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“This War of Words”

“This War of Words”

“In the midst of this war of words and tumult of opinions, I often said to myself: What is to be done? Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? If any one of them be right, which is it, and how shall I know it?” (Joseph Smith – History 1:10)

This is what Joseph Smith experienced back in the early 1800s. Sounds a lot like what our world is like today. We live in a world that is continually fighting for our attention. We are being pulling in different directions all the time by different voices but which voice is leading us the right way?

I use to think that I just had to figure it out on my own. I would just do what my friends did and what the world said I should do. That’s how I lived my life. I guess you could say that my life was “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness.” (Ephesians 4:14) I was caught up in the world.

For a while I was content with that. I was just fine going the way I was going but something changed. It relates every well with the experience of Joseph Smith.

“While I was laboring under the extreme difficulties caused by the contests of these parties…. I was one day reading the Epistle of James, first chapter and fifth verse, which reads: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (Joseph Smith – History 1:11)

How amazing is that! We can ask for the wisdom of God!

“It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God, I did; for how to act I did not know… At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God. I at length came to the determination to “ask of God”.” (Joseph Smith – History 1:12-13)

Joseph Smith was given the wisdom he desired. After asking God myself I no longer am in “darkness and confusion”. I asked if the experience Joseph Smith had is true and by the power of the Holy Ghost I can now say that I do know that it is true.

Read his story and ask God yourself. I testify that you can and will receive an answer “if [you] shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Moroni 10:4)

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Because of Him

Because of Him

The course of everything has changed. The world has changed. Man has changed. I have changed. Why? What could possibly bring this about? What could be the cause of all of this? It is “Because of Him“. The Savior, Jesus Christ, has changed, and still is changing, the way that everything was, is, and will be. There is something you must know though. This is for everyone, but it is just for you! You as an individual. This was for mankind, but Christ came for you!

 

What has changed in your life “Because of Him“?

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Every Sunday

5 days ago was amazing. I was sitting in church listening to a talk being given by a member of the ward (members of the congregation are assigned to give talks a few weeks in before) and I thought to myself, “Wow, this is really nice. I’m really happy here.” That’s a very strange thing for me to say. When I was younger I was not a fan of church. Not even in the slightest. I would go because I had to. There were many times in which I would make excuses to get out of going. You can ask my parents if you don’t believe me.

It’s now to the point where I love going to church! I honestly do. Going there brings me so very much peace. All week I’m running around do this and that. I’m stressing out all of the time and never actually get any time to rest. However, on Sunday I get to go to church. I get to relax, focus and rest. I can’t even imagine my life not going there.

By going there I have been so very blessed. When I rebelled and decided that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wasn’t for me, church attendance was the first thing to go. I started to work and that made it so I had to miss church. It was really easy to do so. I figured that I wasn’t missing anything. Wow, I was totally wrong! During that time I figured life was good. Nothing bad happened. I just went about doing my own little thing on Sunday. Over time I noticed that something was missing. It was like a hole in my life. I pushed it aside for a long time. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Not for me, it stayed in the back of my mind. When Sunday came along church just popped into my mind.

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Jesus Christ said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.” (John 14:27)

For me, I wasn’t punished for not going. I didn’t have huge trials hit me (well at least from what I can remember). I do know, however, that I missed out on blessings. I missed out on this promise that the Savior had promised. Now I can’t even stand the thought of not going to church. I know that that is where we need to be. I need to be there to partake of the sacrament (the bread and water), I need that peace, I need to be there with my brothers and sisters.

So come and see, see what God has for you in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You’ll see right on our sign in the front that “Visitors Welcome”. Find a chapel near you and come worship with us. Find a chapel near you and worship with us. I promise you that you can and will feel the same peace and happiness that I find every Sunday. And I do mean every Sunday.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Look to the Light

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Jesus Christ is the Light. Look to Him and you will be lead out of the darkness. I know this to be true. I was once in the dark but now I live in His light.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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A Broken Pedal

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A few days ago I had been biking around with an Elder. It had been raining for most of the day and there was a good amount of rain on the ground. While we were out and about his bike pedal broke off! Fortunately he had been expecting this. He suddenly produced a spare pedal and a wrench from his bag and went to work. “Awesome! This will be an easy fix.” I thought. It didn’t turn out to be that way.

Pedals have two major parts, first the actual pedal that you rest your foot on, and second, the peg it sits on. The pedal broke off and the peg was all that was left. He tugged, twisted, hit, smacked, braced it, did everything he could think of, but nothing got that peg to even budge. It was not going to come out. Well after a good while we decided that if we wanted to get it off our best bet was to go home and get some good tools.

So we packed up our things and got moving. We came up with a brilliant plan to get home. We jammed the pedal back on the peg and just try to use it to get home. For the first 5 minutes it worked out great! We made some good head way.

Then we came across and puddle on the side walk, and this puddle was actually a small lake. It was a couple inches deep and was about 5 feet across. Well being the smart ones we are, we slow down and just cruse across thinking that nothing will happen.

Suddenly I hear behind me a crash, a splash and a very mad Elder. While riding across the “lake” he had hit a bump, lost the pedal, went over his handlebars, and fell face first into the water and mud. It was quite the sight to see.

After confirming he was not badly injured, and had a few laughs, we decided that we would walk the rest of the way home. Once there we again tried to fix the bike but again had no result. It was eventually decided that it would be best to take it to a bike shop and have them do it instead since they had the right tools and could get it off a lot easier than we could. I swear that thing must have been glued in there!

Well we completed the rest of our night and once we were done with everything I sat and reflected upon this event. I saw a parable of life. Have we all in a sense “broke a pedal”? We had things happen in our loves in where either bad things happen to us or we sin.

We are all traveling and trying to get somewhere in this world. Many times we slip up and do something we shouldn’t or in a sense “break”. It can be a big problem at moments. We can kind of know what we need to do but most of the time we don’t really know quite what to do. We don’t have all the experience we need or we don’t quite have all the tools to fix it. But there is one who has all experience and all the tools. That is Jesus Christ.

We can try and do it ourselves, but without His help, we will end up hitting a bump on the ground and going face first in the dirty water. We will be in worse shape than we were before.

I don’t know about you but I’m pretty tired of being soaking wet and covered in mud. You may be going through a hard time and facing a challenge, possibly you need to repent of some wrong doing, or maybe you just want to be a better person. Through the Atonement of Christ all can be made right. Put aside your pride and turn to the Master and Creator.

So when you have a pedal break, don’t try biking on it. Just get it fixed. It will be the best thing you can do.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Bounce Shot

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When I played lacrosse I was the goalie. My job was to stop the ball going past me into the net. It was quite the task. Often times I would get shots on me ranging from 50-90 mph. I became very familiar will pain and bruises. I loved it though!

I picked up a lot of tricks from playing (7 years of being a goalie will do that to you). I learned that angles are huge. You have to cut off the person shootings angle off as much as you can. You stand in the location and make his job harder. I also learned that working as a team and letting my defense know what needed to be done to get that ball back very key. Another thing I had to learn was to always watch the ball. When it gets shot, if you watch the head if the stick then you can figure out where that ball is going to go. There was only one challenge though. When they shot a bounce shot (when they shoot the ball and it hits the ground) if you are on grass you could be in for a treat!

There are all kinds of bumps on the ground that can send that ball in any direction. One little bump can send it in a completely different angle than it was traveling before. I hated them but I also loved them! It kept me on my toes!

I had to work for hours and hours to get the muscle reflexes down to which I could adjust and still make the save even when it changes. Eventually I got it down in which most of the time I didn’t stress about it very much. I stressed a bit over it but in the end I could do my job pretty well.

I recently realized that I’m still a goalie. That all of these principles that I learned still apply! I get banged up pretty good sometimes too. Recently I just got a bounce shot. My little world got shot at me. It just suddenly came towards me and at the last second it hit the ground and bounced in a direction that I wasn’t expecting.

For a second I didn’t think I was going to make the save this time. I was worried. Thankfully my “training” came into play and I was able to correct myself, get my footing back into place, and get my stick back just in time to get the ball.

I’m very happy to say that I was very happy that I was able to. My training to make these spiritual saves comes from the teachings of Jesus Christ. He is my coach and He helps me learn how to take on those “bounce shots” I get in my life. By reading of His life and teaching in the scriptures, Prophets and Apostles, and of course, through prayer, I’m able to perform how I’m suppose to.

I won’t say that life isn’t easy and that you will never make a mistake. Even the greatest athletes, even with some of the greatest training, they don’t always do everything correctly. Life is hard and we all slip up. I know I make tons of mistakes but with Jesus Christ I don’t have to beat myself up! He will make everything right! I can always be in the game with His help! I have the greatest Coach!

I have learned so very much from the “bounce shots” of life. They have helped me become who I am today! If I have not experienced what I have then I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t be the person that I am. I wouldn’t trade this for anything!! I’m pretty sure that I’ll get another shot here soon and I hope that I will make the adjustment and “make the save”.

All I have to say is, with Christ, that I have all my gear on and I’m ready!

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Who is God?

At one time in my life I was agnostic, I believed that there could be a God or higher power but at the same time I didn’t know. Often times I would hear people about these spiritual experiences they had and I would totally think they were just weird and didn’t know what they were talking about.

There was so many people who would tell me the we have a loving Heavenly Father who cares for about us and knows us each by name. I was completely against that idea. I figured that if there was a God then he was just some scientist that was just having fun creating and destroying things. He didn’t know us. He didn’t care about us. He was experimenting and was just  see what would happen. That is what I thought for a very long time.

I figured that we just go through life, there was no real purpose, then you die and that’s it. Sounds awesome doesn’t it?!? NOPE! My whole idea of life was a pretty bad one. It was depressing! I hated it! The only time I enjoyed it was when I was with my friends that was it.

Well some of you know my story (if you don’t go read my first post and you will know), I came on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At the time I was leaning towards that there was a God but I still didn’t think that he know me or that he cared. That changed very quickly!

I was laying in bed one night after a particular hard day. I was trying to figure everything out and wasn’t having a lot of success. While staring up at the ceiling I felt like I should pray. Well I got down on my knees and I started to pray, really pray. I poured out my whole soul. Afterwards I just knelt there listening and thinking about things.

As I was doing so I experienced one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me. The Holy Ghost spoke to heart and could not deny that God was there. I learned that night God did know me and that He cared about me! He wasn’t just some guy that was up there experimenting. He is there helping us! He is our Father in Heaven! He wants us to be happy in life and to do the best that we can.

I came to know my Heavenly Father through prayer and lots of effort on my part. You can know Him too! You don’t have to wonder like I did “Who is God?” You can know for yourself that He is real and that He is there for you!

It will change your entire life! Christ said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Seek God out and you will find Him.

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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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