Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Great Outdoors

Sunset over Dickey Lake, MT
September 19, 2010
   One of the things that my family did every summer was to take at least one family vacation. You can make it an awesome vacation for a decent price when you go to the great outdoors. So we did that quite a bit. Sometimes we would take four wheelers to the Colorado mountains or sometimes we would go on a river trip on the Gila River in New Mexico. It led me to love the outdoors. Now I've been in Montana for about a year and the saying that Montana is "the last best place" does have some merit. I spent 6 months on the west side and now I'm going on 6 months out in the east side and each has its own beauty. I love to look around and see the amazing things that God has created. I know that none of these things were created by sheer chance.

On top of Mt Antero, Colorado -14,276 feet

    In the Book of Mormon there is the account of Korihor and Alma. Korihor went around teaching that there is no God, no penalty for sin, and no Christ. Alma on the other hand is a spiritual giant. At one point he was ruler over his people but he stepped down so he could focus on his ministry and teach his people about God and the Savior. Korihor went to Alma and at one point demanded a sign from God. He said "If thou wilt show me a sign that I may be convinced that there is a God, yea, show unto me that he hath power and then will I be convinced of the truth of they words." Alma's reply is great, he said "Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God? Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." Alma 30:43-44 So basically Alma told him that we do have physical proof that God exists. That proof is the world, everything on it, its motion, and all the other planets. To see it you just have to open your eyes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

    Lets rewind a few years to September 23, 1995. The current President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was President Gordon B. Hinckley. He gave an address at the General Relief Society Meeting which is held every 6 months. In that he read an article which is called The Family: A Proclamation to the World. If you want to read the whole article click here.
The Seattle Washington temple
    One section of it says "the divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally."
    One of the truths restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith is that marriage doesn't have to be "til death do you part." Marriages performed in the temple are for "all time and eternity." Through the power of the Priesthood, which is the authority to act in God's name, families can be sealed together. Meaning death isn't the end. But those relationships are for eternity

Saturday, April 9, 2011

O Grave Where is thy Victory?

    Whenever I hear about someone that I know passes away I immediately have a sinking feeling because I will miss that person. I remember that moment almost a year ago that I said bye to my family knowing that I wouldn't see them for two years. That was not easy. Saying goodbye for the rest of mortality truly is harder.
    I am so grateful for the knowledge that death isn't the end. The knowledge that we will be able to reunite when the time comes is the only way I can get through times when someones mortal journey is over.

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15 : 55-57)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Happy Days

    Well I'm just going to throw it out there: I do not like the cold. It's actually one of my least favorite things. So how is it working out being a missionary in Montana in the middle of winter if you don't like cold? Actually it's not too bad and I survived my first winter.
And at least this didn't happen!
    Back in February there were a couple days that seemed almost unbearable. No matter how many layers I had on I was still freezing. I have found that the only difference between 0 degrees and -20 is how fast you start to lose feeling in your hands and face. It was right around that time that somebody gave me some good advice. I had heard this countless times in many ways but I'm sure the cold made my brain slow down too. He reminded me to look for the good things in whatever situation I'm in. It took some time to get the negative thoughts out but then the good ones started rolling. Shoot at least I'm not in Siberia or something and the people here do speak english... To an extent. Haha just kidding.
    That's the way life goes though. Recently I read an article by President Uchtdorf about looking for the good in things. You can read it here. You can find what you want to find. If you want to angry, you can. But truly if you want to be happy you can be. It just takes some effort.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Prophet Joseph

    Joseph Smith was born on December 23, 1805. His life and the things he did have affected millions of people's lives including mine. This video tells his story.  

    There are many people who don't believe in his divine role as a prophet. But I can tell you that he actually did what he said he did. He was called by God to restore the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. He restored the church which Christ set up during his earthly ministry nearly 2,000 years ago that fell after Christ died. He did not merely make up the Book of Mormon, but indeed, he did translate the record by the power of God.
    The only way you can know this is by turning to the ultimate source of truth: God.
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. -James 1:5
This is the way that I came to know the truth about whether or not Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God. I kneeled down and prayed. If it worked for me, then it can work for you.
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