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“Nations take up there battle stations Patrons of zodiac revelations Lustations breaking family relations Litigation allowing shoot up sensations That’s what they said, someday it would be Now just look around if that’s what you see It’s gotta be the last days Gotta be the last days
People living lives of confusion Billions caught up in revolution Cities lost in their own pollution Question, what is the Constitution
That’s what they said, someday it would be Now just look around if that’s what we see It’s gotta be the last days Gotta be the last days
That’s what they said, someday it would be Now just look around if that’s what we see It’s gotta be the last days Last days, it’s gotta be the last days It’s gotta be the last days It’s gotta be the last days It’s gotta be the last days It’s gotta be the last days It’s gotta be the last days It’s gotta be the last days”
“And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.” Doctrine and Covenants 14:7
Are you comfortable within or is there something more that you are missing that you must do or someone you must become?
Are you looking with a searchful eye for that someone or something that will bring peace and fulfillment to your heart?
Have you identified your purpose and reason for being here and have you charted a course of action to see it fulfilled?
Can you feel the urge of something most powerful coming that you have yet to experience and witness in your life?
We are living at a time when we use so much technology, electronics, and inventions along with the overscheduling of activities that consume much of our daily time, attention and focus that we sometimes pass by the simple and pure moments this life was designed to provide.
When was the last time you stopped and took a deep breath of fresh air? Did you miss the gorgeous sunset that painted the sky because you lost yourself in watching the latest video or distracted by an incoming text?
Did you miss the cry of a tender babe reaching out for someone’s touch but you weren’t there?
Are you more concerned about being entertained and stimulating in your life instead of creating goodness for the blessing of others?
This world has purpose and if we are not careful we will miss out on those precious teaching moments that were sent to us for our long-term growth and eternal progression.
The spiritual influences that we sometimes most miss out on and ignore are the simple and loving moments that are really the driving forces of life moving us onward and forward in completing “God’s work and Glory in bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man”, of which we are. The world keeps after us trying to replacing those things with doubt, lack of truth, and the sensational, physically stimulating influences usually generated by ‘the love of money’.
We are here by design. We did not just happen and we must not let another day go by and ‘just happen’ either. Each day must be planned with meditation and prayer followed by having “ears to hear” those inspirational promptings of the Holy Spirit along with definite action items in order to accomplish our reason and purposes for being here.
From which source do you get your inspiration? There are two; good and bad.
Are you caught up in the inertia or gravity of one of these forces and find yourself somewhat trapped and just can’t get out?
It is important that you achieve a balance and have order in all things. This world has replaced much of the spiritual flow of influence. It is a most important day and time to realize this and make choices that bring balance into your life as time is slipping away in God’s Plan of Happiness when one must achieve certain things in order to progress to a higher or lower world of glory as designed. What you choose, is your choice! If you chose poorly, change it! Yes, you can! (With Jesus’s help.)
There are two forces in this world. There is a powerful driving force behind both of them. The laws of God require that there must be opposites in all things. It is as though a war is going on within us between these two forces to influence and capture our souls whose prupose drives both forces.
Every person born has a father and a mother. Satan makes a major effort to destroy the sanctity of the family, demean the importance of the role of men and women, encourage moral uncleanliness and violations of the sacred law of chastity, and to discourage parents from placing the bearing and rearing of children as one of their highest priorities.
The family is the primary support structure in God’s plan to help us resist evil, overcome weakness, and work out our salvation. For this reason we should do all we can to strengthen the family in these days of confusion and opposition. The best choice one can make is to find a partner in life and get married and have a family. Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. The family, the most fundamental institution of society, is under attack from all sides. Adultery, divorce, cohabitation, child and spouse abuse, homosexuality, abortion, teen pregnancies, pornography, disobedient children, economic struggles, an increasing unwillingness among married couples to bear and rear children—all these and more are proof that the adversary understands very well the central role the family plays in the destiny of God’s children.
Even in such circumstances, we need not fear. God is with us. In the end, good will conquer evil. In the here and now however, we must take our place on the front line in this war that began in the pre-mortal existence and do all we can to preserve and protect the sanctity of the family. In these last days of gathering gloom, the teachings and ordinances of the restored gospel shine as a unique beacon of hope. As we build our families upon the gospel’s firm foundation, our light will shine brighter and attract those who are seeking hope and happiness in a deteriorating world that offers neither.
The day is upon us when all truth will be revealed. The ‘veil’ on our minds that blocks our memory of our pre-existence and of not remembering will be lifted from this testing period of life. It is then, when every knee shall bend and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ. All lies and evil designs of the world will show forth their ugly heads and we will find ourselves as though we are looking in a mirror reviewing our own life as the day has come when we face our Maker. It is then, that it will be too late to make changes.
Choices and even thoughts we have made are all recorded in the book of life and the process of repentance offered by Jesus Christ must have been made prior to death or all things will be on our records for review. This is why it is so important to let Jesus Christ remove your sins by repenting and gaining forgiveness. There will be no doubt that Jesus is the Christ; that the Creation and God’s Plan of Happiness did really happen and that we lived before this world was in the Spirit World. We shouted for joy when God’s Plan of Happiness was announced for all to come to earth and get a physical body in order to fulfill God’s ‘work and glory’ and in becoming more like our eternal parents. Yes, we will remember!
It is then when all the evil and worldliness that Satan, his conspiring men, plus the one third of the hosts of heaven that followed him in the pre-existence have introduced to this world all the immorality, lies, thoughts, abortions, killing, taking the Lord’s name in vain, even the damaging of our bodies will be answered with a price. Satan and those who follow him will be cast out to outer darkness to receive their just rewards. The choices of following the ‘natural man’ will prove to be “an enemy to God” as the scriptures have so stated. All prophecy will have been fulfilled and the return of Jesus Christ to rule forever. It is then that all the hurt or all the joy will fill our souls and the time to ‘return and report’ what we did with our lives will be at hand with appropriate blessings or punishments.
There will be no lying, or claiming, “I never knew”, as our every thoughts and actions have all been recorded and they will be displayed for our remembrance if necessary at that time to be made clear. It will probably be so clear and obvious after reviewing our past that we will know of our destiny and we will judge ourselves as to which ‘mansion of heaven’ we will deserve to go.
God is loving and just. God is not the author of confusion.
Do not be deceived!
“Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
But know this, that if the Goodman of the house had known in
what watch the thief would come, he would have watched,
and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not
the Son of man cometh.” Matthew 24:42-44
Agency is the ability and privilege God gives us to choose and to act for ourselves. Agency is essential in the plan of salvation. Without agency, we would not be able to learn or progress or follow the Savior. With it, we are “free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil” (2 Nephi 2:27).
Agency allows us to be tested and tried to see whether or not we will endure to the end and return to our Heavenly Father with honor. Agency permits us to make faithful, obedient choices that strengthen us so that we can lift and strengthen others. So just . . .
I wanted to forward on the following story stating that there is a government petition to require people to “opt in” with their internet service providers if they would like access to pornography; otherwise, it would be automatically largely filtered out! This means that just by paying for internet in our homes, we would receive protection from pornography. The U.K. has recently implemented a similar policy, and another in Canada is receiving support.
I loved what U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said in the article,”People’s — most often parents’ — very real concerns get dismissed,” Cameron said. “They’re told the Internet is too big to mess with; it’s too big to change. But to me, the questions around the Internet and the impact it has are too big to ignore.” I think it’s great that people are really trying to create protection and change.
I followed the link (below) in the the article to see the petition, and it took me two minutes to create an account and sign the petition. Right now there are 11,854 signatures and the petition needs 100,000.
Fathers Need To Provide, Protect, and Lead The Family!
So, you are a Father! Congratulations!
I hope you are pleased!
Do you know what responsibility that name, “father”, places upon your shoulders?
The name “Father” is a powerful and sacred name because it reminds you that you are a ‘creator’ and responsible for every life that you make, or take. Make sure in how you use your sacred creative powers because you will be responsible for all of your actions and even your thoughts.
To bring a child into this world is an amazing miracle. It’s marvelous and good and it fulfills ‘God’s work and Glory’, “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man”. (Moses 1:39) You should be grateful to your Mother and Father who gave you life because that’s how we all got here and what we are commanded to do. We are “to multiply and replenish the earth” (Genesis 9:1), but it must be done in an orderly and sacred fashion.
We must return to the high standards of moral values of this world because if you should bring a child into this world wrongly or bring one who is unwanted, and you don’t step up and take care of that child and set a good example for them to follow or abort them, then you will be a held accountable and judged for your actions. There is a law: “For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction.” If you don’t protect and teach your children correct principles, then the blame and punishment will fall upon your own head. Who said so? God did, who is our Heavenly Father and who created us all. Yes, in the case of abortion, there are some exceptions and special cases should the mother’s life be in jeopardy.
And how about your wife?
I hope you were married. If not, you should be! Get married and fix any problems, spiritually, emotionally, and do it quickly. Why? Because,marriage is ordained of Godbetween a man and a woman. God is not the author of confusion. If you don’t start your marriage out right, then that’s how your children will become . . . . confused! He or she needs to know and feel that they are loved and that they belong and have purpose and place in life with roots grounded in a home built upon a solid foundation of love. Everyone that has ever lived had a Mother and a Father in order to get into this world. Why should their parents be separated or be taken away from them? It takes two to make a marriage and one to break it. Stay together and work things out, unless sin gets involved then again, repent.
Your best gift to your children and wife in this life will be in how you choose to live your life. Your greatest achievement in this world will be filled with work and serving your family and it will be tough because nothing good comes easy, but oh, what great memories and powerful and strong secure feelings of joy you will have inside with a peace of mind knowing that you have chosen good values and principles and have lived them from the very start. If you have not, and have made mistakes or were born into such circumstances, then you also have the power to seek forgiveness and to change, which is made available to all through your Savior, Jesus Christ. He did not come to this world to get applause from us clapping our hands, but to rescue us with His nail scarred hands! Let Him!
The name Father is the greatest title you will ever have but do you realize that with it, you are not the only father to your children? The Father of your spirit body inside your physical body and of every child that was ever born came from our Heavenly Father! He is our Creator. What a great heritage it is to be a descendant and a child of God! We don’t remember who we are and where we came from for a very wise purpose. We will someday! But until then, we do know we lived with our Father in Heaven as spirit children before we came to earth and that we can return back home again if we do the right things.
We are all literally children of God, spiritually begotten in the premortal life. As His children, we can be assured that we have divine, eternal potential and that He will help us in our sincere efforts to reach that potential.
God our Father is the ultimate Creator, Ruler, and Preserver of all things. He is perfect, has all power, and knows all things. He “has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s”. (D&C 130:22)
As the Father of your children and co-creator with your wife, you now have important responsibilities along with major blessings that will extend throughout life and for all eternity if you follow ‘The Way’ that Jesus Christ has shown us and taught us to live.
Father’s are to provide, protect, and teach their children and they do it best by example, as expressed in one of my favorite poems.
“I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day.
I’d rather one would walk with me than merely point the way.
The eye’s a better pupil, more willing than the ear.
Fine council is confusing but, example always clear.
And the best of all the preachers is the one who lives his creed.
For to see good put in action, is what everybody needs.”
To be married and exceptionally busy with raising a family in today’s world can be very challenging. Marriage itself is often side stepped ignored, or doesn’t happen at all and “stuff” that money can buy seems to be the top priority with what people want the most. Yet, a loving partner and a family with children that depends on you as a father, is one of the most fulfilling jobs a man can ever do. It’s not easy raising a family but the blessings are ‘out of this world’! When you are about to leave this world and die, you won’t look back and wish you had spent more time at the office or calculate all the things you’ve acquired in this world because they will be worthless. But, you’ll count your many blessings and those tender and loving words and expressed moments and life-changing times you spent with those you love. The only things you will take with you when you die and go to your heavenly rewards in paradise is yourself and those you love. In the Bible, John 14:2 says, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you so. I go to prepare a place for you.” Whichever “mansion” or place we will be assigned, it will be based upon our works and whether or not they were good or bad.
So since you are still alive today and you want to make a difference in your life, find out who you are and why you are here. Learn what you are supposed to do and to become in this life in order to prepare for a better life in the world and to live in the highest mansion in heaven after this world is through.
Start today by taking a good hard look in a mirror and decide that you are going to make the best choices in choosing good versus evil. What we choose in life says a lot about a person and it is one of the most important reasons why we came here. We came here to be tested to see what we are really made of and what we are worthy of becoming. Let’s pass the test with flying colors by remembering who we are. We are God’s kids! Our ‘Father’ wouldn’t have us go through all of this hard work of experiencing and learning, bumping our noses and being tested without good reasons or a wise purpose!
Study and pray in order to understand your relationship with God. Take upon yourself the name of Jesus Christ and always remember Him because you will not get anywhere after this life without His forgiveness and help in paying the price for our mistakes and sins; unless of course you enjoy sin and want to dwell in everlasting darkness with the devil, the father of all lies.
Life can become very honest and real. ‘Truth is light’, and there is a plentiful amount of truth in this world. But there are also opposites in all things as well which means there’s a lot of evil and darkness, too! There are false truths or lies with passions of darkness that appeal to “the natural man” which is ‘an enemy to God’. Just because if feels right and everyone is doing it, doesn’t make it right! Sin is easy. Anyone can do it. It takes a man with principles to stand up against temptations. Each of us will have our critics, but we each must decide our own destiny! They problem is we must act now as the signs of the times are upon us and we are living in the last days.
We were all born with free agency to choose good or evil and to be what we wish to become. Yes, sometimes there are situations where our freedoms have been challenged by vises or by ‘wicked and conspiring men’ but when it comes to making correct choices of character and values, you still will have the power to choose. (By the way, this also applies to being a good woman, as well!)
Do yourself a favor and put away the ego and pride and save your macho self a whole world of hurt by standing up for the good in this world by doing what’s right instead of choosing wrong and evil things! They all are here and available and you must choose. One is worth it and the other is worthless. It reminds me of a verse in a song lyric that I wrote called,
“Men Need To Be Men”.
“Men, need to be Men. Have the guts to be their creation.
Every where, in every nation be a family!
Men, need to be men. Love their wives and never leave them.
Raise their kids, cause they conceived them, be men!”
“The Savior has always been the protector of those who would accept His protection.
He has said more than once, “How oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth
her chickens, and ye would not” (3 Ne. 10:5).
Now, go back and look at the image above that I chose of the rooster who so boldly steps forward on the wooden plank over the running stream below him as an example to his family of hens who watch intently and carefully from behind. They will follow! When a man knows what he wants in this world and steps up to the challenges of life, raising the bar of goodness and righteous and with courage chooses well as a husband and father, those who look up to him, his wife and family, will feel secure and will follow him all the way! So it is with you! This is why you were born a male, a man, and a father . . . to lead, to protect, to nurture and to provide. Work hard at it! Sometimes thoughts will come into your mind and then you start to question yourself. But remember, that just as a flock of birds may be flying in the sky, you can’t stop them from flying over your head but you CAN stop them from making a nest on your head!
Live your life righteously, spiritually, and with joy and enthusiasm with the desire to become all that you can be. By doing so, you will know and feel life’s greatest rewards because you will be doing the right thing and that spirit will confirm so within you and will let you know by the ‘warmth you feel inside and within your heart’ knowing that you are doing the right thing. And after all of the challenges and tests that can be placed upon you have beaten you down and seem to leave you hopeless, remember that the Lord who suffered all knows and remembers you well and it is then that those ‘tests’ become a ‘test’-imony of all that is right and good. You then will deserve the love and the confidence of those who bless your name because of your faith and desire you have to become the best man, husband and father that any guy could ever be!
“The Lord created all things spiritually before he created them physically.” (Moses 3:5).
The fall of Adam and Eve was foreseen by God, our Heavenly Father, and “was a necessary step in the plan of life and a great blessing to all of us”. We lived as spirit children before this world and accepted this condition when we supported Heavenly Father’s plan of life.
Because of the Fall, we are were blessed with physical bodies, the freedom to choose between good and evil, and a commandment to ‘multiply and replenish the earth’ with the opportunity to gain eternal life. None of these privileges would have been ours had Adam and Eve remained in the garden.
After Adam and Eve ‘fell’ from the presence of God and became mortal, we needed a Savior so we could live again and return to our Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ was chosen to be our Savior before the world was created.
In order to “choose between good and evil”, Satan, the father of lies who was denied a physical body, was allowed to exist here on earth and to tempt the souls of man to do evil and to live in everlasting misery with him thus completing the law of “opposites in all things”. He teaches that there is no sin, that it’s natural and if it feels good, do it.
“But 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.”1 Corinthians 2:14
“Neither can any natural man abide the presence of God, neither after the carnal mind.” D&C 67:12
“For the naturalman is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.” Mosiah 3:19
“And thus did I, the Lord God, appoint unto man the days of his probation—that by his natural death he might be raised in immortality unto eternal life, even as many as would believe.” D&C 29:43
We are blessed to be living during these last days; often called “a great and dreadful day”. My brothers and I wrote a song for “The Plan” album called “It’s Gotta Be The Last Days.” The lyrics of what “some day it will be”, have now all been fulfilled! The fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and all righteousness has now been restored to the earth and so has the fullness of all wickedness!
This life is a TEST! Just as answers to a test at school must be hidden, our memory of our pre-exisence life was hidden ‘for a wise purpose’. Our ‘test’ in life is about our freedoms and in choosing good versus evil. We all will make mistakes and Jesus knew it. Thus, He gave His life to pay the price for our sins if we would but with faith come unto Him and repent, be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost, and to endure to the end, controlling the natural man and woman.
Marriage is ‘ordained of God’ and a partnership with God. It is most important. When the union of man and a woman co-create a life, one of God’s spirit children enters that child’s physical body as well giving it life. This brings responsibility and accountability for that spirit. The misuse in causing or terninating a life has serious responsibility and consequences!
God is “the same yesterday, today and forever” and so are His commandments. With His ‘Plan of Happiness’, our spirit bodies will one day return back to heaven. The body cannot live without the spirit and so when it’s time to return, we will physically die; but, we continue to live spiritually. Jesus is the way and reason we all will be resurrected because of His atonement. When we do, our spirits will be reunited once again with our physical bodies never to be separated again. We will be judged by our hearts and those choices we have made and will be assigned to dwell in one of God’s mansions in heaven or sent to outer darkness or hell with Satan. Those who have taken upon themselves further binding covenants in the House of the Lord, will be reunited as families for all eternity.
I have enjoyed many years of sharing my music and talents with many people around the world. I have great memories of traveling with my family and making so many forever lasting memories and trusting friends. I still love and enjoy music, creating live events, productions and publishing, and feel it most important ‘at such a time as this’ to ‘not fear man, but to fear God’, and to be honest and share with everyone those truths that last forever that give purpose and reason for living. I have always promised myself to be ‘a publisher of truth’. To fear God is to love God; which I do!
Our success and careers in life are important but most importantly is the success of the eternal assignments of life from within the family as a mother and a father. We are born, nurtured, educated, we explore, experience and learn; we fall in love, marry, and with the proper union of a man and a woman and a partnership with God, we are able to bring forth life that lasts forever; a posterity. Besides being a commandment, this is ‘God’s work and glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man’, of which we are. He is a Creator. As a pony always becomes a horse, a chick a hen, and ‘like father like son'; ‘like mother like daughter’, we become like our heavenly parents; even creators of life. This is why we are here.
We are not here by chance but by design. As God’s spirit children, we experience life now housed within a physical body so we can create; learn good from evil, choose the way we wish to live, and work at overcoming the world ever progressing forward becoming more like our Heavenly Parents. It is God’s Plan of Happiness. Some may have trials in life and not get all of these opportunities and priveleges or be able to enjoy them but, God is mindful of everyone and as only He can, He has ‘the way’ and ‘the plan’ for them and all of us if we but trust in Him. May we not lose our focus by only trying to succeed in life that we get caught up with the pleasures, honors, and greed of this world and forget why we are really here!
Ever since my brothers and I started performing music at a young age, we would always gather together and offer a word of prayer before we set foot on the stage and ask the Lord’s blessings to be with us and those in the audience. We prayed that they might feel the love that we had for them and sence our purpose as a family in sharing the great message of the Lord through our lifestyle and music. As Suzanne and I publish various ways to help “strengthen the family”, we ‘sanctify the Lord God in our hearts and are ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in us with meekness and fear’.
It is our prayer that we all will be seekers of truth, pray always, and “overcome the world” as we prepare for the second coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Again, God is the same yesterday, today and forever and so are His Commandments. Let’s pass this “TEST” of life and turn this “TEST” into a “TEST imony” of Jesus Christ that we may live eternally with Him once again. God’s doctrines are true. If one does not agree, it’s only that they don’t understand them. May we each seek the Lord’s words and ways by reading the scriptures, knock on His door through prayer with any questions with humble tears asking for help with our challenges, and receive through the Holy Ghost those answers and guidance knowing that with faith all things are possible to those that love the Lord is my prayer.
May God be with you till we meet again,
“Strengthening The Family” – Spiritually
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Romans 1:16
Resolutions – Do You Know How To Choose Between Good And Evil
As we begin this new year of 2013, I found myself reading the scriptures and was impressed with how God has spoken to us and told us how we can make correct choices and know what is good or evil; that there are opposites in all things and everything can fit into one or the other categories.
We are at a critical path in time of this world when correct choices are most important as they will deternine our lives success and destiny. We are being bombarded and marketed by forces from both sides of truth as we live in these “great and dreadful days”.
As a husband, a father and grandfather, and one who has been most blessed to have see the world and meet so many people of all nationalities, colors and creeds, and to have many of them become my friends, I feel the need to “open my mouth”. (D&C 60:2) Also as a publisher of truth for the family, which is the basic unit of society and of God’s children which we all are, I feel the need to speak out that it might cause you to ponder about the course of life that we each are taking and to help us all realize whether we are being led towards light and truth or towards darkness and misery. God told us how we can tell!
As recorded in the scriptures, God is speaking to those “that are the peaceable followers of Christ, and that have obtained a sufficient hopeby which ye can enter into the rest of the Lord, from this time henceforth until ye shall rest with him in heaven.”
We must remember “the word of God which saith by their works ye shall know them; for if their works be good, then they are good also. For behold, God hath said a man being evilcannot do that which is good; for if he offereth a gift, or prayeth unto God, except he shall do it with real intent it profiteth him nothing. For behold, it is not counted unto him for righteousness. For behold, if a man beingevil giveth a gift, he doeth it grudgingly; wherefore it is counted unto him the same as if he had retained the gift; wherefore he is counted evil before God. And likewise also is it counted evil unto a man, if he shall pray and not with realintent of heart; yea, and it profiteth him nothing, for God receiveth none such. Wherefore, a man being evil cannot do that which is good; neither will he give a good gift.
For behold, a bitter fountain cannot bring forth good water; neither can a good fountain bring forth bitter water; wherefore, a man being a servant of the devil cannot follow Christ; and if he follow Christ he cannot be a servant of the devil.
Wherefore, all things which are good cometh of God; and that which is evil cometh of the devil; for the devil is an enemy unto God, and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and enticeth to sin, and to do that which is evil continually. But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God.”
This has been the case since the beginning of time and it is the same today! Now, here is a warning!
“Wherefore, take heed, my beloved brethren, that ye do not judge that which is evilto be of God, or that which is good and of God to be of the devil. For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night. For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.”
This is the way!
“Whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.
And now, my brethren, seeing that ye know thelight by which ye may judge, which light is the light of Christ, see that ye do not judge wrongfully; for with that same judgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged. Wherefore, I beseech of you, brethren, that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil; and if ye will lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not, ye certainly will be a child of Christ.”
As we make our New Year’s resolutions, may we look deeper into our lives and see if there are things that should be removed or things that should be included in our daily pursuit of happiness. Let’s ask of ourselves:
Am I spending more time with those that I love?
Is my home like a house of God, and is love spoken here?
Is my mind being filled with violent media and crude entertainment, or is it being uplifted with knowledge of truth and reighteousness?
Do I have faith, hope and charity and do unto others as I would want them to do unto me?
Have I told my spouse and children how much I love them?
Do I fill my body with stimulants and garbage instead of whole and healthy foods with excercise to making it stronger?
Do I know who I am, why I am here, and where I am going after this life?
Do I pray and give thanks for the blessings I receive and reach out to others with a charitable heart and time?
The only things that we take with us after this life is our knowledge, experiences, our works, and the family with those we love.
I know that God lives and that Jesus is The Way; The One who will bring us together to live in peace and harmony.
I extend my prayers and blessings upon all those who follow us here at TheFamily.com and though we gift it freely, we make many friends and pray that we may touch some lives and hearts for good.
You are always welcome here and we hope that you will feel like a second home for you. We will be here for you and will always leave the light on, for good.
In closing, I leave you with what God has said to us:
“How is it that ye can attain unto faith, save ye shall have hope? And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise. Wherefore, if a man have faith he must needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope. And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart. If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity.
And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail— But charity is the pure loveof Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purifiedeven as he is pure. Amen.”
Our Heavenly Father desires that we find true, lasting happiness.
Our happiness is the design of all the blessings He gives us—gospel teachings, commandments, priesthood ordinances, family relationships, prophets, temples, the beauties of creation, and even the opportunity to experience adversity.
His plan for our salvation is often called “the great plan of happiness”.
He sent His Beloved Son to carry out the Atonement so we can be happy in this life and receive a fulness of joy in the eternities.
The Plan of Happiness – It’s Heavenly Father’s Plan Of Life
Who am I?
Why am I here?
Where am I going?
What you have seen and heard with this film is of most importance. It is something that each of us try to share with one another because as the Lord said, “where much is given, much is expected.” We truly have been blessed!
My family and I have tried to share with our music and word, the ‘Plan of Happiness’ to individuals and families all over the world. The message is the same for all of us; that we are children of God who loves us and has placed us here on earth in families to prove ourselves and to give us the “power” to choose ‘the way’ we wish to live our lives. Free agency is something we fought for even before we came to this world and we continue to do so today. Good and Evil are the choices.
Yes, we will make mistakes. Jesus knew we would and that is why He came to this world to show us the way to love one another and to follow Him. He knew that some of our debts would require much more than we alone would be able to pay and so He died for us and took upon Himself our sins. In return He has asked us to follow Him and to repent and take upon ourselves His name by being baptized even as He was and receive the Holy Ghost.
I know that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ. I know that the Holy Ghost will lead and guide us through life just as our GPS systems lead us on unfamiliar highways. I know that Jesus is to return again soon. Even though the angels of heaven know not when He shall return, the Lord has given us “signs of the times” that we might be warned and prepared. Those signs are now upon us and I pray that everyone who watched this video, those who heard our album called “The Plan”, those who have felt Him calling you and those that have prayed for guidance and are seeking answers may know in your hearts that we are NOT ALONE!
Read your scriptures and pray with all your hearts seeking for answers for therein lies the keys to further truth and knowledge. If you seek, ye shall find. If you knock, it shall be opened up unto you. If you would like to know more about what we believe, click here.
With life there is ‘The Plan’. There is also ‘The Way; The Way to get back to our Heavenly Father. Jesus is ‘The Way‘, the one who will bring us together. He is the One, He is ‘The Way’!