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I want to give you a challenge. Ready?

I am here challenging you, each of you, to drive into the Book of Mormon. If you have never read the scriptures, start today. If you have read them once or a thousand times, now’s an excellent opportunity to read it again. You will receive more insight and inspiration than you did before.

The second part of this challenge is that while you read, to highlight all the references to Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice. You will be surprised at the numerous times this wonderful book talks about them.

The challenge beginnings now, as soon as you are finished reading this post. It ends on the first weekend of October.

I testify that if you will challenge yourself to read the Book of Mormon, you will be happier and will find more peace and joy in your life. Storms may rage but you will remain firm. Of this I testify, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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The Gospel Will Lift Us

The Gospel Will Lift Us

Many think of the commandments given to men by God as restrictions. Rules that hinder our free will, but if we really look at them they do just the opposite.
Because I keep the commandments, I not addicted to harmful substances that destroy my health and shorten my life.
Because I keep the commandments, I am not in jail for stealing or murder. I can walk freely down the street, greeting police friendly and I am not afraid of them, but know they are there to protect me.
Because I keep the commandments, I have a good relationship with my parents and speak many things openly with them and trust their opinions and advice.
Because I keep the commandments, I am sexual pure and do not have to worry about STDs.
Because I keep the commandments, my friends know they can trust me and I have their respect.
Because I keep the commandments, I know that God is my loving Father in Heaven. He cares for me daily and loves me more than I imagine.
Because I keep the commandments, I am happy and know where I can turn for peace and comfort.
I love The Gospel of Jesus Christ! And I love His commandments!

Remember the Meaning of Easter

I love Easter! And not because there’s chocolate. Though that is fun too.

I love the life of my Savior Jesus Christ and what he did for me and you so long ago. He loves us so much, and He gave his life so we could make ours better. There are so many things I have to be grateful to Him for. The list is too long to name, but I will say I am grateful for the chance to realize I have done wrong and to improve myself and make my life better than it ever could have been. 

I hope that at this time of year your thoughts are turned to the Savior, because it is because of Him, that all things are possible.

Below is a link to a video about what I have been speaking about. It gave me chills the first time I saw it. Take a look, and see what there is to be grateful for #BecauseofHim.

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So… What is a Mormon Temple? And why do we have them?

I once heard someone who thought they were castles, which I thought somewhat funny. But in a way, I suppose they are castles, because they are God’s house, and He is the King of the earth.

Having grown up in the church all my life, I was taught about the sacredness of the temple. Some wonder, and others are even offended at the idea that people are not of the Mormon faith are not allowed to go into the temple after it has been dedicated. Well, it isn’t because we are trying to be rude, and it isn’t because we have something to hide, because we truly don’t. But the work that is done in the temple is sacred.

You would not give a toddler a 24k diamond, because you know he would not understand how special it is. He would sooner flush it down the toilet than really take care of it. The same can be said of the sacredness of God’s holy temple.

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In the temple, we make eternal promises with our Heavenly Father, and we receive blessings in the temple. It can’t be described what those blessings are, simply because it is difficult to explain in a way all would understand and appreciate. The understanding required comes only through the Spirit of God. When you are teachable and you have learned to recognize the voice of the Spirit, then you will be ready to enter into our Father’s house.

You can gain the ability to recognize the Spirit as you listen to the missionaries and as you make sacrifices, willing to submit to God’s will for you, by keeping His commandments. As you make promises with God through baptism, your heart will be open to hear His voice. Then and only then, will you be ready to come to the Temple and understand a portion of what it has to offer.

So in a sense, we invite all to come and enter into the temple, but only when they are truly spiritually prepared. There are many members of the Mormon Church who are not yet spiritually prepared, and until they are, they cannot enter the temple. I, myself, could not enter the temple until I was ready.

We invite all the come unto Christ, then partake of the blessings of the temple, but just as you would not place the average five year a college level class, each and every person must take the necessary steps to go to the temple.

As I had before, we receive blessings in the temple, not just for ourselves but for our ancestors as well. Through the temple, all generations of the Earth shall be blessed. We are married not just until ‘death do us part’, but for time and all eternity, and we are promised to be with our families forever.

Now I’ve heard some say that they believe that our temples are too ‘gody’. To that I say, well… why not?

It is the house of ‘God’, isn’t it? Shouldn’t we give Him the best? Just as He asks the best of each of us, shouldn’t we give our King the best we can offer? Ask yourself. Would you rather present your God with a castle or a small hut? If it is the best you can give, He will accept either with pleasure. But if you can build Him a castle, then why would you only give Him your meager effort?

I daily strive to give my very best to Him. I often fall short, but through His atoning sacrifice I am able to dust myself off and try again. I invite all who read these words to do the same. Build your life on the foundation that is Christ Jesus, and He will direct you for good. And when you enter into His holy temple, you will be ready to receive all He has promised you. 

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Mormon Temples

Setting Your Sights

Setting Your Sights

Every year around this time, people make New Year’s resolutions, but most don’t keep them. So… What’s the point in setting the goal in the first place?
I’ll tell you.
Goals are essentially hopes that want you to make actions. So if you don’t set goals, what does that tell you about your own thought concerning the future?
Even if you do not end up completely the desired goal, if you have hard your hardest and improved yourself even slightly. If you are doing a little bit better than before, than you are succeeding.
Success cannot be measured by comparing yourself to the world around you. Try as you might, there is probably always going to be someone better than you. But when you compare where you are at to where you were, that is when success is found. And that is all our Father in Heaven asks of us.
He knows how great we can be, and that is what He wants for us. He wants us to continually improving ourselves, little by little. And with His help, we can do it. As we a line our views to His, and set daily goals to improve ourselves, then we truly succeed.

Happy Holidays!

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This time of year is a special time for the Christian World. The birth of our beloved Savior swells our hearts and brings us great joy.
It brings ‘peace on Earth’ and ‘good will to men’ when we focus on Christ. So why is there so much enmity toward each other? Why do we fight?
The Religious and Secular Worlds compete so often. We are told to say “Happy Holidays!” as not to offended anyone. And why not?
After all, wasn’t the birth of the Christ child a ‘holy’ ‘day’. Don’t we sing “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night. Holy Night…”
Then why shouldn’t we say ‘Happy Holidays!’ For Christmas is just that. Additionally, New Year’s is about new beginnings. About changing for the better. In a word, Repentance. Which is what Christ taught us that we must do.
So the next time you say “Happy Holidays”, I hope you mean it. Remember that Christ was born so that He could be our perfect example and teach us to repent and become like Him.
Merry Christmas! I hope your day is full of gladness and remembrance.
Happy New Year! May we all become better and correct our mistakes and shortcomings.
Happy Holidays! May you remember why you celebrate and recommit yourself to follow Christ.