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25 Days of Christ – Day 18


You’ve seen me talk about God and Christ, almost interchangeably.  Why is that?  Are they one person?  Is it 2 different names for the same person?  What’s going on with that?

In John 17:20-23 Christ was praying to God, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”

They are separate people, but they are united in purpose:

“The Church [of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]’s first article of faith states, ‘We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.’  These three beings make up the Godhead. They preside over this world and all other creations of our Father in Heaven.

The Mormon view of the members of the Godhead corresponds in a number of ways with the views of others in the Christian world, but with significant differences. Latter-day Saints pray to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. They acknowledge the Father as the ultimate object of their worship, the Son as Lord and Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit as the messenger and revealer of the Father and the Son. But where Latter-day Saints differ from other Christian religions is in their belief that God and Jesus Christ are glorified, physical beings and that each member of the Godhead is a separate being.

“The true doctrine of the Godhead was lost in the apostasy that followed the Savior’s mortal ministry and the deaths of His Apostles. This doctrine began to be restored when 14-year-old Joseph Smith received his First Vision (see Joseph Smith—History 1:17).   From the Prophet’s account of the First Vision and from his other teachings, we know that the members of the Godhead are three separate beings. The Father and the Son have tangible bodies of flesh and bones, and the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit (see D&C 130:22).

“Although the members of the Godhead are distinct beings with distinct roles, they are one in purpose and doctrine. They are perfectly united in bringing to pass Heavenly Father’s divine plan of salvation.” https://www.lds.org/topics/godhead?lang=eng.

Further, Acts 7:55-56 explains that Stephen also saw them as separate personages: “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.”

And one last testimony given by the ancient prophet, Mormon, in the Book of Mormon: “Know ye that ye must come to the knowledge of your fathers, and repent of all your sins and iniquities, and believe in Jesus Christ, that he is the Son of God, and that he was slain by the Jews, and by the power of the Father he hath risen again, whereby he hath gained the victory over the grave; and also in him is the sting of death swallowed up.  And he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead, whereby man must be raised to stand before his judgment-seat.  And he hath brought to pass the redemption of the world, whereby he that is found guiltless before him at the judgment day hath it given unto him to dwell in the presence of God in his kingdom, to sing ceaseless praises with the choirs above, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are one God, in a state of happiness which hath no end.” Mormon 7:5-7.

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Primary Is Fun!


 

 

 

 

 

I have to admit, when the Primary chorister announced that the children were going to sing solos today in Primary, I was worried.

 

He explained further that each child would pick the song they wanted to sing and that their teacher would sing with them!

 

I wondered how it would turn out.  These kids range in age from 3-12.  I am the pianist.

 

We began with the Junior Primary (ages 3-8).  He picked the oldest class first.  The young lady chose “A Child’s Prayer” (an ambitious song with 2 parts and 3 verses).  The kids love this song (as do the adults).  It was the closing song in the Primary Program we did in Sacrament meeting a few weeks ago.  This song always brings the Spirit of God to those who hear it.  🙂

 

She went up to the front of the room along with her teacher.  His wife happened to also be there, so she joined them.  And a young man from the class just younger than them said he would also sing with them!  So the girls sang the child’s part of the song, and the guys sang the adult’s part of the song.  They did all 3 verses.  It was wonderful!  How special.

 

Next came a young man who chose “Snowman”, an activity song that includes stretching up and then getting as small as you can.  His teacher and he did all the actions!  It was fun to watch the adult participating in this simple, little song.  What fun!

 

The next child chose “Popcorn”, another activity song, but not as extreme as the last one.  Again, the teacher did all the actions.  It was great!  The kids loved it!

 

The youngest class went up together.  They chose “Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam“.  This song is also done with some actions.  The kids were so cute singing a little and participating with the actions!

 

There were some kids who had not yet sung.  Oh, I forgot to mention that the chorister had brought some candy along to give everyone who participated.  So all the kids ended up getting up there and singing.

 

Then, the chorister asked the Primary Presidency to come up.  The Primary President, her 2 Counselors, and their Secretary all went up there.  They chose “Heavenly Father Loves Me”.  These 4 women did a wonderful job and the children loved it!  What great sports!

 

In the Senior Primary the oldest class went up first.  They chose “I Am a Child of God“.  There were 3 boys, 1 girl, and their teacher.  They sang the first verse.  The chorister said, “And the next verse!”  So they did.  Then he said, “Do the third verse including the descant!”  The older girls in Primary had learned the descant a few months ago, and had sung it during the Primary Program too.  But there were several girls at that time.  Now there was only 1.  But they sang it and she did a marvelous job!

 

The next class went up and chose “Called To Serve”.  This was all guys and during the chorus the chorister went over and joined them for the 2nd verse.  It was inspirational!

 

The youngest class chose “A Child’s Prayer” (it is a favorite of all of us).  The teacher sang with the only boy in that group, and the girls sang the child’s part.  Again, they did an excellent, beautiful job!

 

And lastly, the chorister asked the Presidency to come back up.  He also asked them to pick a different song than they’d done the last time.  They chose “Mary’s Lullaby”.  Once again, they did such a nice job.  And the kids really enjoyed it.

 

Boy, Primary is fun!  🙂

 

 

 

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!  🙂

 

 

 

Bump In The Road


Road to Denali - Mountains - Alaska

Road to Denali – Mountains – Alaska (Photo credit: blmiers2)

 

Here I was, just a couple weeks or so ago, “bragging” (not really, but I guess you could call it that) about how comfortable our marriage is.  And then – I almost hate to admit it –

 

A bump in the road!

 

Beloved hubby was upset with me the other day.

 

It took me a bit by surprise.  I didn’t expect such a strong reaction.

 

He was genuinely displeased with me.  My reaction?

 

First the “natural man” (as it says in the scriptures) reaction flew into my mind.  Defense!  “Why should he be upset with me!  I didn’t do anything.  He has no right to feel that way.”

 

Then Heavenly Father lovingly interjects.  “Just a minute now.  He is hurt and you’re not going to help anything with that attitude.”

 

“But,” I argue, “He shouldn’t try to make me feel bad.  Besides, he should calm down and apologize for what he said.  Now I feel hurt and upset.”

 

In the conversation that ensued, between myself and God, I was reminded that I know how I should react, and, fight it though I did, I knew what I should do.  I also know that there are times that I should swallow my pride, set aside my own interests, humble myself, and go talk to the man I love (even if at the moment I’m not feeling that loving).  Because, if I do nothing, or return ill feelings for ill feelings, not only will we not move forward, but things will get worse.  And I don’t want that.

 

Therefore, I sought out Beloved hubby, and said, “Hi.”

 

“Hi,” he replied.

 

“I didn’t mean to make you feel that way,” I said.  “Well, I do,” he stated.  Again, my hackles came up.  Stop it!  “I am sorry,” I said slowly.  “It was not my intention to hurt you.”

 

And thus began a dialog that helped begin the healing process.  It did not heal everything right away.  But the process was started.

 

24 hours later, though I still felt a bit reserved, we were no longer feeling at odds with each other, and had calmed down considerably.  Comfort was beginning to return.  We talked some more.  I still had to hold my “natural man” tendencies back just a little, “No, I’m not going to allow myself to overreact, or to withdraw into myself and away from him,” I told myself, and Father in Heaven.  “That wouldn’t be right either.”

 

So, we’re pretty well back to the comfortable stage.  And this little bump in the road is pretty well behind us.  It was a bit rough for a while there.  But, it’s not what you go through but how you handle it that really counts.  I am so very thankful for the gospel and the Church in my life, to help me know how to deal with life’s problems and not let them simply run away with me.

 

 

 

 

 

Primary Program


Last Sunday was the Primary program in sacrament meeting.

That is one of,  if not the best program of the entire year!  It is where the Primary children, ages 3-12, sing songs they’ve been learning all year, and every one of them has a line or 2 (or more for the older ones) to speak in front of the congregation.  They talk about the things they have learned throughout the year.

You find yourself totally delighted and amazed at the young ones climbing up on a little stool to reach the pulpit and yell, whisper, or refuse to give their 5-word line.  You giggle, coo, or just smile.

Then as you watch the older children show their skills you are again delighted and amazed at their abilities.  They give a 2-minute talk, they might even sing a solo, play an instrument, or even lead the music!

And, of course, the program is about their Heavenly Father, about following Jesus Christ, and about how they are “a child of God“.  It is guaranteed to be a spiritual feast.

And Sunday, as they finished their program, sang the song, “A Child’s Prayer” (with yours truly at the piano!), and waited reverently while the closing prayer was said, everyone in the room could feel the Spirit of God.  As we left the pulpit to go to the Primary room, I told them (children and teachers alike) that they did a wonderful job!  And moving through the church to the Primary room, I agreed with young and old alike that the children did a wonderful job.

As I played the prelude in Primary, the room was filled with a dull roar.  Not that any of the children were misbehaving or anything, they were just all very excited with what they had just experienced and sharing their thoughts and feelings with each other.  It really was fun to behold and to be a part of.

After several minutes they finally calmed down.  We let them choose their favorite songs to sing during Singing Time.  And for Sharing Time where they usually will have a small activity/lesson, they watched animated stories of Jesus on TV and had popcorn and water for a snack.

A beautiful ending to a perfect day!  🙂

 

Women’s Conference – Did You Catch It?


English: Thomas S. Monson. Photo by Brian Tibb...

English: Thomas S. Monson. Photo by Brian Tibbets (tibbets.org) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday was the women’s conference!  The General Relief Society meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Did you catch it?

I almost didn’t.  Well, almost didn’t get to the church to watch.  So I would have watched it at home on http://www.lds.org.  After waking up at 5:00am and not being able to go back to sleep, I had plenty of time to write about it.  You would think I also had plenty of time to prepare to go.

Well, luckily I got there with a few minutes to spare.  And to catch a quick bite to eat too.

The meeting was wonderful!  The choir was made up of the sister (lady) missionaries from the training center.  They looked so wonderful in their colorful blouses and dark skirts.  And they weren’t all the young 19-21 year olds.  I saw a few older women who are also now serving missions for the church.  They sounded beautiful!  The music is always a bonus at conferences.  And, they were all very nicely dressed, entirely appropriate.  You’ll never look at a sister missionary and have to ask if what she’s wearing is appropriate.  They are excellent examples of true womanhood and femininity.

The three members of the Relief Society General Presidency, Linda K. Burton, Carole M. Stephens, and Linda S. Reeves spoke.  Their messages were inspirational and enlightening!  They spoke about the importance of making and keeping covenants.  A covenant is a 2-way promise we make with Heavenly Father through the ordinances of the church.  We make certain promises, and He promises certain blessings in return.

They pointed out that as we reach out to others in love, or in concern, we are keeping the covenants we have made.  And we can teach our children that as they follow the feelings of their hearts and look to help their family or friends, especially during times of need, they are keeping the covenants they make when they are baptized at the age of 8.

Our beloved Prophet and President of the church, Thomas S. Monson, was the final speaker.  He has such great love for the sisters of the church throughout the world!  He appreciates the good that we do, our devotion, and our strength.  He spoke of his wife, who passed away a few months ago.  He misses her terribly.  “My beloved companion, my dearest friend” he called her.  Can you think of more tender feelings a man can have for his wife?  🙂  He also said it is impossible to calculate the good that has come because of the Relief Society organization.

He said we all have struggles, and sometimes fear replaces faith.  At these times remember prayer.  We were not placed here to walk alone.  God has assured us that He will be there to help us if we but ask.  Trust Him to know best how, when, where, and why to answer your prayers.  Pray and calmly wait.  And prayer is not just for times of need.  Pray always.

Also study the scriptures.  They contain the way to eternal perfection.   You will find answers to your questions in them.  You will gain a sure testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father loves you.  That love never changes, not by your appearance, your possessions, how much money you have in the bank, your talents or abilities.  It is always there.  We do not ever walk alone.  One day you will look over your life and discover that during all the difficult times He was still there.  He prays that we will always be blessed with every good gift.

What a wonderful man he is!  And how wonderful to have a living prophet of God on the earth today.

It was a wonderful and inspirational meeting!  You can see it any time you want by going to http://www.lds.org/broadcasts/archive/general-relief-society-meeting/2013/09?cid=HPTH091213087&lang=eng (or just to http://www.lds.org and search for General Relief Society and find a list of all of them).

And let me know what you think about it!  🙂

And by the way, this next weekend is the semi-annual General Conference of the Church!  Four 2-hour sessions over 2 days filled with inspiration and hope!  Watch the same ways that the women’s conference was available!

Women’s Conference Today!!


Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA....

Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Taken by myself with a Canon 10D and 17-40mm f/4 L lens. This is a 3 segment panorama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Behold, I am Jesus Christ...

Behold, I am Jesus Christ… (Photo credit: was_bedeutet_jemanden)

 

 

 

 

Today I give you a promise.

 

I promise you that when you participate in the General Relief Society meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tonight, you will be filled with joy and rejoicing.  You will feel the Spirit of God and receive inspiration from Him to help you in your life.

 

Go with a prayer in your heart and a question in your mind.  Be open to receiving inspiration from your kind, loving Father in Heaven to answer that question.  Be prepared to seek to know what His will is for you in your life, how you can become all that He would have you become.  You are His child!  That gives you all the good attributes and characteristics you could hope for.  Look for the ones that you can develop at this time of your life, and how to do so.

 

As you do this you will find new avenues opening up to you.  You will receive greater gifts and knowledge that you have ever had before.  Things will become more clear to you.  You will begin to understand your relationship to your Father in Heaven, and you will love Him more.  You will be strengthened to overcome the problems and trials in your life.  The path through them will become more readily visible.

 

The little annoyances in life will start to dissipate.  You’ll find yourself feeling happier and more hopeful, despite the circumstances around you!  This will surprise you.  But the feeling of peace will pervade your existence and you will find yourself more drawn to your loving Heavenly Father.

 

You will desire to keep these feelings alive in you always.  You can have that!  God has given us many resources to enrich our lives.  We can come to know Him better as we pray to Him by talking to Him as we would to our best friend.  He is always near and anxious to hear from us.  He is the “Great Parent of the universe” and stands ready to help and guide us in our lives!

 

He has given us a living prophet to guide and direct us today.  He has provided His word through sacred scripture, the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.  All contain His words and bring us closer to Him and give us answers in our lives as we study, ponder, and pray about the things we read in them.

 

He has given us His church so that we can be organized in helping and serving others.  Through the organization of the church we have the principles and ordinances we need to know why we are here, where we came from, what our relationship with God and each other is, where we are going after this life, and to tie ourselves and our families together forever and return to Him who created us and live with Him for all Eternity.

 

All from watching women’s conference.  Ask and ye shall receive!  🙂