Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
I know it will be!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
came to a fork and wondered which way.
Both paths leading to a different location,
but which one would be the right destination?
Scratching their heads, speculating which trail they dare.
They decided to kneel down and offer a prayer.
Simple but fervent their words were sincere,
as they spoke out their questions for God to hear.
"Which way to go? And what path is best?
which should we trust to lead to your rest?
Is the right one correct or be the left one right?
Lead us please God, for you've optimum sight.
As a missionary I have met travelers similar to these many times. They are often stuck at the fork in the road, screwed and confused with which direction to go. They way for them to go is through Jesus
As the scriptures teach in Alma 38:9
And now, my son, I have told you this that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn of me that there is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ. Behold, he is the life and the light of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness.
And Helaman 5:9
O remember, remember, my sons, the words which king Benjamin spake unto his people; yea, remember that there is no other way nor means whereby man can be saved, only through theatoning blood of Jesus Christ, who shall come; yea, remember that he cometh to redeem the world.
There is on other way then through the Savoir Jesus Christ, and He has named that way as BAPTISM.
Baptism is what we participate in order to truly follow the Savior Jesus Christ who is the Son of God.
I am so blessed because I have the opportunity to invite everyone and anyone who hasn't been baptized by the proper priesthood authority to be baptized.
I have seen countless lives changed as they have met us at that fork, chosen to be baptized and had their lives altered completely for better. Better in the sense that they have felt peace, happiness, joy, comfort, gained understand and come to better understand their relationship with God and His plan for them.
I am grateful also for the cleansing power that Baptism provides! It wipes away any and every sin. Alma 7
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
It is called, Foot prints in the Sand. By Mary Stevenson.
Essentially this poem talks about how Christ is always with us step by step, trial by trial and that He carries us when we are unable to go any further.
That His footprints mirror ours; following us, ready to catch, lift and encourage.
I agree that Christ is there, ready and waiting to help us and save us. However, recently a scripture I found has cause me to consider these foot prints differently.
1 Peter 2:21
".... Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps."
As I face trial in my life and think of the hard things that I have gone through I so quickly forget that I am not the only one who has suffered and struggled.
Christ was agonized with affliction much much greater then any I would even imagine to be burdened with. He fought for me through the darkest night and willingly gave His life for mine to exist. What then should I be willing to do for Him?
Thursday, August 7, 2014
This phrase is,
GOD IS GOOD.
We say this on a daily basis! For example, whenever something we enjoy happens, like when we meet someone who needed us in that moment we met them or when we find a close parking spot or even when our favorite hymn is the one chosen to sing at a meeting. We often say God is good. Many individuals may have the same thought toward God in moments such as these.
However the thought has popped into my mind what do I say when things don't turn out how I would like?
I must admit there have been times when things haven't gone my way and I forget to remember that God is good.
I think it is safe to say that most everyone has done this before. However this past weekend I made a friend at the Nationals baseball game that shared with Sister Smith and I her thoughts on the statement God is good.
Her name is Barbrea. She is an usher that points you to your seat. Sister Smith and I were headed to our seats and said Hi to her. As we started up the stairs she said to us, "God is good!" Our answer was 'Yes He IS!'
She shook her head at our answer and said, "Now Sisters let me teach you something about when someone says God is good!" She then went on to tell us that after someone says that phrase you agree but also add, "ALL THE TIME. He isn't good some of the time or most of the time, but all the time!"
We loved this because it is so true! Now thanks to my new friend I will think that every single time I hear that phrase.
It is said perfectly in Psalms 73:1 Truly God good to Israel, to such as are of a clean heart.
Those, like Barbrea, who have a clean heart recognize the goodness of God so easily. It is my hope and desire that everyone can recognize Gods greatness!
So today check your heart and look for something that shows that God is good and them remember that he is good all the time!
Friday, July 18, 2014
Whether a best friend, a parent, a sibling, significant other, whomever it may be there is someone that we trust and tell.
As a missionary I have talked to lots of people! Some speak english, some spanish and some speak languages I have never even heard before. Though I speak to so many people there is one individual I love to speak to the most, that is Heavenly Father.
Before my mission I found this quote that I love!
"Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it?"
Ether 2:14 And it came to pass at the end of four years that the Lord came again unto the brother of Jared, and stood in a cloud and talked with him. And for the space of three hours did the Lord talk with the brother of Jared, and chastened him because he remembered not to call upon the name of the Lord.
He wants us to talk with Him. He wants us to tell Him about the things in our lives.
I know that He listens and that He loves us. He promises in 2 Ne 32:9
But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.
I know that prayer changes lives and blesses us! Talk with Heavenly Father. I invite you to talk with Him about something you don't usually tell Him. Have a great day and don't for get to pray! ;)
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
One thing that they are really good at is focusing on whatever it is they want. When I played with them, at home before my mission, I would hold their toy up above their heads and they would watch it so intently until they decided the time was right to jump. When I would offer them a treat they relentlessly watched me until I gave them what they desired. Whenever a different dog or unusual subject was outside our house they would watch it from the window. Constantly focused and ready for whatever happened next.
Focusing has never been a strong point for me.
When I was younger and learning how to read, I really struggled. I had such a difficult time focusing and staying on task. One day my mom came home with a little rock with the word FOCUS engraved into it. She told me that this rock would be a reminder to stay focused on my school work and anything else.
I loved that rock and held onto it tight hoping that the rock really would help me.
After many years I have learned to Focus more and more but I am not perfect at it.
Even now as a missionary I am still working on it. :)
It is a constant effort on my part to focus, but I am getting there. Besides focusing on things in general it is most important to focus on things spiritually. I recently thought of an acronym for the word FOCUS that I have decided to implement in my life.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
It had taken over most of the flower bed where it had been planted and it was growing rather very strong. I thought that this plant must be really healthy and good to be growing so well and the home owner must really be glad to have a successful plant in their yard.
However as I looked closer at the plant I noticed something.
There were thorns and spikes on the steams of this plants.
I looked even closer and noticed
that even the leaves had spikes!!
What kind of a plant is this!? If you fell in it or lost something with inside it you wouldn't be able to retreive it or get out of the bush without getting scratched and poked!
Feeling deceived by this flower bed ruler I took thought on the experience as we went to our next person to visit.
Later on I found these scripture reference in Matthew 24 that relate to this situation.
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
I know that in order to be not deceived is to strenghten your foundation on Christ day by day.
Through prayer, scripture study and going to church we see and hear truth and reality. He speaks to us through these tools. He does not lie as Ether 3:12 teaches us.
12 And he answered: Yea, Lord, I know that thou speakest the truth, for thou art a God of truth, and canst not lie.
Follow Christ. Remember Him. He will lead you. He will not deceive you! Do not fall for the decieving things in this world.
My invitation to you.......... RELY ON CHRIST!