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Thursday, April 19, 2018

What is Real?




I've had help in my life so many times. I know I wouldn't be here without God's help. Some people want proof, but that sure knowledge that I feel within me is more real than anything I touch, see, or smell. I know I've had help. Denying everything that isn't concrete is like living in a one dimensional black and white world. How do you touch hope, love, peace, freedom, beauty, and the spirit?  Like the wind, you can see effects of them, but you can't wrap up the thought and put it in a little box. There is so much more to life and it is just as real. It is what makes life worth living. It is what brings us joy. When I see the love in my husbands eyes and feel the joy of being with our family, that is what matters, that is what is "real".

Why Does God Send Revelation Through Prophets?

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2011-10-057-peters-revelation-to-take-the-gospel-to-the-gentiles?category=acts-of-the-apostles&lang=eng

A friend stated that she thought everyone should have the opportunity for revelation not just church leaders, and she felt the revelations to leaders were “too pragmatic”. This is my response.

Yes, I agree that there is a great power and strength that comes from reading the scriptures. The Lord sends us revelation for our lives as we read His word. It is incredible how each time we read a verse it can give us new insight and guidance. Having the scriptures is a great blessing in our lives.

I agree that the Lord sends revelation to anyone who is willing to receive it. I have experienced much revelation in my own life and I know you have too. This is a wonderful comfort and blessing. Revelation to guide the Lord's Church on the earth must come through those who the Lord has appointed to lead His Church, or there would just be confusion. This gives unity to the Church.

Why Do Some People Not Consider Mormon's Christians?

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2015-01-1030-jesus-christs-church?category=mormon-beliefs&lang=eng
A Jewish friend told me that she thought it was strange that some Christians do not consider Mormons Christian. This is my response to her.

Yes, it is strange that many do not consider "Mormons" Christians. Our name is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint. We follow the original "Christian" beliefs. We believe that there is one God of this world -- Jesus Christ. He created the world and reveled his teachings to righteous people-- Adam, Noah, Abraham and the other prophets, that He came to teach people how to live and died for our sins, and that he will come again someday in glory. He did all these things under the direction of His Father. We believe that these teachings (the Gospel) were restored in our day through the Prophet Joseph Smith. 

We are not Protestants. We are not protesting against the Catholic church leaders. We believe in direct personal revelation from God and that He leads His Church-- not men. Many Christians do not consider these beliefs "Christian". Many view the people of Moses time as "primitive" and the Gospel teachings of love were only known when Christ preached them during his ministry. The consider the God of the Old Testament as different from Christ in the New Testament. 

Why Did I Join the Mormon Church?

               https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2018-01-0010-discovering-truth?lang=eng

A friend asked if I had joined the Church because I married a Mormon. This is my response to her.

No, I did not join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I was marrying a Mormon. After I joined the Church, I found a strong Mormon to marry, because I wanted a partner who would share my beliefs and help me to grow.

When I was 16, I met a girl in a summer school class in California and we became friends -- still are! I was impressed with her values and her family. There was a love there that wasn't in my family. As I told you I was looking for truth. I've never had any interest in "religion" -- in joining some group and adopting their ideas. I really don't understand why people do that -- security? I am an exceptionally independent person who lives by principles and not much of a "groupy".

Saturday, April 7, 2018

A Woman's Lifeline

A friend sent me this and I identified with every age (except the last!). I was prettier when I was younger, but I enjoy life so much more now!


A Woman's Lifeline 

Age 3: She looks at herself and sees a queen.

Age 8: She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.

Age 15: She looks at herself and sees an ugly duckling (Mom I can't go to school looking like this today!)

Age 20: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" but decides
she's going out anyway.

Age 30: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" but decides she doesn't have time to fix it so she's going out anyway.

Age 40: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" but says, "At least I am clean," and goes out anyway.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Did I Vote for the New Prophet?

No, I did not. What I did was participate in the Solemn Assembly where I had the privilege to raise my hand to "sustain" our new prophet, President Russell M. Nelson.  This picture shows Aaron and Hur holding up, or "sustaining", Moses so the Israelites could continue to prevail in a battle. So am I going to hold up the Prophet's arms? In a way, yes.

You might be wondering not only what  sustaining means, but how it differs from voting. To explain, you need to understand that there is no campaigning for the office of President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Change is peaceful and orderly. All know that the next Prophet will be the person who is the senior apostle in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  The Lord, who has power over life and death, chooses the person who will be in this senior position. In this way the Lord provides that the next prophet will be the person who not only has the most experience and years of service in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, but the person whom He has prepared to serve as prophet at this time.

Monday, April 2, 2018

What Do I Feel about the New Changes Announced in General Conference?


What do I feel about combining priesthood quorums in wards and about the new ministering program? Excited! I feel that we are being asked to raise to a new level, and that we are being helped to become people who will prepare the way for the Savior's second coming. 

I know there will be some who wonder how I can "blindly" follow the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I don't wonder. I know I could never blindly follow anyone, but I'm not expected to simply follow. All members of The Church are encouraged to gain their own testimony of what changes the Lord wants to happen. This means