Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Jurassic Chastity

    Since the beginning of mankind, God gave people the ability to have children. God also gave a commandment to them to Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth... (Genesis 1:28)
    This opportunity we have been given to bring children into the world is such an awesome privilege but it can't be taken lightly. To quote Uncle Ben "With great power comes great responsibility." Heavenly Father expects us to use that power responsibly and in the proper context: within the bonds of legal marriage between man and woman. When we mess with the power to create life, consequences can be pretty rough. Just ask John Hammond.
    If you don't know who he is, well don't feel too bad. I would actually be surprised if you did. Anyways, he was the guy behind Jurassic Park. The guy who thought it would be cool to mess around and bring some dinosaurs back to life. Remember how that turned out? Well not too well. In the movie a group of scientists decided to try and create their own life. By extracting some dinosaur DNA from ancient mosquitoes they were able to bring the long extinct beasts back. As a roundabout result, several people were killed. I guess you could say, his plans bit back.
    So even if our choices don't lead to dinosaurs eating Samuel L. Jackson, they can have dire consequences of their own. But if we use the powers of procreation as it was meant, at the right time and the right place, the ability to bring new life into the world will bless us beyond our wildest dreams.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Never Trust a Zombie

   So, in the past few years it seems like there has been a big leap in the status of zombies. That's cool with me, a little weird, but still cool. But since I was a young pup, the definition or portrayal of zombies has completely changed. In my boyhood zombies were sluggish, cold, defunct creatures who wondrously were able to rip their selves out from their cold graves to scourge, afflict, ravage and even dine on those who remained living. Also, for various reasons, they were always the same sickly green color and had a very limited vocabulary of "braaaaains."

No matter how pleasant they may be, never trust a zombie
   Nowadays zombies are a little more advanced. instead of a slow, mindless being, scrounging around for some munchies, the zombies today are about as fast as Usain Bolt, as tough as Chuck Norris, as intimidating as John Cena with his hand in his face, and apparently some of them really like turtles... Needless to say, you don't want to hang out with them on any given day.

   These new and improved zombies aren't crawling from their graves trying to find a tasty snack, but instead they are infected with some sort of virus (depending on which movie you're watching) and simply go around sharing the virus and their misery.

   In our lives today we are going up against a spiritual zombie who enjoy nothing more than pulling us down. He is commonly known as Satan. Just like in every zombie movie where there is a group of survivors, we've gotta band together if we have any hope of surviving. An ancient American prophet wrote about this.
And the church did meet together oft, to fast and to pray, and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls. (Moroni 6:5) 
That is why going to church is so important. It is our support group that we can rely on to help us through this spiritual zombie apocalypse we are all living in right now.
   
So we've banded together but now what? Satan's got a pretty large arsenal of weapons at his disposal, but just like Achilles found out, everybody has a weakness. To defeat him, or the real zombies, you have to have the right gear. If you were found in a zombie apocalypse with a super soaker, you'd probably be about as useful as pet rock. But what kind of weapons does God give us to defend ourselves spiritually? We can refer to the Bible for this one.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) 
Without the "word of God" we are about as safe as a turkey at thanksgiving. It is the only weapon we could equip ourselves with that would give us any hope of survival. As well as being the only defense, it is also the only cure if Satan has gotten a bite of you. The word of God can change us, and if we use it, it will change us.
   As well as having the right weapons, the only chance of survival anybody has is to band together, otherwise they would soon be overrun and be zombies themselves. That is the same for us to stay safe spiritually.




Thursday, January 12, 2012

Warning Signs

One of the many tsunami markers
    I was in Miles City, Montana when that huge earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. I heard about it and was amazed at the destruction people talked about. I was amazed when I heard about the tsunami markers which were placed around the country. Big rocks which were placed as a marker of how high previous tsunamis had hit. Some of them are around 600 years old. People knew about them, but through time they began to ignore them. They ignored the warnings they had and built closer and closer to the ocean. Then disaster struck.
    Its funny how history repeats itself. When I heard about this it reminded me of the story of Jerusalem in the book of Jeremiah. The people had the commandments which in a sense are a warning sign but throughout a long period of time they weren't really paying attention to them. As well
they had Jeremiah the prophet who repeatedly warned them that they needed to repent and start keeping the commandments again, otherwise they would be destroyed. The people continuously pushed the limits which they had been given and as we read in Jeremiah ch. 39, Jerusalem was eventually destroyed.
    We have many dangerous things in this world that we have been warned about but sometimes we push the limits and justify going beyond the safe zone. That eventually can become the norm for what is "acceptable" in society. But God doesn't work that way. He will still hold us accountable for our actions and eventually we will suffer the consequences. Get to the higher ground, and don't get flooded out.
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