Saturday, December 26, 2015

The First Christmas Spirit

The Saviors's early life from the eyes of Joseph. An interesting perspective. I enjoyed it.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Why won't "Mormons" bless and baptize some children?

(Find link to whole address at bottom of this page)

Yes, "Mormons" do not bless and baptize all children who would like to be baptized. Minds clouded with fear cry, "Unfair!" They assume we are trying to punish or reject the child or the parents. While grudgingly admitting all our work to grant same-sex people equal legal rights in employment and housing, they fill the air with strident shouts of "prejudice!"  They think the reasoning for our actions is "obvious." They claim that we have suddenly changed our position, but have we?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Are Polygamist groups "Mormons"?

My friend was still wondering why a woman who was raised in a Polygamist group would not be welcomed into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes called the "Mormon" church, if she had given up polygamy. Here is my answer to her.

I think this is the problem with the young woman who wants to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You said, "She doesn't want to give up all her Mormon training and teachings to join a church that doesn't believe in the things she was brought up to believe in, which she would have to do if she went to any regular Protestant denomination. "  The truth is that there isn't some other "Mormon" church which has the same beliefs, but also believes in polygamy. I was just looking at some of the beliefs of groups who splintered off from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their beliefs are really different!! 

See  "Beliefs" for "Mormon" beliefs.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Why Won't the Church let her be Baptized?

A friend told me that she had seen a "reality" show on TV where a young woman wanted to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but wasn't being allowed to join. She wanted to know why. Here is my answer. 

I have no idea what is really going on with that show, but I am very suspicious of emotional pleas on "reality" shows. As long as this is a publicity item, it probably won't happen. Also, you can not join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just because you "are willing". You have to take a series of lessons which teach you about the principles of the Gospel. Next, you must have an interview with a Church leader to make sure you understand the principles and are willing to live these principles which include such things as the Word of Wisdom (laws of health), Chastity, and Tithing Only after you demonstrate that you understand what you are committing to and have sincerely repented of all you have done which is wrong, are you allowed to be baptized. When you are baptized you commit with all your heart to keep all the commandments of God. You are not baptized to be a "Mormon", but a disciple of Jesus Christ. Afterwards, you can be confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Here is a good place to learn more about the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Healing with God's Help

Mark 9:23, With faith all things can be accomplished

I was very touched by the healing of a family in this video.

July 2015

My adrenal glands have healed! I've had Addison's disease for 12 years. Since my adrenal glands did not produce any detectable level of cortisone, I have been on hydrocortisone all this time just to keep me alive. Did the doctors cure me? No. Then what happened?

At the beginning of April I was resigned to just working on my computer the rest of my life, at least until I couldn't see anymore. My eyesight was failing, and though I had cataracts, it didn't account for my inability to focus. Things were looking bleak.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Appreciation for Fathers

What I remember most about my Dad is how he spent time with me. He lead games and hikes; read comics with all the voices; played the ukulele and sang; mended scrapes and taught me to drive. I'm grateful for my husband who has been a great father.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Blessings of the Temple

This video explains the blessing that we receive in the Temples of The Lord. I look forward to continuing my relationship with my husband and family for all eternity.

Payson Temple

A couple of days ago my husband and I went to the open house for the temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Payson, Utah.  This was extra special for me since this is the temple my husband and I will be attending.

Here some photos of the interior of the temple.

The pictures are beautiful, but can't really convey the sense of peace that is there. It is like you have stepped away from all the stresses of the world and are in a place of beauty and love. It reminds you of what life can be like and helps you put your problems into perspective. It gives you the hope and strength to continue on and  to find joy in living. It is a little bit of heaven on earth.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

How Do Mormons Choose a Prophet?

A friend of mine granted that there seems to be a good man presently as the Prophet (we call him President) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her concern was that a person who wasn't as good might be voted prophet in the future. I don't worry because I know that the Lord chooses His Prophets. God always has. Each man has been prepared and tested all his life for his future calling as God's Prophet. Think of the soul wrenching test Abraham was given of offering his son as a sacrifice before he proved his worthiness. Think of the life of Moses, born an Israelite, but raised in the palace of the Pharaoh where he was taught court etiquette, given military experience, and Egyptian education. He was aptly prepared for his special mission to deal with the Egyptian rulers, lead the Israelite people to freedom, and govern them.  This article describes how one modern day Prophet was prepared for his future responsibilities.

When is Humor Funny?

I love humor. A lot of patience sprinkled with humor makes life fun! 

A friend sent me a link to a couple of songs from the Broadway smash hit, the musical Book of Mormon. I had to admit that the tunes were catchy and well sung. I also had to agree with her statement, "I would say that though the jabs were made so funny one had to laugh, it was also insulting if you were a Mormon."

My question is whether it is ever ok to "put down", "jab", or insult other people? Should we embrace entertainment derived from hurting others? Think of all the "Dumb Blond", "Pollock", "Fat", "Jewish", etc, etc. jokes. Are they really funny?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Can Members Express Dissatisfaction with Church Leadership?

After reading some of the comments from this small dissident group who would not sustain the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ at General Conference last weekend, I felt I should write more. If you have heard anything about them, you probably have some questions. If you have been around a bit you are probably wondering if more is really going on here, and you would be right. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Can Members Disagree with Mormon Church Leaders?

Some people think that Mormons are controlled by their leaders; that we are kept in "lock step" and denied the opportunity to express our individual opinions. If this were true, I'd sure be in trouble since I have lots and lots of opinions on about everything!  But what about the people who where shouting their dissenting vote yesterday in General Conference?

Friday, April 3, 2015

He "Only" Died

A Jewish friend of mine told me that Jesus Christ can't be the Savior, the Messiah, because all he did was die. After a long history of oppression, the Jews were desperately looking for the true Messiah who would free them. But, as the Savior declared to Pilate when asked if he was trying to set up a political government, "My kingdom is not of this world".

He Is Risen: John the Beloved's Witness of the Resurrection

I was very touched by this video. John the Beloved, one of Jesus Christ's twelve disciples, shares his memories and the meaning of  the final days of the Savior's ministry.

Coming to Know Him

by Cheryl Merrick
The depth of His love and sacrifice
I can not comprehend,
but I feel it strengthening my soul.

Easter Thoughts

by Cheryl Merrick
In submission to His Father’s will,
He, who possesses the power to create worlds,
allows nails to be driven into his flesh
that He might save His friends.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

He Lives!

by Cheryl Anne Merrick
I have felt Him beside me,
when in desperate exhaustion,
I could go no further.

I have felt His calming presence
in interminable nights
when fear and loneliness
have gripped my soul.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Because He Lives

I just saw this new Easter video. It is wonderful! It reminds us of the hope we have because of Him.

‪#‎BecauseHeLives‬ (I think I just did a hashtag!) This is a great site. Besides the video, it has pictures and a summary of the last week of the Savior's life. At the bottom of those pages are a question and answer and the opportunity to chat. it is great!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Searching for Truth and Revelation from God

I just watched this video and really enjoyed it. I identified with Willford Woodruff's search for truth.

Wilford Woodruff's search for the true Church explains the Apostasy and need for the Restoration. It emphasizes four essential elements of the true Church that were lost because of the Great Apostasy. (16:33)

Do You Believe in Traditional Religion?

A friend expressed to me how she could not believe in traditional religion, recounting Christianity's history of voting on doctrine, political maneuvering, conquest (Crusades), and cruelty (Inquisition). She also stated that though she did believe in God, she could not believe that one person's ideas about religion were better than another person's ideas. I agree completely with her.

What!? You are a Mormon. How could you not believe in traditional religion? Aren't Mormons the most traditional, conservative religion around? We do believe in truth and do not give in when we know something is right, but our faith is not based on tradition. Throughout time there have been many good people who have set up religions based on what they believed was right. I think some have done a lot of good, but by the time I was eleven I knew that was not enough for me. I didn't want to choose between the many philosophies of men one that I liked the best and join that church. What I was looking for was revelation of truth from God.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Differences in Marriage

I have been thinking about this talk on the Renaissance of Marriage by President Eyring about how to make a happy marriage. I love this humourous video on having a long happy marriage.I means a lot to me because my husband and I are very different.

My husband is a person who is always engaged doing something, such as his handyman business. He deals with the real world and likes to follow patterns that have worked well in the past. He does things with exactness. He is a quiet thoughtful person and so am I. The big difference is that my thoughts are racing at top speed. I leap from thought to thought. I love to study and think about ideas. I like to see patterns in behavior and help people reach their potential (I'm a natural teacher). I live mainly in the world of thought and future possibilities. So how have a hands-on builder and a head-in-the-clouds philosopher been happily married for 42 years?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Renaissance of Happy Marriages

This talk given at the Vatican in November by Mormon leader, Henry B. Eyring. He explains clearly how to have a happy marriage. He says:

"Where there is selfishness, natural differences of men and women often divide. Where there is unselfishness, differences become complementary and provide opportunities to help and build each other. Spouses and family members can lift each other and ascend together if they care more about the interests of the other than their own interests."

Here is the full transcript if you would like to read it. It really explains how to have a happy marriage.

I have seen in my own 42 year marriage how differences, with lots of love, can can bring us joy.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Light in a Dark World

Matthew 5:16, We should let our light shine to bring glory to God

by Cheryl Merrick

It is the middle of winter;
a time when the days are often gray
and plants are dormant or dead.
Perhaps this is when we need
light and hope the most.
The glittering holidays are over,
and it is now time to face stark reality.
Now is the time to allow the light He brought
to give us hope in our dark world.

Monday, January 26, 2015

What is God Like?

Most of what I write is my attempt to answer a question someone has asked me. This article is part of my response to a woman who wanted to know what God is like. Some scriptures in the Bible made her wonder if He was a vengeful God. These are my comments.

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 19 ( 46 years ago). I grew up in a religion that saw God as stern and unknowable. Coming to know Him has been a major concern in my life.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Faith makes all Possible

A warm thought for a new year! I have seen faith change marriages and families. I know it has changed my life.

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Miracle of the Holy Bible

I am really enjoying the videos on utube Mormon Channel. The scriptures have been life a lifeline to me helping be get through rough times.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

What is the Book of Mormon

I just saw this video this morning. It reminds me of when I first was introduced to the Book of Mormon. The claims seemed incredible, but I kept thinking, "What if it is really true and I don't find out?" I just had to know for myself, so I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. I was so impressed with the clarity of truths. All my questions were answered. I felt an assurance this this was the word of God. After 45 years of living the Gospel, I know it is true.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Friend - Arabian Proverb

A Friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart,
chaff and grain together,
knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it,
keep what is worth keeping,
and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

The only way to have a friend is to be one.  Emerson   So True!

These are some of my most favorite sayings.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas Truce

This is a special true Christmas story. I feel glad about their stopping the war but sad when they start again. It makes me feel how senseless war is. I am praying that there might be Peace on Earth if only in our hearts.