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
“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
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.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Bark River is a small town east of Escanaba about 10 miles. There is a fever that happens around this time of year as Sir Knights and Ladies trek above the Mackinac Bridge to Support Templary in our fair peninsula. It is known as the Bark river tour, and the culmination is the Bark River 1313 gathering on Saturday evening. We love our Sir Knights from around the state and enjoy their company as we rebuild Templary with new living stones for the future. Today Lake Superior Commandery saw 3 new Sir Knights vow to uphold the care of Widows an Orphans and the Christian Religion. In short, to recommit to their savior Jesus Christ. Also in the Asylum were tender hearts as news of dear ones who are struggling with health and preparing to return to our spiritual home came in. My mind drifted to the many babies that we welcome into this harsh world, coming from the Presence of a Loving Heavenly Father. If only we could have those same feelings about the return trip. It's love. We love them so much, we don't want to be without them. It is up to us to comfort and support each other when we are left here to struggle through those empty feelings. We look to God for comfort and peace.
"Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish his day.
For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease."
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Is it enough to just read the Word of God, or do we have to Study it out in our minds. Pray about what we have read and understand it to be the will of the Father.
Men in all ages have been in God's favor because they "opened their minds" to understanding the revealed word of God. Take time today to not simply read, but study the words out in your mind. Let the lessons of the ages distill into your soul.
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
And it came to pass that peace and the love of God was restored again among the people; and they searched the scriptures, and hearkened no more to the words of this wicked man.
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
I've hear many times, rules were made to be broken. Not so. Rules are made to protect us from ourselves and others. I just received a text that US-2 in the Upper Peninsula is Temporarily closed. There has been a major accident. A Detour has been established. Have you ever counted the number of broken rules while driving? Speeding, Texting, distracted driving of any sort, not stopping at Red lights, stop signs, not yielding, oh and here's a big one, passing on the right side when a car is turning left in front of you. The list goes on. I wonder how many rules were broken to precipitate this accident. Who's life will be cut short because they believe the rules are for others? Let's recommit to living by the rules, taking time to be careful and courteous of others. you will arrive safe, and it will only be a few minutes later. It may be our own life or that of our loved ones that is spared. I read with interest when people ignored the Laws of God, and he turned his wrath upon the people. Is that really what it takes for us to be a righteous people? How do you explain to your fishing buddies that you just spent three days inside a fish because your walk with God is suffering? It didn't work too well for Jonah. Let's communicate with God daily, so we find favor with him, and he is pleased with us.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
The power of the Sabbath day is to experience in church and at home the delight, the joy, and the warmth of feeling the Spirit of the Lord without any kind of distraction.
Too many allow themselves to almost live online with their smart devices—screens illuminating their faces day and night and earbuds in their ears blocking out the still, small voice of the Spirit. If we do not find time to unplug, we may miss opportunities to hear the voice of Him who said, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Now, there is nothing wrong with taking advantage of the advances in the technologies inspired by the Lord, but we must be wise in their use. Remember the gift of the Sabbath day.