhere to God’s commandments and live our lives by the guidelines He has set, the more free we are. How much freedom does an alcoholic have while he is constantly being controlled by his urges for alcohol? How much freedom does a woman have who got pregnant before she was married, and is now solely responsible for a child? How much freedom does a man have who contracts a sexually transmitted disease? How many health problems, deaths, social ills, and other stresses could be avoided if we just wouldn’t be so darn stupid? Life is stressful on it’s own, we don’t need to help it. God’s laws do not limit us. They give us a direction, a meaning, and a purpose in this life. That in itself is a great reward.


The biggest benefits that come from keeping the commandments are the blessings that we are promised by God. We are promised that we will receive these for our faithfulness and sacrifices. I firmly testify to this truth, that God does and will reward us when we trust in him and keep his commandments. It may not be the blessing we were hoping for, but God knows what is best for us. The Prophet, Joseph Smith taught:

“But in obedience there is joy and peace unspotted, unalloyed; and as God has designed our happiness-and the happiness of all His creatures, he never has-He never will institute an ordinance or give a commandment to His people that is not calculated in its nature to promote that happiness which He has designed, and which will not end in the greatest amount of good and glory to those who become the recipients of his law and ordinances.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Five 1842-43, p.256)

The Doctrine and Covenants go further and teach in Section 130:20-21 that we will receive specific blessings for all we do in accordance with God’s laws and ordinances.

“There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated-- And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”

With this knowledge, it appears that there really is no such thing as sacrificing for God. Whichever vice we give up, we will receive something else to replace it. When we “sacrifice” drugs and alcohol, we receive the blessings of a healthy body and a sound mind. When we “sacrifice” our Sundays to go to church, we feel the spirit and have our knowledge increased. When we “sacrifice” our personal time to spend it with our families, we receive the blessings of a closer relationship with them. When we “sacrifice” our money to tithes and fast offerings, we bless other people who may be in need. We will always be in God’s debt, and will never be able to repay Him. Trying to repay God is like trying to stop a leaking dam with you finger. The more you try, the more it overflows. The only repayment God want’s is for us to be happy. I’m sure He would appreciate a big hug too, after we return to Him. When we are happy, God is happy. When we mourn, God mourns with us. Who could expect less from a righteous Father?. President Joseph F. Smith, wrote:

“In answer to the question, "What is to become of such as I?" let it be said that every person will receive his just reward for the good he may do and for his every act. But let it be remembered that all blessings which we shall receive, either here or hereafter, must come to us as a result of our obedience to the laws of God upon which these blessings are predicated. Our friend will not be forgotten for the kindness he has extended to the work and the servants of the Lord, but will be remembered of him and rewarded for his faith and for every good deed and word.” Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, p.125

The reality is that God is happy, and this life is preparing us to be like Him. When we “take up His cross and follow” we are taking our steps closer and closer to returning to Him. There is nothing that can happen to us that He, Himself, didn’t experience. No matter how dreadful, no matter how horrible, Jesus experienced it all as part of the atonement. He is offering to bless us by not only relieving our burdens, but to give us a small taste in this life of what it is like to be Him. This is not blasphemous since it was Jesus who taught us to become perfect like Him and the Father. This is how we are being perfected. Diamonds start out as ugly lumps of coal. Over years and years of pressure and force, they are shaped and molded into beautiful and priceless gems. This is exactly what we are to God. Priceless gems being molded and refined. The Prophet Joseph used to compare himself to a rolling stone being shaved and polished by every nick and force that struck against him, until it finally becomes smooth and polished. God allows us to have trials so that we may reach our potential and become the people He knows we can be.


“If we desire a continuation of the blessings of the Lord, we must do his will and obey the laws on which his blessings are predicated. There is no other way to obtain his blessings.”-“Joseph F. Smith, Improvement Era. Vol. 21, p. 99, December, 1917.”



This brings me to my final point; what do we have to be happy about anyway? Many good people, after going through so many hard times, find themselves asking this question. Things seem so tough and hopeless, you really start to wonder if there is anything worth being happy about. I think sometimes we take for granted some of the things we should be rejoicing in, because they are around us constantly. Sometimes it helps if we just take a breath, take a step back, and write down all that we have to be thankful for. We should be happy that we have places to live, since some people don’t. We should be happy that we have food to eat, since many are without even that basic necessity.


I believe we should be happy, and should thank God in our prayers every night, because we know that God is there. We know that He does love us. We know that He knows each one of us, that He does have a plan for us, and that He does want us to be happy. We should take great joy in knowing that in the vastness of the universe, there is a purpose for each one of us as individuals. God, the creator of heaven, earth, and all it’s inhabitants, has a personal relationship with each of us. Moses 1:39

“ For behold, this is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.”

We need to appreciate this because it is a divine gift and blessing to those of us who believe. We are the children of a Heavenly Father, who loves each one of us. He never gave up His parental rights to us. We may be grown adults, but we are still his children. Parents with children of all ages understand that you never give away your kids. There are so many people that don’t have any idea of these things. They don’t know that at every moment in their life, both good and bad, there is a loving Father above looking down at them, reaching towards them. Hoping that they will look up, and accept His embrace. They don’t know that there is more to this life than just waking up, going to work, and coming home. They despair because death is the end to them. There is nothing. They will cease to exist. Do we who believe really comprehend just how wonderful a blessing it is to know that we will go on? Some of us even worry about that, when we should be shouting for joy. Like I said before, God is happy. God knows everything, including fun, happiness, joy, and peace. He will gladly share this knowledge with us if we will open the door and let him in. We find peace in knowing that we really are NEVER alone.


We can find fun and temporary peace in our earthly belongings, but those are lost almost easier than they are acquired. People take pride in their cars, but those cars could be gone the next day. We need to be grateful for every worldly comfort and treasure we have, but we must keep in perspective that all those material goods will be gone someday. When things are at their worst, we can be assured that at the end of that dark tunnel, after we have been pummeled, beaten, and scarred, that our Father is still there holding on to us. He picks us up after we fall. He is waiting to pour out so many blessings that we can’t store them all, just for enduring and remaining faithful. Even repentance brings blessings. The sin caused you to miss out on blessings, but what a blessing it is to know that God still loves you, and that you can be clean again.


The genuineness and reality is that things can be rough, but God does indeed want us to be happy. President Ezra Taft Benson taught;

“The Lord wants us to be happy. He will do His part if we will do our part. The Christlike life is the life that brings true happiness. There is no true happiness without God. Sin brings sorrow, disappointment, and heartaches. Only the good life brings a happy new year. It pays to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. It pays to accept the teachings of the Master, to apply them in our lives, to be true to the standards of the Church, to be true to our covenants--to live the gospel. And if we do this we will be bigger and can be bigger than anything that can possibly happen to us. I am sure that is the desire of all of us because those who have this faith, and have a testimony of the divinity of this work, can endure anything and keep their spirits sweet.” (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.339)

And Elder Bruce R. McConkie Concludes:

“In the eternal perspective there is no such thing as sacrifice for the gospel cause. Men may forsake what seemingly is of great worldly worth here, but they will be rewarded with eternal riches hereafter. They forsake friends, families, and possessions for the gospel's sake, but they gain these same things again in far greater measure in the mansions on high.”( Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.557)


I would like to bear my testimony that I know that God does not want to punish us, He wants us to find happiness. He has shown us the way. Sometimes that way is met with trouble and heartache. Yet, just like the cookies I make; if you mix some bitter salt, (like the bitterness of pain), with some sweet sugar, (like the sweetness of success), and add some heat, (like the heat of adversity), you will end up with a wonderful treat--cookies in Heaven. And, I write these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

A sacrament talk given October 11, 1998 on the occasion of my son's (David) missionary farewell.

TRUST IN THE LORD


In the fifth verse of the third chapter of Proverbs, the wise King
Solomon counseled us, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."

Being a father is not an easy task. Especially if you have children. As
a father, you always want the best for your children, and so you put forth great effort to teach and train them in the way you want them to go. And one of the ways we, as Latter-day Saints, strive to teach them is to follow the counsel of the prophets. And if we have sons, that especially means that they should become worthy to go on a mission.

Of course, when they're young, that's not a hard thing to do because
they look up to you as this all knowing, all wise all powerful being known as daddy. But as they begin to grow a little older, and get, as they suppose, a little knowledge of their own, you gradually go from being all knowing to being a no-nothing. And one day you finally figure out that the reason for this change in attitude is because your child has a mind of their own that doesn't always think like yours. And that's when life gets to be fun and interesting.

Usually when we find that our child doesn't want to listen to our
advise, we often call upon the words of a higher authority to prove the correctness of our position. For Latter-day Saints, this means quoting the prophets of the church. But this approach usually doesn't impress them any more than our own words. Having worked with the youth of the church for many years, I've heard such comments as: "Who are they to tell me how to run my life?" or "I thought we had our free agency to make up our own mind." And the one that always gets me is, "They're just a bunch of old men who are living in the past." What makes that statement more painful is when you begin to realize that they think of you as being an "old man."

Therefore, in an effort to help my son understand where I was coming
from, I once used the example of traveling down a river in a raft. The river represents life in general. As we go through life there are times when it's smooth sailing. Everything is calm and peaceful and things generally seem to be going our way. But then there are times when we hit the rapids. That's when we experience some rough ups and downs and life gets to be a little turbulent. But either way there are dangers, both seen and unseen, lurking in the river that can ruin our raft.

The raft represents our own personal life. David has a raft, and he's in
control of it. He can steer it anywhere he wants to as he moves along life's river. However, I'm in the raft with him. But I'm there only as his personal guide. My job is not to steer the raft, (although that's what he often thinks I'm trying to do). My job is to give him advice. And there are two reasons why I'm qualified to do that. The first is because I've been down this particular part of the river before and, unfortunately, I've experienced some of those dangers myself. The second reason is because, over the years, I've been taught by the prophets to know where there's safety in life's river. As such, I know what he can do to either avoid danger or to get himself out of danger once he's
gotten himself into it.

But all I can do is just give advice. I can't steer the raft for him,
and even if I tried it wouldn't work. So I sit there with him and hope that he'll listen to me. But listen to me or not, I'm strapped into the raft with him, and whatever he goes through, so do I. Whether we like it our not, this is OUR ride. I go through all the ups and downs that he goes through. And that's hard. It's hard to see someone you love take a course you know will get them in trouble. It's hard to give heartfelt advice to someone you love and watch that advice be ignored. It's hard to see someone you love suffer the consequences for something that could have avoided.

For nineteen years David and I have been traveling together on the river
of life, and somewhere along the line the words of the prophets have made an impression upon him, because he has reached a point in his life where he is now qualified and worthy to go on a different journey. Although I won't be with him on this journey, yet it's one that I'm very proud of him for taking. Now it's David's turn to step out of his own raft, stand in the stream of life and ask people to let him be their guide. Only this time, it won't be with his own children. This time he will leave his own life behind, and go seeking those who are wandering around in the stream of life, not knowing where they're going. For two years he'll waving his arms, trying to get someone to take him into their life so that he can be their guide, to show them the true path they should follow. And why is qualified to be their guide? Because he has been taught the way by modern-day prophets.

There will be some people who will move past him without paying any
attention to his pleas. And if he loves the people he's trying to reach out to, that will hurt him. There will be others who will let him into their life, but they won't be interested in his message. They'll only like him for who he is. And, if he loves the people he's helping, it will hurt when they don't listen to his counsel and advice. Then there will be still others who will take him into their life, follow his counsel, become baptized and then decide to take a different course than the one he taught them. And, if he loves the people he's teaching, that will be his greatest hurt.

You see, when you truly love someone, when you genuinely care about
them, and sincerely reach out to help them but they don't want your help, that hurts. That's frustrating. That's disappointing. That's discouraging. Of course, that's what it's like to be a father, but even though David doesn't have any children, he's about to find out what that's like. So what do you do in that situation? How do you handle the hurt, the frustration, the discouraging disappoints?

Almost four thousand years ago, a young man by the name of Solomon asked
God for wisdom and because God answered his pray, Solomon became one of the wisest men in all of history. In the fifth chapter of Proverbs, Solomon counseled us to "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."

In our day, a modern prophet named Spencer W. Kimball has said, "Let us
trust the Lord... He has promised us that he will be our tender tutor, measuring out what we are ready for" (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, page 253)

Like most fathers, I wanted to be the best parent I could. I felt keenly
aware of my responsibility to "train up a child in the way he should go." Therefore, I felt as though all that responsibility to raise my children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord rested solely on MY shoulders. And since nobody's perfect, that made ever little failure of mine seem more frustrating, more disappointing and more discouraging.

I'm a convert to the church, so I didn't have the blessing of being
raised in an LDS home. Although my father was a good man, he didn't always set the proper example for me to follow. As a result, when I first got married in the temple, I read all kinds of books, articles and talks by General Authorities on how to have the perfect marriage, how to be the perfect husband and father, and how to raise perfect children. Therefore, armed with this knowledge I felt that it was totally up to me for the way my children turned out. As such, I tried to raise them according to mine own understanding of what I thought the prophets had said. But it took time for me to realize that the prophets had also counseled me to trust in the Lord with all my heart, and lean not on my own understanding. Slowly I began to understand that if I wanted my children to turn out right, they needed more help than I was capable of giving them.

Doing the best job I can, David wouldn't have turned out as good as he
has without the support and help of teachers and friends like you to assist me in my responsibility. But David also has a responsibility for himself. Even though I can prepare an environment for him to make good decisions, I can't pick his friends and I can't make him do anything. Therefore, I had to trust in the Lord, with all my heart, that God would watch over my children and fill in where I couldn't. And so, David is where he is today because of a team effort, a team that includes him, you, his parents, but above all the Lord.

Now David is about to help others find the right path in life. He's been
to Seminary. He's been taught in Sunday School. When he gets to the MTC they'll get him all pumped up to thrust in his sickle with all of his might to bring many souls unto Christ. And I'm sure his mission president will also do his part to reinforce that feeling. And, as such, it will be easy for him to lean on his own extensive understanding of the gospel. It'll be natural for him to say, "Lord, let me show you what I can do for You."

But David can't convert anyone. All he can do is give counsel, advice,
teach the principles of the gospel and set a Christ-like example by the way he conducts himself. After that, all he can do is trust in the Lord with all of his heart that the people he loves will follow the words he's teaching them. For two years he'll learn how to live by the Spirit. For two years the more he grows in knowledge the more he'll realize how little he actually knows. For two years the Lord will teach him not to rely solely on his own understanding.

And just when he's gotten comfortable with trusting in the Lord with all
of his heart, he'll come home. However when he comes off his mission and seeks to find a job, or decide on his schooling, he'll still need to trust in the Lord with all of his heart rather than just leaning on his own understanding if he wants to make the correct choice. When he seeks that one special person to become his eternal sweetheart, he'll need to trust in the Lord with all of his heart if he wants to find the right mate. When he serves within the church or becomes a father, he'll need to trust in the Lord with all of his heart he if hopes to succeed in those callings. When he is faced with troubles and problems in his life, as he most surely will, he'll need to trust in the Lord with all of his heart if he wants to find answers and have peace.

But like David, each of us are sons and daughters of a loving Father who
lives Heaven. Like David, each one of us has a raft of our own that we can steer anywhere we want to as we move along life's river. And, like David, strapped in there with us, through all of our good times and through all of our trials and problems, is our own personal Heavenly guide. He's not there to run our life for us, although that's what some people think. His only job is to give us counsel, advice and direction. Sometimes that advise comes through our Father's Spirit, and other times it comes through our Father's appointed servants, but either way, it's still counsel from our Father.

But, it seems that too often, as humans, we tend to get caught up in the
business of living life - taking care of our jobs, our children, or finances - that sometimes we begin to imagine that we're wiser than we actually are. We know where we're going. We know what we're doing. We're smart enough to handle life on our own. And, I'm afraid, that perhaps, at times, we tend to forget the words of the prophets to trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. And when we fail to do that, I wonder if perhaps our Father in heaven feels a little hurt, maybe a little discourage, maybe even a little disappointed.

As we attend these missionary farewells I pray that each of us might
reflect on our own relationship with the Savior as these young men and women have had to do. As we watch them go off to serve in strange lands they know nothing of, trusting in the Lord to help and guide them, may we too recommit ourselves to rely less on our own understanding and to increase our own trust in the Lord until we can do so with all of our heart. For this I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Postscript: David began his mission on October 14, 1998 and is serving
in the Massachusetts, Boston Mission.

What I am to speak about is not necessarily for children but is addressed to us as adults. To remind us how important our words and thoughts are. Especially, in the presence of children.

"As I think so will I be, as I think I dream"

These are words I am trying to live by.

In proverbs we find "for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he."

Thoughts shape our lives,

A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the sum total of his thoughts.

Not only does a person become what he thinks, but often comes to look like it. If a man worships the God of war, hard lines tend to develop in his face. If he worships the God of lust, dissipation will mark his features.

On the other hand if he worships the God of Peace then serenity will mark his brow, and crown his life. It can plainly be seen.

If a farmer plants wheat, then wheat is what he reaps. He will not plant wheat expecting to reap corn or apples.

Every act of man springs forth from hidden seeds of thought.

No man has ever committed murder, robbery, rape, or child abuse without first thinking about it.

It has been found through research that such criminals as, Ted Bundy, Jeffery Dahmer, and others, did not commit their crimes on an impulse.

They started with small thoughts and after years of consideration and small acts of abuse to others they gradually became what destroyed them. But it must be understood that their actions were predated by their thoughts.

George F. Richards was serving as President of the Quorum of twelve Apostles when he shared this story in General Conference. This experience occurred during the peak of World War II.

A few years ago at the closing of Stake Conference in the St. Johns Stake, We had a wonderful conference I thought, and I was very happy on retiring. I was sleeping in the home of the Stake President Brother Levi Udall. That night I had a remarkable dream. I dreamed that I and a group of my associates found ourselves in a courtyard where, around the outer edge of it were German soldiers, and the Fuhrer Adolph Hitler was there with his group, they seemed to be sharpening their swords and cleaning their guns, and making preparations for a slaughter of some kind, or an execution. We knew not what, but evidently we were the objects of their attention. But presently a circle was formed with the Fuhrer and his group on the inside with my associates and I circling on the outside, and when we walked around and I got directly opposite to him, I stepped into the circle and approached him and spoke to him in a manner such as this;

"I am your brother and you are my brother, In our heavenly home we lived together in love and peace. Why can we not live so here on earth".

"And it seemed to me that I felt within myself, welling up in my soul, a love for that man, and I could feel that he was having the same experience, presently he arose, and we embraced each other and kissed each other, with a kiss of affection".

"Then the scene changed so that our group was on the inside and the Fuhrer

and his group was on the outside, when he came around to where I was standing, he stepped inside the circle and embraced me with a kiss of affection.

"I think that the Lord gave me that dream. Why should I dream of that man, one of greatest enemies of mankind, and one of the wickedest, but that the Lord should teach me that I must love my enemies, and that I must love the wicked as well as the good.

A man does not come to jail by the tyranny of fate or circumstance, but by the pathway of thoughts and base desires. A pure minded man does not suddenly fall into crime by stress of external forces; the criminal thought has long been fostered in his heart.

No man can rise to pure righteousness by thinking base thoughts, as he will not be able to conduct his life in a manner that will enable him to achieve his goal, on the other hand a righteous man will not suddenly find himself in the depths of depravity, because his thoughts control his actions.

‘It must be understood that evil is not good, or good evil"

The statement "as a man thinketh, so is he" can be rendered equally well as "as a man thinketh, so does he". If you harbor degrading thoughts and encourage them long enough then you do it. If you think of murder, then your path is set.

Not only attitudes, but acts are based on our thoughts, and our thoughts predate and are forerunners of our acts.

Thus far we have considered only the here and now, so let us for a moment, consider the hereafter;

For every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement.

For by thy words thou shall be justified, and by thy words thou shall be condemned. (Matt. 12:36-37)

The one who harbors evil thoughts sometimes feels safe, because no one knows his thoughts. These thoughts like acts in the dark, are not discernible with the necked eye, so must be safe. In the (D & C 88:109) it is plain that the secret acts of men, and their thoughts and intents of their hearts will be revealed.

There are no dark corners, no deserts so uninhabited, no canyons so remote, no automobile so hidden, no homes so tight and shut, that the all seeing God cannot penetrate and observe. The faithful ones have always known this. The doubters should take a sober look at the situation in the light of the electronic devices in use today.

In the D & C 6:16 we find;

God knows the thoughts and intentions of our hearts.

President John Taylor said;

"Man sleeps the sleep of death, but the spirit lives where the record of his deeds are kept"

President David O. McKay liked to quote:

Sow a thought, reap an act;

Sow an act, reap a habit;

Sow a habit, reap a character;

Sow a character, reap an eternal destiny.

Such is the power---and outcome---of our thoughts

A human face I love to view,

and trace the passions of the soul.

On it the spirit writes anew,

each thought and feeling on a scroll.

There the mind its evil doing tells,

and there its noblest deeds do speak.

Just as the ringing of the bells,

Proclaims a knell or wedding feast.

Author unknown

Patriarchal Blessing

President Hal Thorgerson of the Camarillo, California Stake related this story at a Stake Conference priesthood meeting.

An old friend of High School days came to visit. The friend was a Stake Patriarch in Idaho.

He told a story of himself and a young member of his home ward. This young man, was born with Down’s Syndrome, and was now in his late teens. They were neighbors, and this young man would often stop to pass the time of day whenever he was working in the yard. He possessed all the classic symptoms of the disorder, including speech and tonal deprivation. In addition, however he had a speech impediment, which made him hard to understand. Moving with difficulty, he was deliberate and lacked fluidity.

It came to pass that the young man approached the Patriarch and asked for a Patriarchal Blessing. Nonplussed the Patriarch stammered, only for a moment, and replied one must first obtain a recommend from his Bishop. He reported to his friend, President Torgerson, that he somehow imaged that no more would be heard on this subject.

Less than a week passed before the youth, smiling broadly, appeared at the door holding up his Bishops recommend, announcing that he was now ready for his blessing. Now, thoroughly confounded, the Patriarch told his young friend to speak to his parents about a time most convenient for them. Afterwards he went into the house and prayed for inspiration.

Nothing seemed to be forthcoming.

At the appointed day and hour, the young man and his parents appeared at the door dressed in their Sabbath best.

He ushered them into his home and visited for a few minutes, catching up on last-minute family gossip, while frantically hoping for divine intervention.

After nearly twenty minutes of "small talk" he became aware that it was no longer possible to delay, and in the knowledge that the Holy Ghost had never let him down, he acknowledged that it was time to begin.

The young man approached him with confidence, smiling broadly, he seated himself in the specified chair. The Patriarch, glancing at the smiling parents, placed his hands upon the youths head and surrendered himself to the spirit.

Immediately the Patriarch felt the Spirit, and began to speak in the sure knowledge of purpose. He came in that moment, to know and to repeat that this special young man was present at the trial of Satan after the war in Heaven, and it was he who escorted Satan out of Heaven. Because of his unique experience, God the Father knew that he would be at special risk at the hands of Satan during his time on the Earth. To protect him and to keep him safe from harm he was given, as armor, the special shield of Downs Syndrome, as his sword and buckler against the enticements of Satan. This is a gift of the greatest magnitude, which the Father could bestow in order to protect him while he gained the experience of having a mortal body, and until he could return to his Heavenly Father.

At the conclusion of this blessing, the young man stood up, walked to his parents, now standing, with the confident gate of an athlete, and spoke clearly, without any of his characteristic speech patterns. He first embraced his mother and said; "Thank you for not having an abortion when you could have, after you learned I would be handicapped".

Then he turned to his father and said, "Thank you for being my father and for never being embarrassed by me or treating me as different from other children". Then he walked over to the Patriarch, shook his hand, and said "Thank you for the blessing".

"Just for a moment in time, the Patriarch said, the youth was as normal as his parents or I in every way". There was a different set in his countenance and an expression in his eyes that gave us, for just that moment, a glimpse of the valiant steward of Heavenly Fathers Kingdom who dwelt within that youth.

The next time the youth and the Patriarch met was as the Patriarch was getting out of his car. The youth shouted in his loud, flat Down’s Syndrome voice, "Hi Brother", and shuffled more than walked down the street towards his home.

In the past I found the power of thought; A few years ago I set American, and Arizona State Power Lifting records, the medium I used along with heavy weight training was thought. I found that when I wanted to lift a new and heavier weight that fear controlled my mind and had to be overcome. If I wanted to lift 600 Lbs. In a contest, what we called walkouts had to be done. Walkouts are lifting double that weight, and stepping back to the position necessary to execute that lift, hold it for a space of time then step back to the rack and then set it down. Thus defeating the fear that had been generated, and allowing me to go to these contests and compete against others. Marvin Allen, Strength Coach in Round Valley and my lifting partner Dan Austin of Round Valley taught me this principle.

It seems as if we have 2 minds the mind we normally think with and what we call or subconscience mind, our conscience mind held to the need to lift that weight, bur our subconscience mind was afraid and needed to be reassured, this was done by completing walkouts.

Our minds have to be trained, and assured that all is well.

This is the same principle that is used by athletes, and people the world over. It is also the same principle that criminals use to convince themselves that what they do is right and will be acceptable in the eyes of God.

By the power of thought---

"You must think to overcome".

By the power of thought---

"Success is in your mind".

By the power of thought---

"The mind can and will set the pace of your life".

By the power of thought---

"Hate will feed hate".

By the power of thought---

"Anger will feed anger".

And by the power of thought---

"Bitterness will feed bitterness".

Until in the end--- by the power of thought, hate, anger, and bitterness, will mar your very existence, cloud your mind, twist your bodies until goodness is wiped from your life.

Satan knows this very well, and uses this in every encounter with us.

As LDS we have the most extensive training library ever found on the Earth, this is from our God, through the Prophet. By following these teachings, we can overcome this problem. Our minds can and will mend its self, if given the chance and the right medication. This medication is repentance.

God loves a sinner and offers this;

 

  1. We must recognize the malady: Mental and physical sin.
  1. We must recognize the curative vehicle: The Church and its agencies and programs.
  1. We must partake of the medication: The Gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ with its purity, beauty, and rich promises.
  1. The cure will be: Proper attitudes and self-mastery through activity and good works.



Please visit my site at
http://www.erols.com/crest

robert anderson


"Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His [servant] the [Prophet]Therefore, he becometh a great benefit to his fellow beings." (Amos 3:7 and Mosiah 8:18)


The Lord has always called Prophets to guide and direct His people.  This fact is made evident when we read the Holy Scriptures. Prophets such as Moses, Isaac, Isaiah, Malachi, Peter, James, and John have given us scriptural guidelines that show us exactly what our Heavenly Father's Plan is.  Yet, many people mistakenly feel that there is no needfor Prophets in our day and age.  Many people also believe that there is simply no need for modern revelation and "new scriptures."  After all, a person could argue that the work of the Prophets was ended at the close of the Holy Bible.  The question should be, however, what makes us think that we do not need a Prophet sent from God.  Since man was placed here upon the Earth, God has called Prophets from among the populace to be His spokesmen.  The Prophets are literally called of God with the commandment to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to make known the will of God unto His children.  One of the greatest examples that we can read about is Moses, who led the children of Israel out of Egyptian captivity.
By looking very closing at ancient scriptures, we can clearly see what the Lord's pattern is for dealing with us here on Earth.   First of all, He calls these men to be His witnesses.  And, as His witnesses, the Prophets are entitled to a very special type of communication with the Lord.  This
type of communication can be best described by a scriptural account of an experience that the Prophet Moses had.  It can be found in Exodus 33:11, where we are told that" the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend."  As witnesses of the Lord, the Prophets then have direct communication with the Lord and are often privileged enough to speak with the Lord "face to face," as did Moses. (See also, Numbers 12:5-8, for the Lord's own testimony).
After our Heavenly Father has made His will known to the Prophets, He then commands them to teach the rest of the people here on Earth.  They do this in two ways.  One way is that they teach us personally. For example, Moses, after he had received the Ten Commandments from the Lord, he went "and told the people all the judgments."  That is, he told the people the instructions that the Lord had given him (Exodus 24:3).  The second way that the Prophets teach us is by writing down their testimonies in sacred books, which are more commonly referred to as scriptures. We can again learn from the teachings of Moses, in the next verse, Exodus 24:4, where we read that "Moses wrote all the words of the Lord."  The Prophets do this so that all of our Heavenly Father's children can learn from the Prophets for themselves.  It is through this process that we can read about the Lord's dealings with the inhabitants of old.
Of course, our kind and gracious Heavenly Father will never force us to do or believe any thing.  That is why His servants, the Prophets, will never force us to do so either.  The Prophets do, however, invite us to obey their counsel because they receive it directly from the Lord.  Consider,
for example, the same scriptures in Exodus chapter 24, verses 3 and 7.
Remember that Moses had just received the Ten Commandments from the Lord, so they were the "judgments" that he had told them.  Now notice that in both verses he related to the people what the Lord had told him.  Even though it is not specifically mentioned here, we can be sure that Moses invited the congregation to obey the commandments of the Lord.  Hence the reply, " All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient."
Lastly, we can know for ourselves that the Prophets' words are true.  The Lord has promised us that the Holy Ghost will testify and confirm the truth.  The Holy Bible is full of scriptural testimonies that teach us of this important part of Heavenly Father's Plan.  In the Book of Nehemiah, for example, the Prophet proclaims to God that "Thou gavest also thy spirit to instruct [us]" (Nehemiah 9:20).
Even our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ taught us this principle when He said that  "the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghostshall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" (John 14:26). 
So we see that the Lord had established a clear pattern for dealing with us, His children.  First, He called righteous men to act as His Prophets. Then the Prophets, after receiving revelation from the Lord, spoke to the people and also wrote down their testimonies.  As they taught, these
righteous men invited everyone else to obey, also.  And, lastly, they let the Holy Ghost bear witness that their words had come from a loving Father who watches over His children.
This pattern was not only evident in the scriptures of the Old Testament, however.  For example, the Lord Jesus Christ gave us some insight as to the importance of continual revelation in the book of Matthew.  While He was instructing His disciples, He asked them, "whom say ye that I am?"  I am sure that we all can remember the Apostle Peter's straightforward reply: "Thou art the Christ (that is to say, the Savior), the Son of the living God."  While most people stop with this phrase, I think that what the Lord stated next is even more important.  In verse 17, Jesus said, "Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven" (emphasis added).  He then continued by saying, "And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock will I build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:13-18).  It is important to remember that the Savior was speaking to His Apostles about revelation.  Thus, His continuance in verse 18 had to do with these principles.  He might as well have said, "upon the foundation of Prophets and Apostles, who receive continual revelation, will I build my church.  And if founded upon these principles, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Yet, He has stated that very same thing by way of the Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians.  In verses 19 and 20, of the second chapter, he wrote, "Now ye therefore are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone" (emphasis added). 
I am certain that we will all agree that Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, was and is perfect.  If then, He was and is perfect, He must have known what He was saying to His Apostles.  I am equally as certain that we will all agree that Paul was truly an Apostle of the Lord.  And if he was an Apostle, then he too must have known the magnitude of stating that the Lord's church was to be "built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets."  These men were called in the days of old because of a loving and forgiving Heavenly Father.  His work was not finished after He had sent Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.  It certainly was not over after He had given the Ten Commandments to Moses and guided the children of Israel for forty years in the wilderness.  It is plain to see that He continued to love and to guide His children here on Earth.  His love is not only made manifest in the many Prophets that he called in days past.
No, His love was shown in its fullest when "he gave his only begotten Son" (John 3:16).  This is the love and mercy that our Father Heaven has shown for His children. 

Of course, if God loved His children who lived so long ago, why would He not show His love to us also?  Why would He not send us Prophets just like He had done in times past?   A person can take a good look at the world today and realize that we need Prophets just as much as, if not more than, our ancestors. That is why God has called Prophets in our day and age.  The first of these modern-day witnesses of Christ was a man by the name of Joseph Smith.  When he was but a boy of fourteen, he felt a little confused as to which of the many churches was the true Church of God.  He had visited the many separate denominations often and knew that God could not be the author of such confusion.  He knew that there was "One Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Ephesians 4:5), and so he set out to find this one faith that he knew the Lord would approve of.  The Prophet Joseph Smith would later write these few words of his search. 
"During this time of great excitement my mind was called up to great uneasinessbut so great were the confusion and strife among the different denominations, that it was impossible for a person young as I was, and so unacquainted with men and things, to come to any certain conclusion who was right and who was wrong " (Joseph Smith-History 1:8).

Upon reflecting the matter further, young Joseph decided that the only way to find the truth was by way of the word of God-that is, the Holy Scriptures.  He said that he was one day reading, when he stumbled across a passage of scripture that gave him the answer.  In the Epistle of James, chapter 1, 5th verse, the Apostle wrote "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
So, knowing that the Apostle of old would not lie, Joseph Smith set out to do exactly what the scripture had instructed him to do: he would "ask of God."   A certain morning the young boy departed into a nearby grove of trees and sought the Lord in earnest prayer.  In his own words the Prophet later wrote the following to describe his experience: "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon meWhen the light had rested upon me," he continued, "I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air.  One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other-'This is My Beloved Son.  Hear Him!'"  (Joseph Smith-History 1:16-17).

Like so many before him, the Prophet Joseph Smith was called to be a special witness of Jesus Christ.  Just like Moses, Isaiah, Isaac, Peter, James, and John, he was blessed with the opportunity to speak with our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, "face to face."  And just as all of the other Prophets of old, Joseph Smith did many things that were specifically for our benefit.  One example is that he translated a book of scripture by the power and inspiration of God, which has now become known as the Book of Mormon. 
The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of ancient Prophets who lived on the American continent.  Mormon is the name of one of these Prophets.  In order to fully understand the Book of Mormon, it is important to note the subtitle, which labels the book as "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." Thus, the book, according to the title, does not teach us about Mormon or even Joseph Smith. The main focus of this book of scripture, which is of equal value as the Holy Bible, is to teach the people of the world about Christ.
As noted in the scriptural reference of Ephesians 2:19-20, true Prophets and Apostles will always teach us about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  There has been some speculation as to what really is the gospel message, though. Some have raised questions, for example, about the writings of Paul to the Galatians.  One verse in particular has been the cause of scorn and hatred, so I feel it very necessary to take a closer look and determine what Paul actually wrote about.  This infamous verse of scripture is found in Galatians 1:8, and reads, "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
Many have stated that this one verse disavows the authenticity of the Book of Mormon.  When studied very closely, however, it is plain that Paul did no such thing.  For example, in the First General Epistle of John, first chapter, we read an Apostles definition of what the Gospel message really is.  "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And these things we write unto you, that your joy may be full.  This then is the message that we declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:3-5).  So by John's definition, who was indeed an Apostle of the Lord, the true Gospel must teach us of God the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. In the same scriptural reference of the 1st chapter in Galatians, Paul gave us more insight on what really is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  In the eleventh and twelfth verses, he said, "But I certify you brethen, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after men [or the manner of men].
For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ" (emphasis added).  So we see that the Gospel must teach us of  the Father and His Son and it must be received by revelation.  This, of course, is in accordance with the Savior's statement in Matthew 16:13-18.  Who better to receive revelations than Apostles and Prophets called by the Savior Himself.
The Book of Mormon, then, would have to meet these requirements in order to be part of the same Gospel.  The ancient Prophet Nephi told us the very reason that the book of scripture was written.  In 2 Nephi 25:26, he wrote, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins."
In teaching us about Christ, the Book of Mormon also supports the Bible in teaching us about God's Plan. Even though they lived in the American continent, the Lord also called Prophets from among these people. Just like Moses and Isaiah, these Prophets also received revelations and
recorded them in what is now known as the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon, then, is a record of the Lord's dealings with His Prophets of the other half of the world. Besides translating the Book of Mormon, the Prophet Joseph Smith received many more revelations during his lifetime, some of which he gathered together and put in a book of modern-day scripture known as the Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  These scriptures show that just as was promised us by Paul, "Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, and to day, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).  The Lord gave revelations to the Prophet Joseph Smith just like He had done with all of the other Prophets.  Thus, the Lord had not changed His pattern of doing things.
Of course, just as Joseph Smith was not the first Prophet to have been called of God he has not been the last either.  The Lord, in His infinite wisdom, has continued to call Prophets from among the populace and to give them instructions for our benefit.  The Prophet today is a man by the name of Gordon B. Hinckley.  He stands as the Lord's mouthpiece and is the one who receives revelation from the Lord on our behalf.  Each year we are blessed to have the opportunity to hear from him as he addresses us via satellite at least twice a year.  As a Prophet of God, he also instructs with inspirational articles, which we can read in a magazine published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called the Ensign.
The fact that the Lord has wanted the work of the Prophets and Apostles to continue is also very evident in the Holy Scriptures.  A good example of this fact is shown to us in the first chapter of the book of Acts.  Right after the death of Judas Iscariot and Christ's ascension into heaven, the
Apostle's gathered together in order to pray about who would become the next Apostle and fill the empty spot.  In verses 24, 25, and 26, we are told, "And they [the eleven remaining Apostles] prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleshipand the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles."
Now, if the Lord had intended His work to cease, He certainly would not have called another Apostle.  But in another occasion in the scriptures, two more Apostles were also called.  In Acts 13:1-4, we are told that the Holy Ghost made it clear that Saul, later named Paul, and Barnabas were to be set apart for the work that the Lord had called them.  With the 14th verse of the 14th chapter we find out that they were indeed called to be Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ.
If only the original Twelve were needed, then why would the Lord, Who is perfect, have now called three more?  If Prophets and Apostles were not needed, then the Apostle Paul would not have stated that "he [Jesus Christ] gave some [that is, called some as] apostles; and some, prophets;For the perfecting of the saints,Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God" (Ephesians 4:11-13).  A person need only think of the many religions in existence today in order to realize that we have not yet come to the "unity of the faith" spoken of by the Apostle Paul.  This is the very reason that our Heavenly Father will continue to call Prophets and Apostles until the end of the world and the Second Coming of Christ.
The aforementioned Nephi knew that many people in our day would reject the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.  Knowing this, he wrote as his last words a few simple phrases with hopes that he could help some of them come to a knowledge of the truth.  "Hearken unto these words and believe in Christ," he wrote in 2 Nephi 33:10.  "And if ye shall believe in Christ," he continues, " ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good."
I think that Nephi poses a very important topic of discussion: do we really believe in Christ?  If we believe in Christ then we must believe in the Holy Bible.  And if we believe in the Holy Bible, then we should also believe the words of the Prophets who wrote in this book of scripture.  If we believe what they wrote to be the word and the will of God then why can we not believe that the Lord is "the same yesterday, and to day, and forever?" (Hebrews 13:8).  If we actually believe in the Holy Bible, then why can we not accept it as the word of God delivered to His "servants, the prophets?" (Amos 3:7).  I know that the Lord does not change, and that He would never change His pattern for dealing with His children here on Earth.  This pattern is by way of the Prophets.  He has always called them and He always will. 
It is also important to remember the last part of our Heavenly Father's Plan, that the spirit always testifies of the truth.  In a scripture which is frequently labeled as "Moroni's Promise," the Prophet Moroni wrote "I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.  And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things"  (Moroni 10:4-5). I know that God lives and that He loves us.  That is why He sent His Son Jesus Christ to show us the way.  That is why He has always called Prophets here on Earth.  That is why He continues to call Prophets even in our day and age.  It is because He loves us. I bear my testimony that I know that Joseph Smith was indeed a Prophet of God.  And since I know that he was a Prophet, I know that the Book of Mormon is truly a book of scripture.  I also know that Gordon B. Hinckley is the Prophet, Seer, and Revelator chosen of God at this time.  Of course, all these things being true, I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church of Christ, here to help us prepare for His Second Coming.
"How," you might ask, "do I know these things?" I will let the words of the Prophet Alma speak for me: "Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that the words which I have spoken are trueBehold, I say unto you that they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God.  Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself.  And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit; and this is the Spirit of revelation which is in me"    (Alma 5:45-46).

I know that God lives and that He hears and answers our prayers.  That is why I can say that I know that what I have written is the truth.  I really do know that through prayer we all can inquire of the Lord and that He will let us know the answer, just as He has promised. In closing, I would like to invite you to apply Moroni's promise to your life and ask our Heavenly Father about His Prophets that have been called to help us.  I also invite you to follow their counsel, as they follow the Lord (see also, 1 Corinthians 11:1).
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 13:52  

site info

Members : 13306
Content : 381
Web Links : 6
Content View Hits : 778424

Who is online

We have 24 guests online

Adam's progenitors

Massimo Franceschini Adam's progenitors?

Secret paradise

Massimo Franceschini Secret Paradise

Hidden truths in the Bible. Volume 1

Hidden truths in the Bible. Volume 1