Don’t Let People Tell You Who You Are
By Alan on May 17 in Blog tagged ability, ahead, being, Christ, course, determination, don't, eternity, God, hearts, Jesus, life, people, perfect, power, righteousness, salvation, souls, who you are | No Comments
Don’t Let People Tell You Who You Are
“There was only one perfect being, the Lord Jesus. If men had to be perfect and live all of the laws strictly, wholly, and completely [to be eligible for eternal life], there would be only one saved person in eternity. There are many things to be done, even beyond the grave, in working out our salvation.
And so what we do in this life is chart a course leading to eternal life. That course begins here and now and continues in the realms ahead. We must determine in our hearts and in our souls, with all the power and ability that we have, that from this time forward we will press on in righteousness; by so doing we can go where God and Christ are. If we make that firm determination, and are in the course of our duty when this life is over, we will continue in that course in eternity”
If The World Only Knew What They Were Missing
By Alan on Apr 25 in Blog tagged Aaronic, author, baptism, celestial, confusion, coovenants, day, dead, destiny, eternal families, eternal marriage, eternal plan, faith, Family, God, great and dreadful, heavenly parents, Holy Ghost, hope, if only knew, Jesus, marriage, Melchizedek, missing, origin, peace, power, premortal existence, priesthood, prophet, Redeemer, religions, resurrection, struggle, suffer, terresterial telestial, The World, to choose, truth, truths, Where Am I Going, Who Am I, Why am I here, word | 1 Comment
If The World Only Knew What They Were Missing
Here we are living in ‘a great and dreadful day’ with higher learning and so many comforts of life. We have access to so much information and can advance so fast in society. Yet, there are still so many who struggle and suffer, especially for knowledge and truth about their origin and destiny. One of the most important needs we have is the knowledge of who we are, why we are here and where we came from; religion.
If people would just stop and think about life and see those that are truly happy, they will find it is because they have searched their hearts with prayer and in their minds with studying and reading good books, have found peace within knowing that God is there; realizing He has provided the way to return as His children with with an eternal plan where marriages and families can be together forever! May I share?
Over the history of this world, there have been many religious leaders who felt inspired and caused many people to follow. Each of us has the right to learn with the freedom and power to choose ’The Way’ we wish to live our lives and believe. That’s why we came here. They also become set and immoveable and will not hear or listen to many truths that have come forth. If the world only knew what they were missing!
Here are 10 facts about 12 major religions.
These pages summarise the main features of the 12 largest world religions, which together are followed by almost 80% of the world’s population. These beliefs are described without passing any judgment on their truth or otherwise. Not included here are so-called “tribal” and African religions (6%), spiritism, the Eastern religions Cao Dai and Juche (less than 1% in total) and non religious (16%). Source for numbers is www.adherents.com.
Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism and Islam
||K’ung Fu-tzu (Confucius)
||Brahmins – the priestly class of the invading Aryans
|Place & time
||Middle East (Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria), 1860s CE
||Nepal, 500 BCE
||Palestine, 30 CE
||China 500 BCE
||India, about 1500 BCE
||Arabia, 620 CE
|Local religion at the time
||Judaism & Roman polytheism
||Evolved from more primitive beliefs
||Writings of Baha’u'llah & others – principally Kitab-l-Aqdas
||Teachings of the Buddha written down much later & not treated as revelation
||Bible, especially the New Testament
||K’ung Fu-tzu’s writings
||Many writings, mainly the Vedas (1000 BCE) & Upanishads (500 BCE)
||Qur’an, written down by Muhammed
|No. of adherents worldwide
||400 million (combined with Taoism)
|Nature of religion
||Monotheism with revealed teachings – fulfils Judaism, Christianity and Islam
||Dharmic. Way of life to achieve enlightenment
||Monotheism with revealed teachings – fulfils Judaism
||Taoic. Social & political ethics
||Dharmic. Devotional rituals & tradition to achieve release from cycle of rebirth.
||Monotheism with revealed beliefs – mixture of corporate & personal worship and ethics
|Nature of God(s)
||Monotheistic, ethical, personal
||Pantheistic & impersonal – life force (Brahmin) and many gods/aspects
||Monotheistic, personal, ethical
|How to please God(s)
||Eightfold Path between extremes of asceticism & materialism
||Repentance & faith in Jesus
||Devotion, good works, knowledge & yoga to reduce karma (caused by bad behaviour) & maya (illusion)
||Five Pillars – profession of faith, prayer/worshp, alms, fasting, pilgrimage to Mecca
|Rewards & punishments
||Life is a preparation for the next life (does this mean everyone enters afterlife?)
||Life of acceptance & Nirvana
||Life with God in this world and the next (or not)
||Cycle of rebirth until karma dissolved & released.
||Paradise for believers
||Prayer & meditation leading to action – little emphasis on ritual (no churches or priests). Informal meeting every 19 days + festivals
||Meditation, disciplined living to reduce suffering (recognising “impermanence, suffering & no-self”)
||Weekly meetings, sharing faith & serving others
||Respect for ancestors
||Temples as homes to deities & shrines,
priests & rituals, individual holy men
|Five Pillars, Friday prayers at mosque, ritual washing and prayers
||Rational behaviour, peace, equality, tolerance, justice
||Detachment, acceptance, meditation
||Love your neighbour, humility, peace, justice
||Cohesion of society. Living in harmony with environment
||Do right, acquire wealth, enjoy pleasure, achieve release
||Five Pillars, Jihad (holy struggle)
Jainism, Judaism, Parsees/Zoroastrianism, Shinto, Sikhism & Taoism
||Mahavira (“great hero”)
||Abraham & Moses
||Zarathustra (not sure if he was a real person)
||Lao-Tzu (& Chuang Tzu)
|Place & time
||India, 550 BCE
||Iraq, 2000 BCE
||Iran, date unclear, 1200 or 600 BCE?
||Japan, 0-1000 CE
||India, 1500 CE
||China 300-600 BCE
|Local religion at the time
||Hinduism & Islam
||Less refined version of same ideas
||Scriptures, written 100 years after Mahavira
||The Law (Torah given by God) & the prophets. The Talmud
||Avesta (Zarathustra’s teachings, written centuries later)
||Guru Granth Sahib (Nanak’s & other Gurus’ teachings, written down later)
||Writings of Lao-Tzu (Tao Te Ching) & Chuang Tzu
|No. of adherents worldwide
||400 million (combined with Confucianism)
|Nature of religion
||Dharmic. Soul is imprisoned in matter – cycle of rebirth until achieve release, at length, by intense discipline.
||Monotheism with revealed beliefs – mixture of corporate & personal worship and ethics
||Monotheism but dualistic. Ethical, personal.
||Taoic. Shinto = “the way of the gods”. Mixture of polytheistic mythology & practical living. Little dogma. Co-exists happily with Buddhism
||Dharmic. Practical religion about living in this world (not ascetic like some other eastern religions). Cycle of rebirth.
||Taoic. Tao = “the way”. Mythical religion with strong ethical component, yin & yang. A way to live with little dogma.
|Nature of God(s)
||Distant, unclear – close to atheism
||Monotheistic, personal, ethical
||Ahura Mazda (all powerful God) is oposed by Angra Mainyu & supporteed by 7 created immortals.
||Spiritual force manifested in “Kami” (nature, many gods or spirits, or ancestors)
||Present everywhere in creation, unknowable, without form, beyond dogma, found in the heart. merciful.
||Spiritual force (there is some polytheism in popular Taoism)
|How to please God(s)
||Ascetic life as a monk. Lay people can only hope to achieve being a monk in the next life
||Obey Law – sacrifices for forgiveness of sins
||Worship at shrines
||Grace enables recognition of God’s word & hence ability to live ethically & devotionally and so earn salvation.
|Rewards & punishments
||Salvation = release from karma & cycle, then union with one’s true self
||Pleasing or displeasing God
||Life after death
||A peaceful pure life?
||Mystical union with God (on earth and in afterlife?)
||Fasting & extreme asceticism. Temples & images to assist meditation.
||Worship & sacrifices in temple (but not since temple destroyed in 70 CE) & meetings in Synagogues
||Ritual prayer & washings, fire ceremonies (fire is the symbol of God’s truth)
||Worship, prayer & offerings at shrines to various Kami
||Egalitarian, respect for other religions
||Meditation, exercise (tai chi & Kung fu), detachment, festivals
||Do no harm (non violent & vegetarian), abstain from sex & worldly goods
||10 Commandments, plus many detailed laws in Law and writings
||Education, devotion, righteousness, non-violence, cleanliness
||Purity & cleanliness
||Love your neighbour, humility, peace, justice
||Sensitivity, peacefulness, live in harmony with nature.
For more information on the terms “monotheistic”, “darmic” and “taoic”, see the different types of religions.
With all of this confusion in the world and deciding what to believe, is there any wonder why there are so many religions today? It is not God’s fault but man’s.
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
1 Corinthians 14:33
At some point in each of our lives we will each ask these questions:
Who am I?
Why am I here?
Where am I going?
When God created this world, he gave Adam and Eve all of the knowledge they needed with answers to these questions. He even walked and talked with them in the Garden of Eden. Many of those truths have since been lost, distorted, and misinterpreted over time causing so many people in the world to have no religion at all; athiest.
Many precious parts were taken out of the Bible during the days of Constantine about 300-400 AD and are missing. But are those truths lost? No.
Jesus Christ gave his words to all that would hear. And for that, He was Crucified. But, after Jesus rose from the dead, He ascended into Heaven, which is Paradise; a holding place where we go after death until judgement day. He also returned and visited several peoples (or ‘sheep‘, He being the Shepherd) of various nations around the world and gave them His word and covenants, letting them know that He was also their Savior and Redeemer. He commanded them to write His words as a record to come forth at such a time as this when He knew there would be much confusion.
Some records have come already come forth and several others will soon be coming forth.
Those records or books have and will reveal many of the ‘lost’ promising truths and covenants, and blessings for which many religions have no answers.
God Created all things spiritually BEFORE He created them physically.
“And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them.” Moses 2:27
“… And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew. For I, the Lord God, created all things, of which I have spoken, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth. For I, the Lord God, had not caused it to rain upon the face of the earth. And I, the Lord God, had created all the children of men; and not yet a man to till the ground; for in heaven created I them; and there was not yet flesh upon the earth, neither in the water, neither in the air;” Moses 3:5
“And I, the Lord God, formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul, the first flesh upon the earth, the first man also; nevertheless, all things were before created; but spiritually were they created and made according to my word.” Moses 3:7
Many ‘Plain and precious truths and doctrines’ of the gospel have been restored:
||Scriptures in the Bible
||Scriptures Given through Joseph Smith
Physical nature of
Our creation in
Apostles and prophets
Mode of baptism
The gift of the
Baptism for the dead
The three kingdoms
to become like Heavenly Father
‘We are NOT human beings having Spiritual experiences.
We ARE Spiritual beings having human experiences.’
It is my testimony that God lives and that He created this world with its Creation, Fall and Atonement of Jesus Christ, and worlds without number along with God-given laws, ordinances and doctrines. His plan makes it possible for all people to be exalted and live forever with God (2 Ne. 2:9), a glory of the celestial, which excels in all things – where God, even the Father, reigns upon his throne forever and ever. D&C 76:92. The scriptures also refer to this plan as the plan of salvation, the plan of happiness, and the plan of mercy.
We lived before as spirit children of God and battled in heaven over good and evil. One third of those spirit children followed Satan and were cast out of heaven with Satan into everlasting darkness. Those that won that war chose to come to this earth, to progress and become more like our Heavenly Parents by gaining a physical body and becoming creators of life ourselves.
We are here on earth to be tested as a ‘natural man’ (which is an enemy of God), to gain intelligence (which is the Glory of God), and to be tempted by Satan once again over good and evil and to make choices that will directly effect one’s future; and mansion in heaven where one goes to live after we die, and are judged on condition of living forever in a resurrected state, not subject to physical death. Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 1 Corinthians 3:13
This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, John 17:3 (D&C 132:24). We must fight the good fight of faith and lay hold on eternal life. (1 Tim. 6:12) People are free to choose liberty and eternal life, (2 Ne. 2:27) (Hel. 14:31). To be spiritually minded is life eternal. (2 Ne. 9:39) Then are ye in the narrow path that leads to eternal life. (2 Ne. 31:17–20) God gives eternal life to the obedient, (Moses 5:11).
To believe in Christ and endure to the end is life eternal, 2 Ne. 33:4 (3 Ne. 15:9). He that hath eternal life is rich, D&C 6:7 (D&C 11:7). Eternal life is the greatest of all the gifts of God, D&C 14:7 (Rom. 6:23). The righteous will receive peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come, D&C 59:23 Those who endure to the end shall have a crown of eternal life, D&C 66:12 (D&C 75:5). If the marriage of a man and a woman has been sealed in the house of the Lord, they and their offspring will be together eternally as a family.
All who die without the gospel who would have received it had they lived are heirs of the celestial kingdom, D&C 137:7–9. This is all a part of God’s eternal Plan of life for His children because “God’s work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man, Moses 1:39; ’man’ refers to all mankind, both male and female. All men and women are the literal, spiritual offspring of a Heavenly Father. When they are born into mortality, they receive physical, mortal bodies. These bodies were created in God’s image (Gen. 1:26–27). Men and women who are faithful in receiving the necessary ordinances, keeping their covenants, and obeying God’s commands will enter into their exaltation and become as God. And if thou art faithful unto the end thou shalt have a crown of immortality, and eternal life in the mansions which I have prepared in the house of my Father. D&C 81:6.
Have you ever seen a baby chick that didn’t become a chicken? A pony always becomes a horse? We as children become like our parents. ”Like Father like son; like Mother like daughter”.
I hope this has made you think about what you might be missing and that you will reach within for answers that are real. Again remember, ‘God is NOT the author of confusion’. I invite you to pray with real intent that you may enter into the rest of the Lord. The Spirit of Christ can be with you and enable you to know good from evil. Satan persuades men to deny Christ and do evil. The prophets manifest the coming of Christ with faith, miracles are wrought and angels will minister unto you. All mankind shoud hope for eternal life and cleave unto charity always doing good.
This I know to be true,
Strengthening The Family – Spiritually
“Joseph Smith has produced more scripture than even Moses and has been instrumental in bringing forth the word of the Lord in this dispensation.”
How To Beat Bullying
By Alan on Apr 12 in Blog tagged behavoir, bullying, child, depression, emotional, friend, friendless, hazards, hazing, Jesus, kids, low self-worth, picked on, tatling, teenagers, Weakness | 1 Comment
It’s been many years since Greg [names have been changed] was in junior high school, but he can still vividly remember how it felt when his tormentors would chase him as he tried to walk home from the school bus. If they caught him, sometimes they would grab his trombone case and throw it into the snow, or they would toss his homework into the pond by his house. Other times they would become more violent, pushing and hitting him, even knocking him to the ground.
“I felt powerless and scared,” he says now. “I didn’t know what to do.”
Bullying has received a lot of media attention in recent years, but it continues to be a serious problem for many teenagers. What exactly is bullying? If you see someone being picked on, what can you do? And what if you’re the one being bullied?
What Is Bullying?
Some people say being bullied is just a normal part of growing up. “Kids will be kids,” they say. “They’ll get over it.” Most teenagers like to joke around and tease each other, but when does teasing cross the line and become bullying, a behavior that can have serious long-term effects?
Matt Watson, a therapist with LDS Family Services, says a behavior can be called bullying “when there’s fear and intimidation or when someone says ‘Stop,’ but the behavior continues. There’s no acknowledgment of the victim’s feelings.” Bullying can make people feel worthless, friendless, and alone.
Most experts agree that bullying is different among boys and girls. Boys tend to be more physically aggressive, while girls are more likely to use insults, to exclude other girls, or to spread rumors about them.
Emily was bullied for several years while in middle school. “I got pushed into lockers and had spitballs thrown at me,” she says. “But mostly it was emotional—the girls would exclude me or call me names.”
The effects of bullying can be devastating. According to Brother Watson, some kids who have been bullied have nightmares and feel helpless and anxious. Not only that, but they may have trouble relating to other people, and they often have feelings of low self-worth and depression—challenges that may follow them into adulthood.
What Others Can Do
If you see someone being bullied, it may be tempting to walk away, hoping the situation will take care of itself. But Bob Wiley, also a therapist with LDS Family Services, says bullying rarely stops unless someone else gets involved. “If you see someone being bullied and you do nothing, in some ways you’re contributing to the bullying,” he says.
So what can you do to help?
Say something. If you are in a position to do so, say something like “Hey, knock it off” or “Leave him alone.” Of course, you must always look out for your own personal safety.
Tell an adult. If you say something but the bullying continues, or if you feel that telling a bully to stop might endanger your own safety, tell a responsible adult: a parent, teacher, principal, school counselor, or anyone else in a position of authority.
Telling someone in authority is not the same thing as tattling: “Tattling is to get someone in trouble. Telling is trying to get some help or to solve a problem.”
Reach out to the example of the good Samaritan, who cared for a man who had been beaten (see Luke 10:30–37). “He wasn’t in a position to confront the attackers, but he certainly dealt with the aftermath,”.
Similarly, we can reach out in kindness to those who are bullied. Usually the bully picks on someone who’s alone and isolated. If you see someone in that situation, try to be a friend. Not only do friends decrease a teen’s chances of being bullied, but they likely will help the teen feel better about himself or herself.
If You’re Being Bullied
What should you do if you are the one being picked on?
Try to appear calm and confident. Try not to react, because a reaction is what most bullies are hoping for. First try to simply walk away. To walk away from trouble is not a sign of weakness.
Stay calm and act confident, even if you don’t feel confident. Stand up straight, and make eye contact. Firmly tell the bully to stop. And don’t lash out physically unless absolutely necessary to protect yourself. Retaliating physically may make a bully feel justified in his or her behavior.
Tell an adult. Many kids who are bullied feel that they should handle the situation by themselves. But bullying often does not stop until an authority figure gets involved. A trusted adult can help you plan a way to avoid being bullied and help provide support along the way. Keep telling until the situation improves. If the bullying is severe, it may be appropriate to inform the police.
Avoid being alone. Bullies are more likely to pick on people who are by themselves, so try to stick with friends as much as possible. If you feel threatened and friends are not nearby, follow a group, even if you don’t know them.
Don’t blame yourself. No one deserves to be bullied. Because you are a victim of bullying does not mean you are a bad person. The person who has the problem is the bully, not the one being bullied.
Forgive. Forgiving a bully does not mean thinking that what he or she did was okay. Nor does it mean you shouldn’t stick up for yourself or that you should pretend the bullying never happened. Forgiving does mean letting go of feelings of bitterness and anger—feelings that will damage you far more than they will affect the bully. The Lord said, “I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men” (D&C 64:10).
Rely on the Savior. His love, and the knowledge that you are a child of Heavenly Father, is your greatest source of self-worth. The Savior knows what it’s like to be beaten and spit upon, but He never forgot who He is—the Son of God. Because of the Atonement, He understands perfectly the hurt you feel, and He can heal you.
Emily said, “Gaining a greater understanding of the Atonement helps her heal from the effects of the bullying and comfort is found in the words:
“And [Jesus] shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
“… And he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor [help] his people according to their infirmities” (Alma 7:11–12).
Today, both Greg and Emily agree that the damage caused by bullying doesn’t have to last forever. Both have gone on to have successful careers and families of their own. And while neither would wish for such a painful experience again, they agree that in some ways they are better people as a result: they are more understanding of those who are struggling and are more anxious to reach out and help. And they know that their worth does not depend on what others think of them, for the worth of every soul “is great in the sight of God” (D&C 18:10).
The Adversary’s Tactics
“It should come as no surprise that one of the adversary’s tactics in these troubled times is stirring up hatred among the children of men. He loves to see us criticize each other, make fun or take advantage of our neighbor’s known flaws, and generally pick on each other. …
“When we truly become converted to Jesus Christ, committed to Him, an interesting thing happens: our attention turns to the welfare of our fellowman, and the way we treat others becomes increasingly filled with patience, kindness, a gentle acceptance, and a desire to play a positive role in their lives.” —Marvin J. Ashton
The Hazards of Hazing
Hazing is what older or more experienced kids sometimes do to initiate new kids into a group. You might not think of hazing as a form of bullying—after all, even the most popular teenagers can be victims of hazing. And some people claim that hazing is “fun” and is a “bonding experience.” But, like traditional bullying, hazing is an act of control over others; can result in feelings of humiliation, fear, and distrust; and is sometimes physically dangerous.
Hazing activities include making people wear embarrassing clothing in public, perform dangerous or ridiculous stunts, or participate in other activities that are degrading or humiliating. An activity is probably hazing if the answer to any of the following questions is YES:
Will more experienced members of the group refuse to do what the new members are being asked to do?
Does the activity involve physical or emotional abuse?
Could the activity be considered unsafe or dangerous?
Would you be embarrassed to describe the activity to a parent or teacher?
Would you not want the activity to be featured in your school newspaper or on the local news?
Is alcohol involved?
Is the activity illegal?
If you are a member of a group that is going to initiate new members, suggest planning positive alternatives to hazing such as a fun social or athletic event that will help old and new members of the group get to know each other.
If you fear you or a friend might be hazed, or if you have already been hazed, contact an adult—either a parent or school official. Hazing can have serious effects. Saying nothing could mean the activity continues—and someone might get hurt.
Overcoming The World
By Alan on Apr 06 in Blog tagged Adam and Eve, body, choice, choose, commandments, enemy to God, eternal life, evil, God, good, Heavenly Father, Jesus, last days, multiply, natural man, overcoming, physical, physically, replenish, Satan, savior, spirit, spiritually, test, The Plan, The World, world | Comments Off
Overcoming The World
“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.
“We believe that men will be for their sins, and not for transgression.” (2nd Article of Faith)
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 is an to God, and has been from the of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he to the enticings of the , and off the man and becometh a through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a , , 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
By Alan on Mar 13 in Daily Inspiration tagged doctor, everlasting life, Jesus, lawyer, soldier | 2 Comments
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
“Yea, who shall be consigned to a state of endless misery, fulfilling the words which say: They that have done good shall have everlasting life; and they that have done evil shall have everlasting damnation. And thus it is. Amen.”
We Are Now In The Age Of Anti-Religion
By Alan on Mar 09 in Blog tagged aclu, age, Anti-religion, dismantle, Get NoiZ, Jesus, Lucifer, noisy, self-gratification, Supreme Court, turn the world around | Comments Off
We Are Now In The Age Of Anti-Religion
By: Bill O’Riley
With the shorthand “OMG” (oh, my God) becoming a huge cliche, it might be worth taking a look at how Americans are seeing the Almighty these days — that is if they are looking at all.
A recent Gallup poll indicates that just 31 percent of Americans worship publicly on a weekly basis, while 43 percent rarely go to a church, synagogue or mosque.
Growing up under the heavy hand of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, it was drummed into me that attending weekly Mass was not an option. It was a must to avoid eternal damnation, which was not a prospect filled with many positives. Hellfire was perpetual, and no parole would be offered.
And so I went to Mass and was even an altar boy, memorizing a variety of Latin prayers that basically said Jesus was a good guy and everybody should avoid offending him. Not a bad message, so I really had no beef — unless I was assigned to the 6:30 a.m. service. Was Jesus even up at that hour?
Today, only 24 percent of American Catholics attend weekly Mass, and so Lucifer must be very busy expanding accommodations. There are many reasons for this, but two stand out.
First, Mass is often deadly dull. Sometimes the priest is from Botswana, and you can’t understand him. Other times, you can understand the padre, but 20 minutes on the Corinthians can be challenging, if you know what I mean. It would be great if priests, ministers, rabbis and imams would spice it up a little.
The second reason that churchgoing is in decline is that we are living in a narcissistic time when self-gratification has largely replaced the golden rule of treating others as you want to be treated.
Far be it for the public schools to teach this, but the USA was founded on basic Judeo-Christian principles. Don’t take my word for it. Take a trip to Washington, D.C., and tour the Supreme Court building. There you will see a sculpted copy of the Ten Commandments on the wall.
But why? Moses wasn’t an American. He didn’t cross the Red Sea into Delaware. The reason the commandments are on display is that the Founding Fathers based the American legal system on honesty and on the avoidance of doing harm to others — the basic tenets of the commandments.
But many secular Americans, including the ACLU, would dismantle the Supreme Court display if they could. We are now in the age of anti-religion, where pious folks are looked upon as odd. Religion is a bad thing to the secular-progressive. It’s too judgmental and stands in the way of unfettered abortion, gay marriage and other sacred causes of the S-P movement.
LET’S TURN THE WORLD AROUND!!!
“But with some I am not well pleased, for they will not open their , but they hide the which I have given unto them, because of the of man. Wo unto such, for mine is against them.” D&C 6:2
Light – The Darkness Comprehendeth It Not
By Alan on Feb 07 in Blog tagged beggar, charity, children, comprehend, darkness, God, humility, impart, Jesus, judge, knowledge, light, love, order, peaceably, poor, prepare, quarrel, quickly, Redeemer, repent, rich, second coming, soberness, spirit, teach, the way, watch | 1 Comment
Light – The Darkness Comprehendeth It Not
I say unto you, if ye have come to a of the goodness of God, and his matchless power, and his wisdom, and his patience, and his long-suffering towards the children of men; and also, the which has been prepared from the of the world, that thereby salvation might come to him that should put his in the Lord, and should be diligent in keeping his commandments, and continue in the faith even unto the end of his life, I mean the life of the mortal body—
I say, that this is the man who receiveth salvation, through the atonement which was prepared from the foundation of the world for all mankind, which ever were since the of Adam, or who are, or who ever shall be, even unto the end of the world.
And this is the means whereby salvation cometh. And there is other salvation save this which hath been spoken of; neither are there any conditions whereby man can be saved except the conditions which I have told you.
Believe in ; believe that he is, and that he all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all , and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not all the things which the Lord can comprehend.
And again, believe that ye must of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in of heart that he would you; and now, if you all these things see that ye them.
And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have of his love, and have received a of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own , and his and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of , on the name of the Lord daily, and standing in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel.
And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the of God, and always a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.
And ye will not have a to injure one another, but to live , and to render to every man according to that which is his due.
And ye will not suffer your that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness.
But ye will them to in the ways of truth and ; ye will teach them to one another, and to serve one another.
And also, ye yourselves will those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.
Perhaps thou shalt : The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—
But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.
For behold, are we not all ? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?
And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with , and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to of the substance that ye have one to another.
And if ye the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life ; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done.
I say unto you, wo be unto that man, for his substance shall perish with him; and now, I say these things unto those who are as pertaining to the things of this world.
And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day to day; I mean all you who deny the beggar, because ye have not; I would that ye say in your hearts that: I not because I not, but if I had I would .
And now, if ye say this in your hearts ye remain guiltless, otherwise ye are ; and your condemnation is just for ye covet that which ye have not received.
And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you—that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may guiltless before God—I would that ye should of your substance to the , every man according to that which he hath, such as the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants.
And see that all these things are done in wisdom and ; for it is not requisite that a man should run than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.
And I would that ye should remember, that whosoever among you of his neighbor should return the thing that he borroweth, according as he doth agree, or else thou shalt commit sin; and perhaps thou shalt cause thy neighbor to commit sin also.
And finally, I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit sin; for there are divers ways and means, even so many that I cannot number them.
But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not yourselves, and your , and your , and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish.
And now, O man, remember, and perish not.
A burglar broke into a house. . .
By Alan on Jan 25 in Daily Inspiration tagged burglar, Jesus, Moses | Comments Off
A burglar broke into a house . . .
A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said, ‘Jesus knows you’re here.’
He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze. When he heard nothing more, he shook his head and continued.
Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard ‘Jesus is watching you.’
Startled, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.
‘Did you say that?’ he hissed at the parrot.
‘Yes’, the parrot confessed, then squawked, ‘I’m just trying to warn you that he’s watching you.’
The burglar relaxed. ‘Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?’
‘Moses,’ replied the bird.
‘Moses?’ the burglar laughed. ‘What kind of people would name a bird Moses?’
‘The kind of people who would name a Rottweiler Jesus.’
For The Family
Woof! ”Are you Paul?”
What Are You Watching And Putting In Your Mind?
By Alan on Jan 19 in Blog tagged abuse, child, children, conscience, evil, good, Jesus, media, mind, movies, parents, pornography, pray, responsible, scriptures, teach, time, train, TV | Comments Off
What Are You Watching And Putting In Your Mind?
When we are not doing what we know we ought to be doing and when we are not living the way we know we ought to live, we have a tendency to be unhappy. And make no mistake about it, we know when we are not doing what we ought to do because every one of us has a conscience. We are born with the Spirit of Christ, and we know instinctively what is right and what is wrong when it comes to our personal behavior. It offends that spirit when we allow ourselves and our values and standards to be manipulated by aesthetic propaganda in behalf of Satan’s lies.
Not all film or television or publishing or music is evil, because you and I both know that that is simply not true. There is much that is good in the media, and it can be a wondrous and marvelous thing and a blessing in our lives. But some of it is evil; there can be no other word to describe it.
In the media today, I think we would have to say that evil influence has a far more dominant influence than has the good.
We are in a war!
Our Heavenly Father and his beloved Son Jesus Christ have given a plan for us and our children, and we have the responsibility as parents and leaders to teach and protect all children throughout the world. Success will come as we become more expert and more able to harness the wonderful technology that the media has given to us and our families.
When we watch media we engrave certain thoughts on your minds and we carry it with us as we walk through life. Lets give the Lord equal time and share our thoughts, our time, our talent, and our attention. I know that we are all very busy with school and work and social responsibilities. This is a critical time in our lives when we are establishing a foundation for our families and our careers. There are many demands for our attention, and our time is limited by a wide variety of constraints. But as we learn to manage our time, be sure that we give the Lord His portion.
Establish a time and place to study the scriptures on a daily basis, even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time. Pray regularly. Serve others faithfully. Those of you who are beginning your families, start now–even when your children are infants–to spend meaningful time with your family at home where good lessons are taught and pleasant family activities are shared. In the great scheme of things, these things take so little time. But the long-term benefits to you and to your families are infinite and eternal, and they will do much to prepare you and your children for the steadily increasing challenges of the future.
These are the last days. As has been foretold by God’s holy prophets since the world began, they are challenging times, and they are going to become even more challenging. So wherein is our safety? Where is our peace? Where is our joy? Where is our inner security?
Safety, peace, joy, and security are found only in the life and mission of Jesus Christ, the Son of Almighty God. We must embrace His teachings, give up all of our sins, repent and do all that is in our power to do to come unto Him in a true spirit of discipleship, knowing perfectly well that it is through His grace that we are saved, even after all that we can do. And as we give ourselves to Christ, fully and completely, we find safety, peace, joy, and security in Him.
Does that mean we will not have turmoil or personal problems or sickness or family challenges or employment difficulties? Not at all. But it does mean that if our faith is anchored securely in our testimonies of Christ, we will be able to cope with whatever adversity comes our way, and we will be able to do so in a positive, faith-promoting manner. If we keep the eye of faith focused on Christ, we gain a broader view and an eternal perspective, and with that we can understand adversity from within the context of God’s eternal plan for all of His children. And we can find comfort in this life in the eternal safety, peace, joy, and security that He promises.
“Train up a child in the way he should go;
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
For The Family
In Whom Do You Trust
By Alan on Jan 07 in Blog tagged become, choices, detour, doctor, in whom do you trust, Jesus, kind of person, life, living, marriage, Newsletter, operate, opposites, repair, road, study learning, trust | 1 Comment
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JANUARY – 2013
In Whom Do You Trust?
… to operate on your brain?
… to repair your expensive computer?
… to make you well?
… to share your life with?
We have now moved into another year and find ourselves looking deep within our hearts, minds, souls, and mirrors as we set new goals, commit to new promises and make New Year’s Resolutions!
In doing so, we think about what is most needed, most desired and most important to us. We want to improve our lives, our living conditions and experience those things that bring us the most happiness. We also think about certain individuals that we wish to spend more time with and to do fun and exciting things together exeriencing the best of life. So basically, we make a list of to do’s and not to do’s for the coming year. It is that process of making priorities and choices that I wish to discuss with you here.
Scarcely an hour of the day goes by but what we are called uponto make choices of one sort or another. Some are trivial, some more far-reaching. Some will make no difference in the big picture of things, and others will make all the difference in the world. Choices all come with consequences and fall into three categories: the right of choice, the responsbility of choice, and the results of choice.
We should always try to make the right choices and fix any wrong choices we may make. Each of us were born with all the tools necessary to make correct choices and with a concience, education, experiences, wisdom, and a spirit within us to help us decide and choose well.
In our journey through life we will encounter forks and turnings in the road but we cannot afford the luxury of a detour from which we may never return. In today’s world there are forces of good but also forces of evil that may pacify and lull us into carnal security saying there is no wrong . . . which can lead us carefully down to misery! Should we ever find ourselves in that situation, we must decide and ask ourself if it is a promise of momentary pleasure that urges our passions or is it the pressure of your peers? It is then that you need to have the courage to say no, the courage to say yes, knowing that decisions do determine destiny.
The best way to deal with those things is to decide right now what choices you will make and to not deviate from your goals that you choose. If we then make the wrong choices, we have no one to blame but ourselves. We all have made incorrect choices. If we have not already corrected such choices, this is a good time and there is a way to do so. The process is called repentance where you can make your way back to good grace and find the sweet peace and joy that comes with the miracle of forgiveness. A scripture remind us that, “Man is that he might have joy”. (That is for women, also!)
We are living in the best of times when so many options and choices are available to us. We must prepare to meet the challenges of today by becoming good people, educated, and trained in skills that can provide financial income to do what ever your dreams are in life. You must be strong physically and take good care of your body and mind. Talk good talk and think good thoughts! ”You become what you think about!”
We need to enjoy all that is good in life to search and find that someone special that will be your best friend and partner in life with a committment to love, marry, and raise a family together. You can make it by enduring to the end, and being of one heart and mind and of one purpose. In making choices of this nature, it requires a spiritual understanding of who you are, why you are here and where you are going. We are not here by accident! God has a great “plan of life” that He prepared for His children, of which we are! The greatness of this world did not come about because we are so smart and clever. It is because God loves His children and has prepared this world for us so that we can experience and learn to become more like Him.
So go and start today, if you already haven’t. Ponder and pray for inspiration that you may choose the direction you wish and find happiness. It will take work. Nothing good comes easy! An education, a career, a family, they all come with hard work!
Be careful not to be deceived. Today there are so many conspiring men and works of darkness and temptations with offers to get rich quick, to live now and pay later, telling you that there is nothing wrong with living together recklessly and experiencing all there is in life. When you face those things and choices, you must be strong and realize who you are listening to and to whom you trust!
There are opposites in all things! Good and bad, right and wrong, male and female, pleasure and pain! Take the higher way, the proven way, the stronger way because,
“The weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones, that man should not counsel his fellow man, neither trust in the arm of flesh” (D&C 1:19).
To rephrase that warning: even though you may be learned in the ways of the world, don’t forget the power of God. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
Please do not misunderstand me. We need to prepare for worthy work to do. Yes, we do need to do our work well, whatever we choose to do in life. We need to be able to render significant service as well as spending time enjoying life.
And before we can achieve that competence, we need an education. With us, education is a religious responsibility. The glory of God really is intelligence (see D&C 93:36). And, the learning of man has its limitations. Sometimes, the combined learning of many experts cannot be applied when we need it most. We have to place our trust in the Lord as we work towards our ultimate priorities and highest destinies as mortal beings.
We know that a doctor’s ultimate destination is not in the hospital.
For a lawyer, it is not in the courtroom.
For a jet pilot, it is not in the cockpit of a Boeing 747.
Each person’s chosen occupation is only a means to an end; it is not an end in itself.
The end for which each of us should strive is to be the person that you can become—the person who God wants you to be. The day will come when your professional career will end. The career that you will have labored so hard to achieve—the work that will have supported you and your family—will one day be behind you. Then you will have learned this great lesson:
Much more important than what you do for a living…
is what kind of person you have become.
When you leave this frail existence, what you have become will matter most. Attributes such as “faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, [and] diligence” (D&C 4:6) will all be weighed in the Lord’s balance.
From time to time, ask yourself these questions:
“Am I ready to meet my Maker?”
“Am I worthy of all the blessings He has in store for His faithful children?”
“Have I remained faithful to my promises and covenants?”
“Have I qualified for the greatest of all God’s blessings—the blessing of eternal life?” (see
Those who cherish their faith in God—those who trust in Him—have been given this scriptural promise: “Let no man glory in man, but rather let him glory in God. … These shall dwell in the presence of God and his Christ forever and ever” (D&C 76:61–62).
May that be the ultimate resolution and destiny for each of us in 2013 and beyond!
May God bless you and your family,
“O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.” 2 Nephi 4:34