Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thank Heaven for Moms

AKK! So I just realized I never published this "Tribute to Mothers" post on Mother's Day weekend. Super tacky, for which I apologize. But I know many people are thankful for their mothers year round, and women love being appreciated spontaneously, so I figure and hope that this will be read and that mothers will feel special and others can be edified.

My companion and I had a unique opportunity the other day.

 We went to go visit this mother and daughter who we had not been able to get a hold of in a few months. Every time we did go things seemed to be quite perfect, the house in good order and were doing well leaning on each other. We loved to be around them and their good spirit and were excited for an opportunity to visit again.

Upon our arrival, we came upon a very different scene. The house was in slight disarray and the mother and daughter were somewhat in distress. We asked how they had been and if they were okay.

The mother opened up to us and asked us sincerely how we had gained such a good relationship with our mothers, how our mothers earned our respect and so on. We were so touched and for two different reasons. First, that they would open up to us so sincerely with something so personal but also something so special and important. And second that we could both say that our mothers were among our closest friends who we respect and love.

We had also been in similar situations where that relationship had its struggles and so we were able to help.

We both expressed that before our mom was our friend she was our mom. In small ways we were able to summarize what our mothers meant to us and briefly share experiences how our mothers greatly influenced where we are today.

I love  what Elder Ballard stated in the April 2010 General Conference:

"A mother-daughter relationship is where a daughter learns how to nurture by being nurtured. She is loved. She is taught and experiences firsthand what it feels like to have someone care about her enough to correct her while continuing to encourage and believe in her at the same time."
I am so THANKFUL for moms!!

My mom is my best friend and  I'd love to show you a picture, but  alas, she is allusive to the camera.  She has been my best friend, and though she has braved and endured many trials, whenever there was a sincere need, she was always there. And a big thing i never realized or appreciated till we were seeking to help this wonderful mother is what a huge sacrifice it was to her to have to follow through and play the bad guy. Looking back it was definitely harder on her than on me and I am so grateful for that and the many other sacrifices she made to help me learn, grow, and succeed.

We ended that meeting talking about the gospel and eternal families. We testified how the Restored Gospel of  Jesus Christ reveals to us truths concerning the eternal nature of the family. We assured them that for the labor of love we share now, we can enjoy the blessings of those relationships for eternity.
  I know that no good effort of my mother was ever wasted, for which I am so grateful.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

To Thirst No More

It is warming up here in the South States. Our Mission President's Wife is telling all of us to be sure to be hydrated for the oncoming summer.
   My companion and I purchased our water bottles today, we had been running around all afternoon  and by the time we got home is was SOO THIRSTY!

  In the Holy Bible as well as the Book of Mormon it talks alot about thirst.

In Amos 8:11-12  it talks about a famine;

11 ¶Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a afamine of bread, nor a bthirst for water, but of hearing the cwords of the Lord:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall arun to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.

God foretold of a time where the human soul would thirst and hunger from the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We seek for the well of water that springs up into everlasting life, that nourishes and fills what nothing else can satisfy.
John  4:14
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

And yet still today there is famine and thirst of the soul.

God also made a promise those lost in famine and honest seekers of truth.
Isaiah 41:17
17 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them

I know that promise is real. Just as I can run into my apartment and fill my water bottle to overflowing; I am able to partake of the Fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How grateful I am that God knows the needs of the souls of whom He created. That after Christ left the earth and the Apostles with Him, in 1820 God had heard the cried of the righteous of His Protestant children and restored  His Gospel.

One of my biggest challenges is helping those wonderful friends of other faiths see that what they had historically fought for and seek today has been brought back.
  Our invitation to the world, or the ladel of eternal water we offer to our thirsting brothers and sisters is the Book of Mormon. Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

  I invite the world to sample for themselves and taste and see if it fills the soul to overflowing.

A Book of Mormon Porphet states in Alma 32:42;
42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.
I hope you all have a great week and stay HYDRATED! physically and spiritually

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Are Mormons Christian?

So I had a great friend message me on Facebook that was bothered by all of the negative posts and comments she was seeing about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints, also known as "Mormons."
This is about the 3rd time lately that I have heard a comment from someone on facebook that is blatantly anti Mormon, to the point of saying they worship a false god. I have never heard this. I know many Mormons and they serve the same God we do, just in a different way. Please tell me what this animosity is against them. I'm absolutely not trying to start an argument. I'm truly curious to hear the answer and learn what others believe.

She then shared the explanations and responses of here say that has been known to circulate the web.

And to those of you who may be sincerely wondering I thought I would lend my response.

 "Are Mormons Christians?"

   I would like explain there is only one way to really know.
  Go to the Source. It is a great way to ensure you get credible information.

And a more direct source than that would be to Pray and ask. i think too often we as Christians forget that on our journey of faith we are to ask questions in prayer. In Matthew 21;21-22

 21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have afaith, and bdoubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this cmountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
 22 And all athings, whatsoever ye shall bask in cprayer, believing, ye shall receive.

That is a promise from God. If we ask, He will answer. If we truly have faith in Christ, we need not be afraid to ask God "are Mormons Christians" "is what they teach true?" Has Christ really restored His church on the earth today the same as he has anciently?" "Is the Book of Mormon True?" "Is Joseph Smith thy Prophet?"

I know God will answer these questions. He has done so for me and millions of others. If we are sincere seekers of truth, shall we not rely on the source of all truth?

In James chapter one verses five and six it reads;

 aIf any of you lack bwisdom, let him ask of God, that cgiveth to all men liberally, and dupbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
 But let him aask in bfaith, nothing cwavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

The pattern of prayer and asking in faith has been a pattern in my life that has only brought greater joy and happiness on multiple questions I have faced in life. This scripture promotes faith and not fear. And as Christians we know it is by faith that we are lead.