Tuesday, November 24, 2015

He will give you help.

            In the video “He Will Give You Help”, the young man Darren in the video lost his best friend Christopher “Beans” because a semi hit the car that Darren, Christopher and another Chris was in. Darren was the driver and his friends were passengers. Beans was killed, the other Chris was in a coma and Darren was able to walk away. Darren felt that it was may be his fault, because he was the driver. Darren’s car slid on some ice on the road in bad weather which cause the semi to hit the car. Darren now has to live with the fact that his best friend is gone. It is a hard thing to lose a friend; it is even a harder thing to lose a friend at your own hand. That fact of the matter is not whether or not they should have been driving on the road in bad weather, it is the fact that the accident happen and now Darren has to live with the chose that they was driving in bad weather when they may have had other options to keep themselves alive or not hurt. In any case, the Lord is the one who will make all wrongs right and judge Darren, not me or the world. 

            “But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.” (Mosiah 16:8). Darren will have to live with this the rest of his life. However, the Lord is the one that will be able to help Darren to know that He is there to help him and give him add in knowing that some things no matter how good or bad they are happen for a reason. The reason may not be clear to Darren now, but in time Darren will know God’s will and why he lived and was able to walk home while one of his friends was dead and the other was in the hospital in a coma. 

Far too often in this life things happen and we may or may not have control over the outcome. We may feel as if things are our fault, whether they are or not is not what is to be learned. What is to be learned is what the Lord would have us to learn. We cannot point the finger at ourselves or at others for the loss of a live. We cannot be upset with our Father in Heaven or His Son Jesus Christ because we do not get the answers right away. We must have faith and trust in him to overcome such hard things. Sometimes it may be more than we think we can handle and some people do not overcome such hardships and end up taken their own lives because of the guilt they have inside. Darren did not do that, for he was able to keep the faith and was able to find trust in the Lord and to come to some understanding of why the accident happen. However, it will take a live time to fully understand what the Lord knows and sometimes it will happen after this life is over to really understand and to know what the Lord knows. 

I have seen when people get in to a car accident and have killed another person, how hard it is on them, or worse when someone in the car that was with them died because of the chooses that other people make and ask “why me Lord, or why them and not me.” I have stop counting how many times I have help put people behind bars for the chooses they make while driving drink. I know is the case of Darren that this did not happen. However, any time we drive and it is not safe we need to get off of the road before things like that happen. I lesson learned the hard way is not a lesson learned, but change in the way we live our lives. Do not think that I am saying that Darren is in the wrong here, I am just saying that when we are young and do not have the experience of others, that sometimes the risks of getting home on time is not worth the ends or the means. 

Having worked as a security officer helping law enforcement over the years, I have seen way too many accidents and have all ways wondered how people were able to walk away or not kill themselves or others. I tell you this not to upset you, however, just to point out that is happen more often than we think. Do not over or under estimate your driving skills. When the roads are bad or it is late at night, be careful and watch out of people doing things they should not be doing. 

The Lord can and does help people overcome such hardships; remember that we can overcome them and that it will not happen overnight. It took me while over a year when my friend killed herself by taken too much of her own heart medication. It was hard on me and I did not know why the Lord would allow such a thing to happen. I fell into despair. I was upset with the Lord Jesus Christ and mostly at Heaven Father. I felt that Heavenly Father did not love me and that He did not her family, to allow such a thing to happen to her. It toke time and it toke a LOT of learning how to have faith and trust in the Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father to come to any understanding of why good things happen to bad people and why bad things happen to good people. 

I also had to get over the fact that there was nothing I could have done to help her. I was not there that night that it happen. Sometimes I wish I was there to stop her from doing it. However, if it was going to happen, there may have been nothing that I could have done to make a difference, if that is how she real felt inside. I do not think that she would have done it, if I could have really known what she was felling. However, I would like to think that she would have not done so if she know how much I really loved her. Even if she did, I am not sure that it would have made any difference. All I know is that it was done for a reason that only she knows and that I will find out when I get to the other side of the veil. What I do know is that the Lord does help us in our time of need and that He does care about us and  He does strengthen us and He does give us add. “How Firm a Foundation” Hymn number 85 reminds me of this every time I hear it, that He does love us and that He is always there to help us. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Pure Testimony: Having Faith, Trust and sharing what we know to be true about Jesus Christ.

            Elder M. Russell Ballard talk “Pure Testimony” reminded me of when Jesus Christ told Peter that if He was truly converted to the Gospel that He would in turn help others come onto Him. “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” (Luke 22: 31-32). I take this to mean that when we have true faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and we have full trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, that we must share what we have learned about faith and trust with others to help them along in their journey in this life. 

            Elder Ballard stated that “Abinadi infuriated wicked King Noah with his courageous testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ”, so much so that Alma changed his heart and went about the people telling them of Christ. “And now, it came to pass that Alma, who had fled from the servants of king Noah, repented of his sins and iniquities, and went about privately among the people, and began to teach the words of Abinadi” (Mosiah 18:1). Elder Ballard also stated “The Apostle Paul also bore fervent testimony of Christ and converted many through his missionary labors. He did not shrink in bearing his testimony before King Agrippa. So mighty were his words that even this influential representative of the Roman Empire was moved to exclaim, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian” (Acts 26:28).  

            Elder Ballard stated “The lesson, I believe, is clear: having a testimony alone is not enough. In fact, when we are truly converted, we cannot be restrained from testifying. And as it was with Apostles and faithful members of old, so is it also our privilege, our duty, and our solemn obligation to “declare the things which [we] know to be true” (D&C 80:4). I take this to mean that when we have gained full faith and trust, then it is our responsibility to share how we have gained such faith and such trust and to do as the Lord has directed in helping others to know for themselves how to have such faith and such trust.  To bear testimony is “to bear witness by the power of the Holy Ghost; to make a solemn declaration of truth based on personal knowledge or belief” (Guide to the Scriptures, “Testify,” 241). 

            Some time ago I had an opportunity to share my testimony with a young lady when I was still living in St. Pete. Florida. I come out of one of my religion classes while I was still at St. Petersburg College and this young lady who I know asked me “what upset you about religion?” to which I stated “nothing”.  I told her that I know the truth about Jesus Christ and about my church and that I have complete faith in the Lord and in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint and that this church is His truth. That I know it and that I know that God our Father in Heaven knows it and that the Holy Ghost knows it and that the Holy Ghost cannot lie and I tell you that if you ask Him with real faith and with real trust in Him, that He (the Holy Ghost) will tell you that Jesus is the Christ and that God our Father in Heaven is real and that this is His true church here on earth.    

Now let me tell you that I am not one for crying. However, when I was telling this young lady this, I did started to cry and I know that I was putting all of my faith and trust in the Lord to touch her heart. Sometime latter I did give her a copy of the Book of Mormon and told her that this is truth and I know that she is and at the time was looking for truth, and that it is in this book that she will be able to find it, if she would have faith and trust in the Lord to tell her that it is true.  I do not know if she read it or if she joined the church, but what I do know is that she did listen to what I had to say and that I know that I was able to touch her heart in some way. 

Elder Ballard Stated “Although we can have testimonies of many things as members of the Church, there are basic truths we need to constantly teach one another and share with those not of our faith. Testify God is our Father and Jesus is the Christ. The plan of salvation is centered on the Savior’s Atonement. Joseph Smith restored the fullness of the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Book of Mormon is evidence that our testimony is true.” I know that my faith has grow over the years because of me being able to share what I know to be true of what is truth. I know that my faith and trust is the Lord has grown thus so far this semester here at BYU-I. it is my hope and prayer that we all will be able to have more faith and more trust and be able to share that what we know to be true and to show the Lord that we do have faith and trust in Him and that my sharing this truth that we are thus being able to strengthen thy brethren after having strengthening of ourselves. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Bear River Massacre Memorial Site

These are my You-Tube videos on the Bear River Massacre Memorial Site in South Eastern Idaho. 

The is the link to my New You-Tube Channel

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Lesson We Can Learn From Mosiah Chapters 1 to 3 In The Book Of Mormon.

            In serving others I have come to learn that I am only serving my Father in Heaven. I have learned that when I am listing to Him and His will I will be sent to those that would not have heard to gospel had it not been for me. I would be able to heal and bless people had it not been for me, and that I can change their hearts to listen to and to turn to the Lord had it not been for me. I say had it not been for me, but what I mean here is had it not been for God helping me to help them, it would not have happen right away or in the manner that it did happen. 

            In serving my follow man, I have been able to put off the natural man and been able to be a Saint. For a Saint is a person that had made mistakes and is trying to be a better person by listening to the Lord in all things and in all places and at all times. “A saint is a sinner who keeps on trying” (Elder Dale G. Renlund, Latter-day Saints Keep on trying). The Atonement of Christ allows us to keep on trying to be as perfect as we can. I once heard someone say “the Church is true, the people in it not necessary true.” Meaning that, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. However, sometimes the people inside the church may not be doing everything that they need to be doing or that some people are sinners trying to overcome their sin and willing to do what they need to do in order to be more like Jesus Christ. I take this to mean that I must be willing to do His will and not my will or as the Lord has said, “nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke22:42). 

            Mosiah said it best when or rather Mormon referring to Mosiah in Mosiah 1:19 as a Saint is a person that is willing to put off the nature man “For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.” 

            In order to be willing to be as a little child we must also be willing to read from the scriptures every day. For reading the scriptures is away to help remind us put off the natural man and how when we do as the prophets of old or kings of old have done with regards to service, that we can overcome the natural man. The natural man does not want to know the things of God and of His Son Jesus Christ. For the Nephites had the writings of their fathers, and even though they had them, they still had a hard time reading them and or listen to and having faith in and trust in following the words written there in. Reading the scriptures is one way that the Nephites knew who they were. The Mulekites did not have a record of their father and did not have scriptures to tell them who they are or where they come from. And thus we see that they did live in the land for the space of many years without knowing of their fathers and their fathers and so on. They did not have freedom, which is knowing who you are and knowing where you are going. “Freedom is knowing who you are and once you know that, the rest can straighten out itself; if you really know who you are.” (Pam Flinders in “Saturday's Warrior”). Starting at the 6:40 mark in the video.

            “I say unto you, my sons, were it not for these things, which have been kept and preserved by the hand of God, that we might read and understand of his mysteries, and have his commandments always before our eyes, that even our fathers would have dwindled in unbelief, and we should have been like unto our brethren, the Lamanites, who know nothing concerning these things, or even do not believe them when they are taught them, because of the traditions of their fathers, which are not correct. O my sons, I would that ye should remember that these sayings are true, and also that these records are true. And behold, also the plates of Nephi, which contain the records and the sayings of our fathers from the time they left Jerusalem until now, and they are true; and we can know of their surety because we have them before our eyes.” Mosiah 1:5-6). 

            I have seen that when I do not read the scriptures that I start to dwindle in unbelief. I start to have a hard time seeing the things of God and to see things the way that He sees them, and that I start to forget who I really am, which is I am a son of God. I can also add to that when I forget to read my patriarchal blessing, I forget my meaning in this life and I start to also dwindle in unbelief, because I forget who I am and where the Lord wants me to be and where He wants me to go in my life. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Opportunities to Do Good

            In the Mormon Message video Opportunities to Good, the little girl Annie needed a liver transplant. The people in her neighborhood and in her ward helped her and her family get through the hard times. She was able to get the transplant and is doing fine today. I know that the Lord was mindful of her and that she had I work to do in this life and that it was her and her family and those who helped her family to know and to learn about true and real service. People helped in ways that was over the top and helped the family to know that they were being loved by them and the Lord. 

I am thinking of when I was little and I had the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck and it caused brain damage before I was born. It is called delayed neurological syndrome or Neurodevelopment disorder. In a narrower use of the term, it is a disorder of brain function that affects emotions, learning ability, self control and which unfolds as the individual grows. It was so bad that I was having seizures as a baby, and was not able to control my body.  I had to have braces on legs and had to learn how to walk and to do most things that kids today would be able to with easy. I was able to have people help my Mom and Dad from the church and I think my Mom or Dad said that I had a blessing to where I would be able to have the help I needed and to be as normal as possible. 

Today I only have dyslexia and some memory loss. My mom told me that most kids with this disorder to not make it and it if they do, they are not able to live a normal live. I was able to get the help I need because by Dad was in the Army and they were able to bring in doctors who were able to help me with over coming this disorder. It toke a lot of time away from my Dad’s job to be able to help me and I know that my mom learned a lot from me having this a child, so much so that she became a nurse and is working with cancer patients at the University of South Florida and with the Moffitt Cancer Center. 

I am thankful that there are people that are willing to help people in time of need. I am thankful that people hold the priesthood and can give blessings and that the Lord is mindful of His children. It is my hope and my prayer that we will serve our follow man, not just in times of need, but every day and for us to look for ways in which we can serve. I serve when every I can and I am always looking for people that need help and I do my best to help them make them feel that God is mindful of them and is watching out for them. I know that God saved that little girl Annie for a reason and that he saved me for a reason. It is my hope and prayer that we can all be saved for a reason and the we can help save others if and when that time comes and a call is placed for all to come and help.