Thursday, November 15, 2018

Our family mourns

Our first lady Diane of Grand Commandery has lost her mom today. 

Our hearts are tender when our Heavenly Father calls one of his children home. We loved her, knew her and will miss her dearly. Let us pause to feel the tender mercies of our Creator, knowing he is watching over us as we adjust and live our lives without her presence.

Father bless the Phelps family with your divine care.

Cards should be sent to:

Diane & Shawn Bashore
1634 Daley Rd
Lapeer MI 48446-8671

Saturday, November 10, 2018

What are you?

During the Halloween day frenzy, I listened to the children, running to and fro, saying the exact same thing. "What are you?" For some it was obvious, a witch, a soldier, but for many, it was not sure what they were. Of course we knew they were children, some had changed gender assumption through costuming, yet the question rang true. What are you?

In a world fraught with evil intentions, gender uncertainly, the increase in acceptance of negative or immoral behavior, we find ourselves being questioned. What are you?

Are you a Christian? Are you? What proof have you that you are? Your clothes? Your Church attendance? Your bumper sticker? Your Service to others?

Do people look at you and have to ask, What are you?  Let us all be guilty of being Christian, with enough evidence to convict us.  Let's not disguise who we are, and make others wonder the Question.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Listen, then listen some more.

As Jesus departed from Jericho, two blind men cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord. …
“And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?
“They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.
“So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him” (Matthew 20:30, 32–34).
What can we learn from how the Savior listened?
Perhaps even more important than speaking is listening. … If we listen with love, we won’t need to wonder what to say. It will be given to us—by the Spirit.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Love one to another

When the Savior knew His earthly ministry was coming to a close, He did not leave a long list of administrative steps for His followers. He left them with a simple commandment “that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:34–35)
We all need to feel the warm hand of friendship and hear the firm declaration of faith. May we labor side by side with the Lord of the vineyard, giving the God and Father of us all a helping hand with His staggering task of answering prayers, providing comfort, drying tears, and strengthening feeble knees. If we will do that, we will be more like the true disciples of Christ we are meant to be.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Eat Your Vegetables !

I am reminded of our mothers’ counsel: “Eat your vegetables; it will do you good.” Our mothers are right, and in the context of steadfastness in the faith, “eating your vegetables” is to pray constantly, to feast on the scriptures daily, to serve and worship in the Church, to worthily take the sacrament each week, to love your neighbor, and to take up your cross in obedience to God each day.
Always remember the promise of good things to come, both now and hereafter, for those who are firm and steadfast in the faith of Christ. Remember “eternal life, and the joy of the saints.” “O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love; for ye may, if your minds are firm, forever.”

Friday, October 5, 2018

Will ye also go away ?

“Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
“And we believe and are sure that thou are that Christ, the Son of the living God” (John 6:67–69).
“Let me say to you, that many of you will see the time when you will have all the trouble, trial and persecution that you can stand, and plenty of opportunities to show that you are true to God and his work. … To meet the difficulties that are coming, it will be necessary for you to have a knowledge of the truth of this work for yourselves. … If you have not got the testimony, live right and call upon the Lord and cease not till you obtain it. If you do not you will not stand.
“… The time will come when no man nor woman will be able to endure on borrowed light. Each will have to be guided by the light within himself. If you do not have it, how can you stand?”

Whatever you do, do not leave the Savior! Because of His Atonement, we are agents, free to act and not to be acted upon. Each of us will stand before Almighty God and account for the light and truth we have chosen.
I promise you that if you will follow these principles and cling to truth, your faith will never fail. May God bless you to always choose to look through the lens of truth by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

End of the Season. Count on it.

Summer has come to an end, Fall has arrived. This week was unusually warm, but we all knew the cool weather was just around the corner. Just like the seasons, we have a faith in, and a hope for eternal life. As we move through the several seasons of our lives, we too experience the several changes that are inherent in this mortality. Strength of Youth,  Knowledge and Industry of middle age, and reflection on a well spent life as we graciously move toward old age.  The divine plan for us is a blueprint that we only need to look around us to understand. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter. Birth, Youth, Age and Death. But is Winter or Death the end. No, it is only a season before all things that have appeared to have ceased, are reborn. Trees come to life, lawns take on new green, and we look to immortality as our Hope. Jesus Christ has showed us the path leading to Eternal life. Learn of the path, understand his sacrifice for us.