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Men are Judged by their Thoughts, Beliefs, Words, and Works
“For our words will condemn us, yea, all our works will condemn us; and our thoughts will also condemn us;”
Seeing that thou hast been taken in thy lying and craftiness, for thou hast not lied unto men only but thou hast lied unto God; for behold, he knows all thy thoughts, and thou seest that thy thoughts are made known unto us by his Spirit;
And thou seest that we know that thy plan was a very subtle plan, as to the subtlety of the devil, for to lie and to deceive this people that thou mightest set them against us, to revile us and to cast us out—
Now this was a plan of thine adversary, and he hath exercised his power in thee. Now I would that ye should remember that what I say unto thee I say unto all.
And behold I say unto you all that this was a snare of the adversary, which he has laid to catch this people, that he might bring you into subjection unto him, that he might encircle you about with his chains, that he might chain you down to everlasting destruction, according to the power of his captivity.
Now when Alma (a prophet) had spoken these words, hebegan to tremble more exceedingly, for he was convinced more and more of the power of God; and he was also convinced that they had a knowledge of him, for he was convinced that they knew the thoughts and intents of his heart; for power was given unto them that they might know of these things according to the spirit of prophecy.
And he began to inquire of them diligently, that he might know more concerning the kingdom of God. And he said unto Alma: What does this mean which you hath spoken concerning the resurrection of the dead, that all shall rise from the dead, both the just and the unjust, and are brought to stand before God to be judged according to their works?
And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying: It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him.
And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full.
And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.
And Amulek hath spoken plainly concerning death, and being raised from this mortality to a state of immortality, and being brought before the bar of God, to be judged according to our works.
Then if our hearts have been hardened, yea, if we have hardened our hearts against the word, insomuch that it has not been found in us, then will our state be awful, for then we shall be condemned.
For our words will condemn us, yea, all our works will condemn us; we shall not be found spotless; and our thoughts will also condemn us; and in this awful state we shall not dare to look up to our God; and we would fain be glad if we could command the rocks and the mountains to fall upon us to hide us from his presence.
But this cannot be; we must come forth and stand before him in his glory, and in his power, and in his might, majesty, and dominion, and acknowledge to our everlasting shame that all his judgments are just; that he is just in all his works, and that he is merciful unto the children of men, and that he has all power to save every man that believeth on his name and bringeth forth fruit meet for repentance.
And now behold, I say unto you then cometh a death, even a second death, which is a spiritual death; then is a time that whosoever dieth in his sins, as to a temporal death, shall also die a spiritual death; yea, he shall die as to things pertaining unto righteousness.
Then is the time when their torments shall be as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever; and then is the time that they shall be chained down to an everlasting destruction, according to the power and captivity of Satan, he having subjected them according to his will.
Then, I say unto you, they shall be as though there had been no redemption made; for they cannot be redeemed according to God’s justice; and they cannot die, seeing there is no more corruption.
Now it came to pass that when Alma had made an end of speaking these words, the people began to be more astonished;
Therefore God gave unto them commandments, after having made known unto them the plan of redemption, that they should not do evil, the penalty thereof being a second death, which was an everlasting death as to things pertaining unto righteousness; for on such the plan of redemption could have no power, for the works of justice could not be destroyed, according to the supreme goodness of God.
But God did call on men, in the name of his Son, (this being the plan of redemption which was laid) saying: If ye will repent, and harden not your hearts, then will I have mercy upon you, through mine Only Begotten Son;
Therefore, whosoever repenteth, and hardeneth not his heart, he shall have claim on mercy through mine Only Begotten Son, unto a remission of his sins; and these shall enter into my rest.
And whosoever will harden his heart and will do iniquity, behold, I swear in my wrath that he shall not enter into my rest.
And now, my brethren, behold I say unto you, that if ye will harden your hearts ye shall not enter into the rest of the Lord; therefore your iniquity provoketh him that he sendeth down his wrath upon you as in the first provocation, yea, according to his word in the last provocation as well as the first, to the everlasting destruction of your souls; therefore, according to his word, unto the last death, as well as the first.
And now, my brethren, seeing we know these things, and they are true, let us repent, and harden not our hearts, that we provoke not the Lord our God to pull down his wrath upon us in these his second commandments which he has given unto us; but let us enter into the rest of God, which is prepared according to his word. Alma Chapter 12
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”John 17:3
“And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning; for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both thingsto act and things to be acted upon.” 2 Nephi 2:14
Strengthening The Family – Spiritually
For The Family
(Highlights of Alan & Suzanne Osmond’s talks at “Raise the Standard” event in Phoenix, AZ
with Glenn Beck, David Barton and many others. 10/11/13)
When my brothers and I were very young, my Mother and Father had some special sweaters made for us with an insignia embroidered on them which read, “Altiora Petimus“, which in Latin means, “We Seek Higher Things”. We were taught well by a kind, caring and hard working Father and a tender and loving, highly educated Mother. Little did we know that now we would be reminding the world that in order to solve many of life’s problems, one must “Raise The Standard” of Life.
As far as standards go today, wherever you look, “Satan now has control. He is guiding the governments as far as the Lord will permit him. That is why there is so much strife, turmoil, confusion all over the earth. One master mind is governing the nations; it is Satan himself.”
We seem to have thrown out all the good things that God has given us. The Ten Commandments are not looked at as ‘The Ten Suggestions’! Our day of prayer and prayer in school is gone. Did you know that when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, a prayer of thanks to God was offered? But someone decided it should not be broadcasted!!! Hmmm?
Our morals as a people have changed. Just because “Everybody is doing it” . . . DOESN’T mean it is right! We grieve at the sharply declining numbers of births and marriages. The breakdown of the family is the cause of all our problems.
We need to put the family back into solid homes with a mother and a father. We need fathers to be MEN of integrity and to provide and protect their families; “have the guts to be their creation; …everywhere 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!”
We believe in our origin and destiny as children of God – Where we came from, Why we are here, and Where we are going.
We are respectful of the religious beliefs of all people, even of those increasing numbers who profess no belief in God. We know that through the God-given power of choice, many will hold beliefs contrary to ours, but we are hopeful that others will be equally respectful of our religious beliefs and understand that our beliefs compel us to some different choices and behaviors other than theirs. For example, we believe that sexual relations should occur ONLY between a man and a woman who are married.
We are distressed that 41 percent of all births in the United States are born outside of marriage.
Cohabitation now precedes 60 percent of marriages and about 50 percent of teenagers stating that out-of-wedlock childbearing was a “worthwhile lifestyle.”
There are many political and social pressures for legal and policy changes which have already authorized same-gender marriages in various states and nations.
Our policies are determined by the truths God has identified as unchangeable!
We believe “in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” But, man’s laws cannot make moral . . . what God has declared Immoral!
Some things that we are missing today is in teaching our children how to work, to get a good education, and to show respect for one’s parents. To pray, obey laws and to not cheat. For some, that includes entitlement.
I recently wrote a letter to Bill O’Reilly after watcing his show about “The decline of the American Family. I said, “THANK YOU BILL, for having the guts to tell the truth about The Family and the reasons we are having so many problems today! You hit the nail right on the head when you spoke about the responsibility we have as individuals and parents and in getting down to the bottom line which is … “IF THE FAMILY DISINTEGRATES . . . WE ARE OVER!”
WE ARE ALMOST THERE!
Mr. O’Reilly reported that a young man named Christopher Lane was recently MURDERED by three boys that shot him dead.
The three boys were from chaotic families and this is why violent crimes seem to plague the USA. It is the BREAKDOWN OF THE FAMILY, . . . NOT GUNS,… NOT DERILIC LAW ENFORCEMENT,… NOT ANYTHING ELSE! The violence is largely committed by young men of all colors, often abandoned by fathers, and brought up in squandering chaos, and then they act out in savage ways.
Lets look at who there were:
One teenager was 16 years old and had a history of truancy and school violence. He was living with an aunt and uncle but asked to leave that house because of his chronic marijuana use. His stepfather died of a motorcycle accident, his 25 year old half brother is dead, his father unknown, and his mother not caring for him. He had NO JOB, . . . he just “hung around”.
The 17 year old was charged as a juvenile with an accessory to first degree murder. He drove the getaway car after the killing. He lived with his grandparents with less than two years of schooling before he dropped out. He did not have a job. He impregnated a 16 year old girl and two years after his arrest, he gave birth to a baby boy.
There was a 15 year old boy that lived with his father, his mother was in prison on a drug charge. His father also had a criminal record. He was charged with murder as an adult. He was in a gang that just smoked pot and played violent video games. Note: Jack Thompson says, “In every school shooting, we find that kids who pull the trigger are video gamers.”
Jack Thompson has been trying to raise the standard and heavily criticized a number of video games and campaigned against their producers and distributors. His basic argument is that violent video games have repeatedly been used by teenagers as “murder simulators” to rehearse violent plans. He has pointed to alleged connections between such games and a number of school massacres.
Jack also claims that scientific studies show teenagers process the game environment differently from adults, leading to increased violence and copycat behavior. So be careful what you watch, listen to, and read! You become what you think about!
Largely, unsupervised teen age boys are running wild and it is happening everywhere in America. But rarely do you hear about the social destruction of The Family in the PRESS!
We need to tell the politicians to STOP THE NONSENSE and begin dealing with the real reason why we are a violent country! Out of control young people are NOW living in a time where drug use and legalization is celebrated, and having babies out of wedlock is a prestige item in some places. The powers that be are making ridiculous excuses for violent behavior ignoring the realists and the break down of The Family, perferring to BLAME GUNS and WEALTHY PEOPLE saying the solution to every thing is “WE NEED MORE MONEY”. Even though the USA has among the highest percentage of educational spending per student in the entire world!
Now days we don’t make judgements on personal behavior and the misguided among us who glorify unsocial acts that includes the callous and largely irresponsible ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY which makes billions of dollars from destructive music and film.
The brutal truth is that Christopher Lane was MURDERED FOR NO REASON!It was an evil act and we need to stop the madness, call out those who are responsible for violent behavior and that includes derelict parents who SHOULD BE ASHAMED! You brought children into the world and have CORRUPTED THEM. IT DOESN’T GET MUCH LOWER THAN THAT!
As we “Raise The Standard”, let’s not FORGET to also LOOK UP and give thanks to our God above who is watching over us and is anxiously awaiting our return home.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and will turn from their wicked ways, them I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and head their land.”2 Chronicles 7:14
“For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.
Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation. Wherefore, this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and the mercy, and the justice of God.” 2 Nephi 2: 11-12
Today my heart is filled with thankfulness and the love of life with a desire to speak out and share my feelings from within.
This past week has been such a wonderful week where so many eventful things took place. On July 4th, we got our 23rd grandchild born to Alex and Jessica Osmond. It was a beautiful and healthy girl which they named Peyton. She is our little “Firecracker” baby! She also reminded Suzanne and me of the joy we have had in raising our eight sons and how important family is! This is why Suzanne and I publish here at TheFamily.com with various ways to help “Strengthen The Family Physically, Mentally, Socially, Spiritually, and Financially. Suzanne and I really work hard to help ‘Strengthen The Family’ – and we are focusing on Strengthening The Family – Financially at such a time as this which seems to be one of the biggest challenges today. In order to have the resources necessary to live a balanced good life and to get any kind of education, we have been finding tremendous success with our company, Osmond.net.
We as a family are all joining together this week for the George and Olive Osmond Family Reunion for a fun time and to renew our commitment and love for one another. We also want everyone to see the up to date genealogy success we’re having with OsmondFamily.org in finding our ancestors and “turning the hearts of the children to the fathers”.
This past week we and TheFamily.com also announced the development of a NEW Social Network Site JUST FOR FAMILIES called OurFamily.com. Go and take a look at it! It has many secure features just for families.
You see, Social Networks Come and Go But, Families are Forever! We made this first announcement at America’s Freedom Foundation‘s 33rd year of Stadium of Fire. It was one of our best shows as we celebrated Family, God, Country and Freedom. I created and started Stadium of Fire in 1981 after we decided to come home from a most successful concert tour but with the decision that we were going to quit entertaining. Why?
I wanted a job where I could work and be home as a husband and a father. Even with all of the gold records and success that we have had for over 50+ years performing individually and as a family, but we know that no other success anc compensate for ‘failure in the home’. As entertainers, we have to travel and take our music to those around the world in order to perform to our many audiences. We Osmonds have been doing it for many years and loved it but now that we are older, we were missing our wives and families; and nothing was more important than they! Now, don’t get me wrong, we love the success we had in the entertainment and recording industry and especially loved going around the world to see our most loyal fans gather together with us in concert and to share our love of music with them.
We are appreciative of our fans which we call friends because of their friendship and loyalty throughout the years. We have been able to meet and get to know many people and have developed friendships worldwide. Yes, we always enjoyed performing and we still do but, we are also human beings with feelings and emotions, also! We have needs like everyone else and needed to experience life ourselves as human beings, children of God, and to fulfill ‘God’s work and glory’ by experiencing life while keeping God’s commandments. Such commandments include honesty, integrity, chastity, loving others as oneself and in finding someone to share one’s life with, getting married, and ‘multiplying and replenishing the earth’ by bringing His spirit children to earth via birth in physical bodies as children into a family, of which we all are.
You see, we don’t believe that we are here by accident, by evolution, or by chance. We believe that we are literally children of God and that His Plan which we all accepted before we came here was to get a physical body of flesh and bones in order to become more like our Heavenly Parents; to gain knowledge and wisdom, to understand good and evil, to be tested, and to choose the way we wish to live our lives. We must choose ‘The Way’ by following either Jesus Christ, who is ‘The Way’ of everlasting life . . . .OR . . . ‘The Way’ of Satan, who is the author of all evil!
Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and by following His ways and studying His word and works, we can become more perfected in this life and become more like Him. As promised, He came to this world to ‘show us The Way’ and by example, how to live our lives. After we die, which we will and which is an important factor in God’s ‘Plan of Happiness’, because of Jesus Christ, we will rise again and become glorified children of God. After resurrection, the spirit and body will never again be separated, and the person will become immortal. Every person born on earth will be resurrected because Jesus Christ overcame death. (1 Cor. 15:20–22)
We also have the freedom to fail, by the choice of following Satan and his works of sin. We all will live again after we die and live forever as spiritual beings. But where? We do believe that if a couple are married by one who has authority in The House of the Lord with the covenants and sealing promises made to God, that we as husbands and wives with our families will be together again and forever will live eternally in one of Heavenly Fathers mansions on high:
I don’t want to make this a lecture on faith, religion, or to be a debate. This life really isn’t about how much STUFF we can acquire . . ., it’s about helping others, and securing oneself and one’s family for the future and to be informed and prepared, especially during these GREAT and DREADFUL days . . . The Last Days!
We wrote a song back in the ’70′s from the Album, The Plan, called “It’s Gotta Be The Last Days”. We sang about many of the things that were prophesied would happen and sang, “That’s what they said . . . some day it would be. Now just look around . . . if that’s what you see . . . IT’S GOTTA BE THE LAST DAYS!”
Well friends, take a look around! The Last Days would be a GREAT DAY . . . and a DREADFUL DAY! And it is! We ARE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS!
I don’t want to write any more but want to invite all of you to comment and discuss this topic as I want to know your feelings. I want to know what you think! Our web site’s ability to comment was off but, I think it is working once again. I invite you to ponder your hearts and share your honest thoughts and feelings about these LAST DAYS! “WHY IS IT A GREAT AND A DREADFUL DAY?”
Boyd K. Packer, President of the Twelve Apostles said,
“Satan cannot directly take a life. But apparently his effort to stop the work will be reasonably well served if he can just bind the tongue of the faithful.
Brethren, if that is the case, I am looking tonight for men young and old who care enough about this battle between good and evil to sign on and speak up. We are at war, and I want to be a one-man recruiting station.”
“We Are All Enlisted”!
“We are waiting now for soldiers; who’ll volunteer.” Of course, the great thing about this call to arms is that we ask not for volunteers to fire a rifle or throw a hand grenade. No, we want battalions who will take as their weapons “every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God.” So I am looking for missionaries who will not voluntarily bind their tongues but will, with the Spirit of the Lord and the power of their priesthood, open their mouths and speak miracles by which faith’s “mightiest works have been, and will be, performed.”
I ask for a stronger and more devoted voice, … a voice for good, a voice for the gospel, a voice for God.
The Lord said,
D&C 60:2“But with some I am not well pleased, for they will not open their mouths, but they hide the talent which I have given unto them, because of the fear of man. Wo unto such, for mine anger is kindled against them.”
If we “Turn the World Around” . . . NOIZ will also “turn around” and spell ZION! ”The happiest people that ever lived.”
“The pure in heart (D&C 97:21). Zion also means a place where the pure in heart live. The city built by Enoch and his people that was eventually taken to heaven because of righteousness was named Zion (D&C 38:4;Moses 7:18–21, 69). In the latter-days a city named Zion will be built near Jackson County, Missouri (United States of America), to which the tribes of Israel will gather (D&C 103:11–22; 133:18). The Saints are counseled to build up Zion wherever they are living in the world.
WE ARE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS!
“It shall be said that miracles are done away” (v. 26).
“The blood of saints shall cry unto the Lord, because of secret combinations and the works of darkness” (v. 27).
“The power of God shall be denied, and churches become defiled and be lifted up in the pride of their hearts” (v. 28).
“There shall be heard of fires, and tempests, and vapors of smoke in foreign lands” (v. 29).
“There shall also be heard of wars, rumors of wars, and earthquakes in divers places” (v. 30).
“There shall be great pollutions upon the face of the earth; there shall be murders, and robbing, and lying, and deceivings, and whoredoms, and all manner of abominations” (v. 31).
I would like to speak today to the parents of teenagers. Your bright and energetic youth are the future, and for that reason they are a prime target of the adversary. Many of you faithful mothers and fathers are praying for answers to help you guide your children through these important years. There are no perfect parents and no easy answers, but there are principles of truth that we can rely on.
From the book of Joshua. It begins, “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid” (Joshua 1:9). This phrase from the scriptures would be a good theme for parents as well. In these last days, what the world really needs is courageous parenting from mothers and fathers who are not afraid to speak up and take a stand.
Imagine for a moment that your daughter was sitting on the railroad tracks and you heard the train whistle blowing. Would you warn her to get off the tracks? Or would you hesitate, worried that she might think you were being overprotective? If she ignored your warning, would you quickly move her to a safe place? Of course you would! Your love for your daughter would override all other considerations. You would value her life more than her temporary goodwill.
Challenges and temptations are coming at our teenagers with the speed and power of a freight train. As we are reminded in the family proclamation, parents are responsible for the protection of their children. That means spiritually as well as physically.
There was a father named Alma who was counseling his wayward son Corianton. Alma loved him enough to speak very directly to the problem. He expressed his deep disappointment that his son had been immoral and explained to him the serious consequences of sin. Alma said to his son, “And now the Spirit of the Lord doth say unto me: Command thy children to do good … ; therefore I command you, my son, in the fear of God, that ye refrain from your iniquities” (Alma 39:12). This early intervention by his father became a turning point for Corianton. He repented and served faithfully thereafter (see Alma 42:31; 43:1–2).
Another father from the scriptures, Eli in the Old Testament. Eli served as the high priest in Israel during the childhood of Samuel the prophet. The scriptures explain that the Lord rebuked him severely “because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not” (1 Samuel 3:13). Eli’s sons never did repent, and all of Israel suffered because of their folly. The story of Eli teaches us that parents who love their children cannot afford to be intimidated by them.
Parenting is not a popularity contest. Sometimes we are afraid of our children—afraid to counsel with them for fear of offending them.
Years ago our 17-year-old son wanted to go on a weekend trip with his friends, who were all good boys. He asked for permission to go. I wanted to say yes, but for some reason I felt uncomfortable about the trip. I shared my feelings with my wife, who was very supportive. “We need to listen to that warning voice,” she said.
Of course, our son was disappointed and asked why we didn’t want him to go. I answered honestly that I didn’t know why. “I just don’t feel good about it,” I explained, “and I love you too much to ignore these feelings inside.” I was quite surprised when he said, “That’s OK, Dad. I understand.”
Young people understand more than we realize because they too have the gift of the Holy Ghost and can discern. They are trying to recognize the Spirit when He speaks, and they are watching our example. From us they learn to pay attention to their promptings—that if they “don’t feel good about something,” it’s best not to pursue it.
It’s so important for husbands and wives to be united when making parenting decisions. If either parent doesn’t feel good about something, then permission should not be granted. If either feels uncomfortable about a movie, a television show, a video game, a party, a dress, a swimsuit, or an Internet activity, have the courage to support each other and say no.
I would like to share with you a letter from a heartbroken mother about her teenage son. She explained: “All throughout my son’s teenage years, I worried and tried to stop him from playing violent video games. I talked to my husband and showed him articles in the newspaper that cautioned about these games. But my husband felt it was OK. He said that our son wasn’t out using drugs and that I should stop worrying. There were times that I would hide the controllers, and my husband would give them back. It began to be easier for me to give in … than to fight it. I really feel that gaming is just as addictive as drugs. I would do anything to prevent other parents from going through this experience.”
If your spouse doesn’t feel good about something, show respect for those feelings. When you take the easy way out by saying and doing nothing, you may be enabling destructive behavior.
Parents can prevent a lot of heartache by teaching their children to postpone romantic relationships until the time comes when they are ready for marriage. Prematurely pairing off with a boyfriend or girlfriend is dangerous. Becoming a “couple” creates emotional intimacy, which too often leads to physical intimacy. Satan knows this sequence and uses it to his advantage. He will do whatever he can to keep our youth from being worthy of having a pure and virtuous lives and worthy of sacred marriages.
It is vital that parents have the courage to speak upand intervene before Satan succeeds. President Boyd K. Packer has taught that “when morality is involved, we have both the right and the obligation to raise a warning voice.”
I have always believed that nothing really good happens late at night and that young people need to know what time they are expected to come home.
There is a great deal of wisdom displayed when parents stay up and wait for their children to return home. Young men and women make far better choices when they know their parents are waiting up to hear about their evening and to kiss them good night.
May I express my personal warning about a practice that is common in many cultures. I am referring to sleepovers, or spending the night at the home of a friend. I discovered that too many youth violated the the law of chastity for the first time as part of a sleepover. Too often their first exposure to pornography and even their first encounter with the police occurred when they were spending the night away from home.
Peer pressure becomes more powerful when our children are away from our influence and when their defenses are weakened late at night. If you have ever felt uneasy about an overnight activity, don’t be afraid to respond to that warning voice inside. Always be prayerful when it comes to protecting your precious children.
Courageous parenting does not always involve saying no. Parents also need courage to say yes to the counsel of modern-day prophets. Our Church leaders have counseled us to establish righteous patterns in our homes. Consider five fundamental practices that have the power to fortify our youth: family prayer, family scripture study, family home evening, family dinner together, and regular one-on-one interviews with each child.
It takes courage to gather children from whatever they’re doing and kneel together as a family. It takes courage to turn off the television and the computer and to guide your family through the pages of the scriptures every day. It takes courage to turn down other invitations so that you can reserve that evening for your family. It takes courage and willpower to avoid overscheduling so that your family can be home for dinner.
One of the most effective ways we can influence our sons and daughters is to counsel with them in private interviews. By listening closely, we can discover the desires of their hearts, help them set righteous goals, and also share with them the spiritual impressions that we have received about them. Counseling requires courage.
Try to imagine what the rising generation could become if these five righteous patterns were practiced consistently in every home. Our young people could be like Helaman’s army: invincible (see Alma 57:25–26).
Parenting teenagers in these latter days is a very humbling assignment. Satan and his followers are striving to bring this generation down; the Lord is counting on valiant parents to bring them up. Parents, “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid” (Joshua 1:9). I know that God hears and will answer your prayers. I testify that the Lord supports and blesses courageous parents.
Several scriptures back up the role of being good parents and proclaim that worthy husbands and wives who have been properly sealed in marriage in a temple of God may fulfill their role as parents throughout eternity.
The cursing may be upon the heads of your parents:2 Ne. 4:6;
Teach parents that they must repent and be baptized:Moro. 8:10;
Parents are commanded to teach the gospel to their children:D&C 68:25;
All children have claim upon their parents:D&C 83:4;
The sins of the parents cannot be answered upon the heads of the children:Moses 6:54;
Olive Davis Osmond
A mother’s influence extends from generation to generation.
We honor our mothers and their ever important responsibility to love and nurture our children. Perhaps the reason we respond so universally to our mothers’ love is because it typifies the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Lord has placed upon parents the primary responsibility for the spiritual nurturing of their children. Sometimes this responsibility falls to a single parent. My own mother was relatively young when my father died, leaving her alone with four children. But she faced her adversity with faith and courage, promising us that if we stayed on the road of truth, the end would be better than the beginning.
As a rule the mothers are the very best women that live in the world, the best that can be found anywhere. … The good influence that a good mother exercises over her children is like leaven cast into the measure of meal, that will leaven the whole lump; and as far as her influence extends, not only to her own children, but to the associates of her children, it is felt, and good is the result accomplished by it.
You do not know how far your influence extends. A mother that is successful in raising a good boy, or girl, to imitate her example and to follow her precepts through life, sows the seeds of virtue, honor and integrity and of righteousness in their hearts that will be felt through all their career in life; and wherever that boy or girl goes, as man or woman, in whatever society they mingle, the good effects of the example of that mother upon them will be felt; and it will never die, because it will extend from them to their children from generation to generation. And especially do we hope for this in the Gospel of Jesus Christ he, who is the Son of God was indeed no other than the Only Begotten of God in the flesh, and that, therefore, no other than God the eternal Father is his Father and the author of his existence in the world.
Great responsibility rests upon the mothers.
Motherhood lies at the foundation of happiness in the home, and of prosperity in the nation. God has laid upon men and women very sacred obligations with respect to motherhood.
Women that have the same conception of wifehood and motherhood are not exclusively intended for just this life. … We live for time and for eternity. Our affections and our desires are found fitted and prepared to endure not only throughout the temporal or mortal life, but through all eternity.
We shall prosper and upon the earth; for this is our mission, and the work of your mothers and daughters. Great responsibility rests upon you. Upon you depend the training and the direction of the thoughts and the inspiration of the hearts of your children, for they drink into the spirit of their mothers, and the influence of the mother over the children is the most enduring impression that can be made. There is nothing so imperishable as the influence of the mother; that is when she is good and has the spirit of Christ in her heart, and she has brought up her children in the way they should go.
Our mothers, and the mothers of our children, whose hearts are filled with solicitude for the welfare of their children, having had conferred upon them the gift of the Holy Spirit, can go to their secret chambers and bow down before God and commune with Him as no other mothers on earth can do, if they will only observe the principles they have embraced and will live up to their privileges. By the influence that they will thus gain over the hearts of their children they will lead them in the path of righteousness and truth, and bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, in the love of truth, in obedience to His commands, in such a way as others cannot do who are destitute of these privileges, blessings and endowments, so freely conferred upon our mothers.
There can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from the home, and every effort made to sanctify and preserve its influence is uplifting to those who toil and sacrifice for its establishment. Men and women often seek to substitute some other life for that of the home; they would make themselves believe that the home means restraint; that the highest liberty is the fullest opportunity to move about at will. There is no happiness without service, and there is no service greater than that which converts the home into a divine institution, and which promotes and preserves family life.
… The strongest attachments of childhood are those that cluster about the home, and the dearest memories of old age are those that call up the associations of youth and its happy surroundings.
In the home the mother is the principal disciplinarian in early child life, and her influence and discipline determine in a great measure the ability of her children to assume in manhood and womanhood the larger governments in church and state.
I most sincerely hope that our mothers today will guard very zealously and very carefully the lives of their daughters and of their sons. I would if I had it in my power make it possible for all mothers to have the joy and the unspeakable satisfaction of rearing their sons and their daughters above the reproach of men and above the power of sin.
The love of a true mother comes near to being like the love of God.
No love in all the world can equal the love of a true mother. … I have felt sometimes, how could even the Father love his children more than my mother loved her children? It was life to me; it was strength; it was encouragement; it was love that begat love or liking in myself. I knew she loved me with all her heart. She loved her children with all her soul. She would toil and labor and sacrifice herself day and night, for the temporal comforts and blessings that she could meagerly give, through the results of her own labors, to her children. There was no sacrifice of self—of her own time, of her leisure or pleasure, or opportunities for rest—that was considered for a moment, when it was compared with her duty and her love to her children.
When I was fifteen years of age, and called to go to a foreign country to preach the gospel—or to learn how, and to learn it for myself—the strongest anchor that was fixed in my life, and that helped to hold my ambition and my desire steady, to bring me upon a level and keep me straight, was that love which I knew she had for me who bore me into the world.
Only a little boy, not matured at all in judgment, without the advantage of education, thrown in the midst of the greatest allurements and temptations that it was possible for any boy or any man to be subjected to—and yet, whenever these temptations became most alluring and most tempting to me, the first thought that arose in my soul was this: Remember the love of your mother. Remember how she strove for your welfare. Remember how willing she was to sacrifice her life for your good. Remember what she taught you in your childhood. … This feeling toward my mother became a defense, a barrier between me and temptation, so that I could turn aside from temptation and sin by the help of the Lord and the love begotten in my soul, toward her whom I knew loved me more than anybody else in all the world, and more than any other living being could love me.
… The true mother, the mother who has the fear of God and the love of truth in her soul, would never hide from danger or evil and leave her child exposed to it. But as natural as it is for the sparks to fly upward, as natural as it is to breathe the breath of life, if there were danger coming to her child, she would step between the child and that danger; she would defend her child to the uttermost. Her life would be nothing in the balance, in comparison with the life of her child. That is the love of true motherhood for children. …
I have learned to place a high estimate upon the love of mother. I have often said, and will repeat it, that the love of a true mother comes nearer being like the love of God than any other kind of love.
Perhaps the most perfect ideal in the art of healing is the mother whose tender and gracious love asserts itself in taking away the sting of a deserved or an undeserved punishment. How her love heals every wound! How quick her caresses bind up and soothe! The example of her life is the wisdom which love teaches.
There is nothing between me and the heavens that would compensate for doing something that would grieve or hurt my mother. Why? Because she loved me, she would have died for me over and over again, if such were possible, only to have saved me. Why should I grieve, why should I disappoint her? Why should I take a course contrary to her own life and her life’s teachings to me, for she taught me honor, and virtue, and truth, and integrity to the kingdom of God, and she taught me not only by precept but by example.
I cannot express the joy I feel at the thought of meeting my father, and my precious mother, who gave me birth in the midst of persecution and poverty, who bore me in her arms and was patient, forbearing, tender and true during all my helpless moments in the world. The thought of meeting her, who can express the joy?
God bless the mothers.
God bless the mothers and the sons and daughters; and keep our children from the ways of the world, from transgression and from temptation that will lead them astray. May the power of God be over all the household of faith.
I believe that with the Holy Spirit, every mother has the right to know what to do in her family and in her sphere, over her children, in their guidance and direction; and that mother and every mother possessing that spirit has the gift of revelation, the gift of inspiration and the gift of knowledge, which is the spirit of prophecy, the spirit of discernment, a gift of God to them, to govern their households and lead their children in the path of righteousness and truth.
I feel in my heart to bless you, mothers and sisters, with all my heart and with all the power and right that I possess in the priesthood which is after the order of the Son of God. … I have the right and the authority in the priesthood to bless Israel, and to bless those who are faithful, especially; and I feel in my heart to say I bless you.
“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
‘Let me explain the problem science has with religion.’
The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand.
‘You’re a Christian, aren’t you son?’
‘Yes sir,’ the student says.
‘So you believe in God?’
‘Is God good?’
‘Sure! God’s good.’
‘Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?’
‘Are you good or evil?’
‘The Bible says I’m evil.’
The professor grins knowingly. ‘Aha! the Bible!’ He Considers for a moment. ‘Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it.
Would you help him? Would you try?’
‘Yes sir, I would.’
‘So you’re good…!’
‘I wouldn’t say that.’
‘But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.’
The student does not answer, so the professor continues.’He doesn’t, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?’The student remains silent.
‘No, you can’t, can you?’ the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.
‘Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?’
‘Er..yes,’ the student says.
Professor: ‘Is Satan good?’
The student doesn’t hesitate on this one. ‘No.’
‘Then where does Satan come from?’
The student falters. ‘From God’
‘That’s right.. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, Son. Is there evil in this world?’
‘Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make Everything, correct?’
‘So who created evil?’ The professor continued, ‘If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.’
Again, the student has no answer. ‘Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?’
The student squirms on his feet. ‘Yes.’
‘So who created them?’
The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his Question.
‘Who created them?’ There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized.’Tell me,’ he continues onto another student. ‘Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?’
The student’s voice betrays him and cracks. ‘Yes, Professor, I do.’
The old man stops pacing. ‘Science says you have five Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?’
‘No sir. I’ve never seen Him.’
‘Then tell us if you’ve ever heard your Jesus?’
‘No, sir, I have not.’
‘Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?’
‘No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.’
‘Yet you still believe in him?’
‘According to the rules of empirical, testable, Demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?’
‘Nothing,’ the student replies. ‘I only have my Faith.’
‘Yes, faith,’ the professor repeats. ‘And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.’
The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of his own.
‘Professor, is there such thing as heat?’
‘And is there such a thing as cold?’
‘Yes, son, there’s cold too.’
‘No sir, there isn’t.’
The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain.
‘You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’. We can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that.
There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees. ’Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat.
You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.’
Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.
‘What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?’
‘Yes,’ the professor replies without hesitation. ‘What is night if it isn’t darkness?’
‘You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to define the word. In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?’
The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. ‘So what point are you making, young man?’
‘Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.’
The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this time. ‘Flawed? Can you explain how?’
‘You are working on the premise of duality,’ the student explains. ’You argue that there is life and then there’s death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure.
Sir, science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but it has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.’
‘Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?’
‘If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.’
‘Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?’
The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed..
‘Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?’
The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided.
“To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.’ The student looks around the room. ‘Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor’s brain?’
The class breaks out into laughter. ‘Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the professor’s brain, touched or smelt the professor’s brain? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.’
‘So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?’
Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable. Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. ‘I guess you’ll have to take them on faith.’
‘Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,’ the student continues. ‘Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?’
Now uncertain, the professor responds, ‘Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.’
To this the student replied, ‘Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.’
The professor sat down.
If you read this all the way through and had a smile on your face when you finished, mail to your friends and family with the title ‘God vs Science’
PS: the student was Albert Einstein
If darkness is the lack of light, then has this world become a more wicked, evil, darker and sinful place?
Or has it just It has lost the Light of Christ because of the lack of wanting to have God and His righteous ways in our lives and in keeping the covenants our forefathers made with God?
There is so much evidence and so many things that occurred in the Heartland model of America that corresponds beautifully with The Book of Mormon events and its people. Those of us who have been on this tour wish to share our feelings with you.
Suzanne and I went on a tour to see these things for ourselves. Here are some opinions and testimonials of those things our group saw and felt that convince us on our Heartland Mounds Tour that these things truly took place in North America.
“The Book of Mormon clearly writes of a ‘Land of Promise’, a land of choice above all other lands. That could only refer to the land of America! The Heartland model offers far more evidence and artifacts that match up with the Book of Mormon descriptions of the ancient civilization than the Meso-American model ever has. Chris Humpherys
“The Lamanites have not gone. They are still here!” D. Wayne Thornock
“It is very clear after viewing the complexity of the existing ruins, that there was a great civilization in the Heartland of America. I know of only one description of this complex of a civilization. That would beThe Book of Mormon. Dee Ray Olson
“I just wish all LDS people would have the advantage to truly investigate the geography of The Book of Mormon. It is inspiring to learn such details and it enhances one’s testimony. Don’t be afraid of learning more and beware of intellectual bias regarding The Book of Mormon geography. Louis Erickson
“I am so impressed with the amazing remains of the Hopewell people who we believe are the Nephites / Lamanites. They appear to be very advanced in their building and craftsmanship. Seeing breastplates of copper and other things mentioned in The Book of Mormon convinces me that they did live in the North America setting . One Cumorah!” Laura Erickson
“I am deeply impressed with so many of the evidences that have come forth and that will yet come forth showing strong correlations with The Book of Mormon history. The Lord promised Joseph Smith that he would cause the ground to bring forth evidence and he has truly done that. To see first hand ancientmetallurgy with breastplates, swords, and many implements of commerce and trade is remarkable. I am thrilled to see bones of all the animals mentioned in The Book of Mormon and they are the same animals that were in the Holy Land where Lehi’s colony came from. These were clean animals, not the unclean as those in Mesa-America. It is humbling to hear of the many gravesites of huge burials of hundreds and thousands of men, women, and children, thrown in. I love the possible sacred site of Bountiful and the sacred feelings of that place. I love this land – the Promised Land – One Cumorah!” Marsha Burnside
“My testimony has been strengthened by standing in sacred places and by learning about the history of my people. As a Native American, I know that life is a sacrey journey and I know that we are sons and daughters of a loving creator. We live in the land that is the most choice land of our Heavenly Father. It is a promised land.”
‘For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all His promises shall be fulfilled.’Mormon 8:22Andrea Barlow – Shoshone – Bannock Tribe
“I haven’t been so excited about something like the Heartland Model in a long time. From the great mound civilizations, the finding of mass graves near Hill Cumorah, the Michigan tablets, the DNA story, all The Book of Mormon geography references, to the history of the political intrigue, it hasn’t done anything but add to my testimony of The Book of Mormon.” Paul Winter
“When I was a missionary in Peru, I was able to see many incredible sites of ancient peoples. But, it was not until the Hopeland Model that I had information about the United States of America that I ‘knew’ when I first read The Book of Mormon. I ‘knew’ The Book of Mormon talked about the USA except for Adam-Ondi-Ahman. Many things are never talked about and yet when you see these sites, the spirit confides what The Book of Mormon testifies. This is the Promised Land! And, the Nephites came here!” Joyce Winter
“It is exciting to participate in a tour in which physical evidence matches and fits so closely to what we read in The Book of Mormon. One’s testimony of the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon and the divine call of the Prophet Joseph Smith is strengthened when you view all the wonderful geographical evidence. To me the spirit testifies more strongly the truthfulness of the people.” Rusty Barlow
“I’ve always believed that this land, the U.S.A., is the specific land referred to in The Book of Mormon as the ‘Promised Land’. Our constitution was brought about for this purpose. The physical evidence of this tour was overwhelming in it’s proof of a civilized society who lived here during The Book of Mormon times. They knew and wrote Hebrew and believed in God. This land also had all the ores, animals and seeds spoken of in The Book of Mormon. This was so informative and inspiring.” Susan Iverson
“This has been a very informative trip. I knew very little about the Hopewell civilization. What I have been experiencing this week and how it ties into The Book of Mormon brings a good feeling to me. I want to learn more! Rod Meldrum does a good job in presenting this information to us. The trip has been very inspiring.” Joan Iveson
“The information given us about the Heartland Model for The Mook of Mormon land is very convincing. The artifacts, the way the animals, plants and mounds match up to the information in The Book of Mormon is amazing! The oral history given by Native Americans also fits the Heartland Model. This trip has been very informative and exciting. I love the way this backs up the claims of our wonderful scriptures!” Robyn Pearson
“I have been particularly interested in the complexity of many of the geometric earthworks in Ohio and also the immense size. To me this demonstrates the sophistication and large size of the Hopewell civilization. Also, the recovery of the ‘Holy Stones’ from some of the mounds shows powerful evidence that they had religious traditions as the people of the Old Testament. I believe those people were brought here by God and have provided us with a second witness, even The Book of Mormon.” Lee Pearson
“This information is amazing. I am astonished that this information has not been taught throughout my life. I am certain that any person that even modestly studies this history will be convinced of its validity. Future history will look at this information and acknowledge its substantial impact on converting people to the truth of The Book of Mormon. I would like to thank Brother Meldrum for his diligence and research.” O. Van Thornick
“This tour has been a further testament of how main-stream archeology continues to verify and validate the claims of The Book of Mormon. Would anyone argue that Native Americans were misunderstood and their history was largely ignored as they were driven from their lands and put onto reservations? The Book of Mormon prophecies reveal that these people who are the covenant people of the Lord will one day become a mighty people. What a thrill to see so many faithful Church members who are becoming very knowledgeable about these evidences which prepares them to better defend The Book of Mormon and thus the gospel and the Church. My hope is that members, once armed with the powerful new research, will be emboldened to share the gospel with millions of others, resulting in the gospel rolling forth with greater success. The gospel is the most powerful and realistically is the only method of correcting and returning God’s children to righteousness. My prayer is that this research and these evidences will play a significant part in bringing about a re-commitment to gospel principles. I feel honored to be privileged to associate with such tremendous seekers of truth!” (I would like to especially thank Alan and Suzanne Osmond for their time, talents and spirit of adventure and desire to pursue truth relating to this research. I have grown to love and respect them immensely.) Rod Meldrum
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“I love to find truths and to share them with others. When Suzanne and I met Rod Meldrum and learned about and then saw additional truths, we both felt compelled to go and see for ourselves many of the existing evidences of those who came to this promised land of America before Columbus.
There are definitely two forces in this world. One is for good and the other is for evil. Oh, how I hurt inside for those who followed the evil one and destroyed so much of the Native American History! Oh, how I try to understand why government, the Smithsonian, and wicked and conspiring men tried to erase the Native American history and to label them as savages; to kill them, starve them by killing their ‘beasts’ or buffalo that provided them with food, and to those who offered them blankets infested with smallpox which took many lives of their men, women and children is unbelievable. Only God can fix and mend the pain, the tears, and those oh so many broken hearts.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a ‘Mormon’, I pray to my fellow brothers and sisters in the gospel that you will open your eyes, hearts, and minds to these evidences in the Heartland of North America; the place where Adam and Eve first dwelt; the promised land that was preserved for a righteous people and a free nation; the place where these people’s ancient history and records were revealed in Palmyra, New York by an angel; one of the places where Jesus Christ appeared to His “other sheep” after He was crucified for our sins; the place where the New Jerusalem will soon be built to prepare for the return and second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ where He will dwell for a thousand years with those who survive the world’s ‘baptism of fire’ fulfilling all righteousness.
I am so thankful that we ignored those who tried to discourage and persuade us not to come on this tour to see these mounds and evidences of these most intelligent and humble people who knew geometry and astronomy and built these amazing earthworks. Their works testify of their beliefs and willingness to serve their Creator and to defend their families in righteousness. They built a land of prosperity and security, working with precious ores and mining copper, zinc, silver and gold with machines confirming that there were horses, elephants, the ‘giant’ people of the Jaradites. They were able to continue living the Law of Moses which they could not do in Meso America for many reasons like the fact that there were no sheep, no barley nor wheat or grapes/vineyards. They did not use a lunar based calendar but a solar calendar, their weeks were not seven (7) days but 13 or 20 days (short count and long count) weeks, they used steps in stead of ramps as indicated in scripture for their temples for modesty, they had no horses or elephants, and no evidence for Semitic DNA ancestry/lineage, all of which are indicated by The Book of Mormon.
While all these things are lacking in Meso-america, all of them have been verified by non-Mormon sources in this Hopewell Civilization we have been learning about on this tour! They were all available in North America! The evidence continues to support the claims of The Book of Mormon, which is the foundation of the gospel in these latter days.
I have a testimony of The Book of Mormon. Until our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, tells us where The Book of Mormon actually took place, and the reasons for so many evidences of the Hopewell civilization and Native Americans that were recorded in that book, then I invite you to “seek and ye shall find” answers to so many questions about North America. Satan, and those who follow him have laid traps and snares to stop us and continually try to stop and destroy us and God’s work and Glory which we are.
May our Native Americans forgive those who have hurt them and their posterity.