Friday, February 4, 2011

Stepping In; Living Worthy; Like Jesse.



I want everyone to know how great it is to have a brother-in-law like Jesse Johnson! Jesse, I can't tell you enough how grateful I am that you live your life in a manner that you could be called on at anytime to give a priesthood blessing. When I heard of Dustin and Erika's baby(Rylan) being born with complications, and had to be sent to the NICU, my heart melted. I had just gotten through talking with Dustin before he stepped onto the plane to come home from Afghanistan. I received a call from my sister Tracee and she said that Rylan was doing worse. I stopped what I was doing immediately and prayed for him. I was hoping that someone could go to the hospital and give him a blessing when I heard that Jesse was on his way to do it.


Jesse has come to the rescue many times for my family. I do not live in Las Vegas anymore; I live in Bellingham, Washington. Every time something goes wrong in my family I think to myself--I wish I lived there so I could help!!! Then I call around to see what is happening and I try to brainstorm what can be done, then I hear, "Jesse took care of that" from one of my siblings.

It is one thing to step in and help when called upon, but to live worthy to use the priesthood is another. Jesse has his faults though, like: losing to me in every sport imaginable, getting whooped by me in checkers, and so on, and so forth, and in anything in which you might imagine two people going head to head and yet Jesse will lose once again to muah! Just kidding, but seriously.

Anyways, Jesse is an example to my family in what it means to be steady and consistent in the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is one of the most admirable traits that anyone could have. I am grateful that he married my sister Cathy. I hope that someday I might be able to pay him back for all of the blessings he brings to my family.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Quitting sin "cold turkey"!

Have you ever wondered what separates a prophet like Moses or say Thomas S. Monson from you? I have thought of this a lot! When you feel the Spirit and are convicted that you should do something do you do it? When you know the commandments, but choose to not follow a commandment or two because of rationalization or some other reason, do you feel it was truly worth it? I often think of the Savior, even when I am choosing to do something I shouldn't, and am reminded again and again that it is not worth it afterwords. So, why do I choose to continue in my sins? When do I truly have the repentant heart of King Lamoni's Father in which I would give all of my sins to draw closer to God?

Have you ever met or knew a smoker that quit smoking after many years and one day stops "cold turkey"? What is it that drives them to one day quit? Is it because they had a reality check with their health? Maybe they were inspired by something or someone? Whatever the reason may be the conclusion that I have come to is that the rewards of quitting, outweighed the rewards of continuing to smoke! Why didn't they just stop slowly by just smoking less until they felt they could do it? This is the idea that inspired this post.

Prophets are great because when they know they should do something or not, they follow what is right! When they are convicted of the truth of the gospel and of every true principle they choose to follow it! The great prophet Alma the younger comes to mind. He led a life of sin, but from the time he was convicted of the truth of the gospel he never turned back! He lived a life of obedience and service. When he was commanded of God to do something he would do it! He knew of the bitter life that comes from rejecting God's commands. Nephi, in the Book of Helaman chapter 10, recieved a commandment of God to preach unto all his people to repent, and Nephi did not stop until "...he had declared it (God's word) unto them all..."(Hel. 10:11-17). Saul, who became Paul in the New Testament, immediately turned away from his sins when he was convicted of the truth, and became one of the most zealous missionaries for the Lord!

A modern day example to me of someone who displayed this kind of integrity is that of my late Grandma Ruth Loveland. I did not know her well because she died when I was five, but those that were close to her tell me that before she obtained a testimony of the gospel she smoked frequently. When she received a testimony of the restored gospel she quit right then and there. She felt that the rewards of obedience greatly outweighed those rewards that her cigarettes could give her. This causes me to reflect on where my convictions really are on a daily basis. I know we are not perfect and we all make mistakes, but that doesn't mean that we can't choose daily to start over because of the atonement of Jesus Christ! His power to save is unmatched! His love and mercy is eternal!

I feel like Alma when he says, "O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!"(Alma 29:1). This is the closest to that that I feel any person in any day and age is going to get to speaking with the "trump of God" then what we have now with the convenience of the internet.

This is my 'two cents' on what it means to quit sin "cold turkey"! I hope one day that I may have the strength to also do what my Grandma Ruth did with my own weaknesses!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Yeah I know, no new posts........

I have discovered that I am a lazy blogger. I can't even post once a month! What a slacker! I enjoy reading other LDS blogs such as Mormanity and others so much that I don't have the time for this one right now....

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Is the LDS Church really true?

Here is a crazy thing to ask. Is the Church true? We all say it when we bear our testimony. But do we really believe it? Sometimes I hear members complaining of different callings or about bishops etc etc. Would we be doing this if we believed the Church to be true? Maybe, maybe not. Or are we simply going through the motions of being members of Christ's Church here on earth?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Just Plain Silly

While perusing my favorite Church and/or religious related blogs I stumble upon some things, and I wonder, "Aren't these points people are trying to make the same?". You following me? Ok so blogger #1 says, "I think this" and #2 says, "I think that". But most of the time they are the same thing. Sometimes we get stuck on semantics.

Another thing.....Lets get past our own pride and try to look a little further. We all have our own beliefs. But some of us have issues respecting others and need to learn how to respect other beliefs and just be nice. hint hint You know who you are, stop trying to be coy....

Sunday, September 16, 2007

What are they thinking?

I was on my favorite blog for the past few weeks "discussing" different viewpoints with someone regarding "Mormon Idolatry". This individual swears up and down that LDS folks worship Moroni because he has a spot on most of our temples. I had some answers to his questions as well did others on the blog but he did not read them very well, or chose not to. He would keep on condemning and would break out with scripture that was off topic or was the same thing he mentioned before while not addressing the answers given to him. While I do not want to start discussing this topic of idolatry I do wonder why he did not address what we had given to him as answers to his charge of idolatry. Reminded me of some anti's that once you had answered a question they would attack with another.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Ever learning; never learning.

I served a mission in Minnesota for the LDS church, and while serving there, I taught a lady who was being bombarded by anti-mormon literature, videos, and every other thing imaginable to combat the Mormon church. I met with her for six months teaching her about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and during that course I dealt with all of her literature, questions and even a time or two her pastor's from other church's. Eventually she felt AND recognized the Spirit and was shortly baptized. I bring this up because the pastor's that I dealt with read and studied the bible so much that I could not understand why they wouldn't believe in the history of the church with angels visiting and restoring keys of the gospel along with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ themselves visiting the prophet Joseph Smith. That was always one of their most bitter complaints about our church is living prophets. I thought that surely someone with an open mind and anxious to learn more of God would not be closed minded to further revelation and guidance from God. It reminded me of 2Timothy chapter 3 verse 7: "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." Most of these pastor's have gone to college to learn about the gospel, but they don't really believe the most simple aspects of the gospel like revelation to prophets and apostles. Hasn't God always communed with man through living representatives in any dispensation of time? When has there been a time before or after Jesus that there wasn't revelation given through one of his representatives until the dark ages when the spirit ceased to strive with man because of his own turning away from God? That is something that I have always contemplated.

My question is: What closes the door of the restored gospel to a person who dedicates so much time to scripture study and learning of God and his dealings with man?