What Is It That You Desire Most?
By Alan on Apr 10 in Blog tagged Achieving, actions, Babylon, becoming, best, changing, choices, circumstance, clever, decisions, Desire, earth, eternal truth, greater future, Jesus Christ, Lord, most, nigh, own way, path, prepare, principles, right, right and wrong, Satan, shall fall, socially acceptable, temporary, tempt, the day cometh, The Family, The World, transgressions | No Comments
What Is It That You Desire Most?
The importance of desire.
Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving, and our becoming.
Making the correct decisions is essential to attain your goals in life. So, consider how they should be made. There are two patterns for making decisions:
the first I will call decisions based upon circumstance;
the second, decisions based upon eternal truth.
The guiding principle in the pattern of decisions based upon circumstance is to make choices according to the outcome desired rather than upon what is right or wrong. There is no use of an underlying set of standards to consistently guide those decisions. Each choice is made upon what appears to give the most desired result now. One who follows this path is left to his own strength and capacity and the support of others who can be influenced to act in his favor. Satan encourages choices to be made in this manner. It gives him the greatest opportunity to tempt an individual to make decisions that will be harmful even though they appear most appealing when made.
In time, one who makes decisions based upon circumstance is virtually assured to commit serious transgressions. There is guarantee to keep that person in the right way. He will continually be faced with many subtle temptations to make deviations from the commandments. Those choices are justified by arguing that they are not that bad, that they are more socially acceptable and provide a broader base of friends. A clever individual without foundation principles can at times acquire, temporarily, impressive accomplishments. Yet that attainment is like a sand castle. When the test of character comes, it crumbles, often taking others with it.
The second pattern, making decisions based upon eternal truth, is the pattern of the Lord.
It will always lead you to make decisions guided by His plan of happiness. Such decisions are centered in doing what is right, not in first deciding the result desired. Choosing to do what the Lord has defined as right will, in the long run, always lead to the best outcomes. However, that pattern may require you to set aside something you very much desire now for a greater future good.
Choosing to do what the Lord has defined as right will, in the long run, always lead to the best outcomes.
“Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is nigh;
“And the anger of the Lord is kindled, and his sword is bathed in heaven, and it shall fall upon the inhabitants of the earth.
“And the arm of the Lord shall be revealed; and the day cometh that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord, neither the voice of his servants, neither give heed to the words of the prophets and apostles, shall be cut off from among the people;
“For they have strayed from mine ordinances, and have broken mine everlasting covenant;
“They seek not the Lord to establish his righteousness, but every man walketh in his own way, and after the image of his own God, whose image is in the likeness of the world, and whose substance is that of an idol, which waxeth old and shall perish in Babylon, even Babylon the great, which shall fall.” (D&C 1:1, 12–16.)
The hour is late. If we are to stand when Babylon falls, we must choose now. As Amulek said, “This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.” (Alma 34:32.)
“Choose ye this day.” (Moses 6:33.)
Fallen Into A Deep Dark Pit?
By Alan on Mar 23 in Blog tagged be careful, become, below, choose, control, dark, deep, desires, destiny freedom choose, dreams, experience, faith, fallen, for thy good, fullness, gospel, greater, happy, hope, Jesus Christ, learn, lost, physically, pit, PRESS ON, Satan, savior, service, sins mistakes, son of man, spiritually, the way, to do, trap, world | No Comments
Fallen Into A Deep Dark Pit?
We came to this world to learn, to experience life, to choose ‘The Way’ we wish to live, and to BECOME more like HIM, our Savior, Jesus Christ. And what if you find yourself lost and that you have fallen into a deep dark pit of darkness? Are you lost? What do you do?
The Lord has told us the following:
“And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.
The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?
We MUST press on daily with FAITH and HOPE. We did NOT come here by accident. We were created Spiritually before we were created Physically. The Master’s hand has control of our destiny yet, He allows us the FREEDOM to CHOOSE whatever makes us the most happy. Jesus came to rescue us from our sins and mistakes.
Let us all press on in the service of The Lord and watch out for those we love. It is getting exciting to be living today with the fullness of the gospel on the earth and the latest and best of technology to share those things that are of most importance. The important thing is that we each BECOME the kind of person we wish to be because there is a place for us after this world that will fit our desires and dreams!
(Just be careful of the evil one who also has a place for you and who will ensnare you in his traps to fulfill his pleasures, as well!)
Ten Specific Things To Help You Be Successful
By Alan on Feb 17 in Blog tagged Apostle, assignment, authority, bless, Christ, church, Come, commandments, conviction, do what is right, don't complain, earth, example, fair, faith, follow, guide, happiness, influence, integrity, Jesus, Jesus Christ, LDS, loyal, mistakes, no exceptions, obedience, obedient, parents, principles, purpose, reflect, Richard G, role models, Satan, Scott, sense of humor, serve others, service, sharing, smile, spiritually, standard, success, successful, temple, ten things, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Lord's Way, work | Comments Off
Ten Specific Things To Help You Be Successful
The Lord’s Way
I would like to suggest 10 specific things to help you be successful in the plan the Lord would have you follow in your life.
First, establish a set of principles by which you will guide every aspect of your life—in your home, in your Church service, in your profession, in your community. Many people try to compartmentalize their life and have a standard for Church and another standard for what they do in business and in other aspects of their life. I very strongly counsel you not to do that. There really is only one set of standards that makes sense. Those are the teachings of Jesus Christ, which signal to us the importance of faith, service, obedience, and integrity.
Second, don’t make exceptions to your standards. Never compromise them. One of the ways the Lord protects us is to give us guidance in life. One of the ways Satan tries to destroy us is to subtly lead us away from what we know is centrally important in our life. I lived in Washington, D.C., for much of my life, and I recall on occasion men coming to that city who had been elected as representatives of the government and who were members of the Church. Some of them used the teachings of the Savior throughout their careers and became great servants. Others early in their careers began to reason, “If we were better friends with others and were better understood, we would receive positions that would put us in a place where we could serve better.” They began to make small exceptions to the standards by which they knew they should guide their lives. Few even remember them. They lost because they made exceptions to standards. Don’t make that mistake. Be loyal to the teachings you have received from your parents and Church leaders. They are the things of greatest worth. If you integrate your formal education with what you know about the teachings of the Lord and the examples of those worthy people who are role models to you, you will have a solid foundation. You will be productive and do things that are worthwhile for others.
Third, be loyal. Be loyal to your parents and your loved ones. Above all, be loyal to Jesus Christ, the Savior. Success comes when your actions are consistent with the teachings of the Lord. When you seek work, find something that challenges you, that raises you to higher levels of performance. It may be harder, but you will grow, develop better, and contribute more good. You really have no idea yet who you are and what you can accomplish in life. You have great potential far beyond what you can imagine today.
Fourth, live so that the Lord can guide you to where He wants you to be and to serve. He can do that if you live His commandments worthily and strive in every way to be obedient to His teachings.
Fifth, serve others. Sharing what you know with others will bring you happiness and bless their lives.
Sixth, smile. I don’t mean that you need to be cracking jokes every day, but a good joke now and then is an escape valve. Life is not all that bad. You will soon learn that everybody has problems and nobody wants to hear about yours. Put those things aside and smile. Have a good sense of humor, as the prophets do. I wish I could tell you some of the things that we talk about. Not flippant things, not things that are inappropriate—just a good sense of humor. I will tell you a secret of how to wake up in the morning with a smile on your face no matter how you feel: go to bed with a coat hanger in your mouth. Remember, a good sense of humor helps you greatly.
Seventh, don’t complain. Life isn’t always fair. That’s a fact. But it’s always charged with marvelous opportunities if you know how to find them. I remember once when I was working as hard as I knew how. I happened to be working for a man who took all of the ideas and suggestions and work that I did and passed them on to his superior as though they were his own suggestions. For a while I was really upset about that. As I pondered it, a thought came to me, and I decided from then on I would write reports to him of everything that I was doing or trying to do, and I sent a copy to his boss. He didn’t like that, but it worked beautifully.
Eighth, always have a Church assignment. I don’t mean that you should ask for a particular calling, but wherever you go in the world, wherever the Lord takes you, always offer your service to the presiding authority. Leave it to that authority to decide where and how. Be connected with the things of God and the ways to serve Him. The last two are the most important.
Ninth, go to the temple. Carry a current temple recommend. There may be a few young adults who will want to wait to go to the temple for their endowment when they go with their companion to be sealed. But virtually everyone can obtain and keep a temple recommend. It will keep you spiritually in tune, will allow you to remember the most important things of life, and will encourage you to give great service to others.
Tenth, use the Savior Jesus Christ as your example for life. Use His teachings as your handbook for life. Never make exceptions to them. Will you prayerfully consider the things we have discussed? There are many willing to be led by your righteous example. Because you have been enlightened, you owe to those who follow you the best example you are capable of giving. Not only will they be blessed, but your life will be enriched as well.
Come to know of the great influence for good that flows from individual acts born of conscience and principle rooted in truth. Resolve that each moment of your life will reflect your determination to humbly be an example of righteousness, integrity, and conviction. With such a life you will surely succeed in the purpose for which you came to earth.
Do What Is Right!
I began this message indicating that I have validated in my personal life the truth of the principles shared. There have been times when my choice to stand for principle against strong forces implied that there would be significant personal loss by taking that action. But that did not deter me. I was determined to do what was right. The anticipated loss, however, never came. Somehow, doing what was right in time opened far greater and more meaningful opportunities.
I testify that you will never go wrong when you trust in the Lord and in His promises, no matter how severe the challenge.
Elder Richard G. Scott
“Nevertheless—whosoever putteth his trust in him
the same shall be lifted up at the last day.
Yea, and thus it was with this people.”
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The Power To Choose
By Alan on Jan 07 in Blog tagged act, agency, as you believe, battled, believe, Bible, Book of Mormon, captivity, challenges, choice, choose, co-create, confusion, death, devil, difficult, endure, Endure To The End, enemy to God, essential, eternal life, evil one, experience, flesh and bones, follow, gift, God, God's plan, Heavenly Father, I Am, judgment, liberty, live, mansions, married, marry, mate, multiply, natural man, obedient, painful, Plan of Salvation, progress, prophets, rough, Satan, savior, Strengthen, tested, tough, tried, words | Comments Off
The Power To Choose
Agency is the gift to choose for ourselves.
Agency is the ability and privilege God gives us to choose and to act for ourselves. Agency is essential in the plan of salvation. Without agency, we would not be able to learn or progress or follow the Savior. With it, we are “free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil” (2 Nephi 2:27).
Agency allows us to be tested and tried to see whether or not we will endure to the end and return to our Heavenly Father with honor. Agency permits us to make faithful, obedient choices that strengthen us so that we can lift and strengthen others. So just . . .
Live As You Believe!
Endure they say with patience . . . those
tests difficult, painful and tough.
Meet and experience life’s challenges . . when they
face you and times get rough.
In heaven free agency was given . . . it’s why we
battled, for that which we fought. Yes,
God gave us truths and ‘The Power to Choose‘ . . . with
the choice to follow . . or not. We
received at birth a body of flesh and bones . . . with
powers from God to co-create. Like
married after we chose a mate. Now
this is where Satan yes, the evil one . . tries to
confuse and to alter God’s plan . . . saying,
“Do as you feel, it’s the way you are”. You’re just
knew God’s laws even before we were born. Our
memories were blocked to make judgement fair.
God doesn’t change nor is He the author of confusion. We choose
how we’ll live after, and where.
So earnestly learn, study, fast and pray . . from the
Prophets God’s words came for man.
You by chance, didn’t just happen, you’re a
Child of the Great . . I AM.
This I Believe!
“For I am not of the of Christ: for it is the
of God unto to every one that believeth;”
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Men are Judged by their Thoughts, Beliefs, Words, and Works
By Alan on Nov 17 in Blog tagged adversary, Alma, beliefs, captivity, catch, chains, chains of hell, commandments, condemn us, convinced, corruption, craftiness, death, destruction, devil, diligence, everlasting destruction, full, harden his heart, heart, his Son, immortality, Jesus Christ, judged, knowledge of him, lesser portion, lied unto God, life eternal, majesty, men, mortality, mysteries of God, only true God, plan, power, power of God, prophecy, prophet, provoke not, repenteth, righteousness, rise from the dead, Satan, second death, shame, snare of the adversary, spirit, spiritual death, spotless, subjection, subtle, supreme goodness, the Lord, thoughts, torments, words, works | 1 Comment
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, he began 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
Stand and Fight Against Evil
By Alan on Oct 13 in Blog tagged Alan Osmond, Altiora Petimus, ashamed, Bill O'Reilly, Birth, blame guns, breakdown of the family, children of God, Christopher Lane, cohabitation, David Barton, derelict parents, destiny, education, entertainment industry, entitlement, everybody's doing it, Glenn Beck, God, immoral, Jack Thompson, Jesus Christ, man and a woman, marriage, married, master mind, men need to be men, morals, more money, murdered, Neil Armstrong, not guns, out-of-wedlock, personal behavior, politicians, pray, prayer, raise the standard, religious beliefs, respect, same-gender marriages, Satan, school shooting, sexual relations, Stand For The Family conference, Suzanne Osmond, ten commandments, Ten Suggestions, The Family, the press, video gamers, violence, violent video games, wealthy people, where we are going, where we came from, why we are here, work | Comments Off
Stand and Fight Against Evil
(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.
Alan & Suzanne Osmond
“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
Alan & Suzanne Osmond will be speaking at “Stand for The Family Conference” on Movember 15th, 2013, in Sandy, Utah for
“Strengthening the Family”.
God Versus Satan
By Alan on Sep 20 in Blog tagged all kinds, angel food cake, beginning, broccoli, cardiac arrest, cauliflower, chips, chocolate, chocolate cake, cholesterol, cook, creation, deep fried, devil's food, earth, flour, gained pounds, God, healthy, heart, heaven, lean beef, man, McDonalds' cheeseburger, olive oil, potato, quadruple bypass, remote control, running shoes, Satan, Spinach, sugar, super size, TV, vegetables, wheat, woman | 1 Comment
God Versus Satan
“For it must needs be, that there is an 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 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 of God.” 2 Nephi 2: 11-12
Which Team Jersey Should I Wear?
By Alan on Jul 27 in Blog tagged Jesus Christ, Satan, team jersey, wear, which one | Comments Off
Which Team Jersey Should I Wear?
“The FUTURE of this world has long been DECLARED;
the final outcome between GOOD and evil is already KNOWN.
There is absolutely no question as to who WINS because
the VICTORY has already been posted on the SCOREBOARD.
The only really strange thing is all of this is that we are
still down here on the FIELD trying to decide
which TEAM’S JERSEY we want to wear!”
Jeffrey R. Holland
”And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest;
and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him, I am the , the ,
and the life: no man unto the Father, but by me.”
Can We Talk?
By Alan on Jul 07 in Blog tagged Alan Osmond, America's Freedom Foundation, comments, death, dreadful, evil, Family, fans, Financially, friends, God, gold records, Great, happiness, home, Jesus Christ, listen, marriage, mentally, Osmonds, our family, physically, plan, quit, Satan, socially, spiritually, stadium of Fire, Suzanne, talk, The Family, the Last Days, the way, we believe | 22 Comments
Can We Talk?
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:
“ are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the is one, and the glory of the is another. There is one glory of the , and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the : for one star from another star in . So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in ; it is raised in incorruption. “ (1 Corrinthians 15:40-43, John 14:2)
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?”
I await your comments!
Any private comments can be made to: firstname.lastname@example.org
(I will try to respond to some questions and comments.)
IT’S TIME TO GET NOIZ!!! (NOISY)
By Alan on May 20 in Blog tagged good and evil, NOIZ, open your mouth, Satan, speak up, The Family, turn the world around, war, Zion | Comments Off
IT’S TIME TO GET NOIZ !!! (NOISY)
TURN THE WORLD AROUND
with SATAN over
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 , but they hide the which I have given unto them, because of the of man. Wo unto such, for mine is 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).
SO GET NOIZ! (NOISY)