Thursday, July 24, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
- Sacrifice Brings forth the Blessings of Heaven
"If ye love me, keep my commandments" John 14:15
" I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise." D&C 82:10
This is one of my favorites because so much is applied here. Its so simple if you love him... keep his commandments. When you do so he will bless you. Its a very nice thing to know. There are times in your life where you will have to give up what you love the most and it may be the hardest thing for you. But your doing the right thing and the lord with bless you.
I had one of the greatest girl friends in the world. She was very loving. She would do anything that I asked of her. She had my heart and I had hers. Well as I was on the CHT we were taught a lesson that dealt with relationships. In which it stated that not only should we not have one but we should wait till after out mission to have one. I felt really bad because I knew that if I did not break up with this amazing girl soon that I would not have the will to go on a mission. I broke up with her and both of us were very upset but I knew I was doing the right thing. But I have noticed that time which I once spent talking on the phone or texting that I have now replaced with scripture study, prayer, and meditation. The blessing have been countless my knowledge has been enhanced ten fold and me and this amazing girl still have a great friendship.
In the gospel we complicate things to much. We see that there are grey areas which fill our minds with doubt and eventually make us lose sight of our true testimony. What can we do to fill these grey areas? Keep it simple stupid. For example: Joseph Smith either God the father and his son or he didn't. If you believe that then...
- God the Father, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Ghost are 3 Separate beings
- Which means Joseph Smith was a prophet of god
- Which means He translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God
- Which make the Book of Mormon a true book
- Which testifies of the coming of Christ
- Which means Christ walked the earth
- Which makes the Bible True
- Which means the fall of Adam once happened
- Which means God created the Earth
- Which means God is a God
I can't seem to find any grey lines in that.
3. Love One Another
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." John 13:34
This is an amazing concept to learn, and I admire one who can love every person and sees that they are a child of god. This goes hand in hand with being happy. When you show someone respect they will show it back, and if they don't who is in the wrong? The one who loved, or the one who will not love? God has COMMANDED US, this isn't a suggestion, to love one another. That person who cuts you off on the free way is your brother. The man who steals your money, is your brother. Have you ever thought about hurting your enemy. I have! But think about this. Abraham Lincoln once said "Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?". How true is that.
God is love. I have some co-workers that I sometime don't get along with. When I go to work with the mind set of loving everyone. From the people I work with to the customers I serve. I have the most amazing night. People see my glow, my happiness and my love for the gospel. What an inspiration it would be if that when the person who cuts you off on the freeway instead of getting angry and flippin him the bird you instead allow him to enter your lane and just smile at him. Its amazing to see the reaction on peoples faces when you take a hostile situation and make it a loving environment.
These are my 3 beacons of my testimony and I love the gospel with all my heart. If we all live by the commandments and words of god we will go so much further in life.