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Hello Friends, Members and Followers of The Family!
We have been away for a few days in San Jose, California where we participated in a convention of one of the fastest growing and largest direct selling companies in the world! It is growing so fast it’s like on FIRE!
Suzanne and I recently joined them and are at www.osmond.netwhere we are able to help families all around the world financially in two ways:
.1. By becoming a CUSTOMER and getting services that you already use like cell phones, home phones, internet, television, security systems, computer support, electricity and natural gas at great savings. How? Because this company doesn’t advertise or have any of those costs! YES, we are one of the largest direct sales marketing companies in the world and cut out the milions of dollars of advertizing costs. The savings are passed on to YOU!
I have been envolved in several successful businesses and find this to be the BEST Business Opportunity I have seen in a long, long time! We are living in a day when families are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet or to even find a job; let alone paying for all of the daily bills. With this, you are an owner and cannot be fired! You can do this along with your other job until you are making more money here than there! People are flooding our doors and jumping into this opportunity because it works! Yes, it takes work but we teach you how to do it. You get trained, we teach your new business partners and help you grow your business, you become leaders and make money. This is also truly a lot like the Gospel in Action. If you “love your families and neighbors as yourselves”, you will share it with them and help them, also. Why? Because it’s the right thing to do and because by helping them become successful, that’s how YOU will become successful!
Can you imagine having a company that costs very little money to get start and where the paperwork is all taken care of for you? You have no employees, no accountant, no billing and paperwork, no employee benefits or medical to pay, no inventory, no attorneys or legal work, no billing or collecting costs, no responsibility for damages or repair and where you make awesome financial rewards? It’s also a 1099 where you can write off your expenses. Plus, you are an international company doing business in over 23 countries with an online store the day you get started!
Would I, Donald Trump, or any of the major companies be supportive or in business with ACN if it were a Scheme or Pyramid? NO!
Suzanne and I would love to help you and your family become more secure with an income producing business or by just getting the biggest and best brand products you are already using with great savings! Especially for Christmas!
We believe in living with values and principles. So, just like prayer; if you want to know if praying works, PRAY!
Reaching out to others in love and compassion
is essential to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
President George Albert Smith said, “I do not have an enemy that I know of, and there is no one in the world that I have any enmity towards. All men and all women are my Father’s children, and I have sought during my life to observe the wise direction of the Redeemer of mankind—to love my neighbor as myself. … You will never know how much I love you. I have not words to express it. And I want to feel that way toward every son and every daughter of my Heavenly Father.”
President Smith demonstrated his love for others through countless acts of compassion. One observer noted: “It is characteristic of President Smith to go out of his way on errands of personal comfort and blessing to many who are sick, who are down-hearted, and who have cause to be grateful for his cheerful encouragement. It is not uncommon to see him, before and after office hours, walking hospital halls, visiting room after room, blessing, encouraging, and cheering with his unexpected appearances in those places where his comforting and reassuring presence is so gratefully welcome. … It is characteristic of him to go wherever he feels that he can give help and encouragement.”
A story about President Smith who was going out of his way to show love for someone in need:
“On a cold winter morning, the street cleaning crew [in Salt Lake City] was removing large chunks of ice from the street gutters. The regular crew was assisted by temporary laborers who desperately needed the work. One such wore only a lightweight sweater and was suffering from the cold. A slender man with a well-groomed beard stopped by the crew and asked the worker, ‘You need more than that sweater on a morning like this. Where is your coat?’ The man replied that he had no coat to wear. The visitor then removed his own overcoat, handed it to the man and said, ‘This coat is yours. It is heavy wool and will keep you warm. I just work across the street.’ The street was South Temple. The good Samaritan who walked into the Church Building to his daily work and without his coat was President George Albert Smith. His selfless act of generosity revealed his tender heart. Surely he was his brother’s keeper.”
All people are our brothers and sisters, children of our Heavenly Father.
We look upon all men as our brothers, all women as our sisters; we look upon the face of every human being that is in the world as a child of our Father, and believe that as each is in the image of the Father, so also each possesses a spark of divinity that if developed will prepare us to return to His presence.
That is our understanding of the purpose of our existence in the world, and explains our interest in our fellowmen. Many have supposed that we were exclusive in our lives, and some have thought that we were clannish. The fact is, we look upon every child that is born into the world, as a son or daughter of God, as our brother or our sister, and we feel that our happiness will not be complete in the kingdom of heaven unless we enjoy the companionship of our families and those of our friends and associates with whom we have become acquainted and in whose interest we give so much of our time on earth.
As I think of my regard and my affection for my Father’s family, the human family, I remember something my earthly father said, and I think probably I inherited that in part from him. He said, “I have never seen a child of God so deep in the gutter that I have not had the impulse to stoop down and lift him up and put him on his feet and start him again.” I would like to say I have never seen one of my Father’s children in my life that I have not realized he was my brother and that God loves every one of his children.
What a happy world it would be if men everywhere recognized their fellowmen as brothers and sisters, and then followed that up by loving their neighbors as themselves.
The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to love all of God’s children.
The gospel teaches us to have charity for all and to love our fellows. The Savior said:
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, this is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” [Matthew 22:37–40.]
Brethren and sisters, if the gospel of Jesus Christ, as delivered to you, has not planted that feeling of love in your hearts for your fellow men, then I want to say that you have not enjoyed the full fruition of that wonderful gift.
Our ministry is one of love. Our service is one which enriches our lives. … If we are living as God intends that we should live, if we are ministering as he desires that we should minister, every day of our lives is enriched by the influence of his Spirit, our love of our fellowmen increases and our souls are enlarged until we feel that we could take into our arms all of God’s children, with a desire to bless them and bring them to an understanding of the truth.
As members of the Church of Christ, we should keep His commandments and love one another. Then our love should pass beyond the border lines of the Church with which we are identified, and reach out after the children of men.
Let us evidence by our conduct, by our gentleness, by our love, by our faith, that we do keep that great commandment that the Savior said was like unto the first great commandment, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
We exercise charity by reaching out to those who need help and encouragement.
The measurement of the result of what love and charity may bring into the world is impossible. Opportunity is offered in every branch and ward and mission field to go about radiating sunshine, developing happiness and lifting up those who are discouraged, and bringing joy and comfort to those who are in distress.
The Lord says this:
“See that ye love one another; cease to be covetous; learn to impart one to another as the gospel requires. …
“And above all things, clothe yourselves with the bond of charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace.” [D&C 88:123, 125.] …
… Are you following his advice with reference to charity? I want to say that at this particular period of our lives we need to exercise charity, not only in imparting of our substance to those who are in need, but we need to have charity for the weaknesses and failures and mistakes of our Father’s children.
If we find a man or a woman who has not succeeded in life, one who is weakening in his faith, let us not turn our backs upon him; let us make it a point to visit him, and go to him in kindness and love, and encourage him to turn from the error of his way. The opportunity to do individual work among us as a people is present everywhere; and there are few men and few women in this Church who could not, if they would, reach out a little farther from the circle with which they are identified, and say a kind word, or teach the truth to some of our Father’s children. … This is our Father’s work. It is the most important thing that we will be identified with in this life.
I have only good will in my heart for mankind. I haven’t any animosity in my heart toward any living human being. I know some that I wish would behave themselves a little better than they do, but that is their loss, not mine. If I can get my arm around them and help them back on the highway of happiness by teaching them the gospel of Jesus Christ, my happiness will be increased thereby. … You cannot drive people to do things which are right, but you can love them into doing them, if your example is of such a character that they can see you mean what you say.
True happiness comes from loving and serving others.
Do not forget no matter how much you may give in money, no matter how you may desire the things of this world to make yourselves happy, your happiness will be in proportion to your charity and to your kindness and to your love of those with whom you associate here on earth. Our Heavenly Father has said in very plain terms that he who says he loves God and does not love his brother is not truthful [see 1 John 4:20].
It isn’t only what we receive that makes us happy; it is what we give, and the more we give of that which is uplifting and enriching to our Father’s children, the more we have to give. It grows like a great fountain of life and bubbles up to eternal happiness.
When our life here is ended and we return home, we will find credited to us there every good act we have performed, every kindness we have done, every effort we have put forth to benefit our fellows. …
… Let us evidence our appreciation of what the Lord has given us by serving Him, and we are serving Him when we do good to His children. Freely we have received, now freely give [see Matthew 10:8]. With hearts warmed with love and kindness for our fellow men, let us press steadily on until the final summons shall come, and we shall meet our record. Then, if we have improved our talents, if we have been honest, true, chaste, benevolent, and charitable, and have sought to uplift every soul with whom we have associated, if we have lived up to the light we have received, and disseminated that light whenever opportunity has presented, how happy we will be and how our hearts will swell with gratitude when we receive from the Maker of heaven and earth that welcome plaudit: “Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things; I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” [Matthew 25:21.]
When we love the LORD with all our being unconditionally, we are moved to realize that “Love thy Neighbor” is not as difficult a thing to do as many of us may have once thought.
‘Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loves another has fulfilled the law’ (Rom. 13: 8).
It simply puts into perspective that those words commanded us means to respect, love and regard our neighbor’s needs and desires to the same standard as we regard our own and if we do that then we have lived up the LORD’S will. This however is easier said than done, but with the hand of GOD and his guidance it becomes a simple mission in our lives.
It was 13 years ago this holiday season that we moved into our brand new home. What a blessing that for a half of a year we had an opportunity to get to know those having their homes built along side ours in our brand new planned community. “Ah yes, built in neighbors”! This was our first Christmas shared with all our newfound neighborhood family and it was truly uplifting.
Summer finally showed up and the traffic cones came out so our children could have fun and play in a safe area of our section of the neighborhood. As we grew to know one another better, we started branching out with Bible studies, barbeques, movie nights, potlucks and all the neighborhood trimmings.
Most folks more than likely think of a “Neighbor” as someone who lives next door or perhaps across the street from them. That may be true in a sense of geography or planned community lot locations, but as GOD tells us, everyone is our neighbor.
As time passed things began to change. Many neighbors had moved away for various reasons. Some had relocated to other cities, states or other neighborhoods. As habits kicked in…we got busy and eventually lost touch with most of them. Inevitable we got new neighbors . . . but it doesn’t quite feel the same, so we just go about our business and do the newcomers.
I see it every single day that our families, friends and yes . . . our neighbors, hunker down and charge after the brass ring. Neighbor’s drive by without waving and garage doors open and close as it swallows the car, vans and SUV’s without a single sighting of a person. Leaving in its wake a neighborhood of strangers. It used to be that hard working families would find a neighborhood they like for many reasons, but mostly because of the “NEIGHBORhood” and those who live in it.
You would pull up in your moving van and before you get the back door rolled up, there could be someone reaching a hand out to shake yours and welcome you to the “Neighborhood”. Before you know it, you might just have a half dozen folks offering to help you unload your truck. Often times you would have a dinner invitation for that night or at least by the weekend. Remember that feeling? I do! What in the world happened? It’s Satan who steps in and fills us with doubt and fear to reach out to the new “Stranger’s” in the neighborhood. Worried and concerned about the unknown. “Will they like us” “Will I like them?” “Perhaps they don’t want to be bothered”!
All sorts of thought just stop us in our tracks.
This Holiday season I say we make the first move to get back our Neighborhoods. Remember, GOD commands us to reach out to our neighbors and as we do, he will be there with his hand on our shoulder. It just requires for us to make the first gesture and not wait for our neighbors to do it first.
With Christmas upon us, just give of yourself in some small way by baking a neighbor or two a delicious holiday cake or some colorful Christmas cookies.If you can’t bake, write them a kind note and say something simple and take it to that neighbor that you don’t see or talk to very often. Just follow the promptings of the LORD and your own inspiration as to what to do. It has to do with one’s heart’s desires. Let’s start rebuilding our NEIGHBORhoods one sincere gesture at a time and one neighbor at a time. Like the words to the song about One Heart sings, “When the love for another makes a Stranger you’re Brother, then you’re ONE”!
We challenge all of you reading this to take the first step . . .RIGHT NOW!
It has been exactly one year since Alan asked me to write weekly articles, mainly on gardening. Just when I think that I don’t have anything to write about, something comes along that intrigues me. That happened last week. My mentor, Larry Sagers, horticultural specialist for the Utah State Extension Service at Thanksgiving Point writes a weekly column for a Salt Lake City newspaper. He article for Monday January 2, 2012 was, “Plant an extra row or bed to share with the needy”.
In the article he talked about making a resolution of ‘garden giving’. Now I don’t think that he is talking about the ubiquitous zucchini that many of us grow in excess and find it difficult to give away. There is a home near one of my sons and out front there is a box with a sign, ‘Free Produce’. I don’t think that I ever saw anything except for squash. No nice ripe tomatoes, ears of corn or melons.
Larry first talked about the Garden Writers Association (GWA) that he is involved with. In 1995 they started Plant a Row (PAR). The goal is to have every gardener plant an extra row (or bed as Larry added) and donate the extra produce to a local food bank or soup kitchen. Their organization provided Larry with the following information: According to the USDA, 1 in 8 households experience either hunger or the risk of hunger. They say that many skip a meal or eat too little. Occasionally they go without food for an entire day.
They also said that 33 million people, including 13 million children have substandard diets or seek food assistance. The demand for food assistance has increased 70% during the recent economic crisis. Many food banks are unable to meet the increased demand and have to turn people away.
The PAR, as part of its work, helps coordinate local food collection and monitors the amount of donations taken to the food banks. Since 1995 they say that more than 16 million pounds of produce adding up to 60 million meals that have been donated by American gardeners. All of this has been done without government assistance or red tape.
Many religious denominations sponsor community gardening projects. If you are aware of a denomination that is sponsoring a garden project, ask to help. Even if you don’t have any gardening experience, you can offer to weed the garden. If you do have experience, offer to teach some classes and the help beginning gardeners learn how to be more productive.
In my July 13, 2011 blog for TheFamily.com I talked about urban gardening and how many city and county organizations are getting involved. I talked about how the Salt Lake City Council passed an urban agricultural ordinance allowing community supported agricultural (CSA) ventures to legally continue. This also encouraged others to start their own urban farms. The new ordinance also allows people to sell the produce they grow. I also reported on Salt Lake County’s countywide project called the Urban Farming Initiative.They looked for idle county owned land to be utilized in a beneficial way. Land that was identified was rented out to local farmers. Also in 2011 urban gardens have been planted in South Salt Lake and Magna for Community Garden Pilot Projects. Check with you local governments to see if they have similar laws and initiatives. If they don’t currently have such laws and/or projects, encourage them to do so.
Another initiative that some entities provide is a summer garden camp for kids. When researching for this article I came across the City Schoolyard project in Charlottesville, VA. They have school garden clubs that have after school programs in gardening and cooking for the children. Their website: http://www.cityschoolyardgarden.org/about/, gave the following information, “The Charlottesville community has stepped forward to promote the schoolyard garden in myriad ways. From design assistance and fundraising opportunities, to support from the city farmer’s market and generous donations, the program enjoys tremendous enthusiasm and community support.”
There are many benefits to such projects. This photo shows community garden plots on an old factory site in Belgium. They often take over unused and unsightly lots and turn them into beautiful productive plots of land. They encourage healthier lifestyles and more sustainable food options. They get kids involved with gardening that can continue for a lifetime. It has been found that kids are more willing to try fresh vegetables that they have grown themselves. All of these projects could include planting an extra row or bed to share with the needy. An added benefit from this is the pride and sense of community that will be felt when giving this extra produce to the food banks or soup kitchens.
“And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”Mosiah 2: 17
This has been an exciting and wonderful yet challenging year! Suzanne and I and the staff at TheFamily.com all wish to thank you for your support and involvement in helping to promote the cause of Strengthening The Family. We all are a part of God’s family and we appreciate your willingness to let us come into your homes.
We have great excitement for 2012 as we step forward with faith into this upcoming year knowing that we are living in the BEST and the WORST of times ever. How exciting to be alive today and experiencing the joys of family, marriage, children, and living your life in a loving home and sharing it together with those you love. These and great memories and are the only things that we keep forever and take with us when we graduate from this world. The Family is God’s Plan of Life and we should enjoy it together!
We have a Newsletter starting in January called Get NOI-Z (Noisy) and we hope that you will subscribe to it. We wish to share personal and direct ways to help “Turn The World Around” and become stronger Grandparents, Fathers, Mothers, Teenagers, Children, and Families that are actively engaged in making this world a better place to live. By learning and maintaining strong principles, values with integrity we as individuals and families can become as the people of Enoch who long ago were known as “the happiest people that ever lived”.
We try to reach out to everyone with our family messages as the Lord has told us in scripture, “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.”D&C 60:2
It is TIME that we Stand Up, “Open our Mouths”, and speak out for the good in this world. We must open our arms and hearts to our neighbors and love them as ourselves. If we do this, we will be “Of One Heart” and “One Mind” and will turn this “NOIZ” world around and become a “ZION” people. . . ‘the happiest people that ever lived’! Moses 7: 18-19
We hope you will tell your family and friends about us and get them involved as well in ‘Strengthening The Family’. We publish this site to all people and families around the world and it costs money to continue. We do need your support to continue to bring it to you FREE. Please consider a generous donation of $25 or more (smaller donations are welcome) and join our “Get NOI-Z” Newsletter which is $10 annually.
2012 is almost here and we need to make some NEW YEARS” RESOLUTIONS to help “TURN THE WORLD AROUND”!!!
Scriptures teach us, “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 mineanger is kindled against them.” D&C 60: 2
I have been pondering and praying to know what I could do to help “Turn the World Around” as there is so much wickedness, and troubled times that we and our families are facing right now! When have you ever seen so much lack of order and dishonest behavior and conduct where those basic principles and values that we all grew up with are so challenged as it is today?
So, I decided to “GET NOI-Z and put out a NEWSLETTER to help remind us all and motivate us to STAND UP, SPEAK OUT, and to MAKE GOOD CHOICES in order to protect and survive this wonderful world of ours! I NEED YOUR HELP! WILL YOU JOIN ME AND HELP ME?
First of all, Let’s make some NEW YEAR”S RESOLUTIONS to spend more time with The Family!
One is fresh water, and fish are in it. Green plants adorn its banks and trees spread their branches over it and stretch out their thirsty roots to sip of its healing waters.
The second is a Dead Sea which receives water but does not give any of it away. Thus it is a dead sea.
In Israel, there are two Seas.
The Sea of Galilee is a good sea. It gives and lives. For every drop that flows into the good sea, another drop flows out. The giving and receiving go on in equal measure. It gives and lives.
The Dead sea is shrewder, hoarding its income (water) jealously. This sea gives nothing. Thus, it is named the Dead Sea. It will not be tempted into any generous impulse. Every drop it gets, it keeps.
People are just like these two seas.
There are those that get, and they give to others. They are charitable people with pure hearts.
Then, there are those who get and keep; jealously holding on to everything they get. They are not generous and have a hardness of heart.
Jesus Christ teaches us that we must have
Faith, Hope, and Charity.
“And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffedup, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”Moro. 7: 45
During this Christmas season may we remember the birth and the life of Jesus Christ and become more like Him having Faith, Hope and Charity.
Let us choose which type of water we wish to become and hopefully be those living waters which receive as well as give!
Let us think of and remember those who are praying to receive our giving who are in need at this time. May we choose a worthy charity to support and give of our time and resources with love and substance to our neighbors as we would to ours and ourself.
Be generous, for as it says in Luke 12: 48: ”For unto whomsoever muchisgiven, of him shall be muchrequired: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”
May the Lord’s blessings be with us and our families as we all try to become more charitable and of One Heart and One Mind, always remembering that we don’t take any of our “stuff” with us when we die. What we will take with us are our family and friends with great memories of good times together.
In Genesis, He’s the breath of life In Exodus, the Passover Lamb In Leviticus, He’s our High Priest In Numbers, The faire by night Deuteronomy, He’s Moses’ voice
In Joshua, He is salvation’s choice Judges, law giver In Ruth, the kinsmen-redeemer Firs and second Samuel, our trusted prophet In Kings and Chronicles, He’s sovereign
Ezra, true and faithful scribe Nehemiah, He’s the rebuilder of broken walls and lives In Esther, He’s Mordecai’s courage In Job, the timeless redeemer In Psalms, He is our morning song
In Proverbs, wisdom’s cry Ecclesiastes, the time and season In the Song of Solomon, He is the lover’s dream
He is, He is, HE IS!
In Isaiah, He’s Prince of Peace Jeremiah, the weeping prophet In Lamentations, the cry for Israel Ezekiel, He’s the call from sin In Daniel, the stranger in the fire
In Hosea, He is forever faithful In Joel, He’s the Spirits power In Amos, the arms that carry us In Obadiah, He’s the Lord our Savior In Jonah, He’s the great missionary
In Micah, the promise of peace In Nahum, He is our strength and our shield In Habakkuk and Zephaniah, He’s pleading for revival In Haggai, He restores a lost heritage In Zechariah, our fountain
In Malachi, He is the son of righteousness
rising with healing in His wings
He is, He is, HE IS!
In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, He is God, Man, Messiah In the book of Acts, He is fire from heaven In Romans, He’s the grace of God In Corinthians, the power of love In Galatians, He is freedom from the curse of sin
Ephesians, our glorious treasure Philippians, the servants heart In Colossians, He’s the Godhead Thessalonians, our coming King In Timothy, Titus, Philemon He’s our mediator and our faithful Pastor
In Hebrews, the everlasting covenant In James, the one who heals the sick. In First and Second Peter, he is our Shepherd In John and in Jude, He is the lover coming for His bride In the Revelation, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords
He is, He is, HE IS!
The prince of peace The Son of man The Lamb of God The great I AM
He’s the Alpha and Omega Our God and our Savior He is Jesus Christ the Lord and when time is no more
Although Jesus Christis the only child begotten of the Father in mortality, all people may be spiritually begotten of Christ by accepting him, obeying his commandments, and becoming new persons through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne ofDavid, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zealof the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Isa. 9: 6-7
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