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Shoulders Wet With Tears

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I really can’t explain it but it happened.  In 2002 my mother passed away and I thought I was handling her loss very well.  Then, one Sunday, a few weeks after my mother died, a fellow church member came up to me and gave condolences regarding my loss.  I felt tears start to swell in my eyes as I thanked him for his kindness.  Then, the flood gates opened up and I started to sob.  I mean sob right there in the middle of the chapel with all sorts of people in close proximity. As my tears flowed this kind man put his arms around me and when he did I laid my head on his shoulder and sobbed till I had nothing left. I was so embarrassed.  Yet, there I was, crying uncontrollably while being held in the arms by this good brother. He never pushed me away nor did he make me feel uncomfortable about my behavior.  In fact, I will say that it felt, at that moment, as though the Savior himself was holding me in his arms.  I have never forgotten the love and concern I felt from this man.

I have not seen this good brother for many years, as we both have since moved from the area.  But just this past summer I happened to see him at our old church building. We were both visiting. I went over to him and we hugged and caught up on each others lives. I mentioned to him about this experience. He remembered. I told him how special that experience was to me.  He humbly brushed it off as nothing.

Great are the words of an ancient prophet:

“…he said unto them: Behold…as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life— Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord…” (Mosiah 18)

What a wonderful and beautiful blessing it is to have brothers and sisters of the church who are willing to bear our burdens, and who mourn with us while trying to comfort us in our darkest hours. That is the true essence of Christianity; the pure love of him who we worship.

I have had many experiences with members of Christ’s church who, like this good brother, are willing to share my burdens and offer words of encouragement when I have needed them.  My hope is that I am found to have the same, ‘pure love of Christ,’ so that when others darkest hours descend upon  them, I might also be there for them.

When the day comes and the Lord asks us if we are our brothers keepers, may we be able to say, “Why yes, we are. ” And we will know where our brothers are, because our shoulders will still be wet from their tears.

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Knowing You Are A Child Of God Is A Powerful Anti-Depressant!

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There are hundreds of fables and stories, some true, some not, of individuals that, upon discovering their royal heritage, make a miraculous turn about when it comes to their characteristics and the manner in which they carry themselves. They, of course, are the same person as before, but they view themselves differently then they have in the past. Their self-respect increases and they start to live a life that is fitting for one of noble birth.

Being told that one’s heritage descends from ‘pond scum’ is not a thought that would ennoble anyone to excel. Knowing you are a son or daughter of God is a powerful anti-depressant that promotes the best in an individual and in how he views the world and his surroundings.

If we are to believe the Bible, from the beginning, our heritage is certain.

‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27), which is later confirmed by Paul in his teachings of the Romans. He wrote, enforcing the concept taught by the Savior:
‘The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Romans 8:16)

We are of royal heritage! For this reason sent Jesus the Christ, his disciples unto the world with the good news. It is news that, if understood properly, elevates the soul and lifts the spirits to heights that are beyond our wildest dreams.

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When Seeing, Hearing and Speaking Evil Is Called Good!

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We live in an age where all around us good is being called evil, and evil is now portrayed as good. Hold fast to any moral principle and sooner or later you will be called intolerant, judgmental, mean, unchristian,  a bigot, or some terms better left unwritten. I wonder what Lucifer and his followers called the obedient followers of the Father in the pre-existence? Sheep, Stepford children, uninformed! After all, Lucifer was the good guy. He was going to save everyone! What a wonderful thing, saving everyone! Of course, you must pledge allegiance to him and give up your agency! But hey, small price for being saved he told us. The Father offered his own plan of salvation and we rejoiced in following it.

Perhaps you recall some words written by John the Revelator. He wrote:

“And there was a war in heaven…and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation…and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” (Revelation 12:7,9-10)

Note that Satan was the “accuser of our brethren.” What was Satan accusing Christ and his followers of?  I don’t know for sure. But I do know that it seems today that if you scream that “evil” is good, long and loud enough,  some people begin to believe it. When I was a boy it was just common sense and knowledge that viewing and participating in something pornographic was not good.  The inherent nature of it screams out that in all its forms pornography is destructive to families and to individuals. No one pretended otherwise.  It was there, but it was not celebrated as a good thing. Today, if you listen to many, they not only promote it, but somehow those that speak against it are not tolerant or informed. In fact you are oft-times labeled to be a self-righteous person. By repeating that “evil” is good forcefully and loudly,  some are deceived into believing that something that is blatantly bad, is acceptable.  It is an old trick from the pre-existence. We know from the scriptures that a full third of the kingdom of God bought into Satan’s deceptive concepts.

We live in dangerous times. Let us be careful that we do not fall into the trap of seeing “evil” as “good”. It is easy to do when all  around us are the clamoring accusations of the masses that you do not have the right to impose “your” morals.  Well then, just whose morals should be imposed? Because having no moral code is a moral code!  Mocking sacred things has become an art and those that do it are called: progressives, innovators,  and talented artists. While those who take a stand for Christian values are berated as intolerant and uninformed. If we are not careful, we might fall for the same trick used so effectively in the pre-existence by Satan and his minions.

“We need the Spirit to be discerning for experience shows us that all that claims it is good, is not good. Things done in the name of tolerance may result in the most wicked kind of trampling of the freedom of others. The misled may call things unreasonable that come directly from the source of all light, truth and wisdom”. (“How Evil Poses As Good”, Proctor, Meridian).

“Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” is a great maxim for living our life. But symbolically  it can also be used to represent “turning a blind eye” to the commandments of the Lord by never seeing, hearing, or believing anything can be spoken or done that is evil. By so doing we are putting our spiritual safety in jeopardy.  Jesus Christ was very loving towards sinners. But he was never a lover of sin. He came into this world to save us from our sins. If there isn’t any such thing as sin, why did he come? His mission in life was to preach and teach repentance from sin.

May we live our lives so that we can not only “discern” the good from the evil, but that we can have the courage to stand up and say so! Let us not fall prey to those who present evil as good.

 

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He Was Buried In The Most Expensive Casket The Morgue Offered

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There once was a wise man who taught those that were with him that a man’s true worth was not measured in ‘net!’ He mentioned to them about a rich friend of his who had much success in the business world. He had become a millionaire. This friend told him that he thought within himself, “I haven’t earned enough. How can I become a multi-millionaire so that I can retire young and enjoy the good life.” He then spent all his time in pursuit of building his ‘empire’ at the expense of all other things in his life. Finally the day arrived when he felt he had earned enough to retire and enjoy the rest of his life in leisure. A big retirement party was held and all seemed well. Unfortunately, shortly after his early retirement at the age of forty, he was involved in a tragic auto accident which resulted in his death. He was buried in the most expensive casket the morgue offered.

“And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, beat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

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