Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ye Cannot Say, When Ye Are Brought To That Awful Crisis...

Alma 34:33 
"And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed"

As my mission comes to an end this same scripture applies. I know that I have done what I can for my God and I have done my best to serve him faithfully. In our missions in life we cannot wait to the end to change or decide to serve God, but we must do it now. No matter what point in our lives we are at we should decide today to serve God and not wait until the end is near. I know that God is real. He is our Father, and Jesus Christ is literally His son. He was sent to this word for us. He lived and died so that we may know the way to return to our God. But we must do it now. There is no better time. Tomorrow is never guaranteed, but, today is! If we trust in God and we repent, God will forgive us of our sins. And when that day comes we will be called by His name and we will be numbered among the Saints of God. 

I have come to know now more then ever before that God loves His children! And all that He wants us to do is to follow the example of His son, Jesus Christ. And that any man or woman will get nearer to God by reading His book, The Book of Mormon, and living by its teachings then by any other book! It is a gate that we must enter through if we are to get to our Father in heaven, and abide in His kingdom forever.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Charity, The Perfect Love

For the past few days my mind has been wrapped around the Savior, His life, and mission. But most important to me at this time is His unconditional and endless love. In the life and ministry of the Savior he went about and did many great things. I would even venture to say everything he did was great! He always had compassion for those whom he had been around. Charity, The Pure Love of Christ, was always manifested to all.

I love the stories in The New Testament of Christ and His love.
In Matthew 20:30-34 when the two blind men cried out to the Christ saying, "Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David." As they exercised their faith they asked him to "open there eyes" and as they did  "So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him." (Matthew 20:30-34) This shows us that His love for us can and will heal us physically if we have faith in Him.

In Mark 9:17-27 there is a father who's son is possessed by an evil spirit. This spirit had many times tried to "kill" this young boy. "...It hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him." And the father asks, "if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief." So Jesus "rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him" And the young boy was healed. The love of Jesus Christ reached so far as to cleanse this boy spiritually because of the faith of him, and his father. And what is really cool is that he commanded that it "enter no more into him," which shows the permanency of his healing. 

In Luke 5:17-25 is one of my favorite stories of Christ healing people. There is a man taken by Palsy and his friends were trying to bring him the Christ to be healed but where Jesus was, was so full of people that they could not get this man to Christ. But because of there faith they know that if they could get him to the Savior that he would heal him. So they went to the roof and opened it and lowered him down to the Savior. And in verse 20 it says, "And when [Jesus] saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee" Some who were present when Christ said he spoke "blaspheme" and Jesus said to them "that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. And immediately he rose up before them..." From this miracle we learn that the Lord loves us so much that he not only healed but he proved to the unbelievers that He has power to forgive sin.

From these three stories, if you pay close attention, the love of Jesus Christ is never withheld in any circumstance. If they were sick, or afflicted, possessed, or even the most vilest of sinners. His love is given freely and if we have faith in Him, He will heal us from all things, both spiritually and physically. It is wonderful to realize that someone who is perfect in every way, shape and form could love us, who are very imperfect! It is a perfect and unconditional love and compassion for us. And as we have faith in Him. And give him thanks and glory for all the blessings he gives us. We will feel His love, power, and influence in our lives!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Crossroads

Today I was reading Elder Martins Blog about Choices, And I started thinking about the crossroads we come to sometimes in our lives. And I though off a poem that I really love.

At the Crossroads
He stood at the crossroads all alone, 
The sunlight in his face; 
He had no thought for an evil course, 
He was set for a manly race. 
But the road stretched east and the 
road stretched west, 
And he did not know which road 
was the best; 
So he took the wrong road and it lead 
him down, 
And he lost the race and the 
victor's crown. 
He was caught at last in an 
angry snare 
Because no one stood at the 
crossroads there 
To show him the better road. 
Another day at the self-same place 
A boy with high hopes stood; 
He, too, was set for a manly race 
He was seeking the things that 
were good. 
And one was there who the roads 
did know, 
And that one showed him the 
way to go; 
So he turned away from the road 
leading down, 
And he won the race and the 
victor's crown; 
He walks today on the highways fair 
Because one stood at the 
crossroads there 
To show him a better road. 
- Sadie Tiller Crawley 

In life we all, at some point, will stand at the crossroads of our lives. Only left to wonder, what way will get us "the victor's crown?" 

Who knows which road is best? 
All who have "entered in by the gate" know what road is best. The Lord has called us all who have received the right road to stand at the Crossroads. That is the call of a Prophet of God! And Why? Because each and every one of us have had someone to show us the way. For most it may have been your parents. For others it may have been that special Missionary. And we are the only ones who know "The Better Way." There are people that only you could stand at there crossroads. Why, because God planned it that way.  And that person that may be set for the "manly race" could be your best friend, your mother, your son.  And if you aren't there no one will be. And they will be caught in satin's snare and lost because we, who have the truth, don't share it.

Stand at the Crossroads, Its worth it in the END!