A Few Thoughts to Consider as We Move Into 2015

I’ve cruised, posted, and written in the Bloggernacle for seven years. It’s been an interesting experience.

My initial goal in coming to the Bloggernacle was to mingle with LDS who are seeking to fulfill their baptismal covenant by receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. I assumed that with the vastness of the internet’s reach I’d find multiple sites where church members discussed things of the Spirit and shared spiritual experiences in a meaningful way. However, I quickly learned that most LDS who post and comment in the Bloggernacle have other priorities.

LDS author James Farrell observed:

“Many [LDS] today carry a secret: We do not love what we have been commanded to love. We do not love what is holy. Although we might reverence things that are deemed holy – the temple, for example, and the scriptures, and the Sabbath – we do not love them. Not really. Not with our whole souls.” The Holy Secret, James Farrell

The apostle John counseled: Continue reading

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The Lord Seeth Fit to Try His People’s Faith

Before being called as a General Authority the Cook’s had their patience and faith tired. This account shows how the Lord deals with His people, how He trieth their faith and then rewards them according to their faithfulness.

The following account is from the life of Elder Gene R. Cook. It was published in his book, Raising Up a Family to the Lord, Pages XXII to XXVII.


“…the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith. Mosiah 23:21. Continue reading

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He Marvelled at Their Unbelief

The Savior while in mortality did many mighty works. He raised the dead, healed all kinds of diseases, restored sight to the blind, cured withered limbs, and cast out devils. However, in his home town of Nazareth is was unable to do mighty works. Here we learn important principles of unbelief.

And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
And he marvelled because of their unbelief… Mark 6:5 – 6

Mark explains why unbelief was prevalent in Nazareth. Many there remembered him and said:

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. Mark 6:3 Continue reading

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Hearken, O ye Gentiles (Especially LDS church members)

1 HEARKEN, O ye Gentiles, and hear the words of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, which he hath commanded me that I should speak concerning you, for, behold he commandeth me that I should write, saying:
2 Turn, all ye Gentiles, from your wicked ways; and repent of your evil doings, of your lyings and deceivings, and of your whoredoms, and of your secret abominations, and your idolatries, and of your murders, and your priestcrafts, and your envyings, and your strifes, and from all your wickedness and abominations, and come unto me, and be baptized in my name, that ye may receive a remission of your sins, and be filled with the Holy Ghost, that ye may be numbered with my people who are of the house of Israel.  3 Nephi 30:1-2

We live in a day when these verses of scripture are relevant. The daily national and local news broadcast report these kinds of evils daily.

Ten years a ago President Hinckley said:

I do not know that things were worse in the times of Sodom and Gomorrah. … We see similar conditions today. They prevail all across the world. I think our Father must weep as He looks down upon His wayward sons and daughters.”  “Standing Strong and Immovable,” Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting, 10 Jan. 2004, 20. Continue reading

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LDS Doctrine Quiz #3-Two Questions About the Savior

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LDS Doctrine Quiz #2-One Question on the Atonement

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LDS Doctrine Quiz #1-Two Questions on Repentance

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Robber Holds Gun to Apostle’s Head and Pulls the Trigger

The following statement was printed in the Deseret News on May 30, 2009

Statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:

Elder and Sister Russell M. Nelson were on a church assignment in Mozambique, where they were accompanied by Elder William W. and Sister Parmley of the Africa Southeast Area Presidency and President Blair J. and Sister Packard, mission president of the Mozambique Maputo Mission.

On Friday evening they were having dinner together in the mission president’s home when armed assailants entered the home and robbed them. We don’t have complete information yet, but we understand that Sister Packard’s arm was broken. In addition, she and others suffered some superficial injuries, mainly cuts and bruises.

Elder and Sister Nelson will continue their assignment over the weekend as planned. Local authorities are investigating the matter.

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Preparing for LDS Conference this Weekend

I’m looking forward to conference this weekend. In preparation I made a list of things I can do to prepare. What would you add to or delete from this list?

1.  Pray for those who will speak in conference this weekend.

2.  Pray that I’ll be guided by the Spirit to hear and understand those messages the Lord knows I need to hear.

3.  Thank the Lord for my many blessings. Pray with specificity for those things I stand in need of.

4.  Repent and ask the Lord to forgive me of my weakness and sins. Continue reading

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Pie Jesu

Ten year old Jackie Evancho sings Pie Jesu. This is beautiful music, one of my favorites. Below is a translation from latin to english that I found on the internet.

I find the music and the words very moving and thought I would share it with you.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRM1yotDgB8


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