Friday, May 27, 2011

Will You Be Prepared?

     Whenever I hear the phrase "Be Prepared" several things go through my mind. Many memories of my seven years in Boy Scouts go through my mind. Like the time we went on an overnight backpacking trip and planned to sleep under the stars... It hailed on us. Needless to say I learned alot about being prepared in scouts. Something else that comes to mind is that song from The Lion King. If you've seen the movie you probably know the one that I'm talking about. Another thing that comes to mind though is the parable of the ten virgins:
    Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 25:1-13 KJV)
    Recently there was a lot of talk about judgement day coming. Harold Camping's prophecy was that it would happen on May 21, 2011. Well we're all still here so clearly that was not true. There is another well known prediction that the end of the world is 2012. There was even a movie titled 2012 going off of this idea. Personally, I don't have any inclination towards any of the dates people have put out there for the end to come. Though the Bible is clear in telling us that nobody will know the time when Christ will come again, we do know that it is going to come. As it says in Joshua, we must choose who we will serve today. (Joshua 24:15 KJV) We've got to be prepared for when Christ will come.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Mom

My family
     Well I'm going with a cliche blog today. Being Mother's Day tomorrow I just wanted to talk about my mom. So lets look at some of what my mom has had to deal with because of me. It was never my goal to be a trouble child, in fact to most people I wasn't. But just because you don't cause trouble doesn't mean you won't cause stress to someone that cares about you as much as your mother.
    We can start now and go backwards. Just over a year ago I left on my mission. From the day I got home from BYU to the day I went into the MTC was exactly 2 weeks. Those two weeks were pretty crazy. In the midst of it I got my wisdom teeth pulled, my little brother had his eagle court of honor, I had to get everything put together for my two year mission, and my mom had to prepare to say goodbye to me for those two years. (Some would say that's a blessing to her but she misses me. I know it.) Through it all there was my mom. Being awesome. Was she stressed? It was a crazy time, who wouldn't be? But she didn't let it get her down.
    Lets rewind another little while to high school. I had fun, I thought I was pretty good at the time. But looking back I can see way to many instances of causing my mom grief that didn't need to happen. Like when I got my truck stuck. You can read about that in an earlier blog called Tow Trucks. Through it all she dealt with me.
    I could keep going but I think I've covered my point that mom's are awesome, especially mine. I sure do love her. In the words of Forrest Gump, that's all I have to say about that.

Friday, May 6, 2011

A Fight for Right.

    So even though I don't watch the news while I'm on my mission, I've still been updated on world news through everybody we see. That means Sunday night I heard about the death of Osama Bin Laden. It has prompted me to write my thoughts on war.
    The Book of Mormon is one of my favorite books. If you are sincere about it you can learn so much from it. One of the many things I have learned from it has been a basis for my thoughts on war. I won't be giving my opinion on the multiple conflicts around the world today but this is just what I have learned about war in general. If you have read the Book of Mormon then you know that it contains several accounts about war. The most concentrated account about it is found in the book of Alma chapter 43. Captain Moroni is a central character in this segment of the book.
    Chapter 46 is the chapter that I want to start with. Amalickiah is described as a "large and strong man." The Nephite people were governed by a group of judges, but Amalickiah wanted to overthrow the government and become king.  And now it came to pass that when Moroni, who was the chief commander of the armies of the Nephites, had heard of these dissensions, he was angry with Amalickiah. And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it— In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole. (Alma 46:11-12)
    This is what is known as the "Title of Liberty." Moroni then took it to all the people and encouraged them to fight for the things he had written on the title of liberty. With Moroni, I believe we should fight for God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Stop Signs and Traffic Lights.

”stop    One thing I have noticed since being on my mission is the uncontrolled intersections. In every town I have been there is at least one uncontrolled intersection. Two roads crossing without any stop signs, stop lights, or even yield signs. I'm sure they are all over the world but I just haven't noticed them until now. It may be because I'm new at it but I do not like those roads. Though annoying to some people, the stop signs and all the other laws are to keep us safe. 
    Just how we have traffic laws to keep us safe while we are on the road, we have the commandments from God that keep us spiritually safe. As an outsider looking in they may look like a hindrance, just as somebody viewing a kite flying, may say that the string is keeping the kite from flying higher. But as the kite without the string will inevitably fall, people who don't follow the commandments will fall as well.
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