Thursday, September 29, 2011
What are you doing about your eternity? Do you remember to walk this life with an eternal perspective? Is Jesus Christ your living Savior, do you carry his image in your countenance? And have you made our Father in Heaven your best friend and confidante? If the answer to these questions are "no", I would then ask you to observe your life, and check it. Remember the love of the Savior and the mercy that He extends to all of His children. He loves your personally, and knows of your existence, hence, every little thought, and loves you anyway!! He was willing to bleed and die for our sins, and atone as a sacrifice for us, so we may live our eternity richly and joyously. Remember that kindness and service, faith, and hope, and forgiveness are some of the keys. This is the way to live our lives as Alma stated in the Book of Mormon from Alma 7:23: " And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle, easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive." And from 2 Nephi 31:20: "Wherefore, ye most press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ and endure to the end, behold, this saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life." This is a promise from the Almighty Maker of Heaven and Earth, the Originator of Creation, the powerful, and omnipotent, Heavenly Father, whose heart oozes with tender mercy, love, and forgiveness for all of our sins. Please remember He is always there, along with our Savior, to help us and guide us. If you haven't found the Book of Mormon yet, I urge you to do so, and the Lord will awaken you out of a deep sleep, and you will awake unto God. I humbly ask you to try it, and you will find more love than you have ever known. I also ask you to review 'General Conference", which was on October 1st and 2nd. http://lds.org/general-conference?lang=eng You will find messages of hope and lovingkindness, and joy and encouragement. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
This is an especially hard topic for me to write about, the memories are extremely tender and very hard to explain. But it all starts like this: My boyfriend and I lived together with our two children, and had a bad way of making money. Trust me about this without going into details, it involved truckloads of marijuana and other items similar. He was eventually caught and he and I were thrown in jail, and our children, 6 months and 1 yr., were taken from us because I couldn't care for them in jail. They put 1 Million dollar bond on each of our heads. I was taken in because I was acquainted with him only, hoping to get out more info from me. They wanted 20 - life for him. Previously, I had played around with the Book of Mormon that my husband's mother had sent, reading it and finding much peace when I read it. So, in jail, the only Bible I had available to me was the New Testament, of which I love as well, and read over and over. The Holy Ghost visited me and gave me faith that all would be well. One day as I was in my cell studying, I asked the Lord, "This is great to learn of you, now what church should I attend." The letters very clearly came into my head, "L-D-S". I didn't know what this meant, so I wrote the letters down and asked my boyfriend at our conjugal visit together, "The Lord told me to join a church that is LDS". Immediately my boyfriend smiled with joy and stated , "That is my old church, the Mormon church, it stands for Latter Day Saints!" He had been inactive for 30 years, and we both decided to rejoin after we were released from jail. I was inspired, but I imagined myself with a bun on my head and pioneer clothing, thinking this was the customary dress!! Not true however!! (Now not everyone will receive letters in your mind, or even voices, but you will feel the spirit of the Lord, by joy, or by warmth in your heart,or other ways, to testify that this is the true church upon studying and praying.) 2 1/2 months later, I was let go free, married my boyfriend in prison, and my husband had a miracle of only having to serve 5 years. I immediately went to the children, and had them blessed, and I started on Missionary lessons. When my husband returned home, we waited a year, and then were sealed forever with our children for time and eternity. That was 22 years ago, and the rest is history. I now have a strong testimony that our Savior Jesus Christ is our God, our Master, and our Redeemer. He atoned for our sins, so we may reside with our Father in Heaven and Him again. They are both alive and know each one of us individually, what we think, each mili-second, and why we think it. They are both all powerful, almighty, and full of great, great, love. They care about each one of us every second of the day, and they are there for us to confide in. I love the Holy Ghost, the comforter, and communicator for Jesus Christ. I love being guided daily by the Holy Ghost, and am lost without Him. I love receiving revelations from the Holy Ghost, and I love learning the mysteries of the Universe. I know we have a true prophet on this earth today, Thomas S. Monson, who lives and guides us and is a revelator for the world. I am grateful for the Book of Mormon, and read it in the morning and at night, finding comfort, and insight in the precious words it depicts. I am thankful for all my blessings, for my children, and for my church and church family, the true church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And I say these things in the name of my precious Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen
I am blogging because I wish to tell everyone that Jesus Christ is alive, and His gospel is what everyone needs to succeed on this earth. This earth is like a testing ground, and we are placed here to determine in what kingdom we will live the rest of our eternity. Some will live in an existence similar to this earth, some, a little higher, some in outer darkness, (terrible), and some will be lifted to the highest expectations and live in a Celestial Kingdom with the Lord, our Savior, and our Heavenly Father, and our families, if we so choose. What you do NOW matters, and it's all your choice on how you live your life. The closer you get to the Lord, and live His commandments, the better the kingdom. And how can you start? By reading the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. Now, in the Book of Mormon, there is a promise in Moroni 10, 3-5 that explains to you, that if you read this book, and ponder it and study it out, then get on your knees and pray, you will positively know that it is a true book of God. The Holy Ghost will come to you and prove to you that what you have read is the absolute truth. The next step is, you conform your life to live the commandments of our Savior, and you get baptized. This is the first step to being able to enjoy the highest exaltation in the eternities. It's a choice that you need to make for the rest of your life. So how you live your life on the earth matters, how you treat others, and how you love the Lord. Make it count. And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.