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Reading My Father’s Scriptures


I picked up my father’s scriptures and gently thumbed through the pages.  He is gone and I saw them sitting on the shelf.

There was his name in faded, gold, capital letters on both books.  One, the Bible, King James version (my favorite too).  The other, the triple combination of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.  Together these are the scriptures I have learned since my youth, studied as I grew, and loved all my life.

There are some bookmarks in them.  A card with the Old Testament chronology on it, several small pink slips of paper with scriptures and page numbers written on them in green or red ink – 3 Nephi 18:19-20 443, D&C 1:30 pg 3, D&C 88:14, 15, 16 166, and Moses 3:17 [no page number] – and a white slip, Moroni 10:32 531.

I notice a couple small paper clips on select pages, one holds a slip of paper with the generations from Adam to “Methusela oldest man” written in pencil for a lesson he taught sometime in his life.

Searching a little further I see scripture passages underlined, often in red, sometimes in green [funny, I use red, and blue 🙂 ], and sections where there is a red X at the beginning of a passage and then a / at the end, i.e. D&C 9:3-14 “Be patient, my son, for it is wisdom in me…you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.”

As I see the little markings throughout the scriptures, I can almost picture him studying a lesson that he will be teaching, marking a passage he heard in a class, or underlining a verse that touched his soul as he studied the scriptures on his own or with my mother.  It warms my heart to read these passages and feel the love and power of God come through to me also as I read them once more, this time realizing that they had special meaning to my father.

I find myself pondering not only on these things that were obviously important to my father, but contemplating also other things that were important to him as evidenced by the way things were left when he passed away, particularly in the garage where things were cleaned off (though now a bit dusty) before being put into the section where they belonged, painting, gardening, electrical, hand tools, power tools, the old radio we always stored in the basement, etc.

And I can’t help but wonder if everything was exactly as he wanted it, or if, like me, some things are simply where they were put down “for now”.  What will people think they know about me by the state of my possessions when I pass on?

Think I’ll go through some of them right now…

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Don’t Deny Yourself God’s Blessings!


A Quadruple Combination of the (scriptures) of...

A Quadruple Combination of the (scriptures) of – contains the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price, all bound together. Ricardo630 07:45, 15 April 2006 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

The other day I was on my way to work and got thinking about my life and what things I should change.

 

As I contemplated, and then prayed about it, I began to realize that because I am complacent about where I am in life right now, moving along with the flow of life, reacting to what comes my way but not planning in advance much, there may be some things I am missing out on.

 

I definitely have many wonderful blessings in my life.  I try to be a good person and do what is right.  I live a thankful life, rejoicing in God‘s blessings and seeking to share with others.  My deeply held spiritual and religious beliefs have brought me much joy in life, comfort and peace during trying times, and strength to keep trying even when I don’t always understand the reasons for why things happen the way they do.

 

When we keep a law, we reap the reward for keeping that law:

 

“There is a alaw, irrevocably decreed in bheaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all cblessings are predicated—And when we obtain any ablessing from God, it is bybobedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”  Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21.

 

The wonderful thing about this rule is that if you want a certain blessing, you obey the law it is connected to and you will have that blessing!  The interesting thing about it is that if you don’t obey the law, you will not be able to have that blessing.  The scriptures are replete with God’s laws and the blessings that come from obeying them.  They include stories and examples of people who follow the rules and reap the blessings, and with people who trust in their own desires and reap the consequences of those actions.  And we get to choose which path we will follow.

 

Back to my musings.  It occurred to me that because of my complacency I could well be missing out on some additional blessings Father in Heaven has in store for me.  I perhaps need to prepare myself in order to move forward in my life, further along the path He has waiting for me as soon as I am ready for it.  That is a very intriguing, somewhat exciting, and even a bit unnerving thought.

 

Yet, knowing that Heavenly Father always wants what is best for us, it is something I want to think more and pray more about, and discern what I need to change, or to do, to be ready for that next step in my life.  I wouldn’t want to deny myself any of God’s blessings.  I know He has amazing things in store for all of us!  🙂

 

 

 

The Greatness of God


Smith's later theology described Jesus and God...

Smith’s later theology described Jesus and God the Father as two distinct physical beings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Do you know God?

 

I do.  And the wonderful thing is that you can too!

 

If you find yourself doubting what I say, then I invite you to take a moment and look inside yourself and you will be able to feel His presence.  There is a scripture, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:10)

 

This is your Father in Heaven’s sweet promise to come to know Him and feel His love for you.  Experiment on His words and see what happens.  Let your desire to know if this is true work within you:

 

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Luke 11:9).  Humble yourself and pray, talk to God.  Not a memorized “prayer”, not even The Lord’s Prayer.  Simply talk with God, speak to your loving Father in Heaven as you would with your best friend.

 

Thank Him for your blessings, the things in your life that you are grateful for.  And ask for His help and guidance with the things that trouble you or that you are unsure about.  Ask Him if He is real.  Tell Him that you need Him in your life, but that you are not sure He is there or that He loves His children, or whatever your deepest thoughts and desires are.  Properly you then close, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

 

Then be still.  See what thoughts and feelings come into your mind and heart.  You can feel that He is real.  “Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.” (Doctrine and Covenants 8:2)

 

I testify that God is real.  He lives.  He is our Father.  He is closer to you than you realize.  He waits to bless you more than ever before.  Trust Him and follow the promptings you receive and you will come to know for yourself of the greatness of God!

 

 

 

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Sickle or Combine?


Two Missionaries of .

Two Missionaries of . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Talk about excitement!

 

It started with my Jan. 22, 2013 post entitled, “Moment of Fame”.  Thanks to the Recommendations section of WordPress, I was led to a Denver Post article about the Mormons entitled, “LDS Scholars: Mormon Moment could expand into cultural shift”.  Cultural shift caught my eye, as well as, “Mormonism will be the first- or second-largest religion in America by 2106”.  Wow!  That’s pretty exciting!

 

Then I heard about someone who said that with all our resources these days, the scripture, “For behold the afield is white already to bharvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in cstore that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;”  (Doctrine & Covenants 4:4) is now more like using a combine (a harvesting machine) than a sickle.  WoW!  That’s even more exciting!!

 

And then I heard the Lord had prepared a great many people within an area to hear the gospel message.  WOW!  It is almost overwhelming!!!

 

But not in a bad way.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important thing in my life.  And to think that others will be able to have that same blessing in their lives fills my soul with great joy and happiness.  It is what God’s plan for His children is all about.

 

We are not here by accident.  We are not left alone to try to figure out what life is all about.

 

Our loving Father in Heaven prepared a specific plan for His children to grow and progress.  And then He sent His Son to show us the way and to prepare the way back to God.  He also provided prophets who received His words and shared them with us.

 

So, whether by using a sickle, or a combine, we are living in the greatest period in the history of the world.  We get to participate in sharing the knowledge of God’s Plan of Happiness, His Plan of Salvation, with as many as we can.

 

And that is exciting!